Medea Benjamin

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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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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:15am
Prescription for Afghan Hospital Bombing: Independent Investigation and US Troop Withdrawal
On October 3, a US airstrike destroyed a Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 healthcare workers and patients. On October 6, the commander of US armed forces in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, told the US Senate Armed...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:30pm
Ten Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy
During the discussion on the Iran nuclear deal, it has been strange to hear US politicians fiercely condemn Iranian human rights abuses while remaining silent about worse abuses by US ally Saudi Arabia. Not only is the Saudi regime repressive at home and abroad, but US weapons and US support for...
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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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