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With a looming war on Iraq, it would be useful for activists and citizens to have at hand various Iraq-related links, articles, and books to learn about Iraq and its people, the background to Persian Gulf War, and more important to refute the claims of the War Party.
There are number of activist organizations that involved in anti-war and anti-sanctions effort.
Education for Peace in Iraq Center is organization dedicated to improving humanitarian conditions in Iraq and defending the human rights of the Iraqi people. It has worked on the education and the involvement of Americans in a national dialogue about Iraq.
Voices in the Wilderness is a joint US/UK campaign to end the economic sanctions against the people of Iraq. Since March 1996, nearly fifty Voices delegations have traveled to Iraq in open violation of the sanctions. Each small delegation represents thousands of people in America and England who oppose cruel economic warfare. Voices in the Wilderness has put together not only some excellent documents about the sanctions and its effects.
The Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (CASI) based in Cambridge, England, provides information about the humanitarian situation in Iraq and its context. It aims to raise awareness of the effects of sanctions on Iraq, and campaigns on humanitarian grounds for the lifting of non-military sanctions. The Iraq Action Coalition is an online media and activists’ resource center for groups and activists who are working to end the war against the people of Iraq.
The National Network to End the War Against Iraq a nation-wide coalition of over 140 peace and justice, student and faith-based organizations united to work for a common cause: ending the illegal, unjust, and inhumane war being waged against the people of Iraq by member states of the United Nations, led by the United States.
News and Commentary
One of best sites with daily updates is Antiwar.com. Its coverage of war news is comprehensive. It carries not only links to the mainstream press but also viewpoints and op-eds, including their own columnists. The regular columns of Justin Raimondo are always lucidly written and worth reading, even if you don’t agree with his libertarian views. The folks at antiwar.com have done a commendable job in bring together some of the best antiwar materials.
Znet’s Iraq page is comprehensive too, with articles by Milan Rai, John Pilger, and many others.
Counterpunch.org, edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair is probably the best left newsletter in the country. It has plenty of articles on Iraq and the Middle East.
Iraqjournal.org provides direct coverage of recent developments in Iraq. It has plenty of video and audio materials.
Middle East Report is an excellent magazine with comprehensive coverage of the Middle East.
Even though Tony Blair’s United Kingdom has the most dedicated lieutenant of US policy toward Iraq, British newspapers often provide good analysis. Liberal papers such as The Independent and The Guardian provide excellent coverage of international affairs, including Iraq and Middle East. Robert Fisk’s articles, which appear regularly in the Independent, are probably the best reports from the Middle East. Occasionally the even tabloid The Daily Mirror has good articles too by war critics, like John Pilger
Iraq speaker bureau, a project of EPIC-USA, provides direct access to policy experts, diplomats, former UN officials, human rights activists and public health researchers who are committed to taking you beyond the headlines.
There are a number of good books on Iraq. Several worth mentioning: Arnove, Anthony, ed., (2002). Iraq under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War, updated edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: South End Press. (Recently reviewed in www.pressaction.com). Alnasrawi, Abbas, (2002). Iraq’s Burden: Oil, Sanctions, and Underdevelopment. Westport Connecticut: Greenwood Press. [This book look at the structure and development of Iraq's economy and the effect of sanctions.] Brown, Sarah Graham (1999). Sanctioning Saddam: The Politics of Intervention in Iraq. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press. Simons, Geoff (1996). The Scourging of Iraq: Sanctions, Law and Natural Justice. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press. Rai, Milan. (2002) War Plan Iraq.
Action and Activism
The mainstream US media rarely reports the actual condition of people in Iraq. There has been little debate about US planned war against Iraq except in a narrow sense. However, there are plenty of resources and documentation showing the devastating consequences of the Persian Gulf War (1991) and the sanctions against Iraq. There is no valid reason for another war against Iraq on the pretext of dismantling Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction.
If the people in Western capitalist democracies can educate themselves, organize and resist, they can stop the planned US war against Iraq.
[* ABU SPINOZA is pseudonym for an economist. An earlier version of this article appeared in pressaction.com.]