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 and remains active with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She works with many anti-war organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world as part of the global peace movement. 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 Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror: A Primer, as well as 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 Bid for Multi-Billion Dollar Reconstruction Contracts in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #11 : Americans, only please!

Bush on Middle East Democracy? & Ending Occupation? in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #10: Bush calls for a “forward strategy of freedom” and puts forth a high-profile timetable for Iraq.

The Madrid Donors Conference: A Cover for Maintaining U.S. Control

The U.S., as the aggressor power and currently the occupying power, must abide by the requirements of international law and pay for the reconstruction of Iraq.

A Fig Leaf to Cover Occupation

The new Security Council resolution does nothing to change the fundamental problems of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

A Return to the UN?

The current proposal under consideration calls for the creation of a UN-endorsed multilateral military force to join the U.S. occupation force in Iraq.

Is the U.S. Considering a Return to the UN?

UFP Talking Points #9: The proposal under tentative U.S. consideration calls for creation of a UN- endorsed multi-lateral military force

Going Global: Building A Movement Against Empire

As the Bush administration strengthens its military victory and consolidates its occupation of Iraq, it continues its trajectory toward international expansion of power and global reach.

The Day after the Statues Fall

UFPJ Talking Points #8: Mosts Iraqis are relieved at the fall of Saddam but the current chaos and lack of authority are worse.

Coalition of the Willing–Part II

After failing to obtain authorization for war from the UN Security Council, the Bush Administration has scrambled to assemble a so-called “Coalition of the Willing” to lend the military action against Iraq the illusion of genuine multilateralism and legitimacy.

The War in Iraq is Dangerous and Reckless

UFPJ Talking Points #7: It threatens our Constitution, isolates our country, threatens Americans, and will be devastating for Iraq and Iraqis.

Ultimatum to the UN: War on Iraq is the Only Option

UFPJ Talking Points #6: The US has abandoned diplomacy in favor of choosing an elective war.

Coalition of the Willing or Coaltion of the Coerced?

The U.S. public should carefully scrutinize any claim by the Bush Administration that they
have assembled a “coalition of the willing.”

Powell’s Dubious Case for War

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation to the UN Security Council on February 5 wasn’t likely to win over anyone not already on his side.

Question the Veracity of Bush Administration Claims

UFPJ Talking Points #5: Colin Powell’s presentation at the UN Security Council on Wednesday is likely to be strong on quantity and weak on quality.

The Delay in Council-Decision Making Gives Anti-War Movement More Time

UFPJ Talking Points #4: We must maintain unrelenting pressure on the basis of “the world says ‘NO’ to war.”

War is not inevitable

UFPJ Talking Points #3: Despite the very dangerous troop build-up in the region, we still have the capacity to stop the Iraq war.

UN Inspectors Find No Evidence of WMDs in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #2: International support for war is lower than ever.

U.S. On the Verge of War in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #1: The U.S. currently has more than 60,000 troops in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and elsewhere in the region surrounding Iraq; war seems imminent.

Who’s the Rogue State Now?

Hardly a week goes by that the United States declines to sign a world treaty on security or the global environment-or threatens to withdraw from one it has already signed.

The Failure of U.S. Policy Toward Iraq and Proposed Alternatives

Current U.S.-UN Iraq policy has failed. A change to a more humane and practical policy by the U.S. would quickly be accepted by the UN Security Council as a whole.

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