Abu Ghraib Inmates Lose U.S. High Court Bid to Sue Contractors

June 28, 2011 at 1:06 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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By Greg Stohr

June 27, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit that accused two military contractors of abusing inmates at the Abu
Ghraib prison in Iraq, turning away an appeal by 26 onetime prisoners.

The inmates sought to sue CACI International Inc. (CACI), which helped interrogate prisoners at the facility, and Titan Corp., which provided translation services. Titan has since been renamed and is now part of L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL)

The inmates, who were civilian detainees, said they were subjected to abuses by CACI and Titan employees
including beatings, sexual humiliation, exposure to extreme temperatures and rape. In court papers, the inmates said some prisoners were tortured into unconsciousness and several were murdered.

Abu Ghraib became an international embarrassment for the U.S. in 2004, when photographs surfaced
showing guards mistreating inmates.

Two groups of inmates were seeking to sue under the 1789 U.S. Alien Tort Statute and District of Columbia
law.

A federal appeals court in Washington rejected the suits on a 2-1 vote. The majority said that the Alien Tort Statute generally can’t be invoked against a private party and that contractors are shielded from suits under state
law for wartime activities that are closely supervised by the military.

The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to reject the appeal, saying the justices should wait until more lower courts have considered similar cases.

The case is Saleh v. CACI International, 09-1313.

www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-27/abu-ghraib-inmates-lose-u-s-high-court-bid-to-
sue-contractors.html

Retour de Libye, Interview de Gilles Munier

June 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Retour de Libye

 Interview de Gilles Munier (7 Jours – 24/6/11)

    Le rennais Gilles Munier, connu pour son soutien au peuple irakien lors des guerres du Golfe et de la période d’embargo, vient de passer une semaine à Tripoli, bombardée quotidiennement par les chasseurs de l’OTAN. Il envisage d’y retourner « pour recueillir les témoignages des dirigeants sur le rôle joué par les services secrets occidentaux et le pétrole dans l’éclatement ou l’étouffement des révolutions arabes », et actualiser, dit-il, son dernier livre : Les espions de l’or noir.  

Q : Comment la France est-elle perçue à Tripoli ?

 

 La France, bien, mais pas Nicolas Sarkozy. Des affiches apposées sur les murs de la ville le traitent de « tueur d’enfants libyens ». Personne ne comprend pourquoi il s’en est pris à Kadhafi après l’avoir reçu avec tous les honneurs à Paris. Les Libyens, disent-ils, sont capables de régler leurs problèmes intérieurs seuls. De plus, ils craignent une irakisation de la crise. La région de Benghazi est devenue une terre de djihad pour les extrémistes proches de l’Aqmi (Al-Qaïda au Maghreb islamique). Des armes, des missiles sont entre leurs mains, et peut être demain du gaz moutarde. Voilà ce qui arrive quand on joue aux apprentis sorciers !

Q : Des avocats, notamment Jacques Vergès et Roland Dumas, veulent porter plainte contre Nicolas Sarkozy pour « crime contre l’humanité » ou « crime de guerre ». Est-ce bien réaliste ?

Il y a eu environ dix civiles libyens tués tous les jours depuis le début de l’intervention, trois fois plus de blessés. Le 7 juin, la veille de mon arrivée, une soixantaine de missiles sont tombés sur Tripoli, faisant 21 morts et des dizaines de blessés. C’était la façon de l’OTAN de fêter l’anniversaire de Kadhafi qui tombe ce jour-là. J’ai visité un hôpital : les larmes montent aux yeux devant tous ces blessés. La justice internationale instruira le procès intenté à Sarkozy sans parti pris, du moins je j’espère.

Q : Pensez-vous que Kadhafi sera renversé ?

Tout est possible. Mais, le leader libyen a plus d’un tour dans son sac. C’est un grand joueur d’échecs. Cependant, il suffirait qu’un missile frappe un des ses refuges pour qu’il disparaisse. Le 30 avril, l’OTAN l’a raté de peu. Il venait de quitter son domicile familial avec son épouse. Un de ses fils et trois de ses petits-enfants ont été tués. Les Libyens pensent que les chasseurs étaient français, des Rafales. Aïcha Kadhafi, qui a perdu dans l’opération sa fille de 4 mois, a porté plainte à Paris contre Nicolas Sarkozy et Gérard Longuet. Aujourd’hui, à Tripoli, il est question de constitution démocratique, de liberté de la presse et d’élection présidentielle. Cela permettrait de sortir de la crise par le haut. Hillary Clinton dit que c’est trop tard. Pourquoi ? Il n’est jamais trop tard, sauf si l’objectif de l’OTAN n’est pas la démocratie. J’ai rencontré Ali al-Ahwal, coordinateur général des 2000 tribus et clans libyens. Pour lui, la disparition brusque de Kadhafi déboucherait sur une guerre civile avec des conséquences de l’autre côté de la Méditerranée.

Par Gilles Munier

http://www.france-irak-actualite.com/article-retour-de-libye-77856176.html

Doğu Türkistan`da Türklere karşı soykırım politikası

June 26, 2011 at 9:34 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Doğu Türkistan`da Türklere karşı soykırım politikası

(Araştırma )

Yazan: Sadun KÖPRÜLÜ

Dünyanın her bir yerinde olduğu gibi, Türkler kıyıcılar, dikta rejimler tarafından her türlü baskı, soykırım, katliam, asimilasyona uğramaktadırlar. Ortadoğu devletlerinde olduğu gibi Avrupa, ve günümüze kadar Amerika’da  Kızılderili Türkleri yanında, en önemlide   

Kıyıcı insanlık duygusu, sevgisi bilmeyen Çinliler tarafından uzun yıllardan bu yana Doğu Türkistan’da soykırım ve katliam asimilasyon politikası tüm hızıyla kapsamlı olarak uygulanmaktadır.

 

Türkler büyük millet olarak

Tanrı dağlarından inerek kahraman Altlarımız kısa korktu, ölüm kaçınmayarak, Çin Seddini aşarak sonra İslam Diniyle onurlanarak Viyana kapılarını çalarak dünyanı kurtarmaya ulaşmışlardır. Türk milletini hiç bir güç Yıldıramadan, yok edemez dünyada ilk milleti olarak 117 devletler kurmuşlardır Atabeyler, büyük İmparatorluklar savaşlarla yaratmışlardır, kazanılmıştır, ama ne yazık günümüzde kendi yurt, topraklarında Türk dünyasında Türkistan, Uygur ve öteki Türkler ile birlikte acılar yaşayarak, Doğu Türkistan Uygurlar Türkleri Kızıl Çinin işkence zulmüne uğramaktadır,

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Debate at the EU Parliament “The Arab Spring, what’s next”

June 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Dr. Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative and Merry Fitzgerald of Europe-Turkmens Friendships Association attended the debate.

Video: 

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/videoplayer.cfm?ref=78086&sitelang=fr


Extraordinary Spinelli Debate at the EU Parliament on
20th June 2011

“The Arab Spring, what’s next”

Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, President Group of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe,  and

Isabelle Durant, MEP, Vice-President EU Parliament received

Amre Moussa, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Presidential Candidate for Egypt

 

 

BRUSSELS, 20th June 2011

Amre Moussa whose term as the chief of the Arab League ends in 10 days was received at the EU Parliament. He addressed a jam-packed hall.

Several Members of the European Parliament were present.

Leila Shahed, Envoy of the Palestinian Authority was also present.

Amre Moussa started by reminding the audience that the Arab uprising which is called the Arab Spring had started spontaneously in Tunisia and thereafter in the Arab world after a young Tunisian called Mohammed Bouazizi put himself on fire.

Amre Moussa said that procrastination to solve problems in the Middle-East must stop.

On Libya Amre Moussa said: “We have to protect the civilian population and we do not accept the  partition of Libya. We have to preserve the sovereignty of Libya and we have to take into consideration the aspirations of the Libyan people and we should not stifle their aspirations” .

On Egypt he said he is Presidential candidate. Several young Egyptians living in Belgium commented  that seeing that he supported Mubarak in the past they did not think he should present himself and they also said that younger candidates are preferable. Amre Moussa proposed to meet with them the next day, saying he would convince them to vote for him.

On Palestine, he said that the Palestine question is a top priority for Egypt, the Arab world  and Europe. He said “We have failed in the process of peace “.  He called on the Palestinians to go before the UN for a recognition of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

On Syria, he said: “ We are talking about a regional problem, a problem that will affect several  countries around Syria, but we cannot accept the mistreatment of civilians. We are disturbed by the increasing number of casualties and the number of people fleeing the country.

Amre Moussa called on the EU to support the process of change and democratisation in the Arab world  without putting any conditions. “We suffer within the Spring but it remains a Spring, and we are going to move from Spring to Summer, to Winter, and the four seasons will work and I firmly believe that they are going to work in favour of progress, of change and for a better future” .

Benim Babam, Sadun KÖPRÜLÜ

June 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Benim Babam

Babalar Günü Kutlu olsun

 

Yazan: Sadun KÖPRÜLÜ

 

Dünya ilk göz açtığımız an

Yaşamın ne kadar tatlı,  anlamlı,

önemli olduğunu ve tüm güzelliklerini, iyimserliğini mutluluğunu, veren can , gönülden Türk milletini sevmek ve özveriliği  öğreten dünyanın en iyi tek, biricik insanı, çalışkanı, benim için yorulan, beni adam edip yetiren benim sevgili babamdır, o büyük fedakarlık yaparak, yapandır .

 

Babanın sevgisi hiç bir sevgiye, özveriye benzemez. Ne kadar yazarsak,  Ne kadar, şiirler söylersek, onun sevgisini, değerini gönüller, yürekler sığdıramaz.

Babalar günün kutlu olsun benim Babam,

 

Babam sen benim için ölümden defalarca döndün acıya, özleme, çileye kaptırdın hayatında…

Hep beni düşündün, beni kıyıcılar ellerinden kurtarmak için okuttun büyüttün ama zalimler bırakmadılar kıydılar bana, hatırlıyorum hiçte unutmadım sen bana güç verdin, moral verdin çocuk yaşlarımda evimize ve dükkanında unutmadığım Atatürk’ün Türk büyüklerinin fotoğrafları bulunmaktaydı sen öğrettik Milletimizi, toprağımızı sevmek on yaşında iken Altunköprü Şiir kitabımı senin yardımınla yayınladım çok mutlu idin çok sevindin çalışmalarımı görünce,  Milliyetçi, Türkçülük duygularınla yaşadım büyüdüm,1970 yıllarında Başkent Bağdat’ın Haydar Hana semtinde Altunköprü adlı Otelin her zaman Irak Türklerinin toplantı yerleri sayılırdı her kesi karşılardın , yardım yapardın benim Babam.

  

Babaların Babası  

Canım babam! Varlığın hep yüreğimi ısıtır, Seninle Huzur bulurum korkuyu, ölümü hiçte düşünemem, sen bana mutluluk ve güven, yeni yaşam verdin. Seni seviyorum diyince denizler, yerler gökler bile yetmez çünkü sen tüm sevgileri benim ne olduğumu ve ne olacağımı kapsamaktasın.

 

 

Babaların Babası benim Babam

1980 yıllarında beni tutukladıkları gün önce Kardeşim Ümit tutuklandı sonradan beni alıncalar bağırdın çağırdın benden sonra senide tutukladılar, çok işkence yaptılar milliyetçi davranışınla 8 ay tutuklu kalarak her türlü işkence gördün, beni senin karşında işkence yaparak tırnaklarımı sökerken dayanmadın, bağırdın, bir oğlumu götürdünüz ondan haber alamadan bu oğlumu alıyorsunuz ona işkence yapmayın ona kıymayın, gençliğine acıyın bana işkence yapın beni öldürün.

 

Evet benim Babam her acıya, işkence benim için dayandın beni yaşatmak için hayatını varlığını vermeye katıldın, tutuk evinde olanlar hep senden konuştular Kerkük Emniyetinde bulunan Tazehurmatu, Tisin, Beşir Türkmenlerine her türlü yardım

Ederek hep senin yiğitliğinden, kahramanlığından konuştular,

Evet, sen büyüksün bir tanesinin yiğitsin kahramansın benim

Babam

 

Bu günler sana o kadar ihtiyacım var ki dayanamıyorum, dertliyim, özgünüm

Sevgili babacığım yıllar oldu gurbet çok zor oldu geçinmiyor, sen günlerce uzak olsan da bile, büyük sevgin o kadar yakın ki her yönümü, içimi, dışımı sararak, tek bir umut beni almaktadır bir an önce seni görünce ellerinden öperek içimi,  gözyaşlarımı dökmek tek arzum olacaktır.

 

Babaların Babası benim Babam idamdan kurtulduktan sonra, Türkiye,  Milliyetçilikten yaşam boyu yargılandım  kardeşim Ümit ise 6 yıl sen bizi yalnız bırakmadın her hafta görüşmeme gelerek beni yaşattın, ölümden kurtardın beni görüşmeye gelmek için gece saat 11 tüm Türkmen aileleri bir araya toplayarak, Araba kiralayarak yolla düşerdiniz Anamla Teyzem kardeşlerim gelerek, Türkçe kitapları saklayarak korkuya, işkenceye rağmen saklayarak beni dışarıda olduğu gibi hapishanede bile yetirdiniz,

Sabah görüşme başlamadan kapı önünde her türlü Saddam rejimi tarafından her türlü işkence ile bir iki saat bizleri görerek tekrar Kerkük’e dönerdiniz , hiçbir karşılık almadan ve hiçbir karşılık düşünmeden, beklemeden tüm insanlara iyilik yaptın nasıl unutayım sen çok Babalardan daha farksısın, çünkü sen tek benim Babamsın  

 

Bugün yaşamda başardığım ve başarılı olduğum her bir nesnede her şeyde senin amaç payın vardır. Çünkü beni ben yapan, sen oldun babacığım.

 

Yollar ne kadar uzak olursa olsun bize vermiş olduğun sonu gelmeyen üstün sevgin her zaman üzerimizde canlanmaktadır, hissettiğim gibi, her an dün de bugün gibi yarın da gönlümde her yerinde yaşamaktasın.

 

Benim Babam sensiz ben yok olarak ezilirdim giderdim.

 

Benim Babam Senin gibi bir Milliyetçi babaya sahip olduğum için ne kadar mutluyum, şanslıyım. Her yerde Benim Babam Dayı Osman diye tanınmaktadır. Bende senin varlığınla, adınla, şanınla var olarak mutluyum Ama yine çok özgün olduğumun nedeni

Sensizim bugünler çok acı günler geçiriyorum çok yalnızlık hissediyorum, kendimi bu acı yaşamda,

Sana gönül dolusu sevgilerim ve saygılarımla

Seni ne kadar sevsem çok azdır bir tek bakışınla beni sevindirmene

Hayatımda hep yanımda olarak çocuk yaşlarımdan her istek, arzum yerine getirerek,

Bana güç verdin,  destek verdin çünkü benim Babam tek Babamsın.

 

Uzun yıllar Milli davadan dolayı hapishaneye atıldım, idamdan kurtardın ve 17 yıl hapishane yollarında yorgun, yorgun koşarak ölümden, işkence, acıya karşı beni yalnız bırakmadın tüm isteklerimi uzun yıllar hapishanede karşıladın millet için tutuklandığım için dayandın durdun, sevindin başın Dim dik durarak, güvendim, sen olmasaydın dört duvar arasında ölmüştüm tüm ailemle birlikte sevgili annemle, teyzem, bacı, kardeşlerimle yanımda oldunuz beni yaşatınız yemediğinizi bana yedirdiniz aç kaldınız beni hapishanede tok etiniz, yaşattınız, ne yazayım ne şöyleyim hakinde, hakkınızda

 

Her günün mutlu, kutlu olsun babacığım.

Benim Babam

 

Derdimi, neşemi, acımı, sevgimi  paylaşarak, en iyi büyüttün beni ama ne yazık kıyıcılar beni uzaklaştırdılar, senden, şimdi gurbetlerde, öncelerde hapishanelerdeydim.

 

Sevgili babam, dedem benim

 

Bugün 19 Haziran Babalar günü… Dünyanın her yerinde insanlar babalarının değerini bilerek ne kadar sevgi, saygı göstermiş olursalar yetmeyecektir.

 

Babalar Ailenin temel direği olarak Ailesi için her türlü fedakârlığı, özveriliği üstlenerek, her türlü çileye göğüs açarak, gererek, ailesinin mutluluğunu kendi mutluluğu olarak, çocuklarını geleceğe güvenle hazırlamak için özveriyle çaba göstererek çocuğunun iyi, sağlam büyümesi onurlu, töreli, milliyetçilik bayrak, toprak, vatan, millet sevdiğiyle büyümesizi yolunda geceli, gündüzlü olarak toplum için başarı çocukların yetirmemesinde büyük emeği, rolü bulunmaktadır.

 

Bence

Babaları bu özel günde değil, her zaman gönüllerinin hoş tutulması, babalarımıza karşı sevgi, saygı ve vefa duygusunun bir gereğidir. Ve onu her zaman sevmeliyiz kutlamalıyız.

 

Babamızı iyi huzurla karşılamak için özveriyle çalışan babaların Babalar Günü’nü kutluyor, sağlıklı, mutluluk dileyerek ellerinden öpüyoruz her gününüz mutlu, güzellikle dolsun sevgili babacığım

Benim bir tek Babam

‘EU has lost its leverage on Turkey’, ambassador says

June 21, 2011 at 9:10 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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‘EU has lost its leverage on Turkey’, ambassador says

ANDREW RETTMAN

20.06.2011 @ 08:31 CET

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Flush with post-election self-confidence, the Turkish administration has said it will no longer take EU recommendations into account in its internal reforms.

Turkey’s ambassador to the EU, Selim Kuneralp, told EUobserver in an interview on Friday (17 June) that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top post-election priority is to draft a “modern, liberal” constitution. But due to the breakdown in EU entry talks, Brussels will not play a big role in the project, he added.

Kuneralp (r) receives his EU diplomatic credentials during happier days in January 2010 (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

“The European Commission’s recommendations will be taken on board to the extent that they reflect universal norms. Take the death penalty [which Turkey abolished in 2004]. Whether or not you want to join the EU, it’s a good thing to abolish the death penalty. But in the absence of any clear perspective of accession, there’s no reason why Turkey should align its legislation toward narrow EU standards. To put it simply, the EU has lost its leverage on Turkey.”

One EU concern is that Erdogan will increase presidential powers and run for president in 2014, taking Turkey in an authoritarian direction. But the EU would have little say if the scenario came to be.

“Even if we were to shift to a presidential-style system, there is at least one European country that already has such a constitution. And I am not aware of anyone in the EU telling France it doesn’t meet European standards,” Kuneralp explained.

Turkey accession talks effectively halted in late 2010 when the commission opted not to open the competition chapter amid opposition from several EU states.

The ambassador said the move left “a bitter taste in the mouth” and that Turkey has no confidence in EU intentions to revive the process: “People in Ankara are fed up. They made all sorts of attempts to satisfy the commission. But the more material we gave them, the more they demanded.”

Kuneralp said he is sure the EU will survive its debt crisis. But he described the union as being debilitated by its financial problems and as lacking strategic vision and coherence in its foreign policy.

With EU countries at the weekend scrambling to help Greece, an opponent of Turkish accession, to avoid bankruptcy, the ambassador noted: “The EU is not in a position to put additional pressure on Greece … to say to Greece that it spends 4.1 percent of its GNP on defence, but that if Turkey was a member of the EU, it could cease to treat Turkey as a potential threat.”

He predicted that internal divisions will hamper EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s recent bid to restart Middle East peace talks.

Looking back at Israel’s assault on the Gaza flotilla last year, he noted that out of seven EU countries in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, some voted against a flotilla resolution, some voted in favour and others abstained.

“I am sure that if there had been a fourth option, some of the member states would have taken it,” he said. “The European Union has to adopt a common position on the Middle East if it wants to project its influence as the EU instead of as individual member states.”

‘Source of inspiration’

In terms of Turkish foreign policy, Ankara is unmoved by Western concerns that it is too close to Iran. “It’s easy if someone is sitting in Washington to pontificate about Iran as a threat. But Iran is our neighbour … we have to talk to Iran and we have to trade with Iran,” Kuneralp said.

On Syria, he noted that Turkey shares the EU line that Damascus must make pro-democratic reforms. But he declined to back the EU’s draft UN Security Council [UNSC] resolution condemning killings and urging an arms embargo.

“The [Turkish] prime minister has said the international community would need to get involved if the massacres in Syria continue … [But] we have not been consulted on any possible UNSC resolution and I cannot comment on which course of action we would prefer.”

The ambassador said Turkey, an Islamic country, is a “source of inspiration” to Muslims in the region due to its robust democracy and economic growth.

He said the thousands of Syrian refugees massing in southeast Turkey are unlikely to become a base for the Syrian opposition, however: “They are not the kind of people you would expect to become actively involved in opposition. They are mostly just farmers fleeing government action.”

Amid reports that local Turks are bringing food and blankets to the refugee camps, in contrast to Italian hostility to north African migrants, Kuneralp added: “It is not surprising that Turkish people feel more concerned than Italians in Lampedusa. Syrians are our immediate neighbours. There are close links – in some cases family ties – between the peoples of southern Turkey and northern Syria. There is a natural empathy between them.”

Misshaping The Middle East: The Libyan Example

June 19, 2011 at 12:33 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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A comparison to Iraq is obvious. After Saddam Hussein had quieted and Iraq was beginning to recover from years of sanctions, a made for consumption story of WMDs led to a US invasion and eventual destruction of Iraq. The obvious objective for the US attack – the destruction of a nation that could become a strong and leading Arab nation.

By Dan Lieberman

18 June, 2011
Countercurrents.org

France and Great Britain , the two principal European victors of World War I, shaped the Middle East to meet their political objectives and formed an area of despotic regimes and constant conflict. Now, joined by the United States , the same nations, by either aggression against established regimes (( Libya and Iraq ), neglect in assisting legitimate rebellions ( Syria , Yemen and Bahrain ), and support for despotic regimes ( Saudi Arabia ), are reshaping the Middle East; for sure into greater conflict. The allied powers of the western world have one common trait; they are rarely correct in their assumptions and usually damaging in their endeavors.

Operating from concepts that their economic systems solicit and have less significance to nations who lack industrialization, the western powers carelessly attempt to impose political arrangements and social values on contrary systems – similar to bringing tomato plants to the Eskimo for planting. Industrialization seeks free labor and free labor requires political democracy. It does not work in reverse. Beneficial institutions for the highly industrialized western economies do not suffice for single resource (or resource limited), agriculture lacking and water scarce nations Democratic concepts, as defined by western nations, are sometimes redefined and overshadowed by the immediate need for jobs, dignity, education, organization, stability, more equal distribution of a sparse wealth, and less corruption in other nations.

According to United Nations statistics, the Libyans have advanced advantages in education and health care. The nation was relatively stable and, as it recovered from years of sanctions and Gadhafi’s challenging misadventures, the country, slowly moved to resolve other problems. If history is a predictor of itself, the civil war and NATO attacks will only bring decades of struggle, death, and anguish to the Libyan people.

Since the year 2003, when the international community welcomed Colonel Gadhafi’s nation into the world community, Libya has been received with the same courtesy as other oil producing nations – its revenue invested in western enterprises, foreign corporations constructing Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’s infrastructure. In a few weeks of February and March 2011, everything changed. Why?

The excuse was that leader Gadhafi intended to liquidate at least 100,000 of his opponents, a 100 times exaggeration and an obvious impossibility.

According to President Barack Obama, “Gaddafi declared that he would show “no mercy” to his own people. He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment­.”

Reuters reported large differences between Gadhafi’s remarks and President Obama’s rendition: Gaddafi Tells Rebel City, Benghazi, ‘We Will Show No Mercy,’ March 17, 2011.

“Muammar Gaddafi told Libyan rebels on Thursday his armed forces were coming to their capital Benghazi tonight and would not show any mercy to fighters who resisted them. In a radio address, he told Benghazi residents that soldiers would search every house in the city and people who had no arms had no reason to fear. He also told his troops not to pursue any rebels who drop their guns and flee when government forces reach the city.”

Logic tells us that few Benghazi residents could even have guns to hide and Gadhafi’s forces were too limited to carry out any large scale purge, Gadhafi’s comment (much different than Obama’s presentation) was only meant to create a fear. No leader would tell his people he intended to kill masses of them. If so, they had nothing to lose by fighting. Why encourage them? Nonsense!

The next morsel of food for thought relies on the fact that the civil war was no threat to any NATO nation. The clincher – the western nations had not considered any changes in Libya’s future. Suddenly, with no plan, no knowledge of the rebel forces constituency, and no idea as to where the interference would lead, NATO attacks Libya.

A comparison to Iraq is obvious. After Saddam Hussein had quieted and Iraq was beginning to recover from years of sanctions, a made for consumption story of WMDs led to a US invasion and eventual destruction of Iraq. The obvious objective for the US attack – the destruction of a nation that could become a strong and leading Arab nation.

Fast forward to the present.

After Moammar Gadhafi had quieted and Libya began to recover from years of sanctions, NATO attacks Libya, using as an excuse a made for consumption story that Gadhafi was prepared to commit a genocide against his own people. The obvious objective of the NATO attack – the destruction of a nation that could become a strong and leading African nation. Consider also that. The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya has tremendous oil and water resources. Libya’s Great Man-Made River project (GMMRP) has tapped The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS) one of the world’s largest aquifers,. Although oil and water don’t mix, the liquids in the dual pipelines are a tempting cocktail for those who could use both resources. Liquid goal is gaining more significance each day due to excessive droughts and irrigation demands. The GMMRP, due primarily to Gadhafi’s personal interest supplies drinking water and irrigation to Libya’s northeast region of Cyrenaica, the area in rebellion. Gadhafi did not overlook the Cyrenaica in deference to Tripoli.

As in the Kosovo war, NATO is testing weapons and strategies.
As in the Kosovo war, NATO’s tactics are destroying infrastructure, creating refugees and killing civilians. A bombing of Gadhafi’s youngest son’s not too elegant home killed the son and three grandchildren. And Gadhafi is accused of war crimes.

As in the Kosovo war NATO’s cowardice is apparent and disturbing; attacking a defenseless nation with high flying airplanes, missiles launched from sea, and helicopter gunships spraying missiles and bullets. Acting as a protectorate to prevent slaughter, NATO has augmented the killing, behaving as a killing machine with no other objective than to destroy. Arguments between the European nations and the United States reveal that NATO has run out of ammunition and needs more armaments . According to the Daily Mail, June 9, 2011, The U.S. as of June 11, has spent $665 million in the conflict. NATO will repay some of this business of death..

Maybe Colonel Gadhafi has outlived his usefulness to the Libyan people and must go; a consensus of world leaders seem to approve this suggestion. Nevertheless, bluntly telling him he must leave is sure to make him want to stay; so why is this being said? Besides, is Gadhafi the problem, or is it the condition of Libya, a mildly prosperous nation ($14,000 per capita GDP) that must balance the spending of today with assuring survival after the oil runs out. Finding other than low service employment in a nation that has few large businesses outside of oil extraction and refinement is not a defect due to poor organization or negligence; it’s a difficult task nations in all single resource nations. A question:. Why is the U.S. concerned with a nation 4000 miles from its shores and not resolving a similar unemployment situation within its shores?

The news reports, or lack of news reports, reveal contradictions. If the Libyan rebels are popular, why are there no demonstrations of affection for them? Where are the welcoming crowds, and the usual pictorial destruction of statues and monuments of the despised regime? Where are the augmentation of rebel ranks and volunteers flocking to join their liberator?. News scenes indicate the fighting is between armies that are the size of much more heavily armed Los Angeles street gangs, each trying to get out of the way of bullets.

Wikileaks accounts of the workings of the Libyan government and Gadhafi’s role contradict the accepted knowledge.

LIBYAN PARLIAMENT CONVENES, CABINET CHANGES EXPECTED
Passed to the Telegraph by WikiLeaks
Date: 3/3/2008 8:08
Origin: US Embassy Tripoli
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL

2.(C) Public media reports and private speculation among observers in Tripoli have focused considerable attention on the annual session of the General People’s Congress (GPC – Parliament-equivalent), which commenced in Sirte on March 2, and the cabinet change expected to be announced at the event’s conclusion. Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi launched this year’s session with a lengthy speech in which he directed strong criticism at the government for failing to address the needs of the people. The last cabinet change, in January 2007 (ref A), was the second such shuffle in less than a year and was perceived to have shifted reform-minded individuals into key positions.

THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY: GOL REACHES OUT TO THE NEW ADMINISTRATION AS BEST IT CAN
Passed to the Telegraph by WikiLeaks
Date: 2/11/2009 10:06
Origin: US Embassy Tripoli
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
3.(C)The result is an inchoate system in which lines of authority are ill-defined, and real decision-making processes are ad hoc and opaque. In negotiations on a bilateral agreement last year, a senior MFA official insisted on replacing “Government of Libya” with “Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”, explaining that ” … in Libya we do not have a government, we have something else”. The distinction is more than semantic.

If Moammar Gadhafi was in complete charge, would the embassy write “lines of authority are ill-defined, and real decision-making processes are ad hoc and opaque.”

Ghadafi’s Green Book claims that in western parliamentary democracies, special interests compete for and gain power without representing the people. The book suggests a ‘grassroots’ government that features “Popular Conferences and People’s Committees.” It could be true that the desired governance has created anarchy and forced a few to make the difficult decisions. Not much different from the US , where major problems are only contained and never resolved.

Eight years after the US invasion of Iraq , daily bombings and mayhem in Iraq still occur. The Iraqis cannot have peace. The similarity between the two military adventures, especially the concentration on the disposable of one person to resolve the nation’s situation, forecasts a similar unfolding of events. Due to NATO, the  Libyan people can expect years of havoc.

Dan Lieberman is the editor of Alternative Insight, a monthly web based newsletter. His website articles have been read in more than 150 nations, while articles written for other websites have either appeared or been linked in online journals throughout the world. Many have served as teaching resources in several universities and several have become Internet classics, each attracting about ten thousand readers annually
Dan can be reached at alternativeinsight@earthlink.net

The Missing $6.6 Billion In Iraq Reconstruction Funds

June 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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UPDATE posted on 19th June 2011:

MISSING IRAQ CASH AS HIGH AS 18 BN

see:

http://turkmenfriendship.blogspot.com/2011/06/missing-iraq-cash-as-high-as-18bn.html

The Missing $6.6 Billion In Iraq Reconstruction Funds

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Recent headlines have been filled with stories of $6.6 billion missing from Iraq’s reconstruction funds. Many reports have been focusing upon the money going into the pockets of corrupt officials. While that likely did happen with some of the funds, the vast majority probably disappeared through poor bookkeeping, which was a hallmark of the early years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction’s April 2011 “Quarterly Report to the United States Congress,” reported that $6.6 billion was missing from the Development Fund for Iraq (DIF). In mid-June, the Special Inspector General Stuart Bowen, began talking to the media about the case.

In May 2003, the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) was created by United Nations Resolution 1483. The Fund collected the majority of Iraq’s petroleum revenues, which were being held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York under the Oil for Food Program that was created in 1995. The DFI was put at the disposal of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), and was used to pay the salaries and pensions of Iraqi government workers, and for reconstruction projects. During the CPA era, the United States began flying in stacks of $100 bills from the Federal Reserve Bank to Baghdad on C-130 transport planes. From May 2003 to May 2004 21 flights delivered $12 billion in cash to Iraq. The money was haphazardly delivered to Iraq’s ministries, and then used for development plans. The Bush administration had no infrastructure or bureaucracy in place to handle what became the largest reconstruction project in American history, and therefore had to deal with the task on an ad hoc basis with little to no oversight.

When the CPA ended its mandate in mid-2004 was when the missing $6.6 billion was first noticed. On June 28, 2004, just as the CPA was finishing up its work in Iraq, it issued a document, which said that it had $6.6 billion remaining from the DFI. $4 billion was in outstanding commitments, and $2.6 billion was on hand assets. The money was then supposed to be transferred to the Pentagon. On July 11, a Defense Department comptroller sent an email from Baghdad that the $6.6 billion was still on the books. There are no records of the money being transferred to Defense however. The Pentagon comptroller who took charge of the DFI in July 2004 said he never received the six billion. Since then, Defense has claimed that it could find the money if given enough time, but it so far has failed to do so.

If the missing money wasn’t bad enough, in June 2001 Stuart Bowen gave an interview with the Los Angeles Times. The Times reported that auditors thought that some of the money could have been stolen, and that Iraqi officials were the prime suspects. That set off a flurry of news stories that $6.6 billion went missing because of corruption. Bowen then tried to clarify the issue, by saying that he only answered a hypothetical question about the funds being stolen by the Los Angeles Times reporter, but it was largely too late. The media ran with the first account, which largely shaped public opinion about the matter despite what Bowen said later on.

While greedy contractors or U.S. or Iraqi officials could have taken some of the money, the vast majority of the $6.6 billion probably disappeared due to the horrible record keeping that was the norm with the CPA and Pentagon at the time. As the Special Inspector General has been noting for the past several years, the United States was not ready to manage the rebuilding of Iraq. There was a total lack of coordination and planning within the Bush White House before the invasion, and when the CPA was created after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein the problems did not end. The new American administration dished out a huge amount of money in a very short period of time in cash to deal with one crisis after another, with very little bookkeeping or oversight. When the CPA ended and the U.S. military took over control of Iraq, these issues continued. It should be no surprise then that such a large amount of money should turn up unaccounted for. In fact, a large amount was probably spent in Iraq keeping the government running, but its exact destination will likely never be known because of the dearth of paper work at the time.

SOURCES

CBS News, “$6.6 billion sent to Iraq likely stolen,” 6/14/11

Fox News, “Auditor Disputes Report About Money $6.6 billion in Iraq Being Stolen,” 6/14/11

Pallister, David, “How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish,” Guardian, 2/8/07

Richter, Paul, “Missing Iraq money may have been stolen, auditors say,” Los Angeles Times, 6/13/11

Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction, “Hard Lessons,” 1/22/09
– “Quarterly Report to the United States Congress,” 4/30/11

Todd, Brian, “Feds probe — for a 3rd time — loss of billions in Iraqi funds,” CNN, 6/13/11

Werman, Marco, “The Case of Missing $6 Billion inIraq,” The World, 6/14/11

ITC Eski Başkanı’ndan Türkiye Temsilciliğine Ziyaret etti

June 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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ITC Eski Başkanı’ndan Türkiye Temsilciliğine Ziyaret

Ankara’da resmi temaslarda bulunan Irak Türkmen Cephesi Eski Başkanı Vedat Arslan ITC Türkiye Temsilciliğini ziyaret etti. Irak Türkmen Cephesi MKYK üyesi ve Türkiye Temsilcisi Dr. Hicran Kazancı tarafından karşılanan Arslan, Türkiye’de gördüğü ilgi ve alakadan dolayı şükranlarını sundu. Ziyaret sırasında, Erbil’deki Türkmenlerin siyasi ve ekonomi durumlarının yanı sıra Türkmeneli bölgesindeki son gelişmeler konuşuldu.

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The attitude of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Turkmens

June 16, 2011 at 1:13 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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The Attitude of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Turkmen
Bilgay DUMAN, ORSAM Middle East Researcher
Living on the territory for more than a thousand years on which Iraq had been established and on which they established their own authority, formed states and for 900 years; the Turkmen are tired to be ignored as in the past. Within the section of the website of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which Iraq is introduced, when mentioning the existing communities in Iraq, there is no reference the Turkmen. After the complaints made by the Turkmen nation and officials recognizing this, the line incorporating the ethnic ranges was dismissed from the page about the info on Iraq. According to the numbers given by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is indicated that the Arabic population in Iraq is 77,1 %, Kurdish population is 19 %, Assyrian is 0,8 %, and the rest is 0,3 %. However, the fact that  there was no number regarding the Turkmen presence calls into question the credibility of Iraq which is said to be tried to foster participatory democracy. It is still remembered that the former regimes in Iraq were employing assimilating policies against the Turkmen. Especially during the period of Saddam Hussein, lots of Turkmen were arrested by the regime; they were put into prison, banished and executed. Forced to change their ID and register themselves as Arabs Turkmen families, Turkmen families were punished if they would not change it. Owing to the regime pressures in Iraq, lots of Turkmen families were compelled to migrate out of Iraq. Despite all these, the Turkmen are the actual owners of Iraq. They have never fought against the state, damaged their country by receiving support from external powers. Having the custom of forming a state, the Turkmen did not go against the state authority, they have become self isolated.Yet, the Turkmen have preserved their identities. Last population census showing ethnic situation in Iraq was done in 1957 and declared in 1959. According to this census, the total population of Iraq was about 6 million 340 whereas Turkmen population was about 567.000. In other words, based on 1957 population census, the Turkmen was about %10 of total population. When one takes into consideration the wars lasting more than 50 years, great immigrations assimilation policies and the worst situations since 1957, –even if half of the mentioned %10 population was thought to be migrated, changed identities or died- at least 1.5 million Turkmen are living among the 32 million total population in Iraq.  At this point it is accepted that the Turkmen are one of the three founders of Iraq. When the “preamble” part of the Constitution of 2005 is examined, it will be seen that there are only three ethnicities mentioned in Iraq, namely, Arabs, Kurdish and Turkmen. Besides, the Turkmen are explicitly expressed in the Iraqi Constitution.

Apart from these, the Turkmen have been trying to contribute to the politics of Iraq after 2003 during the reconstruction period. Last elections showed Turkmens’ presence, they gained 3 ministries in the Iraqi cabinet consisting of 42 ministers. In Kirkuk, it is difficult to find a way to solve the problems without the Turkmen. Furthermore, from Basra to Duhok, from Mosul to Diala in every province the Turkmen are living. Put in a different way, Turkmen are same with Iraq. However, when we take into consideration the experiences of Turkmen in Iraq politics after 2003, it is argued that the best way to preserve the identity of the Turkmen and exist in the Iraqi politics with their identity is by prioritizing their national identity and cooperating with other ethnic, political and religious groups, supporting the union under the consciousness of being Iraqi. Otherwise, by it is thought that behaving out of the Turkmen identity, religious, denominational and political approaches will lead to the assimilation and ultimately disappearance of the Turkmen national identity being one of the forming principles of Iraq. In the last period, the Turkmen politics has experienced a rise. The transformation and inclusive politics in the Iraqi Turkmen Front has increased its impact. The reaction given to the publication of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs that ignores the existence of the Turkmens has produced quick results and the info regarding the ethnic divisions in Iraq was dismissed. Therefore, it is argued that the Turkmens’ acting in unity and coherence will enable the Turkmens to reach to the point which they deserve in Iraq.

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