Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.  Her books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, Understanding the U.S.-Iran Crisis: A Primer, Ending the Iraq War: A Primer, and most recently Ending the Us War in Afghanistan: A Primer. If you want to receive her talking points and articles on a regular basis, click here and choose "New Internationalism." You can find her on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/PhyllisBennis

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8:30am
“There Is No Military Solution” — But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria
President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.” And it portends...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:15am
Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS
President Obama is right: There is no military solution. Military actions will not set the stage for political solutions; they will prevent those solutions from taking hold. Escalating military actions against this violent extremist organization is not going to work. The bottom line is there is no...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 1:30pm
Violating International Law in Gaza
As Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and water to last through the next round of...
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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 1:30pm
NBC Pulls Its Best Journalist from Gaza Just as Israel Invades
News of the long-anticipated ground attack on Gaza has just broken. Israeli troops have invaded northern Gaza , vowing to protect Israelis and destroy Hamas—regardless of the human costs to Palestinian civilians. El Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, the only rehab center in Gaza, has been destroyed by...
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There is no military solution in Iraq—so end the threats of U.S. airstrikes, bring home the Special Forces, and turn the aircraft carrier around. (Photo: Jayel Aheram / Flickr) Views
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 8:45am
Don’t Go Back to Iraq! Five Steps the U.S. Can Take in Iraq Without Going Back to War
This is how wars begin. Barack Obama says we’re not going back to Iraq. “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” he said on June 19 th , “but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and American interests as well.” The...
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Pope Francis’ silent prayer at the separation barrier running through the West Bank may prove to be the most memorable moment of his trip to Israel-Palestine. (Photo: AFP / L’Osservatore Romano) Views
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:30pm
Pope Francis in Palestine
There were plenty of important statements from Pope Francis during his recent three-day trip to Palestine and Israel—including a plea for “justice,” a traditional call for peace, and a reference to the “ State of Palestine ”—but at the end of the day it was all about the photo-ops. The pope’s visit...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:15am
Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib
The recent shootings of soldiers at Fort Hood and other U.S. military bases have once again brought to public attention the challenge of making sure that soldiers returning from war zones find security and support at home. The Washington Post calls the pressures on veterans “ the next war .” But...
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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 6:50am
Digging in on Drones and other Flawed Foreign Policy Strategies
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 9:07am
We'll Carry the Song: Remembering Pete Seeger
One of our great heroes died on Monday. At 94, I suppose it wasn’t a tragedy for him, especially since his wife Toshi died last summer after a life of love and shared work, and 70 years of marriage, but what a huge loss. For all of us.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:38am
Sharon Is Dead, But Sharonism Lives On
The Butcher of Beirut, as he was long known, is no more.
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