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08/27/02 US Atty Gen Ramsey Clark in Basra, Iraq - audio w Amy Goodman
27 Aug 2002
Boston Rally and March October 26
12:00 noon
Government Center
08/27/02 US Atty Gen Ramsey Clark in Basra, Iraq -
audio interview with Amy Goodman

Aug. 27, 2002 "Democracy Now" audio report with Amy Goodman: U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark Visits the Iraqi Hospital Where Casualties from a Recent U.S. Bombing Raid Were Taken, and Debates the Pentagon

Hear Goodman's audio interview at

Press Release Aug 26
A.N.S.W.E.R. Boston
(Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)

Calls for Mass Anti-War Demonstrations in the U.S. on
October 26 to Say
"Stop the War Before It Starts"

Boston Rally and March October 26
12:00 noon
Government Center

While the U.S. prepares for war against Iraq, former U.S.
Attorney General Ramsey Clark has just arrived in Iraq
with a five-person fact-finding peace delegation.

The delegation is meeting with high government officials,
family members of people who were killed in the U.S.
bombing of Basra August 26, and visiting hospitals and
food distribution centers. The group is touring Basra at
the site of yesterday's bombing raid that killed eight

The purpose of this trip is to report on the latest
effects of U.S.-led UN sanctions against the Iraqi
civilian population, and to show solidarity with the
people of Iraq who are facing the prospect of an imminent
US war of aggression. Ramsey Clark is the founder and
chairperson of the U.S.-based International Action Center,
which has campaigned against the devastating economic
sanctions on Iraq for the last decade.

The delegation also includes Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, an
attorney and co-founder of the Partnership for Civil
Justice LDEF; Johnnie Stevens, co-director of the People's
Video Network; Kadouri al-Kaysi, coordinator of the
Committee in Solidarity with the Iraqi People; and Brian
Becker, co-director of the International Action Center.

"It is clear from our discussions with both officials and
average Iraqis that the people of this country hope that
people of conscience in the U.S. and around the world will
join together in building a massive movement to stop the
war being planned by George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and the
other warmongers in the White House and Pentagon," stated
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.

"Iraq is still reeling from the impact of economic
sanctions," Verheyden-Hilliard continued. "In our meetings
with officials from the health ministry today we have
learned that mortality rates for children and the elderly
have actually increased in the last twelve months. More
than 8,000 people die needlessly this month from hunger
and water-borne diseases and the degrading of Iraq's
health care system. According to the United Nations
statistics more than a million Iraqis have perished from
sanctions. The so-called debate in the U.S. establishment
is over whether Iraq should be invaded today or tomorrow
or next year. That misses the point. The US has conducted
an illegal non-stop war against Iraq for more than ten
years and it must end now. We are organizing against war
and sanctions."

Clark is the author of a recent letter (full text at addressed to the UN Security Council and
copied to the UN General Assembly, denouncing new plans
for a U.S. war on Iraq -- plans that include the use of
250,000 troops. Since its dissemination at the UN, the
letter has been translated into Arabic, French, German,
Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.

"Twelve years ago when the U.S. organized the aerial
slaughter it was able to build an international coalition
against Iraq. Most governments in the coalition joined as
a result of US bullying and coercion. Today the US
government is isolated. All the people of the world and
all twenty two of the Arab League governments oppose this
plan for unprovoked aggression that violates all
international law," stated Ramsey Clark. "We have come to
Iraq to help galvanize the active mobilization of world
opinion which stands in opposition to this planned war.
This war can be stopped but only if the people of the
world take action now."

The third edition of Ramsey Clark's book "The Fire This
Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf" will be released in
mid-September 2002. The book constitutes the most
comprehensive and well researched analysis of the events
leading up to the 1991 Gulf War and the war crimes and
crimes against humanity committed by US and Allied forces
during the 42-day assault. The third edition is being
published by the International Action Center.

Ramsey Clark and other members of the peace delegation to
Iraq are available for interviews via telephone hookup.
Contact Tony Murphy at 212-633-6646.

For more details about October 26 check out our website at
and in the Boston area at


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Chicago: 773-878-0166
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San Francisco: 415-821-6545
Boston: 617 522-6626

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