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Time To Rethink NATO

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.08.2016 | World
Medea Benjamin

co-authored by Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Donald Trump angered the D.C. establishment when he said that NATO, the North Atlantic Trea...

Jack Reed: Cluster Bomb Cheerleader

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

There is no excuse to prioritize profit over human rights. Senator Jack Reed and the rest of Congress have made themselves fully complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes and the destabilization of Yemen.

The Washington Post Has an Uber Problem

Pete Tucker | Posted 06.21.2016 | DC
Pete Tucker

In May of this year an Uber driver was charged with attempted murder of two Montgomery County police officers. After dramatically displaying the suspe...

10 Ways Israel Is Just Like Saudi Arabia

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Beneath the surface, these two old adversaries actually have a lot in common and have become the strangest of bedfellows.

President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Execution

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

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.

Saudi's Exploding Christmas Gifts From Hillary Clinton

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

On Christmas Eve in 2011, Hillary Clinton and her closest aides celebrated a $29.4 billion sale of over 80 F-15 fighter jets, manufactured by U.S.-based Boeing Corporation, to Saudi Arabia. In a chain of enthusiastic emails, an aide exclaimed that it was "not a bad Christmas present."

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The killing of Sheikh Al-Nimr should serve as a prime moment for the U.S. to reconsider its alliance with the Saudi regime, a regime that not only denies human rights to its own people but exports death and destruction abroad.

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

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 to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one.

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The U.S., NATO, and the Afghan government all say they are conducting their own investigations into the attack, but only an independent investigation can uncover the facts we need to demand accountability and new safeguards to ensure this type of tragedy doesn't happen again.

10 Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy

Medea Benjamin | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

During the discussion on the Iran nuclear deal, it has been strange to hear U.S. politicians fiercely condemn Iranian human rights abuses while remaining silent about worse abuses by U.S. ally Saudi Arabia.

Dick Cheney Protester Says Overpowering The Guy Who Grabbed Her Sign Was No Big Deal

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

Michaela Anang, a 21-year-old intern with liberal anti-war group CodePink, says she confronted former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday to counter...

Who's the Real Troublemaker in the Middle East?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Oddly, when the candidates complain about the "evil forces of radical Islam" or trouble in the Middle East, they never seem to mention Saudi Arabia.

Code Pink Uses Iranian Culture to Promote Peace

Marissa Beale | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Marissa Beale

In the midst of discussions about the nuclear deal with Iran, CODEPINK, a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars, called for a celebration of Iranian culture in front of the White House, on July 23 in an event they dubbed "Dancing With the Enemy."

Salvador's Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.27.2016 | World
Medea Benjamin

An overwhelming number of women in El Salvador -- particularly poor, unmarried, uneducated women -- face outrageous human rights violations as they are denied autonomy over their bodies. El Salvador has one of the strictest and most archaic anti-abortion laws in the world.

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

A year since the bloodshed and destruction, Gaza has barely begun to rebuild. Israel maintains a complete air and sea blockade of Gaza and a partial blockade of goods and people through two land crossings.

Where Are Mayors Opposing Police Militarization?

Jodie Evans | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Jodie Evans

In cities across the United States, we have seen how the militarized mold of policing and the supply of armored vehicles, assault weapons and the like have resulted in police forces who no longer see their role as one of protecting and serving, but as an occupying army.

Can The UN Talks Bring Peace To Shattered Yemen?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The fighting in Yemen is not just destroying the fabric of that nation; it has broader implications for the region. While Iran denies direct involvement, it gives military aid to the Houthis. Meanwhile, for ordinary Yemenis, they can only hope that a miracle happens in Geneva so they can start to rebuild their shattered lives.

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wooed the crowd with his plan to provide internet access to everyone in Latin America, more traditional speakers included the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Cargill, Boeing, Associated Petroleum Investors, AES Corporation, Citigroup Latin America and Walmart Latin America.

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

There were expectations that President Obama would use the summit to announce that Cuba would be taken off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a critical step in the normalization of relations. But unfortunately, that didn't happen.

Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy's Windfall

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Menendez's indictment would be unfortunate for his family, his career, and his reputation, but it could bode well for world peace. While Menendez is progressive on issues such as immigration reform and gay rights, he is a hawk on two key foreign policy issues: Iran and Cuba.

It's the Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq. Where's the Accountability?

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Jodie Evans

Who has been held responsible for these lies that have destroyed a country, and destabilized the Middle East? Recently, President Obama admitted it was our invasion of Iraq that led to the creation of ISIL. Where is the accountability?

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

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 Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi.

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women's rights, here are ten reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous dude.

AIPAC Busting Up Peace Efforts May Bust Its Own Bubble

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has influence on U.S. policy out of all proportion to the number of Americans it represents. When a small group like this has disproportionate power, it hurts everyone.

Cuba Joins One Billion Rising To End Violence Against Women

Ann Wright | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Ann Wright

What an honor to be in Cuba for the first celebration of One Billion Rising to end violence against women!