Stories by Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. She is the author of "Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy U.S. Power" (Interlink Publishing, October 2005). subscribe to Phyllis Bennis's feed

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

This is how wars always start.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Are there some lessons here for future fights?

Posted on: Sep 1, 2013, Source: Institute for Policy Studies

It's time to stand against further escalation of the Syrian civil war.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The situation in Egypt remains fraught. But there's hope.

Posted on: May 17, 2013, Source: OpenDemocracy

Proponents of military involvement have it all wrong: The United States should de-escalate hostilities.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2013, Source: Al Jazeera English

There is no hint that the U.S. is about to bring any pressure to bear on Israel to end its violations of human rights.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Outside powers should stop military involvement in the Syrian crisis and support new diplomatic initiatives.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

It's outrageous that Washington is threatening the Palestinians and the UN itself with dire consequences if a move is made toward UN recognition of statehood.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

We are still paying almost $50 billion just this year for the war in Iraq. And while we don't hear about it very often, many Iraqis are still being killed.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

International attention to Turkey’s recent election reflects Ankara’s rising role not only in the Arab Spring but as a newly powerful democracy with broad regional influence.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2011, Source: AlterNet

President Obama passed up an opportunity to recognize our democracy and respect the views of the vast majority of the American people.

Posted on: May 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Does the killing of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden represent ultimate justice, or even an end to the “unfinished business” of 9/11?

Posted on: Feb 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The opposition is training with troops who defected, as estimates of the number killed by the government run to more than 1,000.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The United States' isolation on the issue of settlements may lead to more engagement from the international community.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2011, Source: AlterNet

When McVeigh bombed the Oklahoma City federal building, at the time the worst terrorist act on U.S. soil, the immediate assumption was that it was an Arab or Muslim terrorist.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2010, Source: AlterNet

According to the Obama administration, nothing can happen in the U.S. war in Afghanistan that doesn’t mean good news.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will almost certainly continue with or without a settlement freeze – but does that really matter?

Posted on: Aug 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The right-wing mobilization at the core of the Islamic center controversy is about rebuilding political support for the 'global war on terror.'

Posted on: Aug 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A thick web of military-strategic ties is at the heart of the US-Israeli relationship.

Posted on: May 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

As Obama prepares to meet Israel's new hard-line PM, much of the world awaits signs of a new course.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Afghanistan is known as the "graveyard of empires" for a reason.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Now let's see Obama pull the foreign mercenaries and contractors, close all the U.S. military bases, and cease all U.S. efforts to control Iraqi oil.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The three top candidates to become Israel's new PM vied with each other to see who could be tougher -- more aggressively anti-Palestinian.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The decision to detain the UN's envoy fits a pattern of hiding the human consequences of the siege of Gaza from the world.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Whatever the U.S.-Iraqi "agreement" ends up looking like, it is unlikely to have much of an effect on the occupation.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Veteran peace activist Phyllis Bennis responds to Alexander Cockburn's analysis of the anti-war movement in The Nation.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Getting Republicans to jump ship is central to the anti-war movement's strategy to get out of Iraq. But activists need to be wary of their intentions and not let them co-opt the message that it's time for withdrawal.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2007, Source:

To stop the looming war with Iran, Congress needs to pre-empt the possibility of the White House launching an attack. The secret weapon is the Boland Amendment.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2005, Source:

Mohammed el Baradei won the Nobel Peace Prize as much for his future work on Iran as for his past work on Iraq.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2005, Source:

The US has issued an open threat to the other 190 U.N. member states, the social movements and peoples of the entire world, and the United Nations itself.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Lost in the Beltway debate over intelligence failure is the enormous price we – Americans, Iraqis, the world – are paying for the Bush administration's self-serving war.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2003, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

There are clear contradictions between Powell's Security Council speech and Hans Blix's recent report on the UN inspectors' findings.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2003, Source: War Times

Useful information for talking with friends, family, co-workers, media and your elected officials about nonviolent alternatives to war.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The author, an esteemed foreign policy expert, wasn’t allowed to testify as an expert witness for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- so she submitted this written testimony instead.