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

Remarks at the Len Weinglass Memorial

Remembering a friend, teacher, and fighter for justice.

Is Assassination Justice?

Phyllis Bennis: Message sent to Arab world was unilateral power, not justice.

Phyllis Bennis on GRITtv: Listening to the People in the Arab World

New Internationalism Director Phyllis Bennis gives her analysis of the demise of Osama Bin Laden, the need for a stronger International Criminal Court, and the reaction across the Arab Street.

Justice or Vengeance?

In the midst of the Arab Spring, which directly rejects al-Qaeda-style small-group violence in favor of mass-based, society-wide mobilization and non-violent protest to challenge dictatorship and corruption, does the killing of Osama bin Laden represent ultimate justice, or even an end to the “unfinished business” of 9/11?

U.K. Sends Troops into Libya as International Coalition Expands Mission to Include Regime Change

As NATO continues its campaign against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and to their attacks on Libyan civilians, Great Britain announced today it will send military officers to advise rebels fighters.

Libya’s Opposition Calls For A Ceasefire

Despite potential draw-backs, the rebel call for a ceasefire is the best way to diffuse violence, writer says.

Response to Juan Cole On Libya

With the military intervention underway, our job now is to make sure it does not escalate into full-scale invasion, and to try to end it as soon as possible. And then to work as hard as we can to support the efforts to consolidate and expand the extraordinary accomplishments of the uprisings of the 2011 Arab Spring, in Libya and the rest of the region.

Obama’s Speech on Libya: Leaving Too Many Questions Unanswered

The attention to military engagement in Libya drowns out the call for negotiations, for accountability, and even for a ceasefire.

Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

Libyan protesters asked for help, but the military attacks they’re getting may actually create a whole new set of problems that could last a very long time.

Phyllis Bennis Discusses The U.N. Attacks On Libya

In this interview for Brainstromin’ with Bill Frank, Phyllis Bennis discusses the international actions in Libya and how they are essentially an international declaration of war on the Gaddafi regime.

Libya Intervention Threatens The Arab Spring

Despite its official UN-granted legality, the credibility of Western military action in Libya is rapidly dwindling.

The Story Behind the Intervention in Libya

Phyllis Bennis tells GRITtv the story behind the intervention in Libya, who the players are, why this matters, and whether we’re in this one too for the long haul.

No-Fly Zone Enacted as U.S. and Allied Forces Launch Air Strikes on Libya Amid Growing Concerns for Civilian Safety

U.S. and allied forces have launched a second wave of air strikes on Libya to enforce a no-fly zone.

UN Declares War on Libya

UN resolution goes far beyond no-fly zone to allow all necessary measures against Qaddafi.

Phyllis Bennis on Libya and No-Fly Zones

As violence escalates in Libya, Phyllis Bennis comments on the choices facing the West, the historical record of how No-Fly zones really work, and why this is not all about oil.

Counterspin: Phyllis Bennis on Libya, Graham Rayman on Newburgh Four

This week on CounterSpin: Soldiers loyal to Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi continue their assault on rebels, nearly a month into the democratic uprising there. Media are debating how and when and even whether the US should intervene, but how much of their reasoning has anything to do with what Libyans want? We’ll talk with Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies about Libya.

Don’t “No-Fly” Libya

What would a no-fly zone in Libya mean? A bit of history may provide some perspective.

Consequences of a No-Fly Zone in Libya

The United States is positioning themselves to take some sort of action and the government has said nothing is off the table.

Libya and Beyond

Following successful revolutionary uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Libya’s dictator tries to hole on to power by using force as the entire Middle East braces for more change.

Sometimes a Veto Means Victory

Bureaucratic defeat within the United Nations security council might lead to diplomatic victory for those seeking to end Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.