New Internationalism

The New Internationalism project focuses on Middle East and United Nations issues.”New internationalism” refers to the combination of foreign policies based on international law, human rights and equality for all, linked with the power of global social movements​ and [sometimes] progressive governments and the UN, in fighting against wars, occupations and empire. In the Middle East, the project is working to end U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond, and ending U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The project focuses on education, activism and advocacy to change U.S. policies away from militarism and towards the goals of human rights, equality for all, and peace with justice – a policy that chooses diplomacy over war. The project also works to challenge U.S. domination of the United Nations, and to help democratize and empower the global organization in its fight for peace and human rights. In all these arenas, the the projects works with partner organizations who are organizing, mobilizing and building movements in the U.S. and globally, to challenge U.S. power and to support those fighting for justice in the Middle East.

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Latest Work

Ben & Jerry’s Is Carrying on a Proud Tradition of Boycotts for Human Rights

Pulling out of Israel’s illegal settlements, encouraged by a petition campaign in their home state of Vermont, is consistent with their history — and U.S. public opinion.

Biden Needs to Re-engage Iran Before It’s Too Late

Instead of resetting U.S. relations with Iran, Biden has mostly continued the course of aggression set by the Trump Administration.

War Criminal Found Dead at 88

The human and economic costs of Donald Rumsfeld’s wars are staggering.

The Real Danger of Israel’s New Government

Some in Washington may be so glad to be rid of Netanyahu that they’ll welcome his even more hardline successor.

To End Poverty in the United States, End Militarism

Congress rarely links poverty to militarism, but that’s about to change.

Four Things to Know About Israel’s New ‘Change Coalition’

The new government — if it takes power at all — is united only around ousting Netanyahu. Here’s what that could mean.

There Is No “Border Crisis”

Discussing the border in nativist terms obscures the real crises that propel migrants to seek asylum in the United States.

Understanding Israel’s Latest Attack on Gaza — and Who Benefits

Netanyahu’s political troubles — and an arms industry eager to battle test new wares on Gazans — may help explain the latest escalation of violence.

The Latest From Jerusalem and Kabul

Phyllis Bennis discusses the latest developments in Jerusalem and Gaza, and the explosion at a girl’s school in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Why Human Rights Watch Designating Israel’s Crimes as Apartheid Is a Very Big Deal

The report reflects the power of decades of work in defense of Palestinian rights.

Reviewing President Biden’s First 100 Days

In his first 100 days, has President Biden fulfilled any of his campaign promises?

What Does Biden’s Decision to Withdraw From Afghanistan Mean?

Ending the war will take more than bringing home the troops, but it’s a start.

If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the U.S. Can Welcome a Few Thousand

The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn’t.

One Year In: How Militarism Made the Pandemic Worse

When the world needed collaboration across borders to control the pandemic, U.S. militarism led to the opposite. We must change course.

Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too.

The war is a failure. Continuing to wage it will only result in further devastation.

Dangerous U.S. Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal

Regardless of who is giving orders to U.S. bombers, we know that deploying U.S. troops, drones, and warplanes across the region does not provide safety or security for anyone.

‘If Our Goal Is to Stop Killing Afghans, We’re Going About It All Wrong’

CounterSpin interview with Phyllis Bennis on ending the Afghan War.

U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Should Support Vaccine Equality, Not Vaccine Apartheid

Let’s spend less on supporting vaccine apartheid abroad, and more on ending it at home.

Biden Must Do More Than Rejoin the Iran Nuke Deal

We need a decisive break from the previous century of US policy toward Iran, which has been based on domination.

With the Election Over, Congress Needs to Focus on Burning Issues

Even before the next Congress and administration take office, the 2020 election will have enormous consequences.