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Medea Benjamin

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.

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.

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

U.S. progressives should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move U.S. policy towards one that is based on respect, cooperation, and diplomacy, including the following.

'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.

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.

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.

Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

'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.

Code Pink Aims To Rally Public Against U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine & Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Code Pink won national attention during the presidency of George W. Bush for its high-profile protests against the Iraq War. On Monday e...

Amanda Terkel

Cheney Event Repeatedly Disrupted By Protesters | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Protesters disrupted an event featuring Dick Cheney, his wife Lynne and their daughter Liz on Monday, saying that the former vice presid...

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

Medea Benjamin | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The U.S. military and U.S. tax dollars are already deeply entangled in Middle Easterners' lives (and deaths), and President Obama is under pressure to get further involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria. But what advice would our nation's founders give the 44th president this July 4?

Standing Up, One Year Later: President Obama's Broken Foreign Policy Promises

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The military hammer the US government has been using against terrorist suspects for over 12 years has not succeeded in eliminating al-Qaeda; it has helped spawn a resurgence of terrorist groups across war-torn Middle East and now into Africa.

U.S. Activist Live-Tweets Night In Custody At Egypt Airport

Charlotte Alfred | Posted 03.04.2014 | World

An American activist who spent Monday night in custody in the airport in Egypt's Cairo live-tweeted what she described as abuse by Egyptian authoritie...

Drone Summit Demands End to Strikes, Surveillance

Daniel Medina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Medina

Within view of the U.S. Capitol and just a little more than a mile from the White House, hundreds of of anti-drone proliferation activists, academics, lawyers and concerned citizens from all over the world gathered this weekend for the second annual drone summit.

Jennifer Bendery

Code Pink's Medea Benjamin Celebrates Birthday At White House Syria Protest | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Medea Benjamin, the leader of the anti-war group Code Pink and perhaps the most easily recognizable protester in Washington, celebrated ...

Drone Wars Terrorize Friends Into Enemies

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

Drones don't work precisely because they create more enemies, which is why we are there in the first place. In the vicious cycle of this asymmetrical warfare the drones are the cause of more resentment, more enemies, and more wars.

CNN Anchor Calls Obama Protester 'Rude' And 'Crazy'

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.25.2013 | Media

Medea Benjamin, the activist who interrupted President Obama's drone speech on Thursday, got a chilly reception from CNN's Carol Costello when she app...

"That Woman Is Worth Paying Attention To": Medea Benjamin Explains Why She Disrupted Obama's Speech (Video)

Democracy Now! | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Less than 24 hours after she interrupted President Obama's first major counterterrorism address of his second term, CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin...

Ryan J. Reilly

Medea Benjamin On Her 'Epic' Obama Drones Speech Protest | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even Medea Benjamin was surprised she managed to get into President Barack Obama's major national security address at National Defense U...

Video: Arrests at Bush Library

Dennis Trainor | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

Code Pink, Backbone Campaign, and dozens of supporters escorted protestors costumed as George W. Bush & Dick Cheney into the hands of the Dallas police who gladly arrested the duo.

Did Jon Stewart Say 'I'd Do Anything For A Vagina'?

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.27.2013 | Comedy

UPDATE: A Comedy Central spokesperson has confirmed to The Huffington Post that "this letter was absolutely not written by Jon Stewart." On Wednesd...

CODEPINK Protester: 'NRA Has Blood On Its Hands'

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.21.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

CODEPINK Protester Medea Benjamin, who was forcibly removed from this morning's NRA press conference in Washington, D.C., told HuffPost Live Friday th...

WATCH: Protesters Disrupt NRA Press Conference

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

A National Rifle Association press conference held Friday to address calls for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings i...

Code Pink To Dems: Stop Drone Warfare, Bust Up Big Banks

Pamela Powers Hannley | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Pamela Powers Hannley

Code Pink, the women-initiated peace and social justice group, protested the War on Women at the Republican National Convention. Their message for P...