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    " The Dinar Daily ", Friday, 27 December 2013

    Maliki threatens to burned tents of sit-ins of Anbar.
    27/12/2013 14:58:00

    BAGHDAD / Nina / Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Anbar province, witnessed the day last Friday prayers in the streets of a unified protest, which he named b / arenas sedition /, threatening burned tents squares in case of keeping it.

    He explained in a statement to Channel / prospects / day: "Today is the last day in which prayers Friday / arenas sedition / Anbar, it wants to pray consolidated Vmkanha mosques and not in the banditry of the residence.


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    U.S. condemns rocket attack on Liberty camp for Iranian refugees.
    27/12/2013 10:37:00

    Washington / NINA /-- The United States strongly condemned the rocket attack on Liberty Camp that killed several people, including Iraqi police officers and wounding several others.

    U.S. State Department urged in a statement the Iraqi government to take extra security measures such as build of underground bunkers or concrete walls to protect the camp from further attacks.

    The U.S. State Department also called on Iraqi authorities to catch the perpetrators and hold them accountable for the attack, according to the laws as well as to honor its obligations provided in the agreement of December 25, 2011 with the United Nations.

    The statement stressed on Washington's commitment to the help the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to move all the residents of Liberty Camp in Baghdad to a permanent and safe one outside Iraq calling on countries to give more assist in responding to resettle the camp's residents.

    Police sources confirmed the targeting of the camp last night with mortars shells noting that four Iranians injured were taken to a hospital in western Baghdad .



    UN strongly condemns / deadly attacks / on Liberty Camp and calls on Iraqi government to protect its inhabitants .
    27/12/2013 12:25:00

    Baghdad / NINA /-- The Special Representative of the General-Secretary of the United Nations in Iraq, Nikolay Mladenov expressed "deep concern about the missile attack on Liberty Camp last night , which resulted in the deaths of a number of camp residents and injuring of dozens.

    A statement by UNAMI quoted Mladenov as saying : "This is a stark and growing blatant violence in Iraq , urging the government to collaborate with the leadership of the Camp as well as to take immediate action to ensure safety and security for the population of the camp.

    The camp of Liberty, located near Baghdad International Airport , which host elements of the PMOI , Iranian opposition , who subjected last night to a missile attack , killing three of the camp's residents and injuring about fifty others were including Iraqi police officers .


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    Source: dozens of missiles targeted at Camp Liberty

    26-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD (Independent)

    A source said that the shells that were were heard Sunday evening near the Baghdad International Airport targeted Camp Liberty, which houses elements of the PMOI opposition.

    The source noted in connection with the (independent) that dozens of shells landed in the ten o'clock in the evening, almost on Camp Liberty, which led to the fall of a number of Alguenly injured and did not know how many yet.

    He gave no further details about the incident.

    The explosions had been heard this evening in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport, west of Baghdad, There was no official statement so far of the incident.


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    Mortar shelling targeted the Baghdad International Airport

    26-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad

    A source in the Iraqi police, on Thursday, mortar attack that targeted the Baghdad International Airport, west of the capital.

    The source said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "four mortar shells fell on Thursday evening, at Baghdad International Airport," noting that "the size of the losses and damage are not yet known."

    And exposed the Baghdad International Airport, from time to time to mortar fire.


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    Maliki, given the choice between the head of the Iraqi detention or out

    26-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

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    Forced the president of the national will, Dr. Ghassan al-Attiyah, participating in the parliamentary elections in Iraq, to ​​leave Iraq after his threat by authorities to leave Iraq or detention, what forced him to travel outside Iraq.
    According to Dr. Al-Attiyah in his speech for the "Arab. Net" that "the policy of intimidation and persecution of the authorities of al-Maliki targeting all forces and opposition figures for sectarian and authoritarian approach, which has become a consistent approach through the politicization of the judiciary and the adoption of a tip confidential informant."
    Al-Attiyah and subjected to persecution and arrested during the reign of the Baath in 1963, and missed his blood in 2000 by the former regime in Iraq.
    And finds Attiyah himself now accused by the authorities of the current government in collaboration with the Baath, note that Al-Attiyah shows approach to ablation political practiced by the Iraqi government against its opponents, and so out of humanitarian and democratic, where he sees the need to be "held accountable one on the crime committed and not the opinion of the people think."
    Dr. Al-Attiyah his insistence on the return to Iraq for demanding the authorities to clarify its position officially not to extort fabricated charges.
    It is known that Al-Attiyah, who returns belonging to the oldest Arab families in the Middle Euphrates region, in Iraq, has been engaged during the nineties in political opposition to the dictatorship of the former regime without joining any political party.
    And contributed to the formation of an independent political bloc as the "centrist" in 2000 as a framework for the forces of liberalism and civilian figures, but quickly faded bloc.
    Attribute Attiyah to the "diseases suffered by the Iraqi opposition abroad which failed to develop a democratic framework of a credible alternative to the regime existing at the time, and came transmission of some of the authority in 2003, thanks to the American occupation and not to struggle popular, which has had a large impact on the faltering political experience for the period after the occupation, "he said.
    On his return to Iraq and resume his political career after the change, he said, "came my return to Iraq after the fall of the Baath regime in 2003 to launch a new chapter in my political life, where established," the Iraqi Institute for Development and Democracy "as an independent non-governmental organization, the Institute contributed to the elaboration of thought and approach a civilian liberal independently to the sinking Iraq into a spiral of sectarian fighting in 2006.
    Dr Al-Attiyah and that "it was said to me in 2004 that he did not Shiites nor Sunnis are standing with you, and when I wondered: Where is Iraq? Response was: There is no longer an Iraqi!".
    "After 10 years of occupation and sectarian parties failed to provide a solution in the national escalated votes rejecting sectarianism, I had the honor of contributing, crystallized in the political blocs fought local elections in 2013 slogans civilian cross-sectarian had some success."
    Al-Attiyah and criticizes the policy of the Maliki government and its approach, saying: "On the other hand taking the head of the ruling regime gradually sliding towards monopoly and tyranny, taking advantage of public money, the judiciary and the security establishment to suppress his opponents."
    He explained, "having exceeded the seventh decade of my life has issued the Maliki government in the summer of 2013 is - on the basis of a tip confidential informant - arrested me on charges of contact with elements of the outlawed Baath party, which I was a victim in 1963 and 2000, and the choice between leaving Iraq or detention, and so I wrote on the alienation for the fifth time, God save Iraq and the Iraqis from the curse of tyranny and corruption and sectarianism. "


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    PM Barzani: Baghdad Leaning Toward Resolving Energy, Budget Rows

    By RUDAW

    Barzani headed a high-level delegation to the Iraqi capital, where he met with Iraqi Premier Nuri al-Maliki and his deputy for energy, Hussein Shahristani.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad is leaning toward resolving the thorny energy and budget rows with its autonomous Kurds, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said upon his return from the capital on Wednesday.

    “The views we see in Baghdad lean toward (finding) solutions,” Barzani told Rudaw. He said that the meeting in Baghdad “is a good start to continuing to meet until arriving at solutions.

    Barzani headed a high-level delegation to the Iraqi capital, where he met with Iraqi Premier Nuri al-Maliki and his deputy for energy, Hussein Shahristani.

    Until recently the Iraqi government -- particularly Shahristani who is considered the architect of Iraq’s oil policy – was opposed to the autonomous region’s direct oil deals with foreign companies and the export of Kurdish oil and gas to Turkey.

    Those exports began early this month after Baghdad first tried to block them. But Shahristani later noted his approval of the sales, following reassurances that oil sales would be transparent and that the central government would receive its constitutional lion’s share of the revenues.

    “We are certainly committed to the constitution, which stipulates that oil belongs to all Iraqi people,” Barzani said in his most recent comments.

    Meanwhile, Shahristani said that there had been “new and positive views” on the oil and budget issues in talks with the Kurdish team.

    “We talked frankly and we studied how to find a possible solution for some pending issues, especially those that relate to Iraqi oil export and accounting for it in the budget,” said Shahristani.

    “There were some new and positive views that will be discussed in both Baghdad and Erbil, and God willing the meetings will continue in the coming days,” he said.

    Shahristani also added that Erbil is expected to comply with agreements that Iraq has signed with the UN Security Council, stipulating that oil revenues are channeled back to Iraq through a New York fund.

    “The oil that is exported must be metered and sold at an international price and its revenue should go into the Development Fund of Iraq in New York,” Shahristani said. “Then, it would be given to the (Iraqi) ministries and the Kurdistan Region,” he said.

    Shahristani said that the autonomous region would receive its constitutional 17 percent allocation of the Iraqi national budget, something Erbil has complained it has never received in full.

    “Dr. Shahristani talked about a number of suggestions which we will discuss and continue until reaching a solution that would satisfy all Iraqis,” said Barzani.

    From the very start in 2007, when the Kurdistan Region began signing direct contracts for oil exploration with major foreign firms, Baghdad had argued that only the federal government had the authority to sign deals and export oil.

    But after Erbil has steadfastly stood by its own constitutional right to develop its energy sector and began exporting oil through a newly-finished pipeline to Turkey, Baghdad appears to have accepted that the energy sales cannot be stopped and has decided to seek a solution through dialogue.


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    Dawa official calls for opening another American university in Iraq

    While the number of Iraqi students studying in the United States has been on the rise in the last few years, the Iraqi government has recently shown an interest in opening another American university in Iraq. Minister of Higher Education Ali al-Adeeb expressed public support for such a move in a Dec. 16 article, “Why Baghdad Needs an American University,” which he wrote for a US website specializing in higher education.

    Summary⎙ Print The Islamic Dawa Party has long resisted “Western cultural penetration” in Iraq, but the dire state of education in the country has prompted Education Minister Ali al-Adeeb, a Dawa Party official, to call for opening an American university in Iraq.

    Author Harith Hasan

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Translator(s)Rani Geha

    In the article, Adeeb calls for the new American university to be located in central or southern Iraq, which would be an addition to the existing American University of Iraq in Sulaimaniyah. He asserted that such a university would advance higher education in the country, producing graduates who are critical thinkers, educated with a global and modern knowledge base, fluent in English and receptive to cultural diversity.

    Adeeb's position is remarkable because he is a leading figure in the Shiite Dawa Party, led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Some observers were surprised that his ministry would be enthusiastic about such an idea given that the Shiite parties generally do not support what they view as “Western cultural penetration” of Iraqi society. The Dawa party has traditionally been opposed to Western cultural expansion, at least according to the writings of its ideological guide Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (who was executed in 1980).

    In addition, Adeeb is widely known as a party hawk and a representative of Dawa's politically and intellectually militant base. Thus his call — which recognizes the West’s intellectual progress and offers self-criticism of the educational situation in Iraq — signals a significant shift in the thinking of both the minister and his party.

    This is not, however, the first time that Adeeb has pointed out, whether explicitly or implicitly, that higher education in Iraq has failed to produce graduates with modern educations, critical-thinking skills and creative abilities. In fact, he has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with university-level education in Iraq. It remains unclear, however, why his ministery, which is responsible for universities, has been unable to change this reality or implement initiatives to improve higher education.

    Most Iraqi universities are public institutions that employ rigid educational methods. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi students graduate each year from high school and then are sent to public universities in accordance with centralized standards that rarely take into consideration students' particular qualifications and preferences.

    Most university professors are hired on a permanent basis as government employees and according to centralized distribution, rather than competition. The hiring process is riddled with cronyism, nepotism and corruption, as is the case throughout Iraqi government institutions. As a result, university professors often lack incentives to improve their performance.

    In recent years, the level of graduate studies has declined due to the lack of competition. Advanced degrees are granted to mediocre students without good educational records and often without even minimal knowledge of a foreign language. A graduate degree has become a way to gain social status or to get promoted in a government position. Now, many officials are using their influence to obtain certificates without doing any real research or scientific work.

    These practices have harmed the reputation of Iraqi universities because they are graduating “professors” who are not qualified to teach and who cannot access up-to-date scientific sources, which are rarely in Arabic. These professors therefore end up imparting inadequate knowledge to students in an educational system devoid of individual initiative and critical research.

    Adeeb's invitation to open an American university is an implicit acknowledgment of how difficult it is to reform the higher education system. Certainly, an American university in Iraq would contribute to reviving competitiveness in the educational system and help graduate qualified students with modern educations, as is done at the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo.

    With the high cost of studying at an American university compared to an Iraqi university, a new American school would probably only attract wealthy students, mostly the sons and daughters of senior state officials and the businesspeople allied with them. Many qualified students who lacking adequate financial resources would likely be unable to attend. In the long run, this could further perpetuate elitism in Iraqi education, which already seems an inescapable outcome given the poor performance of the public university system.

    The opening of an American university would, nonetheless, be a positive sign, especially as it would have the supported of and be facilitated by the Ministry of Education. Bringing about a real shift in the Iraqi university system, however, will require a courageous reform initiative by the government, and that has not yet happened.

    Harith Hasan

    Contributor, Iraq Pulse

    Harith Hasan has a PhD in political science and his main research interests are the state, sectarianism and political transition in Iraq and the Middle East. He has written extensively for various English and Arabic publications. On Twitter: @harith_hasan


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    Baghdad, Erbil and agree on the need to protect the oil wealth

    27/12/13 16: 53: 00

    He met Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussein Al-Shahristani, on Wednesday evening, the Kurdish delegation headed by nechirvan Barzani, in the presence of oil Minister Abdul Kareem luaibi and Minister of Finance of SAFA agency net debt.
    The two sides discussed outstanding issues regarding oil and ways of finding acceptable solutions in accordance with the Constitution in order to protect Iraq oil wealth.
    As the two sides agreed on the need to export the oil produced in the region by oil marketing company SOMO as mechanisms for export and the pricing of Iraqi oil revenue is deposited in the Development Fund for Iraq and distributed through the annual budget.
    This was the Prime Minister of Kurdistan region nechirvan Barzani and his party, met with the President of the Federal Government, Nouri al-Maliki, the discussions focused on ways to solve the problems between the territory and the Federal Government about the budget oil revenues of the territory.
    It was stressed the need to strengthen security coordination between the territory and the Federal Government because of the nature of terrorist threats against Baghdad and Erbil.
    Would meet the technical committees and experts disputed issues and finding solutions before the adoption of the budget.

    PUKmedia Laila Al/Baghdad


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    Iraq Closes Border With Syria
    Posted on 27 December 2013.

    Prim Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government ordered the Iraq border with Syria closed on Tuesday to aid a massive military operation hunting for al-Qaeda and militant hideouts in the western desert of Iraq.

    Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki has been a strong supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and reports suggested that his government was facilitating the transfer of Iranian arms to Syria.

    Iraq has experienced some spillover from the violence in Syrian, with many Jihadists returning back from Syrian well-armed and trained and carrying out deadly attacks across Iraq, which this operation is aiming to stop.

    Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when Iraq was just emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings.

    More than 6,650 people have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

    (Source: Al Arabiya News)


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    Anbar Governor: Peaceful protests infuriates extremists in Iraq
    27/12/2013 17:11:00

    Ramadi (NINA) – The Governor of Anbar, Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi, said that the people of Anbar would not accept going back, and would not accept being dictated at by any side.

    In a statement to NINA on Friday, Dec. 27, Dulaimi said that the peaceful protest have infuriated extremists in Iraq and they have started to instigate problems between the people of Anbar and the Central Government, but this misunderstanding will end through the wisdom of the good people on both sides.

    Dulaimi stressed, “The blood of Anbar people is not to be compromised, when we say blood we mean the blood of all Iraqis that have been mixed on Iraq’s borders when they all defended Iraq since the eighties.”

    He stressed, “The sit-ins squares do not represent threat to the country’s security, the big danger comes from desert areas in Anbar where armed groups are concentrated and from their; they launch their terrorist attacks against innocent civilians.”


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