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Dear all, The Middle East Report's summer issue will focus on "Iraq: Ten Years of Devastation," and specifically on the effect of the sanctions and of the US-UK policy toward the Iraqi people. The table of contacts (including contributors and articles) is included in text format. This 48-page issue on Iraq is useful to activists -- both as a resource in and of itself, and as an educational tool for others. MERIP is offering special bulk-rates and activist rates for purchase of this issue. MERIP is prepared to offer copies at a special bulk rate discount, as follows: 3,000 copies: $2 per copy 2,000 copies: $2.35 per copy 1,000 copies: $2.70 per copy 500 copies: $3.00 100 copies: $3.50 per copy 10 copies: $3.75 per copy 1 copy: $4 (special activist rate) Newstand cost: $9-$13, depending on the mark-up Shipping will be addition (at cost), from the printer in Pennsylvania. MERIP can ship overseas. MERIP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and inform the public about the contemporary Middle East. It publishes pamphlets and primers on critical issues, but its major program is Middle East Report, an award-winning quarterly magazine. MER is known for its independent, critical analysis of current events and trends. The organization is not funded by any government, special interest group or corporation, and is thus able to publish perspectives on the regions most pressing and controversial issues. For more information about the issue, please contact Terry Walz (Executive Director of MERIP) at: Tel - 202 223-3677 or E-mail - email@example.com - Rania Masri P.S. Please forward this message
Preliminary Roster Middle East Report #215 Summer 2000 Iraq: A Decade of Devastation Layout and design done by June 10 Issue Development Team: Phyllis Bennis (Director), Joe Stork, Laurie King-Irani, Chris Toensing (Editor) Total Word Count: 34133 The Issue Ten years have passed since Iraq's ill-considered invasion of Kuwait, the US-led allied military response to this event, the imposition of a punishing sanctions regime and the hardening of futile and unproductive US policies towards the Iraqi regime. The past decade has also witnessed a dramatic militarization of the Gulf region, a US and UK-led undercutting of international law and the role of the United Nations, as well as civilian deaths and environmental devastation as a result of the 1991 war and the sanctions regime (particularly from the use of depleted uranium). As a result of the devastation of Iraq, activist organizations have mobilized in the US and Europe to question and challenge US policies, particularly the continuation of sanctions, but few critics of sanctions have also focused on the detrimental nature of the Iraqi regime and its role in the continued suffering of the Iraqi people. This issue of Middle East Report attempts a wide as well as an incisive assessment of Iraq's decade of devastation, with the aim of exploring and advancing alternatives to sanctions and a cessation of the suffering of the Iraqi people. Authors and Articles: BENNIS, Phyllis: Assessing US Policy Ten Years Later. 3000 words. Will focus on the militarization of the Gulf region and the subversion of international law and the United Nations by bilateral US-UK initiatives. GRAHAM-BROWN, Sarah: The Failure of the Sanctions Regime. 3000 words. Will focus on the humanitarian impact of the sanctions, and provide a critique of the sanctions using comparisons with the sanctions regimes imposed on Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. AL-KHAFAJI, Isam. Socioeconomic and Political Transformations in Postwar Iraq. 3000 words. Will identify emerging opposition currents in Iraq (if any) as part of a comprehensive assessment of the social structure fashioned by sanctions and Saddam Husayn's response. Accompanied by boxed chart showing "Oppositions at a Glance." GARFIELD, Richard. Responding to Sanctions: Comparisons between Iraq and Cuba. 3000 words (received). Compares the declining social indicators in Iraq with significantly better ones in Cuba, suggesting that regime response to sanctions can play a major role in mitigating popular suffering. FERNEA, B.J. One Village's Response to War and Sanctions. 2180 words (received). Revisits village of Daghara where she and her husband had lived forty-five years ago to find gains in education, public health, and hope for the future seriously undermined. RYAN, Curtis. Iraqi-Jordanian Relations Ten Years Later. 2500 words. Will focus on Jordan's loss of its major trading partner and the influx of Iraqi exiles into Jordan in examining these vital bilateral relations. HILTERMANN, Joost. Elusive Justice: War Crimes Tribunals. 2678 words (received). Evaluates the possibilities for prosecuting the Iraqi regime for war crimes as an alternative to sanctions, and questions the US opposition to this idea. LYNCH, Marc. Keeping It Together: The Politics of Consensus in the Gulf. 2500 words. Will assess the wobbly international consensus on policy toward Iraq, focusing on the views of other Security council members, and asking if the lack of strong consensus has rendered sanctions ineffective. LAWRENCE, David A. Kurds in Northern Iraq. 2000 words. Will evaluate the political and economic circumstances of Iraq's Kurds after ten years of war and sanctions. HALLIDAY, Fred. Letter from Kuwait. 3550 words (received). Surveys the political scene in Kuwait ten years after the war, showing the strategies employed by the royal family to forestall democratization and greater freedoms for women. PETERSON, Scott. Boxed Update on Depleted Uranium. 800 words. Will update the scientific findings on the long-term effects of allied use of depleted uranium ammunition during the war, and official denials of these effects. KELLY, Kathy. What About the Incubators? 1125 words (received). A moving account by the prominent American activist of worsening conditions in Iraqi childrens' hospitals, and the efforts of Iraqi doctors to soldier on. GUSTAFSON, Eric. Review of "Three Kings." 1000 words. Will place the box-office hit in political context, focusing on the critical message of the movie, and the actual politics of former US soldiers who fought in the Gulf War. Front Matter: LUNA STEIN, Rebecca. Israeli TV Dramas. 1000 words. Will offer a critical viewing of recent Israeli TV dramas, and their attempts to render Palestinians invisible. YOUNG, Michael. The Disappeared in Lebanon. 1500 words. Will update efforts to locate 'disappeared' Lebanese political activists. SOVICH, Nina. The Sad State of Palestinian Unions. 1500 words (received). Offers a pointed critique of Arafat's cooptation of formerly independent labor unions, and labor leaders' collaboration.