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Dear Friends: Middle East Report will shortly publish a special issue on Iraq that examines the current sanctions policies toward that country and its devastating impact on its people. I attach a text document of the contents, along with ordering information. If you have any questions about the issue, please e-mail email@example.com. Thanks.
MIDDLE EAST REPORT #215 Summer 2000 * IRAQ: A DECADE OF DEVASTATION * BACKGROUND 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 widely assesses 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: GRAHAM-BROWN, Sarah: Sanctioning Iraq: A Failed Policy. Focuses on the humanitarian impact of the sanctions, showing that economic sanctions in general are a blunt instrument with little chance of success. BENNIS, Phyllis: And They Called It Peace: US Policy on Iraq. Reviews the changes in official thinking behind the increasingly isolated US policy on Iraq. LYNCH, Marc. Keeping It Together: The Politics of Consensus in the Gulf. Assesses 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. JABAR, Faleh A. Shaykhs and Ideologues: Detribalization and Retribalization in Iraq. Demonstrates how the Iraqi regime has exploited tribal loyalties to shore up its power. GARFIELD, Richard. Responding to Sanctions: Comparisons between Iraq and Cuba. 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. HILTERMANN, Joost. Elusive Justice: Trying to Try Saddam. Evaluates the possibilities for prosecuting the Iraqi regime for war crimes as an alternative to sanctions, and exposes the US opposition to this idea. RYAN, Curtis. Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Jordanian-Iraq Relations with Saddam Hussein's Regime. Focuses on Jordan's loss of its major trading partner and the influx of Iraqi exiles into Jordan in examining these vital bilateral relations. Letters, Dispatches and Features: LAWRENCE, David Aquila. A Shaky De Facto Kurdistan. Evaluates the political and economic circumstances of Iraq's Kurds after ten years of war and sanctions. FERNEA, Elizabeth Warnock. Dispatch from Daghara: One Village's Response to War and Sanctions. 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. HALLIDAY, Fred. Letter from Kuwait. 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. Updates 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? A moving account by the prominent American activist of worsening conditions in Iraqi children's' hospitals, and the efforts of Iraqi doctors to soldier on. BOXED ITEMS for activities like websites, and references to reports. Interviews: ANTI-SANCTIONS ACTIVISTS: A Group Interview Reviews: COLLA, Elliott. Naveer Shamma, Iraqi oudist. Shehadi Award Essay: SOVICH, Nina. The Stifling Democracy within Palestinian Unions. Offers a pointed critique of Arafat's cooptation of formerly independent labor unions, and labor leaders' collaboration. To order copies: Single issue is L12 (pounds sterling) in UK; $14 in Mexico, and $13 in USA e-mail orders to : firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (United Kingdom) (44) 1-865-244-083; (United States) 1-800-835-6770. More about Middle East Report, visit our website, www.merip.org