Peace Activist Medea Benjamin on Drone Warfare

08/20/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we’ll talk with Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink and author of the new book DRONE WARFARE.

But first three listener comments about last Friday’s program. Most of the comments were about the open phone segment on which our listeners wanted to discuss the upcoming presidential election.

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Our guest today is Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and Codepink (the women’s peace group). She’s written a new book called DRONE WARFARE: Killing By Remote Control and she will be speaking this Wednesday night in St. Petersburg.

Background:

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 2000, Benjamin ran for the United States Senate on the Green Party ticket from California, basing her campaign on such issues as a living wage, education, and universal healthcare; she garnered 3 percent of the vote

On Wednesday, August 22, Ms. Benjamin will speak at The Studio@620 (620 1st Avenue, S in St. Petersburg) to discuss her new book, “DRONE WARFARE: Killing by Remote Control.” Singer/songwriter Jun Bustamante will open the event, starting at 7:00pm.

Ms. Benjamin will also lead a protest at Raytheon, maker of drones, drone bombs and drone software, the following day on August 23 from 4:00-6:00pm (7887 Bryan Dairy Road in Largo). Following the protest people will get together for pizza and a movie (The Girl in the Cafe) at The L Train, 900 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg beginning at 7:00pm.

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