Phyllis Bennis

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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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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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 2:30pm
Authorities Too Quick To Rule Out Terrorism in Chapel Hill Shooting Deaths
Three beautiful young Americans in North Carolina, smart, funny, two of them thrilled with their new marriage, all of them looking ahead to new schools, new careers. Just the age of the young Kayla Mueller, held hostage by ISIS and killed before or by a Jordanian anti-ISIS air raid. All three...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:30pm
End This War!
President Obama chose last Friday, the tenth anniversary of the first US battle of Fallujah, to announce he is almost doubling the US military deployment in Iraq, sending another 1,500 US soldiers back to the war, some of them right back to Fallujah’s Anbar province. Apparently the White House has...
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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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