Medea Benjamin

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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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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Free Fallin': On the Perils and Promise of Possibly Impeaching Trump
I would love to see Donald Trump impeached—for anything. Emoluments. Corruption. Conflicting business interests. Profiting at public expense. Obstructing the Russia investigation. Leaking classified information. Waging wars without congressional approval. Groping. Whatever it takes. It’s a colossal...
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Monday, May 22, 2017
Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet?
With the world’s media focused on President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, it’s curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty . Unlike most of Trump’s public appearances, there was not a protester in sight. While Mexicans pour out on the streets to protest Trump’s anti-immigrant policies,...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Trump’s Saudi Trip Should Not Be to Clinch Arms Deal But to End Yemen War
President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia is designed to highlight his "art of deal" by clinching a massive $100 billion arms deal. But instead of using his presidency to be a salesman for the arms industry, Trump should be a statesmen for the suffering Yemenis. He should use his visit to press for a...
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