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Medea Benjamin on Civil Disobedience and Iran

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Members of Code Pink, from left, Sergei Kostin, Paki Wieland, Leah Brown, Medea Benjamin and Tighe Barry rally in support of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers in front of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 7, 2018. President Donald Trump is set to reveal his decision on whether to keep the U.S. in the Iran deal on Tuesday, a move that could determine the fate of 2015 agreement that froze Iran’s nuclear program.

Medea Benjamin is a human rights activist and co-founder of the women-led peace group CodePINK and co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. CodePINK protesters receive attention for showing up to televised political gatherings, like Congressional hearings, dressed in pink, holding up signs. One of Benjamin’s latest causes is the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, to fight poverty in Washington D.C. She is the author of several books including Kingdom of The Unjust: Behind The U.S.–Saudi Connection and Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We’ll talk with her about U.S. Middle East Policy and her opinions on the role of protest in civil society.

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