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

Friday, September 14, 2007

Man-made catastrophe now 'as significant as Darfur'

By Mark Turner at the United Nations

Published: September 11 2007 03:00

Four years after a US-led invasion that was sold to the public partly on humanitarian grounds, Iraqis are suffering from a man-made catastrophe that is seen as compar-able in scope to the tragedy in Darfur.

The plight facing Iraqis "is as significant [as Darfur]", says Margarette Wahlstrom, deputy head of the UN's aid co-ordination arm Ocha. "It's the largest crisis of violence in a country against individuals."

Comparisons between emergencies are difficult, but in terms of displaced people alone, Iraq's crisis, with 4m displaced people, is twice as big as that of Darfur, the Sudan region currently experiencing serious ethnic violence. For Iraq to be described in similar terms as Sudan is striking testament to how bad the situation has become.

In early 2003, before US forces crossed the border from Kuwait, Iraqis may have thought things could not get much worse. A crippling conflict with Iran, followed by the first Gulf war and a decade of sanctions, had crippled the economy and left many millions dependent on food handouts.

But, anecdotally at least, the situation in mid-2007 is now even more dire than in 2003. "As far as children's living conditions go, they are worse now than immediately prior to the war," says Claire Hajaj, who works for Unicef, the children's agency, in Amman.

Oxfam, the international aid agency, said in a recent report that 8m Iraqis were in urgent need of emergency aid, while "many more are living in poverty, without basic services, and increasingly threatened by disease and malnutrition. If people's basic needs are left un-attended, this will only serve to further destabilise the country".

Iraqis are fleeing their homes in their millions in the largest Middle East population movement since the creation of Israel. Jennifer Pagonis, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, says the monthly rate of displacement has reached more than 60,000 people.

More than 2m Iraqis are displaced inside Iraq, and struggling to survive. Syria estimates that it now hosts more than 1.4m Iraqis, while Jordan has between 500,000 and 750,000. Both countries' social services are overwhelmed, and even those Iraqi refugees who once had resources say their money is running out.

Unfortunately, what may now be the world's biggest human emergency is - by comparison with the global angst over Darfur - relatively unnoticed. A serious problem, aid workers say, is that rampant insecurity means international relief officials cannot go in and accurate numbers are almost imposs-ible to find.

Based in Amman, the UN's humanitarian operation relies mainly on local actors, who have reasons to massage the figures, and most official statistics date from 2005 and early 2006, before the bombing of an important Shia shrine in Samarra precipitated a new surge in secta-rian violence.

At that point, indicators broadly did not suggest that Iraqis were faring as badly as before the war. Nevertheless, even then a comprehensive survey published in May 2006 by the World Food Programme revealed that more than 4m people (15.4 per cent of the surveyed population) were food insecure and in dire need of various types of humanitarian assistance - 11 per cent higher than two years earlier.

The WFP is currently supporting a nationwide Food Security Survey; which should be ready by the first half of January 2008.

"Figures are hard to come by. We know that things have got worse particularly in the latter half of 2006 and first quarter of 2007, but we haven't got the stats to prove it," says Ms Hajaj.
"All we have is qualitative data from our field people, who report drug shortages in hospitals, long queues at the antenatal centres, curfews forbidding travel to hospital after dark, closed schools, frightened students and exhausted teachers."

What can be said is that Iraq's indicators are almost universally worse than those of its neighbours. Iraq's maternal mortality rates in 2004 were 1 in 65 deaths, compared with 1 in 130 for Syria and 1 in 450 for Jordan. Immunisation rates were 55 per cent, compared with 68 per cent in 2000 and 95 per cent and 99 per cent in Jordan and Syria respectively.

The UN estimates that only 30 per cent of the population has access to safe water, and with only 17 per cent of Iraq's sewage treated before release, the majority of Iraqis are living in unsanitary conditions - evidenced by a recent cholera outbreak in the north of the country.

According to Oxfam, only 60 per cent of the 4m Iraqis reliant on food aid have access to rations through the government-run Public Distribution System (PDS), down from 96 per cent in 2004. Forty-three per cent of Iraqis suffer from "absolute poverty", with more than half the population out of work.

It also claims child malnutrition rates have risen from 19 per cent before the US-led invasion in 2003 to 28 per cent now; while the number of Iraqis without access to adequate water supplies has risen from 50 per cent to 70 per cent since 2003.

Education is also in crisis. During the past year, the UN warns that many schools in the Baghdad, Anbar and Diyala areas were closed, and at least one in five children did not attend classes nationwide. In the south and north, teachers are struggling to accommodate displaced pupils who were able to re-enroll.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007

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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