Iraq Under Siege

Iraq Under Siege : The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War

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This text provides an overview of how sanctions are devastating Iraq. For nearly a decade now, the Iraqi people have borne the hardship of life under harsh sanctions. More than one million people, many of them children under five, have died due to the sustained bombing attacks and the deprivation caused by the sanctions. Because th sanctions have prevented Iraq from importing basic necessities needed for medical treatment, easily preventable diseases have taken a devastating toll on the Iraqi population. Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein and his ruling elite - the supposed target of the West's campaign - remain unaffected. In this collection, leading voices against the sanctions document the human, environmental and social toll of the United States-led war against Iraq. The contributors are John Pilger, Robert Fisk, Noam Chomsky, Denis Halliday, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Phyllis Bennis, Barbara Nimri Aziz, Kathy Kelly, Voices in the Wilderness, Rania Masri Naseer Aruri, Dr Huda S. Ammash, Sharon Smith, Dr Peter Pellett, George Capaccio, and Ali Abunimah.
Carefully documented, thoroughly researched and written in clear language, the book should be useful for anyone wanting to understand the roots of Western policy in Iraq and the Middle East. The volume also includes photographs and first person accounts from Iraq that show the human story of the sanctions, ending with concrete ideas on how people can help end them.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • photographs, index
  • 0745316603
  • 9780745316604

Table of contents

Part 1 The roots of US/UK policy: US Iraq policy -motives and consequences, Noam Chomsky; US policy on Iraq in the 1990s, Naseer Aruri; Iraq - the impact of sanctions and US policy, Phyllis Bennis, Denis Halliday; bleeding a nation, John Pilger. Part 2 Life under sanctions: raising voices - the children of Iraq, 1990-1999, Kathy Kelly; killing a country and a people, George Capaccio; targets-not victims, Barbara Nimri Aziz. Part 3 Documenting the impact of sanctions: the impact of sanctions on the environment and health in Iraq, Dr Huda S. Ammash; sanctions, food, nutrition, and health in Iraq, Dr Peter Pellett. Part 4 Myths and realities: ten myths about sanctions, Voices in the Wilderness; the media's deadly spin on Iraq, Rania Masri, Ali Abunimah; one Iraqi's story, Howard Zinn; the hidden war, Robert Fisk. Part 5 Activist responses: signature ad against sanctions, Edward Said et al; sanctions as biological warfare, Noam Chomsky; building the movement to end sanctions, Sharon Smith. Appendix: key organizations working to end sanctions.
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