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Wednesday, February 17, 1999

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  • Saddam Hussein: Out of the Ashes

    As Kurds around the world hold a second day of protests over the surprise arrest of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK, the Kurdish workers’ party in Turkey, we look at one country whose repression of Kurds has been particularly deadly: Iraq. President Saddam Hussein reportedly gassed thousands of Kurds in their homeland of Kurdistan in the late 1980’s.

  • Sanctions Against Iraq

    The United States continued this week to bomb the U.S.-British imposed no-fly zones in the north and south of Iraq, and Iraq said that at least three civilians were killed and a number injured in the latest attacks. As ordinary Iraqis continue to suffer from the effects of the air strikes, the American Friends Service Committee has just initiated a tour of the United States to speak out against economic sanctions, another U.S. policy in Iraq with deadly consequences. The United Nations has acknowledged that at least 1,000 Iraqi children die monthly from the effects of sanctions, while Iraqi health officials put the total deaths at over one million since the sanctions were first imposed in 1991 after the Gulf War.