Tuesday, February 24, 1998

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  • Kofi Annan, the United Nations and the Iraq Deal

    After announcing a peace deal between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, the public address system at U.N. headquarters in New York began to crackle with another announcement. U.N. staff were diplomatically told that the U.N. chief would be returning today from Baghdad and encouraged staffers to turn out and cheer the Secretary General.

  • The U.S. and the Legality of War

    U.S. officials made it clear yesterday that the Iraq crisis is not over. President Clinton said that tens of thousands of U.S. troops and hundreds of war planes would be remaining in the Gulf region. But what is the legal basis for U.S. actions?

  • Sanctions Continue

    The immediate crisis between the United States and Iraq may have ended, at least for now. However, for millions of Iraqis living under crippling economic sanctions, the crisis continues.

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