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    Video: Bennis on the Libya no-fly zone debate

    Phyllis Bennis
    17 March 2011
    Multi-media

    The international debate on imposing a no-fly zone in Libya has more to do with the politics of the New Middle East than with the protection of civilians.

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    Video: The Zone of Turbulence: Afghanistan

    Praful Bidwai, Michael Warschawski, Director of the Alternative Information Centre, Jerusalem
    21 January 2011
    Multi-media

    Afghanistan is a classic instance of the political and military mess that empires leave behind.

  3. Understanding the Arab Spring

    Kamil Mahdi, Phyllis Bennis, Ben Hayes, Salwa Ismail, Shaheer George, Mehdi Lalou, Yao Graham
    21 June 2011
    Multi-media

    Middle East scholars join TNI fellows in a unique and fascinating discussion of the context of the democracy uprisings in the Middle East and the way it may shape the region for future generations.

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    Inside Story - The UN mission in Afghanistan

    Phyllis Bennis, Ahmad Fawsi, Jun Borras
    29 October 2009
    In the media

    The UN has huge role to play in Afghanistan, but when it is trying to do this under the conditions of occupation it is inevitable that it is going to be seen as part of that occupation, not as part of the solution.

  5. Obama: President of Cant

    Tariq Ali
    28 May 2010
    Article

    Has US foreign policy really changed since the departure of Bush and the arrival of Obama?

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    US no business in the middle of Afghan civil war

    Phyllis Bennis
    07 December 2009
    Multi-media

    Obama said that there was no military solution, but that's all he's really offering.

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    What options are there to respond to ISIS?

    Phyllis Bennis
    30 September 2015
    Multi-media

    The brutality of ISIS has led many to argue that only military action can stop them. Phyllis Bennis, fellow of Transnational Institute and a long-term observer and analyst of US foreign policy in the Middle East, argues that US occupation and military action was the principal cause of ISIS rise and therefore cannot be the solution. She outlines alternative options for constraining the advance of ISIS and bringing peace back to the troubled countries of Iraq and Syria. See also Phyllis' primer, Understanding ISIS and the new global war on terror

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    Rethinking Afghanistan eight years later

    Phyllis Bennis
    31 March 2010
    Multi-media

    Phyllis Bennis explains in an in-depth briefing why military occupation is causing a resurgence of the Taliban and how rising popular opposition could still end this imperial war.

  9. The Obama Syndrome: New President, Same Mistakes - A Live Interview

    Tariq Ali
    11 October 2010

    Historian and critic Tariq Ali traces the continuity of errors between Bush and Obama in their Middle East and South Asia policy.

  10. What can we expect to see in 2011?

    Marcos Arruda, Mariano Aguirre, Phyllis Bennis, Walden Bello
    13 January 2011
    Article

    Changing global power balances, continuing crises, Iran, Afghanistan. Four TNI fellows share their predictions for 2011.

  11. Justice or Vengeance: lessons from Bin Laden's death

    Phyllis Bennis
    02 May 2011
    Article

    Vengeance may have been wreaked on the infamous Al Qaeda leader, but as long as deadly U.S. wars continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and beyond, justice has not been done.

  12. Israel-US Relations

    31 March 2010
    Multi-media

    What does the recent exchange of heated language between US and Israeli officials actually translate to in terms of US policy toward the country?

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    UN Note: The Missing U.S. Ambassador

    Phyllis Bennis
    08 November 2009
    Article

    The US crusade to bury the Goldstone report (holding Israel and Hamas accountable for war crimes) was one of the fiercest of any waged in recent years.

  14. Headlines or Not, the Iraq War is Not Over

    Phyllis Bennis
    08 September 2011
    Article

    It might seem like cause for celebration after reading the New York Times headline, "Iraq War Marks First Month with No U.S. Military Deaths." But the smaller print on the page reminds us why celebrating is not really in order: "Many Iraqis are killed..." 

  15. 9/11: Ten years later, who have we become?

    Tom Reifer
    13 September 2011
    Article

    Ten years and two wars later, Americans face the monetary and psychological costs of both militarism and Wall Street materialism, effectively bankrupting the country; not to mention the casualties of war at home, and in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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    Ending the US War in Afghanistan

    • Phyllis Bennis, David Wildman
    03 November 2009
    Book

    In this compact, concise, jargon-free primer, the authors examine the U.S. war in Afghanistan and why it must be brought to an end.

  17. Can a Security Council "Coalition of the Unwilling" Defy Washington's Sanctions Crusade?

    Phyllis Bennis
    26 May 2010
    Article

    Renewed U.S. efforts to bring sanctions against Iran are more backlash for being snubbed in favour of a tripartite deal with Turkey and Brazil than they are about nuclear proliferation. A UN Security Council coalition may be able to block U.S. pressure for sanctions that would only punish Iranian civilians.

  18. Have Taliban arrests undermined peace talks?

    Jochen Hippler
    31 March 2010

    The recent arrests of senior Taliban figures in Pakistan, which UN officials have said undermine Afghanistan peace talks, reveal a confused US strategy in Afghanistan.

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    Afghanistan: this war won't work

    Phyllis Bennis
    26 January 2010
    Article

    Obama's announced troops escalation will not bring security to Afghans, it won't turn Afghanistan into a democracy, and it won't make the US safer.

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