Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin


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in Freeport, NY, The United States
September 10, 1952

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Benjamin grew up in Long Island, New York, a self-described "nice Jewish girl." During her freshman year at Tufts University, she renamed herself after the Greek mythological character Medea. She received master's degrees in public health from Columbia University and in economics from The New School.

Benjamin worked for 10 years as an economist and nutritionist in Latin America and Africa for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy. She spent four years in Cuba, and has authored three books on the country.

In 1988 with Kevin Danaher, her husband, and Kirsten Moller, Benjamin co-founded the San Francisco-
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Egypt’s Hunger Strikers Suffer Amidst increasing Human Rights violations


By Manar Ammar


Since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013, human rights abuses in Egypt have been piling high. The new authority that came from protesting has now banned any political public expression. In the Raba’a Massacre last year, at least 800 supporters of the deposed president were killed by govern...

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Drone Warfare: Killing By R...

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Stop the Next War Now: Effe...

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Kingdom of the Unjust: Behi...

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“it's the friends you
can call up at 4 a.m.that matter.”
Medea Benjamin

“I hear all the time that peace activists are naive, that it is impossible to talk to extremists--people who have no regard for the lives of innocents... But in my experience in conflict zones the world over, there are always people to talk to. From members of Hamas in Gaza to Baathists under Saddam's Iraq to the Taliban in Afganistan to government officials in Iran, it is a major blunder to label all our perceived enemies as extremists incapable of rational conversation. People join militant groups for many reasons--religious, family, social pressure, revenge for some wrong they experienced, political ideology, poverty. With such diversity of motives, the are always some people who can be enticed to talk about peace. Our goal should be to seek them out, to strengthen the moderates. Unfortunately, our actions have only served to embolden the extremists.”
Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control

“In 2009, Human Rights Watch relayed numerous reports of drones hitting civilians during the 2009 Israeli invasion of Gaza. In one case, a mother was sitting on the roof while her small son Mu'min rode a bicycle. Suddenly there was powerful explosion. When Nahla Allaw managed to see through the dust an smoke. she looked at her son in horror. "His legs were crushed, his chest had tiny holes in it, and blood poured from them. I carried him, crying. He was breathing his last breath. I talked to him, saying, "It's alright my dear.”
Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control

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