Congress: frustrated by our inability to hold the government accountable .. And the deportation of important laws to the next session
31-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Iyad al-Tamimi
Deputies said that political differences threaten to deport a package of important draft laws to the legislative session coming, some of them up in a rack Parliament years ago, stressing that the majority of deputies are frustrated because of the confiscation of the oversight role of the executive branch of the accountability of ministers and leaders of the security during the three years of the work of House of Representatives, stressing that Parliament passed dozens of laws during this period, but he adopted the principle of quantity not quality.
He said members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday on the inability of parliament for the passage of laws contentious remaining in the drawers of the presidency of parliament, مبينين he failed during the period of their past to perform their oversight role, while others stressed that the Parliament in this session based on the amount of laws are not quality, and that what was passed over compared with the previous session.
And saw a member of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc MP longings dry in a statement to the "long" that "the last three years of age Parliament revealed about the role of regulatory and legislative timid," noting that "the supervisory role has become non-existent," Mstdlh deficit of Representatives for "accounting of any minister or official or the commander of a security. "
The accused Dry political blocs بوقوفها stumbling block in the legislation of laws is very important Off years ago, pointing out that the Commission on Human Rights, one of its members ignore important laws that affect the citizen, and edit material on one of the laws takes two years to approve Chairman of the Committee for inclusion on the agenda of meetings " , confirming the dominance of the heads of the committees to choose the laws that raise for the presidency of the parliament.
The dry that the Parliament in the political status quo be unable without doubt on the legislation of laws controversial task which the laws of the Federal Court and the parties, oil and gas and general amnesty, and amendments to the accountability and justice, in addition to constitutional laws as the official language and choose science, and national anthem, indicating that what will be determined by Parliament to the period ahead will not beyond the vote on the ballot Amendment Act 2014, and the federal budget, which means the postponement of important laws to the new parliamentary session.
A member of the legal committee deputy nice Mustafa in connection with the "long" yesterday that the legislative role quite a bit compared to sixty years, pointing out that the Parliament was able to pass more than 100 law and there is still time to pass more, but these laws are based on quantity not quality, He pointed out that there are 12 legally important subject for political debate for months waiting for that compatibility.
He said Mustafa that many members of the House of Representatives are dissatisfied with the work of the Council, because of lack of exercise cycle regulatory and legislative, pointing out that many members of the House of Representatives are not satisfied with the performance of the current session of the Council, for the failure to approve important laws and some code since the previous parliamentary, including the Federal Court , oil and gas, and other parties, pointing out that the accumulation of important laws on the shelves of the House of Representatives due to political differences between the two blocs.
He pointed out that there are laws to be approved before the end of the current parliamentary session, including public pension law student grant, and Basra general economic laws in addition to other services that belong to citizens' lives.
It said a member of a cluster of state law, MP Ali Keywords "long" yesterday that the parliament turned into a place to determine how the political, in light of the neglect of important laws, pointing out that the choice of the agenda will be a way improvisational, explaining that "the majority of important laws and perhaps all will leave the session upcoming parliamentary. "
Senior Muslim Scholars’ Official: Islamist Attacks on Syrian Kurds ‘Unacceptable’
By REBWAR KARIM WALI
Senior Muslim Scholars’ Official: Islamist Attacks on Syrian Kurds ‘Unacceptable’
Ali Qaradaghi, who holds the number two position in the World Union of Muslim Scholars, says that his international organization does not believe in Muslims going to Syria for jihad against the embattled regime of Bashar Assad, and that it wholly opposes attacks by al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria against the Kurds. He tells Rudaw that the Kurdistan Region can help the Syrian opposition, but not by acting against its own interests. “Whatever it does it has to take Turkey, Iran, and Iraq into consideration. But for things like sending donations and goods, it is okay,” Qaradaghi explains. Here is an edited transcript of his interview:
Rudaw: Your union issues fatwas regularly. Do you have a fatwa on the Syrian refugee crisis, particularly the Kurds who are pouring into the Kurdistan Region?
Ali Qaradaghi: Yes, of course. We already have issued fatwas in this regard, in the name of the Union of Scholars. We have condemned the oppression and injustice exercised against the Kurds in Syria. In the meantime, we have advised the Kurds to stay away from becoming apparitions for the Syrian regime. We see all of those who help Assad’s regime -- whether it’s a Kurd, Arab, Turkmen or Christian -- with the same eye.
I mean, you have Syria to liberate. Go liberate Syria, then worry about the Kurds.
Rudaw: What about those who fight against Assad’s regime, including the radical Jabhat al-Nusrah group?
Ali Qaradaghi: We have issued a communiqué about that. We have said that pledging loyalty to Ayman Zawahiri (chief of al-Qaeda) is wrong. This is not compatible with Islam. That is because Zawahiri is not a companion of Prophet Muhammed, therefore loyalty cannot be pledged to him.
Rudaw: What do you think of the al-Nusrah group attacking the Kurdish areas of Syria?
Ali Qaradaghi: We have issued two statements about the al-Nusrah front. What they do now is very inappropriate. I mean, you have Syria to liberate. Go liberate Syria, then worry about the Kurds. Now that you are assaulting the Kurds, that is unacceptable.
Rudaw: Is there a reason for young men to go to Syria for jihad?
Ali Qaradaghi: We say Kurds, Arabs or the Syrians do not need fighters. They need support, weapons, etc. External actors have to stay out of the affair. If we allow Iraqi Kurdistan to intervene, then we have to allow Saudi Arabia to intervene as well. Therefore, we have adopted a very clear stance on that. We have prohibited youths (to go to Syria for jihad). We have experience from Afghanistan. Afghanistan was a lot of trouble.
We say Kurds, Arabs or the Syrians do not need fighters. They need support, weapons, etc.
Rudaw: Then if Kurdistan wants to support jihad, it has to send weapons and goods?
Ali Qaradaghi: Yes, precisely.
Rudaw: What about the refugees from western (Syrian) Kurdistan that have found their way here?
Ali Qaradaghi: I have personally donated $20,000 to the refugees. Also, the Islamic al-Rabita charity organization has donated $30,000. The second fatwa calls on Muslims to help the refugees, and deems it a religious and national duty. Now, as Kurds, we have two duties, a religious duty, and a national one.
Rudaw: Do you believe that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should support jihad in Syria by sending weapons?
Ali Qaradaghi: I will tell you my opinion: The KRG is accountable to God and the people for its responsibility over this nation in Iraqi Kurdistan. Now, the Kurdish nation in Syria needs help. We have to help them. However, this help must not be incompatible with the interests of the Kurdish nation in Iraq. As we all know, Kurdistan is not yet a state. Therefore, whatever it does it has to take Turkey, Iran, and Iraq into consideration. But for things like sending donations and goods, it is okay.
Rudaw: Do you think Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to revive the Ottoman Empire?
Ali Qaradaghi: No. I have met with Erdogan a few times. I have had long hours of discussion with him. He does not have an expansionist vision. He intends to protect Turkey. He wants to make Turkey a very strong state.
Rudaw: But going into Syria and Iran is not expansionist?
Ali Qaradaghi: No, I do not think so. Turkey has its own interests. Turkey has a 90-kilometer-long border with Syria, so it is a normal thing.
Kurdistan is not yet a state. Therefore, whatever it does it has to take Turkey, Iran, and Iraq into consideration.
Rudaw: But Turkey is a part of the front against the Syrian regime.
Ali Qaradaghi: Of course. But in the meantime, before the war Turkey -- especially Erdogan -- had a very strong relation with Assad’s regime. But when the people rose up Erdogan advised Assad. So did we. We advised him to solve the problem peacefully. We asked him to compromise. Unfortunately, he did not listen to the advices. He chose war. Not only Muslims, but anyone with the right mind cannot tolerate this. Now, European powers do not want Islamists to go to Syria. But they still have to support it for humanitarian reasons.
Rudaw: Have you ever tried to unite Kurdistan’s Islamic parties, especially when it is said that you have great influence in the Muslim Brotherhood?
Ali Qaradaghi: I am a member of the World Union of Muslim Scholars. This Union is for Muslims all over the world, not for a particular group or party. In the Union I am the second person, and I can say I am the highest executive. I am also the head of the Islamic al-Rabita organization. But I have no responsibilities or rank in the Brotherhood movement.
Rudaw: But have you made any attempt to unite the Islamist parties of Kurdistan?
Ali Qaradaghi: My attempts are to form a front wider than that of only the Islamist parties. I want to unite all the Kurds.
Iraqi Kurdistan’s Election Campaigns in Full Swing
Posted on August 30.
As soon as Iraq’s election commission announced that the election campaign for the Kurdistan region of Iraq’s parliament would start on Aug. 28, the region’s cities of Erbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dahuk wore different and colorful suits.
Unlike the electoral campaigns of the Iraqi local elections in April, the electoral campaigns now underway in Iraqi Kurdistan seem more organized and democratic.
The Elections of the Kurdistan Region … The Battle of the Symbols and the Emblems … And an Electoral Campaign That Starts With the Traditional Dabke Dance
Author: Reset this field to be empty
Posted on: August 30 2013
Translated by: Rani Geha
Categories : Originals Iraq
The cities’ streets were covered in elegant and creative campaign banners and posters. In Sulaimaniyah, the dominant colors were green and blue. Green symbolizes the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and blue represents the Movement for Change (MC), led by Nawshirwan Mustafa. In the region’s capital Erbil, the yellow color of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which is led by Iraqi Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani, was predominant.
The current elections and campaigns are different from those that took place since 2003. Instead of reciprocal threats and clashes, the two parties’ supporters were singing in the streets, dancing the famous Kurdish dabke dance and decorating their cars and homes with their parties’ flags.
The elections will take place on Sept. 21, with 1,129 candidates participating, representing 30 political entities and competing for 100 parliamentary seats. Figures representing the Christian, Turkmen and Armenian minorities in the region are competing for 11 additional seats.
The competitive races will mainly be among three forces: the PUK, the MC — the battle between those two will be Sulaimaniyah — and the KDP, whose president is trying to win seats in Erbil and Dahuk, but not in Sulaimaniyah.
The three Kurdish Islamic parties — the Kurdistan Islamic Union, which is the Kurdish branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Jama’a al-Islamiyya and the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan — are in a competitive position for a number of seats in Dahuk and Sulaimaniyah.
The Kurdish elections will determine the political parties’ relative weight, which explains why this time there are no multiparty alliances as there were in 2009. Back then, Talabani’s and Barzani’s parties were on the same list. Together, they won about 57% of the seats, which allowed them to form a government.
Some Kurdish political groups have estimated that the political map that will emerge from the elections will not be much different from the one in 2009. But in his campaign inauguration speech in Sulaimaniyah, which Al-Monitor attended, MC leader Mustafa said that he believes his party can win most parliamentary seats and succeed in forming a government. He promised security and economic reforms if his party came to power.
PUK Vice President Barham Salih has described the Iraqi Kurdistan’s elections as “crucial.” He said that the election “results will reveal the route for the future political work in the [Kurdistan] region.”
Aside from the electoral campaigns’ squabbling — for instance, some have pointed to suspicious population increases, especially in Erbil — the Kurdistan region’s campaigns and elections look completely different from those in the rest of Iraq's cities, where local governments were elected in April.
In Sulaimaniyah, Al-Monitor noticed that the candidates' pictures and ads are distributed in an organized way in the streets and that partisan symbols — the PUK’s rose, the MC’s candle and the KDP’s eagle — are more common than the pictures of the party leaders themselves.
The elections in Iraqi Kurdistan are being conducted according to the semi-open list system with the region as a single electoral district.
In addition to car convoys raising the political parties’ flags, the parties are organizing popular gatherings with folk dances and songs, more for mere celebration than to present their electoral programs.
The reason for that, according to the two parties’ supporters, is that their support bases are almost settled. The PUK is supported in the towns and villages around Sulaimaniyah and the MC is strong in the old Sulaimaniyah center. So the race is limited to attracting the votes of the undecided and of those who boycotted the previous election, while few cross-party votes are expected.
During national events, the people of Iraqi Kurdistan wear traditional attire, with the women wearing bright and vivid colors. The elections have become occasions to wear traditional clothes.
Accompanied by the sound of famous Kurdish songs, Al-Monitor’s correspondent left Sulaimaniyah for Erbil, the province’s capital, where the electoral scene is dominated by KDP and Barzani posters. But other than that, the scene looks similar to other areas.
People in Erbil assert that the electoral posters covering the city do not necessarily reflect the voters’ attitudes. For the first time, the KDP may face harsh competition from its former ally — the PUK — which enjoys support in Erbil’s surrounding towns, as well as from the MC, which has aspirations in Erbil.
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 has written studies and articles on Iraqi crises for domestic and international publication.
By: Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on August 30.
Japan has taught Iraqis an important lesson on tolerance and humanitarian devotion when it decided to open a hospital in the city of Fallujah in memory of Japanese journalist Shinsuke Hashida, who perished in Fallujah in 2004.
The Japanese government has opened a maternity and children’s hospital in Fallujah in honor of a Japanese journalist who died in the city, which should serve as a lesson of tolerance and reconciliation for Iraq.
Japan’s Lesson to Iraq
Author: Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Posted on: August 30 2013
Translated by: Sahar Ghoussoub
Categories : Originals Iraq
This has great significance as to the concept of coexistence. Coexistence among and within people cannot be achieved without a vision that fosters tolerance, as a secure path to founding modern societies, consolidating social ties and entrenching a humanitarian perspective in relations between peoples.
The widow of the slain Japanese journalist raised funds to establish the hospital in Fallujah, and effectively contributed to bringing the hospital project to light.
Japan’s ambassador to Iraq, Masato Takaoka, told the story of Hashida during the inauguration ceremony of the Fallujah Maternity and Children’s Hospital, which was held at the Japanese embassy in Baghdad on Aug. 19. Hashida was killed when he was helping a child who had lost his eye during the war. The child, Mohammed Haytham, received treatment in Japan and attended the inauguration ceremony as well.
According to the embassy’s statement, Takaoka said in his speech, “Japan wishes to promote Iraqi national reconciliation and stability by helping people in Fallujah and surrounding areas.”
The ambassador expressed hope that the Fallujah Maternity and Children’s Hospital would be another example of friendship between Japan and Iraq, by providing children and mothers with high-quality medical services.
Unfortunately, the Japanese initiative passed without genuine interest in Iraq, whether at the political or media level.
The concept of coexistence should have been highlighted. The past 10 years of Iraq’s history, as well as the previous decades, were proof of the lack of true initiatives to promote coexistence as a way toward the future. The most interesting thing is that the concept of coexistence in Iraq is still based on “the past.”
The past — whether in terms of deep sectarianism or social confusion that occurred in Iraq over the past decades — was at the core of the internal Iraqi conflict, and it continues to revolve around memories and mutual social blame, failing to become a realistic formula for coexistence.
Japan provided a model of social initiatives that would consolidate social ties, rather than deepen rifts.
Iraq is in desperate need of a vision along the lines of the Japanese model to achieve reconciliation and develop behaviors that would go beyond old wounds and overcome mutual uncertainties. Yet, such initiatives have always been challenged by social and religious elites, who are capable of fomenting anger among the people.
Not long ago, Sunni and Shiite clerics took the initiative to pray together in a number of mosques. Although this step is significant, it is not enough. Iraq's Sunnis must be able to live in southern Iraq — and the Shiites in the west and north — without the need for military presence. Social initiatives and strong ties are the answer to all this.
Perhaps, both Sunni and Shiite businessmen ought to think of similar initiatives that could have an effect on the ground. Sunni and Shiite politicians ought to be present in each other’s regions, and clerics should give moderate speeches in the mosques of the south and the north. What’s more, social and cultural organizations should consider adopting projects to help understand the other, before providing services.
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.
Maliki announced his support for the demonstrators' demands and stresses its support
31-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, on Saturday, expressed its support for the demands of the demonstrators on the abolition of pensions for parliamentarians and special grades, while reiterated support those demands, whether in the government or through the bloc in parliament.
Othman describes security officials as "Failed"
Saturday, 31 August 2013 09:21
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Mahmoud Othman, of the Kurdistani Alliance described the officials responsible for the security and services files as "Failed."
Speaking to All Iraq News Agency (AIN), he said "The security plans as well as the services situation are failed and this is what we pointed out to years ago."
"We hope to settle the current disputes and change the current situation to serve the Iraqi people in a better way where it is not possible to use force to change the situation, but through the democratic means such as elections," he concluded.
DNO Manager: Kurdistan-Turkey Oil Pipeline Nearly Done
By Armando Cordoba and Rekar Bradosty
The pipeline which will allow the Kurdistan Regional Government to ship crude oil into Turkey and open the regions oil to the world, is in its last stages of completion, Norwegian oil firm DNO International said on Wednesday.
A member of the Finance Committee: Iraqi dinar will see a significant improvement its price against international currencies during the coming period
31-08-2013 06:51 AM
Baghdad (news) .. Said a member of the Finance Committee MP / coalition of Kurdish blocs / Dler unable, for the assignment of corporate banking and private banks accused of money laundering and smuggling currency over the past months to the judiciary for prosecution.
He is capable (of the Agency news): that the Iraqi dinar will see a significant improvement its price against international currencies, especially after the central bank asylum to correct the mistakes that occurred during the last period, which led to the low exchange rate of the dinar.
He pointed out: that mediate companies (banking) and private banks accused of money laundering and smuggling of foreign currency will be brought to justice for the purpose of trial and reduce the recurrence of such phenomena, being harmful to the economy and the value of the dinar.
He added: that the central bank could during the last period of the rescue of the Iraqi dinar from degradation and to stabilize its price, stressing that the development of the dinar now much better than before and will see an improvement over the coming period.
This Hkd saw the Iraqi dinar decline is unprecedented its price against the U.S. dollar during the past six months, as a result of the policy of the central bank at the time, and that on the track has been sacked the central bank governor and his deputies and advisors and some general directors.
Directed to exempt all investing companies from taxes and fees
08/31/2013 12:00 AM
Parliamentary economy : lagging them overwhelm the state budget
BAGHDAD - Farah pumice
I went back to the Committee on the economy and investment parliamentary bill exempting Iraqi and foreign companies implementing investment projects from taxes and fees of important laws of the country , which contribute to advancing the investment forward and raise the economic level of Iraq. Comes at a time the Committee affirmed the importance of addressing the phenomenon of companies lagging in the implementation and completion of investment projects in the country , which caused upheaval in the state 's annual budget .
Discuss the law
Committee member Rep. Amer said winner (morning) : The « his committee discussed the draft law to be submitted to the Presidency of the Parliament and its inclusion on the agenda for the purpose of the second reading , as will be discussed extensively and the introduction of proposals to members of the House of Representatives .
He predicted the winning pass this law during the current legislative session , saying that the law of the important laws that serve the country and support the movement of investment.
The Council of Ministers has approved a bill exempting Iraqi and foreign companies implementing investment projects from taxes and fees last May , in the interest of the government to support the private investment and economic , private development projects through the granting of privileges and exemptions and facilitating the procedures implemented and work to achieve development projects and encourage companies and contractors to implement these planned projects in the country 's investment approaches , as approved yesterday ( Tuesday ) to exempt the company implementing the project of the port of Faw of tax and fees.
The field of employment
Competent investment affairs Hassan al - Asadi had explained that the decision of the Council of Ministers holds a lot of pros from investor exempt from paying value of the contract is estimated at ( 3.7 ) percent of the total value of the volume of work and this is a big number affects the capital estimated at work (1) percent represents a direct deduction , he said , adding that the law encouraged to enter the field of investment business in all sectors, as the need to find projects of various sizes in all sectors of production and service efforts that need to be investment companies.
The demands of investors
In turn, the media adviser to the National Business Council Daoud Abdel Zair : The « exempt investment companies from taxes is one of the demands of investors task, has been put forward the idea of the holiday tax through the media earlier to their importance and are adding positives to the investment process as a whole , indicating that the process تستبشر good investment when they are adopted so orientations .
The head of the International Federation for Economic Development Ali Hilfi stressed the importance of this decision to exempt investment firms from customs duties , pointing out that the red tape , which was based at the border crossing for the purpose of imposing customs duties and time-consuming , and carry a lot of negative influences in the reality of work , and they represent unwelcome step by foreign investment enterprises in particular.
Hilfi said the decision marks the beginning of investment real breakthrough , as it represents the time factor is important in investment companies wishing to operate in the country , noting that Iraq's vast field and needs a lot of service agencies at border ports to speed up transactions Customs Alkmarki .
In a related context , said a member of the Economic Committee that the projects lagging by some companies invested caused upheaval in the general budget of the state, where there are funds from one year to another and overstock misplaced , noting that it has caused great losses, whether productive or service where delay the wheel the national economy if the delayed completion.
To address this phenomenon, said the winner : "It must be the selection of companies with competence and have similar acts Closed , as well as submit bids rewarding , as well as mega projects , it is preferable to be global companies have completed projects in other countries, with the capability to share with the Iraqi company as The national partner will gain experience and to create cadres for future projects and further facilitate foreign matter of the company . "
And on the penalty clauses included in the contract with the investment companies , it was stated MP that the conditions exist, but red tape delay the achievement of the behavior of legal ways that take a long time to lead to a delay in the project , arguing that the financial and administrative corruption prevents the assignment of projects to companies good and solid to carry out and complete the project on time.
Committee on Oil: declaring war on Syria by the United States and the West will increase world oil prices but in my time
31-08-2013 12:52 PM
Baghdad (news) .. Favored the decision of the Commission on oil and energy MP / coalition of Kurdish blocs / Qassim Mohammed Qasim, an increase in oil prices in global markets in the event of strike Syria militarily by the United States and Western countries, but in my time soon disappear.
Kassem said (of the Agency news): The world has become a series composed of several episodes In the case of one affected episodes Vstgay impact on other episodes, so any change is happening in the world will affect all countries in the world.
He added: UN Security Council resolution to strike Syria militarily impact on world oil prices by increasing their result of increased demand, but it will be my time soon wear off, noting that high oil prices will increase the abundance of Finance of the country, but would be spent on security operations to avoid impact of the Syrian crisis on Iraq.
The United States has announced that the U.S. war on Syria to bring down the system after using the chemical, which is considered America as a threat to world peace.