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draft OAS team report on Haitian elections

Attached is a leaked copy of the controversial draft report of the OAS team on the Haiti elections.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research analyzes the draft report here.

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JFP 1/14: Obama Supports Tunisian Protesters - After They Win

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January 14, 2011

*Action: Center for Constitutional Rights: Support the Call for Fair Elections in Haiti
Ask the State Department to support fair elections in Haiti.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/haitinewelection

Tunisian Protests Move Hillary's Line on Democratic Reform
As Secretary of State Clinton was delivering "scalding critique" on the need for reform to Arab leaders at a conference in Qatar, the New York Times notes that protests successfully demanding that the President of Tunisia resign "echoed loudly in the background." Could Clinton's remarks presage a shift in U.S. policy? "Revolution by the Have-Nots has a way of inducing a moral revelation among the Haves," Saul Alinsky said, as Secretary Clinton may have noted when she was researching her senior thesis on Alinsky.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/tunisian-protests-move-hi_b_809314.html

Jesuit Refugee Service: Deporting Haitians into Peril - a Disturbing Policy
The recent decision by the U.S. government to resume the deportation of Haitians is wrong, and will put lives at risk while creating an additional problem for the maintenance of public order in Haiti, the Jesuit Refugee Service says.
http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110107091154

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Tunisian Protests Move Hillary's Line on Democratic Reform

Back in 1969, when Secretary of State Clinton was writing her senior thesis at Wellesley on Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky, she must have come across this line on page 9 of Alinksy's book "Rules for Radicals":

 

"Revolution by the Have-Nots has a way of inducing a moral revelation among the Haves."

Thursday, Secretary Clinton delivered what the New York Times called a "scalding critique" to Arab leaders at a conference in Qatar.

"The region's foundations are sinking into the sand," Clinton said, calling for "political reforms that will create the space young people are demanding, to participate in public affairs and have a meaningful role in the decisions that shape their lives." Those who would "prey on desperation and poverty are already out there," Clinton warned, "appealing for allegiance and competing for influence."

As Secretary Clinton made her remarks, the Times noted, "unrest in Tunisia that threatened its government while serving to buttress her arguments" was among the events that "echoed loudly in the background."

Friday, Tunisian president Ben Ali has reportedly fled the country and the Tunisian prime minister says he is now in charge.

Popular protest can bring down the government in an Arab country. Who knew?

JFP 1/13: Conservatives, Tea Partiers worried re cost of Afghanistan war

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January 13, 2011

*Action: Center for Constitutional Rights: Support the Call for Fair Elections in Haiti
Ask the State Department to support fair elections in Haiti.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/haitinewelection

Maxine Waters Calls for New Elections in Haiti
Rep. Waters has called for the results of the disputed November presidential election in Haiti to be set aside and for new elections to be held. She writes: "I call upon the Government of Haiti to set aside the flawed November 28th elections and organize new elections that will be free, fair and accessible to all Haitian voters." The electoral data from 2010 and 2006 strongly suggest that the call for new elections reflects the opinions and interests of the majority of Haitians.
http://www.truth-out.org/maxine-waters-calls-new-elections-haiti66807

Glenn Greenwald: Media Lying About WikiLeaks and Zimbabwe
Several papers - including the Guardian - ran pieces trashing WikiLeaks for publishing a cable about Zimbabwe, when in fact it was the Guardian that published the cable. Efforts to correct the record have been spectacularly modest.
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/01/12/propaganda/index.html

PDA: January Brown Bag Lunch Vigils to Bring the Troops Home
PDA and others gather at local Congressional offices. Check to see if there is a vigil near you.
http://pdamerica.org/articles/misc/2009-11-13-12-49-50-misc.php

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JFP 1/12: Maxine Waters Calls for New Elections in Haiti

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January 12, 2011

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Maxine Waters Calls for New Elections in Haiti
California Representative Maxine Waters has called for the results of the disputed November presidential election in Haiti to be set aside and for new elections to be held. She writes: "I call upon the Government of Haiti to set aside the flawed November 28th elections and organize new elections that will be free, fair and accessible to all Haitian voters." The electoral data from 2010 and 2006 strongly suggest that the call for new elections reflects the opinions and interests of the majority of Haitians.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/rep-maxine-waters-calls-f_b_808113.html

*Action: Center for Constitutional Rights: Cheryl Mills: Please Listen to the Haitian People!
Ask the State Department to support fair elections. On Friday, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills allowed that the US might consider new elections if an OAS report recommended it. The draft OAS report does not so recommend, but that draft report is now the subject of vigorous dispute.
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/383/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5508

*Action: SOA Watch: Tell UN Ambassador Susan Rice to support withdrawal of UN troops from Haiti

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Maxine Waters Calls for New Elections in Haiti

California Representative Maxine Waters has called for the results of the disputed November presidential election in Haiti to be set aside and for new elections to be held. In a statement Wednesday, she writes:

I call upon the Government of Haiti to set aside the flawed November 28th elections and organize new elections that will be free, fair and accessible to all Haitian voters....Haiti's next government will be called upon to make difficult decisions that will have a lasting impact on Haitian society, such as the allocation of resources for cholera treatment efforts and earthquake reconstruction projects. If these decisions are made by a government that is not perceived as legitimate, the recovery process could be impeded for years to come.

Writing in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, (paywall) Raymond Joseph, Haiti's ambassador to the United States from 2004 to 2010, argues for a new presidential election in Haiti to be conducted by a new, politically independent, election commission. He argues that the cost of a new election would be small - the November election cost $30 million - compared to the costs of not seating a new President with democratic legitimacy, given that the next Haitian president will preside over $11 billion in pledged reconstruction funds, and the international community is counting on the presence of a democratically elected, legitimate Haitian government to help make sure those funds are well-spent. $30 million is 0.27% of $11 billion, so if the presence of a democratically-elected, legitimate government reduced waste of donor resources by 0.27%, it would pay for itself. Joseph argues that the majority of Haitians support this call for a new election.

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JFP 1/11: OAS report on Haiti election disputed

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January 11, 2011

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OAS Plan to Alter Haiti Vote Fails Bush v. Gore Standard of Equal Protection
An OAS team is pushing to alter the preliminary outcome of the disputed Haitian election, based on throwing out some, but not all, tally sheets that fail to meet certain standards.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/oas-plan-to-alter-haiti-v_b_807449.html

*Action: Center for Constitutional Rights: Cheryl Mills: Please Listen to the Haitian People!
Sign the petition asking the State Department to withdraw support for the exclusive and fraudulent electoral process in Haiti. It is not too late for the US to change course and support fair elections. On Friday, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills conceded the US would consider new elections if an OAS report recommended it. Press reports say the OAS will not recommend new elections, but we can tell Chief of Staff Mills that she should listen to Haitian voters, not OAS functionaries.
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/383/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5508

*Action: SOA Watch: Tell UN Ambassador Susan Rice to support withdrawal of UN troops from Haiti

Tell Ambassador Rice Haiti does not need UN troops, it needs schools, hospitals, housing, industries and farms. Ask that she calls for a withdrawal of military troops and a redirection of funds to true humanitarian aid.

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JFP 1/10: OAS to certify "sham election" in Haiti?

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January 10, 2011

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Is Palin's "Crosshairs" Map Relevant? Giffords Thought So
Was Sarah Palin's "crosshairs" target map relevant to press coverage of the terrorist attack in Arizona? In their initial press coverage, the New York Times and the Washington Post diverged. According to the New York Times, it was relevant. According to the Washington Post, it wasn't relevant. Rep. Giffords certainly thought Palin's map was relevant to the threat of violence, as the video clip from her March 2010 interview with MSNBC shows.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/is-palins-crosshairs-map_b_806277.html

Protests At Fort Campbell Over Deployment Of Wounded Soldier

Civilian-Soldier Alliance organizers and members of Iraq Veterans Against the War are supporting Jeff Hanks, a soldier who is fighting his redeployment orders to Afghanistan.
http://civsol.org/content/protests-at-fort-campbell-over-deployment-of-wound

US Boat to Gaza: applications available
The period to apply will close on January 15.
http://ustogaza.org/

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JFP 1/7: Tunisian Lawyers Strike for Free Expression

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January 7, 2011

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A "Pledge of Resistance" to Defend Social Security (and Defund the Empire)
If we had a "Pledge of Resistance" to defend Social Security, like the "Pledge of Resistance" that pledged to resist a U.S. invasion of Nicaragua, much of the support for cutting Social Security benefits would likely evaporate. Such a Pledge could force a national debate in which proposed cuts to domestic spending and proposed military spending are examined on the same chalkboard.

The deficit commission co-chairs' proposal to cut Social Security by lowering the cost of living adjustment would save $70 billion by 2020. By comparison, drawing down U.S. troops in Afghanistan to where they were when Obama took office could save $150 billion by 2014.
http://www.truth-out.org/a-pledge-resistance-defend-social-security-and-defund-empire66591

Rep. Barbara Lee: More Troops Not the Answer in Afghanistan
Barbara Lee announces plans to reintroduce legislation to limit funding in Afghanistan to the safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors; says she will work with colleagues to hold the President accountable for a significant July reduction in U.S. military presence.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-barbara-lee/more-troops-not-the-answe_b_805356.html

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JFP 1/6: AfPak Peace Jirga; Gates sends more troops

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January 6, 2011

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A "Pledge of Resistance" to Defend Social Security (and Defund the Empire)
If we had a "Pledge of Resistance" to defend Social Security, like the "Pledge of Resistance" that pledged to resist a U.S. invasion of Nicaragua, much of the support for cutting Social Security benefits would likely evaporate. Such a Pledge could force a national debate in which proposed cuts to domestic spending and proposed military spending are examined on the same chalkboard.

The deficit commission co-chairs' proposal to cut Social Security by lowering the cost of living adjustment would save $70 billion by 2020. By comparison, drawing down U.S. troops in Afghanistan to where they were when Obama took office would save $150 billion by 2014.
http://www.truth-out.org/a-pledge-resistance-defend-social-security-and-defund-empire66591

Truthout: Army's "Spiritual Fitness" Test Comes Under Fire
An Army mental-health initiative tests "spiritual fitness" in apparent violation of the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile, the Army is promoting the idea that PTSD can be prevented with "positive psychology."

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