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Barzani poses a compromise solution to the crisis in the Constitution of the Kurdistan region includes limited modifications
20-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil: Shirzad Shikhani of the
Returned the draft constitution for the Kurdistan Region, which raises a sensation since the period to the forefront of events during the past two days after a regional president Massoud Barzani held a special meeting with the Kurdish parties to talk about it and search for exits do not affect the internal situation, do not give rise to divisions in the ranks of the Kurdish people in this delicate situation. Barzani reach to the idea put forward by representatives of the Kurdish forces are summarized to make amendments to some of the necessary materials controversial deportation Other amendments to the remaining material to a later stage.
If the Constitution in most countries of the world worker unit peoples and diverse communities and social contract based unit of society and defines the rights and duties of individuals and supports the democratic institutions, it is in the Kurdistan region is almost This project is divided society with all its components and كياناته political threatening risks serious for the future of democratic experience and the political process and stable security in it, so the president of the province seeks through his movements intensified in the recent period to open doors for logical solutions to overcome this dilemma, and therefore put at a meeting last Thursday a proposal currently studying by a lot of political parties spend to make some adjustments demanded by the parties outs put the Constitution to a referendum.
He welcomed the high-level official in the MDC, which leads the opposition front in the region Barzani proposal. Said Mohamed Haji, president of the Chamber of political relations in the movement for «Middle East» The step Barzani are important welcome, and are sophisticated in its position on the issue of the Constitution after it was his party rejects absolutely any talk about re-draft constitution to the parliament to make the adjustments before the referendum . Haji added that «the fundamental disagreement over the draft constitution is structured political system, and our opposition demand is to change the political system, from a presidential system to a parliamentary system, and the change that we ask we want it to be real and substantial and not just changing the labels. There is also a requirement last centered on the powers of absolute regional president, which we call selected, although Barzani did not mention in his meeting with Kurdish forces to the nature of the amendments proposed by nor material candidate for modification, but the mere acceptance of the principle of the amendment is an important development in his positions, and we waiting for the crystallization of the situation in the coming days, then it will be every incident ».
For his part, Saad Khaled, a member of the Political Bureau of the Party of Kurdistan Toilers, that his party «supports the proposal of President Barzani, and supports the need for a full compatibility of all forces to support this proposal, which would open up new avenues to resolve the problem», but he hinted that « It's hard to looking Parliament articles of the Constitution point by point, because that would admit us in a maze of endless, so the proposal of President Barzani reasonable, I think the consensus on some amendments before converting the project to the Parliament is acceptable solution if there is a sufficient flexibility of the parties concerned with the subject.
According to some studies conducted in Kurdistan, there are more than 90 articles of the draft constitution need to be amended, especially that this project is approved in Parliament in the circumstances on which the Kurdistan today, in terms of the lack of opposition bloc in parliament, and opposition parties as strong as now and formulas the project in accordance with the vision and the desire of the two ruling parties (KDP, led by regional president Massoud and the Patriotic Union led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani).
On the other hand, is preparing three opposition parties (MDC and the Islamic Union and the Islamic Group) to hold a meeting during the next two days to discuss the preparations for the parliamentary elections scheduled for September next year. It is expected that searching the three parties to unite their efforts to fight the elections though individual lists, but the research will focus on the mechanisms of control and how to deal with potential fraud and other technical matters.
Talabani's party leader reveals the reasons for delayed broadcast pictures
20-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil: «Middle East»
A leading figure in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the reasons for delayed broadcast the first images of the president from his hospital German, pointing out that «the president's health were not allowed by appearing to the situation as it was, as His Excellency has suffered from problems in the face did not respond The medical team that proclaim it look the way it was, before it improves a bit, and then transported to the hospital garden and filmed.
The leader of the Kurdish responding to questions «Middle East» about the reasons for the emergence of Talabani shots side and far somewhat, and not the camera's focus on the face, which confirms the presence of complications of stroke on his face, and that he tried leader evade him, but he said: «We did not We want to show the president look not fitting for him, and originally we did not مستعجلين by showing, for not raise the issue of his successor, the presidency, which is a lot of talk about it during the recent period, and this was the main reason for the show, in response to those demands illegal appoint his successor, especially as it is still alive life ».
Questions «Middle East», which declined to Kurdish leader for answering, confirmed by the doctor Kurdish specialist work for years, Department of stroke in a hospital Swedish advanced, and raised yesterday, a sensation about the health of President Talabani, when he stressed that «the President wounded disease, lost his ability to speak .. It will not be able to forward any message or statement to his party or the Iraqis for a long time, making calls from his own party that is looking for a later stage ».
He added flesh Copalh newspaper «Hawlati» Kurdish autonomous in its issue yesterday, saying that «since the beginning of exposure President Talabani to stroke, published an article in this newspaper Kurdish, I said that the symptoms of this disease long-term, and it will not go away quickly enough, I also The president will need many years to retrieve half of his health before, and this depends mainly on the bleeding wounded him, and in any section of the brain occurred bleeding and size, and تحليلاتي This is based on the long period spent by Talabani in a coma, and the long duration of treatment, and not to hear his words several months ago.
He pointed out that «if bleeding occurred in the left part of the brain, the left pane will be subjected to paralysis or weakness, if this happens in the right side, the left side will be subjected to paralysis.
He continued: «I think it is time for the National Union to people Akashif these facts, does not celebrate the publication of pictures, and that from now preparing for the post of President Talabani.
Sadrist MP expects many MPs not to attend exceptional parliament session
Monday, 20 May 2013 11:42 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Ali al-Timimi, of al-Ahrar bloc within the Sadr Trend expected many MPs not to attend the exceptional parliament session called for by the parliament Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, to discuss the dangerous security situation in Iraq.
Speaking to All Iraq News Agency (AIN), he said "The General Commander of the Armed Forces, Nouri al-Maliki, did not attend the parliament sessions to discuss the security situation and had many justifications to avoid showing up in the sessions."
"There are many bombings to the Sunni and Shiite areas where there is a plan to create a civil war in Iraq," he added, noting that "I do not think that the Sunni are the enemies of the Shiite but there are foreign sides that attempt to create the sedition among the Iraqis where the parliament must has a strict stance."
"Many of the MPs will not attend the parliament sessions due to their travel abroad," he added, calling "The MPs of the State of Law Coalition to attend the session to stop shedding the Iraqi blood."
Rikabi rules out SLC attendance for exceptional session called for by Nijaifi
Monday, 20 May 2013 08:47 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -MP, Ibraheem al-Rikabi, of the State of Law Coalition ruled out the SLC attendance for the exceptional parliament session called for by the Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, to discuss the security situation.
Speaking to AIN, he said “The aim and the events of the session will be political against the government.”
He expected “The lack of quorum because most of MPs have traveled abroad or to their provinces.”
Earlier, Nijaifi called for holding parliament urgent session on next Tuesday to discuss the recent security breaches.
By: Ali Abel Sadah for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on May 19.
On the evening of May 14, 2013, dozens of people had gathered in front of a small shop in Baghdad to buy alcohol. Rabie Square — a vital commercial center in central Baghdad — was filled with the sounds of cars and shoppers as unidentified assailants emerged from four-wheel drive vehicles and opened heavy fire on alcohol vendors and workers, the majority of whom were Yazidi youth.
On May 14, 2013, 12 employees of an alcohol shop in Baghdad, 10 of whom were Yazidis, were killed by armed assailants amid increasing religious extremism in the country.
Alcohol Vendors in the Crossfire … Again
Author: Ali Abel Sadah
Translated by: Tyler Huffman
Categories :Originals Iraq Security
In a phone conversation with Al-Monitor, an officer on the federal police force said: "A group of armed assailants emerged from four vehicles in the Ghadeer neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. They entered a shop that sells alcoholic beverages and opened fire on those in the shop using guns fitted with silencers. This resulted in 12 people being killed, 10 of whom were Yazidi."
Adherents of the Yazidi religion have settled in Iraq. They are the remnants of an ancient Eastern religion that still maintains some of the traditions and beliefs of the people of Mesopotamia.
There are more than 500,000 Yazidis in Iraq, the majority of whom live in the Nineveh and Dohuk provinces (in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq). About 20,000 Iraqi Yazidis have emigrated to Europe, mostly settling in Germany and Switzerland. The Lalish temple, located in the Sheikhan region of the Nineveh province, is the sacred religious center for followers of this religion.
The majority of Yazidi youth emigrate to Baghdad to work in the alcoholic beverage trade. The Iraqi tourism law that was ratified prior to 2003 only allows non-Muslims to work in this trade. Since the fall of the regime of former President Saddam Hussein, Iraqi legislators have not changed or modified this legal clause.
Fear of militias and extremists groups has been a major cause behind the decline in employment seen among religious minorities in Iraq. Selling alcohol is considered a hazardous job in Iraq, since shops and vendors have previously faced attacks with machine guns and grenades.
Owners of alcohol shops, who refused to disclose their identities, said that they do not receive official permits from the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism, but they are forced to pay "sums of money to Iraqi army units to provide protection."
The work being done by the Ministry of Tourism — headed by Minister Liwa Semsem, a Shiite leader affiliated with Muqtada al-Sadr — is unclear, and the ministry's official website lacks any regulations or guidelines for those wishing to register alcohol shops.
It seems that some soldiers have cautioned owners of alcohol shops that they may issue orders to shut down alcohol storehouses and prohibit the sale of alcohol.
On April 9, 2012, security forces attacked nightclubs and shops selling alcohol in Baghdad and shut them down after owners and patrons were assaulted based on charges that they were working without official permission.
On the night of Sep. 4, 2012, Iraqi security forces raided recreational clubs in Baghdad. Security officers presented an official statement signed by the Office of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces ordering their closure, and soldiers and members of the security forces destroyed everything in these clubs and violently expelled their patrons.
During a press conference attended by Al-Monitor last year, Ali al-Alaq, a Shiite member of the parliamentary Religious Endowments Committee, called for legislation to combat alcohol.
It's worth mentioning that Sadruddin Qabbanji, a Friday preacher for Shiite Muslims in the city of Karbala, urged the Iraqi government to follow [the concept of] "the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice," and stated that what the Iraqi army did was "correct."
The Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice is an Islamic law that permits clergy to impose punishments on anyone who commits a violation of Islamic law.
Al-Monitor received via email a statement issued by the Department for Yazidi Affairs, an organ of the Iraqi government, which stated, "Criminal acts, including murder and persecution, are being carried out against members of the Yazidi religion and other minorities."
The department, which was established after 2003, stressed that "Iraqi religious minorities, particularly the Yazidis, suffer from difficult circumstances, death threats, harsh marginalization and persecution." Meanwhile, the statement held, "the security force is responsible for what happened, due to its failure to defend the lives of the people and protect them from terrorism."
The Lalish Center, a civil society organization concerned with defending the rights of Yazidis in Iraq, said in a statement Al-Monitor received via email, "It's interesting and worth noting that (the attacks against alcohol vendors) occurred in an area that is heavily fortified by the security services."
The center clarified that "the militants carried out their crimes in cold blood, after storming a police security checkpoint. They did not kill any police officers, they merely tied them up and then attacked a number of shops that employ Yazidi workers, whose economic conditions force them to risk their lives to provide for their families."
As I was writing this story, eyewitnesses told Al-Monitor that the security forces had ordered all shops that sell alcohol to close. Al-Monitor's source said that soldiers told them they were preventing them from [selling alcohol] to limit armed attacks on the lives of shop owners.
Ali Abel Sadah is a Baghdad-based writer for both Iraqi and Arab media. He has been a managing editor for local newspapers as well as a political and cultural reporter for more than 10 years.
Kurds and the Syrian Jihad
by Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Recently, when the armed forces of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Syria clashed with a group of Arab tribes and Islamist insurgent groups in Tel Temir, among the prisoners they captured from the other side were a number of Kurds from Sulaimani. In another encounter, Kurds from Kirkuk had been reported captured.
Incidents such as these belie an often heard Kurdish claim about the nonexistence of Kurdish jihadists in Syria.
The first time I realized Kurds from outside Syria were joining armed Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was in February 2012: A pro-PKK newspaper called Yeni Ozgur Politika was reporting that Kurds were being persuaded at Arab-run mosques in the Netherlands to join the “jihad” in Syria, against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The PKK is clearly against Kurds going for jihad in Syria. It prefers Kurds to prize their Kurdish identity above their Islamic one. Still, there are Kurds in Europe and Kurdistan who believe they are Muslims before being Kurds.
In February, following news that Hawkar Mohammed, a Kurdish student from Sulaimani, had died in Aleppo, it was never clear if he had been working in a hospital or was fighting with armed groups against the regime.
Probably the most prominent Syrian Kurd with jihadi ties is Qamishli-born Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, better known as Yasin al-Suri, a well-known Al-Qaida facilitator and financier based in Iran who is wanted by the US government.
Jihadi groups such as Jahbat al-Nusra, Ghuraba al-Sham and Al-Qaida all have Kurdish members.
Dutch media were slow to pick up reports of Dutch citizens joining the fight against Assad in Syria. There were several debates at Dutch mosques and by Islamic groups in the Netherlands over whether jhad was legal. In Holland, a 16-year old Kurdish girl was stopped before she could travel to Syria with her husband.
According to a number of Islamic scholars it is legal to wage jihad against a corrupt leader and a tyrant if he does not repent. For many scholars, this seems to be the case in Syria. There are rumors and unconfirmed reports that Ansar al-Islam is involved in sending jihadis to Syria.
It is clear that both the PKK and the Kurdistan Region’s ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are against armed Islamist groups in Syria, though the PKK has often accused KDP of working with the FSA.
Recently, the Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani told the Financial Times newspaper that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is worried about Jahbat al-Nusra and other terrorist elements.
The PKK and KDP prefer Kurds to fight in the name of Kurdish nationalism and not Islam. The PKK wants Kurds to join its own Popular Protection Units (YPG) militia, while the KDP prefers Syrian Kurds to support the KDP in Syria.
This might result in new policies by the KRG to prevent Iraqi Kurds from joining the jihad in Syria. This might be complicated, due to resistance by Kurdish Islamic scholars, though it seems that the Islamic parties in Kurdistan want to distance themselves from this issue.
In the meantime, the PKK wants to prevent Kurds from joining the FSA or Islamist groups, which are its biggest rivals for power in Syria.
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Ojaili calls for state law to attend the special session of the House of Representatives
20-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Called on the leader of the Iraqi List MP Abdul Dhiab political blocs, including the National Alliance coalition of state law to attend the special session of the House of Representatives.
He said in a statement received Agency (news) a copy of it on 'the need for all political blocs national duty to inject the blood of Iraqis and leave aside political harassment, and save the country from the specter of civil war and sectarian strife and division of the country.'
He called for an end to the province of state law, meetings of the House of Representatives and attend the emergency meeting, which will be devoted to discuss the security collapse and cowardly attacks, which affected innocent people in the existing mosque in Baquba, women and children in the popular markets in Baghdad and the different parts of the country. '
Deputy for the National: the need to attend the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and security leaders to a special meeting tomorrow
20-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
According to a member of the Liberal bloc National Alliance MP Hussein Kazem Mahmoud, the need for the presence of the Commander in Chief of the armed forces and security leaders to a special meeting called by the Speaker of the House Usama Nujaifi tomorrow.
Mahmoud said in a statement (of the Agency news): The emergency meeting called by Najafi to remedy low sperm status in recent days.
He added: There is an urgent need for the presence of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Nouri al-Maliki and Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi Agency and Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi, and all other security leaders to stand on what are the reasons that led to the deterioration of the security situation.
He also called for the National Alliance: security leaders, an extensive report on the causes of such violations, and those who stand behind them and the negligence of some security leaders putting security plans limit the terrorist operations that target citizens.
This Najafi has called for an emergency session to discuss security implications that hit several Iraqi cities.
Khaled Huani: Baghdad government claim to form committees to implement what has been agreed upon between the delegations of the National Alliance and the Kurdistan
20-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
He called for a coalition of Kurdish blocs Khalid Huani, the federal government to speed up the formation of committees for the implementation of what has been agreed upon between the delegations of the National Alliance and the Kurdistan Alliance.
And said Huani in a statement (of the Agency news): The written agreement between the delegations of the National Alliance and the Kurdistan must be translated on the ground to form key committees and sub-committees to start the procedures practical implementation of those conventions.
He added: on the federal government to speed up the formation of committees and to show a gesture of goodwill and to implement some Liabilities that do not need to form committees, but only to take measures within the Council of Ministers in order to create the atmosphere to implement the agreements.
The MP for the coalition of Kurdish blocs to: the delay to the implementation of the agreements is not conducive to resolving the differences, especially in light of the positive atmosphere that prevails the relationship between the federal government and the provincial government.
And confirmed Huani ready mass nomination committees of the Kurdistan Alliance, at any time, request the coalition but to be named the National Alliance Committee first.
The MP for the coalition of Kurdish blocs Mehdi Haji, said that the committees agreed to discuss outstanding differences between the federal government and the provincial government will be after the meeting between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani in Arbil, in order to end the crisis.
Said Haji in an earlier statement (the news): We hope the federal government to be serious in implementing what has been agreed upon and crossed positive steps to start meetings and the formation of committees, calling on the federal government to implement the agreements on the ground to calm the situation and end the crisis.