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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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from the World of Wars, Uprisings, and the Media

In this edition of the New Internationalism newsletter, we look at good and bad news from the world of wars and rumors of wars, uprisings and suppression of uprisings, media coverage and media collaboration.

Syrian Uprising Morphs Into Regional and Global Wars

A divided, balkanized Syria looms as a dangerous possibility as even UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon acknowledges the conflict has become a proxy war between world powers.

Romney Backs Israel in the Battle of the Iran Red Lines

Romney’s foot-in-mouth disease shows no signs of healing, but there’s danger as well as his foreign policy trip shows he is okay with a war-mongering agenda.

Military Intervention in Syria: No

In our strategic dialogue on Syria, Phyllis Bennis argues that military intervention would only make a civil war that much worse.

Wars, Occupations, Threats of New Wars Still Hot As Mainstream Churches Launch New Boycott of Israeli Settlement Goods

In this edition of the New Internationalism Newsletter, Phyllis focuses on the threats of war with Iran, the sadly escalating conflict in Syria, the Arab Spring’s mixed bag of results in Egypt, and why the Presbyterian church is joining the movement to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel.

VIDEO: From Grievance to Action: Mapping Grassroots Movements in Palestine

This panel examines the role of grassroots movements as a practical approach to fulfilling the shortcomings of political representation, with special attention to protests, hunger strikes, and other forms of resistance seen today.

VIDEO: Wrongful U.S. Hostility towards Iran

Bennis, a Institute of Policy Studies fellow, urges citizen activism to correct wrongful U.S. and Israeli hostility toward Iran at a teach-In at All Souls Church on June 28, 2012

Is the State Department Going Rogue? Or Did It Just Forget How to Spell?

Regarding Iran, the State Department made odd allusions to facts about the crisis of which nobody else in the administration seems to be aware.

VIDEO: Is Iran’s Show of Force a Real Threat?

As it conducts missile tests, Al-Jazeera’s Inside Story asks IPS fellow Phyllis Bennis if Iran will give up its nuclear program in exchange for removal of sanctions.

Syria: Only Diplomacy Can Stop the War

Outside powers should stop military involvement and support new diplomatic initiative.

LETTER: Which Direction for the Mideast?

Responding to the New York Times’ article “The Third Intifada is Inevitable,” Phyllis focuses on the potential power of the Boycotts, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement.

Celebration and Relief in Egypt

Many of the secular activists and organizations who had played such a central role in the Arab Spring uprising came together with the Muslim Brotherhood in a unified front to challenge the military’s continuing seizure of power.

Palestinians Hunger Strikers and U.S. Veterans Returning Service Medals Lead Movements for Peace

Bold action by ordinary people works to bring support for peaceful, equal societies.

We’re Fighting in a War We Lost Before the War Began

New poll shows support for Afghanistan war lower than ever, and for good reason.

The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

Before a book-writing break in Texas, Phyllis reflects on the different stages where our various wars are at this moment in this edition of the New Internationalism newsletter.

[VIDEO] Phyllis Bennis: Syria’s Opposition Wants More Arms

The Syrian National Council says its decision to form a military council and unify the opposition will help get weapons from outside sources. The U.S. says all options on the table in Syria, but has not commented on whether to arm the opposition.

Obama Goes to AIPAC

The president offered carefully crafted remarks on Iran while writing off the Palestinians.

[VIDEO] Phyllis Bennis: Obama Distances U.S. from Netanyahu’s Rhetoric

Obama’s speech in front of Israel supporters used strong language in support of Israel, but was very careful to break clearly from the Israeli position.

We’ve Seen the Threats Against Iran Before

Intelligence confirms that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons – which leads to speculation that the sabre-rattling is because Israel wants to remain the sole regional nuclear hegemon.

What is the State of the Union Address for, Anyway? Obama Launches Campaign

Obama knew that many people who voted for him in 2008 did so based on his commitment to end the war in Iraq, so highlighting that made perfect sense. But he was way wrong in claiming that the war in Iraq has made the United States “more respected around the world.”

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