Medea Benjamin

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Demonstrators protest the possibility of War with Iran from a pedestrian bridge over Lakeshore Drive during rush hour on January 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday with the aim of limiting President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 10, 2020
10 Ways Trump's Actions Against Iran Hurt the US, the Region, and the World
The U.S. assassination of General Qassem Soleimani has not yet plunged us into a full-scale war with Iran thanks to the Iranian government’s measured response, which demonstrated its capabilities without actually harming U.S. troops or escalating the conflict. But the danger of a full-blown war...
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US Embassy in Iraq under siege. (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Views
Thursday, January 02, 2020
A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq
It’s a new year, and the U.S. has found a new enemy—an Iraqi militia called Kata’ib Hezbollah. How tragically predictable was that? So who or what is Kata’ib Hezbollah? Why are U.S. forces attacking it? And where will this lead? Kata’ib Hezbollah is one of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that...
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In the coming year, those of us in the US will face one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. (Photo: Creative Commons) Views
Monday, December 30, 2019
10 Good Things About 2019
Impeachment, Trump, impeachment, Trump. It’s hard to think of this year without obsessing about the occupant of the White House. But yes, there were lots of other events going on in the world this year. Some of them were tragic, like the coup in Bolivia, but some are hopeful and move us in a...
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Any responsible government Americans elect in 2020 must learn from the well-documented failure and catastrophic human cost of U.S. regime change efforts in Afghanistan. Views
Saturday, December 21, 2019
The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work
The trove of U.S. "Lessons Learned" documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The "Lessons Learned" papers, however, are based on the premise that the U.S. and its...
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Cuba Delegation in Havana. (Photo:CODEPINK) Views
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Five Years After Obama’s Cuba Opening, Cubans Are Reeling From the "Trump Effect"
December 17, 2019, Havana, Cuba: Gloria Minor had been preparing her AirBnB in Havana for years, investing every penny her sister sent her from Miami in repairing and refurbishing her apartment. With President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro re-establishing relations five years ago, Minor was...
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Antio-NATO protesters in Newport, Wales in 2014. (Photo: Andy Davies/@adavies4) Views
Monday, December 02, 2019
Trump Was Right Before He Was Wrong: NATO Should Be Obsolete
The three smartest words that Donald Trump uttered during his presidential campaign are “NATO is obsolete.” His adversary, Hillary Clinton, retorted that NATO was “the strongest military alliance in the history of the world.” Now that Trump has been in power, the White House parrots the same worn...
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Bolivian riot police breaks up a massive funeral procession that turned into an anti-government demonstration in La Paz on November 21, 2019. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 22, 2019
"They're Killing Us Like Dogs"—A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help
I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi...
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Demonstrators wave flags as they take part during the day of cultural activities 'El Derecho a Vivir en Paz' called by 'Movimiento Unidad Social' at Plaza O'Higgins on October 27, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Unidad Social, an organization conformed by various social groups, has called society to be part of cultural activities in defence of human rights and against abuses, under the slogan #NoMasAbusos (No more abuses) people demand Sebastian Piñera's Government attention to issues such as health care, pension Views
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Why Aren't People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?
The waves of protests breaking out in country after country around the world beg the question: Why aren’t Americans rising up in peaceful protest like our neighbors? We live at the very heart of this neoliberal system that is force-feeding the systemic injustice and inequality of 19th century...
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If Chenoweth is right and the million Chileans in the street have breached the tipping point for successful non-violent popular democracy, Chile may be leading the way to a global political and economic revolution. (Photo:  RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Neoliberalism’s Children Rise Up to Demand Justice in Chile and the World
Uprisings against the corrupt, generation-long dominance of neoliberal “center-right” and “center-left” governments that benefit the wealthy and multinational corporations at the expense of working people are sweeping country after country all over the world. In this Autumn of Discontent, people...
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Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. - Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. (Photo: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 18, 2019
Trump’s Fake Withdrawal From Endless War
On Monday, October 7th, the U.S. withdrew 50 to 100 troops from positions near Syria's border with Turkey, and two days later Turkey invaded Rojava, the de facto autonomous Kurdish region of northeast Syria. Trump is now taking credit for a temporary, tenuous ceasefire. In a blizzard of tweets and...
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