Israel’s nukes, by Bendib

July 31, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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israel-nuclear1 iMAGE BY BENDIB

Iraq in throes of environmental catastrophe, experts say

July 31, 2009 at 10:01 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraq in throes of environmental catastrophe, experts say

By Liz Sly


Karim Kadim / Associated Press
Iraqis cover their faces during one of Baghdad’s increasingly frequent dust storms. Officials say decades of war and mismanagement, compounded by two years of drought, are wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.

Now-frequent dust storms are just one sign of the man-made damage that has taken the country from Middle East breadbasket to dust bowl, they say.


July 30, 2009

Reporting from Baghdad — You wake up in the morning to find your nostrils clogged. Houses and trees have vanished beneath a choking brown smog. A hot wind blasts fine particles through doors and windows, coating everything in sight and imparting an eerie orange glow.

Dust storms are a routine experience in Iraq, but lately they’ve become a whole lot more common.

“Now it seems we have dust storms nearly every day,” said Raed Hussein, 31, an antiques dealer who had to rush his 5-year-old son to a hospital during a recent squall because the boy couldn’t breathe. “We suffer from lack of electricity, we suffer from explosions, and now we are suffering even more because of this terrible dust.

“It must be a punishment from God,” he added, offering a view widely held among Iraqis seeking to explain their apocalyptic weather of late. “I think God is angry with the deeds of the Iraqi people.”

The reality is probably scarier. Iraq is in the throes of what some officials are calling an environmental catastrophe, and the increased frequency of dust storms is only the most visible manifestation.

Decades of war and mismanagement, compounded by two years of drought, are wreaking havoc on Iraq’s ecosystem, drying up riverbeds and marshes, turning arable land into desert, killing trees and plants, and generally transforming what was once the region’s most fertile area into a wasteland.

Falling agricultural production means that Iraq, once a food exporter, will this year have to import nearly 80% of its food, spending money that is urgently needed for reconstruction projects.

“We’re talking about something that’s making the breadbasket of Iraq look like the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma in the early part of the 20th century,” said Adam L. Silverman, a social scientist with the U.S. military who served south of Baghdad in 2008.

So fragile has the environment become that even the slightest wind whips up a pall of dust that lingers for days.

Sandstorms are a naturally occurring phenomenon across the region, but the accumulation of dust on the surface of Iraq’s dried-out land has exacerbated the problem, leading to more frequent and longer-lasting storms, said Army Lt. Col. Marvin Treu, chief of the U.S. military’s Staff Weather Office.

This summer and last have seen more than twice as many dusty days as the previous four, he said. And 35% of the time, dust is reducing visibility to less than three miles, the point at which it is normally considered unsafe to fly. On many of those days, visibility was zero, delaying flights, disrupting military operations and sending thousands of people to hospitals with breathing problems.

“The lack of available water is a huge issue and it’s having a huge effect on Iraqi society,” said Silverman, social science advisor for strategic communications with the Army’s Human Terrain System, a program that links social scientists and anthropologists with combat brigades. He emphasized that he was not speaking on behalf of the military.

It’s a dramatic turnaround for the country where agriculture reputedly was born thousands of years ago. Iraq’s ancient name, Mesopotamia, means “Land Between the Rivers,” and though about half the country traditionally has been desert, the fertile plains watered by the mighty Tigris and Euphrates rivers once provided food for much of the Middle East.

Now the Agriculture Ministry estimates that 90% of the land is either desert or suffering from severe desertification, and that the remaining arable land is being eroded at the rate of 5% a year, said Fadhil Faraji, director-general of the ministry’s Department for Combating Desertification.

“Severe desertification is like cancer in a human being,” he said. “When the land loses its vegetation cover, it’s very hard to get it back. You have to deal with it meter by meter.”

It’s difficult to know where to begin to untangle the complex web of factors that have conspired to push Iraq to this point. But officials say human error is primarily to blame.

It hasn’t been scientifically proved that tank movements in the desert have helped stir up the dust, as many Iraqi experts believe. But other factors are not in dispute.

In the quest to bolster food production, farmers have been encouraged by the government to till marginal land. When it fails, they abandon it, leaving it cleared of its natural vegetation.

Chronic electricity shortfalls also have played a role. People chop down trees for firewood, leaving more bare land, and the shortage of power has made it difficult to pump water through the irrigation channels that had sustained fertile lands far beyond the rivers. Compounding the already dire shortages, power stations have been forced to shut down for days at a time because they lack water.

Then came the regionwide drought that has dramatically depleted the amount of water available. Last year’s rainfall was 80% below normal; this year only half as much rain fell as usual.

Turkey and Syria, which control the headwaters of the Euphrates, have curtailed the river’s flow by half to deal with their own drought-related problems, said Awn Abdullah, head of the National Center for Water Resources Management.

Water has been diverted from the Tigris to keep the Euphrates flowing, causing problems for communities along that river. Iran, too, has been building dams on tributaries of rivers that reach into Iraq, drying out riverbeds in the east of the country.

The effects extend far beyond the immediate inconveniences of dust storms. Drinking water is scarce in many areas of the south as seawater leaches into the depleted rivers. The fabled marshes of southern Iraq, drained by Saddam Hussein and then re-flooded after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, are drying up, and the traditional Marsh Arabs who depend on them for their livelihood are being forced to leave again.

In the cities, rural migrants compete with the urban poor for scarce jobs and resources, and in desperation some turn to crime or insurgency.

And then there are the dust storms, which bring the crisis of the countryside directly into the living rooms of city dwellers. The falling dust has the consistency of talcum powder, and it finds its way into cupboards and corners as well as nostrils and lungs.

“It causes health problems, it disrupts business, it destroys machinery, not to mention the psychological effects,” said Ibrahim Jawad Sherif, who is in charge of soil monitoring at the Environment Ministry. “It’s a catastrophe that’s affecting every aspect of Iraqi life.”

Fixing the problem would require a huge injection of funds and is beyond the capacity of the Iraqi government alone, Environment Minister Narmin Othman said. The country needs international aid to revitalize agriculture and plant trees, she said, as well as help in negotiating water-sharing treaties with Turkey and Syria, which previous governments neglected to do.

Whether it can be resolved is another question, said a Western official involved with efforts to rejuvenate Iraqi agriculture, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The government has other priorities, he said, and “it’s a question whether they care. . . . It needs such monstrous help, over such a long-term period. You’re talking generations.”,0,6963143,ful

Les Ouïghours de France remercient leurs frères et soeurs Turkmènes

July 30, 2009 at 10:59 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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  Salam Merry,

Merci beaucoup pour le lien. Nous l’avons mis sur .

Remerciements à nos frères et soeurs Turkmènes…


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Greedy, ruthless Kuwait puts the squeeze on Iraq

July 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Robert Fisk: Gulf War legacy flares as ‘stingy’ Kuwait puts the squeeze on Iraq

Oil-rich state demands billions from Baghdad as dispute over border rages

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Wednesday, 29 July 2009


Kuwait is currently being as ruthless – or greedy – in its demands as it was before Saddam invaded on 2 August 1990. In the weeks before the attack, Kuwait had raised its oil production from 1.5 million barrels a day – the Opec quota – to 1.9 million. Saddam claimed that a fall of just $1 a barrel – it had already fallen from $18 to $14 – would cost Iraq, which had only two years earlier finally concluded its eight-year war with Iran, $1bn a year in lost income.


Saddam also claimed that Kuwait had been stealing oil from Iraq’s southern fields by boring northwards along their mutual frontier; in other words, Kuwait was thieving the resources of the nation whose armies saved it from Iran’s revolution.


Almost 19 years to the day after Saddam Hussein’s legions invaded Kuwait – and less than 18 years since the US coalition liberated it – the Croesus-rich emirate is still demanding reparations from Baghdad as if the dictator of Iraq was still alive. Only this week, the Kuwaitis were accusing the Iraqis of encroaching on their unmarked border while insisting at the United Nations that Iraq must continue to pay 5 per cent of its oil revenues to Kuwait as invasion reparations.


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Les Turkmènes irakiens commémorent les victimes Ouïghours

July 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Turkmens | 1 Comment
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Kerkükte’ten Dogu Türkistan’a destek!


Kerkuk, Irak: Les Turkmènes commémorent les victimes Ouïghours

Les représentants du Front Turkmène Irakien
 (Irak Türkmen Cephesi)
d’Irak, de Turquie, de Belgique, d’Allemagne, du Royaume Uni et de Syrie ont prié pour leurs frères Ouïghours lors d’une cérémonie à la mosquée Avçı à Kerkuk (Irak) le 17/07/2009.


Les représentants des Turkmènes irakiens de Turquie, de Belgique, d’Allemagne et du Royaume Uni se sont rendus à Kirkouk pour participer aux cérémonies de commémoration du 50ième anniversaire du terrible massacre des leaders turkmènes par les marxistes kurdes à Kirkouk le 14 juillet 1959.

Au cours de cette semaine de commémoration (14-20 juillet 2009) les Turkmènes ont également tenu à manifester leur solidarité avec leurs frères Ouïghours qui sont victimes de répression par les autorités chinoises.
Ils se sont rassemblés dans la mosquée Avçı à Kirkouk où ils ont prié pour les martyrs Ouïghours.
Lors des discours à la fin de la cérémonie les Turkmènes d’Irak ont fermement condamné le massacre des Ouïghours et demandé à la Chine de respecter les droits de l’homme au Turkestan Oriental.

The Kurds’ Way by Melik Kaylan

July 29, 2009 at 9:01 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Comment: Melik Kaylan writes: “The Kurds flooded into Kerkuk and kept coming in the next two years until some 200,000 or more Kurds had moved into the city.”

In reality, over 600,000 Kurds, the great majority of whom were not originally from Kerkuk, have been transferred to Kerkuk since April 2003.

In order to change the demography of Kerkuk the  parties of the two Kurdish warlords Barzani and Talabani have given financial incentives and false identity papers to Kurds who are not originally from Kerkuk (some were brought  from Iran, Syria and Turkey) and have organized their transfer to Kerkuk.

The Kurds’ Way

Melik Kaylan, 07.28.09

Grandiose nationalism and demographic skullduggery.


The results of the elections that just took place last weekend in Iraqi Kurdistan could affect the stability of Iraq and, indeed, the entire region. The country is slowly sliding toward disaster.

These days, the issue that jeopardizes Iraqi stability more than any other–both in the short and long term–is not the threat from al-Qaida or the Sunni-Shiite split or the meddling of Iran. Those threats have faded for now. Instead it is the struggle over the fate of the city of Kerkuk that could spark a new civil war, one that could draw in Turkey, Iran and Syria. Neither of the two dominant coalition parties in Iraqi Kurdistan–the PUK and KDP–are offering to compromise with the central government in Baghdad over who rules oil-rich Kerkuk: the Kurds, or Iraq as a whole. The Kurdish elections have not altered that explosive standoff.

As things stand, the Kurdistan Regional Government, headed by President Masood Barzani, claims that the city falls within the boundaries of Iraqi Kurdistan. They are, in effect, laying claim to the control of Kerkuk’s oil wealth. Baghdad, for its part, insists that the oil revenues must be distributed to the nation through the central government. The issue was booted into the future when the Iraqi constitution was drafted in 2005: The matter was to be decided by a national census followed by a referendum in Kerkuk by 2007.

Neither has happened. The Kurds would like to have the referendum already; everyone else, including the U.S., wants the referendum postponed until all parties have agreed on some sort of formula for power-sharing. This is because everyone knows who will win the referendum: the Kurds. (A very useful book on the subject, indeed on the future of Iraq in general, is How to Get Out of Iraq With Integrity, from the University of Pennsylvania Press. The author, Professor Brendan O’Leary, is a brilliant Irishman who worked on the Good Friday Accords to settle the conflict in Northern Ireland and then helped draft the Kurdish Constitution. He’s very sympathetic to the Kurds, but nobody’s perfect.)


Everyone believes, probably correctly, that the national census will show the Kurds have a majority of inhabitants in Kerkuk. The referendum’s outcome will reflect that. But everyone also knows that the Kurds cheated. They created facts on the ground soon after the U.S. invasion and the collapse of Saddam’s northern front. The Kurds flooded into Kerkuk and kept coming in the next two years until some 200,000 or more Kurds had moved into the city. They proceeded to purge various neighborhoods of their inhabitants. Arabs in particular flooded out, and many went to nearby Mosul to join the resistance, which partly explains why that city remains a powder keg.

The Kurds took over various municipal buildings in Kerkuk and burned tons of documents, such as land deeds and ownership records. Such details were hardly reported at the time. The world’s enlightened press collectively treated the Kurds as their chosen victim du jour–until the press turned against the war. At first the Kurds were said to be merely returning to Kerkuk, their rightful home. Then the numbers grew out of proportion. Saddam had pushed them out of the city forcibly from the 1970s onward and settled Arabs in their place. But nobody knew how many had actually lived there and for how long before Saddam had purged them. The Kurds clearly didn’t want anyone to know, hence the bonfires of documents. By the time the world press decided to take a second look, it was too late. The Kurds were fully installed.

I was in and out of Iraq during those years. Some weeks before the war started, I sneaked into Iraqi Kurdistan from Turkey and over into Saddam territory with money and a camera provided by CNN. I was perhaps the only Western journalist who didn’t have a Kurdish minder in Kurdistan and was therefore privy to all manner of Kurdish shenanigans unseen and unreported by others. I even filed a story for the saintly editor of the Wall Street Journal‘s op-ed page. It was probably the only dispatch from the region in a Western newspaper that took a skeptical look at America’s valued tribal allies, particularly their leader Masood Barzani, whose family was still in cahoots with Saddam. The article predicted much of the trouble to come over Kerkuk.

There was, in the next few years, one group nobody wished to consult. This comprised the oldest inhabitants of Kerkuk, the Turkmen, whose ancient castle stood atop the central hill of Kerkuk, and whose old houses visibly testified to those who had lived there longest. But the Kurds, and the world press, had no time for the claims of the Turkmen, Iraq’s third-largest ethnic group; they were said to be Turkey’s fifth column within Kurdistan, spoilers, spies, whiners.

Nobody cared to note that this dismissal was precisely what the British had intended when they first carved out Iraq from the old Ottoman Empire after World War I. Not only did the Brits create Iraq’s borders out of thin air, they conducted a dodgy consensus to generate the results they needed. They invented a new ethnic group, the Turkmen, in order to downplay Turkey’s ethnic bonds and potential territorial claims to the region–an absurd artifice, as all Turks were Turkmen at some point in history. The Brits chose to imagine the Turkmen as tribal or nomadic, though the ones in northern Iraq were anything but. In Kerkuk, they were–and are–a highly literate, urbanized group, the Ottoman administrative class.

Ironically enough, Stalin followed this example by fragmenting the Turkic Silk Road region into pseudo-ethnic Republics, picking tribal names out of history and imposing them on newly drawn administrative zones: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and so forth. He then invented folk histories to suit his project, forcing these histories on the inhabitants.

Saddam openly modeled himself on Stalin: He too invented a retro-identity for the Turkmen, linking their history to the Soviet Republic of that name, and proceeded to indoctrinate his Turkic citizens of northern Iraq along the same lines. Nobody cared to know any of this as the Kurds inundated Kerkuk with settlers after the U.S. invasion. I remember a thoroughly ignorant female BBC correspondent riding at night atop a Kurdish truck into Kerkuk, drunk on adventure, shouting into the camera, “The Kurds are coming back home, for Kerkuk is a Kurdish city.”

When I returned to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s capital of Erbil three or four years later, I was astonished to find that the Turkmen were increasingly complacent over their lives under the Kurds. They were relatively well treated; there was enough work and minimal hostility. Compared with the full-scale civil war burgeoning elsewhere in Iraq, Kurdistan seemed idyllic. Women attended school. They more frequently adopted Western garb. Clean-cut students learned foreign languages. New construction rose all around. Sure, the two local ruling families of Barzani and Talabani (Jalal Talabani is Iraq’s president) had a hand in virtually every political and business transaction in the Kurdish zone. Indeed, this pervasive corruption ultimately gave rise to the new opposition party calling itself “Goran,” meaning “change,” which challenged the ruling duopoly in the recent elections.

It was certainly not Switzerland. The Kurds created pro-Kurdish puppet political parties of Turkmen to whom they allotted seats in Kurdistan’s parliament. Barzani kept making bellicose noises over Kerkuk, saying that if the referendum is not “implemented then there will be a real civil war.” The government kept announcing state-to-state diplomatic relations with various foreign countries, as if Kurdistan were an independent entity and not part of Iraq at all. Meanwhile, the Kurdish area nearer to Iran still maintained cordial ties to Tehran, as it still does. When Ahmadinejad made a state visit to Baghdad, he stood on a podium with President Talabani and called him “uncle Jalal.” (Talabani had been a client of the mullahs during the Kurdish civil war in the mid-1990s when his troops fought against Barzani’s, who was, in turn, supported by Saddam.)

The U.N. has worked on the question of Kerkuk for two years and recently came up with a confidential report. Only its general outlines are publicly known. The most workable solution they suggest, the one that’s least likely to cause instant strife, is the establishment of a neutral and separate province of Kerkuk with all the parties having a share.

It’s time to give the Turkmen a safe zone of their own. They suffered under Saddam as much as anyone, and Iraq owes them redress on many levels. Furthermore, the Kurds realize that whoever controls Kerkuk’s landlocked oil must make a pipeline deal with some nearby country, whether it be Syria, Turkey or Iran. None of those countries will suffer a new and independent Kurdish state to survive, one that’s afloat in sufficient oil money to stir up trouble with their own Kurds. They will demand impossible conditions for allowing Kerkuk oil through.

The Iraqi Kurds’ Western allies would certainly prefer that they do business with Turkey, and the Turks will demand that Kerkuk remain free of Kurdish rule. The West now also realizes that encouraging the grandiose nationalist dreams of Barzani and his ilk has been a mistake. It has brought Iraq to the brink of a new dissolution.

The Kurds have done very well, and bless them for it, but they remain a fractious bunch. They should recognize that they’ve just lived the best 10 years of their divided history since the days of Pax Ottomanica, and they should step away from the edge. They should look around and note that virtually no state in the world with control of oil gets a good night’s sleep. Literacy, educated women, hard work, free enterprise and transparent institutions are better than oil, especially if they want continued support from Western countries invested in Iraq’s stability. The Kurds don’t need to dominate and manipulate other ethnic groups, and they don’t need to be surrounded by enemies. The last thing they need is control of Kerkuk.

Melik Kaylan, a writer based in New York, writes a weekly column for Forbes. His story “Georgia in the Time of Misha” is featured in The Best American Travel Writing 2008.

(( 28 تموز يوم الإرادة للشعب التركماني ))

July 29, 2009 at 7:49 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Sadettin Ergec 



28 تموز 2009



(( 28 تموز يوم الإرادة للشعب التركماني  ))



توافدت الأحزاب و التشكيلات و المنظمات و الشخصيات التركمانية إلى رئاسة الجبهة التركمانية العراقية صباح يوم 28 تموز 2009 و وقفوا معا في الساعة العاشرة و سبعة دقائق أي في الوقت الذي تمت فيه مهاجمة رئاسة الجبهة التركمانية العراقية

 و مؤسسات تركمانية أخرى

كانت وقفة تؤكد وحدة التركمان بجميع أحزابهم و تشكيلاتهم حين يكون الأمر مرتبطا بالتمسك بالأرض و الحقوق و الإرادة التي أظهرتها الجبهة التركمانية العراقية بإعادة اعمار مقر رئاستها بصورة أبهى مما كانت عليها و بخطوة أظهرت الفرق بين البناء

 و التدمير

 و على قاعة الشهيد نجدت قوجاق في رئاسة الجبهة التركمانية العراقية رحب الدكتور سعد الدين أركيج رئيس الجبهة التركمانية العراقية و عضو مجلس النواب بالحاضرين  مذكرا بان في مثل هذا اليوم من عام 2008 قامت مجموعة مجردة من الإنسانية و الحضارة و الثقافة و بدعم و مساندة بعض الأطراف المعروفة باعتداء آثم على بيت جميع التركمان ألا و هو الجبهة التركمانية العراقية و بعض المؤسسات التركمانية، و باعتقادنا أن من قام بهذا الفعل الجبان إنما عبر عن عدم إنسانيته و ارتكب جريمة مبيتة و بنيات سيئة تخجل منها الإنسانية ، متخذين من التفجير الذي حدث قرب المحافظة ذريعة واهية للبدء بجريمتهم رغم أن التركمان قد استنكروا التفجير

و أضاف الدكتور أركيج: صحيح أن في يوم28 تموز 2008 تعرضنا إلى خسائر مادية لكننا حصلنا على نصر معنوي كبير تمثل في بيان مدى خوف الغوغائيين و من يساندهم ومدى رعبهم من الشعب التركماني و إن مثل هذه العمليات الجبانة لا تخدم السلام و المحبة و الإخوة

و دعا السيد رئيس الجبهة جميع أبناء الشعب التركماني إلى التوحد و تفعيل المصالحة و الحب داخلنا و إظهار مدى محبتنا بيننا ، حيث لا احد يحب التركمان مثلما يحب بعضنا البعض، و إن في مثل هذه الأوقات نحن أحوج ما نكون لان نضع أيادينا في أيادي بعضنا البعض و نحتضن إخواننا و نلتف حول قضيتنا المصيرية

ثم خاطب أركيج الشباب التركماني قائلا

انتم أيها الشباب عماد مستقبلنا و عليكم التفاني في أداء واجباتكم القومية على الساحة و في الأحزاب السياسية الحقيقية ، و نحن بحاجة قصوى إلى شبابنا الآن و في المستقبل و نريد أن نراهم مجتمعين و ندعمهم لان قوتنا هي من قوة شبابنا

إن على أحزابنا و تشكيلاتنا أن يدركوا أهمية الشباب بشكل حقيقي لأنهم الأساس الذي سيبنى عليه مستقبل التركمان

وقال السيد رئيس الجبهة

إن يوم 28 تموز هو يوم الإرادة عند التركمان، و لا نريد لأي واحد أن ينزف قطرة دم واحدة لكننا لن نكون لقمة سائغة في أفواه الطامعين

و في ختام حديثه أكد الدكتور اركيج ، إن الحق دوما يأتي مع أصحابه و من يمتلك الحق يمتلك القوة و الاحترام مشيرا إلى أن قوتنا في وحدتنا و لا ننتظر من احد أن يمنحنا أي شيء فكل حقوقنا سننتزعها و لن نضعف أمام جميع التحديات مهما كبرت فنحن أحفاد أولئك الرجال العظام الذين أتحفوا العالم بالحضارة و النور و هذه أرضنا

 وهي أمانة في رقابنا و يجب المحافظة عليها و الواجب الأكبر يقع على الشباب في الحفاظ على الشعب و الأرض

هذا و القى السادة جمال شان رئيس الحزب الوطني التركماني و السيد محمد قيردار نائب الأمين العام لحزب القرار التركماني و السيد فلاح زيدان رئيس تجمع القوميين التركمان و المهندس ياسين حميد رئيس المجلس الاستشاري التركماني كلمات أكدوا فيها انه بالرغم من الغضب و الألم الذي تسبب به ما ارتكبه الغوغائيين ضد المؤسسات التركمانية إلا انه في الوقت نفسه برهن على إن لا خلافات حقيقية بين التركمان الذين وقفوا معا ضد ما حدث

و ألقت كذلك عضوة مجلس محافظة كركوك زالة نفطجي و السيد محمد عمر قازانجي رئيس نادي الاخاء التركماني كلمتين عبروا فيه عن الدلالة الكبيرة ليوم 28 تموز في اثبات ارادة التركمان العالية

و حضر التجمع عدد من أعضاء الهيئة التنفيذية للجبهة التركمانية العراقية و أعضاء من الكتلة التركمانية في مجلسي محافظة و قضاء كركوك و الأحزاب و التشكيلات السياسية و منظمات المجتمع المدني و شخصيات تركمانية 


Proportional Representation Dispute in Iraq: Parliament Adjourns without Adopting an Election Law for 2010

July 29, 2009 at 7:42 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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By Reidar Visser (

28 July 2009

Instead of culminating in the grand finale that some had expected after a one-month extension, the first term of the Iraqi parliament in 2009 simply fizzled out. Yesterday, the national assembly adjourned even a couple of days before it was supposed to, and it is now not expected to reconvene until 8 September at the earliest, and possibly not until after Ramadan ends, on 19 September.

The list of unfinished business is as long as ever, but one item has a particular urgency, in theory at least: the adoption of the election system that will govern next year’s parliamentary elections, now scheduled for 16 January 2010. Whereas the previous election law of 2005 may still be used in case everything else should fail, there appears to be a strong desire, at least among the Iraqi public and the opposition parties, to do something about the electoral system in order that the elections results may better reflect public opinion. Many thought the provincial elections law used for the January 2009 elections was a step in the right direction, but the huge proportion of “wasted votes” in those elections (i.e. votes that were cast for candidates that did not obtain representation) means that the issue of system reform has remained on the agenda.

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Peshmerga: ‘I voted five times’

July 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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A member of the security force in Duhok told Rudaw correspondent Diyar Salih that he voted five times yesterday. He had to vote for the Kurdistani List.  “Each time I was threatened that my salary would be stopped if I did not vote. And this while I had already cast my vote on Thursday.”

Peshmerga: ‘Ik heb vijf keer gestemd’

zondag 26 juli 2009 14:45


Duhok, 26 juli 2009 – De berichten dat vooral in Hewler en Duhok er sprake was van veel verkiezingsschendingen lijkt steeds aannemelijker. Een lid van de veiligheidskrachten in Duhok vertelde Rudaw-correspondent Diyar Salih dat hij gisteren maar liefst vijf keer had gestemd.

Volgens de Peshmerga in kwestie kunnen burgers moeilijk naar binnen en is een paspoort of identiteitskaart altijd vereist om een stemkantoor in te gaan. Maar voor veiligheidstroepen ligt dat anders. “Ik heb gisteren vijf keer gestemd. Ik moest op de Koerdistanlijst. Telkens werd mij gevraagd of ik opnieuw een stem wilde uitbrengen, op straffe van het stopzetten van mijn salaris. En dat terwijl ik donderdag al had gestemd,” zo zei de Koerdische militair, die zijn naam niet bekend wilde maken.

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Elections in the North of Iraq: Kurdistani List accused of fraud

July 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Kurdistani list denies fraud allegations

By Wladimir van Wilgenburg


The Service and Reformation List (Four Party List) and the Change List (Gorran) accuse the Kurdistani List in involvement of fraud in Erbil and Duhok. The Kurdistani list denies the allegations. According to the Kurdish opposition there was especially fraud in Erbil when the IHEC extended the voting with one hour from 18.00 pm till 19.00 for technical problems with names and the hot weather.

The Kurdish opposition list says the Kurdistani List let unregistered people vote several times and pushed out observers of the opposition from some polling stations in Duhok and Erbil. On, the website of the Islamic Union of Kurdistan (IUK), a press declaration of the Four Party list said that there was massive voting fraud. “Everybody in Kurdistan knows what happened”. IUK manager in Erbil, Saeed Abdullah, said that they reported violations in Erbil and Duhok to the IHEC.

Both lists also complain that the Iraqi Independent Electoral Commission (IHEC) is not neutral in their observer status and influenced by the Kurdistan Democratic Party lead by Massoud Barzani and part of the Kurdistani list. Gorran manager in Zakho Idris Sheranshi said in a statement on his blog that Gorran has filed hundreds of complaints and also claimed IHEC officials were involved in fraud.

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