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Interviews Available: Bush at the UN

JAMES PAUL
Paul is executive director of the Global Policy Forum, which monitors policy-making at the UN.
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PHYLLIS BENNIS
A fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Bennis is author of the book Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis and the recent article “Back to the UN.” She said today: “Still committed to its war drive in Iraq, Washington stands more isolated than ever. Its trade aims were defeated at the World Trade Organization in Cancun. It faces international outrage following its veto of the mildly worded Security Council resolution challenging Israel’s threat to expel or assassinate Yasir Arafat. In response, the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution virtually identical to what Washington vetoed in the Council….”
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JACQUELINE CABASSO
Cabasso is executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation. She can address weapons proliferation issues raised by Bush.
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DENIS HALLIDAY
Former head of the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq and assistant secretary general of the UN, Halliday said today: “Nuclear proliferation? Does Bush not understand that his military aggression, disregard for the rule of international law and the UN, plus his concept of ‘pre-emptive’ strike is the very cause of proliferation, as countries openly threatened by Washington determine that nuclear capacity is the only defense against American madness?”
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FRANCIS BOYLE
Professor of international law at the University of Illinois and author of the forthcoming Destroying World Order, Boyle said today: “A real and independent UN Peacekeeping Force should be deployed to Iraq under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (not the U.S. co-opted UN Security Council), pursuant to its powers under the Uniting for Peace Resolution (1950)…. This is exactly what happened in the 1956 Middle East ‘war’ when the UN General Assembly deployed the UN Emergency Force to the Sinai in order to facilitate the withdrawal of aggressor military forces by the U.K., France and Israel….”
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STEPHEN ZUNES
After Bush’s address to the UN last fall, Zunes wrote the article “Bush’s UN Speech Unconvincing.” In his address last year, Bush made a series of claims, including, “Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon.” Zunes is professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and author of the forthcoming”We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges: The United States, the United Nations and the Middle East.
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PAUL DAVIS
A representative of the Health GAP coalition, Davis said: “Bush worked hard this month to underfund his own half-step of an AIDS program.” Colleagues of Davis are now in Nairobi at an AIDS conference.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167