Leading Climatologist on Fukushima

March 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Leading Climatologist on Fukushima

‘We Are Looting the Past and Future to Feed the Present’

By Katrin Elger and Christian Schwägerl

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A doctor screens a Japanese child from Fukushima prefecture for signs of radiation.

Leading German climate scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber talks to SPIEGEL about the lessons of the Fukushima disaster, the future of nuclear energy in Germany and why our society needs to be transformed. “We consume as much oil in one year as was created in 5.3 million years,” he warns.

 

SPIEGEL: Who or what is to blame for the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima?

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber: The earthquake was merely the trigger. The crazy logic we apply in dealing with technical risks is to blame. We only protect ourselves against hazards to the extent that it’s economically feasible at a given time, and to the extent to which they can be controlled within the normal operations of a company. But the Richter scale has no upper limit. Why is a Japanese nuclear power plant only designed to withstand a magnitude 8.2 earthquake, not to mention tsunamis?

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Turkmen Press in Iraq

March 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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TURKMEN PRESS İN IRAQ

Türkmen basını Osmanlı döneminde sadece 7 yıl devam etmiştir. 1911’de başlayan faaliyetler İngiliz ordusunun 1918 yılında Kerkük’ü işgal etmesi ve Havadis gazetesinin kapanması ile sona ermiştir. Türkçe o zamandan başlayarak ve günümüze kadar devam eden süreçte Irak Türkmenlerinin kültür dili olmuştur. Bu kuralın dışına hiç bir gazete çıkmamıştır. Türkmenlerin kültür dili ister Osmanlıca isterse de Latince yazılsın Türkiye Türkçesidir. 2003’ten sonra Latince (yeni Türkçe) kullanılmıştır. Bu tarihten önce Kardaşlık dergisi 1965 – 1971 yılları arasında ve Irak gazetesi 1966 yılında bazı sayfalarını yeni Türkçe basmıştır.

They Bombed Libya on March 19, the Anniversary of the War on IRAQ

March 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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They Bombed Libya on March 19, the Anniversary of the War on IRAQ


The USA-UK’s Thirst for Blood Does Not Seem to End!

 On March 19, the 8th Anniversary of the War on IRAQ, the USA and British submarines launches 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Libyan air defenses. All for the sake of democracy!


A call for a serious boycott of the USA-UK-France-Israel block is IMPERATIVE. An immediate action must be taken NOW!

To commemorate the 8th anniversary of the war on IRAQ, I publish the forgotten account of the Baghdad airport battle on April 7 – 9, 2003

 
Written by Jeff Archer

From his book, “The Mother of All Battles: The Endless U.S.-Iraq War


http://malcomlagauche.com/id8.html
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The U.S. preoccupation with the impending threat of Iraqi nuclear weapons was just another form of misinformation to rattle the American public. A few months after Desert Storm, the U.N. sent a secret team of nuclear inspectors to Iraq to try to discover how close Iraq was to producing its first nuclear weapon prior to the conflict. The experts were nuclear designers from the U.S., Russia, Britain and France.

Iraq’s nuclear program had already been scrutinized by U.N. inspectors, but this group was more advanced in its knowledge of nuclear weapons because it was comprised of design experts. The designers’ assessment was the most accurate that had been reported: “Iraq was at least five years away from developing its first crude nuclear weapon, if it desired to do so.” This message was opposite of that of George Bush, who created worldwide hysteria by saying Iraq was within months, or even weeks, of having a nuke ready to go

Like father, like son again was the rule of the day a dozen years later as Bush II spoke in detailed terms of Iraq’s impending nuclear threat and a “mushroom cloud over New York City.” Few journalists mentioned the 1991 report, or that Iraq’s nuclear weapons capability was totally destroyed in the bombing of Desert Storm.

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The Iraq scenario is repeated in Libya

March 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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The Iraq scenario is repeated in Libya
 
20 March 2011, Sunday
 

The green light was given to a draft resolution to dispatch military forces to Libya to support the insurgents.

Ertuğrul Cesur/ Ankara

Step by step Libya is the road to becoming another Iraq. The United Nations Security Council(UNSC) has accepted a draft resolution to dispatch military forces to Libya to support the insurgents. The resolution, which foresees the establishment of no-fly zone over Libya, shall aggravate the measures taken against the Kaddafi regime. It is feared that the Council resolution will re-enact the scenario that was staged previously in Iraq. What is remarkable is the fact that although member countries are bound by the resolution, the parties who are The green light was given to draft against a foreign interventionain the country have repeatedly requested the parties in Libya resolution to dispatch military to “come to an understanding”.forces to Libya to support the insurgents.

Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Hicran Kazancı spoke to Yeni Akit: “An Intervention shall not bring Democracy but Disaster ” and continued by drawing attention to the events in 2001 to the Iraq intervention process and said that this was a continuation to the U.S. project to re-arrange the borders and change the regimes of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Hicran Kazancı said that it was up to the Libyan people to decide on their future and that, “The example of Iraq shows clearly that it impossible to import democracy into a country. The U.S. and its allies came with the promise of democracy and turned the country inside out. The desired stability has not been achieved since 2003. Iraq does not still have basic services. Electricity is provided 1-2 hours per day and there is no clean water. The country has become the reckoning arena for the super powers. According to some statistics, the number of widows is 4 million, while the number of orphans is over 5 million. When normalization shall happen is unknown. However, after the fall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, if these dictator regimes had carried out serious and realist reforms, they could have prevented the intervention of outside forces.

Yeni Akit

Irak Senaryosu Libya’da tekrarlanıyor

March 20, 2011 at 1:49 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Irak Senaryosu Libya’da tekrarlanıyor
 
19 Mart 2011, Cumartesi |
Libya’daki isyancıları desteklemek için ülkeye askeri müdahaleye yeşil ışık yakan bir karar tasarısını kabul etti.

Libya’daki isyancıları desteklemek için ülkeye askeri müdahaleye yeşil ışık yakan bir karar tasarısını kabul etti.

Ertuğrul Cesur/ Ankara

Libya, adım adım Irak olma yolunda. Birleşmiş Milletler Güvenlik Konseyi (BMGK), Libya’daki isyancıları desteklemek için ülkeye askeri müdahaleye yeşil ışık yakan bir karar tasarısını kabul etti. Libya’da uçuşa yasak bölge oluşturulmasını öngören karar, Kaddafi rejimine yönelik yaptırımları ağırlaştırıyor. Konseyin kararıyla, daha önce de Irak’ta sahnelenen senaryonun Libya’da tekrarlanmasından endişe ediliyor. Kararın üye ülkeler için bağlayıcı olduğuna dikkat çeken ise, ülkeye yabancı müdahalesine karşı olduğunu tekrarlayarak Libya’daki taraflara da “anlaşma” çağırısı yaptı.
Hicran Kazancı: “Müdahale Demokrasi Değil Felaket Getirir” Yeni Akite konuşan Irak Türkmen Cephesi Türkiye Temsilcisi Dr. Hicran Kazancı, Irak’a müdahale sürecine dikkat çekerek yaşananların 2001 yılında ABD yetkililer tarafından ortaya atılan Orta Doğu ve Kuzey Afrika coğrafyasında yer alan 22 ülkenin yeniden sınır ve rejimlerin değişmesi projesinin devamıdır. Libya halkı kendi geleceğine kendisinin karar vermesi gerektiğini kaydeden Kazancı, “Irak örneği, bir ülkeye dışarıdan demokrasi getirmenin mümkün olmadığını göstermiştir. Amerika ve müttefikleri demokrasi vaadiyle geldiler, ülkenin altını üstüne getirdiler. 2003 yılından beri istenen istikrar bir türlü gelmedi. Irak’ta hale temel hizmetler tok. Elektrik günde 1-2 saat verilebiliyor, temiz su yok. Ülke, büyük güçlerin hesaplaşma alanı haline geldi. Bazı Batılı kaynaklara göre dul kadınların sayısı 4 milyon, yetim çocukların sayısını da 5 milyonu geçti. Ne zaman normalleşme olacağıda meçhul. Ancak, Sovyet Sosyalist Cumhuriyetler Birliği’nin çöküşünden sonra, bu diktatör rejimler ciddi ve gerçekçi reformlar yapmış olsaydılar dış müdahalelerin önünü kesmiş olurlardı”dedi.

Yeni Akit

An Open Letter to the Deputy Prime Minister : “Brutal, Savage and Unacceptable.”

March 20, 2011 at 1:36 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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An Open Letter to the Deputy Prime Minister : “Brutal, Savage and Unacceptable.”

Felicity Arbuthnot

 

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READY FOR ACTION: US Navy handout photo of F/A-18 fighter jets launching from the USS Enterprise in the Red Sea, prepared for action against Libya.

March 19, 2011

The Rt. Hon., Nick Clegg, MP.,
Deputy Prime Minister,
Houses of Parliament,
London SW1A.
– ( cleggn@parliament.UK

)

Dear Mr Clegg,

Re: Libya.

I refer to your letter below, which was forwarded to me.

“No-fly zone” is an oxymoron, a total contradiction in terms. It means that Colonel Quaddafi’s “brutal, savage and unacceptable treatment”, will be replaced by our “brutal, savage and unacceptable treatment, using depleted uranium weapons and blowing Libyan people to bits in their uncounted numbers (“it is not productive” to count coalition deaths as US Generals have said many times.) The region and peoples will become another Falluja, with the yet to be conceived, even, born with deformities often making them unrecognisable as human infants. Headless, limbless, organs on the outside of the body, one cyclops eye, no eyes, no brain.

Arm twisting at the UN., and of the Arab League is also a well worn path. We have been there before. Remember when Yemen voted against bombing Iraq in 1991? -The US Ambassador at the UN., told his Yemeni counterpart, that it was :” the most expensive vote you have ever made” – and cancelled seventy million$s worth of aid to Yemen.

Bombing people does not: “protect innocent people” and: “uphold universal human rights.” This is Orwell-speak.

There is also much evidence that a large part of this “revolution” has been fomented from outside, with moneys not a million miles from Washington, by Libyan long time exiles. Shades of Iraq and Ahmed Chalabi, Iyad Allawi and “Curveball” – Mr Janabi. And a fine mess that got Bitian, America and Iraq into.

David Cameron and yourself, with respect, have morphed amazingly quickly into the despised potential war criminal, Tony Blair. It is the: “right approach”, you both sing from the same hymn sheet. Blair said, on the even of the holocaust which Iraq has become: “I know I’m right, I know I’m right …” The ruins of Mesapotamia, the five million orphans, the one and a half million dead, the four million refugees inside and outside the country, the million widows, have proved him about as wrong as it is possible to be.

What might be the “right approach”, for an organisation: “avowed the save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, would be to possible send in (genuine) UN., Peacekeepers, until the situation stabilizes. Otherwise, this will be another war of aggression. the: “supreme international crime”, which is the invasion of a sovereign state, which poses this country no threat.

Incidentally, Britain has let its own citizens die, terribly in Iraq and other countries, because we “do not negotiate with terrorists.” Yet we advocate, with the US., arming insurgents, to overthrow a legitimate, sovereign government. Illegal. Further, the crowd control methods now so decried by your government, the weapons from the air and even the training, has been a massive earner for the UK.

It is astonishing that as a father, you can argue for this course. You have clearly never stood by a hospital bed in a war zone and seen what just one bullet, or one missile, can do the the body of a child or an adult. The more moral and peaceful world the Liberal Democrats have said they stood for died on the vote, the night before last.

Libya has the ninth largest oil reserves on earth. As Iraq, and as the desire for the vital resources through Afghanistan, no one with half a brain does not believe this is the real reason. There was no calls from your Party, or the Conservatives, for “no fly zones” of any hue, or for restraint, in “Operation Cast Lead” (Christmas-New Year 1008-2009) as Israel bombarded the people of Gaza, caught, like “fish in a barrel” to use a term about wanton slaughter, from a US General. That certainly looked like “brutal, savage and unacceptable” treatment, to most observers.

I write on the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the illegal invasion of Iraq. The invasion George W. Bush declared a “Crusade.” As you embark on the course of decimating another ancient Islamic land, another “Crusade”, to install another puppet regime, I can only say, shame on you all.

Yours sincerely,
Felicity Arbuthnot (Dr., Hon., Phil.)

19th March 2011.

Dear … ,

As you will have seen in the news our coalition government has successfully led efforts in the UN Security Council to agree a ‘no-fly zone’ across Libya.

Colonel Gaddafi’s treatment of his own people has been brutal, savage and wholly unacceptable. We have worked with Libya’s regional neighbours, especially the Arab League, and countries across the globe, to secure a resolution in UN Security Council. This resolution will allow us to act lawfully in deploying our forces to up-hold a ‘no-fly zone’ in Libya.

The Prime Minister gave a statement yesterday, which you can read here. And on Monday we will have a full debate in the House of Commons, followed by a vote. In addition we will be publishing a summary of the legal advice of the Attorney-General.

That is the right approach. This is a coalition government that will act decisively to protect innocent lives and uphold universal human rights. But one which will do so working with, not against, international law and the international community.

Best wishes,

Nick Clegg MP

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats


 

 

 

 

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IRAQ – contaminated water threatens the environment

March 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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contaminated water threatens the environment

 

niqash | Wahid Ghanim | thu 17 mar 11

http://niqash.org/content.php?contentTypeID=75&id=2800&lang=0

 Large expanses of land across southeast Iraq are being contaminated by saline waste coming across the border from Iran.

The water has formed lakes extending along a zigzag line of more than 60 km through Basra and Missan provinces, covering an area of over 150 square km.

Alaa al-Badran, is an engineer and the official reporter on water salinity in the Shatt al-Arab river. He has described the water in the lakes as highly toxic and a grave threat to the environment.

“The salinity of flowing water has reached serious levels and is higher than the salinity of sea water,” he said.

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ITF candidate Hasan Turan has been nominated for the position of new Head of Kirkuk province assembly

March 18, 2011 at 9:47 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Hasan Turan is candidate for Head of Kirkuk Province Assembly

     
18 March 2011, Friday.
 

ITF candidate Hasan Turan has been nominated for the position of new Head of Kirkuk province assembly which has been vacated 
The Iraqi Turkmen Front candidate Hasan Turan has been nominated for the position of new Head of Kirkuk province assembly which has been vacated. It is evident that the groups in Kirkuk are united regarding the candidacy of Hasan Turan.
It is highly likely that the Iraqi Turkmen Front candidate Hasan Turan shall be elected as head of province assembly while Kirkuk Member of Parliament from the Kurdistan Alliance list Dr.Necmetti Kerim shall be elected governor of Kirkuk in the elections to be held next week.
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Turkey as a model for a new Middle East

March 17, 2011 at 12:56 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Turkey as a model for a new Middle East

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban

 Wednesday, 16 March 2011 12:40

 We still remember Erdogan’s defence of the dignity of his people when Israeli soldiers killed, in cold blood, unarmed Turkish activists on the Mavi Marmara.

In the middle of the stupendous social change sweeping Arab shores, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a landmark visit to Turkey. He has always refused to visit Turkey, and had declared publicly his opposition to “Muslim” Turkey joining “Christian” Europe, but he had to go on this one occasion as a leader of the G20; he stayed for only six hours. When he arrived he was chewing gum and then he met Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan and sat cross-legged all the while.

What is extraordinary about this event was the calculated and calibrated Turkish response to this patronising western arrogance; it was characteristic of Turkey with its democratic system, Islamic character, pluralistic government and rule of law in a Muslim society, not to mention the pride and wisdom of its leaders who reject any form of subordination or submission. This is the Turkey that has become an inspiration to the Arab people.

Photographs of the Sarkozy visit included one with Erdogan standing at the top of the stairs, a sphinx-like figure of pride and dignity, while Sarkozy extended his hand from below. Erdogan looked very much unlike those leaders who shake and kiss the hands stained with the blood of their brothers in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon, and kiss, with humility, the hands and cheeks of secretaries of state of countries threatening Arab countries, blockading Gaza and funding the occupation of Palestine.

In order to drive the message home, Erdogan’s gift to Sarkozy was a letter written by Ottoman Sultan Sulaiman the Magnificent in 1526, in response to a plea from the Christian king of France. Francis I had been taken prisoner by fellow Christian Spaniards, and he asked for assistance from the Muslim Ottomans. Sulaiman sent his assurances, followed by a military force which freed the French king. Sarkozy, with his opposition to Turkey’s accession to the European Union, no doubt needed a reminder of the kind of civilised conduct which befits the history and status of Turkey and its tolerant Islamic values which stand in stark contrast with the shameful Islamophobia of Europe.

We still remember Erdogan’s defence of the dignity of his people when Israeli soldiers killed, in cold blood, unarmed Turkish activists on the Mavi Marmara, part of the aid flotilla en route to breaking the blockade on Gaza. So too do we remember his dignified anger in Davos when he withdrew from a panel chaired by David Ignatius when the latter refused to let him speak and gave the floor to Israeli President Shimon Peres instead.

This Turkish-French news story, full of small gestures with significant implications, is of interest to us Arabs at this critical juncture in our history. It is an expression of the maturity of the political institutions and the energy of those running them who are in touch with their people, confident in the knowledge that they have their democratic support. Compare this with the performance of Arab officialdom, wherein you see a pitiful waste of Arab energy, capabilities, institutions, resources and heritage.

When nations make progress, it usually covers all areas of life. The same is true of retrograde steps. For example, the Arab awakening at the beginning of the 20th century was accompanied by a free media and the proliferation of political parties associated with the struggle for freedom from colonialism and despotism. This coincided with a programme to build schools and universities, women’s liberation and a revival of art and culture.

Today it is clear that progress and stagnation never meet in the same country. When one prevails, it covers all areas of life. We can see similarities between most Arab countries, especially the weakness of their official political institutions and, in particular, the absence of young people therein. Forums do not exist for them to express their views and aspirations, except on the streets where they demonstrate to make their voice heard.

The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, now spreading to other Arab countries, have shown that existing government institutions are ruled, in terms of structure and personnel, by the mentality of the Middle Ages; the most advanced among them date back to the middle of the last century. This alienates future generations and deprives state institutions of the energy and vitality of youth and their enthusiasm for building and creativity. It has also created near paralysis in political, administrative and education systems across the Middle East.

Societies should mobilise the creative powers of every generation and make the best use of university graduates to build a better state for everyone, not just a small elite. Arab regimes have failed to remedy weaknesses in government institutions and keep abreast with creativity and progress in the fields of management, economics and politics.

The current upheaval has exposed the weaknesses of basic and university education and the weak, or non-existent, links between universities and the labour market; students finish their higher education and either join the ranks of the unemployed or migrate. Intellectuals have also been alienated, from each other and from the suffering and aspirations of the people; culture is no longer a factor empowering national dignity. The same weaknesses have spread to the media, the legal system and elsewhere to destroy trust between regimes and their people.

The list of failing indicators is long, but is summarised in the weakness of regimes which have not developed since gaining their independence from colonial powers. These countries have been run by different political systems but there is a common denominator in the absence of political institutions which rejuvenate themselves through new blood and innovative ideas.

What Turkey has done over the past two decades has laid the foundations for a national democracy where the whole country – government and people – reaps the benefits and where everyone has a role to play. The Arabs must learn from this if we are to rid our countries of backwardness, stagnation, oppression and unrest.

http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/articles/middle-east/2150-turkey-as-a-model-for-a-new-middle-east

Women Marginalized In New Iraqi Government

March 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Women Marginalized In New Iraqi Government

Parliamentarian Safiya al-Suhail quit State of Law saying that she was shut out of the list
On March 10, 2011, Aswat al-Iraq reported that parliamentarian Safiya al-Suhail had decided to leave Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law list. Suhail said that the party was acting undemocratically, that she was shut out and marginalized within the list, and that was due to autocrats amongst the leadership. She stated that she would now be an independent lawmaker. Other female members of Iraq’s new legislature share Suhail’s experience.

There are 86 women lawmakers in parliament, but only five won enough votes to gain their seats. The rest were named by their parties to meet a constitutional quota that 25% of parliamentarians be women. There is also only one woman minister in Maliki’s new government, compared to five in his previous administration, and six in Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s. Women have also been kept out of the leadership of the lists, and were not included in any of the negotiations to form a ruling coalition as power resides firmly in the hands of men. One member of State of Law said that the women appointees were simply window dressing to meet the constitutional requirement. This is despite the fact that the Election Commission estimated that 55-62% of the voters in the March 2010 voting were women.

Women’s power within the government seems to be going in the wrong direction. In the first two post-Saddam administrations, there was an attempt to embrace women as a large number were given ministries. After the latest election however, the political parties showed no desire to repeat that precedent, and only gave one woman a cabinet position as Minister of Women’s Affairs. That was perceived correctly as tokenism, and the lawmaker refused the post. Eventually another woman was named to the position, but it didn’t change the fact that females have taken a step back in Iraqi politics. Until more women are actually elected to office, and those women come up with a unified plan for what they want to achieve, this situation is likely to continue.

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