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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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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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 3:45pm
Hillary Clinton’s State Department Armed Saudi Arabia to the Teeth
As Hillary Clinton emerges as the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, she’s receiving increased scrutiny for her years as secretary of state — and in particular her hawkish foreign policy. Many critics are focusing especially on her long relationship with Saudi Arabia...
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Monday, March 7, 2016 - 4:45pm
Pink-Slipping Hillary: On Remembering the Victims of the Iraq War
Ahead of International Women's Day on March 8th , the following is an excerpt from False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton , edited by Liza Featherstone and forthcoming June 14 of this year . In March 2003, just before the US invasion of Iraq, about one hundred CODEPINK women dressed in...
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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:30pm
Should Henry Kissinger Mentor a Presidential Candidate?
At the February 11 Democratic Debate, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange about an unlikely topic: the 92-year old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders berated Clinton for saying that she appreciated the foreign policy mentoring she got from Henry Kissinger. “I...
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Monday, January 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic US-Saudi Alliance
The brutal Saudi execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr has led to protests around the globe, as well as the burning of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, followed by the Saudi severing of relations with Iran. This exacerbation of Sunni-Shia tensions is the result of the reckless Saudi action...
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 12:30pm
10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015
It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis, to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, to the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn’t be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this...
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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 12:15pm
Yemen Crisis: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance
After almost a year of civil war, the conflicting forces in Yemen sat down on December 15 in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the prospect of finding a political solution to the conflict that has been raging since March 2015. While this is a necessary step towards ending the violence that has killed...
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 12:45pm
Is Saudi Women’s Vote a Step Forward?
The global press has been heralding the December 13, 2015, vote in Saudi Arabia as a breakthrough for women, since it’s the first time in history that Saudi women have been allowed to vote. But is this vote really a significant step forward? First let’s consider the Saudi electoral system within...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:15pm
Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing from Iraq
As the first Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, moderator Anderson Cooper posed a question to Hillary Clinton: How might her presidency differ from Barack Obama’s? Clinton smiled. “Well, I think it’s pretty obvious,” she replied to rapturous applause. “Being the first woman president...
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