Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A day in Iraq - Organised by Iraqi Women Solidarity

5 April 2013 (2- 9 pm) at Bolivar Hall*


Ten years on the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, Iraqis are still suffering the destruction of their state, their infrastructure, and their society. Although the direct US/UK occupation has ended, the occupiers have left behind corrupt and brutal mercenary security forces, a government based on ethnic divisions, a broken legal system and a divisive political process. Iraq remains “in a state of low-level war”. Meanwhile, its massive oil wealth is being squandered.

Join us in this Conference to see the reality of 'A day in Iraq' from the political, economic, and cultural perspective. There will be testimonies by Iraqi women, researchers, writers, artists and activists who will shed light on the results of a decade of so-called Western democratization. The aim of the Conference is to maintain solidarity with Iraqi people, particularly women, and to pursue justice for Iraq in the World Courts through the implementation of international law.

During the day, we will launch “And peace be upon you O Fallujah”

A CD with 20 pages booklet which is an audio collage of Iraqi – non Iraqi poetry, songs, music, testimonies, and news clips with the persistent sound of US apaches hovering in the skies above the people of Iraq. It tells the story of Fallujah, A city that has become a symbol of the destruction caused to Iraq by Anglo American war and occupation reminding us of an earlier barbarism – Guernica.

This is how the day will unfold:

14:00-14:10
Welcome and introduction on the work of “Tadhamun” - Tahrir Swift

14:10 – 15:00
Panel 1: chair – Suha Al Khayyat

"Daily routines in the present life of Iraqi women, comparing notes from a study in Early eighties" - Dr Sana Al Khayyat - Iraqi women’ Testimonies read by Suha Al Khayyat

"Iraqi women’s political participation 2003 - 2012" - Dr Sawsan Al Assaf



15:00-16:00
Panel 2: chair – Jehan Helou

"IRAQIS AWARENESS OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE LOOTING ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES IS CRIME ON PAST CULTURES" - Dr. Ghanim Wahida

"Beyond Educide: The struggle for higher education in Iraq" - Dirk Adriaensens

"Priorities for future Iraqi education" – Mundher Al Adhami

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Break 16:00 – 16:10

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16:10- 17:10
Panel 3: chair; Dr Nawal Al Obaidy

"The Rule of Law in the New Iraq?" – Sabah al Mukhtar

"Whatever happened to Iraqi oil"- Greg Muttitt,

"Torture and the struggle for justice" - Dr. Lutz Oette

"Why care? Motivating ourselves and others to act"- Sami Moukaddem


17:10 – 18:30
Panel 4: Chair; Khatchatur Pilikian

'The Iraqi trauma: echoes in non-Iraqi art production'. Dr. Dora Carpenter- Latiri

"Gathering for a Return Flow"- Rashad Salim

"The march that shook Blair"- Ian Sinclair

"Blair War Crimes Foundation" - Nicholas Wood

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Break 18:30-19:00

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19:00-9.00

The launch of “And peace be upon you O Fallujah”
A CD with 20 pages booklet which is an audio collage of Iraqi – non Iraqi poetry, songs, music, testimonies, and news clips with the persistent sound of US apaches hovering in the skies above the people of Iraq. It tells the story of Fallujah, A city that has become a symbol of the destruction caused to Iraq by Anglo American war and occupation reminding us of an earlier barbarism – Guernica.

Chair: Milan Rai

Zainab Khan, David Wilson, Euan Donaldson , Haifa Zangana

Novelist & Playwright Anne Aylor recites “To the man who buried his son in the garden” by Iraqi poet Nesreen Malak

Zina Ramzi performs a poem on Fallujah
Sami Moukaddem plays the guitar
Narmin Zangana plays My Journey to Baghdad - on Piano

9.00 Thank you.

On the fringe
A photo exhibition showing some aspects of Iraqi daily life since the invasion in 2003.

Book stall, T shirts, and CDs

Bolivar Hall: 54-56 Grafton Way, London, Greater London W1T 5DL
Phone: 020 7387 6727

Transport: Warren Street

Iraqi Women Solidarity (http://solidarityiraq.blogspot.com/)
e-mail: siui_iraqsolidarity@yahoo.co.uk  
Tel: 07989861380

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Save our NHS - watch Lucy Reynolds' film

Try to make some time to watch this video of our by Lucy Reynolds a hero of our time! see - tinyurl.com/cdx3pb7


We are hoping to invite Lucy to a future public meeting in Nottingham - in the steps of Colin Leys and Wendy Savage.

Don't forget the 'Spirit of 45' on Sunday afternoon - KONP is a partner as the respected NHS campaign organisation.

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A review from Alex Scott-Samuel, member of KONP's steering group and Liverpool activist


'Having now watched this video interview in full, I cannot overpraise Lucy Reynolds' forensically detailed dissectioin of every aspect of the current privatisation of the NHS and in addition, the historical developments which led up to it. It must rank with Pollock's NHS plc and Leys and Player's Plot Against the NHS as the best accounts ever given of NHS privatisation. I urge you to put the time aside to watch it and to e-mail, tweet, FB and to tell everyone who cares about our NHS to do the same'.



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Monday, March 4, 2013

Three members of staff at London Metropolitan University's Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) have been suspended from work

Three members of staff at London Metropolitan University's Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) have been suspended from work in an attack on human rights, trade unions and academic freedom.

Professor Steve Jefferys, European employment relations academic, Director of London Met’s Faculty Advanced Institute for Research (FAIR) and head of WLRI, was suspended on Wednesday 20 February for ‘potential gross misconduct’. Five years previously, he had agreed that Jawad Botmeh should have the chance of going forward to be interviewed as a part-time casual administrative worker on a temporary three month contract in WLRI, when Jawad had a criminal record (he had served 13 years on a conspiracy to cause explosion charge, a charge which is widely believed to be a serious miscarriage of justice).

Jawad Botmeh, after working for five years to the complete satisfaction of all staff and post-graduate students who worked with him, was overwhelmingly elected to the Board of Governors as one of two staff representatives. Two weeks later, on February 7 he was suspended.

Max Watson, a WLRI administrator who is also Chair of the London Met UNISON branch, was also suspended on February 7. Max had recently been singled out by the Vice-Chancellor in an all staff email because of UNISON’s opposition to the involvement of Capita in the university’s Business Process Review.

Steve, Jawad and Max have broken no university rules. They have all been entirely open and honest with the university.

Professor Jefferys had the authority to make casual appointments. There were no procedures suggesting he should discriminate against former prisoners. Jawad had twice informed the university in writing of his earlier prison sentence and conviction and this evidence is on their files.

The WLRI was set up by London Met to undertake ‘academic, applied and socially committed research and teaching, emphasizing equality and social justice into all aspects of working lives’. Now is the time for the university to be FAIR to the Institute and its staff.

These suspensions are an attack on the principles of staff rights and representation, on social justice and on academic freedom.

http://stopthewitchhunt.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/public-meeting-stop-the-witch-hunt-at-london-met/

http://stopthewitchhunt.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/professor-steve-jefferys-letter-to-london-met-governors/



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