Medea Benjamin

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism
In the spirit of a new year and a new Congress, 2019 may well be our best and last opportunity to steer our ship of state away from the twin planetary perils of environmental chaos and militarism, charting a course towards an earth-affirming 21st century. The environmental crisis was laid bare by...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Will the New House Democrats Take on the War Lobby?
A new Democratic majority will take charge in the U.S. House of Representatives in January, thanks to a remarkable rebound in public participation in U.S. elections. Based on early data, it appears that over 49% of eligible voters showed up at the polls this year, compared to a 70-year low of 36.4...
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Monday, November 05, 2018
Trump Bullying Will Hurt Millions of Iranians
Iranian government officials want to know how the Trump administration can get away with punishing Iran and other countries for complying with the internationally recognized nuclear deal signed in 2015. "The US is, in effect, threatening states who seek to abide by Resolution 2231 with punitive...
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Yet as early voting gets under way across the country, Congressional campaigns have focused mainly on domestic issues and personality politics, with almost nothing to say about the war in Yemen or other critical questions of war, peace and record military spending. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Peacemakers, Warmongers and Fence Sitters: Who Represents You?
As a foreign policy crisis explodes over the apparent Saudi assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the failure of the U.S. Congress to assert its constitutional war powers over three years of illegal U.S. military action in the war on Yemen and booming U.S. arms sales to Saudi...
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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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