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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The Best Way to Honor Our Vets and Protect Americans? End the Wars

Soldiers, civilians, and the 140 million Americans who are poor or low-income pay the price for our never-ending wars.
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Palestinians Are Forcing the World to See Their Humanity

The Gaza massacre is a war crime. And the United States is complicit alongside Israel.
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Phyllis Bennis on KPFA discussing Trump

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Phyllis Bennis on Debating John Bolton and Listening to Syrian Voices

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Phyllis Bennis' Interview on Syria, Gaza, and John Bolton

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American Air Strikes in Syria Do Nothing to Further Justice for the Victims of the Attack on Douma

There is no legal justification for the current US troop presence in Syria, let alone additional air strikes.
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John Bolton's Terrifying First Day in the Trump White House

Trump's threat to escalate military intervention could open a new, dangerous front in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

For Palestinians, Social Movements Are the Only Recourse Left

Following Israel's killing of 18 unarmed "Land Day" protesters, it appears most national governments have effectively abandoned the stateless Palestinians.

What to Expect from Pro-Israel Hardliner John Bolton

As U.S. ambassador to the UN, Trump's new national security adviser went way outside his authority to back Israeli aggression in the Middle East.
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As I Faced John Bolton in a Debate, He Horrified the World

Trump's new advisor has a long history of embracing war with a disdain for diplomacy.
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Trump’s Quiet Meeting with Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course with Iran

An under-the radar gathering at the White House exposes troubling new drifts in U.S. foreign policy.

As Corruption Allegations Tail Netanyahu, Conflict Hovers over the Middle East

The White House remains firmly behind the embattled Israeli leader, which could stoke further conflict with Iran and Syria.
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Sheldon Adelson and the Privatization of Foreign Policy

A hard-right Trump donor wants to finance an embassy move that puts the U.S. at odds with international law.
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This Opportunity to End the US-Backed Carnage in Yemen Must Be Seized

This is the first real chance to stop the U.S. killing in at least one of many countries where the Pentagon's murder machines are deployed.
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Why We Need to Remember the Iraq War—As Well as the Global Resistance to It

The Middle East is still suffering from the consequences of the US invasion 15 years ago.
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VIDEO: Trump's Surprising Criticism of Israel Doesn't Change Much

In an unusual move, the president admitted that illegal Israeli settlements were an obstacle to peace.
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VIDEO: Trump's SOTU Was "Campaign-Style" Racism

It was light on foreign policy specifics, but heavy on red meat for Trump's racist supporters.
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At United Nations, Trump's Attack on Palestinians Rebuffed by 128 Nations

The recent vote at the UN reflects the profound global antagonism that the Trump administration has caused and indeed embraced
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Trump's Year in Islamophobia

Five ways the administration has waged war on Muslims at home and abroad in its first year.
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America Bears Responsibility for Libya’s Slave Auctions

The emergence of slave auctions in Libya have a basis in catastrophic Western military intervention.

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New Internationalism In the News

The damages of the Pax Americana

The Virginia Gazette | March 27, 2018

Bolton's Falsifications for War

Institute for Public Accuracy | March 23, 2018

Privatizing US Foreign Policy

International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), The Real News | February 27, 2018

What Netanyahu's Growing Corruption Scandal Means for the Region

International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) | February 23, 2018

Donald Trump: Jerusalem is Off Negotiating Table

Al Jazeera | February 12, 2018

UN Defies Trump Threats on Jerusalem Vote

The Real News Network | December 22, 2017

Democrats Should Oppose Trump’s Military Spending Buildup

San Francisco Examiner | October 22, 2017