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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February 6, 2014
But, many people – activists, journalists, and above all, government officials – urged me not to release the report. Their fear: it might only inflame the sectarian violence that’s threatening to tear the country apart.
Violence in Iraq has reached levels not seen since the 2006-2007 civil war. Sectarian tensions are also extraordinarily high, fueled by ongoing fighting in Anbar province among Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, other armed insurgents fighting both with and against the government, and Iraqi security forces, and by politicians’ jockeying for upcoming parliamentary elections. Iraqis fear that every attack and every report of abuse could trigger the next civil war.
Many of those who advised against releasing the report asked me whether I shouldn't lower my voice for a time, at least until things “blow over” – especially when it comes to talking about abuses that frequently appear to be sectarian: “Aren’t you throwing fuel on the fire?”
It’s a legitimate question. But it also tells me the discussion around why Iraq is in such acute crisis has strayed too far from the roots of the problem. Clearly Iraq needs to protect its citizens from armed groups’ violent attacks, which can wreak general havoc and cause a humanitarian crisis, as in Anbar. But the government also takes advantage of fears of the terrorist threat to brutally suppress dissent. The violence in Anbar is just the most recent example of how the government’s use of violent measures in the name of counterterrorism has accelerated the country’s crisis: the Anbar fighting began thanks to the government’s attempt to suppress Sunnis’ legitimate protests against abuses. Security forces’ brutal methods are amply documented in today’s report on abuses of women, which frequently occurred during counterterrorism operations.
The best way to refocus attention on the fuller causes of the abuses in Anbar, and the violence that, daily, threatens Iraqis throughout the country, is to raise, not quiet, our voices, to recall a critical source of the problem, and to redirect attention to a real solution – that is, the urgent need for the government to end rights violations and make good on its promises of reform.
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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