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
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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Saturday, February 27, 2010
US Using Iraqi Political Discord to Justify Continuance of Occupation
t r u t h o u t, February 25, 2010
As Iraqi national elections on March 7 approach, violence and political discord in the country have escalated dramatically.
On February 22, Gen. Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq, announced that the US was preparing contingency plans to delay the withdrawal of all combat forces from Iraq if violence or political instability increases after the national elections scheduled for March 7. Read more→
US has “Plan B” to keep combat troops in Iraq after August
By Patrick Martin
25 February 2010
Christians flee Iraq’s Mosul
By Jareer Ahmad
Azzaman, February 24, 2010
Christian families are fleeing Mosul in droves in the aftermath of the murder of a Christian family in the city.
Our correspondent in the city says the flight is a reminder of the 2008 exodus in which thousands of families fled the city.
The fleeing families are heading for the string of Christian villages, towns, churches and monasteries to the east and north of the city.
Anti-Christian attacks have intensified recently in the city, the second largest in Iraq.
Five more Christians were killed in the past two weeks. Many Christians were openly told to leave or face the consequences.
Violence has relatively receded in Iraq in the past two years, but Mosul remains one of the most volatile and violent in the country.
Tensions are building up between Kurds and Arabs in Mosul and its outskirts which Kurdish militias have occupied.
Kurdish militiamen are even heavily present inside the city itself.
But neither the Kurdish militias nor Iraqi troops are doing enough to put an end to Christian suffering in the city.
Observers say the Christians in the city are most probably paying for the struggle over territory between the Arab majority and Kurdish minority in the Province of Nineveh of which Mosul is the capital.
Iraqi Christians are of divided loyalty despite their shaky situation.
Some of their factions openly support the Kurds. Others have aligned with Arabs.
The observers say the struggle over Christian votes might be one of the reasons behind the latest anti-Christian campaign.
The Iraqi al-Qaeda branch could be involved. The group had vowed to derail the elections, only a few days away.
International study confirms doubling of childhood leukemia rates in southern IraqFebruary 18, 2010
Childhood leukemia rates have more than doubled over the last 15 years in the southern Iraq province of Basrah, according to the study, "Trends in Childhood Leukaemia in Basrah, Iraq (1993-2007), published in the American Journal of Public Health Read more→.
Kurdish militia tighten grip on non-Kurdish districts in Iraq’s Mosul
By Zeena Sami
Azzaman, February 18, 2010
A senior official in the Province of Nineveh of which Mosul is the capital has denounced the presence of Kurdish armed militias in several provincial districts and towns.
In response, the militias, known locally as peshmerga, have tightened their grip on these areas, arresting and harassing people and officials resisting their rule.
Osama al-Najaifi accused the Kurds of forging documents and counts in order to legitimize their occupation of these areas.
"The Kurds have controlled these areas through their militias in an attempt to annex them to their region. This is a move which flagrantly violates the law," he said.
Kurdish militias are even present in Mosul itself. At least half of Mosul, the part on the left bank of the Tigris River, is under Kurdish militia occupation.
Most attacks targeting Iraqi minorities, particularly Iraqi Christians, have taken place in areas under Kurdish militia control in Mosul.
Officially, the provincial districts which the Kurds control, are part of the Province of Nineveh.
But Kurdish militias have the last say in them and this week they mounted an arrest campaign which observers say is politically motivated as it comes a few days before the general elections.
The Kurds have put behind bars Hussain Hamadi, the head of the municipal council in the Christian district of Hamdaniya and the head of the police force in the district of Tal Kaif, a few kilometers away from Mosul.
A representative of Yazidis, a religious minority of several hundred thousand followers to the north-west of Mosul, said Kurdish militias of Kurdistan Democratic Party headed by Massoud Barzani, head of the Kurdish region, were interfering in his election campaign.
Iraq: The new name “Operation New Dawn”
By Fatih Abdulsalam
المقالات المنشورة على هذا الموقع لا تعكس بالضرورة آراء منظمتنا أو أعضاء منظمتنا
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
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