Medea Benjamin

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later
The tragic Ethiopian Airline plane crash recalls another passenger plane crash some 30 years ago. The latter, however, was not due to a mechanical malfunction but to U.S. missiles. And while very few Americans remember this incident, it still weighs heavy on the hearts of many Iranians--as we...
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Monday, March 11, 2019
How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report
On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government’s policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the...
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Monday, February 25, 2019
Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation
We are deeply saddened by the resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday afternoon, which occurred just hours after he met with our 28-person American peace delegation led by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. Zarif talked at length about how dissatisfied the Iranian people had become...
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A student remains on the ground in front of National Guards during an opposition protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on February 12, 2014. (Photo: Leo Ramirez) Views
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela Is Dangerous
In 1995 William Blum wrote a masterful book in which he chronicled U.S. involvement in fifty-five regime change operations around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Since 1995, the U.S. has been involved in twelve more regime change operations—Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq,...
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Pro-government supporters attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) Views
Monday, February 04, 2019
Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II , William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky’s...
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Friday, February 01, 2019
Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now,...
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We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next ten years. (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) Views
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace
A deafening chorus of negative grumbling from the left, right, and center of the US political spectrum in response to Trump’s decision to remove US troops from Syria and halve their numbers in Afghanistan appears to have slowed down his attempt to bring our forces home. However, in this new year,...
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Saturday, December 29, 2018
10 Good Things About 2018
Yes, you could say I’m trying to put lipstick on a pig. 2018 was a year of whiplash, a never-ending series of assaults on our environment, immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, the poor, international law. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and here are some rousing points of light...
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NATO-led airstrikes during the 2011 bombing of Libya. (Photo: Indy Media) Views
Monday, December 24, 2018
Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing
As our nation debates the merits of President Donald Trump's call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, absent from the debate is the more pernicious aspect of U.S. military involvement overseas: its air wars. Trump's announcement and General James Mattis' resignation should unleash a national discussion about U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts, but no evaluation can be meaningful without a clear understanding of the violence that U.S air wars have unleashed on the rest of the world for the past 17 years.
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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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