Irrelevance Lost

by Marc Lynch | published March 20, 2003

The UN Arab Human Development Report

A Critique

by Mark LeVine | published July 26, 2002

With great fanfare and evident satisfaction, the UN Development Program and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development in June released the "Arab Human Development Report 2002" (AHDR). The Report, authored by a team of Arab scholars and policymakers with an advisory committee of "well-known Arabs in international public life," is the first UN Human Development Report devoted to a single region. Its release in Cairo was accompanied by a London press conference which received significant attention in the Western media.

How the Sanctions Hurt Iraq

by Colin Rowat | published August 2, 2001

(This article was updated on November 14, 2001.)

Smart Sanctions

Rebuilding Consensus or Maintaining Conflict?

by Marc Lynch | published June 28, 2001

On Hold

International Protection for the Palestinians

by Adam Hanieh | published November 28, 2000

Running for Cover: The US, World Oil Markets and Iraq

by Chris Toensing | published September 28, 2000

Last week's panic within the Clinton Administration over a potential winter spike in heating oil prices has greatly eased, as oil prices have begun to fall. The Democrats' political planners feared that Republican candidate George W. Bush and voters would blame Clinton and Vice President Al Gore for failing to forestall the price rise that dominated the news for the last two weeks.

Petition Charges Israel with War Crimes

The Case of the Qana Massacre Survivors

by Laurie King-Irani | published December 8, 1999

UNICEF Establishes Blame in Iraq

by Sarah Graham-Brown | published September 21, 1999

UNICEF'S recent reports on child mortality in Iraq provided ready fuel for the ongoing propaganda war over the future of sanctions. Iraq's representative at the UN has spoken of a "genocide" caused by sanctions while US and United Kingdom spokespersons, completely ignoring the sanctions' impact since 1990, have blamed Saddam's regime for Iraq's socio-economic decline.