Phyllis Bennis


Phyllis Bennis is Red Pepper’s United Nations correspondent, and a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Her books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer.




Einstein had it right: John Kerry’s latest Middle East ‘peace process’ August 2013

Israel-Palestine talks will continue to fail until they are based on international law, human rights and equality for all, writes Phyllis Bennis

Egypt’s still-unfinished revolution: celebration and danger July 2013

Whether or not the events in Egypt constitute a military coup, Morsi’s fall portends great excitement but even greater dangers, writes Phyllis Bennis

Syria: We need to stop a new war in the Middle East June 2013

The Syrian civil war is spreading, writes Phyllis Bennis – but US military action is the last thing the country needs

February 15, 2003: The day the world said no to war February 2013

Phyllis Bennis argues that while the day of mass protest did not stop the war, it did change history

Super-storms, climate change and war November 2012

Phyllis Bennis reports from Washington DC on the ideological impact of Hurricane Sandy

A tale of two speeches October 2012

Palestinian Chairman Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu address the United Nations. Phyllis Bennis reports from New York

Syria: Which road for Damascus? July 2012

The pressure to ‘do something’ about the killings and repression in Syria is immense. Phyllis Bennis cautions against simplistic answers

Iran in the crosshairs again March 2012

Sabre rattling against Iran is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean the threat of war isn’t real. Phyllis Bennis analyses the situation in the wider Middle East

Bin Laden killing: Justice or vengeance? May 2011

Phyllis Bennis on the killing of Osama bin Laden and the 'unfinished business' of 9/11

Libya: war is not the answer March 2011

Phyllis Bennis argues that foreign military intervention in Libya has little to do with humanitarian concerns, and protracted militarization could threaten the country's chance for real democratic development.

Mubarak defiant February 2011

Phyllis Bennis on the situation in Egypt as Mubarak vows to remain in power.

Meaning of Israel’s attack on Gaza December 2008

Phyllis Bennis on holding Israel to account

Attack Iran? Yes they can August 2008

With US threats, Israeli military exercises and Iranian missile tests, it seems like a carefully choreographed build up to the next Middle East conflagration is under way. But can the US really risk a strike on Iran? Phyllis Bennis weighs up the evidence in conversation with Oscar Reyes

Who rules the peace? May 2003

The war on Iraq has been waged without UN authority in violation of the organisation's charter. Because the war is illegal, any post-war US occupation will be illegal too. That means the US should not be allowed to claim any power to rule or determine economic, political or social arrangements in post-war Iraq. Only the UN has the legitimate authority to provide governance and help rebuild civil society in Iraq now Saddam Hussein's regime has been overthrown.






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