Watch this film

Roger Darlington reports on tonights successful screening at the Commons of a poignant film on atrocities under Saddam and rightly says you should all watch it on Monday 20th November at 8pm on Channel 4. Nuff said. Gary Kent

Judicial System Making Progress

Iraqi Chief Justice Madhat Al-Mahmood has emphasised how much the judiciary has improved in recent years. The number of female judges, for example, has risen from five under Saddam to 28.

Blair speech on a whole Middle East strategy

His wide-ranging speech on international strategy included this assessment of the current Iraqi situation: The bomb which killed British forces in Iraq yesterday was a cruel and wicked reminder that this terrorism is dedicated to one end: to stop democracy flourishing in Arab and Muslim countries; to foster sectarian division; to drive out the possibility of reconciliation between people of different faiths. In defiance of the wishes of the Government of Iraq, now elected, and of the UN which for over three years has supported that democratic process, they urge violence to eliminate hope. In Basra, we are halfway through … Continue reading Blair speech on a whole Middle East strategy

Not the time to cut and run

Labour Minister Meg Munn reports in Progress on seeing Barham Salih, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq speak in the Commons and says that Whilst listening to him describe governing the country, it became clearer to me just how much Iraq is a country in transition, and that it continues to need our help and support. It was a dictatorship for 35 years, during which its political and social fabric was degraded completely. The current journey of transition cannot be anything but demanding and painful.

Brain drain

This IWPR report says that every day, Iraqi families are packing their bags and emigrating to escape the violence tearing their county apart. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, estimates that 1.8 million people have fled to neighbouring countries and 1.6 million have been internally displaced since the fall of Saddam. In 2006 alone, 425,000 Iraqis sought refuge abroad.

Northern Irelands help enlisted to end sectarian violence

The Guardian reports a visit to Northern Ireland by a delegation of government officials including the Iraqi national security adviser Muwaffaq al-Rubaie, who drew parallels between Iraqs and Northern Irelands sectarian and political disputes. He said: Although our conflict is on a different scale there are many similarities, particularly where there is a religious background laid on top of a political background. Mr al-Rubaie said violence in Iraq might last years but insisted it was unsustainable and would fall in the coming months amid new security measures. “Eighty per cent of the country is secure … Millions of people go … Continue reading Northern Irelands help enlisted to end sectarian violence

LFIQ at Oxford University Labour Club

LFIQ Director Gary Kent tonight addressed a meeting of the Oxford University Labour Club. Speaking in front of the Clubs historic banner with the slogan Forward to Socialism he appealed to the audience and the wider labour movement to carry out its elementary duty of solidarity with the Iraqi trade unions. He argued that too many feel that the struggle for democracy in Iraq has been defeated whilst it is still to be fought for. He praised the work of the TUC and unions such as Unison but suggested that too many were sitting on their hands and that what … Continue reading LFIQ at Oxford University Labour Club