Medea Benjamin: Donald Trump Was Right, NATO Should Be Obsolete

In an age where people around the world want to avoid war and to focus instead on the climate chaos that threatens future life on earth, NATO is an anachronism. It now accounts for about three-quarters of military spending and weapons dealing around the globe.

NATO Trump Feature photo

The three smartest words that Donald Trump uttered during his presidential campaign are “NATO is obsolete.” His adversary, Hillary Clinton, retorted that NATO was “the strongest military alliance in the history of the world.” Now that Trump has been in power, the White House parrots the same worn line that NATO is “the most successful Alliance in

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They’re Killing Us Like Dogs: A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help

“The military has guns and a license to kill; we have nothing.” – A Bolivian mother shot by police

Bolivia Coup Feature Photo

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

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One Year After the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi: Business as Usual?

Who is more evil—the maniacal Saudi crown prince responsible for Khashoggi’s murder and the murder of tens of thousands of  Yemenis, or the mendacious world leaders and businesspeople who continue to embrace what should be a pariah state?  

Mohammed bin Salman | Khashoggi

Heinous. Savage. Ghastly. It’s hard to find the words to describe the act of luring journalist Jamal Khashoggi into a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, suffocating him, chopping him up and dissolving his bones. Yet a year later, governments and business people around the world are eager to forgive and forget--or already have. So far, not a single Saudi

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How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report

CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin recounts her personal experience traveling through Iran with a peace delegation and seeing firsthand the effects that US sanctions have on ordinary Iranians.

Iran | Sanctions

On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government’s policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets

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I Am American, Jewish, and Banned From Israel for My Activism

This month, the Israeli government announced that activists. including Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel due to support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin walks with other protesters against the Republican health care bill as they were escorted by the U.S. Capitol Police officers away from the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., July 17, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. As a Jew, this causes me

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Watch: CODEPINK Founder on Military Industrial Complex & Victims of U.S. Foreign Policy

Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of CODEPINK, talks about the military industrial complex – it’s history and the cultural role it plays in our society, and sheds light on the victims of U.S. foreign policy and how her organization assists them.

CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, right and other CODEPINK protestors, a group opposed to U.S. militarism, disrupt the start of the Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing for John Brennan, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Military Industrial Complex In this video, Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of CODEPINK, author and activist, talks about the military industrial complex – it’s history and the cultural role it plays in our society. In addition, Benjamin surfaces the effects that the military industrial complex has on our democracy and security and whether

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