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JFP News 9/15: US Cancels Visas of Honduras Coup Leaders

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September 15, 2009


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CATO Forum: Should the United States Withdraw from Afghanistan?
Unfortunately, the CATO forum was not webcast live as previously advertised; apologies to those of you who tried to watch live.
However: the full video of the event is now posted:
http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=6496
The presentation of Just Foreign Policy is posted here:
Withdraw from Afghanistan with a Public, Negotiated Timetable
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/329
We are working on a video excerpting highlights of the forum. Watch this space.

Members of Congress Urge Caution on Colombia Basing Agreement
Sixteen Members of Congress - fifteen Representatives and a Senator - have written to Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Gates, urging caution in expanding the U.S. military presence in Colombia.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/330

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JFP News 9/11: US Agrees to Talks with Iran

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September 11, 2009


Support British Efforts to End the War in Afghanistan
Labour Party activists in Britain are forcing a debate on the presence of British troops in Afghanistan at the Labour Party's annual conference in Brighton on September 27. Show your support of British efforts to end the war.
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Oliver Stone's South of the Border - Official Trailer
Oliver Stone's new movie seeks to tell Americans the story we aren't getting from U.S. media about the historic political changes taking place in Latin America. Watch the trailer and spread the news.
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Cato Forum: Should the United States Withdraw from Afghanistan?
Monday, September 14, 2009, 12PM Eastern time; broadcast on the internet. http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=6496

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1) The State Department said Friday the U.S. and five partner countries have accepted Iran's new offer to hold talks, AP reports. Department spokesman Crowley said although Iran's proposal for talks was disappointing for sidestepping the nuclear issue, it represented a chance to begin a direct dialogue.

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JFP News 9/10: Pelosi - Congress Not Keen to Send More Troops

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September 10, 2009


Support British Efforts to End the War in Afghanistan
Labour Party activists in Britain are forcing a debate on the presence of British troops in Afghanistan at the Labour Party's annual conference in Brighton on September 27. Show your support of British efforts to end the war.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/labour

Oliver Stone's South of the Border - Official Trailer
Oliver Stone's new movie seeks to tell Americans the story we aren't getting from U.S. media about the historic political changes taking place in Latin America. Just Foreign Policy's Mark Weisbrot was a consultant on this project. Watch the trailer and spread the news, and maybe this movie can get a mainstream distributor in the United States.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwhau48LUAA&e

Cato Forum: Should the United States Withdraw from Afghanistan?
Monday, September 14, 2009, 12PM Eastern time; broadcast on the internet. http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=6496

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JFP News, 9/9: Senate Dems Signal Resistance on US Afghan Troop Increase

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September 9, 2009


Cato Forum: Should the United States Withdraw from Afghanistan?
Monday, September 14, 2009, 12PM Eastern time; broadcast on the internet. With Malou Innocent, Cato; Celeste Ward, RAND; Patrick Cronin, National Defense University; Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy; and Ted Galen Carpenter, Cato. Moderated by Christopher Preble, Cato.
http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=6496

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1) Key Senate Democrats signaled Friday that any push by the White House to send more troops to Afghanistan is likely to hit resistance, AP reports. Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Levin said the US must focus more on building Afghanistan's security forces. His cautionary stance was echoed by Sen. Jack Reed.

2) A U.N.-backed complaints panel charged widespread fraud in the Afghan presidential election and ordered a partial recount, the Washington Post reports. The Afghan election commission said Karzai had won 54 percent of 5.4 million valid votes tallied - 91 percent of the total. The results indicate that he probably has enough votes to avoid a runoff with Abdullah, who has 28 percent.

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JFP News 9/4: Biden Opposes More Troops to Afghanistan

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September 4, 2009


Team Obama Divided, Public Strongly Opposed, to More Troops in Afghanistan
Top officials of the Obama Administration are divided on the expected request of the Pentagon for more troops in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports today. Leading the opposition is Vice-President Biden. Biden has the wind of public opinion at his back. Recent polls show that the majority of Americans now oppose the Afghan war. But on the question of sending more troops, public opinion is even more clear. They're against it.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/321

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1) Top officials of the Obama Administration are divided on the expected request of the Pentagon for more troops in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports. Leading those with doubts is Vice President Biden, who has expressed deep reservations about an expanded presence in Afghanistan on the grounds that it may distract from what he considers the more urgent goal of stabilizing Pakistan. Military strategists said General McChrystal might offer three options. The smallest proposed reinforcement, from 10,000 to 15,000 troops, would be described as the high-risk option. A medium-risk option would involve sending about 25,000 more troops, and a low-risk option would call for sending about 45,000 troops.

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JFP News 9/3: US Formally Stops Aid to Coup Regime in Honduras

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September 3, 2009


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On Afghanistan, Obama Hanging by G.O.P. Thread
Republican support will be "vital" for continuing the war and occupation of Afghanistan, the New York Times points out today, noting that Obama's reliance on Republican votes for the war means Republicans could pull the plug at any time: "One danger for Obama is that he may be forced to abandon his own party on Afghanistan for the right, which could put him in a perilous position if Republicans at any point decide they do not want to support a Democratic president on the issue."
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/319

Send George Will's Op-ed to Your Representatives in Congress
Prominent conservative columnist George Will has called for the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Send George Will's op-ed to your representatives in Congress.
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JFP News 9/2: Time to Talk to the Taliban?

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September 2, 2009


Can We Get Some Republicans to Defect on Afghanistan?
Conservative columnist George Will had an op-ed in the Washington Post yesterday, calling for the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. We need some Republicans in Congress to listen to George Will.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/316

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1) The New York Times published a forum on "whether it is time to negotiate with the Taliban." New York Times reporter Elizabeth Rubin says "the short answer is yes." Rubin asks what concessions the U.S. might be willing to make: is it prepared for referenda on constitutional issues? There is no risk to pursuing reconciliation or talks with the Taliban, Rubin says. The real risk would be to imagine the insurgents can be defeated through military means alone.

2) A thousand more Americans could die "on Obama's watch" in Afghanistan, writes Tom Hayden on Huffington Post. Hayden arrives at the number by extrapolating the July-August average through 2011.

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JFP News 9/1: Conservative George Will Calls for U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

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September 1, 2009


Can We Get Some Republicans to Defect on Afghanistan?
Conservative columnist George Will had an op-ed in the Washington Post today, calling for the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. We need some Republicans in Congress to listen to George Will.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/316

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1) In an op-ed in the Washington Post, conservative columnist George Will calls for the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. America should do only what can be done from offshore, Will says.

2) A new report by the top commander in Afghanistan is "laying the groundwork" for a request for more troops in the coming weeks, the New York Times reports. But Representative Jim McGovern said that after a recent trip there he was pessimistic about the chances of "success" and did not even know how to define it. "I have this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that we're getting sucked into an endless war here," McGovern said.

3) Iran says it has prepared an "updated nuclear proposal" and is ready to talk to world powers, Reuters reports. But a senior U.S. official was dismissive of the report.

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JFP News, 8/31: Feingold - The Road Home from Afghanistan

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August 31, 2009


Senator Kennedy's Most Important Vote
As Senator Kennedy has been eulogized in recent days, few have noted what Senator Kennedy himself said was his most important vote in all his years in the Senate: his vote against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Dean Baker notes that when the political and media establishments were in war fever, Senator Kennedy looked at the evidence, and found it wanting. Next month Congress will consider plans to "double down" the war in Afghanistan. Which Senators will emulate Senator Kennedy's "most important vote"?
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/314

State Department Recommends Aid Cutoff to Honduras Coup Regime
State Department staff have recommended that Secretary Clinton recognize the existence of a "military coup" in Honduras, which would cut off all non-humanitarian U.S. aid, as required by U.S. law. Call the Secretary Clinton at 202-647-5171 during business hours. Deliver this message: "Designate the regime in Honduras as a military coup and cut off all non-humanitarian aid to Honduras until President Zelaya is reinstated." If you don't get through right away, please try again later.
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State Department Recommends Aid Cutoff to Honduras

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JFP News 8/28: Why are we bombing clinics?

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August 28, 2009


State Department Recommends Aid Cutoff to Honduras Coup Regime
State Department staff have recommended that Secretary Clinton formally designate the events in Honduras a "military coup," which would cut off all non-humanitarian U.S. aid, as required by U.S. law. Urge Secretary Clinton to follow the State Department recommendation. Call the State Department at 202-647-5171 during business hours. Deliver the following message: "Secretary Clinton, please follow the recommendation of the State Department. Legally define the de facto regime in Honduras as a military coup and cut off all non-humanitarian aid to Honduras until President Zelaya is reinstated." If you don't get through right away, try again later.
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Do Americans Know Senator Feingold Has Called for a Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan?
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