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It's "Gollllllll!" for Lula Against Western Push for Iran Sanctions


If I were in Washington this morning, I would run down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to Congress with a big Brazilian flag, as the young Brazilians run down the Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo during the the "football" match, shouting "Gollllllll!"

Because with the news this morning that Iran has agreed to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey, in a nuclear fuel swap deal reached in talks with Brazil and Turkey that could "deflate a U.S.-led push" for new sanctions against Iran, the President of Brazil has scored a goal against the neocons in the West who want to gin up confrontation with Iran towards a future military conflict.

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JFP 5/14: Could Congress Block Antiworker IMF 'Bailouts' in Europe?

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May 14, 2010

Could Congress Block Antiworker IMF 'Bailouts' in Europe?

Republicans are trying to block the Treasury Department from supporting U.S. tax funded IMF contributions to the "bailouts" in Europe, which, as economist Mark Weisbrot explains, aren't bailouts for working families at all - for working families, the IMF programs guarantee extreme hardship, and most Europeans would be much better off if these IMF packages collapse - but bailouts of European banks with bad loans. If a handful of anti-IMF Democrats decide to pile in with the Republicans, it's a whole new ballgame.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/14-9

VIDEO: Zackie Achmat speech (Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa) at May 13th Obama AIDS (non-)treatment protest in NYC

See also article from the Advocate, #5 below; 8 people were arrested.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=futmdmjE2ew&

VIDEO: Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan

Just Foreign Policy made a short video to help publicize the McGovern bill and the importance of a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Spread it all around. http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/feingold-mcgovern

Beverly Bell - The Urgency of Housing in Haiti: First Priority in Addressing Widespread Rape
Conditions in the camps substantially heighten the risk.
http://www.truthout.org/the-urgency-housing-haiti-first-priority-addressing-widespread-rape-part-i59464

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Could Congress Block Antiworker IMF "Bailouts" in Europe?

Republicans in Congress are trying to block the U.S. Treasury Department from supporting U.S. tax funded International Monetary Fund contributions to the so-called "bailouts" in Europe, which, as economist Mark Weisbrot explains, aren't bailouts for working families at all - for working families, the IMF programs guarantee extreme hardship, and most Europeans would be much better off if these IMF packages collapse - but bailouts of European banks with bad loans.

The purpose of the IMF packages is to force European working families to pay off the banks' bad loans through economic austerity, rather than forcing the banks to take their losses on their bad bets, which would be capitalism, or at least the capitalism they lecture us about it in school and on the nation's op-ed pages when the politically weak are on the chopping block. As we know from the recent Latin American experience, if a country like Greece defaulted on the bad debt and got it over with, economic growth could resume. But the IMF is more of a collection agency for the big banks than an institution concerned with boosting economic growth and employment or reducing poverty.

JFP 5/13: $33 Billion for War, But Not $5.6 Billion to Fight AIDS

Just Foreign Policy News
May 13, 2010

Call Congress! Urge Support for Feingold-McGovern, ending the Afghan war
This week, the Friends Committee for National Legislation has provided a toll-free number: 1-888-543-5234. This connects you to the Capitol Switchboard. Ask to be connected to your Representative or Senator, urge your Rep. or Senator to co-sponsor the Feingold-McGovern bill, and to oppose the war supplemental. More info and reportback:
http://noescalation.org/2010/05/05/withdrawal-timetable/

Did Obama Say Yes to Afghan Peace Talks?

Here's what Obama said in public: "On the related subject of Afghan-led peace and reconciliation efforts, I appreciated the President sharing his plans for the upcoming consultative peace jirga - an important milestone that America supports. In addition, the United States supports the efforts of the Afghan government to open the door to Taliban who cut their ties to al Qaeda, abandon violence, and accept the Afghan constitution, including respect for human rights. And I look forward to a continued dialogue with our Afghan partners on these efforts."

The final version of the ad we put in the Politico, and the letter that 15 groups sent to President Obama urging him to say yes to peace talks, are here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/573

$33 Billion for War, But Not $5.6 Billion to Fight AIDS in Africa and Haiti

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On Helping - If Not On Killing - Is America a Quitter?

When President Obama visited Afghanistan in March, he assured U.S. troops that "the United States of America does not quit once it starts on something."

But according to Sunday's New York Times, it ain't necessarily so. When it comes to combating AIDS in the world's poorest countries, the greatest nation on earth has apparently decided to cry "Uncle."

Clinics in Uganda are turning people away, on orders from the U.S. government. A U.S.-run program in Mozambique has been told to stop opening clinics.

Why? According to lying U.S. officials, we don't have the money to maintain our commitment. Budgets are tight. We had to bail out Wall Street.

But the numbers on offer don't make any sense. Michel Sidibe, executive director of Unaids, says there is a global shortfall of about $17 billion for controlling the epidemic. The expected U.S. share of such a shortfall would be about a third, or $5.6 billion. Meanwhile, Congress is about to be asked to fork over $33 billion in our tax dollars for more war in Afghanistan. This $33 billion would only pay for four months of the war, until the end of the fiscal year, when next year's appropriation will become available.

So on an annual basis, we're being asked to spend almost 20 times more on killing in Afghanistan than it is claimed that we don't have to help stop Africa and Haiti from being decimated by AIDS.

Or, to put it another way: if we could end the war in Afghanistan, then every year we'd save $99 billion compared to the world in which the war continues. We could use $5.6 billion to pay what we owe on controlling the AIDS epidemic, and have $93.4 billion left for domestic job creation, tax cuts, going to the beach, whatever ya want.

Groups to Obama: Say Yes to Peace Talks in Afghanistan

The Friends Committee on National Legislation, Peace Action, NETWORK, Just Foreign Policy and Voters for Peace (update: and other groups, see updated list of signers at end) are sending the following letter to President Obama, urging him to say yes to the Afghan government's request that the US support peace talks. An ad with the same message will run in the Politico on Wednesday, and can be viewed here:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/sites/default/files/Taliban_Talks_Ad_Fi...

UPDATE 5/12: the final letter, as delivered, is here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/sites/default/files/TalktoTaliban_Lette...

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Dear President Obama:

President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington this week will mark a critical juncture for U.S. policy in the war in Afghanistan.

After conducting “talks about talks” with Taliban leaders and intermediaries for more than a year, President Karzai will seek U.S. support to launch Afghan national reconciliation talks that include the Afghan Taliban. We strongly urge you to agree. Hindering Afghan efforts to resolve their differences can only prolong the war and increase its human suffering and material costs.

Recognition is growing that talks with Afghan insurgent leaders, including the Taliban, are essential to ending the war. President Karzai and other senior Afghan politicians support talks with the Taliban. More and more ordinary Afghans, including Afghan women professionals, believe that peace in Afghanistan cannot be achieved without including Taliban leaders in a national reconciliation process.

JFP 5/11 - Joe Sixpack: Afghanistan "not worth it"; US shootings of Afghans spike; Hersh: Taliban deal only sol'n

Just Foreign Policy News
May 11, 2010

Call Congress today! Urge Support for Feingold-McGovern, ending the Afghan war
The Friends Committee for National Legislation has provided a toll-free number: 1-888-543-5234. This connects you to the Capitol Switchboard. Ask to be connected to your Representative or Senator, urge your Rep. or Senator to co-sponsor the Feingold-McGovern bill, and to oppose the war supplemental. More info and reportback:
http://noescalation.org/2010/05/05/withdrawal-timetable/

Will Obama Say Yes to Afghan Peace Talks?

On Wednesday, President Karzai is expected to ask President Obama to back Afghan peace talks to end the war. Together with Peace Action and FCNL, help us ask President Obama to say yes with an ad in the Politico. More than 50 JFP supporters have collectively contributed more than $1000; there's still time to participate!
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/donate/peace-talks-ad

VIDEO: Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan

Just Foreign Policy has made a short video to help publicize the McGovern bill and the importance of a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan. An unknown commenter on YouTube wrote: "This video is awesome! It should have millions of views. Spread it around!"
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/feingold-mcgovern

Seymour Hersh: only solution in Afghanistan is settlement with Taliban
"The only solution in Afghanistan is a settlement with the Taliban. And the only person to settle with is Mullah Omar."

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JFP 5/7: A National Consensus in Afghanistan for Peace Talks

Just Foreign Policy News
May 7, 2010

Will Obama Say Yes to Afghan Peace Talks?
On May 12, President Karzai is going to ask President Obama to back Afghan peace talks to end the war. Help us ask President Obama to say yes with an ad in the DC press.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/donate/peace-talks-ad

Background: A National Consensus in Afghanistan for Peace Talks
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/07-6

VIDEO: Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan

Just Foreign Policy has made a short video to help publicize the McGovern bill and the importance of a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/feingold-mcgovern

Current House McGovern co-sponsors: 82.
2 of 3 Illinois Democrats are now on the McGovern bill.
http://noescalation.org

Beverly Bell: The Urgency of Housing in Haiti
Haitian officials and international aid agencies have revealed no plan to permanently meet the housing needs of 1.3 million left displaced - one in nine citizens. Instead, rare public statements evidence conflicting strategies for limited, temporary initiatives.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/07

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Will Obama Say Yes to Afghan Peace Talks?


Afghan President Hamid Karzai is coming to Washington next week to meet with President Obama. Afghan government officials have said that their top priority for these talks is to get President Obama to agree that the U.S. will fully back efforts of the Afghan government to reconcile with senior leaders of the Afghan Taliban insurgency in order to end the war.

On the merits, saying yes to the Afghan government's request for US support for peace talks would seem like a no-brainer.

Either Hamid Karzai is the legitimate President of Afghanistan or he is not. If Hamid Karzai is not the legitimate President of Afghanistan, then Western forces must leave the country immediately, because they have no legitimate basis to remain. But if Hamid Karzai is the legitimate President of Afghanistan, then it's a slam dunk that his government's policy of national reconciliation ought to take precedence over Pentagon demands for more killing.

Either the opinions of the people of Afghanistan on questions of war and peace in their country matter or they do not. If they do not matter, then everyone in Washington pontificating about "democracy" or "governance" or "legitimacy" or "corruption" in Afghanistan please shut up immediately and remain silent. If the opinions of the Afghan public do matter, then it's a slam dunk that the Afghan public's demand for peace talks ought to take precedence over Pentagon demands for more killing.

Every Western press report from Afghanistan that addresses this issue says that the overwhelming consensus of public opinion in Afghanistan supports peace talks to end the war.

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JFP 5/6: Will Obama Say Yes to Afghan Peace Talks?

Just Foreign Policy News
May 6, 2010

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Will Obama Say Yes to Afghan Peace Talks?
On May 12, President Karzai is going to ask President Obama to back Afghan peace talks to end the war. Help us ask President Obama to say yes with an ad in the DC press.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/donate/peace-talks-ad

VIDEO: Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Just Foreign Policy has made a short video to help publicize the McGovern bill and the importance of a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/feingold-mcgovern

SOA Watch Internships in Washington, DC
Organizing; Communications; Fundraising.
http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=756

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is Hiring
Executive Director, National Organizer, Summer Intern.
http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=2244

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