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Could Nonviolent Resistance Defeat Petraeus' Night Raids in Afghanistan?

Pop quiz on the news: who said this week, referring to the dispute between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. military commander David Petraeus over U.S. Special Forces "night raids" that break into Afghans' homes in the middle of the night:

 

Many Afghans see the raids as a ... humiliating symbol of American power.

Was it:

a) Afghan President Hamid Karzai b) Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich c) U.S. peace activist Kathy Kelly d) The New York Times

The correct answer is d, the New York Times. Here is the full quote:

 

Many Afghans see the raids as a flagrant, even humiliating symbol of American power, especially when women and children are rousted in the middle of the night. And protests have increased this year as the tempo has increased.

It is a striking symptom of the moral depravity of the US war in Afghanistan that the policy of night raids, which press reports have suggested is one of the most hated aspects of the U.S. military occupation among the Afghan population, has been the subject of almost no public debate in the United States. Newspaper columnists aren't inveighing against the night raids. Members of Congress aren't demanding that the night raids stop.

The only thing that has occasioned any public debate about them in the U.S. at all is that President Karzai denounced them in an interview with the Washington Post ahead of the NATO summit. And the response of U.S. officials is: wow, this guy Karzai is really an unreliable partner. Is he off his meds? He has some nerve complaining about something that Western press reports suggest is among the aspects of the U.S. military occupation most hated by Afghans.

JFP 11/16: Night raids a "humiliating symbol of US power"

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November 16, 2010

Video: Flashmob: Cape Town Opera say NO
Israeli peace activists stage their own show: "As the opera did not heed Desmond Tutu's call to cancel the show, a group of Israeli BDS supporters decided to emancipate the songs on opening night."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wElyrFOnKPk

Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?

Voters don't think "free trade agreements" are good for the country or for them personally, and Republican and independent voters are no exception to this, according to recent poll data released by the Pew Research Center.
http://www.truth-out.org/will-free-trade-save-obama-201265170

KPFK Uprising: Reported Shift on Afghan Withdrawal
Just Foreign Policy talks with KPFK's Sonali Kolhatkar about reports the Administration plans to downplay its promise to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2011.
http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=17161

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.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/southoftheborder

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JFP 11/15: Karzai Challenges Petraeus on Night Raids

Just Foreign Policy News
November 15, 2010

Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?
Editorialists at the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times all agree: President Obama should ignore trade unions and his Democratic supporters and try to push through "free trade agreements" negotiated by George W. Bush. But here's what the editorialists don't tell you: voters don't think these agreements are good for the country or for them personally, and Republican and independent voters are no exception to this, according to recent poll data released by the Pew Research Center.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/will-free-trade-save-obam_b_783656.html

Republican Election Victory and US Afghanistan, Iran Policy
Just Foreign Policy talks with The Real News.
http://bit.ly/cPLi6z

KPFK Uprising: Reported Shift on Afghan Withdrawal
Just Foreign Policy talks with KPFK's Sonali Kolhatkar about McClatchy and New York Times reports that the Obama Administration intends to downplay its promise to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2011.
http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=17161
http://www.archive.org/download/DailyDigest-111210/2010_11_12_naiman.MP3

South of the Border on DVD
Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is now available on DVD. The DVD contains an interview with Brazil's President Lula in which he tells us what he thinks of the US version of "free trade." You can get the DVD here.

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Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?

According to the editors of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, with Republicans taking over the House, and measured unemployment at 9.6%, now is the time for President Obama to "show leadership" by pushing for (so-called) "free trade agreements" negotiated by former President George W. Bush. (Democrats "show leadership" by betraying the people who elected them - that's a standard editorial theme.) But what the nation's editorialists won't tell you is that this agenda would be a big electoral loser for President Obama, because the public opposes it; in particular, Republican and independent voters don't support these agreements.

The Washington Post said:

 

Trade is one issue on which the Congress elected on Tuesday is potentially an improvement over its predecessor. The Democratic majority in the House was heavily influenced by organized labor and hostile to trade...Democrats also denounced free-trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama left over from President George W. Bush's administration and still unratified....Now that the Republicans are in the majority, all three trade agreements have better prospects....

The New York Times said:

 

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JFP 11/12: Armitage-Berger CFR report urges big Afghan drawdown if no progress

Just Foreign Policy News
November 12, 2010

Acquire Your Own Superpowers: Go See This Movie
If many Americans see the documentary Budrus, it could change U.S. policy towards the Palestinians. 
http://www.truth-out.org/acquire-your-own-superpowers-go-see-this-movie65041

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JFP 11/11: Admin - no Plan B in Afghan Review

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November 11, 2010

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McClatchy: Obama to Renege on Afghan Drawdown
McClatchy reported: "The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy." This report indicates not only that the "surge" failed militarily, but that the political policy in which it was embedded - that troops would be withdrawn whether the surge succeeded or not - has also failed. The White House rejected the report: "The White House vehemently denies that there is any change in policy. 'The president has been crystal clear that we will begin drawing down troops in July of 2011. There is absolutely no change to that policy,' said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman."
http://www.truth-out.org/mcclatchy-obama-renege-afghan-drawdown64998

Video: Win Without War -The Veterans' Trust Fund
Congress should set money aside for future needs of veterans when it decides to go to war. As it stands, veterans' needs are always on the chopping block.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKuoVjxSW9A

South of the Border on DVD

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JFP 11/10: Officials tell McClatchy Obama will walk away from Afghan drawdown

Just Foreign Policy News
November 10, 2010

McClatchy: Obama to Renege on Afghan Drawdown
McClatchy reports: "The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy." This report indicates not only that the "surge" failed militarily, but that the political policy in which it was embedded - that troops would be withdrawn whether the surge succeeded or not - has also failed. The White House rejected the report: "The White House vehemently denies that there is any change in policy. 'The president has been crystal clear that we will begin drawing down troops in July of 2011. There is absolutely no change to that policy,' said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman."
http://www.truth-out.org/mcclatchy-obama-renege-afghan-drawdown64998

Video: Win Without War -The Veterans' Trust Fund
Congress should set money aside for future needs of veterans when it decides to go to war. As it stands, veterans' needs are always on the chopping block.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKuoVjxSW9A

Brave New Films: Veterans Day 2010: Honor the Consciences of Our Veterans
Veterans speak out against the war.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK0wSpD81wI

South of the Border on DVD
Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is now available on DVD. Why did the center-left cruise to victory in Brazil? You can get the DVD here.

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JFP 11/9: 83% of Afghans back Taliban talks

Just Foreign Policy News
November 9, 2010

Help the Palestinians. Go See This Movie
If many Americans see the movie "Budrus," which tells the story of successful nonviolent Palestinian and Israeli resistance against the confiscation of Palestinian land in the West Bank village of Budrus, it could lead to a change in U.S. media and U.S. policy, that would make such resistance more likely to succeed in the future.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/help-the-palestinians-go_b_780609.html

Alex Main: Certified Right-Wing Extremists Set to Take Control of House Foreign Affairs Panels
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is expected to become chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Connie Mack is expected to chair the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere. Ros-Lehtinen has lobbied for the release of Cuban terrorists. Ros-Lehtinen and Mack pressed for the US to support the coup in Honduras and want the US to list Venezuela as a "state sponsor of terror."
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/11/09-8

Senator-Elect Rand Paul: Congress needs to debate Afghanistan

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JFP 11/8: Help the Palestinians. Go See This Movie

Just Foreign Policy News
November 8, 2010

Help the Palestinians. Go See This Movie
If many Americans see the movie Budrus, about the successful nonviolent resistance of Palestinians and Israelis against the route of the Israeli "separation barrier" and its confiscation of Palestinian land in the West Bank village of Budrus, it could lead to concrete changes in U.S. policy that would lead to real improvement in the ability of Palestinians in the West Bank to free themselves from the occupation by nonviolent action.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/help-the-palestinians-go_b_780609.html

Senator-Elect Rand Paul: Congress needs to debate Afghanistan
"We need to have a national debate and say, is our national security still threatened? I don't think it's enough to have had the debate ten years ago, and just accept that that's the same ongoing - the situation hasn't changed. We've been there for ten years, and I think Congress has abdicated its role… So there needs to be a debate within the Senate and the House, over what is in our national security interest and has it changed in Afghanistan? Can we do nation-building? Do we have the money to do nation-building? Is it effective? Those are things that should be discussed and should not be all based on a resolution from ten years ago."
http://www.washingtonstakeout.com/index.php/2010/11/07/rand-paul-calls-for-debate-on-war-and-presidential-power/

Beverly Bell: An Alternative Environmental Future for Haiti

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JFP 11/5: Did Voters Give Republicans a Mandate for More War?

Just Foreign Policy News
November 5, 2010

Did Voters Give Republicans a Mandate for More War?
Senator John McCain is apparently trying to claim that the election is a mandate to postpone the withdrawal of U.S. from Afghanistan. Fortunately, this claim is a proposition that can be tested. We examine the evidence, and find it wanting.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/did-voters-give-republica_b_779661.html

WBAI Wake-Up Call: What do US election results mean for US policy in Latin America?
WBAI talks with Ecuador's Ambassador to the UN, Laura Carlsen of CIP, and Just Foreign Policy.
http://archive.wbai.org/files/mp3/101105_070001wuc.MP3

Sarah Lazare: AWOL Soldier Refusing Deployment Because of Severe PTSD
Jeff Hanks, an active duty US Army infantryman who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, refused to redeploy to Afghanistan, saying he is in no state to deploy and needs treatment. Hanks has since been diagnosed by two civilian psychiatric professionals as having severe PTSD. "If you have trouble controlling your anger at home, what are you going to do when you are in a situation holding a loaded weapon?" He plans to turn himself in on Veterans Day.
http://www.truth-out.org/awol-soldier-refusing-deployment-because-severe-ptsd64831

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