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JFP 11/29: Wikileaks Honduras: State Dept. Busted on Support of Coup

Just Foreign Policy News
November 29, 2010

Wikileaks Honduras: State Dept. Busted on Support of Coup
According to a leaked cable, by July 24, 2009, the U.S. government was totally clear about the basic facts of what took place in Honduras on June 28, 2009. But a month after the cable was sent, the State Department was publicly pretending that the facts were murky and needed further study. Why did the State Department drag its feet, pretending that facts which it knew to be clear-cut were murky? Why didn't the State Department speak publicly after July 24 with the same moral clarity as the July 24 cable from the Embassy in Honduras? Had it done so, history might have been different.

Why this matters now: because major US media refuse to report evidence of US "involvement" in coups in Venezuela, Haiti, and Honduras, or acknowledge that it exists, and that's why we're trying to help as many Americans as possible see the Oliver Stone documentary, "South of the Border."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/wikileaks-honduras-state_b_789282.html

*Action: Host a "South of the Border" Screening Party
The Haitian elections yesterday - which, the Washington Post reports, have been denounced as fraudulent by most of the major candidates - took place in an environment established by the 2004 coup backed by the United States. But in US media, the 2004 coup - and the US role in it - don't exist.
Help educate your community about what the U.S. has been doing in Latin America. On December 10 - Human Rights Day - host a house party to watch Oliver Stone's documentary "South of the Border," and tune in to a live webcast with Just Foreign Policy President Mark Weisbrot, who co-wrote the script.

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Wikileaks Honduras: State Dept. Busted on Support of Coup

By July 24, 2009, the U.S. government was totally clear about the basic facts of what took place in Honduras on June 28, 2009. The U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa sent a cable to Washington with subject: "Open and Shut: The Case of the Honduran Coup," asserting that "there is no doubt" that the events of June 28 "constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup." The Embassy listed arguments being made by supporters of the coup to claim its legality, and dismissed them thus: "none ... has any substantive validity under the Honduran constitution." The Honduran military clearly had no legal authority to remove President Zelaya from office or from Honduras, the Embassy said, and their action - the Embassy described it as an "abduction" and "kidnapping" - was clearly unconstitutional.

It is inconceivable that any top U.S. official responsible for U.S. policy in Honduras was not familiar with the contents of the July 24 cable, which summarized the assessment of the U.S. Embassy in Honduras on key facts that were politically disputed by supporters of the coup regime. The cable was addressed to Tom Shannon, then Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Harold Koh, the State Department's Legal Adviser; and Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council. The cable was sent to the White House and to Secretary of State Clinton.

But despite the fact that the U.S. government was crystal clear on what had transpired, the U.S. did not immediately cut off all aid to Honduras except "democracy assistance," as required by U.S. law.

JFP 11/24: Pentagon says Afghan violence at record high

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November 24, 2010

*Action: Host a "South of the Border" Screening Party
Bolivian President Evo Morales criticizes US involvement in coups in Latin America, but the AP claims critics have provided "no clear evidence" of US involvement in the coup in Venezuela.
On December 10 - Human Rights Day - host a house party to watch Oliver Stone's documentary "South of the Border," and tune in to a live webcast with Just Foreign Policy President Mark Weisbrot, who co-wrote the script. Help educate your community about what the U.S. has been doing in Latin America.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/southofobama

*Action: Urge Obama to Keep 2011 Drawdown Promise
Vice-President Biden and Speaker Pelosi said in July 2011 there would be a "serious drawdown" (Pelosi) involving "a whole lot of people" (Biden.) Urge President Obama to keep his promise with a serious and significant drawdown in July 2011.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/july2011

Jimmy Carter: North Korea's consistent message to the U.S.
Former President Carter says North Korea has sent a consistent message that during direct talks with the United States, it is ready to conclude an agreement to end its nuclear programs, put them all under IAEA inspection and conclude a permanent peace treaty to replace the "temporary" cease-fire of 1953. We should consider responding to this offer, Carter argues. The unfortunate alternative is for North Koreans to take whatever actions they consider necessary to defend themselves from what they claim to fear most: a military attack supported by the US, along with efforts to change the political regime.

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JFP 11/23: Chavez calls for UN troops to quit Haiti

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November 23, 2010

Stan Greenberg: Afghanistan War Likely Cause of Primary Challenge
Officials are trying to make voters forget the Administration promised to start drawing down troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 by "pivoting" to the "aspirational goal" that "most" U.S. "combat troops" will be withdrawn by 2014. The Administration still says it will withdraw some troops in July 2011, but press reports suggest that the Administration may try to make this a "symbolic" withdrawal, not the "serious drawdown" involving "a whole lot of people" voters were led to expect. But it may not be so easy to sweep the President's July 2011 promise into the dustbin of history: Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg suggests that continued escalation is likely to draw a primary challenge.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/stan-greenberg-afghanista_b_787470.html

*Action: Host a "South of the Border" Screening Party
Bolivian President Evo Morales criticizes US involvement in coups in Latin America, but the AP claims there was "no clear evidence" of US involvement in the coup in Venezuela (#6 below.)
But in Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border, "clear evidence" is presented.
On December 10, host a house party to watch South of the Border, and tune in to a live webcast with Just Foreign Policy President Mark Weisbrot, who co-wrote the script.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/southofobama

*Action: Urge Obama to Keep 2011 Drawdown Promise

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Instructions: Signing up to host a South of the Border house party Dec. 10

Here are some instructions to help you use the form for registering to host a "South of Obama" house party:

In the first part, enter your own information. To move between fields, use the tab button or your mouse, don't click enter or return.

In the second part, enter the information about where you plan to host the party (the location information could be the same, if it's at your own house.)

Where is says "Start" click in the box. A calendar should pop up. The date should be set to December 10. You can leave that, because all the house parties will be on December 10. To the right you should see times. Select the time appropriate to your time zone: 9pm eastern, 8pm central, 7pm mountain, 6pm pacific. You can start your event a little earlier if you like, but all events have to start by 9pm eastern, because that's when the national broadcast will start. At the top, select "PM".

Where it says "End" click in the box. Now select a time two hours or so past your start time; that allows time for the movie and discussion.

Fill in the address, city, state and zip for your venue.

Under Maximum Attendees, put the maximum number of people you can accommodate at your event. Note that this number should not be more than 100.

You're done! You won't be able to view your event and email people right away, because we have to approve the events. We will be in touch with you in a few days to confirm your event.

Thanks for agreeing to participate!

Stan Greenberg: Afghanistan War Likely Cause of Primary Challenge

Press reports have suggested that Administration officials are trying to make Democratic voters forget that the Administration promised to start drawing down troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 by "pivoting" to the "aspirational goal" that "most" U.S. "combat troops" will be withdrawn by 2014. The Administration still says it will withdraw some troops in July 2011, but press reports suggest that the Administration may try to make this a "symbolic" withdrawal, not the "serious drawdown" (as Speaker Pelosi put it) involving "a whole lot of people" (as Vice-President Biden put it) that Democrats were led to expect.

But if these press reports about Administration strategy are correct, Administration political strategists may have another think coming. Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg suggests that continued escalation of the war in Afghanistan would be likely to draw a primary challenge, the Christian Science Monitor reports:

 

As Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg was leaving a Monitor breakfast last week, he was asked about the possibility that President Obama might face a Democratic primary challenge in 2012.

Mr. Greenberg's two-word answer: "Watch Afghanistan."

As the Monitor notes, a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 62 percent of Democrats say US troops should not be in Afghanistan.

JFP 11/22: UN Admits May Have Brought Cholera to Haiti, Says Will Investigate

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November 22, 2010

*Action: "South of Obama": Host a "South of the Border" Screening Party
On December 10 - Human Rights Day - host a house party to watch South of the Border, Oliver Stone's movie which shines a light on U.S. policy in Latin America - and tune in to a live webcast where you can ask questions of Just Foreign Policy President Mark Weisbrot, who co-wrote the script..
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/southofobama

*Action: Urge Obama to Keep 2011 Drawdown Promise
Vice-President Biden and Speaker Pelosi said in July 2011 there would be a "serious drawdown" (Pelosi) involving "a whole lot of people" (Biden.) Urge President Obama to keep his promise with a serious and significant drawdown in July 2011.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/july2011

UN Troops in Haiti - Timetable for Withdrawal?

Last week, protesters in Haiti demanded that UN troops leave the country. How long does the UN plan to keep troops in Haiti? Would it not be appropriate to announce a timetable according to which security responsibilities will be transferred to Haitian authorities and UN troops will leave?
http://www.truth-out.org/un-troops-haiti-timetable-withdrawal65335

Video: Quantitative Easing Re-Explained
Have people who don't care about unemployment confused your friends about the Fed's "Quantitative Easing"? Do they see inflation hiding under every bed? A real econobunny explains all.
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7738663/

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JFP 11/19: UN Troops in Haiti - A Timetable for Withdrawal?

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November 19, 2010

UN Troops in Haiti - Timetable for Withdrawal?
Protesters in Haiti are chanting: "MINUSTAH go home." Why do UN troops remain in Haiti? When do they plan to leave?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/un-troops-in-haiti--time_b_785981.html

*Action: Urge Obama to Keep 2011 Drawdown Promise
Vice-President Biden and Speaker Pelosi said that in July 2011 there would be a "serious drawdown" (Pelosi) involving "a whole lot of people" (Biden.) Urge President Obama to keep his promise with a serious and significant drawdown in July 2011.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/july2011

Rep. Barbara Lee: No Delaying Reality in Afghanistan
President Obama assured the American people that "open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the Afghan people's." The American people agree, Mr. President, and most importantly, they oppose this war. It is time for the Administration and for Congress to come together and end, rather than prolong, America's longest war.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-barbara-lee/no-delaying-reality-in-af_b_786212.html

Gareth Porter: Evidence of Iran Nuclear Weapons Program May Be Fraudulent

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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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