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Archived News and Press 6/12/24

News and Press 

Ukraine Has a Civil Rights Problem: Wartime unity hasn’t healed the wounds of the country’s past (By Nicolai N. Petro, a professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island)

Global Leaders Plead for Peace in Ukraine at UN (Sept. 28, 2023 COUNTERPUNCH by Nicolas J S Davies - Medea Benjamin)

Time for a Cease Fire and Negotiations in Ukraine (Common Dreams. Sept. 29, 2023. Martin Halpern) Now is the time to join the global mobilization to end the Ukraine War.

Manufacturing (and Massaging) Consent at the New York Times (Common Dreams. Sept. 24, 2023. Jan Clausen)
The editors from the "paper of record" write as if from a parallel universe in which the United States has had nothing to do with provoking and sustaining the conflict in Ukraine.

Peace in Ukraine Will Only Happen at a Negotiating Table, Not on the Battlefield A Response to John Feffer’s “Peace Activists Should Be Clamoring for Peace on Ukrainian Terms.” (Common Dreams. 8/24/23. Laura Castro)

CIA Director Burns, on trip to Ukraine, hears plan for war's end-game (John Hudson and Shane Harris, Washington Post, June 30, 2023)

US Close to Approving Long-Range ATACMS (cluster bombs) for Ukraine (Dave DeCamp,, June 29, 2023)

The Silent Slaughter of the Flower of Ukraine's Youth (Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies, Common Dreams, June 20, 2023)

The (German) National Security Strategy is an Insecurity Strategy (Reiner Braun, NachDenkSeiten, June 21, 2023)

The Western Media is Whitewashing the Azov Battalion (Lev Golinkin, The Nation, June 13, 2023)

Vienna's International Summit for Peace in Ukraine Issues a Global Call to Action (Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams, June 12, 2023)

Zelensky Plotted Bold Attacks on Russian Territory (Dave DeCamp,, May 14, 2023)

Officials In Washington/Europe Divided Over Future of Ukraine War (Kyle Anzalone,, May 12, 2023)

War is Not Green: Climate Groups Call on Biden to Support Peace Talks in Ukraine (Julia Conley, Common Dreams, April 27, 2023)

Time for the Biden Administration to Come Clean on Ukraine (George Beebe, Responsible Statecraft, April 26, 2023)

Will the West Turn Ukraine into a Nuclear Battlefield? (Joshua Frank, CounterPunch, April 21, 2023)

The Need for a New US Foreign Policy (Jeffrey Sachs, New World Economy, April 13, 2023)

How America Took Out the Nord Stream Pipeline (Seymour Hersh, Substack, February 8, 2023)

Former Israeli PM Bennett Says US Blocked His Attempts at a Russia Ukraine Peace Deal (Dave DeCamp,, February 5, 23)

Croatian President Warns Sending NATO Tanks to Ukraine Only Prolongs the War (Julia Conley, Common Dreams. January 30, 2023)

US Public Opinion Shifting Sides About Ukraine (Neal Resnikoff, Orinoco Tribune & Popular Resistance. January 30, 2023)

Latin America Refuses to Send Ukraine Weapons Despite Russian Pressure (Ben Norton. Popular Resistance. January 30, 2023)

The Future of European Security--What Does Russia Want (German Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Stefan Meister, January 17, 2022)

Nearly 1,000 faith leaders call for Christmas cease-fire in Ukraine (Washington Post, December 21, 2022) 

Letter to the Left on Ukraine CODEPINK blog, December, 2022

Jeffrey Sachs Discusses The War in Ukraine, 'Shock Therapy,' and More, December 21, 2022. John Walsh

US Veterans Call for Holiday Truce, Ceasefire, and Negotiations to End War in Ukraine Common Dreams, December 18, 2022

Pressure builds to step up weapons tracking in Ukraine Washington Post, November 27, 2022

German Military Preparing for Potential War with Russia Popular Resistance, November 26, 2022

Peace in Rome Portside, November 26, 2022

When Peace Had a Chance in Ukraine (excerpts from "War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict" by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies) Truthdig, November 1, 2022

66 Nations at UN say “End the war in Ukraine” New Age, October 1, 2022

Statements from 2022 UN General Assembly Calling for a Negotiated Peace in Ukraine CODEPINK, September 2022

Putin Announces Partial Mobilization of Russia's Reserve Forces; Russian Occupied Areas of Ukraine to Hold Referendum on Annexation; At U.N., Germany's Scholz Denounces Russian Invasion as "Imperialism"; U.N. Secretary-General Warns World is in Peril Democracy Now, September 21, 2022

Peace Activists Hit the Street from DC to San Francisco LA Progressive, September 20, 2022

U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern defends votes on Ukraine; flip-flop accusations exchanged Telegram & Gazette, September 16, 2022

Peace Talks Essential as War Rages on in Ukraine Common Dreams, September 5, 2022

The Missing Peace in $13.5 Billion in Military Aid to Ukraine Common Dreams, August 31, 2022

How much military aid has Biden sent to Ukraine Speaking Security Newsletter, August 29, 2022 ($40.13 billion--according to Semler

Two arrested during Rockville protest against U.S. spending on war in Ukraine Bestheda Beat Magazine, August 10, 2022

UN Nuclear Chief: Ukraine nuclear plant is 'out of control' Associated Press, August 3, 2022

Humanity is just one misunderstanding away from "nuclear annihilation," warns UN Chief United Nations, August 1, 2022

Diplomacy Watch: Blinken to meet with Lavrov in first since Russia invaded Ukraine Responsible Statecraft, July 29, 2022

No to NATO in Madrid Popular Resistance, July 6, 2022

Report: International Day of Action for Peace in Ukraine Stop the War Coalition, June 27, 2022

Oakland Protests Against War in Ukraine KPFA, June 23, 2022

UN Food Chief Says 'Hell on Earth' Looms From Hunger Crisis Triggered by Ukraine War CommonDreams, June 17, 2022

U.S. sending Harpoon Anti-Missiles to Ukraine Naval News, June 16, 2022

The U.S. pledged billions to fight climate change. Then came the Ukraine war. NPR Weekend Edition, May 14, 2022

Public Expresses Mixed Views of U.S. Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Pew Research Center, March 15, 2022

Every Bay Area “Peace In Ukraine” Global Day of Action Rally (March 5-6), March 5, 2022

Ukraine vigils and peace protests in Wales this weekend The National.WALES, March 4, 2022

March 6: Global day of action against war, March 1, 2022

Letter signed by 15,000 Russian medical professionals opposing the military actions carried out by Russian armed forces in Ukraine March 1, 2022

Anti-War Coalition Holds Online Rally for Peace in Ukraine CommonDreams, February 26, 2022

Letter signed by 600 Russian scientists opposing war with Ukraine, February 25, 2022


Podcasts and Video Links

Can Peace in Ukraine Be Achieved Without War? Medea Benjamin & Barbara Smith Debate (Oct. 11, 2023) Medea Benjamin makes the case for peace in Ukraine. #WorldBEYONDWar

“Eleven Arrested in Bernie’s Office” (CODEPINK Radio, 10/11/23) CODEPINK's Marcy Winograd, also co-chair of the Peace in Ukraine Coalition, takes us to Capitol Hill, where Senator Bernie Sanders' office had eleven peace activists arrested on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, for holding up signs to promote a diplomatic resolution to the Russia Ukraine-NATO war. Tune in for highlights from the Global Days of Action for Peace.

KKFI Radio, Kansas City, interviews Bert Knorr, Co-Chair, Peace in Ukraine Coalition (KKFI. Sept. 26, 2023)

CODEPINK Radio: Global Days of Action for Peace in Ukraine (Broadcast on Pacifica radio stations, as well as other community stations. Features a conversation between Marcy Winograd and Medea Benjamin on the Peace in Ukraine Coalition’s events to push for a ceasefire, peace negotiations and an end to arms shipments.

#NoWar2023 Debate: Is War in Ukraine Justified? (In this 1.5 hour friendly debate, moderated by Marcy Winograd (coordinator of CODEPINK Congress and co-chair of the Peace in Ukraine Coalition), we hear 3 perspectives debated: 1) Russia had no choice but to invade Ukraine, argued by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, 2) Ukraine had no choice but to fight Russia, argued by journalist Jim Brooke who works as the Ukraine/Russia columnist for The New York Sun, and 3) Russia and Ukraine both had options better than war, argued by WBW Executive Director David Swanson).

Max Blumenthal addresses the UN Security Council on Ukraine aid (YouTube, June 29, 2023)
Click here to view a transcript.

Why There's No PEACE Movement From the Left in America (YouTube, June 26, 2023)
Bad Faith podcast: Briahanna Joy w/Medea Benjamin

Presentation by Dan Kovlik, journalist & human rights lawyer, on his trips to Crimea. (YouTube, June 7, 2023)
June 7 Peace in Ukraine Coalition General Meeting.

Journalist Rick Sterling on his trip to Crimea and No to NATO activist Tamara Lorincz on the censorship of debate (CODEPINK Congress. June 6, 2023)

The Unspoken Word in the Debt Crisis: Pentagon! (CODEPINK Radio, May 25, 2023)
Marcy Winograd interviews economist Jeffrey Sachs

Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Larry Wilkerson (YouTube, May 6, 2023)
Colonel Larry Wilkerson tells the audience at Western New Mexico University that we urgently need a  diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine. He outlines a potential solution:
1) A demilitarized zone between Ukraine and Russia
2) No NATO membership (EU yes) for Ukraine
3) Recognition that Russia has sovereignty over Crimes in exchange for Russia recognizing Kosovo
4) Referendum for Eastern Ukraine

Revealed: Ukraine casualties Five Times Higher than Reported" (Breaking Points, April 27, 2023)
Krystal and Saagar discuss new reports showing the Ukrainian casualty numbers have been dramatically undercounted during the Russian invasion.

Medea Benjamin: Pentagon Leaks Show Ukraine War Is a Stalemate. Why Isn't the U.S. Pushing for Peace? (Democracy Now, April 27, 2023)

10 Ways the War in Ukraine Threatens Our Environment (CODEPINK, February 16, 2023)

Reporter Seymour Hersh on "How America Took Out the Nord Stream Pipeline." (Democracy Now, February 15, 2023)

CODEPINK Radio: Ukraine and China: Diplomacy Now!  (February 8, 2023)

Ceasefire in Ukraine! (CODEPINK Radio, January 5, 2023) This episode features excerpts from a Christmas Eve sermon by Rev. William Barber of Repairers of the Breach and the Poor People’s Campaign, comments from former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, long a peace champion, a report back from Moscow from Reiner Braun of the International Peace Bureau in Germany and an interview with professor Nicolai Petro, author of the new book, “The Tragedy of Ukraine: What Classical Greek Tragedy Can Teach Us About Conflict Resolution.

Life of Ukrainian refugees in Russia and Europe. What’s it like? (YouTube, Dec. 29, 2022)
Interviews of Ukrainian refugees who have fled the war to both Russia and other parts of Europe.

Reiner Braun: Russia, Europe, the Ukraine War and Possibilities for Peace (December 16, 2022) Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security hosted by Joseph Gerson.

Ending the War in Ukraine, Not Life on Earth (November 30, 2022) RootsAction webinar Featuring Ryan Black, Mandy Carter, Dennis Kucinich, Pastor Mike McBride, Khury Petersen-Smith, David Swanson, Marcy Winograd, and Ann Wright.

The Midterms & US Foreign Policy (CODEPINK Radio, November 23, 2022) In this episode of CODEPINK Radio, we focus on the midterm elections and their potential impact on US foreign policy in Europe and the Middle East. Marcy Winograd talks with guests Phyllis Bennis, Scott Horton, Erik Sperling, and Jeffrey Sachs.

The Real Path to Peace in Ukraine (Youtube, November 19, 2022)
Livestreamed event by The People's Forum featuring speakers Jeremy Corbyn, UK Member of Parliament Jill Stein, Former Green Party Presidential Nominee Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental Institute for Social Research Brian Becker, ANSWER Coalition Eugene Puryear, Breakthrough News Claudia de la Cruz, The People’s Forum Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK, and more!

Medea Benjamin's Book: War in Ukraine Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict (YouTube, November 11, 2022)
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, presents this 18 minute video presentation of her new book, "War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict," co-authored with Nicolas J.S. Davies.

Life in Russian Towns Near the Ukrainian Border (YouTube, Oct. 31, 2022)

No to NATO Webinar (YouTube, October 18, 2022)
Sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - US.

What’s Happening With Afghanistan’s Funds? (CODEPINK Radio, September 29, 2022)
Marcy Winograd updates us on the state of war in Ukraine and how the peace movement is responding.

Role-Playing Peace Conversations and Challenging Post-Soviet Privatization (CODEPINK Radio, September 8, 2022)
Marcy Winograd, host of CODEPINK Congress, role-plays with co-host Hanieh Jodat how to talk about achieving a diplomatic peace in Ukraine. On the second half of our show, she shares a webinar featuring anti-war feminist voices in Ukraine and Georgia who challenge neo-liberal privatization schemes and envision a worker-center society in their post Soviet states.

On the Questionable Usefulness and Longevity of NATO (Best of the Left podcast, August 20, 2022)
Take a look at the history of NATO and its role in the world after the fall of the Soviet Union which has come back into focus due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, sparking previously neutral countries to request NATO membership, all while an eye to a future causes speculation on how NATO should respond to the growing geopolitical influence of China.

Medea Benjamin on US Cuban Sanctions & Biden's Embrace of Saudi Arabia (YouTube, August 17, 2022)
Democracy Now speaks with CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin on the aftermath of the largest oil fire in Cuba's history, the sentencing of Saudi women rights activist Salma al-Shehab and the ballooning of the Pentagon budget.

SF Protest Against Nancy Pelosi for Pushing War Drive Against China & Visit to Taiwan (YouTube, August 1, 2022)
Activists partake in a protest against the provocative visit of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan while visiting Asia outside her office at the San Francisco US Federal Building in California. 

No to NATO Protest in Madrid (CODEPINK Radio, July 14, 2022)
Marcy Winograd interviews CODEPINK activists Colonel Ann Wright and Paki Wieland about their participation in the NO to NATO protests in Spain.

The People’s Summit & Chomsky on Ukraine (CODEPINK Radio, June 14, 2022)
Renowned linguist, author and anti-war voice Noam Chomsky slams US media for
Censoring debate over weapons shipments to Ukraine.

Ukraine: Negotiation, Not Escalation (CODEPINK Radio, May 18, 2022)
Check in with John Quigly, an international law professor and former US negotiator in Crimea, as well as Kati Juva, board member of Finland’s chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Jeffrey Sachs on Ending the Russia-Ukraine War (YouTube, April, 2022)
Jeffrey Sachs joins The Climate Pod to discuss the international diplomacy required to end the Russia-Ukraine War. In April 2022, Professor Sachs and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network issued a statement calling on the United Nations Security Council to increase diplomatic efforts to bring a swift end to the war in Ukraine.

"As U.S. Funnels Money & Arms to Ukraine, Independent Media Faces Pressure to Parrot Official Narrative" (Democracy Now, July 12, 2022)
Interview with Joe Lauria, Editor, Consortium News.

U.S.'s Victoria Nuland on Tape Plotting to Install a Neo-Nazi in #Ukraine's Transition Government 

2014 phone call between Asst. U.S. Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. In this conversation, Nuland plots to include a far-right nationalist with long-standing ties to the Neo-Nazi movement to run a transition government following a U.S. supported coup.


Opinion Pieces

Beyond the Neocon Debacle to Peace in Ukraine  Jeffrey D. Sachs, World Beyond War, October 4, 2023

Ukraine Timeline Tells the Story  Joe Lauria, Consortium News, June 30, 2023

Destroying Eastern Ukraine to Save it Matthew Hoh, CounterPunch, June 30, 2023

Why are we in Ukraine? The Dangers of American Hubris. Benjamin Schwarz & Christopher Layne, Harpers Magazine. June, 2023 issue

The US Provoked Russia in Ukraine, But Don't Just Take My Word for It. Don Smith, CODEPINK blog, May 11, 2023

The Elephant in the Park: What is More Urgent Than the Climate Crisis? Marcy Winograd, LTE. Santa Independent, May 3, 2023

Why Zelensky Will Not Take Back Crimea Rick Sterling, LA Progressive, April 3, 2023

What Can the United States Bring to the Peace Table? Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J.S. Davies, The Progressive. January 27, 2023 

A Korea Style Armistice for Ukraine? Helena Cobban, Globalites, Jan 13, 2023 

The endless proxy war, by design Aaron Maté - Substack, October 18, 2022

Those Refusing to Fight in the Ukraine War Should be Protected Jacobin, October 5, 2022

Complications of the Ukraine War Imprimis, October 4, 2022

The Narrative That This War Was Unprovoked Prevents Peace Caitlin’s Newsletter, October 2, 2022

Stop fanning the flames of war. Seek a ceasefire in Ukraine San Jose Mercury News, September 30, 2022

Playing Russian Roulette in Ukraine Washington Liberals, September 22, 2022

Why I was arrested to "Stop the war! Save the climate!" The Sentinel, September 10, 2022

Joint CODEPINK WILPF-US Statement to the States Parties at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference CODEPINK, August 1, 2022

The U.S. and Russia Need to Start Talking Before it's Too Late New York Times, July 27, 2022

Nuclear strategy and ending the war in Ukraine The Hill, July 19, 2022

A European Call for an End to the Ukraine War  ZNet, July 9, 2022

Noam Chomsky: The "Historic" NATO Summit in Madrid Shored Up US Militarism Truth Out, July 6, 2022

Ukraine: The Latest Neocon Disaster LA Progressive, June 29, 2022

In Ukraine, Diplomacy Has Been Ruled Out: David Barsamian and Noam Chomsky Common Dreams, June 19, 2022

Should The Left Support Biden in Ukraine? Counterpunch, June 17, 2022

Progressive Democrats Don Helmets, Embrace US-Russia Proxy War Counterpunch, June 16, 2022

We Need a Real Debate About the Ukraine War The Nation, May 24, 2022

The War in Ukraine Is Getting Complicated, and America Isn’t Ready New York Times, May 19, 2022

"The Goal is to Weaken Russia" To The Point Analysis, May 9, 2022

The Ukraine Crisis is Splitting the Peace Movement — When it’s Needed Most Massachusetts Peace Action, March 30, 2022


Organizational Statements

Veterans for Peace Statement 2023 on Ukraine (April, 2023)

World Beyond War: Peace Agenda for Ukraine and the World (September, 2022)

Veterans For Peace Statement on Ukraine (June, 2022)

Climate Crisis and Militarism Project of Veterans for Peace on Ukraine and the Climate Crisis (March, 2022)

Democratic Socialists of America: On Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine (February, 2022)

Peace Action Statement on Ukraine: Diplomacy and De-escalation, Not Further Militarization (February, 2022)

CODEPINK says STOP the War in Ukraine: Russian Troops Out-No NATO Expansion (March, 2022)

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: Statement regarding Russia, Ukraine, USA and NATO (March, 2022)

Massachusetts Peace Action: Stop the War in Ukraine. Russian Troops Out. No to NATO expansion (March, 2022)

Statement of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement Against Perpetuation of War (April, 2022)

RootsAction on Need for Single Standard of Accountability to Prevent the Crime of War (February, 2022)

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