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"Here is a brilliantly collated body of unrelenting, undeniable evidence of the horrors that the U.S government sanctions are visiting upon the people, in particular the children, of Iraq." Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things; 'The arguments for change are convincing. The undecided should pay heed.' The Economist; 'This is a very important book and I hope it will be widely read.' Tony Benn, MP, in the New Statesman; This remarkable book is an invaluable documentation of the tragedy in Iraq, and deserves reading by every citizen interested in the appalling reality of US and UK foreign policy.' Edward W. Said --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Eqbal Ahmad was Professor of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and was for many years the managing editor of Race and Class. His essays and articles appeared in the New York Times, The Nation and numerous other journals and newspapers throughout the world. David Barsamian has interviewed Noam Chomsky for the publication Class War (Pluto 1996)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press; Revised Edition edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896086976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896086975
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,974,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Arnove is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal, editor of Iraq Under Siege and The Essential Chomsky, and coauthor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People's History of the United States and Terrorism and War. He is the codirector of The People Speak with Chris Moore and Howard Zinn.

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With this type of organization the reader will never get lost in the sea of facts.
James
He callslifting the sanctions from Iraq, once it fully complies with inspections and dropping the threat to overthrow the regime even if it does comply.
Chris
There is an alphabetical index in the back of the book as well as brief synopses of the authors.
Steve Woodruff

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Romi Mahajan on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
This edited volume is perhaps one of the most important books to emerge on the US political scene in the last few years. In a series of short essays, several leading lights of the anti-sanctions movement highlight the tremendous toll on civilian society in Iraq that a decade of US-led sanctions has taken. What emerges is a horrific tale of US machinations and a ruthless policy making that has resulted in the deaths of over a million Iraqi civilians and has done very little to displace the current regime.
This book is laden with facts, eyewitness accounts, and reports of fact-finding missions from people from a whole range of ideological, professional, and political backgrounds. It must be read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.W.K on June 21, 2002
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When you hear leftist MIT professor Noam Chomsky talking about "the deadly effect of US-imposed sanctions on Iraq," you squirm a little, wondering. Then you read many credible sources citing the death of over one million innocent people (including some 5oo,ooo children) as a result of these sanctions. This makes you cringe a little more, but you still wonder about the reality of it all. Although this book does not furnish any photos of children with one mutant eye bulging out their head from exposure to depleted uranium radiation, it does nonetheless paint an accurate picture of the current situation. (Btw, I was exposed to footage of "dumpster babies" and mutant children in Japan, so you can take my word when I say that you wouldn't want to see such photos anyway.) Moreover, the book will provide you with the most up-to-date information about the sanctions available in print. If Iraq, biological warfare or sanctions are issues that interests you, this book is not to be passed up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Woodruff on February 25, 2002
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The book is written in 16 easy-to-read chapters organized under 5 Parts (or themes) and an Introduction which provides some background information as to the "roots of the crisis". With this type of organization the reader will never get lost in the sea of facts. All facts are referenced at the end of each corresponding chapter in order of appearance. This book is an excellent compilation of essays written by 18 different respected authors including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and John Pilger to name a few. Though the book is a compilation of essays, these essays read congruently, flowing from one to the other so that this book reads like...well, a book! Part I covers the roots of US/UK Policy in Iraq, Part II separates some of the commonly heard myths from the realities in regard to Iraq and Saddam (two words that are not synonymous with each other), Part III gives the reader some heart wrenching real-life stories (documentaries) of life under the sanctions, Part IV provides documentation recording the human, agricultural and some of other impacts of the sanctions as well as some shocking information on Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons, and Part V essentially provides the reader with pertinent information and guidelines for activist response, including how to research and where to go for information. There is a map of Iraq in the beginning of the book listing all the main Shiite towns, centers of Kurdish populations, oil fields, refineries, pipelines and more. There are also 12 quality black and white pictures of people and places which really tie everything together nicely. There is an alphabetical index in the back of the book as well as brief synopses of the authors. I guarantee you will know far more about what is going on in Iraq (and have better insight into why Washington is taking so long in removing Saddam) than most members of the media ever have.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By tanweer akram on August 28, 2000
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The US imposed sanctions on Iraq have been in force for a decade. The consequences of US Iraq sanctions policy have been quite deadly. Yet the possibility of an end to sanctions is remote unless there is a popular movement to end it. This book, edited by Anthony Arnove, makes an analytical, yet impassioned, case for lifting the sanctions against Iraq. The price that the people of Iraq are paying for the sanctions is colossal. At least half a million children have died as a result of the increase in child mortality due to sanctions. Child mortality in Iraq has risen from a level that was comparable to standards in advanced industrialized world to that of least developed countries with chronic shortages of food or devastated by civil war, such as Sudan or Somalia. Approximately one million people have died due to the sanctions. Iraq's water supply facilities and waste disposal systems are in ruins because the sanctions prevent Iraq from importing spare parts required to operate them. The country's environment and agriculture are in shambles. Sanctions have strengthened the Iraqi ruling elite. Iraqi regime had long denied civil and political rights to its population, but economic and social quality of life for the majority was high before the Gulf War. With the imposition of the sanctions, the economic opportunities and social capabilities of Iraqis are being systematically downgraded and destroyed.
This book is an informed indictment of the sanctions policy. It exposes the brutality of sanctions against Iraq and therefore deserves to be widely read. It should be of value to concerned citizens, activists, academics, journalists, students of actual international regions, and Middle East scholars.
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