Medea Benjamin

Articles by this author

Children in Afghanistan. (Photo: Views
Thursday, March 25, 2021
U.S. Joins "Rules-Based World" on Afghanistan
On March 18, the world was treated to the spectacle of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sternly lecturing senior Chinese officials about the need for China to respect a "rules-based order." The alternative, Blinken warned , is a world in which might makes right, and "that would be a far more...
Read more
President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Feb. 16, 2021, in Washington. (Photo: White House/Lawrence Jackson) Views
Friday, March 12, 2021
10 Problems With Biden's Foreign Policy—and One Solution
The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it’s not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed--or even infuriated. There are one or two positive developments, such as the renewal of Obama's New START Treaty with Russia and...
Read more
U.S. bombs and bullets have claimed at least hundreds of thousands of civilian lives this century. Here, a U.S. airstrike against Islamic State militants in densely-populated Mosul, Iraq on July 9, 2017 is shown. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Trump & Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars
On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a...
Read more
Activists with "CodePink women for peace" hold a banner reading "Guys Put Down Your Guns !!" on January 24, 2014 at the entrance of the United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo: CodePink/flickr) Views
Friday, February 26, 2021
Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised
The U.S. bombing of Syria on Thursday immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing “Iranian-backed militias” who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are...
Read more
Polish soldiers patrol the rail yard at Mockava, Lithuania during Exercise Brilliant Jump 20, military trainings that took place in November, 2020. (Photo: Flickr/cc/NATO) Views
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
What Planet Is NATO Living On?
The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable...
Read more
So much is hanging in the balance, for the people of Iran suffering and dying under the impact of U.S. sanctions. (Photo: CODEPINK) Views
Monday, February 15, 2021
Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement?
As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on America’s new president and his foreign policy, after successive U.S. administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international system. Cautious...
Read more
Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds To Sisi's Egypt. (Photo: CODEPINK) Views
Friday, February 12, 2021
Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds To Sisi's Egypt
Under Donald Trump’s presidency, Egypt, as well as Saudi Arabia, Israel, the UAE, and other repressive regimes, had virtually free reign to commit unchecked human rights abuses without worry that they might be chastised or lose U.S. diplomatic and financial support. But when Joe Biden won the 2020...
Read more
Even in the American empire’s neocolonial phase, the role of the U.S. military and the CIA was to kick open doors through which American businessmen could “follow the flag” to set up shop and develop new markets. (Photo: Calvin Shen) Views
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
In 2004, journalist Ron Suskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove , as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” He dismissed Suskind’s assumption that public policy must be rooted in “the reality-based community.” “We’re history’s actors,”...
Read more
The first day of the 2020 school year in Taiz, Yemen. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP) Views
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Will Biden End America’s Global War on Children?
Most people regard Trump’s treatment of immigrant children as among his most shocking crimes as president. Images of hundreds of children stolen from their families and imprisoned in chain-link cages are an unforgettable disgrace that President Biden must move quickly to remedy with humane...
Read more
Malley’s Middle East foreign policy expertise and diplomatic skills make him the ideal candidate to reinvigorate the JCPOA and help calm regional tensions. (Photo: National Press Club) Views
Monday, January 25, 2021
Rob Malley for Iran Envoy: A Test Case for Biden’s Commitment to Diplomacy
President Biden’s commitment to re-entering the Iran nuclear deal—formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA—is already facing backlash from a motley crew of warhawks both domestic and foreign. Right now, opponents of re-entering the deal are centering their vitriol on one of...
Read more