Articles by Medea Benjamin

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Trump Was Right before He Did a 180: NATO Is Obsolete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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