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    " The Dinar Daily ", Tuesday, 4 February 2014


    Kurdistan: the budget did not specify the punishment if Baghdad did not comply with the ceiling of oil production

    Mon Feb 03 2014 23:55 | (Voice of Iraq)

    (Special) ... Kurdistan Alliance, criticized the law requiring the federal budget for the Kurdistan region to export 400 000 barrels of oil per day, and deduct the amount of any deficiency in the production of the region's share in the budget.
    The decision of the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary, the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mohammad Qasim told the site of the Central Council of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUKcc.org), on Monday, said the budget committed the province to export 400 000 barrels of oil per day, and in the case did not produce this quantity will be resolved The amount of the share of the region, considering that collectively punish the people of the Kurdistan region, noting that the budget set a ceiling on oil production for the Federal Government which three million barrels of oil per day, pointing out that the budget bill did not mention the penalty, which lies on the federal government if they do not abide by this production daily.

    And MP Mohammed that it is difficult to pass the budget bill to no settlement is reached between the two sides, adding that there is a possibility to pass a budget without the Kurds, stressing that it will expand the rift between the two sides, stressing that Iraq is in front of challenges, one of them the war on terrorism in Anbar, and the other in the legislative elections next April, which will require the creation of atmosphere, and autism between the political blocs and put aside their differences.

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    Kurdistan: Pass the pension law is a major achievement for the people and Parliament

    Mon Feb 03 2014 23:44 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD - The Euphrates News

    He said the Kurdistan Alliance to pass a law Unified Retirement year is a great achievement for the people and Parliament alike.

    He said the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mohsen Saadoun told {Euphrates News} that "the vote of the House and passed and passed the Unified Retirement Law year is a great achievement for the people and Parliament alike."
    And the MP Saadoun said that "the law was passed to serve a large segment of the population and wide, but they are retired and bring them decent standard of living in a high cost of living and rising prices."
    He said al-Sadoun, "As for the House of Representatives passed the law confirms his commitment to perform his work in the service of the country and the people, and his determination to pass important laws, especially since its electoral old and is nearing completion."
    This block and asphalt citizen parliamentary human citizens to vote on the Unified Retirement Law thanked the public and in a statement of all the MPs who voted on the law.
    It is said that the law is one Mtbuniat stream Mihrab and the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council and its President, Mr. Ammar al-Hakim and block citizen in the House of Representatives, was founded and has contributed legitimizes and insisted parliamentary approval and passed to service this important class of society.
    To that was head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim, has called on members of the House of Representatives to speed up the vote on the pension law because it raises the injustice for large segments of society.
    Mr. Ammar al-Hakim on his social networking site {FB} on Monday that "the Unified Retirement Law General raises the injustice of many of the important segments and wide in the community, and called on members of the House of Representatives to speed up the voting on it Osv Annunciation of our people are doing."


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    Anbar province headed toward isolation

    BAGHDAD — Reports about the military operations in the Anbar province suggest that the “decisive moment” remains elusive. There are battles involving Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants, fighters from the province’s tribes and members of the regular military forces, with no clear winning team on the ground.

    Summary⎙ Print As fighting continues in western Iraq's Anbar province, some warn that continued fighting will isolate the province from the rest of the country in the upcoming elections.

    Author Ali Abel Sadah

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Translator(s)Sami-Joe Abboud

    These conditions drive many politicians and security experts to believe that what is happening in the volatile province is a kind of a war of attrition that may widen and thus pave the way for a Syrian scenario in Iraq.

    Since late December, Anbar has been witnessing large-scale military operations where various weapons are being used. These weapons include US and Russian arms that Iraq has started to import to fight armed groups.

    Various Iraqi security and media sources from Anbar told Al-Monitor during the last days of January: “The conflicting parties take turns in gaining control of the province’s neighborhoods and streets. As soon as government SWAT forces took control of ISIS centers, ISIS fighters managed to localize themselves in other areas.”

    These sources said: “The delayed decisiveness is due to the political split in the Sunni community, which affected the role of tribal militants in the military conflict. The fact is that some of these militants fight alongside the Iraqi army, while others fight against it.”

    Consequently, in his weekly address on Jan. 29, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threatened to storm the city of Fallujah "to resolve the matter there.” He pointed out that “the battle will cost the army casualties but he has to do it.”

    However, the implementation of military operations, especially in the city of Fallujah, seems a hard call because it is difficult to distinguish civilians from ISIS fighters. Moreover, many believe that the organization took advantage of the political divide, presenting itself as the defender of “Sunni’s interests” in Iraq.

    Ahmed al-Jumaili, a tribal leader in the city of Fallujah, told Al-Monitor, “The people of Fallujah sympathize with ISIS militants because of their anger toward the Iraqi army, which is known as 'Maliki’s forces.'”

    While fears of the expansion of ISIS power are growing, the prime minister believes that a military initiative should not be delayed any longer. “Frankly, there is not much time left if we are going to enter Fallujah and settle the matter,” Maliki said in the same address.

    Thus, ever since the Sunnis took to the street in open-ended protests again Maliki’s government, the troubled city of Fallujah has found itself at a crossroads. Repeating the Syrian scenario will not be the best choice to make.

    In parallel with the military operations, Sunni oppositionists have declared the formation of what have come to be known as “military councils” in several Sunni regions. In early January 2014, it was announced that such a council has been formed in the Baghdad province.

    A security source told Al-Monitor, “The arrival of rebel groups to areas near Baghdad will result in significant momentum due to sectarian differences among the people. Violent confrontations are likely to occur.”

    Many political analysts prefer to say that an ongoing war of attrition in Anbar is likely to distance the province from the upcoming parliamentary elections in April. The Political Council for Iraqi Action — which is a group of Iraqi political forces — warned against the same thing. In a statement, which Al-Monitor obtained a copy of, the council said “the crisis in Anbar is designed to isolate the province from Iraq.”


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    Officials Lament Kurdish Education Policy in Disputed Territories
    By Nawzad Mahmoud

    Because of this policy, students graduating from Kurdish schools in disputed regions are forced to revert to studying in Arabic at universities in other parts of Iraq, they say.

    SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spends billions on Kurdish education in disputed territories like Kirkuk and Khanaqin, but then refuses to accept those students at its universities, local officials and residents complain.

    Because of this policy, students graduating from Kurdish schools in disputed regions are forced to revert to studying in Arabic at universities in other parts of Iraq, they say.

    “We have no choice but to go to universities in Baghdad and the rest of Iraq,” said Sherzad Kaka, administrator of Kurdish education in Kirkuk. “Universities in the Kurdistan Region do not accept our students, so they must attend the ones run by the central government,” he said.

    Officials note that the situation greatly benefits Baghdad. Since the central government refuses to pay for Kurdish education, the KRG finances 508 schools in Kirkuk, offering education to 92,800 Kurdish students at a cost of 78 billion Iraqi Dinars (ID). The 20 Kurdish schools in Khanaqin cost the KRG some 4 billion ID.

    Since after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the KRG has been providing the schools, teachers, employees and school supplies for Kurdish schools in Kirkuk and Khanaqin.

    “It’s like our efforts go for nothing,” since students educated in Kurdish with money from the KRG then end up in Arabic universities run by Baghdad, said Hussein Saya, the former education administrator of Khanaqin.

    He complained that Kurdish families were unhappy about having to send their children to Arabic-language universities.

    “The majority of the families are very displeased with the situation, but they know they have no other option,” said Saya. “The students might forget the Kurdish that they have learnt in the past,” he warned.

    There are 12 Arabic schools in Khanaqin but “92 percent of the students of the Arabic schools are Kurds of Khanaqin,” said Saya.

    He said Kurdish students faced another disadvantage, because after studying in Kurdish in high school, the entry exams for the universities which will take them are in Arabic.

    “This leads to some students failing, because of the discrepancy in their curriculums,” said Saya.

    Iraq’s so-called “disputed territories” are claimed both by the Shiite Arab central government in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurds in the north.


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    Everyone Wants to Be a Governorate: 16 Iraqi Districts Demand Status Upgrade

    Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 6:30

    Iraqi districts that have been slated for governorate status (green) and districts that demand governorate status (red). [ SEE MAP ]

    The recent announcement by the Iraqi cabinet that a number of existing district (qada) administrative units will be upgraded to governorate status (muhafaza) has prompted intense discussions across Iraq. As of today, beyond what the cabinet has announced, around 16 additional districts have in various ways been promoted as candidates for governorate status.

    The lists that follows is supposed to be up to date as of the time of writing, but this is clearly a moving target, with the situation quite literally changing by the hour. Nonetheless, it can be assumed that the most eager candidates for governorate status have made their voices heard by now. Also, to some extent, there are a few common characteristics between these would-be governorates that seem to explain their candidacies. In particular, in many cases, they form the second most populous area of their current governorate, but not the seat of the provincial government. Furthermore, distinctive minority populations are important in some areas (Yazidi in Sinjar, Shia Arab in Balad and Dujayl, Kurdish in Khanaqin). Finally, some of the districts involved stand out for their natural resources (Qurna and Zubayr in Basra).

    Here is the complete list:

    Basra: Qurna, Zubayr, Garma

    Dhi Qar: Rifai

    Muthanna: Warka, Rumaytha

    Najaf: Kufa

    Babel: Musayyib

    Wasit: Suwayra, Aziziyya

    Baghdad: Sadr City, Mahmudiyya

    Diyala: Khanaqin

    Salahaddin: Balad, Dujayl

    Nineveh: Sinjar

    Simultaneously, some more news about the thinking of the Iraqi government on the issue has emerged. In a statement to the press, an inspector general of the ministry for municipalities and public works says that the legal procedure for creating new government is modelled on the old governorate law no 159 from 1969, but then goes on to (rightly) admit that the old law has been replaced by a new law (of 2008, which does not provide any particular framework for such changes). Nonetheless, the inspector general seems to think there are specific criteria that govern the selection of candidates for upgrade to governorate status, including population size, existing institutions of government and distance from the existing provincial centres. He goes on to mention difficulties of investment in places like Halabja and Tal Afar which he attributes to the crimes of the Baath regime and more recent terrorist activity.

    Regarding Baghdad, the legal adviser of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has made the claim that the city is indivisible because of the capital status enshrined in the Iraqi constitution with reference to its governorate borders (article 124).

    All in all, frankly, this does not serve as a legal clarification. Of course, in theory, the Iraqi government can introduce a bill on just about any subject under the sun, but in a modern democracy it is expected that matters such as administrative jurisdictions are governed by a uniform legal framework.

    In any case, maybe the multiplication of demands for governorate status was to be expected. Maybe the Iraqi cabinet had calculated this would happen, and that the impracticality of admitting all these candidates – and especially the inevitable debate about the capacity of governance related to such wide-ranging transformations – would kill off the whole idea of changing Iraq’s administrative map in its infancy. The only thing that is certain is that none of these plans will come into existence before the 30 April parliament elections, meaning that much of the debate relating to it must be studied in relationship to those elections first and foremost.


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    MP: The military solution in Fallujah complicates current crisis Anbar

    04/02/2014 09:25:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Motahedoon coalition, Hamza Alkrtani considered the use of a military solution in Fallujah will complicate the current crisis in Anbar, especially as it will lead to more bloodshed.

    Alkrtani said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "Any decision to storm Fallujah would be wrong decision because the military trials in storming the city proved the failure.

    He pointed out that there is more significant determined by the government to take military solution in resolving Anbar crisis in general and Fallujah in particular, adding that we wish a political solution to the crisis, begins first in stopping indiscriminate shelling and hand the security file to the police forces and the sons of the tribes . "

    He added that "military choice would lead to tearing national unity because it is possible to resolve the crisis peacefully through a number of initiatives, which had been resented, noting that the government has failed miserably over the past years, where it was unable to achieve anything for the citizen."

    He explained that "what is happing in Ramadi and Fallujah is a part of a plot implemented by regional countries supported by Iraqi players and government may silence its ear for voices that called for a peaceful solution."

    It is mentioned that the government launched on December, 2013 a military operation in Anbar province to hunt al-Qaeda and ISIS, backed by the sons of the tribes , killing and arresting dozens of them in various districts of the province with the exception of Fallujah, which many press reports pointed out to the control of the militants on the most areas in the city , which led the government to bombed almost daily with the possibility of storming it in unknown time.


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    Othman: Approving the pension law would be impetus to pass other laws by political consensus

    04/02/2014 09:29:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The Kurdish independent MP, Mahmoud Othman described approval of pension law in Parliament an important and positive step for the Council and citizens, stressing that all the political blocs participate in the vote.

    Othman told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / : "The parliament did not approve , since a long time, important laws that serve Iraqi people , so the approval of the Retirement Law yesterday was very useful for the work of Parliament , as it found a well convergence among the political blocs again , which would be a good motivation to pass other laws by political consensus and with participation of everyone. "

    He said : " The council gave its members a holiday expires next Tuesday , and this period will be good to hold dialogues and discussions between the political blocs on the budget bill , hoping to reach a compromise solution , such as that obtained in the pension law ."

    The House of Representatives approved the Retirement Law, in its session held yesterday under the chairmanship of Osama Nujaifi and the presence of 180 MPs.


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    Obama visits Saudi Arabia next month

    04/02/2014 09:40:00

    Washington / NINA / The White House announced that President, Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia next month for talks with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

    The White House said: "President Obama will discuss with King Abdullah set of security issues relating to the Middle East."

    An official announcement by the White House said: "President Obama is looking forward to hold talks with King Abdullah on the strategic relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia in a number of matters of common interest related to regional security in the Gulf region, the peace process in the Middle East, the fight against extremism and issues related to economic prosperity."

    It is expected that the talks focus mainly on the Syrian crisis and the ongoing international negotiations between the major powers and Iran over its nuclear program.

    Relations between the two allies has witnessed evident tension in the recent period due to Washington's stand on the Syrian crisis and the negotiations conducted with Tehran over its nuclear program .

    The statement noted that Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia would follow his European tour that includes the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.


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    Nujaifi heads to Turkey
    04/02/2014 12:14:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The Head of the House of Representatives, Osama al-Nujaifi is heading to Turkey on an official visit for talks with senior Turkish officials.

    A statement by the Office of the President of the Council said that Nujaifi will discuss with the Turkish side bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of strengthening them, and issues of common concern, in addition to the Syrian file and its implications for the region. "

    The Statement added, "Nujaifi will then head to Tunisia on an official visit at the invitation of Mustafa Ben Jaafar, head of the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, to attend the endorsement of the National Council on the new Constitution of the Republic of Tunisia."


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    Nusayif praises endorsing Retirement law

    Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:17

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Aliya Nusayif, of the Hurra Iraqiya bloc described the endorsement of the Retirement law as "Achieving justice to the retired persons."

    In a press statement received by AIN, she said "The Retirement law is not a gift from the parliament, but a right to the retired persons."

    "The retired persons, in the other countries, are taken care of where they have health insurance and conformable environment and the approval of this law must be the beginning of promoting the situation of the retired persons," she concluded.


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