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Medea Benjamin is cofounder of Global Exchange and CodePink: Women for Peace.
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.
Obama Must Take a Stand and Demand That Mubarak Step Down
Posted on: Feb 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Mubarak Mobs and Street Vendors: Welcome to Egypt
Posted on: Feb 4, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The democracy forces in Tahrir Square have braved tear gas, water cannons, rocks, sniper fire and mobs storming in on horses and camels.
Egypt: Witnessing the Awesome Bravery of Peaceful Protesters in Cairo, Standing Up to Beatings and Molotov Attacks
Posted on: Feb 2, 2011, Source: CodePink
Despite violence and intimidation, thousands of people are still camped out in the square -- absolutely determined to stay there until Mubarak goes.
State of the Union: Is President Obama Making the Grade?
Posted on: Jan 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Obama is failing with a capital "F" for tripling the number of troops in Afghanistan and waffling on cutting the military budget despite the economic crisis.
15 Good Things to Celebrate in a Bad Year
Posted on: Dec 28, 2010, Source: AlterNet
As long as people keep organizing and mobilizing, there will be victories to celebrate.
To the Gay Community: Now That You Can Join the Military, Please Don't!
Posted on: Dec 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet
As we struggle to find a more civilized way to treat each other in this world, let us recognize the commonalities in the fight for gay rights and the fight to end war.
Time Magazine's Placebo Person of the Year: Facebook's Zuckerberg Instead of Wikileaks' Assange
Posted on: Dec 15, 2010, Source: AlterNet
WikiLeaks has, in the course of just a few months, turned the world of U.S. policy and foreign relations upside down. What was Time thinking?
Reading the Coca Leaves: Climate Change, Cancun and Bolivia
Posted on: Dec 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet
If we are to avoid ecocide, we cannot rely on government officials meeting in plush golf resorts.
Protesters Say George Bush Library Should be a Pile of Rubble
Posted on: Nov 17, 2010, Source: War Is a Crime
Peace activists band together against war-mongering administration and prolonged presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dear Jon Stewart, Sane People Protest Crazy Wars
Posted on: Oct 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet
It's too bad that Stewart is ridiculing antiwar activism, while promoting his slactivist Rally for Sanity.
What Happened When Two Codepink Activists Were Invited into the Home of Blackwater CEO Erik Prince
Posted on: Aug 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet
"It felt surreal to be inside the home of Erik Prince, the founder, owner and chairman of Blackwater." (With video).
Sen. Carl Levin Plays War Games While His Home Town Detroit Falls Apart
Posted on: Jul 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Detroit is careening off the cliff and elected official like Senator Levin are throwing trillions of dollars into a bloated military budget and unwinnable wars.
Obama Must Join Global Condemnation of Israeli Flotilla Assault
Posted on: Jun 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Global leaders, including Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi, have come out on the side of justice and law. So must President Obama.
Getting Naked to Expose BP
Posted on: May 27, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Incensed by the cavalier attitude of BP CEO Tony Hayward, Codepinkers bared their flesh to raise awareness about the environmental disaster.
Did You Hear the Joke About the Predator Drone That Bombed?
Posted on: May 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Obama's 'joke' at the White House correspondents' dinner was no laughing matter to the relatives of the hundreds of people killed in Pakistan by drones.
Many in the Tea Party Crowd Have Little Appetite for War and Empire
Posted on: Apr 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet
How libertarians and social progressives can make common cause against expansive -- and expensive -- empire.
Peace Activists Extend an Olive Branch to the Tea Party to Talk about War
Posted on: Apr 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Tea Partiers who are furious at government spending and soaring deficits should take a hard look at what is the biggest sinkhole of our tax dollars: Pentagon spending.
We Can't Keep Funding What We Believe Is Evil
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet
There is really only one way to stop the collateral murder by our military: stop the wars and bring our troops home.
Between Hope and Despair: Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and War
Posted on: Jan 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Obama gave us hope when he promised global cooperation, re-engagement with the Muslim world and respect for international law. But his actions speak another language.
Is It Possible to Cobble Together 10 Good Things That Happened in 2009? You Better Believe It!
Posted on: Dec 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet
It was a tough year, but there is still much to celebrate -- now a majority of Americans oppose war in Afghanistan, the war on drugs is waning, and more.
Over 1,000 Delegates for Peace Will Mark 1st Anniversary of Gaza Invasion, Protest Ongoing Israeli Siege
Posted on: Dec 7, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Impressive international delegation coming from 42 countries signed up for the Dec. 31 Gaza Freedom March.
New Letter from Hamas to Obama Marks a Dramatic Shift in Posture on Mid-East Talks
Posted on: Jun 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Hamas says it's willing to talk "on the basis of mutual respect and without preconditions"; an effort to show a new face to the Western world.
Madness at the AIPAC Conference: Can We Stop These People from Destroying Israel?
Posted on: May 7, 2009, Source: PINKtank
My mouth was muzzled by the sweaty hands of hate-filled staffers at the AIPAC conference, demanding that I "shut the f--- up."
Was Throwing a Shoe at Bush a Violent Act?
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The infamous shoe-tossing incident has sparked a debate within the peace movement whether the act was appropriate and constitutes nonviolence.
Once You See What Truly Happened in Gaza, It Will Change You Forever
Posted on: Feb 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet
What I saw was like a form of collective punishment, leaving behind a trail of grieving mothers, angry fathers and traumatized children.
Now That the Election Is Over, the Fight for Economic Justice Begins
Posted on: Nov 5, 2008, Source: PINKtank
Just like the '30s, this unprecedented crisis has given us the opportunity to fix America and create a productive, sustainable economy for all.
Busting John McCain from Now Until November
Posted on: Jun 11, 2008, Source: PINKtank
Codepink activists have started disrupting John McCain's campaigning and won't stop 'til Nov. 5. Here's the first account.
Let's Toast to Ten Good Things About 2007
Posted on: Dec 31, 2007, Source: Global Exchange
As the year ends, let's remember some of the gains that can revive our spirits for the New Year.
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