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.
Racism lowers the floor for how all people are treated. But it’s not too late to change.
Ending police exchanges will help build a world where our ties are of solidarity and common pursuits for justice.
The idea that we have to either support military action and sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, or “do nothing,” is a false binary.
Economic sanctions are a weapon of war, not an alternative to war.
U.S. actions are raising tensions with Russia rather than resolving them.
King looked beyond our borders — not only at injustice, but how people worked together to end it. It’s an example we need today.
The U.S. must lead on nuclear disarmament. Instead, it’s doing the opposite.
When it comes to concrete action, President Joe Biden has accepted and continued along his predecessor’s path.
The Pentagon now claims no wrongdoing in a parting drone attack that killed seven children. International law and basic morality demands real accountability.
Julian Aguon’s ‘The Properties of Perpetual Light’ is a thoughtful meditation on how, to understand problems at the center of a colonial society, we have to look at the margins.
There are obvious links between anti-war movements against U.S. militarism and Black Lives Matter activism against police brutality. Is time for activists to join forces?
Instead of resetting U.S. relations with Iran, Biden has mostly continued the course of aggression set by the Trump Administration.
Discussing the border in nativist terms obscures the real crises that propel migrants to seek asylum in the United States.
When the world needed collaboration across borders to control the pandemic, U.S. militarism led to the opposite. We must change course.
Regardless of who is giving orders to U.S. bombers, we know that deploying U.S. troops, drones, and warplanes across the region does not provide safety or security for anyone.
We need a decisive break from the previous century of US policy toward Iran, which has been based on domination.
Federal forces deployed in American cities is indeed cause for alarm. But we should also ask what these agents have been doing at the border and beyond.
Black Lives Matter protests have jumped U.S. borders and reached across the world, including Palestine, where Floyd’s murder has struck a chord.
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