Lest we forget

Over at Democratiya you can watch Testimonies: Iraqi witnesses to the Saddam era – a DVD produced by the Iraq Memory Foundation

Wide range of speakers at solidarity meeting

The speakers at the Solidarity meeting on 7th September from 9-11am in the Attlee Room at Portcullis House, House of Commons are now announced. They are as follows: Shanaz Ibrahim Ahmed from the PUK who will speak on behalf of the two major Kurdish Parties. Laith Al Rubai. He will speak on behalf of the Iraqi List (a coalition of secular forces headed by former PM Mr. Allawi that fought the recent Iraqi General Election. Salam Ali speaks on behalf of the committee. He is a member of the ICP Azim Saghia: a well know. Arab. Writer. He is frequent … Continue reading Wide range of speakers at solidarity meeting

Brendan O Leary on Iraq

Normblog draws our attention to a BBC radio programme with a spirited debate on the future of Iraq. Normblog says: In the first programme of the series Brendan O Leary, a professor of politics and a former constitutional adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government argues that Iraq is still on course for a future as a federal pluralist democracy. He takes on a panel of journalists and analysts at the international affairs think tank, Chatham House. BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson is in the chair. The programme was Hecklers, on BBC Radio 4, and you can listen again here … Continue reading Brendan O Leary on Iraq

Shifting sands?

Al Sabah reports that thirteen conditions need to be met as the Sunni price for reconciliation. That they have been published may be indicative that some progress is being made. Iraqi Kurds fear that an alliance with Iran may begin military actions on both sides of the Iraqi border. Vali Nasr argues that the future of the Middle East ultimately lies with a resolution of the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, rather than a settlement imposed by the US.(David Spector)

Boost for Iraqi farming sector

Agriculture was always given a low priority under Saddam but this could lead to Iraq becoming a net exporter of food again. The sector will be the second largest contributor to the economy after oil and has the greatest potential to provide new jobs.

Barnes blogs between Arbil and Suaymaniyah

LFIQ stalwart Harry Barnes now has his own blog on which he reflects in detail on a recent trip from Arbil to Sulaymaniyah including signs of a great deal of individual and community effort in circumstances of a new found freedom.

Daily Mirror on Hadi Saleh

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

Hadi never died

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.