Medea Benjamin

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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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen U.S.-Saudi Ties
Donald Trump has selected Saudi Arabia as the destination for his first trip abroad, strengthening U.S. ties to a regime that is fueling the very extremism, intolerance and violence that the US government purports to eradicate. Here’s 10 reasons why the United States should not be closely allied...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Women Beware: Saudia Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards for Women's Equality
It’s hard to sink to a greater depth of hypocrisy than voting Saudi Arabia onto a UN Commission charged with promoting women’s equality and empowerment. And yet, on April 23rd, that is precisely what the UN Economic and Social Council did. Of the 54 countries on the Council, 47 of them agreed to...
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Friday, April 14, 2017
The 'Mother of All Bombs' is Big, Deadly – and Won't Lead to Peace
“I’m really very good at war. I love war, in a certain way,” bragged candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Iowa. This is the same Donald Trump who avoided the Vietnam draft by claiming a bone spur in his foot, a medical problem that never kept him off the tennis courts or golf courses, and...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
Use Latest Tragedy in Syria to End the War, Not Escalate It
Four years ago, massive citizen opposition and mobilization stopped a possible U.S. military attack on the Assad government of Syria that many predicted would have made the terrible conflict even worse. Once again, we need to stop an escalation of that dreadful war and instead use this tragedy as...
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Monday, March 27, 2017
Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War and Hunger in Yemen?
This week marks the beginning of year three of the Saudi-led military intervention in the civil war in Yemen, an intervention that has resulted in an epic tragedy of destruction and starvation. Tens of thousands of Yemenis marked the occasion by pouring into the streets of the capital, Sanna, to...
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Why is Donald Trump Lunching With a Saudi War Criminal While Yemenis are Starving?
While President Trump sat down for a sumptuous meal at the White House on Tuesday, March 14 with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, millions of Yemenis are going hungry thanks to Trump’s lunch guest. Prince Salman is only 31 years old, but as the king’s favorite son, he was put in...
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Thursday, February 09, 2017
Ten Reasons Why Elliott Abrams Would Make a Dreadful Deputy Secretary of State
Donald Trump will soon announce his pick for deputy Secretary of State. The leading contender appears to be Elliott Abrams, despite Abrams having been an outspoken advocate of the #NeverTrump crowd and calling Trump unfit for the office. Abrams, a neocon hawk, would be one more disastrous addition...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
In Trump’s World Where Money Talks, Saudi Arabia Gets a Free Pass
President Trump’s Muslim ban is not only mean-spirited and, hopefully, unconstitutional, but it is irrational because it doesn’t even include the country most responsible for spreading terrorism around the world: Saudi Arabia. The travel restrictions on seven Muslim-majority countries was...
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