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Special Issue of Middle East Report Middle East Report 215 Summer 2000 IRAQ: A DECADE OF DEVASTATION 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 Iraq. 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 ahead. 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. To subscribe or to order individual copies, contact Blackwell Publishers at 1-800-835-6770. For further information, contact Terry Walz: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chris Toensing: email@example.com. Middle East Report is published by the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), a progressive, independent organization based in 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. MERIP 1500 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 119 Washington, DC 20005 Phone: (202) 223-3677 Fax: (202) 223-3604 Web: www.merip.org For informed and engaged analysis of the Middle East, visit our website: http://www.merip.org Terry Walz Middle East Research and Information Project 1500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 119 Washington, DC 20005 Tel: (202) 223-3677; Fax: (202) 223-3604 -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi