Articles by Medea Benjamin

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Congressional Amendment Opens Floodgates for War Profiteers and a Major Ground War on Russia
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2022

13 Nov 2022 – The dangerous amendment that U.S. Senators Inhofe and Reed attached to the 2023 military authorization bill, under the deceptive guise of “replenishing” weapons sent to Ukraine, is a bonanza for the arms industry and a serious step toward the major war on Russia.

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The Growing Chorus for Peace in Ukraine
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2022

27 Oct 2022 – Calls for peace in Ukraine from across the world and from wiser heads in the United States; the West’s role in the breakdown of peace talks in April; the contradictions in U.S. war goals; the reasons for this destructive and dangerous crisis to be resolved at the negotiating table ASAP.

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Biden’s Broken Promise to Avoid War with Russia May Kill Us All
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2022

11 Oct 2022 – The US and NATO’s escalating war with Russia in Ukraine has raised the danger of nuclear war to a level that even President Biden has compared to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. How Biden and his allies have taken fateful decisions to keep escalating this war.

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“End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2022

29 Sep 2022 – The calls to end the war in Ukraine that “reverberated through the Hall” at the UNGA. Sixty-six countries, representing most of the world’s population, made eloquent and urgent pleas for a negotiated peace in Ukraine.

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Peace Talks Essential as War Rages on in Ukraine
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2022

5 Sep 2022 – The urgent need for peace negotiations to end the war in Ukraine, the role that the US and the UK played in killing the promising 15-point peace plan that was negotiated between Russia and Ukraine in March, and the ever-escalating consequences of that intervention.

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From Mosul to Raqqa to Mariupol, Killing Civilians Is a Crime
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2022

12 Apr 2022 –The lies and double standards that corrupt the Pentagon’s latest effort to whitewash its criminal non-compliance with the Geneva Conventions. North Americans have been shocked by the death and destruction of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the US has waged war in country after country for decades, carving swathes of destruction through cities, towns and villages on a far greater scale than has so far disfigured Ukraine.

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How U.S. Has Empowered and Armed Neo-Nazis in Ukraine
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

9 Mar 2022 – Exploring the troubling and dangerous U.S. relationship with the Azov Battalion and other neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in Ukraine.

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How the U.S. Started a Cold War with Russia and Left Ukraine to Fight It
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

28 Feb 2022 – How the US reignited its Cold War with Russia and precipitated the crisis that led to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the catastrophic results of its actions being borne by Ukrainians, not by North Americans.

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What Is Going to Happen in Ukraine?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

* Three possible scenarios in the current crisis in Ukraine.
* How current US-UK-NATO policy is designed to erect a new EU/Russia Iron Curtain.
* What the actual outcome could be.

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Memo to US Congress: Diplomacy for Ukraine Is Spelled M-i-n-s-k
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Feb 2022

8 Feb 2022 – The Minsk Protocol is the UN-endorsed international agreement that has preserved relative peace in Ukraine for 7 years, and provides a coherent framework for a permanent resolution to the civil war. Members of Congress should support it, instead of falling over each other to send more weapons.

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The USA Is Reaping what It Sowed in Ukraine
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Feb 2022

31 Jan 2022 – So the revived Cold War that U.S. officials and corporate media hacks have been mindlessly cheering on could very quickly turn into one in which the United States would find itself just as encircled and endangered as its enemies.

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Hey, Hey, USA! How Many Bombs Did You Drop Today?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2022

10 Jan 2022 – Airpower Summary and its implications. The U.S. and its allies have dropped 46 bombs and missiles per day on other countries for the past twenty years, promoting the myth that U.S. militarism is a force for good. The country that has been bombing cities to rubble and waging wars that kill millions paints Russia and China as threats to peace.

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Ten Contradictions That Plague Biden’s Democracy Summit
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2021

9 Dec 2021 – Ten of the many contradictions plaguing President Biden’s “Summit for Democracy” from its undeclared but transparent purpose of isolating Russia and China to USA’s own failing democracy and anti-democratic international behavior.

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Israel Is Hell-Bent on Sabotaging US Nuclear Negotiations with Iran
Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold | Jacobin Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2021

10 Dec 2021 – You’d think that Israel might feel obligated not to drag the United States into another disastrous military conflict in the Middle East, this time with Iran. But no: Israel is doing everything it can to sabotage US-Iran nuclear negotiations and stoke a war.

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How Congress Loots the Treasury for the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

6 Dec 2021 – The conjunction of dysfunctional military leadership, an ever-growing arms industry and a Congress that keeps handing them trillions of dollars, constitutes the full flowering of President Eisenhower’s greatest fears for the future of the United States.

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The High Stakes of the U.S.-Russia Confrontation over Ukraine
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Nov 2021

22 Nov 2021 – Neither Obama, Trump nor Biden has dared to present their reasons for risking World War III over Ukraine or Taiwan to the American public, because there is no good reason. Risking a nuclear holocaust to appease the military-industrial complex is as insane as destroying the climate and the natural world to appease the fossil fuel industry.

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COP 26: Can a Singing, Dancing Rebellion Save the World?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2021

3 Nov 2021 – Contrasting the failures of the politicians with the popular movement for real and urgent action to tackle the Climate Crisis.

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U.S. Militarism’s Toxic Impact on Climate Policy
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2021

23 Sep 2021 – The U.S. failure to address climate change and how our government’s militaristic priorities are still diverting it from confronting the real existential crisis that threatens us all.

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How Can the USA Wake Up from Its Post-9/11 Nightmare?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

Our only hope for the future is to abandon the futile quest for hegemony and instead commit to peace, cooperative diplomacy, international law and disarmament. After 20 years of war and militarism that has only left the world a more dangerous place, we must choose the path of peace.

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Afghan Crisis Must End America’s Empire of War, Corruption and Poverty
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Sep 2021

30 Aug 2021 – Even as UN agencies warn of an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the U.S. Treasury has frozen the Afghan Central Bank’s $9.4 billion in foreign currency reserves, depriving the new government of funds that it will desperately need in the coming months. Under pressure from the Biden administration, the IMF decided not to release $450 million to Afghanistan to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Biden Must Call Off the B-52s Bombing Afghan Cities
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

11 Aug 2021 – The fall of the centralized, corrupt Afghan government propped up by the Western powers was inevitable, whether this year, next year or ten years from now. The rapid advance of the Taliban and the U.S. response to it.

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US’ Afghan War Is Over, So What About Iraq – and Iran?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

12 Jul 2021 – USA’s tortuous efforts to disengage from its destabilizing wars and military occupations in the Greater Middle East.

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How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win Iran Election
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

23 Jun 2021 – How President Biden’s failure to quickly rejoin the nuclear agreement with Iran helped a hard-liner win the presidential election. The U.S. on a path toward war with Iran unless Biden promptly rejoins the JCPOA.

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Why Democracies in G7 & NATO Should Reject U.S. Leadership
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

15 Jun 2021 – Instead of a world in which other countries emulate or fall victim to USA’s failed experiment in extreme neoliberalism, the key to a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future for all the world’s people, including North Americans, lies in working together, learning from each other and adopting policies that serve the public good and improve the lives of all, especially those most in need. There’s a name for that. It’s called democracy.

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The Emperor’s New Rules
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

25 May 2021 – For Secretary Blinken, the concept of a “rules-based order” seems to serve mainly as a cudgel with which to attack China and Russia. At a May 7 UN Security Council meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that instead of accepting the already existing rules of international law, the United States and its allies are trying to come up with “other rules developed in closed, non-inclusive formats, and then imposed on everyone else.”

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How the United States Helps to Kill Palestinians
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

17 May 2021 – The classic formulation from U.S. officials and commentators is that “Israel has the right to defend itself,” never “Palestinians have the right to defend themselves,” even as the Israelis massacre hundreds of Palestinian civilians, destroy thousands of Palestinian homes and seize ever more Palestinian land. The disparity in casualties in Israeli assaults on Gaza speaks for itself.

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U.S. Joins Past Empires in Afghan Graveyard
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies | The Progressive – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

15 Apr 2021 – President Biden announced a removal of all U.S. troops by September 11, but he failed to include some important details.

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U.S. Joins “Rules-Based World” on Afghanistan
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

The U.S.A. asked the United Nations to lead peace negotiations for Afghanistan. Could U.S. leaders finally be opening a door to the “rules-based world” of the UN and international law, which they claim to uphold but in practice routinely ignore and violate?

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Ten Problems with Biden’s Foreign Policy–and One Solution
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

12 Mar 2021 – On Biden’s failure to begin dismantling Trump’s most harmful foreign policies, and the simple principle that offers him a way out of this maze of war, sanctions and militarism.

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Trump & Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Mar 2021

4 Mar 2021 – The recent U.S. airstrike in Syria in the context of 20 years of U.S. and allied/NATO bombing in the Greater Middle East and the secrecy that has enveloped U.S. bombing since Feb 2020, when Trump stopped publishing monthly U.S. Airpower Summaries.

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Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

26 Feb 2021 – The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing “Iranian-backed militias” who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are actually involved in fighting ISIS?

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What Planet Is NATO Living On?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

23 Feb 2021 – The dangerously one-sided threat assessments on which NATO’s plans are based, the increased risk of nuclear war that they present, and the disconnect between NATO’s renewed Cold War against Russia and China and the views of people in NATO member countries.

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Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide over the Iran Nuclear Agreement?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

How President Biden is backtracking on his commitment to rejoin the international nuclear agreement with Iran, and how this risks killing the agreement and undermining his broader commitment to diplomacy.

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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

3 Feb 2021 – The dichotomy between the economic needs of the North American people and their leaders’ redundant and destructive militarism. Will they squander the U.S. only hope for a successful transformation from a decadent and declining empire to a dynamic and prosperous post-imperial future?

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Will Biden End America’s Global War on Children?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2021

A less publicized Trump policy that actually killed children was the fulfillment of his campaign promises to “bomb the shit out of” America’s enemies and “take out their families.” After devastating U.S. bombardments that killed tens of thousands of civilians and left major cities in ruins, US’ Iraqi allies fulfilled the most shocking of Trump’s threats and massacred the survivors – men, women and children – in Mosul.

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The Trump Administration’s Parting Outrage against Cuba
Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores | Intrepid Report - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

On 11 Jan 2021, in his final days before leaving office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added one parting blow to the series of bludgeons his administration has inflicted on Cuba for four years: putting the island on the list of “state sponsors of terror” that includes only Iran, North Korea and Syria. The designation drew swift condemnation from policymakers and humanitarian groups.

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Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

9 Nov 2020 – The critical choices facing Joe Biden as he makes appointments to his foreign policy team. He will take office amid some of the greatest challenges the human race has ever faced—from extreme inequality, debt and poverty caused by neoliberalism, to intractable wars and the existential danger of nuclear war, to the climate crisis, mass extinction and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Ending Regime Change –> In Bolivia and the World
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

28 Oct 2020 – Less than a year after the United States and the U.S.-backed Organization of American States supported a violent military coup to overthrow the government of Bolivia, the Bolivian people have reelected the Movement for Socialism and restored it to power.

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U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies | CODEPINK – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

3 Aug 2020 – Governments all over the world are collaborating with China to stop the spread of coronavirus and share the solutions. The U.S. must stop pursuing its counterproductive effort to undermine China as it has initiated each new escalation in U.S.-China relations. And the reason seems obvious: the approaching U.S. election.

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Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts and Broken Promises
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

1 Jul 2020 – The corporate media and much of the public still take Trump at his word when he says he wants to end the endless wars and bring U.S. troops home. But he’s been in office for 3-1/2 years and he hasn’t done it. What is the reality behind the smoke and mirrors?

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Trump Was Right before He Did a 180: NATO Is Obsolete
Medea Benjamin | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

This Cold War relic shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe, or to mobilize against Russia or China, or to launch new wars in space. It should not be expanded, but disbanded. Seventy years of militarism is more than enough.

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“They’re Killing Us like Dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help
Medea Benjamin | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

22 Nov 2019 – I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power.

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Venezuela: U.S.A.’s 68th Regime Change Disaster
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies - Counterpunch, 11 Feb 2019

6 Feb 2019 – In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died Dec 2018, wrote accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations around the world. Noam Chomsky’s blurb on the back says simply, “Far and away the best book on the topic.” We agree. Since Killing Hope was published in 1995, the U.S. has conducted at least 13 more regime change operations.

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10 Good Things about 2018
Medea Benjamin – Common Deams, 31 Dec 2018

29 Dec 2018 – Yes, you could say I’m trying to put lipstick on a pig. 2018 was a year of whiplash, a never-ending series of assaults on our environment, immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, the poor, international law. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and here are some rousing points of light from 2018, both domestic and international.

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Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weaponsmakers
Medea Benjamin | Dissident Voice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Dec 2016

17 Dec 2016 – Despite the repressive nature of the Saudi regime, US governments have not only supported the Saudis on the diplomatic front but militarily. Under the Obama administration, this has translated into massive weapons sales of $115 billion. While Yemeni children are starving in large part because of Saudi bombings, US weapons makers, including General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, are making a killing on the sales.

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Pave Paradise, Put Up a Naval Base: South Korean Activists’ Extraordinary Struggle to Save Jeju Island
Medea Benjamin – Huffington Post, 1 Jun 2015

After a long journey to cross the DMZ from North to South Korea with a group of 30 peace women, some of us — including Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire and retired Colonel Ann Wright — stopped on Jeju Island and fell in love with this community of farmers, fisherpeople, city officials, small shop owners, florists, artists, poets, students and grandmothers.

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Obama’s Gulf Meeting Protocol: Shake Hands, Smile, Ignore Repression, Repeat
Medea Benjamin & Nalini Ramachandran – Common Dreams, 18 May 2015

One could rattle off a plethora of Saudi abuses, yet the biggest question remains: Why does the US, the alleged beacon of liberty and freedom, maintain such close ties with such an oppressive regime?

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Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance
Medea Benjamin – Common Dreams, 15 Sep 2014

For the past six months, fighting between the Moscow-backed eastern Ukrainian resistance and the NATO-backed nationalists has led to thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Instead of seeking to reduce tensions, British Prime Minister David Cameron used the Summit to announce the creation of a new rapid-reaction force of 4,000 troops.

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10 Reasons to Love Uruguay’s President José Mujica
Medea Benjamin – Huffington Post, 19 May 2014

Mujica’s influence goes far beyond that of the leader of a tiny country of only 3 million people. In a world hungry for alternatives, the innovations that he and his colleagues are championing have put Uruguay on the map as one of the world’s most exciting experiments in creative, progressive governance.

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It’s Time to Put an End to Israel’s Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell Nuclear Policy
Pam Bailey & Medea Benjamin – Al Jazeera, 21 Oct 2013

Israel’s nuclear facility at Dimona, a city in the Negev desert, has six underground floors to plutonium extraction and production of tritium and lithium-6, for use in nuclear weapons. Whereas Iran has signed the Non-proliferation Treaty, giving the international community the right to demand inspections and controls, Israel has not – and is therefore not subject to external oversight.

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Egypt Joins Israel as Gaza’s Jailer
Medea Benjamin and Pam Bailey – Common Dreams, 23 Sep 2013

As the military and other opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi the interim government of Egypt has increasingly allied itself with Israel in strategy and actions – becoming just as much Gazans’ jailer as its neighbor to the east.

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Congress Sees Middle East Through AIPAC-Colored Glasses
Medea Benjamin and Allison McCracken – Information Clearing House, 19 Sep 2011

At a recent Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, entitled “Promoting Peace? Reexamining US Aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA)”, we got a glimpse of what happens when Congress views the Middle East through AIPAC-colored glasses. Here are a few of examples of their tunnel vision.

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By Torpedoing the Gaza Flotilla, Israel Sunk Its Own Ship
Medea Benjamin - Truthout, 18 Jul 2011

Instead of high-fiving each other for their success in thwarting the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Israeli officials should be throwing overboard the propaganda hacks who catapulted the flotilla into headline news for weeks and left Israel smelling like rotten fish. But in previous years, the same international coalition had sent boats to Gaza five times, successfully reaching their destination with a symbolic shipment of humanitarian aid. No blood, no military interception, no story.

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To the Gay Community: Now That You Can Join the Military, Please Don’t!
Medea Benjamin - AlterNet, 27 Dec 2010

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.

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