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Author Aziz, Barbara Nimri.

Title Swimming up the Tigris : real life encounters with Iraq / Barbara Nimri Aziz.

Published Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.09567 AZIZ    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 314 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-310) and index.
Contents 1 War Coming 27 -- 2 Just Imagine: Baghdad, March 8, 2003, International Women's Day 41 -- 3 Adnan in America (Forget about Iraq), 2001 48 -- 4 Mehdi 58 -- 5 "I Love My Country" 68 -- 6 There Goes the Medical System 91 -- 7 One Iraqi Child and Her Father, 1996 103 -- 8 Books Break Sanctions 110 -- 9 Just Business 121 -- 10 Who Gets What 130 -- 11 Trade or Aid? 141 -- 12 A Little Loot 145 -- 13 Skies over Baghdad, 2000 154 -- 14 One Farmer's Message 165 -- 15 "Him!" 177 -- 16 Sabaar and the Boys at the Office 191 -- 17 Pharmacy 201 -- 18 Facing the Children 210 -- 19 Empty Playgrounds 223 -- 20 "Ah, the Border" 228 -- 21 Gravesites: Environmental Ruin in Iraq 239 -- 22 Targets, Not Victims 250 -- 23 Where Is Amaar? 262 -- 24 "You Are My Guest" 271 -- 25 Birds of a Feather 277.
Summary "As Americans went about their daily lives in the 1990s, few could imagine what Iraqi men and women faced under the brutal sanctions imposed by the UN and enforced by the United States. Barbara Nimri Aziz, a frequent visitor to Iraq, saw firsthand what life was like for Iraqis during the long years of the embargo. By revisiting this critical period, she sheds light on the illegal and questionable tactics used by the United States to destroy Iraq through the sanctions, well before the WMD ruse, and provides context to understand more fully the current failed occupation and worldwide anti-U.S. sentiments." "Aziz's vantage point is unique: she is a journalist, an anthropologist, and an Arab woman. As a freelance journalist, she exposes the mainstream press's failure to cover the embargo and offers insights into the embargo history. As a social anthropologist, Aziz examines every aspect of Iraqi culture that was systematically attacked and destroyed by both the embargo and the invasion. And as an Arab, she understands the extraordinary will of the Iraqi people and their deep-seated love for their country."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Aziz, Barbara Nimri. -- Diaries.
Ethnology -- Iraq.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives.
Iraq -- Social conditions.
Iraq -- Foreign relations.
ISBN 9780813031446 (alk. paper)