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

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Iraq second on 'failed state' index

Iraq second on 'failed state' index
Robin Wright, WashingtonJune 20, 2007

IRAQ now ranks as the second most unstable country in the world, marginally behind Sudan but ahead of war-ravaged or poverty-stricken countries such as Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Congo, Afghanistan, Haiti and North Korea, according to the 2007 failed state index.
Despite billions of dollars in foreign aid and the presence of more than 150,000 American troops, Iraq has been on a steady decline over the past three years, according to the index, issued on Monday by Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund for Peace.
Iraq ranked fourth last year, but its score dropped in almost all of the 12 political, economic, security and social indicators on which the index is based.
"The report tells us that Iraq is sinking fast," Fund for Peace president Pauline Baker said. "We believe it's reached the point of no return. We have recommended — based on studies done every six months since the US invasion — that the administration face up to the reality that the only choices for Iraq are how, and how violently, it will break up."
In a parallel series of reports, the Fund for Peace, a research and advocacy group, suggests a policy of managed partition for Iraq.
Sudan, largely because of the humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur, is the world's most unstable country, the group concluded. More than 200,000 Sudanese have died, and another 2 million to 3 million have been displaced.
"There were only marginal differences between Iraq and Sudan, and Iraq is worse than Somalia, which is already a failed state," Ms Baker said.
The organisation reported that Africa is the continent with the most significant downward slide. Eight of the 10 most unstable countries are in Africa, the report concludes.
The two non-African countries in the top 10 are Iraq and Afghanistan — both countries where the Bush Administration has made enormous military and financial commitments since 2001.
Their experiences show that billions of dollars in development and security aid may be futile unless accompanied by a functioning government and plans for peace-keeping and economic development, Foreign Policy reports in its July/August issue, which includes the index.
Meanwhile, the US military said yesterday it had launched a major offensive involving about 10,000 soldiers against al-Qaeda north of Baghdad. It said 22 militants had been killed in the early hours of the offensive, called Operation Arrowhead.
In New York, an Iraqi union leader said a proposed law regulating Iraq's oil industry would foster US "hegemony" over the world's third largest oil reserves and Iraqi oil workers were determined to oppose it.
Faleh Abood Umara, general secretary of the Southern Oil Company Union and the Iraqi Federation of Oil Workers Unions, was speaking while on a US tour to press for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq.
He said the proposed law amounted to "a raid by the international oil cartel" and unions representing thousands of workers in the industry would take strong measures to oppose it, including strikes if necessary.

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Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

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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

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Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe


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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