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. Follow her on Twitter: @PhyllisBennis

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Monday, September 24, 2012
The Middle East in Turmoil Once Again: And It's Not All About Us
When are we going to learn that it's not all about us?
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Syrian Uprising Morphs Into Regional and Global Wars
The news from Syria is really bad these days. And bad stuff in Syria doesn’t stay in Syria – though Syrian civilians are paying by far the biggest price.
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Military Intervention in Syria: No
The brave, non-violent Syrian challenge to a brutal dictatorship emerged as part of the Arab risings across the region. But that short Syrian spring of 2011 has long since morphed into an escalation of militarization and death. The International Committee of the Red Cross acknowledged what many already recognized: Syria is immersed in full-scale civil war.
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Friday, May 11, 2012
We're Fighting in a War We Lost Before the War Began
It shouldn’t surprise anyone, but support for the longest U.S. war is dropping further and faster than ever. The latest national U.S. poll , released on May 9, shows 66 percent of Americans are against the war in Afghanistan – with 40 percent “strongly opposed.”
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Obama Goes to AIPAC: A Scorecard
President Obama held his ground on Iran during the last several days of dueling I-love-Israel speeches, making clear that the U.S. position did not match the Israeli demand for an immediate military strike against Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapons program.
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Friday, February 17, 2012
We've Seen the Threats Against Iran Before
Here we go again with the Iran hysteria. It is tempting to think this time will be just like previous periods of sabre rattling against Iran. But there are significant new dangers.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Debate Club: Did the US Withdraw from Iraq Too Soon?
Far from being "too soon," the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq came more than eight years too late--and still, the war isn't over. This war should never have been launched, so it can't be ended soon enough.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: A Postcard from Amazing Times
This is an extraordinary time. The astonishing Occupy Wall Street movement emerged as the heart of our 99%, claimed the little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality — how the 1% controls our economy, buys off our government, imposes their wars, and avoids paying their taxes.
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Monday, October 24, 2011
What's Next for U.S.-Libyan Relations?
After Muammar Gaddafi's demise, the future of Libya's relationship with the United States remains uncertain. Libya ousted its longtime leader in essentially a civil war in which the U.S. and NATO backed one side. This is a stark contrast with the independent and largely nonviolent revolutionary processes that led to the ouster of dictators in Egypt and Tunisia, and are still underway in much of the Arab world.
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Friday, October 14, 2011
The Prisoner Swap
Like so many other diplomatic and political initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the recent announcement of a new prisoner release is based on the same solution that has been proposed dozens of times before – only to collapse because the time, and usually Israeli political will, wasn’t right.
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