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Medea Benjamin is cofounder of Global Exchange and CodePink: Women for Peace.
Israel’s Lesson to Palestinians: Build More Rockets?
Posted on: Dec 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet
“We want them to know that when they attack us mercilessly, when they treat us like animals, we will fight back,” says one young Palestinian.
'Life or Death' Moment for the Revolution: Egyptians Erupt in Fury Against Brazen Power Grab
Posted on: Nov 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Egyptian protesters have gathered in Tahrir Square after a decree that said all presidential decisions would be immune from judicial review until the adoption of a new constitution.
Pushing Obama's Arc Toward Peace
Posted on: Nov 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet
We must grapple with key issues such as the Afghan war, killer drone attacks, maintaining peace with Iran, U.S. policy vis-a-vis Israel and Palestine, and the bloated Pentagon budget.
We're Killing Little Children in Pakistan: What I Told Obama's Counter-Terror Chief At His Virginia Home
Posted on: Nov 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet
CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin brings the devastation of the U.S. drone war in Pakistan to the doorstep of John Brennan, the man tasked with drawing up President Obama's "kill lists."
'You Are Welcome!': U.S. Delegation's Message of Peace Received Warmly in Pakistan
Posted on: Oct 10, 2012, Source: AlterNet
A CODEPINK delegation that came to Pakistan to protest U.S. drones has been showered with tremendous hospitality, warmth and friendship.
Showing Pakistan a Different American Face: CODEPINK Delegation Set to Protest Drone Strikes
Posted on: Sep 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The anti-war delegation traveling to Pakistan will demonstrate that there are Americans calling for an end to the CIA’s killer drone strikes.
Lobby Group Promoting Killer Drones Shuts Down Dissent
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet
A number of peace activists looking to attend a drone convention were threatened with arrest and had their conference badges yanked away.
After Assault on Protester, Israel Lobbyist Forced to Pay Medical Fees
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Rae Abileah was attacked after she interrupted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.
Why I Interrupted Obama's Counterterrorism Adviser: Because the U.S. Keeps Killing Innocents Abroad
Posted on: May 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet
"Mr. Brennan, will you speak out about the innocents killed by the U.S. in our drone strikes?," asked Benjamin during a speech marking the anniversary of bin Laden's death.
How Activists Are Striking Back Against Drone Warfare
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet
An excerpt from Medea Benjamin's new book, "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control," published by OR Books.
Activists Busted for Busting Out of Their Clothes at Bank of America
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The startled CEO of Bank of America recently found himself flanked by women in pink bras, with Bust up B of A scrawled on their chests.
10 Ways AIPAC Undermines Democracy at Home and in the Middle East
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet
AIPAC has tremendous clout but its influence has been disastrous for U.S. foreign policy and U.S. democracy. Here are ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous.
Controversial American Police Chief Known for Brutality Goes to Bahrain, Where Police Kill 14-Year-Old With Tear Gas Canister
Posted on: Feb 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Former Miami police chief John Timoney claims that while tear gas may be "distasteful," it's not really harmful. He should take a closer look at what's happening in Bahrain.
Obama's Pentagon Strategy: A Leaner, More Efficient Empire
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Rather than renouncing empire and endless war, Obama's stated strategy for the military going forward just reaffirms the U.S. commitment to both.
10 Good Things About a Not So Bad Year
Posted on: Dec 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet
People the world over becoming empowered and emboldened simply by watching each other -- that became the hallmark of the year.
Jailed for Sailing to Gaza, Challenging the Blockade
Posted on: Nov 4, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Naked aggression was used against the flotilla in international waters—something that is normally considered an act of piracy.
The Only 'Success' in Iraq is that U.S. Troops Are Leaving
Posted on: Oct 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Contrary to what you're likely to hear from the political and media establishment, the only thing worth celebrating is this war's end, not what it accomplished.
100 Days of Solidarity to End the U.S. Occupation of Iraq
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet
This week marks the beginning of what is supposed to be the final 100 days of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Congress Sees Middle East Through AIPAC-Colored Glasses
Posted on: Sep 16, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The bias of some of our Congress members reinforces a disastrous U.S. policy of unconditional support for Israel that obstructs peace and runs counter to our national interests.
The Congressional 'Supercommittee': Debt Panel or Death Panel?
Posted on: Sep 8, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Don't expect much from the debt committee members, who are even more anxious to please the military establishment and weapons manufacturers than your average politician.
10 Reasons Dick Cheney's New Book Belongs in the Crime Section (And What You Can Do to Get It There)
Posted on: Aug 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Peace activists around the country are stealthily gearing up to visit bookstores, grab a stack of books, and deposit them where they belong.
No Way to Honor Dr. King
Posted on: Aug 26, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The tribute to peacemakers, organized by the MLK National Memorial Foundation, was mostly a night applauding warmakers, corporate profiteers and co-opted musicians.
Iraq Withdrawal? Don't Take it to the Bank
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Obama promised on the campaign trail, "I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank." But don't count on cashing that check.
Does Your Congressperson Represent You -- Or Israel?
Posted on: Aug 9, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The Congressional recess is a time for elected representatives to be home in their districts, reaching out to their constituents. So why are one in five taking a junket to Israel?
Stop Sacrificing US Soldiers for Afghan Debacle
Posted on: Aug 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Our presence in Afghanistan is not making us safer because Afghanistan is not a threat to us.
Advice Hillary Clinton Should, But Won’t, Give to Economically Strapped Greece
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Given that the U.S. is a major arms seller to Greece, Clinton will encourage the Greeks to slash workers’ wages and pensions, but not its enormous military appetite.
By Torpedoing the Gaza Flotilla, Israel Sunk its Own Ship
Posted on: Jul 8, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The Israeli government can only continue its egregious violations of human rights and torpedoing nonviolence initiatives for so long.
Is Greece Being Blackmailed to Put the Brakes on Gaza Flotilla?
Posted on: Jun 26, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Setting Sail for Gaza, Armed with Love Letters and a Missive from Dr. King
Posted on: Jun 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The real question is: How long will the Israelis, with U.S. backing, continue to swim against the tide?
Will U.S. Mayors Vote Against War?
Posted on: Jun 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Our nation's continued military exploits in Iraq and Afghanistan are fueling cities like Detroit's destruction.
Vision: An Antiwar Movement That Puts Peace Over Politicians
Posted on: Jun 15, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Instead of continuing the hard work of protesting unjust wars, too many people took the election of politicians with "D"s after their name as their own Mission Accomplished.
Come Dance with Me -- Jefferson Would Want You to
Posted on: Jun 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet
This Saturday, we’ll be dancing in reverence to Thomas Jefferson’s spirit of resistance in DC.
Obama Should Follow His Own Advice on the 'Moral Force' of Non-Violence
Posted on: May 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet
There he was, the leader of the largest empire in history, praising the power of peaceful protest in countries with repressive leaders backed by his own administration.
U.S. Needs its Own 'Arab Spring' to Counter Power of Pro-Israel Lobby
Posted on: Apr 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The revolt that swept through Tunisia and Egypt should be a wake-up call for both the U.S. government and the remaining dictators.
Instead of Bombing Dictators in Libya and Around the World, Stop Selling Them Bombs
Posted on: Mar 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet
If the bitter lesson of Iraq and Afghanistan has taught us anything, it's that wars of liberation exact a deadly toll on those they purportedly liberate.
Ten Reasons the Iraq War Was No Cakewalk
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Invading Iraq was sold to the American public as a war to defend our nation and free the Iraqi people. What they got was an ocean of blood and tragedy.
Activists Stand Up for Bradley Manning -- and PJ Crowley
Posted on: Mar 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet
How outrageous that PJ Crowley was punished for simply telling the truth about Bradley Manning's imprisonment while the war criminals go free.
Bradley Manning Humiliated and Abused: Why Is Exposing a War Crime More Dangerous Than Committing One?
Posted on: Mar 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Bradley Manning leaked cables showing officials covering up U.S. tax dollars funding child rape in Afghanistan, illegal bombings in Yemen and more -- and he's the one in jail?
Most Republicans and Democrats Agree: Cut Aid for Poor People, Not Israel
Posted on: Mar 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet
President Barack Obama's budget includes halving the home-heating oil subsidy poor households depend on. But he proposes $3 billion for Israel.
From Cairo to Madison: Hope and Solidarity are Alive
Posted on: Feb 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Solidarity is, indeed, a beautiful thing. It is a way we show our oneness with all of humanity; it is a way to reaffirm our own humanity.
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