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Medea Benjamin: 10 Good Things About the Year 2014

The highlights of 2014 reveal that progressives are poised to make important gains in 2015

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Medea Benjamin: The Fourth Estate in Flames

Smoldering in the detritus of war is also the fourth estate

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Medea Benjamin: Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance

NATO’s encroachment in Russia’s backyard and its backing of the Ukraine government’s bombardment of the eastern part of the country threatens not only a new Cold War, but an armed conflict

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Medea Benjamin: Beware of Exploding Gifts from Uncle Sam

There is simply no reason for police to be armed like the military

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Medea Benjamin: Drone Wars

Michelle Zellers spoke with Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and founder of the US-based anti-war group Codepink, who was arrested in May for interrupting Barack Obama’s speech on his drone program November 2013 Could you start by telling our readers about yourself? I started doing social justice work back in the Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: 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 Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: Challenges of Arab Uprisings Reflected at World Social Forum

“This was like a dream come true,” said a radiant Sossi Mohamed Sadek, a Tunisian second year engineering student who was one of the hundreds of local volunteers at the World Social Forum in Tunis. “To see our university overflowing with over 50,000 people from Africa, Europe, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East—it Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: Finally, the Backlash Against Drones Takes Flight

Rand 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 Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: John Brennan vs. A 16-Year-Old

In October 2011, 16-year-old Tariq Aziz attended a gathering in Islamabad where he was taught how to use a video camera so he could document the drones that were constantly circling over his Pakistani village, terrorizing and killing his family and neighbors. Two days later, when Aziz was driving with his 12-year-old cousin to a Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: Egyptians Stand Up to President’s Power Grab

Ramah Casers is an Egyptian mother and graphic designer who lives in Cairo. On Tuesday, November 27 she was standing at the entrance to Tahrir Square holding a simple, hand-written sign that read, “I am an Egyptian citizen and I will not let my country become a dictatorship once again.” She had come to the Read more…

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