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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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 11:00am
A Welcome Democratic Stand on Guns, But Are These the Bills We're Looking For?
It was almost midnight when I found myself glued to the live video of scores of Democratic congressmembers then about twelve hours into their historic sit-in. They were occupying the House chamber, jerry-rigging a social media-based broadcast when the Republican leadership shut-down the C-Span...
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:15am
Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers
How do we even talk about the horrific killings in Orlando, which left at least 50 LGBTQ revelers dead and more than 50 more injured in the middle of pride month? First we mourn. Then we rage. Then we hug our loved ones, especially our LGBTQ friends, comrades, and family members. Then we look again...
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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:30pm
Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism
With all the discussion and debate these days about intersectionality and the need for progressives to link our movements against racism and against war, the name of Muhammad Ali belongs right up in our pantheon with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Howard Zinn, and so...
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Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 1:00pm
Hillary Clinton’s ‘Major Foreign Policy Address’ Was Anything But
In the last days before the California primary, where Democratic primary polls showed her neck-and-neck with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton delivered a campaign speech in San Diego. Though her campaign billed it as a “ major foreign policy address ,” it looked more like a last-ditch attempt to...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 2:30pm
The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get to Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital
The Pentagon just made it official: No war crime was committed when a U.S. plane attacked the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, killing 42 patients and health workers and injuring many more. At least, that’s the conclusion of its own investigation — nearly all of...
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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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