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    " The Dinar Daily " ...... Friday, 31 May 2013

    Sadrist MP: "Replacing Maliki only solution to resolve current crisis in Iraq"

    Thursday, 30 May 2013 22:18

    MP Ali al-Tamimi of the Ahrar bloc associated to the Sadr Trend stressed that "The only solution to resolve the current crisis in Iraq is to replace the Premier Nouri al-Maliki by another figure from the Iraqi National Alliance."

    Timimi stated "Resolving the current crisis lies in replacing Maliki by another figure which enjoys acceptability by all the sides or holding an inclusive national meeting that gathers all the blocs or waiting for the next parliamentary elections to replace Maliki through the ballot boxes."


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    Block «Chest»: «militia organization is involved with terrorism in Baghdad

    31-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD - «life»
    Friday, May 31, 2013
    A source in the Sadrist parliamentary bloc that has documented information was handed over to the authorities to prove the involvement of official 'militias organization' random acts of murder to stir chaos again in Baghdad, while the the headbands militia denied the people the right is involved.
    The source, who stressed on condition of anonymity in a statement to «life»: «we get accurate information supported by documents irrevocable appeal or confirm the involvement of militias, the killings that took place in different parts of Baghdad and specifically in Rusafa.
    He pointed out that «these militias are trying to create a new sedition and fuel innocent Iraqis to settle and hit the provocation of the Sadrist movement in one way or another, but this will not happen to them.
    He stressed that «such information and documents submitted to the security authorities to take the necessary measures and prosecution of belonging to those militias, and soon we will announce those documents. But he declined to reveal the identity of those militias, supported by the side.
    Moreover, the movement denied «League of the Righteous, led by Qais al-Khazali, the charges against her of being behind the killings, which took place in some areas of Baghdad. The head of the political bureau movement Adnan Faihan, during a press conference, the day before yesterday: «We deny completely denied the charges to the movement of people of the right of being behind the killings without any evidence. He stressed that «the movement supports the work of the security services without a weapon. It is not a militia, but Islamic resistance and attempts to stick the charges resistance the new Bkadima Islamic aims to undermine its reputation on the one hand and exchange of criminals on the other hand.
    And accused Afaihan «vice president sentenced to death Tareq al-Hashemi and former MPs Mohammed al-Daini Abdel Nasser al-Janabi, promoting those rumors, pointing out that« there are some politicians are trying to implementation agendas Turkey - country in Iraq. He explained that «the Turkish position is supportive of Iraq's sectarian Shipping. The people of the right movement called on all Muslims to defend the Sayeda Zeinab shrine in Syria without intervening This call came from the door to be legitimate.
    The accusations to headbands folks right of being behind the assassination and murder of identity in the capital recently, through the monument fake checkpoints in a number of the streets of Baghdad, especially in the Karkh.
    Moreover, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq during his tour in the Saidiya district, south of Baghdad, and that attempts not vacuum capital of its people over the bombings.
    A statement from al-Mutlaq said «no secret to you that there is a crisis in the country behind them, unfortunately, people محددون the strike emptied Baghdad that city the good of its people good of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds and the rest of the other ingredients.
    He called «citizens and security services Baltkacv and not to allow terrorist forces Almilicioah and the achievement of its goals in preventing people from going to mosques, schools and the exercise of their work and the search for livelihood.
    Download «police and security greatest responsibility to protect citizens and their property, saying« the importance of the arrest of the criminals before they carry out their criminal operations and zero tolerance with the attempt to breach security and launch sectarian threats.
    He pointed to the meeting of the Council of Ministers last and said that «there is a consensus in the Council to reject violence in all its forms and everyone expressed his willingness to stand in the face of discord that will not hand them one if caught, God forbid,», adding that «the Iraqi people will remain united and will not be affected by attempts suspicious» .


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    President of the Kurdistan Regional Government receives high-level U.S. delegation

    31-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Sulaymaniyah: received Barzani Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region on Thursday, U.S. delegation high-level annexation of Special Assistant to the U.S. President and coordinator of Cun Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf in the U.S. administration Philip Jordan and Ms. Amand Chancellor Supreme Coordination office of the White House and Brett CAC Kirk Deputy Assistant Secretary of State U.S. embassy officials in Iraq and the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil.

    During the meeting, they discussed the current situation in Iraq and relations between Erbil and Baghdad and Iraq's political process in general and the visit of the delegation of the Kurdistan Region headed by Barzani Prime Minister of the Territory to Baghdad recently to Baghdad and the results of interviews and meetings with Iraqi parties and the agreement signed with the Prime Minister of a federal Iraq.
    The new Barzani during the meeting that the visit, meetings and meetings in Baghdad was a positive step for dialogue and understanding, and we are pleased to Tsanf dialogue process, and we believe that we can not solve all problems through one visit and overnight, but the important thing is that the doors of dialogue open and we will endeavor to resolve all problems through dialogue. Barzani also announced "wait-Maliki's visit to Arbil, and we hope that this visit will be an incentive to take steps forward in the context of solving problems." He also stressed that the agreement between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad is not at the expense of any party and assure that it does not pose a threat to any party.
    This was the status quo in the region in general and particularly the Syrian crisis and the repercussions of the Syrian events on the region, another aspect of the meeting between the two sides. In this regard, the Prime Minister expressed concern about Kurdistan Kurdistan Region regarding the deteriorating situation and exponential suffered by the Syrian people, and declared "We call on to protect the Kurds in Syria and the Kurdish people is not a victim of this problem and crisis in Syria.
    In the axis of the meeting, the two sides discussed the reconciliation process in Turkey and the efforts to resolve the Kurdish issue in Turkey, and in this context, explained Barzani that the Kurdistan Region plays a helpful role in e 1 e process and has encouraged Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and urged them to resolve the issue through dialogue , expressing his wishes that the reconciliation process take its course proper in order to reach a solution and end the violence and fighting, and renewed at the same time prepare the Kurdistan Regional Government for any help to address the issue.


  4. #4
    Next month .. Confidentiality measures to revive the dinar against the dollar

    30-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad (Iraq) Baghdadi future / Walid al-Mahdi

    With the continuing decline in the exchange rate of the dinar against the dollar and the central bank sales since the change of Directors of the Bank, said sources familiar with the Central Bank of Iraq will begin next month to open letters of credit in the banks to re-dollar exchange rate against the dinar to normal and prevent a repeat of volatility the exchange rate. Said an economist close to the bank for «future» yesterday (Wednesday, May 29, 2013) «The management of the central bank decided to start applying measures to curb the appreciation of the dollar against the dinar most important opening letters of credit in the government and private banks», indicating that the bank refuses now to disclose details some of the procedures they will be strictly confidential for fear of exploitation of some of the beneficiaries of the auction currency.
    The expert added that the central bank hopes to make the exchange rate under (120) dinars through the new procedures, which will begin next month.
    And plunged the value of the Iraqi dinar gradually over the past weeks to reach the price per dollar to about 1290 dinars after it had been stable on 1210, the highest rate up to the exchange rate during the past two years.
    For his part, MP Haitham al-Jubouri said the CBI told the Parliamentary Finance Committee that will begin next month, the application of new measures to curb the rise of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar.
    Jubouri said that the parliamentary Finance Committee has informed the Iraqi Central Bank support for all procedures in reducing the rise in the dollar against the Iraqi dinar.
    The parliamentary Finance Committee ضيفت this month and central bank governor Abdul Basit Turki agency and discussed with him the reasons for the high price of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar without to announce the details of what has been reached in this regard.

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    Massacre Haweeja: 30 suit incomplete .. And the elimination heading for the transfer of the investigation

    30-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad (Iraq) Baghdadi future / Walid al-Mahdi
    Announced Matsamu province of Kirkuk that they agreed with the defense of the victims of the massacre Hawija urged prosecutors to speed up the referral of cases completed against the commander in chief of the armed forces and security leaders responsible for the massacre to the courts, at the time revealed a source familiar with all that the public prosecutor in the Judicial Council found in Parliamentary report on the events of Hawija, which requires the transfer of the investigation from Baghdad.
    The spokesman said the protesters Kirkuk Akram al-Obeidi told «future» yesterday (Wednesday, May 29, 2013) that the leaders of the sit-ins and demonstrations Connected with the prosecution problem to consider claims of massacre Hawija and the defense of victims to assist law to hold accountable those responsible for the massacre and not having them at large threaten the people Bmarsh massacres Other against him. The spokesman added that it was the demand of the defense of the need to urge the prosecution to submit completed proceedings to of to start محكمتهم the courts according to the law, noting that the claims made by victims of the massacre exceeded (30) suit. He explained that the prosecution at the current time receipt of lawsuits and legal complaints and taking Ivadat complainants and witnesses and the completion of securities for the purpose of investigative magistrate authentication and forwarded to the competent courts.

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    Sadr Wants Talabani to Step Down

    By: Abdel Hamid Zebari for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on May 30.

    The May 17 publication of four photos of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani created an atmosphere of joy and celebration among supporters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), especially in the Talabani stronghold of Sulaymaniyah. The images are the first to be released in the five months since Talabani's transfer to Germany on Dec. 20, 2012, for medical treatment following a stroke

    Summary :
    Iraqi Shiite Leader Muqtada Al-Sadr is seeking to appoint a new president as questions linger about President Jalal Talabani's return to Iraq.
    Original Title:
    New Photos of Talabani Don't End Doubts About His Political Future
    Author: Abdel Hamid Zebari
    First Published: May 22, 2013
    Translated by: Tyler Huffman

    Categories : Originals Iraq

    Amid the positive outpouring of emotion, the photos' release raised questions among observers about their timing and about statements made by Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim, who is also Talabani's doctor, and the German physicians treating the president.

    As the photos of Talabani at a Berlin clinic were being broadcast via PUK-affiliated satellite channels, including KurdSat and Gali Kurdistan, residents of Sulaymaniyah and Kurdish towns hoisted photos of Talabani and PUK flags, fired guns into the air and gathered in front of PUK offices. Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government and leader of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan, expressed his joy at the publication of the photos, posting on Facebook, "I am very pleased with the news of the improving health of Mam Jalal, the president of the Republic of Iraq. I ask God Almighty to completely cure the president, and hope that he can return to us in full health as soon as possible." Talabani has been undergoing treatment for over three months.

    In the photos, Talabani is sitting in the garden of the clinic surrounded by his medical team and advisers. A short video was also broadcast featuring Dr. Karim and Talabani's German doctors, with Karim asserting that the president is in good health compared with five months ago and continues to improve day by day. The president does not appear in the video. Karim, a member of the PUK politbureau, is the only official authorized to make statement's about Talabani's health.

    On May 10, a week before the publication of the photos, Qubad Talabany, KRG Minister for Coordination & Follow Up, tweeted that his father, Mam Jalal, "continues to make good progress!"

    Some political observers are skeptical of the photographs, in which Talabani appears seated in only one position. They stress that the photos were released after the prosecutor general of the Iraqi Council of Representatives issued a statement, on May 13, calling on the head of the council to take legal action pursuant to the provisions of Article 72.II.c of the Iraqi constitution in the event of a vacancy in the office of the president. The request is also based on provisions of Article 1 of amended Public Prosecution Law no. 159 of 1979.

    Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr supported this request and said in a statement, "It is necessary to take the necessary steps to appoint a new president of the republic to replace President Jalal Talabani." Sadr also thanked the public prosecutor and asked him to "be independent."

    But the Legal Committee in parliament responded via Kurdish MP Khaled Shawani, deeming this request illegal and saying "Article 72 of the constitution talks about the vacancy in the post of president of the republic, not an absence. Vice President [Khodair al-Khozaei] has assumed the responsibilities of the presidency." He continued, "Parliament is not obliged to implement this request."

    Article 64 of the constitution defines the role of the president as follows: "The President of the Republic is the Head of the State and a symbol of the unity of the country and represents the sovereignty of the country. He safeguards the commitment to the Constitution and the preservation of Iraq's independence, sovereignty, unity, the security of its territories in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution."

    The third paragraph of Article 72 lays out procedures in the case of a vacancy in the office: "The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President of the Republic in the event that the post of the President becomes vacant for any reason whatsoever. The Council of Representatives must elect a new President within a period not to exceed 30 days from the date of the vacancy." Article 67 asserts, "The Council of Representatives shall elect, from among the nominees, the President of the Republic by a two-thirds majority of its members," and according to Article 69, "The President of the Republic's term in office shall be limited to four years and may be elected for a second time and no more."

    The Kurdish writer Massoud Abdul Khaliq, also a political analyst and official with the Standard Institute, an independent Kurdish media organization, believes that the published photos do not reflect a reinforcement of the hopes of the party's leadership that Talabani will be able to perform in his position as he did in the past at the local, regional and international levels.

    In an interview with Al-Monitor, Abdul Khaliq observed, "The photos give us some hope that Talabani is doing well. However, they are still photos that make us think that he will not be able to return to political work." He stressed, "I think that these photos came as a result of pressures experienced by the leadership of his party, especially after Iraqi prosecutors called for filling the void left by the president."

    There is widespread belief among Iraqis that President Talabani is sorely missed during the current political crisis. He has played an invaluable and leading moderating role among Iraq's volatile political factions. Now not only is he missed, but some parties are now making Talabani's health and convalescence itself an issue in Iraq’s current political crisis.

    Abdel Hamid Zebari is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. A reporter from Erbil who works in print and radio, he has published in local and international media, including Agence France-Press and Radio Free Iraq (Radio Free Europe).

    HIGHLIGHTS HERE: http://www.dinarupdates.com/showthread.php?12145-Highlighted-News-GAZETTE-Plus-FRIDAY-5-31-13&p=30397&viewfull=1#post30397

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    Fears of Civil War Cripple
    Baghdad Commerce

    By: Omar al-Shaher for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on May 30.

    Concerns about the possibility of Iraq sliding toward the abyss of sectarian war once again have strongly affected commercial activities in Baghdad. Wholesalers in many provinces shifted to the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, which enjoys security and stability, to obtain goods. Also, real-estate prices in the capital dropped significantly due to a considerable rise in supply.

    Summary :
    As sectarian violence and car bombings continue to flare up across Iraq, new limits on mobility have created roadblocks to the flow of commerce in the country.
    Original Title:
    Baghdad: Talk About Civil War Cripples Commercial Activities
    Author: Omar al-Shaher
    Translated by: Naria Tanoukhi

    Categories : Originals Iraq Security

    Traders of food products and construction materials in the predominantly Sunni city of Ramadi, in the west of Iraq, told Al-Monitor that they decided to shift to the wholesale markets in the city of Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, out of fear of going to the Iraqi capital following news that Shiite militias set up checkpoints in the western entrances to Baghdad in search of Sunni men arriving at the capital.

    Although the Iraqi security institution denied the news, the transit station for those traveling to Baghdad in Ramadi and Tikrit, in the predominantly Sunni Salahuddin province, has been almost empty in the past few days.

    Naim Naji, one of the main suppliers of sugar in the city of Ramadi, said that he made arrangements with dealers in the city of Erbil to provide him with sugar, since he ceased all dealings with traders in the Jameela market in Baghdad's Sadr City, a stronghold of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr .

    Naji told Al-Monitor, "At present, it is impossible for me to get near Baghdad, specifically near the industrial area in Jameela, since militias are setting up checkpoints and kidnapping Sunnis.”

    "I contacted Kurdish dealers in Erbil who will supply me with the amounts of sugar I need," he added.

    In the predominantly Shiite city of Kut, southeast of Baghdad, Kazem al-Boukhati, a dealer of car tires, said that he has not visited the tire wholesale markets in the Al-Zuyout area near Rusafa in Baghdad — which has a Shiite majority — for two weeks following the series of bombings that targeted various areas in the capital.

    Boukhati told Al-Monitor, "I had to go to Erbil to obtain the goods, which increases transportation expenses." He added, "The distance between Baghdad and Kut is only about 150 kilometers [93 miles], whereas it is more than 400 kilometers [250 miles] between Erbil and Kut."

    Near the predominantly Sunni Karkh district of Baghdad, Abdul Wahab al-Bayati, who runs a real-estate company called Mina, told Al-Monitor that the prices of houses have dropped about 10% over the past three months, and continue to decline due to residents’ fears of attacks by Shiite militias. As a result, the number of houses for sale has considerably increased.

    Bayati said, "Residents of the Al-Jami’ah, Mansur, Ghazaliya and Al-Khadra neighborhoods in the Karkh district are offering their homes for sale, dramatically increasing supply over demand, which has led to a drop in prices."

    In the Aqd al-Nasara Market in central Baghdad, which specializes in the wholesale trade of electrical supplies, Mounir Kamel, owner of Mounir Center for the Trade of Electrical Tools, said, "Sales and purchasing activities are declining by the day.” He told Al-Monitor that “In our transactions, we depend to a large extent on traders coming from the [other] provinces, and they are currently afraid to come to Baghdad."

    He added, "We ask the dealers in the provinces: 'Why don’t you come to Baghdad?' The Sunnis say that they fear the checkpoints set up by Shiite gunmen, and the Shiites say that they fear the bombings carried out by Sunni insurgents."

    Economic expert Bassem Jamil Antoine said, "The political crisis in the country and the recent wave of violence in Baghdad have caused a decline in the sale of houses, cars and goods." He added, "There has been a remarkable commercial recession in recent months.”

    Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry, believes that rumors have played a major role in reducing the commercial traffic between Baghdad and the other provinces. Maan told Al-Monitor, “Rumors significantly contributed to painting a blurry image of the real situation in Baghdad among residents of the other provinces, aided by biased media campaigns that aim to create chaos." He added, "Figures in the political and religious institutions also contributed to increasing tension through statements that fuel the security situation."

    Maan asserted, "Many reports of violence circulated by biased media, particularly with regard to checkpoints, are untrue." He says, "Journalists have conducted night tours in all the areas in which militias allegedly set up fake checkpoints. However, they did not witness any illegal armed manifestations."

    He revealed that a security operation will be soon launched in Baghdad, “the aim of which is to reassure the people of Baghdad." He pledged that "normalcy will return to the Baghdad markets soon."

    Omar al-Shaher is a contributor to Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications including France’s LeMonde, the Iraqi Alesbuyia magazine, Egypt’s Al-Ahaly and the Elaph website. He previously worked for Al-Mada covering political and security affairs and as a correspondent for the Kuwaiti Awan newspaper in Baghdad.


  8. #8
    Iraqis Fear Return of ‘Death Squads’
    To Baghdad Streets

    By: Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on May 30.

    The term "death squads" evokes an unequaled panic among Iraqis. Memories of the killings based on ID cards during the Iraqi civil war cannot be forgotten. The civil war erupted after the bombing of the holy Shiite shrine in Samarra in 2006, and transformed ethnically-mixed cities in Iraq — particularly Baghdad — into the biggest scene of conflict. During the war, atrocities were committed by both Sunni and Shiite armed groups, including exchange killings and forcibly displacing people to different neighborhoods.

    Summary :
    In light of escalating political crises and sectarian divisions in Iraq, some fear the return of Baghdad’s infamous "death squads," who reigned with terror over the past 10 years.
    Original Title:
    Did the Death Squads Return to the Streets of Baghdad?
    Author: Mushreq Abbas
    Translated by: Joelle El-Khoury

    Categories : Originals Iraq Security

    In turn, the death squads were the most ambiguous aspect of the war. They carried out kidnappings and killings by wearing Iraqi police uniforms, and traveling in official and military vehicles in 2006-2007 — while an evening curfew was in place (from midnight to 6 a.m.) — to hunt for their victims.

    This term goes back to before the civil war, when The Washington Post used it on Dec. 4, 2005, while criticizing the way the Iraqi police forces were formed and infiltrated by militias.

    Remarkably, the term has re-emerged after eight years. As news reports in Baghdad talked about the return of militants and killings carried out by armed militias in broad daylight, the Sunni Mutahidoun bloc held the Iraqi authorities responsible for this matter and accused them of bringing back the civil war.

    The Iraqi Interior Ministry denied this matter and stressed that talk of false checkpoints where people are being killed according to their IDs in the streets of Baghdad is a rumor designed to spread panic.

    Regardless of the number of assassinations carried out by the new death squads in Baghdad these days, they can really spread panic among city residents.

    Horrific stories of assassinations carried out before the government forces’ eyes in the neighborhoods of Sedea, ad-Dawrah, Kadhimiya and al-Shaab, targeting both Sunni and Shiite citizens, have circulated among the population.

    In light of the lack of accurate information from the authorities, the panic mainly reflects the fragility of the security situation in this country, and its vulnerability to internal confrontation.

    The reason behind this impression is that talk about the return of the death squads in Iraqi police uniforms followed a series of developments. They began with intensified attacks by al-Qaeda and armed Sunni groups against Shiite residential compounds, which coincided with the outbreak of demonstrations in the Sunni cities in late 2012, and the rise of concerns about a potential new confrontation between the Sunnis and Shiites. This is particularly the case since Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki publicly warned that a civil war may erupt against the backdrop of demonstrations.

    It could be said that the major achievement made by Maliki throughout his rule, which began in 2006, is eliminating the death squads through the so-called Saulat al-Fursan [Charge of the Nights] military operations. These operations were followed by a large-scale cleansing of the security forces, which included hundreds of officers and soldiers who were believed to be involved in one way or another in the establishment of the death squads.

    This achievement is not only about Maliki himself, as head of the government or leader of the State of Law Coalition, but mainly about the people’s trust in the security services, and whether or not this trust will be undermined by high rates of violence and the return of various aspects of the civil war.

    The main problem regarding the formation of the security and military forces in Iraq from 2003 until today is linked to accusations that they favor one social group at the expense of another, or maintain allegiance to Maliki's party alone.

    Such accusations would be baseless had the Iraqi security forces committed themselves to the same role they played during and after the Battle of Basra, by declaring themselves the protectors and defenders of the people against terrorist acts.

    It seems remarkable that the warnings of a civil war have not been associated with the bombings, for which al-Qaeda in Iraq has often claimed responsibility. These bombings did not shake the Iraqis’ confidence in the impartiality of the security forces — even though the number of victims in these bombings, which have continued throughout the past 10 years, exceeded the number of victims in the killings that have taken place in Baghdad these days. The decisive factor in this matter is the neutrality of the military and security forces, and their commitment not to become involved in political or sectarian conflict.

    This scenario seems to be more difficult with the absence of US forces, which assumed the role of broker between political parties during the war, and had succeeded in restoring relative civil peace since 2008.

    The American absence from the whole Iraqi crisis — whose security implications correlate with its political and social implications — was expressed by Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. He told CNN in an interview on May 24: “We have lost the service of an honest broker. Before, it used to be the United States."

    He also noted that the Iraqi government “has failed to rise above sectarian differences.”

    Although Zebari ruled out the possibility that Iraq could slip into civil war again, the signs regarding the recent assassinations in Baghdad may indicate the opposite.

    Today, the urgent question in the streets of Baghdad is, “Have all opportunities to prevent a civil war been squandered?”

    The answer is probably difficult; however, it stresses the need for having political leaders that are up to confronting the crisis, not being a part of it.

    Mushreq Abbas is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. He has been managing editor of Al-Hayat’s Iraq bureau since 2005, and written studies and articles on Iraqi crises for domestic and international publication.


  9. #9
    Kurdistan Referendum a Weather Vane for President Barzani

    Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani has now plainly said he does not want the constitution returned to Parliament for amendments, and that the only way to approve or redraft it is to let the people decide in a referendum.

    Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is trying to keep this issue a national one. That way, Barzani himself will have constitutional support should he decide to run for a third term, and his party will maintain its large influence in the region’s political sphere.

    By managing to put the constitution through a referendum before the election in September, the KDP will discover its own popularity in Kurdistan, and Barzani’s true standing among voters.

    That is why a public vote on the constitution is important to Barzani and the KDP. One could also say that, if the constitution fails to win popular support in a referendum, Barzani would see no need to stand for a third term.

    It is important to point out, meanwhile, that it is unfair that only residents of the Kurdistan Region are allowed a vote in the referendum. Kurds outside the borders of the autonomous region, such as Kirkuk, Mosul, Khanaqin and Shangal should also be able to vote on such an important national issue that affects their lives significantly.

    Depriving those Kurds of this vote means that Kurdish leaders no longer believe those areas belong to Kurdistan.

    In his speech on Sunday, Barzani said nothing about whether he will stand for a third term. This is because his party does not want to raise this issue until after the constitution saga has been settled.

    Whether the constitution remains in or out of the picture, the KDP still has many other ways to solve the question of Barzani’s possible nomination for a third term, among them negotiations with the opposition.


  10. #10
    Allawi: We call on the government "clinically dead" and its president to resign

    Khandan - The head of the coalition in Iraq, the United Nations not to be a false witness to what is happening in Iraq, called on the government which he described as "clinically dead" and its president to resign for failing to great in all areas.

    Allawi said in a statement received "Khandan", a copy of it, "about the bleeding of innocent blood of my people, and the loss of lives in cold blood, no longer stop the responsibility of other when condemnation and denunciation, but disregard the lives of the victims, and disregard patiently for their loved ones, and an insult to the great people to deserve only honor . "

    ". He said Allawi, "We stand today, the earliest Mancon to disaster rout dream of our people's historic freedom, and slope cliff to war and devastation and pain, we are required, more than any other time, aside considerations factional and partisan and personal, and to begin immediately, with the forces that fought against dictatorship The rejection of the uniqueness of governance and unlocked the true democratic approach, in a sharp turn towards the real interests of our country. "

    He pointed out that "reconsider the reform of the political process, which was based on political sectarianism and exclusion and rejected the national reconciliation and abandoned real partnership in power not only produce death, destruction and tension, a director only safe from slipping into a bottomless, which مايتطلب brave knights and concessions may seem to some painful and bitter. "

    Allawi said "testifies to us of our people, and enemies by friends, we are our response valiantly for a culture of sectarianism and projects before the fall of the regime and beyond, and we have strengthened approach encountered in Trasna to the ministry first, and Takndguena with the honorable sons of our people to confront their alliances, offering Constellation great martyrs of Iraq righteous sacrifices for unity, and his will free. "

    The president of the coalition in Iraq, "Today, in the reality of the features of a civil war open to the possibilities of even worse, and the government's inability dead clinically for blocking the crisis to the challenges of a more serious, we call on the government and its president to resign for failing to great in all areas, provides that the House of Representatives distinguished with political leaders in the country's reins, in parallel to provide the National Alliance candidate alternative to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers has the support of nice senior politician to heal the rift caused, and proceed immediately to implement the agreement of Arbil entirely on the basis of national partnership real and respond to the demands of legitimate peaceful demonstrations and at the same time we call on all parties to show maximum restraint. "

    ". Allawi called "United Nations not to be a false witness to what is happening in Iraq and associate Pmaihsal in Syria and tension of the Palestinian cause and Mraouhtha will put the region and the world on a powder keg, and will lead to the strengthening of the forces of extremism, as it came the events of crime in Boston, London and Paris evidence of spread around the world . "


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