Protecting Civilians in Libya

The Post was wrong when it described NATO’s authority in Libya, based on U.N. Resolution 1973, as “protecting civilians from government forces” [“Obama asks Libya’s neighbors to arrest fugitive loyalists,” news story, Sept. 7]. The...

Response to Juan Cole On Libya

In response to Juan Cole’s An Open Letter to The Left On Libya published in The Nation magazine, the Institute’s Phyllis Bennis, director of our New Internationalism project, wrote the following: Many thanks, Juan, for your thoughtful article. I agree with...

Libya Intervention Threatens The Arab Spring

Western air and naval strikes against Libya are threatening the Arab Spring. Ironically, one of the reasons many people supported the call for a no-fly zone was the fear that if Gaddafi managed to crush the Libyan people”s uprising and remain in power, it would...

The Story Behind the Intervention in Libya

“The only restriction says there shall be no foreign occupation force, but as we know from Iraq and Afghanistan, you can have an awful lot of troops on the ground fighting and not call it an occupation,” says Phyllis Bennis, explaining the United Nations...

Sometimes a Veto Means Victory

Sometimes a Security Council vote can mean a victory for human rights no matter which side wins. Today’s vote on a resolution mildly condemning Israeli settlement activity is one example. If the U.S. had voted for the resolution, or even abstained and allowed...

Broken Peace Process

There’s little reason to hope for a breakthrough at the Middle East peace summit in Annapolis, unless there is a fundamental shift in U.S. policy in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And there’s little evidence to suggest such a change is...