Trump’s Pick for UN Ambassador Has Zero Foreign Policy Experience

Trump’s Pick for UN Ambassador Has Zero Foreign Policy Experience

Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley “Has absolutely zero foreign policy experience,” Phyllis Bennis told Real News Network. “No diplomatic experience that we know of.” This makes it very hard to know exactly how...
Candidates Need to Fall in Line With Queerer, Browner Electorate

Candidates Need to Fall in Line With Queerer, Browner Electorate

Where candidates stand on issues of gender and sexuality, and the ways in which that’ll play out in the voting booth this November will be very different than in past presidential campaigns. The days of the either/or binary are over. The idea that both sexual...
I Have the Right to Own a Gun, But Not to Basic Needs

I Have the Right to Own a Gun, But Not to Basic Needs

In a recent Michigan court case, a federal judge has sided with a local funeral home in a ruling the Human Rights Campaign has described as a “dangerous precedent.” What makes this case so dangerous? In the court proceedings, the funeral home owner — accused of...
Saudi Arabia is Using U.S. Weapons to Kill Yemeni Civilians

Saudi Arabia is Using U.S. Weapons to Kill Yemeni Civilians

Fighting in Yemen is back in full-scale after UN peace talks broke down last week. “We should be clear that this is very one-sided fighting,” Phyllis Bennis told the Real News Network. Saudi Arabia is moving against the Houthis who have loose ties to Iran,...
Palestine: Human Rights and Humans Wronged

Palestine: Human Rights and Humans Wronged

Join us to hear from two of Palestine’s leading human rights defenders who will discuss conditions on the ground, the status of human rights and their violations, and the future facing Palestinians. IPS’s Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis will moderate the...
The GOP Presidential Candidates’ Infatuation With Illegal Torture

The GOP Presidential Candidates’ Infatuation With Illegal Torture

For anyone who cares deeply about being informed, watching Republican presidential debates can feel like a form of torture. But the program becomes more terrifying altogether when their ignorance is hitched to an endorsement of actual torture. At the latest GOP debate...
When Services Allow Organizing, Trafficked Workers Win

When Services Allow Organizing, Trafficked Workers Win

Emergency rooms, social security offices, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement outposts consigned into strip malls: places that manage to be dreary and fluorescent at the same time. A decade ago, on any given day of the week, I’d be bringing an abused domestic...
Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Solitary confinement is exactly what it sounds like. A prisoner is kept in a small cell — usually 6 feet by 10 — alone, for 23 hours a day. For one hour a day, he or she may be taken into a small cage outside, with the opportunity to walk in circles before being taken...