What is the future of the Iraqi Oil?

June 14, 2009 at 8:16 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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What is the future of the Iraqi oil?

Saadallah Al-Fathi – Former president of the Iraqi refineries, former Head of Energy Studies Department in Opec Secretariat, Vienna.

Translation 11 June 2009.A lot is being said about the miserable conditions that relate to the Iraqi oil industry. The House of Representatives called in the Ministers, who led the ministry since the invasion, for questioning them on the situation and about the claim of corruption in the Ministry. The media stressesin particular on the questioning of the current minister, Hussain al-Shahristani, who stayed longer period than those preceded him, especially when his predecessors together with the Deputy Prime Minister had written reports which led to this subpoena. The people are divided between supporters and opponents of the Minister and exchanged letters and proposals on how to put this point of view or the other. It is unfortunate that some people have focused on this person or that or this party or any other party without any mention of the occupation and the tragedy that it brought to the people of Iraq and its oil industry.Six years passed since the occupation, the oil industry did not recover even to the level before the invasion and it began after the occupation to deteriorate, despite the billions that were directly injected their results were weak in comparison even with the years of siege then and the scantiest possibilities.

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Iraq: British are handing over to the US not to Iraqis

May 2, 2009 at 12:32 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraq: the war was wrong, the campaign against it was right


From Iraq to Afghanistan
Cartoon: Steve Bell

The British occupation of the South of Iraq has ended in unmitigated disaster. British soldiers leave Basra in a much worse condition than they found it, its population depleted and demoralised, its infrastructure devastated.


Stop the War President Tony Benn says: “The campaign against the Iraq war has been proved correct. The withdrawal of the British troops leaves Iraq in no better state than when they arrived.”

The failure to develop any kind of civil society or even to train up Iraqi forces is underlined by the fact the British are handing over to the US not to Iraqis. Every death of a British service man or woman in this war has been a tragedy, made more acute by the pointlessness of the operation.


Third Iraqi Turkmen Media Council Conference in Istanbul

April 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Turkmens | 1 Comment
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Third Iraqi Turkmen Media Council Conference


10-12 April 2009


Merry Fitzgerald’s Speech



I thank the General Secretary and the Members of the Turkmen Media Council for inviting me to the 3rd Turkmen Media Conference and for giving me the opportunity to speak.


Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:


Journalism in Iraq


Journalism in Iraq began with Zawra newspaper in June 1869, it was published in Turkish and later in Turkish and Arabic, its editor in chief was a Turkmen.


The Turkmen media in Kerkuk are almost a century old, their history goes back to even before the creation of the Iraqi state, indeed Havadis Gazetesi was the first newspaper which was published in the Turkish language in Kerkuk (in 1911), it was followed by Maaref Gazetesi in 1913.


After the First Word War, when Iraq came under British occupation,  the Turkmen media were published in two languages: Turkish and Arabic, i.e. Necme in 1918, Teceddüt in 1920, Kerkük Gazetesi, a weekly publication of Kerkük Municipality from 1926-1974, Ileri in 1935, Afak in 1954, Beshir in 1959 and Kardaşlik in 1960.


After the 14th July 1958 revolution in Iraq which brought down the monarchy and established the republic in Iraq a new constitution was written. In this first republican era constitution the Iraqi people were defined as being composed of Arabs and Kurds.


One can consider that the actual problem of the Turkmens in Iraq has started with this first republican era constitution which has discriminated and marginalised their community by down-grading it to the level of a minority with lesser rights than their Arab and Kurdish compatriots.


The Turkmens were not allowed to be educated in their mother tongue and whilst the Arabic and Kurdish media were able to flourish in Iraq the Turkmens lost the right to publish in their own language, with the consequence that today, Turkmen media have a shortage of professional journalists and are lagging behind.


In the north of Iraq where the majority of the Turkmens live and where the Turkmen region is located Turkmens have suffered from the policy of arabisation in the past and are suffering since April 2003 from the hegemonic policy of the dominant Kurdish parties who are applying the policy of kurdification of the Turkmen region (Turkmeneli) in the north of Iraq.


The Turkmen media can play a very important role in promoting and defending the rights of the Turkmen community, indeed, the media play a crucial role in shaping a healthy democracy; they are the backbone of a democracy. The media can shape people’s opinions and it is not without reason that they are also called the fourth pillar of democracy alongside the executive, legislative and judiciary powers.


Hence, the Turkmen media’s role in the development of the Turkmen society in Iraq should not be under-estimated, the media’s role is to create a social awakening about the cultural heritage, it has to build confidence and instil a sense of responsibility particularly among the youth.


As far as I know, since 2003 up to now, the Turkmens of Iraq do not yet have their own daily newspaper published in their language, this is unfortunate and all the Turkmens with their different political parties and organizations must realize that it neither logical nor acceptable for a community of almost 3 million people which considers itself rightfully as the third main ethnic community in Iraq, not to have a daily paper published in their language.


In these troubled times it is important for Turkmens to be kept informed about the political developments in Iraq, this will enable them to defend their cause and to demand their rights.


With the proliferation of alternative media, websites and blogs the Turkmens also have the opportunity to make the international public opinion aware of their situation and this requires a good knowledge of foreign languages To get people’s attention and to be credible Turkmens should give special attention to the quality of their writings, as sloppy texts are often misunderstood and do not draw the attention of the readers.


Turkmen youth in Iraq should therefore be encouraged to study communication and journalism and they should be given a chance to study abroad in order to learn foreign languages such as English, French, Spanish and German and become familiar with other cultures.  Young Turkmens of the Diaspora should also be encouraged to study communication, as they already have the advantage of being familiar with foreign cultures.


Iraq’s Future


On the subject of Iraq’s future a lot has been said and published in the media, US and EU experts  are giving their opinions and advice, which are mostly patronizing and which do not necessarily represent the interest of the Iraqi people. These “experts” concentrate almost exclusively on the business opportunities in Iraq for their companies and their interest is centred principally on Iraq’s oil, gas and agriculture.


Iraq, as we all know, can be self-sufficient, it has water, wheat and oil. Today, because of the war and occupation, Iraq has to import wheat and even oil and a great number of Iraqis do not have access to water.


The future of Iraq’s oil is being decided under Occupation (by the US through their lackeys in the Iraqi government and by the Kurdish warlords) long term contracts which are giving away Iraq’s oil riches are being signed and these will bind Iraqis for several generations.

What is more, the fate of Iraq’s food sources and agricultural heritage is being looted behind closed doors.


The US-UK’s deliberate bombing of Iraq’s civilian infrastructure of water purification and electrical plants, cattle feed lots, poultry farms, fertilizer warehouses, pumping stations, irrigation systems, fuel depots and pesticide factories – the very infrastructure of Iraqi agriculture – has destroyed the Iraqi Agriculture.


The invasion of Iraq was not only about oil, the US corporate agribusiness is now overseeing the “rehabilitation” of agriculture in Iraq and this means the doom of Iraqi farmers.


Iraqi scientists are ringing the alarm bell, but unfortunately their warnings do not get the attention they deserve in the media.


The Occupation is destroying the economy and the future of Iraq.


Iraq, the Fertile Crescent, is home to the oldest agricultural traditions in the world. It was the centre of domestication for a remarkable range of today’s primary agricultural crops and livestock animals. Wheat, barley, rye, lentils, sheep and goats were all originally brought under human control around 8.000 BCE.  Iraq is where wild wheat was once originated and many of its cereal varieties have been exported and adapted worldwide.


The inhabitants of Mesopotamia have used informal seed supply systems to plant crops, suited to their particular environment.  The saving and sharing of seeds in Iraq has always been a largely informal matter. Local varieties of grain and legumes have been adapted to local conditions over the millennia. Agriculture remains an essential part of Iraq’s heritage.

Despite extreme aridity, characterised by low rainfall and soil salinity, Iraq had a world standard agricultural sector producing good quality food for generations.


According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), 97% of Iraqi farmers in 2002 still used saved seed from their own stocks from last year’s harvest, or purchased from local markets, this despite the criminal sanctions which destroyed Iraq’s agricultural sector.



U.S. Policies – GMOs and the Detrimental Effects of Order 81


When Paul Bremer left Baghdad after the so-called “transfer of sovereignty” in June 2004, he left behind the 100 orders he enacted as head of the occupation authority in Iraq.

Among them is Order 81 which he issued and signed on April 26, 2004 (paragraphs 51-79) on “Patent, Industrial Design, Undisclosed Information, Integrated Circuits and Plant Variety”.  This order amends Iraq’s original patent law of 1970 and unless and until it is revised or repealed it has the status and force of a binding law; with important implications for farmers and the future of agriculture in Iraq, this order is yet another important component in the US attempts to radically transform Iraq’s economy.


While historically the Iraqi constitution prohibited private ownership of biological resources, the new US-imposed patent law introduces a system of monopoly rights over seeds. Inserted into Iraq’s previous patent law is a whole new chapter on Plant Variety Protection (PVP) that provides for the “protection of new varieties of plants”. PVP is an intellectual property right (IPR) or a kind of patent for plant varieties which gives an exclusive monopoly right on planting material to a plant breeder who claims to have discovered or developed a new variety.  So the “protection” in PVP has nothing to do with conservation, but refers to safeguarding of the commercial interests of private breeders (usually large corporations) claiming to have created the new plant.


To qualify for PVP, plant varieties must comply with the standards of the UPOV Convention, (International Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties) which requires them to be new, distinct, uniform and stable. Farmers’ seeds cannot meet these criteria, making PVP-protected seeds the exclusive domain of corporations.  The rights granted to plant breeders in this scheme include the exclusive right to produce, reproduce, sell, export, import and store the protected varieties.  These rights extend to harvested material, including whole plants and parts of plants obtained from the use of a protected variety. This kind of PVP system is often the first step towards allowing the full-fledged patenting of life forms.  Indeed, in this case the rest of the law does not rule out the patenting of plants or animals.


The term of the monopoly is 20 years for crop varieties and 25 for trees and vines.

During this time the protected variety de facto becomes the property of the breeder, and nobody can plant or otherwise use this variety without compensating the breeder.  This new law means that Iraqi farmers can neither freely legally plant nor save for re-planting seeds of any plant variety registered under the plant variety provisions of the new patent law.  This deprives farmers from what they and many others worldwide claim as their inherent right to save and replant seeds.


Corporate control


The new law is presented as being necessary to ensure the supply of good quality seeds in Iraq and to facilitate Iraq’s accession to the WTO (World Trade Organization).  What it will actually do is facilitate the penetration of Iraqi agriculture by the likes of MONSANTO, SYNGENTA, BAYER and DOW CHEMICAL – the corporate giants that control seed trade across the globe.


Eliminating competition from farmers is a prerequisite for these companies to open up operations in Iraq, which the new law has achieved.  Taking over the first step in the food chain is their next move.


Food Sovereignty


Food sovereignty is the right of people to define their own food and agriculture policies, to protect and regulate domestic agricultural production and trade, to decide the way food should be produced, what should be grown locally and what should be imported.


The demand for food sovereignty and the opposition to the patenting of seeds has been central to the small farmers’ struggle all over the world over the past decade. By fundamentally changing the law in Iraq, the US has ensured that Iraq’s agricultural system will remain under “OCCUPATION”.


Unfortunately, the mainstream media hardly cover this important subject and the majority of Iraqis are unaware of this Machiavellian plan which will devastate the future of their country’s agriculture and irremediably change their lives and that of the future generations of Iraqis if it is implemented.


Organizations, activists, farmers and organic food advocates around the world have endorsed and will observe April 26 (day on which Bremer issued and signed this criminal law in 2004) as International Seeds Day (ISD).


A “Greedy, unjust law is meant to be disobeyed”. 


The Iraqi Turkmen media can play a paramount role in informing the Iraqi people and especially the farmers of the implications of Order 81, the future of Iraq’s agriculture depends on it.


According to a recent report drafted for the ministers of the Group of Eight nations the world faces a permanent food crisis and global instability unless countries act now to feed a surging population by doubling agricultural output, it warns that global agriculture production must double by 2050.


I wish the Iraqi Turkmens and all the Iraqi people determination and courage to achieve these goals.


I thank you for your attention.


Merry Fitzgerald

Committee for the Defence of the Iraqi Turkmens’ Rights (Belgium)

Istanbul,  10th April 2009.







Patent, Industrial Design, Undisclosed Information, Integrated Circuits and Plant Variety Law of 2004, CPA Order No. 81, 26 April 2004, http://www.iraqcoalition.org/ regulations/20040426_CPAORD_81 _Patents_Law.pdf


UPOV stands for International Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland it is an intergovernmental organisation with 53 members, mostly industrialised countries. The UPOV Convention is a set of standards for the protection of plant varieties, mainly geared toward industrial agriculture and corporate interests. See http://www.upov.org.


WTO : The World Trade Organisation, wherein the Iraqi Government has an observer status. 



HASAN KANBOLAT h.kanbolat@todayszaman.com Columnists

Iraq’s Turkmen intellectuals searching for their future


The third meeting of the Iraqi Turkmen Press Council was held between April 10 and 12 in İstanbul. The purpose of the meeting, organized under the guidance of Professor Suphi Saatçi, Mehmet Tütüncü and Şükran Kayacı, was to promote the Iraqi Turkmen press.


The Turkish press, intellectuals, bureaucrats and politicians were uninterested in the meeting. Interestingly, even İstanbul deputies and representatives of local party organizations did not pay heed to the meeting. The only notable attendees were Erşat Hürmüzlü, the chief advisor to President Abdullah Gül on the Middle East, and Iraq’s consul general in İstanbul. Considering the fact that President Gül met with Turkmen and Arab intellectuals in İstanbul on April 11, one can suggest that the Turkish presidency was the only body that attached importance to the meeting. It is an odd contradiction for Turkish intellectuals and politicians to show close interest in Iraqi Kurds while turning a blind eye to Iraqi Turkmens.

Iraqi Turkmens have always been shadowed by the fact that they are regarded as extensions of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. They could not manage to get their voices heard about the pressure they were subjected to and the losses they suffered both during the time of Saddam and the US occupation. Their cries were always muted. They were always a community living in the shadows. However, Iraqi Turkmens are intellectual people. They do not like conflicts. They always seek to find conciliation with other groups. They believe in their hearts in territorial integrity, increased welfare and democratization. They do not want be a minority, but desire to be a community within the majority and contribute their richness to Iraq by preserving their identity. This is well exemplified in their past.

The first Iraqi Turkmen newspaper was published in 1915. However, it is ironic that there is no Turkmen press association in Iraq. They note that for several months, they have experienced difficulty in their attempts to become members of the Iraqi Press Association and that they are not allowed to establish their own trade unions. In Iraq, there are more than 100 TV channels — about half of which operate via satellite — but Turkmens have only one TV channel, namely Türkmeneli TV. Another problem they face is that although they have local papers, they do not have a national newspaper through which they could have their voices heard by the general public in Iraq.

Turkish and Western journalists who go to Iraq are, in general, not specialized in the topic of Iraq. They do not know problems or details. They tend to run analyses without knowing the distinction between Sunnis and Shiites or between Kurmanji or Sorani. They tend to cover groups such as Kurds and organizations that make sure their voices are heard by resorting to the use of arms. They tend to see peace-loving peoples like Turkmens as mere folkloric elements. They do not even try to understand the existing war.

About 75 percent of Iraqi people watch satellite TV channels to stay informed, while 6 percent tend to use Internet news sources. The written press does not have any weight in society. In Iraq, rife with attempts at disinformation, it is hard to say that there is a free press. For this reason, a new press law is in the making. If free and democratic press organizations cannot exist in Iraq, we cannot expect democracy to take root and territorial integrity to be secured. Turkmens represent a cornerstone for democratic order in Iraq. The place of Turkmens within the integrity of Iraq should be given greater emphasis so that future generations can live in peace. It should not be forgotten that various languages are part of the wealth of Iraq. Iraq needs peace and dialogue. Iraq no longer wants to see more bloodshed.



Wafaa’ Al-Natheema on U.S. FDA’s backing of Monsanto

April 1, 2009 at 10:46 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Continuation of : Monsanto seeds are being forced on Iraqi Farmers by law, please see:
The killing of Iraq’s millenary Agriculture (the Fertile Crescent) is a Crime against Humanity, what is the Iraqi government doing about it?

Wafaa’ Al-Natheema * writes:

As endorsers of April 26, I strongly recommend reading the information below and especially watching the film by Jeffrey Smith in the youtube links below.
All USA food that is being exported to other parts of the world must be boycotted by the people if their governments are unable to issue laws restricting such food. 
The US governmental organizations and departments have been scandulous and unreliable conspiring against their own people, so one can imagine how more careless they can be with people from what they consider “Third countries,” including and especially countries they occupy like Afghanistan and Iraq. 
In the film below, there are details on how the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has backed Monsanto’s unhealthy injections of cows!
A list of GM and rBGH food/drinks is also included below.
* Wafaa’ Al-Natheema’s blog:  http://zennobia.blogspot.com/

The Logistical Nightmare in Iraq

March 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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March 30, 2009

283 Bases, 170,000 Pieces of Equipment, 140,000 Troops and an Army of Mercenaries

The Logistical Nightmare in Iraq


With last week’s announced escalation of the war in Afghanistan, including an Iraq-like “surge” replete with 4,000 more U.S. troops and a sizable increase in private contractors, President Barack Obama blew the lid off of any lingering perceptions that he somehow represents a significant change in how the U.S. conducts its foreign policy.

In the meantime, more reports have emerged that bolster suspicions that Obama’s Iraq policy is but a downsized version of Bush’s and that a total withdrawal of U.S. forces is not on the horizon.

In the latest episode of Occupation Rebranded, it was revealed that the administration intends to reclassify some combat forces as “advisory and assistance brigades.” While Obama’s administration is officially shunning the use of the term “global war on terror,” the labels du jour, unfortunately, seem to be the biggest changes we will see for some time.

Underscoring this point is a report just released by the War Resisters League, which for decades has closely monitored the military budget, revealing how many tax dollars are actually going to the war machine. The WRL puts out its famous pie chart annually just before tax time as a reminder of what we are doing exactly when we file our returns. Noting that 51 percent of the federal budget goes to military spending, the WRL said it does “not expect the military percentage to change much” under Obama.

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Monsanto’s seeds are being forced on Iraqi farmers by law!

March 28, 2009 at 11:07 am | Posted in Turkmens | 1 Comment
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Monsanto’s seeds are being forced on Iraqi farmers by law!

Oct 15 08 –  First, it forces Iraq’s commercial farmers to use registered terminator seeds (the “protected variety”). Then it defines natural seeds as illegal (the “infringing variety”), in a classic Orwellian turn of language.

This is so incredible that it must be re-stated: the exotic genetically scrambled seeds are the “protected variety” and the indigenous seeds are the “infringing variety.”

As Jeffrey Smith explains, author of Order 81: Re-Engineering Iraqi Agriculture:

“To qualify for PVP [Plant Variety Protection], seeds have to meet the following criteria: they must be ‘new, distinct, uniform and stable’… it is impossible for the seeds developed by the people of Iraq to meet these criteria. Their seeds are not ‘new’ as they are the product of millennia of development. Nor are they ‘distinct’. The free exchange of seeds practiced for centuries ensures that characteristics are spread and shared across local varieties. And they are the opposite of ‘uniform’ and ’stable’ by the very nature of their biodiversity.” (3)

Order 81 comes with the Orwellian title of “Plant Variety Protection.” Any self-respecting scientist knows, however, that imposing biological standardization accomplishes the exact opposite: It reduces biodiversity and threatens species. So Order 81 comes with an Orwellian title and consists of Orwellian provisions.

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Dr. Vandana SHIVA to Iraqi Farmers & Women

March 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Dr Vandana Shiva to IRAQI Farmers & Women





& Freedom…


Dedicated to Iraqi Farmers and Women


Dr. Vandana Shiva to Iraqis


The Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies (INEAS)


Interview by Wafa’ Al-Natheema

February 2009

New Delhi, India



Let April 26 of every year be the day to celebrate free seeds, farmers’ rights and biodiversity.




Patent, Industrial Design, Undisclosed information,

Integrated circuits and Plant Variety

Law CPL/ORD/20 AP 04/81/

Coalition Provisional Authority (Iraq) 26 April04


Please click on the following link:



For those who wish to endorse April 26 and publicize it through the media or hold an event on April 26, please send an email to Richard Sullivan at INEAS@aol.com by April 1.


Thank you.


Best Regards,

Wafaa’ Al-Natheema



This video was put together to provide general information and to invite organizations, activists and agriculture experts to join us in endorsing April 26 as International Seeds Day
and to educate about biodiversity, organic foods, Genetically Modified (GM)-Free Seeds and Order 81.
You will find more info. in the video.
It is not too late to endorse the event. You still have time until April 1, 09 to send your organization’s and/or your
name, website and location (city/country) to our address at INEAS@aol.com You will receive an email letting you know what is needed to be done and how you can help.We encourage you to organize an event to educate about the genetically modified food, terminator seeds, Order 81, US corporations and their attempts, policies and even dirty work to have a monopoly over agriculture in Africa and Asia.We apologize for any error we may have committed in the information provided in this video. We edited it in a hurry to meet a deadline. PLEASE write to us should you find any error and also post a comment here.

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Iraq Occupation Year 7 – Beursschouwburg round table discussion

March 22, 2009 at 2:18 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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beursschouwburg-discussion-and-demo-20-03-2009-042From left to right: Dr. Hassan Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative, Dr. Faleh H.M. Al-Khayat, Iraqi Oil Expert, Hana Al-Bayaty, Abdul Ilah Al-Bayaty, Iraqi Political Analyst.

 Round table discussion animated by Hana Al-Bayaty

of the BRussells Tribunal

On 20th March 2009

3rd day of the event “What Future for Iraq”

at the  Beursschouwburg in Brussels:

The main topics which were discussed were:

OIL:  History of Iraq’s oil exploitation, illegality of long term oil-contacts signed under occupation, the oil of Iraq belongs to all the citizens of Iraq

KERKUK: denouncing the false claims of the Kurdish warlords that Kerkuk is a Kurdish city and why their claims over the so-called “disputed territories” in the north of Iraq are unjustified. The Kurdish attempts since April 2003 to change the demography of Kerkuk, the Turkmens’ capital city and main cultural centre in Iraq.

DIVIDE AND RULE  policy of the occupying forces to weaken Iraq.

The US-UK  classified the Iraqi people as ‘Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds” . This classification is false and it is totally rejected by the Iraqi people. 

The necessity to have a sovereign and united Iraq at peace with its neighbouring countries for the stability and peace in the Middle-East and the World. 

The role of the EU, at humanitarian and human rights levels should be encouraged

Before the First Gulf War and the economic sanctions  (embargo), Iraq has always had strong economic relations with the EU and these relations should be strenghtened in the future

Prof. Dr. L ieven de Cauter, President of the BRussells Tribunal denounced the mainstream media’s silence over the commemoration of the illegal war and occupation of Iraq.


Please read Prof. Dr Lieven De Cauter’s piece : 

 A Forgotten Humanitarian Disaster


Demonstration against the occupation of Iraq in Brussels

March 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Demonstrating on the steps of the Bourse (Beurs) in BRUSSELS
on 20th March 2009

OCCUPATION YEAR 7 – What Future for Iraq?

March 21, 2009 at 4:48 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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20 March 2009

Occupation Year 7
What future for Iraq?

The BRussells Tribunal in the 
European Parliament and Belgian Parliament

On March 18 and March 19, 2009, six years after the illegal US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, The BRussells Tribunal and its partners entered the European Parliament and the Belgian Parliament to bring the forgotten catastrophe in Iraq back to the fore.

The BRussells Tribunal, composed of intellectuals, artists and activists who denounce the logic of permanent war promoted by US governments and their allies, holds firm that all that derives from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq remains illegal and illegitimate and cannot gain legitimacy.

Panels composed of prominent Iraqi experts exposed the reality about Iraq under occupation as opposed to agenda driven propaganda.

In the European Parliament, Vice-President Luisa Morgantini hosted a BRussells Tribunal information session. In the Belgian Parliament, parliamentary Vice-President Dirk Van Der Maelen hosted an informal discussion session attended by other parliamentary members.

Panel speakers were: Abdul Ilah Albayaty, geopolitical analyst and expert on Arab national movements; Dr Omar Al-Kubaisy, Iraq’s most renowned cardiologist and expert on the breakdown on public health in Iraq under occupation; Dr Falah Al-Khayat, former director general of the Iraqi Oil Ministry prior to the US invasion and an expert on the issue of the Iraqi oil industry; Dr Hassan Aydinli, EU Turkmen representative and expert on the fate of minorities under the sectarian governments promoted by the US occupation; and Shannon Meehan, International Rescue Committee director of advocacy and expert in refugee protection. Hana Al Bayaty, coordinator of the Iraqi International Initiative on Refugees and member of The BRussells Tribunal, moderated the sessions.

The main points asserted and concluded were:


• By its geopolitical position and its rich resources, the stability of Iraq is not only in the interest of its people, but also of its neighbours and the world.

• The US project of division in and of Iraq has failed. In number, by culture and by interest, the Iraqi people overwhelmingly reject the US occupation. By terror it created the largest refugee crisis in the world today, displacing a fifth of the population.

• The sectarian political process of the occupation created chaos, a failed state characterized by the complete collapse of all public services, and systematic violations of all aspects of human rights, including the right to life. It cannot be reformed. 

• The humanitarian tragedy particularly affects women and children, exposed to all forms of violence and exploitation.

• The occupation intentionally forced the Iraqi educated and professional class to flee, resulting in the inability to build a functioning state, and in regional destabilization.

• Displaced Iraqis have the individual right to return, but as long as stability and security is absent, the conditions for return are absent.

• The occupation and its apparatus is the perpetrator of violence. Security can only be achieved by the unconditional withdrawal of all foreign occupying forces from Iraq.

• Only a state of its equal citizens after the departure of all foreign forces can ensure peace, stability and democracy for Iraq and its people.

• A sovereign Iraq would not only refuse to surrender its main source of wealth — oil — to foreign companies, but is entitled to claim reparations for all losses endured since 2003.

• The Iraqi resistance in all its expression is the only force capable, both objectively and legitimately, to secure a path towards peace, stability, wellbeing and democracy in Iraq.

On the eve of Occupation Year 7, The BRussells Tribunal felt it imperative to assert these truths in official forums. Rejection of the US occupation and all that derived from it must become an official position.

These institutional events are being followed by public sessions in key cultural institutions in Brussels: LES HALLES DE SCHAERBEEK and BEURSSCHOUWBURG.

The occupation of Iraq is intolerable. As the occupation enters its seventh year, the time is now to set a different agenda.

The BRussells Tribunal

For the programme of events:

For press interviews contact:
Hana Al Bayaty, hanaalbayaty@gmail.com, +32 (0)488871408

Event speakers can give interviews in Arabic and English. Abdul Ilah Albayaty and Hassan Aydinli also speak French.

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