Medea Benjamin

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Nuland and Pyatt planning regime change in Kiev. (Photo: Views
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Will the Senate Confirm Coup Plotter Victoria Nuland?
Who is Victoria Nuland? Most Americans have never heard of her because the U.S. corporate media’s foreign policy coverage is a wasteland. Most Americans have no idea that President-elect Biden’s pick for Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs is stuck in the quicksand of 1950s U.S.-Russia...
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Cuban farmers work in their lands in Vinales, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, on January 10, 2021. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The Trump Administration's Parting Outrage Against Cuba
On January 11, in his final days before leaving office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added one parting blow to the series of bludgeons his administration has inflicted on Cuba for four years: putting the island on the list of “state sponsors of terror” that includes only Iran, North Korea and...
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There are many other reasons to reject Haines. (Photo: Columbia World Projects) Views
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Why Senators Must Reject Avril Haines for Intelligence
Even before President-Elect Joe Biden sets foot in the White House, the Senate Intelligence Committee may start hearings on his nomination of Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence. Barack Obama's top lawyer on the National Security Council from 2010 to 2013 followed by CIA Deputy...
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Artist Steve Powers' installation "Waterboard Thrill Ride" is seen at the Coney Island arcade August 14, 2008 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. After a dollar bill is fed into a machine, the creation features robots performing the horrific CIA interrogation technique used on detainees at Guantanamo Bay. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 21, 2020
No, Joe, Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet for Torture Enablers
It was painful enough to live through the U.S. invasion of Iraq that caused untold devastation and human misery for no justifiable reason. Now we are again reminded of the grim Bush legacy with President-elect Biden's nomination of Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence. Haines, who has...
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The new Biden administration needs to take a truly fresh look at the whole range of destructive policies the United States has pursued around the world for decades, and the insidious role the CIA has played in so many of them. (Photo: Codepink) Views
Monday, December 14, 2020
Will Biden’s America Stop Creating Terrorists?
Joe Biden will take command of the White House at a time when the American public is more concerned about battling coronavirus than fighting overseas wars. But America’s wars rage on regardless, and the militarized counterterrorism policy Biden has supported in the past—based on airstrikes, special...
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CODEPINK protests killer drones at DC home of Jeh Johnson. (Photo: CODEPINK) Views
Monday, December 07, 2020
Why Jeh Johnson Would Be a Better Defense Secretary Than Michèle Flournoy
President-elect Biden’s choice for Secretary of Defense has turned out to be one of the most controversial and difficult of his Cabinet appointments. The early front-runner, Michèle Flournoy, was originally seen as a shoo-in and was touted as a great breakthrough for women, but her hawkish views...
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Students of Iran's Basij paramilitary force burn posters depicting US President Donald Trump, during a rally in front of the foreign ministry in Tehran, on November 28, 2020, to protest the killing of prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh a day earlier near the capital. - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a "mercenary" for the US and seeking to create chaos, blaming it for the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist Views
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Will the World Community Condemn the Murder of Iran’s Nuclear Scientist?
Israel used all four years of Trump’s presidency to entrench its systems of occupation and apartheid. Now that Joe Biden has won the U.S. election, the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, likely by Israel with the go-ahead from the US administration, is a desperate attempt to use Trump’s...
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Joe Biden Can Fix on Day One
Donald Trump loves executive orders as a tool of dictatorial power, avoiding the need to work through Congress. But that works both ways, making it relatively easy for President Biden to reverse many of Trump’s most disastrous decisions. Here are ten things Biden can do as soon as he takes office...
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Joe Biden and Dick Cheney shake hands in 2008. (Photo: Official White House) Views
Monday, November 09, 2020
Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?
Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as America’s next president! People all over this pandemic-infested, war-torn and poverty-stricken world were shocked by the brutality and racism of the Trump administration, and are anxiously wondering whether Biden’s presidency will open the door to...
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An indigenous woman votes at a polling station in Huarina, Bolivia, on October 18, 2020 during the country's general election. - Landlocked Bolivia elects a new president on Sunday after a 2019 poll was annulled and follow-up elections postponed twice amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Ending Regime Change—in Bolivia and the World
Less than a year after the United States and the U.S.-backed Organization of American States (OAS) supported a violent military coup to overthrow the government of Bolivia, the Bolivian people have reelected the Movement for Socialism (MAS) and restored it to power. In the long history of U.S.-...
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