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  • ThumbnailBy Medea Benjamin For Independence Day, CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin speaks out against sending more American forces to Iraq. This July 4, the fireworks won’t just be in celebration of Independence Day. There will undoubtedly be fireworks in cities throughout the Middle East, as the region, engulfed in violence, further explodes. The US military and US taxdollars are [...]

  • Thumbnailhttps://twitter.com/Shahidmasooddr/status/483773193237196801 By Pam Bailey and Medea Benjamin Israel is engaging in violent, indiscriminate retribution after the death of 3 teens from an illegal settlement. With the news that the bodies of three missing Israeli teens had been found in a field not far from the stretch of road where they disappeared June 12, people everywhere reacted rightly with [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: 10 Good Things about the Year 2013

    2013-12-26 15:53:46View | Delete

    Thumbnail Medea Benjamin, February 2013 By Medea Benjamin 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 [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Drones have come out of the shadows

    2013-11-04 09:10:04View | Delete

    ThumbnailAt 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 [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Yemenis Have Moms Too

    2013-05-10 18:05:41View | Delete

    ThumbnailBy Jodie Evans and Charles Davis He disappeared more than a decade ago, just 18-years-old and teaching abroad, separated from  his family for the first time in life. His mother and father, sick with worry, heard nothing. For all they knew he was dead. Then, one day they opened a newspaper and learned their son was being [...]

  • ThumbnailBy Medea Benjamin I had an opportunity to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum since June 2012. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations, although he has never been charged. Assange believes that if sent to Sweden, he would be put [...]

  • ThumbnailBy Jodie Evans, Charles Davis George W. Bush presided over an international network of torture chambers and, with the help of a compliant Congress and press, launched a war of aggression that killed hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. However, instead of the bloody details of his time in office being recounted at a [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Senator Harry Reid and Guns: Time to Take a Stand

    2012-12-20 11:01:20View | Delete

    Medea Benjamin When CODEPINK, MoveOn and representatives of other organizations marched into Senator Harry Reid’s DC office on Tuesday, December 18, they wanted a simple answer to a simple question: Does the Senator support a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity clips, such as the legislation proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein and supported by President [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: At Drone Convention, Zero Tolerance for Peace

    2012-08-09 14:30:46View | Delete

    ThumbnailBy Medea Benjamin When are we, as a nation, going to have a frank discussion about drones and remote-controlled killing? One might think that such a dialogue could take place when thousands of people come together, once a year, at the gathering of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Wrong. But AUVSI, the lobby [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: CODEPINK Protester Victorious Over AIPAC Assailant

    2012-07-31 08:33:41View | Delete

    ThumbnailIt is not every day that the voices for justice triumph over the actions of the rich and powerful, especially when it comes to the Israel-Palestine debate. That’s why it is so important to acknowledge and celebrate the settlement just negotiated by CODEPINK activist Rae Abileah and her lawyers after suing American Israel Public Affairs Committee [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Colin Powell: Another War Criminal Cashes In

    2012-06-05 11:43:02View | Delete

    By Charles Davis and Medea Benjamin One could be forgiven for thinking there’s anything honorable or honest about Colin Powell. For more than two decades now the Washington media has portrayed the former Secretary of State as something of a real life action hero, a reluctant warrior whose greatest fault – should they deign to mention [...]

  • Thumbnail By Medea Benjamin Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC on April 30 to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was the first time a high level member of the Obama Administration spoke at length about the U.S. drone strikes that the CIA and [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Why I’m Striking

    2012-05-02 16:45:08View | Delete

    By Janet Weil My husband works in information technology for a large corporation. After a little encouragement from me when I mentioned the upcoming General Strike on May Day, he decided to take a “comp day” and join the action with me on May Day. Here’s why in his own words:  “I’m striking because I refuse [...]

  • By Rae Abileah and Medea Benjamin On Friday, March 30, First Lady Michelle Obama received an unusual request at her San Francisco fundraiser. Instead of “Can I have a picture with you?,” one major donor asked, “Will you use your leadership to prevent an attack on Iran?”  Kristin Hull hand delivered to Ms. Obama a petition against [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Commemorating Palestinian Land Day in Jordan

    2012-04-03 08:33:40View | Delete

    ThumbnailBy Tighe Barry On March 30, 2012, hundreds of demonstrations took place across the globe in commemoration of Palestinian Land Day. This important day in the history of the Palestinian people is a sorrowful reminder of the six Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces in 1976 while protesting the continued confiscation of their land.Land day [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Busted for Busting Out at Bank of America

    2012-03-12 07:43:02View | Delete

    By Medea Benjamin “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. It’s true, things did get a bit wild at Citi’s Financial Services conference at New York’s Waldorf Astoria when Brian Moynihan [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: AIPAC Undermines Democracy at Home and in the Middle East

    2012-02-28 19:03:37View | Delete

    Medea Benjamin The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country. On March 4-6, AIPAC will be holding its annual policy conference in Washington DC. The speakers include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich and [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Embody the Movement: Dancing for Economic Justice

    2012-01-23 17:46:50View | Delete

    By Rae Abileah with contributing writers Sharon Shay Sloan and Eva Lyons A day of hard rain and wind could not dampen the spirits of activists representing the 99% as they gathered at Justin Herman Plaza (dubbed Bradley Manning Plaza by locals) in San Francisco on Friday, January 20 th, 2012, to mark the dark anniversary [...]

  • By Charles Davis and Medea Benjamin In an age when U.S. power can be projected through private mercenary armies and unmanned Predator drones, the U.S. military need no longer rely on massive, conventional ground forces to pursue its imperial agenda, a fact President Barack Obama is now acknowledging. But make no mistake: while the tactics may [...]

  • codepink wrote a new diary post: Ten Good Things About a (Not So) Bad Year

    2011-12-27 10:06:51View | Delete

    I had the privilege of starting out the year witnessing, firsthand, the unfolding of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square. I saw people who had been muzzled their entire lives, especially women, suddenly discovering their collective voice. Singing, chanting, demanding, creating. And that became the hallmark of entire year–people the world over becoming empowered [...]

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