Library Juice 1:6 - February 24, 1998

Iraq Supplement 

1. Iraq Update Trailblazer 
2. Iraq Crisis Anti-War Page 
3. Addendum to SRRT Action Council Statement against war in Iraq 
4. Librarians Against War: an open letter 
5. London Times story on 'The Accord' 
1. Iraq Update Trailblazer 
To: Multiple recipients of list LIS-L <LIS-L[at]POSTOFFICE.CSO.UIUC.EDU> 
I've added Iraq Update, a Table containing the best of the current 
background and news links on the Iraq situation, under my Needle Navigator 
Table on my main page. 
Hope it helps provide some info on and understanding of this difficult 
problem.  Bye.  John 
John Albee mailto:albee[at] 
Teacher, Davenport Community Schools 
Website: Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder  
address: 736 Westerfield Road 
         Davenport, Iowa 52806      phone: 319-386-2171 
We are all Works In Progress... 
Iraq Crisis Anti-War Page 
3. Addendum to SRRT Action Council Statement against war in Iraq 
Message to SRRT ACTION COUNCIL MEMBERS in particular: a call for 
endorsement of an addendum to our statement against war on Iraq 
In view of the apparent success of Mr Annan in avoiding the out break of 
armed conflict for the moment, I would like to urge Action Council , in its 
own name, to sign on to the following. 
SRRT Action Council thanks all those librarians, library workers and 
library students who supported our Open Letter: Librarians for Peace, 
which expressed our collective dismay at the US-initiated plans to bomb 
the nation of Iraq. We applaud all those who have played a role in staying 
the hand on the levers of military destruction, including the offices of the 
Secretary general of the UNI Kofi Annan. 
We view with alarm, however, the continued build-up of military forces 
poised to strike at Iraq. 
We urge our fellow "librarians for peace" to remain vigilant in the face of 
the on-going military deployment. We on SRRT Action Council voice our 
support for an end to military preparations. We call for an end to the 
embargo and sanctions which are crippling the Iraqi people and hitting 
hardest at the children of Iraq. 
Mark Rosenzweig 
4. Librarians Against War: an open letter 
February 20, 1998 
Librarians Against War: an open letter 
We speak to you as librarians, members of a humanistic profession 
whose practice implies commitment to openness, democracy and 
freedom. We speak  to you as believers in the superiority of reason over 
force and dialogue  over violence. 
Dedicated to an ideal of human progress which attends to preservation 
and continuity, librarianship is committed to patient, constructive work for 
a better future. A profession which helps create and maintain space for 
discourse and argument, for the free speech and dissent so important to 
a  robust democracy, librarianship is also a  profession based on 
mutuality.  This includes international cooperation in the service of a 
world of  knowledge which knows no borders.  Educators and public 
servants, scholars and researchers, we are above all a profession of 
Hear us out, though we speak for the moment not of books and 
databases,  but on an issue implicitly our legitimate professional concern. 
We speak to you of war and of the threat of war. Not of a battle joined of 
necessity, in self-defense, but of war, planned and plotted with cold 
calculation against another nation and--less abstractly--against another 
people. As we write, our government is preparing an air assault on Iraq 
which will be devastating to the already suffering Iraqi people and which 
 will contribute nothing to the cause of democracy or peace. We do not 
accept the planned death of countless civilians, the destruction of the 
infrastructure of their lives and society, as an "acceptable price to  pay" 
or as "collateral damage". 
We speak in solidarity with our colleagues in the nation of Iraq, in its 
libraries and schools and universities, who strive for freedom and the 
end of oppression but in no way wish to see their people suffer another 
round of punitive military attacks and destruction. 
No one can truly  believe that a "message sent to Saddam Hussein"  in 
the  blood of innocents has any effect on the heart of Iraq's dictator.  It 
would be only another a macho demonstration of military superiority, an 
object lesson in U.S. willingness to use any means, no matter how 
disproportionate, to pursue its ends. 
There are forces, among them the United Nations, which are striving for 
a  diplomatic solution to the impasse over site inspections in the 
sovereign  nation of Iraq. We support all such efforts. 
With colleagues whose names are signed below, the Action Council of 
the  Social Responsibilities Round Table  of the American Library 
Association  voices its opposition to the planned US-led attacks on the 
nation of  Iraq. We do so as professionals concerned not only about the 
health,  welfare and development of the Iraqi people, but also with the 
degrading  effects that violence has on the United States itself. 
Mark Rosenzweig, SRRT Action Council; Hofstra University 
Jos Anemaet, SRRT Action Council; Oregon State University Library 
Carol Barta, SRRT Action Council; Barton County Community College 
Samuel Bennett, SRRT Action Council; Kansas City, KS Public Library 
Sanford Berman, SRRT Action Council; Hennepin County Library 
Kim Edson, SRRT Action Council; Hennepin County Library 
Yvonne Farley, Kanawha County Library 
Dorothy Granger, SRRT Action Council; Pacific Oaks College 
Al Kagan, SRRT Action Council; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 
Mark Martin, SRRT Action  Council; Temple Archives 
Michael Miller, SRRT Action Council; Columbia University 
Veronda Pitchford, SRRT Action Council; University of Illinois at Chicago 
Frederick Stoss, SRRT Action Council; SUNY/Buffalo 
Wendy Thomas, SRRT Action Council; Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe 
Charles Willett, SRRT Action Council; Editor, Counterpoise 
Other supporters: 
Joan Annsfire, San Francisco Public Library 
Bette Anton, University of California at Berkeley/Optometry Library 
Rebekah Azen, Santa Fe New Mexican News Library 
Kate Bradley, Bellevue Community College 
Margo Brault, Louisiana State University 
Catherine M. Bremer, San Francisco Public Library 
Cathy Camper, Minneapolis Public Library 
Thomas Carey, San Francisco Public Library 
Alison Curtis, graduate student, University of British Columbia 
Kathy Deck, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Jan DeSirey, Hennepin  County Library 
Chris Dodge, Hennepin County Library 
Sherry Durren, graduate student, University of South Carolina 
Mary Engle, California Digital Library 
Sean Fitting 
Sheila Goldmacher, San Francisco Public Library 
Ann Grafstein 
Andrea V. Grimes, San Francisco Public Library 
Mr. Lynn A. Grove, South Central Regional Library Council 
Elaine Harger, W. Haywood Burns School, PS/IS 176, New York 
Larry Heiman, New York University Library 
Amy Holloway, San Francisco Public Library 
Noha Ismail, Hennepin County Library 
Janet Jenks, Caltech Library System 
Judy Kopanic, San Francisco Public Library 
Stephen LaBash, University of Baltimore Library 
Yvonne Farley, Kanawha County Library 
Terry Link, Michigan State University 
Rory Litwin, graduate student, San Jose State University 
Carol Liu 
Annette MacNair, San Francisco Public Library 
Renee McBride, UCLA 
Mary Mallory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 
Donna Mandel, graduate student, San Jose State 
Mike L. Marlin, URS Greiner Engineering & Environmental Library 
Brent Miller,California State Library 
Laura Quilter, Exploratorium 
Paul Quintanilla, San Francisco Public Library 
Carol Reid, New York State Library 
Katia Roberto, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Stephanie Row, San Francisco Public Library 
Liz Ruhland, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Richard Sapon-White, Oregon State University 
J. Mark Scheu, Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis 
Ann Sparanese, Englewood Public Library 
Lisa Stage, the Hearth Community Library 
Thomas Stuart 
Judy K. Stuck 
Geoffrey D. Swindells, University of Missouri-Columbia 
Theresa Tobin, MIT Library 
Samuel E. Trosow, graduate student, UCLA 
Shannon Van Kirk, graduate student, University of Alabama 
Note:  Above institutional affiliations provided for information only. 
Opinions expressed in this letter are those of the signers, and not 
necessarily their institutions. 
5. London Times story on 'The Accord' 
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 21:57:39 -0800 (PST) 
From: MichaelP <papadop[at]PEAK.ORG> 
Subject: (en) London Times Hot version of UN-Iraq accord. 
London Times   February 24 1998 IRAQ CRISIS 
   The accord 
   'Black hole' on inspection procedures remains to be filled 
   THE seven-point Memorandum of Understanding negotiated with Iraq by 
   Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General, calls for a "special 
   group" of diplomats and weapons inspectors, headed by a commissioner 
   chosen by the UN chief, to inspect Iraq's presidential sites. 
   But details of the accord, obtained last night by The Times, reveal 
   that key procedures for the inspection of those sites remain 
   unresolved and are to be agreed at an unspecified future date. One 
   Western diplomat called the omission a "huge black hole" in the 
   accord, which will have to be filled with further talks. In the 
   agreement, Iraq pledges to grant weapons inspectors "unfettered 
   access" to all other places in the country. Mr Annan promises to bring 
   the issue of the sanctions on Iraq to the full attention of the 
   Security Council. The UN Special Commission (Unscom), responsible for 
   ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, will work to present its 
   report calling for a lifting of sanctions "expeditiously". 
   The seven-point plan can be summarised as follows: 
   1. The Government of Iraq reiterates that it will comply with all 
   relevant Security Council resolutions and to co-operate with Unscom in 
   the elimination of banned weaponry; 
   2. The UN reiterates the commitment of its members to respect Iraq's 
   sovereignty and territorial integrity; 
   3. The Government of Iraq pledges to give Unscom immediate, unfettered 
   and unconditional access in accordance with Security Council 
   Resolutions 687 and 715, which set up the weapons inspection regime. 
   Unscom promises to respect legitimate Iraqi concerns about its 
   national security, sovereignty and dignity. 
   4. The UN and the Government of Iraq agree the following special 
   procedures for entry to the presidential sites specified in an annexe 
   to the memorandum: 
   (a) A special group will be formed for this purpose and appointed by 
   the UN Secretary-General in consultation with the executive chairman 
   of Unscom and the director-general of the International Atomic Energy 
   Agency. This group will include diplomats appointed by the UN 
   Secretary-General and experts from Unscom and the IAEA and will be 
   headed by a commissioner appointed by the Secretary-General; 
   (b) In carrying out its task, the special group will work according to 
   approved procedures of Unscom and the IAEA and according to special 
   procedures that will be worked out, in accordance with relevant 
   Security Council resolutions, due to the special nature of 
   presidential sites; 
   (c) A report on the activities of the special group will be submitted 
   to the Security Council by the executive chairman of Unscom through 
   the UN Secretary-General. 
   5. The UN and the Government of Iraq agree that all other areas, 
   equipment, documents, means of transportation and facilities will be 
   subject to Unscom's procedures; 
   6. Taking into consideration the progress achieved by Unscom in all 
   areas of disarmament and the need to intensify efforts to end its 
   mission, the UN and Iraq agree to improve their co-operation, their 
   efficiency, their activity and transparency to enable Unscom to 
   present its report expeditiously to the Security Council under 
   paragraph 22 of Resolution 687 (lifting the oil embargo), and to 
   achieve this the Iraqi Government and Unscom will implement the 
   recommendations of the extraordinary session of Unscom convened on 
   November 21, 1997. 
   7. The lifting of the sanctions is of great importance to the people 
   and Government of Iraq, therefore the UN Secretary-General pledges to 
   draw the full attention of Security Council members to the issue. 
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   Rory Litwin                mailto:rlitwin[at] 
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