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Dear Casi member, I think this is an excellent innitiative, and long overdue. In today's Jordan Times there is an article on the Iraq book campaign. I am including it below; URL is located at the end of the article. 3,500 books collected so far, for Iraq By Oula Al Farawati AMMAN — The National Mobilisation Committee for the Defence of Iraq on Saturday announced it has so far collected around 3,500 books out of a target of 8,000, to be donated to sanctions-hit Iraq. Fawwaz Zureiqat of the committee told The Jordan Times that the campaign, which started in May, aims to “get books to Iraqis, since most of the books in the country were burnt by UN inspection groups, and help Iraqis rebuild their scientific libraries.” The campaign is collecting urgently-needed books, periodicals and learning resources, said Zureiqat, adding that “Iraq is suffering an embargo on science and thinking.” The committee said its basic list of books was prepared in cooperation with Iraqi universities. Jordanian activists have been leading the international campaign that was launched simultaneously in the Middle East, Europe and the US. “This campaign's philosophy emanated from the belief that we should lead practical initiatives to help break the embargo on Iraq, instead of only calling for a lifting of the embargo,” he said. The UN imposed sanctions on Baghdad have been in force since the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Groups from Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Qatar, Palestine, the US, the UK, India, Spain, Italy and several other countries are participating in the campaign, according to Zureiqat. The committee led a similar campaign last year and collected 3.5 million pencils for Iraqi schoolchildren. Several countries, including Palestine, Italy and Spain, followed suit with like initiatives. The campaign is still receiving any kind of books and cash donations for the purchase of books. http://www.jordantimes.com/Sun/homenews/homenews5.htm -- _______________________________________________ 1 cent a minute calls anywhere in the U.S.! http://www.getpennytalk.com/cgi-bin/adforward.cgi?p_key=RG9853KJ&url=http://www.getpennytalk.com -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.