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.
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From Mosul and Raqqa to Mariupol and Bucha, Killing Civilians Is a Crime

Americans have been shocked by the death and destruction of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, filling our screens with bombed buildings and dead bodies lying in the street. But the US and its allies have waged war in country after country for decades, carving swathes of destruction through cities, towns and villages on a far greater scale than the damage that has so far disfigured... Continue Reading

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The Presence of Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin has claimed that he ordered the Russian invasion of Ukraine to “denazify” its government. Western officials, such as former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, have called this pure propaganda, insisting, “There are no Nazis in Ukraine.” In the context of the Russian invasion, the post-2014 Ukrainian government’s problematic relationship with extreme... Continue Reading

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The US Leaves Ukraine to Fight New Cold War With Russia

The defenders of Ukraine are bravely resisting Russian aggression, shaming the rest of the world and the UN Security Council for its failure to protect them. It is an encouraging sign that the Russians and Ukrainians are holding talks in Belarus that may lead to a ceasefire. All efforts must be made to bring an end to this conflict before the Russian war machine kills thousands more of... Continue Reading

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10 Problems With US Foreign Policy Under Biden

The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it’s not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed — or even infuriated.  There are one or two positive developments, such as the renewal of Barack Obama's New START Treaty with Russia and Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s initiative for a UN-led peace process in... Continue Reading

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Congress Gives the Nod to the Military-Industrial Complex

Despite a disagreement over some amendments in the Senate, the US Congress is poised to pass a $778-billion military budget bill for 2022. As they have been doing year after year, our elected officials are preparing to hand the lion’s share of federal discretionary spending to the US war machine, even as they wring their hands over spending a mere quarter of that amount on the Build Back... Continue Reading

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COP26: Can People Power Save the World?

COP26! That is how many times the UN has assembled world leaders for the Conference of the Parties summit to try to tackle the climate crisis. But at the same time, the United States is producing more oil and natural gas than ever. The amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere and global temperatures are also still rising. To add to this, we are already experiencing the extreme weather... Continue Reading

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Congress Fights Over Childcare But Not the Military

US President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress are facing a crisis as the popular domestic agenda they ran on in the 2020 elections is held hostage by two corporate Democratic senators: fossil-fuel consigliere Joe Manchin and payday-lender favorite Kyrsten Sinema. But the very week before the Democrats’ $350-billion annual domestic package hit this wall of corporate money-bags, all but 38... Continue Reading

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US Militarism’s Toxic Impact on Climate Policy

US President Joe Biden addressed the UN General Assembly on September 21 with a warning that the climate crisis is fast approaching a “point of no return.” He promised that the United States would rally the world to action. “We will lead not just with the example of our power but, God willing, with the power of our example,” Biden said.  But the US is not a leader when it comes... Continue Reading

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Will the US Wake Up From Its Post-9/11 Nightmare?

Looking back on it now, the 1990s were an age of innocence for America. The Cold War was over and our leaders promised us a “peace dividend.” There was no TSA — the Transportation Security Administration — to make us take off our shoes at airports (how many bombs have they found in those billions of shoes?). The government could not tap a US phone or read private emails without a warrant... Continue Reading

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Ending the US Empire of War, Corruption and Poverty

Americans have been shocked by reports of thousands of Afghans risking their lives to flee the Taliban, whose militants swept through Afghanistan and returned to power on August 15. This was followed by a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (IS-KP) that killed at least 170 people, including 13 US troops. Some eyewitnesses told the BBC that “significant numbers”... Continue Reading

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