Zebari, Beecroft discuss results of Maliki's visit to Washington
Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:15
Baghdad (ِAIN) – The Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari and the US Ambassador to Baghdad, Stephen Beecroft, discussed the results of the visit of the Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki and the accompanying governmental delegation to Washington.
A statement by the Media Office of the Forign Ministry received by All Iraq News Agency cited " Zebari met Beecroft and discussed the U.S. – Iraq relations, and Maliki's visit to Washington."
Barzani and Biden confirm the importance of bilateral coordination.
Baghdad/ NINA /-- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, conducted a telephone call today, with the head of Kurdistan region , Massoud Barzani, through the phone interview the two men addressed the need to establish close coordination between Erbil and Baghdad in terms of security issues and fighting against terrorist networks in Iraq.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) quoted a statement issued by the White House as saying that " Biden stressed the commitment of the United States to establish a partnership with Iraq in the war against al-Qaeda , noting that Biden and Barzani addressed the important progress , achieved by Iraq in developing relations with neighboring countries, including Turkey . "
Barzani’s Diyarbakır Visit Could be Game Changer for the Kurds
By Selin Caglayan
ISTANBUL, Turkey – Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani arrives in Turkey’s Kurdish heartland of Diyarbakir on Saturday, as Erbil’s differences with the dominant Kurdish party in Syria escalate and Ankara’s peace process with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is on the rocks.
The weekend trip, which includes a meeting in the city with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will focus on bilateral ties, Ankara’s recently improving relations with Baghdad, developments in Syria and the government’s peace process with the PKK, the premier’s aide and foreign ministry sources in Ankara told Rudaw.
Barzani’s first visit as president to Diyarbakir is seen as an important signal to both the PKK and its Syrian wing the Democratic Union Party (PYD). It has been increasingly at odds with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil and on Tuesday declared an interim administration in the country’s northern Kurdish regions.
“This visit is a message both for the PYD and PKK,” said Mehmet Ozcan, an academic and director of the Ankara Strategy Institute. “’You are not the only Kurds in the region’ is the message,” he told Rudaw.
”In Syria the PYD is bullying the other Kurdish parties and tries to be the sole representative of the Syrian Kurds, as the PKK once did in Turkey,” Ozcan said. “On the other hand, the PKK is creating problems by blocking the peace process and putting pressure on the public before the local elections” in March, he added.
Kurdish author and commentator Irfan Aktan agreed that developments in Syria, where the PYD runs its government from the city of Qamishli with strong support from the PKK in Diyarbakir, were driving Ankara and Erbil ever closer. “This alliance would weaken the Diyarbakır-Qamıshli axis, and this makes many Kurds uneasy,” he said.
Indeed, Ertugral Kurdcu, co-chairman of the pro-PKK People’s Democratic Party (HDP), called for Erdogan to show the same hospitality to PYD leader Salih Muslim in Syria.
According to the Yeni Safak daily, which sides with Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), Barzani will meet with key Kurdish figures in Diyarbakır to deliver this message: “The armed struggle is over; now it is time for political struggle for all the Kurds.”
It added that Barzani is also expected to propose mediation talks between Ankara and the PKK’s political and military headquarters in the Kurdistan Region’s Qandil Mountain to restart a stalled peace process.
“If Barzani is ready to mediate the talks between Ankara and Qandil and that is accepted by Erdogan, it would pave the way for a very positive development in the region,” Aktan said.
“There is great excitement in the city because of the visit and according to the reports we received from Diyarbakır, 95 percent of the public is supporting the peace process at the moment," said the Turkish premier’s top aide, Yalcin Erdogan, in televised comments.
Aktan said that Barzani’s visit may also be related to efforts by the AKP to gain support among the Kurds ahead of local elections in March next year, in which the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) will vie for the Kurdish vote.
“In the southeast, there will be a tight race between the AKP and the BDP in the local elections. Therefore, Barzani’s visit to Diyarbakır to meet Erdogan is an open support to the AKP, a clear message to Kurds to vote for the AKP,” Aktan said. “Although the BDP has its own electorate, Barzani’s popularity might influence the others to vote for the AKP,” he added.
When they meet, Erdogan also will reportedly inform Barzani about a recent thaw in Ankara-Baghdad ties. “The relations with Baghdad is not at the expense of the KRG and vice versa,” a foreign ministry source told Rudaw.
While Ankara’s ties with Baghdad are on the mend, its relations with Erbil have been hitting new highs. Turkey is Erbil’s largest trade partner, and the two are involved in multi-billion dollar pipeline deals to get the Kurdistan Region’s rich energy reserves to markets in Turkey and beyond.
Barzani reportedly visited Diyarbakır in 1996 and stayed one night. This will be his first visit as president. He arrives in Turkey with beloved Kurdish singer Shirwan Perwer, who has been in exile for 37 years. Erdogan announced that Perwer will sing a duet in Diyarbakir with legendary Kurdish singer Ibrahım Tatlises.
Turkey's approach toward Iraq's Shiites will reduce sectarianism
For the first time in modern Turkish history, a high-ranking Turkish official, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, visited the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, in Iraq. In a symbolic gesture during the holy month of Muharram, Davutoglu wore a black shirt, green scarf and tie — signs of mourning for Imam Hussein, the third Shiite imam whose martyrdom was being celebrated during his visit. He arrived in Najaf on the morning of Nov. 11, after spending time in Baghdad on Nov. 10.
While in Najaf, Davutoglu met for almost an hour with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. He described Sistani as the “safety valve” of Iraq, calling him a “global peace man” who stands against sectarian sedition in Iraq and the region. He also said that he brought the salutations of the 76 million people of Turkey to Sistani and Iraqis. Referencing the Muharram commemoration of Hussein, Davutoglu asserted that Najaf and Karbala were in the hearts of all Turkish Muslims and that the principles of mankind's compassion espoused by the imam belong not only to all Muslims, but to all humanity. He also expressed his hope that such a tragedy as at Karbala, where Hussein was martyred, never be repeated. Sistani welcomed Davutoglu, thanked him for his sentiments and sent his salutations to the Turkish people and their government.
Davutoglu had previously announced that his visits to Najaf and Karbala were not for political purposes and that he would not discuss political issues with Shiite spiritual leaders. Once in Iraq, however, most of his discussions with Shiite leaders focused on political and even economic issues, in detail.
A source present at the meeting between Davutoglu and Sistani reported that after a brief general discussion about the regional sectarian crisis, for which both shared mutual understanding and agreement, Sistani turned the discussion to the pressing economic issues facing Iraq. He registered his disapproval that Turkey continues to press ahead with construction of a series of dams on the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers that is reducing water flows into Iraq. This issue has created a major problem for the Iraqi economy as well as the country's environment that must be resolved through cooperation between Iraq and Turkey, according to Sistani.
Davutoglu tried to explain Ankara's official position on the water issue, indicating that Turkey was is willing to provide a guaranteed water allocation to Iraq during times of scarcity. To Davutoglu's surprise, according to the source, Sistani rejected such an approach and expressed his desire for UN arbitration to resolve the long-standing water issue. An adviser in Sistani’s office told Al-Monitor that the grand ayatollah is looking for a sustainable solution that guarantees the two countries interests and is based on international conventions. Turkey began constructing the Ilisu Dam in 2006 as one among 22 dams for the Southeastern Anatolia Project on the Tigris River some 65 kilometers upstream from the Iraqi border. It will reduce 40% of the water flowing into Iraq.
Sistani’s demand that Turkey cease holding back water was widely welcomed by Iraq's media. Reports drew attention to the Iraqi government having remained largely silent on this issue, although it is one of the most important policy differences between the two countries. In short, Sistani did more to draw attention to the issue than has the government.
Davutoglu also had a meeting with the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf. They discussed the regional sectarian crisis and stressed that Iraq and Turkey must work cooperatively to confront terrorist groups taking advantage of the volatile situation in Syria. Davutoglu described Iraq as representing the Middle East and thus having a crucial role to play in the region. Both men were cautious to avoid discussing the Syria issue directly, as this could have potentially led to conflict over their differing objectives there.
Before moving on to Karbala, Davutoglu visited the holy shrine of Imam Ali, the first Shiite imam, and Imam Hussein's shrine, where he briefly participated in a ceremony of mourning. The day before, while in Baghdad, Davutoglu had visited the al-Kadhimiya Mosque and met Saleh al-Haidari, head of Iraq's charitable Shiite Endowment. In addition, he talked with a few other Shiite politician-clerics, among them Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. It is thought that Turkey's extending its hand to Iraqi Shiites might help lead to its playing a significant role in soothing sectarian crises in the region and garner Ankara the role of mediator, as it already has good relations with Sunni parties in Iraq.
Columnist, Iraq Pulse
Ali Mamouri is a researcher and writer who specializes in religion. He is a former teacher in Iranian universities and seminaries in Iran and Iraq. He has published several articles related to religious affairs in the two countries and societal transformations and sectarianism in the Middle East.
SRSG denounces attacks target pilgrims all over Iraq
Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:16
Baghdad (AIN) -The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, strongly condemns the increased attacks against the pilgrims of Ashura during which dozens of innocent people were killed and injured in several incidents across Iraq.
“The number of deaths in the recent wave of attacks deliberately targeting Shiite pilgrims who are participating in religious commemoration events across Iraq is unacceptable,” Mr. Mladenov said.
The SRSG also expresses concerns after the recent attacks targeting foreigners in Basra. “I urge all to exercise restraint and avoid provocation. Compassion, honor and sacrifice are universal values that need to be upheld by all,” he emphasized.
“In a diverse society like Iraq, a culture of understanding and tolerance must prevail to enable every Iraqi to engage in their rites in peace,” added Mr. Mladenov.
Salahuddin 256 piece of land distributed to the poor and stresses: their numbers have increased to the political work of art theft
14-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
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Ratified Salahuddin province, on Thursday, on a plan to distribute (526) piece of land to the poor in the province, with loaded political officials responsible for widespread and growing number of poor people in Iraq "to Tfnnhm theft," announced a project to build more than 700 homes a low cost in the next year .
The governor of Salahuddin Ahmed Abdullah Abdullah said in an interview to the (long-Presse) "within the program of poverty alleviation National decided to maintain the distribution (256) piece of land in the cities of the province on poor families," noting that "access to these families and identified came in cooperation with the media ( among the people), and not by officials of the administrative units. "
Abdullah added that "the province managed to build 32 shops across the cities of the province, and will be distributed to the poor segment according to the contract between the municipality and the beneficiary provided they do not sell it."
He Abdullah that "the province demanded the Ministry of Planning approval of the credit to get this shop the amount of ten million dinars to start working and providing for the dignified him," pointing out that "the province will begin next year with a plan to build 700 houses a low cost, and will be allocated funds have been of the provincial development budget for the year 2014. "
Abdul criticized the "based on the political process," noting that "partisan accounts and their attempts to steal money is that the poverty rate increased in Iraq", criticizing the "define the powers of the provinces in the field of poverty alleviation, and the establishment of major projects to reduce unemployment."
He said Abdul that "the weakness of loyalty to the homeland by some politicians, and sophistication of theft, is the biggest reason behind the growing poverty, approach the wrong government and politicians increased degrees of deprivation," and urged "the Ministry of Planning adoption of indicators rising population of the province to 1.4 million people, and is not a million and 200 thousand as it was in force since 2003 and until now. "
Abdullah stressed that "this indicator would deprive the province of large financial allocations as it deprived her of seats in the next parliament and its 12 seats remained, and this was caused by the failure of conservative representatives in parliament, they are working for their parties and not to the people of Salah al-Din."
The UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) called on Friday (18 October 2013), political leaders need to develop policies inclusive alleviate poverty and development and sustainable livelihoods for all Iraqis to meet the security challenges, while confirmed that about six million Iraqis still live below the poverty line.
It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Planning, announced (June 2011), the percentage of the poverty level in Iraq amounted to about 23%, which means that a quarter of Iraq's population living below the poverty line, including nearly 5% live in extreme poverty, in while the third pointed out in June 2012, that the statistics confirmed that the unemployment rate in Iraqi society (16%).
Ashuri Democratic Movement starts preparations for next parliamentary elections
Thursday, 14 November 2013 15:58
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Emad Yokhana, member of the Political Bureau of Ashuri Democratic Movement assured that the Movement started its preparation for next parliamentary elections of 2014.
He stated to All Iraq News Agency "The current stage is very important in the history of Iraq and this is urged the movement to start launching its preparations for the elections to ensure the wining parliamentary seats for its candidates."
IFC International Group to open
On November 14, 2013
Arbil / News Network Iraq -
announced the Kurdistan Regional Government's intention to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to open an office in the Kurdistan Region.
Said in a statement to the government today: that (IFC), the largest development institution global focus in particular on the private sector in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, expressed during a meeting held on Wednesday, in
the office of the Ministry of Planning in the Kurdistan Regional Government.
statement noted that the Minister of Planning in the Government of the Territory d. Ali Sindi, received the Director of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) supporter Makhlouf, Director of Iraq Branch of the institution mentioned Ziad Badr, to discuss plans and activities, present and future of the institution.
Noted that among those plans to continue in partnership with the private sector to invest in the Kurdistan Region in various fields, especially in the industrial sector, tourism and travel. statement continued that he and the aim of improving workflow and project implementation, the Delegation announced the intention of the company to open an office in the Kurdistan region soon.
According to the statement, the Minister of Planning of the Kurdistan Regional Government praised this initiative which will strengthen cooperation and coordination between the Government of Kurdistan Region and the International Finance Corporation, expressing his readiness territorial Government and his ministry to provide all forms of support and facilities in this area.
noted that the Kurdistan Regional Government provides facilities and support for the work of companies and local businessmen and foreigners through the system of legislation governing their work, including creating the working conditions of return benefit to them and to the economic and urban life in the region, according to economists observers
By: Hadi Wali Dalimy, - 14-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq) | printable version
When the government turns to the "failed" to defend becomes difficult and shameful, Vplog point of failure means a rupture with any hope of reform, and his accomplishments are just false claims and disillusioned Atsamad of the fatal structural hazards.
Policies of the Maliki government to اتعدو be "Trazavih" linked to attempts to absorb the resentment of public opinion, and إرشاء voters, than to see the comprehensive strategy and a coherent, what makes for it dearly for higher medium and long term, but near as well, talk about minor adjustments on the scale of salaries of employees, or the expansion of Employment in the public sector, to Ajrikien in their importance to the level of response to the dangers of inflation resulting from the market or create a lazy public sector and dilapidated.
The security policies of past to the spirit of reconciliation, based on the expansion of combat operations against terrorist groups armed Maerafgaha narrowing of the excesses of the parents, did not achieve the targets set her, as evidenced by promotion of universal terrorist operations, and the growing Hadhanadtha, and control of those groups on areas of influence new.
Many tips sincere efforts made by the various forces and national figures to Mr. al-Maliki to adopt policies that are more wisdom and prudence in core files failed to dissuade him from frequenting stubbornness and challenging curriculum empty, Mugla government and the country's depth of failure scary.
The results achieved by al-Maliki in the last parliamentary elections, which are surrounded by a lot of uncertainties, Ohmt real-Maliki in his ability to turn his back on any advice Amina hand, as Onsth that popular mandate is not absolute but also linked to the nature of the performance of the other side.
Maliki is moving his feet and controling his will toward the end of the choosed is بممارساته of blundering, a Malaechtlv by even his supporters who and Arab without them doors defend him, but the Mayanina be for our country in the next phase better fate.
Iraqi Dawa Party and the theory of the vacuum in the governance of the state
By: d. Abdul-Jabbar al-Obeidi - 14-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
History Ethermen Iraq ceremony intellectual ideologies since its inception in 1921, such as the ideology of the Communist Party, Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Muslim Brotherhood, and most recently the ideology of the Iraqi Dawa Party, led by its founder, His Eminence the late Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr.
And B.ye Dawa Party turned to track implementation and application, we used to consider to be held in Iraq, the rule of law if it succeeds organization and the party received the Iraqi state, what we read of Narlmassh thought great thinker Sayyed Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, Secretary. From this standpoint sacrificed young educated doctors, engineers and workers their lives in the process, but the result was a disaster for Isargaran while abandoned the party principles after the death of its leader, great at the hands of a man obsessed authority and power without law like Saddam Hussein, and the receipt of the party's leadership after him by his successors others without science and knowledge endoscopically. Saddam Hussein made a mistake of killing this genius that could have been utilized in the development, with regret that all dictators only understand force and the sword in the governance of the state and dealing with المبدئيين.
The Dawa Party, led by this thinker Alkperfi the seventies of the last century, came in contrast to thought the religious authorities in Iraq before and after that did not raise a political project for the rule of state law, but this man was of the sons of the new generation of intellectuals التنويريين believers who believe thought, freedom and progress, and the need to determine the power of the state for the rights of the people and the old attacked and called for renewal. He called in scientific Mosusath our economy and our philosophy, which is more like the Department of Islamic Knowledge contained all new in all branches of science and knowledge.
This encyclopedia intellectual tried deceased hard to change all the concepts inherited in more than one field of knowledge, and tried to run by himself, and perhaps he wanted Bonaftahith that engages in the development of all the optimists who wiped their hands of the past to participate in the making of a new vision for the future of scientific thought and religious list on the mind Scientific and freedom. This stood state led Canutatouraha stubborn Saddam Hussein him and his theory of the position of the enemy, and confiscated books and imposed strict control on who circulated in the market., but what Dre that ideology has spread among intellectuals كالهشيم and became a trader in secret and in public, which was born intellectual revolution and political disappeared under the ashes waiting for an hour wind gusts to تنجلي again in the patch.
Do not overstress when briefed on this encyclopedia, especially in the aspects of philosophical appalled what I read فتغيرت my thoughts towards it college without reverence, what you thought it Vokhalst her whatever sector and become the faithful, when I felt that this man was his belief بالمخلوق and rights of humanity a way to faith in the Creator great. It was his belief emanates from the mind not from the heart, and this has been a change in modern thought of and relevant to the next generations. His only concern was that the state authorities are determined for the rights of the people, can no longer be the president angrily on a man takes another in jail without trial Odleil. Man did not look to the creed from the balcony of the rich as they were a lot of religious references., But look at it from the angle ideas that اشرأبت the freedom and rights of people on the basis of a community as without him in his sober philosophy.
This great thinker says that the economic doctrine in Islam includes two aspects: As summed up by Dr. Ali Karim Said quote:
One legislative Mlyemn by the laws of Islam are Closed does not accept tweaking, especially in the provisions of the verses marginal binding application, Alokhryasmiha area vacuum midwife to be filled by the state in accordance with the requirements of the general economy and people's rights. From here came this industrious great theory of the need for free practice in the areas of economy, politics The meeting for the benefit of the individual, the circumstances have changed that require the implementation process of change. ملتفتا to a change in the establishment and functioning of the system of government in the constitutional states posed by Islam. Cried the need for popular election to (NDP), surpassing the theory Wali al-Faqih rule followed in Iran, and that he wanted to come out of the hands of non-reference Iraqis as a reference religion originally have originated in Najaf and of them without the others. Based on the theory of the Shura in the Koran. Here are ruled out the idea of the people of the solution and the contract of choice because they are problematic for the lack of doctrinal content standard for diagnosis. Any of them? Who has the right
Identified by name and attributes, and how to emphasize the legitimacy of the application required?. Considering that the caliphate and elected their income fancy and became king Edaudha of governors since the Umayyad and Abbasid eras.
The writer says creator Dr. Ali Karim Said: In the book, after the past in the present quote: "The basic idea for the vacuum in Islam is based on: that Islam does not offer its principles of economic life and political as treatment temporarily or orderly progress, you may Ajtazh history over time, but through the development of the framework principled, which is being dealt with and dictated by data era, and took what could fit him without exposure to the fundamental principles of the theory of the border. This approach gives them the right to dispose of the text according to the data on the Law of the Shura in Islam, and the right broad principle to act in freedom Alachtaarlesmah people's choice political or religious leaders freely, Mottagauzahalh inertia and non-renewal. This new trend came solo by all previous closed religious trends in the governance of the state, and I can tell if implemented to the latest intellectual and political revolution in the governance of major state and its citizens?
So the leaders of Islam existing or claim that they are of contemporary Muslims that Atraithwa before their concept of Shura before fill the void against the regimes current that did not get the legitimate authority of the fact that the elections were also in Iraq, according chunked electoral distinction between elected and gave them rights does not deserve, in addition to (quota) in the appointment and switch, and this is completely contrary to the legitimate rights of citizens in the election and appointment, so the rule was forcibly no legitimacy and no rationing in the three presidencies without discrimination.
But Eschad this great thinker has broken theory Calendar, I've had Eminence man modest speaks in a tongue man Fiqiralve lived an orphan guaranteed from his brother, heavy trouble, and aspiring to get rid of poverty, which was shrouded and wrapped people, I was alone in the struggle, and references divided Tassh style Iraq's current state in each of the five resources and what came from others, remained preoccupied with money and religious intolerance and ideas Almitheologia that Qoukat Alvkrraldena Iraqi and made him live in prison with no railing sniff fresh air outlets. Perhaps the hatred of luxury stemming from this social situation imposed on him and all the people. Was Nabga philosopher believes in science and progress like other philosophers ages التنويريين.
He believes that social justice must prevail everyone rulers and ruled alike from the theory of absolute right in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (r), and the starting point of the biography of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) in fighting oppression and oppressors, مقتديا Bojaddadh great Ali and Hussein and Imam Musa bin Jlalkazem ( p) who Akeoa the Umayyad and Abbasid.
I've made a mistake Saddam a big mistake to kill this man who kill Iraq killed again.
So it is the study of texts left by this thinker Galilee see that we did not get to a specific definition of Islam, according to the theory of Islamic knowledge humanitarian referred to, worded formulation of modern and contemporary, and derived exclusively from the Koran to today. That the absence of this theory before it led to the disintegration of the intellectual, and fanaticism, and recourse to the positions of intellectual or political heritage, older time, based on accusations disbelief and atheism and heresy, and heresy and arrest and fatalism of those, and those without will enable them to break the impasse intellectual who signed it to determine the relationship between the presence in the Senate, and pictures of assets in mind.
From this standpoint, we urgently need to jurisprudence of new and contemporary for the salvation of the crisis jurisprudence current plagued them and judging the clergy and referents in the future of our generations who walked him toward destruction, and with regret that the Dawa Party, the current has lost theorists like him unique after he indulged leaders matters of power and money wealth and left the principles and values of others.
Without the formulation of a new theory of human knowledge (controversial man) today shared by all the faithful will not be able to get out of the current impasse plagued by them, but where we theorists who overwhelmed them money and power and become isolated.
The philosophical premise necessarily result in a correct solution idiosyncratic. If the Savior appeared in the theory and practice we will get rid of all the books heritage that Ntbaha today and drains us money without little benefit, in addition to sabotage the new ideas starch.
D. Abdul-Jabbar al-Obeidi