Notes on Peace and War

There are those on Twitter (so-called-Iraq-Iran-US-“experts”) chattering about the possibility of another war in the Middle East. If what we have been living since 2003 is not a war, then can anyone tell me what a war is?
We’ve lost our ancient cities, history, culture and precious artifacts.
We’ve lost thousands of innocent lives and millions continue to be displaced.
People were forced from their native lands to find themselves refugees.
Countless numbers of innocent people have been disappeared in the secret prisons of Iran-backed militias; others were found in mass graves after the militias killed them.
We are still suffering from the never-ending wars that were created by Iran and the US, as well as others, in our region. Iran continues to control our daily life in even small details.
These “experts” need to cease their nonsensical analysis at once. They know nothing about war. Instead wars in our region have made them into heroes, prize-winning authors, journalists, photographers & documentarians. If there would be peace, how many of them would have come to our lands to meet its people and “tell our stories to the world”?

Appeal to the UN SG: Discharge Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert Immediately

We had expectations that UNAMI would play a critical role in holding the Iraqi government accountable to uphold the human rights of Iraqis, defending their protected right to demonstrate & demand reforms for their country. We are highly disappointed to see that the former defense minster and current UN envoy to Iraq has, at every turn, stood to the defense of the Iraqi government, making shocking statements that appeared to justify the violence the government is using against protesters by blaming them for “billions in losses”. A completely unsubstantiated claim!

Her continued statements equating citizens exercising their protected right to protest with the power, authority & monopoly on force that the Iraqi government holds are completely unacceptable.

The UN’s foundational 1954 charter is based on a fundamental commitment to human rights as intrinsic to its work for peace & development. Those charged in duty to UN offices are expected to work first and foremost on behalf of this principle without condition.

We therefore must demand the immediate discharge of Jeanine Hennis. We further ask you to assign a special mission to Iraq to attend to this urgent, fast-moving situation. In less than three days at least 23 Iraqis, peaceful protestors, have been killed and some 1,400 wounded, while more than 300 have been killed since October 1. These are crimes that must be prosecuted!

Iraqis have made their demands clear that they can no longer suffer under a goverment which has brought only division, destruction & death for 16 years. Unfortunately, UNAMI appears to have adapted its operations to this goverment without regard to the Iraqi people’s rightful demands. We therefore have no faith in UNAMI’s abilities to handle this situation with respect to the UN Charter.

Thank you for your attention.

Omar Mohammed

Mosuli Historian and founder of Mosul Eye

November 8, 2019

TRP: Iraqi Govt. has shut down Internet service nationwide except Kurdistan

The Iraqi goverment has shut down the internet service nationwide expect the Kurdistan region. Some 3G services are still workin in Baghdad and Mosul. The internet blockout brings fears that the Iraqi Govt. is trying to attack the protesters to end the revolution after the military spokesman has vowed to arrest everyone blocks the roads. The protesters have used recently the roads blocking as an effective tool to put pressure on the goverment.

TRP: A radio and a newspaper of the Iraqi revolution have been established

The protesters in Baghdad have announced today the first issue of the Revolution newspaper under the name (TukTuk) which declared all the demands of the revolution. They have also established a radio station with the name Nurid Watan (we want our homeland) the same motive and slogan they have used in the first day of the protest in October 1.

Tomorrow the radio station will start streaming officially from Tahrir Square.

Note: TRP is the abbreviation of Tishrin Revolution Papers.

The Tishrin Revolution Papers: Iraqi PM accuse the protesters of using Mangonel from Uhud Mont

Adil Abdul Mahdi have accused the Iraqi protesters of using the Mangonel (Arabic منجنيق ) The mangonel, also called the traction trebuchet, was a type of trebuchet or siege engine used in Ancient China starting from the Warring States period, and later across Eurasia in the 6th century AD.

The protesters have mocked him since they have renamed the Turkish Restaurant Building in Tahrir Square into Mount Uhud (Arabic: جبل احد) Mount Uhud is a mountain north of Medina, Saudi Arabia. It is 1,077 m high. It was the site of the second battle between Muslim and Meccan forces. The Battle of Uhud was fought on 19 March, 625 CE, between a force from the small Muslim community of Medina, in what is now north-western Arabia, and a force from Mecca.

Uhud Mount became the most symbolic sign of the Iraqi revolution

An artwork of Jabal Uhud

To see more about the language of the protest in Iraq see and the reason why the name of the building was changed see: The Tishrin Revolution Papers: A Dictionary of the Revolution.

Apparently AAM, Iraqi PM have seen the video below and thought it was The mangonel the protesters have used.

Video of a Slingshot used by the protesters from the top of Jabal Uhud

The Tishrin Revolution Papers: Al Tahrir Square Library

The protesters in Baghdad, Tahrir Square have opened a small library to allow the protesters to read in their resting time. It is important to note here that many of those young people protesting in the streets of Baghdad were behind the remarkable annual gathering in Baghdad “I am Iraqi, I read انا عراقي انا اقرأ” that encouraged reading to educate themselves which also led to the voluntarily translation of several books in literature and sciences into Arabic by young Iraqi translators.

The Tishrin Revolution Papers: Massive Violence against the protesters

The goverment has never stopped using massive violence against the protesters in Baghdad and other cities. The Iraqi govt. claims it is not using live ammunition rather they are using tear gas to target the protesters. The security forces is using the tear gas canisters as a deadly weapon and shoots the protesters directly in the head. 10s reported killed by a tear gas canister in the head.

See the video from Baghdad, near Sinak Bridge, today Nov. 3, 2019

The protesters are trying to evacuate one of their friends who was just shot in the head by Iraqi security forces using tear gas canister

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