Medea Benjamin

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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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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:00pm
10 Reasons To Pray for AIPAC’s Decline
As a secular Jew, I don’t do much praying. But this week, as the powerful pro-Israeli government lobby AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) holds its annual policy meeting in Washington DC, I’m praying that this year marks the beginning of the end of the lobby’s grip on US foreign...
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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:45am
Henry Kissinger or CODEPINK: Who’s the "Low Life Scum"?
A very angry Senator John McCain denounced CODEPINK activists as “low-life scum” for holding up signs reading “Arrest Kissinger for War Crimes” and dangling handcuffs next to Henry Kissinger’s head during a Senate hearing on January 29. McCain called the demonstration “disgraceful, outrageous and...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:45pm
Take Cuba Off the Terrorist List
The new US-Cuba talks are a refreshing burst of sunshine in the 54-year dismal relationship between neighbors separated by a mere 90 miles. The nations negotiated a successful swap of prisoners. The onerous travel restrictions the US government placed on just visiting the island are starting to...
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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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