Advent , is the liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence. Advent is the coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important. ( http://www.thefreedictionary.com/advent ) The word "advent," from the Latin adventus (Greek parousia), means "coming" or " arrival." The Advent Season is focused on the "coming" of Jesus as Messiah (Christ or King). Christian worship, Bible readings, and prayers not only prepare us spiritually for Christmas (his first coming), but also for his eventual second coming. This is why the Bible readings during Advent include both Old Testament passages related to the expected Messiah, and New Testament passages concerning Jesus' second coming as judge of all. Also, passages about John the Baptist, the precursor who prepared the way for the Messiah, are read. Since Advent looks forward to Christ's birth and Incarnation, it is an appropriate way to begin the Church Year. However, Advent is not part of the Christmas season itself, but a preparation for it. Thus, liturgical churches do not sing Christmas hymns, or use Christmas readings, in worship until December 25th, the first day of the Christmas season. ( http://www.churchyear.net/advent.html ) In the commercialism of Christmas we are distracted from the spiritual importance of preparation and the " reason for the season(s) ".
While I hesitate to assign or embrace similarities between arguably secular matters, the affairs of men / women or the world, our liquidity event, and spirituality and the awesome importance of the second coming of Christ and matters of faith. To some extent there is value and truth in such comparisons, especially for those who believe in prophesy. It is not my intention to discuss at length such in this writing, but as metaphors go, the Advent Season is far superior to trains, planes, boats, child birth, Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.
Advent is a season of anticipation and hope. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. ( http://www.cresourcei.org/cyadvent.html ) Certainly the minds and hearts of " dinarians " relate to the meaning and import of the foregoing in the context of our waiting, watching, expectation, anticipation, preparation and longing.
In this Advent season, I encourage all of you as I encourage myself and I pray for all of you as I pray for myself as we wait, watch, listen and long for financial relief and the fulfillment of the promise of our much anticipated liquidity event. Fight the good fight, holding onto faith and good conscience, we will finish the race. Godspeed the completion of the Iraqi banking sector reform project. God bless us everyone that we may in turn be a blessing to others. A Happy and Blessed Advent to all.
Maliki-Sadr rivalry intensifies ahead of Iraqi elections
While the last Iraqi general election in 2010 revolved around the rivalry between the State of Law Coalition, led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and the Iraqiya List, led by Ayad Allawi, the upcoming elections in April 2014 are more likely to be affected by the worsening conflict between Maliki and Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr. The latter has recently emerged as a major critic of the prime minister’s policies, even calling Maliki a dictator and advising him to not seek a third term.
With the disintegration of the Iraqiya bloc and the likelihood that the next election will be an intra-communal competition, Sadr and Maliki will compete to win the largest number of Shiite votes, despite the fact that they have different constituencies. Sadr’s support is concentrated in the poor and densely populated Shiite areas, while Maliki has succeeded in securing the support of a large segment of the military, state workers and a considerable segment of the Shiite middle class, in addition to the tribal support that he gained by co-opting some tribal leaders in the south.
However, this difference in support bases may be a reason for the intensification of the conflict between them. Unlike the Supreme Islamic Council, which is the third major Shiite force and which seems more cautious in its confrontation with Maliki, Sadr’s largely fortified constituency could secure enough votes to make him the kingmaker after the election. Sadr’s explicit opposition of Maliki’s attempts to secure a third term has made him a potential target in the premier’s survival tactics.
Among the first manifestations of the early electoral conflict between the two sides was a Nov. 2 statement by Sadr criticizing Maliki’s recent visit to Washington as an attempt to win US support to remain at his post. Maliki’s office responded on Nov. 4 in an unusually harsh statement that accused Sadr’s militia of having been involved in the sectarian killings in Iraq during the past years and of collaborating with external powers against the Iraqi government. The statement threatened a harsh reprisal in the future should Sadr not change his behavior.
Later that month, Maliki ordered the arrest of a group belonging to Sadr’s Mahdi Army, which held a military parade in Diyala. Maliki’s move looked like another message that he would not be lenient with the Sadrists, but did not lead to a confrontation between the two sides because Sadr himself had denounced the group's actions and supported Maliki’s decision to arrest its members.
The significant step in that confrontation came with the issuance of two arrest warrants and one summons for three Sadrist parliament members on corruption charges. It was noteworthy that the three lawmakers are fierce critics of the Iraqi government and the prime minister’s policies.
Jawad al-Shihayli, one of the three deputies, described the warrants as clearly political. He said that he was charged with “embezzling state funds” because he received funds from the House of Representatives for medical purposes. He wondered why the same charge was not filed against deputies from the prime minister’s bloc who did the same thing.
In any case, the deputies enjoy immunity and will not be arrested. They cannot, however, run in the upcoming elections if the charges are not dropped. Maliki’s party may very well have a role in these warrants, given that they came at the request of the Integrity Commission, which is led by a person close to the prime minister.
The tension between Maliki and Sadr will probably continue in the coming months. They may choose to pressure each other by non-political means. Sadr clearly doesn’t want to enter into an open and non-political confrontation now. He rather prefers to exploit popular discontent and the increasing demands for change. Maliki, on the other hand, seeks to deal the largest number of blows to his Sadrist rivals to weaken them and reduce their number of seats in the next parliament.
In addition to their internal rivalry, Maliki and Sadr are competing for Iranian support, given the influence the Islamic Republic has built among the Shiite political groups, crucial in bringing those groups together after the last election. Maliki embarked on a visit to Tehran on Dec. 4 to explore the positions and perspectives of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s government regarding issues of common interest. As in the case of Maliki’s visit to Washington, some Iraqi politicians and commentators argue that his main concern is to use Iranian support as leverage against his opponents.
Sadr recently claimed that a senior Iranian leader told him that his government was not interested in backing Maliki’s efforts to secure a third term. Commenting on this statement, Iran’s ambassador in Baghdad said that his government does not have a preference as to who should be the prime minister, a stance that is likely to be reiterated by other Iranian officials in the coming months before the election. The Iranians seem to be more confident about their position in Iraq today, and the stakes go beyond the personal ambitions of Iraqi leaders. As important as it is to maintain this influence, Iran views Iraq as part of a broader bargaining package in its future negotiations with the West and other regional powers, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
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Harith Hasan is an Iraqi scholar and the author of Imagining the Nation: Nationalism, Sectarianism and Socio-Political Conflict in Iraq. On Twitter: @harith_hasan
Baghdad-Erbil oil dispute: Agreeing to disagree, for now
Have Baghdad and Ankara agreed to resolve the Kurdish oil issue? Has Baghdad agreed with Erbil to settle the dispute that broke out after the latter concluded a contract to independently export its oil to world markets? Or has it not? The reality on the ground does not indicate that there is a real agreement on settlement, but rather shows that things are left pending, perhaps until the elections are over, making the only agreement on the absence of an agreement.
A prominent Iraqi politician who is close to the decision-making sources in Baghdad spoke of this vision to Al-Monitor and tackled the consequences of the crisis that began with the announcement of the visit of the Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Nov. 27 to sign contracts to ship oil from the region to Turkey via a pipeline that has been established for this purpose.
He also addressed the wide range of reactions in the Iraqi government, which rejected the agreement and deemed it to be unconstitutional.
On Nov. 28 the Iraqi Oil Ministry confirmed to Al-Monitor through Laith Shahir, Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Oil, that "the Oil Ministry has informed the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan region of the illegality of its oil agreement with Turkey, which was concluded without referring to the Ministry of Oil."
“The clarification sent to the Kurdistan region confirmed that any oil deal would be unconstitutional and noncompliant with the Budget Law and the Financial Administration Law,” he added.
Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussein al-Shahristani announced, “The government is entrusted with the wealth of the country and cannot remain silent when the Kurdistan region['s] oil is being exported without its consent.”
For its part, the Kurdistan region confirmed that the contracts are constitutional and that Shahristani cannot intervene to determine the policy of the region's oil.
The developments, however, were not quite clear, as neither the text nor the details of the deal had been announced until Dec. 1, when Turkish Energy Minister Tanz Yildiz arrived in Baghdad. Yildiz made a quick visit to the city to reassure Baghdad about the Kurdish-Turkish deal arrangements prior to attending an energy conference held on Dec. 2 in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Hussein al-Shahristani, said on Monday, Dec. 1, that he signed an agreement with the Turkish Energy Minister, whereby the federal government has to approve any oil exports from anywhere in Iraq. This was confirmed by Yildiz, who also said, “Turkey will ask for the approval of Baghdad on the commercial export of oil from the Kurdistan region of Iraq.”
“The two parties have also discussed a current plan to establish a pipeline to transport crude oil from oil fields in Basra in southern Iraq to Turkey,” he added.
On the same day, the Turkish minister left Baghdad to Erbil to attend an energy conference organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), with the participation of active oil companies. The KRG’s prime minister said in a statement that the new contracts signed by Kurdistan serve the interest of Iraq.
This entire controversy, however, has failed to show whether Baghdad accepts or rejects those contracts. The Iraqi government source told Al-Monitor, “The governmental atmosphere that followed the conclusion of oil contracts was tense and angry in Baghdad. This anger was not assuaged by the Turkish minister’s visit, but by other political calculations.”
There is a perpetual problem regulating Baghdad’s relationship with Erbil, and each side accuses the other of causing this problem, knowing that there is a history of mistrust between the two parties. This mistrust is partly due to Iraqi Kurds feeling that the political experiment that took place after 2003 and the gains that they got from this experience were not enough to reassure them about the future, following decades of injustice and tyranny on the hands of successive governments in Baghdad.
One must also take into account that there are thorny issues pending between the two parties, such as the disputed areas which inevitably deepen mutual suspicions. The reality on the ground suggests that since 2003 Baghdad has not offered enough evidence of its willingness to learn from the experience of the region.
Beyond the political factor of the crisis, there is an institutional factor, since the administrative, investment and economic experience of the region currently looks like it has made great progress in overcoming bureaucratic obstacles that still shackle Baghdad. Still, the Iraqi government wants to hinge the outcome of this crisis on political considerations alone.
Economic rhetoric is taking place between the two parties in two completely different ways. The style that led the Kurdistan region to the point of oil export today initially went through early decisions a few years ago, independently taken to conclude contracts with international oil companies. These have been concluded through mechanisms that are different from those concluded by the Iraqi government within its different licensing rounds. These contracts still have not been approved by Baghdad to this day, as evidenced by the non-inclusion of the dues of the companies within the Iraqi budget.
The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources in the Kurdish region implicitly referred to this problem. During the energy conference held Dec. 2, he said the region was currently capable of exporting 300,000 barrels per day through the newly established pipeline with Turkey. He added that the region would be able to export 1 million barrels in 2015.
According to high-ranking Kurdish politicians, these ambitious figures would not have been achieved had it not been for the early steps taken by the region in its previous oil contracts. It should be noted that the region — which, back in 2003, was not expected to be among the areas where large oil quantities would be found, since it did not have confirmed large oil fields — managed to achieve a production level that will reach as many as 1 million barrels [per day] in 2015. This comes at a time when the production of the Iraqi Oil Ministry is still below 2.5 million barrels per day and is expected to reach 3.5 million barrels in the same period in previously explored fields comprising huge oil stocks.
Views in the Kurdistan region on Baghdad’s position on the recent deals focus on “resolving the crisis.” The recent contracts that were widely understood as a start to a crucial trip of the region’s disintegration from Iraq and declaration of an independent state, are deemed by Kurdish officials who spoke to Al-Monitor as an effort to impose solutions to the years-long financial confusions with Baghdad about the budget, the dues of oil companies and the salaries of the Peshmerga forces, among other issues.
If we take into consideration the recent Kurdish viewpoint and exclude the political nature of the last decades, we find that the region has actually imposed its own mechanisms on Baghdad to resolve its accumulated crises with the central government. This is especially the case considering that the recent agreement with Turkey indicates oil proceeds are deposited in a Turkish governmental bank until an agreement is reached with Baghdad and Erbil.
But the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil about the region’s budget and the dues of the companies will not be as good as they were before the conclusion of the agreement. Today, the Kurdistan region has imposed different negotiation mechanisms with Baghdad over its budget and its funds.
Apart from the conflicting assessment of the region’s recent step, and away from the accusation of a number of politicians in the Baghdad region of “wasting the wealth” and “disrespecting the constitution,” many questions are raised in this regard.
Was the Iraqi government truly surprised by the recent deal, knowing that news of the Kurdistan-Turkey pipeline broke almost a year ago?
It was most likely not surprised by the recent developments, particularly since it has insisted on not paying dues to oil companies in the 2013 budget. This move has represented a clear threat to Kurdistan’s aspirations to expand its oil production.
Surprisingly, the strict talk by government officials in Baghdad regarding those contracts has decreased, following the Turkish energy minister’s visit, instead taking on the form of an announcement that oil will not be exported without the consent of the oil ministry in Baghdad. This, however, has not taken care of the political situation, to the effect that the Kurdistan region has concluded the contracts alone without referring to the federal government in Baghdad.
There is no actual oil agreement except for an implicit and general one to the effect that the status quo shall continue until after Iraqi elections next April. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government continues to reject contracts and the Kurdistan region reserves the right to export, waiting to see how the Iraqi government will deal with Kurdistan’s financial demands.
This is exactly where the complexity of the different economic and political languages used between Baghdad and Erbil resides. The latter is looking for and implementing solutions on the ground, and does not wait for electoral or political considerations to get its interests. The former is politically and hypothetically dealing with the events, both exacerbating and controlling the situation at once, be it through elections or regional and international events.
The Kurdish oil controversy would not have become a crisis in and of itself had the bridges of trust and strategic cooperation been built between Baghdad and Erbil earlier. There is no point in trying to force the Kurdistan region to experiment amid the destruction of the Middle East, to adhere to work procedures and mechanisms that date back to the past and have controlled the other parts of Iraq and obstructed any attempt to promote it.
Taking advantage of the Kurdistan region’s experiment, cooperating with it, containing and developing its economic aspirations, attempting to dissipate fears and doubts, and finding joint work mechanisms is a way toward ensuring an eventual joint language between Baghdad and Erbil.
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s aspirations to increase its oil exports to close to 7 million barrels per day by 2017 drew criticism from the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum. Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh regarded the move, which seeks to make up for the lack of oil exports from his country as a result of sanctions, as “absolutely unfriendly.”
The Iranian Embassy in Baghdad concurred with the opinion of the petroleum minister.
“Iraq’s oil policies will be harmful to the interests of Iran, especially given its aspirations to increase its crude oil exports to compete on the market and to establish a place for itself on the international scene,” Iranian Deputy Ambassador to Iraq Aziz Salihi explained to Al-Monitor. “Iran’s oil exports have gone down due to sanctions from 2.5 million barrels to 1.2 million barrels per day.”
“Iran enjoys good and solid relations with Iraq, and we do not anticipate for this to be compromised because of oil policies,” he continued, pointing out, “We can hold a dialogue with concerned Iraqi parties to establish some sort of understanding in this regard.”
Amid this criticism and fear of increased Iraqi oil exports, the Iranian nuclear deal with the major Western powers has emerged as a promising step toward a powerful economic revival that will be witnessed by the Gulf. It will also spark competition between oil-producing countries in a way that may lead to disputes over shares, granting facilitations and preferences to consuming countries, especially in East Asian countries.
Oil expert Hazem al-Fartousi explained to Al-Monitor that the results of the agreement will have two trajectories. One will be toward quelling the markets from the geopolitical conditions related to the Iranian nuclear file, including the instability in prices it caused. The other will have to do with the return of Iranian [oil] exports, thus increasing the amount of oil available on the market in a way that would bring relative oil stability in Iran. This will also decrease Iranian fears of increased oil exports from Iraq that Tehran spoke of not long ago.
For its part, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil saw statements by Iranian officials on Iraq’s intention to increase its oil exports as being more political than technical. It described the increase in Iraqi production as normal.
The official spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, Assim Jihad, said in a statement to Al-Monitor, “Iraq by its very nature does not compete with anyone and does not wish to compensate or take the place of the exports of any country, particularly those of its neighbors.” He explained, “Iraq’s crude oil production is not the same as its reserves in the first place. Its [production] is also less than the shares allotted to it by OPEC,” referring to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
“We do not deny that Iraq has plans to increase its oil exports up to a maximum of 7 million barrels per day by 2017, which is our right as guaranteed by OPEC law,” Jihad explained. He asserted, “The ministry has already been working on procedures and plans for its oil exports to be 2.9 million barrels per day in 2013. We were not, however, able to reach this number for two reasons: acts of terrorism that have affected oil facilities and the central government’s inability to acquire 250,000 barrels per day from the Kurdistan Regional Government after past agreements with it were withdrawn.”
Moayyed al-Shaliji, an expert in the fields of oil and gas, affirmed to Al-Monitor that OPEC is aware of the sanctions imposed on Iran that affect its oil trade. According to him, there must be some other country that can make up for the gap these sanctions create and prevent the market from collapsing. He said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia usually takes on this role since it has competitive reserves and a surplus that can compensate for any dependent country in exportation for whatever reason.”
Shaliji explained, “Iraq does not have the ability to export enough to make up for the gap in the oil market left by Iran,” and added, “Iraq’s plans to increase its oil exports may have some sort of impact on Iran. However, this impact will be made up for by the different Iranian goods that will enter into Iraq.”
Ali Saeedlou, assistant to the Iranian president for International Affairs, asserted to Al-Monitor that the volume of commercial trade with Iraq would increase to $14 billion, exceeding last year's volume of $12 billion. He explained that his government had formed a committee that seeks to reinforce economic cooperation between the two countries, called the Economic Growth Committee of Iran and Iraq.
The Iraqi Council of Representative’s Oil and Energy Committee regarded Iran’s statements as coming at an inappropriate time, as Iraq finds itself in need of a great deal of support in different fields.
Qassem Mohammed, a member of the committee, told Al-Monitor, “Talk of increased oil exports is still mere ink on paper. We have not seriously taken on the issue.” He explained, “The Ministry of Oil did not fulfill its promises to increase crude oil exports to fill in the gap in the federal government’s budget, 92% of which is reliant on these oil exports.”
“The increase in exports will surely reflect positively on Iraq. Neighboring countries, including Iran, should understand Iraq’s need for this increase to develop its infrastructure that is nearly in its worst condition in years because of insufficient oil exports,” Mohammed added. He called on neighbors to “support Iraq instead of pressuring it, as other countries have done to it in years past.”
He brought up that by developing its oil fields and making them available to international companies, Iraq seeks to increase its production to at least 11 million barrels per day over the next six years, or 12 million barrels after adding the amounts produced in other fields.
Oryx Petroleum discovers new oil field in southern Erbil
Friday, 06 December 2013 11:45
Erbil (AIN) -Oryx Petroleum Canadian Company announced discovering new oil field in southern Erbil.
The head of the Company Henry Legarre stated in a press statement "The company discovered the field in al-Zab al-Ala area," noting that "The primary information revealed that the well can produce 4800 barrel per day."
"We are pleased that our efforts are fruitful by discovering this field as we are working to develop it for commercial production," he concluded.
Thousands of people participate in Fri prayers and sit-in,of Anbar.
Ramadi / NINA /--Thousands of people flocked from different parts of Fallujah and Ramadi cities , to participate in the unified Fri-prayer.
Sheikh Mohammed Fayyad, one of the organizers of Anbar sit-ins ,said to NINA reporter : "The citizens participated in the prayers that held in the courtyard northern Ramadi and eastern Fallujah cities , stressing that the goal of this trickle is to send one again a message to the governing in Baghdad that our demonstrations are peaceful and backed by citizens deep conviction.
The source added that the central government seeking by every means to provoke the demonstrators especially through nonsense statements .
*** IT HAS BEEN STANDARD " COPY " FOR SOME TIME NOW THAT THE FRIDAY THOUSANDS AT UNIFIED PRAYER / DEMONSTRATORS BE SUBJECT TO " the central government seeking by every means to provoke the demonstrators especially through nonsense statements . " - CURIOUS, I THINK - SERIOUS JOURNALISM ? ***
52 Iranian exiles killed at Iraq’s Camp Ashraf
By Ashish Kumar Sen
The Washington Times
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Iraqi security forces carried out a “massacre” of 52 unarmed Iranian dissidents early Sunday at their camp north of Baghdad, the Iranian exiles said.
The assault on Camp Ashraf began at 5 a.m. and lasted until late afternoon. Iraqi troops tied the dissidents’ hands behind their backs and shot them in the head, said a camp resident who requested anonymity out of concern for his safety.
Iraqi officials acknowledged the deaths but blamed them on infighting among the camp’s 100 residents. The U.S. Embassy in Iraq strongly condemned the “terrible events” at Camp Ashraf.
Saddam Hussein allowed the Iranian exiles, members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MeK), to set up their paramilitary base at Camp Ashraf in the 1980s. The dissidents oppose Iran’s theocratic regime.
After the Iraqi dictator was overthrown in a U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the U.S. military disarmed the dissidents, who had renounced violence in 2001. The State Department removed the MeK from its list of terrorist groups a year ago.
Nearly 3,000 of Camp Ashraf’s residents have been relocated to Camp Liberty, near Baghdad's international airport, under a United Nations-brokered deal that seeks to resettle the Iranians abroad. A total of 162 MeK members have been resettled abroad so far, mostly in Albania.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite whose government has grown close to Iran‘s, wants the Iranian dissidents out of his country.
While most of the Iranian exiles were relocated to Camp Liberty, about 100 remained at Camp Ashraf to look after their property.
On Sunday, Iraqi special forces “killed them one by one” and set fire to buildings inside the camp, the source at Camp Ashraf said. He put the death toll at 52 and said seven others are missing. Six of the missing are women.
Shahin Gobadi, a Paris-based spokesman for the MeK, also known as the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, also said 52 people had been killed.
Ali al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Mr. al-Maliki, confirmed that some camp residents had been killed. He said a preliminary investigation suggested they died as a result of infighting among camp residents, and he denied that Iraqi forces were involved, according to The Associated Press.
The U.N. condemned the attack and called on the Iraqi government to investigate the incident and determine who was responsible.
“The priority for the Iraqi government is to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured and to ensure their security and safety against any violence from any side,” said Gyorgy Busztin, the deputy special representative of the U.N. secretary-general for Iraq.
Under its humanitarian mandate, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq “is closely following up on developments on the ground, and is using all possible means to conduct its own assessment of the situation”, Mr. Busztin said.
At Camp Liberty, meanwhile, residents have gone on a hunger strike to protest the attack on Camp Ashraf, said Shahriar Kia, a spokesman for the residents said in a phone interview from Camp Liberty.
Camp Ashraf previously has been the target of Iraqi forces: In July 2009, a least nine dissidents were killed in an Iraqi army raid, and 34 were killed in a massive attack in April 2011 that was widely denounced as a massacre.
Buffy: Maliki and his government have failed not an opportunity for them to stay in the next government
06-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Ruled Kurdistan Alliance MP Hamid Buffy, on Friday, the survival of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and members of the current government to their posts in the next government as a result of their failure, as pointed out that al-Maliki fled to Iran to take a third term because America has not supported, and explained any official if Astqoy foreigner becomes the adversary of the people will not serve him.
Said Buffy in a statement received "Alsumaria News" a copy of it, that "the government has failed to provide services and to provide security for citizens, and did not show a sense of responsibility towards the innocent blood that spilled daily and escalating poverty rate in the provinces in the presence of budget tremendous," adding that "al-Maliki has no chance to become prime minister a third time. "
And on Maliki's visit to Iran, said Buffy that "most Iraqis, whatever their sympathy with Iran because of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, want to be Iraqi decision issued by Baghdad and not from any other capital," explaining that "everyone had hoped to ask al-Maliki of Iran and Saudi Arabia Turkey and Kuwait to develop relations with them on the basis of mutual respect and the higher interests of the two countries, and to request from Iran during his visit to her release Iraqi prisoners who are still unaccounted for, and non-interference in the internal affairs of Iraq. "
He pointed out that "America may not support al-Maliki enough to becoming prime minister for a third term, therefore we see has turned to Iran," pointing out that "the Iraqi politician who wants to take up any position to ask that of his people, if Astqoy any official foreigner becomes the adversary of the people will not be able to provide any service to his people, and indeed during the last two periods, the Baghdad government has not been able to provide any services to citizens, compared with the enormous budget, which is the largest in the history of Iraq. "
He continued that "the most worthy members of the current government to resign and apologize to the people because they did not provide the required services, in light of the spread of financial and administrative corruption and deals that raised around a big debate," adding that "the Russian deal alone was enough to make the government resign, or perhaps a number of innocent civilians who cite in one day bombings in several parts of Baghdad and the provinces is sufficient reason for the resignation of the government. "
It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrived Wednesday (4 December 2013), to the Iranian capital Tehran on an official visit last for two days, to discuss the development of relations between the two countries and issues of the region, in addition to offer congratulations to Iranian President Hassan Rohani, on the occasion of taking office.
Economic Researcher: contracting with international companies to invest phosphate and sulfur will enhance the growth of the national economy
06-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad (news) .. Suggested economic researcher Muhammad al-Hassani, launch licensing round specialized international companies for the extraction of minerals and invested for the advancement of the national economy, pointing to the existence of natural resources in non-oil left without investing in the country. Hassani said (of the Agency news): Iraq is a country rich in natural resources, which has a the wealth of large, whether in the ground or outside has not been exploited so far, phosphate, sulfur and mercury, stressing the importance of investment by contracting with international companies sober and specialized, to strengthen the national economy through the diversification of its revenue finances. called to: re-activate the industrial plants Iraqi and developed through provide the necessary support, he will be paid to the economic stability and development through the transformation of the economy from the unilateral to a multi-faceted being will depend on imports of a variety of not only oil, the fact that the world is going through economic crises may affect the Iraqi economy rentier.
A member of the parliamentary energy: Maliki fulfill promises to provide electricity  hour
06-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
[Baghdad - where]
Called a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy Awad al-Awadi, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to implement the promises equip citizens with electricity for 24 uninterrupted in the current winter.
He has promised more than once to end the power crisis in Iraq, where he said in 16 of the month of November last, "The power crisis that we have lived with bitterness, which he said Alkthreon that you will not will not be able to provide electricity, but the days have proved the opposite was provided not only houses, but for laboratories, factories, and we have achieved that unity and concerted efforts. "
He said al-Awadi told all of Iraq [where] that "the Ministry of Electricity to bear full responsibility towards these months, especially as there are promises to run 24 hours, and this is what he promised the prime minister and confirmed it and preached by citizens and said that we take responsibility so he must be solved subject of fuel for nuclear power plants. "
He pointed out that "the Ministry of Electricity notified by citizens that there is a significant improvement in the power supply but we expect this volatility hours of processing due to the growing need for Iraqi consumers in the summer and winter electricity and also why the instability of some of the power stations fully because of fuel mismatch did not complete 100% has been run, So there is a loss of energy production of these factors. "
He said al-Awadi, "We're not afraid to go back to the degree that the days in which the operating four or eight hours and we hope to be operating 24 hours or a little less compared to what was spent big money from the Ministry of Electricity."
And between a member of the Committee on Energy representative said that "efforts were not deny from the Ministry of Electricity to improve the electric power and increase in quantities commensurate with actual need, but it must fit these efforts with the efforts of the State General because there is a race between the ministries of electricity and oil, and about what the subject of fuel these stations, and true The Ministry of Electricity has been able to establish power plants but also at the same time these buildings and turbine stations and all the things that are related to production needs to fuel which is the main thing to run these stations and is the subject of the production of natural gas imported from Iran, especially since the majority of these stations, gas-powered so it must there is a clear vision and strategy for the oil ministry to achieve the demands of the truth of fuel, whether a gas or diesel. "
The Ministry of Electricity has announced in 27 of the last month of citizens equipped with electric power in winter continuously without interruption, as the ministry announced on September 28 that the last production of the national electricity system has reached  thousand megawatts at the present time. "
For his part, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani continued to provide citizens with electricity without interruption b [exaggerated], saying that "talking about the lack of power cuts and the continuation of current continuously is the word exaggerated because we have not yet reached total production to achieve it," noting that "Energy is currently producing 10 000 MW, but need about winter period of about 11 - 13 000 MW and this was after the blade."
The question a lot of observers and the House of Representatives and specialists constantly electrical power at this level and to the fact that the atmosphere has helped to improve energy, and with the change may be due decrease in working hours. Ended 2.
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