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Join Oliver Stone & Noam Chomsky in Urging Correa to Grant Snowden Asylum

The U.S. government’s crackdown on whistleblowers is a direct threat to our efforts to reform U.S. foreign policy to make it more just. If we don't know for sure what the U.S. government is doing, we can’t have an effective democratic debate about what U.S. policy should be.

Faced with the threat of persecution by the U.S, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied to the government of Ecuador for political asylum. Join Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, and Tom Hayden in urging President Correa to grant Snowden’s asylum request.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/snowden

Recently, as part of a CodePink peace delegation to Yemen, I met with the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Gerald Feierstein. We delivered a petition signed by over 18,000 people urging Ambassador Feierstein to work quickly to transfer the Yemenis at Guantanamo who have been cleared for release and to work quickly to curtail U.S. drone strikes in Yemen as President Obama as promised.

In the course of this conversation, Ambassador Feierstein claimed that there are no “signature strikes” in Yemen – no strikes in which the U.S. doesn’t know who it is targeting. This claim is completely at odds with press reports. When I told a British reporter that Ambassador Feierstein had said this, she said: “He wouldn’t dare say that to me, because he knows I’d laugh in his face.”

This disconnect between what U.S. government officials say about the drone strikes and the record of independent reporting is only possible because of official government secrecy around the drone strikes. This secrecy is enabled by the unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers. This secrecy is a key obstacle to our efforts to reform U.S. foreign policy.

Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Tom Hayden Urge President Correa to Grant Snowden Asylum

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A Spanish translation of this letter is here. Another Spanish version is posted at SOAWatch, here; and there is also one at Aporrea here. A French version is at Mémoire des luttes, here.

Dear President Correa,

We write to urge you to grant political asylum to whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Snowden’s disclosures have already done much to unveil the alarming scale of U.S. government spying on its own citizens and on people around the world. They have revealed severe overreach by the U.S.’ National Security Agency (NSA), which seeks to gather an overwhelming and invasive amount of information on people within the United States. Snowden has also revealed that the constant NSA surveillance also applies to millions of people outside the U.S., whose phone calls, emails and other communications are also indiscriminately targeted.

Hunger Striker Near Death? Set Timetable to Transfer Yemeni Detainees

On Wednesday, I met with family members of Yemenis detained at Guantanamo.

Personally, I think U.S. officials are working to try to repatriate the fifty-six Yemenis in Guantanamo who have been cleared for transfer.

But after President Obama’s promise to close Guantanamo didn’t come true, after waiting so long with little information, the families don’t know what to believe.

At this writing, Yemenis who have been cleared for transfer are on hunger strike.

Yemen’s human rights minister says that one of the Yemeni hunger strikers is near death.

It is a plausible danger that one of the Yemenis cleared for release will die on hunger strike, having lost faith that the U.S. will transfer him to Yemen any time in the near future.

If that happens, it would be a tragedy that could have been avoided.

That’s why we want President Obama to establish a public timetable for the transfer of the Yemenis cleared for release back to Yemen. The U.S. needs to communicate to the prisoners’ families that there is a clear horizon for sending their relatives home.

Will you join us in calling on President Obama to establish—and Members of Congress to support—a public timetable for the transfer of the Yemeni detainees cleared for release? You can sign our petition here:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/guantanamo-yemen

JFP 6/4: Assad backers 43% of Syria dead; US cops sanctions hit Iran medicines

Just Foreign Policy News, June 4, 2013
Assad backers 43% of Syria dead; US cops sanctions hit Iran medicines

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*Action: Tell Ambassador Feierstein: End Drone Strikes, Send Yeminis Home
Next week, Robert Naiman is heading to Yemen on a delegation of US peace advocates, where he'll be meeting Gerald Feierstein, the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen. He'll urge Ambassador Feierstein to use his influence to end US drone strikes in Yemen - especially "signature strikes" in which the US doesn't even know who it is targeting - and to ensure that Yemeni prisoners at Guantanamo who the US government has cleared for release are sent home without delay.
Add your voice!
Sign our petition and Naiman will hand-deliver it - with your signature - to Ambassador Feierstein:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/yemen

Help support my trip to Yemen!
Our delegation will help draw the media spotlight to the US's ongoing drone war in Yemen and put further pressure on the Administration to reform US drone strike policy.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/donate/yemen

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We're Delivering Signatures Against Drone Strikes in Yemen Next Week-Sign Today!

Next week, I'm heading to Yemen on a delegation of US peace advocates, where we'll be meeting Gerald Feierstein, the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen. We'll urge Ambassador Feierstein to use his influence to end U.S. drone strikes in Yemen—especially "signature strikes" in which the US doesn't even know who it is targeting—and to ensure that Yemeni prisoners at Guantanamo who the US government has cleared for release are sent home without delay.

Add your voice! Sign our petition and I'll hand-deliver it—with your signature—to Ambassador Feierstein:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/yemen

Thank you for all you do to help bring about a more just foreign policy,

Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy

Help support my trip to Yemen! Our delegation will help draw the media spotlight to the US's ongoing drone war in Yemen and put further pressure on the Administration to reform US drone strike policy.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/donate/yemen

JFP 5/31: NYT walks back Obama praise on sig strikes; Rep. Schiff seeks sunset of AUMF

Just Foreign Policy News, May 31, 2013
NYT walks back Obama praise on sig strikes; Rep. Schiff seeks sunset of AUMF

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*Action: Send Robert Naiman to Yemen
Just Foreign Policy's Robert Naiman is planning to join a Code Pink peace delegation to Yemen June 11-18, helping to raise the profile of Yemeni demands to repatriate Yemenis from Guantanamo and end US drone strikes. You can support this peace mission here:
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*Action: Cessez le Feu! Don't Let France Kill the Syria Peace Talks
France said it will oppose the Syria peace conference if Iran is invited. But for peace talks to have a chance to end the war, all the parties involved in the conflict have to be there. Excluding Iran would likely condemn the peace talks to failure. Tell Washington: for peace talks to work, everyone has to be there.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/diplomacy-faux-pas

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JFP 5/28: Aid to Syrian rebels challenged; how did Obama change drone policy?

Just Foreign Policy News, May 28, 2013
Aid to Syrian rebels challenged; how did Obama change drone policy?

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*Action: Cessez le Feu! Don't Let France Kill the Syria Peace Talks
France said it will oppose the Syria peace conference if Iran is invited. But for peace talks to have a chance to end the war, all the parties involved in the conflict have to be there. Excluding Iran would likely condemn the peace talks to failure. Tell Washington: for peace talks to work, everyone has to be there.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/diplomacy-faux-pas

May 30: Urge Compassionate Release for Detainee Attorney Lynne Stewart
Call the numbers listed below on Thursday, May 30 and request immediate action to grant Lynne Stewart Compassionate Release, as recommended by the warden at Carswell Federal Prison where Lynne is being held. Lynne has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Attorney General Eric Holder - 1 202 514-2001
Bureau of Prisons – Director Charles Samuels – 1 202 307-3198 ext 3
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JFP 5/23: US says to curtail drone strikes; Israel says ready for long war in Syria

Just Foreign Policy News, May 23, 2013
US says to curtail drone strikes; Israel says ready for long war in Syria

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Urge NYT Public Editor to Probe Times Coverage of Syria Chemical Arms Claim
Join Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting in urging the New York Times' Public Editor to investigate whether the paper showed appropriate skepticism in reporting on government officials' claims the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, a purported justification for war.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/syria-nyt

*Action: VoteVets.org: Stop the Senate from arming Syrian rebels

"Earlier this week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 15-3 in favor of arming and training the Syrian rebels. This is a misguided and dangerous idea. Three Senators voted against the bill in committee, but we need you to send a strong message to the other 97 that you oppose intervention in Syria's civil war."
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Cessez le Feu! Don't Let France Kill the Syria Peace Talks

Usually when we write to you, it's the U.S. government that is blocking chances for diplomacy to prevent, contain, reduce and end violent conflict.

But this time it's different. This time, it's the French who appear to be standing in the way of peace!

The U.S. and Russia have agreed to host a peace conference to try to end the Syrian civil war. But France says it will oppose the peace conference if Iran is invited. C'est scandaleux!

For peace talks to have a chance to end the war, all the parties involved in the conflict have to be there. Excluding Iran would likely condemn the peace talks to failure, more Syrian civilians would die for no reason, and calls for direct US military intervention would increase.

Join us in telling Washington to explain to France that trying to exclude Iran from the Syria peace talks would be a major faux pas.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/diplomacy-faux-pas

Last Friday, Reuters reported: [1]

“As far as we are concerned, not Iran," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot told reporters in Paris, discussing who should attend. "What's at stake is regional stability and we can't see how a country that represents a threat to this stability could attend this conference.”
The U.S., on the other hand, kept the possibility of Iran's participation open:

The United States said on Thursday that it was not ruling anyone in or out of the conference.
As Al-Monitor argued in a recent editorial, [2]

For the Geneva II conference on Syria to have the best chance of enacting a cease-fire and beginning a transition, Iran needs to be there.
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It should be a no-brainer to have all parties to a conflict represented at a peace conference. There is no "transition" in Syria absent a cease-fire, and no cease-fire without Iran, which provides the military and intelligence lifeline to the Assad regime.

Iran is unlikely to agree to a deal where its interests and influence are not recognized in Syria.

JFP 5/21: NYT goes Judy Miller on Syria; Rand: Iran nukes no big whoop

Just Foreign Policy News, May 21, 2013
NYT goes Judy Miller in Syria; Rand: Iran Nukes No Big Whoop

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Urge NYT Public Editor to Probe Times Coverage of Syria Chemical Arms Claim
Join Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting in urging the New York Times' Public Editor to investigate whether the paper showed appropriate skepticism in reporting on government officials' claims the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, a purported justification for war.
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Palestine in Israeli School Books: A Review
At "Education Review," Just Foreign Policy reviews "Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education," by Israeli scholar and human rights activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan.
http://www.edrev.info/reviews/rev1236.pdf

Video: Robert Greenwald: the War on Whistleblowers
Puts the AP scandal in context. Watch trailer, get DVD or download on iTunes.

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