Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.  Her most recent book is Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror. Other books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, Understanding the U.S.-Iran Crisis: A Primer, Ending the Iraq War: A Primer, and 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, March 15, 2016 - 2:30pm
Russia is Withdrawing from Syria — and the U.S. Should Follow Suit
In a surprise announcement on March 14, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that the Russians were withdrawing “most of our military” from Syria beginning immediately. According to the TASS news agency , Putin said he hoped the withdrawal “will become a good motivation for launching...
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Monday, October 5, 2015 - 8:15am
Bombing Hospitals All in a Day's Work
The destruction of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, with 22 dead so far , including doctors, other staff and patients, capped a week that also saw the bombing of​ another hospital in Afghanistan, plus the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian bombing of a wedding party in Yemen set up in...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:15pm
Standing Before Congress, Pope Francis Calls Out the ‘Industry of Death’
Pope Francis’ address to Congress was almost certainly not what John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and other congressional leaders had in mind when they invited the pope to speak. It probably wasn’t what they were all thinking about during the last standing ovations. But here was Pope Francis, revered...
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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 1:45pm
What America Owes the Refugees Pouring Into Europe
The vision of hundreds of thousands of desperate human beings fleeing airstrikes, terror, and violence from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and beyond has brought the stark human cost of today’s “anti-terror” wars to the front pages. The heart-breaking photo of one small boy, still clad in a “red...
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Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:45am
As Iran Deal Approaches Approval, What Comes Next Remains Vital
To protect the Iran deal from being undermined by the US Congress, getting to 34 supporters in the Senate was crucial. Once that was achieved (and indeed surpassed – now at 37) this past week, the goal shifted to reaching 41. With that number, a filibuster would prevent the “disapprove the deal”...
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 1:15pm
Supporters of Diplomacy over War Must Speak Up
Members of Congress are fleeing Washington’s steam bath for their August recess, making this a key time for constituents to raise their voices on crucial issues. Right now, the biggest thing lawmakers must decide is whether they’ll join the 54 percent of voters who support diplomacy over war, or if...
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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 8:00am
Obama Does Have a Strategy in Iraq: Escalation
Almost nine months after President Obama admitted that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to challenge the Islamic State — and just days after he said he still has “ no complete Iraq strategy ” — the non-strategy suddenly has a name: escalation. According to reports in the New York Times and the Wall...
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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 9:30am
Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East
Negotiators in Lausanne, Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. The hard-fought first-stage negotiations resulted in the outlines of an agreement that will significantly limit Iran’s nuclear program in return for significant relief from crippling economic sanctions imposed by...
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Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 12:45pm
Jim Crow in the Holy Land
The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination. On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 2:45pm
Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress
This was a speech threatening war. Realizing he has insufficient clout to stop the negotiations, Netanyahu demanded a back-up position: If not "no" deal, then we can have a better deal. His vision of a "better" deal, however, is grounded in Iranian surrender. And since that is not going to happen,...
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