Phyllis Bennis Speaks In and Around Detroit

Phyllis Bennis Speaks In and Around Detroit

Catch IPS Fellow and Director of IPS’s New Internationalism Project, Phyllis Bennis at one of several places she will be speaking at in and around Detroit this weekend. Ms. Bennis is always up-to-date on U.S. war and peace issues in the Middle East and...
Trump’s Anti-Islamic Sentiments Extend Beyond The Muslim Ban

Trump’s Anti-Islamic Sentiments Extend Beyond The Muslim Ban

Donald Trump rode to power on a wave of fear. During his presidential campaign, he portrayed terrorists, immigrants, the Chinese government and many other people and entities as threats to America. But nothing proved more powerful as a mobilizing force than his...
The Irony of the CIA’s Russia-Trump Story

The Irony of the CIA’s Russia-Trump Story

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell than Russia intervening to help Donald Trump. But that’s exactly what the CIA believes happened, or so unnamed “officials brief on the...
Reinventing the Calligraphic Tradition

Reinventing the Calligraphic Tradition

Mehdi Saeedi turns words into art. The Iranian graphic artist has transformed Farsi script into posters, paintings, and other works. He has taken a traditional form, calligraphy, and made something even more startling and beautiful from it. In Saeedi’s posters, a line...
Should South Korea Get the Bomb?

Should South Korea Get the Bomb?

In 2012, a year before he died, the distinguished political scientist Kenneth Waltz wrote an article in Foreign Affairs arguing that everyone should stop worrying about Iran getting a nuclear weapon. He didn’t think that Iran was likely to voluntarily abandon its...
Can Sanders Distinguish Himself From Clinton on Foreign Policy?

Can Sanders Distinguish Himself From Clinton on Foreign Policy?

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has distinguished himself from his party rival Hillary Clinton when it comes to domestic economic issues, but when it comes to foreign policy that distinction is a bit more vague. Referring to his “no” vote...
Wrestling with Iran

Wrestling with Iran

In Iran, wrestling commands the same level of public interest as football in the United States. This is no passing fad. Wrestling is intimately entwined with the history and culture of the country, going back to the legendary matches that Persian kings conducted with...
Will the Oil Market Drown in Its Own Supply?

Will the Oil Market Drown in Its Own Supply?

With oil cheaper than bottled water, the average American driver saved $540 at the pump last year. But oil prices are also battering Alaska’s economy, rattling the stock market, and leaving thousands of workers in states like North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas jobless....
IPS Statement on the Release of Jason Rezaian and Other Detainees

IPS Statement on the Release of Jason Rezaian and Other Detainees

Statement from Phyllis Bennis, IPS’s Middle East expert: “The U.S.-Iran prisoner swap was possible because the nuclear deal has made the privileging of diplomacy over threats and war a key component of U.S.-Iran relations. The same is true of last week’s...
The US-Iran Prisoner Swap Proves Diplomacy Works

The US-Iran Prisoner Swap Proves Diplomacy Works

On January 16, Iran released four US citizens from prison in exchange for the release of seven Iranians who were accused or convicted of sanctions violations. This prisoner swap was possible because the nuclear deal has made the privileging of diplomacy over threats...