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    " The Dinar Daily ", Monday, 26 August 2013


    Iraq | Economic Indicators

    Markets Last Previous Average Trend Unit Reference
    Currency 1161.20 1163.00 1222.92 Trend 2013-08-23 Monthly

    GDP Last Previous Average Trend Unit Reference
    GDP 210.00 181.00 37.52 Trend USD Billion 2012-12-31 Yearly

    GDP Annual Growth Rate 10.20 8.58 8.24 Trend Percent 2012-12-31 Yearly

    GDP per capita 3500.66 2532.32 1440.46 Trend USD 2011-12-31 Yearly

    GDP per capita PPP 3659.32 3461.82 3511.45 Trend USD 2012-12-31 Yearly

    GDP Constant Prices 10452400.00 15956200.00 6173000.69 Trend IQD Million 2013-02-15 Quarterly

    Gross National Product 138248166.70 95688874.00 70488691.27 Trend IQD Million 2008-06-29 Yearly

    Labour Last Previous Average Trend Unit Reference
    Population 32.58 31.76 17.34 Trend Million 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Unemployment Rate 16.00 23.00 20.04 Trend Percent 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Employed Persons 924397.00 880756.00 870725.33 Trend Persons 2001-06-30 Yearly

    Prices Last Previous Average Trend Unit Reference
    Inflation Rate 2.30 1.10 16.27 Trend Percent 2013-06-30 Monthly

    Consumer Price Index (CPI) 141.50 140.90 131.55 Trend Index Points 2013-07-15 Monthly

    Core Consumer Prices 19997.00 19834.00 14121.80 Trend Index Points 2009-12-15 Monthly

    Core Inflation Rate -0.10 0.00 -0.05 Trend Percent 2012-08-15 Monthly

    Money Last Previous Average Trend Unit Reference
    Interest Rate 6.00 6.00 8.73 Trend Percent 2013-07-31 Monthly

    Money Supply M0 69505.00 68893.00 34545.77 Trend IQD Billion 2013-06-30 Monthly

    Money Supply M1 69879.00 70305.00 31265.35 Trend IQD Billion 2013-05-31 Monthly

    Money Supply M2 82343.00 83126.00 37512.82 Trend IQD Billion 2013-05-31 Monthly

    Trade Last Previous Average Trend Unit Reference
    Balance of Trade 24478.10 39048.00 8690.61 Trend USD Million 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Current Account 17581.20 26365.40 2282.97 Trend USD Million 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Current Account to GDP 0.30 8.35 0.35 Trend Percent 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Exports 46609.90 79680.50 25754.64 Trend USD Million 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Imports 26037.50 47802.90 18419.74 Trend USD Million 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Government Last Previous Average Trend Unit Reference
    Government Debt To GDP 31.30 86.90 188.38 Trend Percent 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Government Budget 10.00 7.61 -3.59 Trend Percent of GDP 2012-12-31 Yearly

    Government Budget Value 30359253.00 34576852.00 10652146.25 Trend IQD Million 2011-12-31 Monthly

    Credit Rating 15.00 Trend Monthly

    Business Last Previous Average Trend Unit Reference
    Industrial Production 2.77 4.67 8.28 Trend Percent 2010-12-31 Quarterly

    *** SEE GRAPH AND LINK : http://www.tradingeconomics.com/iraq/indicators ***

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    Hakim calls to assume active role by Iraq in new Middle-East
    Sunday, 25 August 2013 21:15

    Baghdad (AIN) -The head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, called “To assume an active and prominent role by Iraq within the new Middle-East.

    Through his Facebook, Hakim stressed “We are about to witness new map for the alliances in the middle-east as it becomes clear gradually.”

    “We should be effective in the new map,” he concluded.


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    UN Leader's Visit to Israel Shows
    Waning US Influence in Middle East

    By: Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse Posted on August 23

    While on a visit to Israel on Aug. 15-16, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held some interesting talks, receiving the red carpet treatment from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who oversees the slow yet chanceless negotiations with the Palestinians.

    Summary :
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's visit to the region and his meetings with Israeli leaders show how the West is losing control over Middle East events.
    Original Title:
    The face of radical Islam
    Author: Ben Caspit
    Posted on: August 23 2013
    Translated by: Simon Pompan

    Categories : Originals Israel Syria

    I would like to suggest to you not to talk about the settlements, Livni told Ban. At around that time, Israel was issuing new tenders for construction in the territories, mainly in Jerusalem and the large settlement blocs. Ban wanted to know why. Since your position on this issue is well-known, Livni replied, I would propose that you do not talk about it at this particular time. According to her, any statements to that effect at this juncture would only render the negotiations harder, forcing Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) to say something harsh, which could perhaps then undercut the possibility of progress. Abu Mazen cannot come off as more moderate than the UN. He, too, faces an opposition.

    Livni explained to Ban how sensitive the situation was, imploring him not to make the same mistake the Americans had made during US President Barack Obama’s first term. Back then, the administration put Abu Mazen on a high horse from which one cannot dismount peacefully. You can only fall off, and they left him to his own devices. Finally, the negotiations resumed, she told him, and the future of the settlements will have to be determined in the bilateral discussions. That’s why at this point it’s better to be smart than right and leave the talking to us (the recent sentences are my own interpretation.)

    Livni adopted the same approach when the discussion touched on the Palestinian prisoners-murderers whom Israel had released just two days earlier. What I would like to suggest to you, she said, is not to issue a statement in support of the release. When the secretary-general wanted to know why, she explained to him that some 85% of the Israeli public was opposed to the release. If you find out what those people were convicted of, you would understand too. No other country in the world would have released such prisoners. This is an open Israeli wound. This move is hard for everyone, myself included, mainly because Israel did not get anything real in return.

    In other words, Livni suggested to Ban that he let the Israelis and Palestinians run their own affairs without interfering by making unnecessary statements. When all is said and done, the peace treaties that Israel signed with the Arabs — Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians in Oslo — were always accomplished through direct negotiations between the parties without involvement, interference, pressure or threats. Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin made such a strategic decision and executed it, and the same is true of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The world can only stand in the way. Whenever the world meddled, wielded pressure or lectured, it all came crashing down.

    Then, it was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s turn. That was interesting, too. Netanyahu is a weak prime minister, a failed manager and a controversial leader. However, when it comes to public diplomacy he is unmatched. Having studied Ban, he knew exactly how to strike a chord with him.

    Netanyahu presented Ban the ongoing Palestinian incitement against Israel that comes across from the Palestinian curriculum which continues to call for Israel’s obliteration from the face of the earth, while describing Jews as “monkeys and pigs,” etc. Then it was time for [Prime Minister Netanyahu] Bibi to get to the punch line. The prime minister compared the Palestinian campaign of incitement and lies against Israel to North Korea’s unending and unbridled incitement against South Korea. Bibi had a long list of examples which left the secretary-general dumbfounded.

    Then, as was to be expected, Bibi proceeded to discuss the Iranian nuclear program. He drew a similar comparison to North Korea, or, to put it more precisely, to North Korea’s nuclear project. Netanyahu masterfully delineated the similarities between Iran’s nuclear program and that of North Korea. The latter didn’t give a hoot about the world or the United States, until South Korea woke up one morning only to find out that its neighbor to the north has a nuclear bomb.

    In that case, too, the world believed that diplomacy could postpone or do away with the bad news — a belief which proved to be baseless. When Netanyahu switched over to the Iranian nuclear project, he let Ban understand how dangerous Iran is to world peace — not just to Israel. He explained to the secretary-general how messianic Iran’s leadership is and how it is guided by radical religious edicts. The Iranians must not be allowed to do what the North Koreans did, Netanyahu said. Iran is a huge country with immense oil deposits and high capabilities. Such a country cannot be isolated the way the West has isolated North Korea. A nuclear Iran will exact a heavy price from the world — a price it cannot afford.

    The comic relief in the meeting between Ban and Netanyahu took place when the Israeli premier started talking about “construction in the settlements.” Most of the construction takes place in Jerusalem — Israel’s capital. It is carried out in places that everyone understands will remain in Israeli hands even in the settling of a final status arrangement, Netanyahu explained. For example, we build in Gilo, which is a neighborhood in Jerusalem across the Green Line, the premier explained. Then took the UN secretary-general to the window and pointed out the neighborhood. Can you possibly imagine that we won’t be able to build here, a place you can see from the prime minister's office? Bibi asked.

    Fortunately, Ban is not familiar with Jerusalem.

    On the one hand, Bibi is right. The Palestinians know all too well that Gilo will remain in Israeli hands even in the settling of a final status arrangement. On the other hand, you cannot see Gilo from the prime minister's office. What Bibi showed Ban is the Israel Museum, which is not too far from his office. But Ban is from South Korea. As far as he is concerned, the Israel Museum can represent Gilo, can’t it?

    Incidentally, Ban did not hear anything substantially different from the leader of the opposition, Knesset member Shelly Yachimovich (chairwoman of the Labor party). When it comes to these issues, there is a consensus in Israel.

    Later during his visit, it felt like the UN secretary-general had listened closely to what the Israeli leadership had said to him in that room. His statements sounded relatively mellifluous to Israeli ears.

    I would assume that Ban is well-aware of the fact that the only capital in the Middle East where he can move about freely nowadays — without the fear of being targeted by rockets, car bombs, chemical missiles, mass demonstrations or other similar perils — is Jerusalem. He cannot do this in Cairo, Damascus, Beirut, Tripoli or Sanaa. Even Amman is not what it used to be. By way of comparison, Jerusalem and Ramallah are a paradise of leisure, although this is temporary, too. In the Middle East the tables can turn in a matter of a split second.

    Since I last described here in Al-Monitor the relative quiet in Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel was hit by rockets fired at Eilat on Aug. 13 (which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system) and at the Western Galilee on Aug. 22 (likewise intercepted). On Aug. 19, 25 Egyptian policemen were executed by armed militants in Rafah in the Sinai, a car bomb exploded in Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah’s Dahiyeh quarter in Beirut on Aug. 15 and the Syrian regime killed hundreds, if not thousands of civilians in a chemical attack in east Damascus on Aug. 21.

    Whenever we think that the Middle East has hit rock bottom, we hear heavy pounding from below, and then it turns out that hitting rock bottom is still quite a ways away. There’s one truth, however, that’s emerging right before our eyes: The West is losing control over the events. Western deterrence is already nonexistent. The days when everybody would hold their breath waiting for the daily press briefing from the White House are long gone. US President Barack Obama has made a mockery of himself, so much so that nobody really cares about what America thinks, says or does.

    This is best illustrated when drawing a comparison between the events in Cairo and Syria. The Americans had long ago set a “red line” for Syria, namely the use of chemical weapons.

    However, when a high-ranking Israeli intelligence officer revealed that chemical weapons had been used in Syria, the Americans gagged, got muddled, denied and ultimately confirmed this. Preposterously enough, they announced that “there might have been a possibility” that the Syrian regime had indeed masterminded the recent chemical attack in Damascus. Great. If that’s the case, what will you do? Nothing, it seems.

    I’m not calling on the Americans to act in Syria. If I were the US president, I would not intervene in Syria no matter what. Anyone in his right mind has to steer clear from that. Intervention in Syria would pay off and be deemed legitimate only if it were supported by the entire international community. Since this is not going to be the case, there’s no point in goading this or that sheriff to hold the reins in Syria. The world has to come to terms with the new reality: You cannot avert every horror across the globe. Using moral principles, it’s very hard to decide between two similar devils — such as the warring factions in Syria.

    It is against this backdrop that the Western conduct in connection with Egypt is becoming more perplexing. My friends, when will it dawn on you that what the Egyptian army is trying to do is to prevent replicating the harrowing reality in Syria? The nonsense of Western democracy and values are unsuitable for societies that still enslave women, minorities and weak castes.

    The Americans placed their bet on the Muslim Brotherhood two years ago and now they find it hard to accept that they bet on the wrong horse. The Egyptian public doesn’t want “the brothers” to dictate their life, laws and customs. In Egypt, there are no checks and balances as one would find in a true democracy, at least not for now. So the only way of coping with the events is to determine that having the Egyptian army take control for a transitional period and disperse the riots with force is better than the alternative.

    What’s the alternative? That’s simple. The alternative is an armed gang that takes 25 plainclothes men off two minibuses, forces them to lie on the ground and shoots all of them — one by one — to death in broad daylight. This is the face of radical Islam, of which all of us — regardless of religion, sex, color, race or nationality — should be afraid of.

    Ben Caspit is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor's Israel Pulse. He is also a senior columnist and political analyst for Israeli newspapers, and has a daily radio show and regular TV shows on politics and Israel. On Twitter: @BenCaspit


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    Reconciliation, Decision-Making
    In Iraq

    By: Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on August 22.

    Despite 10 years of experience in rule, the political process in Iraq has not resulted in an agreement between political partners. While the parties participating in the government insist on having a hand in the process of making and taking decisions, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki insists on accusing his partners of trying to obstruct his decisions. Accusations of monopolizing power and responses to these accusations — after the failure of the politically fragile Erbil Agreement — led to ongoing political and security disturbances. This prevented the government from making significant gains in terms of the provision of services and improving the security situation and other state functions.

    Summary :
    As the security situation continues to deteriorate, Iraqi political groups must reconcile and work together to ensure all players have a say in the decision-making process.
    Original Title:
    Reconciliation and the Decision-Making Process in Iraq
    Author: Mustafa al-Kadhimi
    Posted on: August 22 2013
    Translated by: Tyler Huffman

    Categories : Originals Iraq

    It seems that granting authority with regard to decision-making to the winner of the elections and putting the other parties in the position of the opposition is not suitable for the current period Iraq is in. The country’s worrisome situation — given the absence of a stable state and effective, professional institutions — has imposed a consensual system, rather than a system characterized by a dual role comprising the government and the opposition. Everyone must be involved in the process of taking fateful decisions for the country, especially with regard to addressing the security breakdown.

    In light of the constant deterioration of the security situation in the country, on June 1, the head of the Supreme Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, called for a round-table discussion of faction leaders to address the country's challenges. He also called for a national conference bringing together all of the political forces to address issues related to governance and developing lasting solutions to the series of crises that are constantly encountered.

    None of these initiatives succeeded, since the responses of the Maliki-led State of Law Coalition were not positive or welcoming.

    As security challenges persisted and the State of Law Coalition continued to face criticism regarding its failure at state administration, a new initiative was launched by State of Law Coalition member and Iraqi Vice President Khodair al-Khozaei. This initiative was called the "social peace initiative" and was welcomed by all political parties, including the Union of Kurdistan; the Citizen Bloc, affiliated with the Supreme Islamic Council; and the Ahrar Bloc, affiliated with the Sadrist movement. These parties were optimistic that this initiative would be successful, unlike its predecessors, which failed to realize any of their objectives. Furthermore, it seems that the upcoming elections play an active role in bringing together the political parties, which are trying to realize achievements in the remaining period, to make gains in the electoral race.

    Amid the current difficult circumstances, it seems that taking serious steps toward collective decision-making totally depends on the extent of faith and commitment the political class — especially the Shiite alliance, which represents the majority of the country — has to the logic of partnership in government.

    Mustafa al-Kadhimi is an Iraqi writer specializing in defense of democracy. He has extensive experience in documenting testimony and archiving documentaries associated with repressive practices.


    *** I think that i overlooked this article a few days ago ***

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    Meeting of the heads of the blocks with the Presidency of the parliament against the backdrop of some MPs brawl
    26-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    {Baghdad: Euphrates News} heads of political blocs met with the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, on the background of the quarrel between some lawmakers.
    The source close to the Euphrates News Agency {} on Monday that "the heads of political blocs meet with هئية the Presidency of the Council of Representatives is now on the back of quarrel between some of Representatives."
    The deputies of the National Alliance, have called on Monday the Presidency to account and punish the Iraqi List MP Haidar al-Mulla to overcome the shrine religious authority, said the head of the National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari with a great collection of Congress coalition at a press conference in the House of Representatives and was attended by the correspondent of the agency {Euphrates News} on Monday he was "surprised بمفارقة register and stirred the feelings of most of the members of the House of Representatives is taking the names of some references to Muslims and that to اتتناسب with their stay."


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    House of Representatives witnessing a fight with hands between Mullah Sayadi and Dahlaki
    26-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    {Baghdad: Euphrates News} session saw the House of Representatives held on Monday, hands quarrel between the Iraqi List MP Haidar al-Mulla and independent MP Kazem Sayadi MP Raad Dahlaki for Iraq, against the backdrop of Mullah exceeded on religious references.
    The MP said the bloc citizen parliamentary Mohammed Allkash told {Euphrates News} that "the reasons melee that took place between the House of Representatives came after a request Mullah of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives of the intervention, which allowed him, where prolonged Mullah on Iraqi sovereignty and references to religion, prompting Sayadi to strike Mullah profaning background. "
    The Allkash added that, "Sayadi hit MP Haidar al-Mulla before he receives a blow from the MP Raad Dahlaki defense Mullah which Atnumei to the same list."
    Congress called the National Alliance on Monday the Presidency to hold accountable and punish the Iraqi List MP Haidar al-Mulla to overcome the denominator of religious reference.
    The head of the National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari with a great collection of Congress coalition at a press conference in the House of Representatives and was attended by the correspondent of the agency {Euphrates News} on Monday he was "surprised بمفارقة register and stirred the feelings of most of the members of the House of Representatives is taking the names of some references to Muslims and that اتتناسب with their place" .
    "It seems that the MP Haider Mulla unaware of the status of references to Muslims in Qom and امتداداتهم," noting that "the religious references cited by the Edery she stood with Muslims and missed opportunities did not distinguish between Sunnis and Shiites and stood pause honorable in bringing about Palestine, where he was the first publicly that saves names and titles and grants to Hola their Mitanasb title with their standing among the Islamic nation. "


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    Postpone the parliamentary session to next Tuesday
    26-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad / Baghdadi news / MP for the Kurdistan Alliance Farhad Messenger, Monday, postpone the hearing of the House of Representatives next Tuesday.
    Messenger said that "the reason behind the postponement of the meeting is verbal argument that occurred between some members," he said, adding that "everyone respect the meeting and not to aggravate the situation more than it is."
    He added that "to continue in this way make the situation worse."


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    Federal Court decide the constitutionality of Article 23 of the elections in Kirkuk
    26-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad / Baghdadi news / .. Welcomed the Kurdistan Alliance, on Monday, the decision of the Federal Court judge declared unconstitutional Article 23 of the Law on Special provincial elections in Kirkuk, demanding the Electoral Commission for elections to speed up to Kirkuk council elections as soon as possible.
    The MP said the bloc Khaled Huani during a press conference held parliament building and attended / Baghdadi News /, that "We welcome the decision of the Federal Court judge declared unconstitutional Article 23 of the provincial elections law for Kirkuk governorate," noting that the Federal Court of its decision this has been reversed material whether political couched in terms of its legal disrupt the democratic life in Kirkuk. "
    He added that "because of this article is the constitutional elections are not held in Kirkuk for two constituencies and deprived citizens of Kirkuk from exercising their constitutional rights," and called on "all state institutions abide by this decision the fact that the decisions of the Federal Court are binding on all the authorities."
    He Huani that "the Kurdistan Alliance to reassure all the political forces in the province of Kirkuk, he believes in true partnership in the management of the province through the participation of all parties without marginalization or exclusion."


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    The start of the 15th session of parliament headed by Najafi and the presence of 221 ​​deputies
    26-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad / Baghdadi news / .. The start of the House of Representatives on Monday, its headed by Najafi and the presence of 221 deputies.
    A parliamentary source said in a statement to / Baghdadi news /, "parliament held its 15th regular headed by Speaker Osama Najafi and the presence of 221 deputies."
    A parliamentary source said today, Monday, that the council will vote during its meeting today on the Law of the Federation Council candidates and law of service and military retirement and discuss the House of Representatives budget for fiscal year 2014.


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    Political blocs agree on the document of national honor and social peace initiative in Iraq
    August 26, 2013 |

    Political blocs agreed to the terms of honor and document the social peace initiative in Iraq, after a series of meetings constructive and fruitful sought by Vice President Dr. Khudair Alkhozai.

    This came during a meeting held on Sunday evening 08.25.2013, in the Office of the Vice President of the Republic, attended by representatives of a number of political blocs.

    During the meeting, they discussed all the points and paragraphs contained in the initiative in a positive spirit and great understanding, purposeful and responsible debate on many important issues.

    It is hoped that this document shall be subtracted at the national meeting is very close to it signed by the political leaders in the country in order to be a road map to resolve the problems and obstacles that accompany the political process in the country and start a new phase of joint work to serve Iraq and Iraqis.

    The conferees came out a statement read by Vice-President Dr Khudair Alkhozai, reads comes:

    The blessing of God and through meetings calm and purposeful and responsible agreement was reached on the principles of initiative, social peace adopted by the National Alliance, as well as a close national honor, which adopted the principle of positive dialogue construction capable of solving problems and the contract that hinder the political process and the worsening security situation in the country, and we as declare it for the Iraqi people dear, we must extend our sincere thanks for all the brothers representatives of the political blocs who have contributed to enriching the negotiations and enrich as well as brothers in the Kurdistan Alliance who have expressed observations and positive thoughts in this regard, we hope that this initiative is a roadmap to resolve all problems and problems after presentation to the leaders of the blocks political signature across the broad national conference will date has been set to take place very soon, God willing.

    God bless and peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings


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