Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS, focusing on Middle East, U.S. wars and UN issues. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. In 2001 she helped found the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and now serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She works with many anti-war and Palestinian rights organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East issues and was twice short-listed to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Phyllis has written and edited eleven books. Among her latest is the just-published 7th updated edition of her popular Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. She has also written Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power.

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The Latest From Jerusalem and Kabul

Phyllis Bennis discusses the latest developments in Jerusalem and Gaza, and the explosion at a girl’s school in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Why Human Rights Watch Designating Israel’s Crimes as Apartheid Is a Very Big Deal

The report reflects the power of decades of work in defense of Palestinian rights.

Reviewing President Biden’s First 100 Days

In his first 100 days, has President Biden fulfilled any of his campaign promises?

What Does Biden’s Decision to Withdraw From Afghanistan Mean?

Ending the war will take more than bringing home the troops, but it’s a start.

If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the U.S. Can Welcome a Few Thousand

The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn’t.

Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too.

The war is a failure. Continuing to wage it will only result in further devastation.

Dangerous U.S. Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal

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.

‘If Our Goal Is to Stop Killing Afghans, We’re Going About It All Wrong’

CounterSpin interview with Phyllis Bennis on ending the Afghan War.

U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Should Support Vaccine Equality, Not Vaccine Apartheid

Let’s spend less on supporting vaccine apartheid abroad, and more on ending it at home.

Tommy Raskin: An Exception to All the Rules

The former intern and member of the IPS family was a bright intellectual light who is already sorely missed.

With the Election Over, Congress Needs to Focus on Burning Issues

Even before the next Congress and administration take office, the 2020 election will have enormous consequences.

As Trump Aims Fresh U.S. Aggression at Iran, How Many Surprises Can This October Hold?

This latest surprise is incredibly dangerous and reckless for the future. It’s also cruel, heartless, and sadistic right now.

The Pentagon Took Money for PPE and Bought Weapons

Make no mistake: The Trump administration’s heartlessness and militarism are costing lives.

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All

The U.S.-brokered pact makes no pretense of peace for Palestinians. Instead, it sharpens a regional coalition against Iran.

Why Palestinians Are Mourning George Floyd

Black Lives Matter protests have jumped U.S. borders and reached across the world, including Palestine, where Floyd’s murder has struck a chord.

Police and Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home

From Kabul to Atlanta and Baghdad to Minneapolis, we need to end systemic racism and the militarism that makes it even deadlier.

Hot and Cold Wars: Militarism and Pandemic

War hasn’t taken a break during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sanctions in the Era of Pandemic

From Venezuela to Iran, Washington’s illegal and inhumane economic sanctions are putting millions of lives at risk.

After the Coronavirus, There Is No ‘Going Back to Normal’

Economic and political changes borne from the coronavirus must build the resiliency of the poor and working people most affected by the pandemic.

To Fight This Pandemic, We Need to Take Over the Military’s Resources

Instead of asking the military to take control, the civilian government and public health experts must take over the vast medical resources the military controls and direct them to civilian use.

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