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

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Hillary the Hawk

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:27 PM

Co-authored by Charles Davis

Announcing her latest campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton declared she was entering the race to be the champion for "everyday Americans." As a lawmaker and diplomat, however, Clinton has long championed military campaigns that have killed scores of "everyday" people abroad, from Iraq...

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No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 12:53 PM

While all eyes during the Summit of the Americas in Panama were on the hemisphere's presidents and political intrigues, such as the meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Castro or the hostilities between the United States and Venezuela, far more substantial was the separate meeting taking place at the...

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Cuba's Coming Out Party at the Summit of the Americas

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:33 AM

For the small island of Cuba, the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama marked a kind of "coming out" party. Banned from the for-capitalists-only gatherings from the time they began in 1994, Cuba was not only invited to participate in the Summit this year, it was the belle of...

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Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy's Windfall

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Co-authored by Katie Powers

Senator Robert Menendez, a powerful Democrat from New Jersey, has been down on his luck lately. He is currently under federal investigation for corruption, and although the senator has denied all allegations, charges are expected to be filed against him any day now.

This is...

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Iraq, Libya... Iran? U.S. Activists Mark War Anniversaries With Spring Rising

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:45 PM

March 19 marks two gloomy anniversaries: the 12th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the 5th anniversary of the NATO intervention in Libya. Both overthrew Arab dictators; both left the local people in such horrific straits that many of them look back with nostalgia to the days of...

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Tom Cotton Is the Worst Bully in the Senate -- Here Are 10 Reasons Why

(505) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Co-authored by Nalini Ramachandran

Hailing from Arkansas, 37-year-old Senator Cotton boasts the title of being the youngest member of the Senate, but he spouts the old warmongering rhetoric of 78-year-old Senator John McCain. From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women's rights, here are ten reasons why Tom Cotton is...

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AIPAC Busting Up Peace Efforts May Bust Its Own Bubble

(12) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Early in the morning of March 3, on AIPAC's national lobby day and just hours before Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was set to address the joint session of Congress, AIPAC President Robert Cohen, along with the group's Policy Director and two associates, briskly approached the Congressional office of Speaker of...

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Dividing the Pie: Cuba's Ration System After 50 Years

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 7:24 PM

This post was originally published on Telesur.

La libreta, the Cuba ration booklet, encapsulates the debate about Cuba's socialist experiment. Detractors say that the fact that food is still rationed after 50 years, and that over 60 percent of the island's food is still imported, proves the failure of a...

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Americans Can Go to Cuba -- Just Don't Lay on the Beach!

(61) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 2:42 PM

On a recent CODEPINK trip to Cuba with a 150-person delegation, we found the island crawling with Americans taking advantage of the relaxation of U.S. travel restrictions and the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations. Conan O'Brien was taping his comedy show at a Cuban cigar factory. Senators from Minnesota, Missouri...

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Take Cuba Off the Terrorist List

(30) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:44 AM

The new U.S.-Cuba talks are a refreshing burst of sunshine in the 54-year dismal relationship between neighbors separated by a mere 90 miles. The nations negotiated a successful swap of prisoners. The onerous travel restrictions the U.S. government placed on just visiting the island are starting to crumble. Embassies in...

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Federal Prison Sentence Begins for Anti-Drone Activist

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:52 AM

On January 23, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, will begin a three-month jail sentence in federal prison for a protest against drones (also known as "unmanned aerial vehicles") at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. I had a...

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'Flogging for Blogging': Official Saudi Policy

(5) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 11:35 AM

On January 9, two days after the massive Paris march condemning the brutal attack on freedom of the press, a young Saudi prisoner named Raif Badawi was removed from his cell in shackles and taken to a public square in Jeddah. There he was flogged 50 times before...

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10 Good Things About the Year 2014

(7) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 1:14 PM

It's been a year of fervent activism on police accountability, living wages, climate change, personal freedoms, immigrant rights, an open internet and diplomacy over war. The electoral beating the Democrats received has prompted both the administration and some spineless congresspeople to realize that support for progressive issues could reinvigorate their...

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Hagel's Departure Should Open Debate on Obama's Wars

(5) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was supposed to steer the Pentagon away from a decade of war, including bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and paving the way for a reduction in the Pentagon budget. Instead, the Obama administration has opted for remaining in Afghanistan, continuing the disastrous drone wars...

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Don't Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes. It Won't Tell.

(12) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 5:58 PM

President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people) to openly serve in the military four years ago.

But when it comes to budgeting, the concept lingers on. "Don't...

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The Fourth Estate in Flames

(33) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:31 PM

A war-weary American public that a year ago resoundingly rejected US military intervention in Syria to overthrow the Assad regime now is rallying behind the use of force to destroy the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). In just three months, from June to September, support for US airstrikes in...

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Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:59 AM

The footage of President Obama strolling through the ancient ruins at Stonehenge was an apt bookend to the meeting of NATO, a Cold War relic that should have been abolished after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. But while hundreds of protesters marched through the streets calling for...

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Beware of Exploding Gifts From Uncle Sam

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:41 PM

In a brilliant August 17 segment of Last Week Tonight, HBO host John Oliver ripped into small towns that have equipped their police with war-like military equipment. One town was Keene, New Hampshire, where their military-grade armored personnel truck was acquired to protect critical targets -- like the...

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One Year After Egypt's Rab'a Massacre, U.S. Still Funding Repression

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:49 AM

It has been one year since the August 14, 2013 Rab'a Square massacre in Egypt, when the Egyptian police and army opened fire on demonstrators opposed to the military's July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Using tanks, bulldozers, ground forces, helicopters and snipers, police and army personnel mercilessly attacked...

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On July 4, Be a Patriot: Stop Another U.S. Military Intervention in Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 1:35 PM

This July 4, the fireworks won't just be in celebration of Independence Day. There will undoubtedly be fireworks in cities throughout the Middle East, as the region, engulfed in violence, further explodes. The U.S. military and U.S. tax dollars are already deeply entangled in Middle Easterners' lives (and deaths),...

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