Iraq dilemma: Arbil thaw vs Baghdad chill

January 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraq dilemma: Arbil thaw vs Baghdad chill

ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

Turkish-Iraqi ties have seen a hectic day as both countries summoned each other’s ambassador to express unease over each other’s policies on an ongoing sectarian conflict in Iraq. In the meantime, Turkey is becoming closer with Arbil, a city at odds with al-Maliki’s rule

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–>Already tense ties between Turkey and Iraq were further strained yesterday as both countries summoned each other’s ambassador to accuse one another of interfering in the internal affairs in the wake of growing sectarian conflict in war-torn Iraq. 

The rise in tension between the neighboring countries apparently made Ankara and Arbil become closer as Turkey’s most senior diplomat held unannounced meetings with Masoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government, over the weekend.

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Turkmen Leaders were commemorated in Ankara on the 32nd Anniversary of their Execution

January 17, 2012 at 11:53 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Turkmen Leaders were commemorated in Ankara on the 32nd Anniversary of their Execution

 
The 32nd anniversary of the execution of Turkmen leaders Asst.Prof.Dr. Nejdet Koçak, Abdullah Abdurrahman, Adil Şerif and Dr.Rıza Demirci by the Saddam regime was commemorated with a ceremony held at the Turkmen Martyr’s Monument in Ankara. A wreath was placed to commemorate the cadre of Turkmen leaders martyred on the 16th of January 1980.

The wreath placing ceremony organized at the Martyrs’ Cemetary on behalf of the Turkmen leaders was attended by the Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey Erşat Hürmüzlü, Iraqi Turks Culture and Solidarity Association President Hasan Demirci, Turkmeneli Cooperation and Assistance Foundation President Fatih Turkcan, ITF Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı, Head of Turkmeneli Culture Center Dr. Mustafa Ziya as well as Turkmen residing in Ankara.

The wide range of participation in commemorating the Turkmen leaders with the deepest respect once again emphasized the fact that they will be remembered throughout history.



  Dr. Hicran Kazancı
  Iraqi Turkmen Front
Turkey Representative

Kirkuk: financing the future

January 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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 “We hope the economy of Kirkuk will be managed by technocrats. The case of Kirkuk’s current oil situation can be illustrated by a simple image of a cow, eating grass in Kirkuk but getting milked by other regions.”

 Kirkuk: financing the future

EURONEWS

12/01 17:31 CET

Kirkuk lies on the well of Iraqi oil. The ethnically diverse city contains 40 per cent of the country’s oil exportation, while representing just 2.2 per cent of its territory.

The town is located in the northern region of Iraq, around 250km from Baghdad. With the recent withdrawal of US troops, protecting this veritable goldmine is a high priority.

This oil rich province has been the setting for many disputes over the years.The town’s troubled history and uncertain future is leaving many regional and foreign investors anxious to protect their lucrative oil reserves.

Kirkuk is home to a diverse mix of Turkmen, Kurds and Arabs.

But despite its wealth on paper, the local population live on the edge of poverty, blaming the cities administration for the unemployment, poor investment and ethnic conflicts.

Mohammed Shawan an unemployed Kurdish man gives his view:

“The whole world lives on our expense, from our oil – especiallyKirkuk. We are really tired, we are deprived of electricity, of water. We don’t have work and instead of helping us they bomb us. Instead of protecting us they send explosions.”

Local man Ayden Abdulcabbbar adds:

“Nobody recruits me, why? Because I am Turkmen. If I were Kurdish, Shiite or if I belonged to another ethnicity, I would be able to find work. I have three daughters to support, I have rent to pay. Why should I have to earn my living, doing manual labour? Do you think that’s fitting for an educated person?”

To regulate the flow of investments, national commissions have been created. It is hoped this initiative will identify the most important areas for potential investment in the region.

The President of Kirkuk’s investment commission explains.

“Kirkukis very rich in oil and it’s become an attractive option for foreign investment. It’s a strategic city as it links central Iraq with the Kurdistan region. Huge agricultural fields are estimated to have up to 2 million hectares of fertile soil. We have given 17 investment authorisations in different fields, among them are housing projects, industry and plastic production.”

Kirkuk does have a lot of economic potential but many investors fear the uncertainty surrounding its investment regulations, arbitration laws and tax structure. This lawyer and human rights activist, worries bureaucracy and security issues are putting off much needed investors.

Lawyer, Bushra Mohammed goes into more detail:

“The investors the Kurdistanr region could complete all the administrative procedures within half an hour. All they need is approval from the ministry and the contacts signature to start a company. But in Kirkuk, it’s complicated. We need to make these bureaucratic procedures a lot simpler, to encourage investment in Kirkuk. Moreover the investors have to take into consideration expenses and assure the security of the staff and the project, because of regions overall problems with security.”

The Governor of Kirkuk was appointed Head of local government seven months ago. His main priority now is to tackle the implementation of the petro-dollar project, a move which could create, much needed new jobs.

Governor of Kirkuk Dr. Najmaldin O Karim breaks down the issue:

“ The investors have been coming here and making proposals to invest in different fields. Some of the problems are investment it’s really not security, it’s some of the regulations in Baghdad. In Kirkuk we have an issue which is called ‘land dispute’, people whose land had been taken before, confiscated by the government and given to others. Now these people have come back and they are reclaiming their land. But we’re starting to work on that, for example, very soon we will be giving large plots of land for housing projects in Kirkuk.”

Kirkuk witnessed several terrorist attacks last year, where hundreds of civilians lost their lives. In August, the Syrian Catholic Church became the latest target.

In such a volatile environment, investors are calling for the Iraqi government to guarantee security for their investment projects.

French Ambassador Denys Gauer says:

“Kirkukis obviously a special case. First its level of security problems are still relatively high but in addition to that, there is legal uncertainty.Kirkuk is part of what’s known as a ‘disputed area’, where the administrative boundary between the autonomous region of Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq has not yet been determined – meaning additional difficulties.”

Coping with just 14 hours of electricity a day, local councils are hoping to resolve the problem, by buying power from neighbouring Kurdistan.

General Manager; dept. of Electrical Distribution, Kirkuk( Yalcin Mahdi Rasheed ) explains:

“Before 2003, the province of Kirkuk consumed 180 megaWatts. Now the consumption level is estimated at 850, the electricity supply available doesn’t even cover a quarter of region’s needs!”

Besides the security, bureaucracy and social problems that discourage investment in Kirkuk, corruption is yet another obstacle to overcome, according to experts.

Mohannad Al Tae illustrates the problems the region has to combat:

“The lack of investment in the region is caused by many things: like interior conflicts between the Kurdish region and the central government over ownership of land. This reduces the investment value. Investors won’t come to a city with litigation problems or where there’s a security threat.

With international and regional concurrence, it is possible for regional countries to play a role in weakening Iraq’s investments, for them to benefit. These conflicts are well known in Turkey,Iran and the USA. Do Iraqi decision-makers really want to attract investors? Because the reality is, there are high levels of corruption throughout the country.”

Adnane Abdurahmane, economist makes his point about the region:

“We hope the economy of Kirkuk will be managed by technocrats. The case of Kirkuk’s current oil situation can be illustrated by a simple image of a cow, eating grass in Kirkuk but getting milked by other regions.”

Although local government provides investors with all the necessary facilities, they don’t help financially. But despite all the obstacles, some minor projects have been accomplished, thanks to the personal initiatives of local investors

Kak Nehro Najm Kerkuki has invested 58 million euros inKirkuk. He talk about his plans:

“I have successfully completed a lot of entertainment and housing projects. I’ve also built amusement parks and marriage halls. Its my love forKirkukthat motivates me to put up investments, I don’t want to invest in other cities. My current project is a housing development called Noorcity and we’ve already made deals with Italian developers.”

Many local investors are defying the potential pitfalls and risks to personal safety, remaining resolute in their plans to succeed in Kirkuk.

Wallid Khaleed talks about the darker side of local entrepreneurship:

“It was a real challenge to carry out this project and for me, as an enterpeneur, to work on construction site. Why? Because of the kidnapping. One of my relatives was kidnapped while working on site. How did the kidnapper know he was our relative? We had an employee who had been working with us for 25 years. We trusted him but he betrayed us. He ate and drank with us every day, all the while plotting against us. They kidnapped him and then they killed him.”

Kirkuk may have its fair share of problems but its potential is undeniable. But with foreign investment still hesitant, could local entrepreneurs provide the key to kickstarting its as yet, untapped economy.

Shoot first and ask questions later

January 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Wuterich – ‘Shoot First, Ask Questions Later’

 

Gannon played excerpts from a 2007 CBS “60 Minutes” interview in which Wuterich told reporter Scott Pelley that he ordered his men to “shoot first and ask questions later” when they entered the first house November 19, 2005.
Wuterich said he had heard gunshots coming from the area of the houses.


“I didn’t want my Marines to check for weapons first; I told them what to do and they did a good job,” Wuterich said, adding: “I had to make sure than none of the rest of my guys died or got killed.”
Six people were killed in that house, most of them shot in the head, including women and children huddled in a bedroom.

Clip of dead-eyed maniac Wuterich making his excuses here. He was not alone in this type of incident or this type of mentality. He was just an unlucky one that got caught. He may still walk away if they come out with another ‘fog of war’ routine.

http://neoclassics.blogspot.com/2012/01/wuterich-shoot-first-ask-questions.html

 

Iraqi Torture Scandal Touches Highest Levels of NATO

January 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Torture Scandal Touches Highest Levels of NATO

Thursday 5 January 2012

by: Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout | Report

 

Former Prime Minister Rasmussen. (Photo: World Economic Forum / Flickr)

A scandal unfolding in Denmark over the transfer of Iraqi prisoners by Danish forces to Iraq authorities, even as they knew they would be tortured, threatens to implicate the current Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, formerly prime minister of Denmark from 2001-2009.

The defense ministry in the government of former Prime Minister Rasmussen is charged with withholding its knowledge of Iraqi torture from legislators when a copy of a 2004 inspection at Al Makil prison in Basra was sent to Parliament.

According to an article last month in the Danish paper Politiken, portions of the report describing prisoner abuse were “blacked out,” with the reason given that such “information could harm Danish-Iraq cooperation.”

Yet, three months before the prison inspection, in May 2004, during a debate in the Danish Parliament concerning Iraqi prisoners, according to the paper Dagbladet Information (English translation here), then-Prime Minister Rasmussen said the government would “disclose information about torture, if the government becomes aware that it occurs.” But evidently, this did not occur.

According to The Copenhagen Post, a Danish English-language daily, the July 2004 investigation by Danish Army legal adviser Maj. Kurt Borgkvist revealed that “prisoners in Iraqi prisons had been burned with cigarettes, had their molars crushed and been beaten around their genitals. Some were even missing fingers, Borgkvist reported.” The resulting report included photographic evidence, which has been described as “Abu Ghraib-lignende” (“Abu Ghraib-like”) by the previous Danish defense minister.

Rasmussen, leader of Denmark’s Liberal Party, resigned as prime minister in April 2009 in order to accept a position as NATO’s secretary general. Most recently, he was an outspoken supporter of NATO’s military support to the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya. Last November, the Liberal Party and its coalition partners lost power for the first time in almost a decade, losing to a coalition led by the Social Democrats. Rasmussen was also a key supporter of the US campaign to go to war in Iraq in 2003, ironically citing in a UN address Iraqi violations of international anti-torture treaties.

The scandal first arose in 2010 from documents released by WikiLeaks in the “Iraq War Logs.” A November 2010 article at Ice News reported how a memo released by WikiLeaks described an inquiry by “a Danish Defence Ministry official” regarding “what happened at the American Abu Ghraib prison inIraq after media reports of torture and abuse in 2003.” Subsequently, “Danish soldiers continued to hand over prisoners to the facility, however, even after the torture was officially confirmed several months later.”

“‘That Denmark didn’t intervene in time simply shows that someone must have stopped the criticism at the political level’, said Social Democratic Defense Spokesman John Dyrby Paulsen. ‘That is also why we want an inquiry into all of this’, he added.”

An October 2010 story in Dagbladet Information noted that “coalition forces share military reports” and “the Danish military has also had access to accounts on Iraqi police methods,” indicating that all the coalition forces, Denmark included, “had knowledge of the situation which was consistent with several highly critical warnings from organizations such as The International Red Cross and Human Rights Watch.”

A government commission into Denmark’s involvement in the Iraq war is expected later this year. The last Danish forces left Iraq last November.

The WikiLeaks logs also revealed that Danish forces in Iraq had been involved in turning greater numbers of prisoners over to the Iraqis than the Danish government had previously revealed.

According to a report at WikiLeaks Press, former Danish Defense Minister Søren Gade previously told the Danish Parliament that Danish troops had only 21 prisoners. But according to the leaked “War Logs,” “the actual number of prisoners taken in the period at a minimum of 95. Of these, 62 were handed over to Iraqi authorities, who were well known to be carrying out torture in Iraqi prisons.” In reply, the Defense Ministry “argued that the reason for the great disparity between the reported number of prisoners was due to the fact that many of the prisoners had been captured by British troops and that the Danish troops therefore could not be held accountable.”

But recent revelations have seen the number of prisoners actually handed over has grown from a later admitted 200 to a reported 500 or more. The higher number surfaced in a memorandum from Defense Chief Gen. Knud Bartels to the new Defense Minister Nick Hækkerup. (Bartels, himself, has recently assumed the position of NATO’s Military Committee chairman.)

In a January 2 article, The Copenhagen Post reported thatDenmark’s former Defense Minister Søren Gade would be called as a witness in an upcoming trial, stemming from a lawsuit by six Iraqis who were arrested in winter 2004 by Danish forces supporting the US-led coalition forces inIraq. The prisoners were turned over to Iraqi forces and subsequently tortured.

As the Post notes, “According to international law, soldiers may not deliver prisoners of war to another authority they suspect of mistreating or torturing prisoners.” This international prohibition is written into the UN Convention Against Torture, which states that no signatory to the treaty can return or refoule any person to a state authority “where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.”

In a January 5 editorial, the Post insisted that “ordering soldiers to turn a blind eye to the likely mistreatment of detainees amounts to a cold-blooded disregard for the well-being of others.” The paper called for the Danish military to cooperate with any investigations, “even if that means allowing top brass, former ministers or senior statesmen to be felled in the process.”

A further dimension to the scandal concerns not only the number of prisoners involved, but also the ways the Danes tried to hide their culpability.

The Bartels letter to Hækkerup also described, according to Politiken, how “‘in a few cases’ Iraqi prisoners were illegally handed over to Iraqi authorities and that in many cases Danish troops avoided defence directives by letting British troops detain Iraqis during joint missions in order to avoid responsibility.”

The controversy over handing over prisoners to be tortured by Iraqi forces has not been limited to Denmark. Indeed, after the release of the WikiLeaks “Iraq War Logs,” numerous reports of such transfers of prisoners, despite knowledge of torture practices, were published in the British and US press.

According to the publication of one of the “Iraq War Logs” by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, in at least one case, a US military interrogator threatened a prisoner with being turned over to the notorious Iraqi Wolf Brigade, “where he would be subject to all the pain and agony that the wolf battalion is known to exact upon its detainees.”

Similar charges of coalition forces turning prisoners over for torture in Afghanistanhave also raised controversy. Last September, NATO announced it was suspending many such transfers after years of reports of torture by Afghan security and military personnel.

The Obama administration has pointedly refused to initiate any investigations into UStorture, while the British government has announced formation of a government commission to look into the torture charges. The British commission, which has yet to begin its work, has been boycotted by human rights groups, who describe the commission as “toothless” and lacking “meaningful, independent” review.

NATO headquarters did not return a request for comment as of press time. In addition, attempts to verify details of “Iraq War Logs” information were stymied by what appears to be an Internet-wide suppression of the formerly available documents.

Editor’s note: This report has been updated to correct the date of Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s resignation and the titles of two Danish news publications.

http://www.truth-out.org/iraqi-torture-scandal-touches-highest-levels-nato/1325794053

Türk KIZILDERİLİLERE Amerika’n Acımasız Baskısı Katliam, Soykırımları Unutulmayacak

January 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Türk KIZILDERİLİLERE

Amerika’n Acımasız Baskısı Katliam, Soykırımları Unutulmayacak

 

Yazan: Sadun KÖPRÜLÜ

(Araştırma)

 

Türk Milleti Dünya yüzünde ilk Millet olarak büyük tarihlere sahip olmasıyla yiğitlikle, Kahramanlıkla tanınarak hoşgörülü, temiz alçak gönüllü, uygarlık, iyilik sevenler insanlığa koşan gönüller yapan, her bir alanda ilerleyen bir millettir.

 

Türk Milleti töresine onuruna bağlı kalarak, büyük Devletler, atabeyler, 

İmparatorluk

Kuran, uygarlık gerçekleştiren büyük bir Millet olarak Bayrağını, Toprağını, Vatanını savunarak, şanıyla, adıyla savaşları kazanarak üç kıtada kılıç oynatarak at sürmüşlerdir.

Zaferler elde etmişlerdir.

 

Büyük Devletler kurmasına rağmen birçok ülkelerde, devletlerde tutsaklık hayatı yaşayan işkence, baskı, acı gören özgürlüğünü kayıp ederek ana yurduna, kutsal toprağına kavuşmayan milyonlarca   Türkler Çin, Rusya, Bulgaristan, Kafkaslarda, Kıbrıs, Gagavuz, Azerbaycan eski Türk Cumhuriyetlerinde Amerika, İran, Doğu Türkistan, Uygur Türkleri, Irak, Suriye Kara Bağ batıda, doğuda dünyanın her bir yerinde Türkler işkenceyle, katliam, soykırım, baskı 

Asimilasyon politikasına maruz kalarak çok insanlar idam olarak, işkence altında öldürülerek, uzun yıllar hapishanelere atılarak, yok olmuşlardır.

 

Dünya Türkleri dikta rejimleri tarafından sevilmeyerek kıyıcı düşmanlar yöntemiyle eskiden yaşamış oldukları acıları, işkence, baskıları, asimilasyonları günümüzde yaşamaktadırlar.

 

Amerika’nın kurucularından olan ve ilk Türk

KIZILDERİLER olarak eski dönemlerden bu topraklarda büyüyerek, yaşayarak, vatanları, toprakları uğrunda Türk olduklarından dolayı milyonlarca KIZILDERİLİ Türkleri kanlarını, canlarını vermişlerdir.

 

Amerika emperyalistlerden topraklarını kurtarmak için

Bu günkü Amerika KIZILDERİLİ Türklerin kendi toprakları olmakla uzun yıllardan beri ilk millet olarak Amerika’yı bulmuşlardır ve oraya yerleşmişlerdir.

Yaşamlarını varlıkların kültürlerini kurmuşlardır.

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