Reconciliation plan gaining ground.

Iraq the Model reports that seven groups announced their desire to join the political process in accordance with the reconciliation project and said they were ready to enter a truce and stop the violence. (David Spector)

Iraq Memory Foundation

The Iraq Memory Foundation is a non-government organisation that documents 35 years of ruthless dictatorship. Twenty Four Steps To Liberty has featured some of these testimonies including how Saddam feared a six month old baby. (David Spector)

National telephone and power network completed

A fibre-optic network has reconnected 20 cities with Baghdad and the 70 % of Iraqis who have landlines. Part of the scheme also involved replacing obsolete transmission equipment between Baghdad and a major power station in Basra. (David Spector)

Islam and the draft constitution of Iraqi Kurdistan

This report examines the debate. Since the majority of people in Kurdistan are Muslim, Islam should be a source of legislation, said Ali Karim, head of the Kurdistan Institute for Human Rights. Nevertheless, the constitution has to be a modern one, and conform to all the international documents and conventions on human rights.

Compass and Iraq

Saturday June 17, 2006 The Guardian Walter Wolfgang (Letters, June 16) dismisses the Compass conference because it includes some “too closely associated with the Blairite New Labour project” who “in no sense can be deemed to have sufficiently repudiated it”. The left needs pluralism rather than talking to the converted and heckling those thought to be renegades. But I agree that Iraq should be discussed at the Compass conference so that its new non-sectarian Labour movement can be supported. Gary Kent Director, Labour Friends of Iraq

Global day of solidarity with Iraqi journalists

June 15th is Iraqs National Day of the Press during which there will be demonstrations to highlight the unspeakable suffering of media in a country where the freedom to publish is close to extinction due to ruthless extremists and the targeting of journalists by warring factions. At least 129 media staff have been killed, and hundreds more injured or disabled, during the present conflict. (David Spector)

ICFTU annual survey shows continued interference in union affairs

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions has criticised the Iraqi government reaction to the rapid unionisation within Iraq. A new labour code has yet to be implemented, which has allowed Saddam era legislation to remain in place. Decree 8750, which allows the government to take control of all monies belonging to the trade unions and prevent them from dispensing any such monies is also attacked.(David Spector)

Iraqi Government backs down over union rights

Following representations from David Cockcroft (the ITF General Secretary) to the Iraqi Minister for Transport, the Port Workers Union have won a victory following the ministers attempts at suppressing the union. (David Spector)

Support protest at Iraqi Embassy on 15th June

The picket is scheduled to start at 12.30pm outside the embassy at 9 Holland Villas Road, W14 and will last one hour during which Jeremy Dear and NUJ national officers will hand in a letter to the ambassador for the Iraqi PM. This is part of a worldwide effort to draw the attention to the horrendous carnage of journalists in Iraq. Over 130 journalists have been killed since the invasion, most of them Iraqis. June 15th is significant for Iraqi journalists as it is their press freedom day and the (International Federation of Journalists) IFJ unions are responding to a … Continue reading Support protest at Iraqi Embassy on 15th June