Spring 2003

 

"A Small Voice Between the Smoke and the Silence" / Una pequena voz entre el humo y el silencio (In Spanish)... Eight pages of photos and questions written from the vantage point of an Iraqi child. Originally published in the Mexico daily, "La Jornada," on April 12, 2003, this is an excellent teaching tool for use in bilingual-Spanish classrooms and in Spanish language classes. Raises profound questions and helps students examine the war and its consequences from a different point of view.

*Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism, an Illustrated Exposé, Joel Andreas. (AK Press, 2002). 62 pp. $10. Takes on the most active, powerful, and destructive military in the world. Hard-hitting, carefully documented, and heavily illustrated, it reveals why the United States has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country. Find out who benefits from these military adventures, who pays, and who dies.

Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis, Phyllis Bennis. (Olive Branch Press, 2003). www.interlinkbooks.com. Includes valuable history of U.S., Israeli, Palestinian relations. Strong history of U.S. domination of U.N. and the evolving policy of U.S. unilateralism.

Challenge to Genocide: Let Iraq Live, Ramsey Clark et al, ed. (International Action Center, 1998). www.iacenter.org. The first chapter, "Fire and Ice," by Clark, contains powerful unreported information on the devastation caused by the 1991 war and sanctions.

*Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (video), Audrey Brohy and Gerald Ungerman. (Free-Will Productions, 2000). 64 minutes. $25. This documentary looks at the origins of the Gulf War crisis and challenges the official Western "party-line" view of a spontaneous crusade for "Freedom & Democracy." It exposes the White House and U.S. State Department's hidden agenda in the Gulf as well as the Pentagon's use of radioactive ammunitions made of uranium 238, backed by interviews of such prominent personalities as Desert Storm Commander General Norman Schwarzkopf, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, and many others.

Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War, Anthony Arnove, ed. (South End Press, 2002). 262 pp. $16. A powerful collection of essays by scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Phyllis Bennis, and Howard Zinn that deal with all aspects of the current conflict in Iraq. A key primer.

Let Iraq Live (video), Gloria Riva. International Action Center. 28 minutes. $17. www.iacenter.org.

No-Nonsense Guide to The Arms Trade, Gideon Burrows. (New Internationalist/Verso, 2002). 144 pp. $10. An excellent description of the world trade of death products, from small arms to jet fighters. A valuable resource for socially conscious math teachers, global studies, or social studies teachers. Part of an extremely useful series that every school library should have.

Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You, Norman Soloman and Reese Erlich. (Context Books, 2003). Excellent, specific discussions of media bias and war rhetoric.

Understanding the U.S.-Iraq Crisis: A Primer, Phyllis Bennis. (Institute for Policy Studies, January 2003). 24 pp. An excellent resource that answers 43 basic questions about the current march to war, the history of U.S.-Iraq relations, and alternatives to the current policy. An electronic version of the publication can be found at www.ips-dc.org/iraq/primer.htm. Printed copies available at low prices. Check out the above website, or contact 202-234-9382 or dorian@ips-dc.org.

Why Another War? A Backgrounder on the Iraq Crisis (Second Edition), Sarah Graham- Brown and Chris Toensing. (MERIP Report, December 2002). 16 pp. Primer offers answers to major questions on the Iraq crisis including: Does Saddam Hussein's regime pose a "mortal threat" to the U.S. and Iraq's neighbors? How have sanctions imposed after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait affected ordinary Iraqis? The Iraq backgrounder is available online at: www.merip.org or in print form at no charge, while supplies last. To order copies or for further information, contact MERIP at ctoensing@merip.org or call 202-223-3677.

Spring 2003

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