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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Sept 11 Memorial

9/11 and After: The Need Is Still for Justice, Not Vengeance

The U.S. has spent over $21 trillion on wars, the military, and the national security state since 9/11. That money should have been used for health care, climate, jobs, and education.
Malalai Arsalai at an anti-war demonstration, October 7, 2001 in San Francisco.

‘Justice, Not Vengeance’: Read Our 2001 Statement on the 9/11 Attacks

In the days after 9/11, IPS convened scores of allies to express our grief — and to speak out against the rush to war.

Biden Defends Ending “Forever War” in Afghanistan and Criticizes Using War as Tool for Nation-Building

Phyllis Bennis joins Democracy Now! to discuss the latest news on Afghanistan, including Biden's speech about ending the war there, and where the U.S. military will turn its attention next.
Naftali Bennett speaking to a group

It’s Time to Reassess Our Relationship With Israel

Biden can’t say he’s putting human rights first and then welcome a prime minister who boasts about war crimes to the White House.
Military police riot response to a protest with tear gas, smoke, fire, explosions

How U.S. Wars Abroad Are Intimately Tied to Police Brutality at Home

There are obvious links between anti-war movements against U.S. militarism and Black Lives Matter activism against police brutality. Is time for activists to join forces?
Rear View Of Army Soldiers Walking On Road In City

The U.S. Exit from Afghanistan Was Doomed to be Ugly

Phyllis Bennis joins MSNBC's The Last Word to discuss the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
10th Mountain Troops Return To Fort Drum As Part Of US Drawdown From Afghanistan

Washington’s War in Afghanistan is Over. What Happens Now?

President Biden was right to withdraw U.S. troops. But we should have no illusion that this will end the war for Afghans.

Taliban’s Sweeping Offensive in Afghanistan Was “Inevitable” and Stems from Brutal U.S. War

Phyllis Bennis joins Democracy Now! to discuss the latest from Afghanistan, including the Taliban's recent capture of three more provincial capitals.
Refugee Olympic Team Walk Into Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony As They March Under The Olympic Flag at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Olympic Refugee Team

It's beautiful that there's an Olympic team for 82 million displaced people. But have we accepted mass displacement as the new normal?
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?

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New Internationalism In the News

Taliban installs Afghan interim government

KPFA UpFront | September 8, 2021

Ending the War on Terrorism

KPFA Sunday Show | September 5, 2021

Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

CGTN, The Heat | August 21, 2021

Did America Betray Afghanistan?

New York Times | August 17, 2021

Looking back at Canada’s war in Afghanistan

NB Media Coop | August 17, 2021

Iraq AUMF Repeal Gains Momentum

KPFA UpFront | August 5, 2021

Rumsfeld’s Legacy and the Afghanistan War

Rising Up with Sonali | July 8, 2021

Donald Rumsfeld’s press, then and now

Columbia Journalism Review | July 2, 2021

Three Ways Israel Benefits From Their War With Gaza

WPFW - Monday Morning QB | May 24, 2021

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