" The Dinar Daily " .......... Sunday, 31 March 2013
Why The News Blackout Over the Iraqi President’s Health?
by Wladimir van Wilgenburg 11 hours ago
Why have we not seen any pictures of Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani since he suffered an acute stroke last December and was rushed to Germany, where he has been reportedly recuperating ever since?
When Venezuela’s late president Hugo Chavez was hospitalized not long ago, his administration did release photographs, which were published around the world. But the absence of any images of the ethnically Kurdish Talabani has raised serious doubts about his health.
Do his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party and his family want to respect his privacy and have therefore not wanted to show pictures of him in hospital, or are they trying to hide his real condition?
What we hear from PUK officials is that his health is steadily improving, with some officials saying he might return to Iraq very shortly. Dr Najmaldin Kerim, a prominent Kurdish physician and member of the PUK’s politburo, has said that Talabani was able to speak again. The president’s wife has reportedly spoken to her husband by telephone. And yet, neither the PUK or Talabani’s family have publicly released any recent photographs or audio recording to back their statements.
An old picture recently posted on a Facebook page of PUK supporters showed Talabani being interviewed by a journalist of a PUK-affiliated news outlet, prompting new discussion over his situation.
There were claims that Talabani has died, or is so ill that he will never be able to recover to lead his party. There have been rumors and speculation that the PUK is hiding his health situation in order to prepare for a stable post-Talabani period.
The PUK has held meetings in Kurdistan with the opposition and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), its partner in the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government. PUK officials also have visited neighboring countries Iran and Turkey. The PUK seems confident about its future, despite allegations that the disclosure of Talabani’s health would create tensions inside the party.
Unless Talabani returns to Iraq, or proof of his health condition is released, the swirling rumors about him will continue to grow.
ExxonMobil: Choosing Between Iraq and a Hard Place
by MUTLU CIVIROGLU 11 hours ago
Zebari believes that Kurdistan remains more lucrative to foreign oil companies than what Baghdad has to offer.
WASHINGTON DC – ExxonMobil’s decision to boost investment in oil fields in southern Iraq is a boon for the central government in Baghdad, but raises questions about the US oil giant’s commitments in the autonomous Kurdistan Region.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has warned ExxonMobil, the major developer of the country’s West Qurna-1 oil fields in southern Basra province, that contracts it signed directly with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are illegal.
The US multinational had reportedly once considered selling its Basra stake. But with the company’s reported recent decision to raise spending in West Qurna-1 from $1.6 billion last year to $1.65 billion for 2013, it remains unclear whether the company will continue to keep working with the KRG, or choose to honor deals with Baghdad.
Many believe that the company’s decision will be a major factor in whether the Kurds decide to make good on their long-standing aspirations of independence.
“If Exxon chooses the Kurdistan region over Baghdad it will be the real blow to the central government in Iraq,” said Washington-based Kurdish journalist Balen Salih.
Salih notes that ExxonMobil decision could either further deepen complications between Baghdad and Erbil, or make the company an influential force to direct the political and social movements into a new direction. Salih underscored that the only true concern for ExxonMobil is oil.
According to the Reuters news agency, ExxonMobil recently hired several prominent former US officials to advise on Iraq, including James Jeffrey, a notable diplomat who has served as an assistant to President George W. Bush, deputy national security advisor, and ambassador to both Iraq and Turkey.
Karwan Zebari, an official at the KRG’s representative office in the United States, said that ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson had reiterated his company’s commitment to the Kurds in a meeting with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani at Davos in late January.
“In that meeting Exxon reaffirmed its commitment to the contract it signed with the KRG last year to explore six fields in Kurdistan,” Zebari said.
Zebari believes that Kurdistan remains more lucrative to foreign oil companies than what Baghdad has to offer.
“Compared to Baghdad, the KRG has much to offer Exxon and other energy giants. First of all, KRG is more secure and less bureaucratic,” he said. “The KRG also offers the opportunity to share the stakes. Companies own the stake and so they don’t have to leave and can continue to conduct business. Baghdad provides only fees for services. Once the service is completed, the companies leave.”
Zebari dismissed the widespread belief in Washington that ExxonMobil’s strong presence in the Kurdistan Region will lead to Kurdish independence. “This is a baseless concern, and we are committed to a pluralistic, democratic and federal Iraq,” he said.
Washington is opposed to Kurdish independence, and has repeatedly advised the KRG against signing separate oil deals with foreign companies or countries.
Trusted sources tell Rudaw that Washington repeated its opposition to energy deals directly between Ankara and the KRG, fearing that closer energy ties threaten Iraqi unity, and will push Baghdad's Shiite-led government closer to Shiite Tehran.
In May 2012, Turkey and the KRG signed a deal to build three gas and oil pipelines directly from the Kurdistan Region to Turkey, much to Baghdad’s chagrin.
“It is no secret that Turkey is trying to be a regional power, and it needs energy,” Zebari said. “The KRG offers natural gas and oil to Ankara. It is a supply and demand issue: We need somewhere to sell our resources and Ankara needs energy.”
U.S. concern of talks Turkey and the Iraqi Kurds on energy
Sunday, March 31, 2013 Ankara a. Q. Po
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey in negotiations concerning the energy partnership with Iraqi Kurds after Turkish Prime Minister for the first time publicly, which is expected to increase tension in the region.
Analysts said the move was aimed at securing oil and gas supplies at reasonable prices to ensure accelerated economic growth for Turkey, could harm its relations with its main ally the United States.
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Channel «CNN» Turkish «We are on the verge of reaching an agreement with the Iraqi Kurds», and after noted oil pipeline to Turkey, which is controlled by Baghdad, said the goal is to «make this more active line, explaining that it can be expanded in several oil and gas pipelines.
This partnership threatening escalating tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdistan region of Iraq on the investment of the energy resources in the country, as it raises concern in Washington, which fears the disintegration of Iraq.
For his part, played down Erdogan would this concern and that he would have the right to Iraqi Kurdistan under the Iraqi constitution to use its energy resources with the State which to choose, and said «Why do you think that the area of northern Iraq wanted a deal with us because they can not reach an agreement with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ».
The «no substance in the Iraqi constitution prohibits government of Iraqi Kurdistan to a deal with us, stressing that both sides benefit from this agreement.
*** " ..... , announced a source familiar with the Ministry of Justice that the delay in the issuance of the Official Gazette (the facts of Iraq) caused by terrorist acts suffered by the ministry prevented publication budget law which forced the Finance Ministry to launch exchange budget for the ministries and government departments in order to walk affairs in the implementation of projects stalled it." ***
Launch budget exchange
31-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - Ali Muwaffaq - pumice Farah - Tariq al-Araji
The Ministry of Finance on Saturday Exchange general budget of the ministries and provinces. Comes launch budget days after ratification by the Presidency of the Republic. Minister of Finance Agency Ali Shukri said in a press statement: "The Ministry of Finance launched Exchange general budget for the current year 2013 for all ministries and provinces." Shukri added that "The launch of the budget will be starting from today (yesterday) Saturday, March 30 now."
In turn, announced a source familiar with the Ministry of Justice that the delay in the issuance of the Official Gazette (the facts of Iraq) caused by terrorist acts suffered by the ministry prevented publication budget law which forced the Finance Ministry to launch exchange budget for the ministries and government departments in order to walk affairs in the implementation of projects stalled it. Budget includes , according to the Finance Committee, 105 thousand degrees and careers are distributed among several ministries and state departments.
A member of the Committee Deputy Secretary Hadi in a statement the "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network": that "grades to be launched this year is 105 thousand after the addition of grades last year's 40 thousand degrees of budget year 2013 of $ 65 thousand degrees." He said he fired budget will start installing contractors with the state and calculating the contractual service for purposes of retirement and bonus and promotion for each tenured after the date of 04.09.2003. "In the meantime, the Health Ministry issued an order to appoint 1127 graduates from the Department of Health and Society at the Medical Institute for the academic year 2011 2012 turn first .
Director of planning and resource development at the ministry, Dr. Jaseb Latif told (Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network): "The department has distributed new graduates between Baghdad and the provinces according to the mechanism took into account the circumstances of the country, housing and the need of health services", pointing out that the new appointments come within the ministry's strategy to support and entrusting the health institutions Palmlakat health to improve the health level.
Kurdistan: the government did not step toward the region one iota and the decision to return is unlikely
30-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Baghdadiya News
Surprised the Kurdistan Alliance, Saturday, government silence about the latest crisis with the province that the government did not progressing toward compromise at all, ruling out the decision to return and provincial ministers and MPs during the current period.
The Spokesman Alliance MP pro-Tayeb told (Baghdadi News) that "House Kurdish witness mobility and broad-spectrum out attitude final drafting of a resolution unified representative to remain in the government or not in light of recent developments in the political arena, which culminated in the adoption of the budget without reference to the alliance Kurdistan and participation decision as one of the key players in the political process. "
He said the "mini-committee set up by the President of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani raised its recommendations for the presidency of the region in preparation for an expanded meeting will be held soon to issue a final decision about the position of the government and parliament."
Tayeb said that "a state of bewilderment prevail Kurdish circles that the central government and the State of Law coalition had filed toward solving the problem one iota what the shows lack of real intentions to resolve the crisis."
He ruled that the current days are witnessing the return of ministers and deputy Kurdistan Alliance due to the absence of signs and indicators to resolve.
*** THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE SUGGESTS THAT THERE IS POLITICAL POSTURING FOR VOTES WHICH MAY EXPLAIN SOME OF THE CLOUDINESS AND INCONSISTENCY WITH CERTAIN ISSUES IN THE NEWS ACCORDING TO BGG ***
Iraq: Maliki advised to come to the interrogation so as not to lose popularity
30-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Term Press / Baghdad
Declared State of Law coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said on Saturday that Maliki is setting a date for attending to the Parliament, according to the rules of procedure of the House of Representatives, and was described as raising the issue of hosting the "urgent", confirmed the Iraqi List, that Parliament is able to bring a person if wanted, advising Maliki to respond "because his insistence on not attending سيفقده popularity."
A member of a coalition of state law Keywords in an interview to the (long-Presse), "Multi host Prime Minister in Parliament has not yet formally introduced," explaining by saying "subject is nothing more than an urgent step by the President of the House of Representatives."
Keywords added that "the rules of procedure of the House of Representatives in Article 55, to give the prime minister power to make an appointment to come to the House of Representatives."
For its part, the Iraqi List, confirmed that "the Council is able to bring the prime minister when the political blocs agree on it," asserting that "al-Maliki's insistence on not audience Sadharh".
A member of the Iraqi List Talal Zobaie in an interview to the (long-Presse), that "We in Parliament are able to come including want, and that Maliki's insistence on not attending, will cause a loss of popularity has," calling al-Maliki that "be careful like us on the security situation" .
Article of 55 of the Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives, the passport for 25 members of the House of Representatives, introduced a general topic for discussion to clarify the policy and the performance of the Council of Ministers, or one of the ministries, and submit to the President of the House of Representatives, and the prime ministers set a date to attend with time limit before the House of Representatives for discussion.
The decision of the House of Representatives Mohamed Khaldi said in an interview to the (long-Presse) in (the 26 of this March), "The Presidency of the Council of Representatives and approved during a meeting with heads of parliamentary blocs, the parliament building on the request block free and the Iraqi List, to host the Prime Minister General Commander Armed Forces Nouri al-Maliki and Defense Minister agency Saadoun al-Dulaimi and national security adviser and head of the intelligence service and security chiefs in Parliament to discuss the deteriorating security situation in the country, "noting that" the presidency has identified next Monday, (the first of April 2013), the date for the host.
And announced the Liberal bloc of the Sadrist movement, following an expanded meeting attended by deputies from the Iraqi List, on Thursday (21 March 2013), the approval of House Speaker Osama Nujaifi on request from the large number of deputies of other blocks, call the General Commander of the Armed Forces Nouri al-Maliki to Parliament against the backdrop of the bombings in the capital Baghdad, finally, and confirmed that the hearing will be determined later.
The announcement comes Sadrists for submission request to host Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki after the announcement of ministers Sadrist movement, on Tuesday evening, (19 March 2013) boycott of the meetings of the Council of Ministers of Iraq, in protest against the policy of the prime minister, while saying that it will manage the affairs of their ministries from within.
The Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr issued a statement in (19 March 2013), attacked the decision to postpone the elections in the provinces of Anbar, Nineveh and promise "Shutting of the Year", and "injustice to the Shia," and described "the marginalization of the Sunnis of Iraq disaster unforgivable", and stressed that the promised postponed in general elections, "the consecration of the idol and dictatorship", also stressed that staying in the current government "is harmful", threatening to "discuss carefully with our brothers suspension and withdrawal from the government and even the Parliament lean."
Baghdad has seen, Tuesday, (19 March 2013), killing and wounding at least 207 people in 15 car bomb and an explosive device targeted areas Karada Mariam at the entrance to the Green Zone and the New Baghdad and Arboretum and the torch and Kadhimiya and Sadr City neighborhood Maalif and police fourth Utaifiyya and saffron and Bour and Tarmiyah and Husseiniya, and five days after a suicide attack on the Ministry of Justice in 14/3/2013, which led to the killing and wounding at least 90 of the Ministry's staff and dozens of members of the security forces and Zalaskarah.
And exposed Husseiniyahs and Shi'ite mosques in different parts of Baghdad on Friday to four bombings bomb led to the killing and wounding 47 people, security sources said that the bombings that targeted Shiite shrine Mustafa in the Jihad neighborhood in western Baghdad, and Hasina apostle in the neighborhood of Cairo, north of Baghdad, and Sadrain mosque in the area Zaafaraniya, south-east of Baghdad, and Hasina Imam Mahdi east of Baghdad.
Sadr bloc: the return of our ministers to the government have not yet been resolved
30-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Confirmed the Liberal block of the Sadrist movement, on Saturday, said the decision to return power to the government ministers have not yet been decided, pointing to the existence of a political movement in this direction.
The MP said the bloc Prince Kanani in an interview with "Twilight News", "The government has agreed to most of the terms of Moqtada al-Sadr, but unresolved until the decision minister's return to the government," stressing "a political movement in this direction."
Kanani said "We hope that Ashm decision to return to the government by Tuesday, the date of a meeting of the Council of Ministers."
It is said that Liberal bloc ministers representing the Sadrist movement led by Moqtada al-Sadr suspended their attendance at meetings of the Council of Ministers to protest the decision by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to postpone local elections in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar.
"Kurdistan" supports the proposal 3 federations in Iraq
31-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - "Gulf":
The Commission's legal Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi parliament to support a plan to establish three federations in Iraq as a "guarantee for the construction of a unified federal state," according to a draft U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
Committee Chairman Khalid Shwani, a lawmaker from the Kurdistan Alliance said in a statement that a delegation of the Committee, and during his visit to the United States, met at the U.S. State with Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs and officials of the Iraq file in the ministry for the exchange of views on the future of relations between the two countries in the framework of the Convention strategy as well as the political crisis in the country.
INA emphasizes completing legislations related to demonstrators’ demands
Sunday, 31 March 2013 09:27 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The Iraqi National Alliance emphasized, during its Political Bureau meeting that was headed by Ibraheem al-Jaafary, and attended by Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, the completion of the legislations and procedures related to the demonstrators’ demands.
A statement by Jaafary’s office received by AIN cited “All the sides of the Political Bureau stressed keeping on the dialogue with the political partners to find solutions for the pending issues.”
“While discussing the security files, they confirmed the importance of the national unity to eliminate terrorism,” the statement added.
“INA praised the courage of the security forces, calling them for more caution to confront terrorism,” the statement continued.
“INA reviewed the accomplished legitimate demonstrators’ demands by the Ministerial and the Five-Side Committees of INA,” the statement assured.
“INA condemned the sides calling for sectarianism and violence, calling to submit them to justice,” the statement concluded.
Kurds' MPs will not attend today's sessions.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Bakr Hamma Siddiq said that Kurds' MPs would not attend the meeting of the Council of Representatives today.
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The Kurdish MPs and ministers, as well as Kurdistan region's officials will hold a meeting, on Monday, under the chairmanship of regional president, Massoud Barzani to determine the final position of attending sessions of the House of Representatives and the Minister."
The Kurdish MPs and ministers did not attend the last two sessions of the House of Representatives and the Ministers, due to approve the state budget without the participation of Kurdish component and they were summoned to the Kurdistan region consultation with the leaders of the region on the outstanding issues between the federal government and the province.
Breaking news… parliament session starts
Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:10
Baghdad (AIN) –The parliament session started after lifting it for 30 minutes due to the lack of quorum.
A parliamentary source stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) “178 MPs attended the parliament session to achieve the quorum.”
“The parliament agenda includes discussing and endorsing 18 law drafts in addition to increase the suspension of the financial amounts from the MPs who do not attend the parliament sessions,” he concluded.