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JFP 11/18: Bipartisan Reps urge Obama to stick to drawdown, real review

Just Foreign Policy News
November 18, 2010

*Action: Urge Obama to Keep 2011 Drawdown Promise
Press reports have said the Administration plans to "publicly walk away" from its promise to withdraw troops from Afghanistan starting in July 2011, which Vice-President Biden and Speaker Pelosi said would be a "serious drawdown" (Pelosi) involving "a whole lot of people" (Biden.) The White House insists there is no change. Which is it? Urge President Obama to keep his promise with a serious and significant drawdown in July 2011.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/july2011

McKeon's Right: Petraeus Must Testify on Afghan Review
House Republicans are demanding that Gen. Petraeus appear in person to testify on the Administration's December review of policy in the war in Afghanistan, the Politico reports. But the Pentagon doesn't want Petraeus to testify. According to Politico, the key reason that the Pentagon doesn't want Petraeus to testify is that they are trying to bury the review because they have nothing good to report.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/mckeons-right-petraeus-mu_b_785364.html

Afghan women respond to "Calgary Herald" on NATO occupation of Afghanistan
Women organizers from Afghans for Peace respond to claims that Afghan women support the war.
http://afghansforpeace.org/?p=440

Beverly Bell: "The People Must Be Agents of Change": The Lambi Fund of Haiti
Beverly Bell interviews Josette Pérard, director of Fon Lanbi Haiti, the Haitian counterpart of the Lambi Fund, on community development in Haiti.

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JFP 11/17: Republicans Demand Petraeus Testify on Afghan Review

Just Foreign Policy News
November 17, 2010

Could Nonviolent Resistance Defeat Petraeus' Night Raids in Afghanistan?
If Petraeus' night raids cannot conceivably be challenged, that would suggest the startling conclusion that the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank is more susceptible to moral pressure than the U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/could-nonviolent-resistan_b_784827.html

National Council Of Churches: A Call To End The War In Afghanistan
"calls upon the President…to negotiate a withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan to be completed as soon as possible without further endangerment to the lives and welfare of U.S. and NATO troops, Afghan troops and Afghan civilians"
http://www.ncccusa.org/pdfs/AFGHANRESOLUTION11.09.10.pdf

Leveretts: The Fog of Containment
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett argue that a "containment" policy towards Iran will eventually lead to military confrontation, and the historical precedent that should guide U.S. policy is the successful Nixon-Kissinger effort to engage China.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/11/15/the_fog_of_containment

South of the Border on DVD
Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is now available on DVD. The DVD includes an interview with Brazil's outgoing President Lula, in which he calls out the U.S. push for "free trade." You can get the DVD here.

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Could Nonviolent Resistance Defeat Petraeus' Night Raids in Afghanistan?

Pop quiz on the news: who said this week, referring to the dispute between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. military commander David Petraeus over U.S. Special Forces "night raids" that break into Afghans' homes in the middle of the night:

 

Many Afghans see the raids as a ... humiliating symbol of American power.

Was it:

a) Afghan President Hamid Karzai b) Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich c) U.S. peace activist Kathy Kelly d) The New York Times

The correct answer is d, the New York Times. Here is the full quote:

 

Many Afghans see the raids as a flagrant, even humiliating symbol of American power, especially when women and children are rousted in the middle of the night. And protests have increased this year as the tempo has increased.

It is a striking symptom of the moral depravity of the US war in Afghanistan that the policy of night raids, which press reports have suggested is one of the most hated aspects of the U.S. military occupation among the Afghan population, has been the subject of almost no public debate in the United States. Newspaper columnists aren't inveighing against the night raids. Members of Congress aren't demanding that the night raids stop.

The only thing that has occasioned any public debate about them in the U.S. at all is that President Karzai denounced them in an interview with the Washington Post ahead of the NATO summit. And the response of U.S. officials is: wow, this guy Karzai is really an unreliable partner. Is he off his meds? He has some nerve complaining about something that Western press reports suggest is among the aspects of the U.S. military occupation most hated by Afghans.

JFP 11/16: Night raids a "humiliating symbol of US power"

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November 16, 2010

Video: Flashmob: Cape Town Opera say NO
Israeli peace activists stage their own show: "As the opera did not heed Desmond Tutu's call to cancel the show, a group of Israeli BDS supporters decided to emancipate the songs on opening night."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wElyrFOnKPk

Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?

Voters don't think "free trade agreements" are good for the country or for them personally, and Republican and independent voters are no exception to this, according to recent poll data released by the Pew Research Center.
http://www.truth-out.org/will-free-trade-save-obama-201265170

KPFK Uprising: Reported Shift on Afghan Withdrawal
Just Foreign Policy talks with KPFK's Sonali Kolhatkar about reports the Administration plans to downplay its promise to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2011.
http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=17161

South of the Border on DVD
Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is now available on DVD. The DVD includes an interview with Brazil's outgoing President Lula, in which he calls out the U.S. push for "free trade." You can get the DVD here.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/southoftheborder

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JFP 11/15: Karzai Challenges Petraeus on Night Raids

Just Foreign Policy News
November 15, 2010

Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?
Editorialists at the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times all agree: President Obama should ignore trade unions and his Democratic supporters and try to push through "free trade agreements" negotiated by George W. Bush. But here's what the editorialists don't tell you: voters don't think these agreements are good for the country or for them personally, and Republican and independent voters are no exception to this, according to recent poll data released by the Pew Research Center.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/will-free-trade-save-obam_b_783656.html

Republican Election Victory and US Afghanistan, Iran Policy
Just Foreign Policy talks with The Real News.
http://bit.ly/cPLi6z

KPFK Uprising: Reported Shift on Afghan Withdrawal
Just Foreign Policy talks with KPFK's Sonali Kolhatkar about McClatchy and New York Times reports that the Obama Administration intends to downplay its promise to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2011.
http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=17161
http://www.archive.org/download/DailyDigest-111210/2010_11_12_naiman.MP3

South of the Border on DVD
Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is now available on DVD. The DVD contains an interview with Brazil's President Lula in which he tells us what he thinks of the US version of "free trade." You can get the DVD here.

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Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?

According to the editors of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, with Republicans taking over the House, and measured unemployment at 9.6%, now is the time for President Obama to "show leadership" by pushing for (so-called) "free trade agreements" negotiated by former President George W. Bush. (Democrats "show leadership" by betraying the people who elected them - that's a standard editorial theme.) But what the nation's editorialists won't tell you is that this agenda would be a big electoral loser for President Obama, because the public opposes it; in particular, Republican and independent voters don't support these agreements.

The Washington Post said:

 

Trade is one issue on which the Congress elected on Tuesday is potentially an improvement over its predecessor. The Democratic majority in the House was heavily influenced by organized labor and hostile to trade...Democrats also denounced free-trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama left over from President George W. Bush's administration and still unratified....Now that the Republicans are in the majority, all three trade agreements have better prospects....

The New York Times said:

 

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JFP 11/12: Armitage-Berger CFR report urges big Afghan drawdown if no progress

Just Foreign Policy News
November 12, 2010

Acquire Your Own Superpowers: Go See This Movie
If many Americans see the documentary Budrus, it could change U.S. policy towards the Palestinians. 
http://www.truth-out.org/acquire-your-own-superpowers-go-see-this-movie65041

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JFP 11/11: Admin - no Plan B in Afghan Review

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November 11, 2010

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McClatchy: Obama to Renege on Afghan Drawdown
McClatchy reported: "The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy." This report indicates not only that the "surge" failed militarily, but that the political policy in which it was embedded - that troops would be withdrawn whether the surge succeeded or not - has also failed. The White House rejected the report: "The White House vehemently denies that there is any change in policy. 'The president has been crystal clear that we will begin drawing down troops in July of 2011. There is absolutely no change to that policy,' said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman."
http://www.truth-out.org/mcclatchy-obama-renege-afghan-drawdown64998

Video: Win Without War -The Veterans' Trust Fund
Congress should set money aside for future needs of veterans when it decides to go to war. As it stands, veterans' needs are always on the chopping block.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKuoVjxSW9A

South of the Border on DVD

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JFP 11/10: Officials tell McClatchy Obama will walk away from Afghan drawdown

Just Foreign Policy News
November 10, 2010

McClatchy: Obama to Renege on Afghan Drawdown
McClatchy reports: "The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy." This report indicates not only that the "surge" failed militarily, but that the political policy in which it was embedded - that troops would be withdrawn whether the surge succeeded or not - has also failed. The White House rejected the report: "The White House vehemently denies that there is any change in policy. 'The president has been crystal clear that we will begin drawing down troops in July of 2011. There is absolutely no change to that policy,' said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman."
http://www.truth-out.org/mcclatchy-obama-renege-afghan-drawdown64998

Video: Win Without War -The Veterans' Trust Fund
Congress should set money aside for future needs of veterans when it decides to go to war. As it stands, veterans' needs are always on the chopping block.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKuoVjxSW9A

Brave New Films: Veterans Day 2010: Honor the Consciences of Our Veterans
Veterans speak out against the war.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK0wSpD81wI

South of the Border on DVD
Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is now available on DVD. Why did the center-left cruise to victory in Brazil? You can get the DVD here.

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JFP 11/9: 83% of Afghans back Taliban talks

Just Foreign Policy News
November 9, 2010

Help the Palestinians. Go See This Movie
If many Americans see the movie "Budrus," which tells the story of successful nonviolent Palestinian and Israeli resistance against the confiscation of Palestinian land in the West Bank village of Budrus, it could lead to a change in U.S. media and U.S. policy, that would make such resistance more likely to succeed in the future.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/help-the-palestinians-go_b_780609.html

Alex Main: Certified Right-Wing Extremists Set to Take Control of House Foreign Affairs Panels
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is expected to become chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Connie Mack is expected to chair the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere. Ros-Lehtinen has lobbied for the release of Cuban terrorists. Ros-Lehtinen and Mack pressed for the US to support the coup in Honduras and want the US to list Venezuela as a "state sponsor of terror."
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/11/09-8

Senator-Elect Rand Paul: Congress needs to debate Afghanistan

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