The Obama Administration’s Important Shift on Israeli Settlements

The Obama Administration’s Important Shift on Israeli Settlements

“The Obama administration made the decision that Israel had gone too far,” Phyllis Bennis told Press TV concerning the United States’ abstention from a UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Allowing...
The Trump Doctrine: Talk Loudly and Carry the Biggest Stick Possible

The Trump Doctrine: Talk Loudly and Carry the Biggest Stick Possible

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has staked out a foreign policy position quite distinct from his opponent, Hillary Clinton. It is not, however, “isolationist” (contra Jeb Bush and many others) or “less aggressively militaristic” (economist Mark Weisbrot...
Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

How do we even talk about the horrific killings in Orlando, which left at least 50 LGBTQ revelers dead and more than 50 more injured in the middle of pride month? First we mourn. Then we rage. Then we hug our loved ones, especially our LGBTQ friends, comrades, and...
A Kumbaya Moment for the Middle East? Hardly.

A Kumbaya Moment for the Middle East? Hardly.

In his new film Taxi, Iranian director Jafar Panahi is having a conversation with his young niece. They’re sitting in the cab Panahi is driving. The Iranian government has banned the director from making films, so he’s ostensibly found an alternative means of making...
Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress

Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress

This was a speech threatening war. Realizing he has insufficient clout to stop the negotiations, Netanyahu demanded a back-up position: If not “no” deal, then we can have a better deal. His vision of a “better” deal, however, is grounded in...
Just “Ending the Violence” Isn’t Enough

Just “Ending the Violence” Isn’t Enough

The demand for accountability and human rights is now stretching from Ferguson and Staten Island to Iraq and Syria — and beyond, to the even longer-standing Israel-Palestine crisis. In this two-part interview, Phyllis Bennis discusses the need for a political approach...
Recognizing Palestine

Recognizing Palestine

In his recent meeting with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was “committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples.” That sounds nice. But if he’d been pressed, Netanyahu might have admitted that the two states he...