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Articles by: Medea Benjamin

 12 Ways the U.S. Invasion of Iraq Lives On In Infamy

 12 Ways the U.S. Invasion of Iraq Lives On In Infamy

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies While the world is consumed with the terrifying coronavirus pandemic, on March 19 the Trump administration will be marking the 17th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq by ramping up the conflict there. After an Iran-aligned militia allegedly struck a U.S. base near Baghdad on March 11, the U.S. military[Read More…]

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To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran 

To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran 

Co-Written by Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is far from the first proof of how intertwined we are as a global community. The climate crisis and the refugee crisis have long been glaring examples that the wars or CO2 emissions on one continent risk the lives and well-being of people on another continent. What coronavirus is[Read More…]

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 Saudi’s Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS

 Saudi’s Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold This week, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia’s 34-year-old de facto ruler, was on a tear. He arrested members of his own royal family and initiated an oil price war with Russia that has sent the price of oil—and the world’s stock markets—plummeting. Behind the headlines, however, another critical event will[Read More…]

Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?

Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies February 15 marks the day, 17 years ago, when global demonstrations against the pending Iraq invasion were so massive that the New York Times called world public opinion “the second superpower.” But the U.S. ignored it and invaded Iraq anyway. So what has become of the momentous hopes of that day? The[Read More…]

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10 Ways Trump’s Actions Against Iran Hurt Americans and the Region

10 Ways Trump’s Actions Against Iran Hurt Americans and the Region

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies The U.S. assassination of General Qassem 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[Read More…]

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US Embassy in Iraq under siege. Credit: Creative Commons

A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies  It’s a new year, and the U.S. has found a new enemy—an Iraqi militia called Kata’ib Hezbollah. How tragically predictable was that? So who or what is Kata’ib Hezbollah? Why are U.S. forces attacking it? And where will this lead? Kata’ib Hezbollah is one of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that[Read More…]

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 The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work

 The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies The trove of U.S. “Lessons Learned” documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The “Lessons Learned” papers, however, are based on the premise that the U.S. and its allies will keep intervening militarily in other countries, and that they[Read More…]

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“They’re killing us like dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help

“They’re killing us like dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help

I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup[Read More…]

 Neoliberalism’s children rise up to demand justice in Chile and the world

 Neoliberalism’s children rise up to demand justice in Chile and the world

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Uprisings against the corrupt, generation-long dominance of neoliberal “center-right” and “center-left” governments that benefit the wealthy and multinational corporations at the expense of working people are sweeping country after country all over the world. In this Autumn of Discontent, people from Chile, Haiti and Honduras to Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon are[Read More…]

10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined

10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined

  The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues–and their solutions–are intertwined. 1. The US military protects Big[Read More…]

Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?

Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia’s oil production by half, from about ten million to five million barrels per day. On September 18, the Trump administration, blaming[Read More…]

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Are Sanders and Warren Throwing a Lifeline to the Military-Industrial Complex?

Are Sanders and Warren Throwing a Lifeline to the Military-Industrial Complex?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J S Davies   Among the frontrunners 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[Read More…]

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U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage that is Deadly, Illegal and Ineffective

U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage that is Deadly, Illegal and Ineffective

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies While the mystery of who is responsible for sabotaging the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman remains unsolved, it is clear that the Trump administration has been sabotaging Iranian oil shipments since May 2, when it announced its intention to “bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its[Read More…]

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War, Peace and Presidential Candidates

War, Peace and Presidential Candidates

  by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace.  This hasn’t[Read More…]

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With the author kneeling in the lower right, an international peace delegation outside Iran's Tehran Peace Museum. (Photo: Courtesy of Medea Benjamin)

How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report

On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government’s policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming “Peace with Iran” in English and Farsi, we were surrounded[Read More…]

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U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela Is Dangerous

U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela Is Dangerous

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J S Davies Judging from the miserable U.S. record at coercing change in other countries’ governments, U.S. interference in Venezuela threatens to turn a crisis into a catastrophe. We can’t let the violence that plagues the Middle East be transferred to Latin America In 1995 William Blum wrote a masterful book in which he chronicled U.S. involvement[Read More…]

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Venezuela: The U.S.’s 68th Regime Change Disaster

Venezuela: The U.S.’s 68th Regime Change Disaster

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J S Davies  In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994).  Noam Chomsky’s blurb on the back of the latest edition says[Read More…]

Trump Bullying Will Hurt Millions of Iranians

Trump Bullying Will Hurt Millions of Iranians

Iranian government officials want to know how the Trump administration can get away with punishing Iran and other countries for complying with the internationally recognized nuclear deal signed in 2015. “The US is, in effect, threatening states who seek to abide by Resolution 2231 with punitive measures,” said President Rouhani. “This constitutes a mockery of international decisions and the blackmailing[Read More…]

Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers

Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers

While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy—a hidden one—has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every ten minutes a child in Yemen is now dying from malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory-tract infections. A new UNICEF report shows over 400,000 Yemeni children suffering from severe acute[Read More…]

Mourners on Monday carry the coffin of Abdul Qader Helal, the mayor of the Yemeni capital San’aa, who was killed in an air strike on a funeral blamed by Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Reuters)

Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?

How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen for since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty[Read More…]