" The Dinar Daily " ........... Thursday, 10 January 2013
Ahrar bloc warns from continuity of current crisis
Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:55 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –Ahrar bloc warned from the continuity of the current political crisis in the country.
The head of the bloc, Bahaa al-Araji, stated to AIN "We are heading towards a critical stage where the wise sides must launch initiatives to settle the problems to preserve the Iraqis' achievements otherwise the country will be lost."
"All sides are responsible for solving the disputes to support the national unity and to ensure the stability of the political democratic process," he concluded.
The Iraqi political scene witnesses escalated crisis among the political blocs over issues related to the partnership and other key issues especially between the Iraqiya Slate and the State of Law Coalition in one hand in addition to the disputes between the Kurdistani Regional Government and Central Government on the other hand.
The crisis led to demonstrations conducted in a number of provinces calling for releasing the women detainees and the prisoners, canceling Justice and Accountability Law as well as Article 4 of Anti-Terrorism Law in addition to ensuring the balance and other demands.
Jawari urges to speed up responding to demonstrators' demands
Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:22 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The member of the Hurra Iraqiya Coalition called the legislative and executive authorities to speed up responding to the demonstrators' legitimate demands and to avoid thinking about using force in dealing with the demonstrations.
She stated in a statement received by AIN "It is among the duties of the two authorities to accomplish these demands according to the constitution without delay."
She ruled out "Intention to use force to eliminate the demonstrations and the sit-ins witnessed in some provinces because the right for demonstrating is granted by the constitution as long as the demonstrators respect the laws."
Report over Russian Armament contract reveals no MP involved in corruption, says Awad
Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:49 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Uday Awad, of Ahrar bloc assured that the final report over the armament contract concluded with Russia revealed that no MP involved in the corruption accompanied this contract.
He stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) "The investigation committee of this contract did not inform us over the evidences related to the results of its report," noting that "The committee distributed only the results of the report among us."
"The file of this contract was referred to the Integrity Commission and the General Attorney," he added.
"MPs investigated by the Committee were merely to listen to their testimony," he concluded.
Ahrar MP: within two days, we will take a position on questioning Prime Minister.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of Ahrar bloc in Parliament, Abdul Amir Kassar declared that "his bloc will meet, during the next two days, to take a stand towards the questioning of the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Parliament."
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "his bloc will consider whether questioning request submitted to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives is valid and legal and according to the correct contexts, or not, stressing the need to view files of the interrogation to the political blocs to study them and take a position on them."
He added "The political situation in the country requires a calm and sit at the table of dialogue and avoid the media and political escalation to reach solutions that satisfies all parties."
He saw that the first reading of the draft law of the mandate of the three presidencies as a victory for the political process, stressing that this project does not target certain figure. "
A member of State of Law coalition, Saad al-Mutalibi confirmed yesterday that "the state of law coalition does not opposed questioning Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in parliament if steps of interrogation are correct, constitutional and legal."
People's Committees: Huge demonstrations tomorrow after Friday's prayer.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The People's Committees in the provinces of Anbar, Salahuddin, Nineveh, Baghdad and Diyala announced massive demonstrations on Friday under the name (Our Iraq is one).
The People's Committees said in a statement today 10, Jan "to emphasize our belief in the unity of Iraq's land and people and to affirm the goals of the people's uprising and through intensive preparations, we begin our mass demonstrations to denounce the policies of the government and to demand the release of detainees and to implement their demands.
The statement noted that "The demonstrations will start after Friday prayers across the country."
Head of Anti-Violence Agency: In Kurdistan Region Laws Protecting Women Have Saved Lives
10/01/2013 04:35:00By SORAN BAHADDIN
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani launching a campaign to combat violence against women, Nov. 2012. Photo: Rudaw.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Laws in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region protecting women from violence and prosecuting perpetrators have saved lives, the head of a state protection agency said, adding that murder cases where victims are women are no longer closed until the killers are caught.
"Previously, some women were killed and listed as missing, and their cases were closed after six months,” said Major Jilamo Abdulkadir, head of the Tracing Violence Against Women at the interior ministry in Erbil.
“Now, cases do not get closed until the murderers are arrested," he told Rudaw, adding that in 80 percent of reported cases the killers are caught after forensic examinations and questioning. He said it was important that the killing of women could not be concealed anymore.
Women in the Kurdistan Region are often victims of domestic violence and so-called “honor killings,” where a relative kills a female family member who is believed to have sullied the family honor, usually through pre-marital relations with a man.
“The laws in the Kurdistan Region have saved many lives. Before, the law encouraged people to commit these murders by giving them an excuse. Murderers bragged about their crimes in public and went free,” Abdulkadir said.
According to data from Abdulkadir’s office, last year in Erbil 116 women sought refuge at women's shelters, 1,213 pressed charges of abuse, 168 reported torture, 22 were murdered and nine committed suicide.
He said that 140 people were arrested on charges of violence against women, 30 received prison sentences of up to 15 years, three got life sentences and another three were given death penalties.
At the agency’s offices, a Rudaw reporter witnessed a family signing a pledge promising not to hurt their daughter, who had taken refuge at a women’s shelter after an affair with a man and death threats from relatives.
Out of 116 women sent to women's shelters in 2012, only 22 still remain there, Abdulkadir said. “Ninety percent of the cases were solved. The women are with their families now and there are no threats against them," he added.
In the first successful effort to lawyers .. 71 Iraqi victims of «Abu Ghraib scandal get $ 5 million in compensation
Author: The future of Iraq
01/10/2013 12:00 am
The future of Iraq / follow-up
Divide $ 5 million on 71 Iraqis were detained in Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and other prisons run by the United States, compensation and approved a U.S. company contracted by the U.S. military to pay in settlement of a lawsuit to issue indictment employees of conspiring in the torture and mistreatment of detainees at the prison in question. According to the Associated Press, "Andjelita Holdings" U.S. paid compensation for 71 people who had been detained in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad and other prisons operated by the United States, on behalf of the 3 services company Telecom. And the 3 services is a U.S. company providing services in the areas of communications, surveillance, organization and leadership, has equipped the U.S. Army translators after the Iraq war. And coupled with the name Abu Ghraib prison pictures leaked in 2004 show the American guards tortured Iraqi prisoners. And those pictures sparked global criticism and anger. It is expected to face another company contracting with U.S. Defense Department similar cases in the courts, a company "CACI" equipped by the U.S. military investigators. The U.S. government has immunity from lawsuits arising from the combat actions of the army in time of war, still the courts can consider whether to independent companies operating in war zones to enjoy the same immunity. These judicial settlement with Andjelita company represents the first successful effort to former Iraqi detainees' lawyers in the cases of torture that they offered against the contractors and the U.S. Department of Defense. Said Baher Azmy, a lawyer some former detainees for "BBC" Every one of the 71 Iraqis will receive a share of the legal settlement compensation for their suffering from the torture and mistreatment of wide and sad. He did not say how to distribute the amount of compensation, stressing that there is an agreement that details of the settlement would remain legal under wraps. Said Azmi, who is also director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, said that, despite the fact that some of the soldiers have been brought before military courts for their role in the abuses that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison but the U.S. military ordered the prosecution did not seek private contractors. Azmi said "judicial attempts to close this gap in accountability and bringing these companies, which incidentally reaped millions and millions of dollars of U.S. government work in Iraq, accounting and return some enormous profits to individuals آذتهم". The company said "Andjelita Holdings" it does not comment on legal issues. The issue erupted Abu Ghraib prison in front of the eyes of world public opinion in 2004 after the leak of photographs showing abuse physical and psychological treatment and nationality of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. guards at the prison. The pictures showed Iraqi detainees naked in front of guard dogs or wires linked with their bodies as if they were subjected to electric shocks. 11 soldiers were convicted on charges of violating military laws, but many of them received prison terms for a few years. Was released last soldier was convicted in this case from prison in August 2011. The U.S. military spokeswoman Rebecca Steed then it was the release of U.S. troops from a military prison convicted of abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Baghdad after spending six and a half years of his sentence of up to ten years. This soldier, who was released is Charles Garner, is the leader of the group in that case. The last soldier was involved in the case, was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. The Times newspaper said British "Santos Cardona," aged 34 years, is best known for are the soldier who was holding the bond dog who was barking at a naked Iraqi prisoner terrified. She added that Cardona was killed with his dog, who was with him in the picture in an explosion that targeted his car in Afghanistan. Where he after his conviction and his release from military service, work contractor with the U.S. government in Afghanistan on a mission targeting Find mines and weapons but was killed in the bombing is his dog "Zomi" who was with him in the picture when his car collided military bomb planted on the side of the road.
Special meeting .. Better session than never
The future of Iraq
01/10/2013 12:00 am
Adel Abdul Mahdi
Article 28 of the Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives "of the Presidential Council or the Prime Minister or the President of the House of Representatives or fifty members of its members to reconvene in an extraordinary session to be restricted meeting to consider the topics specified in the call" .. The correct call, both with exceptional circumstance to be discussed, or with assets and parliamentary rules of procedure of the Council.
A promise to block "Liberal" and some independent MPs, absent the majority of the "National Alliance", did not get a quorum, and held a consultative meeting. This disruption to the work of pivotal institution of the political system, which is cultivated distrust and build bridges of trust that will allow to provide the appropriate atmosphere to resolve the complexities and problems .. If the largest parliamentary bloc is not conducive to democratic traditions and discuss sensitive issues in the Parliament, which is the foundation institution concerned so, how would make the democratic experiment in the country .. Wayne would solve the problems, and pose solutions?
Some of the excuses given for the boycott is that the others did not attend the call of the President of the "coalition" the previous Friday .. And that there is no need for the special session, especially unusual and there is a hearing two days later (Tuesday). By the same logic to say, he was on everyone attending the meeting called by the President of the "National Alliance", which will help to provide a better atmosphere for the special session .. Vallqaouat and meetings in such circumstances favorable and desirable.
This atmosphere put between two political forces and reveal facts .. Reveals:
1 - A lot of parties, "National Alliance" exercise their right but it may be abused to use .. Whatever the plaintiffs and arguments, but the price should not be disabled procedural placed precisely to counter such exceptional circumstances. As the other blocks behave sometimes nervously confuse and scatter their positions instead of organized .. Institutions and systems do not operate impressions and moods, but working procedures and rules ..
2 - that the decisions of the blocks and patterns are much less driven to meet the requirements of stage and overcome the difficulties experienced by the country, and lead us into a new phase, its rules and Malatha. The options As for 1 - to decide that we are working according to the logic that the other co-conspirator and discount - necessarily - but time has not ripened to hold him accountable or Tsagath, or 2 - that the other partner may vary with him, but a partner can not contain crises and run the country without its partnership real.
By : Omar al-Shaher for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse. posted on Ocak 7.
Despite the attention given by Iraqi media to the increase of gold reserves, locals are still oblivious to the repercussions of such an act on their daily affairs.
The Iraqi Central Bank has adopted a policy of buying gold for its central reserve at a time when gold prices are at an all-time high, writes Omar al-Shaher.
The monthly statistical report of the International Monetary Fund stated that over the three months between August and October of last year, Iraq’s gold holdings quadrupled to 31 tons, the first time something like this has happened in years. The value of gold as a strategic reserve has grown over the past few years due to the continued instability of the U.S. dollar exchange rate.
International banks perceive gold as having long-lasting value that is not affected by rapid economic development. Gold can be used to compensate for insufficient cash reserves in the wake of political or economic crisis. In that context, Iraq is probably the country that is most in need of a great deal of gold reserves given its succession of political and economic crises.
“Gold is the first shelter for countries in times of crisis,” said the Iraqi economic analyst Majid al-Suwari.
According to Parliamentary Economic and Investment Committee member Abdul Abass Shiyah, “it is normal for the public not to read between the lines of sharp increases in gold reserves.”
“The Iraqi dinar exchange rate is based on the amount of cash reserves, which include not only money but gold as well,” said Shiyah, a member of the Dawlat al-Kanoun parliamentary bloc led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Gold is the most stable component of official reserves. It will result "in the stability and possibly the improvement of dinar exchange rates," he added.
Shiyah reiterated that the public will sense indirectly the impact of the increase in gold reserves.
“When the value of imported goods decreases following the increase in the value of the dinar, which directly correlates to the increase of cash reserves, the public will remember the steps the state took to boost gold reserves,” Shiyah added.
The Central Bank of Iraq announced in August of last year that cash reserves had reached $67 billion, which is a first in the country that relies entirely on oil exports to finance its budget.
“The Iraqi reserve is figuratively described as ‘cash,’ but in fact it has multiple components. Iraq owns U.S. dollars, euros, pounds, gold and different types of securities,” said Shiyah.
He added, "The central bank uses a part of its huge reserve to fund major governmental projects. Even though a part of this reserve is disseminated between international banks and benefits Iraq financially, the central bank ought to fund some weighty governmental activities.”
Since 2003, Iraq has had an insignificant cash reserve. Some sources state that those who were in charge of the Iraqi economy during the first months following Saddam Hussein's toppling converted a ton of gold, which was the only reserve held by the central bank, into cash.
Economic Analyst Majid Suwari said that Iraq's reserves amounted to $39 billion in 1979; however, Saddam’s policies squandered that fortune. In 2003, Iraq's debts reached $125 billion.
“The central bank policy is currently based on the diversification of reserves. However, if the policy of purchasing gold had been adopted two years ago when the value of one ounce was about $500 to $600, Iraq would have quadrupled its investment gains,” he added.
He concluded that “this initiative started late, but not too late.” Suwari expects the central bank to pursue the policy of increasing gold reserves amid the government's spending tendencies.
He clarified that the Iraqi government needs the dinar to cover its huge expenses. The central bank provides it with the necessary Iraqi dinars in exchange for U.S. dollars obtained through the oil trade. Afterwards, the central bank converts dollars to gold.
Omar al-Shaher is a contributor to Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications including France’s Le Monde, the Iraqi Alesbuyia magazine, Egypt’s Al-Ahaly and the Elaph website. He previously worked for Al-Mada covering political and security affairs and as a correspondent for the Kuwaiti Awan newspaper in Baghdad from 2008-2010.