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    56851 “evict maliki” countdown : 8 days to the scheduled * election


    * NOTE: that the countdown notice has been amended to qualify the Election as ”Scheduled ” to give emphasis to the tenuous state of political / constitutional affairs in Iraq in recent days and specifically the mention in the news of a possible delay in the election due to the Anbar diaspora. Add to the foregoing the ” threat” of the election occurring under martial law with Maliki as the chief executive officer.

    NEW YORKER MAGAZINE : Letter from Iraq What We Left Behind An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future. by Dexter Filkins April 28, 2014 http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...urrentPage=all [ Courtesy of Briarpatch ]

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    56856 Women prominent in coming Iraqi elections

    Women prominent in coming Iraqi elections

    The coming Iraqi parliamentary election cycle, scheduled for April 30, is marked by an intensive presence of female candidates on the different lists of Iraqi political blocs, with women representing 2,960 out of 11,000 total candidates.

    Summary⎙ Print Unlike in past elections, many female candidates are running in the Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of this month.

    Author Omar al-Jaffal

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Translator(s)Pascale Menassa

    Iraq’s Electoral Law requires the blocs participating in the elections to have at least one woman candidate for every three male candidates, which means at least 25% of all candidates should be women. The blocs usually have to search for women to fill this quota. However, the current electoral session stands out, due to the participation of several women academics, journalists and civil society activists. Most of them have a vision for change, unlike most participating male candidates who do not even have an electoral program.

    Contrary to the previous parliamentary terms, the current term is characterized by the candidacy of many women expressing more tolerance, openness and social and political awareness, be it through their clothing, topics or agenda. Many Iraqis have been talking about this on social media sites, and the current electoral session is bound to witness a unique parliamentary presence for Iraqi women.

    Iraq might be on the verge of a new stage, after the failure to govern the country for the past 11 years. It is no coincidence that this stage is accompanied by rising voices of civil movements and figures at the expense of religious ones, which have been losing momentum. The voices of the latter have been drowning out others in the same streets that have grown tired of their slogans focused on the injustice and crimes of the former regime. There is a new generation innocent of everything related to the past stage — a generation of youth. They are aware of democracy, which, despite its limitations, allows them to think out loud and participate in political activities.

    This new breeze has also contributed to increasing the number of female candidates running for the coming parliamentary elections. Educated women holding university degrees and diplomas of higher studies in different fields are clearly present in the elections.

    The women candidates running in the next elections have stolen the spotlight by attracting the attention of voters with their modern looks, which the public was not used to in the parliament. They have also drawn attention through their remarkable social and cultural presence, especially the women working in literature and media.

    This does not apply to all women candidates, for some previously known faces are trying hard to return to the parliament by adopting a discourse that criticizes parliamentary and governmental performance. They have also split from their former parliamentary political blocs and rejoined the blocs that were more likely to win in the current electoral race. A few new women candidates have been spruced up to show their charm, becoming objects of mockery for many social media users, who described them as apparently participating in a beauty contest rather than political elections.

    However, this does not mean that there is an electoral culture that has emerged from the democracy of the past 11 years: Next to the posters of liberal female candidates there are posters of other candidates. These posters show the name of the candidate and her coalition, but instead of showing her picture, they show that of her husband, brother or father. These promotion posters are captioned with a sentence that explains the relationship between the man in the picture and the candidate.

    Add to this the images of veiled female candidates, who appear as only a black mass in the posters. This reflects the depth of the social crisis plaguing the Iraqi conscience as a result of the religious fatwas and obsolete social norms.

    If we put this social crisis and electoral whims aside, we find that there is coherence between the yearning for a civil state — this yearning is prevalent in cultural dialogues and among the youth elites that are fed up with the harbingers of dictatorship after the failure of Islamic parties to manage the country — and the yearning for the rise of women to the parliament, as one of the aspects of the civil state.


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    56858 KRG trench divides Syrian, Iraqi Kurds

    KRG trench divides Syrian, Iraqi Kurds

    Of all those who have cursed Sykes-Picot, it was no doubt the Kurds who lamented the most, as the agreement divided a Kurdistan already split between Iran and the Ottomans and turned normal relations between villages into "smuggling." Poet Ahmet Arif put it best when he moaned, “We don’t know what passports are / for which we will be killed / from now on they will be call us bandits, brigands, smugglers and robbers”

    Summary⎙ Print The ditch dug by the Kurdistan Regional Government at Rojava, separating Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, adds another layer of complexity to the regional conflict.

    Author Fehim Taştekin

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Translator(s)Timur Goksel

    While talks explored the best way to unite four pieces of Kurdistan known as Bakur (north), Bashur (south), Rojhilat (east) and Rojava (west) scattered in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria and the idea a "Kurdish spring" followed Rojava's declaration of autonomy, Kurdish hopes were again split, this time by a giant ditch.

    The decision by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) under President Massoud Barzani to dig a ditch between Rojava and Bashur in Iraq’s north led to a major debate among all Kurds, including those in Turkey. The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), denounced the trench in a series of statements.

    The 3-meter-wide, 2-meter-deep ditch will stretch for 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) from the junction of the Euphrates River with South Kurdistan to Walid Point and be guarded by Iraqi peshmerga forces north of Tilkocher. The temporary bridge at Semelka (Peshbaur), the KRG administration center occasionally opened for use since May 2012, was dismantled. Occasional fire by peshmerga on the Rojava Kurds vehemently protesting the digging of the ditch led to some casualties. Ten tents erected to stage protests by Rojava Kurds from Dirbespiye, Amude, Kamihsli, Tribesbiye and Girke Lege became permanent fixtures.

    Another interesting incident that caused heated arguments in South Kurdistan was the lowering of the KRG flag at Peshabur and the raising of the flag of Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). This action was protested by Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Goran Movement, a potential partner of the next Kurdistan government, in front of the parliament in Erbil.

    Trenches reflect differences

    The trench dug by the Barzani administration between Rojava and Bashur is the manifestation of their differences of opinion. They are a reflection of the disagreements among the Kurds. Rojava Kurds say Barzani is imposing an embargo on his Kurdish brothers to bolster his relations with Turkey. Kurdish sources say Turkey is also digging a ditch along Rojava’s Derik-Afrin stretch of border.

    It is true that regional alliances have a divisive effect among the Kurds. The ditch affair is also a reflection of the conflict between the traditional tribal politics of the KDP with the ideological foundations of the PKK and the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Modern politics based on ideology pose a threat to conventional tribal politics.

    Arguments by both sides

    Both sides' claims about the purpose of the ditch and whose idea it was are contradictory.
    •According to the Barzani administration, the purpose of the ditch is to stop illegal crossings, especially of armed groups. Enver Haci Osman, the deputy minister of the peshmerga, said in a statement: “Terrorists have emerged in the region. We developed a similar plan for Erbil and Kirkuk. Up to now, we have caught about 1,000 armed people on the border.”

    •A source in the PYD, the dominant force in Rojava, told Al-Monitor, “Terrorists are actually crossing from the south [Iraq] to the west [Syria]. Thirty-two members of ISIS [the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham] who were killed when attacking Rojava had come through Bashur.” He added, "It is Rojava that is fighting al-Qaeda. ISIS militants cannot easily pass through the areas controlled by our People's Protection Units and reach Kurdistan.”

    •The PYD thinks the ditch is a part of the plan to isolate Rojava and holds not the entire KRG, but the KDP responsible for it.

    •A peshmerga commander said the ditch was a joint decision by the Erbil and Baghdad governments. He said the 17-kilometer ditch is a segment of the 605 km ditch dug along the Iraq-Syria border. But Ali Musawi, adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said there had been no such decision. As for the accusation that the trench project was not ruled on by the KRG but by the KDP, Haci Osman said the decision was in fact that of the Peshmerga Ministry. This was quickly denied by Cebba Yaver, the ministry's secretary.

    Adil Murad, an official of the PUK, the junior partner of the Kurdish government, accused Barzani: "This decision by the KDP leadership is serving the Turkish policy that is trying to stifle the Kurdish freedom movement in Syria.”

    Political calculations

    It is hard to believe that the KDP coordinates with the Baghdad government with which it is in perennial conflict. Kurdish sources told Al-Monitor they find the claim of 1,000 ISIS militants caught at the borders unlikely. ISIS generally uses the routes from Mosul to get to Ramadi. Obviously, the groups that will be most affected by the ditch are not armed militants, but smugglers. Smuggling, at the moment, is the illegal lifeline feeding the Rojava economy, which is under blockade by both Turkey and South Kurdistan. This is where the real origin of the trench lies. Preventing smuggling will indirectly contribute to economic hardships and thus may affect the success of the PYD's rule in Rojava. If the PYD weakens and loses control, then the path may open for pro-Barzani parties to gain power.

    But the Syrian extensions of the KDP are not effective in Rojava, and remain only nominal. If the KDP had been in control of Rojava, there would not have been a Kurdish embargo on Kurds. From the outset, the core problem has been the rejection of the PYD’s dominant political and security role by the Erbil-Ankara axis. The leaders of Rojava’s pro-Barzani parties — who don’t even live in Rojava — have been constantly saying, “The PYD is not respecting the 2012 Erbil Accord. It is cooperating with the Syrian regime.” In a statement to Sky News, Barzani went even further and said, "The PYD got the Kurds involved in a war at the behest of the regime. It occupied the region with force of arms. Their gains are temporary. When the reasons for their existence wither away, those gains will disappear as well.”

    In sum, this struggle began when Barzani’s political project in Rojava failed, and it's getting worse. Now there is another project to empower pro-Barzani parties of Rojava: On April 3, Barzani unified Al Parti, Azadi and Yekiti under the banner of the Syrian Kurdistan Democratic Party. Suud Mele of Rojava is the leader of the new party, thus avoiding the criticism of its leaders not living in Rojava. This time, however, the criticism is that the Rojava delegates have no influence in the new structure. This could mean that this new move by Barzani might not be as effective as he hopes.

    It didn’t take long for members of the new party to encounter another reality. On their return to Rojava, some were detained and others were sent back. The PYD thus played into the hands of those accusing it of forcefully taking over the area and not allowing other groups to exist. But some sources think this could have been an impulsive action by PYD militants and the delegates will eventually be allowed to go back to Rojava.

    Whether this ditch will be a grave or a combat zone will depend on Rojava’s ability to safeguard its autonomy.

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    56859 Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Democratic his final opinion on its share of the p

    Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Democratic his final opinion on its share of the provincial government

    Mon Apr 21 2014 22:45 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Twilight News

    Hold deputy secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Rasool and Barham Saleh, a leading member of the party, wife of President of the Republic Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, on Monday, a meeting to discuss the talks between the EU delegation to the formation of the provincial government with a delegation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party to get out the opinion of a final and uniform process of a party's share in the new government.

    The site said "Khandan" a close associate of Deputy Secretary General of the National Union Barham Salih in what information he obtained and followed the "Twilight News", that the three leaders discussed all proposals and talks on forming a government and decided to issue a decision today in the presence of all the members of the Political Bureau of the Union and then inform him of the party Kurdistan Democratic.

    The information indicated that the meeting was held at the home of Rasool and that all opinions and proposals will be discussed with the party's political bureau.

    The delegation was headed by Union negotiator Barham Saleh held a meeting yesterday with a delegation of the Democratic Party, headed by Naچervan Barzani in Arbil in favor of the home.

    After the meeting, Saleh renewed insistence Union to take over the position of the Ministry of Interior, declaring that the union is not against the agreement between the Democratic and the MDC on the formation of the new government of the province of Kurdistan.

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    56860 Civil Alliance Kirkuk: There is a mass response to our electoral

    Civil Alliance Kirkuk: There is a mass response to our electoral program despite limited our propaganda

    Mon Apr 21 2014 22:26 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Long-Presse / Kirkuk

    Confirmed coalition Civic Democrats in Kirkuk, on Monday, his determination to bring about the desired change through the construction of a civil society is far from affiliations "ethnic and sectarian", while between that there is a response mass of his despite the limited potential of the material and its propaganda campaign compared to the forces of powerful, counting that he bet on win the support of a class voters "Drifters" in the governorate.

    The head of the coalition Civic Democrats in Kirkuk, Mohammad Shabib Hamad David Mafraji, in an interview to the (long-Presse), "The coalition headed since the start of campaigning for the parliamentary elections, and according to its potential very limited to the promotion of the program in each house and the locality of the alley and the village district and the city and spend and hand, to address the people and introduce them to the importance of building a civil society is not based on the thought of one or the doctrine of a particular nationality or what order to ensure that the marginalization of others. "

    He Mafraji, that "the candidates of the coalition of civil work according to their abilities simple when compared to those possessed by the forces of powerful with money and power, they rely on private money and donations simple, but they are determined to make the change and stick to building a civil society and the rule of democratic project promising", returned there " In response to a mass program of the coalition, although there is a need for greater awareness and a longer period for the occurrence of the desired change. "

    The head of the Civic Democratic Alliance in Kirkuk, to "maintain a space characterized by the presence of freedom reflect the mosaic Iraq at better than other areas," returned to "the atmosphere of electoral competition in Kirkuk good."

    And saw Mafraji, that "voters in Kirkuk are divided into three categories: First, academics who have the suffering of the fact of political Islam and are working to help the democratic forces the city to develop a treatment for this problem facing Iraq because of the Islamist takeover of the reins of everything in the country," and added that "the second category are those that are affected by the same token Bchkhos involved in the community, while the latter category are uninformed reliable power too much. "

    For her part, the candidate from the Civil Alliance in the province of Kirkuk hand cream to "work to ensure the freedom of women and their participation in the building of a democratic society is one of the main reasons for her nomination for the parliamentary elections," indicating that "the success of the democratic project needs broad participation of women in the democratic process.

    She cream "of women will not succeed without any civil or democratic project in Iraq, as they represent the majority of the community foundation and the engine," calling to give ÇĎćŃ greater for women in all spheres of life. "

    And compete in Kirkuk 18 entity or movement and to test the political front as well as the 12 parliamentary seat for another share (quota) Christians.

    The province of Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad), a mixed population of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Christians and the Sabians, of the most disputed areas, and covered by Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution is experiencing ongoing disputes between components as well as acts of violence almost daily that affect civilians and troops security alike.

    The coalition Civic Democrats launched, on Saturday (April 12, 2014), his platform to enter into the next parliamentary elections, and stressed that he seeks to "establish a civil state and renounce sectarian and enhance freedoms and solve the militias," and asked for "the promotion of decentralization and solving the problems of the federal government and the region in accordance with the the Constitution, "warned of" continuing approach the past years, "he would lead to" instability and the threat of civil peace. "

    He announced the formation of a coalition of civil democratic (November 19, 2013), after a meeting of a broad representatives of the forces and personalities of civil democracy, and includes a list of the coalition of civil democratic election (232), a number of parties and movements, secular, liberal and leftist, most notably the Iraqi Communist Party, also includes a number of figures Independent academic and prominent media personalities.

    It is said that the number of candidates of the Civic Democratic Alliance list of 250 candidates spread over 14 provinces, including the capital, Baghdad.

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    56861 Allawi: I do not mind opening up to Iran on condition of

    Allawi: I do not mind opening up to Iran on condition of non-interference in Iraqi affairs

    Mon Apr 21 2014 21:21 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad

    The head of the National Coalition, Iyad Allawi, on Monday, he does not mind opening up to Iran on condition of non-interference in Iraqi affairs, while expressed his rejection of "quotas" in the formation of the next government.

    Allawi said in an interview with "Sky News Arabia" vassal "Alsumaria News", that "I do not mind opening up to Iran on condition of non-interference in Iraqi affairs."

    Allawi and the new emphasis on "non-renewal of the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a third term," adding that "the Iraqi public opinion rejects the renewal of the owners."

    He stressed the former prime minister to reject what he called "quotas" in the formation of the next Iraqi government.

    And the head of a coalition known as the National Iyad Allawi continued his criticism of Iran, while constantly accuses her of meddling in the Iraqi issue, and that it "refused to becoming prime minister."

    The parliamentary election is the biggest event in Iraq, they determine the cluster, which nominates the prime minister and take over the top positions in the state, is scheduled to take place on April 30, 2014, and subsequently began political movements active in several directions to form alliances in order to contest the election.

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    56868 Currency Auctions

    Currency Auctions

    Announcement No. (2658)

    The latest daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the 22-4-2014 results were as follows:

    Details Notes
    Number of banks 14
    Auction price selling dinar / US$ 1166
    Auction price buying dinar / US$ -----
    Amount sold at auction price (US$) 188,759,000
    Amount purchased at Auction price (US$) -----
    Total offers for buying (US$) 188,759,000
    Total offers for selling (US$) -----

    Exchange rates ( 1.218 Market rate ) * Constant and unchanged since April 3, 2014 *

    http://www.cbi.iq/index.php?pid=CurrencyAuctions and http://www.cbi.iq/documents/CBI_FORE...E_AUCTIONS.pdf
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    56871 Othman: It is difficult to hold free and fair elections under the current circu

    Othman: It is difficult to hold free and fair elections under the current circumstances

    22/04/2014 09:00:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, of the coalition of Kurdish blocs, Mahmoud Othman confirmed the difficulty of holding free , transparent and fair elections under the current circumstances in the country.

    Othman said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA/ : "There are no requirements and conditions for holding free and fair elections , in the absence of equal opportunities among the political blocs ," pointing out that " there are major reasons support not to hold these elections in a transparent and fair , including the deteriorating of the security situation in Baghdad and most of the provinces of the country , and not carried out the census, and the failure to approve the law of parties and organizations , and there are problems in the electronic card , which the government and the IHEC insist to adopt it in the elections. "

    He added: "There is a serious deterioration in security file in Baghdad, Anbar , Mosul, Diyala and Salahuddin , therefore it is not easy for the citizens to go to the polls to participate freely , in order to be free and fair elections ."

    He pointed out that "the political party that control power and money control most of the election results, regardless of what others say in this direction."

    Othman predicted that the elections will be held on schedule , but he added : "The change in political work and in some political players is not guaranteed ."


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    56872 Damalochi: The National Coalition would withdraw from the entire

    Damalochi: The National Coalition would withdraw from the entire political process if Maliki won a third term

    22/04/2014 10:44:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The spokeswoman of the Watania (National Coalition), Maysoon al-Damalochi confirmed that "if the current Prime, Minister Nuri al-Maliki won a third term, the National Coalition would withdraw entirely from the political process ."

    Damalochi said in an interview with the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / its details will be published tomorrow, " al-Maliki will not be the head for the next government , because he will not get the full support in this election , as happened in the previous two terms ."

    With regard to the postponement of the elections , she confirmed that " in terms of legal and constitutional matters, the elections does not postpone, only by a majority of the members of the House of Representatives ."

    On the delay in approving the federal budget , she said: "The federal budget for 2014 has a deficit of / 50 / billion dollars."

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    56874 MP rules out approving the budget in the coming days

    MP rules out approving the budget in the coming days

    22/04/2014 09:46:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The member of the Economic Commission, an MP of state of law, Salman al-Moussawi ruled out approving the budget in the coming days, describing it / impossible /.

    Moussawi said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The approval of the federal budget law needs / 30-45 / days to complete the amendments and notes as well as the approval of the executive branch on it, thus the remaining days are not enough for approving it , saying , that the House will continue working until the end of parliamentary election and then to approve the budget for 2014 . "

    He added , "The bylaws of the House of Representatives states not to end the Legislative term for the Council , until passing the budget."

    The parliament formed several committees to resolve the differences on the budget between the center and the region , most recently the Quartet , headed by First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Qusay al-Suhail


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