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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Friday, March 5, 2010
Poll: Majority of Iraqis think security has gotten worse; only 22 percent in Baghdad say they will vote; no love for Iran
February 23, 2010
A friend in Baghdad sent me results of a poll conducted on behalf of one of the major political candidates running in Iraq’s election. 1,000 Iraqis across the country were polled over the past week by the firm Crosby Textor in conjunction with the independent polling firm ORB. According to the poll, the overwhelming consensus: "Iraq is heading in the wrong direction." Some preliminary findings:
A few thoughts. It’s troubling that the poll found only 22 percent of Baghdadis said they were going to vote. Not surprising, as most of the violence over the past six months –and 7 years, actually– has been in Baghdad. Assuming that in Baghdad you’ll find your more secular, less sectarian, less religious-politico electorate, that means apathy in Baghdad could translate into ceding the vote to folks in more rural areas or more religious cities. Which would mean a government that keeps its strong Shiite Islamist, sectarian character.
It’s also interesting that folks in Baghdad don’t like Maliki–I’d be curious to know how he fared in southern Iraq(anecdote-wise, he seems to have a lot of street cred in the south still.)
Over the past three months, a majority thinks security has not improved or gotten worse. This is because over the past three months security has gotten worse. It also confirms the sense of unease in Baghdad–a prominent Arabic newspaper described Baghdad last week as "not look[ing] much different from when it was on the brink of civil war in 2006."
Change! We can thank Obama for this question–change, every politician on Earth seems to believe, is in the air. But 96 percent! I wonder what result we’d get if we asked the question in this country, or say in a European country, or maybe even in a place like Iran. I would assume it wouldn’t be close to that high.
Speaking of Iran: 68 percent of all voters think Iran is a bad influence on Iraq. This number gets at the weird and complicated relationship between Iraq and Iran. In Washington, we often view it in black and white terms–Iran has a proxy government in Baghdad, Iran are the real winners in Iraq, etc. There is a good deal of truth in this viewpoint, don’t get me wrong. But there’s also a lot of anti-Iran sentiment in Iraq, and it’s a potent force to tap into(the recent dispute over the Fakka Oilfield was a perfect example.) Part of the problem is that the three political parties with the closest ties to Iran–ISCI, the Sadrists, and Maliki’s Dawa(though I think Maliki isn’t as close to Iran as we assume, though others in the Dawa party certainly are)–are overrepresented in the Iraqi government, ISCI in particular. ISCI has to be one of the most unpopular political parties in Iraq, a fact that was reflected when they got trounced last year in the provincial elections. But that’s the main issue behind the recent ban of 400 or so candidates–by taking out the secular Shiite and Sunni opposition, it helps ISCI and the Iranian backed parties keep their grip on power in Baghdad, despite their unpopularity.
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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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