Book Size: 6" x 9"

Pages: 372

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566563536

Imprint: Olive Branch Press

Edition: 2

Category:

Calling the Shots

How Washington Dominates Today's UN

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“An eye-opening account…a valuable reference work.” – Small Press

About this book

New revised & updated edition with a new preface by Denis Halliday.

The United Nations remains a favorite scapegoat for U.S. and allied failures in places like Rwanda, Iraq, Kosovo, and East Timor. Few look beyond the headlines to the primary responsibility of the United States for what are all too often called "UN failures." Filled with tales of UN intrigue and diplomatic carrots and sticks, Calling the Shots exposes how U.S. financial and political bribes are backed by threats and punishments for recalcitrant nations who refuse to toe the U.S. line.

The new edition examines U.S.-UN relations at the close of the 20th century: now $1.6 billion in debt to the UN, Washington increasingly undermines or even ignores the world organization, seeking to replace the UN's authority with that of favored military alliances such as NATO. Hopes rise for a new internationalism, as citizens organizations join with the UN to create the International Criminal Court, to ban anti-personnel land mines, to protect children from the ravages of war, but the U.S. stands aloof.

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About the author

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and Director of its New Internationalism Program. She is also a Fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Her areas include U.S. unilateralism and empire, the Middle East (particularly Israel-Palestine and Iraq), and US-United Nations relations.

She is the author of Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror, Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy US Power, Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s UN, and Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism. Earlier books include From Stones to Statehood: The Palestinian Uprising, Altered States: A Reader in the New World Order, and Beyond the Storm: A Gulf Crisis Reader.

Bennis appears frequently as a commentator/analyst on U.S. and international television and radio programs, including “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, the CBS “Morning Show,” NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show,” “Democracy Now,” and many others on CNN, BBC, Fox, CBC, and al-Jazeera TV. Her work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), TomPaine.com, New York Newsday, Soera (Amsterdam), Papeles (Madrid), die Tageszeitung (Berlin), The Philadelphia Enquirer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Middle East Report (MERIP), The Nation, Mother Jones, Third World Resurgence (Malaysia), and many other publications.

Reviews

“An eye-opening account…a valuable reference work.” – Small Press

“While many Americans are just becoming aware of the United States’ extraordinary dominance over the UN, Phyllis Bennis has long been a ‘prophet,’ warning of the catastrophic consequences of its disproportionate influence over this international body.” – The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

Additional information

Author

Bennis, Phyllis

Edition

2

Inprint

Olive Branch Press

Pages

372

Type

PB

Author Home

USA

Subtitle

How Washington Dominates Today's UN

Format

6" x 9"

Reviews

"An eye-opening account…a valuable reference work." – Small Press "While many Americans are just becoming aware of the United States' extraordinary dominance over the UN , Phyllis Bennis has long been a 'prophet , ' warning of the catastrophic consequences of its disproportionate influence over this international body." – The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

MainReview

"An eye-opening account…a valuable reference work." – Small Press