Just How Bad Were UN Sanctions Against Iraq?

The impact of UN sanctions on Iraq has been difficult to quantify — and that’s part of the problem.

Illustration by Ricardo Santos

Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, and a range of like-minded activists declared in 2000 that “the sanctions [on Iraq] are weapons of mass destruction.” This issue of Jacobin agrees, but over twenty years later, debate continues to rage about the sanctions’ short- and long-term impacts. Beginning in August 1990, the United Nations imposed the longest-running and […]

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