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

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.”

Debate Club: Did the U.S. Withdraw from Iraq Too Soon?

The Iraq War should have never been launched, so it can’t be ended soon enough.

Obama’s Real Israel Problem – and it isn’t Bibi

Israel’s fundamental policy toward the Palestinians is the problem, and that policy has hardly changed, despite the left, right and center parties that have been in power.

[VIDEO] Up with Chris Hayes: Looking Back at the Iraq War

One thing stands out when reflecting on the Iraq War: millions of people were right when they stood up to oppose it at its onset.

[VIDEO] The Impact at Home of U.S. Troops Around The World

Callers from around the country ask about the presence of U.S. troops around the world, their role, and how U.S. military capabilities compare with other countries in this C-SPAN Washington Journal segment.

[VIDEO] Worst Violence in Months Hits Baghdad

A series of blasts in Baghdad which are believed to have killed at least 72 people in an apparently coordinated attack is the topic of this RT interview.

A Stunning Victory

U.S. troops will finally withdraw from Iraq, but what about the contractors? We need to bring home all U.S. personnel and dollars.

America Is Not Broke

How to pay for the crisis while making the country more equitable, green, and secure.

The Arab World’s Intifada

The Arab Spring may have started in early 2011, but its origins link directly to the non-violent, society-wide mobilization that transformed Palestine’s national struggle beginning in the late 1980s.

Defunding UNESCO for the 1 Percent

Putting Israeli interests ahead of American interests begins to backfire.

[VIDEO] U.S. Pulls All Funding for UNESCO After Sweeping Vote to Support Palestinian Membership

Democracy Now! interview discussing the world’s symbolic rejection of the U.S.-led peace process, and the U.S. response.

Occupy Wall Street: New Politics and New Milestones

The Occupy Wall Street movement claimed a little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality.

What’s Next for U.S.-Libyan Relations?

With vast oil reserves but a deeply divided country, Libya is vulnerable to outside powers after Gaddafi’s death.