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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US-UK Draft Resolution Designed to Give International Legitimacy to US Occupation of Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #20: It credentials the US-dominated occupation forces as a UN mandated ‘multi-national force’, and endorses the Iraqi interim government as sovereign.

US Occupation of Iraq Remains Despite New Interim Government

UFPJ Talking Points #19: The interim government, like the Iraq Governing Council, is a creature of the US, not the UN.

Bush’s Five Step Plan is Nothing New

UFPJ Talking Points #18: It is a recipe for continuing occupation, deaths of Iraqis and US soldiers, and destruction of Iraq.

The Torture Photographs

UFPJ Talking Points #17: Actions by US troops reflect the racist demonization of Iraqis that has been at the heart of US Iraq policy since 1990.

The Vulnerabilities of the Bush Iraq Policies

UFPJ Talking Points #16: U.S. drive towards empire faces new and serious challenges.

The Iraqi Constitution

The signing of the interim Iraqi “constitution” by the Governing Council represents a significant step in U.S. efforts to legitimize its invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The Iraqi Constitution and Terror Attacks in Spain

UFPJ Talking Points #15: the “transfer of power” will not end the occupation of Iraq, and the need for voters to reclaim Spanish democracy.

The U.S. Begs for UN Backing in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #14: The U.S. is eager for the UN to return to Iraq to provide political cover for its occupation.

Bush’s State of the Union Address

UFPJ Talking Points #13: Omissions, Denials, and Lies.

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.

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