U.S. newspaper: Iraq is clear evidence of the failure of the imposition of Western democracies
26-09-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Saw American Statesman Journal newspaper that what is happening in Iraq now is not the result that was hoped for, who decided to change the regime in Iraq, and that the injection of Western-style democracy is proved that he does not bring security.
The Statesman Journal that Americans, whatever their position in the decision to invade Iraq ten years ago, they had hoped that when the war ends controversial, peace will come to the country.
But the newspaper says the American assessment of the current situation in Iraq through the events in the country recently stating that something akin to a civil war tearing the country apart now.
The paper points to the number of dead in the month of July alone, saying the sectarian war cost about a thousand dead Iraqis in just one month, making it the worst months for years.
It adds that even at this time of the year 2013, killed more than 4 four thousand Iraqis due to acts of violence. Almost every day for the bombings reports show many harvested many lives, and always the case, Muslims against Muslims, Shia confrontation years.
The Statesman Journal found that this situation is not the result that the United States was considering it when it invaded Iraq, and captured Saddam Hussein, and I have seen is executed, and developed plans to build a democratic Iraq.
The paper stresses that Washington did not give enough importance to the deep religious differences and long-term among the Muslim people of Iraq.
Stands the newspaper the U.S. when the blasts that targeted civilians in the Eid al-Fitr last year, says that in all parts of Iraq, and while people were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr (the feast which is authorized by the end of holy month of Ramadan) hijacked bombings lives of more than 60 people, according to officials said.
The Statesman Journal reported that Washington has just condemned the bombings, describing the perpetrators as "enemies of Islam."
The paper says that those may be the enemies of Islam, but that the bombings represent a continuation of the pattern of increasing blood over several months.
The United Nations reports says that Alpha and 57 Iraqis were killed and more than 2326 others injured in attacks in July. , The highest monthly toll injuries since 2008.
And get rid Statesman Journal to the conclusion that there is no hope in almost to declare victory in the global war on terrorism, and the plight of the Iraqi people is grim evidence that even pumping a Western-style democracy does not offer a promise to achieving security. Do not even show it often religious affiliations more important than political theories.
PUK in a Quandary After Poll Rout By Gorran
By HEVIDAR AHMED
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Saturday’s elections have shaken the political landscape of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region: The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) -- the political rival of the heavyweight Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) -- is no longer the second-strongest party. That place now belongs to the Change Movement (Gorran).
Gorran, a splinter group of the PUK formed in 2009, is the expected winner of last Saturday’s “decisive” election.
According to the initial results, KDP is expected to secure over 40 parliamentary seats, which means that that the party has won 100,000 more votes than in 2009. KDP’s votes are twice more than its closest rival, Gorran. This will allow the KDP to lead the government for the next four years.
The election was a challenge for the KDP’s ambition of emerging as the leading party in Kurdistan. During the election campaign KDP Vice President Nechirvan Barzani said it was important for the KDP to emerge as the clear winner of the election, because that would send a strong message.
Despite these striking developments, KDP officials have said their party is not willing to end its strategic agreement with the PUK, suggesting they may want to form the next government with the PUK, instead of with Gorran.
“The PUK is our partner; we will welcome PUK’s participation in the next government. We will not disregard PUK,” said Fazil Mirani, secretary of the KDP’s politburo.
Mirani’s statement may be a temporary salve for the PUK’s election wounds. That wound is deep because, instead of dealing with the defeat that is now its share, the PUK had hoped that this election would mean an end of Gorran.
Dilshad Abdulrahman, a PUK politburo adviser, told Rudaw that the PUK appreciates the KDP’s gesture in wanting to continue the partnership. But, he said, “We should clearly inform the KDP that we cannot continue with the Strategic Agreement because it is in favor of the KDP.
“PUK has two options, it can either participate in a pluralistic government or become an opposition party for the next four years,” Abdulrahman added.
Mirani had said that the, “KDP is willing to form the next cabinet with participation of PUK, Islamic Union of Kurdistan (IUK), and minority groups.”
On the participation of Islamic groups, he said: “We will welcome IUK’s participation in the next cabinet; the IUK itself has expressed its desire to be part of the next cabinet.”
Regarding Gorran, Mirani said the party must decide whether it wants to become part of the government, or remain in opposition.
“Gorran’s participation in the government needs to be discussed. Gorran can’t participate in the government and act as an opposition party at the same time. If it decides to join the government it has to follow the government’s program and agenda,” he said.
“Nechirvan Barzani will remain prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, because within and outside KDP there is demand to keep him,” Mirani commented.
A senior PUK official said there are calls within the party not to join the next cabinet, because that would mean suicide for the party’s existence.
It is said that the people of Kurdistan in general are the winners of this month’s parliamentary elections. But for several reasons it is Nawshirwan Mustafa, leader of the Change Movement (Gorran), who is the true winner.
Firstly, he was not in the government to hand out privileges and money, yet he managed to keep his supporters around him for the past four years, and indeed increase their numbers. That is not an easy task in a place like Kurdistan -- and the Middle East -- in general, where the majority dances to the government’s tune.
In addition, Mustafa was true to his word when he said that his movement would work to produce a young generation of politicians to run the affairs of Kurdistan. All parties said the same thing, but it was Mustafa who actually did it.
Also, Mustafa shattered the notion that politics and fame were only for the sons of politicians. He elevated to the front Ali Hama Salih, a young man who has singlehandedly won more votes than any other candidate in all of Kurdistan. Salih hails from an average family, with no political background whatsoever.
Mustafa spoke of people’s political, economic and legal rights in such plain language that everyone could understand. That made it difficult for other parties to fool people any longer. He was also the man who told people that the government was not an impenetrable fortress to be feared; he portrayed the government as a mud house that could be shattered by the people.
The Gorran leader had a number of options with which to confront the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), but he chose the ballot box. The other two parties have never shied away from using force, intimidation and sacking opponents. Though he may sometimes get agitated, Mustafa approaches his plans and strategies with a deep breath.
Finally, Mustafa laid the foundation of an active opposition that may not be shaken for another 50 years. He drew a clear line between the government and the opposition. What he did was a great service to Kurdistan and its political and democratic process.
For the abovementioned reasons I believe Mustafa is the winner of the elections, no matter how many seats his movement may get in the end. He should also keep in mind that if Gorran joins the government, the glass of trust he holds is liable to break faster than anyone else’s.
Daily Suicide Bombings
Keep Iraqis in State of Shock
By: Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on September 25.
Amid daily suicide bombings that have become part of the identity of their cities, Iraqis describe their lives. Ali Wajih, a young Iraqi poet, told Al-Monitor, “I’m no longer intimidated by death. Do not worry, I'm hallucinating. I talk about death, and laugh with my friends. Haven’t I told you that death has become trivial?”
As daily bombings and killings in Iraq have risked becoming regarded as mundane and normal, attention has shifted to the Iraqi government’s apparent lack of recognition of the human cost its country’s unstable security situation entails.
When Deaths in Iraq Turns Into Abstract Mathematical Figures!
Author: Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Posted on: September 25 2013
Translated by: Joelle El-Khoury
Some Iraqi intellectuals blame media outlets for disregarding the human aspects of the victims of bombings and acts of violence, simply counting them on a daily basis and following up on the government’s reactions and stated measures. They usually represent repeated official discourse on the additional security measures, closure of roads and new arrests.
This picture has become a daily routine in Iraq. It does not only apply to the media outlets, which are no longer capable of following up on all the victims or reporting their repeated stories that are filled with sorrow and tears. It also applies to the people themselves. The way they deal with security incidents has gradually become part of the daily routine itself.
Iraqis go about their lives expecting a car bomb to explode next to them at any time. They say goodbye to their families in the morning, and deep down inside they do not rule out the idea that this could be their final goodbye. They continuously worry about their sons and daughters on their way to school or the market. In the midst of it all, a state of shock and surrender prevails.
The term “surrender” may be too harsh, though it is the reality. The authorities, responsible for preserving the security of its citizens, have failed to protect them following the US withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011. This alone may not be a reason for despair, unless these authorities fail to provide a convincing story about the reasons behind this security breakdown.
In recent months, Iraqis have experienced escalated and terrifying acts of violence and witnessed bombings targeting unarmed civilians in markets and homes and on the streets. The Iraqi security discourse had provided one explanation that was enough to cause additional frustration. The concerned security leaders have not hesitated to say that “targeting civilians is proof that terrorist forces have failed to reach vital targets.”
This discourse — which provoked public anger over the past few weeks and represented an occasion for a series of articles criticizing the government's security performance — reflects a collective shock at the ongoing security breakdown.
Good governance is not only achieved through economic and political transparency. For a country such as Iraq, it is important to tell one convincing story about the reasons and sources of all this violence.
Iraqi politicians have not ceased talking about “external conspiracies.” In Iraq, such accusations are implicitly or explicitly leveled against Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. The scope of the conspiracy has extended to include the United States, Britain and other countries.
Regardless of the sincerity of each Iraqi party in leveling such accusations against external parties, the internal failure in terms of security, politics, economy and services cannot be overlooked. This failure is enough to encourage the ambitions of any external party to interfere in Iraqi affairs and expand its power and influence inside Iraq.
Ten years after the change of the Iraqi political regime and two years after the US withdrawal — which was promoted as a victory during the elections — after all this wasted time, it is useless to talk about external conspiracies while silence prevails over the worsening internal failure.
Iraqis will not be able to overcome this state of shock at the bloodshed that has swept through their lives, without a real and transparent confrontation able to restore things to their right place. The first confrontation is about an inclusive review of how security is managed in this country, and of the mechanisms, plans and figures that counter this issue.
Today, Iraqi victims may seem to be merely figures reported by the media. These victims have a voice that has not yet been heard, probably because of the many security incidents. Their voices will, however, be heard sometime in the future, and they will be asking about all parties responsible for all the deaths, not only those who carried out the killings. They will also ask about those who neglected them and used them for political and electoral purposes, and certainly those who underestimated them and considered them to be mere numbers.
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.
Efforts to end the demonstrations in Anbar
26-09-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - morning - Omar Abdel-Latif
In order to end the file of the demonstrations in the western region, the Council reached an agreement Anbar province for the formation of an official delegation of representatives of the demonstrations and the provincial council to meet Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, has two dimensions the demands of the protesters has been fragmented into three sections.
The deputy chairman of the Council Faleh Younis al-Issawi's "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network," "The House of the province and since its formation began a move to end the file of the demonstrations in the province through the close relationship the federal government on the one hand and leaders of the sit-ins in Anbar On the other hand," noting that "the provincial council will be held meeting next week, which meets the leaders of the demonstrations in Anbar to reach an agreement. "
Issawi said that "would be a delegation of either of the leaders of the demonstrations or the Provincial Council as the legitimate representative of the people of the province to meet with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in order to close the file of the demonstrations in the province." He said al-Issawi that "the demonstrators have 13 requirement, has been divided into three parts, including demands the powers of the prime minister and he can decide it, including what needs to be legislation illegal by the House of Representatives, and other demands can not be implemented and it needs a constitutional amendment and the referendum on the amendments. cautioned Issawi that the delegation will emphasize the need to issue Afuaam in conjunction with the Eid al-Adha those who did not prove any charge against them or against the owners of minor mistakes or crimes and issues clan that can be settled between the family of the perpetrator and the victim and to keep terrorists and criminals and murderers who were involved with the blood of the Iraqi people in prisons, in addition to a balance within the government ministries and departments, indicating that these files can be deciding them by the Prime Minister and achieved as soon as possible. At the time in which he noted member of the Iraqi province of Anbar, full-Dulaimi told the "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network," that he is not "able Anbar provincial council speak on behalf of the demonstrators, especially that he does not have a control over it, "revealing" the existence of lines of understanding shared between demonstrators and tribal leaders, clerics and political figures in the province to conduct negotiations with the government. ", and criticized the vice president of the provincial council these statements, saying that such talk is not accurate on the grounds that the new provincial council may came out of the womb of the street Anbari For this, he needs to restore confidence between the provincial council and the Prime Minister on the one hand, the government and the protesters on the other, stressing that the protesters are from the people of the province and close to the council, which becomes incumbent on the latter work to achieve these demands in coordination with the central government in the near future.
The federal government formed during the past few months several committees shall consider the legitimate demands of the demonstrators in central and southern and western regions.
Baghdad Council: we will hold a security conference includes neighboring countries to discuss terrorism and the infiltration of militants
26-09-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Mohammad Sabah
Said the Baghdad Provincial Council his intention to organize a conference regional security is the first of its kind being inside the capital Baghdad and in the presence of representatives from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, to discuss the acts of terrorism taking place in the capital, and work to sign agreements joint security to counter violence and prevent the infiltration of militants among the countries participating in the conference, that preceded the regional conference, meeting local security in the provincial council building, participation and زراتي of defense, interior and representatives of the security committees in all provinces to discuss the causes of violence and come up with recommendations.
Obama Reference to Fatwa Makes
Iran Hard-Liners Take Note
By: Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor Posted on September 25.
TEHRAN, Iran — “Fatwa.” That was the magic word in US President Barack Obama’s Sept. 24 speech at the UN General Assembly when referring to Iran’s nuclear program. When Obama turned to the fatwa, the so-called hard-liners in Tehran knew something serious was happening in New York. Obama may as well have said, “This can be our starting point.”