The economic history of the Republic of Iraq

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Corporations Rush for Profits in Iraq
By William Pomeroy, in People's Weekly World, 11 February 1995.The U.S.-led alliance, despite sanctions, is scrambling to reestablish economic and diplomatic ties with Iraq. It has made no effort to support the Iraqi democratic opposition or to ensure the carrying out of U.N. Resolution 688 that calls for an end to repression and the holding of U.N.-supervised elections. Instead, a settlement is in the making that would preserve Saddam's regime.
Time running out for Iraqi children
World Food Programme, News Update, 26 September 1995. Concerning food production and purchasing power. Alarming food shortages are causing irreparable damage to an entire generation of Iraqi children. More than 4 million people, a fifth of Iraq's population, are at severe nutritional risk.
Iraq's chilling econoomic statistics
By Ali Abunimah, 23 March 1999. Iraq's total GDP has fallen to just $5.7 billion, or $247 per capita. Just prior to the Gulf War, Iraq's GDP was more than ten times higher. Iraq, once one of the most developed countries in the Middle East, is now poorer than many countries in sub-saharan Africa.
UN alarmed by contract blocking of Iraq oil-for-food programme
AFP, Wednesday 9 January 2002. Unprecedented surge in the volume of holds placed on contracts as a result of sanctions imposed on Iraq in 1990. The total value of holds—many of them demanded by the US and UK to prevent Iraq purchasing civilian goods with a possible military use—has increased by one billion dollars in 10 weeks. Worse hit sector is electricity.
Iraq needs vaccines, crop planes—U.N. official
AFP, Wednesday 9 January 2002. Iraq urgently needss vaccines to combat livestock diseases and spare parts for crop-dusting aircraft. U.Sn. has to vet all contracts for the supply of goods to Iraq under the oil-for-food deal, which is intended to alleviate the effect of sanctions on the civilian population.
Iraqis Blame US Arms for Kill at Fish Farm
The Boston Globe, Sunday 24 March 2002. Thousands of fish that have died at fish farms near Baghdad were poisoned by munitions used by British and U.S. forces. Mortality rate among fish has reached 100 percent in some of the fish farms.
Toil and rubble for Saddam the nation builder
>Sydney Morning Herald. 6 September 2002. Physical recovers from Gulf War, but humanitarian recovery more difficult. The health statistics are appalling. To give appearance of normalcy, glamour projects get all of the Government's limited resources at the expense of the less obvious, such as schools and hospitals, which are in desperate need.