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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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Libya Intervention Threatens the Arab Spring
Western air and naval strikes against Libya are threatening the Arab Spring.
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Friday, February 11, 2011
Mubarak's Defiance
After deliberately raising the hopes of millions of Egyptians and millions more around the world, U.S.-backed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak defied the rising demand of the millions of protesters who have taken to Egypt's streets, to announce he will remain in office. Claiming he wouldn't bow to "foreign pressure," Mubarak, he said he had "laid down a vision...to exit the current crisis, and to realize the demands voiced by the youth and citizens...without violating the Constitution."
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Tunisia's Spark & Egypt's Flame: The Middle East Is Rising
Is this how empires end, with people flooding the streets, demanding the resignation of their leaders and forcing local dictators out? Maybe not entirely, but the breadth and depth of the spreading protests, the helplessness of the U.S.-backed governments to stop them, and the rapidly diminishing ability of the United States to protect its long-time clients, are certainly resulting in a level of revolutionary fervor not visible in the Middle East in a generation. The legacy of U.S.-dominated governments across the region will never be the same. The U.S.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?
The repercussions of the attempted assassination in Tucson of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in which six people were murdered and 13 wounded, continue to resonate. The discussion--and discussions about the discussion--continues. Meanwhile, we're failing to have a meaningful debate about how we can achieve real changes that would make a repeat of this tragedy impossible.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
We Need Millennium Development Rights, Not Just Goals
President Obama’s speech at the UN’s summit on development acknowledged the “progress that has been made toward achieving certain Millennium Development Goals,” but cautioned that “we must also face the fact that progress towards other goals that were set has not come nearly fast enough. Not for the hundreds of thousands of women who lose their lives every year simply giving birth. Not for the millions of children who die from the agony of malnutrition. Not for the nearly one billion people who endure the misery of chronic hunger.”
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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation
When Israeli commandos launched their assault on the unarmed flotilla of ships carrying hundreds of humanitarian aid workers and 10,000 tons of supplies for the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least nine activists and injuring scores more, part of the operation was "Made in the USA."
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010
WikiLeaks' Afghan War Diary: Evidence of a Failed Mission
WikiLeaks' Afghan War Diary, a trove of 91,370 previously secret documents, is an important first history of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Of course, mistakes will be found--but these are reports of military leaders to others in the military. This is where they tell the truth. It's significant that the Obama administration has not tried to claim the reports are inaccurate. Instead, they're claiming that disclosing the reports somehow endangers U.S. troops, while at the same time disparaging the documents as having no new information.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Pentagon Papers 2.0: Afghanistan
This set of documents is unquestionably the most important history so far of key parts of the US war in Afghanistan. These are reports of troops and commanders in the field to other military officials -- this is where they tell the truth, to themselves. It is significant that the Obama administration has not tried to claim the reports are not accurate. What they are trying to do is to have it both ways: claiming that disclosure of the reports somehow endangers US troops, but at the same time disparaging the documents as showing nothing we didn't already know.
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Monday, June 07, 2010
Israel's Flotilla Massacre: Made in the USA
ISTANBUL--When Israeli commandoes launched their pirate-style assault on the unarmed flotilla of ships carrying hundreds of humanitarian aid workers and 10,000 tons of supplies for the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least nine activists and injuring scores more, part of the operation was labeled "Made in the USA."
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Can a Security Council 'Coalition of the Unwilling' Defy Washington's Sanctions Crusade?
The U.S. crusade for new UN sanctions against Iran has been underway for a long time. But the new intensity, the new scurrying around to make sure China and Russia are on board, and the new scramble for an immediate public announcement all reflect Washington's frustration with the new agreement with Iran brokered by Turkey and Brazil. That agreement requires Iran to send about half of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in return for somewhat higher-enriched prepared fuel rods for use in its medical reactor, which is pretty close to what the U.S.
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