Friday, December 29, 2006

 

Immediate Action is IMPERATIVE in BAGHDAD


MEDICAL AID is URGENTLY NEEDED

Please read this detailed report on the condition of Iraqi hospitals in the following correspondence between Iraqis in three continents, and see if you can help in any way. Thank you. If you can help or have contacts to help deliver medicine to hospitals in Iraq, kindly email me at aboutfromiraq@yahoo.com


Dear Wafaa':

This is something that needs urgent reaction to stop the damage done and to let it be known to the people of the world, DEMOCRATIC WORLD ESPECIALLY! My niece telephoned me from Baghdad this afternoon telling me that she, and other women and young girls have volunteered as nurses in Numan hospital in Aadhamia to take care of people wounded as a result of mortar bombs raining on the city since the sentencing of Saddam Hussein. She said that the hospital has been deserted by most of the medical personnel and lacks all the necessary medicines for such an emergency-simply not being supplied. Also there is no water and electricity in Aadhamiya. They have started a campaign to collect contributions to buy the necessary dressing stuff and other articles.

Wounded persons refuse to be transferred to other hospitals because the militias are prepared to abduct every wounded person, if not killing her/him at once. Many victims of these sectarian atrocities, some with fractured limbs prefer to stay at home suffering all the agony than going to hospitals run by the same militia that inflicted damage to their health and property.

The silence of all the media, as if nothing vile is going on, is astonishing.

Abdul Kareem Hani
November 10, 2006

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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Wafaa' Al-Natheema
To: Nadia Gattan
Cc: Abdulkarim Hani
Sent: Wednesday, 15 November, 2006 10:29:34 PM
Subject: To Nadia Re Hospital Care in Adhamiyya - Baghdad


Dear Nadia:

I hope this note finds you well and in good health.

As I write you this email including an appeal I received four days ago (see attached), I am bccing all those whom I think they have some kind of contacts (who can help regarding the matter of the medical situation in IRAQ) including medical doctors and pharmacists. I am also forwarding it to few Iraqis in Baghdad in case they have an update and/or additional information about the Numan hospital in Baghdad

I am emailing you this note wondering if you, through the Red Cross, can do anything regarding the matter below. The American Red Cross, as you know, has not been allowed to operate in Baghdad since the beginning of the war.

Exactly as Abdulkarim Hani indicated below, the media is doing so POORLY
In covering many aspects of Iraq 's daily lives and reality. So I am bccing
this note to few members of the media as well hoping they cover the situation in Adhamiyya.

To reply to Abdul Karim Hani's appeal below, please write to him at his address appearing in the cc box.

Cordially,
Wafaa' Al-Natheema

p.s. Forwarding this information to any organization that is involved in taking medical relief to IRAQ will be greatly appreciated.

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From: Maysoon
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2006 10:22 AM
To: Kim
Subject: Fw: Urgent Appeal From A Hospital In Baghdad - Please Do All
You Can To Help



Dear Kim:
I thought I forward this e-mail to you hoping that some measures are taken to support doctors and protect children. My sister lives in the part of the capital Baghdad where recent massacres had taken place. Yesterday she told me the Head of the Blood Bank has refused to supply blood to victims of sectarian violence from Adhamiyah because they are (terrorists) he means Sunni of course. This led to calls from the mosques to all the people to volunteer as blood donnors without proper screening! Do you have any thoughts?

Maysoon

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From: Kimberly Svevo

Dear Maysoon,
I am forwarding your letter to Drs. Fadheela Al-Mahroos, Hani Jashan, Randa Youssef, Bernard Gerbaka and Marcellina Mian – to request any thoughts they have on this, also Dr. Ghazwan. You might also write to the ISPCAN Listserve – Attn Medical Professional Members for ideas on how to address this.

Kindest regards,
Kim

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From: Dr. Ghazwan
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2006 10:09 AM
Subject: Re Urgent Appeal From A Hospital In Baghdad - Please Help


Dear Kim:

Nice to hear from you again.

The condition in Numan General Hospital in Aadhamiya district in Baghdad is stable now as the Iraqi Ministry of Health supplied the hospital with adequate amounts of blood, medicine and other supplies. Yes what happened in that district was horrible as my mother and sister who were living their told me, I lived most of my life in that district.

Motor bombs fall every day on most districts of Baghdad including Aadhamiya district. Was Aadhamiya and Numan Hospital subjected alone to what happened? I can assure you that all Baghdad and all hospitals suffering daily from the military violence and from shortage of medicine like Numan hospital, look to the attached pictures taken in 2005 when mass death to more than 1000 Iraqi people crushed over a bridge during a religious ceremony, most of the victims were women, they brought tens of them to my Children's hospital when all other nearby hospitals were full, my hospital was not ready for causalities; we have no adequate oxygen to manage the wounded even we have no beds for them and not enough place to store the bodies.

What I mean that all people of Baghdad suffered and are still suffering and the subject must be changed to Urgent Appeal from People and Hospitals in Baghdad, not just in Numan Hospital. Do you know that the director of Numan hospital, who was an excellent surgeon, was shot to death at the gate of the hospital two years ago and many employees of that hospital forced to leave it to another place, definitely there will be a shortage in the staff.

In the Children's hospital where I work now we have shortage of intravenous fluids even there is fair amount in the stores but no one can go to the stores to bring the fluids because the stores located in very hot place at the west of Baghdad when people killed on ID even though they want to bring intra venous fluids to the sick children, Do you need more stories, I have a lot of Appeal stories.

Some brave Iraqi Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Psychologists, and others made a brightening step in the middle of the darkness in Baghdad trying to help Iraqi children whatever their backgrounds, so they established a charity from their own resources without the help of any one in the government or outside it, an Iraqi Association for Child Mental Health http://www.iacmh.org/ , which was established in 2004 working with children on the ground and because of the odd situation in Iraq nowadays, this humanitarian association is paralyzed nowadays.

Is there anybody who can tell me what the Iraqi doctors could do?
Regards
Ghazwan
Consultant Pediatrician, Baghdad, Iraq

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From: Wafaa' Al-Natheema
To: Maysoon, Ahmed Bash-Ayan, Dr.Ghazwan and Others
Cc: abdulkarimhani@yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, 20 November, 2006 4:35:47 AM
Subject: Re Urgent Appeal From A Hospital In Baghdad - Please READ & FORWARD


Dear Maysoon:

Thank you so much for forwarding the many emails and thanks to Dr. Ghazwan for following up on the matter of Al-Numan Hospital and for the somewhat positive news despite the gloomy situation.

Indeed the situation is urgent everywhere in IRAQ and very little to nothing is being done to improve it. However, if we are unable to respond with any kind of help to one hospital in Baghdad, how are we expected to send an appeal crying about all hospitals and asking help for all of them (or even some of them)?

Shouldn't we create an email list of Iraqi and Arab pharmacists and medical doctors and send them all such appeal? Can you help make such a list or send me the emails and I make the list? I am bccing this note to few doctors and pharmacists hoping to hear from them with any suggestions, additional contacts or the willingness to help.

The most enthusiastic reply I received with a tone to ACTUALLY WANT to HELP was from Salah Al-Mukhtar, an Iraqi living in one of the Gulf States. How can we turn this one enthusiastic reply to tens and tens of people who are interested, able and willing to actually help? I am sending this email to many smart and even geniuses, so I hope we find a way to solicit and magnetize with enthusiasm those who are interested, willing and capable of helping and who can execute a plan! Your smart ideas will be forwarded to others and posted on the Internet. PLEASE THINK, and do not consider it a helpless situation.

Awaiting Hopeful & Fruitful Responses,
Wafaa' Al-Natheema

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----- Original Message -----
From: Ahmed Bash-Ayan
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2006 12:14 PM
Subject: Urgent - Desperate Medical Situation In Baghdad - How You Can Help


This is an e-mail that I just received from a friend in Baghdad. He and his colleagues are offering to help coordinate the effort to deliver medical and food aid to those desperately needing them in Baghdad, (currently including those in the Adhamiya Hospital, trapped in the cross-fires of some of the most vicious fighting).

Please let me know if you can and want to help, so I can direct you to this source.

Selaam,

Ahmed



Azizi Abu Shihab,

I am in Baghdad, and been helping in this issue for some time.

I read this morning in the emails. For security reasons I cannot publish what we are doing to help in Adhamia.

You can collect medical aids, pharmaceutical products, medicines and any other donations and send them to us in Baghdad by air or land transport via Amman.
(Address to be made available as and when requested).

You can consolidate any shipments and I can make sure to collect and deliver to Adhamiya hospital and imam adam jamma.

Any thing you need I am at your services for such a noble cause.
God bless you


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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Maysoon
To: Ahmed Bash-Ayan
Sent: Monday, 20 November, 2006 11:53:46 PM
Subject: Re Urgent - Desperate Medical Situation In Baghdad - How You Can Help


Dear Abu Shehab:
Thank you very much fro this heartwarming e-mail .It shows there are people who care and jazahumullah khairan for this. I have received an e-mail today from the Chief Executive of ISPCAN who emphasized her sympathy (as she did before during the Lebanon war) and suggested we could discuss the issue of a plan of support at the forthcoming international meeting the International Society is jointly organizing with Child Protection leads in Yemen. I am taking part as a speaker and will try again as I did at the recent conference in September to lobby for plans of support and some funds to be secured for this purpose.

Regards
Maysoon

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From: Ahmed Bash-Ayan
To a large list
Date: December 3, 2006
Subject: A Desperate Appeal for Immediate Action

The human situation in Baghdad has taken a dramatic turn for the worse over the past few days. MEDICAL AID, FOOD, & WARM CLOTHING ARE badly needed, but especially MEDICAL AID (medicines, medical equipment, and the like). All innocent civilians who are caught in this vicious cycle of diabolical violence, including of course many, many children, not to mention all the elderly, the sick, and women, are in very dire straits indeed. Millions Of Innocent Lives Are At Stake, Are in Imminent Danger.

Please let's us all resolve to utilize absolutely all the resources (material, logistic, moral, verbal) that are at our disposal, to do our utmost to help.

The e-mail below is a follow-up form one of my friends who lives and works in Baghdad. I received it last week. Only a few minutes ago, another friend called to urge me to ask all whom I know to do everything that they possibly can in order to help.

Selaam,

Ahmed

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Azizi Ahmed,

Let us hope there is some one serious in helping in this issue and not only talks. I am happy from Baghdad to help with any one in need regardless of place or sect or background. The needy in Baghdad are the poor and innocents. This is being in Karradah, Kerkh, Adamiyia, Kadhmiyia or anywhere in Baghdad.

Take care and hope to hear some positive and serious actions.


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----- Original Message ----
From: Wafaa' Al-Natheema
To: Ahmed Bash-Ayan
Sent: Tuesday, 5 December, 2006 10:00:37 AM
Subject: Re: A DESPERATE APPEAL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION


Dear Ahmed:

Thank you so much for your email and information, very positive indeed.

I need to re-read and publish all the previous correspondence on my blog and then re-send it to a larger list.

I will contact Maysoon, Hayfaa and another Iraqi woman in London this week to see what can we do as I am shocked at the Iraqi community's silence and passiveness here in the USA especially in my State, Massachusetts!

More Later,
Wafaa' Al-Natheema

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From: Ahmed Bash-Ayan
Date: December 5, 2006
Subject: A Desperate Appeal for Immediate Action

Shukren, dear Wafaa, for your positive response and for your constructive approach.

Please feel free to communicate directly with Dr. Maysoon, as she is now effectively our main medical and logistics contact in her geographical region (the UK), being a Consultant based in Scotland. Needless to add, Dr. Maysoon is in touch with a number of international medical and related social and humanitarian organizations the world over. So, please do all that you, or whom you know, can to help. As you can see, I am cc-ing Dr. Maysoon, and that is partly for this purpose.

Good luck, and if there is anything at all that I or anyone whom I know can do to help speed up this desperately urgent process, then you may of course feel free to let me / us know at any time, as always.


Selaam

Ahmed

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From: Mazin Al-Kassab
Date: December 16, 2006


Dear Wafaa


I thank you for drawing attention to the deteriorating situation in An-Numan Hospital, we have taken this issue further in a meeting with Iraqis from Adhamyah and established a "safe" route from Amman to Baghdad to An-Numan Hospital. We have now people in Amman ready to receive any medical shipment and deliver it within a few days.

Best regards
Mazin Al-Khasshab
Iraqi Rabita

 

من هيأة الإسناد للدفاع عن الرئيس صدام حسين


THE CEASELESS BLOOD SHED IN IRAQ



هيئة الإسناد للدفاع عن الرئيس صدام حسين
ورفاقه وكافة الأسرى والمعتقلين في العراق

The Defense and Support Committee of President Saddam Hussein, his Comrades and all P.O.W.s and Detainees in Iraq. (ISNAD)

بيان صحفي

الاستمرار في سفك الدم العـــراقي

شبكة البصرة
في تدخل سافر في شؤون القضاء، سارع موفق الربيعي - وهو ليس قاضياً ولا مسؤولاً في أية محكمة عــراقية - إلى الإعلان عن قرار هيئة التمييز بالتصديق على أحكام الإعدام التي أصدرتها الهيئة الأولى في المحكمة العــراقية، ودون أن ينتظر حتى تعلن تلك الهيئة عن قرارها بنفسها.


فبعد محاكمة هزلية لم تتوفر فيها ادنى شروط المحاكمة العادلة وبعد إهدار حق الدفاع بالكامل وبعد استشهاد خمس محاميين اثناء أداء واجبهم المقدس، يأتي صدور قرار هيئة التمييز وفي أقل من شهر ليكون القول الفصل في الإستهتار بالقانون وقواعده وكافة الأعراف المرعية في هكذا قضايا، فما بالكم في ما سمي بمحكمة العصر.


وليعلم الجميع أن هيئة الدفاع قد قدمت لوائح تمييز على الحكم الصادر في 5/11/2006 يوم 3/12/2006 واستكملتها يوم 17/12/2006. فتخيلوا أن محكمة التمييز تقوم بقراءة وتدقيق لوائح التمييز المقدمة من الرئيس صــدام حسين وسته من رفاقة ويبلغ عدد صفحاتها على الأقل الف وخمسمائة صفحة في مدة تقل عن عشرة أيام: هل يمكن لرجل قانون منصف او محايد او اي موطن عادي ان يصدق او يوافق على أن هذه الهيئة المسماة بهيئة التمييز قد تمكنت حتى من مجرد قراءة هذه اللوائح فضلاً عن تدقيقها والرد على كل طعن من طعونها.


ان هذا التصديق على الحكم يؤكد وبوضوح استمرار النظام الحاكم في العــراق والتابع للاحتلال الأمريكي في سفك الدماء العــراقية الطاهرة، إما عبر التصفيات المباشرة على ايدي قوى الظلام ومليشيات الغدر والخيانة واما بمحاكم هزلية باطلة تصدر مثل هذه الأحكام الجائرة.


إننا نطالب الأمم المتحدة وكافة مؤسساتها المعنية وكذلك كافة المنظمات الدولية المعنية. كما نهيب ايضاً بالحكومات العربية وبجامعة الدول العربية بالتدخل لوقف هذا المسلسل الدامي بالعراق. وإلا فأن الجميع يكون قد شارك اما بالفعل او بالصمت في هذه الجرائم التي ترتكب على ارض العــراق بإسم الديمقراطية احياناً وبأسم القانون احياناً أخرى.

هيئة الدفاع عن الرئيس صــدام حسين

26/12/2006



"PRESS RELEASE"


THE CEASELESS BLOOD SHED IN IRAQ

In an outrageous intervention in the judiciary, Mr.Mowafaq Al-Rubaie, who is not a judge or an official of any Iraqi court, was quick to announce the decision of the Cassation Panel to approve the death sentences, which were issued by the first trial panel of the Iraqi court. Al-Rubaie did not wait for the panel of the court to announce its decision by itself.

In the aftermath of a show trial which lacked the basic standards of a fair trial, and after five lawyers were martyred while they were doing their noble duty, and after wasting the rights of defense, the Cassation Panel of the court issued its decision to be the final say in (this) recklessness of law, its rules and all the applicable norms in such cases, let alone this trial of the age.

Let it be known for all that the Defense Committee has submitted cassation submissions to contest the verdict of 5 November 2006 and that was on 3 December 2006 and on 17 December 2006.

Imagine that a cassation panel could read, view and consider not less than 1500 pages of arguments that were submitted in behalf of President Saddam Hussein in less than ten days. Is it possible for any impartial or fair man of law, or even an ordinary person to believe or be convinced that this so-called cassation panel was able to read all these submissions, let alone reviewing them and responding to each of the arguments they contain??

This approval of the verdict confirms clearly the continued shedding (spilling) of pure Iraqi blood by the current regime in Iraq, which directly connected with the American occupation through either direct assassination, which are carried out by, forces of darkness and militias of betrayal or through show trials, which result in unjust judgments.

We call upon the United Nations Organization with all its bodies, all the concerned international organizations, and we urge Arab governments and the Arab League Organization to intervene in order to put an end to this bloody series in Iraq. Otherwise, all may be participating in what is going on, either actually or due to their silence in face of the crimes, which are being committed in Iraq in the name of democracy or by the name of law.


The Defense Committee
For President Saddam Hussein

26 December 2006
Jordan – Amman
Tel : 00965166679
Fax : 0096265166689
Mailing Address:
841073 Amman 11181 Jordann
Email : Isnad@wanadoo.jo

http://www.albasrah.net/ar_articles_2006/1206/isnad_261206.htm
شبكة البصرة

الثلاثاء 6 ذو الحجة 1427 / 26 كانون الاول 2006

Thursday, December 28, 2006

 

Anathema


By
Gabriele Zamparini
http://www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2006/12/anathema.htm

Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom sent a special message to the troops:

"Members of my own family have had the opportunity this year to visit you. They have been hugely impressed by the spirit in which you go about your business in the most difficult and dangerous circumstances," she said. "Your courage and loyalty are not lightly taken. It is a pledge which calls for sacrifice and devotion to duty. And I know that yours is a job which often calls for great personal risk." She said that troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were making "an enormous contribution in helping to rebuild those countries".

Emperor Bush II addressed the Homeland:

"At this special time of year, we give thanks for Christ's message of love and hope. Christmas reminds us that we have a duty to others, and we see that sense of duty fulfilled in the men and women who wear our Nation's uniform. America is blessed to have fine citizens who volunteer to defend us in distant lands. For many of them, this Christmas will be spent far from home, and on Christmas our Nation honors their sacrifice, and thanks them for all they do to defend our freedom. "

With the BLOOD of ONE MILLION of OUR BROTHERS and SISTERS on HIS HANDS, Bush concluded his Christmas message:

"At this special time of year, we reflect on the miraculous life that began in a humble manger 2,000 years ago. That single life changed the world, and continues to change hearts today. To everyone celebrating Christmas, Laura and I wish you a day of glad tidings. Thank you for listening, and Merry Christmas."

In Bush’s mouth these words have the gravity of blasphemy and every Christian has the moral responsibility to reject them, to condemn those responsible for this genocide and to stop it. If we want to celebrate Christmas we must say NO! to these fanatical mass murderers who reject Christ’s message of love and compassion, peace and justice. To Bush, Blair and their partners in crime, we shall denounce: Anathema!


To Learn what Anathema means, visit http://www.answers.com/topic/anathema

Thursday, December 14, 2006

 

Dr. Al-Khafaji Detained -- Ad-Dulaimi Killed


Greetings to Iraqis, Arabs and Moslems worldwide,


Kindly take ten minutes of your time to write and email a letter to and/or call the entities below requesting the release of Dr. Hussein al-Khfaji. In a letter by Haifa Zangana, you will find details requesting the release of Dr. Hussein al-Khafaji. Here is the letter:

http://zennobia.blogspot.com/2006/12/demand-release-of-dr-hussein-al.html

In my correspondence with Haifa Zangana, she indicated that the journalist, Nabeel Ad-Dulaimy who published the news of the arrest of Dr. al-Khafaji, has been killed.


Here is Haifa's note to me four days ago:


Dear Wafaa':

We don't have people working on ground in Iraq, it seems that we are at a dead end. The journalist, Nabeel Ad-Dulaimi, who reported the arrest of Dr. Al-Khafaji, and I hoped to get more details about his arrest, but sadly Ad-Dulaimi was killed three days ago. Anyone who is trying to speak out or find the truth is threatened. We have to keep trying.

Best
Haifa
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Below is a reply from Lieutenant Colonel Keir-Kevin Curry re the matter of Dr. al-Khafaji.


To: S. Wahid
Sent: Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 6:33:16 PM
Subject: [U] Release the Iraqi academic Dr H Al-Khafaji

Mr. Wahid,

We received your e-mail but do not have Dr. Khafaji in Multi-National Force-Iraq custody. The proper point of contact for you would be the Government of Iraq for further inquiries. You can follow-up with them to see if they have anyone by that name in their custody. Thanks.

Regards,
Lieutenant Colonel Keir-Kevin Curry
Chief, Public Affairs
Multi-National Force - Iraq, TF 134 - Detainee Operations Iraq
Cell +964(0) 7902 253 033
MCI 914 822 2441
DSN (318) 822-2911
VOIP 242-0719
keirkevin.curry@iraq.centcom.mil


Here is where you should send your letter or call:

The commissioner for Human Rights in the Council of Europe: commissioner@coe.int

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: + 41 22 917 9022E-mail: tb-petitions@ohchr.org
Kofi Annan the Secretary General of the UN via: http://www.un.org/geninfo/faq/piucontact2.asp or send a message to: enquiries@un.org


Contact Tony Blair via: http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/page821.asp

Dick Cheney : Vice President Richard Cheney: vice_president@whitehouse.gov

Iraqi president: Jalal Al Talabani questions@iraqipresidency.net

Higher Education Minister: Dr. Abed Thiab Al Aajaili: ministeryofficecitizens@mohesr.gov.iq
Or wakeelelmi_wta@mohesr.gov.iq
Interior ministry website: http://www.iraq-moi.com/test/index.htm No email address available, try info@iraq-moi.com


Iraqi embassies in the UK: Phone: (020) 7581 2264 Fax: (020) 7589 3356
In Paris : paris@embassyiraq.com
In Belgium: iraqyia@swing.be


The US occupation forces:
General email address: 16thMPBDE@conus.army.mil

Army Maj. Gen. William Brandenburg Commanding General Taskforce 134 (Detainee Operations) Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq

Army Col. Bill Ivey Deputy Commander Taskforce 134 (Detainee Operations) Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq

Lt. Col. Keir Kevin Curry, Media Spokesperson Taskforce 134 (Detainee Operations) Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq

Captain Tracy Giles, Media Spokesperson Taskforce 134 (Detainee Operations) Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq

WILLIAM.BRANDENBURG@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL
KEIRKEVIN.CURRY@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL


Should you receive replies from any official mentioned in the list above, please forward it to me at aboutfromiraq@yahoo.com to post it here WITH MANY THANKS.



Tuesday, December 12, 2006

 

Hasbi Rabbi,Sami Youssef

Sami Yousef's Energizing Song

Dedicated to Moslems in celebration of al-Hajj season

Thursday, December 07, 2006

 

From Iraqis in Baghdad


Dear Wafaa':

Thank you for asking, our family members are now every where, some of us at al-Adhamia, some at Karrada, some at Zaiona, Saidiya, every where! Every evening we have to count them and exchange the news on what gonna happen next day to find a shelter for the members in the targeted areas.

Wa Allah al Hafuth
Fadhil Badran


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Dear Wafaa,

I hope you are doing well. Let me thank you so much for your nice information on your blog http://zennobia.blogspot.com/

I saw your website while I was searching on yahoo , let me inform you that we all agree with you here in Iraq, as a matter fact most Iraqis are afraid even to talk more than under saddam's regime. It is hard to explain how we live in this terrible situation in Iraq; there is no gas, no electricity and no laws, there is no security at all. The power is only with the guns. The political parties became so many and the ministries here include religious party majority. Kurds are involved in foreign affairs and they represent Iraq outside of in the embassies. They don't speak Arabic at all; I spent 2 hours, one time, to explain to them what is printed on my Iraqi ID because they don't read Arabic , can you imagine all that?

Many Iraqis just don't understand what is going on inside Iraq, there are Iranian officers inside the ministry of interior!! The situation is very bad and many people pray to have Saddam back because it is worse than what it used to be.

I am sorry to interrupt you. I just feel I wanted to say something to some one who cares. I have a Masters degree and used to work as correspondent in one of the TV channels, but now I stay at home because I am afraid to go out BECAUSE OF MY NAME and previous work as a correspondent!

I hope every one sees your blog and know the facts of what we are facing here in Iraq.

Let me hear from you,
Ali J.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

 

Film about Saddam on Al-Arabiya TV Channel

By Wafaa' Al-Natheema

In this link http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6689352723369212153&pr=goog-sl , I believe the film had insulted the integrity of journalism and everything that is documentary when starting with a comment by a crook and a criminal like Mouffak Ar-Rubaei, the undercover Iranian. It reminded me of the propaganda by the Baathists, themselves, and the subtle propaganda by documentaries made in the USA and the UK. The best example on this subtle propaganda is a recent BBC film made about the death squads of the Shiites. For those of you who watches films like the one shown on Al-Arabiyya TV about Saddam (in the link above) and feel it is worth forwarding to others, then you MUST watch this BBC documentary.

It used to be available for view in this link:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2672821173995817383 but unfortunately the film has been removed.

Although this BBC film made me angry and I include my criticism of it in this link http://zennobia.blogspot.com/2006/11/death-squads-bbc-documentary-film_15.html, I think it still put to shame the message portrayed in the Arabic documentary of Al-Arabiya TV channel about Saddam.

It is important to note that Al-Arabiyya TV is a channel that was established by the Saudis to challenge Al-Jazeera TV channel. Al-Arabiyya is a reminder of Al-Iraqiyya and Al-Furat TV channels in the level of cheap and obvious propaganda, which also has that subtle type of propaganda of those made by the BBC, CNN and the like. So the fact that this video was shown on/produced by Al-Arabiyya TV (similar to the fact that the one on death squades was produced by BBC) and the fact that it included commentaries by criminals such as Ar-Rubaei, Ibrahim Al-Jafary, it makes it not worth watching. Its only message is to hate Saddam, the Baathists and Arabs and it makes the Shiites look good, just like the BBC film's message is to be critical of the Shiites of IRAQ and to make the Americans look good and helpless.

The most laughable features in this Arabic documentary were the music and songs used as the background for some of the footage, especially of Saddam. I cann't believe how stupid are these men, the Iraqi politicians, interviewed in this documentary, and how daring they are criticizing Saddam including Ar-Rubaei's comment being surprised about the Iraqis, the Arabs and Moslems; how they let Saddam lead for 35 years!!!!!. See who is talking! Their real-life actions since 2003 made Saddam look far less evil.

Speaking of Ar-Rubaei, I am not sure if you heard that he was admitted to a USA hospital in Baghdad for having a heart attack immediately after the resignation of Rumsfeld!! Here is the piece of news http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28122&hd=0&size=1&l=e I guess his majesty is finally feeling the heat of the gloomy near future that awaits him and awaits the dogs who followed him and the USA occupation forces. I was upset that Rumsfeld resigned and was FREE to lead his life as a normal being because he, much more, deserves Saddam's fate than Saddam and his comrades.

This film shown on Al-Arabiyya TV channel is not worth watching, it had nothing subtle to expose, its propaganda and poor journalism was so obvious, it is like a highschool project.

I hope this criticism is forwarded to Al-Arabiyya TV's executives. If any editors of Arabic newspapers are interested in publishing a review about this Arabic film about Saddam and about the BBC documentary I mentioned above, I am willing to write such review(s) in Arabic provided that I write about both films in one review.

 

Demand The Release of Dr. Hussein Al-Khafaji



From Haifa Zangana


RE: the arrest of Dr Hussain Abid Mohammed Al-Khafaji, a lecturer of chemistry in Babylon University- Iraq

Sir/Madame,

I am writing to you to alert you to the arrest of Dr Hussain Al Kafaji, in a joint operation by the US/ Scorpion unit - Iraqi Special Forces. The Arabic link below from the Iraqi Radio Dijla website, cites finding Cadmium Oxide in a factory that belongs to Dr Al Khafaji. This Chemical is widely used in commercial applications:
http://www.radiodijla.com/news/index.shtml [item no 3]

We are deeply concerned not the least because of the notorious reputation of the Scorpion special forces unit. Their detainees rarely ever resurface unharmed if not killed and mutilated bodies dumped in the rubbish tips. This unit seems to operate with complete impunity, just like the occupying forces.

There is a concerted ongoing campaign against Iraqi Academics and Lecturers, of threats, abuse detention and assassinations that started, with the war and occupation of Iraq. For more information about this campaign please refer to: http://www.brusselstribunal.org/Academics.htm
http://www.ceri-sciences-po.org/cerifr/cherlist/lafourcade.htm

The arrest has taken place in the aftermath of a mass ‘kidnapping’, which was in reality an operation of illegal mass arrest of 150 people from the offices of the ministry of higher Education in Baghdad’s Karadah district, only one kilometer from the fortified Green Zone. While Iraqi government sources claim all the victims have been released, the ex detainees, report torture and even murder of senior academics.

For more information on this particular incident please refer to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6153316.stm

We would urge your organization to speak up on behalf of Dr Khafaji. Below are addresses and emails of people you might want to lobby for the release of Dr Hussain al- Khafaji. We demand that Dr Khafaji is given immediate independent legal counsel, as is his right under humanitarian law (including Article 113 of the 4th Geneva Convention) and international human rights law (e.g. Article 14, paragraph 3, section b of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

We remind those who hold detainees that holding them in an unsafe location is a violation of Article 85 of the 4th Geneva Convention. We also remind them that Dr Khafaji and his family, have inalienable rights under many relevant instruments of binding international law. Under International law, the occupiers are obliged to ensure and protect the civilian population's welfare.


Yours Faithfully,
Haifa Zangana,
President,
Iraqi Committee for National Media and Culture ( ICNMC)
London-UK
haifa_zangana@yahoo.co.uk

The commissioner for Human Rights in the Council of Europe: commissioner@coe.int
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva, 1211 Geneva 10, SwitzerlandFax: + 41 22 917 9022 E-mail: tb-petitions@ohchr.org

Kofi Annan the Secretary General of the UN via:http://www.un.org/geninfo/faq/piucontact2.asp
or send a message to: enquiries@un.org

Contact Tony Blair via: http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/page821.asp
Dick Cheney : Vice President Richard Cheney: vice_president@whitehouse.gov
You also have the option of contacting members of the 'puppet government of Iraq'.
Iraqi president: Jalal Al Talabani - questions@iraqipresidency.net Website:http://www.iraqipresidency.net and iraqigov@yahoo.com
Higher Education Minister: Dr. Abed Thiab Al Aajaili: ministeryofficecitizens@ mohesr.gov.iq Or wakeelelmi_wta@ mohesr.gov.iq
Justice minister : Mr. Hashim Al Shibli : head-minister@iraqi-justice.org
Interior Minister – Mr. Jawad Al Boulani
Interior ministry website: http://www.iraq-moi.com/test/index.htmNo email address available, try info@iraq-moi.com
Iraqi embassies in the UK: Phone: (020) 7581 2264 Fax: (020) 7589 3356 in Paris : paris@emassyiraq.com in Belgium: iraqyia@swing.be
ICRC delegation P.O. Box 3317 Al Alwiyah post office BAGHDAD Tel.: (+964) 1 718 23 08 Fax: (+873) 600 343 366 In Amman Tel: (+962) 65 523 994 Fax: (+962) 65 523 954 iraq.iqs@icrc.org

The US occupation forces
General email address:
16thMPBDE@conus.army.mil

Army Maj. Gen. William Brandenburg Commanding General Taskforce 134 (Detainee Operations) Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
Army Col. Bill Ivey Deputy Commander Taskforce 134 (Detainee Operations) Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
Lt. Col. Keir Kevin Curry, Media Spokesperson Taskforce 134(Detainee Operations) Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
Captain Tracy Giles, Media Spokesperson Taskforce 134?(Detainee Operations) Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq

WILLIAM.BRANDENBURG@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL KEIRKEVIN.CURRY@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL
TRACY.GILES@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL
BILL.IVEY@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL
JOHN.CHAMBLISS@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL
BRIAN.LAMBERT@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL

Monday, December 04, 2006

 
Bill Maher on Neo-cons. & IRAQ

Interestingly Funny.

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