TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق
Petition sign and circulate:

Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

بعيدا عن الوطن؛ حراك التضامن مع الوطن فنا، شعرا وكتابةً
Away from Home; Memory, Art and women solidarity: you are invited to an evening of poetry and music 22/3/2017 18:30 at P21 Gallery London click here for more details
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Public meeting at The Bolivar Hall, London Sat.14/5/2016 at 15:00 IDPs : Fragmentation of Cultural and National Identity



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Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here

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Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.


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Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

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Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Few Iraqis will regret Blair departure

BASRA (Iraq) British Prime Minister Tony Blair may hope to be remembered as a champion of Iraq's fight against dictatorship, but when his expected resignation comes next week few war-weary Iraqis will regret his departure.
Four years after British forces joined a far larger US invasion force in overthrowing Saddam Hussein, Iraq is mired in sectarian strife and insurgent violence, and Blair is seen as little more than a White House lackey.
"Blair is the son of America," declared Mahmoud Al Bajari, 56, a professor of economics at the University of Basra, the southern Iraqi city that has been the focus of British peacekeeping and reconstruction since the 2003 invasion.
"He brought disaster and sectarianism to Basra using a policy of divide and rule," he said, echoing a common Iraqi tendency to blame the foreign invasion for triggering conflict.
Blair won international plaudits for his role in convincing the Nato allies to fly to the rescue of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians in 1999, and sent British forces to protect Sierra Leone's capital from a vicious rebel army.
But since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, he has become indelibly associated with US President George W. Bush and the launch of messy, inconclusive interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most Iraqis welcomed the fall of Saddam, and in Basra the British forces -- which pride themselves on skills learned as urban peacekeepers in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and post-imperial conflicts -- were warmly welcomed.
Since then, however, the British forces' presence in southeastern Iraq has been accompanied by a rise in the influence of militia, tribal armies and corrupt political factions.
Rather that blame their own leaders for this, many in Basra blame Bush and Blair for presiding over a disaster, with Blair most often seen as a puppet of the hated US leader.
"The occupying British forces are playing havoc in Basra," said history teacher Nadim Saleh. "Since they came until now, they have caused corruption and carried out random arrests and night raids with no justification. "I am very happy to see Blair leaving his post, and I want to see another person there who does not copy US policy," the 45-year-old said on Friday, as marchers staged their latest anti-British protest.
"It's a shame that Britain has become a puppet in its policy to another country," he added.
Followers of radical cleric Moqtada Al Sadr took to the streets to demand that British forces release an arrested member of his Mahdi Army militia.
Agence France-Presse

أهالي البصرة يأملون في أن تسرّع استقالة بلير انسحاب القوات البريطانية
يأمل اهالي البصرة كبرى مدن الجنوب العراقي في ان تسرع استقالة رئيس الوزراء توني بلير انسحاب القوات البريطانية من مدينتهم.
وتخضع البصرة والمدن المحيطة بها منذ اربع سنوات لسيطرة القوات البريطانية التي ارسلها بلير من اجل دعم قوات التحالف التي اطاحت بنظام صدام حسين في 2003.
وكان سكان هذه المدينة قد رحبوا بإسقاط صدام، لكن بعد مرور اقل من ثلاثة سنوات سقطت هذه المدينة فريسة صراعات بين ميليشيات ترتبط بأجندات سياسية.
وقال الطالب الجامعي محمد جاسم (23 عاما) ان “الحكومة البريطانية تعاني ضغوطاً واختلافاً واسعاً في آراء السياسيين حيث ان بلير يريد بقاء القوات في البصرة، في الوقت الذي يطالب اغلب الشعب البريطاني بانسحاب القوات ولهذا السبب استقال بلير”.
من جانبه، قال رجل الاعمال احمد سالم (32 عاما) ان “استقالة بلير خطوة فعالة للانسحاب التدريجي للقوات البريطانية من البصرة”. وأضاف ان “هذه الاستقالة هي الخطوة الاولى للانسحاب”.
لكن انتشار القوات البريطانية في جنوب شرق العراق رافقه تزايد نفوذ الميليشيات والقبائل وفصائل سياسية تتسم بالفساد ويحمّل اهالي البصرة الرئيس بوش وبلير مسؤولية الكوارث التي حلت بمدينتهم، ويرى بعضهم ان بلير يخضع لارادة بوش.
ويقول علاء محمد (47 عاما) ويعمل موظفا في شركة نفط الجنوب “سواء استقال بلير أو لم يستقل سياسة بريطانيا الخارجية لن تتغير”. وأضاف “اعتقد انهم جميعا اذيال لأمريكا”.
وقال سالم داود (42 عاما) الذي يعمل مدرسا ان “سياسة بلير فاشلة وخصوصا في العراق، سواء استقال أو لم يستقل انهم مهزومون هنا وهو يعرف ذلك جيدا ولهذا استقال”.
يذكر ان القوات البريطانية دخلت صراعات مع الميليشيات، كما علقت وسط صراعات حزبية وعشائرية وفصائل سياسية وحتى الشرطة المحلية التي دربتها
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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr