New Internationalism

The New Internationalism project focuses on Middle East and United Nations issues.”New internationalism” refers to the combination of foreign policies based on international law, human rights and equality for all, linked with the power of global social movements​ and [sometimes] progressive governments and the UN, in fighting against wars, occupations and empire. In the Middle East, the project is working to end U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond, and ending U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The project focuses on education, activism and advocacy to change U.S. policies away from militarism and towards the goals of human rights, equality for all, and peace with justice – a policy that chooses diplomacy over war. The project also works to challenge U.S. domination of the United Nations, and to help democratize and empower the global organization in its fight for peace and human rights. In all these arenas, the the projects works with partner organizations who are organizing, mobilizing and building movements in the U.S. and globally, to challenge U.S. power and to support those fighting for justice in the Middle East.

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At United Nations, Trump's Attack on Palestinians Rebuffed by 128 Nations

The recent vote at the UN reflects the profound global antagonism that the Trump administration has caused and indeed embraced
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Trump's Year in Islamophobia

Five ways the administration has waged war on Muslims at home and abroad in its first year.
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America Bears Responsibility for Libya’s Slave Auctions

The emergence of slave auctions in Libya have a basis in catastrophic Western military intervention.
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The Far-Reaching Risks of Trump's Jerusalem Decision

There are no peace talks underway that might be threatened by U.S. recognition of Jerusalem. But the move makes peace in the war-torn region far less likely.
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What’s Really Behind Trump’s Threats to Close the PLO Office

The administration is trying to sideline the Palestinian issue to clear the way for an anti-Iran coalition between Israel and Saudi Arabia

How Obama Made It Easier for Trump to Abuse Drones

The use of drone strikes has spiraled out of control and will only get worse, Dr. Maha Hilal of the Institute for Policy Studies told Rising Up With Sonali recently
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For Desperate Detainees, the Only Way Out of Guantanamo Is to Starve to Death

For prisoners on hunger strike, the Trump administration looks prepared to let them die.
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Harry Belafonte — and Library Named for Him — Embody a Dual Commitment to Arts and Organizing

Belafonte's own version of a triple legacy — music, writing, and social justice — is still on the rise.
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War Still Isn't Winning in Iraq and Syria

The Islamic State group lost its capital, but U.S. military action has done more harm than good.
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Trump Plans to Make It Easier to Kill Civilians with Drones. Sadly, We Can Thank Obama for That.

As the war on terror enters its 17th year, it's clear that abuses of power by one administration lead to abuses by the next.
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‘De-certifying’ the Iran Deal May Be Trump’s Most Reckless Decision Yet

Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. Trump, on the other hand, is risking a war — and torching U.S. credibility.
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The U.S. Is Bombing at Least Six Countries. How Can the Anti-War Movement Step Up?

Peace activists must look beyond our own movement.
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VIDEO: The U.S. War in Afghanistan Is Now 16 Years Old. Trump Has No Plans to End It.

Trump's plans to extend the war he once supported ending are even more worrisome for their lack of transparency.
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The War on Terror Has Targeted Muslims Almost Exclusively

The war on terror was supposed to be about making our country safer. As a Muslim American, I don’t feel safer at all.
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Trump's Afghanistan Speech Offers No End in Sight for the War

Trump's speech was essentially a strategy for justifying a continuous, permanent war in Afghanistan, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told The Real News Network.
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Confederate Statues Aren't About History

They serve to valorize white violence that colors America's racist past – and present.
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Revoking Citizenship: Israel's New Repressive Tool

The revoking of Alaa Zayoud's Israeli citizenship sets a dangerous precedent.
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Slap-dash Sanctions Leave Less Room for Diplomacy

Slapping sanctions onto three different countries with vastly different foreign policy challenges doesn't work in the real world, Phyllis Bennis tells The Real News.
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Child Soldier in the War on Terror: The Limits of Justice for One Guantanamo Bay Survivor

The abuse of Omar Khadr shows that Islamophobia drives the War on Terror.
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Is This What 'Liberation' for Mosul Looks Like?

ISIS may be on its way out, but the Iraqi city has a long hard road ahead.

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New Internationalism In the News

UN Defies Trump Threats on Jerusalem Vote

The Real News Network | December 22, 2018

Democrats Should Oppose Trump’s Military Spending Buildup

San Francisco Examiner | October 22, 2017

How Real Is Iraq’s Mosul Victory Over ISIS?

Rising Up with Sonali | July 14, 2017

‘Partial’ travel ban still demonizes Muslims

Worker's World | July 8, 2017

Phyllis Bennis speaks at the Climate March

Institute for Policy Studies Youtube Channel | May 5, 2017