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JFP 9/13: Foreign Policy Elite Defecting from Afghan War

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September 13, 2010

Al Jazeera video: What Turks Approved in the Constitutional Referendum
Immunity removed for officers involved in the 1980 coup; rights of workers to organize expanded; military officers can be tried in civilian courts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcYG7vg6tvE

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report
Experts who crafted the Afghanistan Study Group report have a strategy to move Washington towards ending the war. If their recommendations are followed, fewer Americans and Afghans will be killed.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert - naiman/why - peaceniks - should - care_b_712333.html

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
September 24th: JFP "Virtual Brown Bag" with Andrew Bacevich
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/bacevichtalk
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JFP 9/10: Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghan Study Group Report

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September 10, 2010

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report
The inside experts who crafted the Afghanistan Study Group report have a strategy to move Washington towards ending the war. If their recommendations are followed, fewer Americans and Afghans will be killed. It's in the interests of peace for as many Americans as possible to read and digest this short and accessible report, which calls for a negotiated political settlement to end the war.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert - naiman/why - peaceniks - should - care_b_712333.html

AP Video: Angelina Jolie Meets Flood Victims in Pakistan

UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie visited northwest Pakistan to meet victims of the flooding. Jolie appealed to the international community to provide aid and help Pakistan recover. The quickest way to donate $10 to UNHCR's relief effort is to text "swat" to 50555 from your cell phone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaY0S09qNFQ

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
NYT review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/books/review/Bass - t.html
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September 24th: JFP "Virtual Brown Bag" with Andrew Bacevich
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Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report

There is a tradition among some peace activists of striking a pose of annoyed indifference to the question of how to get out of an unpopular war. "There are three ways to get out," goes one waggish response. "Air, land, and sea."

This is funny and emotionally satisfying, and also represents a truth for peace activists: ending the war is a first principle, not something contingent on whether a particular means of doing so satisfies someone else's notion of what is practical.

On the other hand, peace activists can't be satisfied with being right; they also are morally compelled to try to be effective. And part of being effective is giving consideration to, and seeking to publicize, arguments are likely to end the war sooner rather than later. It's not likely, for example, that discussing ways in which the war might be useful for the long-term maintenance of the "capitalist world system" will turn the Washington debate against war in the short run. If, on the other hand, central to the official story is a claim that the war is a war against Al Qaeda, but senior U.S. officials publicly concede that there is no significant Al Qaeda presence today in Afghanistan, that is certainly a fact worth knowing and spreading.

JFP 9/9: Kabul Bank Crisis Sours Afghans on US; CA's Prop 19 Could Free Mexico from Drug War

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September 9, 2010

International Days of Action Against the War in Afghanistan, October 7-10
Peace groups around the world have called for local actions marking the ninth anniversary of the US invasion.
http://www.endafghanistanwar.com/

Juan Cole: US TV Failure to Report on Pakistani Flood Threatens Americans' Security
Juan Cole reviews US TV coverage of the flood disaster in Pakistan and finds it sorely wanting.
http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175292/

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
NYT review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/books/review/Bass-t.html
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September 24th: JFP "Virtual Brown Bag" with Andrew Bacevich
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JFP 9/8: vanden Heuvel on Afg Study Group; US Actors Back Israeli Boycott of Ariel

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September 8, 2010

October 2: One Nation for Peace
On October 2, peace voices from across the country will be converging in Washington, as part of the One Nation Working Together mobilization, to call for the wars to end.
Here is a spreadsheet that lists local organizing groups:
http://bit.ly/bUlUbD
No group yet in your community? Help getting started can be found at the "Peace Table"
http://bit.ly/buThrE

Jewish Voice for Peace: Support Israeli Artists Who Say NO to Normalizing Settlements
Jewish Voice for Peace is organizing a campaign of support for Israeli actors who have refused to perform at Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The campaign has picked up support from many prominent US actors, writers, and directors, including Wallace Shawn, Cynthia Nixon, Theodore Bikel, Eve Ensler, and Ed Asner (see Ha'aretz article, #8 below.) A fuller list of signatories is here:
http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/campaigns/making-history-support-israeli-artists-who-say-no-normalizing-settlements-4

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
NYT review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/books/review/Bass-t.html
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September 24th: JFP "Virtual Brown Bag" with Andrew Bacevich

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JFP 9/7: US withholds drug war funds from Mexico over human rights

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September 7, 2010

"A New Way Forward: Rethinking U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan"
Report of the "Afghanistan Study Group" initiated by Steve Clemons and directed by Matthew Hoh.
http://www.afghanistanstudygroup.org/

AP editor: 'Combat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically repeat suggestions that it is'
AP standards editor Tom Kent cautions reporters not to parrot "combat is over."
http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45&aid=190064

Reuters Video: Afghans protest Koran burning
Protesters stage an anti-U.S. rally in Kabul after an American church says it will burn the Holy Koran on the September 11 anniversary.
http://www.reuters.com/news/video/story?videoId=152558173&videoChannel=1

Beverly Bell: For Partners in Health, Good Health Means Justice and Rights
Beverly Bell interviews Loune Viaud of Partners in Health's Haiti program.
http://www.truth-out.org/for-partners-health-good-health-means-justice-and-rights62702

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
Get the book
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/buywashingtonrules
September 24th: JFP "Virtual Brown Bag" with Andrew Bacevich

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JFP 9/3: US officials mull US taxpayer bailout of Kabul Bank

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September 3, 2010

CBPP graph showing how wars fit in to projected deficits
A paper by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities includes a graph that shows the relative contribution of the wars to projected budget deficits.
The graph indicates the following ranking:
1. Bush tax cuts
2. Economic downturn (order of the first two is reversed in the short term)
3. Wars
4. Stimulus
5. Bank bailouts
CBPP writes: "Together with the economic downturn, the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain virtually the entire deficit over the next ten years."
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3036

Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, a Promise Deferred

As a candidate, President Obama said he wanted to end the mindset that leads to war. A key feature of that mindset is the belief Washington can and should determine who may participate in the governments of the broader Middle East. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials are still working to exclude from power people who are opposed to U.S. control over their governments or a long-term U.S. military presence. This is a recipe for permanent war. Lebanon, where the U.S. accepts the participation in power of people opposed to U.S. control, shows it is not an immutable fact that the U.S. must pursue this permanent war policy.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/iraqafghanistan-a-promise_b_702172.html

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
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JFP 9/2: NATO airstrike kills Afghan campaign workers

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September 2, 2010

Video: Angelina Jolie - Pakistan needs our help
UN ambassador Angelina Jolie launches a new appeal to help those affected by the floods in Pakistan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baUp7jmMNcY
The quickest way to donate $10 to UNHCR's relief effort is to text "swat" to 50555 from your cell phone. If you want to donate more, you can do it here:
http://www.unhcr.org/emergency/pakistanfloods/global_landing.html

Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, a Promise Deferred

As a candidate, President Obama said he wanted to end the mindset that leads to war. A key feature of that mindset is the belief Washington can and should determine who may participate in the governments of the broader Middle East. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials are still working to exclude from power people who are opposed to U.S. control over their governments or a long-term U.S. military presence. This is a recipe for permanent war. Lebanon, where the U.S. accepts the participation in power of people opposed to U.S. control, shows it is not an immutable fact that the U.S. must pursue this permanent war policy.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/iraqafghanistan-a-promise_b_702172.html

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
Get the book
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/buywashingtonrules

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JFP 9/1: Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, a Promise Deferred

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September 1, 2010

Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, a Promise Deferred
As a candidate, President Obama said he didn't just want to end the war; he wanted to end the mindset that leads to war. While he is drawing down from Iraq, he has done little to keep the promise of ending the mindset that leads to war. A major component of the mindset that leads to war is the belief that Washington can and should determine who may participate in the governments of the broader Middle East. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials are still working to exclude from power people who are opposed to U.S. control over their governments or a long-term U.S. military presence. This policy is a recipe for permanent war. The example of Lebanon, where the U.S. acquiesces to the participation in power of people who are opposed to U.S. control, shows that it is not an immutable fact of nature that the U.S. must continue to pursue this permanent war policy.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/iraqafghanistan-a-promise_b_702172.html

Should the Senate Fund "Enduring" U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?
The Pentagon is planning military construction for years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan. The Senate could refuse to fund; in 2008, Congress rejected a similar Pentagon request for "long term" military construction in Iraq. Urge your senators to oppose construction of long-term U.S. bases in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/afghanistanbases

"Even If We're Peasants, We Deserve to Live Too": Tèt Kole on the Needs of Haitian Farmers

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Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, A Promise Deferred

President Obama wants credit for keeping his promise to end the war in Iraq. Some credit is due: the President reaffirmed his commitment to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, as required by the agreement between the U.S. and Iraq. But only partial credit is due, because the war-ending task is very far from complete.

The Iraq war is not over. This is not a left-wing critique. The consensus account of mainstream U.S. print media is that the 50,000 U.S. troops who remain have been "rebranded" from "combat" brigades to advise-and-assist brigades. The unfailingly pro-war Washington Post editorial board wrote yesterday:

 

For one thing, combat won't really end on Sept. 1. Fifty thousand U.S. troops will remain in Iraq, and their duties will include counterterrorism work as well as continuing to train and assist Iraqi forces....

Moreover, the United States government is still "meddling" in Iraq's internal political affairs, to use the term our media uses when countries we don't like do it. U.S. officials are still trying to determine who will be in the Iraqi government and who should not. This is a key factor in the current political impasse in Baghdad, a fact which is generally omitted in mainstream press accounts that bemoan the failure of Iraqi politicians to form a government. It's true that there is a failure on the part of Iraqi politicians, but they have enablers in their failure: the outside powers, including the U.S., Iran, and other countries, which are lobbying furiously for a government to their liking, and working to block any government that they don't like. The impasse between the Iraqi politicians is also an impasse between the outside powers, fighting a proxy political war for influence in Iraq.