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 Inauguration Speech: Consolidating the Empire

UFPJ Talking Points #28: The second Bush term will almost certainly reflect the same narrow standards for defining “freedom” as the first.

The Iraqi Elections

UFPJ Talking Points #27: Not every election is a legitimate instrument of democracy.

Oil for Food "Scandals" and the UN Call for Reform

UFPJ Talking Points #26: The need to reclaim the United Nations as part of our global mobilization against the ravages of empire.

Post-Election Disasters

UFPJ Talking Points # 25: Fallujah and beyond.

On the Eve of the Elections

UPFJ Talking Points #24: A John Hopkins School of Public Health report shows just how high the cost of the Iraq war really is.

Debates, Duelfer, & Aluminum Tubes

UFPJ Talking Points # 23: We still need international law.

"Saddam Hussein Lite" Takes Command

UFPJ Talking Points # 22: Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi has made it clear that democracy is not on his agenda.

False Hand-Overs

UFPJ Talking Points #21: Actual control remains with the United States.

US-UK Draft Resolution Designed to Give International Legitimacy to US Occupation of Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #20: It credentials the US-dominated occupation forces as a UN mandated ‘multi-national force’, and endorses the Iraqi interim government as sovereign.

US Occupation of Iraq Remains Despite New Interim Government

UFPJ Talking Points #19: The interim government, like the Iraq Governing Council, is a creature of the US, not the UN.

Bush’s Five Step Plan is Nothing New

UFPJ Talking Points #18: It is a recipe for continuing occupation, deaths of Iraqis and US soldiers, and destruction of Iraq.

The Torture Photographs

UFPJ Talking Points #17: Actions by US troops reflect the racist demonization of Iraqis that has been at the heart of US Iraq policy since 1990.

The Vulnerabilities of the Bush Iraq Policies

UFPJ Talking Points #16: U.S. drive towards empire faces new and serious challenges.

The Iraqi Constitution and Terror Attacks in Spain

UFPJ Talking Points #15: the “transfer of power” will not end the occupation of Iraq, and the need for voters to reclaim Spanish democracy.

The U.S. Begs for UN Backing in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #14: The U.S. is eager for the UN to return to Iraq to provide political cover for its occupation.

Bush’s State of the Union Address

UFPJ Talking Points #13: Omissions, Denials, and Lies.

The Bid for Multi-Billion Dollar Reconstruction Contracts in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #11 : Americans, only please!

Bush on Middle East Democracy? & Ending Occupation? in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #10: Bush calls for a “forward strategy of freedom” and puts forth a high-profile timetable for Iraq.