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Parliamentary delete zeros from the currency early 2014 11/17/2013 - 18:42
Alsumaria News / Baghdad denied the Central Bank of Iraq, Sunday, informed the Finance Committee parliamentary delete zeros from the Iraqi currency early next year 2014, stressing that this timing is Matrouh now. , the bank said in a statement received "Alsumaria News" a copy of it, that "some of the media picked up remarks to a House of Representatives about the timing of the direct project restructuring of the Iraqi currency and deleting three zeros from the year 2014, "stressing that" such a time is Matrouh now. "
Araji: HSS citizen Sathalvan for naming the next prime minister
18-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Muhannad Jawad Kadhim
Revealed the Liberal Parliamentary Bloc of the Sadrist movement, agreed with the Islamic Supreme Council, headed by Ammar al-Hakim, the formation of a unified alliance "is far from sectarianism" will win the presidency of the next government after the legislative elections scheduled to take place in April of next year.
The head of the Liberal bloc, Bahaa al-Araji, said in a statement to the (Presse term), said there was "an agreement in principle with the Islamic Supreme Council to participate in the upcoming legislative elections in the different lists that the formation of an alliance and one beyond."
Araji said that "the desired alliance between the two blocs would be a representative of the Iraqi people and away from sectarianism and will work to achieve the demands and aspirations of the Iraqi people," asserting that "the person of the next government will be a coalition two blocs will not Ataadahma," the.
The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr attacked, in 2 of the current month, the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, after his visit to the United States, and stressed that America is not from "brought him to power, but the people and partners", while between that al-Maliki visited Washington of "without authorization," the House of Representatives or notification "to beg" including support for the elections, addressed the President of the Iraqi government, saying that America's armies and weapons and intelligence "will not Tnfk and you'll recognize Dafk and failure." to the Prime emb Mekdad Sharifi partners electoral process from political blocs and organizations civil society actors in the electoral affairs and media to broad participation in urging voters to visit the voter registration update centers in Baghdad and the provinces, amounting to more than (1080) to update their data center.
He said Sharifi said in a statement seen by the "long" yesterday that the commission as a point of artistic and obligations concerned with aspects of operational and media which is capable of announcing plans in place for this event, but need partners true of the political entities to urge their constituents to participate actively in the review centers voter registration update to ensure their right to participation in the polling day on the thirtieth of April of next year. "
He added that civil society organizations and the media have a big role in supporting the electoral process as real partners are essential underpinnings for the promotion of democracy through their role in the education and awareness of the upcoming electoral process.
He said, "Review of citizens to the Centers for voter registration update going pace rising in many of the provinces, but there are times major centers deployed in Baghdad and therefore we need to come together and concerted efforts in order to educate and raise public awareness of this important stage of the electoral process."
He called Sharifi political coalitions comply with the time limit for submitting the formation of coalitions, which will begin from 20 of this month, and up to 5 from next month, adding that the political entities wishing to form a coalition that apply written according to the form prescribed by the Commission to the national office in Baghdad or the office of the region or UNHCR offices in the provinces. "
He added that it is not permissible for a political entity in constituency elections, progress list of candidates individually and at the same time progress list of candidates within the coalition, as it is not permissible for a political entity that involved more than a coalition in one constituency. "
Basra: lost 600 projects and 90% of our money because of the delayed budget 2013
18-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Wael grace
Local officials in Basra that the late adoption of the annual budget cause disabling hundreds of projects in the province, and revealed that the delay in approval and launch of the budget in 2013 caused disruption 610 projects in the province, noting that the province can not exchange more than 10% of the budget allocated for the province this year, while voiced pessimism of the budget of 2014 and the expected loss of months in the approval process launched by the Ministry of Finance.
This comes at a time when the provincial council estimated the value of balancing Basra and share of petrodollar about 5 billion if the federal government generally respected the new provincial powers law.
A member of the Council of Basra, Ahmed Al Sulaiti in a statement to the "long" yesterday that "Basra aspiration to share in the general budget, while up draft budget prepared by the government to the House of Representatives, where tables for allocations of each province", assuming that the deputies maintained in the Council diligence on Basra interest "rather than party affiliation."
It is likely Sulaiti reach budget Basra in 2014 to "$ 5 billion" if the government agreed to release the amount of "five dollars per barrel of oil product," but he is expected to keep the share of Basra on the situation the old, under the pretext of government telling us it could not reconsider the budget to a malfunction in the shares of ministries. "
Sulaiti indicates that "not launch allocations Basra will lead to great anger among the people, will not be back in the interest of the government, which accepted the elections."
And confirms the provincial law amended to be share producing provinces on the "five dollars for each barrel of crude oil producer in the province, and five dollars for every barrel of crude oil refined in refineries province, and five dollars for each (150) one hundred and fifty cubic meters a producer of natural gas in the province. "
Sulaiti predicted that up next year's budget in mid-2014, adding, "ratified the 2013 budget 14/06/2013, while the budget of 2012, it ratified on 23/3 of the same year," noting that delay the arrival of the budget is causing many problems because the province can not afford to develop a plan of action and budget for the disbursement of doors without knowing their share, "and urged the provincial council to put an interim plan before the arrival of the budget, then being after the ratification of amendments to the federal spending plan.
He expressed Sulaiti pessimism about the budget 2014, explaining that "will end the year without to achieve one project," revealing the presence of 750 projects in 2013, at a cost of 3 trillion dinars, no assignment of only 400 projects, 140 projects only are contracted, because of the delayed budget , and expected to spend Basra this year, less than 10% of the budget does not exceed "200 billion dinars" of 3 trillion.
It is likely Sulaiti to enter Basra in 2014 and graduated as a "busy sending correspondence and waiting for approvals from the government in order to complete the project, and ends the year without implementing any project," revealing the need for the province to complete the sewage projects, at a cost of 300 billion dinars, did not we get only 10 % of the value of the project, despite the fact that "streams of Basra spent during the past ten years" 2 trillion dinars, "did not achieve any success, and still maintain sink with every shower", describing the amounts that monitor the streams as "a way of burying money underground" .
For his part, says the head of the Integrity Committee of the Board of Basra, Mohammed al-Mansoori said, "The problem is not whether the budget allocated to Basra sufficient or not, but the problem in the management of money and the way spending," he said in a statement to the "long" What is needed is to rely on "consulting firms discreet to provide advice in the way money is spent and project management methods, "adding that the money allocated in the previous years, come and go to the province of Basra is able to invest.
In another matter Mansouri considered that the delay in the budget will put the province in big trouble, stopped a number of service projects and infrastructure, and the disruption of the salaries of employees and contractors daily wages.
To the expected decision of the Council of Basra Najla Jabbar to reach the budget next year in the middle of the year 2014, or more than that, she said, "long" that "Basra province expects to reach its budget to $ 5 billion," asserting that "the vice province transferred the perspective of maintaining , and the proportion of Basra from the budget, depending on need and the number of the population, "but it also says that the money which is monitored by the government every year" are not commensurate with the importance of Basra and the volume of business and existing projects. "
Jabbar expects to reach the budget 2014 in the sixth month of the next year, which will lead to the obstruction of sewer projects, water desalination, building 5 hospitals in Basra, as well as the presence of 500 schools waiting for allotments, and a number of streets and large bridges.
Barazani: Uniting the Kurds among our priorities
Erbil (NINA) – President of Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barazani, said, "Uniting the Kurds will be among our priorities and that agreement among the Kurds serves the Arab, Turkish and Persian people."
In a joint press conference with the Mayor of the Turkish Diyarbakir province, held on Sunday, Nov. 17, Barazani added that work toward uniting the Kurds and having them agree among themselves will be among his work priorities.
Barazani went on saying, "We extend our hand of peace with our Arab, Turk and Persian brothers. Peace is the only mean to reach our goals that we have paid dearly for."
He asserted that Kurdistan supports steps toward peace in Turkey, calling for patience because peace process is not easy.
He expressed satisfaction with the peace steps adopted by Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and leader of Kurdish Working Party, PKK, Abdullah Öcalan, stressing the importance for them to continue.
Barazani arrived in Turkey on Saturday, Nov. 16, to hold talks with Turkey's Prime Minister in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.
Motahedoon coalition calls to stop indiscriminate arrests
BAGHDAD / NINA / Motahedoon coalition, headed by Osama al-Nujaifi, called the government to stop indiscriminate arrests carried out by security forces for precautionary reasons.
A statement for the coalition said: "The leaders of Motahedoon discussed, at a meeting yesterday, the latest political and administrative developments for the coalition."
The coalition demanded in its meeting, the government to stop these arrests, which violate the human rights openly and predominately sectarian because they are taking place in specific areas of Baghdad.
Chairman of the Coalition denounced the indiscriminate arrests carried out by the security forces.
Zebari: Turkey Was Behind Ocalan’s 1998 Expulsion from Syria
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region –Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari revealed that Turkey was behind Syria’s 1998 expulsion of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. The information came to light in Zebari’s interview with the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper last week, in which he shared new details of the tensions between Turkey and then Syrian President Hafez Assad over Ocalan. Zebari recalled a conversation with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the events of 1998, saying, “Mubarak told me that in 1998 he had delivered a letter about Turkey’s threats to Hafez Assad about sheltering PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and Assad agreed to expel Ocalan and not risk military confrontation with Turkey.” For many years Ocalan and many of his fighters maintained bases inside Syria, until he was told by Damascus to leave the country under pressure from Turkey, which threatened military invasion. Ocalan was captured in 1999 in Kenya and is currently serving a life sentence on Imrali Island in Turkey on terrorism charges. Zebari, a Kurd who has served as Iraq’s foreign minister since 2005, also said that Mubarak was unhappy about Syria’s close ties with Iran and its interference in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. “Mubarak was also doubtful about the Americans and believed they sold their friends too easily,” Zebari recalled. He said that Mubarak had trained as a pilot at the al-Habaniyah base in Iraq’s Anbar province in the 1950s and was passionate about Iraq. However, he was unhappy about its Kurd, Arab, Shiite and Sunni division. “In Egypt there is only one national feeling,” he recalled Mubarak as saying. According to Zebari, Mubarak had once tried to marry into Saddam Hussein’s family, though he had considered the dictator a crazy man, said Zebari. In the serialized interview with Al-Hayat, Zebari said that former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had helped the Kurds of Iraq with US$200,000 following their uprising against Iraq’s central government in 1991. After Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991 and Saddam Hussein’s threats to attack neighboring Saudi Arabia, relations between Riyadh and Baghdad deteriorated and according to Zebari later efforts to mend them had failed. “Saudi Arabia was also worried about the partition of Iraq and Kurdish separation,” Zebari disclosed.
Kurdistan Parties in Mixed Reaction to Barzani’s Diyarbakir Visit
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – As Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani spent his second day in Diyarbakir, Kurdistan parties expressed mixed reactions to the visit, with some praising it and others saying it was designed to boost the chance of the ruling Turkish party in next year’s election.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the main ally of Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), called the visit “crucial and historical,” and said it hoped Erbil can help Kurds everywhere achieve their rights.
“Until yesterday, the words ‘Kurd’ and ‘Kurdistan’ were banned in Turkey and the Kurdish language was illegal. Today, the Kurdistan Region president conveys the message of peace and brotherhood in the Kurdish language in Amed (Diyarbakir),” Xendan news quoted PUK deputy leader Barham Salih as saying.
“It’s the duty of the Kurdistan Region to help achieve the rights of the Kurds in the other parts of Kurdistan,” he stressed. He warned that the stability and development of the Middle East rests on respecting the rights of the Kurds.
In Diyarbakir on Saturday, Barzani confirmed his full support for Ankara’s ongoing peace process with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
In a speech before thousands of people carrying Kurdistan and Turkish flags, he said: “My request from my Kurdish and Turkish brothers is to support the peace project. I want to tell them that we support the peace process with all in our power,” Barzani told the crowd.
Barzani arrived in Diyarbakir at the invitation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both leaders stressed the importance of bringing peace to Turkey’s Kurdish regions and ending more than three decades of conflict between the PKK and Turkish military that claimed tens of thousands of lives.
Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Region’s opposition Change Movement (Gorran), took a harsher view of the visit, saying it was meant to boost the chances of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the March general election. It accused Barzani of partisanship.
“The trip has to do with business and the upcoming elections,” said a Gorran official. “It’s in the interest of the AKP party because of the polls,” he said, expressing suspicions that the AKP’s goal in hosting Barzani is to try to win Kurdish votes at the polls.
Ali Bapir, leader of the Islamic League (Komal), told Rudaw his party is unaware of the agenda of Barzani’s visit. “ If the trip is for encouraging the peace process, its a good thing,” he said.
The PKK itself has so far remained quiet about Barzani in Diyarbakir, but the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) MP Pervin Buldan accused Barzani of insincerity.
“While Barzani talks about peace in Amed, he closed all doors on us in Erbil,” said Buldan, who was recently in Kurdistan trying to visit with PKK officials at their Qandil Mountain base to discuss the peace process.
“They made lots of difficulties for us at the checkpoints when we were on our way to Qandil,” she added.
As Barzani and the Turkish premier attended the first day of speeches and a music concert for peace, a number of PKK and BDP supporters gathered outside, waving their party flags and portraits of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.
The Kurdistan Region and Turkey have elevated their diplomatic, trade and energy ties to unprecedented levels in the last several years. Earlier this month, Erbil and Ankara signed a multi-billion dollar energy package to export Kurdish oil and gas to feed Turkey’s growing energy needs.
With Nothing to Show, Why is Iran’s Rouhani Still Being Cheered?
By Amir Sharifi
The election of President Hassan Rouhani in Iran and the promise of democratic changes within the country created new hope that human rights would improve, and that unresolved nuclear talks between seemingly implacable enemies could get resolved.
There were indeed unprecedented media blitzes over Rouhani’s visit to the UN General Assembly. Many commentators uncritically portrayed Rouhani as radically different, a moderate, or even as “the Obama of Iran,” poised to change things with the West. Prematurely, many politicians and commentators in the West were finding a liberal cause in the cleric Rouhani.
A startling incident occurred when UN officials at the Geneva UN Council Chamber took extreme measures to appease the Iranian regime: On October 15, they covered a sculpture depicting a nude male figure at the entrance of the building where nuclear talks were to be held.
According to Agence France-Presse the officials had justified their act by stating that it was meant not to offend the Islamic Republic’s values. In protest, the executive director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, poignantly said: “Today the UN is covering up the artistic heritage of its most famous building, Geneva’s historic Palais des Nations, to appease the intolerance of a fundamentalist regime that subjugates women, executes gays and persecutes Bahais; what will the UN hide tomorrow?”
One of the now broken promises of Rouhani before he was elected was to put an end to Iran’s Draconian and medieval censorship, which for decades has persecuted Iranian artists. Many among them, including the world renowned Kurdish filmmaker, Bahman Ghobadi, have been forced into exile.
The latest human rights report by Ahmad Shaheed does not reveal an opening in the political and cultural spaces that had been promised by Rouhani. The October 23 report paints a grim picture with no “signs of improvement.” Rouhani, the new president, is also implicated: Except for symbolic steps, such as releasing a few political prisoners whose terms had almost come to an end, no progress has been made under his presidency yet.
The report shows the continuing discriminatory practices and violations of fundamental human rights. The special rapporteur has urged the Iranian authorities to put a moratorium on summary executions. Nevertheless, more than a hundred political prisoners, a number of whom were Kurdish, have been executed.
As Amnesty International has noted, “This surge in executions shows that behind words and promises, the Iranian authorities continue to rely on state-sponsored killing, sparking fears that Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, two Kurdish minority prisoners on death row, could be next...”
Ironically, there is now an increasing reluctance in the West to link human rights with nuclear concerns, in the hope of striking a nuclear deal. No one these days is arguing that the nuclear program of the Islamic Republic and its record of human rights are two sides of the same coin. Much of what is being said with great optimism about the promises of Rouhani’s presidency may suffer the same fate as that of his predecessor, Mohammed Khatami.
But what is disturbing and unfathomable this time is why some secular intellectuals and journalists uncritically applaud Rouhani, a cleric whose projects and promises of change are proving elusive.
What is even more ominous is why a UN entity conceals a work of art in deference to a retrograde ideology that has stifled all forms of artistic freedom and expression through institutionalized censorship and vigilante violence.
Dr Amir Sharifi is president of the Kurdish American Education Society-Los Angeles
The flurry of diplomatic activity involving the Middle East continues to gain speed on a number of fronts, revealing efforts at new alignments, such as between Moscow and Cairo. Turkey too is wasting no time in trying to overcome its recent isolation in the region and return as an active player.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's recent visit to Baghdad, Najaf and Karbala is the latest sign of a new, dual-track policy on Iraq that is endorsed by the United States.
AuthorSemih IdizPosted November 15, 2013
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, following up on his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari’s visit to Ankara at the end of October, flew to Baghdad on Nov. 10 to sustain the growing momentum between their two countries as they try to overcome differences on a number of issues. Davutoglu and Zebari are also trying to establish a proactive agenda whereby Turkey and Iraq can work together to reduce regional sectarian tensions that have been on the upswing. While in Iraq, Davutoglu was not only warmly received by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, but also broke new ground for Turkey by visiting Najaf and Karbala, the holiest of the Shiite cities.
Al-Monitor’s Ali Mamouri, in his Nov. 13 post, explains the significance of these visits during the Shiite holy month of Muharram. He also provides information on the talks Davutoglu had in Najaf with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and the Shiite cleric and leader Muqtada al-Sadr.
Davutoglu's visit represents a new phase of outreach to the Shiites and indicates that Ankara is trying to pull itself back onto neutral territory after having openly favored the Sunnis in Syria, thus contributing to the region’s sectarian divisions. These latest steps by Turkey also come at a time when Ankara and Tehran, whose relations were also strained over Syria, have decided to open a new chapter in their relations as well.
Tensions first emerged between the governments of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Maliki after Maliki accused Erdogan of underhandedly supporting Iraq’s minority Sunnis against the Shiites. Tensions peaked when Ankara provided refuge to Iraqi vice president Tariq al-Hashimi, a prominent Sunni leader accused by the Maliki government of having set up anti-Shiite death squads. A Baghdad court handed down a death sentence for Hashimi, in absentia, in 2012. Erdogan dismissed the charges against Hashimi and vowed never to hand him over.
Another source of tension has been the energy talks between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq and the energy deals Turkish companies have been concluding with Erbil over Baghdad’s head. Ankara’s friendly onslaught toward Baghdad has not, however, resulted in a diminishing of Turkish-KRG ties. To the contrary, Erdogan invited KRG President Massoud Barzani to the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, and the visit, scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 15, is considered to be as groundbreaking as Davutoglu’s Najaf and Karbala excursions.
Barzani’s visit will be closely monitored by Washington. The Obama administration announced on Nov. 12 that Vice President Joe Biden had had a phone conversation with Barzani that day, during which they discussed “Iraq’s security challenges and the need for close coordination between Erbil and Baghdad to isolate terrorist networks.” According to the statement, they also touched on “Iraq’s important progress in building relations with its neighbors, including Turkey.”
There appears to be a diplomatic warning here to the KRG to cooperate with the Maliki government against terrorism, while avoiding disrupting the Turkish-Iraqi rapprochement. The United States has backed Maliki on the issue of Turkish-KRG ties, arguing that they risk endangering Iraq’s territorial integrity.
Ankara, Baghdad, Erbil and Washington all agree, however, that the declaration of autonomous cantons in northern Syria by the Kurds under the banner of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) is detrimental to Syria’s territorial integrity. Keeping Syria intact is crucial for these states if chaos is not to reign in the region. This provides them with important common ground for working together. The PYD is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been waging a separatist campaign of terrorism in Turkey for nearly three decades. The PYD's action comes at a time when Erdogan is trying to solve Turkey’s Kurdish problem by democratic means, which also involves talks with the PKK.
All signs indicate that Ankara does not want to endanger the new and positive atmosphere with Baghdad and has been assuring Maliki and Washington that it is committed to maintaining Iraq’s territorial integrity. As Al-Monitor’s Fehim Tastekin explains in his piece posted on Nov. 15, there are also concrete reasons why Ankara is not prepared to ditch Barzani. Erdogan wants “to kill four birds with one stone,” as Tastekin puts it, by inviting Barzani to Diyarbakir, even if the visit takes place during a delicate moment in Turkish-Iraqi ties.
Erdogan is seeking the following:
•To get the strategic energy projects between Ankara and Erbil moving again.
•To influence developments in northern Syria (or Rojava as the Kurds call it) through Barzani.
•To create more room to maneuver in the stalled peace talks with the PKK.
•To attract Barzani supporters in Turkey to his Justice and Development Party to defeat the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party in Diyarbakir in 2014 local elections.
All of this indicates that Ankara has not only decided on a multidimensional approach to the Middle East — a return to its “zero problems with neighbors” policy — but is also maintaining a dual-track policy on Iraq based on courting Baghdad while developing ties with Erbil.
The escalation of violence in Iraq by al-Qaeda-related groups attempting to fuel sectarian conflict makes the Maliki government more amenable, diplomats in Ankara say, to pursuing peace with Turkey at the moment, despite continuing differences between the two countries. During a press conference Nov. 13 in Ankara with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, Erdogan revealed that Turkish parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek would soon go to Baghdad, followed shortly by a visit to Ankara by Maliki, during which the dormant “Turkey-Iraq High Level Strategic Council” will be reactivated. Erdogan added, “After that, there will be my return visit [to Baghdad]. I believe that in this way we will make an important contribution to peace in the region.”
The current opportunity appears to be one the Maliki government does not want to miss as well, so the Iraqis seem prepared to not let former grievances spoil the congenial atmosphere. The recent developments represent a collapse of Erdogan’s Sunni-driven and morality-based foreign policy, most apparent in Syria but now giving way to a more neutral and pragmatic approach with the aim of regaining lost ground by mending fences with all involved.
Peace with Iraqi Shiites is bound to pave the way for a much better atmosphere between Turkey and Iran, where public opinion has turned against Ankara because of Syria. In many ways, Davutoglu is back in his element, having always aspired to be a peacemaker in the region. What effect Ankara's new proactive approach will have on Turkey’s ties with Egypt, still strained due to the coup there, as well as almost nonexistent Turkish-Israeli relations, remains to be seen. Erdogan and Davutoglu know, however, that they will have to deal with these two items sooner or later if the zero-problems approach is to have any meaning and if Turkey is to return to the region as an influential player that contributes to stability.