Medea Benjamin

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 9:15am
Crossing the Korean DMZ for Peace
The George W. Bush administration famously dubbed Iran, Iraq, and North Korea the “Axis of Evil.” The White House accused that ominous-sounding triumvirate of funding terrorism and developing weapons of mass destruction. The goal was to garner public support for the “war on terror” that’s...
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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:00pm
Gyrocopter Pilot Flew for Reform, Might Land in Prison
Doug Hughes, a mailman from Florida who recently made headline news for flying his gyrocopter onto the West Lawn at the U.S. Capitol Building, will be in Washington DC for his first court hearing on May 21. Hughes has been charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating national...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9:30am
Obama’s Gulf Meeting Protocol: Shake Hands, Smile, Ignore Repression, Repeat
Washington DC is presently the converging point for some of the world’s most oppressive regimes. On May 13th and 14th , President Obama is hosting a billionaire conglomerate known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which consists of the Middle Eastern countries of Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 2:45pm
Hillary the Hawk
Announcing her latest campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton declared she was entering the race to be the champion for “everyday Americans.” As a lawmaker and diplomat, however, Clinton has long championed military campaigns that have killed scores of “everyday” people abroad, from Iraq to...
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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas
While all eyes during the Summit of the Americas in Panama were on the hemisphere’s presidents and political intrigues, such as the meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Castro or the hostilities between the United States and Venezuela, far more substantial was the separate meeting...
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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 10:45am
Cuba's Coming Out Party at the Summit of the Americas
For the small island of Cuba, the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama marked a kind of “coming out” party. Banned from the for-capitalists-only gatherings from the time they began in 1994, Cuba was not only invited to participate in the Summit this year, it was the belle of the ball (albeit the...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 12:00pm
Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy’s Windfall
Senator Robert Menendez, a powerful democrat from New Jersey, has been down on his luck lately. He is currently under federal investigation for corruption, and although the Senator has denied all allegations, charges are expected to be filed against him any day now. This is not the first time the...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:30am
Iraq, Libya...Iran? US Activists Mark War Anniversaries with Spring Rising
March 19 marks two gloomy anniversaries: the 12th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq and the 5th anniversary of the NATO intervention in Libya. Both overthrew Arab dictators; both left the local people in such horrific straits that many of them look back with nostalgia to the days of Saddam Hussein...
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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:30am
Tom Cotton is the Worst Bully in the Senate – Here Are 10 Reasons Why
Hailing from Arkansas, 37-year-old Senator Cotton boasts the title of being the youngest member of the Senate, but he spouts the old warmongering rhetoric of 78-year-old Senator John McCain. From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women’s rights, here are ten reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 9:00am
Dividing the Pie: Cuba’s Ration System After 50 Years
Raul Castro is trying to find a middle way, stimulating the economy while preserving revolutionary gains like free healthcare and education. La libreta, the Cuba ration booklet, encapsulates the debate about Cuba’s socialist experiment. Detractors say that the fact that food is still rationed after...
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