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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Trump Has Stolen the Anti-War Mantle. Here’s How to Get It Back.

His claims about wanting to “end endless US wars” are lies—but they’re effective, because the massive anti-war movement that we need is missing in action.

US Abandons Kurds Again

Trump’s decision to withdraw troops has resulted in hundreds of thousands of civilians being displaced by clashes between the Turkish military and Kurds.

Israel’s Election and Its Impact on US-Israeli Relations

Phyllis Bennis discusses Israel’s recent election, whether changes are likely to come for Palestinians, and the Israeli government’s shift toward the right.

The Middle East and North Africa Shouldn’t Be A Playground for Foreign Powers

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.

US to Bolster Saudi Defense with Troops, Weapons

Phyllis Bennis discusses the U.S. plan to bolster Saudi Arabia’s defense capabilities and to arm Saudi Arabia with more weapons.

Israel’s Occupation Is the Problem, Not Its Leader

No matter the victor in Israel’s parliamentary election, policies oppressing the Palestinian people are likely to continue.

John Bolton Ousted As National Security Advisor

John Bolton’s tenure as National Security Advisor has officially ended, but whether U.S.-Iran talks will resume are still uncertain.

Trump Says Jews Who Support Democrats are “Disloyal”

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.

Israel’s Ban on Tlaib and Omar Shows Netanyahu and Trump’s Contempt for Democracy

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.

Trump Tweets, Then Netanyahu Bans Reps. Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib From Israel

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.

In the US Killing Fields, We’re Way Past ‘Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough’

The mass shootings aren’t just symptoms of guns or mental illness, but also of Trump promoting and encouraging white supremacy, racism, and xenophobia.

House Anti-BDS Resolution Reveals the Power and Limits of the Israeli Lobby

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 Mad Military Money Machine

The military industrial complex is costly and inefficient. It’s time to cut the defense budget and end its wasteful practices.

What the House Anti-BDS Resolution Reveals About the Palestine Solidarity Movement

How can we pierce the Washington bubble and bring Congress into greater congruence with changing public opinion?

The U.S. Needs to Clean Up Its Own Act on Nuclear Weapons

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.

If War Breaks Out with Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident

A range of U.S. policies have been deliberately designed to provoke an Iranian response.

Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg — Literally

The U.S.-funded Israeli military is shooting so many unarmed Palestinians that the UN is warning of an amputation crisis in Gaza.

The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror

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.

Escalating Tensions in Gaza and Kushner’s Supposed “Deal of the Century”

Phyllis Bennis discusses the recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the real nature of Kushner’s supposed “Deal of the Century.”

A Green New Deal Needs to Fight US Militarism

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.

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