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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Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop

Ben & Jerry’s Is Carrying on a Proud Tradition of Boycotts for Human Rights

Pulling out of Israel’s illegal settlements, encouraged by a petition campaign in their home state of Vermont, is consistent with their history — and U.S. public opinion.
president joe biden talks on the phone

Biden Needs to Re-engage Iran Before It's Too Late

Instead of resetting U.S. relations with Iran, Biden has mostly continued the course of aggression set by the Trump Administration.
Donald Rumsfeld at his final Town Hall Meeting

War Criminal Found Dead at 88

The human and economic costs of Donald Rumsfeld’s wars are staggering.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali

The Real Danger of Israel's New Government

Some in Washington may be so glad to be rid of Netanyahu that they’ll welcome his even more hardline successor.
full clad u.s. military soldier walking away into the sunset

To End Poverty in the United States, End Militarism

Congress rarely links poverty to militarism, but that's about to change.
Naftali Bennet, leader of the Israeli right wing New Right party, speaks during a conference in Jerusalem, Israel on March 15, 2021

Four Things to Know About Israel’s New ‘Change Coalition’

The new government — if it takes power at all — is united only around ousting Netanyahu. Here’s what that could mean.
Migrant families with children at a temporary processing faclility in Donna, Texas

There Is No "Border Crisis"

Discussing the border in nativist terms obscures the real crises that propel migrants to seek asylum in the United States.
Israeli air strikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 12, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib

Understanding Israel’s Latest Attack on Gaza — and Who Benefits

Netanyahu’s political troubles — and an arms industry eager to battle test new wares on Gazans — may help explain the latest escalation of violence.
Young protesters wave Palestinian flags during the Save Sheikh Jarrah protest in front of 10 Downing Street

The Latest From Jerusalem and Kabul

Phyllis Bennis discusses the latest developments in Jerusalem and Gaza, and the explosion at a girl's school in Kabul, Afghanistan.
palestinian looking off into the distance

Why Human Rights Watch Designating Israel's Crimes as Apartheid Is a Very Big Deal

The report reflects the power of decades of work in defense of Palestinian rights.
joe biden addressing a crowd

Reviewing President Biden’s First 100 Days

In his first 100 days, has President Biden fulfilled any of his campaign promises?
president joe biden to depict his announcement that U.S. military troops will leave afghanistan on september 11, 2021

What Does Biden’s Decision to Withdraw From Afghanistan Mean?

Ending the war will take more than bringing home the troops, but it’s a start.
A volunteer at a Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McCallen Texas smiles at a Central American refugee and her child

If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the U.S. Can Welcome a Few Thousand

The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn't.
U.S. military firing .50-caliber machine gun in the philipine sea to depict U.S. militarism

One Year In: How Militarism Made the Pandemic Worse

When the world needed collaboration across borders to control the pandemic, U.S. militarism led to the opposite. We must change course.
A member of International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan participates in an operation in the Wardak province of Afghanistan Oct. 4, 2009.

Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too.

The war is a failure. Continuing to wage it will only result in further devastation.
US bombs syria - an f-35 is dropping bombs

Dangerous U.S. Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal

Regardless of who is giving orders to U.S. bombers, we know that deploying U.S. troops, drones, and warplanes across the region does not provide safety or security for anyone.
An AH-64 takes off in ready to conduct aviation operations in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and Resolute Support in Afghanistan, April 14, 2019. - U.S. Army photo by Capt. Roxana Thompson

‘If Our Goal Is to Stop Killing Afghans, We’re Going About It All Wrong’

CounterSpin interview with Phyllis Bennis on ending the Afghan War.
vaccine apartheid - covid-19 vaccine injection needles

U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Should Support Vaccine Equality, Not Vaccine Apartheid

Let’s spend less on supporting vaccine apartheid abroad, and more on ending it at home.
us hands off iran - no sanctions, no war, no assassinations

Biden Must Do More Than Rejoin the Iran Nuke Deal

We need a decisive break from the previous century of US policy toward Iran, which has been based on domination.
Capitol Hill Building in Washington DC with Vintage Filter

With the Election Over, Congress Needs to Focus on Burning Issues

Even before the next Congress and administration take office, the 2020 election will have enormous consequences.

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Columbia Journalism Review | July 2, 2021

Three Ways Israel Benefits From Their War With Gaza

WPFW - Monday Morning QB | May 24, 2021

Ending America’s longest war

WHYY | April 15, 2021

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