*** THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE FOR ME IS THAT IT APPEARS TO DEMONSTRATE " CREATIVE " ACCOUNTING WHICH UNDERMINES ANY CONCLUSION TO BE DRAWN FROM THE BUDGETING PROCESS, PASSED, UNDER APPEAL, OPENED OR UNOPENED, ETC. ***
Semi-open budget for the activities of Baghdad, the capital of Arab culture
The time on Friday, 15 March / March 2013 11:21. | Published on Friday, 15 March / March 2013 11:21. | Written by: Uragency-admin. | |
Baghdad / Orr News
Iraq budget allocated semi-open for the activities of Baghdad, the capital of Arab culture to be its launch in the twenty third of this month in the presence of more than 15 Arab and foreign countries are different, راصدا $ 8 million for Iraqi films participating in the events.
Shafiq al-Mahdi said theater director, and Director General of the Department of Cinema and Theater of the Ministry of Culture, said that "the government granted by the Ministry of Culture budget semi-open to all activities of Baghdad, the capital of Arab culture (cinema, arts, theater, music) to pan the arts."
Mahdi added that the Iraqi films produced from the Department of Cinema and theater, which will be displayed in the Baghdad cultural events of 24 films with a total budget estimated at $ 8 million, pointing to the completion of 10 feature films to date. Male, monitored by the Ministry of Culture 750 million dinars for theatrical performances Iraqi participation, and its 10 offers. Mahdi went on to say that the offers of Baghdad, the capital of Arab culture receive posts from abroad, including Germany, France, Egypt and various countries.
The Supreme Committee for Baghdad, the capital of Arab culture 2013 for the participation of more than 15 Arab countries in the activities of this event with high-level delegations and other artistic and cultural. Said Abu loaf Committee spokesman, in a press conference held in Zawra Park in Baghdad that "the ministers of culture for more than 15 Arab countries have confirmed their attendance events Baghdad is the capital of Arab culture for 2013, as well as artistic and cultural delegations."
Abu loaf added, there will be 12 weeks culturally Sthieddiha participating countries, pointing out some of the Gulf states and other countries may be limited presence on the artistic and cultural delegations, without the presence of the ministers of culture. It is expected to be launched events Baghdad is the capital of Arab culture 2013 in the twenty-third of the month, coinciding with the Spring Festival (Nowruz).
*** THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE AND CONTENT THEREOF ARE A BIT INCONSISTENT ***
Disappointment for the 'New Iraq'
By: Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse. Posted on March 15.
It was not easy for Bashir Ali, 55, to recall what he lived through when he was in the prisons of Saddam Hussein’s regime during the 1980s. He could not hold back his tears when he recalled being raped to force him to confess for plotting against the regime and for belonging to the Islamic Dawa party. But when he compares Iraq back then to what it is today, what he says is surprising: “Ten years after Saddam Hussein’s regime has ended, what we have is not better.”
Ten years after the end of Saddam Hussein's regime, many Iraqis feel disappointed that not much progress has been made, writes Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
Little Has Changed in Iraq Ten Years After Saddam
Author: Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Translated by: Rani Geha
Ali, a Shiite from southern Iraq, is an unusual witness because he does not look at things from the perspective of his personal tragedy. He said, “Today, there are no public services, no security, and Iraq is on the brink of civil war. We are almost at an impasse. Yes Saddam was unjust, but his reign provided security and public services. The regime that succeeded him has betrayed our dream in having security and stability.”
Most Iraqis who talk about Iraq’s condition today feel that frustration, but not all of them have lost hope.
Duaa’ al-Marshidi discovered in 2003, at the age of 18, that her guardians were not her true parents as the official papers have always shown. Her true parents were martyrs who were killed by Hussein’s regime on charges of belonging to an opposition party.
Marshidi felt that the fate of Hussein and his regime were divine punishment for their crimes, including the crime of executing her family. In 2003, she was proud to belong to a family that fought the dictator. She supported all the measures taken against the regime’s associates, parties and security apparatuses. She still believes that those measures were necessary because the regime had deep roots and could have retaken the country at any time.
Marshidi, who today is looking for a chance to leave Iraq out of fear for her future, said that “there is no comparison between Hussein’s regime and the phase that followed it. It is true that mistakes are being committed today, but Saddam’s regime was outside of the normal standards of history and humanity.”
A comparison between Hussein’s regime and what followed it favors the current situation, accord to Fahel Dohuki, who said that neither he nor his family were ever subjected to an injustice on the hands of the former regime. But he always felt that the Kurdish people, to whom he belongs, have suffered a grave injustice. He said, “Iraq without Saddam is much better, especially in the Kurdistan region where there has been a lot of progress. Personal income is up, education is improving, and investments are pouring in. A promising future awaits the people of the Kurdistan region in light of the good security and political environment.”
Despite that, Dohuki doubts that the warm relations between the Iraqi Kurds and their allies, the Shiites in the south, will continue, because the political differences between them are growing, even though both were oppressed by the former regime.
Sabah al-Janabi, a Sunni, admits that Hussein’s regime was dictatorial but he doesn’t think that Hussein’s injustices were focused on the Shiites and Kurds. He said that it is precisely that notion that placed all the Sunnis in the position of the accused in the past years. That happened even though the Sunnis also suffered under Hussein. He recalled the words of Shiite leader Mahdi al-Hakim, who was assassinated by Hussein’s regime in Sudan in 1988, when he said that Hussein’s regime “fairly” distributed injustice among Iraqis.
Janabi asserts that the Sunnis feel that they are being treated very unjustly. He said that the Sunnis feel that the new Iraqi regime discriminates against them and that the Americans were the ones who created this discrimination and fueled it. He also believes that the American motive was to avenge Hussein’s bombing of Israel in 1991.
The Iraqis are still facing the same question since 2003. They still compare Hussein’s regime with the political process that followed its fall. No one can realistically compare two regimes that have completely different foundations and starting points. Nobody can compare between security and liberty, between public services and democracy, or between political stability and economic growth.
Forcing the Iraqis to make those impossible comparisons was always part of the problem. It is like saying that all Sunnis are nostalgic for Hussein’s regime and that all Shiites support the current political system. In truth, there are supporters and opponents in both sects.
In conclusion, Iraq after Hussein passed through 10 years of confusion, which is reflected in the Iraqis’ frustration. But that confusion does not necessarily mean that there has been no achievements or positive steps. It also does not mean that the only alternative is to return to an authoritarian dictatorial regime whose legacy of blood, wars and adventures is still affecting Iraqi lives to this day.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is an Iraqi writer specializing in defense of democracy. He has extensive experience in documenting testimony and archiving documentaries associated with repressive practices and has written many books, including Humanitarian Concerns, which was selected in 2000 by the European Union as the best book written by a refugee.
Sheikh Abbas Muhammadawi calls to replace Allawi Palmtalk in the presidency of the Iraqi List
16-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
UN Secretary-General of the Sons of Iraq coalition fervent WIN (a coalition of citizen) Sheikh Abbas Muhammadawi to replace the existing Iraqi President Iyad Allawi senior leader Saleh al-Mutlaq, accused Allawi to "abort any opportunity for dialogue between the political partners."
He said in a statement: "Many politicians and deputies at the level of the leaders had demanded Allawi during the past years open them through direct dialogue and put all files controversial on the table, in order to solve whole or in part and to the satisfaction of all parties and be convincing to the public, but he aborted any serious opportunity for dialogue and preferred to stay away from everyone and only televised statements and dialogues. "
He added: "Allawi during the past period did not provide put forward a realistic resolve the political crisis, and shut the door in the face of anyone who seeks to bring the views between the political parties, and even some members of the coalition in Iraq complained of his way to run things and lead at the decisions."
Muhammadawi called members of the Iraqi List, to: "Replace Allawi Palmtalk who believe Bmdo dialogue both اعĚČĺ dialogue or did not like, his belief in the need to accept the opinions of others and to understand, absorb and draw solutions that will satisfy all parties."
Kurds to release another message other than boycotting Cabinet's sessions, says Iqbal
Saturday, 16 March 2013 08:54 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Mohamed Iqbal of the Iraqiya Slate expected that the Kurds will release other messages other than the decision of boycotting the Cabinet's sessions which will make whoever thinks of forming political majority government reconsider his idea.
Iqbal stated to All Iraq News Agency "The achievement of the political majority government is not an easy thing since the political process was established on the consensus, despite the federal budget law was approved in this way, but it would lead to serious consequences when the Kurds resort to adopt other approach in dealing with the central government's policy."
"The boycott of the Cabinet is the first messages delivered by the Kurds and will be followed by another message in the next few days which will make whoever thinks of the political majority reconsider his orientation," he added.
Alwani describes limiting 3 presidencies' terms law as start to end dictatorship in Iraq
Saturday, 16 March 2013 11:40 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Khalid al-Alwani of the Iraqiya Coalition described "The Federal Court's decision to postpone settling the appeal submitted by the State of Law Coalition over the law of limiting the three presidencies' terms as start of terminating dictatorship and power monopolization in Iraq."
Alwani said in a statement received by AIN "After issuing this decision by the Federal Court, we wish there will be no political pressures to reconsider the decision once again," noting that "The Federal Court's resolutions are clear-cut."
The Federal Court has confirmed that "The law of limiting the three presidencies' terms approved by the parliament is technically correct," clarifying that "Any law issued by the parliament is considered to be approved after passage of 15 days of submitting it to the presidency office even if the presidency did not approve it."
Askari rules out establishment of Kurdish state
Saturday, 16 March 2013 14:18 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Sami al-Askari of the State of Law Coalition described the establishment of the Kurdish state as something impossible.
Askari told All Iraq News Agency on Saturday "The Kurdish state is mere a dream that cannot be achieved where the situation in Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the region is not suitable to announce the Kurdish state," stressing "If the Kurds do this step, then this will harm them rather than benefit them."
"Top officials have stated that the establishment of the Kurdish state is not practical at least in this period since the Region depends primarily on the south of Iraq's oil revenues, so it has no enough funds to accomodate the state's financial requirements" he added.
Othman: Kurds MPs will return to Baghdad, ministers wait a decision.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, of the Kurdish blocs coalition, Mahmoud Othman said: "The MPs of the Kurdistan Alliance will return to Baghdad after the end of the recess of the House of Representatives to attend future meetings of the Council, noting that" the ministers will not return to Baghdad only after a decision by the provincial. "
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "Some foreign parties like Iran and the United States are now playing a role of mediator between the Governments of the center and the region to find some kind of dialogue between them," adding that "the region's president, Massoud Barzani asked the government and the National Alliance, in his recent speech, to clarify, whether the Kurds are partners in the political process and the government or not. "
Othman made it clear "If the answer of the government and the National Alliance as a positive, that will be good, so it will be possible to solve problems through dialogue, and if the answer would be negative, all options remain open to the Kurds to take a firm stand in this regard."
About the call by some deputies of the state of law to pass laws in the parliament according to political majority in future, he answered "it is possible to pass some laws according to the parliamentary majority, including the law of infrastructure, but insisting on prejudice political consensus on all laws will lead to prejudice relations between the blocs and will increase problems among them. "
The Kurd Ministers, within the federal government, boycotted the meeting of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, after the parliament voted on the budget law in the absence of Kurdistan Alliance and the Iraqiya List MPs.
MP: Federal Court's decision is "great victory" to the demonstrators.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of Iraqiya coalition, Khalid al-Alwani considered the re-appeal of the Federal Court to the challenge submitted by the state of law on the mandates of the three presidencies as a great victory for the demonstrators and the beginning to eliminate dictatorship and control the country by any single political party.
Alwani said in a statement today 16, March: We hope, after the issuance of this decision, from the Federal Court not to be subjected to the political pressure in order to restore law again, noting that the Federal Court decisions are final and irreversible.
He pointed out that the state of law seeks to put pressure on the Federal Court to change its decision of the three presidencies.
MP, of Anbar province, continued: "The Federal Court confirmed that the law, passed by the House of Representatives, is true technically and could be challenged after its publication in the Official Gazette, adding that any decision, taken by the House of Representatives, is certified after / 15 / days of receipt by the presidency even if it is not ratified by the presidency of the Republic.
Abu Risha: the government should resign after the bombings of the Ministry of Justice
Friday, March 15, 2013
Student leader Awakening Conference Iraq Ahmed Abu Risha, on Friday, the Iraqi government to "resign after the bombings suffered by the Ministry of Justice, rather than prevent demonstrators from praying at the Abu Hanifa," and wondered "how it happened intrusion at a time when home to Baghdad to dozens of checkpoints and harassment, "and criticized the" withdrawal of Iraqi identity for some symbols honorable Iraqi resistance ", called on Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq to" withdraw from the government. "
The face of the leader of the Iraqi Awakening Ahmed Abu Risha speech to demonstrators in the yard of pride and dignity in Anbar after Friday prayers, saying, "O sitters brave have Audnakm to address you from the yard of pride and dignity speech loyal and committed your rights and keen to your unity and safety and the rule of our country, and you source of our strength and our reference in all step for us. "
The Abu Risha "We do not recognize nor count on the government came from the womb of occupation under the pretext of political opposition, and some of them left Iraq after the crime he committed against his people and his country such as killing, rape, and returned under the title opposition blaming Bahkad past and disease revenge from the people not keen to belong to him" .