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U.S. Deaths in Afghanistan, 2001-2010 (table as web page)

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US Deaths in Afghanistan, 2001-2010

This table(view as web page) (download excel spreadsheet) shows deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan by year and month since 2001, according to the icasualties.org website, as of Monday, August 16, 2010. The table also shows that as of August 16, 2010, 575 US deaths have been recorded since President Obama took office, equal to the 575 that were recorded under President Bush.

JFP 8/13: UN Appeals for Pakistan Aid; India faces Kashmir "Intifada"

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August 13, 2010

Obama: Prioritize Pakistan Flood Relief Over Afghan War
The government of Pakistan has urgently asked the U.S. and other supplies to rescue victims of the catastrophic floods in Pakistan. U.S. military officials say there is a trade-off: we have helicopters, but they are busy fighting the war in Afghanistan. The U.S. is providing some supplies, but Pakistan is facing catastrophe. Urge President Obama to prioritize Pakistan flood relief over escalating the war in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/pakistanfloods

Background: Helicopters for War, But Not Flood Relief?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/obamas-pakistan-katrina-h_b_678755.html

Oxfam America: Flood Relief and Recovery Efforts in Pakistan
Oxfam USA is taking donations for Pakistan flood relief.
http://bit.ly/99t99n

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

Mark Weisbrot: Rohter Strikes Out Yet Again on South of the Border

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JFP 8/12: Pakistan flood aid not enough; officials try to minimize Afghan drawdown

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August 12, 2010

Obama: Prioritize Pakistan Flood Relief Over Afghan War
The government of Pakistan has urgently asked the U.S. and other supplies to rescue victims of the catastrophic floods in Pakistan. U.S. military officials say there is a trade-off: we have helicopters, but they are busy fighting the war in Afghanistan. Urge President Obama to prioritize Pakistan flood relief over escalating the war in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/pakistanfloods

Background: Helicopters for War, But Not Flood Relief?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/obamas-pakistan-katrina-h_b_678755.html

National Education Association Protests IMF Pressure on Teachers in Jamaica
The National Education Association (3.2 million members) sent a letter of protest to the U.S. Treasury Department over reports pressure from the International Monetary Fund was causing the Jamaican government to violate contracts with Jamaican teachers.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/671

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's new book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war, and to demand instead that America "come home."
Get the book
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/buywashingtonrules
September 24th: JFP "Virtual Brown Bag" with Andrew Bacevich

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National Education Association Protests IMF Pressure on Teachers in Jamaica

The National Education Association (3.2 million members) sent a letter of protest to the U.S. Treasury Department over reports pressure from the International Monetary Fund was causing the Jamaican government to violate contracts with Jamaican teachers. Text below; the PDF is here.

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August 10, 2010

 

Timothy F. Geithner

Secretary, Department of the Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20220

 

Re: IMF and Jamaican Teachers Association

 

 

Dear Secretary Geithner:

 

 

The National Education Association (NEA) would like to express our

concern about reports that pressure from the International Monetary

Fund (IMF) is causing violations of fairly negotiated agreements

between Jamaican Teachers Association and the Government of Jamaica.

We respectfully request that you look into this matter.

 

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Helicopters for War, But Not Flood Relief?

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," Rahm Emanuel said, correctly, in November 2008, referring to the economic crisis, and that fact that it created political opportunities to advance long-needed reforms.

But if the White House does not prominently, quickly and decisively bring all assets to bear in response to the flood crisis in Pakistan, it will be letting a serious crisis go to waste. It will be passing up an opportunity to show the Muslim world that the United States cares more about saving Muslim lives than taking them away. It will be passing up a unique opportunity to reframe and de-escalate the conflict in Afghanistan.

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported ("Fearing unrest, Pakistan seeks more U.S. flood aid"):

 

Pakistan wants the United States to supply immediately dozens more helicopters and significantly more money and supplies to help deal with the widespread flooding that has affected at least 14 million people there, senior Pakistani officials said Monday.

The U.S. has helicopters in the region. But:

 

A senior U.S. military official said transfer of additional helicopters, which are in short supply in Afghanistan, would require a political decision in Washington. "Do they exist in the region? Yes," he said. "Are they available? No."

A "political decision in Washington" means a decision by President Obama. That senior U.S. military official is exactly right. The decision to allocate more resources to flood relief isn't a decision for the military, and it would be absurd to blame the military for whatever decisions are made, because they are political decisions by the White House.

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JFP 8/10: Afghan Deaths Increase; Pakistan Pleads for US Helicopters for Flood Relief

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August 10, 2010

Obama vs. Obama on Endless Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
A video produced by Ben Craw of Huffington Post juxtaposes Senator Obama and President Obama on the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/10/obama-vs-obama-on-afghani_n_676836.html

Bacevich: Washington Rules
Andrew Bacevich's new book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a call for Americans to reject the Washington consensus for permanent war, and to demand instead that America "come home."

Get the book
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/buywashingtonrules

September 24th: JFP "Virtual Brown Bag" with Andrew Bacevich
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/bacevichtalk

Oliver Stone's "South of the Border," scheduled screenings:
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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JFP 8/9: 43% say Afghan war was a mistake; TIRC countries resist anti-Iran front

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August 9, 2010

How Many Iraqis Did We "Liberate" from Life on Earth?
Attempts to estimate the Iraqi death toll from the U.S. invasion support the conclusion that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died as a result of the war, which we can now state with high confidence. This suggests a test for anyone who claims that demands for occupying Afghanistan or bombing Iran have anything to do with human liberation: if they can't be bothered to know or won't acknowledge that the war killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, their claims of "humanitarian" motivation should be ignored.
http://www.truth-out.org/how-many-iraqis-did-we-liberate-from-life-earth62112

South of the Border, scheduled screenings:
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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1) 43% of Americans say it was a mistake to go to war in Afghanistan, USA Today reports.

2) Venezuela says it won't accept Larry Palmer as US Ambassador following reports of his criticisms of the Venezuelan government and military, Christopher Toothaker reports for AP. [Toothaker downplays what Palmer said, but notes that the criticism was unusually strong for an ambassador assigned to Venezuela - JFP.] The Senate has not yet acted to confirm Palmer for the post.

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JFP 8/6: How Many Iraqis Did We "Liberate" from Life on Earth?

Just Foreign Policy News
August 6, 2010

How Many Iraqis Did We "Liberate" from Life on Earth?
Attempts to estimate the Iraqi death toll from the U.S. invasion support the conclusion that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died as a result of the war, which we can now state with high confidence. This suggests a test for anyone who claims that demands for occupying Afghanistan or bombing Iran have anything to do with human liberation: if they can't be bothered to know or won't acknowledge that the war killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, their claims of "humanitarian" motivation should be ignored.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/how-many-iraqis-did-we-li_b_673683.html

A Backdoor to U.S. War with Iran?

Some in Washington are trying to promote the "right" of Israel to strike Iran. Legitimizing an Israeli strike could create a backdoor to a US war. Urge your Representative to oppose H. Res. 1553, which endorses the "right" of Israel to attack Iran.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hres1553

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can't Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin
Interviews by Rethink Afghanistan confirm what NATO denied: U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan killed dozens of people in the Sangin District of Helmand Province July 23.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/derrick-crowe/us-and-allied-forced-kill_b_672987.html

South of the Border, scheduled screenings:
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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How Many Iraqis Did We "Liberate" from Life on Earth?

Is there a man or woman in America today who is willing to stand at noon in the public square and claim that demands to bomb, invade, and occupy other people's countries have anything to do with human liberation?

If such people can be found, let them answer a few simple questions about the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from the companionship of their loved ones?

How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from dwelling in the houses and towns and the country of their birth?

How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from life on Earth?

If any American who claims to believe that indefinite continuation of the war in Afghanistan - or a US/Israeli military attack on Iran - is justified by humanitarian concerns cannot give a fact-based and intellectually coherent answer to the question of how many Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, do not that person's claims for "humanitarian" war, bombing, and occupation deserve zero credence?

To state that we cannot know how many have died is outrageously false. It is vacuously true that we cannot know exactly how many have died. But in the diverse fields of human inquiry and endeavor, there are many large numbers that are important which we cannot know exactly. If understanding the magnitude of a number is important, we do not throw up our hands and say, "we can never know." Imagine a reference book that said, "we don't know how many humans are alive on Earth today, because no-one has counted them all."

If we want to understand the magnitude of a large number that we cannot count, we estimate it.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 7
2002 10 1 9 4 1