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
Public meeting at The Bolivar Hall, London Sat.14/5/2016 at 15:00 IDPs : Fragmentation of Cultural and National Identity


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

On youtube: Part1
Part 3
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Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe

Monday, May 21, 2007

Soldiers in Iraq

May 10th 2007From The Economist print edition

One in three American soldiers in Iraq thinks torture is sometimes justified

WHEN the horrific abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib was first revealed three years ago, George Bush dismissed the scandal as the work of just a few “bad apples”. Such actions did not “represent the values of the United States of America”, the president insisted. But according to a Pentagon survey released on May 4th, more than one in three American soldiers in Iraq would condone torture in some circumstances.
Of the 1,767 troops questioned by the Pentagon's mental-health advisory team last September, four in ten (41% of soldiers and 44% of marines) believed that torture should be permitted if it would save the life of a fellow soldier or marine. Almost as many (36% of soldiers and 39% of marines) said torture should be allowed to extract important information about Iraqi insurgents.

Less than half (47% of soldiers and 38% of marines) felt that non-combatants should be treated with dignity and respect, as required by the Geneva Conventions.

The number of troops who admitted mistreating Iraqi civilians was nevertheless small. Although nearly 33% acknowledged insulting or swearing at non-combatants, only around 10% admitted unnecessarily damaging or destroying property, and just 4% of soldiers (7% of marines) confessed to hitting or kicking non-combatants “when it was not necessary”. No questions were asked about more serious abuse or torture. Increasing the length of tours in Iraq was found to make soldiers more likely to mistreat people.
Although the vast majority of troops said they had been trained in how to behave towards non-combatants, nearly a third said their own unit officers had not made it clear that maltreatment was unacceptable. More worrying, only around half said they would be willing to report a member of their unit for killing or injuring an innocent non-combatant; an even smaller number would report a comrade for lesser abuse.
The more often and the longer that soldiers were deployed in Iraq, the more likely they were to suffer mental-health problems and to mistreat civilians. About one in five was found to be suffering from depression, anxiety or stress; 20% were planning divorce or separation; 72 American soldiers in Iraq have committed suicide since the invasion.
Despite the soldiers' attitudes toward torture, Major-General Gale Pollock, the army's acting surgeon-general, felt that the report underlined the leadership the military was providing “because they're not acting on those thoughts. They're not torturing people.” But General David Petraeus, America's top commander in Iraq, was “very concerned” by its findings. They indicated “willingness of a fair proportion of soldiers and marines to not report the illegal actions, if you will, of buddies.”


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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