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Special Issue of Middle East Report

Special Issue of Middle East Report
Middle East Report 215 Summer 2000


Will economic sanctions continue to devastate the people and infrastructure
of Iraq during this election year? What price is too high to pay for the
appearance of being "tough on Saddam Hussein?"

Middle East Report announces the publication of a special issue, "Iraq: A
Decade of Devastation," assessing the failure of US and allied policy toward
Saddam Hussein's regime and the enormous human cost of economic sanctions in

Once satisfied with "dual containment" and inspecting Iraq for weapons of
mass destruction, the Clinton Administration will now accept nothing less
than the removal of Saddam Hussein, as prominent analyst Phyllis Bennis
writes. The leading candidates in the 2000 presidential election argue over
who will be even tougher on Iraq. Marc Lynch, professor of political science
at Williams College,reviews the increasing isolation of US policy in the
international community.

Meanwhile, the jury is in on economic sanctions in Iraq: though they were
imposed to topple Saddam Hussein, in practice they have targeted Iraqi
civilians. As noted author Sarah Graham-Brown and Dr. Richard Garfield
demonstrate, US-led economic sanctions are wrecking Iraq's infrastructure
and public health. Security Council resolution 986 (Oil-for-Food) probably
averted a famine, but is completely inadequate to stem the dying, by
UNICEF's estimation, 250 die daily and suffering traceable to the sanctions
subtler impact. Even if economic sanctions were lifted tomorrow, their
long-term effects will continue to punish Iraqi civilians for years to come.

The Iraqi regime, which bears great responsibility for suffering in Iraq, is
as strong as ever. Iraqi scholar Faleh A. Jabar shows how the government
exploits the social disintegration brought on by war and sanctions to shore
up its power. Joost Hiltermann of Human Rights Watch reveals the obstruction
of international attempts to try the regime for war crimes by an unlikely
party: the US.

Middle East Report interviews American activists seeking to end sanctions
about the lessons learned by their nascent movement and the challenges

Also featured: Kathy Kelly asks why children bear the brunt of sanctions;
David Aquila Lawrence visits Iraqi Kurdistan; Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
returns to the Iraqi village where she lived 40 years ago; Scott Peterson
updates the grim news on depleted uranium ammunition; and more.

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Washington, DC. Since 1971 MERIP has provided critical analysis of the
Middle East, focusing on political economy, popular struggles and the
implications of US and international policy for the region.

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