Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power

Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power

by Phyllis Bennis

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Bennis (fellow, Inst. for Policy Studies; Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism) has been an activist for peace and social justice for many years. Taking as her starting point the February 15, 2003, protest demonstrations around the world against the imminent war in Iraq, she traces the rise of what has been called the "second superpower" in the world today: global public opinion. She describes how that force produced antiglobalization demonstrations around the world, opposition in the UN to resolutions authorizing war, and the formation of an umbrella group, United for Peace and Justice (UfPJ). She also discusses in detail how the current U.S. administration attempted to circumvent or to ignore these pressures. She directs criticism at previous U.S. administration policies toward Israel and the Palestinians, as well as free trade and globalization, international financial institutions, and the income disparities between rich and poor nations. Yet despite present policies and many setbacks, her picture is hopeful and optimistic, not perpetually gloomy. Her longest chapter covers the formation and coordination of UfPJ and the multiple demonstrations against the Iraq war. Shorter chapters cover U.S. relations with other states and with the UN. Thoroughly researched and well told, this is appropriate for larger collections.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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