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New Internationalist Iraq articles online

As many of you will know, the September issue of the New Internationalist
magazine <> was devoted to Iraq.  The New
Internationalist is a monthly magazine, and probably the most widely read
development magazine in the UK.  Their September issue is therefore one of
the best educational tools available on the sanctions. 

In addition to heavily promoting their print copy of the September issue,
the copy is now also available at the following webaddress:

The New International is also one of the co-sponsors, with us, of the
National Petition Against Sanctions on Iraq.  They distributed copies of
the petition in their September issue.

Many thanks to Nikki van der Gaag of the NI for making this possible!

Colin Rowat
Coordinator, Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq

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p.s. As in an compilation of a large quantity of data (I have painfully in
mind, for example, CASI's briefing document of this past February), there
are bound to appear some confusions.  For example: 

1. in the lead article, The Pride and the Pain, 10,000 deaths are
attributed to Operation Desert Fox in December 1998.  This figure in fact
comes from a Pentagon "medium-case scenario" estimate in advance of any
actual bombing (November 16, 1998, The Washington Post;  I have
not seen numbers dead from the bombings but have heard nothing to suggest
that they are anywhere near this figure.

2. the same article has a side-bar on The Sanctions Committee.  Claims
have often been made about lists of prohibited items.  It is unclear how
these lists are drawn up as the Sanctions Committee, according to staff at
the Office of the Iraq Programme, does not have a list of prohibited
items.  They operate on a case-by-case basis, which is not necessarily
less subject to abuse.

3. the Iraq: A History article claims that the Gulf War killed about
250,000 Iraqis.  The sources at the bottom of the page are Geoff Simons
and Ramsey Clark, both primarily campaigners rather than researchers. This
figure is felt to be a gross over-estimate by other commentators.  For
example, the posting to
soc-casi-discuss quoted Freedman & Karsh's recommended history of the Gulf
War.  One year after its end, Allied estimates of Iraqi dead were about
10,000 while the Iraqi estimate was 20,000.

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