New Book Brings the Complexities of the Russia-Ukraine War to Massachusetts


Medea Benjamin discusses her newly released book, War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless War, at college campuses and community centers across Massachusetts.

As we near the eighth month of the deadly, illegal war on Ukraine, the calls for peace and negotiations have never been more pressing. Suffering from recent defeats from Ukrainian defense forces, President Putin is now starting to talk about the use of nuclear weapons, while Congress today is passing $13 billion in addional arms shipments. We could possibly be on the brink of a nuclear war.

Now more than ever it is important to know how we got this place. In the new book, War In Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senselss War, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies piece together the complex history of Russia, Ukraine, and the role foriegn leaders and statesmen played in the escalation prior to Russia’s decision to illegaly invade Ukraine.

“This careful, informed, judicious study is an invaluable guide to understanding Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine, and most crucially, how we can act to help bring this terrible tragedy to an end.” Noam Chomsky

Medea Benjamin starts a nationwide book tour in Massachusetts,

The schedule of events are as follows:

October 3rd: Smith College, Northampton, MA at 7 p.m.

October 4th: Keane State College, Keene, NH at noon; UMass Amherst at 5pm; national livestream at 8pm

October 5th: Northeastern University, Boston, at 4:30 p.m.; Community Church of Boston at 7 p.m, speaking with Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou.

October 6th: Boston University at 4 p.m.; First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Arlington, at 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public and press.  See this link for addresses and details for each event.


About the author:

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder 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 has received numerous prizes, including: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize, the US Peace Memorial Prize, the Gandhi Peace Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Award. She is a former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization.

For more information about the book and the book tour please visit