High Nassif, calling on the government and regulatory authorities to follow up the work of the Baghdad market securities and to make sure there is no corruption in it
13-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Demanded the MP for the coalition, the Iraqi Free high Nassif government and regulatory authorities to follow up the work of the Baghdad market securities and verify that it is free from suspicions of corruption because of the role it plays in the economic volatility and its impact on the investment sector in Iraq.
She told him the Information Office of the coalition: "The market for the Baghdad Stock Exchange is far from government control since 2003, is sure that the absence of censorship on this institution that controls the country's economy, directly or indirectly, may encourage access violations and manipulation stock prices in the stock market up and downs, as well as the manipulation of the identities of the shareholders. "
It showed: "There are doubts in the presence of great corruption in this market, which affects the investment sector and the important sectors in Iraq, especially since it did not provide day Khovath and the mechanism of its transparency to shareholders, and there is no information on the sources of capital and standards adopted by the ups and downs of the stock."
Nassif stressed on "the need to be a Baghdad market for securities subject to the regulatory authorities, and to find a significant role for the government and the Integrity Commission and the Commission on Integrity in the follow-up work of this market."
*** IF YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR A WAY IN THIS SEASON TO GIVE A GIFT OF HOPE AND ENCOURAGEMENT THEN CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ***
Let Them Know They Are Not Forgotten
By Ava Homa
The best gift for a political prisoner, according to former detainees, is a letter or postcard from a stranger, wishing them well.
PEN, an international organization for writers, offers a list of captivated journalists and authors in prisons across the globe so people can send them a greeting letter and wish them health.
You can send a simple card to a Kurdish prisoner to provide a glimpse of hope.
Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand is a Kurdish journalist who has been held captive since July 1, 2007. He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment. Editor of the banned weekly Payam-e mardom-e Kurdestan and chair of the Tehran-based Kurdish Human Rights Organization (RMMK), Kaboudvand was arrested at his place of work in Tehran by plain-clothed security officers.
Kaboudvand’s books, computers, photographs and personal documents were confiscated and he spent the first five months of his detention in solitary confinement. His health has deteriorated in prison due to ill-treatment and lack of medical care.
PEN International and Amnesty International have urged Iranian authorities to release this human rights activist. Their pleas have so far remained unanswered and Kaboudvand is still in prison.
Your letters and postcards can be sent to “Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand , Evin Prison, Tehran, Iran.” In order to make sure the prisoners receive the letter and that you will not cause them problems, please avoid making any religious or political comments. Make your greeting short and only wish him health and good spirit.
Adnan Hassanpour is another Kurdish writer, journalist and human rights activist who is jailed in Mariwan, the Kurdish city in Iran. He was arrested on January 25, 2007 and was sentenced to death. This sentence was reversed on September 2008 and he is now serving a 15-year prison term.
Saleh Nikbakht, one of his lawyers, told Reporters Without Borders that Hassanpour had been found guilty of “espionage” because he had allegedly “revealed the location of military sites and established contacts with the US foreign affairs ministry.”
Nikbakht added that: “This sentence is not only contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international conventions ratified by Iran, but it also contrary to Islamic law and the laws of the Islamic Republic.”
Hassanpour’s cousin, environmentalist Abdolwahed (known as Hiwa) Butimar who worked with Hassanpour for the Kurdish-Persian weekly journal Aso (Horizon), had also been sentenced to death on the same charges.
Adnan Hassanpour has spent seven years in prison, making him the longest-held prisoner among journalists. He is serving his sentence behind bars in Sanandaj prison, deprived of his legal right to furlough and without a single hour of release during these years, according to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters. His physical condition is weakening due to the harsh conditions of his incarceration.
Send your cards to Sanandaj Prison, Kurdistan, Iran and once again please refrain from making political or religious comments and only wish them good health/spirit. Provide a return address in case the prisoner can respond to your letters.
Sadrists promise "Army pride" Anbar "natural reaction" and demanding Maliki's coalition broke up the sit-ins
13-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Long-Presse / Karbala
Promised to block free bra, on Friday, to form an army clan in Anbar "natural reaction", the result of "failure" government Absorb the protesters, demanding the concerned subject announcement of its objectives, and the government study put it, while repeated coalition of state law, the positions of the government of the province and Aatsamadtha , saying they are "exploited by terrorists and must be removed."
The MP said the Liberal bloc, of the Sadrist movement, Jawad al-Hasnawi, said in an interview to the (long-Presse), said that "al-Qaeda grew in some areas of Anbar and began to liquidate symbols of the clans and the local community as well as statesmen," noting that "the security agencies have not been able develop solutions to maintain control of the situation. "
He Hasnawi, that "it does not mean to blame the people of Anbar, because the issue of natural reaction by them to protect themselves," returned that "the government did not listen to the voice of the protesters and it could accommodate them and contain them."
The MP for the Liberal bloc, the necessity of the "Declaration of the objectives that form for her army of tribes in Anbar to see if it was similar to the Awakening or a reaction to the militias kill citizens and shed blood", calling on the government to "non-repudiation for her role, and the study of the development of this formation and its objectives and stands behind him. "
The student Hasnawi, to "assign each of announcing the formation of the forces outside the state to eliminate the trial and in accordance with Article IV of the Anti-Terrorism Act."
So to repeat the deputy of the State of Law coalition, which is led by the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, the positions of the government sit-Anbar, they returned they are "exploited by terrorists and must be removed."
The MP said Fouad Alldorki, in an interview to the (long-Presse), that there is "a set of security problems in Anbar stemming from the presence of the province nearby Syrian, and ease of entry of terrorist elements to, or exit from, enabling them to put a foothold where," returned to " Some areas of Anbar has become a springboard for terrorist elements to carry out the assassination of the symbols of the clans and hit the state apparatus in the province, as well as acts of violence carried out in other provinces. "
Alldorki felt, that there was a "terrorist elements took advantage of the sit-in squares and covered up Babatha in order to implement its objectives," and urged the need to "take security measures commensurate with the rapid development of Anbar and do not allow the formation of armed groups outside the law and threaten the security of the state and its citizens."
He called for a coalition of state law, the people of Anbar and the elders of clans to "support the government and security agencies to cooperate with it to remove the camps resolution of sit-ins that have become Hawwadhana for terrorists," according to his opinion.
The Anbar, and the status of the city of Ramadi, (110 km west of Baghdad), is one of the hot provinces, where violence continues, as evidenced stirred opponent to the government for more than 11 months, and as long as people complained about the actions of the security forces with them.
He announced Matsamu gray, in (the 26 of April 2013), the formation of the Army (pride and dignity), and demanded the "immediate suspension" of military operations by the federal government and "referral head sitting minister and defense minister and the commander of the ground forces" to "international courts", As confirmed on the other hand the need to maintain the "peaceful sit-ins," and "civil peace" and do not let anyone armed with "go down the street," and an invitation to "the families of the South" for "the withdrawal of their children" from the army and federal police in the six governorates threatened "not to take responsibility tribal", if exposed to harm.
The Anbar province, Ahmad Theyabi, rejected, (the eighth of December 2013 current), the formation of any force or army clan in the province, outside the security establishment, and was charged with some of the "who did not complete the Preparatory call for this army," threatened to "break the back of interfere in the affairs of the Security maintain "beating" iron fist "in this regard, noting that things" will get worse "with the imminent elections because of" lack of understanding of the society in democracy and elections, "and that Anbar" is not maintaining the most deteriorated "in terms of security, but the media "portrayed in this case."
While describing Matsamu province, in (the ninth of this month), statements of the governor, as a "serious matter", and with an invitation to return to "his senses and not to forget himself," emphasized that the army "the splendor and dignity", will be equipped with the next few days under the command of former army officers "to protect the Sunnis from the oppression of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki."
The PUK’s New Year’s Surprise: Talabani is Returning
Osman’s comments came a couple of days after the PUK’s main TV channel Kurdsat showed photos of Talabani in which he is holding the latest issue of the party’s mouthpiece newspaper, Kurdistani Nwe.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Officials inside the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) say that their secretary general, Jalal Talabani, has made a good recovery from the stroke he suffered a year ago and will be returning from Germany to the Kurdistan Region on New Year’s eve. Zuber Osman, head of the PUK central committee, told his party website that he has the latest information about Talabani: The PUK leader “speaks fluently” and “we hope he will be home soon and celebrate the New Year together,” he announced. Osman’s comments came a couple of days after the PUK’s main TV channel Kurdsat showed photos of Talabani in which he is holding the latest issue of the party’s mouthpiece newspaper, Kurdistani Nwe. Talabani, 80, suffered a stroke in December last year in Baghdad and was flown to a hospital in Germany where he has been recuperating since. “Releasing these photos dashed the dreams of those who couldn’t bear the thought of seeing Talabani,” Osman said, referring to local political rivals of Talabani’s PUK. Osman also said that Talabani, who is also Iraq’s president, is even expected to attend the party’s fourth congress due to be held at the end of January next year. This is the second time the PUK media releases photos of Talabani since his hospitalization last year. Other political groups in Kurdistan, including the rival Change Movement (Gorran) which beat the PUK in the September legislative elections, expressed happiness at Talabani’s new photos and apparent good health. “We will be happy if returns to us in a better health, that is what we want,” Omar Sayid Ali, Gorran’s top negotiator in Erbil, said. “But it can’t be that they keep releasing a different photo each time. They should treat the matter with more transparency.” An official source inside the Kurdistan Democratic Party told Rudaw that KDP leaders were glad to see Talabani’s latest photos and hear that his condition had improved.
In Iraqi Kurdistan: Gold shoes, gold daggers and gold Kalashnikovs
Over the past 10 months some 96 tons of gold were imported into Kurdistan, with more than 58 tons going to Slêmanî, nearly 39 tons ending up in Erbil and only some 1.7 tons going to markets in Duhok.
December 13, 2013
ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— Goldsmiths in Erbil report growing demand from women for jewelry that can be worn on the legs or feet, necklaces so large they have to be imported and even gold shoes. Not to be left out, male clients want their favorite dagger, pistol or Kalashnikov plated in gold.
The Kurdistan Region’s growing economic prosperity, the gnawing rich-poor gap and changing tastes in fashion are all on display at Kurdistan’s glittering gold markets.
Statistics show that over the past 10 months some 96 tons of gold were imported into Kurdistan, with more than 58 tons going to Slêmanî [Sulaimaniyah], nearly 39 tons ending up in Erbil and only some 1.7 tons going to markets in Duhok.
A portion of the imports also goes to Iraqi markets outside Kurdistan, jewelers say, placing the total value of imported gold for the 10-month period at a whopping $10 billion.
Meanwhile, economists warn that that gold is the main source of capital flight from Kurdistan.
A recent drop in gold prices has encouraged demand for more sophisticated jewelry among women in Kurdistan, jewelers say.
“Now we make valuable necklaces that weigh from 30 to 60 misqal (139 to 278 grams), said Erbil jeweler Bayar Akram. “We also make bracelets which cost $4,500.
“There is a lot of demand for very wide necklaces,” he said. “We import them from India because they are too sophisticated to be made locally, and they cost around $10,000. There is also demand for a special necklace known locally as Gobarak, and gold belts for women that cost more than $10,000 each,” he added.
Akram reported “a huge demand for gold shoes by women recently,” saying a pair would set back buyers by around $18,500.
Islamic Shariah laws discourage men from wearing gold, but jewelers say that has not stopped male clients from starting their own glittering trend.
“Some of the gentlemen bring their pistol, dagger or Kalashnikov and ask for gold plating,” Akram said, placing the cost for such work from $1,000 to $40,000 dollars. “Most of the demand for such gold plating is for daggers,” the jeweler explained.
Jewelers claim that, instead of helping business, the drop in gold prices and the growing demand have not necessarily been good. They complain that there are now so many gold shops that businesses are often unable to compete, and some have gone bankrupt.
Bakir Aziz, Director of Jewelry Quality Control, told Rudaw that in the last 10 months 110 goldsmiths have received licenses,www.Ekurd.net 60 in Erbil, 28 in Slêmanî, and 22 in Duhok.
Gold prices have dropped significantly this year, from 310,000 Iraqi dinars per misqal (4.6 grams) in the beginning of this year to 220,000 dinars later in the year.
Economist Wishiyar Marouf said that putting money into gold means that capital that could have been invested to generate income and jobs becomes frozen.
“This is freezing capital. Instead of putting this money into investment we are freezing it,” he told Rudaw.
He claimed that the trend toward gold indicates a lack of public trust in the local economy, and means that capital is flowing out of Kurdistan into markets where the gold is bought.
“If the price of gold drops we will lose a great deal,” Marouf warned.
Kilani preacher warns of continued politicians as "lying" and seek their wish deception
13-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Warned the imam and preacher of Al-Gailani Mosque in Baghdad, Anas Mahmoud al-Issawi, on Friday, the continuation of politicians as "lying" to the people and make politics a way to get their wish deception, as he emphasized that the country needs honest politicians correcting the path of the country.
Issawi, said during a Friday sermon delivered today, in the mosque of al-Kilani in central Baghdad and attended "Alsumaria News", "The nation has been plagued in the present day including lying to himself and lying to his family and to lie to people and lies in his religion and his country and who FALSITY in his relationship with the people." , pointing out that "the country needs honest people featherbed track and need to Muslim sincere and honest merchant and educator sincere and honest politician."
He added that "politicians truthful few Nowadays, where they made the policy a way to reach their wish of lying and deceit and prevarication," pointing to "the country's need for politicians honest and people are watching God in their families and Alanathm and afraid of AVI their words and their actions so that no country in the outlawed".
He attributed the al-Issawi, "the reasons for the occurrence of the community in the administrative and financial corruption and the corruption of consciences, to a lack of honesty," stressing that "the country to Aeshko of the few politicians, because they are many, but the lack of honesty in the balance."
He continued that "criminality and terrorism in the communities in general and the Iraqi society, especially the outbreak, the result away people's honesty, where he started killing innocent people and the destruction of homes and the attack on the taboos and dignities and the houses of God," noting that "these criminal acts committed by those who lied to Allah owners faces draft" .
It is noteworthy that the country when Iraq is witnessing a marked deterioration of security, as the months have increased since the bombings, car bombs and explosive belts and devices, as well as armed attacks that target civilians and military personnel, while politicians continue to compete to gain seats in the next parliamentary elections.
Ref calls for the school to reconsider the articles of the Constitution and secure guarantee for Iraqis unity and cohesion
13-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Called for tolerance of religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Taqi, long live, leaders and the Iraqi people to think and reflect on the fate of the country and interpreted it from demolition and disruption and division, stressing the reconsideration of several articles of the constitution and draw a constitution which ensures them more unity and cohesion.
During his weekly delivered by His Eminence, on Thursday, in a crowd of visitors of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him, in his office in the city of Karbala; His Eminence stressed that Iraq needs to a culture of moderation and unity is not the culture of rivalry and division and sectarianism, pointing out that the former regime transplants in people many destructive cultures used by some of today's political news with their own people to reach their goals.
He added that his eminence planted by the corrupt regime in Iraq of germ differences and sectarian conflict still yield fruit malignant, indicating that the treatment in the work of reform and continuous seriously by the leaders to grab the culture differences and sectarian conflict.
And pointed Samaha op school to the importance of returning to the values of Islam and the spirit to re souls to the previous level of love and harmony, adding that the visit of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him in the forty best way to melt all nationalities and religions in the crucible of love and cohesion must convert this visit to create a world.
So called Eminence sons of the Iraqi people from different religions and sects to rally around the banner of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him, saying they are bound to avoid them snagging culture and disperse, and invite them to a culture of coexistence and harmony and love among themselves.
Industry experts contend "concern" the world of falling prices and an abundance of oil of Iraq and Iran and the U.S.
13-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Long-Presse / Baghdad
Detection experts in the field of oil, on Friday, the existence of a drop in crude oil prices because of "increasing concern speculators" to the over-pumping of global production and evaluation of the U.S. oil reserves, and with Benoit that "anxiety" is also increasing as a result of Iraq's insistence on doubling its production even if prices fell, they stressed that the strengthening of Iran and Iraq in 2014, their production and increase the production of crude oil from Shell U.S. increased probability "glut" of crude oil market.
A report by Agence France-Presse, quoting an expert strategic Mercantile Exchange crude oil market in Singapore Kelly Teo and seen it (the long-Presse), "There is a decline in the price of crude oil market, on Friday, in Asia, because of the increased concern speculators toward the over-pumping of crude oil to At the global level, which is forecast to re-evaluate the United States to re-raise its PINs Ahtaatiaha the Fed. "
Teo added that "investors are not only worried about the excessive processing of Shell Oil U.S., but also from the increased production of the member states of OPEC, such as Iraq, which decided to double its production even if prices fall dramatically."
Between Theo and that "the requests for organic organization Iraq and Iran to enhance their production in 2014 has increased the likelihood of concern glut the market with crude oil production increased continuity of crude oil from Shell U.S. on the other hand."
The price of West Texas crude, which will pump in January by the major New York Stock Exchange has fallen by nine cents to settle at a price of 97.41 dollars, while the price fell to the North Sea Brent crude rose seven cents to settle at a price of 108.60 dollars per barrel.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC had agreed during its last meeting to keep output ceiling unchanged at the rate of 30 million barrels per day.
Iraq is now the second-largest oil producer in the Organization after the decline in the production of Iran because of international sanctions imposed on it, as is the decision of the organization to keep the cartel's production ceiling at 30 million barrels a setback for Iraq, which was aspiring to increase million barrels per day to daily production after obtaining the approval of the organization.
The International Monetary Fund, July 24, 2013, that Iraq has become one of the leading countries oil production, it ranks second largest oil producer in OPEC and the third-largest global exporter and fifth at the level of reserves estimated at 143 billion barrels, while expected to continue to expand production of Iraqi oil in the medium term to be of major shareholders processing of international oil market, despite the suffering of the challenges, the challenges that the country faces significant financial after three decades of siege and war, as you need to convert its oil wealth into assets based on the processes of reconstruction and development continuously.
Iraq has oil reserves of up to 140 billion barrels, which is the fastest growing in terms of export among OPEC countries and the rest of the world, to jump produced, which achieved a breakthrough beginning of the year 2010, production is estimated Iraq's current 3.2 million barrels per day, an increase of about one million barrels per day for a year , 2007.
The highest production level achieved in the history of Iraq is 3.8 million barrels per day in 1979, and jumped Iraq this level of export to second place, surpassing Iran, which is now in third place.
And going strong disagreement between exporters currently first in Saudi Arabia, OPEC produces more than 10 million barrels per day and the second Iraq to reduce the amount of export, so as to reduce the fall in prices, but they both stick to your position without agreeing on something specific.
Iraq is the only member exempt from the quota system of export, depends on crude revenues to rebuild its economy after years of war and economic blockade.
Kurdistan Region Begins Oil Export to Turkey
Kurdish officials expect around 400,000 barrels of oil per day to go through the new pipeline by the end of 2014. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— A government official told Rudaw that on Friday, the Kurdistan Region started exporting oil and gas to Turkey based on an agreement signed between Erbil and Ankara last month. According to the government official, 50 percent of the export is purchased by Turkey and the remaining 50 percent will be sent to the world market. During an official visit to Turkey last month, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani signed an agreement with Ankara that would allow Kurdistan’s oil to reach the world market via Ceyhan port on the Mediterranean Sea. Kurdish officials expect around 400,000 barrels of oil per day to go through the new pipeline by the end of 2014. Baghdad had initially voiced concerns about Kurdistan’s oil agreement with Ankara, saying that only the central government has the authority to export the country’s oil. However, at an Oil and Gas conference in Erbil earlier this month, Prime Minister Barzani said, “Our deal is a great victory for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. This process is bringing both sides together and we should reach a mechanism with our Iraqi partners to share the revenue according to the constitution.” “The Kurds will not backtrack and our agreement with Turkey isn’t a threat to anyone,” Barzani said.