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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Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby

Phyllis Bennis joins Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! to discuss the recent media firestorm involving Rep. Ilhan Omar, as well as questions about anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
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If America can find $716bn for the military, it can fund the Green New Deal

If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic
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Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism

Democrats to vote on anti-semitism resolution in response to false accusation against Ilhan Omar.
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The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty

I’m Jewish and have worked against anti-Semitism for decades. I was sitting a few feet from Omar at Busboys & Poets and I heard nothing—nothing—that smacked of anti-Semitism, overt or coded or otherwise.
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Why False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against Ilhan Omar Are So Harmful

Bad-faith smears of Omar and many others are being used to crush Palestinian rights, undermine social movements and divert attention from real anti-Semitism.
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Is the Longest US War Finally Ending?

Rumors swirl of a ceasefire in Afghanistan, but key sectors of Afghan society are excluded from the talks.
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We Welcome Asylum Seekers and Defend Their Rights

An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers
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United Nations Inaction and the Gaza Crisis: Ten Years ago and Today

The UN must stand with the people around the world who are calling, and acting, to bring an end to this death and destruction.
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Celebrating the Life of Norman Birnbaum

We will miss Norman's incisive analysis of an incredibly wide span of history, his clarity of vision, and his often-biting wit.
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Despite Trump's Tweets, the U.S. Military Role in Syria Is Not Actually Ending

Trump's announcement contradicts statements made by senior officials in his administration. While they sort out their differences, U.S. warplanes and drones will continue to devastate Syria.
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Marc Lamont Hill Was Arguing for the Rights of Humans, Not of States

The important demand that CNN rehire Hill has obscured much of the actual content of his speech.

Report: Shrinking Space and the BDS Movement

A Case Study: The BDS Movement
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We Have Movement Work To Do

If more registered voters—more young people, more people of color, more poor people, more women, more immigrants and students and workers and activists—had voted, things might be just a bit better. That's our real challenge.
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In Response to Pittsburgh, We Must Come Together as One

We stand with the victims of every white-supremacist and racist and anti-Semitic assault back through history.
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The U.S. Has Enabled Saudi Crimes for Years. Will Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Change That?

Trump must decide which is more valuable: protecting profits for U.S. corporations selling arms to the Saudis, or defending against war crimes and human rights violations.

What Is America Doing in the Middle East

Speaking at the Alworth Center for Peace and Justice, Phyllis Bennis presents on Palestine-Israel, human rights, and the U.S.'s role in the region.
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Saudi Government Claims Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Wasn't Sanctioned; Blames 'Rogue Killers'

Saudi Arabia's government is tightly controlled by crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman, making It highly unlikely that a team of 'rogue killers' carried out the murder of prominent Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi without his knowledge or approval.
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The Discourse on Palestine Is Shifting. Will Concrete Policy Changes Follow?

The conversation is still overwhelmingly one-sided. But that’s slowly changing thanks to the hard work of activists.
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If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before

His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
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Phyllis Bennis on What We Can Expect From Trump-led Security Council Meeting

Phyllis Bennis discusses the Trump-led UN Security Council meeting, the impact advisors Pompeo and Bolton are having on U.S. Foreign Policy, and conflict in Palestine. 

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anti-war movements, International Law, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Israel-Palestine, Middle East, military budget, Refugees, sanctuary movement, Saudi Arabia, Syria, terrorism, Torture, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. wars, United Nations, War on Terror, Yemen