Medea Benjamin

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On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, an Iranian protester holds a burning picture of President Donald Trump outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018. (Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 17, 2019
U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective
While the mystery of who is responsible for sabotaging the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman remains unsolved, it is clear that the Trump administration has been sabotaging Iranian oil shipments since May 2, when it announced its intention to “ bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its...
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Beach chairs are lined up for a show at the beach of the Cayo Blanco key, a 50 minute ride in Catamaran from Varadero, on May 12, 2019, in Cayo Blanco, Cuba. Cuban tourism is facing challenges as the US government recently tightened its embargo on Cuba activating the Title III of the Helms Burton law increasing the pressure on the Cuban government by allowing U.S. courts to prosecute international companies which have worked with properties nationalized in Cuba since 1959. (Photo by Sven Creutzmann/Mambo ph Views
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Travel to Cuba Falls Victim to John Bolton’s Wrath
John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua— calling them the “troika of tyranny” and the “three stooges of socialism”—and is determined to use his time as National Security Advisor to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere. He has openly stated that the 1823...
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies Unlawful “No Trespass” Order
An extraordinary set of events has been unfolding at the Venezuela Embassy in Washington DC, ever since the Embassy Protection Collective began living at the embassy with the permission of the elected government of Venezuela on April 10 to protect it from an illegal takeover by Venezuela’s...
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On May 1 our peaceful presence was violently besieged by angry Guaido supporters. (Photo: Codepink) Views
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
What Is Happening at the Venezuelan Embassy Is an Outrage
Right here in Washington DC an unprecedented showdown is unfolding. Venezuelan supporters of self-declared interim president Juan Guaido have been trying to take over the Venezuelan Embassy. This goes against international law, the wishes of the government in control in Venezuela, and the dogged...
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Social Movements Under Intense Attack Despite Colombia 'Peace Plan'
With Venezuela occupying the small bandwidth our media has for news about Latin America, there is virtually no information about Colombia, where a horrible wave of violence in the past two years has taken the lives of hundreds of social movement leaders and activists around the country, especially...
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Monday, April 22, 2019
Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-Supported Coup
An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group initiated by CODEPINK and Popular Resistance, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
War and Peace and the 2020 Presidential Candidates
Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time , to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn’t stopped the war yet...
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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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