Post From Wealthwatch.world Chat Room 10-24-15
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chattels: What thanks is ever expressed from Baghdad ? I read about complaints and condemnation from the Arabs.
OOTW: yes baghdad continues to play the "we're victims we need your money" card, not that that's not warranted but still they do little in the long run/no real results with fully addressing their economic woes
chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Friday that the town of Baiji is free from Islamic State (ISIS) militants after several months of fierce battles, describing it as “a valuable victory”.
Abadi who met with army and Shiite militia commanders known as Hashd al-Shaabi, said that the battle for Baiji proved the capabilities of the Iraqi forces.
“The battle for Baiji brought out the capacity of Iraqis and their persistence until they liberated their city which was embattled for seven months,” said the Iraqi premier as quote by his public relations office. Baiji, 210 kilometers north of Baghdad, is home to Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the Sunni province of Salahaddin. Abadi sent condolences to families of soldiers and militiamen killed in battle, adding that the government would not abandon the people of Baiji and their rights.
“Without the sacrifice and the blood of the martyrs such a victory would not have been achieved,” Abadi emphasized. Meanwhile, a Shiite militia officer said that his forces were cleaning up roads in the area of explosives and landmines planted by ISIS. "Iraqi forces cleared downtown Baiji and bomb disposal teams are working to defuse bombs laid in the streets and homes in the town," Karim Nuri, a spokesperson for militia told Rudaw following the town’s recapture.
Share this Comments like 0 Dislike 0 Dutchman | 2 hours ago Now go north to Hawija, Prime Minister.
It would make the Border between Kurdistan and ISIS a lot shorter. Report like 0 Dislike 0 bain | 49 minutes ago This is the 10'th time Baiji is "liberated" and the 2. time the Iranian puppet in Baghdad makes a visit to declare "victory" Report Post a New Comment Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience Post to Facebook Tags : Baiji, Tikrit, Shiite militia, ISIS, Mosul, Abadi Print Email to a friend Save this story Shar chattels: rudaw.net/english/middlee...
chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish officials have welcomed Brett McGurk’s appointment as the new Special Presidential Envoy to the anti-ISIS International Coalition, praising his efforts in combatting the radical group. chattels: rudaw.net/english/kurdist...
Lauren305: This is the 10'th time Baiji is "liberated" and the 2. time the Iranian puppet in Baghdad makes a visit to declare "victory"
Lauren305: harsh comment but very telling that they consider Baghdad/Abadi an Iranian puppet
chattels: Vice-President of the Republic called [Almrhq] Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi people to adhere to the unity and support of the security forces and the popular crowd in the fight against terrorism.
chattels: Is the KRG Failing the People? By DAVID ROMANO chattels: rudaw.net/english/opinion...
chattels: An excellent commentary on recent Kurdish political history and current events.
chattels: In 1992 the Kurds went on to hold the first free and fair elections in Iraq. When the result gave the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) around equal halves of the vote, they built a coalition Kurdistan Regional Government that shared responsibility for every ministry between them.
That experiment nearly died on the horns of the KDP-PUK civil war which erupted from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 until shortly after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam, however, the two parties learned to live with each other and ran two separate Kurdistan Regional Governments in their respective regions.
They began reuniting their administrations because of the overthrow of Saddam, correctly calculating that a unified Kurdish front vis-à-vis Baghdad and the world could accomplish a lot.
They were right, and the 2005 Constitution recognized Kurdistan’s autonomy and enshrined a very decentralized, federal system for Iraq. While the rest of the country descended into insurgency, destruction and government paralysis, a more united South Kurdistan moved forwards
chattels: From 1998 until shortly after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam, however, the two parties learned to live with each other and ran two separate Kurdistan Regional Governments in their respective regions.
chattels: The KRG never finished unifying, unfortunately. While progress was made, most of the Peshmerga remained under the command of the KDP and PUK rather than the government. Government ministers seemed to take their orders from party bosses, some of whom did not always even hold an official government position.
chattels: The latest iteration of this sorry state of affairs flared up in the past few weeks, with the KRG’s presidential crisis, protests over unpaid salaries and the summary sacking of Gorran ministers.
Gorran, PUK and other parties could not accept another term for President Barzani, as this would contravene the relevant legislation on the issue and increase their fears that the KDP is not really interested in real democracy – which means the real sharing of power and real, periodic changes in leadership.
The KDP meanwhile does not seem to trust any of the other parties enough to allow such changes.
] chattels: Before things degenerate further, political leaders of Kurdistan need to stop and think carefully. As South Kurdistan stands on the cusp of even greater autonomy or even independence,
its people should remember what caused the Kurds throughout Kurdistan to squander almost every political opportunity to come their way since World War I. It wasn’t the conspiracies of hostile powers (although that never helps), but rather their own internal squabbles and divisions.
chattels: Religious events in Iraq become show of force BAGHDAD — Shiites all over the world, particularly in Iraq with its Shiite majority, started their religious commemorations on Oct. 14 marking the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar and one of the four sacred months of the year.
The commemorations last for 10 days, during which mourning rituals, condolence gatherings and rituals in remembrance of the Battle of Karbala take place. The battle happened more than 1,300 years ago, in 680, when the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein ibn Ali was killed. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/...'
chattels: Religious events in Iraq have come to serve as opportunities for sects to make a show of force, as tensions persist in the country. Author Adnan Abu Zeed Posted October 23, 2015 TranslatorJoelle El-Khoury
chattels: The escalation of sectarian conflicts in the Middle East has turned religious events into an extremely sensitive issue and an opportunity for a show of force. This highlights the need for a religious and sectarian dialogue to promote peace and security in this inflamed part of the world. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/...
TxBrand: from Iraq : Iraq Live Update @IraqLiveUpdate Iraq Live Update Retweeted Haidar Sumeri US-funded 'very' moderate forces in #Syria.. Guess what, these are not Daesh!
TxBrand: what is going on ? www.youtube.com/watch
TxBrand: Demonstrations in Ukraine began a week ago, and protesters are demanding the departure of President Viktor Yanukovych.
chattels: Reidar Visser @reidarvisser 13h13 hours ago Addressing Shia Ashura commemoration today, Iraq PM highlights military successes against ISIS in mainly Sunni areas www.facebook.com/photo.ph... …