Medea Benjamin

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"By maintaining close ties with Saudi Arabia," write Benjamin and Miller, "the US is sending a message to citizens around the world that it values money and power over human rights." (Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Khashoggi Is The Tip Of The Bloody Iceberg: 10 More Reasons to Cut the US-Saudi Alliance
Saudi Arabia has made headlines recently for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to Khashoggi is certainly tragic, but it’s far from the only crime committed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Despite its history of thuggery, the United States has been cozy with the kingdom for...
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The companies see only the revenues on their balance sheets, which are always in the black, never in the red like the blood that flows from the real-world results of the weapons they produce. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Bombing Yemeni School Children for Profit
As if the horrific Saudi bombing of a Yemeni school bus that killed 44 children on August 9, 2018 wasn’t bad enough, CNN reported that the bomb used in the attack was manufactured by Lockheed Martin, one of the major U.S. defense contractors. Nima Elbagir, reporting for CNN’s Situation Room, showed...
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Supporters of the Iran nuclear accord rally outside the White House on Oct. 12, 2017. Views
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Who Will Stop Trump From Tweeting Us into War With Iran?
Donald Trump may be taking us to war on Iran and those who should be trying to stop him—from Congress to the grassroots—are too obsessed with Russia to even pay attention. Trump is well aware that a war with Iran could be a good diversion from his domestic and Russia travails, and could even help...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Can the Brit’s Baby Trump Blimp Come Play at Trump’s DC Military Parade?
The best thing about Donald Trump’s visit to England and Scotland was the protests —or Carnival of Resistance, as some called them. Their outrageous signs, costumes, and visuals, including the Baby Trump blimp, were in contrast to our oftentimes sedate US demonstrations. That’s why a GoFundMe has...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Why Is a Retired Accountant From Texas Risking His Life to Sail to Gaza?
On the heels of the Great March of Return in Gaza, when Israeli soldiers killed 112 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more, a four-ship Freedom Flotilla will set sail for Gaza this month from a port in the Mediterranean Sea. Although it is an act of piracy for Israel to confiscate ships...
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 "Hawkish Senate Democrats play a critical role as swing votes to keep the country at war and to ensure that the lion’s share of tax revenues keep flowing to the military-industrial complex." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 07, 2018
How The War Industry Corrupts The U.S. Congress
Former President Jimmy Carter has called U.S. politics a system of “legalized bribery” in which powerful interests spend billions of dollars on lobbying and campaign funding to ensure that members of Congress pay more attention to them than to the general public. With the upcoming midterm elections...
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"Instead of celebrating the true Saudi heroes, since May 15 at least 11 activists, both women and male allies, have been arrested." (Photo: @noconversion/Twitter) Views
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The Message From Saudi’s “Reformist” Crown Prince to Saudi Women: Shut Up And Drive
The June issue of Vogue Arabia is dedicated to the “trailblazing women of Saudi Arabia” and the much-awaited June 24 date that will give Saudi women the right to drive. The cover shot is a glamorous photo of Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah Al Saud in the Jeddah desert, perched in the driver’s seat of...
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Monday, April 30, 2018
Olive Branch for North Korea, Bombs for Iran?
The Iran nuclear deal is on the verge of sinking on May 12 , when Donald Trump will decide whether or not to waive the nuclear-related sanctions, as the deal calls for. While the world is cheering the upcoming meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un (including Trump’s fans calling...
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
10 Reasons to Fear John Bolton
Let’s not mince words: John Bolton is a war-monger and his appointment to be Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor is a threat to global security. Bolton advocates a foreign policy that exaggerates threats, belittles diplomacy, shows contempt for international institutions and is quick to use...
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MbS for short, speaking with 60 Minutes' correspondent Nora O'Donnell in an interview that aired Sunday night on CBS. Views
Monday, March 19, 2018
Don’t Believe the Media Hype About Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne after eliminating his rivals, is on a two-week whirlwind visit to the United States starting March 19. He plans to cement his ties to the Trump administration, shore up support for his war in Yemen while whipping...
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