Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin (medea@globalexchange.org), co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace,and author of a forthcoming book on Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of the Unjust. Her previous books include: Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control; Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart, and (with Jodie Evans) Stop the Next War Now (Inner Ocean Action Guide). Follow her on Twitter: @medeabenjamin

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Friday, December 2, 2016 - 9:45am
Bush’s Iraq Lies, Uncontested, Will Haunt Us Under Trump
The CODEPINK Tribunal taking place December 1 and 2, and live streamed by The Real News, is a historic collection of testimonies about the lies and costs of the Iraq war. It takes on new meaning with the incoming Trump administration, and the hawks who are flocking to join that administration with...
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Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 9:00am
Deconstructing Thanksgiving at Standing Rock
It is with a heavy heart that I travel to Standing Rock to give thanks and serve meals to the water protectors who, in the freezing weather, have braved attack dogs, tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, percussion grenades and other forms of state-sanctioned violence. This Thanksgiving comes on...
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Monday, October 10, 2016 - 1:00pm
Do Western Nations Care about Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?
How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen for since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training,...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 2:15pm
Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Ménage à Trois
If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true. The lobby firm...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:15am
U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood
When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015 , he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?” “Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money,” he...
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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 2:15pm
Congress Must Take Action to Block Weapon Sales to Saudi Arabia
Last week, the Pentagon announced the approval of the sale of an additional $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia. The callousness of this announcement – just days after Saudi Arabia rebooted its devastating bombing campaign in Yemen – is breathtaking. The Saudi-led coalition has used...
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Friday, July 8, 2016 - 12:15pm
Time to Rethink NATO
Donald Trump angered the D.C. establishment when he said that NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, may be obsolete and the U.S. should reassess its spending on the alliance. Hillary Clinton has used Trump’s comments as another example that he is a dangerous, loose cannon. But Trump has brought...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 2:00pm
Preparing for the Next Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend was replete with parades, American flags, and tributes to our war dead, but little reflection on war, particularly the tragic fact that the United States has fallen into the death trap that President Eisenhower warned us about: the military-industrial complex. Instead of...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 11:30am
Ten Ways Israel is Just Like Saudi Arabia
On the surface, it would seem that Saudi Arabia and Israel would be the worst of enemies and indeed, they have never had diplomatic relations. After all, the Saudis have championed the cause of the Palestinians, who are oppressed by the Israelis. Israelis say they are besieged by Muslim extremists...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:30am
President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Beheading
One concrete outcome that President Obama could pursue on his visit to Saudi Arabia is saving the lives of three Shia youth sentenced to be executed, most likely by beheading, for participating in nonviolent protests. Sparing their lives could also help ease the Shia/Sunni tensions that have...
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