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.

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Trump Steps Into a Turkish-Kurdish Minefield

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.

Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War

Like millions of others, the Kurds are victims of disastrous U.S. interventions in the region.

Trump Silences Tlaib and Omar for Embracing Palestinians’ Humanity

Palestinians deserve to live freely, but their personhood and freedom are denied every day — with great assistance from the United States.

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The House, with Republic support, just passed an amendment to the $733 NDAA bill which would require Congressional approval for any war with Iran.

Iran Is Not the Aggressor — the US Is

If a war breaks out, it won’t be because the Trump administration “bumbled” into one.

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At the Mexican border, US law is flagrantly disregarded by people who know they will never be punished.

Trump Oversees Death And Destruction In Syria, Afghanistan

Findings from a new Amnesty International report paint a gruesome, but accurate, picture of U.S. military involvement Raqqa, Syria.

Senate Invokes War Powers Act On Yemen War

The bill marks a rare show of partisan unity against the President.

Progressives Should Support Open Borders — With No Apology

Supporting freedom of movement isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s a political winner for the left.

We Welcome Asylum Seekers and Defend Their Rights

An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers

America Has 14,000 Golf Courses And 6,000 Refugees Waiting At The Border

The United States is a land of plenty, not scarcity — and undocumented immigrants are not the reason our hospitals and social services are crumbling.

How Ordinary Americans Can Welcome Migrants and Refugees With Open Arms

In 2015, ordinary Europeans welcomed refugees with open arms. Will we do the same with the caravan from Central America?

In Yemen, Trump Is Taking Tolerance for War Crimes to a New Level

Those of us who oppose the war in Yemen must dig in for a serious fight.

As Authoritarians Band Together, We Need a Global Opposition Movement

From Trump to Putin, Netanyahu to Duterte, and around the world, democratic rights are under attack.

The U.S. Isn’t Just Backing the Yemen War—It’s Helping Trap Those Forced to Flee

How the United States is helping Oman militarize its border with Yemen.

Both Parties Help Trump Boost War Spending

From dealing weapons abroad to developing nuclear arms at home, Democrats and Republicans have something in common.

Given What the U.S. Has Done to the World, It Should Be Letting All Refugees In

The U.S. is slamming the door on people forcibly displaced by American interventions.