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Pushing Obama’s Arc Toward Peace

Posted by in Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 13th November, 2012 | 2 Comments

medeaThe peace movement, decimated during the first Obama term because so many people were unwilling to be critical of President Obama, has a challenge today to re-activate itself, and to increase its effectiveness by forming coalitions with other sectors of the progressive movement. Medea Benjamin explains.

Portraits of Grief in Afghanistan — What’s in a Name?

Posted by in Featured, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, Stop Funding War on 22nd March, 2012 | 3 Comments

images-1For the past two weeks as we’ve grappled with the horror of the massacre in the Kandahar province, I’ve been dismayed at the focus of the mainstream press. The press seems to be focusing almost entirely on the mind-set of Sgt Bales and the effect of the massacre on US/Afghan relations without much mention of the actual victims who were all Afghan citizens, including nine children.

Obama’s Pentagon Strategy: A Leaner, More Efficient Empire

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 9th January, 2012 | No Comments

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens as President Barack Obama speaks on the Defense Strategic Review, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Pentagon. (Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP)  Read more: 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 be changing, the U.S. taxpayer – and poor foreigners abroad – will still be saddled with overblown military budgets and militaristic policies.

10 Years in Afghanistan

Posted by in Featured, Global Exchange News & Events, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 6th October, 2011 | 2 Comments

Woman and children in bombed compoundWhen we watched the US bombs explode over northern Afghanistan ten years ago on the little television in our conference room at Global Exchange in San Francisco we never dreamed that we’d still be at war in that country today.  Since October 6, 2001 there have been over 1800 US deaths (mostly soldiers) and many […]

Call to Action for 10 Year Anniversary of Invasion of Afghanistan

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 28th September, 2011 | No Comments

pledge-001It’s been 10 years since the invasion of Afghanistan, an important time for us to take stock and get active. The war and neoliberal economic pressures have destroyed our foreign policy credibility and weakened our domestic budget. Now we are feeling the effects of this, so now is the time to join together and take action.Here are details about an urgent call to action happening next week.

Ten Reasons to Move Cheney’s Book to the Crime Section

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 30th August, 2011 | No Comments

cheneybookmarkFormer Vice President Dick Cheney was given a multi-million contract to write a book about his political career. According to Cheney’s media hype, the book, called In My Time, will have “heads exploding all over Washington.” The Darth Vader of the Bush administration offers no apologies and feels no remorse. But peace activists around the country are stealthily gearing up to visit bookstores, grab a stack of books, and deposit them where they belong—the Crime Section.

Stop Sacrificing US Soldiers for Afghan Debacle

Posted by in Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 8th August, 2011 | No Comments

medea(1)The 38 deaths in Saturday’s helicopter crash in Afghanistan include 31 Americans, making this the deadliest day for U.S. forces since the war began. The tragic loss of American lives might be worth the sacrifice if it was making America safer, or if our presence was significantly improving the well-being of the Afghan people. But neither of these is true.

Needed: An Antiwar Movement That Puts Peace Over Politicians

Posted by in Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 17th June, 2011 | No Comments

storyimages_picture74After campaigning as the candidate of change, the man awarded a Nobel Prize for peace has given the world nothing but more war. Yet despite Barack Obama’s continuation – nay, escalation – of the worst aspects of George W. Bush’s foreign policy, including his very own illegal war in Libya, you’d be hard-pressed to find the large-scale protests and outrage from the liberal establishment that characterized his predecessor’s reign (and only seems to pop up when a Republican’s the one dropping the bombs).

Obama Should Follow His Own Advice on the ‘Moral Force’ of Non-Violence

Posted by in Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 20th May, 2011 | 1 Comment

us_empire-blood_history_0-325x248Given that President Obama daily authorizes the firing of hellfire missiles and the dropping of cluster bombs in places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, it was awful odd seeing him wax eloquent this week about the “moral force of non-violence” in places like Egypt and Tunisia. But there he was, the commander-in-chief of the largest empire in history, praising the power of peaceful protest in countries with repressive leaders backed by his own administration.

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead; Let the Peace Begin

Posted by in Featured, Global Exchange News & Events, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 3rd May, 2011 | No Comments

Photo Credit: CODEPINKMedea Benjamin shares her views about the death of Osama Bin Laden and how this should be a time of profound reflection.

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