Author Archives: Phyllis Bennis

Sharon is dead, but Sharonism lives on

During his eight years in a coma, the militaristic hard-right leader who launched the apartheid wall and the seige of Gaza was re-branded a peacenik. Now that he’s dead, we must remember Sharon’s record as a war criminal. Kerry got one thing right in his accolade: “Ariel Sharon’s journey was Israel’s journey.”

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What Comes Next: Rights, not ‘arrangements’

Phyllis Bennis says international activists should focus on rights, not on political arrangements. In the US the goal should be to change the policies of the government, whose military aid and unlimited political and diplomatic protection enable Israel’s policies and sustain its power. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”

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An economically strangled and militarily overwhelmed Palestine: A view of Oslo from 1993

In the immediate aftermath of the Oslo peace accords, Phyllis Bennis wrote: “It does not deserve the tidal wave of euphoria that greeted its signing in the U.S. But it does represent an historic shift in the terms of debate, and created a wholly new political terrain on which the struggle for an independent Palestine takes shape.” Now, with Oslo declared a dead failure, Bennis’ predictions look all the more prescient.

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Illegal. Immoral. Dangerous. Why Congress needs to say No!

‘Will you attack if Congress says No?’ was the first question to Obama as he left the Rose Garden. The president didn’t answer. Now is the time for Congress to say No to the planned action against Syria, and restore the ideals of international law

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Moral obscenities in Syria

A reckless US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever, and it would make the dire situation in Syria inestimably worse. What’s needed now is tough diplomacy, not politically motivated air strikes.

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John Kerry’s doomed peace process is deja vu all over again

Secretary of State John Kerry actually believes that this latest iteration of the decades-old industry known as the “peace process” might really succeed. But unfortunately for him, Kerry’s political calculations are about to run aground on the unforgiving shoals of political reality. These talks are doomed to the same failure as the 22 years of failed diplomacy that precedes them.

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Romney backs Israel in the battle of the Iran red lines

Beyond the snarky fodder Mitt Romney’s international trip generated for late-night television, there were some serious indications of just how extreme candidate Romney’s policies really are. He accepted the official position of his host country – Israel – that a nuclear capable Iran is the red line. As Romney advisor Dan Senor put it, as president, Romney would respect any Israeli decision to use unilateral force “to stop Iran from developing the capability” to build a nuclear weapon.

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Syria: No to intervention, no to illusions

Phyllis Bennis presents a primer of the violence in Syria: “Only with an end to the war, will the original unarmed opposition forces have a chance to remobilize public support for the internal, non-violent protest movement for real change, reclaiming social movements for Syria’s own freedom and democracy, and reasserting Syria’s place in the Arab Spring.”

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Abbas at the United Nations a game changer? Maybe.

There was a potential game changer in Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the General Assembly – but it wasn’t in the words he said: that this marks the end of the 20-year-long U.S.-backed failed peace process, and the potential … Continue reading

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Tunisia’s spark and Egypt’s flame: The Middle East is rising

Is this how empires end, with people flooding the streets, demanding the resignation of their leaders and forcing local dictators out? Maybe not entirely, but the breadth and depth of the spreading protests, the helplessness of the U.S.-backed governments to … Continue reading

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Empty Promises: Obama takes his Middle East peace plan to the UN

“International law is not an empty promise” – except for Palestinians President Obama’s General Assembly speech called on the international community to mobilize behind the U.S.-led “peace process.” He called on the Palestinians to “reconcile with a secure Israel” and … Continue reading

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