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Global apartheid africa iraq { December 23 2002 }

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Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 16:11:11 -0500
From: Institute for Public Accuracy
Subject: 'Global Apartheid' for Christmas? -- * Africa * Iraq

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
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PM Monday, December 23, 2002

"Global Apartheid" for Christmas?
* Africa * Iraq

Over the weekend the White House announced the cancellation of President
Bush's January trip to Africa. Booker, executive director of Africa Action,
said today: "The administration thinks they've addressed enough Black
issues with the replacement of Lott and so they callously dump Africa
again. The Bush administration is disinterested in Africa aside from oil
imports and the use of African territory in Washington's 'war on
terrorism.' The U.S. government continues shamelessly to limit funding for
AIDS programs in Africa and supports the pharmaceutical companies' efforts
to enforce draconian patent laws against poor countries seeking affordable
medicines." The Guardian in Britain reported this weekend that Dick Cheney,
at the behest of pharmaceutical giants, blocked a global agreement (against
the will of all 140 other countries in the World Trade Organization) to
provide cheap drugs to poor countries. Booker said: "For Christmas, the
Bush administration is reinforcing global apartheid."

Former head of the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq and former Assistant
Secretary General of the United Nations, Halliday has just returned from
Cairo, where he attended a conference on Iraq. He said today: "After my
very recent visits to Tunisia and Egypt, it is evident that the Arab
community now perceives the American people along with Washington as being
responsible for the terrible impact of U.S. foreign policy on the
Palestinians and on the people of Iraq. My previous experience when
visiting Iraq last year was that the Iraqis distinguish between Washington
policies and the people of America. Now, in the light of ... the Republican
victory last November, Americans as a whole are being held liable. This is
understandable and needs to be conveyed to American listeners and viewers...."

A lawyer and Catholic nun, Campbell is executive director of JERICHO, an
interfaith social justice group in California. She has just returned from
Iraq, where she traveled with a religious delegation. Campbell said today:
"There are so many things I didn't know before I got to Iraq. I didn't know
the U.S. government has not talked to the Iraqi government since before the
Gulf War. I didn't know how devastating the economic sanctions have been.
You have dentists working as bellhops in hotels because people can't afford
a dentist in Iraq. We have destroyed a country's economy. I didn't realize
that cancer treatment protocols are not getting into the country in a
useful fashion; I didn't realize that the depleted uranium we used has
apparently led to heightened cancer rates and that the U.S. blocked the
World Health Organization from doing a study."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

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