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

Bonfires for the Global Vanities

The end of the Bush administration makes real change — ending wars — possible, but only if we fight for it.

U.S.-Iraq Agreement on Maintaining U.S. Troops in Iraq

The agreement now being negotiated would continue the U.S. occupation for years, but is likely to fail.

As Its Economic Power Wanes, Does the U.S. Lean Harder on the Military?

The financial crisis highlights the United States’ increasing dependence on militarism.

U.S. Militarism Rising As Elections Loom

As we prepare for the post-election and post-inauguration periods we know, whoever wins, four more years of protest, mobilization, and political pressure will be required.

U.S. Middle East Strategy Under New Pressure

UFPJ Talking Points #60: Talks, at least about talking, take hold.

The End of History: With a Period, Not a Question Mark

A letter from Abu Dis, Occupied West Bank.

Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer

This book aims to address this new and renewed interest in Iran, to answer questions, and propose some ideas to prevent another looming disaster of a U.S. military attack

U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Prolong Iraq Occupation

UFPJ Talking Points #59: U.S. trying to “legalize” permanent occupation of Iraq; Shifting discourse on Israel-Palestine

Middle East Still at War

UFPJ Talking Points #58: The U.S. is losing but the winners are unclear.

Daley’s Wrong on Iran Attack Resolution

Mayor Daley’s questioning of Iran’s attacking Israel conveniently ignores the larger point of the Chicago City Council resolution.

Going Nuclear, Weapons-Free

The existing nuclear power in the Middle East is not Iran but Israel.

Petraeus-Crocker Hearing: Political Theater on Message

UFPJ Talking Points #57: Petraeus-Crocker hearings target Iran, justify the “surge,” and defend permanent occupation.

Ending the Iraq War: A Primer

With the Bush administration and most Democratic presidential candidates for the 2008 elections agreeing that US troops will remain in Iraq indefinitely this handy guide is a must-read.

Maliki Offensive and Bush Iraq Strategy Failing

UFPJ Talking Points #56: The Iraqi government’s military offensive in Basra appears to have failed, significantly weakening Bush administration strategy in Iraq.

Iraq War Entering Year Six: Multiple Crises Rising in Middle East

Gaza is under murderous assault and the United States is escalating regional threats while pushing new sanctions against Iran.

Iran in the Crosshairs: How to Prevent Washington’s Next War

As George W. Bush’s administration enters its last year in office, the danger of a U.S. military attack on Iran looms.

The Gaza Wall Comes Tumbling Down

The collapse of the Gaza-Egyptian border wall begins power shifts in the international, regional, and internal Palestinian political scenes which hold the potential for both positive and dangerous consequences.

Bush in the Middle East: Iran Over Palestine, Israel Over All

Bush’s trip had far more to do with Iran than the peace process.

The 12 Myths of Annapolis

There is a myth that says Annapolis, the latest iteration of U.S.-controlled “peace processes,” represents the epicenter of current Israeli-Palestinian peace-making efforts.

Middle East Talks in Annapolis: Photo-Op or Talk-Fest

Ten days from the anticipated opening, invitations have not been issued, an agenda has not been announced, and no preliminary statement of goals and/or principles has been agreed to.