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Medea Benjamin
Medea Benjamin is cofounder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace and the human rights group Global Exchange.

Entries by Medea Benjamin

Time To Rethink NATO

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 11:33 AM

co-authored by Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Donald Trump angered the D.C. establishment when he said that NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, may be obsolete and the U.S. should reassess its spending on the alliance. Hillary Clinton has used Trump's comments as another example that he is a...

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Jack Reed: Cluster Bomb Cheerleader

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 2:43 PM

*co-authored by Aniqa Raihan

Cluster bombs are some of the cruelest available weapons of war, banned in 119 countries and counting. This June, in a close vote of 204-216, the House of Representatives voted against an amendment to stop the sale of US made cluster bombs to Saudi...

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Preparing for the Next Memorial Day

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 2:40 PM

Memorial Day weekend was replete with parades, American flags, and tributes to our war dead, but little reflection on war, particularly the tragic fact that the United States has fallen into the death trap that President Eisenhower warned us about: the military-industrial complex.

Instead of defending our nation as...

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10 Ways Israel Is Just Like Saudi Arabia

(10) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 5:38 PM

On the surface, it would seem that Saudi Arabia and Israel would be the worst of enemies and indeed, they have never had diplomatic relations. After all, the Saudis have championed the cause of the Palestinians, who are oppressed by the Israelis. Israelis say they are besieged by Muslim extremists,...

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President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Execution

(50) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:32 PM

One concrete outcome that President Obama could pursue on his visit to Saudi Arabia is saving the lives of three Shia youth sentenced to be executed for participating in nonviolent protests. Sparing their lives could also help ease the Shia/Sunni tensions that have engulfed the region.

Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon,...

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Saudi's Exploding Christmas Gifts From Hillary Clinton

(158) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 12:18 PM


Co-authored by Rebecca Green, CODEPINK D.C. office coordinator

As Hillary Clinton emerges as the front-runner for the Democratic Party's presidential candidate, she is receiving increased scrutiny for her years as Secretary of State. Many are criticizing her hawkish foreign policy, which is the...

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The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: One More Reason to Rethink the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance

(74) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 1:15 PM

The brutal Saudi execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr has led to protests around the globe, as well as the burning of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, followed by the Saudi severing of relations with Iran. This exacerbation of Sunni-Shia tensions is the result of the reckless...

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10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 2:18 PM

It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis, to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, to the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn't be a very inspiring way...

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Yemen Crisis: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 5:18 PM

After almost a year of civil war, the conflicting forces in Yemen sat down on December 15 in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the prospect of finding a political solution to the conflict that has been raging since March 2015. While this is a necessary step towards ending the violence that...

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Is Saudi Women's Vote a Step Forward?

(8) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 12:18 PM

The global press has been heralding the December 13, 2015, vote in Saudi Arabia as a breakthrough for women, since it's the first time in history that Saudi women have been allowed to vote. But is this vote really a significant step forward?

First let's consider the Saudi electoral system...

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Prescription for Afghan Hospital Bombing: Independent Investigation and U.S. Troop Withdrawal

(9) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:18 PM

On October 3, a US airstrike destroyed a Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 healthcare workers and patients. On October 6, the commander of US armed forces in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, told the US Senate Armed Services committee that the...

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10 Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy

(56) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 1:46 PM

During the discussion on the Iran nuclear deal, it has been strange to hear US politicians fiercely condemn Iranian human rights abuses while remaining silent about worse abuses by US ally Saudi Arabia. Not only is the Saudi regime repressive at home and abroad, but US weapons and US support...

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Who's the Real Troublemaker in the Middle East?

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:11 PM

This article was originally published in OtherWords.

Except for maybe the Affordable Care Act, nothing gets Republican politicians fired up like Iran.

In the first GOP debate alone, Scott Walker promised that he'd tear up the Iran nuclear deal on day one of his presidency. Carly...

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10 Steps to Wean U.S. Foreign Policy Off Militarism

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 5:05 PM

President Obama, after spending most of his time in office pursuing foreign policies similar to those of George Bush, has now discovered diplomacy. While he hasn't stopped U.S. military intervention overseas, including his signature drone strikes, he has brokered two historic deals: one with Cuba to begin the process of...

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Salvador's Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

(14) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 5:13 PM

Co-authored by Michael Avender and Medea Benjamin

"We are here to speak for them, to call for their release. When there is an injustice, silence is complicity," said Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch and a decades-long advocate for human rights in Latin America. He was...

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Multimillion-dollar Ad Campaigns Aim to Influence Congressional Votes

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 12:09 PM

This content was originally published by teleSUR.

A nuclear deal with Iran could be a game changer for U.S. foreign policy and for the Middle East. The P5+1 (the U.S., China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom, plus Germany) and Iran have been developing a comprehensive agreement that...

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'While the Flotilla Didn't Make it to Gaza, Israel Didn't Win'

(144) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 8:05 AM

Israel Defense Forces violently intercepted the Swedish boat named Marianne in the early hours of June 29 to prevent it from landing in Gaza, using tasers against unarmed passengers. The 18 passengers, whose mission was to break the siege of Gaza, were taken to the Israeli port of...

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Can the UN Talks Bring Peace to Shattered Yemen?

(5) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 1:22 PM

This post was co-authored with Nalini Ramachandran.

Over the weekend on June 14, UN-brokered talks began in Geneva, but many Yemenis know that with the increasingly hostile armed factions, a destroyed economy and the Saudi/Iran rivalry playing itself out in their country, peace will be hard to come by.


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Pave Paradise, Put Up a Naval Base: South Korean Activists' Extraordinary Struggle to Save Jeju Island

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:48 PM

South Korea's Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination full of spas, resorts, golf courses, sandy beaches, waterfalls and hiking trails. But if you really want to get rejuvenated, skip the tourist hotspots and go directly to the village of Gangjeong to support the extraordinary community that has been opposing...

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Gyrocopter Pilot Flew for Reform, Might Land in Prison

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Doug Hughes, a mailman from Florida who recently made headline news for flying his gyrocopter onto the West Lawn at the U.S. Capitol Building, will be in Washington DC for his first court hearing on May 21. Hughes has been charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating national airspace,...

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