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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The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All

The U.S.-brokered pact makes no pretense of peace for Palestinians. Instead, it sharpens a regional coalition against Iran.
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The Backstory to Portland? Two Decades of ‘Homeland Security.’

Federal forces deployed in American cities is indeed cause for alarm. But we should also ask what these agents have been doing at the border and beyond.
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Why Palestinians Are Mourning George Floyd

Black Lives Matter protests have jumped U.S. borders and reached across the world, including Palestine, where Floyd’s murder has struck a chord.
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Police and Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home

From Kabul to Atlanta and Baghdad to Minneapolis, we need to end systemic racism and the militarism that makes it even deadlier.
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Hot and Cold Wars: Militarism and Pandemic

War hasn't taken a break during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Sanctions in the Era of Pandemic

From Venezuela to Iran, Washington's illegal and inhumane economic sanctions are putting millions of lives at risk.
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Tiny Portugal Shows America the Right Way to Treat Essential Immigrants During the Coronavirus Crisis

Don’t ban the immigrants we need for essential jobs — welcome them with open arms and full rights.
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War And Militarism Is Worsening COVID Crisis

Despite millions of coronavirus cases around the globe, war continues to be waged — many of them on behalf of the united states. That must end immediately.
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After the Coronavirus, There Is No 'Going Back to Normal'

Economic and political changes borne from the coronavirus must build the resiliency of the poor and working people most affected by the pandemic.
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How Wars, Sanctions, and Militarism Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse

As we take steps to control the virus, these devastating U.S. foreign policies need to be immediately reversed.
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Webinar: Security, Racism and Solidarity in the Time of Global Pandemics

Khury Petersen-Smith and Rebecca Vilkomerson discuss racism and security, and how the coronavirus pandemic gives us an opportunity to redefine security.
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Open the Borders. Open the Prison Gates. Don’t Sacrifice a Single Person to This Virus.

Closed borders and ICE raids mean crowded detention centers and camps, which is always inhumane. In a pandemic, it’s a global public health threat.
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To Fight This Pandemic, We Need to Take Over the Military's Resources

Instead of asking the military to take control, the civilian government and public health experts must take over the vast medical resources the military controls and direct them to civilian use.
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The U.S.-Taliban Deal Won’t Bring Real Peace, But It Could Reduce the Bloodshed

Withdrawing even some of the U.S. troops, planes, drones and bombers from Afghanistan will reduce the killing.
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Trump Has Shattered the Bipartisan Consensus on Israel — and That’s a Good Thing

Recent years have seen growth in solidarity with Palestinians as many question support for Israel.
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Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars

Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.
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Anti-Defamation League Report on White Supremacy Ignores Trump’s Role in Racism

A new ADL report highlights a 120% increase in white supremacist incidents over the last year, but ignores the roots of this rise and doesn't tackle racism.
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Hold Democrats to Their Word on War Spending

We’ve debated the costs and benefits of health, environment, and education policy. Let’s do the same for the wars and weapons that take millions of lives.

Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars

Phyllis Bennis joins Democracy Now! to discuss the foreign policy section of CNN's recent Democratic Debate.
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How US Sanctions Have Impacted Iran's Economy

Economic sanctions are not an alternative to war. They are an act of war, and they are devastating Iranian civilians.

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