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, March 11, 2009

“Obama’s Promise”

By Haifa Zangana
March 2009

Mr Obama’s’ rhetorical promises on Iraq are nothing but a whitewash of the original neo-con agenda, hence the neocon praise. The schedule of withdrawal is as elastic and dependant on the ’situation on the ground’ as before, effectively allowing forms of occupation as indefinite as the defeated candidate, Senator MaCain wished it to be.

It is clear that the US has not abandoned its colonial project in Iraq, but only widened their variation of neo-colonial options, in response to their failed policies in fomenting open sectarian strife. They are after a smart occupation, on the line of smart sanctions on Iraq from 1998 that prepared for the occupation. They hope to augment and refresh the failed class of collaborators with new guises for the sectarian opportunist politicians now relabeled secular and nationalist in the election fanfare cycle. The US may give cramps of the spoils of Iraq to European powers who can help them, and to neighboring countries with regional ambitions and rivalries. They continue the policy of divide-and-rule of Iraqis and their local resistance movements, adding tribal and bureaucratic rivalries to an already unmanageable mess. But The Iraqi resistance continues, and the US casualties remain higher than Afghanistan, no matter what the media claims.

Two things are glaring missed out in Obama’s promise: a) admitting the culpability of the US occupation in destroying the Iraqi state, and in fragmenting society through sectarian constitution imposed by Bremer and, b) the absolute need to engage the legitimate Iraqi armed resistance as the main force for correction. The US claim to consider engaging the Taliban, why not the Iraqi resistance?

History shows that popular resistance to occupation will eventually win, regardless of the claims by occupiers about terrorism and barbarism. This was the case in Algeria, South Africa, Vietnam and in Northern Ireland. Those who prolong the suffering of the occupied nations not only bear the responsibility for mass-scale crimes and destruction, but also of the damage to the occupying nations themselves.

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


Useful links

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.

For more info click here

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
One more video:

Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe


Articles published on this site do not necessarily reflect the opinion of WSIUI or its members

المقالات المنشورة على هذا الموقع لا تعكس بالضرورة آراء منظمتنا أو أعضاء منظمتنا

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