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

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Shell's $4bn Iraq breakthrough could boost Britain's natural gas supplies

· Critics question secrecy surrounding joint venture
· Oil firm says cheaper fuel will aid local economy

Terry Macalister
The Guardian,
Wednesday September 24 2008
Article history

Shell has become the first western oil company to win significant access to the energy sector in Iraq since the 1970s, in a $4bn move which could bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Britain.
The deal has angered anti-war campaigners and senior Iraqi figures who complained yesterday that there was no competitive tendering for the contract.
The Anglo-Dutch company said it had signed an agreement with the oil ministry in Baghdad to establish a joint venture with the South Gas Company in the Basra district of southern Iraq to process and market natural gas extracted on 19,000 sq km (7,300 sq miles) of land.
"Iraq has one of the world's largest natural gas resource bases and I am delighted that the Iraqi government, including the ministry of oil, have supported Shell as the partner for joint venture with the South Gas Company," said Linda Cook, executive director of Shell.
The company will own 49% of the new Iraqi business which will collect some of the 700m cubic feet a day of gas produced by oil suppliers and "flared off" into the atmosphere - a practice condemned by environmentalists as contributing to global warming.
Shell said its actions in Iraq would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create value for the economy by providing the gas as a domestic power source.
The combined operation, which will make use of the South Gas Company's 3,500 staff, would initially focus on local markets but Shell added that "in the future the [joint venture] could develop a liquefied natural gas facility to export natural gas not needed for local domestic use".
LNG would be shipped to markets in the Mediterranean and further west, possibly Britain, according to well placed sources. Shell will not put a value on the deal but industry experts believe it could be worth $4bn in the short term at least.
The first big contract signed by a western oil company since the invasion of Iraq was condemned by Platform, a British-based organisation which monitors oil companies and Iraq in particular.
"The big issue here is that the whole thing has been done in secret. We are not being told what the terms of the deal are - such as are there extension rights [for Shell to gain Iraqi reserves] and why has there been no competitive bidding process," said Greg Muttitt of Platform.
"What has definitely happened here is that a country under occupation has introduced an oil policy that is favourable to western oil companies. The [US] state department has already admitted that it has advisers working on oil policy and there is a likelihood they may have drafted the Shell contract."
His views were reinforced by Issam al-Chalabi, Iraq's oil minister between 1987 and 1990, who questioned the lack of competitive tendering for the gas gathering contract and claimed it had gone to Shell as the spoils of war.
"Why choose Shell when you could have chosen ExxonMobil, Chevron, BG or Gazprom? Shell appears to be paying $4bn to get hold of assets that in 20 years could be worth $40bn. Iraq is giving away half its gas wealth and yet this work could have been done by Iraq itself," Chalabi said.

He claims that his country spent $2bn in the 1980s putting a South Gas gathering project in place which was fully operational by 1990. A British vessel was loaded with LPG, he said, but the infrastructure was damaged in the first Gulf war and sanctions made it difficult to mend.
"Since 2003 nothing has been done to repair or replace compressor stations that were damaged.

There were studies financed by Japan that showed how it could be done for a few hundred million dollars," Chalabi argued.
Shell, BP and other oil majors are lining up for other big deals in Iraq with the oil ministry holding a meeting in London on October 13.

محيط - وكالات

واشنطن : في صفقة وصفت بأنها إحدى أهم هدايا الاحتلال، وقعت شركة "شل" الأمريكية اتفاقاً مع الحكومة العراقية لتقاسم الغاز.

وقالت صحيفة "الخليج" الإماراتية: إن إبرام الاتفاق المبدئي بين الحكومة العراقية وشركة "شلط النفطية الكبرى جاء لتجميع وإسالة الغاز الناتج من حقول البترول العراقية، حيث يتوقع إنتاج يتراوح ما بين 500 - 600 مليون قدم مكعبة يومياً.

وأضافت الصحيفة أن هذه الصفقة التي أدهشت الكثيرين فضحت امتلاك شركة بترول الجنوب العراقية 51% من أسهم الشركة المشتركة التي تعتزم إنشاءها مع شركة شل، أي أن الشركة الأجنبية ستمتلك عملياً ولمدى طويل الأجل 49% من غاز العراق.

وأكدت مصادر أمريكية للصحيفة أنه سيكون بوسع شركة "شل" ان تسترد استثماراتها المزمعة في هذا المشروع بالكامل في أقل من عامين، هذا إذا بيع الغاز بالأسعار العالمية الحالية، وحيث تزمع شركة شل استثمار ما بين (2-3) مليارات دولار في هذا المشروع.

المفارقة أن عمليات تجميع وإسالة وتصدير الغاز الناتج من حقول البترول العراقية عادة لا تستدعي تكنولوجيا عالية المستوى، بل، وحسب المصادر ذاتها، إنها عملية عادية، وأن شركة شل ستلجأ لشركات أمريكية هندسية في هيوستن لتصميم هذه العملية.
وبهذا ستحصل شركة شل عملياً على 49% من الغاز في حقول الجنوب العراقي من دون مقابل تقريباً، فلا العراق في حاجة لأموال استثمارية وهي الدولة التي تمتلك فائضاً يتراوح ما بين 50 - 80 مليار دولار من عوائد البترول، ولا هي في حاجة لسوق لتوزيع إنتاجها، حيث الطلب العالمي على الغاز متصاعد.


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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