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 and remains active with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She works with many anti-war organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world as part of the global peace movement. 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 Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror: A Primer, as well as 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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Foreign powers, and the U.S. in particular, have long been entrenched in the Middle East and North Africa region, either directly or through proxies.
Phyllis Bennis discusses the U.S. plan to bolster Saudi Arabia's defense capabilities and to arm Saudi Arabia with more weapons.
No matter the victor in Israel's parliamentary election, policies oppressing the Palestinian people are likely to continue.
John Bolton's tenure as National Security Advisor has officially ended, but whether U.S.-Iran talks will resume are still uncertain.
President Trump flipped a longtime anti-Semitic trope on its head, saying Jews who vote for Democrats are disloyal, not to the United States, but to Israel.
The episode may have laid the foundation for a deeper critique of the Trump-Netanyahu partnership, and of U.S. policy toward Israel and Palestine.
Jim Zogby and Phyllis Bennis discuss the Trump-Netanyahu dynamic, the diminishing power of AIPAC, and the political battle against Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib.
The mass shootings aren't just symptoms of guns or mental illness, but also of Trump promoting and encouraging white supremacy, racism, and xenophobia.
The defense of Palestinian rights has become more acceptable and accusations of anti-Semitism have become more sparing in the mainstream media, despite the House's recent resolution against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.
The military industrial complex is costly and inefficient. It's time to cut the defense budget and end its wasteful practices.
How can we pierce the Washington bubble and bring Congress into greater congruence with changing public opinion?
The U.S. frets about nuclear weapons in North Korea and accuses Iran of wanting the same, all while refusing to honor its own obligation to disarm.
A range of U.S. policies have been deliberately designed to provoke an Iranian response.
The U.S.-funded Israeli military is shooting so many unarmed Palestinians that the UN is warning of an amputation crisis in Gaza.
New reports show an escalation in civilian casualties from U.S. operations in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia — and a pattern of U.S. denial about the scale of the problem.
Phyllis Bennis discusses the recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the real nature of Kushner's supposed "Deal of the Century."
We can’t heal the climate if our war machine keeps raining destruction, absorbing resources, and gobbling up fossil fuels all around the world. Here’s how to stop it.
U.S. policy and what's next with the U.S.-Israel relations
We—the undersigned—stand in solidarity with Representative Ilhan Omar and firmly against the rise of Islamophobic attacks and attempts to divide us as a people.
The flurry of favors the president did for Bibi could constrain U.S. policy — and hurt people in the region — for years to come.