Ibn Battutah, The man who walked across the world

October 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

The Man Who Walked Across the World

Series of documentary travelogues in which Tim Mackintosh Smith follows in the footsteps of 14th Century Moroccan scholar Ibn Battutah, who covered 75,000 miles, 40 countries and three continents in a 30-year odyssey. Beginning in north Africa, Tim visits Battutah’s birthplace of Tangier in Morocco, and stumbles on a performance of medieval trance music. In Egypt, he goes to a remote village where Battutah had an astonishing prophetic dream and visits the world’s oldest university inCairo.

In Turkey, Tim watches an illegal whirling dervish ceremony, and in the Taurus mountainshe meets the last of the Turkoman nomads. He chats to Tatars in Crimea, while in Delhi he watches a Muslim magician performing the Indian rope trick.

He explores the place of Islam in Hindu-dominated India and communist China, and tells the story of the Islamic trade empire of the 14th century. In China, he meets a clan who trace their ancestry back to Arabs, and witnesses an illegal Arabic lesson.

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Talabani offers a special project to the House of Representatives on the provinces covered by Article 140

October 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Posted: October 31, 2011 by THE CURRENCY NEWSHOUND – Just Hopin in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Kirkuk / Aswat al-Iraq: A source at the Presidency of the Republic, on Sunday that President Jalal Talabani, a special project in governorates will be covered by Article 140 to the House of Representatives.

According to an urgent news carried by the space of Kirkuk, “President Jalal Talabani will present next week a special project on the administrative border of the provinces covered by the Constitutional Article 140.”


Hicran Kazancı visited Nationalist Movement Party

October 25, 2011 at 11:33 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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                Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı was received by Tuğrul Türkeş who is the Vice President of MHP, Ankara MP and son of the late veteran MHP leader Alparslan Türkeş. The main issues on the meeting agenda was ‘Stability of Iraq’.

           During Hicran Kazancı’s visit to the MHP Headquarters the latest situation of Iraq and the picture depicted after the US withdraws from Iraq were discussed. The terror attacks directed at Turkmen particularly in the recent past and increasing terror activities in the region were also discussed at the meeting.

MHP Vice President Tuğrul Türkeş conveyed to Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı that Turkey would always strive for stability in Iraq.

According to Tuğrul Türkeş life security in Iraq is an important issue for Turkey and he went on to say, “ The life security of the Turkmen people is as important as the life security of all Iraq. “

Dr. Hicran Kazancı thanked MHP Vice President Tuğrul Türkeş for closely monitoring the developments in Iraq.


October 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Years of conflict and insecurity in Iraq have had a detrimental effect on the country’s infrastructure and the provision of basic public services. The restoration of a minimally acceptable level of public service provision is a fundamental step in normalising and improving the quality of life of the population. Therefore, the European Union (EU) continues to place significant
emphasis on the support to the provision of basic services. This edition of the EU-Iraq Development Co-operation State of Play provides an overview of EU support in the area of basic services such as education, health and water and  sanitation (see Section 1).

The EU 2010 Assistance Programme for Iraq financed under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) was approved in December last and this State of Play presents some details on that programme (see Section 2).

This State of Play also gives an account of the proposed EU 2011 Assistance Programme which is currently going through the decision-making process (see Section 3). This proposed programme is based on the Country Strategy Paper for Iraq for the period 2011-2013.

In addition to the specific financial envelope under the DCI, Iraq also has access to other EU funding instruments. These include the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and the thematic programmes of the DCI (see
Section 4)

Furthermore, programmes in the area of good governance and the rule of law are complemented by activities of the European
Union Integrated Rule
of Law Mission for Iraq (EUJUST LEX – Iraq), a civilian crisis management operation under the auspices of the European Common Security and Defence Policy (see Section 5).

This State of Play provides a concise overview of EU assistance for the period 2003-2010 (see section 6). Finally, Section 7 is a table setting out the EU support to Iraq since 2003.

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Blast hits Turkmen party in Kirkuk, Iraq

October 18, 2011 at 11:11 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

An Iraqi police officer looks at the damage after the headquarters of the National Turkmen Front party was blown up by unidentified assailants yesterday.

Blast hits Turkmen party in Kirkuk, Iraq

Monday, October 17, 2011


Insurgents in northernIraqblew up the headquarters of the Iraqi Turkmen Front party in the disputed, ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk yesterday, according to Iraqi police and a deputy.

The attackers planted two bombs at the party’s headquarters in central Kirkuk, destroying the building and severely damaging neighboring buildings, a police official said on condition of anonymity. There were no reports of casualties in the attack. The Iraqi Turkmen Front, which is part of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, holds four seats in the Iraqi parliament. Arshad al-Salehi, the president of the party, said the attack was part of a campaign of violence against Turkmens in Kirkuk.

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İTC korya bürosuna bombalı saldırı

October 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

İTC korya bürosuna bombalı saldırı


Bu sabah saat 05:30 civarında İrak Türkmen Cephesi Korya kolu terör saldırıya uğradı
binaya yerleştirilen bomba sabah saatlarinde patlayınca bina büyük hasar gördü söylenmeye değer ki bir hafta önce şehit adil şerif bürosu patladıldı

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Nujayfi Uses the F Word Again

October 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Nujayfi Uses the F Word Again

Posted by Reidar Visser on Saturday, 15 October 2011 12:29

In an interview with the BBC during his recent visit to Britain, parliament speaker and Iraqiyya politician Usama al-Nujayfi once more uttered the controversial “federalism” term. Nujayfi reportedly said that the Sunnis of Iraq feel they are being treated as second class citizens and if no improvement takes place many will feel compelled to call for the establishment of “geographically-based federal regions”.

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The Iraqi Parliament Closes Down

October 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

The Iraqi Parliament Closes Down

Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:58

Perhaps the most significant development in yesterday’s parliament session came towards the end: Parliament will be on holiday until 20 November.

That’s right: Despite continuing political stalemate, Iraqi lawmakers will not meet for another 6 weeks or so. Ostensibly, the reason for the long holiday is the fact that it coincides with the pilgrimage to Mecca in early November. It is expected that a large number of deputies will be out of the country.

One cannot help wonder, though, whether political expediency may have played a role in the decision. Asma al-Musawi, a Sadrist, reportedly said a request to the federal supreme court for extending the term had been rejected on constitutional grounds! That statement should arouse some serious incredulity since the constitution only stipulates that there shall be two parliamentary terms annually of altogether 8 months and that parliament can also extend its work for an additional 30 days if 50 members or the parliamentary speaker request it. As usual, there is a delay in the publication of the court ruling – if there actually is one, that is.

More likely, the will to call for such an extension was missing because the long holiday will fit the agenda of the biggest political parties perfectly. For Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his State of Law coalition it makes sense because they can continue to rule Iraq as a de facto minority government. For the secular Iraqiyya, the long holiday probably makes sense as well, not least since what they are able to do in terms of effective parliamentary opposition is limited anyway. Hence, they may well prefer to remain muttering on the sidelines.

This stalemate, or variations of it, is likely to continue until there is some kind of rapprochement between the two main factions. In this respect, one interesting development yesterday was the approval of a new electricity minister from the Karbuli bloc within Iraqiyya. It means that in terms of ministers, the factions of Iraqiyya outside the direct control of Ayyad Allawi at least technically speaking remain more integrated in the Maliki government than Allawi’s own Wifaq movement. Potentially, a future decision on the security ministries and the defence portfolio in particular might have a further impact on that relationship.

Still, with the upcoming holiday recess we are fast approaching the one-year anniversary of the formation of the second Maliki government and still have no ministers of interior or defence approved by parliament. Maybe that is exactly the situation Maliki wants to have.

MEPs hear criticism of European Commission’s depleted uranium risk assessment

October 12, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Turkmen in Kerkuk call to reclaim their lands

October 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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 Published in Alsumaria

Iraq Turkmen in Kirkuk call to reclaim their lands

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tens of Iraqi Turkmen from Kirkuk demonstrated, on Sunday, calling to reclaim their lands that were confiscated by
the former regime and to call for the amendment of Property Disputes Commission’s law.
Demonstrators refused to receive financial indemnities in return of their lands. Kirkuk provincial council, for its part, affirmed that there were more than 45 thousand cases over disputed lands in Kirkuk.

“Tens of citizens from Tis’in region and other Kirkuk areas took to the streets on Sunday in a peaceful demonstration to protest against the non-recuperation of their lands which were seized by the former regime,” protestor Mahdi Saheb told Alsumarianews. “Demonstrators requested from the central government, the parliament and the Commission of Property Disputes to
return Turkmens’ properties and lands in Tis’in region and other parts of Kirkuk to their original owners,” he added.

“Legitimate land owners still have old documents that prove their ownership,” Saheb declared. “They have presented
petitions to the Property Disputes Commission in order to recover their lands, however, they haven’t received so far any indemnity which is anyway a minor compensation,” he noted.

“Protesters do not seek indemnities. All they want is to get back their lands,” Saheb concluded.

“Kirkuk provincial council has a special committee related to the Property Disputes Commission which is believed to be one of the most complicated issues that should be dealt with,” Kirkuk provincial council member Najat Hassan told Alsumarianews.
“Turkmens are suffering from Properties Disputes Law that entitles governmental institutions to own the lands they need,” he added. “These lands must be returned to their owners before proceeding with the right to own or not”, Hassan  said.

“There are about 45 thousand cases over disputed lands in Kirkuk,” Hassan continued. “Many of these cases didn’t acquire a definitive status yet despite the settling of many others,” he added. “Indemnities don’t compensate what have been ripped off and the Ministry of Finance along with other ministries are not paying off financial dues because of the amount of  compensations,” Hassan assured.

The Commission of Property Disputes in Kirkuk, affirms that there are 43 thousand property cases out of which 5% were
settled by paying off real estate indemnities in Kirkuk.

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