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

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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If America can find $716bn for the military, it can fund the Green New Deal

If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic
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Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitic. Here's What Is.

Pro-Israel politicians don't speak for young Jews like me. They shouldn't pretend to.
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Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism

Democrats to vote on anti-semitism resolution in response to false accusation against Ilhan Omar.
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The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty

I’m Jewish and have worked against anti-Semitism for decades. I was sitting a few feet from Omar at Busboys & Poets and I heard nothing—nothing—that smacked of anti-Semitism, overt or coded or otherwise.
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Why False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against Ilhan Omar Are So Harmful

Bad-faith smears of Omar and many others are being used to crush Palestinian rights, undermine social movements and divert attention from real anti-Semitism.
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Progressives Should Support Open Borders — With No Apology

Supporting freedom of movement isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s a political winner for the left.
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Is the Longest US War Finally Ending?

Rumors swirl of a ceasefire in Afghanistan, but key sectors of Afghan society are excluded from the talks.
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We Welcome Asylum Seekers and Defend Their Rights

An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers
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United Nations Inaction and the Gaza Crisis: Ten Years ago and Today

The UN must stand with the people around the world who are calling, and acting, to bring an end to this death and destruction.
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Despite Trump's Tweets, the U.S. Military Role in Syria Is Not Actually Ending

Trump's announcement contradicts statements made by senior officials in his administration. While they sort out their differences, U.S. warplanes and drones will continue to devastate Syria.
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Marc Lamont Hill Was Arguing for the Rights of Humans, Not of States

The important demand that CNN rehire Hill has obscured much of the actual content of his speech.

Report: Shrinking Space and the BDS Movement

A Case Study: The BDS Movement

Sanctuary Cities Toolkit

Organizing for Sanctuary and Immigrant & Refugee Rights Through an Anti-War Lens
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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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New Internationalism In the News

Activists: Israel Anti-Boycott Act unconstitutional

Amsterdam News | January 24, 2019

Why Nonprofits Need to Center Human Rights in Our Work

Nonprofit Quarterly | December 13, 2018

The Art of No Mideast Deal

ConsortiumNews.com | October 13, 2018

Uneasy calm in Gaza after Hamas-Israel deal

Al Jazeera | July 21, 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

Experts

Khury Petersen-Smith

Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow

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