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

Phyllis Bennis Discusses News That 6 Palestinians Were Killed by Israeli Fire in Southern Gaza

A senior commander of Hamas' military wing was among the Palestinians recently killed in the Gaza raid.

Phyllis Bennis on the Rising Crisis in Gaza and a Potential Ceasefire

A recent Israeli special forces operation inside the Gaza Strip killed 7 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier. Is a ceasefire on the way?
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We Have Movement Work To Do

If more registered voters—more young people, more people of color, more poor people, more women, more immigrants and students and workers and activists—had voted, things might be just a bit better. That's our real challenge.
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In Response to Pittsburgh, We Must Come Together as One

We stand with the victims of every white-supremacist and racist and anti-Semitic assault back through history.
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The U.S. Has Enabled Saudi Crimes for Years. Will Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Change That?

Trump must decide which is more valuable: protecting profits for U.S. corporations selling arms to the Saudis, or defending against war crimes and human rights violations.

What Is America Doing in the Middle East

Speaking at the Alworth Center for Peace and Justice, Phyllis Bennis presents on Palestine-Israel, human rights, and the U.S.'s role in the region.
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Saudi Government Claims Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Wasn't Sanctioned; Blames 'Rogue Killers'

Saudi Arabia's government is tightly controlled by crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman, making It highly unlikely that a team of 'rogue killers' carried out the murder of prominent Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi without his knowledge or approval.
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The Discourse on Palestine Is Shifting. Will Concrete Policy Changes Follow?

The conversation is still overwhelmingly one-sided. But that’s slowly changing thanks to the hard work of activists.
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If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before

His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
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Phyllis Bennis on What We Can Expect From Trump-led Security Council Meeting

Phyllis Bennis discusses the Trump-led UN Security Council meeting, the impact advisors Pompeo and Bolton are having on U.S. Foreign Policy, and conflict in Palestine. 
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Trump’s ‘Dissociation from Reality’ at UN

When addressing the UN General Assembly, president Trump painted Saudi Arabia and the UAE as "good neighbors" trying to help end a destructive civil war in Yemen. And that wasn't even the biggest lie in his speech.
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Remembering Kofi Annan

He consistently expressed a powerful concern for poverty and human rights—but he often succumbed to US power and domination.
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A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers

Socialists and other progressives are running for office on strong domestic programs. Here’s how their foreign policy platform can be just as strong.
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Leaked Jared Kushner Email Says UNRWA “Is Inefficient and Doesn’t Help Peace”

By cutting funding to UNRWA, Is the U.S. sending a message to Palestinian refugees about their right to return home?
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Israel's Jewish State Law and the Trump-Putin Summit

Israel faces backlash for essentially legalizing apartheid.
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The Trump-Putin Summit Could Have Huge Implications on Syria

A solution that sees the U.S. and Russia brokering a deal while leaving Syrians out of discussions is not a viable, long-term solution. So, what is?
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Trump’s Massive Funding Cut Plunges UN Palestinian Refugee Agency Into Crisis

UNRWA isn’t just providing food aid, medical care, and education to Palestinians across the Middle East. For many Palestinian refugees, it can be the difference between life and death.
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Trump Pursues ‘Peace Plan’ to Break off Gaza, Without Input from Palestinians

Leaked details from the plan reveal that Palestinian voices don’t matter.
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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.

UN Forum on the Question of Palestine

To mark the anniversary of the 1948 War and subsequent uprooting and mass displacement of Palestinians, known in Arabic as Al-Nakba (the Catastrophe), the Committee will convene the UN Forum on the Question of Palestine “70 Years after 1948 – Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace.”

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New Internationalism In the News

The Art of No Mideast Deal

ConsortiumNews.com | October 13, 2018

The damages of the Pax Americana

The Virginia Gazette | March 27, 2018

Middle East Proxy Wars

KBOO Portland Oregon | March 26, 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

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