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Kucinich Voices Concern Over Futenma Base Relocation

Representative Dennis Kucinich sent a letter to Norman Dicks, chair of the House subcommittee on defense appropriations, expressing concerns about U.S. plans to relocate the U.S. base at Futenma in Okinawa to Nago, and urging that the concerns of Okinawa residents be taken into account. The letter is here.

JFP 4/13: U.S. Killings of Afghan Civilians Fuel Karzai's Anger

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April 13, 2010

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Call Congress Against the War in Afghanistan
Urge your Representative to: oppose the war supplemental, support a military withdrawal timetable, and support peace negotiations. The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. When you've completed your call, you can report the result by following this link:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/543

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Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/housedebate

Progressive Democrats of America: No Unconditional Military Aid to Israel
In January, President Obama requested a record $3 billion in military aid to Israel. The House of Representatives may soon grant the request, which is currently with the House Appropriations Committee. PDA opposes the unconditional granting of these funds. Now is the time to let your congressional representatives know that you too oppose the unconditional granting of such aid. PDA cites 3 conditions: freeze on settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; allowing sufficient food, medical aid, sanitation and building supplies into Gaza; compliance by the Administration with the Congressional mandate to investigate possible violations of the Arms Control Export Act during the Israeli invasion of Gaza.

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JFP 4/12: Kandahar Elders Oppose Kandahar Offensive

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April 12, 2010

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http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/543

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U.S. Military Still Lying About Special Forces Night Raid in Afghanistan
Regardless of whether U.S. Special Forces removed bullets from the bodies of the Afghan women they just killed, as charged by the victims' relatives - and if they did, what their motivation was for doing so - spreading the story that the women's bodies had been found "tied up" and "gagged," as NATO did in a Feb. 12 press release still posted on its web site, if that was not true, would meet any disinterested observer's definition of the word "coverup."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/us-military-still-lying-a_b_532364.html

Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/housedebate

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JFP 4/9: U.S. Military Still Lying About Special Forces Night Raid in Afghanistan

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April 9, 2010

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U.S. Military Still Lying About Special Forces Night Raid in Afghanistan
Regardless of whether U.S. Special Forces removed bullets from the bodies of the Afghan women they just killed, as charged by the victims' relatives - and if they did, what their motivation was for doing so - spreading the story that the women's bodies had been found "tied up" and "gagged," as NATO did in a Feb. 12 press release still posted on its web site, if that was not true, would meet any disinterested observer's definition of the word "coverup."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/us-military-still-lying-a_b_532364.html

Sean Penn: 'Action has to be taken'
Sean Penn, at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince, tells CNN: this is going to be a catastrophe if we don't get these people to safer ground…hospitals are being allowed to close despite all the enormous funds that people have put forward…it's time that people demand that those funds be released and spent decisively.
http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/09/sean-penn-action-has-to-be-taken/

Urge Congress to Oppose U.S. Killing of Afghan Civilians
In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war and occupation in Afghanistan. Urge your representatives in Congress to oppose the killings of Afghan civilians by the U.S. military.

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U.S. Military Still Lying About Special Forces Night Raid in Afghanistan

U.S. officials are "probing a possible attempted coverup" in the deaths of five Afghan civilians in February in a raid carried out by U.S. Special Forces accompanied by Afghan troops, the Los Angeles Times reports. Among the charges is that the bodies were tampered with by U.S. forces to conceal the cause of death.

But even as the U.S. is supposedly investigating, U.S. officials say allegations that bullets were dug out of the bodies as part of a coverup are baseless, the LAT says.

Jerome Starkey had reported in the Times of London that Afghan investigators said U.S. Special Forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims' bodies. But U.S. Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, General McChrystal's spokesman, said no forensic evidence or eyewitness testimony had been presented to support that account, the LAT says.

Admiral's Smith's statements appear to be a classic non-denial denial. Apparently no-one outside the U.S.

JFP 4/8: Florida Rep. Calls Out Red Cross on Haiti; Red Cross Responds

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April 8, 2010

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Urge Congress to Oppose U.S. Killing of Afghan Civilians
In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war and occupation in Afghanistan. Urge your representatives in Congress to oppose the killings of Afghan civilians by the U.S. military.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/civilians

Call Congress Monday Against the War in Afghanistan
Groups are collaborating in generating calls to Congress against the war, urging: opposition to the war supplemental, support for a military withdrawal timetable, support for a public exit strategy and support for peace negotiations. Mark your calendar..

Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/housedebate

Beverly Bell: There are no "natural disasters"
For those in Haiti's middle- and upper-income strata, before-the-earthquake privileges are returning. For most, though, post-earthquake "normalization" means adaptation to even higher levels of social and economic precariousness.
http://www.truthout.org/social-fault-lines-the-disaster-poverty-haiti-part-158359

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JFP 4/7: Feingold/McGovern to Introduce Afghan Withdrawal Bill

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April 7, 2010

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Real News: U.S. covering up reality in Honduras
State Department campaign denies the systemic repression that continues nine months after coup.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4C6RqYTAZI&

Congressional Pressure Can End the War, Saving Many Lives
The fight over the war supplemental is tremendously important, because Congressional pressure can move Administration policy, even when critics of Administration policy don't command a majority of votes. This is especially true when, as in this case, critics are in the majority in the President's own party, and when, as in this case, the policy under pressure is an international policy which is also under significant international pressure.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/537

Urge Congress to Talk About the Human Cost of War
In the next few weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war and occupation in Afghanistan. Urge your representatives in Congress to use this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the human cost of continuing war and occupation.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/humancost

Call Congress the Week of April 12 Against the War in Afghanistan

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JFP 4/6: Congressional Pressure Can End the War, Saving Many Lives

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April 6, 2010

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Congressional Pressure Can End the War, Saving Many Lives
The fight over the war supplemental is tremendously important, because Congressional pressure can move Administration policy, even when critics of Administration policy don't command a majority of votes. This is especially true when, as in this case, critics are in the majority in the President's own party, and when, as in this case, the policy under pressure is an international policy which is also under significant international pressure.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/537

Progressive Democrats of America: Brown Bag Vigils at Congressional Offices
Highlighting the cost of the wars. Check to see if one is scheduled in your community.
https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/309/mtglist.asp?formid=meet&eventtypename=Brown%20Bag%20Lunch%20Vigil

Urge Congress to Talk About the Human Cost of War
In the next few weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war and occupation in Afghanistan. Urge your representatives in Congress to use this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the human cost of continuing war and occupation.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/humancost

Call Congress the Week of April 12 Against the War in Afghanistan

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Congressional Pressure Can Help End the War, Saving Many Lives

In the next several weeks, Congress is likely to be asked to approve $33 billion more for the war in Afghanistan, mainly to pay for the current military escalation, whose focus is the planned assault on the Afghan city of Kandahar.

Some Members of Congress will vote no on the funding. A larger group of Members is likely to support efforts to pass language which would require an exit strategy or timetable for ending the war.

Barring some unforeseen event - like Afghan President Karzai joining the Taliban - an extrapolation from the recent past would suggest that neither efforts to block the funding, nor efforts to constrain it with real conditions, are likely to be narrowly "successful" in the short-run: extrapolating from the past, the most likely short-run legislative outcome is that the war money will be approved without conditions attached that would significantly constrain the war. This is especially true if 95% of Congressional Republicans continue to vote as a bloc to support the war.

Nonetheless, the fight over the war supplemental is tremendously important, because Congressional pressure can move Administration policy, even when critics of Administration policy don't command a majority of votes. This is especially true when, as in this case, critics are in the majority in the President's own party, and when, as in this case, the policy under pressure is an international policy which is also under significant international pressure.