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Medea Benjamin is cofounder of Global Exchange and CodePink: Women for Peace.
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.
Who Is Defending Pakistan's Democracy? Not the Politicians, It's the Judges
Posted on: Nov 28, 2007, Source: AlterNet
The heroes in Pakistan aren't returning former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif -- it's the Supreme Court and High Court judges who stopped Musharraf's assault on the Constitution.
U.S. Waters Down Iraqi Peace Plan
Posted on: Jun 27, 2006, Source: AlterNet
Thanks to U.S. meddling, Iraq's new reconciliation plan will probably not entice many insurgents to lay down their weapons.
Who Will Tell Our Stories?
Posted on: Mar 1, 2006, Source: AlterNet
A delegation of Iraqi women who lost family members during the invasion want to visit the U.S. The State Department says no way.
Katrina Survivors are Losing the Battle to Return Home
Posted on: Nov 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet
Two months later, many poor and African American evacuees are returning to find a host of policies stacked against them.
Mother's Day in Crawford
Posted on: Aug 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet
Cindy Sheehan's protest captures the spirit of Mother's Day better than the Hallmark holiday in May.
Remembering a Friend
Posted on: Apr 17, 2005, Source: AlterNet
Marla Ruzicka was a bright, shining light whose work focused on bringing some compassion into a war zone.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2004, Source: AlterNet
This time around, let's be prepared.
Why Hugo Chavez Won a Landslide Victory
Posted on: Aug 17, 2004, Source: AlterNet
Go to the barrios of Caracas, and it becomes obvious why the recall effort against Hugo Chavez failed: providing people with free health care, education, small business loans and job training is a good way to win the hearts and minds of the people.
Free Camilo Mejia, Now
Posted on: May 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet
The Pentagon should punish those who commit the atrocities of war, not those who refuse to participate in its horrors.
Little to Celebrate
Posted on: Mar 7, 2004, Source: AlterNet
With barely any representation in government and a breakdown of the rule of law, this International Women's Day gives Iraqi women few reasons to rejoice.
The Daily Body Count
Posted on: Jan 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet
The list of troops killed or wounded in Iraq continues to lengthen. For family and friends of soldiers, each day is a new game of Russian roulette.
10 Good Things About a Bad Year
Posted on: Dec 31, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Though 2003 was a demoralizing year for many, a few bright spots set the stage for big victories in 2004.
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