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RE: books on hold ?

Hi Daniel and others,

I looked into the question of whether educational materials were 'on hold'
about a year ago.  The situation, as I came to understand it, was that the
bigger problem lay in ordering these materials rather than in securing
permission for their entry once ordered.  A number of interpretations were
offered for this: the relevant ministries didn't have strong leaders,
capable of championing their causes; the Iraqi government wanted the middle
class to feel sanctions' squeeze.  I have no ability to assess these.

My impression was that the permanent members of the Security Council were
happy to allow in educational materials, subject to some concerns about
their content (a UN agency in Iraqi Kurdistan that ordered a journal or a
book containing information on some form of explosive was cited in this

Nevertheless, I do think that donating books is a good idea.  The issue of
why Iraq's educational sector lacks resources may be less important than the
fact that it does.  This said, I share your concerns about the wording of
the NMCDI's appeal.  Perhaps someone from the NMCDI could respond on this

> Why is there no readiliy available info about these holds ?

Some new holds data are available at  See Glen's message to the list
about this, at

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