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JFP 9/2: NATO airstrike kills Afghan campaign workers

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September 2, 2010

Video: Angelina Jolie - Pakistan needs our help
UN ambassador Angelina Jolie launches a new appeal to help those affected by the floods in Pakistan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baUp7jmMNcY
The quickest way to donate $10 to UNHCR's relief effort is to text "swat" to 50555 from your cell phone. If you want to donate more, you can do it here:
http://www.unhcr.org/emergency/pakistanfloods/global_landing.html

Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, a Promise Deferred

As a candidate, President Obama said he wanted to end the mindset that leads to war. A key feature of that mindset is the belief Washington can and should determine who may participate in the governments of the broader Middle East. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials are still working to exclude from power people who are opposed to U.S. control over their governments or a long-term U.S. military presence. This is a recipe for permanent war. Lebanon, where the U.S. accepts the participation in power of people opposed to U.S. control, shows it is not an immutable fact that the U.S. must pursue this permanent war policy.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/iraqafghanistan-a-promise_b_702172.html

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
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JFP 9/1: Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, a Promise Deferred

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September 1, 2010

Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, a Promise Deferred
As a candidate, President Obama said he didn't just want to end the war; he wanted to end the mindset that leads to war. While he is drawing down from Iraq, he has done little to keep the promise of ending the mindset that leads to war. A major component of the mindset that leads to war is the belief that Washington can and should determine who may participate in the governments of the broader Middle East. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials are still working to exclude from power people who are opposed to U.S. control over their governments or a long-term U.S. military presence. This policy is a recipe for permanent war. The example of Lebanon, where the U.S. acquiesces to the participation in power of people who are opposed to U.S. control, shows that it is not an immutable fact of nature that the U.S. must continue to pursue this permanent war policy.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/iraqafghanistan-a-promise_b_702172.html

Should the Senate Fund "Enduring" U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?
The Pentagon is planning military construction for years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan. The Senate could refuse to fund; in 2008, Congress rejected a similar Pentagon request for "long term" military construction in Iraq. Urge your senators to oppose construction of long-term U.S. bases in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/afghanistanbases

"Even If We're Peasants, We Deserve to Live Too": Tèt Kole on the Needs of Haitian Farmers

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Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, A Promise Deferred

President Obama wants credit for keeping his promise to end the war in Iraq. Some credit is due: the President reaffirmed his commitment to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, as required by the agreement between the U.S. and Iraq. But only partial credit is due, because the war-ending task is very far from complete.

The Iraq war is not over. This is not a left-wing critique. The consensus account of mainstream U.S. print media is that the 50,000 U.S. troops who remain have been "rebranded" from "combat" brigades to advise-and-assist brigades. The unfailingly pro-war Washington Post editorial board wrote yesterday:

 

For one thing, combat won't really end on Sept. 1. Fifty thousand U.S. troops will remain in Iraq, and their duties will include counterterrorism work as well as continuing to train and assist Iraqi forces....

Moreover, the United States government is still "meddling" in Iraq's internal political affairs, to use the term our media uses when countries we don't like do it. U.S. officials are still trying to determine who will be in the Iraqi government and who should not. This is a key factor in the current political impasse in Baghdad, a fact which is generally omitted in mainstream press accounts that bemoan the failure of Iraqi politicians to form a government. It's true that there is a failure on the part of Iraqi politicians, but they have enablers in their failure: the outside powers, including the U.S., Iran, and other countries, which are lobbying furiously for a government to their liking, and working to block any government that they don't like. The impasse between the Iraqi politicians is also an impasse between the outside powers, fighting a proxy political war for influence in Iraq.

JFP 8/31: Putting a name on Iraqi deaths; Biden aide says Sadrists not "useful" for Iraqi govt

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August 31, 2010

Feb 15, 2003: 30 million people were right
This evening, President Obama is giving a speech marking "the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq" - although 50,000 "rebranded" troops remain. On February 15, 2003, millions of people around the world demonstrated to say no to the war then being planned by George Bush and Tony Blair. British filmmaker Amir Amirani is making a documentary about this "global day of protest"; you can view a trailer here.
http://www.wearemany.tv/

Should the Senate Fund "Enduring" U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?

The Pentagon is planning military construction for years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan. The Senate could refuse to fund; in 2008, Congress rejected a similar Pentagon request for "long term" military construction in Iraq. Urge your senators to oppose construction of long-term U.S. bases in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/afghanistanbases

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
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September 24th: JFP "Virtual Brown Bag" with Andrew Bacevich
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/bacevichtalk

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JFP 8/30: 14 US dead in Afghanistan since Saturday

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August 30, 2010

Help the UN respond to the Pakistan flood catastrophe
The quickest way to donate $10 to UNHCR's relief effort is to text "SWAT" to 50555 from your cell phone. If you want to donate more, you can do it here:
http://www.unhcr.org/emergency/pakistanfloods/global_landing.html

"Palestinian Gandhi" Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent
The European Union protested the conviction of Abdallah Abu Rahmah for organizing protests against the separation barrier in Bilin. The U.S. government is silent; U.S. newspaper columnists failed to protest; except for CNN, the U.S. press hasn't even reported the news.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/palestinian-gandhi-convic_b_696884.html

Why Should the Senate Fund "Enduring" U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?
The Pentagon is planning military construction for years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan. The Senate could refuse to fund; in 2008, Congress rejected a similar Pentagon request for "long term" military construction in Iraq. Urge your senators to oppose construction of long-term U.S. bases in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/afghanistanbases

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war.
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JFP 8/27: "Palestinian Gandhi" Convicted for Protesting; Wars Degrade Hunt for Terrorist WMD

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August 27, 2010

"Palestinian Gandhi" Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent
Catherine Ashton, Europe's Hillary Clinton, protested the conviction by military court of Abdallah Abu Rahmah for organizing protests against the separation barrier in Bilin. But not only is the U.S. government silent; not only have U.S. newspaper columnists failed to protest; the U.S. press hasn't even reported the news.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/palestinian-gandhi-convic_b_696884.htmlu

Why Should the Senate Fund "Enduring" U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?
Walter Pincus reports in the Washington Post that the Pentagon is planning military construction for years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan. But the Senate could still refuse to fund it; in 2008, Congress rejected a similar Pentagon request for "long term" military construction in Iraq. Urge your senators to oppose construction of long-term U.S. bases in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/afghanistanbases

New York Times video: Dispute in the Negev
Bedouins fight Israeli government plans to remove them from their homes.
http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/08/25/world/middleeast/1248068915888/dispute-in-the-negev.html

Bacevich: Washington Rules
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"Palestinian Gandhi" Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent

This week, an Israeli military court convicted Abdallah Abu Rahmah, whom progressive Zionists have called a "Palestinian Gandhi," of "incitement" and "organizing and participating in illegal demonstrations" for organizing protests against the confiscation of Palestinian land by the "Apartheid Wall" in the village of Bilin in the West Bank, following an eight month trial, during which he was kept in prison.

The European Union issued a protest. But as far as I am aware, no U.S. official has said anything and no U.S. newspaper columnist has denounced this act of repression; indeed, the U.S. press hasn't even reported the news. To find out what happened, someone could search the wires where they'll find this AFP story, or go to the British or Israeli press.

AFP reported:

 

JFP 8/26: Karzai Aide Accused of Corruption on CIA Payroll

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August 26, 2010

Should the Senate Fund "Enduring" U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?
Walter Pincus reports in the Washington Post that the Pentagon is planning military construction for years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan. But the Senate could still refuse to fund it; in 2008, Congress rejected a similar Pentagon request for "long term" military construction in Iraq. Urge your senators to oppose construction of long-term U.S. bases in Afghanistan
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/afghanistanbases

FCNL: Pentagon Cuts Should Be on the Table
Ask your Rep. to sign the Barney Frank/Ron Paul letter to the deficit commission.
http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=15852531

Bacevich: Washington Rules
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JFP 8/25: NYT Exploits Own Iraq Death Toll Denial to Trash Venezuela

Just Foreign Policy News
August 25, 2010

Why Should the Senate Fund "Enduring" U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?
Walter Pincus reports in the Washington Post that the Pentagon is planning military construction for years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan. But the Senate could still refuse to fund it; in 2008, Congress rejected a similar Pentagon request for "long term" military construction in Iraq.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/why-should-the-senate-fun_b_694437.html

Ask your Senators to Oppose Construction of Long-Term U.S. Bases in Afghanistan
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/afghanistanbases

NYT Exploits Own Iraq Death Toll Denial to Trash Venezuela
It's bad enough that the New York Times won't report that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation. But now the Times has used its own failure to accurately report the death toll in Iraq as a benchmark to claim that violence in Venezuela is worse.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/nyt-exploits-own-iraq-dea_b_693041.html

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Fox News is Funding "Terror Mosque"
Fox News anchors and guests are vilifying Saudi prince and financier Alwaleed bin Talal as a financial backer of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim-American clergyman who seeks to build a community center in lower Manhattan. The problem: Alwaleed bin Talal is part owner of Fox News.

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Why Should the Senate Fund "Enduring" U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?

Much ink has been spilled over the President's pledge to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. The White House insists that the date is firm. But the pace of withdrawal is yet to be determined, and the White House hasn't said a word about when - if ever - a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan will be complete.

There is a signed agreement that says U.S. troops have to be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. But there is no such agreement for Afghanistan. Yet the majority of Americans have told pollsters that they think the U.S. should establish a timetable for military withdrawal.

Meanwhile, Walter Pincus reports in the Washington Post, the Pentagon is planning for years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan:

 

"Three $100 million air base expansions in southern and northern Afghanistan illustrate Pentagon plans to continue building multimillion-dollar facilities in that country to support increased U.S. military operations well into the future."

Pincus noted that "…many of the installations being built…have extended time horizons. None of the three projects…is expected to be completed until the latter half of 2011. All of them are for use by U.S. forces rather than by their Afghan counterparts."

But Pincus also reported that while the House has approved the money for this "enduring base" construction, the Senate has yet to vote on it.

Should there not at least be a debate on this issue in the Senate?