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Hi, everyone, I'm a newcomer to this list, so I apologize if I'm asking questions that have already been exhaustively discussed on this list... First, I'm wondering how much and what kinds of popular protests there have been in the U.S. against the Iraq sanctions. I am an American, and since arriving in Cambridge in the fall have noticed a lot more activism here than I did at home. The sanctions were really a non-issue at my undergraduate campus, and the only national-level protests I heard about regularly were Ramsey Clark's efforts and trips to Iraq. Arab-American and Muslim-American groups have also protested, but I'm not sure to what extent those kinds of activities got press coverage on a wide scope. Are there other groups active in the U.S.? Which, and where? It strikes me that the level of ignorance in the U.S. is enormous (concerning the effects of the sanctions) compared to elsewhere in the world. The demonization of Iraq (or "eye-rak," as many Americans still say!) is so total that among ordinary Americans, there isn't even the conceptual separation between Saddam Hussein and his people that there is elsewhere... My second question has a somewhat self-serving intent: I'm researching, for an M.Phil. thesis in Intl Relations, the political efforts of states in recent years to hold the UN Security Council more accountable to international law; there has been growing concern, especially in the South, that Security Council actions trespass on the UN Charter and int'l law as a whole (as in the Bosnia embargo, Lockerbie/Libya case, etc.) My question is: in what political fora, and when, have states challenged the LEGALITY (not just the morality or appropriateness) of sanctions against Iraq? I'd appreciate all the information I can get from any of you. I'm really impressed with this discussion list. A lot of people out there really care, and care enough to really keep on track of what's going on. That's awesome. Shirin -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html