Noch immer tausende jezidische Frauen und Mädchen in der Gewalt des IS

29. Januar 2015, von Administrator


Kobanê wurde gehalten, Shengal im Irak teilweise zurückerobert, der Islamische Staat erlebt erste Rückschläge, doch seinen Opfern hilft das bisher nur wenig.

Radio Dreyeckland sprach mit Thomas von der Osten-Sacken von der Hilfsorganisation Wadi, die sich unter anderem um diejenigen Jezidinnen kümmert, die dem Islamischen Staat entkommen konnten und mit ihren Problemen nun weitgehend alleine sind.

Außerdem zeichnet Thomas von der Osten-Sacken ein nicht ganz so optimistisches Gesamtbild von der Lage im Irak. Insbesondere meint er, dass die Regierung Obama zu sehr auf die Unterstützung Irans setzt. Die Sunniten sind so jedenfalls nicht zu gewinnen.

Im Bild eines der von Wadi gebildeten Teams, das jungen Jezidinnen hilft.

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Shi’ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

28. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one.

Accounts by five witnesses interviewed separately by Reuters provide a picture of alleged executions in the eastern village of Barwanah on Monday, which residents and provincial officials say left at least 72 unarmed Iraqis dead.

The witnesses identified the killers as a collection of Shi’ite militias and security force elements.


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ISIS Bombed Historic Walls of Nineveh

28. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

Jihadists resumed bombings against historic sites in Nineveh and destroyed remains of the ancient wall of Mosul, specialized sources reported today; while politicians accused the United States of hampering the counterterrorist fight.

A historian living in Mosul, the second largest in Iraq, told the publication Shafaq News that militants of the Islamic State (IS) destroyed on Tuesday night much of the historic city wall located on Tahrir neighborhood on the left coast of Mosul.

Using a great amount of explosives, ‘Takfirists’ (Sunni Islamic terrorists) blew pieces of the wall considered the most important historical monument of the Iraqui province and the whole region, dating back to the civilization of the Assyrian kings in the eighth century BC.

Since the beginning of the attacks in June 2014, Jihadists of DAESH, the Arabic acronym of IS, have reduced to ruins numerous archaeological, historical and religious sites of great historical value in Mosul.

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‘Kobane is free”

27. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

Good News:

Kurdish forces inside Kobane said today that the city is now under full control and Islamic State (ISIS) militants have been driven out of all neighborhoods.

Muslih Zebari, a Peshmerga commander in Kobane told Rudaw that ISIS militants remain only in a small village attached to the city “And the Peshmerga and YPG fighters are already on their way there,”

“Retaking that village is easy and today all of Kobane will be free,” he said.

A strong ISIS force invaded Kobane in mid-September last year but a coalition of YPG fighters, Peshmerga and US airstrikes halted the radical group’s advance until it was liberated today.

Iranische Frauen protestieren gegen Claudia Roth

26. Januar 2015, von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Beruehmt und bekannt ist inzwischen die iranische Kampagne “My Steathy Freedom“. Auf Facebook praesentieren sich dort trotz aller Repression Iranerinnen ohne Kopftuch und erklaeren, welche Freiheit es fuer sie bedeutet, ihre Haare frei zu tragen.

Und diese Kampagne nun protestiert gegen Claudia Roths Auftritte bei Holocaustleugnern und Botschaftsbesetzerinnen, immer brav mit Kopftuch, das sie so selbstverstaendlich traegt wie ihre Begleiterin von der CSU:

An Appeal to the female vice-president of the German Parliament and all female politicians:

These days Tehran has been hosting ?European politicians and parliamentarians. Here are some of the photos of the recent visit of Claudia Roth, the vice-president of the German Parliament, accompanied by the Foreign minister and First Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, Vesna Pusi?.

As a community of women from this website [My Stealthy Freedoms], we would like to announce that we are happy that Iran maintains friendly relations with European nations. However, we are requesting the attention of every single one of those female politicians travelling to Iran: Please talk to our rulers with regards to the compulsory hijab that you yourselves had to wear as well during your recent visit. Is it really too much to ask of you to talk to our rulers with respect to this compulsory hijab that Iranian women have been forced to wear and then to report to us on the reactions of the government officials?
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Deutschland und das syrische Giftgas

24. Januar 2015, von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Vermutungen, dass deutsche weit stärker in das syrische Giftgasprogramm involviert waren, als bisher zugegeben wurde, gab es schon länger, nicht zuletzt auch angesichts der deutschen Hilfe, die es  Saddam Hussein und Ghaddafi erst ermöglichten, Giftgas in größerem Maßstab zu produzieren und im Falle des Irak auch systematisch zum Einsatz zu bringen.

Nun berichtet der Spiegel:

For more than 16 months, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has been in possession of a list containing the names of German companies thought to have helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his father Hafis build up Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal over the course of several decades. Ultimately, it became one of the largest such arsenals in the world.

The German government, a coalition between Merkel’s conservatives and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD), received the list from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its “extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.” Together with experts from the United Nations, the OPCW organized and carried out the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons last year.

Berlin immediately classified the list and has since kept it under lock and key. The government says that releasing the names would “significantly impair foreign policy interests and thus the welfare of the Federal Republic of Germany.” It also argues that doing so would be akin to releasing “trade secrets” and as such would violate the German constitution.

A losing war

23. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

Erdogan and his comrades have always won. But they are always tense. Often, they look pensive and unhappy. They are angry, always ready to pick a fight. Full command over nearly one half of Turkey will not satisfy them. They want to win the other half, the half they privately envy, the same half that smartly teases them and laughs at their childish [Islamic] cause. That half—the human half—enjoys living life, defends the right to sin, and does not want to create a fake country, ostensibly dry and sin-free, but really a half-wet and sinful land. The AKP’s leaders secretly know that theirs is a losing war, despite impressive victories at every political battle fought.


FGM in Iran

21. Januar 2015, von Administrator

Irfan al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz about FGM in Iran:

Last year, Thomas von der Osten-Sacken, director in Iraq of a German-based charity, WADI—the Association for Crisis Assistance and Development Cooperation—said in an interview that FGM in Iraqi Kurdistan had declined dramatically, and that measurable success in stopping FGM there could be credited to the political change that began in 1991. “Saddam Hussein lost power here back in 1991. There is a relative degree of freedom,” von der Osten-Sacken said. That freedom—and other achievements by the Iraqi Kurds—were made possible, as should be recognized, by the decision of President George H.W. Bush to impose a “no-fly zone” over Iraqi Kurdistan.
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By contrast, “the existence of FGM in Iran is a well-kept secret,” according to the organization Stop FGM Middle East. On November 25, 2014, Radio Farda, the U.S.-backed Farsi-language broadcast directed to Iran, aired a 30-minute documentary on FGM under the rule of the Islamic Republic. Translated by Stop FGM Middle East, the transcript revealed yet another cruel feature of Iranian life, reinforced by the hypocrisy of the ruling clerics.

Radio Farda noted that in 2014 Iran was added, for the first time, to the global list of countries in which FGM is present. The media agency interviewed Iranian researcher Rayeyeh Mozafarian, of the University of Shiraz, who accumulated interviews on FGM between 2007 and 2009. She stated, “FGM is carried out in private houses by midwives and not by surgeons in hospitals.” FGM goes unmentioned in Iranian law, which does criminalize mutilation of the body. But Mozafarian determined, “Despite the practice being liable to prosecution, practically nobody is charged. . . . No victim files charges against her own parents.”

Democracy is the answer

20. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

Von Amir Taheri:

The long-term and most effective antidote to terrorism is democratization. This is borne out not only by the European experience but also by the success of Latin American nations in defeating their homegrown terrorists. The more democratic they became, the more successful they became in fighting terror.

Terrorists see democracies as soft targets. Provided you are not suicidal, like the Kouachi brothers, the worst that could happen to you is a prison sentence, which, in time, is cut by half for good behavior. What terrorists do not understand is that a democracy does not think like them. A democracy does not want to kill the individual terrorist but to defeat terrorism.


In Memoriam Yoav Hattab

19. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

150,000 people light candles and hold hands at vigil for Tunisian-born Yoav Hattab, killed in Paris terror attack.

Jews and Muslims alike congregated on Saturday night in front of the Great Synagogue in Tunis for a vigil in remembrance of Yoav Hattab, a Tunisian-born victim of the terror attack on the kosher supermarket in Paris less than two weeks ago.

The event also served as a show of support by local residents for the young man’s father, who is a rabbi at the Jewish school in the North African country’s capital city.


Kämpfe zwischen YPG und syrischer Armee

18. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

At least 18 people have been killed in unprecedented fighting between Kurdish forces and Syrian government troops in the northeastern city of Hasakeh, a monitoring group said Sunday.

The clashes, which erupted in the early hours of Saturday, were continuing for a second day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “So far, eight Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters and security police have been killed, along with nine regime soldiers and militiamen,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman. A woman civilian was also killed in the fighting on Saturday. The clashes broke out after Kurdish fighters detained around 10 regime loyalists they accused of seizing part of a demilitarised zone.


Vive la liberté

08. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

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Massaker bei Charlie Hebdo

07. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

At least 10 people were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper firebombed in the past after publishing cartoons in 2011 joking about Muslim leaders, French TV channel iTELE reported. News agencies reported that 11 were dead and 10 wounded, five of them critically.

 Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has on several occasions depicted Islam’s prophet in an effort to defend free speech and defy the anger of Muslims who believe depicting Mohammad is sacrilegious.

“About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (guns),” Benoit Bringer told the station. “A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,” he said, adding that the men were then seen fleeing the building.



04. Januar 2015, von aus dem Netz

Ein Flüchtling, der seinen Namen nicht nennen möchte, hat eine Antwort: “Wenn du nichts mehr besitzt und das Einzige, was dir geblieben ist, die Hoffnung ist, ein neues Leben zu beginnen, dann bist du zu allem bereit.”

Er ist einer von insgesamt mehr als 1000 Flüchtlingen, die in den vergangenen Tagen vor Italien in Seenot gerieten – hilflos zurückgelassen von den Schleppern: Zuerst am Mittwoch und dann Freitagnacht strandeten an der süditalienischen Küste die abgewrackten Frachter “Blue Sky M” und “Ezadeen”, in Gallipoli und in Corigiliano Calabro. Beladen mit Bürgerkriegsflüchtlingen aus Syrien – unterkühlt, dehydriert und ausgehungert. “Blue Sky M” hatte 797, “Ezadeen” 450 Menschen an Bord.

In beiden Fällen gab es keine Spur von der Besatzung. Die Schleuser hatten die Frachter offenbar auf Autopilot gestellt und ihrem Schicksal überlassen. Seitdem ist von “Geisterschiffen” die Rede. Wenn die italienische Küstenwache und die Marine nicht eingegriffen hätten, dann wäre es zur Katastrophe gekommen. Die Schiffe wären auf die Felsen geprallt. Und hätten die Menschen in den Tod gerissen. (…)

Wer verstehen will, was die Menschen über das Meer treibt, muss nach Mersin. Eine türkische Hafenstadt. Nicht weit von der syrischen Grenze entfernt. 1,6 Millionen syrische Flüchtlinge leben in Feldlagern an der Demarkationslinie. Anwälte, Mediziner, Unternehmer. Sie sind den Grausamkeiten in ihrer Heimat entkommen. Und sie sind in der Perspektivlosigkeit gelandet. Die Männer selbst finden keine Arbeit, ihre Kinder bekommen keine Schulausbildung. Das Leben in den Camps ist auf Dauer unerträglich. Und ein Ende ist nicht absehbar. Der Bürgerkrieg in Syrien scheint noch viele Jahre zu dauern.


Glimmer of Hope

31. Dezember 2014, von aus dem Netz

Despite its shortcomings, the Southern Front coalition does provide a glimmer of hope amid Syria’s increasingly dismal political landscape. The international community should recognize the demonstration effect offered by the SF model in Daraa and more strongly support its local, indigenous governance structure — including by increasing military and humanitarian assistance to the armed groups leading the coalition. The Southern Front should be the focus of training and material support from the United States and its allies, allowing it to repel potential IS advances in the region.

Alas, Bashar al-Assad is well aware that the relative endurance of rebel rule in Daraa challenges his narrative that the West must choose between his regime and the terrorists. In the coming months, it is likely that the regime will try to retake Daraa to prevent just this sort of a secular, nationalist alternative from emerging. Therefore, any international efforts to “freeze” the conflict in areas such as Aleppo should take into account that the regime may use any freed-up forces and assets in order to turn its firepower southward. Freezes in fighting in the north should not come at the expense of those in the south, where rebel rule is providing one of the few blueprints for how Syria could emerge from this crisis.


Voraussehbare Entwicklung

27. Dezember 2014, von aus dem Netz

Interview mit Kurt Pelda:

Aber man kann auch nicht neutral bleiben, wenn Menschen reihenweise geköpft werden, wenn ein Regime Sprengstofffässer über Wohngebieten abwirft und man diese Zerstörung sieht. Ich meine, in Aleppo sieht das mittlerweile wirklich so ein bisschen aus wie in den deutschen Städten im Frühling 1945. Also der Vergleich, der hinkt nicht. Und da – natürlich ergreift man Partei. Natürlich bin ich nicht für diesen Diktator. Dieser Diktator hat Giftgas eingesetzt gegen seine eigene Bevölkerung. Aber diese ganzen Oppositionsgruppen, die haben eben auch Fehler gemacht, die haben auch schreckliche Kriegsverbrechen begangen. Ich würde sagen, verglichen mit Assads Kriegsverbrechen sind sie immer noch Peanuts, auch die Verbrechen, die der IS begeht, sind zwar medial sehr gut ausgeschlachtet und sind äußerst brutal, aber rein zahlenmäßig sind sie eben wenig, verglichen mit dem, was Assads Schergen angerichtet haben. Man darf als Journalist gegenüber all diesen Verbrechen auf allen Seiten nicht einfach gleichgültig sein, man darf sie nicht verschweigen. Ich war einer der ersten Journalisten, die darauf hingewiesen haben, dass in Syrien jetzt geköpft wird. Das waren meines Erachtens die Tschetschenen, die diesen Brauch quasi nach Syrien brachten. Und ich habe auch davor gewarnt, dass Rebellen, wenn die gewisse Regionen von Syrien erobern würden, wo es Schiiten gibt oder Alawiten, also eben Nicht-Sunniten, dass es dort zu Massakern kommen würde. Und das ist dann auch geschehen. Und da darf man nicht still sein. Aber das heißt noch lange nicht, dass man in diesem Krieg einfach neutral ist und sagt, ja, beide Seiten sind gleich schlimm und beide Seiten haben gleich unrecht. (…)

Ich meine, diese Entwicklung, die konnte man schon in Teilen zumindest voraussehen. Ich habe nicht vorausgesehen, dass es irgendwann mal so eine Gruppe gibt wie den IS jetzt. Ich hatte eigentlich eher erwartet, dass das Vakuum, das der Westen mit seiner Untätigkeit in Syrien geschaffen hat, dass das durch Al Kaida, durch die klassische Al Kaida ausgefüllt würde. Aber dass die Islamisten und die Extremisten dort Zulauf haben würden, wenn der Westen die Syrer, die ursprünglich Demokratie und Freiheit forderten, im Stich lässt, das war mir ganz schnell klar, schon im Sommer 2012

Escaping Hell

23. Dezember 2014, von aus dem Netz

Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today.

Escape from hell- Torture, sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity in Iraq provides an insight into the horrifying abuse suffered by hundreds and possibly thousands of Yezidi women and girls who have been forcibly married, “sold” or given as “gifts” to IS fighters or their supporters. Often, captives were forced to convert to Islam.

“Hundreds of Yezidi women and girls have had their lives shattered by the horrors of sexual violence and sexual slavery in IS captivity,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Advisor, who spoke to more than 40 former captives in northern Iraq.

“Many of those held as sexual slaves are children – girls aged 14, 15 or even younger. IS fighters are using rape as a weapon in attacks amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

The women and girls are among thousands of Yezidis from the Sinjar region in north-west Iraq who have been targeted since August in a wave of ethnic cleansing by IS fighters bent on wiping out ethnic and religious minorities in the area.

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Independence on hold

23. Dezember 2014, von aus dem Netz

A unified Iraq is the priority for now, says Akeel Abbas, a professor who teaches political science at the American University in Suleimaniya, a mostly Kurdish city in northern Iraq. He sees the change in his students since June.

“Students would tell me, ‘You come back in two or three months, and we will have independence,'” he says. “There was a big expectation. Now, the bubble has burst.”

The ISIS threat is one important drag on the Kurd’s independence bid, but it’s not the only factor. The Kurds cannot afford to go it alone right now.

In the past few months, collapsing oil prices have forced a change in calculations. Patrick Osgood, the Kurdistan bureau chief for the Iraq Oil Report, a web-based news service, calls it “the mathematics of when the KRG can exit Iraq.”

The KRG also has been burdened by dramatic costs for more than a million internally displaced Iraqis and a quarter-million Syrians refugees who have come to Kurdistan for safety.

“The numbers weigh in favor of doing a deal within the federal system, ” says Osgood.


Event about FGM in Kurdistan

22. Dezember 2014, von Administrator

On November 13th 2014, the Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women Organisation (KMEWO) held an event to promote their campaign titled ‘The Campaign: Stop FGM in Iraqi Kurdistan’. The event was held in correspondence with their annual general meeting, as KMEWO  sought to bring together an array of people to discuss FGC in Iraqi Kurdistan. (…)

FGC in Iraqi Kurdistan has long been a taboo, however a multitude of organisations have brought the issue into the public domain, which subsequently led to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and UNICEF’s involvement. In 2011, the Kurdistan Regional Government (the official ruling body of the predominantly Kurdish region of Northern Iraq) adopted a comprehensive law against FGC and many other forms of violence against women and children. Whilst this was a landmark bill, it is seldom implemented and therefore KMEWO is now focusing on the implementation of the law in Iraqi Kurdistan. The outline above was given as an introduction to the event, and was followed by the screening of the BBC documentary ‘A Handful of Ash’. (…)
The event then closed with the introduction of lunch (…) to discuss WADI’s work and future projects by Orchid and WADI. It was good to speak to Falah, and at the office he delved further into the challenges he faces as a researcher, a lawyer and a father in Iraqi Kurdistan through his active campaigning, and how this does not deter him from pursuing the dream of an FGC-free Iraqi Kurdistan state. However, despite the challenges of hostility, with Falah’s enthusiasm and effective community empowerment programmes we all believe an FGC-free Iraqi Kurdistan is absolutely possible.
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18. Dezember 2014, von aus dem Netz

Iraqi Kurdish forces on Wednesday launched a broad offensive backed by mass bombing from US-led coalition warplanes to retake the northeastern Sinjar area from the Islamic State group. (…) Sixty-one air strikes were carried out in Iraq since Monday, some of the heaviest bombardment since a jihadist onslaught on the Sinjar region prompted the first US air raids four months ago. The US military said “45 strikes were conducted in support of the peshmerga (Kurdish army) and Iraqi security forces operating in the region”.