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Dear Eddie, Colin and CASI members Colin answer is excellent documentation of the situation. I think the move is motivated partly by the fear of the Iraqi government that the warehouses will be destroyed by bombing, like what happened in 91. It will also cut the monthly administrative nightmare of distributing food for 22 million persons which amount to about 450 thousands tons a month! Best regards Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar Baghdad, Iraq ----- Original Message ----- From: "Colin Rowat" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2003 8:06 PM Subject: re: [casi] Re: CASI-discuss digest, Vol 1 #317 - 2 msgs > > This week's Economist (Jan4 -10 2003) says that "Iraqis are currently > > receiving double rations of the government-distributed food they rely > > on to survive" > > Hi Eddie, > > The Iraqi government has begun to distribute rations less frequently, > but in larger quantities. > > On 26 December Reuters reported that: Iraq has increased food rations to > let citizens stock up for a possible war with the United States, its > trade minister said on Thursday. The minister, Mohammed Mehdi Saleh, > told Reuters supplies distributed so far should ensure everyone had a > stockpile to last three months. "And we are going to increase the > quantity in the coming months so that everybody is secured in this > regard," he said. (Iraq stockpiles food for possible attack by U.S., > Nadim Ladki). > > Here are some earlier references: > > 25 November, "STANDING BY SADDAM FROM A DISTANCE", Tim Cornwell, The > Scotsman: Baghdad doubled food rations last month. > > 10 October, "Waiting for War" Pete Norman, People Magazine: The > government recently began distributing two months' worth of rations out > of concern that the foodstuffs in their warehouses would be destroyed. > > 20 August: "Iraq Shows Baby Milk Store at Reported Weapons Site", > Reuters, Huda Majeed Saleh: Trade Minister Mohammed Mehdi Saleh "on > August 4 as we started to distribute food rations every two months ... > > 7 August: "War is talk of the town in Baghdad", Reuters: The government > declared last week that as of August, food rations would be distributed > every two months instead of every month. > > One interpretation is that the Iraqi government is trying to buy more > popular support by doing this. The UN humanitarian scenarios document > indicates that many Iraqis are selling the extra ration elements given > them, so may not have a larger stock of food to fall back on in the > event of escalated hostilities. > > Best, > > 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 > > _______________________________________________ > Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss > To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk > > _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk