Medea Benjamin

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:30am
Federal Prison Sentence Begins for Anti-Drone Activist
On January 23, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, will begin a three-month jail sentence in federal prison for a protest against drones (also known as “unmanned aerial vehicles”) at Whiteman Air Force Base in...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 11:00am
"Flogging for Blogging" Official Saudi Policy
On January 9, two days after the massive Paris march condemning the brutal attack on freedom of the press, a young Saudi prisoner named Raif Badawi was removed from his cell in shackles and taken to a public square in Jeddah. There he was flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators who had just...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 6:30am
10 Good Things About the Year 2014
It’s been a year of fervent activism on police accountability, living wages, climate change, personal freedoms, immigrant rights, an open internet and diplomacy over war. The electoral beating the Democrats received has prompted both the Administration and some spineless congresspeople to realize...
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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:45pm
Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was supposed to steer the Pentagon away from a decade of war, including bringing US troops home from Afghanistan and paving the way for a reduction in the Pentagon budget. Instead, the Obama administration has opted for remaining in Afghanistan, continuing the...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 1:45pm
Don’t Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes
President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people ) to openly serve in the military four years ago. But when it comes to budgeting, the concept lingers on. “Don’t ask us...
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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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