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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A small sampling of international stamps commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Internationalist

King looked beyond our borders — not only at injustice, but how people worked together to end it. It’s an example we need today.
Africa Foundation And Conservation Corporation Africa Honors Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu Spoke Truth in the Face of Oppression

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Phyllis Bennis discuss the life and legacy of the South African archbishop.
nuclear-war

Ending the Year on the Wrong Nuclear Foot

The U.S. must lead on nuclear disarmament. Instead, it’s doing the opposite.
president joe biden talks on the phone

Saudi Arabia Arms Sale Is One of Biden’s Many Militaristic Actions in First Year

When it comes to concrete action, President Joe Biden has accepted and continued along his predecessor's path.
Reaper Aircraft Flies Without Pilot From Creech AFB

The U.S. Can't Keep Absolving Itself Over Afghanistan

The Pentagon now claims no wrongdoing in a parting drone attack that killed seven children. International law and basic morality demands real accountability.
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.

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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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