Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin (medea@globalexchange.org), co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace,and author of a forthcoming book on Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of the Unjust. Her previous books include: Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control; Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart, and (with Jodie Evans) Stop the Next War Now (Inner Ocean Action Guide). Follow her on Twitter: @medeabenjamin

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:15am
U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood
When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015 , he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?” “Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money,” he...
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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 2:15pm
Congress Must Take Action to Block Weapon Sales to Saudi Arabia
Last week, the Pentagon announced the approval of the sale of an additional $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia. The callousness of this announcement – just days after Saudi Arabia rebooted its devastating bombing campaign in Yemen – is breathtaking. The Saudi-led coalition has used...
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Friday, July 8, 2016 - 12:15pm
Time to Rethink NATO
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 dangerous, loose cannon. But Trump has brought...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 2:00pm
Preparing for the Next Memorial Day
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...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 11:30am
Ten Ways Israel is Just Like Saudi Arabia
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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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:30am
President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Beheading
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, most likely by beheading, for participating in nonviolent protests. Sparing their lives could also help ease the Shia/Sunni tensions that have...
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 3:45pm
Hillary Clinton’s State Department Armed Saudi Arabia to the Teeth
As Hillary Clinton emerges as the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, she’s receiving increased scrutiny for her years as secretary of state — and in particular her hawkish foreign policy. Many critics are focusing especially on her long relationship with Saudi Arabia...
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Monday, March 7, 2016 - 4:45pm
Pink-Slipping Hillary: On Remembering the Victims of the Iraq War
Ahead of International Women's Day on March 8th , the following is an excerpt from False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton , edited by Liza Featherstone and forthcoming June 14 of this year . In March 2003, just before the US invasion of Iraq, about one hundred CODEPINK women dressed in...
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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:30pm
Should Henry Kissinger Mentor a Presidential Candidate?
At the February 11 Democratic Debate, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange about an unlikely topic: the 92-year old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders berated Clinton for saying that she appreciated the foreign policy mentoring she got from Henry Kissinger. “I...
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Monday, January 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic US-Saudi Alliance
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 Saudi action...
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