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

Saturday, February 28, 2009

UK firm gets 1st of possibly many Iraq well deals

Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:15am EST

* 60 wells a year, starting in south
* Increasing Iraq output by 120,000 bpd
* Thousands of wells needed, minister says

By Ahmed Rasheed
BAGHDAD, Feb 26 (Reuters)
- Iraq's Oil Ministry and British firm Mesopotamia Petroleum Company signed a joint venture deal on Thursday to drill 60 new oil wells per year, starting with oilfields in the south of the country.
The joint venture, which will have a start-up capital of $90 million and be 51 percent owned by Iraq, is expected to raise Iraq's oil production by 120,000 barrels per day within a year, said Idrees al-Yassiri, head of the Iraq Drilling Company.
The first wells to be drilled by the venture, called the Iraqi Oil Service Company, will be in the southern oil fields of Bazargan, Fakka and Halfaya, the last of which is classed as a super giant with more than 5 billion barrels of oil reserves.
"We expect the company to start its operations in Iraq within a few months. They will expand their work very quickly to be one of the major drilling companies in the region," Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani told Reuters.
"We have very ambitious plans to raise production to 6 million barrels (per day) and this would require drilling thousands of new wells. Companies like this one will be much needed in this country."
Yassiri signed the deal with MPC's chairman, Stephen Remp. Remp is also the chairman of Ramco Energy Plc (ROS.L), which has a 32.66 percent interest in MPC. Another 31.7 percent is owned by privately held Midmar Energy Ltd.
Asked why the British firm was chosen, Yassiri said: "They were the most persistent. And they were the most courageous, willing to come to Iraq while other companies are still hesitating. They most deserved to be given the job."
Faced with plunging oil revenues as crude prices tumble from their record highs of $147 per barrel last year, Iraq is searching for short-term measures to boost oil production.
The country sits on the world's third largest proven oil reserves and desperately needs funds to rebuild after six years of conflict triggered by the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.
Current national production is around 2.3-2.4 million barrels per day and crude exports, 80 percent of which go through the oil ports in Basra province in the south, have hovered around 1.8-1.9 million bpd.
The exports are down from a post-invasion high last year of 2 million bpd because of technical problems.
While pressure issues have also hampered the flow of oil from southern fields, overall output is below pre-invasion levels because of sabotage and the dilapidation of oil infrastructure after years of war, international sanctions and underinvestment.
Iraq is opening up its vast, and largely underexploited oil and gas fields to international firms this year through two bidding rounds for service contracts.
Enthusiasm has been tempered by lingering concerns about security, despite a recent sharp fall in violence across Iraq, and the failure of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government to pass a new, national oil law.
The law is expected to clarify the distribution of control over oil resources between the central government and the provinces. Oil firms hope it will allow them to sign production sharing agreements, which they prefer, rather than simple service contracts. (Editing by Michael Christie and Anthony Barker)

بغداد: اسس العراق وبريطانيا شركة مشتركة لانتاج النفط وحفر الابار في بدء عودة للشركات البريطانية للعراق وقالت شركة مشتركة جديدة بين العراق وشركة ميزوبوتاميا بتروليوم (إم.بي.سي) البريطانية إن قيمة استثمارات الشركة ستبلغ 400 مليون دولار. والهدف من تأسيس الشركة المشتركة هو زيادة الانتاج العراقي من النفط.وقالت إم.بي.سي في بيان إن الشركة البريطانية وشركة الحفر العراقية تنويان استثمار 400 مليون دولار لتمكين الشركة الجديدة التي أطلق عليها الشركة العراقية للخدمات النفطية من شراء وتشغيل 12 حفارا جديدا وتوفير الدعم اللازم ورأس المال العامل لهذا الغرض.ووقعت الشركتان اتفاق انشاء الشركة المشتركة يوم امس الاول الخميس في اطار مساعي العراق لزيادة انتاجه في الاجل القصير.وستحفر الشركة التي يملك العراق 51 في المئة منها 60 بئرا نفطية جديدة سنويا ومن المتوقع أن تزيد انتاج النفط العراقي 120 ألف برميل يوميا في غضون عام على أن تركز في البداية على حقول النفط الجنوبية.وجاء الاتفاق في الوقت الذي يمضي فيه العراق قدما في خططه لمنح عقود لشركات نفط عملاقة لتطوير احتياطيات النفط والغاز الضخمة.ويملك العراق ثالث أكبر احتياطيات نفطية مؤكدة في العالم.وتأرجح انتاج النفط العراقي حول 2.3-2.4 مليون برميل يوميا في الاشهر الاخيرة أي أقل كثيرا من الانتاج قبل الغزو عام 2003.ويعتمد العراق اعتمادا كليا على النفط في تحقيق الايرادات الحكومية وهو يحتاج لزيادة الانتاج من أجل تعويض انهيار أسعار النفط

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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