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

Khury Petersen-Smith

Can Congress Use NDAA To Stop War With Iran?

The House, with Republic support, just passed an amendment to the $733 NDAA bill which would require Congressional approval for any war with Iran.
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Iran Is Not the Aggressor — the US Is

If a war breaks out, it won’t be because the Trump administration “bumbled” into one.
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The U.S. Needs to Clean Up Its Own Act on Nuclear Weapons

The U.S. frets about nuclear weapons in North Korea and accuses Iran of wanting the same, all while refusing to honor its own obligation to disarm.
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If War Breaks Out with Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident

A range of U.S. policies have been deliberately designed to provoke an Iranian response.
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There’s a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism

Whether authorities classify an act as “terrorist” depends almost entirely on who carries it out, not what they did.

Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg — Literally

The U.S.-funded Israeli military is shooting so many unarmed Palestinians that the UN is warning of an amputation crisis in Gaza.

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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U.S. House of Representatives | June 19, 2019

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