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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.

JFP 6/9: Reset: Stephen Kinzer's Vision of a New U.S. Relationship with Turkey and Iran

Just Foreign Policy News
June 9, 2010

Reset: Stephen Kinzer's Vision of a New U.S. Relationship with Turkey and Iran
Some Americans may be surprised to see Turkey playing a more independent role. Liz Cheney says Turkey is part of a new axis of evil that wants to destroy Israel. It's quite opportune that Stephen Kinzer has a new book out this week that argues the opposite case: Turkey's more independent policy is good for America.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/reset-stephen-kinzers-vis_b_604867.html

Live Virtual Brown Bag with Stephen Kinzer
On Friday, June 11th at 1pm ET (12pm Central, 10am Pacific), Just Foreign Policy will be broadcasting a live, interactive virtual talk with former New York Times foreign correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer. Kinzer is promoting his new book, "RESET: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future," which is being published tomorrow.
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Brazil, Turkey Defy Washington on Iran Sanctions
The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution calling for new sanctions against Iran today. The man-bites-dog story is that two countries - Brazil and Turkey - voted no, while Lebanon abstained. That's a record.

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Brazil, Turkey Defy Washington on Iran Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution calling for new sanctions against Iran today. Wait, did you just yawn? Pay attention, there's real news here. The man-bites-dog story is that two countries - Brazil and Turkey - voted no, while Lebanon abstained.

That's a record. There's never been more than one no vote before; there's never been less than 14 yes votes before; it's only the second time that there were any no votes at all. And it's the first time any non-Muslim country voted no (Brazil.)

This is the sixth Security Council resolution attacking Iran's nuclear program since July 2006. Here's the scorecard:

 

Resolution 1696, July 31, 2006: Fourteen votes in favor to one against (Qatar.)


Resolution 1737, December 23, 2006
: passed unanimously

Resolution 1747, March 24, 2007: passed unanimously

Resolution 1803, March 3, 2008: passed by a vote of 14-0-1, with one abstention (Indonesia.)

Resolution 1835, September 27, 2008: passed unanimously

Resolution 1929, June 9, 2010: passed by 12 votes to two against (Brazil and Turkey) and one abstention from Lebanon

Why did Brazil and Turkey vote no?

Reset: Stephen Kinzer's Vision of a New U.S. Relationship with Turkey and Iran

Until quite recently, it seemed that Turkey had a clearly defined role in the Middle East, from the standpoint of U.S. policy. They were the "good Muslims," who were part of NATO, who contributed troops to U.S. wars, and who had good relations with Israel.

In the past few weeks, therefore, some Americans may have been startled to see the government of Turkey seemingly playing a very different role. First, together with Brazil, Turkey negotiated a nuclear fuel swap agreement with Iran to defuse the standoff over Iran's nuclear program and forestall a controversial U.S./Israeli push for new sanctions against Iran at the U.N. Although the deal was very similar to one proposed by the Obama Administration - and Brazil and Turkey had a letter from Obama encouraging them to press forward with the deal - Obama Administration officials dismissed the deal, and far from being grateful to Turkey and Brazil, made a show of being angry. But instead of being chastened, Turkey and Brazil insisted their deal was good - invoking their letter from Obama to demonstrate their case - and insisted that the U.S. should pursue it.

JFP 6/7: Cordesman says Israel "strategic liability" for US

Just Foreign Policy News
June 7, 2010


Live Virtual Brown Bag with Stephen Kinzer
On Friday, June 11th at 1pm ET (12pm Central, 10am Pacific), Just Foreign Policy will be broadcasting a live, interactive virtual talk with former New York Times foreign correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer. Kinzer is promoting his new book, "RESET: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future," which is being published tomorrow.
Find out more and register:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/kinzertalk

This week and next, Stephen will be in New York, DC, Chicago, SF, LA:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/kinzertour

Get the book from Powell's (Union shop)

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/buyreset

Al Jazeera Video: Israel Takes The Rachel Corrie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLnE08AVjZ8

Israel blocks cement shipment from entering Gaza

Israel refused to allow 500 tons of cement transported by the Rachel Corrie into Gaza.
http://nowlebanon.com/NewsArchiveDetails.aspx?ID=174699

Tristan Anderson comes home
After more than a year in a Tel Aviv hospital, activist and photo-journalist Tristan Anderson has returned to California. Tristan was critically injured when he was shot in the head at close range with a high-velocity tear gas canister at the Israeli Separation Wall on March 13, 2009, while taking photos following a demonstration against the apartheid wall in the West Bank village of Ni'lin.

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