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JFP 5/30: CIVIC, Amnesty challenge drone strikes; Admin: "military-age men" = "combatants"

Just Foreign Policy News, May 30, 2012
CIVIC, Amnesty challenge drone strikes; Admin: "military-age men" = "combatants"


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CIVIC, Amnesty International Challenge Admin on Signature Drone Strikes and Civilian Casualties
The Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict has initiated a letter to the Administration challenging it to be more transparent about its drone strike policy, particularly regarding "signature strikes" and civilian casualties. The letter has been joined by Amnesty International and others. The issue has been given more urgency this week by the New York Times' report that the Administration is counting "military age males" as "combatants" for the purpose of saying that few civilians are being killed by drone strikes.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1242

Kucinich/Conyers: Ensure Transparency and Accountability In The U.S. Combat Drone Program
The NGO letter tracks the Congressional letter initiated by Reps. Kucinich and Conyers.
Current signers of the Congressional letter include: Kucinich, Conyers, Holt, Jackson, Jr., Hinchey, Rangel, Stark, Honda, Grijalva, Filner, Lee. Urge your Rep. to sign: 202-225-3121.

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JFP 5/23: Congress says no auth for Iran war; Iran demands sanctions relief; anti-austerity bid at ILO

Just Foreign Policy News, May 23, 2012
Congress says no auth for Iran war; Iran demands sanctions relief; anti-austerity bid at ILO
 

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Avaaz Community Petition: Support targetted boycott of Israeli Settlement Goods
Someone in Ireland has put up a petition at Avaaz' community petition site, supporting the Irish government's threat to push for an EU boycott of settlement goods if Israel does not change its settlement policy. If you're already a member of Avaaz, signing the petition takes five seconds. Why not do so? http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Support_targetted_boycott_of_Israeli_Settlement_Goods

Would It Make a Difference to Progressives if Norman Solomon Goes to Congress?
If Norman Solomon goes to Congress, he would have a powerful national platform to oppose wars of choice, and his staff would be helping anti-war initiatives move through Congress.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/would-it-make-a-differenc_b_1536625.html

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JFP 5/22: IAEA chief sees deal on Parchin; South Africa to label settlement products

Just Foreign Policy News, May 22, 2012
IAEA chief sees deal on Parchin; South Africa to label settlement products


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Would It Make a Difference to Progressives if Norman Solomon Goes to Congress?
If Norman Solomon goes to Congress, he would have a powerful national platform to oppose wars of choice, and his staff would be helping anti-war initiatives move through Congress.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/would-it-make-a-differenc_b_1536625.html

Center for Constitutional Rights: Tell Congress: End Military and Police Aid to Honduras
The US is supporting repression through direct financing of Honduras' police and military. A group of Congress members have initiated a letter to Secretary of State Clinton, urging the State Department to denounce the human rights violations in Honduras and to end aid to Honduras' police and military. Contact your representative before May 25, and ask that they sign on to this Congressional letter.
http://ccrjustice.org/get-involved/action/tell-congress%3A-end-military-and-police-aid-honduras

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JFP 5/21: Vets return medals in NATO protest; Honduran survivors dispute U.S. account

Just Foreign Policy News, May 21, 2012
Vets return medals in NATO protest; Honduran survivors dispute U.S. account


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In Chicago, Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Put NATO's Endless War on Trial
At the intersection of Cermak and Michigan streets in Chicago yesterday, veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq told their stories when they threw back their service medals in protest at NATO leaders, echoing a famous protest against the Vietnam War. More than two million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. CNN and Fox can focus on what they want, but you can't hide the life experiences of two million people indefinitely.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/nato-summit-protests_b_1532837.html

Democracy Now: "No NATO, No War": U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return War Medals at NATO Summit
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/21/no_nato_no_war_us_veterans

ABC News Video: Veterans return medals during NATO protest
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8669859

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JFP 5/18: GOP cops nixing Afghan vote in fear; anon officials diss civilian death claim

Just Foreign Policy News, May 18, 2012
GOP cops nixing Afghan vote in fear; anon officials diss civilian death claim


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House GOP Leaders Block Amendment Solidifying Afghanistan Withdrawal Timeline
By refusing to allow a vote on the McGovern-Jones amendment, the GOP leadership exposed the Achilles heel of the war policy. Until now the Administration has gotten away with a having a two-faced policy: presented to the American people as a timetable for withdrawal, but understood by the Pentagon and the Republican leadership as allowing tens of thousands of U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan forever. Now we know how to kill the Pentagon's fantasy of keeping tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan forever: nail the Administration's pseudo-timetable for withdrawal to the wall.
http://truth-out.org/news/item/9241-how-house-gop-leaders-silenced-support-for-amendment-solidifying-afghanistan-withdrawal-timeline

John Isaacs: House GOP Wins on Defense Bill Using Sleazy Tactics
The House Republican leadership carefully picked amendments permitted to be offered on the House floor and barred others they weren't sure they could defeat.

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JFP 5/17: House GOP Leadership Blocks McGovern Amendment; Honduras Killings Probed

Just Foreign Policy News, May 17, 2012
House GOP Leadership Blocks McGovern Amendment


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GOP Admits It Lacks Votes for Afghan War
The House GOP leadership blocked consideration of the McGovern amendment - an implicit admission that they couldn't stop enough Republicans from supporting it to prevent it from passing.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/gop-admits-lacks-votes-fo_b_1524957.html

more NDAA updates:
Lee amendment to end the Afghan war failed 113-303. Roll call here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll264.xml
Kucinich-Conyers amendment to limit drone strikes failed on voice vote.

*Action: Support Turkey's Opposition to Israeli Government's Participation in NATO Summit

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JFP 5/16: House considers NDAA; DEA admits participation in Honduras raid

Just Foreign Policy News, May 16, 2012
House considers NDAA; DEA admits participation in Honduras raid


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*Action: Tell the House: Exit Afghanistan, No War with Iran, End "Signature" Drone Strikes
The National Defense Authorization Act is being considered by the House. Amendments have been submitted to expedite U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, oppose war with Iran, and end "signature" drone strikes. Urge your Rep. to support these amendments. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-877-429-0678 and ask to be transferred to your Rep. If you can't call, you can write here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/ndaa2013

More: House Moots Afghan Exit, Iran War, Military Budget, and 'Signature' Drone Strikes
The Afghanistan amendment could well pass the House; a similar amendment last year got more than 200 votes. If the amendment to block "signature" drone strikes wins significant support, that will send a signal to the Administration to curtail the strikes, and that could save the lives of innocent civilians in Yemen.

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JFP 5/15: U.S. DEA tied to killings in Honduras; eight civilians dead in Yemen drone strike

Just Foreign Policy News, May 15, 2012
U.S. DEA tied to killings in Honduras;
eight civilians dead in Yemen drone strike

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*Action: Tell the House: Exit Afghanistan, No War with Iran, End "Signature" Drone Strikes
The National Defense Authorization Act is scheduled to be on the floor Wednesday. Amendments have been submitted to expedite U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, oppose war with Iran, and end "signature" drone strikes. Urge your Rep. to support these amendments. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-877-429-0678 and ask to be transferred to your Rep. If you can't call, you can write here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/ndaa2013

Kucinich/Conyers amendment to NDAA: Prohibit conduct of drone strikes on unidentified targets
The offices of Rep. Kucinich and Rep. Conyers have submitted an amendment on the National Defense Authorization Act which would bar the military from conducting drone strikes on unidentified targets ("signature strikes.") Peace Action West is backing the amendment.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1223

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JFP 5/14: House moots wars, drone strikes; Pal prisoners reach deal to end hunger strike

Just Foreign Policy News, May 14, 2012
House moots wars, drone strikes; Pal prisoners reach deal to end hunger strike


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[Updated:]NDAA and Iran "redline" this week
The National Defense Authorization Act is expected to be considered in the House this week. Amendments are expected to expedite military withdrawal from Afghanistan (Adam Smith, McGovern/Jones, Lee), to curtail "signature" drone strikes (drone strikes that target unknown people; Conyers-Kucinich), prohibit war with Iran (Conyers) to explicitly ban indefinite detention in the U.S. (Smith-Amash) and to cut the military budget (many amendments), among other issues.
Meanwhile, the House version of the Lieberman "lower the bar for war with Iran" resolution is on the House suspension calendar Tuesday.
Call your Representative. You can reach the Capitol Switchboard at 1-877-429-0678. Ask your Representative to support amendments to expedite military withdrawal from Afghanistan; prohibit "signature" drone strikes; oppose war with Iran; cut military spending.

Kucinich/Conyers amendment to NDAA: Prohibit conduct of drone strikes on unidentified targets

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JFP 5/11: Public overwhelmingly backs big military cuts, prefers to tax hikes

Just Foreign Policy News, May 11, 2012
Public overwhelmingly supports large military spending cuts, prefers to tax hikes


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NDAA expected next week
The National Defense Authorization Act is expected to be considered in the House next week. Amendments are expected to expedite military withdrawal from Afghanistan (Adam Smith, McGovern, Lee), to curtail signature drone strikes (Conyers-Kucinich), to explicitly ban indefinite detention in the U.S. (Smith-Amash) and to cut the military budget (many amendments), among other issues.
The amendment Smith is likely to offer (replacing House GOP text that pushes for U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan) is here:
http://democrats.armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=8e4c8cc6-9b03-4096-aba5-d337399159f1

Action: More than 1600 Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike. Where is the State Department?

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