Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Her most recent book is the 7th updated edition of "Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer" (2018). Her other books include: "Ending the Iraq War: A Primer" (2008),  "Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer" (2008) and "Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power" (2005). Follow her on Twitter: @PhyllisBennis

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Migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador wait to board the bus after crossing the Rio Grande river from Mexico aboard to US, in La Joya, Texas, United States on April 8, 2021. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 09, 2021
Poor Nation's of the Earth Host Millions of Refugees as US Refuses to Host Just a Few Thousand
Thousands of desperate migrants, mostly from Central America, are stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border. Most are families and unaccompanied children. Despite their legal rights to apply for asylum, U.S. officials are turning away huge numbers, claiming pandemic restrictions. But thousands of children...
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Hundreds took to the streets in 2018 as antiwar and social justice groups organized a demonstration in New York City, with a rally at Herald Square and march to Trump Tower as part of national regional spring actions throughout the country against the US bombing of Syria and opposing endless U.S. wars. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 26, 2021
Dangerous US Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal
The U.S. airstrikes Thursday night against targets in eastern Syria escalate Washington's conflicts in the Middle East, adding more instability to a disastrous situation in Syria and creating new obstacles to the possibility of reducing tension with Iran and returning to the nuclear deal. If this...
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Congress will need to end funding for the ongoing drone wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Pakistan, and end authority for war-by-other-means economic sanctions now imposed most harshly on Iran and Venezuela but on other countries too. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
With the Election Over, Congress Must Remember the Rest of the World
The 2020 election will have enormous consequences for the pandemic, the planet, the economy, our democracy and people’s lives. And that will be true even before the next Congress and administration take office. After the vote, the current Congress will have another six weeks or so in office. For...
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A man walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran, on September 29, 2020. - For Iran, struggling from sanctions imposed under Washington's policy of "maximum pressure", the US presidential race raises hope of change—but also fears that life could get even worse. (Photo: Atta Kenare / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
As Trump Aims Fresh US Aggression at Iran, How Many Surprises Can This October Hold?
When Donald Trump announced his latest threats against Iran on Rush Limbaugh’s show last week, it was unclear whether he or his steroids were talking. Even this president rarely uses language like, "If you f**k around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that...
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The Trump administration took $1 billion in stimulus funds that were supposed to go towards making masks and other protective equipment for the pandemic — and gave most of it to weapons manufacturers. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, October 01, 2020
The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought... More Weapons
As the pandemic continues to claim lives across the country, new information keeps coming out about how the Trump administration has made it harder for Americans to protect themselves. We now know, for example, that early in the pandemic the U.S. Postal Service had planned to deliver five face...
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Palestinian demonstrators burn pictures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations, in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 28, 2020
The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All
In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries—Egypt and Jordan—had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did. So, it was a pretty big...
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This militarism at home is linked inextricably to U.S. militarism abroad. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home
Uniformed U.S. soldiers occupied the center of the city, where an armored personnel carrier was stationed at a major intersection. Was it Kabul or Atlanta ? A U.S. military helicopter hovered over crowds of unarmed civilians, its down-drafts whipping debris and broken glass into their faces. Was it...
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Yamileth Lopez holds a photo of her deceased friend Javier Amir Rodriguez at a makeshift memorial for victims outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on August 6, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Rodriguez was a sophomore at Horizon High School and was killed in the shooting. A 21-year-old white male suspect remains in custody in El Paso, which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
In the US Killing Fields, We're Now Way Past "Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough"
They are shootings du jour —we're now up to 255 mass shootings (that means more than four people shot) so far this year. That's more than one a day. The 22 people killed in El Paso on August 3 were four more than the average number of people murdered there every year. By now we're long past "...
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Anti-war demonstrators gather outside Downing Street on 26 June, 2019 in London, England, to call on the government to publicly oppose the escalation of conflict between Donald Trump's administration and Iran and demand that military action is ruled out. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 01, 2019
If War Breaks Out with Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident
Some things are still unclear about Trump’s recent decision to bomb Iran — and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. We still don’t know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders — National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — thought the bombing would actually...
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg — Literally
My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He’s lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can’t do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. Andrew is incredibly...
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