One part of the HCC mission is to educate the West Michigan community about ongoing US foreign policy in Iraq, Israel/Palestine and Afghanistan. In each of these instances the US is either directly involved in military occupations (Iraq & Afghanistan) or providing funding and diplomatic support, as in the case of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
In this first installment of the HCC Foreign Policy Briefs, we include the following:
Afghanistan – Despite the claims from the Obama administration that the US would withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the 13 year US occupation continues, with at least 10,000 US troops operating in Afghanistan. This interview with long time anti-war activist Kathy Kelly and independent journalist Matthieu Aikins aired on Democracy Now on December 29. http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/29/the_afghan_war_is_not_over
Israel/Palestine – Electronic Intifada founder and editor Ali Abunimah writes about a recent attempt by the Israeli government to use Palestinians orphans as a Public Relations campaign to boost the State of Israel’s public image. Abunimah not only exposes the PR effort, but writes that the campaign was primarily organized by an advocate of Israeli settlements. http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/revealed-gaza-orphans-israel-trip-was-government-backed-pr-stunt
Iraq – With the US military escalating its role in Iraq in 2014, the group Iraq Body Count has released a new report on the rise in civilian deaths. Common Dreams provides a summary of the report in this article that appeared on January 2nd. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/02/civilian-deaths-soar-iraq-us-soldiers-dig-long-haul