Allawi's coalition reiterates its call for the resignation of Maliki
17-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Huda Jassim (Baghdad) - new coalition, the Iraqi National, led by Iyad Allawi, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office in order to preserve the lives of the people and the reputation of Iraq, according to the recipe, as he emphasized the President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim yesterday that no postponement of the parliamentary elections under any pretext and said, "We will work very hard with our partners to declare the revolution and administrative support to any entity with this project."
He said the coalition said in a statement that "No wonder the continued deterioration of the security situation and the death of more innocent people every day in all the provinces, under the authority of Governor تتقاذفها forces of terrorism, militias and Tsol and wander where unchecked, with the absence of security strategy and clear leadership capable of maintaining security and protection people and respect their rights. "
"We in the coalition, the Iraqi record surprised and Asthjanna that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces is in control of all security files, and Aotmr by more than one million member distributors on the army, police and security agencies is unconstitutional, in addition to Ahmed Nouri al-Maliki as possessed of supernatural powers fail her mightiest Staff and leaders of the National Police, "according to the statement.
The coalition in Iraq, "We we believe that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces will cost his son, Ahmed al-Maliki to close the file of terrorism in the country based on the potential and work in the security services, led by his father."
He denounced the coalition in Iraq in his statement what he described as "this farce they had reached the country," reiterated its call to "Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, resigned from his positions in order to preserve the lives of the people and the reputation of Iraq, and leave it for someone acceptable to the National Alliance has the ability to run the country, and oversees on free and fair elections in the schedule. "
The capital of Baghdad and a number of provinces experiencing on a daily basis a series of bombings by car bombs and explosive and explosive belts, in addition to sporadic attacks targeting civilians and security forces in different parts of them, caused
Maliki's coalition wants to give priority to the voice of the clergy to judges and lawyers in the Federal Court of »
17-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - Bushra Muzaffar
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Confirmed the decision of the Iraqi parliament leader of the «Iraqi List» Muhammad Al-Khalidi agreement blocs to pass a law of parties in a session after the holiday, and accused the «coalition of the rule of law», led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki disable pass a law of the Federal Court, and seeking to put the voices of the clergy on the votes laws in court.
Khalidi emphasized in an interview to Al-Hayat agreement «all blocks during the last meeting of the Parliament on the need to pass the election law in the session after the feast.
He added that «disable voting on it in the last session of parliament was due to the objections of Maliki's coalition and requested more time to study it.
He added that the presidency of parliament «did not agree to stay open time to study law so it will be put to the vote after the feast for adoption at the next election فالكتل objecting not resist public pressure, internationalist and pressure of Representatives.
He said that the parliament is working to make the necessary adjustments after overturn the law in federal court and passed needs to approve all voting blocs because it need a two-thirds majority of members of parliament.
He explained that the objections of a coalition of state law failure to vote because he wants to give priority to the role of scholars and clerics on the role of judges and lawyers. He added that disabled Service Act, the federal caused «differences in the Council of State and not the differences between the blocs», referring to «address the Parliament of the Council and its call for the need to speed up the resolution of this law because of its importance in supporting the work of the parliament in the absence of the Presidency».
And file the ongoing protests in a number of western and northern provinces for more than nine months, Al-Khalidi stressed «the legitimate demands must respond. He criticized the «demonstrators' reluctance to participate in the provincial elections earlier», called «the need for broad participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The demonstrators were declared unite in the new political project not been clarified his looks after, and stressed relations official in the popular movement, Sheikh Abdul Razak Al Shammari said in a statement to «life» that «the representatives of the provinces Almatsamh held meetings lasted for months and decided to unite and organize their work in order to give demonstrations momentum». He pointed out that «the purpose of the new entity organizing sit-yards and appointment of representatives of the protesters inside and outside the country is not ruled out that« the political entity that is formed in the future. He said that «it is under study»
And alliances 'Iraqi List' in the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in April next Khaldi said «the disintegration of all the political blocs and converts it to a small entities» But he stressed «the participation of the Iraqi List, a list of standardized headed Osama Nujaifi». He said that «choose Najafi is settled for everyone». He ruled out «a former head of the list Iyad Allawi under Iraqi options. Were absent from parliament sessions and gave up the menu and the problems of the country in the most difficult ordeals ».
Iraq: fears of a postponement of the parliamentary elections
17-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - Jawdat Kazem
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Fears in Iraq, the possibility of postponement of general elections, due to the inability to pass the election law, and warned the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim attempts to disable them with other blocks is expected to pass the law after the end of the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called the day before yesterday the parliament to «end the debates on the election law.
Hakim said during the sermon Eid al-Adha: «must keep the election law for desires and narrow interests, Iraq and its people in need of law for all before to be fair to the political mainstream or that component» and warned of «postpone the elections under any pretext or excuse».
He added that «the basis of legitimate elections and ground relied upon by the executive branch of the work, a shelter when confronted with the crucial problems and challenges, and suggested that« the old labor law with the amendment to paragraph intercepted by the Federal Court if not agreed.
The Iraqi political powers failed to agree on the text of the law over the past few weeks, and the differences varied constituencies and mechanisms for the distribution of the votes, and the granting of political blocs right deputies replacement.
For its part, stressed the «Iraqi List led by Iyad Allawi, they insist on holding the elections on time middle of next year. The MP Nada al-Jubouri said in a statement to «life» that «the trends most parliamentary blocs and political going toward the pass and vote the law after agreeing to amend some of its paragraphs so as to ensure the rights of all the lists participating, including lists of small, as well as on the subject of losing the strongest and the mechanism of calculating votes within per constituency.
She said «the Iraqi List, no reservations paragraphs of the election law, but demanding multiple departments and expand the compensatory seats on the basis of the seats and not on the basis of the votes in addition to the privacy of the Kirkuk elections.
Moreover, said a close associate of Prime Minister deputy «rule of law» Abdul-Hadi al-Hassani said in a statement to «life» that «the list insists on passing the draft electoral law, as new or old is important legislation law to conduct the elections on time and to avoid falling into the constitutional violation».
However, that «not to pass the election law will lead to the extension of the government's work 7 months under the guidance and directive of the Federal Court, in other words, that any defect in the new law to be passed after the holiday may be overruled by the Federal Court and therefore urge all parliamentary blocs on consensus to pass the law to ensure that the elections in schedule ».
And engage in political deals with some of the blocks to postpone the elections, he said: «no truth to this, but state law insists on holding the elections on time no matter how different the circumstances.
The Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission for elections before yesterday approved the timetable for electing the House of Representatives. The head of the electoral administration Mekdad Sharifi said in a statement that «the Commission decided to start preparations for the election of the House of Representatives.
In a related development, confirmed member bloc «solution» MP Suhad Fadhil Obeidi, and the existence of an agreement between al-Maliki and Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi and the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, to postpone the elections. He said: «I think that the differences on the election law between the political blocs contrived there is prior agreement on a failure to approve the law and thus return to the old law and the postponement of elections on the grounds of the security situation,
Iraqi's gift precious: electricity over 24 hours!
17-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - bright Abbas
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Iraqis exchange meaningful smiles when it comes to security and electricity. Feel that the hidden forces can hear them when they say that these days passed peacefully without killing and bombing, although the national electricity returned illuminate their homes after a lapse of a decade.
Speak of the security forces for the success of their plans, after closed most city streets, talking government officials for a great achievement, there have been electricity 24 hours for the first time ten years ago, has such absence in the eyes of the population, despite the exchange $ 27 billion in six years, only to be secured, a violation of their fundamental rights. They are skeptical about the seriousness of official statements after he tested evaporation and promises of security and services, respectively.
Says Hassan Alwan, who took his family to a park near his home in Baghdad: «still Ntfatt the left and right when we walk in the street. We still say that this is the last time, however this can only be accepted, basic requests for my kids to get out in the feast.
«So are you, O Kurdistan», shouted Saadoun Festival after he returned with his family from the province of Dohuk Kurdish when the case barrier for inspection without entering the region, says: «I used to أكافئ my family every year Bastahabhm to spend days in the Kurdistan region, but this time we came back to spend the holiday with relatives in Baghdad after the bombings of Erbil.
In Baghdad, you have to walk long distances to reach the nearest park or market, 'is a sport' on what Omar al-Ani said, «walking on roads covered in front of cars bearing insults at crowded checkpoints much easier booby». Then smiles like a secret declares: «No one less than the bombings fell, سيعتبرها terrorists insult فيعودون to convert the holiday to hell».
Iraqi politicians were absent at the feast, some of them went to spend time with his family in Tehran or Amman, and some of them decided to stay in South-East Asia, and others decided to perform Hajj for the fifth time Oavh, the government gives them seats in a semi-permanent center of pilgrims, has been paid and one of them a bribe so gets on the bench.
«Really gets a free seat for the Hajj to pay a bribe? Asks one of the activists on the social networking site «Facebook» فتأتيه Answers متهكمة: «Iraqi politician engaged in a race towards the gains, Grant pilgrimage are some of those gains», says another: «perhaps trying to atone for their sins, but their pilgrimage like to steal a prayer rug from your neighbor to pray» .
Exchange Iraqis congratulations feast, dragged wishes of funds memory demanding «security» and «human dignity» and «justice» and «Services», dropped her for some time like wishful thinking sacred can not be achieved in their lives, and sometimes seem like invitations desperate for a better future for the children and grandchildren. They try not to talk about any leeway not to تسرقها the 'hidden forces'!
Election high commission approves the Parliament election scheduled for 2014 .
Baghdad/ NINA /--The Board of Commissioners of the Electoral Commission endorsed the timetable for the 2014 election of the House of Representatives.
Mekdad said Sharifi, head of the electoral administration of the Electoral Commission for elections, pointed to a statement by Commission saying : "The Board of Commissioners approved the timetable for the election of the House of Representatives hoped to take place in the next year, which started since mid of last August until the completion of the electoral process scheduled for the first of next July.
PUK: Iran Intervened to Preserve Calm after Kurdistan Poll Results
By HEVIDAR AHMED
PUK: Iran Intervened to Preserve Calm after Kurdistan Poll Results
The PUK has long-standing ties with Iran, whose strong influence is felt not only in the Kurdistan Region but in all of Iraq. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan region – Iran intervened with close ally the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to prevent possible violence after the PUK’s defeat in last month’s parliamentary elections in Iraqi Kurdistan, a senior party official revealed.
“As soon as the election results were announced the Iranians intervened to prevent the eruption of any possible violence” among the various political parties, said Adnan Mufti, a senior PUK leader.
The September 21 elections for the autonomous Kurdistan Region’s own 111-seat parliament overturned the political landscape of the three-province Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq.
The PUK lost its standing as the region’s second most-powerful party to the rival Change Movement (Gorran). The opposition party is likely to take the PUK’s place in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), where the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will retain the upper hand after its poll sweep.
The PUK has long-standing ties with Iran, whose strong influence is felt not only in the Kurdistan Region but in all of Iraq. Areas under PUK control share long borders with Iran, contributing to strong trade and security ties with Tehran.
Mufti said that Tehran had urged his party to stay calm and accept the election results. “The Iranian officials advised the PUK not to resort to violence against the opposition Gorran Movement,” he said. “Iran cares about the PUK and its future in the region,” he added.
Rudaw has learned that two Iranian officials from Iran’s elite Quds paramilitary force had recently visited Sulaimani, where they met with officials of the PUK and Gorran. Both parties were invited to send representatives for a meeting in Tehran after the Eid holidays, according to Rudaw sources.
Senior Gorran official Muhammad Rahim said he was not aware of such an invitation.
However, Nazim Dabakh, the Kurdistan Region’s representative in Tehran, confirmed that an Iranian delegation had traveled to Kurdistan three days after election results were announced. “The delegation met officials from Gorran, the PUK, and KDP,” he told Rudaw.
Another PUK official, who wished to remain anonymous, said that his party remains important to Tehran.
“Iran has strong economic trade with the areas under PUK control. In addition, Iran and the PUK exchange intelligence information to maintain security in the area,” he said.
Time for PUK to Quit Talabani’s Style
By REBWAR KARIM WALI
With the kinds of decisions and recommendations made at last week’s plenum the leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are clearly only extending a crisis in which they are drowning. They are prolonging the same policy of their ill and missing leader, Jalal Talabani, which is to manage the crisis, not solve it.
If Talabani himself had been present at the plenum in place of his portrait, he would still not have been able to solve the numerous problems, accumulated over decades.
It is not Talabani’s “magic wand” that was missing at the plenum. If he truly had such a wand, he would have been able to stop the partition of the party in 2009, which led to the formation of the breakaway Change Movement (Gorran).
Even if Talabani had been at the plenum, we could not have expected the PUK to be able to make any groundbreaking decision other than, for example, the choice over whether or not to join the new cabinet.
Not only did last week’s plenum not generate any hope for a positive political future, it in fact complicated it further.
Some of the PUK leaders -- who are tasked today with reviewing and reassessing their party’s standing -- are hung up on the idea that their crisis was caused by their close alliance with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). Yet, these same leaders know that even with 80 percent of the vote the KDP would still need the PUK to govern.
Meanwhile, it goes without saying that regional countries are staunchly unwilling to cut their ties to the PUK in the political, cultural or social spheres.
The fate of the PUK is not only tied to the fate of the political process in Kurdistan, but to a possible Kurdish statehood -- whether in Iraq or the wider region. Therefore, the PUK’s internal crisis means a national crisis.
The PUK leaders well know their party’s significance in Kurdistan’s political process. But they also must know that their real problem is neither Talabani’s absence nor their alliance with the KDP.
The heart of their problem is this: PUK leaders do not know that a party based on ideology also must have policies. They must quit Talabani’s style of “managing the crisis instead of solving it,” and dare to examine the party’s sorest wounds.
By: Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on October 16.
Khurshid, the khajakji (the local word for a smuggler), smiled when he spoke of the border. “It’s a fairy tale for domestic consumption only, not a reality, at least for us,” he said.
Despite the efforts of Iraq and the six countries bordering it, Iraq’s borders are easily navigated by professional smugglers.
For the Smugglers, the Borders Are a Myth
Author: Mushreq Abbas
Posted on: October 16 2013
Translated by: Rani Geha
Khurshid is a Kurdish smuggler who is now “retired” because of his age. He and many of his colleagues have left the profession and are now in the trade business. They do not use the word khajakji because it connotes an illegal activity. But Khurshid believes he performed a national service for the Kurdish people, as they faced a suffocating, government-backed, decades-long blockade and greatly relied on smugglers for food, fuel and goods.
He told Al-Monitor, “Borders are thought of as official outlets, stations or steel barriers, but the definition is completely different for smugglers who see borders as fluid and overlapping, with thousands of routes that are only known to the people on both sides. ... Millions of Iraqi soldiers and Iranians used to be deployed on both sides of the border between the two countries throughout the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). The fighting and shelling was nonstop. Despite that, we never found it difficult transporting supplies, fuel or even people between the two countries.”
Khurshid and Salman al-Shammari, who lives in Mosul and for years smuggled to and from Syria despite the closure of the border throughout the 1970s and 1980s, consider smuggling to be more about timing than location. Borders are considered true borders only when there are official forces guarding both sides, not at other times. So smugglers are good in the “timing” game.
Iraq shares 3,631 kilometers (2,256 miles) of border with six countries: Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey, in addition to a narrow sea coast of 58 kilometer (36 miles).
Iraq’s borders are a problem with all its neighboring countries. In addition, there are disputes with a number of countries over the border demarcation line and the ownership of oil wells. Cross-border smuggling has been a major concern for countries in the region.
The level of border control differs between countries and changes from one time to another.
On the 1,458-kilometer (906-mile) Iraq-Iran border, the smuggling of weapons, drugs and people has always been a major and unsolvable problem. Most smuggling takes place in the south: in Basra, Amarah — where there are large stretches of marshes and swamps on the border — and Wasit, and through some smuggling routes in the north.
Until recently, the smuggling across the 242-kilometer (150-mile) Iraq-Kuwait border was about wines and people. But after the second Gulf War, when international observers deployed there, conditions on the short border became more complicated.
The 814-kilometer (506-mile) Iraqi-Saudi border, which extends across the vast Western Desert, was open for decades for nomads but also for smugglers and drug traffickers coming from Iran and Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia — a practice that is still going on.
The sheep trade was a major smuggling route along the 181-kilometer (112-mile) Iraq-Jordan border — which is short compared to that of other countries — making smugglers less active there.
After 2003, the 605-kilometer (376-mile) Iraq-Syria border has been the most eventful and was considered the most dangerous because it was being used by al-Qaeda fighters and for weapons smuggling. Before 2003, things were not much better on that border.
The 331-kilometer (205-mile) Iraq-Turkey border has been the source of a permanent crisis between the two countries, because it was being used by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters to conduct operations inside Turkey. That border has for decades been a battleground with the Turkish government, which has repeatedly complained about it.
The Iraqi borders are complicated. They have always facilitated the spread of the smuggling profession — especially in the border towns — which often share social and historic ties with the towns on the other side of the border.
The social fabric across the Iraq-Iran border — there are Arab tribes in Amarah and Basra in Iraq and in Ahwaz in Iran, and Kurdish tribes span both sides of the border — make it hard for the two governments to control the smuggling. The case is no different with Turkey, where Kurdish towns are on both sides of the border.
Many members of the tribes in Shamar on the Iraq-Syria border carry both nationalities. The same goes for the city of al-Qaim in Iraq and Boukamal in Syria. Residents of those two towns are considered one family divided by a border.
For border town residents and for Shammari, a border line is no more than a step they take. Shammari told Al-Monitor, “The matter is not limited to the network of social relations, smugglers also make long-term deals with the authorities and border guards in all countries. Their moves are calculated and secure. In a worst-case scenario, if they are arrested, they find ways to avoid punishment.”
Shammari asserted that he never participates in transferring fighters across the Syrian border. But he also believes that “gunmen from both sides have become smugglers themselves. After their long experience, they no longer need a traditional guide.”
Khurshid sees the border similarly. He said that there is a deep-rooted relation among smugglers in various regions, and countries and many family names have become associated with smuggling.
He told Al-Monitor, “In the 1990s, smuggling people was concentrated on the Turkish border, where thousands of young people from different Iraqi cities sought smugglers to escape [former President] Saddam Hussein’s regime and for a chance to get asylum in Europe.”
Other smugglers contacted by Al-Monitor refused to talk, to keep the details of their profession secret. But one smuggler told Al-Monitor on the phone, “The authorities have become more strict with us. They now consider smuggling sheep and some goods enough to consider us terrorists or for facilitating the infiltration of terrorists. It is true that there are those who do that, but those specialize in smuggling people. For us, our profession goes back centuries. We don’t know how to do any other work. We don’t want to get involved in the internal problems of states.”
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.
Maliki's wife borrow 3 billion dinars from the agricultural initiative to build an agricultural complex and Villa at great Touirij!
Date: Wednesday 10/16/2013 01:05 pm
Said a senior official in the Agricultural Bank (government) that the prime minister's wife (upper Umm Ahmed) obtained a loan of $ 3 billion Iraqi dinars to build a complex agricultural contains a large villa in Touirij permanent housing for the family of al-Maliki.
source added that this amount has been deducted from the amounts initiative Agricultural headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his advisers.
source stressed that this amount enters in addition to violating the legal framework of conflicts of interest.
, a member of the House of Representatives phoned representative Jakoj and told him that there is a trend in the House of Representatives to open the file in the Parliamentary Integrity Committee after the despair of the possibility of Open the file in the Integrity Commission controlled by al-Maliki and people close to him who says information act Baalmal the public as acting Maliki advisers in the country.
Parliament rapporteur: the end of the current month will pass the election law
Source: Baghdad 5
BAGHDAD / WAP / decision of the House of Representatives said Mohammed al-Khalidi, Wednesday, that the election law will be voted on by the end of this month, according to the final agreement between the political blocs.
Khalidi told the news agency Baghdad International / WAP / that "the Presidency began to press firmly on the political blocs in order to resolve the election law your next House of Representatives no later than before the end of this month."
He added that "the presidency of the House of Representatives told the political blocs before the holiday present to resolve all objections regarding the election law until the twenty-second of this month, so that the committees competent to resolve all claims and mature law even included in one of the sessions before the end of the month of October now."
He ruled Khalidi that "witnessing the session after the holiday directly incorporated to the election law according to the agreement between the blocks and the Presidency and the Legal Committee, because according to notifications recent is not finished paragraphs of the law definitively on how to calculate the vote and the electoral system to be adopted by the blocks in the law the next, because the large blocs do not want St Lego blocs that would resort to compromise even find a convincing electoral system. "