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Phyllis Bennis: Brute Force

Trump’s wars are now all over the map. The peace movement can fight back by joining already thriving intersectional campaigns

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Phyllis Bennis: Too Soon to Declare Victory

Muammar Qaddafi's whereabouts are still unknown, and the defeat of his regime may be near at hand. But the consequences of that defeat remain uncertain. The origins of the Libyan transition emerged very much in the context of the Arab Spring – a popular uprising against a brutal dictatorship. But unlike others in the neighborhood Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

The United States and its allies launched the war against Libya on the eighth anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. President Barack Obama says the U.S. will transfer command authority very soon, that military action should be over in "days, not weeks," and that he wants no boots on the ground. But the parallels Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: UN Declares War On Libya

Libya’s opposition movement faces a ruthless military assault. They have already paid a far higher price in lost and broken lives than activists in any of the other democratic uprisings shaping this year’s Arab Spring. They are desperate. So it is not surprising that they have urged, demanded, pleaded for international support from the powerful Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Don’t “No-Fly” Libya

Today in Libya, civilians are being killed by a besieged and isolated dictator. Libyan warplanes have been used to attack civilians, although the vast majority of the violence has come from ground attacks. The Libyan opposition’s provisional national council, meeting in Benghazi, is debating whether they should request military support from the international community, maybe Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Egypt on the Brink – And the U.S. on the Wrong Side

Now comes the hard part. On February 7, the popular mobilization in Cairo and elsewhere seemed to have crested. The “normalization” of daily life in Cairo loomed closer. But on February 9, the regime’s claim that the revolt had been packaged, contained, and put on a shelf collapsed, as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians once Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Tunisia’s Spark & 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 stop them, and the rapidly diminishing ability of the United States to protect its long-time Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Bribing Israel: Enhancing the Swag

The breathless will-they-won’t-they coverage wasn’t quite as extreme this time, but there’s still been way more attention paid to the latest U.S. “settlement freeze” offer to Netanyahu than it deserves. What’s supposed to be the main point of it all – new negotiations leading to something remotely resembling a just, lasting and comprehensive peace – Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: One Nation: Uniting for Jobs, Not War

His always-identifiable, once-in-a-generation voice booming across the sun-drenched National Mall, the legendary actor-activist Harry Belafonte evoked the words of his long-ago friend and colleague, Martin Luther King, Jr. As he spoke, a hundred thousand people rose to their feet in a roaring ovation. Whatever had come before, this was the real reclaiming of the legacy Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Is Mosque Hysteria Being Ginned Up to Bolster Support for the Disastrous Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?

At its core, the controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan is not about religion. It’s about war.   For some years now the fear factor that followed the attacks of September 11, 2001 and fueled public support for the “global war on terror” (or the onomatopoetic “GWOT”) has been diminishing. Along Read more…

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