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JFP 6/28: War Vote Expected This Week; NYT Attacks "Border"

Just Foreign Policy News
June 28, 2010

NYT Attacks "Border" with False Rant of Pro-Coup Reporter
No reasonable person would have bet serious money that news editors at the New York Times would be huge fans of Oliver Stone's new documentary about South America, "South of the Border." But still, there are supposed to be rules for newspapers like the Times. On Friday, the Times ran an attack on Oliver Stone's documentary by Larry Rohter. Not only was the Times attack inaccurate, more importantly, the Times failed to acknowledge the bias of Larry Rohter in running the article. Rohter covered Venezuela for the Times during the period of the April 2002 coup, and during the coup, on April 12, 2002, Rohter wrote a piece for the Times claiming that the coup was not a coup, but a popular uprising. That should have disqualified Rohter from writing a piece on the film for publication by the Times. At the very least, the paper should have acknowledged Rohter's previous advocacy for the coup - and its own.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/nyt-attacks-border-with-f_b_627984.html

FAIR: NYT Reporter, Playing Film Critic, Pans Film About Himself
http://www.fair.org/blog/?p=14962

Stone, Weisbrot, Ali Respond to Attack From the New York Times' Larry Rohter
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/oliver-stone-responds-to-attack-from-the-new-york-times-larry-rohter/

Scheduled screenings:
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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NYT Attacks "Border" with False Rant of Pro-Coup Reporter

No reasonable person would have bet serious money that news editors at the New York Times would be huge fans of Oliver Stone's new documentary about South America, "South of the Border." A key point of the film is that mainstream US press coverage of South America in recent years has generally followed State Department priorities more than objective news standards. The New York Times comes in for specific criticism in the film, which notes that the paper editorially backed the short-lived US-backed coup against the democratically-elected government of Venezuela in 2002. (Key evidence on the U.S. role in the coup can be found here. After the coup collapsed, the Times half-apologized for its pro-coup editorial, as also noted in the film.)

But still, accepting that no-one likes to be criticized, there are supposed to be rules for newspapers like the Times. In an editorial, they can express any opinion they want. But news articles are supposed to be accurate, and if a reporter has a direct interest or bias in a situation, the paper should assign another reporter or at least disclose the interest or bias.

But on Friday, the New York Times ran an attack on Oliver Stone's documentary by Larry Rohter, an attack that claimed the film was full of inaccuracies. Not only was the New York Times attack itself inaccurate in its factual claims, as documented by Oliver Stone, Mark Weisbrot, and Tariq Ali in their response - do they have fact-checkers at the Times?

JFP 6/25: Pelosi "Committed" to War Funds Next Week; NYT Reveals "Plan B"

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June 25, 2010

Speaker Pelosi, More War Funding Next Week is No "Emergency"
Speaker Pelosi says she is committed to passing an emergency war supplemental before the July Fourth recess. But there is no "emergency" requiring the House to throw another $33 billion into bloody and pointless occupation of Afghanistan before we celebrate the anniversary of our Declaration of Independence from foreign occupation. Representatives McGovern and Obey have demanded answers on Afghanistan and teachers' jobs at home before voting on more money for war. If the House wants those answers, it has to be prepared to call the Pentagon's bluff.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/25-10

27 Congress Members Write to Secretary Clinton on Honduras
The Members express "concern regarding the grievous violations of human rights and the democratic order which commenced with the coup and continue to this day."
http://bit.ly/b22zzd

Stone's "Border" Shows Fall of South America's Berlin Wall
The failure of the Bush Administration's effort to overthrow President Chavez sent a new signal about the limits of the ability of the U.S. to thwart popular democracy in the region. Following the reversal of the coup, presidents were elected across South America promising to reverse the disastrous economic policies promoted by Washington. The story of this dramatic transformation has been largely untold in the U.S.. But today, Oliver Stone's new documentary, "South of the Border," opens in New York.
http://www.truth-out.org/stones-border-shows-fall-south-americas-berlin-wall60732

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Speaker Pelosi, More War Funding Next Week is No "Emergency"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is committed to passing an emergency war supplemental before the July Fourth recess, Roll Call reports.

Let us be perfectly clear, as President Obama might say. There is no "emergency" requiring the House to throw another $33 billion into our increasingly bloody and pointless occupation of Afghanistan before we all go off to celebrate the anniversary of our Declaration of Independence from foreign occupation.

This fact - that there is no emergency requiring an immediate appropriation - is absolutely critical, because the claim that there is some "emergency" requiring an immediate infusion of cash, otherwise there will be some new apocalyptic catastrophe, is the means by which the Pentagon and the White House hope to dodge two sets of questions about the war supplemental urgently being asked by Democratic leaders in the House.

Secretary Gates has complained that if the war money is not approved by July 4, the Pentagon might have to do "stupid things" like furlough civilian Pentagon employees. I am not in favor of furloughs, even of Pentagon employees (can we furlough someone who approves breaking into Afghans' homes in the middle of the night and killing pregnant women?), but as "stupid" goes, furloughing Pentagon employees doesn't hold a candle to laying off public school teachers, which is the likely consequence of allowing the Pentagon and the White House dodge their critics in the House.

The war funding proposal has been sitting in the inbox for six months. What kind of "emergency" is that? The $33 billion represents about five percent of the gargantuan Pentagon budget. The Pentagon can live with a little more delay, while we get answers to some urgent questions.

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JFP 6/24 - Gareth Porter: Petraeus Could Cut an Afghan Deal; Shimon Peres: Engage with Hamas

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June 24, 2010

Stone's "Border" Shows Fall of South America's Berlin Wall
In April 2002, a U.S.-backed coup against the democratically-elected government of Venezuela collapsed. The failure of the Bush Administration's effort to overthrow President Chavez was world-historical for South America because it sent a powerful new signal about the limits of the ability of the U.S. to thwart popular democracy in the region. Following the reversal of the coup, presidents were elected across South America promising to reverse the disastrous economic policies promoted by Washington. The story of this dramatic transformation has been largely untold in the U.S.. But on Friday, Oliver Stone's new documentary, "South of the Border," opens in New York.
http://www.truth-out.org/stones-border-shows-fall-south-americas-berlin-wall60732

Media Matters mp3: Bob McChesney talks with co-writer and JFP President Mark Weisbrot about "South of the Border"
http://will.uiuc.edu/media/mediamatters100620.mp3

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

http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

98 House Members are on the McGovern bill
98 Reps. have co-sponsored the McGovern bill, calling for a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, 3 short of our goal of 101. Is your Representative among them?
http://noescalation.org/2010/05/05/withdrawal-timetable/
If not, ask your Rep. to co-sponsor:

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JFP 6/23: Stone's "Border" Shows Fall of South America's Berlin Wall

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June 23, 2010

Stone's "Border" Shows Fall of South America's Berlin Wall
On April 13, 2002, an event occurred in Venezuela which was as world-historical for South America as the fall of the Berlin Wall was for Eastern Europe: a U.S.-backed coup against the democratically-elected government of Venezuela collapsed. The failure of the Bush Administration's effort to overthrow President Chavez was world-historical for South America because it sent a powerful new signal about the limits of the ability of the United States to thwart popular democracy in the region. Following the reversal of the U.S.-backed coup, a succession of presidents were elected across South America promising to reverse the disastrous economic policies promoted by Washington. The story of this dramatic transformation has been largely untold in the United States. But on Friday, Oliver Stone's new documentary, "South of the Border" opens in New York.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/stones-border-shows-fall_b_622643.html

Media Matters mp3: Bob McChesney talks with co-writer and JFP President Mark Weisbrot about "South of the Border"
http://will.uiuc.edu/media/mediamatters100620.mp3

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

http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

Tom Andrews: 3 Things You Missed in Rolling Stone's McChrystal Profile

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Stone's "Border" Shows Fall of South America's Berlin Wall

On April 13, 2002, an event occurred in Venezuela which was as world-historical for South America as the fall of the Berlin Wall was for Eastern Europe: a U.S.-backed coup against the democratically-elected government of Venezuela collapsed. The Bush Administration's efforts to promote the coup failed, in the face of popular resistance in Venezuela, and diplomatic resistance in the region.

The failure of the Bush Administration's effort to overthrow President Chavez was world-historical for South America because it sent a powerful new signal about the limits of the ability of the United States to thwart popular democracy in the region. In the years prior to the reversal of the U.S.-backed coup, popular movements in South America had suffered from a widespread "Allende syndrome": a key legacy of the U.S.-orchestrated overthrow of democracy in Chile in 1973 was the widespread belief that there was a sharp limit to the popular economic reforms that could be achieved through the ballot box, because the United States simply wouldn't allow formal democracy in the region to respond to the economic needs of the majority.

Following the reversal of the U.S.-backed coup, a succession of Presidents were elected across South America promising to reverse the disastrous economic policies promoted by Washington in the region through the International Monetary Fund for the previous twenty years and to promote instead the economic interests of the majority: Brazil elected Lula in 2002, Argentina elected Nestor Kirchner in 2003, Bolivia elected Evo Morales in 2005, Ecuador elected Rafael Correa in 2006, and Paraguay elected Fernando Lugo in 2008.

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

Just Foreign Policy News
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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http://bit.ly/9mT4Fz

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

Just Foreign Policy News
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

Just Foreign Policy News
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

Get the book

http://bit.ly/9mT4Fz

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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