January 29, 2011
Over on The New York Times website, we’ve posted a comment criticizing what we call the “Dictator Tax” — the $10 that every US taxpayer is forced to pay to Egypt’s dictatorship.
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July 13, 2010
Gaza Palestinian Fatma Sharif wants to get a Masters degree in Human Rights. Unfortunately, the Israeli government won’t let her.
As with many other Gazans, the Israeli government has barred Ms. Sharif from leaving Gaza to attend Birzeit University in the West Bank. The Israeli High Court affirmed the decision.
Will you stand up for Fatma Sharif and her freedom to learn? Will you call on the Israeli government to let Gaza live?
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It has been nearly a month since Israel announced changes to its Gaza blockade. Unfortunately, these “new” policies still keep Gazans from living normal lives.
Israel still blocks Gaza businesses from directly accessing raw materials like cement and steel. Israel still prevents Gazans from exporting their finished goods outside the territory.
No raw materials + no exports = closed factories = mass unemployment
That’s why Israel’s decision to let more consumer goods into Gaza is unlikely to have significant impact. If you can’t get a job, you can’t earn the money necessary to purchase new products.
So long as Israel maintains its Gaza blockade, peace is but a dream. And so long as U.S. taxpayers are forced to give Israel billions, U.S. policy must link those funds to an end to the Gaza blockade.
Please click here to show your support for Fatma Sharif and the 1.4 million Gaza Palestinians who still live under an Israeli blockade.
They deserve the freedom to live their lives – a first step towards meaningful peace.
June 26, 2010
The U.S. war in Afghanistan rages on, with no positive end in sight. It is now longer than World War II, and it has cost over $300 billion. That’s $1,000 for every person in the U.S.
We at Freedom Forward want your help as we craft our policy position on the Afghanistan war.
Specifically: What is the most morally responsible way to leave Afghanistan?
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Your feedback can be as simple as a sentence or as in-depth as an essay.
As we think about what a responsible exit looks like, here are some of the questions we are asking. Feel free to answer any that stand out to you. You may share other concerns as well.
- If we leave, what about the interests of Afghan women who currently live in areas free of Taliban control?
- What about Afghans who worked for the U.S. military or international aid agencies?
- How should the U.S. interact with a future regime if it includes Taliban leaders?
- What if the future regime is ONLY Taliban?
- Should international aid continue to flow to Afghanistan after a military withdrawal? To who?
- Are there ways to minimize potential internal repression after a full withdrawal?
- What about the interests of neighboring nations?
Officially, the debate over an exit strategy continues. President Obama now seems to be wavering on his original date of July 2011 for the beginning of troop withdrawals. And there are other questions as well. For starters, will there be permanent U.S. military bases in Afghanistan?
But back to our request. What is the most morally responsible way to leave Afghanistan?
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June 5, 2010
The Israeli government has stopped the MV Rachel Corrie, the latest ship to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza. The crew was unharmed.
However, the damage to the Gaza blockade has been done.
A chorus of international voices — including prominent world leaders — are now calling for an end to the current blockade. It is a triumph of international solidarity and civil disobedience against a deeply immoral policy. Even more ships are expected to challenge the Israeli blockade in the days ahead.
The real question now is what the future holds for Gaza.
Will Gaza Palestinians be allowed live normal lives, in an economy that facilitates employment, opportunity, and freedom? Or will they be forced by Israel and Egypt to continue to live on humanitarian aid from the international community — under a repackaged blockade that is still just as offensive to the human spirit?
In the days ahead, Freedom Forward will continue our efforts to advocate for a meaningful peace that is fair to all of the people of the region — including Gaza. We will need your support and involvement. Thank you for joining us in this campaign.