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

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.

Is the U.S. Considering a Return to the UN?

UFP Talking Points #9: The proposal under tentative U.S. consideration calls for creation of a UN- endorsed multi-lateral military force

The Day after the Statues Fall

UFPJ Talking Points #8: Mosts Iraqis are relieved at the fall of Saddam but the current chaos and lack of authority are worse.

Coalition of the Willing–Part II

After failing to obtain authorization for war from the UN Security Council, the Bush Administration has scrambled to assemble a so-called “Coalition of the Willing” to lend the military action against Iraq the illusion of genuine multilateralism and legitimacy.

The War in Iraq is Dangerous and Reckless

UFPJ Talking Points #7: It threatens our Constitution, isolates our country, threatens Americans, and will be devastating for Iraq and Iraqis.

Ultimatum to the UN: War on Iraq is the Only Option

UFPJ Talking Points #6: The US has abandoned diplomacy in favor of choosing an elective war.

Coalition of the Willing or Coaltion of the Coerced?

The U.S. public should carefully scrutinize any claim by the Bush Administration that they
have assembled a “coalition of the willing.”

Question the Veracity of Bush Administration Claims

UFPJ Talking Points #5: Colin Powell’s presentation at the UN Security Council on Wednesday is likely to be strong on quantity and weak on quality.

The Delay in Council-Decision Making Gives Anti-War Movement More Time

UFPJ Talking Points #4: We must maintain unrelenting pressure on the basis of “the world says ‘NO’ to war.”

War is not inevitable

UFPJ Talking Points #3: Despite the very dangerous troop build-up in the region, we still have the capacity to stop the Iraq war.

UN Inspectors Find No Evidence of WMDs in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #2: International support for war is lower than ever.

U.S. On the Verge of War in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #1: The U.S. currently has more than 60,000 troops in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and elsewhere in the region surrounding Iraq; war seems imminent.

The Failure of U.S. Policy Toward Iraq and Proposed Alternatives

Current U.S.-UN Iraq policy has failed. A change to a more humane and practical policy by the U.S. would quickly be accepted by the UN Security Council as a whole.