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Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

July 1st, 2010

Out of Afghanistan Caucus Calls for NO VOTE on War Funding

With a vote scheduled tonight on the $33 billion supplemental for the Afghan war, members of the Out of Afghanistan Caucus held a press conference today, July 1 to express their opposition to the war funding. The Caucus, chaired by Congressman John Conyers, is an informal group of 21 members ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

Obama relieves McChrystal of Afghan command

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama swiftly relieved General Stanley McChrystal of his command Wednesday, warning that his stunning criticism of the administration would erode trust in the Afghan war effort.Obama replaced McChrystal with talismanic General David Petraeus, who rescued a losing strategy in Iraq, and warned he would not ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

"That's so gay" and Gen. McChrystal

There is another problematic issue – unrelated to the war in Afghanistan or the chain of command – in the Rolling Stone article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal.The writer is privy to a conversation between McChrystal and his aides as the general prepares to attend a dinner in Paris, a dinner ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

US general in Afghan war at risk of losing his job

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rebuked his Afghanistan war commander for "poor judgment" Tuesday and considered whether to fire him in the most extraordinary airing of military-civilian tensions since Harry Truman stripped Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command a half-century ago.Gen. Stanley McChrystal is prepared to submit his resignation at ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Obama: I'll Decide on Firing McChrystal After Meeting

President Obama said late Tuesday afternoon that he will decide on whether or not to fire the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, following a meeting between the two men in Washington tomorrow.Mr. Obama summoned McChrystal to Washington to address derogatory comments made by the general and his staff ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Obama says war general showed 'poor judgment'

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he wants to hear directly from Gen. Stanley McChrystal before deciding whether to fire the Afghanistan war commander over a disparaging magazine story that has enraged the White House and threatened to undermine the administration.Obama said McChrystal and his aides showed "poor judgment."In his ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

White House: McChrystal firing 'on the table' in meeting with Obama

Firing Gen. Stanley McChrystal is "on the table" for an angry President Barack Obama when he meets Wednesday to discuss criticism of the president McChrystal made in a new magazine article.The White House tersely refused to endorse McChrystal's ability to continue to serve in his role as commander of troops ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

White House summons McChrystal

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan was summoned to the White House to explain remarks critical of the Obama administration, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as speculation grew that he could be ousted.The unusual move came a day after General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Furious President Obama summons Gen. Stanley McChrystal to D.C.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates publicly rebuked Gen. Stanley McChrystal Tuesday, saying in a statement that the top commander in Afghanistan had "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment" in the biting remarks he and his aides made in a Rolling Stone article about President Barack Obama and others in ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Top general in Afghan war apologizes for profile

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan apologized Tuesday for an interview in which he said he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.An article out this week in Rolling Stone magazine depicts Gen. Stanley McChrystal as a ... continue reading

June 21st, 2010

Transcript: Secretary Robert Gates on 'FNS'

The following is a rush transcript of the June 20, 2010, edition of "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace." This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. CHRIS WALLACE, ANCHOR: But first, amid recent reports of tough going in Afghanistan, the top man of the ... continue reading

June 21st, 2010

Troop pullout in Afghanistan set for next summer

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration reaffirmed Sunday that it will begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next summer, despite reservations among top generals that absolute deadlines are a mistake. President Barack Obama's chief of staff said an announced plan to begin bringing forces home in July 2011 still holds. ... continue reading

June 15th, 2010

Timing of Leak of Afghan Mineral Wealth Evokes Skepticism

WASHINGTON, Jun 14, 2010 - The timing of the publication of a major New York Times story on the vast untapped mineral wealth that lies beneath Afghanistan's soil is raising major questions about the intent of the Pentagon, which released the information.Given the increasingly negative news that has come out ... continue reading

June 15th, 2010

Concern on Capitol Hill about Afghanistan war grows

A series of political and military setbacks in Afghanistan has fed anxiety over the war effort in the past few weeks, shaking supporters of President Obama's counterinsurgency strategy and confirming the pessimism of those who had doubts about it from the start.The concerns, fed largely by unease over military operations ... continue reading

June 11th, 2010

Left-Right Defense Wonk Coalition Looks to Cut $960 Billion From Bloated Pentagon Budget

Few communities of Washington wonks run into greater structural and institutional obstacles than advocates of reduced defense spending. Defense companies put billions into PR campaigns for the necessity of this or that project that runs over cost. Legislators have every career incentive to lard the defense budget with job-creating bloat ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

Gates confident of gains in Afghanistan this year

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he was confident enough battlefield and development gains would be made to allow the Afghans to take over security in parts of the country this winter, before next year's planned drawdown is supposed to start.U.S. concerns are growing about allies dropping out of ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

Afghan president 'has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban'

President Hamid Karzai has lost faith in the US strategy in Afghanistan and is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end the insurgency, according to those close to Afghanistan's former head of intelligence services.Amrullah Saleh, who resigned last weekend, believes the president lost confidence some time ago in the ability of ... continue reading

June 8th, 2010

NATO suffers deadliest days this year in Afghanistan

KABUL – Thirteen NATO soldiers have been killed in two days in Afghanistan, marking one of the deadliest bouts for the alliance this year as critics warn of increased Taliban momentum.Seven Americans, two Australians and one French soldier were killed on Monday as they pursued a nearly nine-year war against ... continue reading

May 24th, 2010

More US troops in Afghanistan than Iraq: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – For the first time, more US forces are deployed in Afghanistan than Iraq, amid a buildup of American troops in the Afghan war, the Pentagon said on Monday.About 94,000 US troops are now in Afghanistan, while 92,000 remain in Iraq, where commanders are gradually scaling back the US ... continue reading

May 24th, 2010

White House eyes a compromise on gays in military

WASHINGTON – A proposal to step up the repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military but still allow the Pentagon time — perhaps even years — to implement new policies was being discussed Monday by administration officials and gay rights activists. The White House ... continue reading

May 13th, 2010

Obama, Karzai say Afghan war to worsen

WASHINGTON — President Obama and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, appeared side by side yesterday in a stiff, choreographed effort to demonstrate they have set aside differences over how to prosecute the war in Afghanistan.Both acknowledged the war is likely to worsen in the months ahead as U.S. troops push ... continue reading

April 14th, 2010

Gates criticizes leak of Iraq killings

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday criticized the anonymous online posting of a video showing two journalists in Iraq getting gunned down by U.S. troops in 2007 as irresponsible and presenting a "soda straw" view of war.Gates also defended U.S. rules of engagement in Afghanistan, ... continue reading

April 9th, 2010

Sudanese man sues after release from Guantanamo

SEATTLE — A Sudanese aid worker freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2007 sued U.S. government officials Wednesday over what he called his forced disappearance and torture.Lawyers for Adel Hassan Hamad, 52, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle seeking damages for ongoing physical and emotional problems and compensation ... continue reading

April 5th, 2010

U.S. admits killing Afghan women in botched February raid

ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. and NATO officials in Kabul have admitted that international forces killed three Afghan women, two of whom were pregnant, in a botched February raid, reversing earlier NATO claims that the women had already been bound and killed before international troops arrived on the scene. But the ... continue reading

March 27th, 2010

Pentagon wants $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan

The Pentagon wants $33 billion in additional funding to pay for the war in Afghanistan this year and train the Afghan military, but members of Congress want to make sure they’re not writing a blank check.Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared before Senate appropriators ... continue reading

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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