Articles by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies

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After Two Years of War in Ukraine, It’s Time for Peace
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2024

21 Feb 2024 – The U.S. decision to block the neutrality agreement of Mar 2022 between Russia and Ukraine, thus favoring a long war with Russia, and how this led to a brutal war with over half a million casualties. The U.S. policy is overshadowed by the risk of nuclear war.

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U.S. Chooses Genocide Over Diplomacy in the Middle East
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2024

8 Feb 2024 – The Expanding U.S.-Israeli Atrocities in the Middle East and Their Rejection of Diplomacy to End the Genocide in Gaza

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Biden Must Choose between a Ceasefire in Gaza and a Regional War
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2024

25 Jan 2024 – The stark choice facing Pres. Biden and U.S. decision-makers between a ceasefire in the Gaza genocide and a war where the Pentagon is engaged, after a ten-year period in which U.S. war-making has avoided putting “boots on the ground” thus creating an illusion of peace by relying on drone-bombing and proxy forces.

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Getting Serious about Halting Israeli Genocide
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2023

13 Dec 2023 – World’s efforts to halt the Israeli genocide of Palestinians in Gaza: we examine the UN Resolutions, the roles of international courts, the Genocide Convention, and the compromised positions of some countries that have made strong statements but need to back strong words with stronger actions.

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Can US Threats Prevent a Wider War in the Middle East?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2023

29 Nov 2023 – The US is threatening to attack any forces from neighboring countries that come to the defense of the Palestinians. Can this help to prevent a wider war, or does it only help Israel to continue the massacre and ignore global calls for a lasting ceasefire and political solution, making a wider war more likely?

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Israeli War Crimes and Propaganda Follow US Blueprint
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2023

13 Nov 2023 – We have both been reporting on and protesting against U.S.–and its allies and proxies like Israel–war crimes: illegal uses of military force to remove governments or “regimes”; hostile military occupations; disproportionate military atrocities justified by claims of “terrorism”; the bombing and killing of civilians; and the mass destruction of whole cities.

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US Stands Isolated in Backing Gaza Massacre
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2023

31 Oct 2023 – The U.S. corporate media have not helped North Americans understand how isolated our government is in its unconditional support and resupply of weapons for Israel’s genocidal military campaign, which has killed over 8,000 Palestinians, 30% of them women and 40% of them children, while destroying hospitals, apartment buildings, streets and schools.

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Global Leaders Plead for Peace in Ukraine at UN
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2023

27 Sep 2023 – The calls for peace in Ukraine issued by at least 50 world leaders at this year’s UN General Assembly.

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Is CIA Director Bill Burns a Biden Yes-Man, a Putin Apologist or a Peacemaker?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2023

5 Sep 2023 – The insight on Russia that Bill Burns provided during many years as a diplomat, and then ambassador in Moscow, and some critical questions regarding his current role in the Biden administration.

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U.S.-Backed Roll of the Dice Leaves Ukraine in Worse Crisis
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2023

16 Aug 2023 – How Ukraine’s failed counteroffensive has left it in a worse crisis than before, and how US barbaric decisions to reject peace negotiations and prolong the war have led to a brutal war of attrition that is gradually destroying Ukraine.

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The Silent Slaughter of the Flower of Ukraine’s Youth
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2023

19 Jun 2023 – The tragic sacrifice of thousands of young Ukrainians in an ill-advised and long delayed counteroffensive against Russian forces in Ukraine. The catastrophic results of the first two weeks should focus the world’s attention on the urgent need for a ceasefire to halt the daily slaughter.

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When Will US Join Global Call to End Ukraine War?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2023

30 May 2023 – Peace initiatives to end the war in Ukraine being pursued around the world, and the grassroots movement that supports them, as the US is determined to prolong it at great cost in Ukrainian lives and risk of nuclear war.

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A Timely Call for Peace in Ukraine by U.S. National Security Experts
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2023

16 May 2023 – The intervention by a group of 15 U.S. national security experts from the Eisenhower Media Network (named “The U.S. Should Be a Force for Peace in the World”) comes when Ukraine delays its spring offensive to avoid “unacceptable” losses; a return to the negotiating table could save countless lives.

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Can the U.S. Adjust Sensibly to a Multipolar World?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2023

4 May 2023 – The multipolar world that is taking shape, and the failure of the United States to adjust sensibly to the new order or play a constructive role in it.

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Leaks Reveal Reality behind U.S. Propaganda in Ukraine
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Apr 2023

19 Apr 2023 – The U.S. corporate media’s first response to the leaking of secret documents about the war in Ukraine was to throw some mud in the water, declare “nothing to see here,” and cover it as a depoliticized crime story. President Biden dismissed the leaks as revealing nothing of “great consequence.”

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Finland’s NATO Move Leaves Others to Carry On the “Helsinki Spirit”
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Apr 2023

On 4 Apr 2023, Finland became the 31st member of the NATO military alliance. The 830-mile border between Finland and Russia is now by far the longest border between any NATO country and Russia. The Finnish border comes within 100 miles of Severomorsk, where Russia’s Northern Fleet and 13 of its 23 nuclear-armed submarines are based.

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The Tragic U.S. Choice to Prioritize War over Peacemaking
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2023

3 Apr 2023 – The United States’ choice to give up on peacemaking and surrender to the gods of war and how this has led to the emergence of new peacemakers from the Global South.

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The Not-So-Winding Road from Iraq to Ukraine
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2023

15 Mar 2023 – The continuing influence of the neocons architects of U.S. aggression against Iraq and the double standard between blanket impunity for aggression by US/NATO/allies and the Western military response to Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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Who’s Winning and Losing the Economic War over Ukraine?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2023

21 Feb 2023 – After a year of war, Western expectations have gone up in smoke (and methane). The winners are the opportunists and war profiteers; the losers are the people of Ukraine, working/poor people everywhere, and hopes of halting the climate crisis, as half a million tons of methane rose from the sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline.

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How Spin and Lies Fuel a Bloody War of Attrition in Ukraine
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2023

13 Feb 2023 – How U.S. officials and corporate media have buried the U.S. role in the crisis in Ukraine under a “white hats vs black hats” narrative, in which Russia’s guilt for the invasion doubles as proof of the West’s innocence and righteousness, and how this fuels a bloody war of attrition.

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What Can the United States Bring to the Peace Table for Ukraine?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2023

25 Jan 2023 – The US bears its share of responsibility for this crisis that is destroying Ukraine and placing the world in “unprecedented danger,” as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ new Doomsday Clock statement calls it. So what can the US bring to the table to help make peace, for Ukraine and the world? We offer some suggestions.

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Can NATO and the Pentagon Find a Diplomatic Off-Ramp from the Ukraine War?
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2023

3 Jan 2023 – The precarious fine line the US and NATO are walking in Ukraine, caught between their commitment to an open-ended, ever-escalating war and the existential danger of nuclear war. The dichotomy between the sober assessments of senior military officials and the policy choices of their political bosses.

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The Ukraine Crisis Is a Classic “Security Dilemma”
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2023

27 Dec 2022 – A more objective way of looking at the conflict and its underlying causes that may suggest a path to a mutually-acceptable diplomatic solution. Today, both Russia and Ukraine issued calls for ending the war in Ukraine, but only on non-negotiable terms that they each know the other side will reject.

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Eight Reasons That Now Is a Good Time for a Ukraine Ceasefire and Peace Talks
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2022

30 Nov 2022 – Eight reasons that this would be a good time for diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine, as faith leaders around the world call for a Christmas Truce. We join these leaders declaring that the holiday season presents “a much-needed opportunity to recognize our compassion for one another.

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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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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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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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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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