Articles by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies

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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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