Speaking at the launch of the book at the House of Commons today, co-author Abdullah Muhsin of the Iraqi Workers Federation said: Iraqs economy was pulverized by Saddams wars, bled by sanctions and further devastated by the invasion, looting and rampant corruption. Iraqs economy needs emergency investment and widespread reconstruction. Free and independent unions will play an important role in making sure investment in Iraq provides quality jobs and decent public services. ‘But unions are also important in forming Iraq’s democratic future and national identity. Our independence makes us a home to all Iraqis irrespective of gender, ethnicity and religion. … Continue reading US Labor Against the War on New Hadi Saleh Book
Probably the first song about trade unions I ever heard began with the words “I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night.” Those words have been an inspiration the authors of new book just published by the Trades Union Congress in Britain called “Hadi Never Died”. The book is a tribute to Hadi Saleh, the international secretary of Iraq’s new, independent trade union movement, who was murdered in January 2005 by masked gunmen who burst into his Baghdad home. But it is much more than a tribute: it is a beautifully illustrated volume packed with history, anecdotes and analysis. It … Continue reading Hadi Saleh Never Died
Keivn Maguire reports on Hadi Never Died in the Daily Mirror 19,July 2006 IRAQI trade union leader Hadi Saleh was tortured and killed by assassins said to be loyal to Saddam Hussein. A book commemorating efforts to rebuild unions in Iraq will be launched today in the Commons by his widow and TUC general secretary Brendan Barber. The war is a disaster, but Hadi’s death reminds us militants are killing countrymen who are working for a fairer Iraq. The UK and US can’t avoid responsibility. The TUC was all over the place on the war, but deserves praise for trying … Continue reading Daily Mirror on Hadi Saleh
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber pays tribute to slain Iraqi trade union leader, Hadi Saleh as the TUC launches a booklet dedicated to his memory and the success of the Iraqi labour movement. Brendan Barber concludes: The so-called resistance and the religious fanatics are currently engaged in what some trade unionists there have described as genocide against workers. They are fairly clearly trying to stop trade unions from becoming a beacon for a secular, democratic, anti-sectarian and egalitarian civil society. I remember Hadi Saleh, and I want to make sure they fail.
The Arab League General Secretary is attending a two day meeting of Iraqs neighbour states. He has indicated that he is hopeful that recent developments, and plans to support the Iraqi nation, will result in security and stability (Dave Spector).
Arabs are now flocking to the Kurdish regions of Iraq but in some cases this has led to a trebling of prices. (Dave Spector)
During Saddams rule only a few government officers were allowed access to the Internet. Now it has become a symbol of freedomas well as a relatively safe form of entertainment (Dave Spector)
London One Year Later The people affected by the bombs last July were Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus and people of no particular religion! – This has proved once and for all that terrorism does not have a religion. Said Jabbar Hasan, director of Iraqi Association in London. The foreign policy of a democracy should be determined only by an elected government and its parliament. It is unacceptable even to imply, let alone to assert, that suicide-murderers and a bunch of bloodthirsty fanatics or their representatives acquire the right to any say in how matters are decided. Last July Londoners … Continue reading Iraqi Association on 7/7
The Ibn Alfridain website would indicate that some of our Prime Ministers opinions and comments are more popular as well as being more widely reported in Iraq than may be the case in Britain.
An editorial in the Baghdad newspaper Al Sabah highlights the expectations of those who live in a newly democratic , free country.