Medea Benjamin

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 12:00pm
Who’s the Real Troublemaker in the Middle East?
Except for maybe the Affordable Care Act, nothing gets Republican politicians fired up like Iran. In the first GOP debate alone, Scott Walker promised that he’d tear up the Iran nuclear deal on day one of his presidency. Carly Fiorina blamed the country for “most of the evil that is going on in the...
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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 7:45am
10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy Off Militarism
US progressives are delighted to see the US administration making some progress on the diplomatic front with Cuba and Iran. We should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US foreign policy towards one based on...
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 1:00pm
Getting Down to Business in Cuba
In case you missed it, the United States and Cuba now have diplomatic relations for the first time in 54 years. Unfortunately, the outdated economic embargo is smothering the tremendous potential this opening offers. First, some background. The embargo, put in place in the early 1960s to punish the...
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Friday, July 10, 2015 - 6:45am
Multimillion-Dollar Ad Campaigns Aim to Influence Congressional Votes
A nuclear deal with Iran could be a game changer for US foreign policy and for the Middle East. The P5+1 (the U.S., China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom, plus Germany) and Iran have been developing a comprehensive agreement that would freeze Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon and...
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:00pm
While the Flotilla Didn’t Make it to Gaza, Israel Didn’t Win
Israel Defense Forces violently intercepted the Swedish boat named Marianne in the early hours of June 29 to prevent it from landing in Gaza, using tasers against unarmed passengers. The 18 passengers, whose mission was to break the siege of Gaza, were taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod and the...
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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:45am
Pave Paradise, Put Up a Naval Base: South Korean Activists’ Extraordinary Struggle to Save Jeju Island
South Korea’s Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination full of spas, resorts, golf courses, sandy beaches, waterfalls and hiking trails. But if you really want to get rejuvenated, skip the tourist hotspots and go directly to the village of Gangjeong to support the extraordinary community that...
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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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