Islamic caliphate labels female genital mutilation obligatory

22. Juli 2014, von Arvid Vormann

Recently the Islamic state issued a fatwa which called female genital mutilation a religious duty for every woman and girl living within the caliphate’s boundaries.

It is telling that this is one of their first worries when establishing their terror reign… The existence of this “state” is a shame for whole mankind, and every day is a day too much.

This is a translation of the Fatwa:

For protecting our Islamic nation in Iraq and Syria, our land, and our people, we need to look after our women and their behavior while preventing them from the dreadful modern life they are surrounded with.
Abu Baker Al-Baghdady:
A rule to all of the Islamic nations, regions, and districts is to protect women as our Khalifa says and prophet says while the mother Aatyia was circumcising a woman, the prophet said, “Don’t get disappointed, that is good for your husband, and your face”.  In another story, the prophet saw the mother Hajer, who had been known as odalisque’s mutilated woman, and asked her whether she still practice her job or not, the mother Hajer answered with yes. Then she asked the prophet whether it is Haram or not and he answered her with being Halal and he can teach her how to do it. The prophet says, “it is brighter for the face, and luckier for the husband”. Meanwhile, the prophet says, “if you mutilate, do not exaggerate”.
Abu Harera gives another statement that the prophet says, “All Muslim women, accept circumcision but do not exaggerate on it”.  Therefore, this is a call for all women to get mutilated.


No one cares

16. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

The caliphate that they declared so recently has just got a lot bigger. And rather amazingly, the world hasn’t paid much attention, because of Gaza. They have attacked towards Deir ez-Zor, which is a big province with a lot of oil wells in eastern Syria. They probably hold about 98 percent of it now. There’s a bit of the capital city which is held by the Assad government, but otherwise they’ve routed the opposition, Syrian opposition, Assad, from themselves. And they’ve also launched another offensive towards one of the Kurdish enclaves right up on the Turkish border—there are about half a million people there—to Kobani. They’re using—I was talking to people in the enclave yesterday, and the ISIS have about 5,000 fighters there, but they’ve also got tanks and artillery that they captured in Iraq. They’re driving around in American Humvees, also captured. And they’re putting a lot of pressure on. So they’re really taking the whole sort of eastern side of Syria, to the east of the city of Aleppo. And they probably will advance towards that in the future. But it’s a major success for them, following their takeover of Mosul and northern and western Iraq, and rather surprisingly, given publicity after the fall of Mosul, that this really hasn’t gathered much attention in the rest of the region or in Europe or America.


Emergency Aid for Internal Displaced Iraqis, who fled the Terror of ISIS

16. Juli 2014, von Administrator
Wadi is supporting refugee families from Western Iraq

Hundred of thousands of Iraqis had to flee the terror of the radical Islamic Group ISIS that took over big parts of Western Iraq in June. The were looking for shelter and safety in neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan.
But refugee camps are overcrowded and many families have to live in schools or other public buildings without getting much of assistance.
In Darbandikhan, a small town nearby Suleymaniah, around 500 families, most of them women and children, are sheltered in a local school building.
As part of the local Iraqi-Kurdish network Hana, which also supports refugees from Syria, Wadi is supporting these families with basic need such as food, clothes and toys for the children.
Please support these effort with your donation too.

A small breaktrough

15. Juli 2014, von Administrator

From the Global Post:

In Iraqi Kurdistan, suicide by self-immolation has replaced honor killing in many cases. Most often the decision is made by a woman herself either to escape a life of misery or shame, or due to pressure from her family members. The majority of these are reported as accidents. Dunya’s sister-in-law died three years ago in one such incident.

WADI estimates around 10,000 women have burned to death since the Kurdish region gained autonomy in 1991. Just how many of these were suicides is unknown as such cases are never investigated, Shaker said.

But changes in law are also slowly beginning to wield their influence in the courtroom.

Last month, WADI’s Shaker served as prosecutor in the trial of Osman Ali Mohammed who killed his wife in front of their children. Decades before, when Mohammed himself was still a child, his own mother had been killed in a slaying orchestrated by her brothers.

On May 20, he was convicted to 15 years imprisonment for the crime, a breakthrough for women’s rights in Kurdistan.

As Mohammed was removed from the court, he turned toward a small gathering of women, among them Bahar Muzir and other members of Zhyan. He spat threats and abhorrent insults at the women vowing he would not serve his time, and would exact revenge against each of them.

One in four women in Central and Southern Iraq is affected by Female Genital Mutilation, new study suggests

14. Juli 2014, von Administrator
A first independent study on female genital mutilation in central/southern Iraq finds that 25% of the women in these regions were subjected to this practice.

 The study was conducted in early 2014 in cooperation between physicians, women’s rights and civil society organizations. The researchers’ identities remain undisclosed due to securitiy concerns.

 500 women in Wasit province and 500 women in Qadisyiah province were sampled for the study. The data collected suggests that most women are subjected to FGM in childhood, especially before the age of 10. The most often cited reasons for the practice are religious belief, cultural heritage and tradition; it is most commonly performed by a nurse or a midwife.

 In light of the challenging security situation and social circumstances under which the study was conducted, the results are to be taken as preliminary indicators urgently demanding further research. Data presented by UNICEF last year suggested that FGM is almost inexistent in southern and central Iraq. The new findings cast considerable doubt on this conclusion and are calling for further thorough investigations.

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Tod, Rache und wieder Tod

13. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

Ahmad Mansour in einem Essay:

Die nächste Generation muss die Chance erhalten, Selbstreflexion, Demokratie, Gleichberechtigung zu lernen und Vorurteile zu überwinden. Denn der Kreislauf aus Tod, Rache und wieder Tod und Rache erreicht nichts. Er häuft nur Trauma auf Trauma. Wo soll die Gewaltspirale hinführen? Ins Nichts. Hamas muss begreifen: Israel wird fortbestehen. Nie wird Hamas Israel, “alle Juden” oder den Westen “besiegen”. Dieser Traum ist nicht nur destruktiv, er ist auch eine totalitäre Illusion. Eine Bevölkerung, deren Selbstverständnis auf der Fantasie gründet, eine andere Bevölkerung zu vernichten, traumatisiert die Bedrohten wie die Drohenden.

Es ist ein tieftrauriges Sinnbild für die starre, kalte Haltung von Hamas, dass sie Familien auffordert, sich als lebende Ziele auf die Hausdächer von Gaza zu stellen, wenn Israels Militär Vergeltungsschläge übt. Hamas will Opfer schaffen, um ihre Opfermythen zu erhalten. Mit ihren Opfern macht sie Reklame, die auch im Westen, auch in Deutschland nun wieder erschreckend wirksam ist. Lies den Rest des Artikels »

Solidarität wäre

13. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

Solidarität mit den Menschen, die in der Hölle Gaza zu leben gezwungen sind, würde darüber trauern, dass das perfide Kalkül der Hamas wieder aufgegangen ist, darüber, dass sie den Menschen einen Djihad aufoktroyiert, der nichts anders verheißt als den Tod der „Mikroben und Bakterien“, wie sie die Juden ruft, und den Märtyrertod der „Eigenen“.

Solidarität mit den Palästinensern würde nach dem Aufstand gegen die Hamas, den Islamischen Djihad und alle anderen Rackets rufen, auf dass diese nie wieder ihre Artillerie zwischen den Behausungen jener eingraben, deren Tode sie propagandistisch zu verwerten wissen …

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Stop FGM Kurdistan Event in London

13. Juli 2014, von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gleiche Ziele

12. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

Whatever Bashar al-Assad and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi may think of one another personally, their top tactical priority in Syria is identical: destroy the Syrian nationalist opposition to the Assad regime.

That destruction is vital to both parties. From the beginning, Assad has maintained that terrorists, top-heavy with foreign fighters, are his only opponents of consequence. By focusing his firepower on the nationalist opposition and by largely ignoring the ISIS phenomenon, he seeks to give his argument the attribute of truth and restore his value to the West. As for ISIS, exterminating Assad’s opposition opens up two possibilities: incorporating non-regime Syria into its declared state; and setting the stage for its ultimate showdown with the regime (unless, of course, it and the regime extend indefinitely their live-and-let-live arrangement).


The Iraqi Civil Initiative is launched by 90 Civil Society Organizations

12. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

In the face of the vicious terrorist onslaught against our country, and the inability of the ruling political blocs to fulfill the constitutional obligations in the aftermath of the recent elections, ninety civil society organizations have signed this declaration to launch the Civil Initiative under the slogan: “Achieving Civil and Societal Peace to Defeat Terrorism and to Ensure the Construction of a Civil Democratic State”. Defeating the schemes of evil terrorists requires, at the same time, correcting the course of the political process and dismantling the sectarian-ethnic power-sharing system, as well as defending the freedoms of opinion and expression and human rights, ensuring media freedom, respecting ethnic, religious, sectarian and cultural diversity in our society, and combating financial and administrative corruption.

The Civil Initiative is seeking, through its multifaceted peaceful movement, to deal with the current existential crisis by the following means:

  • Organizing meetings with the political forces in order to find a common national platform to get out of the crisis.
  • Encouraging dialogue between various social strata to contain the tension, and stop sectarian and ethnic agitation, in preparation for convening a broad national conference.
  • Issuing an electronic information bulletin to inform the public opinion about the ongoing developments in a transparent manner without falsification.
  • Holding a meeting with the representatives of the United Nations to exchange views, develop a support system for the political process and preserve the unity of Iraq.
  • Contacting representatives of the diplomatic corps in Iraq to discuss the national affairs and to help contain the crisis and confront terrorism in accordance with international obligations.
  • Mobilizing national, regional and international efforts and relief organizations to address the destructive effects of the armed conflict on civilians and the displacement of thousands of families to other areas lacking the most basic means of human life.

Palestinians and Kurds

12. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

Like the Palestinians, the Kurds deserve a state. Unlike most of the Palestinian leadership, the Kurds have played a long and clever game to bring them to freedom.

This is what Barham Salih, the former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, told me years ago: “Compare us to other liberation movements around the world. We are very mature. We don’t engage in terror. We don’t condone extremist nationalist notions that can only burden our people. Please compare what we have achieved in the Kurdistan national-authority areas to the Palestinian national authority. … We have spent the last 10 years building a secular, democratic society, a civil society.” What, he asked, have the Palestinians built?

So too, Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, once told me this: “We had the opportunity to use terrorism against Baghdad. We chose not to.”

In 2005, the Palestinians of Gaza, free from their Israeli occupiers, could have taken a lesson from the Kurds — and from David Ben-Gurion, the principal Israeli state-builder — and created the necessary infrastructure for eventual freedom. Gaza is centrally located between two large economies, those of Israel and Egypt. Europe is just across the Mediterranean. Gaza could have easily attracted untold billions in economic aid.

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Iraq: Campaign of Mass Murders of Sunni Prisoners

12. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

Iraqi security forces and militias affiliated with the government appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners in six Iraqi cities and villages since June 9, 2014. In all but one case, the executions took place while the fighters were fleeing Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) and other armed groups. The vast majority of security forces and militias are Shia, while the murdered prisoners were Sunni. At least eight of those killed were boys under age 18.

The mass extrajudicial killings may be evidence of war crimes or crimes against humanity, and appear to be revenge killings for atrocities by ISIS, a Sunni extremist group that in the past month has captured large areas from the Shia-led central government. ISIS, which on June 30 changed its name to Islamic State, summarily executed scores of captured soldiers, Shia militiamen, and Shia religious minorities in areas it controls.

“Gunning down prisoners is an outrageous violation of international law,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “While the world rightly denounces the atrocious acts of ISIS, it should not turn a blind eye to sectarian killing sprees by government and pro-government forces.”

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11. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

In Bagdad wird nun befürchtet, dass die Stoßtrupplern des selbsternannten Kalifen Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in ihrem Siegesrausch auch noch das ebenfalls in Mosul befindliche Grab des Propheten Jona ins Visier nehmen könnten. Diese Sorge äußerte zu Wochenbeginn ein ranghoher Kulturbeamter gegenüber der irakischen Zeitung „Az-Zaman“, der auch von der Notwendigkeit sprach, die sich häufenden islamistischen Angriffe auf die Kulturgüter des Landes systematisch zu dokumentieren.

Die Befürchtungen werden nun zusätzlich genährt durch die jüngst kursierende Meldung, die ISIS-Banden hätten den Imam der Jona-Moschee, in der der Prophet Jona begraben liegt, ermordet. Die Tatsache, dass es sich um ein islamisches Gotteshaus handelt, schützt den Ort keineswegs vor dem Zerstörungswahn der Extremisten. Erst kürzlich hatte der ISIS eine prächtige Moscheeanlage im syrischen Raqqa durch Sprengung zerstört und damit in der islamischen Welt helles Entsetzen ausgelöst. Die Zerstörungswut der Islamisten richtete sich wohl gegen das darin befindliche Grab des schiitischen Sufisten Uwais al-Qarani. Der Baukomplex beherbergte aber auch das Grab Ammar Ibn Yasirs – er gilt als einer der engsten Weggefährten des Religionsstifters Muhammad.


Über Gewalt gegen Frauen

10. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

Eine Umfrage der Universität  Kirikkaleund der Organisation “Glückliche Kinder” bei 3500 türkischen Männern belegt, was in der Türkei ohnehin eine Binsenweisheit ist: Selbstverständlich finden die meisten türkischen Männer Gewalt gegen Ehefrauen völlig normal, sinnvoll und praktisch.

28 Prozent der Befragten hielten Gewalt gegen Ehefrauen für unerlässlich: Das müsse eben geschehen, um sie zu disziplinieren. 34 Prozent gaben sich gemäßigter und hielten Gewalt gegen Ehefreuen nur “gelegentlich” für “notwendig”. (…)

Unter welchen Voraussetzungen Gewalt gerechtfertigt sei, dazu bot die Umfrage abgestufte Aussagen an. 18 Prozent der Männer bejahten die Grundansicht, dass “der Mann der Herrscher im Haus ist und Gewalt frei anwenden kann, wenn nötig.” (…)

In ihren Aufklärungsbemühungen stützt sich die islamisch geprägte Regierung auf die Botschaft, dass Gewalt gegen Frauen auch ein Verstoß gegen den Islam sei. Da liegt aber vielleicht das größte Problem: Die Ehrenmord-Forscherin Hülya Özaktürk fand durch Befragung zahlreicher Frauenmörder heraus, dass diese ihre Taten als den Geboten der Religion entsprechend betrachten. Das dürfte auch für “normale” häusliche Gewalt gelten.


170 000

10. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

The death toll in Syria’s three-year war has eclipsed 170,000 people, one-third of them civilians, an activist group said in a new toll released Thursday.

“Ever since the first casualty of the Syrian revolution was registered on March 18, 2011 in Daraa province, the deaths of 171,509 people have been documented,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Among the dead were 56,495 civilians, including 9,092 children, according to the toll, which included casualties documented up to July 8 this year.

Another 65,803 were regime troops and pro-regime militiamen, while 46,301 were rebels seeking President Bashar Assad’s ouster and members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) jihadist group.

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Wo die Raketen herkommen

08. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

The long-range projectile fired by Hamas in Gaza at Hadera is an M302 Syrian-produced rocket, according to initial analysis on Wednesday of the remains of the rocket fired at the city on Tuesday.

The attack represents the longest-range rocket strike by Hamas on Israel to date. It came amid a heavy barrage of dozens of long-range rockets directed at greater Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as Ashdod, triggering air raid sirens across the country. One rocket fell in Jerusalem, but failed to cause injuries.

In March, the Israel Navy intercepted an Iranian arms ship destined for Gaza, which included 40 Syrian made M302 rockets that had a range of between 90 to 160 kilometers.

Palestinian rockets continued to pound southern Israel throughout the day, with some 120 projectiles striking by the evening.


Über das Khalifat

04. Juli 2014, von Administrator

Thomas v. der Osten-Sacken und Oliver M. Piecha in der Jungle World:

Sicher streben Isis auf der einen und schiitische Milizionäre und Apokalyptiker mit ihren Unterstützern im Iran auf der anderen Seite einen neuen Nahen Osten an. Ihnen geht es dabei um vieles, die Justierung nationaler Grenzen gehört nicht dazu, schließlich träumen sie von einem islamischen Reich, das per definitionem keine irdischen Grenzen kennt. Das islamische Kalifat, das Isis am Wochenende ausrufen ließ, ist nicht mittelalterlich, sondern die postmoderne Aufhebung des Nationalstaates und seine Transformation in ganglands unmittelbarer religiös legitimierter Herrschaft. Der neue Kalif, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, sei, hieß es in einer entsprechenden Erklärung, fortan legitimer Herrscher aller Muslime.

Wenn auf der anderen Seite vor dreieinhalb Jahren, als es überall in der Region zu Massenprotesten kam, westliche Beobachter erstaunt feststellten, dass die Parolen der sogenannten arabischen Straße irgendwie nach dem Europa von 1848 klangen, lag das keineswegs nur an eurozentrischen Sichtweise, sondern entsprach vielmehr populären Forderungen nach Demokratisierung und Partizipation. Es mag Regionen der Welt geben, in denen neue Grenzziehungen geholfen haben, blutige Bürgerkriege zu beenden. Der eigentliche Konflikt im Irak, in Syrien und anderen Ländern des Nahen Ostens ist allerdings keineswegs einer um nationale Grenzen – einzig Kurdistan mag da eine Ausnahme darstellen –, sondern ein Krieg all jener, mal mit- und mal gegeneinander, denen es erklärtermaßen um die Vernichtung von vermeintlich künstlichen Nationalstaaten und dem geht, wofür sie noch immer stehen.

Doomed to fail

03. Juli 2014, von aus dem Netz

The effort to build an anti-ISIS coalition with Iran will inevitably fail—and spectacularly so. There are many reasons why, but one deserves special attention: Iran is incapable of making it succeed. Consider: over the last three years, Obama gave Iran a free hand in Syria and Iraq to counter Sunni jihadism. The result is a revitalized Iranian alliance system—and an al-Qaeda safe haven that now stretches from the outskirts of Baghdad in Iraq to Aleppo in Syria.


The only Solution

02. Juli 2014, von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Hussain Abdul-Hussain about solutions in the Middle East:

Solutions in the Middle East should be formed from the bottom up. This in turn requires greater visionaries than today’s local politicians and Western diplomats. People who oversee solutions should have a deep understanding of the socio-economic constructs of Arab societies and an awareness of their histories. Any solution short of a complete overhaul of the socio-cultural, political, and economic situation will only produce the same people, the same leaders, and the same crises.


Kampagne “You can’t beat me”

27. Juni 2014, von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Für die Spielerinnen des Vereins aus Halabja ist klar: Der Kampf um den Ball und der Kampf für die Rechte von Mädchen und Kindern gehören zusammen. Häusliche Gewalt, Zwangsehen und Ehrtötungen von Mädchen sind in der gesamten kurdischen Gesellschaft verbreitet.

Deshalb unterstützen die Spielerinnen des Mädchen Fußball Clubs Halabja eine Aufklärungskampagne, die unter dem Slogan „You can’t beat me“ für Mädchenrechte und den Schutz vor Gewalt und Ausbeutung wirbt. Dies war ein Wunsch der Mädchen und auch ihre Familien unterstützen sie dabei. Mit ihrem öffentlichen Auftreten für ihren Sport und die Rechte von Mädchen sind sie ein Vorbild für viele andere in der Region.

Viele Mädchen in Irakisch-Kurdistan möchten Fußball spielen. Doch die Möglichkeiten sind begrenzt. In nur wenigen Orten haben sich bislang Sportclubs für Mädchen gegründet. Es fehlt an Knowhow, an Plätzen, an Unterstützung. Eine reguläre Liga existiert nicht. WADI fördert die Bemühungen von Mädchen, Vereine zu gründen und setzt sich dafür ein, dass eine regionale Mädchenfußball-Liga entsteht. Unterstützen Sie die Kampagne und fördern auch Sie Sportprojekte mit Mädchen.

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