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    " The Dinar Daily " ..... Friday, 10 May 2013

    Sadr impede the adoption of a maritime agreement between Iraq and Kuwait

    10-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD - «life»
    Friday, May 10, 2013
    Parliament failed to complete the first reading of the draft organization of maritime navigation between Iraq and Kuwait in the Khawr Abd Allah overlooking the Arabian Gulf, after the submission of mass «Iraq free» request signed by 50 deputies to pull out of the project, amid accusations that the government and parliament to «acquiescence and complicity with Kuwait and the waiver of land Iraq ».

    (In law, acquiescence occurs when a person knowingly stands by without raising any objection to the infringement of their rights, while someone else unknowingly and without malice aforethought makes a claim on their rights. Consequently, the person whose rights are infringed loses the ability to make a claim against the infringer, or succeed in an injunction suit due to the infringer's conduct. The term is most generally a kind of "permission" given by silence or passiveness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acquiescence ~~RED)

    And launched an MP for the Iraqi bloc, free high-Nassif, a scathing attack on the Iraqi foreign and diplomatic, accusing it of «failure to maintain the interests of the country». He said in a statement to Al-Hayat, said that «the Khawr Abd Allah port Iraq dig بسواعد and mechanisms of Iraq since 1964. She added that «the Iraqi bloc free demanded the lifting of the bill so as not to confer any legal validity or parliamentary to the Committee on the demarcation of the border between Iraq and Kuwait», arguing that «the Security Council resolution No. 833 void and without any legal justification, but the weakness of the government's position and parliamentary Iraq is the reason the persistence of Kuwait much ».

    (United Nations Security Council resolution 833, adopted unanimously on 27 May 1993, after recalling resolutions 687 (1991), 689(1991), 773 (1992) and 806 (1993) in addition to a report by the Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Council noted the continuing work of the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission.

    The resolution recalled that the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission was not to reallocate territory, but for the first time mark the precise coordinates of the border between Kuwait and Iraq on the basis of the agreement between the two countries in 1963. Iraq was reminded of its obligations under Resolution 687 which formed the basis of the ceasefire. The Council also welcomed the Secretary-General's decision requiring the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) to finalise the boundary of the demilitarised zone demarcated by the Commission.

    Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Security Council welcomed and appreciated the work of the Boundary Demarcation Commission on its completion.[1]It also reaffirmed that the decisions of the Commission on the boundary were final and demanded that Iraq and Kuwait respect the inviolability of international borders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_833 ~~ RED)

    The agreement not to raise any knowledge of another ship carrying nationality of one of the contracting parties are not aware of their nationality during their passage in the territorial waters of the other party when used channel, while foreign vessels Vmlzimh raise aware her only to apply the provisions of this Agreement, warships and Coast Guard for both parties, and each Party shall endeavor to prevent fishermen from working in the other part of the maritime corridor. It also requires the cooperation of the parties to preserve the marine environment from pollution risks whatsoever and work to combat and eliminate its effects.

    She pointed out that «the decisions of the International Committee which was formed to demarcate the border illegally and non-binding because it is the Commission incomplete withdrew one of its members, a member of Indonesia through its work in the nineties of the last century, as well as that all Security Council resolutions were related to the withdrawal of the Iraqi army from Kuwait, has been the withdrawal of the army and therefore supposed to cancel all international resolutions, but the Iraqi diplomacy was weak and complicit, and this caused the persistence of Kuwait.

    Under the draft agreement on identifying the waterway from the meeting point in the Khor Abdullah channel international borders between border points (156) and (157) southwards to the point (162) and then to the beginning of the entrance to the creek.

    And warned that «this Agreement if passed in parliament, will enable Kuwait to control the port of Khor Abdullah future».

    Iraq remains subject to international sanctions and Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which is obliged to pay 5 percent of its imports reparations to Kuwait and the countries affected by the invasion of the former regime of Saddam to Kuwait on the second of August of 1990.

    The Iraqi parliament lifted its to-day on Saturday without being able to modify the Accountability and Justice Law (de-Baathification) and the draft law criminalizing the Baath Party, as well as raising a bill regulating marine navigation between Kuwait and Iraq in the Khor Abdullah.

    Moreover, according to a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq that Iraq's Ambassador to Kuwait Mohammed Hussein Bahr al-Ulum, discussed with the Head of Mission of the United Nations to help Iraq «UNAMI» Martin Kobler and political advisor of the mission Kinan Rajarthnam, in relevant topics file of Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations and the efforts of Iraq out of the provisions of the Chapter VII

    Thanks Chattels ~~RED

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    U.S. cautious toward Syria stems from mistakes made ​​in Iraq in 2003
    10-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, that the current U.S. administration very cautious in the Syrian file because of errors committed during the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003.
    He stressed in an interview with the newspaper "Rolling Stone" bi-monthly, the team president, Barack Obama, restored the image of the United States in the world.
    "I do not want to sabotage everything, like it did the previous administration (George W. Bush), in Iraq, saying the existence of weapons of mass destruction."
    The U.S. government raised recently, the possibility of the Syrian government resorted to its stockpile of chemical weapons, but Obama, he stressed that the evidence is not solid enough.


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    Inconclusive results of the elections: No one holds the key to an absolute majority
    09-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Talk | David Ali | Baghdad |
    Unexpectedly, the provincial elections have become more exciting than the lackluster polling day, with the announcement of the final results of the elections on the fourth of May (May) month.

    Political blocks were placed in its high ceiling electoral campaigns to win up to the point of "absolute majority" of her that has not been achieved, at a time when other blocks preparations pessimistic about the formation of coalitions of local governments and reaped good results.

    ♦ Areas controlled by the coalition of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's "state of law" no longer the case after losing about 30 per cent of the seats compared to the electoral cycle in 2009, despite his alliance with the Badr Organization and the Virtue Party and the Reform Movement, led by Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

    The show features about the possibility of preliminary Sadrist alliance with the Supreme Council, even if this happened, the rule of law will face a difficult political phase.

    ♦ State law did not harvested according to the announcement by the Independent Electoral Commission in Iraq, more than 97 seats in the provinces, while the total harvested citizen alliance emanating from the Supreme Islamic Council and the Sadrist movement arrived lists to 118 seats.

    Outweigh the current and the Council in the case of the alliance in this province orthat will be the beginning of the end of the control of Nuri al-Maliki on local councils, especially in the south and Baghdad.

    The Iraqi academic says Ihsan Al Shammari said that "the results of the elections have produced different weights and perhaps indicate what will be the image in the parliamentary elections scheduled for about ten months after, coming فالتحالفات will be hotter than the campaign."

    Islamic Supreme Council of fingernail with 61 seats, also obtained lists of the Sadrist movement 58 arrived in progress to 41 per cent from the previous local elections.

    Sadr confirmed that one of the most winning lists "in the elections by winning those seats and ♦ block citizen would be a" key ally "for the formation of local governments.

    Secretary General of the Liberal bloc in Iraq Zia al-Asadi said at a press conference attended by "talk" following the announcement of the Commission the results of the voting that "for the Liberal bloc to 58 seats show that we are one of the most winning lists in the elections and seats obtained in this election than the previous session 17 seats an increase of 41 per cent, while a citizen Alyadd block got seats 7 per cent increase from the previous elections, the ♦ State of Law coalition dropped its seats by 30 per cent from the previous session. "

    He added Asadi "alliances horizon open us to the next stage but the closest ally is a mass citizen but is a key ally and all menus currently being negotiated and there are sessions and dialogues is not over until this moment."

    But al-Sadr alliance with the assumption Hakim does not seem to be available in most provinces, at the time of not logically neglect ability coalition of state law to manage the game of alliances, especially as he gained experience to strengthen its influence and bet on weak opponents in previous years.

    In Basra seems to be a coalition of state law, which led the local government prior to the province of Basra twenty seats out of thirty-five will continue to be led by the new government have, with the ♦ decrease of four seats will add will put some of the difficulties of this stage, which did not constitute the Maliki's coalition majority, and perhaps add some concessions as well.

    The province of Baghdad that contains the largest Council has 54 seats confirmed before "State of Law coalition to win 20 seats, got united 7 seats and a coalition of citizen to 6 seats, was followed by a coalition of Liberals five seats and DAI coalition, the Iraqi national unified stream elites and independent Iraqi Arabic three seats for each of them, while the state of citizenship bloc got two seats. "

    Maliki's coalition won ten seats in Nasiriyah also came after mass citizen seven seats, but it is equal with the bloc itself in Wasit province, seven seats each, were beyond the Liberal bloc thoracic five seats were distributed among other seats in the two provinces on blocks less weight.

    Could not some powers large powerful harvested first places in the province of Najaf, as it rose to the forefront of the new entity conservative controversial Adnan al while his entity "Loyalty to Najaf" to nine seats in the province of Najaf, and then a coalition of citizen six seats and a coalition of state law, five Liberal seats and three seats and the state fair two seats. "

    The coalition of Najaf The Partnership combines Renaissance and the Dawa Party organization inside, Vhsaloa on one seat for each of them. "

    The democratic currents that were not able to participate in the provincial councils in the years after crushed by the religious parties was a share in the new equation for the provincial councils.

    The Democratic Movement won ten seats in the 12 counties majority of the Iraqi Communist Party.

    He says the leadership of the current Jassim Hilfi for "discussion" that "the current election campaign has managed to achieve good results despite its simplicity and the difficulty of comparing it with what has been spent in campaigns large and influential forces."

    Hilfi believe that "Saint Lego system alone is not the reason to the achievement of democratic power for good results, but a relative shift in the mood of the people after the deteriorating conditions of services, and plunged the country in crisis left behind by the quota system."

    In Salahuddin province, the coalition of "fans first", led by Governor Ahmed Abdullah seven seats came after the list are united, led by Osama Najafi five seats followed by a list of local bear the designation "Iraq authenticity" by obtaining five seats then the coalition, the Iraqi National three seats and the same number National Alliance.

    Ratification of the results is still open because of appeals made by the parties participating in the elections, but accurately pointed to the existence of unexpected changes in the map of the local councils may be reflected in earnest later on a map of the next parliament.



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    Iraq's Sunni-Shiite Divide
    About Governance

    By: Harith al-Qarawee for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on May 7.

    There are two conflicting trends at the core of the sectarian dispute that is intensifying in Iraq.

    Summary :
    Iraq needs a political solution that recognizes the grievances of Iraq's Sunni populations and regions, Harith al-Qarawee writes.
    Original Title:
    Transferring the Syrian Conflict to Iraq
    Author: Harith al-Qarawee
    Translated by: Naria Tanoukhi

    Categories :Originals Iraq Syria Iran Security

    The first trend is influenced by domestic political considerations pertaining to the failure of the Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish forces to develop a governance and state administration formula that would reduce the sense of marginalization or exclusion by some parties that could lead to the division of the country.

    The second trend is influenced by regional dynamics, and is represented by the more sectarian Sunni and Shiite groups. These groups see the current conflict in Iraq as an integral part of the wider conflict taking place in the Levant region divided between a Sunni camp led or supported by Sunni regional powers such as Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, and a Shiite camp led by Iran.

    As a result, the greater the disagreement and difficulty to reach an internal Iraqi solution, the greater the power of radical groups, and thus the impact of their narrative, which tends to portray the situation as a Sunni-Shiite cosmic struggle that does not recognize existing borders or internal environments.

    Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria are the two main manifestations of the presence of such cross-border ideologies and organizational relations among groups that espouse them. The war being fought by the two groups is not one aimed at "spreading democracy," achieving "social justice" or reaching a political system based on broad participation. This war aims to achieve victory for the sake of the Salafist jihadist version of Islam against its enemies, which in this case are the Shiite-led government in Iraq and the Syrian regime dominated by Alawites (dubbed by Jabhat al-Nusra as "Nusayri" as a kind of insult and disrespect).

    Other than these two groups, there are groups such as the "Coordinating Committee of the Iraqi Revolution Youth" (the term coordinating committee became widely used during the Syrian revolution and had not been previously used in Iraq). These groups focus in their narrative on the importance of Sunni solidarity and not to trust any Shiite groups, including those opposed to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. They tend to talk about the Shiites as totally affiliated with Iran. Thus, the term "Safavi" is often used to refer to the Shiite forces and members of the Iraqi army, which is dominated by Shiites. The term “Safavi” in the Sunni memory refers to the 1501-1736 Iranian Safavid dynasty, which warred with the Ottomans.

    On the Shiite side, there is the prominent group of "Hezbollah in Iraq," which formed what they called the Mukhtar Army, whose name is linked to the Shiite historical narrative. These groups adopt an explicit sectarian ideology in their criticism of the Sunni opposition, and warn of the attempt of Sunnis to seize power again in Iraq. Also, they publicly express in their speeches sympathy with the Syrian regime in its confrontation with the Syrian opposition, and describe all its factions as sectarian.

    These groups transcend Maliki’s position in their criticism and accusations of treason against Sunni opponents. Wathiq al-Battat, secretary-general of Iraqi Hezbollah, warned Maliki of his soft stance and submission to demands made by demonstrators, and told him to be prepared for punishment.

    There is a page on Facebook called "The Mukhtar Brigades," which displays a picture of Battat. The group has been accused of distributing leaflets in some Sunni areas of Baghdad demanding that the Sunni population leave.

    There is another military formation in Damascus known as "Abul Fadl Abbas Brigade" — in reference to Abbas, the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib, a key Shiite fighter symbol. This brigade is presumably tasked with protecting the Shiite shrine of Sayyeda Zeinab in Damascus, which came under attacks by Syrian Salafist groups. The composition of the brigade — which includes Iraqis, Lebanese, and Iranians — clearly reflects this cross-border sectarian ideology and its interpretation of the ongoing conflict in the two countries.

    The simplified missionary-like narratives adopted by the Sunni and Shiite sectarian groups succeed in attracting many youths, especially amid the prevailing radical atmosphere and violent acts that feed collective solidarity. However, it is still possible to say that we have not yet reached a stage of complete integration of the Iraqi and Syrian fronts. Feelings of cross-border sectarian solidarity does not necessarily lead to forging "political and military unity" and overcoming restraining dynamics such as national identity and local relations.

    Most of the major political forces on the two sides have not resorted to the use of explicit sectarian language, although there are signs in the statements of some politicians that imply sectarian loyalty. This means that they realize that indulging in sectarian rhetoric can reduce their chances for involvement in the national political sphere. It could be argued that even with the presence of Sunni and Shiite Iraqi militants fighting one another in Syria, the vast majority of radical forces are focused on local objectives. It is perhaps for this reason that Jabhat al-Nusra denied being part of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and preferred to have direct links with the international head of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri.

    On the other hand, the Iraqi national Shiite group known as the Sadrist movement not only warned of interference in Syrian affairs, but also raised in one of its public celebrations flags of both the Syrian regime and the Syrian opposition to emphasize the group’s neutral position on the conflict.

    Easing sectarian polarization is still possible in Iraq if the protests in Sunni areas were recognized as the result of a deep political problem, not just a simulation of the Syrian experience. While extremist forces on both sides are seeking to feed the conflict and give the impression that violence and confrontation are the only way, the largest spectrum of Iraqi society does not want a new civil war, and the major social groupings are not convinced about the usefulness of such a war.

    What Iraq needs is a new political deal that would allow the machine of the political system to restart so as to achieve a balance between the need to preserve unity and internal peace, and the inclination toward autonomy and greater independence in Sunni areas in particular.

    Harith al-Qarawee is an Iraqi scholar and author of Imagining the Nation: Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Socio-Political Conflict in Iraq. On Twitter: @harith_hasan.


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    Prince Kanani:-Maliki not represent the views of the National Alliance

    10-05-2013 08:06 AM

    Baghdad (news) .. According to a member of the Liberal block of the Sadrist movement MP / National Alliance / Amir Alknluna, that the views of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki does not represent the National Alliance, but is acting as prime minister, adding that the National Alliance adheres to the partnership with the Kurds, regardless of the position Maliki.

    Kanani said in a statement (of the Agency news): The recent agreement that took place between the delegations of the National Alliance and the Kurdistan Alliance was not for the National Alliance agreement but the agreement is exclusively between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and regional president Nnigervan Barzani.

    He added: that the National Alliance is still a believer previous agreements, which was held in Erbil days of the formation of the government, pointing out that the opinion of al-Maliki did not represent the opinion of the National Alliance, but acting prime minister and his disagreement with the province unless the consent or approval of the National Alliance.

    The MP said the National Alliance to: that adheres to the partnership alliance with the Kurds, regardless of Maliki's position and always admonishes the Prime Minister on the target of the response, noting that the National Alliance pressure on al-Maliki in order to sit for dialogue with the region and resolving outstanding differences with them.

    The MP for / coalition of Kurdish blocs / Azad Abu Bakr Zainal, said: can not resolve all political disputes outstanding between the political parties, but the dialogue and understanding will بحلحلة differences, Mishra that the visit of Prime region Nechirvan Barzani to Baghdad contributed to obtaining some understandings, and the agreement in principle on some controversial issues, and expressed hope the application of what has been agreed upon. / End / 2.'s. m /


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    GMT 5:21 2013 Friday, May 10 :

    Last Update Hakim: Iraq faces the challenges of open sectarian conflict witnessed in the region

    Mahtjo Iraq constitute a delegation to negotiate and Kurds are ready for mediation
    Dr. Osama Mahdi

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    With renewed Iraqi provinces to western and northern protests today under the slogan "F Save our pride" protesters have announced the start of their contacts to form a delegation to negotiate with the government where Kurds announced their willingness to mediate between the two parties .. While Ammar al-Hakim said Iraq is exposed to significant challenges in the region, which he said Thi events for a long sectarian conflict.

    Witness the provinces of Anbar, Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Diyala provinces and regions in Baghdad protests and prayers united today under the slogan "Remember pride beer" and emphasis on Slmatha and subduction prevent militants from among the demonstrators. She coordinating committees of the protests that this slogan was chosen to ensure that the options to protect the protesters, which it called "the massacres of the government, which has become kill people in cold blood." Not confirmed the absence of any intention to break up sit-ins, stressing that it will not end as long as the rights and demands alienated by the government as saying.

    For his part, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Anbar province, Saadoun al-Shaalan said the protesters in the process of forming a delegation negotiating with the government to end the popular movement protesting in the provinces.

    He pointed out that being contacted to form a 12-member delegation of leaders of the sit-ins and demonstrations in provinces Almatsamh to start negotiations with the government next week. He explained that the delegation includes two bills, politicians and leaders of the sit-ins and demonstrations and clerics and tribal leaders representing six provinces protesting.

    And ask the leaders of the protests last Friday three options to deal with the lack of response from the government to their demands first departure of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Ngearerh the latest from the Shiite National Alliance or to be judged a year in the provinces Almentvdh themselves resorting Li-forming regions or resorting to the military option to achieve the demands.

    In this regard, said the Kurdish parliamentary block change led by نيشيروان, Mustafa it is ready to mediate between the government and protesters to resolve the crisis between them. The MP said the bloc nice Mustafa we accept that we as an intermediary between the government and the protesters under the supervision of the United Nations to resolve the crisis and end the demonstrations.

    And witnessed protests developments and the implications of accelerated after the joint force composed of formations rapid intervention and counter-terrorism in 23 of the last month stormed Square demonstrators in Hawija in Kirkuk north to capture what it says gunmen have killed two soldiers and wounded two officers and resulted in the clash between the two sides killed dozens dead and wounded.

    The provinces of Baghdad, Anbar, Salahuddin and Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh seen since December 25 (December) past protests and sit-ins demanding the release of detainees and detainees innocent and prosecute "violators of the symptoms of" prisoners, as well as change the course of government, and the abolition of Article 4, terrorism and the law of accountability, justice and the confidential informant and an amnesty and the abolition of the exclusion and marginalization of Iraqi components.

    Hakim: Iraq is exposed to the challenges of open sectarian conflict witnessed in the region
    Warned the head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim that Iraq is exposed to significant challenges in the region, which he said Thi events for a long sectarian conflict.

    He said al-Hakim in a speech in the holy city of Najaf (160 km) south of Baghdad last night باحتفالية Martyr's Day Iraqi anniversary of death of the leader of the Supreme Council previously Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, who spent detonated a car bomb in Najaf in 2003 to map the geographical and political change quickly, "but does not seem that there is solutions and clear in the near future and may continue if confusion security for a period of time given that the tools of conflict has become undisciplined as if the region prepares for the sectarian conflict is open and this what makes us in great danger as the conflict became clear we have to study and know where we're going in under these implications and should be نحصن ourselves to these threats. "

    He pointed out that this requires greater internal cohesion and an end to some of the dilemmas and overcome the narrow personal accounts "until Iraq انكون we have introduced into the furnace problems and major complications." He said that the stage of today's stage of the formation of clouds and no one knows where to start flash floods and we have to نحصن Iraq so it clear conduit for these floods is our duty legitimate to deal responsibly to these threats and stick to our unity sectarianism and nationalism because of fragmentation if it began in this country will be extended within the boundaries of the community, national, and even component of social and political one. "

    He stressed the need to adhere to بميدأ national partnership and said that "the principle of partnership is an approach we believe and stems of the vocabulary of the Islamic Action balanced and the prayers are for the majority of the political to be representative of the components and the portfolio of the National Partnership and not deduced this partnership are not linked to the situation of weakness and strength and not a tactic specific timetable" .

    He stressed that "participation and contain the other represents a crowning achievement in the drive to work and achieve victories and push projects forward so the principle of partnership represents a starting point and not a tactic, time-limited access to the limited gains an approach stems from our understanding of the deep vocabulary of teamwork." He stressed, saying "We will carry the banner of the involvement of others and embrace and سنحفظ human our partners even Frtoa the Bhakoukohna but we are working according to our vision and Mtbuniatna and our ambition for the success of the country."

    He added, Hakim said "the partnership our project to build a nation and industry homeland, the mainstay of the construction of this project and can not be abandoned because it means giving up the tools of success at this stage and fateful battle and whatever the losses in the short term, the significant benefits in favor of the project and the country in the longer term Stdfna about these partnerships and enhance the credibility of the entity that is moving and protects the nation project that builds the nation and we need more to this project. "

    He explained, saying, "Without the partnership can not build a country without tolerance for can not build a society if we are builders of the state should get into this principle must be aware that the tolerance that is subject to the freedoms and duties and not confuse them do not exceed the constants Dinana or national and tolerate when you turn the situation to complacency when we stand strongly for constants and principles. "

    On the elections of local governments that have taken place on the twentieth of last month called wise politicians to study the data the results of those elections, "being carried important messages from the people to the political class. Said," We have to study the data elections because they carried important messages of our people for the political class in terms of the proportion of participation and choose directions. "

    He stressed Hakim, the need to "leave the language of political discourse to the service and practical," adding that "people want to see the political class is engaged in service and not in political conflicts," warning "They are risking their confidence of the people, if you have not read this letter carefully and continued some of the language of the chaos and conflicts political. " He added that "the results of alliances in recent provincial elections will pave the alliances and programs in the upcoming elections for the formation of the central government," .. Stressing that "this is what makes it imperative for officials to consider strongly the street trends and choices" and noted that "the street today look to politicians negative," stressing the need to deal with that perception.

    The Islamic Supreme Council headed by al-Hakim has achieved advanced results in local council elections in the country in the twenty last month as a first solution through winning 58 seats while his Sadrist movement led by Moqtada al-Sadr on 53 seats while the won the Islamic Dawa Party led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, with 32 seats among the twelve provincial which took Fahaalantkhabat from among the country's eighteen provinces, amounting to about 400 seats.

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    G7 to confirm stance on currency, Bernanke unlikely to attend meet

    AYLESBURY, England | Fri May 10, 2013 2:55am EDT

    (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is unlikely to attend the Group of Seven financeleaders' meeting on the outskirts of London this weekend, a G7 official said.

    The official, speaking after the dollar broke after 100 yen to its highest level in four and a half years, also said the G7 finance ministers and central bankers are likely to confirm the stance agreed upon by the larger Group of 20 nations that monetary policy would not be directed at currency rates but used for purely domestic purposes.

    Bernanke is scheduled to speak from 1330 GMT (9.30 a.m. EDT) on Friday at a meeting in Chicago. It is not unusual for the Fed chief to skip international meetings and be represented by a deputy

    (Reporting by Leika Kihara, Editing by William Mallard, John Stonestreet)


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    Iraqi Free: Parliament is no longer a good environment to pass laws and Pat political differences Station

    Friday, May 10 / May 2013 08:43 | | |

    {Baghdad: Euphrates News} Free coalition in Iraq said that the parliament is no longer a good environment to pass laws that concern the Iraqis because Pat plant interactions and political differences.

    The MP for the coalition in Iraq free high Nassif in a statement to the Euphrates News Agency {} on Friday that "this is the worst course passed the House of Representatives as a result of attempts dragged into political disputes and disagreements and clashes and the presidency of the parliament bears full responsibility."

    She "was not included on the agenda of the House of Representatives during the last period important laws where the interests of the Iraqis, the environment is no longer valid to approve what is in the interest of the country and the people, but it has become plant interactions and political differences."

    The MP for the coalition of state law Ihsan al-Awadi said House Speaker Osama Najafi and since more than three years puts the agenda of the meetings of the Parliament as he pleases and hides the laws and put other laws and this unique approach another of the House of Representatives a lot.

    The MP for the coalition criticized Iraqi political blocs County sessions of the House of Representatives usually it was not feasible because the Parliament is the property of the people and not for a specific block. Ended 1


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    PKK Challenges Barzani
    In Iraqi Kurdistan

    By: Denise Natali for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on May 9.

    While Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) pursues the cease-fire plan with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the PKK is also involved in a subtle power struggle across Turkey’s borders. This struggle is being played out by the PKK’s efforts to check the influence of Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, over leadership of the Kurds. By engaging in the Kurdistan Region’s messy pre-election politics and supporting the opposition Change Movement (Goran), the PKK is attempting to stifle a third mandate for Barzani, while stirring local criticism of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). These PKK interventions are unlikely to alter the status quo in the region — at least for the forthcoming elections — however; they are fueling political fragmentation and creating additional challenges to regional stability.

    Indeed, rivalries between the PKK and Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are nothing new. During the Iraqi Kurdish civil war of the 1990s, the PKK and KDP engaged in armed conflict against each other, as well as the KDP against the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). The Ocalan-Barzani competition re-emerged after the Syrian civil war broke out, and as different Syrian Kurdish groups backed by the PKK and its affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) vied for power with the KDP-supported Kurdish National Council. This rivalry continues with Barzani tied to Turkey and attempting to court Syrian Kurdish youth groups and independents away from PYD influence.

    Still, Barzani and Ocalan reached a tacit agreement after Ocalan’s imprisonment in 1999, which allowed the PKK to relocate in the Kandil Mountains in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The KRG also tolerates the presence of thousands of PKK supporters in the Makhmour Camp, where they have been residing since 1994 as political refugees. Moreover, despite the rapprochement between Erbil and Ankara, Barzani has affirmed that “the period of Kurds killing Kurds is over” and that the KRG Peshmerga would not engage militarily against the PKK or any other Kurdish group. These efforts have led to a mutually peaceful coexistence between the KDP and PKK, despite the distinctly different ideologies and regional relationships each has developed, particularly with Ankara.

    The last six months, however, have seen a shift in PKK tactics inside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Whereas the PKK leader in Kandil, Murat Karaliyan, had previously indicated his willingness to work with Barzani in 2009, he now opposes electing him to a third term as president. The PKK is using its networks and social media to incite local opposition against Barzani and the Iraqi Kurdish parties. For instance, it is encouraging local populations in the Iraqi Kurdish-Iranian border town of Halabja to criticize the KRG and Barzani for lack of services. One of the PKK websites has inflammatory photos and remarks about Barzani's leadership, as well as other KRG political party leaders.

    This shift reflects a reaction to Barzani’s growing power — including his close ties to Erdogan — and his claims or ambitions to become a leader of all the Kurds, expressed in Kurdish as “president of Kurdistan,” which the PKK rejects. More specifically, the PKK shift coincides with the illness of Jalal Talabani, president of Iraq and leader of the PUK, which has further weakened the PUK and limited any serious competition for the KDP and Barzani's power. In fact, the rump of the PUK — known as the "Gang of Four" — may have called for a separate list in the planned September elections to reflect its differences and attempts to challenge the KDP. Yet the PUK leadership continues to support and depend upon Barzani as president, particularly as a financial patron.

    This is why the PKK is now calling for a “Kurdistan supported by Goran.” Goran remains the only secular Kurdish nationalist party that seeks to remove Barzani from office while pressing for a parliamentary and not presidential system for the region. Goran also has indicated its support for the PKK and affirmed the PYD as the representative of the Kurds in Syria, posing another direct challenge to Barzani and the KDP. The PKK-Goran alliance also is based on shared concerns about Turkey’s regional power and the need to check Erdogan’s influence over Iraqi Kurds and in Syria.

    It is unlikely that the PKK will weaken the deeply rooted patronage networks inside the Kurdistan Region that will assure Barzani power and KDP and PUK influence for years to come. Many people, particularly the youth, may support the PKK as true Kurdish nationalists and back Goran; however, they also have been co-opted by the increasingly generous handouts and comfortable lifestyles made available to them by the KRG in recent years. Many others are disinterested in politics altogether or unwilling to pay the consequences of being linked to the opposition.

    Still, PKK engagement in Iraqi Kurdish politics matters because it reveals the growing complexity of the trans-border Kurdish problem and the PKK’s political agenda to change the status quo. This challenge will not only be about advancing Kurdish nationalist rights in different states, but clarifying who will represent Kurdish interests and what form these nationalist interests should take. Whatever the outcome, these struggles will likely create a wide opening for more deal-making between Kurdish groups and regional states, keeping the Kurdish nationalist movement fragmented from within and across borders.
    Denise Natali holds the Minerva Chair at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), National Defense University where she specializes in Iraq, regional energy issues and the Kurdish problem. The views expressed are her own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the US government.

    Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/orig...#ixzz2SsBjThNL

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