[*Tenmillion] Welcome everyone
[*Tenmillion] First, I want to say thank you to to JayP, B.I.W, Captkm, and tilley for helping with the site
[*Tenmillion] ok…let’s get it started
[*Tenmillion] Kurdistan ~ Some background information first….
[*Tenmillion] Kurdistan has a population of over 4.9 million ( Kurdistan Region Census Department) and includes three governates: Erbil, Dohuk, and Suleimaniah. It is made up of Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen.
[*Tenmillion] Map of Iraq ~
[*Tenmillion] The majority of people are Sunni Muslims, and the government protects religious freedom. There is a large number of Christians of different churches.
[*Tenmillion] Kurdistan is a modern city with a foreign investment law that was crafted to promote business and development.Foreign and local investors are equally entitled to buy and own land for investment purposes. The complete investment law is attached to this link.
[*Tenmillion] Kurdistan has their own government – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) consisting of several different parties and is based in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region. The currrent PM is Barham Salih, and the president is Masoud Barzani. Barzani is the coordinator between Kurdistan and the federal government. The KRG and the Peshmerga (their security forces) are recognized by the Iraq Constitution.
[*Tenmillion] The Iraqi Constitution states that the Kurdish language is one of the two languages spoken in Iraq. Arabic is the other.
[*Tenmillion] Article 4:
[*Tenmillion] First: The Arabic language and the Kurdish language are the two official languages of Iraq. The right of Iraqis to educate their children in their mother tongue, such as Turkmen, Syriac, and Armenian shall be guaranteed in government educational institutions in accordance with educational guidelines, or in any other language in private educational institutions.
[*Tenmillion] Here is where the constitution requires the Kurdish language to be printed on the dinar notes….
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[*Tenmillion] Article 4
[*Tenmillion] Second: The scope of the term “official language” and the means of applying the provisions of this article shall be defined by a law and shall include:
[*Tenmillion] E. Use of both languages in any matter enjoined by the principle of equality such as bank notes, passports, and stamps.
[*Tenmillion] You’ve probably read Iraqi news articles over Article 140, the Erbil Agreement, the census, the Hydrocarbon Law (Oil Investment Law) These are all about Kurdistan/Federal Government conflicts that remain to be resolved.
[*Tenmillion] First Article 140 and the constitution:
[*Tenmillion] This text is from the Iraqi Constitution and describes Article 140 and Article 58 of the Transitional Administrative Law
[*Tenmillion] Iraq Constitution
[*Tenmillion] Article 140:
[*Tenmillion] First: The executive authority shall undertake the necessary steps to complete the implementation of the requirements of all subparagraphs of Article 58 of the Transitional Administrative Law.
[*Tenmillion] Second: The responsibility placed upon the executive branch of the Iraqi Transitional Government stipulated in Article 58 of the Transitional Administrative Law shall extend and continue to the executive authority elected in accordance with this Constitution, provided that it accomplishes completely (normalization and census and concludes with a referendum in Kirkuk and other disputed territories to determine the will of their citizens), by a date not to exceed the 31st of December 2007.
[*Tenmillion] Iraq Transitional Law
[*Tenmillion] Article 58.
[*Tenmillion] (A) The Iraqi Transitional Government, and especially the Iraqi Property Claims Commission and other relevant bodies, shall act expeditiously to take measures to remedy the injustice caused by the previous regime’s practices in altering the demographic character of certain regions, including Kirkuk, by deporting and expelling individuals from their places of residence, forcing migration in and out of the region, settling individuals alien to the region, depriving the inhabitants of work, and correcting nationality. To remedy this injustice, the Iraqi Transitional Government shall take the following steps:
[*Tenmillion] (1) With regard to residents who were deported, expelled, or who emigrated; it shall, in accordance with the statute of the Iraqi Property Claims Commission and other measures within the law, within a reasonable period of time, restore the residents to their homes and property, or, where this is unfeasible, shall provide just compensation.
(2) With regard to the individuals newly introduced to specific regions and territories, it shall act in accordance with Article 10 of the Iraqi Property Claims Commission statute to ensure that such individuals may be resettled, may receive compensation from the state, may receive new land from the state near their residence in the governorate from which they came, or may receive compensation for the cost of moving to such areas.
[*Tenmillion] (3) With regard to persons deprived of employment or other means of support in order to force migration out of their regions and territories, it shall promote new employment opportunities in the regions and territories.
[*Tenmillion] (4) With regard to nationality correction, it shall repeal all relevant decrees and shall permit affected persons the right to determine their own national identity and ethnic affiliation free from coercion and duress.
[*Tenmillion] (B) The previous regime also manipulated and changed administrative boundaries for political ends. The Presidency Council of the Iraqi Transitional Government shall make recommendations to the National Assembly on remedying these unjust changes in the permanent constitution. In the event the Presidency Council is unable to agree unanimously on a set of recommendations, it shall unanimously appoint a neutral arbitrator to examine the issue and make recommendations. In the event the Presidency Council is unable to agree on an arbitrator, it shall request the Secretary General of the United Nations to appoint a distinguished international person to be the arbitrator.
[*Tenmillion] (C) The permanent resolution of disputed territories, including Kirkuk, shall be deferred until after these measures are completed, a fair and transparent census has been conducted and the permanent constitution has been ratified This resolution shall be consistent with the principle of justice, taking into account the will of the people of those territories.
[*Tenmillion] Next, the Erbil Agreement (19 points)
[*Tenmillion] The Kurdistan Region’s position on the formation of the new Iraqi government is summarized in the following 19 points. The new government must be dedicated to the following:
[*Tenmillion] 1- Commitment to the Iraqi Constitution, with all of its articles without exception, and protection of Iraq’s federal, democratic system
[*Tenmillion] 2- A coalition government in which all major Iraqi components participate
[*Tenmillion] 3- Commitment to the principle of partnership and participation in decision-making through:
[*Tenmillion] a. Establishment of a Council on National Security, to be created through the passing of a special law at the same time as the government is formed
[*Tenmillion] b. Drafting of bylaws for the Council of Ministers which would give it added legitimacy and institutionalization. Through joint decision-making, the Council would ensure that administrative and financial powers are shared between the Prime Minister and his deputies
[*Tenmillion] c. Adherence to the principle of consensus
[*Tenmillion] 4- Formation of a Federal Council within the first year of this Parliament. The President and his deputies have the right to veto legislation until this Council is formed
[*Tenmillion] 5- Amendment of the current electoral law to guarantee that all Iraqis are represented fairly
[*Tenmillion] 6- The census should be conducted on time in October 2010
[*Tenmillion] 7- Review of the structures of the security and military forces to reflect a fair representation of all Iraqis in these forces
[*Tenmillion] 8- Introduction of checks and balances in all Ministries and Institutions of state
[*Tenmillion] 9- Implementation of Article 140 of Iraq’s Constitution and allocation of the necessary budget within a period that does not exceed two years following the formation of the government
[*Tenmillion] 10- Passage of a law for water resources within the first year of the government formation on the basis of the latest agreed-upon draft
[*Tenmillion] 11- Passage of a law for oil and gas within the first year of the government formation on the basis of the latest agreed-upon draft
[*Tenmillion] 12- Supplying the Peshmerga forces with arms, equipments, and funds as part of the Iraqi national defense system
[*Tenmillion] 13- Support for the Kurdistan Region’s candidate for the post of President of the Republic
[*Tenmillion] 14- Compensation for the victims of the former regime, including the victims of the Anfal campaign and chemical bombings of Halabja and other places, immediately and justly
[*Tenmillion] 15- The Kurdistan Region’s blocs should have a fair representation within the sovereign ministries and other institutions based on national gains in the elections
[*Tenmillion] 16- The Kurdistan Region should have the right to cross-examine candidates for the posts of minister of any sovereign ministries and those ministries that are relevant to the Region
[*Tenmillion] 17- The Kurdistan Region’s negotiating team should elect a candidate for the post of the Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers
[*Tenmillion] 18- In the event that the Kurdistan Region’s blocs withdraw from the government due to a clear breach of the Constitution, the Iraqi government would then be considered dissolved
[*Tenmillion] 19- The Prime Minister’s bloc in both the Parliament and the Council of Ministers must make a commitment to the implementation of the above terms.
[*Tenmillion] the difference between the 2 – Iraq and Kurdistan’s FIL – in Kurdistan you can own property, but in Iraq you can only have a 50 year lease
[*Tenmillion] the census and Kirkuk:
[*Tenmillion] the census (Iraq’s last full census 1987) has been repeatedly postponed since 2007 even though the constitution obligates them to have one. The census will draw the electoral districts, allocate funds, and provide socioeconomic data for planning. It will also define ethnicity.
[*Tenmillion] There is a fear that the census might reveal that the Kurds are the majority and could absorb Kirkuk, Nineveh and Diyala into their semi-autonomous region giving them Kirkuk’s big oil field.
[*Tenmillion] They are currently trying to “normalize” the “Arabization” (Saddam relocated Kurds and replaced them with Arabs) that occurred when Saddam was in power
[*Tenmillion] Arabs and Turkmen are against the census for fear of a power grab by the Kurds
[*Tenmillion] An article from today about the normalization in Kurdistan:
[*Tenmillion] “The Kurds deny allegations of a power-grab, and counter that Saddam Hussein’s “Arabization” policies and ethnic cleansing campaigns displaced thousands of Kurds and Turkmen who were soon replaced with Arabs from southern Iraq. After decades of mountainous guerrilla warfare against Saddam’s Iraqi army, the Kurds look at Kirkuk and its oil in terms of honor and lifeblood. “Kurds view Kirkuk as an integral part of Kurdistan. It is in an embodiment of the plight of the Kurds. It is symbolic of the most brutal suffering under Saddam. Resolution is important and profound for the Kurdish people and all Kurds want to see it resolved. The KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government] has accepted a constitutional arrangement, but we have not abandoned our claim,” says Barham Salih, the prime minister of Kurdistan in interview at his residence in Erbil.”
[*Tenmillion] the latest news from today about the delays with Article 140 and tension in Diyala~
[*Tenmillion] “Parliament warned of the future of the Iraqi political process and about the worsening of the Region’s relations with Baghdad because “the confiscated rights haven’t yet been returned to the original people there.” Kurdistan Parliament also put the blame on the Iraqi federal government, which is constitutionally obliged to normalize “unwanted situations” brought to those areas by the Baath regime.”
[*Tenmillion] Kurds in the disputed areas are still subject to “policies of Arabization [imposing Arab identity], terrorism, displacement and assassinations,” said the statement following the session on August 18.
[*Tenmillion] a news article from July 24th stating they are ready to conduct the census:
[*Tenmillion] The head of the Chamber of the General Census of Population and Housing:
[*Tenmillion] “He declared that “the Planning Minister Ali Al-Shukri, as the head of the Supreme Commission for the Census is keen now to follow up on serious attempts to resume the process of counting the population and the resolution of disputes, the list,” noting that “the Commission can conduct the census during this the year. ””
[*Tenmillion] “The last census took place in Iraq in 1997, showed that the population of Iraq is about 19 million people in all provinces, except the provinces of Kurdistan, whose officials estimated at the time that there are three million people living in the region.”
[*Tenmillion] Kirkuk has 10 billion barrels of proven oil reserves buried just outside the city have only raised the stakes and sparked the interest of regional power players
[*Tenmillion] To ensure control of the oil fields, Saddam “arabized’ Kirkuk when he forcibly evacuated Kurds from their homes and relocated them which changed the demography
[*Tenmillion] “Kirkuk is the center of Iraq’s oil industry and is connected by pipelines to ports on the Mediterranean Sea. The Kirkuk field, originally brought online by IPC in 1934, still forms the basis for northern Iraqi oil production. Kirkuk has over 10 billion barrels of remaining proven oil reserves. After about seven decades of operation, Kirkuk still produces up to one million barrels a day, almost half of Iraqi exports.”
[*Tenmillion] Here’s a great map from B.I.W. ….shows all the oil fields in Iraq…a big one in Kirkuk
[*Tenmillion] Hydrocarbon Law or Iraq Oil Law
[*Tenmillion] Proposed in 2007 and submitted to the Council of Representatives
[*Tenmillion] The four laws are as follows:
[*Tenmillion] 1.) Managing investment in Iraq’s oil resources, specifically the industry’s upstream development
[*Tenmillion] 2.) Revenue sharing among private companies, provinces, and the federal government
[*Tenmillion] 3.) Restructuring the Ministry of Oil
[*Tenmillion] 4.) Create and constitute an Iraq National Oil Company (INOC) to control all aspects of the Iraqi oil industry.
[*Tenmillion] http://resources.revenuewatch.org/si…nd Gas Law.pdf
[*Tenmillion] The HCL is currently being reviewed by the CoR. In the past, there have been differences over revenue sharing and control over some fields. Besides deciding who controls the country’s oil and setting up a new state oil company to oversee the industry, the law aims to provide a more solid legal framework for attracting foreign investment.
[*Tenmillion] Here’s a clip from a news article a couple of days ago on HCL progress:
[*Tenmillion] Iraq Oil Report obtained a copy of the draft oil and gas law, which lawmakers introduced in Parliament Wednesday for a first reading, cut short when the bulk of Parliamentarians, led by those loyal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, walked out of the session.
[*Tenmillion] The Oil Ministry has proposed an oil law, ostensibly different from the bill that was officially submitted earlier this month by 61 members of Parliament including key leaders such as the chairman of the Oil and Energy Committee, Adnan Janabi.
[*Tenmillion] The Council of Ministers must approve the ministry’s law before it is submitted to Parliament, which Janabi had said he was waiting for before pushing through his bill. Maliki insists only the Cabinet has the right to submit laws, based on a late-2010 Federal Supreme Court ruling, which is disputed by many in the legislature.
[*Tenmillion] The attached document is a detailed analysis of the draft INOC (Iraqi National Oil Company) Law. It was prepared by Ahmed Mousa Jiyad and presented in absentia before the Expert Hearing Session organized by the Energy Committee of the Iraqi Parliament on 3rd July 2011..
[*Tenmillion] (at the bottom of this article is the download to the HCL he analyzed)
[*Tenmillion] ~For a 12 minute 60 Minutes segment on Kurdistan ~
[*Tenmillion] if you haven’t seen that, its a short video on Kurdistan
[*Tenmillion] ok…B.I.W. coming in now
[B.I.W.] thanks ten
[B.I.W.] ok here what i got
[B.I.W.] here is the list of rules they want to use… they have till Jan 21, 2012 to pick and apply
[B.I.W.] did not want the dodd-frank act to be forgotten
[B.I.W.] i posted this
[B.I.W.] these are some real facts on chapter 7
[B.I.W.] The August 26 Communiqué signed by the five political leaders Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, the three members of the Presidency Council, and Kurdish leader Ma’sud Barzani on August 26, 2007, and endorsed by President Bush states: “The leaders considered it important to link the renewal of UN Resolution 1723 for another year with a reference to the ending of Iraq’s Chapter VII status under the UN Charter and the concomitant resumption of Iraq’s normal status as a state with full sovereignty and authorities and the restoration of Iraq’s legal international status, namely the status that it had before UN Resolution 661 of 1990
[B.I.W.] so iraq asked for it
[B.I.W.] Iraq’s normal status as a state with full sovereignty and authorities and the restoration of Iraq’s legal international status, namely the status that it had before UN Resolution 661 of 1990
[B.I.W.] this is what big M wants
[B.I.W.] so this is what will happen if they lift chapter 7 sanctions
[B.I.W.] Article 42 Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of Members of the United Nations
[B.I.W.] ok just wanted to point out what some guys and girls say is not so easy to be done
[B.I.W.] ok im finsh with what i think will show you who has the power in iraq and who is wishing they were kurds
[B.I.W.] Page 69 is banking information
http://www.tensdinarden.com/showthre…stan-Beautiful[B.I.W.] here is dome pics of all that is getting done wit ha exchange rate of 1171
[*Tenmillion] so I think that Kurdistan is a great model for Iraq and the rest of the region
[*Tenmillion] the HCL is on the table being discussed
[*Tenmillion] the census – hopefully by the end of the year
[*Tenmillion] the Erbil Agreement – some things have been fulfilled
[*Tenmillion] still working on the HCL, implementation of the census, Article 140
[*Tenmillion] we have more information coming out within the next few days
[*Tenmillion] ^5 everybody! GO RV!