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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

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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 07.27.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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!

Anti-Kissinger Protester And Target Of John McCain's Rage Thankful For Tirade

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

In a HuffPost Live interview Friday, Medea Benjamin — co-founder of CODEPINK — said she is thankful for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) angry tirade ...

Take Cuba Off the Terrorist List

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Despite this long-awaited meltdown of U.S. policies that added to the island's economic woes but never succeeded in tumbling Cuba's communist government, a portion of the Cold War edifice remains intact: Cuba is still on the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list.

Federal Prison Sentence Begins for Anti-Drone Activist

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

On January 23, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will begin a three-month jail sentence in federal prison for a protest against drones at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. I had a chance to interview her before she had to turn herself in.

'Flogging for Blogging': Official Saudi Policy

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The U.S. is certainly no model for respecting freedom of expression -- as we saw in the streets of Ferguson where peaceful protesters were teargassed and beaten -- but it shouldn't overlook the human rights abuses carried out by a country that imprisons, tortures and executes its citizens simply for speaking their minds.

The Fourth Estate in Flames

Medea Benjamin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media
Medea Benjamin

After years of government lies -- from claims of WMDs in Iraq to zero civilian casualties in drone strikes -- you'd think the members of the fourth estate would have learned a lesson. But the mainstream U.S. media plays the role of government lapdog more than watchdog.

John Kerry Attempts to Bully CODEPINK into Silence

Ann Wright | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Ann Wright

Rather than trying to bully CODEPINK to stop protesting Obama-Kerry policies, we suggest that Secretary Kerry focus his energies on getting the Obama administration "allies" to stop aiding and supporting ISIS and its brutal regime of terror on civilian communities.

Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance

Medea Benjamin | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Why be distracted by a ceasefire, or put energy into promoting a non-violent solution to the conflict in Ukraine? NATO, after all, is a military alliance and, as the saying goes, when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Beware of Exploding Gifts From Uncle Sam

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Our police departments should not become dumping grounds for weapons makers looking for new clients to replace sales for waning wars abroad. Nor should they be repressive agencies that treat the public, especially black men, like enemies.