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Dear CASI discussion list members,

Most list members will be aware that CASI is undergoing a period of
transition, seeking a new mandate and focus amidst the continuing
confusion in Iraq. The new CASI committee believes that providing and
circulating new information and analysis, central to CASI's work during
sanctions, remains a useful and pressing function to which CASI can
usefully contribute.

In the past, the discussion list (casi-discuss) has been an important part
of this function. Recently, however, the list has begun to lose many of
its members, some of whom have expressed their concern that the list is no
longer useful as a source of information and analysis. The list has also
had its share of external disruption over the past months.

In an effort to improve the situation, the committee has decided to alter
the way in which its list works.

1. A new list, "casi-analysis", is to be established, onto which all
current "casi-discuss" members will be placed. This list will be strongly
moderated. It aims to fulfil a different function to the discussion list.
It is intended as a forum where members should only post information
resources and analysis about the humanitarian situation in Iraq. In
particular, news articles without analysis or commentary (which currently
make up the bulk of the "casi-discuss" postings) should not be posted to
the "casi-analysis" list. If news postings or off-topic messages are
posted to "casi-analysis", they will be returned to the sender.

This new list is intended to function as a concise and focussed forum for
sharing new information and analysis. We hope that it will resurrect some
of CASI's pre-war provision of information. In particular, we hope that
threads of postings will be more joined up, and that particular themes
will be pursued in some detail.

2. Some list members have expressed a desire for a more open discussion
forum. In the immediate future, we will maintain the existing discussion
list. In the longer term, we hope that the new analysis list will become
the main forum for discussion within CASI, and that the existing
discussion list will either be ended or will continue beyond CASI.

3. To avoid cross-posting, current subscribers to "casi-discuss" will be
placed on "casi-analysis". Important postings needing to reach all list
members should therefore be sent to "casi-analysis", which we hope will
become the main forum for information. List members wishing to receive
less messages are advised to usubscribe from casi-discuss (this can be
done at

4. To post to the new analysis list, send email to . To contact the moderator, send email to To unsubscribe or change your subscription
details, visit

5. Moderation guidelines for the analysis list are included at the bottom
of this email. The main changes are that news postings are strictly forbidden, and that all 
messages must be approved by the moderator.

We hope that list members will find the new list helpful, and help to make
it a success, providing an important forum for high-quality information
about the situation in Iraq. We'd appreciate feedback about this new

Many thanks,
the CASI committee

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