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

Thursday, August 2, 2007


Thursday 2 August 2007
Email office@stopwar.org.ukT: 020 7278 6694Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

1) IRAQ AND BROWN'S 'SHARED VALUES'Gordon Brown told George Bush this week that Britain has a "shared destiny" with the United States" founded on "shared values". Even as Brown spoke, the consequences of those "shared values" in Iraq were spelt out in horrific detail by a report from Oxfam and over 100 other NGOs.
* 43% of Iraqis are in absolute poverty;
* 28% of Iraqi children are malnourished;
* 32% of internally displaced persons who need food rations can't get them;
* 70% of Iraqis don't have adequate water supplies;
* 80% don't have effective sanitation;
* 4 million Iraqis are in dire need of humanitarian assistance
* 11% of new born babies are underweight. (SEE http://tinyurl.com/2tkt3j)
Unemployment in Iraq is running at over 50 per cent.
Up to one million Iraqis have been killed over the past four years as a result the illegal US-UK invasion.
Four million Iraqis -- one seventh of the population -- have been displaced from their homes, with two million fleeing the country. This is, as journalist Patrick Cockburn writes, "The greatest mass exodus of people ever in the Middle East and dwarfs anything seen in Europe since the Second World War." (SEE http://tinyurl.com/ypvtmq)
Eight British soldiers were killed in Iraq in July, supposedly in the cause of these same "shared values", but in reality serving no purpose other than to give George Bush political cover for a war which over two thirds of the American people oppose, making Bush the most unpopular president in recent US history.Any hopes that Gordon Brown would distance himself from Tony Blair's abject subservience to US foreign policy objectives were dashed when Brown confirmed that there was "no plan to withdraw British troops before the Iraqi army is deemed capable of maintaining security", which is doublespeak for "no plans until George Bush says it's ok".
Brown displayed his continuity with Blair's war policies despite the government's first official acknowledgement, in a report published recently by the Ministry of Defence, that there is little or no public support for the war in Iraq. (SEE http://tinyurl.com/3dhu6y)
The people of Iraq want the foreign occupiers out of their country immediately, so they can be free to decide how they want to be governed and to control their own resources, not least the second largest reserves of oil in the world. The views of the Iraq majority were expressed this week by the captain of the Iraqi football team, following its victory in the Asian Cup, "I want America to go out. Today, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, but out. I wish the American people didn't invade Iraq and hopefully it will be over soon."The anti-war movement must maintain the pressure on Gordon Brown to make him respond to the values of the vast majority in this country who always opposed the illegal war in Iraq and who want all British troops brought home now. Similarly, it is essential that we continue to build the widest possible opposition to the "shared values" of Gordon Brown's and George Bush, which promise only more war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the escalation of the arms race and intensified threats against Iran.

Gordon Brown the war in Afghanistan is the front line in the "war on terror" but for the Afghan people of Afghanistan it has brought the same catalogue of horror as detailed above for Iraq. Bush and Brown's "shared values" are now increasing delivered by US and British aerial bombardment, killing hundreds of Afghan civilians. There are now more British troops in Afghanistan than in Iraq -- and they are being killed at a higher rate, four soldiers having died in the last five days of July. Despite being chronically under-reported in the mainstream media, the Afghan war is now opposed by almost 50 per cent of people in Britain, according to the MOD report cited above.
A Stop the War Day School, under the title AFGHANISTAN: BRITAIN'S OTHER WAR has been organised for Saturday 15 September (see below for details). Speakers will include Dr Elaheh Rostami Povey (author of a new book entitled Afghan Women, Craig Murray (ex UK ambassador to Uzbekistan) and Lynda Holmes (Military Families against the War). Also speaking from Stop the War Coalition will be Lindsey German, Jane Shallis and Andrew Murray. A Stop the War Briefing on Afghanistan is available from the Stop the War Office: Tel 020 7278 6694. AFGHANISTAN: BRITAIN'S OTHER WARSATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 9.30 - 5PMROOM 101, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UNION MALET STREET, LONDON,WC1E 7HY(Nearest tube: Euston, Warren Street, Goodge Street, Russell Square, EustonSquare station)BOOKING FEE: £4 CONCESSION / £6 FULL PRICE Contact Stop the War National Office for a booking form:Tel 020 7278 6694
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
3) WORLD AGAINST WAR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCEThe prospect of endless war in the name of "freedom and justice" is the background against which Stop the War Coalition has called its second international peace on Saturday 1 December 2007, entitled THE WORLD AGAINST WAR. Our highly successful International Peace Conference in December 2005 brought together 1500 delegates from across the world. For this second event, Stop the War Coalition is inviting delegates and representatives from Iraq, the movements in Lebanon, Palestine, Pakistan, Venezuela and Cuba, and from anti war organisations from across Europe and the USA.The Conference will focus on the movement's central demands of ending the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and organising against any attack on Iran. It will also look at the broader struggle against war and for independence, against the threat of US intervention.For more information on the conference go to http://www.stopwar.org.uk/ or phone+44 (0)20 7278 6694 or contact office@stopwar.org.ukWORLD AGAINST WAR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCESATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 07CENTRAL HALL WESTMINSTERSTOREY'S GATE, LONDON SW1H 9NH, UK
4) MILITARY OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS Largely due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 10,000 soldiers leave the armed forces every year and the military is facing a recruitment crisis, with more people leaving than joining. For this reason, the military have stepped up their campaign to recruit in schools. School Students Against War have started a campaign to stop the military recruiting in our schools and will be organising actions around the country and working with school students, teachers, parents and trade unions. If you would like more information or would like to get involved, please contact:Sam: Tel 079 4746 0945Email: london@ssaw.org.ukWeb: http://www.ssaw.org.uk/
5) STOP THE WAR NATIONAL CONFERENCE: This year's Stop the War National Conference will be held on Saturday 27 October at Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.Details will be available soon on the Stop the War website: www.stopwar@office.org.uk

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

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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