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JFP 3/8: Kerry dodges question on need for UN to authorize no fly zone

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March 8, 2011

"No-Fly Zone"? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter Is Supreme Law
It's one thing for Senator McCain to engage in what Defense Secretary Gates called "loose talk" about U.S. military intervention in Libya. It's far more damaging for Senator Kerry to do it. Of course, Kerry voted yes on the Iraq war in 2002, and in August 2004 said he stood by his vote. Kerry was wrong then and is wrong now; a no-fly zone in Libya, if it is not authorized by the UN Security Council, would violate the UN Charter. The framers of the UN Charter gave this power to the Security Council for a reason: to ensure that military force would only be authorized with broad consent. The Security Council should use its leverage to press for a diplomatic resolution of the conflict that recognizes the interests of all the stakeholders in Libya.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/no-fly-zone-senator-kerry_b_833060.html

On Sunday, Kerry dodged a question from Washington Stakeout on whether a no-fly zone would require UN authorization:
Kerry: Authorization for No-Fly Zone "Would be Better"
http://www.washingtonstakeout.com/

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya

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"No Fly Zone"? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter is Supreme Law

Surely no-one has been surprised to see Senator McCain engaged in what Defense Secretary Gates has rightly called "loose talk" about the use of U.S. military force in Libya.

But to see Senator John Kerry, the Democratic head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - the man who as a Vietnam veteran joined other anti-war veterans in asking who would be the last American to be asked to die in Vietnam - engage in such "loose talk" - that is a more painful cut.

Of course, this is the same Senator Kerry who voted to authorize the U.S. invasion of Iraq in October 2002, even though such action was never authorized by the UN Security Council, and was therefore a major war crime in international law - the crime of aggression. And this is the same Senator Kerry who, as a presidential candidate in August 2004, stood by his vote for the war.

Here is a basic fact about the world that mainstream U.S. media - and politicians like John Kerry - generally find distasteful to acknowledge. The Charter of the United Nations rules out the use of military force by one UN member state against another except in two cases: self-defense against armed attack, and actions approved by the UN Security Council.

Obviously, Libya has not attacked the United States, and there is no realistic prospect that it will do so.

Therefore, because it is an act of war, in order to be legal under international law, the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya must be approved by the UN Security Council. There is no way around it.

The United Nations Charter is not an obscure document that can be safely ignored when it is convenient to do so. It is the founding document of the United Nations. It is the Constitution of the world.

JFP 3/7: Libyan Rebels Accused Of Targeting Blacks; Sens Ask No Fly Zone; Zenga Zenga goes viral

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March 7, 2011

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya
Unilateral U.S. military action without UN Security Council authorization would be a grave violation of the UN Charter. As U.S. military officials have pointed out, the imposition of a "no-fly zone" would not be "bloodless": it would be preceded by extensive bombing of Libya's anti-aircraft facilities. Such bombing would almost certainly cause civilian casualties. As Defense Secretary Gates has said, the last thing the U.S. needs is a war in another Muslim country. Urge the White House and your representatives to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/nobombsforlibya

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
"H.R.780 - To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan."
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't. You can reach your Rep. through the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
You can view the cosponsors here (recent: Velazquez, 3/3/2011; Nadler, 3/3/2011; Hirono, 3/3/2011):
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR00780:@@@P
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http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

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JFP 3/4: Former Officers Warn Against Military Intervention in Libya

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March 4, 2011

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya
Unilateral U.S. military action without UN Security Council authorization would be a grave violation of the UN Charter. As U.S. military officials have pointed out, the imposition of a "no-fly zone" would not be "bloodless": it would be preceded by extensive bombing of Libya's anti-aircraft facilities. Such bombing would almost certainly cause civilian casualties. As Defense Secretary Gates has said, the last thing the U.S. needs is a war in another Muslim country. Urge the White House and your representatives to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/nobombsforlibya

In Libya, Diplomacy Could Save Lives and the World Economy

Hillary Clinton defended the State Department budget in Congress this week by pointing out that diplomatic interventions can prevent expensive wars. Now she can demonstrate her argument by example in Libya. A Venezuelan proposal for a diplomatic resolution calmed oil markets when it was reported that the Libyan government had accepted the proposal and the Arab League was considering it.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/in-libya-diplomacy-could-_b_830886.html

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan

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JFP 3/3: Market Reaction to Libya Peace Plan Suggests Diplomatic Opening

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March 3, 2011

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya
Unilateral U.S. military action without UN Security Council authorization would be a grave violation of the UN Charter. As U.S. military officials have pointed out, the imposition of a "no-fly zone" would not be "bloodless": it would be preceded by extensive bombing of Libya's anti-aircraft facilities. Such bombing would almost certainly cause civilian casualties. As Defense Secretary Gates has said, the last thing the U.S. needs is a war in another Muslim country. Urge the White House and your representatives to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/nobombsforlibya

In Libya, Diplomacy Could Save Lives and the World Economy

Hillary Clinton defended the State Department budget in Congress this week by pointing out that diplomatic interventions can prevent expensive wars. Now she can demonstrate her argument by example in Libya. A Venezuelan proposal for a diplomatic resolution calmed oil markets when it was reported that the Libyan government had accepted the proposal and the Arab League was considering it.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/in-libya-diplomacy-could-_b_830886.html

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan

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In Libya, Diplomacy Could Save Lives and the World Economy

Secretary of State Clinton defended the State Department budget in Congress this week by pointing out that diplomatic interventions can prevent expensive wars. Now the State Department has a spectacular opportunity to demonstrate Secretary Clinton's argument by example. It can support robust diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya without a further escalation in violence.

Pipe dream? The Wall Street Journal reports today that the price of oil fell on world markets when Al Jazeera reported that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had accepted a plan proposed by Venezuela that called for a multinational commission to mediate the conflict with rebel groups; Reuters reports that Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said the peace plan was "under consideration."

Of course, this doesn't mean that peace is about to break out. For example, a leader of the rebels has reportedly rejected the call for peace.

But here are some facts that should create an opening for diplomacy: the armed rebels seem to have very little military prospect of taking Tripoli. The Libyan government seems to have very little military prospect of retaking most rebel-held territory.

JFP 3/2: UK Foreign Affairs Cmte Says War Failing, Wants Negotiations Now

Just Foreign Policy News
March 2, 2011

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
"H.R.780 - To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan."
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't. You can reach your Rep. through the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
You can view the cosponsors here:
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h780/show
You can ask your Rep. to co-sponsor here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

Churches for Middle East Peace: Tell Congress Israeli-Palestinian peace is a priority
CMEP urges folks to meet with their representatives March 21 – 25.
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=6qpmlpPk8UXfnEmwrS0SOADHlgY0vp9j

Anti-War message at the Wisconsin protest

"Support Workers' Rights: Bring Our War Dollars Home!"
Pictured: Milwaukee's 3rd district alderman Nik Kovac is second from right. Erik Sperling of Wisconsin Peace Action is at far right.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44933821@N04/5483532187/in/set-72157626036850845/

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JFP 3/1: Pentagon Dubious of No-Fly Zone in Libya

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March 1, 2011

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
"H.R.780 - To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan."
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't. You can reach your Rep. through the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
You can view the cosponsors here:
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h780/show
You can ask your Rep. to co-sponsor here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

Anti-war banner in the Wisconsin protest
Some JFP supporters from Milwaukee took up the suggestion to bring an anti-war theme into the Wisconsin protests on Saturday:
"Support Workers Rights: Bring Our War Dollars Home!"
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/181715_896029862078_26703675_46389134_7035209_s.jpg

Video: Waiting for Aristide
In this video, Paul Burke talks to Haitians about why they want Aristide to return.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvvDqabqU94

Glenn Greenwald: The military/media attacks on the Hastings article

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JFP 2/28: Who's blocking Aristide's return? DNC passes resln against Afghan War

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February 28, 2011

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
"H.R.780 - To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan."
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't. You can reach your Rep. through the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
You can view the cosponsors here:
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h780/show
You can ask your Rep. to co-sponsor here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

Mark Weisbrot: Haitians Demand New Elections
US pressure forcing election runoff only with candidates they favor.
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6288

Anti-War candidate mulling Congressional run in IL-10
"I support a fixed timetable to extricate ourselves from the quagmire in Afghanistan." Ilya Sheyman was Field Director for Democracy for America and National Mobilization Director at MoveOn.
http://www.ilyasheyman.com/issues/

Rolling Stone/Michael Hastings: Military Used Psyops on Congress to Get More Money and Troops

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JFP 2/22: MoveOn Calls for 50-state rallies Saturday

Just Foreign Policy News
February 22, 2011

MoveOn Calls for 50 State Rallies in Solidarity with Wisconsin
Are you near a state capital? This is a good opportunity to talk to America about bringing our war dollars home.
http://pol.moveon.org/callforaction/

Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
"H.R.780 - To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan."
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't. You can reach your Rep. through the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
You can view the 48 cosponsors here:
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h780/show

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