Iraq: Rolling Over Sanctions, Raising the Stakes

by Sarah Graham-Brown | published November 28, 2001

Late in the evening of November 27, the US and Russia appear to have reached an agreement to once again roll over existing sanctions on Iraq for six months, by which time Secretary of State Colin Powell hopes the two powers will have agreed on a version of his proposed "smart sanctions." The December 3 deadline to renew the UN oil for food program, under which Iraq is allowed to sell its oil on the world market to import needed civilian goods, brings the familiar rhetoric, mutual accusations and rejections that have accompanied most renewals since 1997 when the program began. But this time, the stakes are higher, and the outcome is linked to broader uncertainties about future US policy in the Middle East.

Pakistan's Dilemma

by Kamran Asdar Ali | published September 19, 2001

Closure

The Daily Realities of Israel's Occupation

by Chris Smith | published August 27, 2001

How the Sanctions Hurt Iraq

by Colin Rowat | published August 2, 2001

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

Under the Guise of Security

House Demolitions in Gaza

by Chris Smith | published July 13, 2001