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 and Interviews

The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror

New reports show an escalation in civilian casualties from U.S. operations in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia — and a pattern of U.S. denial about the scale of the problem.

Escalating Tensions in Gaza and Kushner's Supposed "Deal of the Century"

Phyllis Bennis discusses the recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the real nature of Kushner's supposed "Deal of the Century."
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A Green New Deal Needs to Fight US Militarism

We can’t heal the climate if our war machine keeps raining destruction, absorbing resources, and gobbling up fossil fuels all around the world. Here’s how to stop it.
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As Long as Guantanamo Exists, Trump Has a Torture Chamber Ready To Use

The administration has discussed warehousing refugee children at the notorious prison.

Trump Oversees Death And Destruction In Syria, Afghanistan

Findings from a new Amnesty International report paint a gruesome, but accurate, picture of U.S. military involvement Raqqa, Syria.
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Unpacking Netanyahu’s Reelection: Future Implications

U.S. policy and what's next with the U.S.-Israel relations
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Trump’s Embrace of Netanyahu Will Haunt the Middle East for Years

The flurry of favors the president did for Bibi could constrain U.S. policy — and hurt people in the region — for years to come.
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What Benjamin Netanyahu's Successful Re-Election Means for Palestinians

There's growing concern over what Netanyahu's victory means for the possibility of a two-state solution as a resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
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Examining NATO’s Legacy After 70 Years

Tensions between the U.S. and their NATO allies were on full display last week, leading to questions about the strength of the alliance.

A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel’s Annexation of the Syrian Golan

Trump's decision to recognize Israeli control over the Golan Heights has caused waves in the international community.
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Phyllis Bennis On AIPAC, Golan Heights and Israel

Netanyahu is up for re-election, and Donald Trump gave him a boost earlier this month when he announced that the United States will recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, a move that is illegal according to international law.

Senate Invokes War Powers Act On Yemen War

The bill marks a rare show of partisan unity against the President.

Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby

Phyllis Bennis joins Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! to discuss the recent media firestorm involving Rep. Ilhan Omar, as well as questions about anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

What Did Ilhan Omar Say?

Several members of Congress have weighed in on comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar. The problem is, in their outrage, they were misrepresenting what she said. We've got the transcript.
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If America can find $716bn for the military, it can fund the Green New Deal

If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic
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Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitic. Here's What Is.

Pro-Israel politicians don't speak for young Jews like me. They shouldn't pretend to.
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Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism

Democrats to vote on anti-semitism resolution in response to false accusation against Ilhan Omar.
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The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty

I’m Jewish and have worked against anti-Semitism for decades. I was sitting a few feet from Omar at Busboys & Poets and I heard nothing—nothing—that smacked of anti-Semitism, overt or coded or otherwise.
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Why False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against Ilhan Omar Are So Harmful

Bad-faith smears of Omar and many others are being used to crush Palestinian rights, undermine social movements and divert attention from real anti-Semitism.
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Progressives Should Support Open Borders — With No Apology

Supporting freedom of movement isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s a political winner for the left.

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New Internationalism In the News

Gaza after the bombs

KPFA | May 7, 2019

Unanswered questions after Netanyahu’s re-election

The Arab Weekly | April 28, 2019

Bombing Gaza as a Campaign Slogan

Counterpunch | April 1, 2019

Activists: Israel Anti-Boycott Act unconstitutional

Amsterdam News | January 24, 2019

Why Nonprofits Need to Center Human Rights in Our Work

Nonprofit Quarterly | December 13, 2018

The Art of No Mideast Deal

ConsortiumNews.com | October 13, 2018

Uneasy calm in Gaza after Hamas-Israel deal

Al Jazeera | July 21, 2018

Experts

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Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow

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