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The Toronto Star has published a multipart series from Iraq, the third major North American newspaper to do so within the past month. (The Star joins Newsday and the St. Petersburg Times; Newsday's articles have rolled offline, but see <http://www.sptimes.com/columns/stm.shtml> for the latter.) Following are links to Sunday's/Monday's series in The Star. To write a letter to the editor, send e-mail to <email@example.com>. Regards, Drew Hamre Golden Valley, MN USA === The Toronto Star (series by Sandro Contenta, and others)  http://www.thestar.com/thestar/back_issues/ED20000625/news/20000625NEW15_FO- YOUTHS.html Iraqi youth pay price for U.N. sanctions Poverty pushes children out of school and on to the streets, putting an entire generation at risk  http://www.thestar.com/thestar/back_issues/ED20000625/opinion/20000625AWAB02 _WB-SANDRO.html The rich get richer, the poor . . . Billions of dollars worth of goods evade U.N. rules  http://www.thestar.com/thestar/back_issues/ED20000625/opinion/20000625AWAB03 b_WB-HANDE.html He thought he could help. He was wrong  http://www.thestar.com/back_issues/ED20000626/news/20000626NEW10_FO-KURDS.ht ml Kurds rebuild homes, carve a state Village Saddam destroyed for palace rises again brick by brick  http://www.thestar.com/editorial/life/20000626LFE01_LI-AUCTION.html Auctioning off Baghdad  http://www.thestar.com/thestar/back_issues/ED20000625/opinion/20000625AWAB03 _WB-KERRY.html (Attached below ...) `You can't ignore what you see' By Kerry Gillespie Toronto Star Staff Reporter Making money first drew Arthur Millholland to Iraq. He thought getting involved in the Oil For Food program would leave his company, Oilexco, in good standing when the sanctions ended. But it didn't take long before he became disillusioned with the program and an outspoken activist. The transformation was simple. ``You can't ignore what you see,'' says Millholland, 40, the company's president, from his office in Calgary. ``It's appalling.'' When he first saw starving children on the streets, he thought that buying Iraqi crude oil - he pays the United Nations which in turn gives Iraq food and medicine - would make him feel like he was helping. It hasn't worked out that way. ``It's a huge problem. The Oil For Food program is just a Band-Aid. It's not going to fix anything.'' Lifting the sanctions is the only way to make the lives of ordinary Iraqis better, he believes. By reselling the oil at a higher price, his company has made money through the program but Millholland is hoping for a quick end to both the program and the hardship he has seen on his dozen trips to Iraq over the last three years. He spoke to the Commons standing committee on foreign affairs and international trade during its March hearings on Iraq sanctions. The committee recommended an end to the U.S.-led economic sanctions and suggested instead a purely military embargo and reopening the Canadian embassy in Baghdad. Getting Canadian diplomats back into the country - where they can see firsthand what is happening - is vital to removing what Millholland calls a shroud of American propaganda about Iraq. ``Washington needs an enemy for their military industrial complex and Saddam (Hussein) is a pretty good one.'' Millholland hopes Canadian politicians will decide to chart their own course. ``Iraqis don't have fangs,'' he says. ``The average Iraqi is no different than any Canadian.'' More than 1 million Iraqis have died because of the sanctions that limit everything from pencils and lightbulbs to ambulances and pesticides in an effort to force Saddam to surrender the rest of his illicit weapons, Millholland says. ``We Canadians like to think of ourselves as taking the high road. Well, we're on the low road here. Really, what the policy is, is to kill a man's children to go after him, which is Saddam Hussein.'' Ten years ago, Iraq had a health-care system comparable to Canada's and its education system was the envy of the Middle East. Now, clean water is a luxury and schools lack for nearly everything. Pencils are a sanctionable item. The rationale: ``You could potentially take the graphite out of pencils to make weapons-grade uranium,'' Millholland says. ``It's a real stretch.'' Even the Oil For Food program - designed to ease Iraqi suffering - has problems, Millholland says. ``It's extremely cumbersome.'' The arcane bureaucracy keeps many companies from getting involved, he says. The gamble keeps out others. Under the program, the U.N. sets the buying price for Iraqi oil each month and company's like Millholland's gamble they'll be able to sell the cargo for more on the open market. The market price changes daily. Millholland made a profit of about 28 cents per barrel the first time and 21 cents the second. But he has heard that one company lost more than $1 a barrel. Oilexco is the only Canadian company, and one of two in North America, with contracts to buy Iraqi oil, he says. Millholland recalls that after World War I, Germany was forced to pay crippling war reparations. Just as that was a factor leading to World War II, Millholland says, people should be wary if Iraqi parents must continue to bury their children. ``The hatred of the Western world is growing.'' -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 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