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da58 says():Director of Sadr's office: Friday demonstrations will be set up in places of prayer and the millions at the parliament session
06/05/2016 00:13 Tomorrow Press / Baghdad: The director of the Martyr Sadr's office in Baghdad, and a member of the Coordinating Committee for the demonstrations Ibrahim al-Jabri, Thursday, Friday that the demonstrations will be set up in places of prayer, noting that millions will be demonstrations at the parliament session.
Jabri said in a statement received "Tomorrow Press", "The demonstrations on Friday will be in the accommodation Friday prayers."
He added that he "will determine the place and time of the demonstrations millions at the time of the parliamentary session."
It is said that the security forces imposed, on Thursday evening, under tight security, around the perimeter of the Green Zone in central Baghdad, and closed bridges in Sinak Republic Almadian it, reinforced their presence at the entrances and roads leading to them.
da58 says():SO - at the mosque's as well.... imagine us setting up protests at our churches.. oh brother..
tman23 says():ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani insists that Iraq is a conceptual failure where people, with little in common, are compelled to share an uncertain future. Barzani says in an op-ed published by the Washington Post, “it is time to acknowledge that the experiment has not worked.
Iraq is a failed state, and our continous presence within it condemns us all to an unending conflict and enmity. Compulsory coexistence has not worked. And that is why the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will hold a referendum to establish a sovereign state, which would formalize a divorce from Baghdad and secure the area we now control as a homeland for the Kurdish people,” Barzani says.
“Whoever has held the seat of power in Baghdad has reneged on promises and ignored obligations, many of them constitutional. Even if a leader emerged who was better disposed toward us, his goodwill could never overcome a system geared toward siphoning away our rights. We are subjects, not citizens. There is simply no trust between us and the central government. The relationship is irreconcilable.”........
THERE IT IS..........THE PRIME MINISTER OF KURDISTAN...........THE RELATIONSHIP IS IRRECONCILABLE !!
_firefly_ says():Sadr enjoys widespread popularity among Shiites and hails from a religious family with great influence among the populace — a family that lost two great religious leaders killed by Saddam Hussein's regime, namely Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (1935-1980) and Mohammad Sadiq al-Sadr (1943-1999).
His lineage thus afforded him great social legitimacy, allowing him to wield extensive power that changed existing political equations in unexpected fashion, as he imposed his will on the overall political process.
Thanks to this legitimacy — and as a result of his political and social influence — Sadr skirted a 2003 arrest warrant issued in his regard by a judge in the Najaf court on charges of being involved in the assassination of prominent Shiite leader Sayyid Abdul-Majid al-Khoei on April 10, 2003.
He also managed to avoid arrest by US occupation forces following his involvement in the killing of a number of troops belonging to these forces, following attacks by the armed resistance movement, Jaish al-Mahdi. US forces were unable to capture him, given his popularity in the Shiite street. He then moved to Iran and stayed there until 2011.
_firefly_ says():In addition, the Sadrist movement cast the winning vote in Nouri al-Maliki assuming the country’s premiership for two terms in 2006-2014, as Sadr supported Maliki against the candidates of other blocs of the Iraqi National Coalition, which was then tasked with nominating a prime minister. Later, Sadr played a leading role in preventing Maliki’s ascension to power for a third term in 2014.
In mid-2015, as the tempo of popular demonstrations rose in Shiite cities against state corruption and mismanagement, Sadr stood with demonstrators to call on the Iraqi government to reform. Meanwhile, the Sadrist movement that he leads had 34 lawmakers in Iraq’s 328 seat parliament, 43 seats out of a total of 440 local council seats, and three key professional and service portfolios in the current Cabinet, including the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Municipalities, and the Ministry of Construction and Housing.
Ironically, the Sadrist movement was a main participant in corruption and a contributor in the failures that Sadr’s followers were demonstrating against with other protesters — he was part of the government while concurrently opposing said government.
But his adoption of the protest movement and the provision of political and security support therefore have overshadowed all of that. This situation afforded him larger popular support as a leader who opposes the government and garners respect from the Iraqi people regardless of their orientation, including secularists.
Consequently, the civic protest movement was transformed into a Sadrist protest movement due to his support.
As the demands of protests matured and evolved, Sadr moved from calling for anti-corruption measures and the provisioning of services, to demanding the formation of a technocratic government. He thus relocated the protests to the gates of the Green Zone and personally led them, pitching a tent for himself among the throng of demonstrators on March 27.
In a symbolic move to express their loyalty, security forces tasked with protecting the Green Zone — including Gen. Mohammad Reza, the commander of the Green Zone Protection Brigade — headed to Sadr's tent to pledge their loyalty. Sadr and his supporters’ sit-ins continued until Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi acquiesced and submitted a technocratic Cabinet formation for adoption by parliament on March 31.
As parliament delayed voting on Abadi’s proposed Cabinet, Sadr called on his MPs to organize a sit-in inside parliament on April 12. In an attempt to circumvent Sadr’s move, lawmakers from the Maliki-led State of Law Coalition joined the protests, leading to their demands mutating to dismissing Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and demanding the sacking of the president and prime minister instead of backing Abadi’s efforts to push for the adoption of a technocratic Cabinet.
Subsequently, Sadr sabotaged Maliki’s attempts to order the withdrawal of his parliament members from the sit-in on April 20 and offered his support to the speaker, thus allowing Jabouri to resume his duties and continue deliberating Abadi’s proposed Cabinet.
Sadr was not satisfied with the partial April 26 parliamentary vote on a technocratic Cabinet of only six ministers, and he called on his supporters to storm the Green Zone and demonstrate inside parliament in order to pressure the government and parliament to vote on a complete Cabinet of technocrats. The protesters were met with open gates and warm welcomes from some of the forces tasked with protecting the Green Zone, where protesters remained for two days.
_firefly_ says():Yet despite the peaceful atmosphere that accompanied the storming of the Green Zone, a number of parliamentarians were beaten and cursed while Sadrist movement lawmakers were embraced and carried on the shoulders of protesters who raised slogans that included chants against the United States and Iran such as “Death to America” and “Iran out of Iraq,” calling on them to stop meddling in Iraqi affairs. The incident shocked Iraqi politicians, leading some analysts to characterize the event as “a de-facto coup.”
Sadr’s latest behavior seems to reflect the ambiguity and volatility of his political demands. The man mutated from a religious militia leader demanding the establishment of an Islamic rule to a reformist calling for a government of independent technocrats unaffiliated with any religious parties. In addition, his political conduct and the internal and external alliances that he entered into saw a great deal of change, for he went from allying himself with Maliki to deposing him and from a man exiled to Iran and backed by Tehran to a nationalistic leader who opposed Iran’s influence in Iraq.
In this sense, Sadr represents a great challenge to other influential political and religious forces in Iraq — justifying the description espoused by analysts in his regard as “the most dangerous man in Iraq” — due to his falling out with the traditional religious authority in Najaf, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who contented himself with issuing general guidelines on Feb. 5, 2016, while refraining from directly interfering in political affairs.
The criticism against Sadr was also due to his animosity toward the United States because of its capacity as the most influential foreign force in Iraq, as well as his opposition to Iran as the most influential regional force in Iraq.
Yet at the same time Sadr represents an opportunity for Abadi to effectuate balance with other political forces by exploiting Sadr’s popular protest movements, calling for the adoption of an independent Cabinet of technocrats that would lead to Abadi’s emancipation from the dominance of parties over his government through their ministers.
All of the foregoing demonstrates the existence of a high level of pragmatism in Sadr’s political conduct, allowing him to reinvent himself as a populist political and religious leader possessing an enormous level of political dynamism. This is while he continues to exploit the current protest movement to expand his sphere of influence, leading to him to becoming the undisputed leader on the Iraqi political scene.
Ali Mamouri Columnist
Ali Mamouri is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Iraq Pulse, a researcher and writer who specializes in religion. He is a former teacher in Iranian universities and seminaries in Iran and Iraq. He has published several articles related to religious affairs in the two countries and societal transformations and sectarianism in the Middle East.
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da58 says():The arrival of a Swiss equipment for the printing of currency to Iraq
Date: 06/05/2016 12:19
Paper-cash-category -50 000-dinar Information / Baghdad ..
A commission of economy and investment representative, on Friday, announced the arrival of Swiss devices for the printing of currency to Iraq, noting that all Iraqi currency being printed in Switzerland.
A member of the committee MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki told / information /, said that "all Iraqi currency, which is treated as printed in Switzerland reinforce Iraq's stock of gold and the dollar."
Maliki referred to "access devices Soerih to Iraq for the printing of the currency."
The central bank announced (April 11, 2016), that the Iraqi dinar Bmoasfath current and techniques ahead of many European countries, indicating that the bank is development and the search for the best technologies in the issuance of paper or change continuously.Finished / 25 p.
arrykn says to _firefly_():you know I have a hard time figuring out what is Sadr is all about
_firefly_ says to larrykn():Sadr is for the people of Iraq, the citizens! He is well known for destroying political carers
_firefly_ says to larrykn():He wants the people to have back what was taken from them
_firefly_ says to larrykn():Electricity, water, etc
larrykn says to _firefly_():well I felt that but if he is destroying politial careers I just pray its the bad guys
_firefly_ says to larrykn():Only the bad guys. He is pushing HARD for the reforms and even signedan agreement with Abadi 2 weeks ago
_firefly_ says to larrykn():MAY should be a VERY VERY VERY telling month
da58 says():Security forces shut down Baghdad to prevent Green Zone protests
A supporter of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr raises his hand as he shouts amongst other people during Friday prayers in Baghdad's Sadr City May 6, 2016.
Iraqi security forces ramped up their presence across Baghdad on Friday, blocking most major roads and bridges to keep followers of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr from reaching the government district they stormed a week earlier.
A Sadr representative meanwhile called on supporters to rally outside local mosques following afternoon prayers, rather than gathering near the heavily fortified Green Zone, a move which could reduce the risk of clashes.
The demonstrations are aimed at pressuring Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to follow through on months-old promises to replace party-affiliated ministers with independent technocrats as part of an anti-corruption drive.
da58 says():Iraq has endured months of wrangling over the proposal, with a divided parliament withholding approval amid scuffles and protests. Deep frustration among Iraqis over the deadlock culminated on Sunday in the unprecedented breach of the Green Zone, which houses parliament, government offices and many foreign embassies.
Security officials said three regiments from an elite police division that has battled Islamic State militants were deployed in and around the Green Zone.
On one bridge stretching over the Tigris River, dozens of counter-terrorism forces manned Humvees mounted with machine guns. They stood behind two consecutive barriers made of 12-foot (3.6 meter) blast walls spanning the bridge.
The head of Sadr's political office said large-scale demonstrations had been postponed until Tuesday, when tens of thousands of protesters would be mobilized to rally outside an expected parliament session.
At least four soldiers were killed and seven others wounded on Friday when a suicide car bomber attacked an army checkpoint in the western part of the capital, police sources said. Two bombs in nearby Abu Ghraib killed three people and wounded 13. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts.
(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed and Kareem Raheem; Writing by Stephen Kalin)