Just Foreign Policy worked to hold the Bush Administration accountable for its support for human rights abuses in Ethiopia and its support for the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia. As a result of our efforts and the efforts of our partners, the Ethiopian government released political prisoners and withdrew its troops from Somalia, and the U.S. now supports a coalition government in Somalia that includes leaders that the U.S. had intervened to overthrow.
Congress: Demand Trump come to Congress before Hitting Syria
President Trump attacked Syria on April 6th without Congressional approval. On April 8, he said he would take additional action as he deemed necessary. He has not yet agreed to seek Congressional authorization before further military action. Representative Zoe Lofgren [CA-19] is circulating a bipartisan letter to Trump, demanding that he seek Congressional authorization before further military action in Syria.
Airbnb: Stop Listing Rentals in West Bank Settlements
Airbnb is coming under criticism for listing vacation rentals in West Bank settlements on their website without identifying their location in the West Bank. In a recent report, Human Rights Watch said businesses should stop operating in West Bank settlements because they violate the rights of Palestinian civilians. Urge Airbnb to stop listing vacation rentals in West Bank settlements on their website, or identify them as being in the West Bank! Sign the petition >
Join 9 Senators to Tell Saudi Arabia: "Hodeida Must Be Spared"!
Despite UN and humanitarian aid groups warning that an attack on Yemen’s Hodeida port will likely push the country into famine, the Saudi-led and U.S.-supported coalition is planning to do just that. Nine U.S. Senators have made five demands, including stopping the attack on Hodeida, to Saudi Arabia to prevent this famine. Tell your Senator to join them >
Tell Donald Trump: Bombing North Korea is NOT an Option
Sec. of State Rex Tillerson indicated that the Trump admin was open to bombing North Korea preemptively. While claiming that “all options are on the table,” Tillerson seemed to be ruling out the only realistic option: negotiations. China has made a plausible proposal to re-start negotiations: North Korea would suspend its nuclear and missile tests in return for the U.S. and South Korea halting their annual joint military exercises. Unfortunately, Washington dismissed the Chinese proposal out of hand.Tell Trump to pursue diplomacy >
Iran Fact Check
Questionable and outright bogus claims about the standoff between the U.S. and Iran are being reported in the news and echoed by politicians on a daily basis. If you catch a newspaper, candidate, or national figure spinning a myth that needs to be corrected, report it here.
On November 13, 2013, WikiLeaks published the full intellectual property chapter of the TPP. According to WikiLeaks, this chapter is “perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.” The leaked text also includes the positions of the negotiating parties. Learn more
House Debates Afghanistan
After eight years of war and occupation, the U.S. House of Representatives finally debated the issue of an exit strategy from Afghanistan. Just Foreign Policy was a leader in the push for Congress to take this important step towards ending the war, and we thank all our members who have emailed and called their Representatives on this issue.
Video: Highlights of the House Debate
JFP has made a video highlighting the argument for a military withdrawal from Afghanistan made by Members of Congress during the House debate. If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family.
What Still Needs To Be Done
We still have a lot of work to do to bring about an end to the war in Afghanistan. Congress will have an opportunity to move forward the debate over ending the war in Afghanistan soon when they consider an “emergency supplemental” to pay for the military escalation announced by President Obama in December. If we want an end to the war to be at the center of the debate, we need to move Members of Congress now. Write to your Representative >
Stopping Bush's War With Iran and Promoting Real Diplomacy
Just Foreign Policy helped organize and publicize an Experts Statement on Iran, including former top-level U.S. government officials, calling for direct, comprehensive diplomacy with Iran without preconditions.
We helped block a resolution in Congress that demanded that President Bush try to blockade Iran’s gas imports, an act of war.
We organized a 22 city tour with author Steven Kinzer on the folly of attacking Iran and the need for real diplomacy. See www.follyofattackingiran.org.
We delivered Kinzer’s book All the Shah’s Men to every Congressperson along with a Dear Colleague letter from Representative James McGovern.
We made a video on the need for real diplomacy with Iran that has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube.
As a result of our efforts, the path to war was blocked, even under the Bush Administration, and now the Obama Administration has taken initial steps to pursue the path to diplomacy that we have advocated.
Telling the Truth About Iraqi Casualties from the U.S. Invasion and Occupation
U.S. news media largely buried the Lancet Study that estimated that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis had been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion. They gave the excuse that they had already reported the study; but when they mentioned the overall death toll at all, they used much lower numbers.
We brought the Lancet Study back into the discussion with our online estimate of Iraqi deaths. As a result, it is now generally acknowledged that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed.
New Relationship with Latin America
We publicized threats by Republican Members of Congress against the integrity of the election in El Salvador and called on the Obama Administration to publicly declare U.S neutrality. The Obama Administration publicly stated it would work with whoever won the election and publicized this statement in El Salvador. We called on Congress to oppose efforts by Chevron to bully the government of Ecuador over an indigenous environmental lawsuit. As a result the U.S. did not impose the sanctions on Ecuador that Chevron demanded.
We called on Congress and the Obama Administration to take steps to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba, by ending the ban on travel to Cuba by Americans. The Obama Administration has lifted some restrictions and legislation to go further is moving forward in Congress.