“I think it is important to understand the underpinnings of our relationship with Saudi Arabia and how we can move forward in a path that takes us away from the regime and towards supporting the real democrats in that country.” -Medea Benjamin, Author and co-founder of Code Pink.
Medea Benjamin will be discussing her new book, “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection”, all this week in Boulder and Denver. Benjamin’s book talks about the history of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia and the impact it has had on the Middle East and the United States.
KGNU’s Maeve Conran talks with Madea Benjamin about this relationship. Benjamin tells of the many ways that the U.S. is supporting Saudi Arabia with weaponry and logistics even as the Saudis wage war on other countries and promote extremism throughout that region of the world.
“Unfortunately what we see from the new appointees is this tremendous cabal that is anti-Iran…[w]e should be very concerned that this is a group that might get us into yet another war in the Middle East on the side of the Saudis.”
Benjamin also talks about what the election of Donald Trump and his cabinet appointments could mean for the future of U.S. involvement in the Middle East. This is a topic she will also be addressing in her public appearances in Colorado this week.
Madea Benjamin will be on the CU Boulder Campus Monday, November 28th for a reception and a book talk. The reception will be held from 4-6pm. For more information and to reserve a place, email Thomas.Mayer@colorado.edu.
Also on November 28th, the book talk, held in coordination with Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and KGNU Community Radio, will be at 7pm in the Eaton Humanities building, room 150 at 1610 Pleasant St., Boulder CO. This event is free and open to the public.
On November 29th, Benjamin will be speaking at a book talk at The Tattered Cover LoDo at 7pm; 1628 16th St. Denver, CO.
On November 30th, the First Universalist Church will be hosting a Book Talk at 7pm. It will be held at First Plymouth Congregational Church of Denver, Plymouth Hall, 1st Floor, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Cherry Hills Village, CO. There will also be a reception starting at 6pm.