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Medea Benjamin is the cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace and author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection. 

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Aerial Surveillance by Drone Day/Night - CESTA Enterprise Drone surveillance is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to capture of still images and video to gather information about specific targets, which might be ..., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 15, 2020
A "Persistent Eye in the Sky" Coming to a City Near You? Allowing this powerful technology to be taken from overseas wars and turned inward on American citizens isn't something that should happen without a robust public debate. The implications for civil liberties are too profound.
Kalandia checkpoint from West Bank into Jerusalem., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 14, 2020
The Deceptive Trump, UAE-Israel "Peace Deal" Among the most brutal realities for Palestinians is loss of support from Arab states, who pay lip service to their own populations, while drawing closer to Israel with economic interests and Iran in mind, write Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 5, 2020
U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China The new tensions with China are partly an effort to divert attention from Trump's bungled response to the Covid-19 pandemic and his tanking poll numbers.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 20, 2020
A Real Chance to Cut Defense Spending Even Chuck Schumer has come out (finally) in favor of cutting the Pentagon Budget. The 10% trim is far too little and too late, but it is the first step in recognizing the need to scale back the vast American military machine. Let's create a groundswell of support!
Racism in the military, From YouTubeVideos
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 15, 2020
10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War Just as we want to radically redefine the role of police in our local communities, so we must radically redefine the role of military personnel in the global community.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 2, 2020
A New Anti-War Mobilization Must Topple Trump -- and Challenge Biden Trump has come closer to starting new wars with North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran than to ending any of the wars he inherited from Obama. His first-term record shows Trump to be just another warmonger in chief.
Friends Forever:  Joe Biden's visit in Israel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 27, 2020
Will Biden Remain Tone Deaf to Palestinian Rights? The sentiment that US leaders must take a critical look at Israeli policies is reflected in a letter recently sent to Biden by over 100 groups, calling on him to adopt policies toward the Israeli government and Palestinian people "based on the principles of equality and justice for all."
Cuban doctors, From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick Worldwide It seems that the more Cuba helps the world, the more it gets hammered by the Trump administration.As an electoral strategy, these are signs that Trump's aggression towards Cuba may not pay off.
U.S. National Guard, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Defund the Police, Defund the Military Americans were left shell-shocked by the heavily armed troops, the tear gas, the rubber bullets and the tanks that turned U.S. streets into war zones. They were also shocked to realize how easy it was for President Trump, single-handedly, to muster such a chilling array of force.
CODEPINK protesters at Congressional hearing on Iran in 2015., From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2020
Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump's War on Iran? what is it about Iran that makes it such a target of hostility for Trump and the neocons? There are many repressive regimes in the world, and many of them are close U.S. allies, so this policy is clearly not based on an objective assessment that Iran is more repressive than Egypt, Saudi Arabia or other monarchies in the Persian Gulf.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 15, 2020
Iranian Women Squeezed By US Sanctions, COVID-19 and Their Government The Trump administration's "maximum pressure campaign," along with the terrible spread of coronavirus in Iran, have impacted Iranian women.Long before this pandemic, the Iranian economy has been hard hit by the sanctions, as well as corruption and mismanagement.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2020
Could COVID-19 reshape global leadership? The United States is struggling to address its own problems with COVID-19. For many months to come, it will be grappling with the dilemma of how to find enough ventilators, protective equipment, tests and medical staff.
CODEPINK protests outside the Treasury Department., From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 17, 2020
To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran This is not a time to squeeze countries economically because we don't like their governments. Economic sanctions destroy healthcare systems and kill people. They are a form of warfare and a spreader of pandemics.
Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul in 2017., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 12, 2020
Saudi Women's Rights Activists Pull Back Curtain on Crown Prince The case of Loujain al-Hathloul and others is embarrassing for MBS, who wants Western allies to consider him a reformer, say Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold.
Iran Plane Crash, Ukraine International Airlines B737 Crashes After Takeoff, Imam Khomeini Airport, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 10, 2020
10 Ways Trump's Actions Against Iran Hurt Americans and the Region The U.S. assassination of General Soleimani has not yet plunged us into a full-scale war with Iran thanks to the Iranian government's measured response, which demonstrated its capabilities without actually harming U.S. troops or escalating the conflict. But the danger of a full-blown war still exists, and Donald Trump's actions are already wreaking havoc. Trump's actions make the region, and the American people, less safe...
US Embassy in Iraq under siege., From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 2, 2020
A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq Trump's effort to blame Iran for this crisis is simply a ploy to divert attention from his own bungled policy. In reality, the blame for the present crisis should be placed squarely on the doorstep of the White House itself.
In the coming year, those of us in the US will face one of the most important elections of our lifetimes., From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 30, 2019
10 Good Things About 2019 No matter what happens with the impeachment process in the Senate, we must mobilize to defeat Trump and build a more effective progressive movement.
WIPED OUT: President Trump Warns He Can Wipe Out Afghanistan If He Wanted To, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work A world in which war is normal and peace is out of reach is no more survivable or sustainable than a world where the atmosphere gets hotter every year. Permanently ending this entire U.S. policy of coercive regime change is therefore a political, moral and existential imperative.
Cubans watch anxiously for Trump's next move., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Five Years After Obama's Cuba Opening, Cubans Are Reeling From the "Trump Effect" Trump's policies are making life harder for Cuba's 10 million people. There is less food and medicines; the hospitals are experiencing all kinds of shortages. Cuba is feeling a tremendous sense of uncertainty, since they don't know if things will get worse. They say their only hope is that the American people will vote for a new president.
President Donald Trump called comments from French President Emmanuel Macron about the .brain death. of NATO .very insulting.., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Trump Was Right: NATO Should Be Obsolete Rather than being a strong alliance with a clear purpose, NATO, this 70-year-old organization that is meeting in London on December 4, is a stale military holdover from the Cold War days that should have gracefully retired many years ago.

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