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Wealthwatch OOTW News & Comments 2-19-16 Part 2 of 2
OOTW: HERE'S MORE FROM STRUAN STEVENSON
OOTW: REPORT TO THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON IRAQ
OOTW: PLEASE SEE THIS THREAD HERE
OOTW: "Iraq could now face being divided into three distinctive zones involving Kurds, Shi’ia and Sunni. After more than 500 days in office, Haider al-Abadi has done little to reassert the authority of the Iraqi government and to restore justice and inclusivity in Iraqi society.
There are on-going widespread protests throughout Iraq, but the serial violation of human rights and the arbitrary use of detention, torture and execution continue apace, with Iraq also now listed as the most corrupt country in the Middle East."
OOTW: 3. Indeed Iran is using the excuse of waging war on terror and the convenient fight against Daesh, to consolidate its position in Iraq and to reinforce its control of Abadi, as it did during the Maliki era. Iran is enthusiastically behind the ethnic cleansing of the Sunni population and the destruction of Sunni mosques and businesses in Iraq, driving more and more Sunnis to supporting Daesh as the least bad option.
The mass killings of the Sunnis in the city of Meghdadiya in Diyala in recent weeks by Iranian backed militias, together with America’s silence and failure to censure the Abadi government, have very much benefitted Daesh.
OOTW: 5. The next target for recapture is Mosul in Nineveh Province, Northern Iraq; it is Iraq’s second city and home to over two and a half million people. Daesh has held Mosul since June 2014.
Strict restrictions have been placed on the local population with only trusted traders being allowed to leave and return to the city. The remaining, largely Sunni population has been held hostage. Daesh captured vast quantities of modern American weaponry when the Iraqi army fled and the city has become an almost impregnable fortress.
The Sunni population of Mosul have witnessed the fate of their brothers and sisters in Ramadi and must now be wondering if they are to be slaughtered like sheep during the forthcoming battle for the city. The appalling brutality of the Iranian-led militias will do little to encourage them. Many may feel that life under Daesh, although harsh, is better than death at the hands of the Iranian militias.
OOTW: 7. Meanwhile the Kurdish Peshmerga is providing a useful counterbalance against Daesh in Northern Iraq. US and international funding, together with Turkish training and support, has enabled the Peshmerga to recapture territory from Daesh, simultaneously proclaiming KRG control over areas not formerly in the Kurdistan zone.
This has increased tensions with Baghdad, where simmering disagreements over the budget and oil resources have continued under the Abadi government. Collapsing oil revenues and the massive influx of refugees from Syria and the rest of Iraq have created a major economic crisis for President Masoud Barzani and the KRG.
He claims that total KRG revenues amount to only $500 million per month and that it is costing $300 million per month simply to fight Daesh. He is constantly calling for international help and is now, perhaps opportunistically, demanding that a referendum on Kurdish independence should be held prior to the US presidential elections in November 2016.
OOTW: The main focus of the protests has been a general outcry against on-going corruption by government officials and the failure of the Abadi government to tackle the situation effectively.
OOTW: 9. Many Iraqis wonder why, after more than 500 days in office, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has not ordered the arrest of his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki who still maintains huge power and influence in Iraq. Abadi sacked Maliki as vice-president in August 2015 as part of a wider reform package.
But why has he not been indicted for crimes against humanity, genocide and venal corruption? On the contrary, he still finances a private army carrying out lethal attacks on unarmed Sunni civilians. This is a disgrace and an offence against any attempt at reform and it is a sign of weakness by Haider al-Abadi.
Similarly, many Iraqis are demanding the reinstatement of former Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi and other prominent Sunnis who were hounded from office by Maliki during his Iranian-inspired anti-Sunni pogrom.
OOTW: 10. But this is not the only area where Abadi’s leadership has been found wanting. There are still thousands of people languishing in Iraq’s network of secret prisons, including many hundreds of women. Most of the prisoners are Sunni and most have been arrested on trumped-up charges of terrorism.
Few have faced even a cursory form of judicial hearing. Iraq’s heavily politicized courts, set up by Maliki to do his sectarian bidding, are still unreformed by Abadi.
Tortured confessions and violations of human rights are commonplace and Iraq now executes more people than any other country in the world barring China and Iran. There have been widespread protests in Baghdad and in cities throughout Iraq in recent months, but Abadi has failed to respond by introducing meaningful reforms.
OOTW: 11. Abadi had one clear opportunity to display his humanitarian principles and show the world that he could act outwith the control of Tehran. He could have provided full protection for the 2,000 Iranian refugees incarcerated in Camp Liberty near Baghdad. He could have cooperated with Western efforts to have these people airlifted to countries of safety. Instead, because Tehran wishes to annihilate these unarmed civilians whom they regard as the key focus of opposition to their fascist regime, Abadi did not do what he could have done to improve security and accelerate the relocation process.
For example he did not allow the residents to sell their property that they were forced to leave behind in Ashraf, which is now serving the Iraqi government as a military base. Neither did he try to compensate for it. These properties have a total value of more than $550 million dollars.
This theft of the Iranian refugees’ property is something that was initiated by Maliki and is still going on. Abadi did not oppose the imprisonment and oppression of these refugees in appalling conditions.
He allowed their persecution to continue and did not prevent repeated rocket attacks launched from well inside Iraq’s own military security perimeter, which have caused horrific death and injury to the camp’s inhabitants.
OOTW: 19. Rather than recognising the detrimental impact of Iranian meddling in Iraq, Abadi has surrendered to it and in doing so, has been aided and abetted by the West who have provided airstrikes against supposed Daesh targets in Iraq, in a bid to deliver support for the Iranian-led and funded Shi’ia militias, who provide the boots on the ground. This policy is short-sighted and wrong and is simply assisting Iran towards its dangerous goal of Middle East domination.
OOTW: C. THE WAY FORWARD 20. Abadi should take the following steps: a/ Form a government of national unity and that involves all Sunnis and their real representatives and all other ethnic groups in Iraq into the police, army and government services. b/ Clear out the corrupted judiciary and reform the courts. He needs to close the secret prisons and release the political prisoners. c/
End the wanton use of torture and the death penalty. d/ End corruption and start using Iraq’s oil revenues for the benefit of the people. e/ Outlaw the Shi’ia militias and prevent all further Iranian interference in Iraq. f/ Rehabilitate those people like Dr. Hashemi who are in exile because of Maliki's policies and return them to political life. g/
Guarantee protection of Camp Liberty residents and end their oppression and work with the West for the relocation of the remaining Iranian refugees to European countries and permit them to sell their property in Ashraf or compensate them. These steps will surely receive the support of the Iraqis, the Arab world and Europe.
OOTW: 21. The UN Security Council must: a/ Encourage Abadi to take the above steps. b/ Call for Abadi to hold early elections under UN supervision. c/ Support the eviction of the Iranian regime from Iraq, punishing Iran for its meddling in Iraq. d/ Compel Iraq to get rid of the Iranian-led militias, placing them on international terrorist lists, in particular Badr, AAH, Harakat al-Najba and Kata’ib Hezbollah along with their commanders. e/ Call for the creation of an inclusive government with the wide participation of the Sunnis.
OOTW: WELL, LET'S SEE IF ABADI CAN ACCOMPLISH ANY OF THIS WITH THE RESTRUCTURING OF THE GOVT
OOTW: SEEMS DAUNTING
OOTW: THIS REPORT FROM STRUAN'S COMMISSION IS VERY POINTED
OOTW: AGAIN HERE'S THE LINK - I ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ, THERE'S MUCH MORE TO THIS REPORT
wealthwatch.world/showthr... http : // wealthwatch . world / showthread . php ? tid =4074
OOTW: AMNESTY BEING POSTPONED IS NOT HELPING THIS AT ALL
OOTW: I HAVE TO RUN BUT I LEAVE YOU WITH ONE THOUGHT...
OOTW: CAN WE SEE ECONOMIC REFORM WITH THIS MUCH WIDESPREAD TURMOIL IN THE COUNTRY?
OOTW: AND TRUST ME, THE INFO IN THIS REPORT IS NOT NEWS TO ABADI
OOTW: HE WANTS TO BE SEEN AS THE PERSON TO CORRECT THIS
OOTW: MANY OF THE ISSUES ADDRESSED IN THIS REPORT, ARE THE VERY ASPECTS ABADI'S TRYING TO REPAIR
OOTW: OBVIOULSY HIS PROPOSED REFORMS, INCLUDING ECONOMIC REFORMS, CANNOT BE INSTITUTED UNTIL THEY ADDRESS THESE GROSS HUMANITARIAN ISSUES OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT
OOTW: OF THE PEOPLES
OOTW: IRAN STILL HAS TOO MUCH POWER..I DO NOT SEE HOW THE ECONOMIC REFORMS WILL BE INSTITUTED UNTIL THEY CAN ADDRESS THESE OTHER ISSUES, NO SITUATION IN IRAQ OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY IS ISOLATED
OOTW: EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED
OOTW: MAYBE ABADI WILL PULL A MOVE WHICH WILL ALLOW HIM TO BYPASS THESE IN GOVT WHO WANT TO KEEP THE COUNTRY IN SUPPRESSION
OOTW: LET'S WAIT AND SEE - WE HAVE NO CHOICE ;)
OOTW: I DON'T WANT TO BE A DOWNER, BUT ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU THE CURRENCY WILL REVALUE AND BE REMOTELY STABLE (BIG) IF THEY DO...DOES NOT HAVE A HANDLE ON THIS SITUATION
OOTW: THEY STILL COULD UNDERGO A DISORDERLY EXIT, BUT THEN WHY SPEND SO MUCH TIME UNDER IMF TUTELAGE?
OOTW: WE'VE GOT TO SEE GOVT, JUDICIARY REFORM AT LEAST IN CONJUNCTION WITH MONETARY REFORM
OOTW: REFORMS NEEDED ON ALL LEVELS