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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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.
If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic
Democrats to vote on anti-semitism resolution in response to false accusation against Ilhan Omar.
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.
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.
Rumors swirl of a ceasefire in Afghanistan, but key sectors of Afghan society are excluded from the talks.
An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers
The UN must stand with the people around the world who are calling, and acting, to bring an end to this death and destruction.
We will miss Norman's incisive analysis of an incredibly wide span of history, his clarity of vision, and his often-biting wit.
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.
The important demand that CNN rehire Hill has obscured much of the actual content of his speech.
A Case Study: The BDS Movement
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.
We stand with the victims of every white-supremacist and racist and anti-Semitic assault back through history.
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.
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.
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.
The conversation is still overwhelmingly one-sided. But that’s slowly changing thanks to the hard work of activists.
His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
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.