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JFP 3/25: Pentagon Contractors Spied on Taliban Reconciliation Talks

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March 25, 2010

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Protect Obama from AIPAC on Israeli Settlement Expansion
AIPAC lobbyists are demanding that Congress pressure Obama back down from his opposition to Israeli settlement expansion. Urge your representatives in Congress to support President Obama's opposition to Israeli settlement expansion.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/settlements

Video: Why Are We in Afghanistan?
From the Center for Study of Working Class Life at Stony Brook, a short film that looks at domestic pressures and geo-strategic interests that keep the U.S. in the region. An educational resource for communities, unions, veterans and active duty military, classes, and anyone who wonders why we are in Afghanistan, and what to do about it.
http://www.whyareweinafghanistan.org

JFP video: Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
With this video, we summarize the case made by Members of Congress for a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endthewar

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JFP 3/24: Afghan Insurgents Present Formal Peace Plan

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March 24, 2010

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Protect Obama from AIPAC on Israeli Settlement Expansion
AIPAC lobbyists are demanding that Congress pressure Obama back down from his opposition to Israeli settlement expansion. Urge your representatives in Congress to support President Obama's opposition to Israeli settlement expansion.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/settlements

Al Jazeera Video: Live Israeli gunfire suspected in Palestinian deaths
Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinian youths on Saturday during a demonstration in their village, Iraq Burin. The Israeli army issued a statement alleging its soldiers only used rubber-coated steel bullets in the village. Doctors and human rights organisations say their evidence disproves this account. Al Jazeera obtained video with the clear sound of gunfire, taken by an activist who was at the incident.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwAb-VxlV-I

JFP video: Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
With this video, we summarize the case made by Members of Congress for a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endthewar

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YouGovPolimetrix poll: Americans Support Obama's Pressure on Netanyahu

52% of Americans support, and 31% oppose, the Obama administration’s demand that Israel stop all settlement-building, Avaaz reports:

Summary results of YouGovPolimetrix poll of 1000 US citizens, surveyed on 20-21 March for Avaaz:

Most Americans back President Barack Obama’s Mideast strategy to stop Israeli settlement-building, lead negotiations for a two-state peace and get tough with both sides if necessary, according to a poll released today on the eve of a critical meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The poll was conducted for the global advocacy network Avaaz by YouGovPolimetrix.

62% of those polled said the growth of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory will only lead to greater hostilities. 52% of respondents support, and 31% oppose, the Obama administration’s demand that Israel stop all settlement-building. 53% thought the US should be ready to get tough with both sides in peace negotiations if necessary, while only 33% disagreed.

61% of respondents supported the Obama administration’s plan to lead negotiations to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians during the coming months, with only 25% opposing that approach. The US goal of a two-state peace agreement between Israel and an independent Palestine is supported by 64% of the US public, according to the poll.

[This information can be found on Avaaz' web site here. Search on the page for the text, "Polimetrix."]

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JFP 3/23: Jews Want Obama to Pressure Israel for Peace

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March 23, 2010

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PJEP Video: March 2010 Protests Against the Wars
There was a protest or demonstration in over US 150 cities the week of March 20th. This video shows video and photos of twenty events across the country.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85FX1rgaxQk

JFP video: Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
With this video, we summarize the case made by Members of Congress for a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endthewar

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1) By a 71-29 percent margin, American Jews support the US "exerting pressure" on both the Israelis and the Arabs to make the necessary compromises to achieve peace, J Street reports. 55 percent say the US was right to strongly criticize the Israeli announcement of new housing in East Jerusalem during Vice President Biden's visit.

2) Secretary of State Clinton told AIPAC new Israeli settlements in occupied Arab lands not only hurt US standing in the peace process, but also complicate the US bid to win additional sanctions against Iran, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

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JFP 3/22: Time Running Out for Haitian Refugees Ahead of Floods

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March 22, 2010

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CNN video: Flooding New Crisis in Haiti
Actor and activist Sean Penn describes to CNN's Anderson Cooper the urgency of relocating Haitians from refugee camps ahead of the coming floods.
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2010/03/19/ac.penn.haiti.camp.cnn.html

Avaaz, Americans for Peace Now: Urge Congress to Support Obama on Opposition to Israeli Settlements
As AIPAC lobbyists prepare to swarm Congress, Avaaz & Americans for Peace Now ask Americans to call Congress, urging support for President Obama's opposition to Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank.
Avaaz: http://www.avaaz.org/en/congress_for_peace/?cl=514510893&v=5672
APN: http://capwiz.com/peacenow/callalert/index.tt?alertid=14842341

JFP video: Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
With this video, we summarize the case made by Members of Congress for a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endthewar

Groups Write to Obama Urging U.S. to Join Mine Ban Treaty
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/519

Groups Write to Congress Against Iran Sanctions Bills

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Groups Write to Congress Against Iran Sanctions Bills

Peace and religious groups joined the National Iranian American Council in writing to Congress in opposition to current Iran sanctions bills before Congress, urging changes to minimize the impact on Iranian civilians. The letter is here.

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Civil Society Leaders Issue Letter to President Obama Urging U.S. to Join Mine Ban Treaty

Leaders from 65 nongovernmental organizations delivered a letter to President Obama Monday urging the U.S. to relinquish antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty without delay.

Here is the press release. Here is the letter

JFP 3/19 - Eide says Taliban Arrests Derailed Peace Talks

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March 19, 2010

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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. Please watch our video and spread it around, to help educate Americans that there is a debate.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endthewar

Jewish Voice for Peace: Don't let AIPAC speak for you
AIPAC's annual Washington DC policy conference takes place next week, and thousands of AIPAC members will tell Congress that the Obama administration is being too hard on Israel, because Obama, Biden and Clinton dared to insist that Israel abide by international law and freeze settlement construction. Tell Congress that AIPAC doesn't speak for you.
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2643

Jonathan Tasini - End the Blockade of Gaza
New York U.S. Senate candidate, invoking his life experience in Israel, supports the Obama Administration's opposition to Israeli settlement expansion and calls for the blockade on Gaza to be lifted.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHp1jPgiv-E&

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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
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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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