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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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.

The U.S.-Taliban Deal Won’t Bring Real Peace, But It Could Reduce the Bloodshed

Withdrawing even some of the U.S. troops, planes, drones and bombers from Afghanistan will reduce the killing.

Anti-Defamation League Report on White Supremacy Ignores Trump’s Role in Racism

A new ADL report highlights a 120% increase in white supremacist incidents over the last year, but ignores the roots of this rise and doesn’t tackle racism.

Hold Democrats to Their Word on War Spending

We’ve debated the costs and benefits of health, environment, and education policy. Let’s do the same for the wars and weapons that take millions of lives.

Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars

Phyllis Bennis joins Democracy Now! to discuss the foreign policy section of CNN’s recent Democratic Debate.

How US Sanctions Have Impacted Iran’s Economy

Economic sanctions are not an alternative to war. They are an act of war, and they are devastating Iranian civilians.

Are We at the Brink of War?

A deep into the growing crisis following the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the third most powerful Iranian leader.

Assassination of Top Iranian General Could Provoke Disastrous Regional War

Understanding Trump’s decision to assassinate Soleimani, what retaliation from Iran might look like, and how it got to this point.

Soleimani’s Assassination Violates International Law and Puts Peace Further Out of Reach

Phyllis Bennis says Congress must stop Trump from taking the U.S. to war without any justification or provocation.

The Assassination of Suleimani Escalates the Threat of War

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal nearly two years ago started the US down this path with Iran.

I’m Jewish. I Fight Anti-Semitism and I Support Palestinian Rights.

Anti-Zionism isn’t anti-Semitism. A new generation of young Jews — and a bunch of us who aren’t so young anymore — know that’s wrong.

Afghanistan to Swap Taliban Leaders for Western Professors

Phyllis Bennis joins Al Jazeera to discuss Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s agreeing to a prisoner exchange with Taliban leadership.

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