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    " The Dinar Daily ", Monday, 23 June 2014

    It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + FIFTY - FOUR ( 54 ) or " E - M DAY + 54 "

    *** WE ARE APPROACHING TWO MONTHS. The previous parliamentary elections which were held on 7 March 2010 and the time to form that government took more than eight months or until 17 November 2010. ***


    "..... despite the superiority of Maliki’s electoral coalition, the competing Shiite forces, the Kurds and the Sunnis, are together able to form a comfortable majority to prevent Maliki from remaining in office. "...................... Maliki likely fears that if he rushes to do business with parties outside the Shiite alliance, his Shiite rivals would do the same and that they may have a better chance to win over the Kurdish and Sunni forces, because there is a general consensus among them to not keep Maliki in power.

    At the same time, the rest of the Shiite groups fear that this consensus is not solid enough to withstand discussing the details, and that going alone to the Kurdish and Sunni forces may put them in a weak bargaining position and make them appear responsible for breaking Shiite unity.

    An important factor here are the choices that the Sunni and Kurdish forces will make. If the Sunnis and Kurds rush to form ethnic and sectarian alliances, then the Shiite alliance may do the same.

    Some are proposing scenarios such as replacing Maliki with another figure from the State of Law Coalition as a compromise to ensure the continuation of the Shiite alliance. Yet, such a solution may come at a later stage, after the favored options by most parties have been exhausted. **** Semi-final agreement to take over the US-Iranian Chalabi as prime minister

    BAGHDAD - ((eighth day))

    A source from within the National Alliance that there is agreement on the Iranian-American semi-final to take on Chalabi's prime minister.

    The source said in a statement to the Agency ((eighth day)) that there is an agreement semi-final between the U.S. and Iran to take on Ahmed Chalabi as prime minister for the next government as a compromise candidate.

    The source added that the two parties Chalabi met with Democratic and Republican Americans and they expressed their support for Chalabi to take over as prime minister.


    What is certain now is that a harsh negotiating season will begin as the conflict moves from its electoral aspect into the closed negotiating rooms and deals among the elite. - - from al Monitor

    Generally, all are " waiting for the National Alliance to name its candidate, formally , to start negotiate with him. "


    Sunday, June 15th, 2014 20:58

    Legal: forming the next government will not take more than two months

    BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News / .. saw legal analyst, on Sunday that once the Federal Court approval on the results of the parliamentary elections will form the next government, expected to be formed within two months.

    He said legal analyst Tariq Harb said in an interview with / Baghdadi News /, that "the formation of the next government will not take more than two months," adding, that "everyone is awaiting the approval of the Federal Court on the results of the elections, which will be announced during the next two days." He added, "The first session of the House of Representatives will be the end of June or the first of next July," noting, that it is "as soon as the issuance of a presidential decree on the Vice President of the Republic calls its new deputies to hold a meeting in the House of Representatives." He continued, the war that "the real political movement will begin after the swearing in of constitutional Algesh first to the House of Representatives," adding, "The election of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Republic in the second session of the House of Representatives."

    He noted, that "the person's choice of prime minister will be the largest parliamentary bloc in the number of seats in the House of Representatives, which will select the president."

    He explained, legal analyst said that "as soon as the formation of the Council of Ministers and presented to the House of Representatives to give him confidence're not finished forming all sections of the government," and he predicted that "the current circumstances faced by the government is not Kalzerov they were in the parliamentary elections of 2010."

    The previous parliamentary elections which were held on 7 / March 2010 to form her government took more than eight months until 17 / November 2010.

    The Iraqi Supreme Court Certifies the 30 April General Election Result

    Posted by Reidar Visser on Monday, 16 June 2014 19:54

    It’s official: The provisional result of Iraq’s 30 April general election, published last month, has been certified by the federal supreme court.

    In the IHEC statement to this effect, there is a caveat. 4 seat winners have not been approved, and won’t be approved until they have been cleared of charges relating to serious crime cases against them. Pending settlement of the court cases, their membership in parliament will remain pending, and no replacement deputies will be appointed. Whereas this may sound somewhat messy, it is actually what happened also in 2010, when 2 seat winners were provisionally excluded. Back then, it took longer for parliament to reconvene than for the judicial authorities to settle one of the cases (and one candidate was voluntarily substituted by another candidate from his bloc), so no procedural problems emerged.

    With the general political climate in Iraq approaching boiling point, questions will inevitably pertain to the political affiliations of those 4 that were excluded. 3 of them come from a single list, the Sunni, pro-Nujayfi list that ran in Diyala province: Salim al-Jibburi, Raad al-Dahlaki and Umar al-Humayri. They have all been in various forms of conflict with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and Jibburi (once an Iraqi Islamic Party member who cooperated with the first Maliki government) and Humayri (ex governor of Diyala ousted by Maliki allies) most bitterly so.

    Still, before running to conclusions about another politicized court decision in Iraq, consider the fourth excluded candidate: Abbas Jabir al-Khuzaie, a seat winner in Qadisiyya province for Maliki’s own State of Law list. Khuzaie is a local politician from the Qadisiyya council who was once with the secular Iraqiyya before defecting to State of Law in 2011. He was then with the Independents bloc of Hussein al-Shahristani and may still be a member of that bloc subunit. Still, despite ongoing internal rivalry in State of Law, it seems unlikely that Maliki would fabricate an exclusion from his own rank in a situation where the loyalty of every new single Iraqi deputy is meticulously being monitored in the contest to form the biggest parliament bloc and supply the next premier candidate.

    [SIZE=3]The certification of the election result opens the door for government formation: [/SIZE]The Iraqi president (or his acting deputy) must issue a call for the Iraqi parliament to convene within 15 days, i.e. at the end of June. Theoretically, parliament will then elect its speaker, and, within a month, a new president who will then charge the candidate of the largest bloc in parliament to form a government.

    For Iraqi politicians, despite the current crisis, the parliamentary government formation process is likely to remain the main political track going forward. It is a problem, therefore, that much US rhetoric on conditions for aid to the Iraqi government seem focused on ideas about some sort of national reconciliation initiative that would precede the delivery of further assistance. It is very hard to see how that would fit in with the Iraqi government formation logic. Whereas there has been much talk among Americans about imposing conditionality on future military assistance in Iraq, US rhetoric has been disconcertingly void of specific proposals for measures that would satisfy them. On the other hand, there is no lack of American suggestions for favourite cabinet line-ups that could be imposed, possibly even with Iranian support. Some of this thinking seems to belong to the era of the CPA in 2003–04, rather than in today’s situation.

    Meanwhile, ISIS continues its savagery, the Kurds consolidate their quasi-independence, and Maliki for once actually has an excuse for drumming up state-of-emergency rhetoric.



    Maliki's coalition and the Kurdistan does not expect the formation of a new government soon, and the latter rejects the "National Salvation"

    Tue Jun 17 2014 23:19 | (Voice of Iraq)

    ong-Presse / Baghdad

    Ruled out a coalition of state law and the Kurdistan Alliance, on Tuesday, to be able to political blocs to agree on forming a new government through the constitutional deadline to hold the first session of the elected parliament, while attributed first to preoccupation with the crisis of the current security, announced the second "non-support" for the government of "national salvation ".

    Maliki's coalition: the security crisis will delay the formation of new government

    And saw a coalition of state law, which is headed by Nuri al-Maliki, that the political blocs "will not agree" on the formation of the new government through constitutional deadline to hold the first session of the elected parliament to concern the current security crisis.

    He ruled out an alliance member, Mohammed Chihod, in an interview to the (long-Presse), that "you can political blocs agree to form a new government within a period of 15 days set for the holding of the first session of parliament-elect," attributing it to "busy all the security file and fighter Daash especially after Fatwa religious authority Ulkipaúa jihad. "

    He predicted Chihod, that "witnessing the next phase address people and national working for the interest of Iraq," pointing out that "the president of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki, had announced before the crisis, the current security, collecting 175 votes to form a new government, and that the dialogues were in full swing to discuss the matter, but now that things have changed because of the complexity of the security landscape. "

    The Constitution requires the President to invite new parliament to convene within 15 days of the ratification of the election results, with the possibility to extend this invitation for once.

    [*** Article 54: The President of the Republic shall call upon the Council of Representatives to convene by a presidential decree within fifteen days from the date of the ratification of the general election results. Its eldest member shall chair the first session to elect the speaker of the Council and his two deputies. This period may not be extended by more than the aforementioned period. ***] http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/text.jsp?file_id=230001

    QUERY : Can the time for the seating of the next Parliament be extended ?

    *** Reidar Visser said on Sunday, 22 June 2014 11:10 at 11:10 as follows : Yes, there could be another 15 days. ***

    Article 55 of the Iraqi Constitution, that "the House of Representatives shall be elected at the first session its president, then a first deputy and second deputy, by an absolute majority of the Council members by direct secret ballot."

    In addition, Article (70 / I) of the Constitution, that "elected by the House of Representatives from among the candidates President of the Republic, by a majority of two-thirds of its members, and if none of the candidates received the required majority, the rivalry between the two candidates who obtained the highest number of votes, and declared president of the gets a majority of votes in the second ballot. "

    Kurdistan Alliance: do not support the government of national salvation

    In turn, the Kurdistan Alliance, "did not support" calls on the formation of a government of national salvation, preferring to be done according to the Constitution.

    The MP said the pro-Tayeb said in an interview to the (long-Presse), "The formation of the new government will have to wait for more than 15 months ( sic ? days ) ," noting that there are "several opinions on the form the next government, and whether to save the national or under the Constitution."

    The good, that "Iraq is a democratic country has a constitution that explains the mechanism of forming the government, during a meeting of Parliament within a period of 15 days from the approval of the results of the elections to elect a president and two vice presidents as well as the President of the Republic by the political blocs."

    The MP from the Kurdistan Alliance, that "the Coalition supports the formation of a government under the Constitution and not a government of national salvation, of the difficulty of forming the last, and the lack of a mechanism thereon or handled," stressing the need to "accelerate the negotiations to form a government."

    The parties to many political consistently during the last term, to call for the formation of a government "of national salvation", or "national consensus" to pull the country out of crisis (political and security) present, in the belief that the head of the government expired, Nuri al-Maliki, "no longer fit" to continue in his duties and take over a third time, and the most prominent of those parties, leader of the National Coalition, Iyad Allawi.

    The Federal Supreme Court, ratified, on Monday, (the 16th of June 2014 the current) on the results of the parliamentary elections that took place in (the thirtieth of April 2014).

    The representative of the religious authority in Karbala, Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai, called last Friday (13 June Current), who are able to take up arms to volunteer in the war against terrorism, returned it as "holy war", and confirmed that it is to be killed in this war is a "martyr , "and called on the armed forces to the courage and tenacity, and demanded political leaders to leave their differences and unify their position to assign the armed forces.

    The organization Daash may impose its control over the northern city of Mosul, the center of the province of Nineveh, (405 km north of Baghdad), Tuesday (tenth of June 2014), and seized the security headquarters where the airport, and released hundreds of detainees, which led to he married hundreds thousands of families to the city and neighboring areas of the Kurdistan region, also extended Activity Daash, today, to the provinces of Salahuddin, Kirkuk and Diyala.



    Citizen commends the Federal Court for the ratification of the names of the new deputies and expects to hold a hearing early next month

    Tue Jun 17 2014 23:08 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Read more: http://translate.googleusercontent.c...#ixzz34xkN7GaZ


    MP Hassan calls not to hold the first session of parliament without the presence of all the House of Representatives

    Thu Jun 19 2014 16:19 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Sumerian News / Baghdad

    He called for a coalition of state law, Mahmoud Hassan, on Thursday, the presidency not to call parliament to hold first session without the presence of all deputies.

    Hassan said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "The meeting of the Council of Representatives in the presence of 324 members, and the expense of a quorum on the basis of this number, contrary to article 11 of the electoral law that made ​​the House of Representatives consists of 328 members, which can not be with him any decision."

    Hassan called the presidency "not to call a session until the count is completed." *

    The parliamentary legal committee emphasized, in (18 May 2014), that the age of the current parliament ends on June 14, 2014, and can not extend the session for "one minute", as pointed out the possibility of extending the current session for the purpose of "budget approval" only.


    and / but

    Legal Expert: Parliament session can be held without attendance of all MPs

    Saturday, 21 June 2014 19:21

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Legal Expert, Tariq Harb, stated that the parliament session can be held without the attendance of all the MPs. He stated in a press statement received by AIN "Some sides stated that the parliament session cannot be held due to not approving four MPs by the Federal Court and I assured that Article 23 of the interior system of the parliament [ ????????? ] states that more than half of the MPs which is 165 MPs can achieve the quorum to hold the session."

    Article 59:

    First: The Council of Representatives quorum shall be achieved by an absolute majority of its members.

    Second: Decisions in the sessions of the Council of Representatives shall be made by a simple majority after quorum is achieved, unless otherwise stipulated. http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/text.jsp?file_id=230001



    [W]e are not informed yet about the first session , waiting for the call of the president.

    22/06/2014 12:04:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of / Diyala our identity bloc /, Nahida al-Daini said that "We were not informed until now the date of the first parliamentary session of the new Council and we are waiting for the President of the Republic to call for the meeting."

    She told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / today "in case we passed the constitutionally period without meeting that will be violation to the constitution," indicating that "the Council was unable to hold its meeting without a call from the President of the Republic."

    Daini added, " There are political blocs demand to postpone the first parliamentary session and this is dangerous in light of what the country is passing of crises and challenges that require the leaders of the political blocs to speed access to the national consensus and work to resolve this crisis."

    The Federal Court announced the ratification of the results of the parliamentary elections that took place on the thirtieth of April.




    22-06-2014 03:05 AM

    Vice President Khodair al calls for the convening of the new parliament in the 30th of the current month

    Fallujah News / Baghdad ... decided to call the presidency of the new parliament to hold its meetings on the thirtieth of this month.
    A source from the Office of the Vice President of the Republic, that 'Vice President Khodair al decided to invite members of parliament to hold a session of parliament in 30 of the current month of June'.



    Allawi calls for the postponement of the first session of the House of Representatives to the absence of political consensus

    Dated: June 22, 2014

    Baghdad / Iraq News Network - demanded a coalition of national, led by Iyad Allawi to postpone the convening of the first session of the House of Representatives.

    According to a statement of the coalition, said he: "Because of the exceptional circumstances which pass on the country and its people and the absence of political consensus and not to the Federal Court approval of all members of the new deputies, as well as to the militarization clear to the community and the enticements of political sectarianism, heading a coalition of national to the Federal Court to postpone the meeting of the Council of Representatives first until the ratification of the full names of before, and to provide an opportunity for a political deal to save the country from disintegration. added, and other than this, and the absence of political agreement, the expeditious, would abstain in the coalition, the National to attend the first meeting and participate in the process ends with uncalculated consequences. The Federal Court has ratified last week on the House of Representatives election in 2014.

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    Nujaifi discusses with an American official security and political situation in Iraq

    Nujaifi discusses with an American official security and political situation in Iraq

    23/06/2014 10:00:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The Head of Muttahidoon coalition, Osama al-Nujaifi discussed with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, Brett Makourk with the presence of U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Robert Beecroft, a number of important things that belong to the Iraqi issue.

    A statement for the coalition said that "the meeting dealt with the first meeting of the Council of Representatives, and it was emphasized on the need to hold it by the Constitutional timings, has also been dealt with security and political situation, especially after the fall of a number of districts in the western region of Iraq."

    Nujaifi confirmed his condemnation to terrorism represented by al-Qaeda and ISIS, and he also explained the reasons that led to such disastrous results, including the marginalization, exclusion and neglect of the legitimate demands of the demonstrators and protesters and deal with them as they are outlaws." noting that "depending on the military solution and overcome the political solutions and initiatives offered, led the terrorists to exploit resentment felt by citizens towards the government. "

    He stressed that "the situation requires political solutions, the most important is to form a new government headed by a new presidency, and start urgent reforms, and procedures on the ground that make citizens feel safe and express their needs, and send messages to reassure Sunni component, which suffers from marginalization, and to stop false accusations linking this component with terrorism. "

    The statement said the meeting focused, "the humanitarian situation suffered by the displaced people and the need to provide necessary support to overcome the crisis, it was also discussed details of the U.S. Secretary of State's visit to Baghdad and the agenda of the meeting between him and Nujaifi."


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    A political source: U.S puts pressure on the political blocs to accept Allawi as a ca

    A political source: U.S puts pressure on the political blocs to accept Allawi as a candidate for the next government

    23/06/2014 09:13:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / An Iraqi political source revealed that the U.S. administration would like that Ayad Allawi takes over as prime minister for the next government and put pressure on the political blocs to accept him as an acceptable candidate to the majority of the parties as U.S. administration thinks.

    The source told the Iraqi National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "some political blocs submitted, secretly, the names of their candidates for the next government to the heads of the blocs for the purpose of negotiation and accept one of them." pointing out that "the candidates are Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Ahmed Chalabi, of the citizen bloc, Nuri al-Maliki, Faleh al-Fayad and Tariq Najim, from the State of Law coalition."He explained, "if the political blocs disagreed on renewal mandate to the current prime minister, who is rejected by most of the political blocs, al-Maliki will submit Tariq Najim for the post of prime minister, as the post of prime minister for the biggest bloc in the National Alliance, which is the State of Law Coalition."

    He added that "Americans are conducting intensive contacts with the leaders of political blocs and pushing them and with a number of regional countries, except Iran and some of its allies from the Europeans, in attempt to form a partnership government in Iraq, headed by Iyad Allawi, who is accepted by Arab, American and European."


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    Re: A political source: U.S puts pressure on the political blocs to accept Allawi as

    The leaders of the Iraqi National Alliance discuss overall political situation in Iraq

    23/06/2014 08:59:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / leaders of the Iraqi National Alliance discussed, in its regular meeting, the overall political and security situation in Iraq.
    A statement by the Office of the President of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that "the conferees agreed to support the tactical and social activities, taking place in the Iraqi provinces, which aim to support armed forces, and combat terrorist groups, and focus on the inflamed areas, and the need to develop mechanisms, and operational plans to cleared them from terrorists of ISIS."

    They agreed to avoid sectarian, focus on national unity, adhere to the religious authority, and to cooperate with all Iraqi national symbols based on national participants, and to preserve the unity of Iraq. "

    They also agreed on the " preparation to create a positive atmosphere to hold the first meeting of the House of Representatives, and draw a map to choose the presidencies and to emphasize the continuation of the Iraqi National Alliance to take its role and responsibilities in this sensitive conditions; as it the largest bloc in the House of Representatives, and the need to build bridges to other alliances and overcome security and political obstacles."

    They stressed the importance of identifying the mechanism responsible for the follow-up points that have been agreed upon to accelerate its implementation. "


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    US to help Iraqis in confronting terrorists of ISIL, says Kerry

    US to help Iraqis in confronting terrorists of ISIL, says Kerry

    Monday, 23 June 2014 11:14

    Baghdad (AIN) –The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, assured the commitment of both people and government of USA in supporting Iraq in the war against what is so called the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

    Kerry mentioned in a press conference held in Cairo attended by All Iraq News Agency Reporter ''The gangs of ISIL are attacking Iraq and USA so the USA is committed to support Iraq and urge to form the new government as soon as possible.''

    ''There are many US solders killed in Iraq, therefore we will not send any more troops there, though we will help the Iraqi people to eliminate terrorism,'' he added.

    ''The US President, Barak Obama, blamed the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, for not keeping the US troops in Iraq since the Iraqi government refused to keep any US troops in Iraq,'' he concluded.


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    Breaking News…Maliki meets with Kerry, discusses with him security and political deve

    Breaking News…Maliki meets with Kerry, discusses with him security and political developments in Iraq

    23/06/2014 11:33:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki met with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, who arrived in Baghdad on Monday 23, June.

    An informed source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "Maliki discussed with Kerry security and political developments in Iraq."

    The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived in Baghdad from Amman in a part of a tour in the region, including Egypt and Jordan.


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    As Iraq Teeters, International Report Ranks Life in Kurdistan Region

    As Iraq Teeters, International Report Ranks Life in Kurdistan Region
    By Alexander Whitcomb

    The region’s business-friendly Investment Law has drawn in many foreign firms. It is easy to start a business, and low corporate taxes, income taxes, exceptions and other incentives make it a good place to run one.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – As Iraq’s autonomous Kurds speak more openly about independence following an Islamist insurgency that threatens to splinter the country, the London-based and highly-respected Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released a report comparing the northern Kurdistan Region to full-fledged countries around the world.

    The region ranks higher than its parent country, Iraq, in all six categories analyzed in the report, with the largest gaps between the two in “quality of life” and “political stability and security.” The narrowest difference is in “human development.”

    The Global Peace Index, which ranks countries and regions in terms of their peacefulness, places the Kurdistan Region higher than Turkey or Iran, while Iraq finds itself at the bottom of the list, ahead only of South Sudan, Syria, and Afghanistan.

    Since the report was conducted before the present turmoil, with Sunni insurgents in control of several cities and vowing to march on Baghdad, Iraq may rank even lower now.

    In terms of political stability and security the Kurdistan Region, a three-province enclave of some five million people in northern Iraq, is closest to China and Brazil. Iraq is closest to Nigeria and Syria, where a civil war has been raging for more than three years.

    The report found that crime rates in Kurdistan are incredibly low. Theft is a bigger problem in Singapore than in Kurdistan. Homicides are rare; Iraq has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

    On average, Kurdistan has only half as many prisoners as the rest of the world, and organized crime is not a major issue. Social unrest is significantly lower than the rest of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, even considering the 2011 protests in Sulaimani and elsewhere.

    The report does list a few criticisms regarding security.

    Attacks by the jihadi Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the disputed territories surrounding the Kurdistan Region, and against the Ministry of Interior last September, keep the enclave near the middle of global rankings. High gun ownership rates and violence against women are also factors.

    The EIU report states that the size of Kurdistan’s military, relative to population, is a cause for concern. But recent events, that include Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting ISIS militants in areas deserted by the Iraqi Army, illustrate why so many Peshmerga are a necessity in Kurdistan’s volatile neighborhood.

    In terms of the political environment, Kurdistan is ranked most akin to Thailand or Tunisia. Iraq is dead last, even behind failed states like Libya.

    Pro-business policies and a steady diversification of political parties are positive developments in the Kurdistan Region, but considerable challenges remain. Tensions with the federal government over disputed territories, oil, and security forces are a drag on the region.

    Corruption is not quite as rampant as in the rest of Iraq, but extremely high nonetheless. According to the report, international companies complain that competitors pay bribes to secure contracts. The legal system is still underdeveloped, and the report urges the KRG, and Iraq as a whole, to sign international arbitration conventions to protect overseas businesses. Excessive red tape, an oversupply of public sector bureaucrats and a lack of coordination between ministries are other complaints.

    Some of these factors keep business environment rankings closer to Iraq, placing Kurdistan just ahead of Indonesia and Jordan, but behind China. The region’s business-friendly Investment Law has drawn in many foreign firms. It is easy to start a business, and low corporate taxes, income taxes, exceptions and other incentives make it a good place to run one. Other conditions block investment.

    Border crossings with Turkey are overcrowded. Local financing is hard to come by, making things tough for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Real estate and rents are too high, and building quality is low on average. Firms struggle to find workers with strong English and information technology skills, some of the most important assets needed to compete in a globalized world.

    In terms of human development, Kurdistan is ahead of Turkey, Brazil, and Iran, but below Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This is largely due to the relatively low education levels amongst adults, something which the report acknowledges will change as expectations are high for Kurdish children, and the educational system is undergoing reform.

    In the most subjective category, quality of life, the Kurdistan Region scores 55th, putting it not far behind Argentina and ahead of Turkey and Thailand. According to the study, Norway is the best place to live and Chad the worst. Iraq is closest to Yemen, below Iran and Syria.

    Several factors contribute to this relatively high score in quality of life, an impressive achievement for such a young government in a tough neighborhood. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) gained official recognition only in 2005.

    Income levels in Kurdistan are rising quickly. Divorce rates are low (but rising), which the EIU considers an indication of a happy family life. High participation in events and organizations signal strong bonds within Kurdish communities. The EIU believes that a parliamentary quota mandating 30 percent of seats for women is a sign of rising gender equality.

    So what fault did the report find with life in Kurdistan? Life expectancy is still lower than the MENA average, at 70.6 years on average. Climate was also an issue. “The climate is still relatively harsh by global standards,” the report said.


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    Trade Karbala involved with an Iraqi delegation to visit Belarus: we talked about the

    Monday June 23, 2014 - 12:22Trade Karbala involved with an Iraqi delegation to visit Belarus: we talked about the possibility of supplying the province of Karbala system cameras to protect

    The head of the Chamber of Commerce of Karbala Nabil Anbari that a trade delegation locally visited Belarus within a commercial delegation of Heads of Chambers of Commerce and a group of merchants and Iraqi companies to discuss and study the establishment of the Council of businessmen Iraqi Belarusian develop trade relations and work together to identify investment opportunities and possible areas of cooperation between the business sectors of both sides .
    The Nabil Anbari told Nun news reporting it out of the keenness of the Chambers of Commerce to take care of the interests of the private sector and the promotion of their work and their activities and provide all the facilities and capabilities to drive their performance two sides agreed to hold working meetings future by inviting rooms Belarusian to visit Iraq to identify investment opportunities in the country and access to as well as to participate in economic activities that regulate whether in Iraq or Belarus, and pointed out that the four-day visit resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding included many of the points that will create opportunities for investment cooperation between the two sides. "
    He added that the Minister of Economy of Belarus expressed his country's desire to develop economic cooperation with Iraq and gave the definition of economic sectors multiple characterized by Belarus, especially in the field of Alskjorta were talking about the possibility of supplying the province of Karbala system cameras to protect this and organized the Chamber of Commerce of Belarus in the final day of the visit tour Induction of the delegation in the permanent exhibition of technology and modern techniques has briefed the delegation on the most important technologies for agricultural and animal products. In conclusion, the two sides expressed their hope to develop joint action in the areas of possible cooperation in the coming period.


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    Re: As Iraq Teeters, International Report Ranks Life in Kurdistan Region

    Iraqi insurgents capture fourth town since Friday

    Published June 22, 2014


    June 21, 2014: Volunteers of the newly formed 'Peace Brigades' participate in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Sunni Muslim insurgents in Iraq captured their fourth town in a little more than 24 hours late Saturday, hours before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East to try to shore up Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's faltering government.

    Iraqi officials told the Associated Press that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) captured the town of Rutba in the western province of Anbar, about 90 miles east of Iraq's border with Jordan. However, AP reported that residents were trying to negotiate with the militants to leave due to the presence of an army unit that threatened to begin shelling.


    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    Rutba is the fourth Anbar town to fall to ISIS fighters and allied Sunni militants since Friday, dealing a serious blow to Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government.

    The other three are Qaim, Rawah and Anah, as well as a border crossing with Syria. The towns are the first territory seized in the predominantly Sunni province west of Baghdad since ISIS overran the city of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi earlier this year.

    Sunni militants have carved out a large fiefdom along the Iraqi-Syrian border and have long traveled back and forth with ease, but control over crossings like that one in Qaim allows them to more easily move weapons and heavy equipment to different battlefields. Syrian rebels already have seized the facilities on the Syrian side of the border and several other posts in areas under their control.

    Chief military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi acknowledged Qaim's fall, telling journalists that troops aided by local tribesmen sought to clear the city of "terrorists."

    Sunni militants also captured the Euphrates River town of Rawah, ransacking government offices and forcing local army and police forces to pull out, Mayor Hussein Ali al-Aujail said. The town, which had remained under government control since nearby Fallujah fell, also lies dangerously close to an important dam near the city of Haditha.

    The vast Anbar province stretches from the western edges of Baghdad all the way to Jordan and Syria to the northwest. The fighting in Anbar has greatly disrupted use of the highway linking Baghdad to the Jordanian border, a key artery for goods and passengers.

    Al-Maliki's Shiite-dominated government has struggled to push back against Islamic extremists and allied Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of the country's north since taking control of the second-largest city of Mosul on June 10 as Iraqi government forces melted away.

    The prime minister, who has led the country since 2006 and has not yet secured a third term after recent parliamentary elections, also has increasingly turned to Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Shiite volunteers to bolster his beleaguered security forces.

    Al-Maliki has come under growing pressure to reach out to disaffected Kurds and Sunnis, with many blaming his failure to promote reconciliation led to the country's worst crisis since the U.S. military withdrew its forces nearly three years ago.

    In Baghdad, about 20,000 militiamen loyal to anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, many in military fatigues and even some wearing red berets, white gloves and combat helmets, marched through the sprawling Shiite Sadr City district, which saw some of the worst fighting between Shiite militias and U.S. soldiers before a cease-fire was reached in 2008 that helped stem the sectarian bloodshed that was pushing the country to the brink of civil war.

    Similar parades took place in the southern cities of Amarah and Basra, both strongholds of al-Sadr supporters.

    Al-Maliki's State of Law bloc won the most seats in the April vote, but his hopes to retain his job have been thrown into doubt, with rivals challenging him from within the broader Shiite alliance. In order to govern, his bloc, which won 92 seats, must first form a majority coalition in the new 328-seat legislature, which must meet by June 30.

    If al-Maliki were to relinquish his post now, according to the constitution, the president, Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, would assume the job until a new prime minister is elected. But the ailing Talabani has been in Germany for treatment since 2012, so his deputy, Khudeir al-Khuzaie, a Shiite, would step in for him.

    The U.S., meanwhile, has been drawn back into the conflict with so much at stake. Obama announced Thursday he was deploying up to 300 military advisers to help quell the insurgency. They join some 275 troops in and around Iraq to provide security and support for the U.S. Embassy and other American interests.

    Obama has been adamant that U.S. troops would not be returning to combat, but has said he could approve "targeted and precise" strikes requested by Baghdad.

    Manned and unmanned U.S. aircraft are now flying over Iraq 24 hours a day on intelligence missions, U.S. officials say.

    Meanwhile, on Saturday four separate explosions killed 10 people, including two policemen, and wounded 22 in Baghdad, according to police and hospital officials. And in an incident harkening back to the peak days of sectarian killings in 2006 and 2007, two bodies, presumably of Sunnis, were found riddled with bullets in Baghdad's Shiite district of Zafaraniyah, police and morgue officials said.

    All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


  10. #10

    Construction and Housing implement the project of constructing a building of the Chal

    Construction and Housing implement the project of constructing a building of the Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon in Baghdad

    23-06-2014 09:47 AM
    Baghdad (news) .. announced the Public Authority for the building of the Ministry of Construction and Housing, for implementing the project of establishing a building Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldean in Baghdad, which is carried out for the benefit of the Court of Awqaf Christians and other religions, which was designed by the National Center for Engineering Consultancy one of the formations of the ministry.

    The director of the media center of the Ministry of Abdel Wahid Al-Shammari said in a statement received by the Agency (news): The 'project consists of the main building, which represents the seat of the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldean and consists of three parts (A, B, C) The total area of ​​the building, the main about (6400 m 2 ) and three floors contain elevators number two.

    He added that he 'was used material bricks in Cutters interior and exterior of the building main Lama interfaces Stglv stone Alcino and interfaces of the aluminum and glass with composed finishes the interior of the marble for the floors and walls and the use of ceilings secondary Alachristk and Alherp and metal strips, containing the main building on the three large halls first stateroom Official meetings and seminars, and an area of ​​340 m 2.

    He explained: that the 'project consists also of Buildings secondary a building, health workers, a high concrete structure gunman and an area of ​​150 m 2 and contains the building on the water pumps and large water tank to serve the main building and a building electricity and is a traditional building (building bricks) with an area of ​​99 m 2 and three spaces for the (high pressure and transferred and the low pressure) either work finishes Foreign Vtdm packaging and interior stone Asenyo squirt Balsment with Altals dyestuff Concrete floors and plastic glossy and flatness Balsteikr. In addition to building queries and the number of three buildings spread over the three entrances to the project and an area of ​​20 m2 per building '


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