Last night (Sunday 15 October) the Iraqi army, along with the Iranian guards and the Hashd al-Shaabi militia (People’s Mobilisation Forces or Popular Mobilisation Units, an Iraqi state-sponsored armed organisation) moved into Kirkuk to take various oil fields and army bases which are currently under the control of the Iraqi Kurdish Government (KRG). Iranian militia forces are reported as […]
Memet Uludag writes: As Isis face defeat in Raqqa the civilian population continue to pay the price in the fighting between the US led coalition and Isis.
More than 25,000 civilians are trapped in the city facing daily intensive US airstrikes plus land mines and bombs set by ISIS. Furthermore, according to local observers Isis is using civilians as a shield against the airstrikes. As the fighting intensifies between Isis and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – a US supported a group […]
Memet Uludag writes: Surrounded on the ground by the Iraqi army in Mosul and Kurdish fighters around Raqqah in Syria, and with the heavy bombardments by US air strikes, ISIS is losing the key battles in Iraq and Syria, while civilians are suffering huge casualties.
Picture: Mosul after US air Strikes (Washington Post) One of main themes in ISIS propaganda was its claim to be a sovereign state and to control vast territory joining the desert lands of Syria and Iraq and more importantly linking strategically and economically important cities such as Raqqah and Mosul. ISIS is under heavy attack […]
The economic mentality of the government behind the Direct Provision System in Ireland is no different to its response to housing or health crisis in this country:
Memet Uludag While ordinary people are left to suffer from lack of public provisions and duty of care, private companies enjoy millions of profits from this suffering. Direct Provision as a business has turned the state’s duty of care to victims fleeing war and oppression into profits for private companies. The Direct Provision System was […]
Memet Uludag, Convenor of United Against Racism writes: As part of its struggle to combat racism in Ireland United Against Racism will be holding a Rally and March in Dublin on Saturday 11 March.
It will assemble at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance and march to the Central Bank Plaza. It is also part of an international week of action against racism in many different countries. Similar events will be held elsewhere in Cork and Galway. This rally and demonstration will have three themes: Dump Trump. Trump is […]
82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.
Memet Uludag As the news was announced by the Department of Justice there was some mixed reaction in the town of 2000, but despite the unease and anger towards the government for its handling of the issue and its failure to consult, people were mostly sympathetic and wanted to welcome the refugees to their […]
It was the very early hours of a hot August morning in Turkey when I said goodbye to Zeinah, Samir and their three children as they were getting ready for their final push for Europe, the crossing to the Greek island whose light five miles away could be seen from the Turkish coast. As the […]
The Direct Provision System (DPS) is the main feature of a legally very complex, bureaucratically and politically non-transparent, commercially profit and private business driven, at the core inhumane and institutionally racist asylum system in Ireland. To understand the DPS we need to understand the role it is playing in Ireland’s asylum process. DPS, introduced as a temporary ‘measure’ in 1999 provided the best cover for Irish governments over the past 17 years not only to continue with their unwelcoming asylum polices, but also to get away with the unforgivable inhumanity of the official state response to asylum seekers.
Direct Provision as the main feature of the Irish asylum system The Direct Provision System (DPS) is the main feature of a legally very complex, bureaucratically and politically non-transparent, commercially profit and private business driven, at the core inhumane and institutionally racist asylum system in Ireland. To understand the DPS we need to understand the […]
It was early evening on Friday 15 July that the Turkish military coup began. Planes flew low over Istanbul and Ankara. Soldiers and tanks took to the streets. Key bridges and buildings were taken over. Memet Uludag writes.
It was early evening on Friday 15 July that the Turkish military coup began. Planes flew low over Istanbul and Ankara. Soldiers and tanks took to the streets. Key bridges and buildings were taken over. State TV was taken over and it was announced that the military were in control of the country. News started […]
The Panama Papers include the President of Argentina, the former prime minister of Georgia, Iceland's prime minister, the ex-prime minister of Iraq, the former prime minister of Jordan, the former prime minister of Qatar, the former Emir of Qatar, the King of Saudi Arabia, the former president of Sudan, UAE President, Abu Dhabi emir, the former Ukraine prime minister, the President of Ukraine, Azerbaijan's first family, the brother-in-law of the Chinese President, the daughter of a former Chinese Premier, childhood friends of Russian President Putin, a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, cousins of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the father of British prime minister, the son of former Egyptian President Mubarak, the personal secretary to the King of Morocco, children of Pakistan's prime minister, the son of Ghana's former president, the son of Malaysia's prime minister, the "favorite contractor" of Mexico's president, the former king of Spain's sister, an associate of Cote d'Ivoire's former president, a nephew of the South African President, the widow of Lansana Conté, the former dictator and president of Guinea
Oxfam says 1% of population own half of world’s wealth. According to a report published in January 2016 by Oxfam International, the world’s 62 wealthiest individuals now own the same as the poorest half of the global population. Global refugee numbers have doubled to 60 million over the past 15 years. Nearly half of the […]