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The Budget's Foreign Policy Handcuffs 21.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

Hopes that a Democratic administration with an expanded Democratic Congressional majority might lead to a more ethical, rational, and progressive foreign policy were challenged with last week's passage of the 2009 omnibus budget bill, which included many troubling provisions regarding the State Department and related diplomatic functions.

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A war resister speaks from prison: Let GI resisters stay in Canada 20.3.2009 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
In 2004 when Jeremy Hinzman applied for refugee status in Canada the federal government stepped in at his Refugee Hearing and said that evidence challenging the legality of the war in Iraq can't be used in this case. The U.N. Handbook for Refugees and the Nuremburg Principals say: "a soldier of an army that is involved in an illegal war of aggression has a higher international duty to refuse service. They also have the right to seek refugee protection in any country that is signatory to the Geneva Convention." By refusing to allow him, and by precedent all other claimants, the right to use the argument that the war was illegal, the decision closed the door on that legal avenue for refugee protection. ...
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Roger Warner: The C.I.A. Man Returns: The Strange New Life of an Old Secret War (part 2) 20.3.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week I began a series about current events triggered by a huge American covert operation from long ago. In the first installment, an ambitious...
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A War Resister Speaks from Prison: Let GI Resisters Stay in Canada 19.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

In 2004 when Jeremy Hinzmen applied for refugee status in Canada the Conservative government stepped in at his Refugee Hearing and said that evidence challenging the legality of the war in Iraq can't be used in this case. The U.N. Handbook for Refugees and the Nuremburg Principals say:   

A soldier of an army that is involved in an illegal war of aggression has a higher international duty to refuse service. They also have the right to seek refugee protection in any country that is signatory to the Geneva Convention.

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Courts allow Safe Third Country Agreement to operate 18.3.2009 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal, on June 27, 2008, reversed the Federal Court decision that had struck down the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States. The Federal Court of Canada had overturned the "Canada United States Safe Third Country Agreement" in a judgment issued on November 29, 2007. In his 124-page decision Mr. Justice Michael Phelan ruled that the Safe Third Country Agreement which came into effect on December 29, 2004 and regulated refugee movement between Canada and the USA violated refugee rights and that the United States did not meet the conditions required to be considered a "Safe Country" under the terms of the Agreement. ...
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Kidnapped Aid Workers Released in Sudan 17.3.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Mar 17 (OneWorld.net) - Four international aid workers in Sudan were released from captivity this weekend, but the humanitarian group they work for has evacuated all staff from the war-torn country due to the increasing insecurity.

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Insecurity still rampant in Chad as UN takes over from EU 13.3.2009 Press releases

Peace still elusive in Chad's volatile atmosphere

Civilians in Chad are still facing high levels of banditry and danger as the European force (EUFOR) hands over to a UN force

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Oxfam and the Chad crisis – March 2009 12.3.2009 Oxfam International Emergencies articles feed

Since the breakout of Darfur crisis in 2004, eastern Chad has been an unstable and insecure area. About half a million people fled their homes to reach camps in the region.

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Hundreds of Rebels in Congo Laying Down Arms 11.3.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Mar 11 (OneWorld.net) - Rising numbers of Rwandan fighters -- members of militias that have played a key role in the conflict in Congo -- are voluntarily surrendering and returning home as part of a United Nations peacekeeping initiative.

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Canada Has Cooled Its Welcome for US Deserters 10.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Fleeing Fort Carson, Colo., in an old Camaro, Army deserter Joshua Key had a secret destination: Philadelphia.

After serving seven months in Iraq as a combat engineer, he went on the run during a home leave in 2003 rather than return to a war he had concluded was immoral.

"At the very beginning, I asked a military lawyer, 'What are my choices?' " he recalled recently. "He said, 'You have two: Get back on the plane and go to Iraq, or you're going to jail.' "

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Sudan Expels Aid Groups While Millions Thirst, Starve 10.3.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-09-01.asp
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Somali Refugees Starving in Absence of Aid 10.3.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Mar 9 (OneWorld.net) - Thousands of people living in refugee camps in southern Somalia have run out of food since United Nations food aid deliveries ceased due to increasing insecurity.

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Future grim for refugee support service 8.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
As the Western Australian Coalition government slashes the state budget, vital community services for refugees are feared to be among the first to go.
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Afghan Refugees Risked Their Lives but are Frustrated by Resettlement in US 7.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

Mohammad Naseer Yasini sat alone in a North Kansas City apartment and recalled life under the Taliban.

At that time, he never imagined he would one day work for American soldiers.

He was young, still a boy then, but his memories remain clear. It was a stressful time in Afghanistan, he said. Few people had jobs or other opportunities. He smiled a little ruefully.

"Something like my life here," said Yasini, 29. "When I have a job, I'll say then I am happy."

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Afghan Refugees Risked Their Lives but are Frustrated by Resettlement in US 7.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

Mohammad Naseer Yasini sat alone in a North Kansas City apartment and recalled life under the Taliban.

At that time, he never imagined he would one day work for American soldiers.

He was young, still a boy then, but his memories remain clear. It was a stressful time in Afghanistan, he said. Few people had jobs or other opportunities. He smiled a little ruefully.

"Something like my life here," said Yasini, 29. "When I have a job, I'll say then I am happy."

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Uganda Disabled Finally Recognized in Reconstruction 6.3.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Mar 6 (OneWorld.net) - During the first event of its kind, Ugandan entertainment stars, government officials, business executives, and activists came together to help thousands disabled survivors of the country's protracted internal conflict.

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Forced Closure of Refugee Area Further Endangers Zimbabweans in South Africa 4.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today denounced the decision by South African authorities to close the ‘showground', a large open field in Musina town near the border with Zimbabwe, where 3,000 - 4,000 Zimbabweans line up to apply for asylum and seek refuge every night. The closure of the showgrounds demonstrates a flagrant disregard for the humanitarian and protection needs of Zimbabweans seeking refuge in South Africa, and will have extremely negative consequences as no allowances have been made to ensu

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Iraqi Refugees Returning to Danger Zone to Escape Poverty in Utah 1.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

MURRAY, Utah -  Six months ago, Tarek Darwish and his family arrived in Utah as refugees craving a new and better life. Last week, his family wept and kissed his hand in farewell as the former lawyer, disillusioned, left to return to Iraq.

Life in Utah has been a list of disappointments. His family of seven lives in a two-bedroom apartment. None of the adults have jobs. His wife needs glasses and dental work but has been told Utah's Medicaid won't cover them.

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Ken Bacon: Addressing the Challenge of Iraqi Displacement 24.2.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The number of Iraqi refugees is too large to resettle into neighboring countries. Therefore, the only real, long-term solution to the Iraqi displacement problem is return to Iraq.
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The US and Afghan Tragedy 22.2.2009 Truthout.com

    One of the first difficult foreign policy decisions of the Obama administration will be what the United States should do about Afghanistan. Escalating the war, as National Security Advisor Jim Jones has been encouraging, will likely make matters worse.

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