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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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
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
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
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
Digging in on Drones and other Flawed Foreign Policy Strategies
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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
Sharon Is Dead, But Sharonism Lives On
The Butcher of Beirut, as he was long known, is no more.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Reading Obama’s Iran Speech
All of a sudden we’re talking to Iran. Now, granted, that shouldn’t be such an astonishing bombshell. But given the reality of the last several decades, it pretty much is. And that’s all good.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
From War to Peace: Forceful Diplomacy, Not Military Force in Syria
The President’s remarks reflect the extraordinary events unfolding in the last two days that demonstrate that forceful diplomacy – not military force – should guide international efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria.
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Striking Syria: Illegal, Immoral, and Dangerous
If I were very optimistic, I'd say that President Obama is hoping that Congress will follow the example of the British parliament, and vote against his proposed military strike on Syria. It would let him off the hook - he could avoid an illegal, dangerous, immoral military assault and say it's Congress' fault.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Moral Obscenities in Syria
The threat of a reckless, dangerous, and illegal US or US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever.
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