Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors

Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors

For a South Jersey girl, my upbringing was markedly ordinary. I played soccer. I joined student council. I walked to my Sicilian grandmother’s house every day after school. And just like everyone else in my small town of Hammonton, my summer revolved around...
Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Very soon, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order regarding refugees and entry to the U.S. for a whole swathe of people. In effect, the edict would be aimed at banning Muslims from the United States, demonizing people from Muslim-majority countries across...

Trump’s Executive Order Will Amount to a Ban on Muslims from the U.S.

For immediate release Media Contacts: Phyllis Bennis, pbennis@ips-dc.org, 202 787 5206 Domenica Ghanem, domenica@ips-dc.org, 202 787 5205 Today the White House is expected to issue an executive order calling for drastic changes to U.S. refugee, immigration, and visa...
 The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.

 The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.

We need a powerful movement demanding an end to the war in Syria. The United States and to some extent the global antiwar movements remain largely paralyzed. There are some campaigns responding to specific congressional and other war moves, with some particularly good...
When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime...
Team Refugee and the Normalization of Mass Displacement

Team Refugee and the Normalization of Mass Displacement

It was after midnight when the small refugee Olympic team strode into the stadium in Rio, the very last before host country Brazil’s huge contingent danced in to the samba-driven opening ceremonies. Ten amazing athletes, originally from four separate countries but...
A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

Despite our frequent elections, the United States’ militarized foreign policy continues to wreak death, destruction, and dispossession on people and nations around the world. Any political revolution worthy of the name must seek to reverse that reality. In order to...
The First Step to Ending the War in Syria is to Stop Killing

The First Step to Ending the War in Syria is to Stop Killing

“Whatever else you’re trying to do when you’re trying to end a war, don’t kill more people,” Phyllis Bennis told the Real News Network in an interview during the People’s Summit. Bennis outlined four highlights of a foreign policy...
Sadiq Khan and the End of Islamophobia

Sadiq Khan and the End of Islamophobia

Even his own sister was mortified. In the recent mayoral race in London, the Conservative Party’s Zac Goldsmith was in many ways the perfect candidate: a young, handsome fellow who possessed full-spectrum appeal. To win the election, Goldsmith could have focused on...
The Mad Hatters of Poland’s Tea Party Movement

The Mad Hatters of Poland’s Tea Party Movement

On a rainy day in April 1990, I journeyed to the outskirts of Warsaw to one of those functional Communist-era apartment building complexes to meet with Antoni Macierewicz. The opposition leader’s apartment contrasted sharply with its grim institutional surroundings....
Who is responsible for the crisis in Syria and Iraq?

Who is responsible for the crisis in Syria and Iraq?

Via Edward Briody: The U.S. has involved itself endlessly in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries. Major interests include oil, military bases, sale of weapons, propping up friendly Governments, and limiting Russian influence. But just as the Russians provoked a...
Why Justin Trudeau Makes Me Jealous of Canada

Why Justin Trudeau Makes Me Jealous of Canada

Asked why half the members of his cabinet are women, Justin Trudeau replied with three words that spoke volumes: “Because it’s 2015.” The nurturing father of three kids under 10 is a master of effortless statements that spread inclusiveness and tolerance. Four Sikhs...