Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at IPS. He researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration. Khury graduated from the Clark University Graduate School of Geography in Massachusetts, after completing a dissertation that focused on militarization and sovereignty. He is one of the co-authors and organizers of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement, which was signed by over 1,100 Black activists, artists, and scholars.
Closed borders and ICE raids mean crowded detention centers and camps, which is always inhumane. In a pandemic, it’s a global public health threat.
Recent years have seen growth in solidarity with Palestinians as many question support for Israel.
Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.
As we spiral toward a confrontation between the U.S. and Iran, it’s worth reflecting on the failures to rein in U.S. aggression along the way.
The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.
Like millions of others, the Kurds are victims of disastrous U.S. interventions in the region.
Palestinians deserve to live freely, but their personhood and freedom are denied every day — with great assistance from the United States.
The House, with Republic support, just passed an amendment to the $733 NDAA bill which would require Congressional approval for any war with Iran.
If a war breaks out, it won’t be because the Trump administration “bumbled” into one.
At the Mexican border, US law is flagrantly disregarded by people who know they will never be punished.
Findings from a new Amnesty International report paint a gruesome, but accurate, picture of U.S. military involvement Raqqa, Syria.
The bill marks a rare show of partisan unity against the President.
Supporting freedom of movement isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s a political winner for the left.
An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers
The United States is a land of plenty, not scarcity — and undocumented immigrants are not the reason our hospitals and social services are crumbling.
In 2015, ordinary Europeans welcomed refugees with open arms. Will we do the same with the caravan from Central America?
Those of us who oppose the war in Yemen must dig in for a serious fight.
From Trump to Putin, Netanyahu to Duterte, and around the world, democratic rights are under attack.
How the United States is helping Oman militarize its border with Yemen.