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Phyllis Bennis: Before Orlando

For nine years Mateen worked for G4S Security, a British-based corporation that contracts with the U.S. and Israeli governments for work that often violates human rights on a massive scale

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Phyllis Bennis: Syria: Only Diplomacy Can Stop The War

Syria is close to civil war. If the conflict escalates further, as former UN Secretary-General and current envoy of both the UN and the Arab League Kofi Annan noted: “Syria is not Libya, it will not implode, it will explode beyond its borders.”   The human cost of this conflict is incalculably high. It’s not Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Libyan Intervention Threatens the Arab Spring

One of the reasons many people supported the call for a no-fly zone was the fear that if Gaddafi managed to crush the Libyan people's uprising and remain in power, it would send a devastating message to other Arab dictators: use enough military force and you will keep your job. Instead, it turns out that Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Bribing Israel

In mid-November, the U.S. offered Israel an incentives package in exchange for a new "settlement freeze" in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. What's supposed to be the main point of it all—new negotiations leading to something remotely resembling a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace—is simply not on the agenda of either Israel or the Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: The Gaza Crisis

At this writing, the death toll in Gaza continues to rise. The carnage is everywhere—city streets, a mosque, hospitals, police stations, a jail, a university bus stop, a plastics factory, a television station. It seems impossible, unacceptable, to step back to analyze the situation while bodies remain buried under the rubble, while parents continue to Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: U.S. Trying To “Legalize” Permanent Occupation of Iraq

In early June the Bush administration intensified its longstanding effort to make the U.S. occupation of Iraq permanent. The first choice was to coerce the U.S.-backed Iraqi government to sign an ostensibly "bilateral" agreement—what the White House would like to call a "status of forces agreement" (SOFA). The Administration is pushing its client to meet Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Bush Launches A New Middle East Initiative

Pretty much no one is taking it seriously. Even mainstream analysts usually willing to take Bush administration Middle East initiatives at face value are rolling their collective eyes. The New York Times’ senior correspondent Steven Erlanger acknowledged in July that Bush’s latest “vision,” a U.S.-Israeli-Fatah alliance creating a model Palestine in the West Bank designed Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Iran, the U.S., and Nukes in the Middle East

T he Bush administration’s rapid escalation of anti-Iran rhetoric in the last few months should not be dismissed as posturing. Some of the attacks, especially Vice-President Cheney’s and UN Ambassador John Bolton’s speeches to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee convention, were clearly aimed at least partly at that specific audience. But this Administration has a Read more…

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