United: the crisis of demonstrators Sunni cities with al-Maliki will not end soon
12-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - Omar Star
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Ruled out a coalition «united» led Iraqi parliament speaker Osama Najafi settlement of disputes between demonstrators Anbar province and Sunni cities other and the central government soon, as acknowledged «U.S. pressure» to accelerate the dialogue between the parties and the settlement of the issue of former finance minister Rafie al-Issawi accused issues «terrorism». The local media dealt with conflicting reports after the end of the visit of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to Washington and pointed to meetings brought together representatives from the al-Maliki and al-Issawi. However, the MP for Anbar province and a member of «united» Khalid al-Alwani said in a statement to «life» that «the governor of Anbar Ahmed al-Dulaimi is the only person in charge of negotiating with the central government and there is as yet no meeting last collection between al-Issawi, or any leading another coalition« Uniting with Maliki's bloc or representatives of the government ».
He added: «before Maliki's visit there were negotiations about the demands of the demonstrators, most notably firing a weapon women detainees and restore balance in the state institutions and the involvement of the province in the management of the security file in addition to the settlement of the issue of former finance minister Rafie al-Issawi, but we have not seen is promises».
Alwani confirmed that «Maliki urged the U.S. administration to open up more on demonstrators in the six Almentvdh governorates, especially Anbar But we were surprised with the oldest agent permission to the Ministry of Interior Adnan al-Asadi, who denied the existence of detention centers which means that government had backtracked on its promise. He pointed out that «the issue of transfer of protection of members Issawi to the courts of the province of Anbar, a prerequisite and will be on the table in the event of Anbar Maliki decided to visit or send envoys officials.
Al-Maliki stressed in a position posted on his official website yesterday that «refuses to negotiate with the person accused of corruption and terrorism». In answer to a question in the window to communicate with the media about the existence of negotiations with Rafie al-Issawi, Maliki said: «I am not going Avaod an accused person of corruption and terrorism, because that would warrant did not أكلف anyone about that, not MP (Alija) Shabandar nor anyone else, and warn of recurrence of such allegations.
The leader of the coalition of 'rule of law' Izzat Shabandar that his meeting with al-Issawi was in a personal capacity and was not an emissary of one. He said in a statement: «I'm not an envoy of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, not from the government to negotiate with Rafie al-Issawi, 'adding,' I met with al-Issawi, but do not represent anyone. Shabandar added in response to a statement denied the government mandate to negotiate to settle the dispute between Maliki and al-Issawi: «I did not Avaod the behalf of one even issued a statement denying assigned to negotiate.
Finance is seeking to adopt the electronic system in banks
The Ministry of Finance on the adoption of electronic work in government banks, rather than manual in collaboration with the World Bank within the project of restructuring the banks, while the Land Bank confirmed that this process needs to control and audit electronic severe to prevent money laundering operations.
The agent said Finance Minister Fadel Abdul Nabi statement (morning) that the ministry is currently working on the adoption of the electronic system in the banking business, rather than manual in collaboration with the World Bank, within the project of restructuring the banks, adding that the system would connect Iraqi banks universality electronically.
He added that this system will be applied first to the Rafidain and Rasheed through the adoption of the banking system overall, pointing out that the ministry tasked managers of government banks visited international banks and access to electronic systems currently approved, noting that the Minister of Finance Agency Ali Shukri discussed with the representative of the World Bank during a meeting Last ways to speed up the application of the electronic system in banks and the mechanics and controls stages of completion. For his part, counting the Associate Director of the Real Estate Bank Khudair Abbas (morning), the adoption of the electronic system in the work of banks, a step in the right direction as contributing to the recovery of banking and shortens the steps by facilitating payments Using the smart card and get rid of the instruments.
He stressed that this process needs to electronic monitoring and auditing to prevent money laundering and financing of terrorism from abroad, calling for this system includes all banks in the country.
In addition, the central bank signed a contract with international companies specialized monetary and financial domain to create a retail payment systems and the use of credit cards on mobile.
The bank said in a press statement that within the project to develop electronic systems that contribute to the activation of banking overall banking system, a contract was signed for the establishment and development of infrastructure for payment systems, retail with some global companies, noting that the contract will enter into force in 2014 next year.
He pointed out that it is one of the important projects related to the development of electronic payment transactions in the use of credit cards from inside and outside the country is reflected positively on the development of the banking system and elevate it to the ranks of advanced international regulations.
Fayez: years ago of budgets and economic development funds received for Iraq to be distributed according to the needs of ministries
Written by: Citizen Newspaper
Iraq occupies the last among centers of the world in economic strength index for the year 2013
BAGHDAD - Ahmed Darraji
Attributed the economic occupation of Iraq parliamentary index falling behind in the economic strength of this year to the confusion and lack of clarity of economic policy. Stressing at the same time «The past budgets, which did not find any economic development but merely incoming funds for Iraq to be distributed according to the needs of the ministries. A member of the Economic Commission Amer Al-Fayez (citizen) said yesterday that the whole last period and Iraq clinging to economic بسياسيات is fixed. He is true we have moved to a market economy, but it seems that we do not take the practical steps that we came to a market economy as a whole. Pointing out that there is confusion and lack of vision and lack of clarity in the economic and development policy because we were preoccupied with terrorism and work to combat financial and administrative corruption. He «The past budgets which did not find any economic development but merely incoming funds for Iraq to be distributed according to the needs of the ministries. The Al-Fayez to that there a law in the House of Representatives has not been enacted yet to establish the Economic Council of Iraq, which is mandated to economic development or governmental committee working now are the some of the changes and amendments to adopt economic policy fully in the country and is working on multiple resources because Iraq is now a single supplier which oil only. Fayez stressed «The next strategic plans as decimal or five-year plan we will work on multiple materials for agriculture for the border areas and ports, such imports are routed including develop the Iraqi economy. Saying «The plans primarily is to develop the necessary banking industry to the issue of investment and attract investors. Noting that one المعرقلات that stands to bring in investors who contribute to the upgrading of the Iraqi economy are banking policy and limited action is appropriate with global developments in the field of banks, all of these steps will be to go to them. Iraq is still a single supplier and policy متخبطة. The Institute to British يغاتوم in London revealed the occupation of Iraq ranked 130 in the world in terms of economic strength index and in accordance with the general index for the welfare of the annual prosperity through the year 2013 issued by the Institute itself, which covered 142 countries around the world. The report points out that «most people would agree that economic prosperity is not just material wealth, and so they take into account the indicators reflect the happiness and satisfaction of citizens in their daily lives, and their ability to build a better life in the future. And assesses the human capital index 122 countries make up more than 90% of the world's population by measuring the contributing factors and motivation for the development and distribution of trained manpower and sound and capable. It consists index of several criteria are education, health care and the labor force and employment, enabling environment, according to the results of the index, ranked Switzerland ranked first in the world in the general index, followed by Finland, and Singapore. Regarding the Arab countries came Arabia ranked first and twenty-UAE in the eighth twenty, having achieved a thirteenth place in the index measures the strength of the economy, while followed by Kuwait to be the second Arab and third place thirty globally, Morocco 82 globally, Jordan 88, Tunisia 91, Lebanon 98, Algeria 99, Egypt 108, Syria 122, Yemen 135. The report noted that the Arab region include two in a high human development too are Qatar and the UAE, and eight countries in a high human development are Bahrain 48, Kuwait 54, Saudi Arabia 57 and Libya 64, Lebanon 72, Oman 84, Algeria 93, Tunisia 94. Norway ranks highest order of the first ten countries in the index global prosperity to come after Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, while The United States ranked eleventh, while befell Germany with a strong economy ranked 14th globally, followed by Austria and the United Kingdom in sixth place century. For it came as Singapore and Hong Kong two Alasewetan Almottagdmtan in the top 18 and 19 respectively, while in South America and Latin was replaced Uruguayan first ranked thirtieth globally, followed by Costa Rica, in occupied Russia ranked 61. Report showed this year's decline in the United States in the index of economic growth to ranked twenty-fourth, where the superiority of the South Korean economy, New Zealand and others on the U.S. economy in terms of the pace of growth, after having been dominated in previous years at the top of the list, to be able to offset Norway Americans and sit at the top in terms of this indicator.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Iraqis Thank U.S. Troops and Seek New Partnership (commentary)
Iraqis Thank U.S. Troops and Seek New Partnership
President George W. Bush made not one decision, but two when he believed it necessary to rid the world of Saddam Hussein’s regime. The first was to utilize military force, but the second was even more momentous: Rather than simply replace one dictator with another, he sought to provide with a framework toward democracy. That decision, which is far too recent for historians to judge adequately, prolonged the American presence. Almost 4,500 American soldiers lost their lives not only to address a destabilizing threat Saddam Hussein posed but also to bring a chance at freedom to the Iraqi people.
While Islamist radicals used Saddam’s fall to rally their forces, and Iranian-backed militias moved in to intimidate Iraqis in predominantly Shi’ite areas, many ordinary Iraqis enjoyed their first breaths of freedom during the short honeymoon period before insurgency exploded. Two of my most memorable experiences occurred in the months immediately following Iraq’s liberation. In one case, I accompanied an Iraqi returnee I met randomly in the governor’s office of a southern province home to the house he fled two decades earlier. He had not told his parents he was coming, nor had he contacted them during his time abroad for fear that the regime might retaliate, as he was wanted for alleged opposition activities at the time he fled.
The look on his father’s face—and his mother’s—when they saw the son they believed to be in a mass grave was priceless, and the impromptu neighborhood celebration memorable. Likewise, in Kirkuk I was able to use my satellite phone first to find a woman’s exiled daughter and then let her speak to her mother for the first time in more than a decade, letting the woman not only reconnect to her child but also learn about her three grandchildren. I was not alone in such experiences. U.S. soldiers had far more contact with Iraqis than did diplomats, and such stories were the rule rather than the exception.
I typically visit Iraq twice each year, and gratitude Iraqis feel toward the United States remains. True, many Iraqis had grown frustrated with American occupation in the interim years, and they do not hesitate to point out what they see as mistakes (re-Baathification rather than de-Baathification chief among them) but they value liberty more than those who so often try to speak on Iraqis’ behalf in various circles. Now that the Americans are gone—and with the American diplomatic presence pretty much invisible behind the embassy’s blast walls—Iraqis increasingly look at an American presence–not occupation certainly but a presence–with longing. Sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder.
Lukman Faily, Iraq’s talented new ambassador to the United States, has an important thank you in today’s USA Today. He begins:
My first trip to the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery was on a rainy Friday afternoon, soon after my arrival in Washington. As the newly appointed ambassador to the United States from Iraq, it was important for me to honor the brave American men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion so that the people I represent may live to be free. Standing before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and gazing over the rolling hills of Arlington, I was struck by the depth of the sacrifices borne by the United States to defeat tyranny, support the oppressed and build democratic institutions around the world.
And he gives credit where so much credit is due:
In my country, nearly 2 million more U.S. military personnel served and helped liberate my country from Saddam Hussein and defeat al-Qaeda. Iraq is on track to join other countries that have benefited from America’s sacrifices. Our economy is one of the fastest growing in the world, oil production is growing, democratic institutions are maturing and our sixth round of elections is scheduled for April of next year. These successes were not generated solely by Iraqis. America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and foreign service officers helped set Iraq on the path to success — and we are thankful to all of those brave men and women.
Having come to Washington after several years in Tokyo, Ambassador Faily understands the importance of post-war relationships. How tragic it is, then, that the United States has been so lacking in maximizing its relationship with Iraq. Iraq wants greater ties. Iraq and the United States face a common foe in al-Qaeda. It is short-sighted not to grasp Iraq’s outstretched hand but for much of the past two years, the United States has effectively closed the door on its relationship with Iraq. When Faily concludes, “The United States remains Iraq’s ally of choice; on this day, we reflect on, and learn from our past, and look forward to building on our partnership in the years to come,” let us hope that the White House and Congress are listening.
A member of the Finance Committee calls to bypass the red tape in the process of granting leave for the implementation of investment projects
12-11-2013 10:21 AM
Baghdad (news) .. The member of the Finance Committee MP / coalition in Iraq / Hassan Auzmn al-Bayati, a need to go beyond the routine constituent in the granting of vacations for investment projects, to move the wheel of investment in the country.
Bayati said (of the Agency news): The long routine review of government departments and financial and administrative corruption prevented the advancement of the investment process in the country, and has made international companies reluctant to invest in Iraq.
He added: that when an investor to set up an investment project setting calls to obtaining up to (180) the approval of the payment of bribes from the youngest officer to the Director-General, make the investment license granting process goes on for two years or more.
He pointed out: that most countries in the world exceeded the red tape and bureaucracy in the implementation of investment projects are given opportunities are large and spacious in order to attract investors to invest in the project.
And witnessing the investment process in the country reluctance evident as a result of the boring routine in the review of state departments and the absence of a full security stability in the country, despite the fact that investment is an important factor in promoting the economies of countries around the world.
Vice exclude parking political parties behind the failure to approve the law of bank deposits
12-11-2013 11:38 AM
Baghdad (news) .. Excluded member of the Finance Committee MP / Kurdistan Alliance / Najeebeh Najib, be and political views behind disabling the Law on the Protection of bank deposits, indicating that another killer routine approval of a lot of economic laws.
Najib said (of the Agency news): The Deposit Protection Act of important laws that increase citizen confidence and satisfaction during the deposit money banks, noting that the banking system depends on the size of the financial filings larger the bigger the capital and increased the size of the investment.
She added: that the reason for the delay in approving the economic laws, especially the Law on the Protection of deposits is a deadly routine in institutions, be excluded political parties behind the delay.
And demanded Najeebeh: the government of the need to speed up the passing of this law and other laws that work on economic support and development of the Iraqi economy.
The head of the Finance Committee, Haider al-Abadi was likely to pass a law to protect the financial deposits to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives trauma vote in the coming days.
State announces the formation of a block "the way" to contest the next election
12-11-2013 11:19 AM
Baghdad (news) .. The Minister of Agriculture Izz al-Din State, for the formation of a new political bloc as the 'road' to contest the next parliamentary elections in 2014.
The state said in a press statement received by the Agency (news) copy of it: he was the formation of a new political bloc with the road, to contest the next parliamentary elections in 2014, indicating that this block includes politicians, intellectuals and tribal leaders.
He added: this block will adhere to the application of the provisions of the Constitution and values essential components of national identity and values of the society and the creation of the Iraqi Islamic unity and national sovereignty, renounce violence and coercion in all its forms and respect for and promotion of public order in the country.
He pointed out: to block the road considering entry Baútlavat the level of Iraq and the province of Nineveh, which belong to it with the other national blocks can not afford sectarian or ethnic status.
Haider Mulla: Maliki is seeking to shirk responsibility across the indictment parliament to delay passing the budget
12-11-2013 09:32 AM
Baghdad (news) .. Accused leader of the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue Haidar al-Mulla, the Council of Ministers of obstructing the process of promoting economic and service through delay send the budget in 2014 to the House of Representatives, noting that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is seeking to shirk responsibility by accusing parliament to delay passing the budget law.
Mulla said in a statement received Agency (news) copy of it: that the Presidency of the Council of Ministers hamper again any attempt to promote the reality of economic and service through delayed sending the budget bill for the year 2014 and the final accounts for 2013 to parliament, calling for the Council to speed up the sending of this budget .
He added: Maliki as long as the government attributed the failure of the management of the House of Representatives by charges of obstructing pass the budget bill, arguing that the 'so it is Mjavi for the facts and attempt to evade responsibility.
Attorney Jeju preclude the holding of a meeting of leaders of political blocs
12-11-2013 07:32 AM
Baghdad (news) .. ruled MP / Yazidi Movement for Reform and Progress / Amin Farhan Jeju, the leaders of political blocs held a meeting to resolve outstanding issues between them.
Jeju said in a statement (of the Agency news): does not exist in the foreseeable future any meeting of leaders of political blocs to resolve the outstanding issues of contention between them.
He added: that the leaders of the blocs met at a conference of social peace and national honor and document emerged from the Commission exercised its work to translate what was in the items on the ground.
The MP / coalition in Iraq / Jubouri victory, reported that 30% of people will go for the upcoming parliamentary elections and the remaining hit frustration.
Jubouri said in a statement (of the Agency news): the political process on the verge of elections dangerous and could be used by political leaders all means in order to get the largest number of votes to Atsnoa return to their posts.