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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 context). 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 question? > Why is there no readiliy available info about these holds ? Some new holds data are available at http://www.casi.org.uk/info/un.html#oip. See Glen's message to the list about this, at http://www.casi.org.uk/discuss/2002/msg00045.html. Colin Rowat work | Room 406, Department of Economics | The University of Birmingham | Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK | web.bham.ac.uk/c.rowat | (+44/0) 121 414 3754 | (+44/0) 121 414 7377 (fax) | firstname.lastname@example.org personal | (+44/0) 7768 056 984 (mobile) | (+44/0) 7092 378 517 (fax) | (707) 221 3672 (US fax) | email@example.com _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.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.