Radio Baghdad

Listen To Live Radio
Now Playing
Jul, 18 2018
Popular Articles
iraqi-economic-development-strategies

Iraqi Economic Development Strategies


Part IAs Iraq moves through its next developmental phase...34018
the-chaldean-renaissance

THE CHALDEAN RENAISSANCE


Basic Outline of a Vision By Bishop Mar Sarhad Y. Jammo  I-...9652
iraqi-dentist-suhair-al-qaisi-the-most-beloved-media-face-in-the-arabic-speaking-world-screen

Iraqi Dentist Suhair al-Qaisi, The Most Beloved Media Face in the Arabic Speaking World Screen!


Introduction: Suhair al-Qaisi was born in 1985 in Baghdad, Iraq...9263
the-iraqi-british-architect-zaha-hadid

The Iraqi-British Architect Zaha Hadid


“I am the product of an amazing Iraqi environment and an...8743
rxte-black-holes-pulsars-oh-my

RXTE - Black Holes & Pulsars - Oh My!


Black holes and pulsars are two of the most mysterious (and...7719
who-killed-soad-hosny

Who Killed Soad Hosny?


The family of the late Egyptian actress, the Cinderella of Arab...7268
review-of-amer-hanna-fatuhi-the-untold-story-of-native-iraqis

Review of Amer Hanna-Fatuhi: THE UNTOLD STORY OF NATIVE IRAQIS


Review of Amer Hanna-Fatuhi:THE UNTOLD STORY OF NATIVE IRAQIS:...6844
greek-company-wins-26-8m-hospital-deal

Greek Company Wins $26.8M Hospital Deal


Greek company TERNA has reportedly been awarded a $26.8m...6412
why-worry-about-your-vitamin-d-level

Why Worry about Your Vitamin D Level?


For decades, vitamin D has been known to help our bones absorb...6317
healthy-food

Healthy Food


Like any other product, healthy foods need to be marketed...6248
a-new-rare-guest-at-baghdad-zoo

A New Rare Guest At Baghdad Zoo


Baghdad’s municipality has announced the birth of what it says...5945
iraqi-parliament-denies-a-local-detroit-winner-christian-of-the-iraqi-national-flag-contest

Iraqi Parliament Denies a Local Detroit Winner (Christian) of the Iraqi National Flag Contest!


The Iraqi Government is working on adopting a new National Flag...5735
train-to-basra

Train to Basra


An Amazing Journey in Iraqi-Middle Eastern Traditional MusicUR -...5208
iraqi-economic-development-strategies-part-ii

Iraqi Economic Development Strategies, Part II


DIVERSIFICATIONIraq is currently a rentier state. By...5103
oil-exports-decline-to-cause-deficit-in-2014-budget-says-sa-ad

Oil exports decline to cause deficit in 2014 budget, says Sa’ad


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Member of the parliament Oil &...4823
muhammad-ali-funeral-thousands-line-route-for-farewell

Muhammad Ali funeral: Thousands line route for farewell


Thousands have attended a farewell procession for boxing legend...4730
unesco-iraq-best-practices-in-education-reform

Unesco & Iraq - Best Practices In Education Reform


UNESCO Office for Iraq In the framework of the Iraqi Public...4627
the-moment-american-muslims-have-been-waiting-for-khizr-khan
The moment American Muslims...
is-bombing-kills-125-ramadan-shoppers-in-baghdad
IS bombing kills 125 Ramadan...
iraq-country-profile
Iraq country profile
belgium-arrests-12-in-counter-terrorism-raids
Belgium arrests 12 in...
u-s-working-to-confirm-it-killed-top-isis-leader-again
U.S. working to confirm it...
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 5.00 (1 Vote)

Uzbek President Islam Karimov, one of Asia's most authoritarian leaders, has died, Turkey says - despite no official Uzbek confirmation.


Mr Karimov, 78 and in power since 1989, was taken to hospital last week after a brain haemorrhage but the government has only said he is critically ill.

On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a televised meeting Mr Karimov had died.

Uzbek state TV channels have dropped light entertainment programmes.

Mr Karimov has no clear successor. There is no legal political opposition and the media are tightly controlled by the state.

A UN report has described the use of torture as "systematic". Mr Karimov often justified his strong-arm tactics by highlighting the danger from Islamist militancy in the mainly Muslim country, which borders Afghanistan.

"Uzbek President Islam Karimov has passed away," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a cabinet meeting broadcast live.

"May God's mercy be upon him, as the Turkish Republic we are sharing the pain and sorrow of Uzbek people."

Long before Mr Yildirim's statement, rumours were circulating that Mr Karimov had already died. He had not appeared in public since 17 August.

Earlier on Friday, Reuters news agency said three unnamed diplomatic sources had confirmed his death.

A Russian-based opposition website, Fergana, reported that preparations were under way for his funeral in his home town, Samarkand.

Samarkand's airport has been closed to scheduled flights on Saturday.

How rumours grew:

 

  • Sunday: President Karimov "receiving inpatient treatment", Uzbek Cabinet of Ministers announces
  • Monday: Daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva writes on Instagram that he suffered a brain haemorrhage
  • Wednesday: Government cancels some celebrations for independence day on Thursday
  • Thursday: Mr Karimov's independence day speech read out on state TV by a presenter
  • Friday: Government says Mr Karimov's condition has sharply deteriorated

Some human rights groups say the Uzbek government is one of the most repressive in the world, notably after a crackdown in the eastern city of Andijan in 2005, when hundreds were killed.

Mr Karimov's followers argue that curbs on freedom are a small price to pay for law and order.

"Yes of course, it's a price for stability, because we see what is happening now in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, in Afghanistan and even in Europe - you cannot defend yourself from the terrorist attacks," Sherzod Igamberdiev, a lawyer in Tashkent, told BBC News.

"If you put all your efforts into stopping terrorism, you will have criticism, but we live here, we know the situation on the inside, we are satisfied with him, we love him."

Uzbekistan was long one of Russia's strongest allies among other former Soviet states but strains appeared in recent years, notably when Tashkent suspended its membership of a Russian-led military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.

Analysts say Mr Karimov has played Russia, China and the West against each other to keep Uzbekistan from total isolation and to receive limited US aid. In 2014, Russia wrote off most of Uzbekistan's foreign debt to Moscow, forgiving $865m.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday the Kremlin had no confirmation Mr Karimov might be dead.

BBC >

Add comment



Anti-spam: complete the task
Sun, Rain, & Loving Heartbeats The Art of Annie Salatyan
When it comes to life, Iraq is the first and the final frontier for all humanity. This is a fact no maters how many [...]
  A New Achievement by the Historian & Visual Artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi   The Eastern Aramaic Font | The [...]
The Art of AMER HANNA FATUHI Artist, Poet, & Professional Writer - Short Bio
Amer Fatuhi - Interview June 2017 by Annie Salatyan
DoD Linguists' recruitment With Amer Fatuhi
اعتراف - Confession by Amer Fatuhi
شكرا - Thank You by Amer Fatuhi
دال - Dal by Amer Fatuhi
موهومه - Delusional by Amer Fatuhi
On President Donald Trump's order, two Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired salvos of Tomahawk [...]
The Yale University Art Gallery is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the field of Arabic studies at Yale [...]
دندنه - Dandana by Amer Fatuhi
UPDATE: On Tuesday night, Santana walked back his comments against Beyoncé in a Facebook post: "I would like to [...]
Iraq, in an area once home to some of the earliest civilisations, became a battleground for competing forces after the [...]
More Articles
a-new-achievement-by-the-historian-visual-artist-amer-hanna-fatuhi

A New Achievement by the Historian & Visual Artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi


  A New Achievement by the Historian & Visual Artist Amer...948
life-wins-amer-hanna-fatuhi

Life Wins - Amer Hanna Fatuhi


When it comes to life, Iraq is the first and the final...2078
carlos-santana-pokes-beyhive-says-beyonce-not-a-singer

Carlos Santana Pokes Beyhive, Says Beyoncé ‘Not a Singer’


UPDATE: On Tuesday night, Santana walked back his comments...1090
russia-s-putin-calls-leaked-trump-memos-utter-nonsense

Russia's Putin calls leaked Trump memos 'utter nonsense'


Russian President Vladimir Putin has described allegations his...1041
us-election-2016-results-meet-president-trump-s-possible-cabinet

US election 2016 results: Meet President Trump's possible cabinet


It's Washington DC's favourite new parlour game - guessing who...1540
us-election-trump-presidency-dangerous-says-un-rights-chief

US election: Trump presidency 'dangerous', says UN rights chief


Donald Trump's "deeply unsettling and disturbing" views make...1169
hurricane-matthew-strongest-storm-since-2004-nears-florida

Hurricane Matthew: Strongest storm since 2004 nears Florida


Hurricane Matthew has strengthened as it nears a "direct hit"...1202
new-jersey-train-crash-many-injured-at-hoboken-station

New Jersey train crash: Many injured at Hoboken station


A commuter train has crashed into a rail station in the city...1378
remembering-september-11th

Remembering September 11th


We Will Never Forget … We Will Never Forgive Please Tell...1233
trump-pledges-big-us-military-expansion

Trump pledges big US military expansion


Donald Trump has said he will expand all areas of the US...1280
happy-labor-day

HAPPY LABOR DAY


  THE WAR BETWEEN GOOD & EVIL IS NOT OVER YET! Do not...1275
islam-karimov-turkey-announces-uzbek-leader-s-death

Islam Karimov: Turkey announces Uzbek leader's death


Uzbek President Islam Karimov, one of Asia's most...1389
rio-olympics-2016-did-brazil-pass-or-fail-its-big-test

Rio Olympics 2016: Did Brazil pass or fail its big test?


Billed beforehand as the "Carnival Games" full of happy fans,...1613
oil-price-gushers-as-opec-brings-bulls-back-into-market

Oil price gushers as OPEC brings bulls back into market


Oil prices surged dramatically in the last two weeks thanks to...1326
trump-to-lay-out-plan-for-combating-radical-islamic-terrorism

Trump to lay out plan for combating radical Islamic terrorism


Donald Trump on Monday will lay out his strategy for defeating...1344
putin-offers-turkey-s-erdogan-closer-ties

Putin offers Turkey's Erdogan closer ties


Russia is ready to restore economic co-operation and other...2141
trump-is-chagrined-and-realizes-his-campaign-is-in-trouble-steve-forbes-says

Trump is ‘chagrined' and realizes his campaign is in trouble, Steve Forbes says


Donald Trump has an opportunity to get his campaign back on...2558
yusra-mardini-refugee-swimmer-off-to-flying-start-after-pope-francis-sends-letter

Yusra Mardini: Refugee swimmer off to flying start after Pope Francis sends letter


(CNN) Ahead of competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de...1633
here-s-what-the-real-unemployment-rate-looks-like

Here's what the real unemployment rate looks like


The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent in July,...1639
emirates-plane-crash-lands-at-dubai-airport

Emirates plane crash-lands at Dubai airport


An Emirates plane has crash-landed at Dubai International...1376
a-clinton-bounce-a-trumpian-weekend-how-the-race-looks-now

A Clinton bounce, a Trumpian weekend: How the race looks now


Donald Trump just suffered through a brutal weekend. by Ben...1657
the-moment-american-muslims-have-been-waiting-for-khizr-khan

The moment American Muslims have been waiting for, Khizr Khan


Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, has proposed...1825
obama-endorses-clinton-as-political-heir

Obama endorses Clinton as political heir


US President Barack Obama has delivered a stirring speech at...1446
ansbach-explosion-bomber-pledged-allegiance-to-is

Ansbach explosion: Bomber pledged allegiance to IS


A video showing the Syrian man who blew himself up in Ansbach,...1326