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Showdown at the United Nations: Interviews Available on

SIMONA SHARONI
Sharoni is professor of peace and conflict studies and Middle East politics at Evergreen State College and executive director of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development. She said today: “The recent global protests represent an unprecedented development by the world community to confront those in the seats of power to change their policies.”
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JOHN QUIGLEY
Professor of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley is author of a number of articles about the UN Security Council, including “The ‘Privatization’ of Security Council Enforcement Action: A Threat to Multilateralism.” Quigley said today: “Apparently the U.S. and U.K. are moving towards introducing a resolution that won’t mention the use of force, but that they will claim authorizes invasion. A resolution that does not explicitly call for use of force provides no basis for military action against Iraq. If the Security Council does decide on military force, it is required under the UN Charter to organize that military force, not leave it to individual states
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NORMAN SOLOMON
Coauthor of the new book Target Iraq, Solomon is executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He said today: “Under the guise of seeking common ground with a new Security Council resolution, the Bush administration is finishing up the groundwork for a murderous invasion.”

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JAMES PAUL
Executive director of the Global Policy Forum, which monitors policy-making at the United Nations, Paul said today: “Country after country said in the Security Council meeting that they are opposed to an invasion, that they favor inspections. But the United States is pressing Security Council members harder than ever to force acceptance of a war resolution. The governments are caught between tremendous superpower pressure and the overwhelming opposition of their public to war.”
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CLOVIS MAKSOUD
Former Arab League ambassador to the UN, Maksoud is now director of the Center for the Global South at American University and is available for a limited number of interviews.
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GABRIEL KOLKO
Available for a limited number of interviews, Kolko is author of many noted books, including the new Another Century of War. Currently in Holland, he has also written numerous recent articles including “The Crisis in NATO” and “The Perils of Pax Americana.”
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SANAR YURDATAPAN
Yurdatapan was recently honored with the Global Rights Defenders award by Human Rights Watch. He said today: “The Turkish government is trying to make a deal, but the people are overwhelmingly against this war. The government hasn’t been able to bring the issue to parliament.”
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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