Medea Benjamin

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Monday, December 25, 2017
10 Good Things About a TERRIBLE Year
Every year I do a list of ten good things about the year. This year, I was about to skip it. Let’s face it: It has been a particularly horrible year for anyone with a progressive agenda. When I recently asked a prominent activist how she was doing, she took my hands, looked me in the eyes and said...
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"The state of Jordan called it “nuts” and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it was a gift to “radicals and extremists.” (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Why Are Democratic Senators Enabling One Of Trump’s Worst Decisions?
President Trump’s announcement stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and directing the State Department to begin moving the embassy sparked anger and protests across the world. One would think that Democrats would be be jumping at the chance to hammer Trump for his reckless plans that...
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All the Cubans we talked to thought the sonic attack was a bunch of baloney. From taxi drivers to government officials to dissidents, Cubans told our group that the whole episode was concocted to justify turning back the clock on Obama’s détente with Cuba. Views
Friday, November 10, 2017
While Clinching Deals With Communist China, Trump Cracks Down on Trade and Travel to Cuba
On Wednesday, November 8, just as President Trump was clinching new business deals with the repressive Communist government of China, the Trump administration announced its new rules rolling back President Obama’s opening with Cuba. The new regulations restricting travel and trade with the...
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
10 Reasons the US Should Stick With the Iran Nuclear Deal
President Trump is expected to announce this week that he will not recertify that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal. He will argue, falsely, that the agreement is no longer in the national interest of the United States. The president’s announcement will not end the deal but will pass the...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017
From a Concert in Las Vegas to a Funeral in Yemen, We Must Stop Mass Murder
While Americans are mourning the mass shooting in Las Vegas that so tragically took the lives of over 50 concert-goers, people in Yemen will be marking the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that took the lives of over 140 people who were not at a concert, but a funeral. The Las Vegas carnage was a...
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Saudi Women May Soon Be Behind the Wheel, But Still Not in the Drivers’ Seat
It looks like 27 years of protesting, along with international pressure and government recognition that it needs more Saudi women in the workforce, has finally paid off. In a royal decree, Saudi King Salman announced on September 26 that Saudi women, who have been the only women in the world banned...
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Protesters attend the rally to denounce deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) near the U.S. embassy on July 13, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea Views
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Urgent Warning: Time to Hit the Reset Button on US-Korean Policy
Touching down in Washington DC Friday night after a peace delegation to South Korea organized by the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea ( STIK ), I saw the devastating news. No, it was not that Reince Priebus had been booted from the dysfunctional White House. It was that North Korea had conducted...
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump is pro-torture. He said on the campaign trail he’d approve waterboarding “in a heartbeat,” plus “ a hell of a lot worse.” He added : “Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work.” There are certainly a lot of stupid people then, because...
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Why Does Donald Trump Insist on More Military Spending?
If you think we spend too much on our military as it is (more that the next eight countries combined), you might be shocked to hear President Trump has asked for an increase in military spending by 10%, or $54 billion . Where is all this money going to come from? What will it be used for? Since...
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Draft Bernie? Democratic Party Takeover? Strategic Concerns Paramount at People's Summit
Even if you attended the 4,000-strong Peoples Summit in Chicago on June 9-11 organized by folks from the Bernie Sanders campaign and National Nurses United (NNU), you might have missed the most significant moment of the gathering. It was a seemingly offhand comment made by NNU Executive Director...
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