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

After Petraeus

UFPJ Talking Points #52: Congress bedazzled, the people betrayed.

Bush Launches A New Middle East Initiative.

Middle East Peace Is At Hand. Again.

Bush Launches New Middle East Initiative

UFPJ Talking Points #51: The plan is narrower and more constrained than before.

Is the Right Really Rising Up Against the Iraq Occupation?

Activists need to be wary of their intentions and not let them co-opt the message that it’s time for withdrawal.

The Bush Veto

UFPJ Talking Points #50: A victory for the anti-war forces.

Moving Beyond Anti-War Politics

It’s crucial that we also advocate for an entirely new foreign policy based on opposition to the long U.S. drive toward empire.

Opposing the Iraq Supplemental and Iran Threats

UFPJ Talking Points #49: The peace movement must stay unified in the face of congressional waffling.

Escalating Threats of U.S. Attacks on Iran

UFPJ Talking Points #48: It would be a preventive attack, a violation of international law.

Bush’s New Direction

UFPJ Talking Points #47: Desperately seeking victory.

U.S. War on Iran – a possibility?

UFPJ Talking Points #45: Threats of a U.S. attack on Iran continue.

The Lebanon War and the Failed UN Resolution

UFPJ Talking Points #44: Passage of the resolution would not lead to a ceasefire, or even a significant reduction in violence.

Crisis in the Gaza Strip

UFPJ Talking Points #43: Israeli attacks constitute collective punishment of the Gazan population.

Bush Offers Direct Talks with Iran

UFPJ Talking Points #41: The talks are a direct result of the Bush administration’s failure to win even a modicum of international support for its military and economic threats.

Israel’s Olmert Comes to Washington

UPFJ Talking Points # 40: Olmert wins US support for the Sharon-initiated plan for a unilateral Israeli move in the West Bank.

New War Dangers : Iran, the U.S. and Nukes in the Middle East

UFPJ Talking Points #39: The possibility of a U.S. military attack on Iran is a frighteningly real possibility.

Hamas Wins the Palestinian Elections

UFPJ Talking Points #37: Someone better tell George Bush to be careful what he calls for, because this is what democracy looks like.

Why the U.S. Occupation of Iraq Must End Now

UPFJ Talking Points #36: Permanent deployment is already creating a wide range of problems, including military over-stretch, casualties, regional antagonism, and growing global isolation.

Iraqi Elections: To Be Free and Unfair

UFPJ Talking Points #35: Regardless of election results, sectarian divides continue to grow.

Challenging Empire: People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power

Bennis tracks the rise of U.S. unilateralism and the doctrine of preemptive war, looking particularly at Iraq and Israel/Palestine, and examines both the potential and the challenges ahead in reclaiming the UN as part of the global peace movement.

The Iraqi Constitution: A Referendum for Disaster

UFPJ Talking Points #33: The referendum is a consolidation of US influence and control.