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Iraqi Jurists Union Call to Prevent the Construction of the Turkey's Ilisu dam on the Tigris River

Iraqi Jurists Union Call to Prevent the Construction of the Turkey’s Ilisu dam on the Tigris River

The headquarters of the Iraqi Jurists Union launched a broad campaign to save the Tigris River and the marshes of Iraq, which represent the backbone of life in most parts of Iraq. The campaign, which carried the slogan OUR SILENCE IS WASTING OUR RIGHTS, aims to save the Tigris River from the Ilisu  dam that is...

Press Release: Include Ilisu dam on the Meeting Agenda with Turkish Opposition Leader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Include Ilisu dam on the Meeting Agenda with Turkish Opposition Leader Suleimaniya, Kurdistan-Iraq-August 20th, 2013 Next week Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is set to visit Baghdad. As the leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Turkish main opposition party, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu is one of the most influential politicians in the Turkish opposition. His...
Save the Tigris Campaign holds successful seminars in four South Iraq Provinces

Save the Tigris Campaign holds successful seminars in four South Iraq Provinces

Last week, the Save the Tigris Campaign held seminars in four provinces in South Iraq: Basra, Missan, Dhi Qar and Qadissiya with the support of local civil society and activists. The seminars were held in Basra, on June 27th, Amara on June 28th, Nasirya, on June 29th and Diwaniya, on June 30th. The southern provinces...
Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia and the Similar Turkish Case

Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia and the Similar Turkish Case

By: Ahmed az-Zoba`i Translation from Arabic by: Safaa Sheikh Hammed Original Arabic: http://www.iraqnewspaper.net/news.php?action=view&id=22010 “Egypt is the gift of the Nile,” says Herodotus. Egypt could have been part of the Great Arab Desert without the Nile. The same thing can be applied on the Tigris and Euphrates. These two rivers were responsible for the making of the alluvial plain and the fertile soil in Iraq....
Resistance Against Destruction of Taksim Gezi Park

Resistance Against Destruction of Taksim Gezi Park

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————-This is a call for INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY International Human Rights Organizations and Dear Friends, Comrades, Press Members from all over the world; This is an urgent call from human rights defenders, activists, NGOs, professional chambers, grassroots, neighbourhood associations and Istanbulites. Since the 27th of May,Istanbulites from all social and political backgrounds and ages and from...
Gezi Park Voices: “We Exist, We are Here and We Have Demands”.

Gezi Park Voices: “We Exist, We are Here and We Have Demands”.

This is the latest press statement of the Taksim Solidarity – http://taksimdayanisma.org/ *** To the Government and the people of the Republic of Turkey Across the country, particularly in Istanbul-Taksim, all the citizens are demonstrating their democratic reaction to the police violence pursued by the government as a response to the social sensitivity to the attempts...
Is Another Iraq Possible?

Is Another Iraq Possible?

As I sit in front of my computer, reading the news about the escalation in violence in Iraq, my heart fills with sadness. According to UN reports, more than a thousand people have been killed in May. For me Iraq is not a distant, Middle East country, full of Muslim extremists. It is the place...
Rivers Unite, Dams Divide: A Struggle to Protect Rivers and Preserve Life

Rivers Unite, Dams Divide: A Struggle to Protect Rivers and Preserve Life

“The struggle of the Mapuche, Hasankeyf and the Indigenous people of the Amazon, is a struggle to preserve the planet” Mapuche leader Moira Millan to Osman Baydemir, Mayor of Diyarbakir. Last week I was in Diyarbakir together with an international delegation coming from as far as the end of the world. Indigenous leaders from Patagonia’s...

International Activists Block Ilısu Dam Construction Site

Press Release: International Activists Block Ilisu Dam Construction Site Source: Damocracy Representative from the Save the Tigris Campaign  participated in the delegation May 21st: Representatives of dam-affected communities and international organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Africa today blocked the entrance to the construction site of the Ilisu dam in...
In Iraqi Kurdistan Those Who Murder Women Go Free

In Iraqi Kurdistan Those Who Murder Women Go Free

“There is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. And we are here for the long haul.” – Hoda Elsadda Zhiyan group representatives are never satisfied; they never rest when it comes to women’s issues. Last week they had a press conference to release results of a study about the impact of the...
Meet Me in Hasankeyf: Culture, People and Politics in Hasankeyf

Meet Me in Hasankeyf: Culture, People and Politics in Hasankeyf

After our session on global solidarity against water grabs, I headed to south east Turkey, to the region where the GAP project is being implemented to attend the Hasankeyf Ingathering and explore this ancient city under threat of being engulfed by the Tigris river and with it, to wash away its ancient history and the...
Women Groups in Suleimaniya Demand an End to the Patriarchal System

Women Groups in Suleimaniya Demand an End to the Patriarchal System

“Darperwary bo Mamosta Sakar” –Justice for Mamosta Sakar Last week, on Monday, April 22nd, women groups demonstrated in front of Suleimaniya Court. They were protesting the release of Mamosta Sakar’s father. In a controversial case well know to the media and to most people in Kurdistan, the case of Mamosta Sakar has become an icon...