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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Leaked Jared Kushner Email Says UNRWA “Is Inefficient and Doesn’t Help Peace”

By cutting funding to UNRWA, Is the U.S. sending a message to Palestinian refugees about their right to return home?

Israel’s Jewish State Law and the Trump-Putin Summit

Israel faces backlash for essentially legalizing apartheid.

The Trump-Putin Summit Could Have Huge Implications on Syria

A solution that sees the U.S. and Russia brokering a deal while leaving Syrians out of discussions is not a viable, long-term solution. So, what is?

Trump’s Massive Funding Cut Plunges UN Palestinian Refugee Agency Into Crisis

UNRWA isn’t just providing food aid, medical care, and education to Palestinians across the Middle East. For many Palestinian refugees, it can be the difference between life and death.

Trump Pursues ‘Peace Plan’ to Break off Gaza, Without Input from Palestinians

Leaked details from the plan reveal that Palestinian voices don’t matter.

The Best Way to Honor Our Vets and Protect Americans? End the Wars

Soldiers, civilians, and the 140 million Americans who are poor or low-income pay the price for our never-ending wars.

UN Forum on the Question of Palestine

To mark the anniversary of the 1948 War and subsequent uprooting and mass displacement of Palestinians, known in Arabic as Al-Nakba (the Catastrophe), the Committee will convene the UN Forum on the Question of Palestine “70 Years after 1948 – Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace.”

Palestinians Are Forcing the World to See Their Humanity

The Gaza massacre is a war crime. And the United States is complicit alongside Israel.

Is Trump’s Abandonment of the Iran Nuclear Deal a Prelude to War?

His advisers, as well as Israel and Saudi Arabia, will be pushing for one—which is why we have to act now to stop it.

Phyllis Bennis on KPFA discussing Trump

In the first hour “War Made Easy in the Middle East” with Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies; ips-dc.org. In the second hour “Four More Years: The Trump reelection nightmare and how we can stop it” with Thomas Frank author of Harper’s April cover story. … This interview originally aired on KPFA’s […]

Phyllis Bennis on Debating John Bolton and Listening to Syrian Voices

Phyllis Bennis, of the Institute for Policy Studies talks about debating John Bolton, that time he helped the Iraq War happen, the undeserved rehabilitation of George Bush, and the problem with the way people talk about Syria. Quote of the ep: “There are Syrians who are calling for US intervention just as there were some […]

Phyllis Bennis’ Interview on Syria, Gaza, and John Bolton

Phyllis Bennis joined KPFA’s Kris Welch to discuss John Bolton, Syria, Gaza, and more. Start at 31:00 to fast forward to Bennis’ interview. Listen to the full interview at KPFA.

American Air Strikes in Syria Do Nothing to Further Justice for the Victims of the Attack on Douma

There is no legal justification for the current US troop presence in Syria, let alone additional air strikes.

John Bolton’s Terrifying First Day in the Trump White House

Trump’s threat to escalate military intervention could open a new, dangerous front in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

For Palestinians, Social Movements Are the Only Recourse Left

Following Israel’s killing of 18 unarmed “Land Day” protesters, it appears most national governments have effectively abandoned the stateless Palestinians.

What to Expect from Pro-Israel Hardliner John Bolton

As U.S. ambassador to the UN, Trump’s new national security adviser went way outside his authority to back Israeli aggression in the Middle East.

As I Faced John Bolton in a Debate, He Horrified the World

Trump’s new advisor has a long history of embracing war with a disdain for diplomacy.

Trump’s Quiet Meeting with Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course with Iran

An under-the radar gathering at the White House exposes troubling new drifts in U.S. foreign policy.

As Corruption Allegations Tail Netanyahu, Conflict Hovers over the Middle East

The White House remains firmly behind the embattled Israeli leader, which could stoke further conflict with Iran and Syria.

Sheldon Adelson and the Privatization of Foreign Policy

A hard-right Trump donor wants to finance an embassy move that puts the U.S. at odds with international law.

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Gaza after the bombs

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