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JFP 3/18: US Revokes Visa of Irish Peace Advocate

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March 18, 2010

JFP video: Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
In 6 minutes of video, we summarize the case made by Members of Congress for a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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AP video: French "Reality TV" Documentary Replicates Milgram "Torture" Experiment
Four out of five "contestants" were willing to "torture" if instructed to do so by a "reality TV show."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n78z5d4jfc8

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1) An Irish opponent of the use of Shannon Airport for CIA rendition flights has had his US visa revoked without explanation, Firedoglake reports. Edward Horgan is scheduled to attend an April conference at Duke University to speak about his opposition to "extraordinary rendition."

2) President Lula said Brazil is prepared to talk with Hamas, AFP reports. Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah with Palestinian president Abbas, Lula said nobody, Hamas included, should be ignored in efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Brazil is prepared to talk to everybody," he said. "All the parties involved must be listened to."

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JFP 3/17 - ACLU Sues US for Information on Drone Strikes

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March 17, 2010

Al Jazeera Video: Palestinian anger spills onto East Jerusalem streets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go7V8FX4_Uw

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1) The ACLU sued the US government for information on when, where and against whom military and CIA drone strikes can be authorized and the number of civilian casualties, which information it said was essential for assessing the legality of using armed drones to conduct targeted killings, the Politico reports.

2) Ukraine's new governing coalition said it will pass a law against joining military alliances such as NATO, AP reports. The statement appears to apply to all military alliances, including one led by Russia, AP says.

3) Gen. Petraeus told Congress Iran likely would not develop a nuclear weapon this year, saying the date it could do so had "slid to the right a bit," the New York Times reports.

4) U.S. Marines have still not figured out what to do about Marjah's poppy crop, McClatchy reports. Some officials have suggested that they simply buy this year's harvest and take it off the streets. But buying millions of dollars in opium could be "politically unpalatable," McClatchy says.

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JFP 3/16: Israel rejects US demands to cancel building project in East Jerusalem

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March 16, 2010

Can President Obama Channel His Inner Rachel Corrie?
Today is the seventh anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie in Gaza by Israeli government bulldozer, and the anniversary this year comes at a rare time in US-Israel relations, in which the US appears to put some real effort into establishing narrower boundaries for Israel's behavior towards the Palestinians.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/513

J Street: Tell Congress to Stand with Biden in His Confrontation with Netanyahu
The Obama Administration is under attack for its condemnation of Israel's provocative announcement during Vice President Biden's trip to Israel last week. Tell Congress to stand with Biden. (You can change the text.)
https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/2747/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1418

Americans for Peace Now: AIPAC doesn't speak for me
Support President Obama's position against the expansion of Israeli settlements with a letter to the editor. (You can change the text.)
http://capwiz.com/peacenow/issues/alert/?alertid=14815581

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Can President Obama Mobilize His Inner Rachel Corrie?

Today is the seventh anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie in Gaza by Israeli government bulldozer, and the anniversary this year comes at an unusually bad time in US-Israel relations - by which I mean, of course, that it comes at an unusually wonderful time in US-Israel relations, one of those rare times in which the US appears to put some real effort into establishing narrower boundaries for Israel's behavior towards the Palestinians.

It's easy for long-time observers to be cynical. We've seen it all before: strong words from the US to Israel followed by abject retreats. And there's something in our collective consciousness that counts false hope a greater danger than false pessimism. The pessimist will be right more often; but the optimist will contribute more to positive social change. Each person has to ask herself which is more important: to be right more often, or to contribute more to positive social change?

It's not every day that the press carries reports that the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, the top military commander of all our armed forces, and the Vice-President of the United States are telling Israel that its treatment of the Palestinians is endangering US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. As Mark Perry notes in the cover story at Foreign Policy, "There are important and powerful lobbies in America.... But no lobby is as important, or as powerful, as the U.S. military."

JFP 3/15 - Biden: Israel's Policies Threatening US Troops

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March 15, 2010

Support Our Troops: Boycott the Israeli Occupation
General Petraeus, Admiral Mullen, and Vice-President Biden say that Israel's actions toward the Palestinians are putting our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in danger. That's why, to Support Our Troops, the U.S. government must effectively pressure Israel to end its military occupation of the West Bank. And one thing every American can do to Support Our Troops is to shun products from companies linked to the Israeli occupation.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/511

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1) In January, Gen. Petraeus sent a team of officials to tell Admiral Mullen that there was a growing perception among Arab leaders that the U.S. was incapable of standing up to Israel and that Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region, Foreign Policy reports. This was reportedly the context in which Vice-President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: "This is starting to get dangerous for us…What you're doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan." Yedioth Ahronoth reported: "The vice president told his Israeli hosts that since many people in the Muslim world perceived a connection between Israel's actions and US policy, any decision about construction that undermines Palestinian rights in East Jerusalem could have an impact on the personal safety of American troops fighting against Islamic terrorism."

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Support Our Troops: Boycott the Israeli Occupation

I don't know about all you commiepinkos, but I believe we should Support Our Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. General Petraeus, Admiral Mullen, and Vice-President Biden say that Israel's actions toward the Palestinians are putting our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in danger. That's why, to Support Our Troops, the U.S. government must effectively pressure Israel to end its military occupation of the West Bank. And one thing every American can do to Support Our Troops is to shun products from companies linked to the Israeli occupation.

In January, Foreign Policy reports, CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus sent senior military officers to brief Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen on the perception of the U.S.' Arab allies that the U.S. was failing to pressure Israel to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

 

JFP 3/12: Clinton warns Netanyahu U.S.-Israel relationship is at risk

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March 12, 2010

House Afghanistan Debate: What Kucinich Accomplished
On Wednesday, at long last, there was a vigorous debate about the war in Afghanistan on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. The legislative vehicle was a resolution introduced by Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich calling for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of the year. But House critics of the war have long been agitating for a real debate.
[includes video of Edwards, Grayson, Paul, Pingree, and Kucinich.]
http://www.truthout.org/house-afghanistan-debate-what-kucinich-accomplished57588

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1) Secretary of State Clinton warned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Friday that Israel had sent a "deeply negative signal" about the U.S.-Israeli relationship and urged him to take immediate steps to demonstrate it was interested in renewing efforts at a Middle East peace agreement, the Washington Post reports. Her call, made in the wake of the embarrassment suffered by Vice President Biden when Israel announced it would build 1,600 housing units in a disputed area of Jerusalem, was an unusually tough message for the longtime U.S. ally, the Post says.

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JFP 3/11: House Afghanistan Debate: What Kucinich Accomplished

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March 11, 2010

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House Afghanistan Debate: What Kucinich Accomplished
Yesterday, at long last, there was a vigorous debate about the war in Afghanistan on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. The legislative vehicle was a resolution introduced by Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich calling for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of the year. But House critics of the war have long been agitating for a real debate.
[includes video from the debate of Edwards, Grayson, Paul, Pingree, and Kucinich.]
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/03/11-11

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Kucinich Resolution Call-In Report Back

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If One Phone Call Could End the War

If you could end the war in Afghanistan by making one phone call, would you make that call? Would you press 10 buttons to stop the wanton destruction of the lives of American soldiers and Afghan civilians?

I suspect that the majority of the literate adult population in the United States, if faced with that choice, would press 10 buttons to end the war.

Unfortunately, there isn't one phone call that will end the war. But there is a plausible chain of consequence that connects a phone call made to Congress today to ending the war in the foreseeable future.

In the next few days the House of Representatives is expected to debate and vote on a "privileged resolution" - H.Con.Res. 248 - introduced by Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich that would establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan.