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Medea Benjamin is cofounder of Global Exchange and CodePink: Women for Peace.
Obama’s Gulf Meeting Protocol: Shake Hands, Smile, Ignore Repression, Repeat
Posted on: May 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet
U.S.-Saudi relations are the materialization of a business agreement that turns a blind eye to basic human rights.
Cuba’s Coming Out Party at the Summit of the Americas
Posted on: Apr 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Is the U.S. government really accepting Cuba as a sovereign nation that has chosen a different path?
Iraq, Libya...Iran? U.S. Activists Mark War Anniversaries With Spring Rising
Posted on: Mar 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Demonstrators will protest past interventions and the possibility of a new war with Iran.
10 Horrifying Facts About GOP Senator Tom Cotton
Posted on: Mar 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet
One of the worst bullies in the Senate?
Dividing the Pie: How Cuba’s Ration System Has Fared After 50 Years
Posted on: Mar 10, 2015, Source: TeleSur
As the economy expands, the hope is that Cubans across the island will have access to a more varied diet.
Why CodePink Calls Kissinger the Real 'Low-life Scum'
Posted on: Jan 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Senator John McCain called activists "scum." Clearly he's forgetting the despicable crimes Kissinger oversaw.
10 Progressive Victories in 2014
Posted on: Dec 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet
2014 was a tumultuous year. However, progressives won ground in important areas and built a foundation for more victories in 2015.
RE/MAX Cashes In on Israel’s Illegal Settlements
Posted on: Nov 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The real estate franchise sells properties that are also in occupied Palestinian lands of the West Bank.
How Mainstream U.S. Media Sold the War on ISIS
Posted on: Oct 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Obsessed with maintaining access to power, the media just keeps handing the megaphone to the powerful and self-interested.
Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for NATO
Posted on: Sep 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet
NATO's encroachment in Russia’s backyard threatens an armed conflict between Russia and NATO-aligned countries.
Police Departments Shouldn't Become Dumping Grounds for Weapons Makers
Posted on: Aug 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet
As we learned from Ferguson, there is simply no reason for police to be armed like the military.
1 Year After Egypt’s Rab’a Massacre, the US Is Still Funding Repression
Posted on: Aug 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet
On this terrible anniversary, Egyptians are still mourning the dead, but the West is turning a deaf ear.
U.S. Must Include Hamas in the Negotiations
Posted on: Aug 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet
You can’t presume to be a mediator and then exclude one key party because you don’t like them.
Be a Patriot on July 4th and Stop Another U.S. Military Intervention in Iraq
Posted on: Jul 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Do something to move us towards a foreign policy that uses diplomatic prowess, not military power.
The Release of Taliban Prisoners Proves Obama Can Close Gitmo
Posted on: Jun 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The president should be courageous and free the 77 prisoners cleared for release.
Drone Deaths and Force-Feeding: Obama's Trail of Broken Promises
Posted on: May 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The president has crushed transparency on torture, continued drone attacks and left the Guantanamo prison open.
10 Reasons to Love Uruguay’s President José Mujica
Posted on: May 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The former Marxist guerrilla has legalized marijuana and abortion and rejects the perks of the presidency.
Meet the Costa Rican Lawyer Who Sued His Own President For Backing the Iraq War
Posted on: May 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Roberto Zamorra uses the judicial system to fight for the rights of the most marginalized.
Inside the Brutality of Egypt's New Regime: 2,500 Killed, 16,000 Political Prisoners, Torture Allegations Are Widespread
Posted on: Apr 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Since the coup that toppled Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's human rights record has gotten much much worse.
Is the Movement Against Killer Drones Winning? Attacks Decline As Protest Heats Up
Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Resistance to drone strikes has made headway from the faith community to Europe.
As Senate Plans to Release CIA Torture Report, One of America's Bravest Whistleblowers Should Be Released Too
Posted on: Apr 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet
John Kiriakou’s bravery should be rewarded, not punished. It is time for him to be released and for his courage to be recognized.
Egypt's Kangaroo Court Sentences 529 People to Death
Posted on: Mar 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The judge who convicted the Muslim Brotherhood supporters barred defense lawyers from entering the courtroom.
Stop the Deportations and Drone Wars: What We Told the Homeland Security Chief
Posted on: Mar 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet
A massive snowstorm didn't stop CODEPINK from telling Jeh Johnson about the reality of killer drones.
I Tried to Go to Gaza—But Egyptian Forces Threw Me In Jail and Dislocated My Arm
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin explains her harrowing experience in a Cairo prison.
Israel Lobby Down But Not Out: 8 Ways AIPAC Flexes Its Muscle For War and Occupation
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet
One sign of the Israel lobby's waning influence is the fact that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not speaking at their conference.
The Dangerous Seduction of Drone Warfare
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet
After 10 years of remote-control killing, the Obama administration should seek effective solutions to terrorism that adhere to international law.
Should Syria’s Future Be Decided by Men with Guns?
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Syrian women and their global allies who want peace see no constructive option other than peace.
No Syria War, Legalized Pot and Worker Uprisings: 10 Good Things about the Year 2013
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013, Source: CodePink
Paying tribute to the good things activists have fought for over the past year.
10 Reasons 2013 Was a Year to Be Cheerful About If You Care About Social Change
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013, Source: CodePink
2013 saw extraordinary activism by whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, and more. Let's review.
America's Drone-Fueled Killing Spree Has Backfired in Pakistan
Posted on: Nov 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Mass protests in Pakistan show how drone strikes have unleashed the seeds of its own destruction: a nonviolent resistance movement.
Drone Victims Take on Washington DC
Posted on: Nov 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A Yemeni delegation of drone strike victims' family members, human rights experts and grassroots leaders will be visiting Washington as part of the Global Drone Summit.
A Drone Enabling NSA Apologist: Why We Should Oppose Jeh Johnson's Nomination
Posted on: Nov 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The probable next Homeland Security chief does not have a good record on human rights.
Drone Strike Victims Are Coming Out of the Shadows
Posted on: Nov 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet
New films, reports and media coverage are finally showing Americans a taste of how drones affect innocent civilians.
Where Do the Dollars For Drone Victims End Up? In the Hands of American NGOs
Posted on: Oct 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The $10 million allocated for Pakistani drone strike victims never actually makes it to the people who need it the most.
It's Time to Break the Silence About Israel's Nuclear Weapons
Posted on: Oct 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The Israeli government's handwringing about an Iranian nuclear weapons program reeks of hypocrisy.
Egypt Joins Israel As Gaza's Jailer
Posted on: Sep 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The Egyptian military's takeover in July has lead to dire consequences for the 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip.
John Kerry Sells a War That Americans Aren't Buying
Posted on: Sep 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet
There is little time left to stop this new, mad rush to war.
How America's Killer Drone Strikes Undermine Yemeni Democracy
Posted on: Aug 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Yemen's multi-party National Dialogue Conference voted last month to criminalize drone strikes, but America's war continues in the country.
10 Ways to Reduce the Threat of Terrorist Attacks on Americans
Posted on: Aug 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet
It starts with ending the drone strikes.
The Latest Outrageous Waste of Money for the Pentagon's Playthings
Posted on: Jun 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet
'Noise zones' are being used to drive a money-soaked scheme for rich commercial developers, while putting thousands of families in affordable homes at risk.
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