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JFP 6/22: Firing McChrystal Not Enough; Gazans Need Cement and Free Passage

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June 22, 2010

Washinton Post User Poll: 70% say McChrystal Should be Fired
http://views.washingtonpost.com/post-user-polls/2010/06/should-gen-stanley-mcchrystal-be-fired.html

Tom Andrews: Firing McChrystal is Not Enough
It's not enough to fire General McChrystal for his latest public act of insubordination. It's time to fire the entire Afghanistan strategy. How can Congress possibly appropriate an additional $33 billion to a General who does not believe in the mission, the Commander-in-Chief or the administration officials he so obviously holds in contempt? The answer is obvious: it can't.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-andrews/firing-mcchrystal-is-not_b_621213.html

Is "South of the Border" coming to your town?
Oliver Stone's documentary about progressive change in Latin America opens at Angelika Film Center in New York June 25. Special screenings at Silverdocs in DC on June 23, at the US Social Forum in Detroit June 24.
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

Virtual Brown Bag with Stephen Kinzer

Our Virtual Brown Bag with Stephen Kinzer is on the web. Kinzer spoke about his new book, RESET: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future and addressed recent conflicts with Turkey over Gaza and Iran.
http://justforeignpolicy.org/kinzertalk

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JFP 6/21: Gates Nixes Biden Drawdown Pledge; Israel Vows Lebanese Women Won't Reach Gaza

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June 21, 2010

Democracy Now: Oliver Stone on "South of the Border"
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/6/21/academy_award_winning_filmmaker_oliver_stone

Is "South of the Border" coming to your town?
Oliver Stone's documentary about progressive change in Latin America opens in New York June 25.
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

Uri Avnery: A Flash of Lightning
The Chief of the Mossad told the Knesset last week: "For the US, we have ceased to be an asset and become a burden." The present generation of idealistic youngsters from all over the world, who would once have volunteered for the kibbutzim, can now be found on the decks of the ships sailing for downtrodden, choked and starved Gaza.
http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1276942826/

Obey's Afghanistan: At Long Last, It's Guns vs. Butter
At long last, Rep. David Obey has called the question: which is more important to America - saving teachers' jobs, or pointless killing in Afghanistan? This could be the beginning of the end of the Washington consensus that wars and other military spending exist on their own fiscal planet. There is a freight train coming called "deficit reduction," and if cuts in military spending aren't on board the train, the cargo will be cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits.
http://www.truth-out.org/obeys-afghanistan-at-long-last-its-guns-vs-butter60555

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JFP 6/18: Obey's Guns v. Butter; Gaza Blockade Not Lifted

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June 18, 2010

Obey's Afghanistan: At Long Last, It's Guns vs. Butter
At long last, Rep. David Obey has called the question: which is more important to America - saving teachers' jobs, or pointless killing in Afghanistan? This could be the beginning of the end of the Washington consensus that wars and other military spending exist on their own fiscal planet. There is a freight train coming called "deficit reduction," and if cuts in military spending aren't on board the train, the cargo will be cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/obeys-afghanistan-at-long_b_617302.html

Virtual Brown Bag with Stephen Kinzer

Our June 11th Virtual Brown Bag with Stephen Kinzer is now on the web. Kinzer spoke about his new book, RESET: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future and spoke about recent events involving Turkey and Iran.
http://justforeignpolicy.org/kinzertalk

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Is "South of the Border" coming to your town?

Oliver Stone's powerful new documentary about progressive change in Latin America opens in New York June 25. JFP President Mark Weisbrot co-wrote the script. http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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Obey's Afghanistan: At Long Last, It's Guns vs. Butter

One of the many destructive legacies of the Reagan Era was the effective Washington consensus that wars and other military spending exist on their own fiscal planet. Reagan got a Dixiecrat Congress to double military spending at a time when the U.S. was not at war (unless you were a poor person in Central America.) Meanwhile, Reagan got the Dixiecrat Congress to cut domestic spending - we just couldn't afford those costly social programs. Reagan pretended the two things were totally unrelated, and the Dixiecrat Congress went along.

Ever since, the Democratic leadership and the big Democratic constituency groups have largely collaborated in maintaining the destructive fiction that we can shovel tax dollars to war and to corporate welfare called "defense spending" without having any impact on our ability to provide quality education, health care, effective enforcement of environmental, civil rights, and worker safety laws, and other basic services to our citizens that are taken for granted by the citizens of every other industrialized country.

But maybe - maybe - that destructive connivance is coming to an end.

This week, House Appropriations Committee Chair David Obey told the White House that he was going to sit on the Administration's request for $33 billion more for pointless killing in Afghanistan until the White House acted on House Democratic demands to unlock federal money to aid the states in averting a wave of layoffs of teachers and other public employees.

Obey didn't just link the two issues rhetorically; he linked them with the threat of effective action.

At last, at long last.

But why is David Obey standing alone?

Perhaps, behind the scenes, the big Democratic constituency groups are pulling for Obey.

JFP 6/17: Guam: Self-Determination, or More U.S. Troops?

Just Foreign Policy News
June 17, 2010

Guam: Self-Determination, or More U.S. Troops?
We rarely discuss the fact that there are places in the world that are actual U.S. colonies. A small corrective is being offered as part of Asian Pacific Heritage Month by PBS, which is webcasting Vanessa Warheit's documentary, The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands, until next Sunday, June 20.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/guam-self-determination-o_b_614688.html
Webcast link:
http://video.pbs.org/video/1499420997

Independent journalists dismantling Israel's hold on media narrative

Abraham Greenhouse and Nora Barrows-Friedman review the evidence that independent journalists have put forward undermining the Israeli government narrative of its attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11340.shtml

Video: Courage Makes Appearance in Congress

Rep. Chellie Pingree challenges Petraeus: "I disagree with you, basically, on the premise that our continued military presence in Afghanistan actually strengthens our national security."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-andrews/courage-makes-appearance_b_616388.html

Is "South of the Border" coming to your town?

Oliver Stone's powerful new documentary about progressive change in Latin America opens in the US this month. JFP President Mark Weisbrot co-wrote the script. http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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Guam: Self-Determination, or More U.S. Troops?

Usually, when someone refers to a place as a "U.S. colony," they are making an analogy, suggesting that U.S. influence somewhere is so strong, and the indigenous residents of the place have so little effective say over key decisions, that it's as if the place were a formal U.S. colony.

But, remarkably, and perhaps predictably, for a country whose leaders, editorialists and pundits constantly pontificate about how we are an indispensable force for freedom in the world, we rarely discuss the fact that there are places in the world that are actual U.S. colonies. Still less do we consider whether we are complying with our international obligations to respect the right of self-determination for colonized peoples, and if we are not, what we could do to change that.

A small corrective is being offered as part of Asian Pacific Heritage Month by PBS, which is webcasting Vanessa Warheit's documentary, The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands until next Sunday, June 20.

JFP 6/15: Iran sends aid ship to Gaza; Oliver Stone talks to Bill Maher about South America

Just Foreign Policy News
June 15, 2010

Iran Sends Aid Boat to Gaza, Risking Exposure of Hyped Israel-Iran Conflict
For all the rhetoric from Iran, by focusing on what matters, the government of Turkey proved to be a much bigger thorn in the side of the Israeli government.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/iran-sends-aid-boat-to-ga_b_612736.html

Oliver Stone: Real Time with Bill Maher
Oliver Stone talks about "South of the Border": the U.S. media missed the revolution in South America.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgqirDkMPs8

Is "South of the Border" coming to your town?
Oliver Stone's powerful new documentary about progressive change in Latin America opens in the US this month. JFP President Mark Weisbrot co-wrote the script. http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

Democracy Now: Stephen Kinzer: "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future"
Stephen Kinzer charts a new vision for US foreign policy in the region.
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/6/14/steven_kinzer_reset_iran_turkey_and

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Iran Sends Aid Boat to Gaza, Risking Exposure of Hyped Israel-Iran Conflict

With all the ballyhoo about the alleged "existential" conflict between Israel and Iran, you might think that the news that Iran is trying to send an aid boat to Gaza, in the wake of the Israeli military attack on the Turkish aid boat that killed eight Turks and an American, would occasion a great wailing and gnashing of teeth in the American media. But the American reaction so far seems rather muted, and Iranian government officials, who in the past have at times seemed followers of the Saddam Hussein school of propaganda ("you will be buried in the sand while your wives sleep with rich Arabs,") now seem more loyal to the Maz Jobrani school ("I am Persian, like the cat. Meow!")

CNN reports:

 

Iran's Fars news agency also reported that top Iranian officials will allow two other ships to leave, but its navy will not escort them.

"Maj. Gen. Salami, deputy commander IRGC (Islamic Revolution Guard Corps), discussing the humanitarian aid ships to Gaza, said that protecting these ships is not on the agenda of the IRGC," Fars said.

You may have heard that the IRGC has a force called the "Qods Brigade." It's a provocative name - Qods is the Arabic name of Jerusalem. Imagine if, during the struggle against apartheid, the government of Angola had an elite fighting force called the "Johannesburg Brigade." Presumably some white South Africans might have regarded that as provocative.

Brave words. And yet: now that the Iranian aid ship could clearly use a bit of protection - if it truly intends to sail to Gaza, as opposed to just claiming that it will do so - the bravely-named "Qods Brigade" apparently has other business to attend to.

JFP News 6/11 - Israel: Gaza blockade not for security; NYT: blockade has failed

Just Foreign Policy News
June 11, 2010

Is "South of the Border" coming to your town?
Oliver Stone's powerful new documentary about progressive change in Latin America opens in the US this month. JFP President Mark Weisbrot co-wrote the script. Is "South of the Border" coming to your town?
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

Reset: Stephen Kinzer's Vision of a New U.S. Relationship with Turkey and Iran
Liz Cheney says Turkey is part of a new axis of evil that wants to destroy Israel. But Stephen Kinzer's new book out argues Turkey's independent policy is good for America.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/reset-stephen-kinzers-vis_b_604867.html

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Brazil, Turkey Defy Washington on Iran Sanctions
The Security Council approved a resolution calling for new sanctions against Iran yesterday. Brazil and Turkey - voted no, while Lebanon abstained. That's a record.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/brazil-turkey-defy-washin_b_606502.html

Beverly Bell: "So That Everyone Can Eat, Produce It Here"
Food sovereignty and land reform in Haiti.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert: Invite Netanyahu to Address a Joint Session of Congress

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Invite P.M. Netanyahu to Address a Joint Session of Congress

From: The Honorable Louie Gohmert
Date: 6/10/2010

Dear Colleague: 

The United States and Israel have a special friendship based on shared values, and together share the common goal of peace and security in the Middle East. Unfortunately, our bond with Israel has shown very public cracks at a crucial time for our close ally.

As Members of Congress, we must provide the world an IMMEDIATE visual image that we still firmly stand with Israel by inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. The symbolism of both sides of the aisle standing together applauding the Israeli Prime Minister would be powerful enough to send the message that friends may have disagreements, but they will still stand strongly with each other.

Please join me in sending a letter to our Speaker requesting that Prime Minister Netanyahu be invited. Israel is a sovereign nation that has the right to defend itself, its borders and its ports in the interests of its national security. Reports coming out of Israel indicate that the Gaza flotilla passengers were anything but peace activists.