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

The Supreme Court’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Decision Is Terrifying

If the war on terror has taught us one thing, it’s that harsh laws targeting non-citizens will eventually be extended to citizens, too.

The U.S. Gives Refuge to Torture Victims from All Over — Except from Guantanamo

The U.S. hasn’t agreed to resettle any of its own torture victims, much less offered any other form of accountability.

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror

Multiple air strikes on cities and the use of white phosphorus—a probable war crime—guarantee a growing death toll.

We Need To Talk About Raqqa

The U.S. admitted to using white phosphorus in civilian areas in Syria, Phyllis Bennis tells The Real News.

America’s Role in the Refugee Crisis

On World Refugee Day, let’s examine our role in displacing millions around the globe.

Autocrats Have an Ally in Trump

In Saudi Arabia, the president ratcheted up his anti-Iran alliance with Arab dictators.

No Justice in Sight for Palestinians as Trump Tries on Diplomacy

Despite his claims, Trump’s diplomatic actions provide little hope for peace and justice for Palestinians.

Trump Likely to Use Tragedy in Manchester as Leverage to Push for Islamophobic Policies

If U.S. national security truly aims to diminish the threat of terrorism, it must address the factors that perpetuate it.

There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars — Only Brute Force

Trump’s wars are now all over the map. The peace movement can fight back by joining already thriving intersectional campaigns.

Building a New Movement Against Militarism

As Dr. King noted 50 years ago, you can’t fight militarism unless you also fight racism and materialism.

Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead

Further military engagement by the U.S. is not the way to end the horrific carnage in Syria.

Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

Civilians in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen won’t survive to cheer the removal of ISIS if they’re killed by the same bombs, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told Rising Up with Sonali.

‘Muslim Ban 2.0’ Was a Vital Test of Judicial Strength

Local city-based movements have helped strengthen the backbone of judges standing up to these horrific policies.

To Pay For His Military Budget, Trump Will Have to Cut Services His Base Depends On

Trump’s promise at the latest CPAC conference to unite the GOP as a party for the American worker is in direct conflict with his promise to increase military funding, IPS foreign policy expert Phyllis Bennis told the Real News Network.

David Friedman Reflects Extreme Far Right Forces in Israeli Politics

Trump’s pick for U.S. Ambassador to Israel’s definition of “peace” means Palestinians accepting an apartheid state

Trump’s Israel Rhetoric Is All Over the Place

Trump’s statements on the Middle East reflect hardline views one day and more conventional ones the next.

 The Trump Administration Is Recklessly Escalating Tensions With Iran

The biggest danger—at least right now—is less a direct U.S. military assault on Iran than an escalation of a proxy war against Yemen.

The White House is Dangerously Ratcheting Up Pressures with Iran

Trump’s rhetoric points to a real possibility for escalation in Yemen, which could be viewed as a proxy attack on Iran, IPS’ Phyllis Bennis tells MSNBC.

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Already Trump is super-charging U.S. militarism, gutting diplomacy, and punishing the victims of wars Washington started.

Trump’s Executive Order Will Amount to a Ban on Muslims from the U.S.

This policy bans refugees fleeing wars that we started.