Speakers on Afghanistan

Medea Benjamin, medea@codepink.org, is available to speak on resisting US militarism and interventions.

She is a co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed—and most effective—fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. She is the author of nine books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, and her articles appear regularly in outlets such as the Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet, The Other Words, and TeleSUR. (See https://www.codepink.org/medea_benjamin)

Phyllis Bennis, pbennis@ips-dc.org, is available to speak on Palestine-Israel US policy in the Middle East Including Yemen war, Syria, Gulf monarchies, Arab Spring, US-Iran conflict, US-UN relations.

She is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, where she directs the New Internationalism Project, and is a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She writes and speaks in a wide range of U.S. and international media, and her most recent books include Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror and Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer. (See https://ips-dc.org/ips-authors/phyllis-bennis)

Stephen Miles, stephen@winwithoutwar.org, is available to speak on US foreign policy, war powers and use of force, Pentagon/defense spending, endless wars.

Executive Director of Win Without War. “He previously worked for the global campaigning organization Avaaz, as well as on multiple federal, state, and local electoral campaigns, and as the Executive Director of the American Hellenic Council.” (See https://winwithoutwar.org/about/who-we-are/, https://www.thenation.com/authors/stephen-miles/)

Daniel A. Sjursen, dannysjursen@hotmail.com, is available to speak on U.S. foreign and military policy post-9/11, reframing patriotism and dissent, antiwar veteran experience, American Empire, race/class/social justice links to U.S. militarism.

He is a U.S. Army major (retired); senior fellow at the Center for International Policy (CIP), director of the Eisenhower Media Network (EMN), and contributing editor at Antiwar.com. He describes himself as “just another exasperating, insufferable, self-centered Leo with a minor Messiah complex, born on August 5, 1983 . . .” He was recently selected as the 2019 Lannan Foundation cultural freedom fellow. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge.” (See https://skepticalvet.com/)