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JFP 11/9: Mr. Netanyahu, Tear Down This Wall

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November 9, 2009


Mr. Netanyahu, Tear Down This Wall
On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Western leaders are full of self-congratulation. But their paeans to universal freedom ring hollow, when they bear large responsibility for another wall constricting human freedom: the apartheid wall dividing the Palestinian West Bank. Today, to mark the anniversary, Palestinians tore down a chunk of the wall near Ramallah.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/397

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaBpvauMFLU

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1) Afghans are voicing serious doubts about an increase in U.S. troops, the New York Times reports. They are increasingly skeptical that the Taliban can be defeated; nearly everyone agrees that the Afghan government must negotiate with the insurgents.

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JFP News 11/6: Deal Collapses in Honduras

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November 6, 2009


Rep. Eric Massa calls for a conclusion to the war in Afghanistan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJqnWIQ3o1c

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1) An agreement to end a four-month political crisis in Honduras collapsed early on Friday, Reuters reports. President Zelaya declared the pact dead just a week after it was signed and called on Hondurans to boycott presidential elections this month because, in a surprise move, de facto leader Micheletti moved to form a new government without him.

2) Fort Hood, the base stricken in Thursday's shooting rampage, has a large share of the military's overall instances of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide, the Wall Street Journal reports. Since the start of the Afghan war in 2001, the base has lost hundreds of soldiers in combat. The base has also lost at least 75 of its soldiers to suicide, one of the heaviest such tolls in the U.S. military. Through October, 10 Fort Hood soldiers had taken their lives in 2009, the second-highest tally in the Army behind Kentucky's Fort Campbell, which had 16 suicides.

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JFP News 11/5: Mullen Forecasts War Supplemental

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November 5, 2009


Washington Post Slants Afghan News with Biased News Header
The Washington Post prefaces news articles about Afghanistan and Pakistan with the header: "The AfPak War: Combating Extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan." Even the article on Matthew Hoh's resignation - in which Hoh argued the opposite, that the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan was fueling the insurgency - carries this header. Urge the Washington Post to retire this biased news header.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/wapo-header

Background: WaPo Slants Afghan News with Biased News Header
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/394

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JFP News 11/4: Zelaya Asks Clinton to Clarify U.S. Position on Coup

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November 4, 2009


Joint Chiefs: Don't Mess With Dwell Time
The Joint Chiefs have urged President Obama not to send new troops to Afghanistan unless they have spent 12 months in the U.S. That may disappoint Fred Kagan, who wants new troops in place for the "spring fighting season." But the U.N.'s Kai Eide has a better idea for the "spring fighting season": let's give it a miss.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/392

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JFP News 11/3 - Joint Chiefs: Repeated Deployments Fueling Suicides

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November 3, 2009


Obama's Decision on More Troops to "Someone Else's Civil War"
In his letter of resignation, Matthew Hoh wrote, "I fail to see the value ... in continuous U.S. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the Afghan government in what is, truly, a 35-year old civil war." A prominent American agrees: "It's time to admit that no amount of American lives can resolve the political disagreement that lies at the heart of someone else's civil war." That was Senator Barack Obama, announcing his candidacy for President in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. A search through the New York Times and the Washington Post for the last 12 months turns up exactly one article mentioning the idea that there is a civil war in Afghanistan: the Post article on Hoh's resignation.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/389

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Rethink Afghanistan: "Congressman Alan Grayson on Afghanistan"

"I think that the aid program is a fig leaf to try to make Congress and the American people feel better about war...I think the basic premise that we can alter Afghan society is fatally flawed…everywhere you go, people want to be left alone. And that's the best foreign policy of all: just to leave people alone."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVLJUUgIOv4

Veterans Brock McIntosh & Rick Reyes on Afghanistan

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JFP News 11/2: Media Buries Afghan Civil War

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November 2, 2009


Obama's Decision on More Troops to "Someone Else's Civil War"
In his letter of resignation, Matthew Hoh wrote, "I fail to see the value ... in continuous U.S. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the Afghan government in what is, truly, a 35-year old civil war." A prominent American agrees: "It's time to admit that no amount of American lives can resolve the political disagreement that lies at the heart of someone else's civil war." That was Senator Barack Obama, announcing his candidacy for President in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. A search through the New York Times and the Washington Post for the last 12 months turns up exactly one article mentioning the idea that there is a civil war in Afghanistan: the Post article on Hoh's resignation.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/389

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Jon Stewart Interview with Anna Baltzer and Mustafa Barghouti

The Daily Show introduces Jewish-Palestinian cooperation for Palestinian human rights to television-watching America.
http://www.indecisionforever.com/2009/10/29/jon-stewarts-extended-interview-with-anna-baltzer-and-mustafa-barghouti/

Malalai Joya and the Tale of 2 CNNs

CNN US objects to Joya's reference to the US "occupation" of Afghanistan, but CNN International has no problem with it.

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JFP News 10/29: US Intervenes in Afghan Civil War

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October 29, 2009


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1) Anti-war activists have seized on U.S. Foreign Service officer Matthew Hoh's resignation to make their case against the war in Afghanistan, NPR reports. "He's challenging fundamental premises of the war. He's not just saying this is going badly. He's saying what we are doing doesn't make sense," said Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy. The Hoh letter suggests that the U.S. is essentially intervening in an ongoing civil war in Afghanistan, Naiman said.

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JFP 10/28: Congress Members Demand End of Mixed Messages on Honduras Coup

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October 28, 2009


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Matthew Hoh: Q&A
The Washington Post ran an online Q&A with Matthew Hoh, a former Foreign Service officer who resigned in protest over the Afghan war, to discuss why he thought the war "wasn't worth the fight."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/10/27/DI2009102703143.html

Congress Members Denounce Mixed US Messages on Honduras Coup
Rep. Raul Grijalva and 15 Members of Congress have written to President Obama, urging him to end the de facto policy of mixed messages regarding the coup in Honduras.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/384

Kerry, Berman Protest Law Library Report Justifying Honduras Coup

Senator Kerry and Rep. Berman have written a letter of protest to the Librarian of Congress over a Law Library of Congress report that sought to justify the coup in Honduras.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/385

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JFP News 10/27: Top US Official Resigns in Protest Over Afghanistan

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October 27, 2009


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"Lessons in Disaster": If Obama Caves to the Pentagon, He's No Jack Kennedy

The Wall Street Journal reported that President Obama has read Gordon Goldstein's book on the path to U.S. military escalation in Vietnam. So he knows that President Kennedy said no to the U.S. military on sending combat troops to Vietnam, and he knows that the notion that you have to do whatever the military says is madness.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/382

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JFP 10/26: Ramos-Horta: Talks with Taliban Essential for Afghan Stablity

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October 26, 2009


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1) Bringing all Afghan parties, including the Taliban, into talks is essential to long-term stability in Afghanistan, writes East Timor President and Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta for the Wall Street Journal. The Taliban is strong enough to make Afghanistan ungovernable for the U.S. indefinitely. The U.S. is strong enough to keep the Taliban from ever cementing its hold on the country if the US wants to do so. In East Timor and elsewhere, a stalemate opened the door to dialogue and compromise. The U.S. should use this moment to explore ways for a transitional arrangement that allows the Taliban to share power, brings an end to the fighting and provides for the timely exit of U.S. forces.

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