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Cold Storage for Iraqi Corpses
by Dr. Entisar Mohammad Ariabi
March 18th, 2006

Women Say NO to War
By Gayle Brandeis

Where are the US women? Will they finally rise up?
by Medea Benjamin
January 5th, 2006
Let's make this March 8 a day when we revive the fighting spirit of International Women's Day, when we unleash the power of women coming together across generations, races, ethnicities, religions, and borders. Let's make it a day when we show our anger over the war, our compassion for our sisters in Iraq, our disgust with our leaders, and our determination to change course. And let's commit to building, over the long term, a women's peace movement that will make our global sisters, and our grandmothers, proud.

Iraqis’ Human Rights Are Still In Peril
by Medea Benjamin and Andrea Buffa
December 10, recognized internationally as human rights day, is an opportune moment to look at human rights in Iraq. Recent attention has been focused on the trial of Saddam Hussein, whose rule was infamous for its violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which calls for freedom from unlawful deprivation of life, torture, disappearance, and arbitrary detention. The problem is that Iraqis are still not free from these grave violations of their human rights...

10 Good Things about Another Bad Year
by Medea Benjamin

10 Reasons to Give Thanks
by Medea Benjamin
This Thanksgiving, we who yearn for peace and justice have many reasons to give thanks. For starters…

How to Support Our Troops on Veteran's Day
By Medea Benjamin and Gayle Brandeis, For November 11, 2005

This November 11, as we honor the sacrifice and courage of our veterans, let us recognize that the best way to support our troops is to call for their swift exit from Iraq, to guarantee them the care they deserve when they return, and to make policy changes that will stop us from ever again rushing into a reckless, oil-hungry war.

Why We Do It
by Terri Grayum,, November 6, 2005

Why do we do it? What keeps us going back out week after week amid all the discouraging news?
We do it because we have to, because to do nothing is unthinkable. Because we are witnessing the dismantling of the best parts of America –compassion, justice, democracy, integrity, hope. Because we have a responsibility to the next generations, to our communities, our families, our selves.

Two Months Later, Katrina Survivors are Losing the Battle to Return Home
By Medea Benjamin, October 28, 2005

Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was a city of 485,000 people, 65% of whom were black. Today, officials estimate that during the day there are some 125,000 people, falling to 70,000 at nighttime when many leave to find shelter outside the city. Mayor Nagin predicted that New Orleans would lose about half its pre-Katrina population. And with government policies and market forces stacked against the poor, the "new" New Orleans is becoming whiter and whiter.

2000 Too Many
by Medea Benjamin and Gayle Brandeis
Published on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 by

This 2000 wouldn't have happened without the year 2001. Without 9/11. Those numbers gave our president the false justification to begin this war. Some 3000 Americans were killed on the attacks of September 11. Now almost 2/3 that number have been killed in Iraq. And that's not counting soldiers who have died after leaving Iraq, died from horrendous wounds and tormented suicides. It doesn't count soldiers who are left permanently disabled or those who survived in body but not in spirit, the broken souls whose lives have been shattered by what they did and saw.

Celebrating Independence in the Era of Empire
by Medea Benjamin
This Fourth of July, while Americans are marching in parades and oohing and aahing at the fireworks, it would be a patriotic gesture to also spend some time thinking about what independence means today. Our nation was founded on a determination to be free of domination by the British empire. The US Declaration of Independence proclaimed the need to fight the War of Independence against Britain because King George III had 'kept among us standing armies' that committed intolerable 'abuses and usurpations.' Today it is our government whose standing army is committing abuses and usurpations in foreign lands.

Occupation Watch Bulletin
by Andrea Buffa
December 13th, 2004
 As of December 13, 2004, 1,294 U.S. troops, 74 U.K. troops, and 72 troops  from other countries (Poland, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Ukraine Bulgaria,  Thailand, Estonia, El Salvador, Netherlands, Slovakia, Latvia, and Hungary)  have been killed in the Iraq war, according to the website Iraq Coalition  Casualty Count:

Notes from Prison
by Camilo Mejia
December 1st, 2004
When I first heard about the possibility of war, I said to myself that many unlikely things would have to take place. I felt that without clear evidence of nuclear or chemical weapons, without a clear link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, that without clear evidence of Iraq posing a threat to us, we would not really invade.

Acceptance Speach for Bread and Roses award
by Jodie Evans
March 27th, 2004
I am proud to represent all the women of CODEPINK whose tireless and courageous work this year has brought this recognition to me, and honored to be here with these two extraordinary women who do the work in the trenches for our children and in the constant struggle for the rights of workers.

Day For Marching
by Medea BenjaminPage A23 - Washington Post
March 20th, 2004
Thousands of Americans today will mark the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq by marching against the war

Women’s Rights In Iraq and at Home Going Backwards
by Carol Norris
January 22nd, 2004
In his State of the Union address, George Bush proclaimed that with the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, “the people of Iraq are free.”  He told us, ”Today our coalition is working with the Iraqi Governing Council to draft a basic law, with a bill of rights.” 

Arnold and Bush's Numbers Don't Add Up
by Carol Norris
January 17th, 2004
Arnold Schwarzenegger, recently announcing his state budget proposal, has his hands where they shouldn't be yet again--non-consensually groping the coffers of programs that assist many of our most vulnerable.

10 Good Things About a Bad Year
by Medea Benjamin
December 31st, 2003
As we greet the new year, let’s remember and celebrate some of our hard-fought victories in a time of adversity.

Saddam is Captured, Let the Liberation Begin
by Medea Benjamin
December 15th, 2003
After floundering around in search for justifications for the war in Iraq that ranged from fighting terrorism to ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, George Bush finally settled on a goal of liberating the Iraqi people.

The World is His Battlefield
February 27th, 2003
He found his higher calling: to rid the world of terrorism. And he proclaimed this calling to the world in no uncertain terms. Finally, he would be more than the son of George Bush I, more than the son who rode his father's political coattails into office.

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