Reconstructing Iraq (11): Denmark to increase reconstruction aid to Iraq

Once a rescuer always a rescuer? Denmark’s government has decided to increase aid for Iraq’s reconstruction by an additional 100 million kroner ($17 million), officials said on Wednesday. Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller said the Scandinavian country would extend its troop mandate in Iraq for another eight months. In words that Charles Kennedy (and Robin Cook for that matter) should ponder long and hard Moeller has refused to set a date for a final pullout of Danish troops from the war-torn country, claiming that “if we did that we would risk seeing the terrorists putting their ammunition on ice … Continue reading Reconstructing Iraq (11): Denmark to increase reconstruction aid to Iraq

Reconstructing Iraq (12) US and Europe combine to support Iraq

On May 3th Hoshyar Zebari, Minister of Foreign affairs of Iraq discussed arrangements for the Brussels International Conference to be held in late June, 2005 with the participation of Iraqi and US governments and the European Union. The conference will discuss how to handle Iraq’s needs of political and economic support, reconstruction programs and maintaining the rule of law. See here and here

Praise for Iraqi elections in Guardian

George Galloway (These are Blair’s last days, May 3) refers to the “manipulated elections” in Iraq. I know the glorious “resistance” which he supports threatened to kill anyone who voted, but presumably that is not the manipulation he is thinking of. I notice too that he does not compare the recent elections with those in Iraq prior to 2003. Obviously no one was manipulating anything when his friend Saddam got 99% of the vote. What a pity those days are not still with us. Prof Bob Borsley University of Essex

Campaign for solidarity with the Iraqi Citizen Dr. Shakir Al-Dujaily

Amman Center for Human Rights Studies received a proclamation from the National Society for Human Rights Advocacy in Iraq presenting the news of the disappearance of the Iraqi citizen Dr. Shakir Hassoun Al-Dujaily who holds Swedish citizenship after his arrival to Damascus Airport on Thursday 31/3/2005 where he came by the Swedish Airlines, flight number (SAS 79025). His news was cut after calling his wife in Iraq on Thursday 31/3/2005 at 10:20pm where he informed her with his arrival to Damascus Airport. Thus, and in light of the above, Amman Center for Human Rights Studies calls upon all international and … Continue reading Campaign for solidarity with the Iraqi Citizen Dr. Shakir Al-Dujaily

Help out in the battle for Bethnal Green and Bow

The battle between Labour’s Oona King and George Galloway is one of the most keenly fought in this election. There are fears that his followers will be out in intimidating force on election day with a massive presence around voting stations. The local party would be grateful for your help on Thursday 5th May. Oona’s office is 0207 613 4749.

Ann Clwyd rebuts napalm charges in letter to the Guardian today

Haifa Zangana (Comment, April 22) accuses the multinational forces in Iraq of using a “modern form of napalm” against the people of Falluja, “a crime that has been met with silence not just by Tony Blair but also by Ann Clwyd, his human rights envoy”. In fact I raised the allegations with Foreign Office minister Elizabeth Symons, who told me in her February reply that “the reports are completely without foundation. Coalition forces have not used napalm – either during operations in Falluja, or at any other time.” It’s a pity Zangana ignores those Iraqis working with great courage to … Continue reading Ann Clwyd rebuts napalm charges in letter to the Guardian today