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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Bush in the Middle East: Iran Over Palestine, Israel Over All

Bush’s trip had far more to do with Iran than the peace process.

The 12 Myths of Annapolis

There is a myth that says Annapolis, the latest iteration of U.S.-controlled “peace processes,” represents the epicenter of current Israeli-Palestinian peace-making efforts.

Middle East Talks in Annapolis: Photo-Op or Talk-Fest

Ten days from the anticipated opening, invitations have not been issued, an agenda has not been announced, and no preliminary statement of goals and/or principles has been agreed to.

Responding to Islamophobia: A Pro-Active Strategy

Despite the rise of racist, anti-Arab Islamophobia , it is clear that public opinion (however slowly) is actually beginning to shift away from accepting such propaganda.

After Petraeus

UFPJ Talking Points #52: Congress bedazzled, the people betrayed.

Bush Launches A New Middle East Initiative.

Middle East Peace Is At Hand. Again.

Bush Launches New Middle East Initiative

UFPJ Talking Points #51: The plan is narrower and more constrained than before.

Is the Right Really Rising Up Against the Iraq Occupation?

Activists need to be wary of their intentions and not let them co-opt the message that it’s time for withdrawal.

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.

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