Medea Benjamin

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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 2:30pm
The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media's Award-Winning War Propaganda
A war-weary American public that a year ago resoundingly rejected US military intervention in Syria to overthrow the Assad regime now is rallying behind the use of force to destroy the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). In just three months, from June to September, support for US airstrikes in Iraq...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:30pm
Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance
The footage of President Obama strolling through the ancient ruins at Stonehenge was an apt bookend to the meeting of NATO, a Cold War relic that should have been abolished after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. But while hundreds of protesters marched through the streets calling for...
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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:15am
Beware of Exploding Gifts from Uncle Sam
In a brilliant August 17 segment of Last Week Tonight, HBO host John Oliver ripped into small towns that have equipped their police with war-like military equipment. One town was Keene, New Hampshire, where their military-grade armored personnel truck was acquired to protect critical targets ––...
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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr Views
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 11:45am
One Year After Egypt’s Rab’a Massacre, US Still Funding Repression
It has been one year since the August 14, 2013 Rab’a Square massacre in Egypt, when the Egyptian police and army opened fire on demonstrators opposed to the military’s July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Using tanks, bulldozers, ground forces, helicopters and snipers, police and army...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 3:00pm
Conflict Resolution 101: On Talking With Hamas
The world awaits with bated breath to see if the interim truce negotiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead to a long-term ceasefire. But if US mediation is to be sincere and effective, the American government needs to take Hamas off its terrorist list and allow Hamas to be fully...
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Friday, July 4, 2014 - 7:30am
On July 4, Be a Patriot: Stop Another US Military Intervention in Iraq
This July 4, the fireworks won’t just be in celebration of Independence Day. There will undoubtedly be fireworks in cities throughout the Middle East, as the region, engulfed in violence, further explodes. The US military and US taxdollars are already deeply entangled in Middle Easterners’ lives (...
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Palestinian children on their way to school run accross a road in front of an advancing Israeli tank in Nablus, Palestine, during clashes between militants and Israeli forces. (Photo: flickr / cc / Rusty Stewart) Views
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:15pm
Children’s Lives in the Balance: Is One Worth More Than Another?
With the news that the bodies of three missing Israeli teens had been found in a field not far from the stretch of road where they disappeared June 12, people everywhere reacted rightly with sorrow and anger. Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, also 16, were students who lived...
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:00am
So Obama Really Can Close Gitmo
Over the weekend the government of Qatar brokered a dramatic deal between the US and the Taliban to swap five Guantánamo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier held as a prisoner of war for almost five years. Flexing his political clout, President Obama demonstrated his ability to navigate with...
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Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the political activist group Code Pink, was forcibly removed by security after speaking out against President Barack Obama during his counterterrorism speech in May of 2013. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch /UPI) Views
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:30am
Standing Up, One Year Later: President Obama’s Broken Foreign Policy Promises
A year ago, on May 23, 2013, I was in the audience at the National Defense University when President Barack Obama gave his major foreign policy address . Having worked for years trying to close the Guantanamo prison and stop US drone attacks, I was crushed to realize that the president’s speech was...
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During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, David Barron was able to manipulate constitutional law so as to legally justify killing American citizens with drone strikes. Views
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 6:45am
Drone Lawyer: Kill a 16 Year-Old, Get a Promotion
If you think that as a United States citizen you’re entitled to a trial by jury before the government can decide to kill you–– you’re wrong. During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, David Barron was able to manipulate constitutional law so as to legally justify killing American...
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