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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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(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 29, 2011
Ten Reasons to Move Cheney's Book to the Crime Section Here are ten of Cheney's many offenses to inspire you to move Cheney's book, and to insert these bookmarks explaining why the author of In My Time should be "doin' time."
Tom Cotton, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 12, 2015
Tom Cotton is the Worst Bully in the Senate ---- Here Are 10 Reasons Why Hailing from Arkansas, 37-year-old Senator Cotton boasts the title of being the youngest member of the Senate, but he spouts the old warmongering rhetoric of 78-year-old Senator John McCain. From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women's rights, here are ten reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous dude.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 4, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Saudi Arabia While Clinton's State Department was deeply invested in getting weapons to Saudi Arabia, the Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars in donations from both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the weapons manufacturer Boeing. Christmas presents were being gifted all around.
Flowers in Egypt, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 6, 2011
The Egyptian General and the Gladiola Dateline: Cairo: Medea Benjamin shares her on-the-ground experience and participation in Egypt's liberation revolution.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Dear Jon Stewart, Sane People Protest Crazy Wars The 10-30-10 rally on the capital's mall is looking more and more like a celebration of "slacktivism." Stewart is courting people who do not want to open their window and yell, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Julian Assange: Wikileaks Has the Goods on the Deaths of Innocent Iraqis Killed by the US The government doesn't even claim that Bradley passed information directly to "the enemy" or that he had any intent to do so. But they are nonetheless making the absurd claim that merely informing the public about classified government activities makes someone a traitor because it "indirectly informs the enemy."
From Images
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 27, 2010
Getting Naked to Expose BP Codepink has begun and is organizing actions against BP.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Iraq Legacy: Tell It Like It Is With the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, the administration, the military and the media are trying to put a positive spin on this grim chapter of U.S. history. The bitter truth is that the U.S. intervention has been an utter disaster for both Iraq and the United States.
USS Carl Vinson, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 5, 2018
How to Reel in the U.S. War Machine A new coalition of about 70 groups across the country has formed to launch a Divest From the War Machine campaign. The coalition is inviting all those who are disgusted by the war profiteers to help galvanize university, city, pension and faith institutions to divest from war.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 25, 2013
Interview: Julian Assange on George Bush's Library and Bradley Manning's Trial This is a report of my interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum since June 2012.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Are Sanders and Warren Throwing a Lifeline to the Military-Industrial Complex? Among the front-runners in the Democratic Party presidential primary, Senators Warren and Sanders not only have the most progressive domestic agenda, but also the most anti-war, pro-diplomacy foreign policy agenda. The sharpest distinction between them is that Sanders has voted against over 80% of recent record military spending bills in the Senate, while Warren has voted for two thirds of them.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 28, 2012
10 Reasons Why the Israel Lobby AIPAC is So Dangerous AIPAC, a de facto agent for a foreign government, has influence on US policy out of all proportion to the number of Americans who support its policies. From stopping a catastrophic war with Iran to finally solving the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential starting point is breaking AIPAC's grip on U.S. policy.
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to US troops while seated in a US military helicopter during a trip to the Middle East., From Uploaded
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 28, 2019
CODEPINK Ranks the 2020 Presidential Candidates on War, Peace and Military Spendin Even the candidates who are vowing to tackle this crisis of militarism are doing so in ways that leave serious questions unanswered. Not one of them has said how much they would cut the record military budget that makes these wars possible and thus almost inevitable.
A family displaced by fighting in the village of Shore, 25 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq., From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 17, 2018
The Staggering Death Toll in Iraq Using revised figures from Iraq Body Count, we estimate that 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed since 2003 as a result of our country's illegal invasion. Please remember that each person killed represents someone's loved one. These are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters. One death impacts an entire community; collectively, they impact an entire nation.
World War III Scenario? USA and U.Kingdom VS Russia and Iran?, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 6, 2018
Wake Up and Stop the Madness of a War With Iran The great tragedy of the horrifying specter of another Middle East war is that it is wholly fabricated by the U.S. administration. The Iran deal is a good one (it would be amazing if Trump could negotiate as good a deal with North Korea), and Iran is fully complying with its end of the bargain.
(40 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 13, 2016
Should Henry Kissinger Mentor a Presidential Candidate? Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange about an unlikely topic: the 92-year-old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders berated Clinton for saying that she appreciated the foreign-policy mentoring she got from Henry Kissinger. "I happen to believe," said Sanders, "that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country."
Medea Benjamin returns to the Senkata gas plant the day after police and military forces violently repressed peaceful protesters., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 23, 2019
"They're Killing Us Like Dogs"-- A Massacre In Bolivia And A Plea For Help Restorative justice is needed for the victims of violence, and dialogue is needed to defuse tensions so Bolivians can restore their democracy.
Huge Gas Flare!, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2019
10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues--and their solutions--are intertwined.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Endless War and Empire: Your Tax Dollars at Work While our fiscal woes have led Congress to slash food aid this year to the world's poor -- rest assured, fellow Americans -- the U.S. government will keep using your tax dollars to kill them. For while John Boehner and Barack Obama might disagree on some things, there's one area they can agree on: War. And the need for more of it.
Cuban farm, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2015
Dividing the Pie: Cuba's Ration System after 50 years telesur is an alternative representation for world news. we focus on the people, the common citizen, stories untold by traditonal media. you will only find them at telesur.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 26, 2009
Christmas in Cairo: The Grassroots Comes To Gaza's Aid As the year-end brings horrifying memories to the Palestinians in Gaza, we hope they recognize that grassroots groups the world over are not only thinking of them, but actively organizing to lift the siege that makes their lives so difficult.
Down the Hole, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Don't Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes Every taxpayer, business, and government agency in America is supposed to be able to pass a financial audit by the feds, every year. It's the law, so we do our duty. There's one exception: the Pentagon. It's high time the Defense Department fulfilled its commitment to account for every taxpayer dollar in its $555-billion budget.
President Obama Meets with President Castro, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2015
10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism teleSUR English is an alternative representation for world news. we focus on the people, the common citizen, stories untold by traditonal media. you will only find them at teleSUR.
THAAD Launch, From GoogleImages
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 29, 2017
Urgent Warning: Time to Hit the Reset Button on US-Korean Policy The North Korean leadership is not acting irrationally; on the contrary. On July 29, the day after the test, North Korean President Kim Jong-un asserted that the threat of sanctions or military action "only strengthens our resolve and further justifies our possession of nuclear weapons."
Civilians flee Afrin amid Turkish offensive, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 18, 2019
Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War Despite his endless promises to end these wars, Trump has instead been dropping more bombs and missiles on other countries than Bush II and Obama put together -- a terrifying feat.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 23, 2010
With 1000 US Soldiers Dead In Afghanistan, Time To Revive the Anti-war Agenda U.S. Corporal Gregory S. Stultz, 22, of Brazil, Indiana, died on February 19, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. According to icasualties.org, Stultz's death marks the grim milestone of 1,000 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
Secretary Clinton Travels to Saudi Arabia, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Menage a Trois If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government's payroll, you'd probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it's true.
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.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 18, 2019
U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective While the world condemns the recent attacks on the oil tankers and tries to identify the culprit, global condemnation should also focus on the country responsible for the deadly, illegal and ineffective economic warfare at the heart of this crisis: the United States.
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 16, 2011
Congress Sees Middle East Through AIPAC-Colored Glasses The democratic movements sweeping the Arab world are clamoring for Palestinian rights. Unconditional U.S. support for Israel keeps the region in turmoil, pits us against world opinion and jeopardizes our national security. It's time for Congress to take off the AIPAC blinders.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Why Not Travel to Cuba? If you want to scuba dive in the coral reefs alongside Cuba's Varadero Beach, you could face civil penalties, rack up thousands of dollars in fines, and even endure a criminal prosecution once you get home from your vacation. In fact, Cuba is the only country in the world where the U.S. government restricts travel.
President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, From YouTubeVideos
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Democrats abandon the resist Trump movement when it comes to Jerusalem One would think Democrats would be be jumping at the chance to hammer Trump for his reckless plans and their consequences, pitting us, once again, against the rest of the world and obliterating our credibility to be an honest broker. Instead, most have been, silent or, worse yet, taking credit themselves for Trump actions.
From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 25, 2012
Ground the Drones Drone attacks are out of control, killing thousands, many of them civilians, in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, creating widespread anti-American sentiment and setting a dangerous precedent that will come back to haunt us. Anti-drone actions have sprung up all over the United States at Air Force bases where the drones are piloted, at the headquarters of drone makers, at the CIA and in Congressional offices.
José Mujica president of Uruguay, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 15, 2014
10 Reasons to Love Uruguay's President Jose Mujica Jose Mujica, President of Uruguay, a 78-year-old former Marxist guerrilla who spent 14 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement, recently visited the USA. He lectured a roomful of businessmen at the US Chamber of Commerce about the benefits of redistributing wealth and raising workers' salaries. He told students at American University that there are no "just wars." It's hard not to love the guy.
Planes fly over Washington during Trump speech on July 4th, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 8, 2019
Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4th President Trump's order to the Pentagon to have an aerial parade of military aircraft over Washington, DC on July 4 provided a history lesson of America's war mongering in the past two decades, and a terrifying view of what might appear in the skies of Iran if John Bolton gets his way.
Demonstration, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 16, 2019
Why Aren't People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World? With more and more Americans, especially young people, demanding an alternative to a system that doesn't serve their needs, the tinder for a revolutionary movement is everywhere. We just have to keep kicking up sparks until one catches fire.
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(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 5, 2013
John Kerry sells a war that Americans aren't buying The clock is ticking, with President Obama and Secretary Kerry frantically selling a war that the American people don't want to buy. If Congress goes ahead and approves military action, they -- unlike their British counterparts -- will fail to represent the people who elected them.
Bank Of America CEO Brian Moynihan, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 12, 2012
Busted for Busting Out at Bank of America "Stripping Protestors In Pink Bras Crashed Bank Of America CEO Brian Moynihan's Speech," declared Business Insider on March 8, showing Moynihan's stern photo with a pink bra playfully dangling in the air beside him.
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.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited Saudi Arabia in 2015 and met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz., From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 12, 2016
What Was Saudi Arabia's Involvement in 9/11? No matter what happens with the 9/11 families' lawsuits, two things are certain: One, more information will certainly come out, sooner or later, about the extent of official Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Two, the Wahhabist ideology that defines Saudi Arabia has spawned leaders like the late Osama bin Laden and terrorist groups like al-Qaida.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 1, 2018
The Message From Saudi's "Reformist" Crown Prince to Saudi Women: Shut Up And Drive The next time you hear the hoopla about Saudi women driving or some propaganda story about the reformist crown prince, think about al-Hathloul and the women who have risked their lives not just to drive a car, but to drive out the extreme misogyny that forms the basis of the present-day Saudi regime.
From flickr.com: Gitmo, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration Trump's refusal to publicly condemn the secret prisons, together with the appointments of people who played a role in George W. Bush's torture program, should set off alarm bells. Only stupid people say torture works, and one of them is sitting in the White House.
John Bolton, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Travel to Cuba Falls Victim to John Bolton's Wrath John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua calling them the "troika of tyranny" and the "three stooges of socialism" and is determined to use his time as National Security Adviser to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere.
From InText
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Bolton is Fired Four months ago in May, we cajoled Donald Trump into sending out the email below about firing John Bolton. We collected around close to 5,000 signatures and traveled to Bolton's home in Maryland to deliver them--and carry out a citizens arrest of the warhawk! Though Bolton refused to come to the door and accept our citizens' arrest, we knew we were on the right track. Today the wonderful news came in: Bolton has been fired!
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Instead of Bombing Dictators, Stop Selling Them Bombs When all you have is bombs, everything starts to look like a target. And so after years of providing Libya's dictator with the weapons he's been using against the people, all the international community -- France, Britain and the United States -- has to offer the people of Libya is more bombs, this time dropped from the sky rather than delivered in a box to Muammar Gaddafi's palace.
Walmart Fair Wage Protest, Chicago 2013, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 27, 2013
10 Good Things about the Year 2013 It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things--wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform. But it's also been a year of extraordinary activism: whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, peacemakers, gay rights advocates, garment workers. As the year ends, let's pay tribute to the good things their efforts have wrought.
Donald Trump caricature, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 26, 2017
10 Good Things About a TERRIBLE Year Let's face it: It has been a particularly horrible year for anyone with a progressive agenda. But As we head into the new year, let's keep ourselves inspired by the hard work of folks at home and abroad who gave us something to cheer about for 2017. May we have a much longer list in 2018.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 25, 2017
Cubans Are Starting Small Businesses, but the U.S. Is Hurting Them On November 1, for the 26th year in a row, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the decades-old U.S. embargo against Cuba. The vote this year was 191 nations against the embargo vs. two in favor: the United States and Israel.
U.S. Refuses To Comment - Saudi Arabia has devastated Yemen with bombing raids, throwing the already-poor nation into a state of famine., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 20, 2017
America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen "USA Kills Yemeni People," screams graffiti plastered on walls in Yemen's capital Sana'a. The Yemeni people who have been on the receiving end of US bombs dropped by Saudi pilots know all too well that the United States is complicit in their suffering.
Women's Group Gets North Korea Support to Walk Across DMZ, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 7, 2015
Women Bridge Divide Between Koreas By Crossing the DMZ The women involved in Women Cross the DMZ include peace activists, writers, professors, lawyers, gender equality advocates, former diplomats, UN representatives, and humanitarians. It includes the famous U.S. women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem, and Mairead Maguire and Leymah Gbowee, both Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for their work in ending civil conflicts in Northern Ireland and Liberia respectively.
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.
In the coming year, those of us in the US will face one of the most important elections of our lifetimes., From Uploaded
(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.
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.
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.
Saudi Arabia Is Ready To Tackle Iran, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel? If the U.S. military, or Israel or Saudi Arabia, had a viable plan to attack Iran without triggering a wider war, they would have done so long ago. We must tell Trump, Congressional leaders and all our elected representatives that we reject another war and that we understand how easily any U.S. attack on Iran could quickly spiral into an uncontainable and catastrophic regional or world war.
Netanyahu at AIPAC, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 27, 2015
10 Reasons To Pray for AIPAC's Decline As a secular Jew, I don't do much praying. But this week, as the powerful pro-Israeli government lobby AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) holds its annual policy meeting in Washington DC, I'm praying that this year marks the beginning of the end of the lobby's grip on US foreign policy.
Late King Abdullah and King Salman, then the Crown Prince., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Who's the Real Troublemaker in the Middle East? Iran's no democratic paradise. But on many counts, Washington's Saudi allies are even worse. The Saudi royals crush dissent with an iron fist, spread extremist ideology, and invade their neighbors with impunity. While they beat up on the White House for making peace with America's enemies, maybe voters should ask them more questions about America's friends.
Police outside Venezuela embassy., From Uploaded
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies "No Trespass" Order History will record this as a key turning point in US-Venezuela relations, US violation of a key tenet of international law and most of all, as a heroic example of US citizens doing everything in their power -- including going without food, water and electricity and facing daily assaults by the opposition -- to try to stop a US-orchestrated coup.
Donald Trump, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 24, 2017
Why Does Donald Trump Insist on More Military Spending? Americans are tired of war, yet Donald Trump's budget sends an unfortunate but clear message. He is willing to cut funds that help the poor, protect the environment, and promote the arts -- things that generally keep us happy and safe -- in order to fund a never-ending, ever-growing war machine.
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...
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Police Chief Timoney, Meet Bahraini Mothers John Timoney, controversial former Miami Police chief is brought into Bahrain and the use of tear gas and violence sky rockets.
President Trump is marshalling tanks, bombers and other machinery of war for a Fourth of July celebration, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 4, 2019
Trump Celebrates Himself on July 4th This year's Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall in Washington, DC has become a stop on the Trump for President re-election campaign trail. His "Salute to America" has become a "Salute to Donald Trump." He has called the events the "show of a lifetime!" and an unprecedented celebration of American military strength.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Women Beware: Saudi Arabia Charged With Shaping Global Standards For Women's Equality It's hard to sink to a greater depth of hypocrisy than voting Saudi Arabia onto a UN Commission charged with promoting women's equality and empowerment. And yet, on April 23rd, that is precisely what the UN Economic and Social Council did.
(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.
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(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 6, 2013
10 Ways to Reduce the Threat of Terrorist Attacks on Americans This 10-point plan would significantly reduce terrorist threats, save taxpayers billions of dollars and make Americans more loved and admired in the world. After a decade of wielding the military stick, it's time for some carrots.
Kalandia checkpoint from West Bank into Jerusalem., From Uploaded
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.
Cuban embassy, From ImagesAttr
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Getting Down to Business in Cuba U.S. companies are more eager than ever to set up shop.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy's Windfall Senator Robert Menendez, a powerful democrat from New Jersey, has been down on his luck lately. He is currently under federal investigation for corruption, and although the Senator has denied all allegations, charges are expected to be filed against him any day now. This is not the first time the senator has been investigated.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 19, 2015
Iraq, Libya...Iran? U.S. Activists Mark War Anniversaries With Spring Rising On the anniversaries of the two epic failures in Iraq and Libya, anti-war activists are gathering for four days of actions from March 18-21. They will protest the past interventions, the present-day US participation in wars in the Middle East and the possibility of a new war with Iran. The gathering will culminate at a rally at the White House on Saturday, March 21.
Murder by drones, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 12, 2017
America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. What a bloody end to Obama's reign As drone-warrior-in-chief, Obama spread the use of drones outside the declared battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, mainly to Pakistan and Yemen. Obama authorized over 10 times more drone strikes than George W Bush, and automatically painted all males of military age in these regions as combatants, making them fair game for remote controlled killing.
What Happened to That Blue Wave?, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 24, 2018
Will the new House Dems take on the War Lobby? How can we expect the new Democratic House of Representatives to stand up to the war lobby if they choose leaders who voted for the disastrous Iraq war, fail to lead on critical current issues of war, peace and record military spending, and are still in the pay of military-industrial interests?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Meets with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 30, 2018
Olive Branch for North Korea, Bombs for Iran? While the world is cheering the upcoming meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un (including Trump's fans calling for a Nobel Peace Prize), Trump is needlessly and recklessly driving our nation down a path toward war with Iran -- and neither Congress nor the American people seem to care.
Stop Drone Warfare, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 25, 2017
A Global Movement to Confront Drone Warfare Drones allowed the US military and CIA to intervene militarily with ease, even in places where we were not at war. These institutions operated secretly, without Congressional approval, and they lied to the public about the accuracy and effectiveness of drone strikes.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 25, 2013
Why I Spoke Out at Obama's Foreign Policy Speech The bulk of the president's speech was devoted to justifying drone strikes. I was shocked when the President claimed that his administration did everything it could to capture suspects instead of killing them. That is just not true. Obama's reliance on drones is precisely because he did not want to be bothered with capturing suspects and bringing them to trial.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 9, 2015
US Lobby Groups Try to Squash Iran Deal Despite Public Support Multimillion-dollar ad campaigns aim to influence Congressional votes.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Hillary Clinton Hasn't Learned a Thing from Iraq When it comes to war and peace, it might not matter too much if a Republican or Hillary Clinton wins the White House. In either case, the winner will be the military-industrial complex President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about.
The Flag Of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), From GoogleImages
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Time to rethink NATO Next year, the Pentagon plans to quadruple military spending in Europe to $3.4 billion and begin rotating an armored brigade through Eastern Europe -- in addition to extra NATO forces to be deployed to Poland and the Baltics. The U.S., the main force behind NATO, is already in a deadly proxy war in eastern Ukraine.
US Embassy in Iraq under siege., From InText
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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.
Bush Lies About Iraq, From GoogleImages
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Bush's Iraq Lies, Uncontested, Will Haunt Us Under Trump There is no decision more grave than taking your nation to war. There is nothing more criminal than basing that war on lies. And there is nothing more derelict than failing to prosecute those responsible for taking us to war on the basis of lies. Today, many of the very same architects of the Iraq invasion, from General David Petraeus to John Bolton, may join the Trump admininistration and take us into a new war with Iran.
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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.
CODEPINK protests outside the Treasury Department., From Uploaded
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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 Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, second from left, at 2018 Saudi Future Investment Initiative., From Uploaded
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One Year After Khashoggi's Brutal Murder: Business as Usual Saudi Arabia is holding its "Davos in the Desert" investment conference at the end of this month and mendacious world leaders and businesspeople are once again embracing a country that should be a pariah state, writes Medea Benjamin.
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Why Is a Retired Accountant From Texas Risking His Life to Sail to Gaza? On the heels of the Great March of Return in Gaza, when Israeli soldiers killed 112 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more, a four-ship Freedom Flotilla will set sail for Gaza this month from a port in the Mediterranean Sea. The heroic attempts to reach Gaza, year after year, draw international attention to the siege and the plight of the Palestinians who live there.
Battered Saudi Women, From YouTubeVideos
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Guardianship System Eased, But Saudi Arabia Still Oppresses Women The Saudi government announced it will be eliminating part of the male guardianship system, finally granting women the right to obtain passports and travel (if 21 years of age or over), and obtain family identification cards without the need for male authorization. While the easing of the guardianship system is indeed welcome news, Saudi Arabia remains one of the world's most repressive societies for women.
An Emerging Democratic Majority?, From YouTubeVideos
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Will the New House Democrats Take on the War Lobby? How can we expect the new Democratic House of Representatives to stand up to the war lobby if they choose leaders who voted for the disastrous Iraq war, fail to lead on critical current issues of war, peace and record military spending, and are still in the pay of military-industrial interests?
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Why I Interrupted Obama Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan No one who helped Obama get elected understood we were working for an assassin. Since 2004, the U.S. has killed between 2,500-3,000 people in Pakistan. Of those, between 479 and 811 were civilians, 174 of them children. Drones did most if not all of this. How many others have been killed by the 18 intelligence agencies we now have? How many have military Special Ops teams killed? Why do Americans accept this evil?
Alli McCracken, Co-director of the peace group CODEPINK, dangles a pair of handcuffs in front of former Secretary of State Henry during a protest at a Senate hearing in January 2015., From ImagesAttr
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Bernie's Broadsides Against Kissinger Weren't Even Half of It From 1969 through 1973, it was Kissinger, along with President Nixon, who oversaw the slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos -- killing perhaps one million during this period. There could be another category of people who shouldn't solicit Kissinger's dangerous opinions: presidential candidates.
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Reading the Tea Leaves: Will the Empire Break Up the Party? The Tea Party wants small government, right? Actually, it's not so simple. In fact, there is an ideological schism within the Tea Party that you could drive a Bradley tank through. On Tax Day, my CODEPINK colleagues and I conducted 50 interviews with Tea Party members about the cost of war and empire. With military spending eating up 20 percent of the federal budget and half of all discretionary spending, we figured...
U.S. National Guard, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
Trump Meets With Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, From YouTubeVideos
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Why is Donald Trump Lunching With a Saudi War Criminal While Yemenis are Starving? While President Trump sat down for a sumptuous meal at the White House on Tuesday, March 14 with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, millions of Yemenis are going hungry thanks to Trump's lunch guest.
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Obama Must Join Global Condemnation of Israeli Flotilla Assault Conspicuously absent from the Nobel Peace prize signees was President Barack Obama. Instead of expressing outrage at an attack on civilian ships in international waters, Obama issued a tepid statement saying he "deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained."
President Trump's First 100 Days: 35, From FlickrPhotos
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10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen U.S.-Saudi Ties Donald Trump has selected Saudi Arabia as the destination for his first trip abroad, strengthening U.S. ties to a regime that is fueling the very extremism, intolerance and violence that the US government purports to eradicate. Here are 10 reasons why the United States should not be closely allied with the Saudi kingdom.
Bernie Sanders delivers a speech on the state of the political revolution at the People's Summit 2017., From YouTubeVideos
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Head of National Nurses Encourages Bernie Sanders to Start a People's Party The audience in the packed Chicago theater included volunteers for a new effort called Draft Bernie for a People's Party. They waved Draft Bernie signs and throughout Sanders' speech, urged him to launch a new party.
After the Arab Spring, From ImagesAttr
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Behind the Egyptian Junta’s Iron Curtain After a recent CODEPINK delegation to Egypt ended up in deportations and assault , we have become acutely aware of some of the horrors Egyptians are facing in the aftermath of the July 3 coup that toppled Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi.
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No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes The only way to end the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is to end the conflict. That means pushing harder for a political solution and calling for an immediate ceasefire. Until that happens, the United States should stop its military support for the Saudi regime.
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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.
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Obama Administration Silencing Pakistani Drone-Strike Lawyer an attorney who has advocated for victims of drone strikes in Pakistan is being treated as a pariah, having his visa application refused. This is preventing him from speaking at the Drone Summit conference.
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Leaving Truth outside the Court House at Bradley Manning's Trial This epic trial is being held in a tiny courtroom that only fits a total of 50 people. Only 16 spaces were allocated to the public; the rest had to go to an overflow theater that seated about 100, or a trailer next to the courtroom with room for 35. Manning's trial is the most stark example of the Obama administration's relentless stance against whistleblowers.
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"Trump Effect" in Cuba Preserves Undemocratic Cold War Policy Between the new restrictions and the travel warning, Cuba's burgeoning private sector has already felt what Cubans call "the Trump effect." Jose Colome, owner of Starbien private restaurant in Havana that employs 35 people, shook his head in disgust. "We had 48 reservations from U.S. tourist groups booked in the past three months; 30 of them cancelled."
Hard choices, big losses: Hillary Clinton's book, San Francisco (2014), From FlickrPhotos
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Hillary Might Break the Glass Ceiling If She Wins, But She Won't Put a Dent in the Military-Industrial Complex Clinton may well have been the administration's most vociferous advocate for military action. A Hillary Clinton presidency would symbolically break the glass ceiling for women in the United States, but it would be unlikely to break through the military-industrial complex that has been keeping our nation in a perpetual state of war -- killing people around the world, plenty of them women and children.
No Justice for Women or Foreign Workers in Saudi Arabia, From ImagesAttr
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"Flogging for Blogging" Official Saudi Policy US government's response to egregious and inhumane punishments from its ally usually takes the form of expressing "concern." There is no major public condemnation. No threats of cutting arms sales. No sanctions against government officials. The US government basically turns a blind eye to the medieval forms of torture the Saudis still mete out.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 5, 2009
International Participation in December 31 Gaza Freedom March Tops 1,000 As Registration Closes Over 1,000 delegates from 42 countries have signed up to participate in the December 31 Gaza Freedom March that will mark the one-year anniversary of the Israeli invasion and call for an end to the siege that has brought 1.5 million people to the edge of disaster.
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."
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Blackwater vs. Pinkwater: The Wife of Erik Prince Picks a Fight With CODEPINK It felt surreal to be inside the home of Erik Prince, the founder, owner and chairman of Blackwater (or Xe, as it is now called). Prince, a former Navy Seal, provides security for the CIA, the Pentagon and the State Department. His company trains 40,000 people a year in skills that include personal protection. Yet his home in McLean, Virginia, has no security. None. Not even a fence or a guard dog or a No Trespassing sign.
Supporters of the Iran nuclear accord rally outside the White House on Oct. 12, 2017., From ImagesAttr
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Who Will Stop Trump From Tweeting Us into War With Iran? Both Saudi Arabia and Israel have been trying to suck the United States into their decades-old feud with Iran. Both opposed the Iran nuclear deal, and Israel has been advocating for the U.S. military to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities (even though Israel has several hundred nuclear weapons of its own and Iran has none.)
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No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas In Central America, the US administration is trying to win alliances by pledging $1 billion to boost security and economic development.
Activists and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Demand Nancy Pelosi Take Action on Climate, From YouTubeVideos
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10 Good Things About 2018 Despite Trump in the White House and the rise of right-wing movements around the globe, 2018 was chock full of good things -- most of which went under-reported because of all the attention on Donald Trump. And speaking of Trump, probably the most important development of all: the wagons encircling Trump, making his presidency seems less and less tenable.
CODEPINK protesters at Congressional hearing on Iran in 2015., From Uploaded
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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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Colin Powell: Another War Criminal Cashes In If Powell's sorry about violating the Geneva Conventions and killing innocent people, he's never said so. But he has tried to explain his thinking. "I had been conditioned to believe in the wisdom of my superiors, and to obey," Powell wrote. "I had no qualms about what we were doing."
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Trump's Saudi Trip Should Not Be to Clinch Arms Deal But to End Yemen War President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia is designed to highlight his "art of deal" by clinching a massive $100 billion arms deal. But instead of using his presidency to be a salesman for the arms industry, Trump should be a statesmen for the suffering Yemenis. He should use his visit to press for a ceasefire and negotiations to end the conflict in Yemen.
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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.
Iran Air Flight 655 30th Anniversary, From InText
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An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later The tragic Ethiopian Airline plane crash recalls another passenger plane crash some 30 years ago. The latter, however, was not due to a mechanical malfunction but to U.S. missiles. And while very few Americans remember this incident, it still weighs heavy on the hearts of many Iranians -- as we discovered on our recent trip there.
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While Clinching Deals With Communist China, Trump Cracks Down on Trade and Travel to Cuba As President Trump was clinching new business deals with the repressive Communist government of China, the Trump administration announced its new rules rolling back President Obama's opening with Cuba. The new regulations restricting travel and trade with the Caribbean island will make it once again illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba without a special license from the Treasury Department.
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Where's the Republican Outrage Over Saudi Arabia? When the candidates complain about the "evil forces of radical Islam" or trouble in the Middle East, they never seem to mention Saudi Arabia. Iran's no democratic paradise. But on many counts, Washington's Saudi allies are even worse. The Saudi royals crush dissent with an iron fist, spread extremist ideology, and invade their neighbors with impunity.
We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next 10 years., From ImagesAttr
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The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace Demilitarizing US foreign policy should be among the top items on the agenda of the new Congress. Just as we are witnessing a rising movement for a visionary Green New Deal, so, too, the time has come for a New Peace Deal that repudiates endless war and the threat of nuclear war which, along with catastrophic climate change, poses an existential threat to our planet.
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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.
Henry Kissinger, From ImagesAttr
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Will the Real "Low-Life Scum" Please Stand Up? Kissinger probably won't ever be tried for war crimes, at least not in the United States. But we can show -- with words and banners -- that some people remember his crimes. McCain called us "disgraceful." You know what's really disgraceful? A bunch of senators hearing a war criminal drone on about "Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Stop Sacrificing US Soldiers for Afghan Debacle The deaths of these 31 Americans, and the more than 2,600 U.S. soldiers who have died in this quagmire, should raise a renewed debate about our presence in Afghanistan. Let's tell President Obama that the best way to pay tribute to the soldiers who have died -- and to address our financial crisis -- is to bring the rest of the troops home.
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U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood U.S. officials were pressured to placate Saudi Arabia after the Obama administration made a deal with its adversary, Iran. That appeasement came in the form of a level and quality of arms exports that should've never been approved for a repressive regime with an atrocious human rights record. Saudi Arabia is the number one exporter of radical Islamic extremism on the planet.
Trump's sword dance, From FlickrPhotos
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Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet? With the world's media focused on President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, it's curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty. Unlike most of Trump's public appearances, there was not a protester in sight.
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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!
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10 Reasons the US Should Stick With the Iran Nuclear Deal In the next 60 days, Congress could impose new sanctions that would scuttle the Iran deal or it could pass new legislation addressing issues that were never part of the original mandate, which would also effectively kill the agreement. Enough public pressure could keep the agreement intact.
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Saudi Women May Soon Be Behind the Wheel, But Still Not in the Driver's Seat The biggest impediment for women has not been the inability to drive -- or the fact that women, by law, must be totally covered in public. The biggest obstacle to women's freedom is the male guardianship system. Under this system, a woman, no matter her age, is treated as a minor and must live under the supervision of a wali, or guardian.
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Who's the "Low Life Scum:" Kissinger or CODEPINK? A very angry Senator John McCain denounced CODEPINK activists as "low-life scum" for holding up signs reading "Arrest Kissinger for War Crimes" and dangling handcuffs next to Henry Kissinger's head during a Senate hearing on Jan 29. McCain called the demonstration "disgraceful, outrageous and despicable," accused the protesters of "physically intimidating" Kissinger and apologized profusely to his friend
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Drone Lawyer: Kill a 16-Year-Old, Get a Promotion During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, David Barron was able to manipulate constitutional law so as to legally justify killing American citizens with drone strikes. Now the Obama Administration wants to appoint the lawyer who wrote that legal memos to become a high-ranking judge for life.
Drums of war: The US media saber-rattling, From ImagesAttr
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Why are the media playing lapdog and not watchdog -- again -- on war in Iraq? The press relied on propaganda from both Isis and the US government to whip up fear and a thirst for revenge in the American public. Gruesome beheading videos distributed by Isis were played over and over. The media not only regurgitated official US messages but packaged them better than the government itself ever could.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 12, 2011
By Torpedoing the Gaza Flotilla, Israel Sunk its Own Ship 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.
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REPORTING FROM HONDURAS: No Press Freedom in Post-Coup Honduras The Honduran people should have the right to know what their new leaders, in the name of democracy, are doing to destroy the very basic foundations of a democratic system-a free press.
Stand with Standing Rock, From WikimediaPhotos
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Deconstructing Thanksgiving with Standing Rock This Thanksgiving comes on the heels of a particularly heart-wrenching day, November 21, when over 150 activists were injured, receiving treatment for hypothermia, contamination by tear gas, and traumas from rubber bullets. One activist, 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, will spend the holiday undergoing a third surgery on her shattered arm that was ripped apart by an exploding concussion grenade.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Iraq Withdrawal? Don't Take it to the Bank Obama has no plans for a full withdrawal, though, as his hand-picked appointees make clear. You can almost hear him thinking: What are liberals going to do, vote Republican?
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No Way to Honor Dr. King But don't ask the King family how they feel about their fathers' opening tribute being sold off to the highest bidder. The family demands royalties for use of the King name--even from the Memorial--and so far have received about a million dollars. Historian David Garrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of King, said King would have been "absolutely scandalized by the profiteering behavior of his children."
Trump baby balloon flies above London, From YouTubeVideos
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Can the Brit's Baby Trump Blimp Come Play at Trump's DC Military Parade? A GoFundMe has been started to make Baby Trump Blimp the Guest of Honor at the November 10th protest against Trump's scheduled military parade in Washington DC. The American public would certainly get a lift from an oversized Trump in diapers hovering above Trump's macho display of guns and missiles.
Stop the War in Yemen!, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Fix on Day One Donald Trump loves executive orders as a tool of dictatorial power, avoiding the need to work through Congress. But that works both ways, making it relatively easy for President Biden to reverse many of Trump's most disastrous decisions.
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From a Concert in Las Vegas to a Funeral in Yemen, We Must Stop Mass Murder While we try to steer the domestic conversation to the need for gun control, we should also be seeking to end the massive flow of US weapons to Saudi Arabia that is wreaking such carnage. A new resolution in Congress, HR Resolution 81, would do just that. We must demand that Congress act to stop the US support for mass murder in Yemen.
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
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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.
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It's time to put an end to Israel's "don't ask-don't tell' nuclear policy As long as Israel refuses to acknowledge its possession of nuclear weapons or even that it has produced weapons-grade materials, it is difficult, if not impossible, to engage it in any meaningful arms control or other nuclear-related diplomacy.
Candlelight vigil in Iran protest, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement? As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on America's new president and his foreign policy.
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Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War and Hunger in Yemen? Greater U.S. support for the Saudis, who intervened in Yemen to try to stop the Iran-friendly Houthis from coming to power, is part of Trump's "get tough" policy on Iran. But further escalation of the war in Yemen, particularly an offensive to seize Hodeidah from the Houthi rebels, will mean even more death and hunger for the Yemeni people.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Does Your Congressperson Represent You -- Or Israel? With the disapproval rate for Congress at a record 82%, now is not the time for our representatives to pander to AIPAC. Now is not the time for "free" junkets to Israel -- with an implicit promise of $3 billion of our tax dollars in return. Now is the time to stop the free-fall of the American economy.
Joe Biden discusses President Donald Trump's foreign policy l ABC News Town Hall WATCH THE FULL TOWN HALL: bit.ly/3lLH06K .We find ourselves in a position where we're more isolated in the world than we ever have been,. Joe ..., From YouTubeVideos
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How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question This was a fantastic opportunity for Biden to clarify the reality of Trump's abysmal record and explain what he would do instead. But he didn't. Instead he endorsed some of the most deceptive elements of Trump's propaganda, dropped some clangers of his own and, in a classic Freudian slip, laid bare his own enduring commitment to American imperialism.
John Bolton - Every Problem Looks Like a Nail, From GoogleImages
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10 Reasons to Fear John Bolton Bolton has a decade-long history of associating with anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, appearing on her internet radio program "Atlas on the Air" and on her video blog. Geller is well-known for her inflammatory public comments about Muslims and the idea that they are trying to impose Sharia law in the US.
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The Dangerous Seduction of Drones By fueling anti-U.S. sentiment, drones also act as a recruiting tool for extremists. In Yemen, when the Obama administration started drone attacks in 2009, there were perhaps 200 people who were identified as members of extremist groups. Today, there are over 1,000.
Ferguson Protest in Palo Alto: Stanford Students Shut It Down, From ImagesAttr
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10 Good Things About the Year 2014 It's been a year of fervent activism on police accountability, living wages, climate change, personal freedoms, immigrant rights, an open internet and diplomacy over war. The electoral beating the Democrats received has prompted both the Administration and some spineless congresspeople to realize that support for progressive issues could reinvigorate their base
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Americans Take Anti-Drone Stance Directly to Pakistan Pakistanis have been asking us questions. "Why do the American people support these barbaric and cowardly drone attacks?" "How would you like it if foreigners flew death machines into your airspace, murdering innocent men, women and children?" "Don't you know that these attacks are counterproductive, driving locals into the hands of extremist groups out of a desire for revenge?"
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Protesters Say George Bush Library Should be a Pile of Rubble Over 100 peace activists showed up to protest, including New York City artist Laurie Arbiter, who helped organize a March of the Dead and carried a sign asking "Does America Have a Conscience?" "We should leave the broken ground and just fill it with a big pile of rubble," said Arbiter. "That would truly represent the catastrophic results of the Bush Administration."
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 24, 2014
Egypt Kangaroo Court Sentences 529 Morsi Supporters to Death The Egyptian court has just handed down one of the most grotesque sentences in Egyptian history, condemning 529 people to death in one fell swoop. The US State Department said it was "shocked" and that the verdict defies logic.
Iceland's capital votes to boycott all Israeli products, From YouTubeVideos
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I am American, Jewish and banned from Israel for my activism 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.
Yemen Crisis, From YouTubeVideos
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Yemen Crisis: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen has only destroyed lives and created a state of total chaos, and the U.S. government is complicit in the carnage. Both nations should, as part of the peace process, be forced to pay reparations for the tremendous damage their bombs have inflicted. The Yemen crisis should also serve as a prime moment for the U.S. to reconsider its alliance the Saudi regime.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 8, 2010
Stop Being and Funding the Evil We Deplore "Let us not become the evil we deplore", warned Cong. Barbara Lee when she cast the lone vote against going to war in Afghanistan in September 2001. Well, it's time to look in the mirror--and it's not a pretty picture
pilot Doug Hughes made a video explaining why he planned to land his gyrocopter on U.S. Capitol grounds., From ImagesAttr
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Gyrocopter Pilot Flew for Reform, Might Land in Prison Doug Hughes, a Florida mailman who recently made headline news for flying his gyrocopter onto the West Lawn at the U.S. Capitol Building, will be in Wash. DC for his first court hearing on May 21. Hughes has been charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating national airspace, which can potentially land him up to 4 years in prison, plus fines. I interview him about his cause of getting money out of politics
Kim Jong Un Inspects Construction Site of Wonsan-Kalma Coastal Tourist Area., From YouTubeVideos
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North Korea has taken big steps. Now it's Trump's turn to show goodwill Assuming the US-North Korea summit takes place and marks the start of a long negotiation process, President Trump will need to make gestures of goodwill and sincerity along the way. The lifting of sanctions that have been so devastating to the North Korean economy is a priority for the North, but the US administration has indicated it will not lift sanctions before significant progress has been made.
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Obama and Drone Warfare: Will Americans Speak Out? On May 29, The New York Times published an extraordinarily in-depth look at the intimate role President Obama has played in authorizing US drone attacks overseas, particularly in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. While purporting to represent the world's greatest democracy, US leaders are putting people on a hit list who are as young as 17, people who are given no chance to surrender or be tried in a court of law.
Secretary Kerry Meets With Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal and Ambassador al-Jubeir, From FlickrPhotos
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In Trump's World Where Money Talks, Saudi Arabia Gets a Free Pass President Trump's Muslim ban is not only mean-spirited and, hopefully, unconstitutional, but it is irrational because it doesn't even include the country most responsible for spreading terrorism around the world: Saudi Arabia.
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REPORTING FROM HONDURAS: Hondurans Call Out for Help from the International Community Our emergency international delegation to Honduras, organized from the United States by CODEPINK, Global Exchange and Non-Violence International, began its fact-finding mission in the wake of the June 28 coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.
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Israel Lobby AIPAC Down, But Not Out -- Yet The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is still one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country, but fortunately, it is starting to lose its iron-clad grip on our policymakers. AIPAC lost the fight to stop Chuck Hagel from being confirmed as Secretary of Defense; it lost the push for the US military to attack Syria, and it is losing its effort to derail nuclear talks with Iran.
.A Blow Against Neoliberalism.: Socialist Wins Bolivia Election a Year After Coup Ousted Evo Morales Former Bolivian President Evo Morales's political party MAS has claimed victory in the country's presidential election, with Morales's handpicked successo, From YouTubeVideos
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Ending Regime Change - in Bolivia and the World Less than a year after the United States and the U.S.-backed Organization of American States (OAS) supported a violent military coup to overthrow the government of Bolivia, the Bolivian people have reelected the Movement for Socialism (MAS) and restored it to power.
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Crossing the Korean DMZ for Peace After a decade of disastrous military interventions, the Obama administration has been experimenting with a different way to deal with adversaries: diplomacy. Already this approach is bearing fruit with Iran and Cuba. Now it's time to chart a diplomatic roadmap in another region with long-festering hostility: the Korean peninsula.
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Activists Stand Up for Bradley Manning -- and PJ Crowley When we heard on Sunday that P.J. Crowley had resigned as spokesman for the State Department after criticizing the Pentagon's treatment of suspected whistleblower Army private Bradley Manning, my CODEPINK colleagues and I knew we had to respond. How outrageous that yet another person gets punished for simply telling the truth--Crowley called Manning's treatment "ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid."
Diplomacy with Iran featuring Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, From InText
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How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report In May 2018, President Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement, followed by an imposition of draconian sanctions that not only prohibit U.S. companies from doing business in Iran, but threaten all foreign companies and international banks that trade with Iran. The sanctions also severely limit Iran's ability to sell its major sour ce of revenue: oil.
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Israel and Saudi Arabia: Strange Bedfellows in the New Middle East Saudi Arabia and Israel have finally come out of the closet -- together. The U.S. has helped guarantee the security of both nations. U.S. taxpayers give over $3 billion a year to support the Israeli military, the U.S. military guards the Persian Gulf for the Saudi royalty, and Saudi Arabia is the No. 1 purchaser of U.S. weapons.
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Ten Good Things (and more) To Celebrate In A Bad Year This year was marked by turmoil at home and abroad, including a deepening financial crisis that continues to leave millions jobless and homeless, as well as ongoing and expanding wars. But despite the setbacks and disappointments, here is a list of victories to be thankful for, starting with three inspirational women.
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So Obama Really Can Close Gitmo If Obama is willing to take the risk with these "high-risk" prisoners, and if he really wants to close Guantanamo as he has claimed many times, why hasn't he been using his authority all along to release the 77 prisoners already cleared for release?
Let's take a much closer look at the regime the U.S. government counts as its close friend., From ImagesAttr
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Ten Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy it has been strange to hear US politicians fiercely condemn Iranian human rights abuses while remaining silent about worse abuses by US ally Saudi Arabia. Not only is the Saudi regime repressive at home and abroad, but US weapons and US support for the regime make Americans complicit.
Protesting Drones at Obama's Inauguration, From ImagesAttr
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Finally, the Backlash Against Drones Takes Flight and Paul's marathon 13-hour filibuster was not the end of the conversation on drones. Suddenly, drones are everywhere, and so is the backlash. Efforts to counter drones at home and abroad are growing in the courts, at places of worship, outside air force bases, inside the UN, at state legislatures, inside Congress--and having an effect on policy.
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Setting Sail for Gaza, Armed with Love Letters and a Missive from Dr. King This bullying, however, only strengthens our resolve. We may be fewer boats, we may have fewer passengers, we may be threatened with violence, but we will sail. And if the Israelis intercept our boats, we call on people around the world to gather at Israeli embassies and consulates to express their outrage.
Secretary Clinton Poses With Saudi Arabian Defense Minister Salman, From FlickrPhotos
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The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance For decades US governments, both Democratic and Republican, have backed the kingdom. The US-Saudi alliance dates back to World War II, when US officials started to see Saudi's oil as a strategic advantage. Since then, the US has blindly supported the Kingdom in almost every political and economic effort, despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has consistently been ranked by Freedom House as one of the worst humans rights violators
President Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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10 Problems With Biden's Foreign Policy -- and One Solution Biden's foreign policy already seems stuck in the militarist quagmire of the past 20 years, a far cry from his campaign promise to reinvigorate diplomacy as the primary tool of U.S. foreign policy.
Relationship Between U.S. and Cuba, From ImagesAttr
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Take Cuba Off the Terrorist List Change is in the air. Following the December 17, 2014 agreement to restore relations with Cuba, President Obama instructed the Secretary of State to launch a review of Cuba's inclusion on the list and provide a report and recommendation within six months.
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Stop Sacrificing US Soldiers for Afghan Debacle The 38 deaths in Saturday's helicopter crash in Afghanistan include 31 Americans, making this the deadliest day for U.S. forces since the war began. The tragic loss of American lives might be worth the sacrifice if it was making America safer, or if our presence was significantly improving the well-being of the Afghan people. But neither of these is true.
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Israel's Lesson to Palestinians: Build More Rockets? If the Israeli government was trying to teach the Palestinians a lesson with this latest pummeling, the unfortunate lesson many learned was that the only way to deal with Israel is through firepower. Some believed the Israelis backed down because Palestinian rockets had reached into the heart of Israel.
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Ten Reasons Why Elliott Abrams Would Make a Dreadful Deputy Secretary of State Abrams, a neocon hawk, would be one more disastrous addition to Team Trump. In his prior positions under Reagan and George W. Bush, he supported the most thuggish regimes and covered up the human rights violations of US government allies. A crook who was convicted of lying to Congress, his policy decisions have left death, destruction and deceit in their wake.
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Mubarak Mobs and Street Vendors: Welcome to Egypt reporting from Egypt's Tahir square and surrounds, Medea makes a quick getaway when the thugs show up
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No, Joe, Don't Roll out the Red Carpet for Torture Enablers It was painful enough to live through the U.S invasion of Iraq that caused untold devastation and human misery for no justifiable reason. Now we are again reminded of the grim Bush legacy with President-elect Biden's nomination of Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence.
A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria., From ImagesAttr
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No Seat For Syrian Women at the Peace Talks The talks in Syria began today, with the Syrian government and opposition exchanging accusations and invectives. Missing was the voice of nonviolent civilians, especially women, even through they have been trying for months to have a seat at the table. "When we talk about women at the table, the men see them as the tablecloth,
F-35 Lightning Drops a Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Trump's Endless Wars The pretend peacemaker has repeatedly endangered the nation and world.
Portrait of SEC DEF Charles T. .Chuck. Hagel., From ImagesAttr
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Hagel's Departure Should Open Debate on Obama's Wars The issue facing this nation is not who replaces Hagel, but what policy decisions we want to Pentagon to implement.
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The US-Bahraini Exchange: Tear gas from us, kindness in return Tomorrow, millions of Americans back home will be celebrating Valentines day with flowers and chocolates, perhaps even breakfast in bed. In Bahrain thousands upon thousands of peaceful freedom fighters will celebrate by getting out into the streets, showing their devotion to the country they love so dearly that they are willing to put their lives at risk to help set it free.
Victoria Nuland, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Will the Senate Confirm Coup Plotter Victoria Nuland? From 2003-2005, during the hostile U.S. military occupation of Iraq, Nuland was a foreign policy advisor to Dick Cheney, the Darth Vader of the Bush administration.
Vice President Biden visits Task Force Patriot,, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers Or Peacemakers? During his election campaign, Biden has relied on foreign policy advisors from past administrations, particularly the Obama administration, and seems to be considering some of them for top cabinet posts. For the most part, they are members of the "Washington blob" who represent a dangerous continuity with past policies rooted in militarism and other abuses of power.
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Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised The U.S. bombing of Syria on Thursday immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria?
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself as the country's interim president on Wednesday, From YouTubeVideos
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What Is Happening at the Venezuelan Embassy Is an Outrage Right here in Washington DC an unprecedented showdown is unfolding. Venezuelan supporters of self-declared interim president Juan Guaido have been trying to take over the Venezuelan Embassy. This goes against international law, the wishes of the government in control in Venezuela, and the dogged determination of a group of US citizens called the Embassy Protection Collective.
A U.S. soldier watches flames rise into the night sky after setting canal vegetation ablaze in Tahwilla, Iraq, July 30, 2008. Iraqis opposed to the U.S. occupation were said to be using the canal's thick vegetation to plant bombs under the cover of darkne, From ImagesAttr
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Preparing for the Next Memorial Day Just prior to the Memorial Day commemorations, President Obama made a trip to Vietnam. How did he seal our friendship with that nation, after slaughtering two million of their people? By agreeing to sell them weapons. In the aftermath of the Memorial Day military parades and with a new administration looming on the horizon, a critical task for the coming year is to build a renewed, more vibrant peace movement.
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Drones have come out of the shadows At each of the over 200 cities I've traveled to this past year with my book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control , I ask the audience an easy question: Have they ever seen or heard from drone strike victims in the mainstream US press? Not one hand has ever gone up. This is an obvious indication that the media has failed to do its job of humanizing the civilian casualties that accompany Obama's deadly drone program
US airstrike on MSF hospital in Kunduz a war crime?, From ImagesAttr
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The Doctors Without Borders bombing is a symptom of foreign occupation The official stories from the US military and the Afghan government changed four times in four days, from "collateral damage" to accidental bombing to charges that Taliban fighters were using the hospital as a base of operations, a claim the aid group strongly disputed.
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RE/MAX Cashes in on Israel's Illegal Settlements RE/MAX Israel sells properties that are not only in Israel proper, but are also in occupied Palestinian lands of the West Bank.
NATO Brussels headquarters, From WikimediaPhotos
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What Planet Is NATO Living On? The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China.
Activists aboard the Marianne before it shipped off, Gaza bound., From ImagesAttr
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"While the Flotilla Didn't Make it to Gaza, Israel Didn't Win" "While the flotilla didn't make it here, Israel didn't win. Every action in our support gives the Palestinian people more hope, trust and love, and the courage to continue insisting on our basic rights." --20-year-old Khaled Ostath
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Obama Must Condemn Egyptian Military President Obama should coordinate with other Western allies and supporters of the Egyptian government to develop a clear and strong policy in support of a rapid transition to democracy and apply the full weight of international diplomatic, economic and legal pressure on the military junta towards that end. Anything less will be a stain on the United States that will haunt this administration.
The Embassy Protectors have decorated the Venezuelan Embassy with signs and banners that are giving the Georgetown neighbors a good education. A large banner right above the Venezuelan flag says
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Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-Supported Coup An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group initiated by CODEPINK and Popular Resistance, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living inside the building for the past two weeks.
Iran's Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, From WikimediaPhotos
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Will the World Community Condemn the Murder of Iran's Nuclear Scientist? On Friday, November 27, Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated in the Iranian city of Absard outside of Tehran. First, a truck with explosives blew up near the car carrying Fakhrizadeh. Then, gunmen started firing on Fakhrizadeh's car.
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Obama's Pentagon Strategy: A Leaner, More Efficient Empire President Dwight D. Eisenhower once noted that every dollar going to the military is a dollar that can't be used to provide food and shelter for those in need. Today's obscene amount of military spending isn't necessary if the administration wished to pursue the quaint goal of simply defending the country from invasion.
Saudi Arabia Protest, From FlickrPhotos
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After Khashoggi's Brutal Murder, Why Is America Still an Accomplice to MBS's Crimes? Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered on October 2, 2018 by agents of Saudi Arabia's despotic government, and the CIA concluded they killed him on direct orders from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
Kareem Khan holding photos of son and brother killed in drone strikes, From ImagesAttr
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Father of Pakistani Drone Victim Kidnapped by Pakistani State "Khan has been seeking justice through the Pakistani courts and organizing other drone strike victims. On February 10, he planned to fly to Europe for meetings with German, Dutch and British parliamentarians to discuss the negative impact drones are having on Pakistan. But days before his trip, in the early hours of the morning on February 5, he was kidnapped from his home"
Medea Benjamin, From ImagesAttr
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Conflict Resolution 101: Talking With Hamas if US mediation is to be sincere and effective, the American government needs to take Hamas off its terrorist list and allow Hamas to be fully represented at the table.
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Starving Yemeni children, bloated US weaponsmakers Why are so many of Yemen's children going hungry and dying? Since 2014 Yemen has been wracked by a civil war, a war that has been exacerbated by outside intervention from Saudi Arabia.
Rob Malley, From WikimediaPhotos
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Rob Malley for Iran Envoy: A Test Case for Biden's Commitment to Diplomacy Malley's Middle East foreign policy expertise and diplomatic skills make him the ideal candidate to reinvigorate the JCPOA and help calm regional tensions. Peace-loving Americans should shore up Biden's resolve by supporting Malley's appointment.
Bombing Syria - Not in my name - Let's work for world peace., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars On February 25, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reortedly killing 22 people. This airstrike predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close over a year ago.
Hunger striker DIane Wilson after climbing White House fence, with police dog on one side and automatic rifle wielding policeman on other, From ImagesAttr
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How You [and President Obama] Can Close Guantanamo Prison The president has the executive authority to transfer already cleared detainees. We should pressure him to do so. This article includes reporting and a video showing one such action at the Whitehouse, where DIane Wilson, already on a hunger strike, climbed the White House fence.
Egyptian Airport Prison cell, From ImagesAttr
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Why I Didn’t Make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day When I boarded the plane to Cairo, Egypt, to make sure everything was in place for the women's delegation headed to Gaza, I had no reason to think I'd end up in a jail cell at the Cairo airport and then violently deported.
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Should Henry 'The Fox' Paulson Guard the Henhouse? On Tuesday, October 7, a group of CODEPINK pranksters pranced in front of the New York Stock Exchange. One, wearing an oversized papier mach head of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, grabbed at the purses of the "chickens." "Give me your money; give me your money," he cried. "You might need a new house, but my buddies and I need new yachts." Passersby, read the sign "Henry 'The Fox' Paulson' in the People's Henhouse,"
Avril Haines, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Why Senators Must Reject Avril Haines for Intelligence Even before President-Elect Joe Biden sets foot in the White House, the Senate Intelligence Committee may start hearings on his nomination of Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence.
Thousands of Colombian activists participate in Humanitarian Refugee Convergence, From YouTubeVideos
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Social Movements Under Intense Attack Despite Colombia "Peace Plan" There is no peace in Colombia because the causes that led to the armed rebellions have not been addressed. On the contrary. There are still multinational companies that invade and displace rural communities. There are still paramilitary groups that terrorize Colombia's organizations. There is still a military strategy to consolidate the land and hand it over to the multinationals.
Medea Benjamin, From YouTubeVideos
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10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015 So while this holiday season the nation is obsessed with the latest Donald Trump insult and the special effects of Star Wars, may we bring in the new year truly striking back at the injustices of the empire. May the force be with the grassroots activists trying to build a more peaceful world.
Kathy Kelly, From ImagesAttr
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Federal Prison Sentence Begins for Anti-Drone Activist On January 23, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, will begin a three-month jail sentence in federal prison for a protest against drones (also known as "unmanned aerial vehicles") at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. I had a chance to interview her before she had to turn herself in.
Yemen: Five years of conflict leaves millions of children suffering Thursday marks five years since the beginning of Yemen's continuing civil war. The Saudi-led coalition's involvement has had a devastating effect on the mental ..., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 28, 2021
Will Biden End America's Global War on Children? an unforgettable disgrace that President Biden must move quickly to remedy The Stop the War on Children campaign, run by the British charity Save the Children, publishes graphic reports on the harms that the United States and other warring parties inflict on children around the world.
Targets of a Hellfire missile fired in Afghanistan, From ImagesAttr
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Drone strikes in Pakistan: Reapers of their own destruction Most Pakistanis reject the Taliban and other extremists. But they also reject the American drones that violate their sovereignty and operate with impunity.
Seventeen women serving thirty year sentences in El Salvador for having miscarriages: Las 17, From ImagesAttr
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Salvador's Draconian Abortion Laws: a Miscarriage of Justice El Salvador has one of the strictest and most archaic anti-abortion laws in the world; it has a total ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, and medical emergencies. Women who have miscarriages or stillborn births are confronted with suspicion from authorities. The legal system has an built-in "presumption of guilt," making it virtually impossible for women to prove their innocence.
Cairo Protest, From ImagesAttr
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One Year After Egypt's Rab'a Massacre, US Still Funding Repression The systematic and intentional killing of unarmed protesters is a crime against humanity and those responsible should be investigated and held accountable. At the top of the chain of command during the Rab'a massacre was then-Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who orchestrated the military overthrow of democratically-elected Morsi. But neither Sisi nor any government officials have been prosecuted for the killings.
CODEPINK protests killer drones at DC home of Jeh Johnson, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 7, 2020
Why Jeh Johnson Would Be a Better Defense Secretary Than Michele Flournoy President-elect Biden's choice for Secretary of Defense has turned out to be one of the most controversial and difficult of his Cabinet appointments.
Two detainees in white stand in the doorway of their bay in Camp 4., From ImagesAttr
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For Yemenis, US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners is a National Offense Mohammad Naji Allaw says, "Over 90 of 166 Guantanamo prisoners are from Yemen. Most of them, 56 to be exact, have already been cleared by the US government for release but the US government still won't send them back." While our peace delegation was visiting Yemen, Congress passed an amendment saying that no US military funds could be used to transfer prisoners from Guantanamo back to Yemen.
Jeh Johnson, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 11, 2013
Will Jeh Johnson Make the Homeland More Secure? Jeh Johnson is President Obama's pick to replace outgoing Secretary Janet Napolitano as head of the Department of Homeland Security. His likely confirmation does not bode well for human rights, or your civil liberties.
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Once You See What Truly Happened in Gaza, it Will Change You Forever Here in the U.S., Congress ignored the suffering of the Palestinians and pledged its unwavering support for the Israeli state. All but five members out of 535 voted for a resolution justifying the invasion, falsely holding Hamas solely responsible for breaking the ceasefire and praising Israel for facilitating humanitarian aid to Gaza at a time when food supplies were rotting at the closed borders.
030613 - Sen. Rand Paul Senate Filibuster - HOUR 1, From ImagesAttr
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Rand Paul's Message to Obama: Don't Drone Me Bro While progressives have all sorts of reasons to dislike Rand Paul's Tea Party, small government libertarian views, killer drones is one issue on which progressives should make common cause with Paul and his growing legions of supporters. After all, it's not about the messenger but the message.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 8, 2013
John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old If Obama thinks John Brennan is a good choice to head the CIA and secure America, he should contemplate the tragic deaths of victims like 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, and think again.
Trump administration redesignates Cuba as state sponsor of terror The #Trump administration on Monday re-designated #Cuba as a .state sponsor of #terrorism,. in a move that hits the country with new sanctions shortly before ..., From YouTubeVideos
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The Trump Administration's Parting Outrage Against Cuba On January 11, in his final days before leaving office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added one parting blow to the series of bludgeons his administration has inflicted on Cuba for four years: putting the island on the list of "state sponsors of terror" that includes only Iran, North Korea and Syria.
Medea Benjamin: Building Peace, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 10, 2014
Crusader for the Right to Peace Sometimes it just takes one person with a creative mind to shake up the entire legal system. In the case of Costa Rica, that person is Luis Roberto Zamorra Bolaños, who was just a law student when he challenged the legality of his government's support for George Bush's invasion of Iraq. He took the case all the way up to the Costa Rican Supreme Court -- and won.
Excessive militarization of Police Documented by John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 22, 2014
Beware of Exploding Gifts from Uncle Sam let's face it. Military toys, constantly dangled before the police at law enforcement exhibits and fairs, are hard to resist. And with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security giving out this stuff for free, why not get some hand-me-downs? In May 2012, DHS began distributing $4 million in experimental grants to help local law enforcement agencies buy their own small drones, opening a new market
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A Chat With Counterterrorism Chief John Brennan Having recently returned from Pakistan meeting with drone victims, on November 4, discussion turned to John Brennan, Obama's counterterrorism chief and the key person making decisions about drone strikes. We wondered if Brennan ever had a chance to meet innocent drone victims, as we did, and feel their pain. "Maybe we should go to his house and talk to him,"
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Egyptians Stand Up to President's Power Grab Ramah Casers is an Egyptian mother and graphic designer who lives in Cairo. Ramah told me. "I didn't think any of the mobilizations called during the last two years were that critical. But for this one, I had to be here. This is about the life or death of our revolution."
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Prescription for Afghan Hospital Bombing: Independent Investigation and US Troop Withdrawal The US, NATO, and the Afghan government all say they are conducting their own investigations into the attack, but only an independent investigation can uncover the facts we need to demand accountability and new safeguards to ensure this type of tragedy doesn't happen again. The Pentagon balks at the idea of an outside investigation.
John Brennan - Caricature, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 5, 2013
10 Questions to Ask John Brennan at his CIA Confirmation Hearing We look forward to hearing the Senators question Brennan about the legal justifications used by the Obama administration to kill three Americans in Yemen, as we are deeply concerned about their deaths and the precedent it sets for the rights of US citizens.
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US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners Is a National Offense for Yemenis Their sons, husbands, fathers and brothers are simply pawns in the US game of politics where one party is always trying to "out hawk" the other, where concern about winning the next election far eclipses any respect for the rights of the prisoners. Most Americans have become so consumed by fear after 9/11 that they think that holding these prisoners in Guantanamo indefinitely somehow makes them safer.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 30, 2011
Iraq: 100 Days of Solidarity On October 6, anti-war activists from around the nation will be gathering in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, to call for an end to both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The protest will not be just for one day, but an on-going "people's occupation" of the plaza to call for an end to U.S. military occupations.
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Can the UN Talks Bring Peace to Shattered Yemen? On June 14, UN-brokered talks will be held in Geneva, but many Yemenis know that with the increasingly hostile armed factions, a destroyed economy and the Saudi/Iran rivalry playing itself out in their country, peace will be hard to come by
saudi portrait, From FlickrPhotos
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Is Saudi Women's Vote a Step Forward? is this vote really a significant step forward? First let's consider the Saudi electoral system within the context of an absolute monarchy. The ruler is always a male and inherits his position. All powerful government positions from ministers to governors are appointed by the King. The 150-member Consultative Council, known as the Shura Council, is also appointed and has only advisory power.
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Enormous Defense Cuts? ...don't expect the Pentagon to start holding bake sales, despite what you may have heard about reductions to its obscenely bloated funding.
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A New Network Forms to Close U.S. Overseas Military Bases In a new surge of energy for the global struggle against militarism, some 400 activists from 40 countries came together in Ecuador from March 5-9 to form a network to fight against foreign military bases. While a few other countries such as England, Russia, China, Italy and France have bases outside their territory, the United States is responsible for 95% of foreign bases.
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Obama on Libya: George W. Bush 2.0 His lines may be better delivered, but Barack Obama is sounding -- and acting -- more like the heir to George W. Bush than the change-maker sold to the public in his award-winning ad campaign.
President Obama Saudi relations, From FlickrPhotos
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President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Beheading Aside from the issue of minors, Saudi Arabia is one of the top three executioners worldwide, surpassed only by China and Iran. In 2015, Saudi Arabia broke its own previous records, executing 158 people. This year, if the current rate is maintained, Saudi Arabia will execute about 320 prisoners, almost one a day. If the Saudi government beheads these young men, it will further ignite sectarian hatred.
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Saudi Women Voted for the First Time. Is It Real Progress or Window Dressing? One of the positive things to come out of this election is more global attention on the heavy-handed rule of the Saudi monarchy. An upcoming activist-based Saudi Summit, which will be held in Washington, DC on March 5-6, is an effort to build a campaign to support Saudi human rights activists.
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Ten of My Favorite Things about 2012 Happy thoughts from Code Pink about some US and global issues that experienced new found gains in 2012 that works as a precursor for a progressive 2013 agenda.
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Advice Hillary Clinton Should, But Won't, Give to Economically-Strapped Greece The very nations in the European Union and the United States that have been pushing the Greek government to squeeze Greek workers are the same ones that have been, for the last decade, pushing Greece to purchase massive amounts of worthless weapons.
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Nancy Pelosi Should Listen to Karl Rove Karl Rove might be a nasty guy, but he's no dummy. In a press interview as he left office, he gave the Democrats some free advice. He described his politics as building on the energy of the base of the Republican Party and expanding it outward. He mentioned that the Democrats could build on the energy of their base, like the "Pink Ladies", he said, referring to the Code Pink women who dogged him until the day he left office.
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Who Will Stop the AIPAC Jews Before it is Too Late? While I was being tackled by security guards at Washington's Convention Center during the AIPAC conference for unfurling a banner that asked "What about Gaza?," my heart was aching. I wasn't bothered so much by the burly guards who were yanking my arms behind by back and dragging me-along with 5 other CODEPINK members-out of the hall. They were doing their job.
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Hondurans Pour into the Streets Demanding Zelaya's Return "If they think that were are going to give up, they are badly mistaken," said Caceres. "The events of today make us more determined than ever to overthrow this terrible coup."
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Let's Toast to Ten Good Things About 2007 As we close this year on the low of Congress giving Bush more billions for war, and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, let's remember some of the year's gains that can revive our spirits for the New Year. Here are just ten.
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Have You Called Your Senator Today?
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George Bush and CODEPINK: Women for Peace This is precisely the time for CODEPINK and other groups to step up their activities, and for new people to come forward to help. Remember the prescient words of Mahatma Gandhi: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." We're now in the stage where they are fighting us. We're anxiously awaiting the stage when we win.
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Busy Easter Week! Medea Benjamin recaps on CODEPINK's activities during the week leading up to Easter.
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In Memory of Benazir Bhutto, Cut US Ties to Musharraf We at CODEPINK were in touch with the former Prime Minister when we were writing our book Stop the Next War Now. In fact, Bhutto graciously contributed an essay that was a plea to counter extremism and "a clash of civilizations that can lead to Armageddon, where there will be no winners on earth." Bhutto's assassination is a blow to people all over Pakistan, and the world, who hold life sacred and believe in the basic...
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Time for Congress to Lift the Fog of War

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