Türkmen gençler, Kerkük için yürüdü

December 31, 2010 at 12:23 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Türkmen gençler, Kerkük için yürüdü


Irak’ın kuzeyindeki Kerkük kentinde yaşayan Türkmen gençler, kentteki kurumlara dengeli ve eşit atama yapılmasını istedi.

Kerkük’te yaşayan etnik guruplar arasında kentteki kurumlara eşit atama yapılmasını isteyenüniversitemezunu Türkmen gençler, Kerkük Valiliğine yürüdü. ‘Hakkımızı istiyoruz’ sloganları ile valiliğe yürüyen çok sayıda öğrenciyi, Kerkük Türkmen İl Meclis Üyeleri karşıladı.

Kerkük Türkmen İl Meclis üyelerine isteklerini anlatan öğrenciler, kentte eşit ve dengeli atama yapılması istediklerini belirtti. Aksi taktirde bu protestoların daha da büyütülerek, tepki vermeye devam edeceklerine dikkat çektiler.

Yürüyüşle ile ilgili açıklama yapan Öğrenci Birliği Başkanı Kahtan Efendioğlu, Kerkük valiliği tarafından isteklerinin kabul edilmemesi durumunda bu protestolara devam ederek, seslerini duyurmaya devam edeceklerini belirtti.

Kerkük Türkmen İl Meclisi üyesi Ali Mehdi ise kentte eşit atama yapılması için dört karar olduğuna dikkat çekerek, yetkililerin bu kararlara uymasını istedi. Bazı kurumların atamalarda eşit davranmadığını belirten Mehdi, Türkmen gençlerin haklarını anayasal çerçeveye dayanarak savunup takip edeceklerini de kaydetti.

Yürüyüşe katılan Ammar Suud isimli genç ise kendilerinin sadece eşit atama istediklerini ve kenti idare eden yetkilileri tarafsız olmaya davet ettiklerini söyledi.

Gurup isteklerini belirten dilekçeyi Kerkük Türkmen İl Meclisi üyelerine verdikten sonra sessizce valilik binası önünde dağıldı.



10,000 Peshmerga in Baghdad To Protect Kurds From Possible Coup

December 31, 2010 at 12:15 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
image On the march: Kurdish peshmerga forces bearing Iraqi and Kurdish flags.—— Photo/ft.com


SULAIMANI, Iraqi Kurdistan: Ten thousand members of the Kurdish peshmerga forces have been sent to Baghdad to protect Jalal Talabani – the Kurdish president of Iraq – and all other Kurdish officials there from the possibility of a military coup, says a senior official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s two ruling parties.

This is the first time since 2003 that a top Kurdish official has acknowledged the threat to Kurdish politicians of a military coup in Baghdad.

Mala Bakhteyar, a senior member of the PUK’s political bureau, said in an interview with Kurdish television channel Gale Kurdistan that the PUK had prepared for the “worst case scenario,” including military coups.

“The Kurds [in Baghdad] are one of the main political blocs,” said Bakhteyar. “Currently 10,000 peshmerga are deployed there to ensure that Kurdish officials and [PUK leader] Talabani are protected from any plots. It’s not as if we are just sitting there in Baghdad quietly waiting for a plot to come along.”

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Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, by David Cronin

December 31, 2010 at 12:04 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Book Review: Europe’s Alliance with Israel
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada, 30 December 2010


From the eastern side of the Atlantic, it’s easy to pin all the world’s ills on the United States. Other Western countries may have perpetrated their share of imperialistic crimes but since World War II, Washington’s global might has meant that other nations’ evils can often be chalked up as following-the-leader, willingly or otherwise.

David Cronin’s immensely valuable new book, Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, does not entirely reject this position. But in charting how the European Union (EU) and its member states back Israel, Cronin dispels the idea that the US is the only game in town (and that those of us who aren’t resident there can therefore change nothing), while also offering activists new targets for institutional lobbying and boycotts.

The bulk of Europe’s Alliance with Israel is a meticulous documentation of the ways in which a variety of institutions — the European Union (and its major constituent bodies, the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission), North American Treaty Organization (NATO) and various European states — have, despite superficial commitments to the “peace process,” consistently sold out Palestinian rights and interests. And the list is a long one.

Cronin starts by cataloging European toleration of Israeli human rights abuses and infringements of international law. He cites the fact that just five EU states (Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal, Malta and Slovenia) supported the UN General Assembly acceptance of the Goldstone Report into war crimes in Gaza, with the remaining 22 opposing or abstaining. This is contrasted with the strong EU positions taken on, for example, the Georgia-Russia conflict of summer 2008, controversies over the treatment of civilians by the Sri Lanka government during its offensive against the Tamil Tigers in spring 2009, or attacks on ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

Cronin quotes senior EU figures such as Javier Solana and Benita Ferrero Waldner on the ever-nearer relations between the EU and Israel. At a presidential conference in Jerusalem in October 2009, Solana even claimed that the relationship was closer, even, than the EU’s ties to new and recent additions like Croatia. “There is no country outside the European continent that has this type of relationship that Israel has with the European Union,” the then EU foreign policy chief was quoted as saying in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, going on to joke that: “I am sorry to say, but I don’t see the president of Croatia here. His country is a candidate for the European Union, but your relation today with the European Union is stronger than [our] relation to Croatia.”

Cronin’s background and experience as a journalist covering European affairs is evident in these and other details. The direct quotes from senior — often anonymous — sources and access to obscure or confidential correspondence and reports demonstrate his exhaustive knowledge of the famously Byzantine workings of the EU’s institutions.

Cronin examines Israel’s progressive integration into the EU’s scientific research and development programs, and the collaboration of EU researchers with Israeli arms manufacturers.  He notes that Israel was the first country outside the EU to be brought into its research funding programs and cites the huge sums involved — 204 million euros during the 2002-2006 finance round and possibly over half a billion euros in 2007-2013.

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Replacement Chaos in the Iraqi Parliament, by Reidar Visser

December 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Posted by Reidar Visser on Thursday, 30 December 2010 20:18

The announcement of the partial Maliki II government on 21 December has transformed Iraqi politics into something of a chaotic construction site. As of today, no one knows who will be in government or how many ministers will eventually be named.

Additionally, due to the stream of deputies hastily leaving parliament in search of greener pastures in the executive branch of government, no one any longer has a complete list of deputies. Based on lists of new ministers and old deputies it is clear that at least 20 of the 325 deputies in Iraqi parliament will need replacement, probably with more to come as ministries held as deputyships by existing ministers will get distributed. As of today, the Kurds have yet to name any replacements (and have also yet to name several of their ministers), and Iraqiyya has apparently named only around half of their 7 replacements. Some glaring errors in the way the names of new deputies have been rendered in official statements from the Iraqi parliament also make analysis of the information released so far somewhat problematic.

Still, around a dozen of the replacements can be identified with reasonable certainty, as indicated in the table below.

To see the table please click on: http://gulfanalysis.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/replacement-chaos-in-the-iraqi-parliament/

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A new voice from the Iraqi Turkmen

December 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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A new voice from the Iraqi Turkmen
28 December 2010, Tuesday

Until recently, the Iraqi Turkmen have been a community “far” from being seen yet constantly on the agenda of Turkey.
The Iraqi Turkmen are a community which has been constantly on the agenda of Turkey until recently, yet now seems to be quite “far” away. There are various opinions on the number of Turkmen residing in Iraq. However, when looking at the results laid down by the last two elections, it can be said that the numbers of the official thesis alleged by Turkey in the past have not been quite realistic.

We have no argument with figures, however if a rough estimate were to be made, it seems that the number of the Turkmen population living in the region is way over one million. In the past, the Turkmen have always been at the focal point of the politics dealing with Iraq. However, rather than becoming stronger actors, this situation made them grow weaker by the  day.


Hicran Kazancı represents the younger generation of the Turkmen Front. He started his post as Ankara representative a few months ago. We had an intimate interview with him in the Ankara office of the Front.

If I were to say that I was not surprised to meet a portrait not hesitating to criticize the mistakes made in the past and Turkey, a courageous man with a vision, I would be telling an untruth. The reason for this is that until now, the names which have been representing the Turkmen Front and the policies of the Front in general have not gone beyond empty rhetoric and an emotional bond with Ankara.

Hicran Kazancı answers a stereotype question, ‘What does Turkey do regarding your case, are they sufficiently concerned’ with a mischievous reply: ‘Turkey is too much concerned with us!’


There is no doubt that the parenthesis of this reply contains plenty and in a way it summarizes the mistakes of Ankara regarding Turkmen. The price of seeing the Turkmen as a unique element has not only been high for Turkey but for them as well. In addition to not being able to establish a healthy relationship with the Iraqi central government, they also had difficulties finding a place for themselves in the changing balances after the occupation. The policies which left out the Iraqi Kurds and expelled the Turkmen outside the system and which were continued persistently until 2005 also weakened Ankara’s hand. It is fortunate that the application of these mistakes was forsaken towards the end of 2005 and it was decided to adopt a state policy of entering into dialogue with all the elements living the region. As a result these issues were discussed in the National Security Board meetings of 2006 and 2007 and stated in the final declarations.

Iraqi Turkmen Front Ankara Representative Hicran Kazancı is a name that is aware of what goes on in Northern Iraq and can analyze the equilibrium in the region very well. Here is his assessment and criticism regarding Kirkuk which is a sensitive subject to the Turkmen:

‘The Turkmen were unable to establish a connection with the actors in Iraqi politics. Between 1991-2002 we always spoke about a Turkmeneli region which included Kirkuk. Until 2003 our slogan was “Erbil is Turk and shall remain Turk”. Never mind about gaining Arbil, we started to think about saving Kirkuk. This was the result of strategy error. In the meeting which took place in 2003 in Selahaddin between American representative Zalmay Halilzad and Saddam opponents, our representative made another mistake. When our people completely rejected the recognition of a Kurdish region the Turkmen were completely ousted from the process. For example they could have said, “we recognize the region north of the 36th Parallel”. Today, just for this reason, we do not know what sort of strategy to produce regarding the status of Kirkuk. If we had been a part of the decision process on that day we would have saved Kirkuk today. ‘

This viewpoint seemed very sound and striking to me. It gives hope for the future.

Nasuhi Güngör


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will make visits to Iraq in January

December 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment


 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will make critical visits to Iraq in January. Davutoğlu will travel to Iraq prior to Erdoğan and will visit Baghdad, Kirkuk and Karbala cities.

A new government was formed in Iraq last week nine months after the general elections.


MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi refugees – interpreting the statistics

December 28, 2010 at 11:57 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi refugees – interpreting the statistics

DAMASCUS, 28 December 2010 (IRIN) – Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis fled the country after sectarian violence broke out following the 2003 war which toppled Saddam Hussein. However, the precise number of refugees is hard to ascertain and fluctuates in line with changing perceptions and the security situation in Iraq.

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Iraq: A gloomy Christmas in Iraq. Mgr Sako: “we will resist and we will remain”

December 28, 2010 at 1:30 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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In this gloomy picture, the archbishop of Kirkuk, wants to talk about hope. “As long as we get back to each other: Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, Muslims and Christians, we resist and we stay, because Iraq without us loses its beautiful multi-identity. We remain because are committed to love and to return to each other. This is the road to resurrection, life and renewal”.

Monday, December 27, 2010
By Asia News

Kirkuk (AsiaNews / Agencies) – A Christmas of fear and sadness for Iraqi Christians, in memory of the martyrs killed Oct. 31 in the Syrian Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad. Many masses were called off across the country, and security measures heightened. But in the midst of this also the determination expressed in a message also sent to AsiaNews by Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk. According to Middle East Concern, the celebrations were cancelled as a result of threats posted on Web sites of Islamic groups. “The decision was taken after the threats were repeated on Tuesday, December 22. The churches in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk have decided not to put up Christmas decorations and called off ceremonies after dark”.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on Christians not to leave Iraq. “Attempts to keep Christians away from their homeland and their land, which clung to them through the centuries, is a great crime against national unity,” al-Maliki said in a statement marking the Christmas holiday. But many churches in Mosul did not hold celebrations while in Basra the roads leading to churches were cordoned off with barbed wire, and the buildings were surrounded by security forces.

In this gloomy picture, the archbishop of Kirkuk, wants to talk about hope. “As long as we get back to each other: Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, Muslims and Christians, we resist and we stay, because Iraq without us loses its beautiful multi-identity. We remain because are committed to love and to return to each other. This is the road to resurrection, life and renewal”.

Archbishop Sako recalled Oct. 31: ” We live in Iraq today, a painful experience, culminating in the massacre of Our Lady of Deliverance, which have shocked Christians and Muslims together, but we are determined to withstand the ordeal. We will not give in to temptation and frustration because life is a gift from God and it is greater than the hands of evil can destroy it”.

“If we go back to the essence of religion and to our common human roots, inevitably we will meet tour national fraternity in equality, justice, solidarity. Then risk will vanish and life will reflect abundantly This is good news of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ with his message of hope: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace. ”

The Archbishop of Kirkuk concluded his message with an appeal for peace: “Peace is the base of all goods: we ask it in prayer and implement it with mutual love and solidarity. Then the miracle happens and we will have peace on earth for human beings and the glory of God in the highest. We both believe that God is the Lord of the impossible”.

Source: Asia News


December 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment



Türkiye’de faaliyet gösteren ve mücadele eden dernek, vakıf, birlik, oda, sosyal, spor, sanat ve fikir kulüpleri adı altında Irak Türkmenlerinin sahip olduğu bütün sivil toplum kuruluşları, 23 Aralık 2010 Perşembe günü Keçiören Belediyesi tarafından yaptırılan ve Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaşkanlığının himayesi altında gerçekleştirilen Kerkük Parkında Irak Türkmen Şehitleri Anıtının açılışı görkemli biçimde yapılmıştır.

Bu anlamlı tören münasebetiyle Ankara’da bulunan Irak Türkmenleri Sivil Toplum kuruluşlarının temsilcileri bir araya gelerek 2 günlük toplantı yapmışlar ve bütün Türkmen toplumunun tek yürek ve tek ses olarak Türkiye’de kamuoyuna birlik ve beraberlik mesajı vermeyi oy birliği ile dile getirmeyi uygun görmüşlerdir.

Bu vesileyle Irak Türkmenlerinin ana temel hedeflerinin gerçekleşmesine ivme kazandırmak, dayanışma birliğine inanarak Türkmenlerin tarihini, kültürünü, sanatını, folklorunu, edebiyatını, aile birliğini ve Türkmen toplumunun yararına ne gerektiriyorsa örgütlenip Türkiye, Irak ve bütün dünyada girişimlerde bulunmak düşüncesiyle, tüm kuruluşlar arasında söylem birliği, dayanışma ve yardımlaşma, her alanda etkin bir yapı sağlamak için bir Türkmeneli Federasyon çatısı altında toplanmaya karar vermişlerdir.

Federasyonun Geçici Yönetim Kurulu üyeleri,
1- Prof. Dr. Ümit AKKOYUNLU
2- Dr. Cüneyt MENGÜ
3- Dr. Kürşat ÇAVUŞOĞLU

Türkmeneli Dernekler Federasyonu Kurucu Kurluşlar:

Irak Türkleri Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği-Mehmet TÜTÜNCÜ

İzzettin Kerkük Kültür ve Araştırma Vakfı-Prof. Dr. Suphi SAATÇİ

Irak Türkmen Basın Konseyi Derneği-Kemal BEYATLI

Türkmeneli İnsan Hakları Derneği-Dr. Nefi DEMİRCİ

Ortadoğu İşadamları ve Sanayicileri Derneği-Dr. Cüneyt MENGÜ

Irak Türkmenleri Kardeşlik ve Kültür Derneği-Selman NALBANT

Irak Türkleri Adalet Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Derneği-Mithat İBRAHİM

Türkmeneli Sağlık ve Sosyal Yardımlaşma Derneği-Dr. Aydın BEYATLI

Türkmen Birliği ve Dayanışma Derneği-Dr. Kürşat ÇAVUŞOĞLU

Türkmeneli Aydınları Derneği-Fuat TİĞİN

Türkmeneli Danışma Meclisi-Prof. Dr. Ümit AKKOYUNLU

                                                                                  Hazırlık Komisyonu


Water in the Middle East, ORSAM Water Research Programme

December 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Water in the Middle East of December 20-26, 2010

 Iranian Factory Seeking to Win License to Chlorine Factory  Project in Wasit

New Study Predicts Tensions Over Middle East Water Shortage

 ‘Iraq Benefits from Ties with Turkey’

Minister: Egypt Will not Supply Water to Israel

 World Bank Approves Greater Beirut Water Supply Project

HRW Critique That Doesn’t Hold Water

 Cabinet Approves Regulations of Water Law

Syria Launches Its First ‘Water-Scarcity Park’

World’s Thirstiest Country Yemen May Be First To Run Out Of Water

Turkish PM Hails Growing Syria Links

 Iraq Rice Yield up as Water,  Power Supplies Grow

 Abu Dhabi Sees Regional Threats to Water Supply

 Sharing of Nile Water Should not be Politicised

 2011 World Water Week Calls for Seminar Proposals

 Outcomes of the 2010 World Water

 To read ORSAM’s report please click on the link below: http://www.orsam.org.tr/en/enUploads/MiddleEastBulletin/2010128_orsamwater.no.1.eng.pdf

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