Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS, focusing on Middle East, U.S. wars and UN issues. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. In 2001 she helped found the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and now serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She works with many anti-war and Palestinian rights organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East issues and was twice short-listed to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Phyllis has written and edited eleven books. Among her latest is the just-published 7th updated edition of her popular Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. She has also written Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power.

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The Bush Veto

UFPJ Talking Points #50: A victory for the anti-war forces.

Moving Beyond Anti-War Politics

It’s crucial that we also advocate for an entirely new foreign policy based on opposition to the long U.S. drive toward empire.

Opposing the Iraq Supplemental and Iran Threats

UFPJ Talking Points #49: The peace movement must stay unified in the face of congressional waffling.

Escalating Threats of U.S. Attacks on Iran

UFPJ Talking Points #48: It would be a preventive attack, a violation of international law.

U.N. Ambassador’s Oily Past

The White House, however ideologically committed to unilateralism and the unbridled assertion of military power, still needs the UN.

Bush’s New Direction

UFPJ Talking Points #47: Desperately seeking victory.

Can’t Stay the Course, Can’t End the War, But We’ll Call it Bipartisan

The Iraq Study Group’s recommendations focus on transforming the U.S. occupation of Iraq into a long-term, sustainable, off-the-front-page occupation with a lower rate of U.S. casualties.

United Nations v. United States

In the longstanding battle between U.S. domination and UN independence, it’s 2 ½ points for U.S. domination versus just 1½ for UN independence.

Public Must Say "No" to War in Iran

The Bush administration and its supporters in Congress are lying about an Iranian “threat.”

U.S. War on Iran – a possibility?

UFPJ Talking Points #45: Threats of a U.S. attack on Iran continue.

The Lebanon War and the Failed UN Resolution

UFPJ Talking Points #44: Passage of the resolution would not lead to a ceasefire, or even a significant reduction in violence.

Crisis in the Gaza Strip

UFPJ Talking Points #43: Israeli attacks constitute collective punishment of the Gazan population.

Bush Offers Direct Talks with Iran

UFPJ Talking Points #41: The talks are a direct result of the Bush administration’s failure to win even a modicum of international support for its military and economic threats.

Israel’s Olmert Comes to Washington

UPFJ Talking Points # 40: Olmert wins US support for the Sharon-initiated plan for a unilateral Israeli move in the West Bank.

Iran: The Day After

If the U.S. attacks Iran – with nuclear or “conventional” bombs – it is virtually certain that Iranian retaliation will be swift and lethal.

New War Dangers : Iran, the U.S. and Nukes in the Middle East

UFPJ Talking Points #39: The possibility of a U.S. military attack on Iran is a frighteningly real possibility.

Hamas Wins the Palestinian Elections

UFPJ Talking Points #37: Someone better tell George Bush to be careful what he calls for, because this is what democracy looks like.

Why the U.S. Occupation of Iraq Must End Now

UPFJ Talking Points #36: Permanent deployment is already creating a wide range of problems, including military over-stretch, casualties, regional antagonism, and growing global isolation.

Iraqi Elections: To Be Free and Unfair

UFPJ Talking Points #35: Regardless of election results, sectarian divides continue to grow.

Challenging Empire: People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power

Bennis tracks the rise of U.S. unilateralism and the doctrine of preemptive war, looking particularly at Iraq and Israel/Palestine, and examines both the potential and the challenges ahead in reclaiming the UN as part of the global peace movement.

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