Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. She is the author of eight books, including her latest, “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.” Benjamin has been at the forefront of the anti-drone movement. She organized the first-ever international drone summit and lead delegations to Pakistan and Yemen to meet with drone strike victims and family members of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Should Henry Kissinger Mentor a Presidential Candidate?

Feb 12, 2016

Sanders and Clinton clash over whether Henry Kissinger should be giving foreign policy advice to US presidential candidates. At the Democratic debate on February 11, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange about an unlikely topic: the 92-year-old former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders...

Execution of Saudi Cleric Fans Flames in the Middle East

Jan 04, 2016

The killing of Sheikh al-Nimr should serve as a prime moment for the US to reconsider its alliance with Saudi Arabia, says Medea Benjamin. The brutal Saudi execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has led to protests around the Muslim world, as well as the burning of the Saudi...

10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great 2015

Dec 28, 2015

From Bernie Sanders to same-sex marriage, Medea Benjamin gives the lowdown on 2015. It would certainly be easy to do a piece about ten horrible events from 2015—from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis, to the attacks in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, to the rise of...

Saudi Women Vote in Fight for Rights

Dec 14, 2015

Amid cozy ties between the US and Saudi governments, women in Saudi Arabia have long been fighting for more rights. International media outlets have been heralding the December 13 vote in Saudi Arabia as a breakthrough for women, since it’s the first time in history that Saudi women have been...

US Will Not Bring Peace and Stability to Afghanistan

Oct 13, 2015

The best way to prevent the US military from bombing any more civilian targets is for Obama keep to the timeline of withdrawing troops by the end of 2016. On October 3, a US airstrike destroyed a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 health care workers...

Iranian Economic Boom Will Be a Bust for US Businesses

Sep 04, 2015

Foreign businesses that are poised to invest in Iran are likely to be laughing all the way to the bank—but not those in America. There’s a lot of money to be made doing business with Iran, a country of 78 million people—the second largest population in the Middle East, after...

El Salvador’s Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

Aug 03, 2015

As Latin American women continue to struggle for autonomy over their bodies, freeing the “Las 17” is critical. “We are here to speak for them, to call for their release. When there is an injustice, silence is complicity,” said Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch and...

Getting Down to Business in Cuba

Jul 23, 2015

American companies are more eager than ever to set up shop 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....

Multimillion-Dollar Ad Campaigns Aim to Influence Congressional Votes

Jul 09, 2015

While billionaire donors do not support a nuclear agreement with Iran, most Americans are in favor of one. A nuclear deal with Iran could be a game changer for US foreign policy and for the Middle East. The P5+1 and Iran have been developing a comprehensive agreement that would freeze...

Can UN Talks Bring Peace to Shattered Yemen?

Jun 15, 2015

The UN-brokered peace talks are a long shot, but they are critical in order to stop the violence in Yemen. On June 15, UN-brokered talks will begin in Geneva to bring an end to the conflict in Yemen. But many Yemenis know that with the increasingly hostile armed factions, a...

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