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JFP 2/14: Military-cutting amendments expected Tuesday

Just Foreign Policy News
February 14, 2011

Win Without War: Military-cutting amendments expected Tuesday
Members of the House are expected to introduce amendments Tuesday to the "continuing resolution" to cut the military budget. The expected amendment list as it now stands, according to Win Without War, includes:
Afghanistan War:
Rep. Jerry Nadler
Cutting $90 billion for the war in Afghanistan.
Rep. Walter Jones
Cutting $500 million for the Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP) and $400 million for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund.
Other:
Rep. Jared Polis
Following recommendations in the Sustainable Defense Task Force report, cutting force structure by 33,000 troops. The bill will also limit the number of troops stationed in Europe to 35,000.
Rep. Tom Rooney
Cutting $450 million for the F-35 alternate engine program.

You can reach your Rep. through the Capitol Switchboard: 202-225-3121.

Egypt's Protesters Communique Number 1
On Saturday, protesters in Tahrir restated demands that have not yet been met by the Egyptian military, including: abolition of the emergency law; release of all political prisoners; interim civilian rule; a original constituent assembly to write a new democratic constitution; freedom to form any peaceful political party; freedom of the press and circulation of information; and freedom for union organization.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1102/S00466/egypts-protesters-communique-number-1.htm

CBS News Video: Wael Ghonim and Egypt's New Age Revolution

60 Minutes interviews Wael Ghonim.

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JFP 2/11: Gazans Cheer Mubarak Exit; Haiti Waits for Aristide

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February 11, 2011

President Obama's statement on Mubarak's resignation
President Obama calls on the Egyptian military to lift the emergency law and lay out a clear path to elections that are fair and free.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/11/remarks-president-egypt

Egypt Protests: Watch Four Demands

Four key demands have been constantly lifted up by protesters and opposition parties, which are essential for a credible transition to democracy: ending the arbitrary detention and harassment of journalists, human rights activists and peaceful demonstrators and freeing those who have been detained; ending the state of emergency; allowing free electoral competition in elections; and restoring full judicial supervision of elections.... Without these reforms, any 'orderly transition' in Egypt is likely to be a transition not to democracy, but a transition to dictatorship under a different face.
http://www.truth-out.org/egypt-protesters-verge-victory-watch-demands67647

Al Jazeera Video: Mark Weisbrot on Aristide's Return
Weisbrot talks to Riz Khan, responding to comments by OAS Secretary-General Insulza.
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/rizkhan/2011/02/20112972730729805.html

Rasmussen: Half of Likely Voters Think US Should Remove Troops from Japan, Europe

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JFP 2/10: Mubarak Defiant; Obama Advisers Split; False Equivalence on Haiti

Just Foreign Policy News
February 10, 2011

Egypt Protests: Watch Four Demands
Four key demands have been constantly lifted up by protesters and opposition parties, which are essential for a credible transition to democracy: ending the arbitrary detention and harassment of journalists, human rights activists and peaceful demonstrators and freeing those who have been detained; ending the state of emergency; allowing free electoral competition in elections; and restoring full judicial supervision of elections.... Without these reforms, any 'orderly transition' in Egypt is likely to be a transition not to democracy, but a transition to dictatorship under a different face.
http://www.truth-out.org/egypt-protesters-verge-victory-watch-demands67647

Rebecca Ray: What Wikileaks Teaches Us About Obama and Latin America
The Obama State Department stoked conflict between Colombia and Venezuela, even as Brazil was trying to de-escalate the conflict.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/02/10-7

Just Vision:"Ten Unsung Visionaries of 2011"
Photo slideshow shows ten Palestinian and Israeli civilians who are using nonviolence to work against the occupation.
http://www.justvision.org/highlights

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JFP 2/9: Strikes and worker protests in Egypt; McCain retreats on US aid

Just Foreign Policy News
February 9, 2011

"Orderly Transition," or "Nothing Burger" Reforms? Benchmarks for US Policy in Egypt
The Obama Administration claims to support an "orderly transition to democracy" in Egypt, but the trajectory of current U.S. policy, without clear benchmarks for reform, is a transition from Mubarak to Mubarakism without Mubarak. "Reforms" and "concessions" announced so far are a "nothing burger" as far as a transition to democracy is concerned. Benchmarks for US policy should include: ending the detention and harassment of journalists and human rights activists, lifting the state of emergency, allowing electoral competition, and restoring judicial supervision of elections. Congress and the Administration should link these benchmarks to US aid.
http://www.truth-out.org/orderly-transition-or-nothing-burger-reforms-benchmarks-us-policy-egypt67593

Economists Issue Statement on Capital Controls and Trade Treaties
Prominent economists express concern that many U.S. trade agreements and investment treaties contain provisions that strictly limit the ability of trading partners to deploy capital controls. The economists note that authoritative research recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the International Monetary Fund has found that limits on the inflow of short-term capital into developing nations can stem the development of dangerous asset bubbles and currency appreciations.
http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/CapCtrlsLetter.html

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JFP 2/8: US Backs Off Calls for Swift Reform in Egypt

Just Foreign Policy News
February 8, 2011

"Orderly Transition," or "Nothing Burger" Reforms? Benchmarks for US Policy in Egypt
The Obama Administration claims to support an "orderly transition to democracy" in Egypt, but the trajectory of current U.S. policy, without clear benchmarks for reform, is a transition from Mubarak to Mubarakism without Mubarak. "Reforms" and "concessions" announced so far are a "nothing burger" as far as a transition to democracy is concerned. Benchmarks for US policy should include: ending the detention and harassment of journalists and human rights activists, lifting the state of emergency, allowing electoral competition, and restoring judicial supervision of elections. Congress and the Administration should link these benchmarks to US aid.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/orderly-transition-or-not_b_820327.html

Gallup: 61% of Republicans Favor Congressional Action to Speed Afghanistan Withdrawal
Support for Congressional Actions, by Political Party:
Speed up withdrawal from Afghanistan: D - 86%, I - 72%, R - 61%
http://www.gallup.com/poll/145880/Alternative-Energy-Bill-Best-Among-Eight-Proposals.aspx

US for Okinawa: U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa Fact Sheet
U.S. military bases occupy approximately 20% of Okinawa Island. Although Okinawa makes up only 0.6% of Japan, it "hosts" 75% of all U.S. military bases in Japan.
http://peacephilosophy.blogspot.com/2010/01/us-for-okinawa-who-initiated-major.html

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JFP 2/7: NYU study attacks key premise of Afghan war

Just Foreign Policy News
February 7, 2011

*Action: Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution. Jewish Voice for Peace, Americans for Peace Now, and Churches for Middle East Peace are speaking out. Add your voice.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Boxer Introduces Legislation on Redeployment of U.S. Combat Forces from Afghanistan
S.186; similar to last year's Feingold-McGovern bill; endorses 2011 drawdown, requires President Obama to set an end date for withdrawal of combat troops.
Press Release:
http://boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/012610a.cfm
Text of legislation:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.186:

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JFP 1/28: ElBaradei Calls Out US on Support of Mubarak

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January 28, 2011

Mohamed ElBaradei: 'If Not Now, When?'
Egyptian democracy leader calls out US officials for their weak statements on the crackdown.
http://www.truth-out.org/mohamed-elbaradei-if-not-now-when67255

Hillary Could Do More to Stay Pharaoh's Hand
The US is not doing all it can to protect Egyptians from a regime that the US has helped create and given billions in military aid.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/hillary-could-do-more-to-_b_815216.html

Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution. Jewish Voice for Peace and Americans for Peace Now are speaking out. Add your voice.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Channel 4 video: Israeli soldiers express remorse for Gaza
13 minute documentary by Israeli filmmaker Nurit Kedar has drawn death threats against the filmmaker, the New York Times reported.
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/israeli-journalist-reports-death-threats-over-gaza-war-film/

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JFP 1/27: Egypt Opposition Prepares Major Friday Protest; US Pivots, Calls for Reform

Just Foreign Policy News
January 27, 2011

*Update on previous JFP Action Alert: US Treasury has instructed US banks to report on Tunisian transactions, and the US has has cancelled visas of the Ben Ali clan, the Guardian reports. #8 below.

IPA: Online Resources on Egypt and Tunisia
While the Egyptian government appears to be intermittently attempting to block phone lines, internet access and various social media networks, here is a partial list of resources.
http://www.accuracy.org/online-resources-on-egypt/

Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution. Jewish Voice for Peace and Americans for Peace Now are speaking out. Add your voice.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Is this potentially a winnable fight? We argue it is:
Can US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!
It's not an immutable law of the universe that the U.S. has to veto U.N. resolutions critical of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This is a winnable fight if we move the debate beyond the usual suspects.
http://www.truth-out.org/can-us-support-un-resolution-israeli-settlements-yes-we-can67136

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JFP 1/26: Egypt's Day of Revolt; US Dictates Leaders to Haiti and Palestine

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January 26, 2011

Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution. Jewish Voice for Peace and Americans for Peace Now are speaking out. Add your voice.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Is this potentially a winnable fight? We argue it is:
Can US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!
It's not an immutable law of the universe that the U.S. has to veto U.N. resolutions critical of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This is a winnable fight if we move the debate beyond the usual suspects.
http://www.truth-out.org/can-us-support-un-resolution-israeli-settlements-yes-we-can67136

BBC Video: Three reported dead after Egypt's 'day of revolt'
"Egypt hasn't seen protests like this in years. But after the example of Tunisia, suddenly they've lost their fear…"
http://bbc.in/gCJgCA

YouTube Video: Mubarak poster is torn down 25th january 2011 egypt
New York Times: "an act whose boldness here is hard to overstate"
http://t.co/ug5CqfM

More video here:
YouTube Video of Protests in Egypt

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JFP 1/24: UN res on settlements puts Obama on the spot

Just Foreign Policy News
January 24, 2011

Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Is this potentially a winnable fight? We argue it is:
Can US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!
This is a winnable fight if we move the debate beyond the usual suspects.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/can-us-support-un-resolut_b_813233.html

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Miami Herald runs full-page statement calling for the return of Aristide
Signers included Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, actor Danny Gloverand Reverend Jesse Jackson.
http://canadahaitiaction.ca/content/miami-herald-runs-full-page-statement-calling-return-aristide

GOP Lawmakers Planning Meeting To Explore Alternatives In Afghan War
Are you represented by a Republican in the House? If so, ask your Rep. to go to this meeting.

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