Articles by: Medea Benjamin

How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question

How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question

 Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Toward the end of Joe Biden’s October 15 town hall session, a Trump supporter asked Biden the only foreign policy question of the night. “So peace is breaking out all over the world,” the questioner claimed. “Our troops are coming home. Serbia is talking to Kosovo. And the Arabs and Israelis[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 World
 Two years after Khashoggi’s murder, why is America still an accomplice to MBS’s crimes?

 Two years after Khashoggi’s murder, why is America still an accomplice to MBS’s crimes?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Trump holds a chart of weapon sales as he welcomes Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office,  March 20, 2018. (Photo: Reuters) 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[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 World
 A “Persistent Eye in the Sky” Coming to a City Near You?

 A “Persistent Eye in the Sky” Coming to a City Near You?

by Medea Benjamin and Barry Summers “Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we’re looking at, and we can see everything.” That same persistent eye in the sky may soon be deployed over U.S. cities. At the time he made that comment about surveillance drones over[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
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 Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America

By Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores Election season is a difficult time to develop good policies towards Latin America, since both Democrats and Republicans cater to the small, but organized, conservative factions of the Latinx community in Florida, vying for their votes. But if Biden wins the White House, there is a chance to reverse the Trump administration policies that[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
 Don’t be Hoodwinked by Trump’s UAE-Israel “Peace Deal”

 Don’t be Hoodwinked by Trump’s UAE-Israel “Peace Deal”

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold “HUGE breakthrough today,” crowed Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to have diplomatic ties with Israel. But the new Israel-UAE partnership[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 World
U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China

U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Credit: CODEPINK  Tensions between the United States and China are rising as the U.S. election nears, with tit-for-tat consulate closures, new U.S. sanctions and no less than three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups prowling the seas around China. But it is the United States that has initiated each new escalation in[Read More…]

by August 3, 2020 World
      Baz Ratner/Reuters US troops in Afghanistan, June 2011

 King Joe and the Round Table: Biden’s America in a Multipolar World 

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies   In an article in Foreign Affairs in March titled, “Why America Must Lead Again,” Joe Biden claimed that “the world doesn’t organize itself,” and promised to “put the U.S. back at the head of the table” among the nations of the world. But the premise that the world can only[Read More…]

by July 22, 2020 Imperialism
Long Overdue For Latin America: A New “Good Neighbor Policy”

Long Overdue For Latin America: A New “Good Neighbor Policy”

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Steve Ellner U.S. policy towards Venezuela has been a fiasco. Try as it might, the Trump regime-change team has been unable to depose President Maduro and finds itself stuck with a self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó, who President Trump was reported to have called “a kid” who “doesn’t have what it takes.” The Venezuelan people have[Read More…]

by July 21, 2020 World
 10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War

 10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Zoltán Grossman Credit: CreativeCommons Since George Floyd was murdered, we have seen an increasing convergence of the “war at home” against Black and brown people with the “wars abroad” that the U.S. has waged against people in other countries. Army and National Guard troops have been deployed in U.S. cities, as militarized police treat our[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 World
Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts and Broken Promises

Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts and Broken Promises

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies On June 13, President Donald Trump told the graduating class at West Point, “We are ending the era of endless wars.” That is what Trump has promised since 2016, but the “endless” wars have not ended. Trump has dropped more bombs and missiles than George W. Bush or Barack Obama did in their first terms, and[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 World
 Will Biden Remain Tone Deaf to Palestinian Rights?

 Will Biden Remain Tone Deaf to Palestinian Rights?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold Joe Biden wants you to believe that he is opposed to Israel’s likely annexation of parts of the West Bank that Netanyahu plans to carry out in July. “I do not support annexation,” he said during a call with American Jewish donors on June 16. But only a month ago, Biden senior foreign[Read More…]

by June 23, 2020 Palestine
 Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick

 Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores Credit: Cubacooperation A team of 85 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Peru on June 3 to help the Andean nation tackle the coronavirus pandemic. That same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced another tightening of the sanctions screws. This time he targeted seven Cuban entities, including Fincimex, one of the principal[Read More…]

by June 16, 2020 World
Credit: CODEPINK

Defund the Police, Defund the Military

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard troops across the country. In the nation’s capital, Trump deployed nine Blackhawk assault helicopters, thousands of National Guard[Read More…]

by June 10, 2020 World
 Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump’s War on Iran?

 Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump’s War on Iran?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies On May 6th, President Trump vetoed a war powers bill specifying that he must ask Congress for authorization to use military force against Iran. Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign of deadly sanctions and threats of war against Iran has seen no let-up, even as the U.S., Iran and the whole world desperately[Read More…]

by May 29, 2020 Imperialism
 Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars 

 Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars 

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies As of May 1, there were 7,145 cases of COVID-19 in the US military, with more falling sick every day.  Credit: Military Times As President Trump has complained, the U.S. does not win wars anymore. In fact, since 1945, the only 4 wars it has won were over the small neocolonial[Read More…]

by May 5, 2020 World
Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?

Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies  Photo: Daily Express Little by little, Americans are understanding just how badly our government has let us down by its belated and disastrous response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and how thousands more people are dying as a result. But there are two other crises we face that our government is totally[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 World
UN Ceasefire Defines War As a Non-Essential Activity

UN Ceasefire Defines War As a Non-Essential Activity

 Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies At least 70 countries have signed on to the March 23 call by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a worldwide ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like non-essential business and spectator sports, war is a luxury that the Secretary General says we must manage without for a while. After U.S. leaders[Read More…]

by April 10, 2020 World
 Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

 Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Credit: CODEPINK As U.S. COVID-19 cases double every few days and the death toll mounts, the U.S. seems to be caught in a “worst of both worlds” predicament: daily life and much of the U.S. economy is shut down, but no real progress has been achieved in its efforts to contain[Read More…]

by April 2, 2020 World
 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…]

by March 18, 2020 World
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…]

by March 13, 2020 World
 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…]

by March 11, 2020 World
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…]

by February 14, 2020 World
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…]

by January 11, 2020 World
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…]

by January 3, 2020 World
 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…]

by December 20, 2019 World
“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…]

by November 22, 2019 Editor's Picks, World
 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…]

by November 7, 2019 World
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…]

by September 26, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by September 19, 2019 World
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…]

by August 27, 2019 World
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…]

by June 18, 2019 Imperialism
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…]

by March 28, 2019 World
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…]

by March 12, 2019 World
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…]

by February 20, 2019 World
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…]

by February 5, 2019 World
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…]

by November 6, 2018 Imperialism
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…]

by December 16, 2016 World
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…]

by October 11, 2016 World