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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John Bolton Ousted As National Security Advisor

John Bolton's tenure as National Security Advisor has officially ended, but whether U.S.-Iran talks will resume are still uncertain.
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Trump Silences Tlaib and Omar for Embracing Palestinians' Humanity

Palestinians deserve to live freely, but their personhood and freedom are denied every day — with great assistance from the United States.

Trump Says Jews Who Support Democrats are "Disloyal"

President Trump flipped a longtime anti-Semitic trope on its head, saying Jews who vote for Democrats are disloyal, not to the United States, but to Israel.
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Israel's Ban on Tlaib and Omar Shows Netanyahu and Trump's Contempt for Democracy

The episode may have laid the foundation for a deeper critique of the Trump-Netanyahu partnership, and of U.S. policy toward Israel and Palestine.
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Trump Tweets, Then Netanyahu Bans Reps. Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib From Israel

Jim Zogby and Phyllis Bennis discuss the Trump-Netanyahu dynamic, the diminishing power of AIPAC, and the political battle against Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib.
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In the US Killing Fields, We're Way Past 'Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough'

The mass shootings aren't just symptoms of guns or mental illness, but also of Trump promoting and encouraging white supremacy, racism, and xenophobia.

House Anti-BDS Resolution Reveals the Power and Limits of the Israeli Lobby

The defense of Palestinian rights has become more acceptable and accusations of anti-Semitism have become more sparing in the mainstream media, despite the House's recent resolution against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

The Mad Military Money Machine

The military industrial complex is costly and inefficient. It's time to cut the defense budget and end its wasteful practices.
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What the House Anti-BDS Resolution Reveals About the Palestine Solidarity Movement

How can we pierce the Washington bubble and bring Congress into greater congruence with changing public opinion?
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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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