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OOTW: Turkey’s troubled human rights record and EU process Print Page Send to friend » Share on Facebook Dec. 14 will mark another important day in Turkey’s bumpy EU accession process, as an EU intergovernmental conference will convene to open Chapter 17 on economy and monetary policy, nearly two years after Turkey opened the last one.
Chapter 17 will be the 15th chapter Turkey has been able to open out of 35, with only one chapter provisionally closed so far. This conference will be followed by the EU Council Summit on Dec. 17, during which Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will be able to hold a meeting with eight EU countries having similar positions in receiving more Syrian refugees.
The joint statement issued by Turkey and the EU on Nov. 29 envisaged intensified political dialogue between the parties on issues concerning both sides, like migration, energy, foreign policy, etc.
In addition, growing optimism for the settlement of the decades-old Cyprus issue in early 2016 puts an added value to this conciliation between Ankara and Brussels, as the resolution of this problem will completely change the nature of Turkey’s accession process to the EU for the good.
OOTW: On the domestic political side, Turkey’s new government outlined a comprehensive reform package on Dec. 10, detailing a governmental plan to be implemented within the next three, six and 12 months.
Plus, the Reform Action Group met under the leadership of Prime Minister Davutoğlu and with the participation Turkey’s foreign, EU, interior and justice ministers for the first time since the government was formed. Davutoğlu had already said this government would be a reformist one and Deputy Prime Minister Lütfi Elvan will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring the reform process.
Obviously, these are positive promises to be observed but developments in the field of democratization and human rights break hopes to this end.
The arrest of prominent journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, the editor-in-chief and Ankara bureau chief of daily Cumhuriyet, has already become a very symbolic development, depicting a very contradictory picture from what the government is trying to portray.
OOTW: Unfortunately, the state of freedom of the media and of expression has already hit bottom, with fears that this pace of deterioration will make things even worse in the future. There are only a few mainstream independent media organizations left, while a good majority of the entire social and traditional media is being controlled by pro-government circles.
While the public’s right to get sound and objective information is entirely curbed, independent journalists feel enormous pressure doing their jobs. These are times when journalists in Turkey discuss what they can do best to protect their freedom of expression and what mechanisms they can mobilize to ensure that their colleagues in prison - Dündar and Gül, in this case - feel more comfortable in their cells.
OOTW: As already stated in this column, freedoms can only be measured to the extent they can be implemented and observed. The government’s effort to bring the democratization process back on its agenda is surely a positive development but this effort should be accompanied with a mentality change.
Statements from senior governmental officials arguing that Dündar and Gül were jailed because of their non-journalistic activities willfully aiding an armed terrorist organization and of espionage are not good signs of this mentality change.
We should restart discussions about democratization process and implementation of all fundamental rights and freedoms on the day when there will be no any journalists in prison because of journalism-related activities. December/12/2015 : wealthwatch.world/showthr...
OOTW: HERE'S AN EXCERPT FROM AN ARTICLE ON THE RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND IRAQ
OOTW: "Turkey to reorganize troops according to Baghdad’s concerns Despite the uncompromising language from Erdoğan, sources suggest that moves are being made behind the scenes to smooth over the tension. One day after Sinirlioğlu and Fidan’s visit to Baghdad, sources from the Turkish Prime Ministry said a decision had reached to reorganize the Turkish troops on Iraqi soil by taking Baghdad’s concerns into consideration.
Turkish troops who have been stationed at the Bashiqa camp near Iraq’s Mosul since 2014 in order to train Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces against the ISIL threat would be reorganized in accordance with the Iraqi government’s sensitivities, the sources said on Dec. 11.
They added that Turkish and Iraqi officials have agreed to begin new efforts to launch a mechanism for deeper security cooperation."
Doug_W: git er dun Iraq
OOTW: TO READ MORE ON THE EVOLVING SITUATION WITH TURKEY, PLEASE SEE THIS THREAD wealthwatch.world/showthr. http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3181&pid=7869#pid7869
OOTW: Turkey to work with Iraqi Coalition Forces on formula to take Bashiqa camp
OOTW: wealthwatch.world/showthr... http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3181&pid=7870#pid7870
OOTW: I WANT TO ADVISE EVERYONE THAT ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE GOVT WEBSITES SEEM TO HAVE SLOWED DOWN PUBLISHING SOME INFORMATION, IF WE KEEP A WATCH ON THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION,
THIS IS WHERE WE WILL SEE MOST OF THE ACITIVTY IN THE GOVT AT PRESENT, SAVE THE SITUATION ON DAASH –
THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO SEE....ACTIVITY VIA THE TRANSPORT SITE - THIS IS WHERE WE WILL SEE THE REAL ACTION RE TRADE
OOTW: SUPPORTING WTO ASCENSION AS WELL AS TARIFF IMPLEMENTATION TO COME
OOTW: THE MINISTRY OF TRADE, AS WELL AS THE CUSTOMS SITES ARE ALSO KEY, HOWEVER, I FIND THAT THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT SITE POSTS THE MOST CONSISTENT INFORMATION IN THIS REGARD
OOTW: Some media dealt with yesterday's news that the EU prevents Iraqi Airways to fly over the skies of Europe and here we would like to clarify the following:
1 - The European Union is our company not prevented from flying over the skies of Europe, but the Committee of TCO Pallaiasa was suspended flights Btairatna a temporary basis through the notice that we received last August and for reasons of air safety and the lack of leaves the plane and do not update some of the documents and what was scored a team-
Safa of the Ayasa of irregularities and pointing a lack of development of some sections task that appeared in the list of IATA such as safety department and the Department of documentation both types of paper and electronic because of previous administrations,
especially since 2010 in addition to our company-stop for 30years and wars successive siege and debt Kuwait where did not move that administration a finger after the suspension of our membership International Organization for Aviation (IATA), where we started in the current Iraqi government,
the introduction of new management began five months ago steps bold ones calling international experts to help complete the requirements(TCO), as it has been contracted with IATA to develop and rehabilitate the IraqiAirways.
OOTW: 2 - We have received an invitation from the European Union to attend the Safety Committee in Brussels for the period between 24 - November 26 was a technical delegation attended the meeting together with a group of advisers responded to the remarks made against him on the installed errors between 2013 and 2014 and registered by Safa Team of the Ayasa and most of them in the capital Austrian (Vienna) as our company has completed all closed during 2015.
OOTW: *I SHOULD SAY **ASCENSION TO THE WTO AS FULL MEMBERS, NOT AS AN OBSERVER NATION
OOTW: 3 - complied with the Iraqi Airways to the decision of the TCO of the Ayasa but we applied for the TCO granted Aviation right in European airspace and we are still waiting for the interview date.
OOTW: 4 - The decision to suspend Thliqna in the atmosphere Europe will not prevent us to continue to provide service to our passengers who are going to Europe across hire other planes from foreign companies is still a solid Iraqi Airways waiting for the official response to determine the necessary requirements before the next meeting. Information Office - Iraqi Airways 12/12/2015
OOTW: YOU MAY ALSO READ THE LATEST GOVT PRESS RELEASE RE THE BUDGET, IN THIS WEEK'S GOVT THREAD wealthwatch.world/showthr...
OOTW: Iraqi banking conference under the auspices of Iraqi Prime Minister and CBI Governor wealthwatch.world/showthr... http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3276
OOTW: FROM ECONOMIST AL-HAFEZ RE THE IRAQI BANKING CONFERENCE ATTENDED BY ABADI AND MOHSEN (CBI GOVERNOR) A number of documents have been prepared for this purpose, but it did not come with something positive so far, particularly the United Nations and project »State Authority advisers« which was announced two years ago.
The weaknesses in the practical path mainly includes a review of some aspects of the Iraqi Central Bank policy and reconsider the most important of the so-called auction - or sell the currency, think about finding another tool for the advancement of this task.
There are calls to be from the Ministry of Finance, the official Alhah responsible for dealing with outside criticism and the formation of the reserve balance of the state.
This proposal seems reasonable and commensurate with the safeguards to reduce the risk of looting and exploitation and stand against attempts to «money laundering».
In recent accusations intensified the existence of a defect in dealing in this area was not convinced among the wide importance of having sell the currency on the way accompanied by suspicious attempts and could not have them complete the transaction in a manner provides state the benefits «.
OOTW: Dr. Mehdi al-Hafez said« progress in this way, offers the possibility of the other to maintain the unity of the monetary policy in Iraq.
The presence of «Central Bank of Iraq« is an expression of the sovereign right of the country, and care should be taken to develop it and make it tailored to the different needs of the country as a whole. This is what is happening in the countries of the world ».
OOTW: He added that« the goal of all this is to provide an appropriate atmosphere to walk in the path of economic reform, as stated in the official documents of the government programs that emphasize adherence to the «market economy«.
The fact that this claim is not new. In the first period that followed the political change (2003) there was a formal claim to abide by this formula and issued some laws for this purpose, but the practice continued walking as if the country has not changed economically and did not reform factors are available.
Valtmsk «market economy« is the one who provides the private banking sector because of the tool will be leading the desired reform.
This is valuable experience that can call her in order to achieve this goal «, stressing that« the private banking sector could have a greater role and effectiveness of tougher economic and investment in life and progresses because an effective leader in public life ».
OOTW: PLEASE SEE THIS LINK TO READ MORE ON THIS EVENT OOTW: wealthwatch.world/showthr...
Donnie: Iraq Live Update @IraqLiveUpdate 48m48 minutes ago Ex VP Maliki turned up in anti #TurkishInvasion protests in Baghdad but takes a backseat #Iraq
chattels: Erdogan: Turkey cannot count on Iraqi forces for border security rudaw.net/english/middlee...http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/12122015
chattels: search of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives member Hamoudi, with the parliamentary finance committee the budget bill for next year 2016. A statement by his office, received by all of Iraq [where], a copy of the Hamoudi "presided over the important Finance Committee parliamentary meeting, preceded by a meeting with the Prime Minister [Haider al-Abadi] to submit a final report on the budget before voting on them." chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr...
chattels: " .............. submit a final report on the budget before voting on them."
chattels: That vote will likely be by the COM and necessarily before presentation to the Parliament for any action / vote, IMO
chattels: Joel Wing @JoelWing2 1h1 hour ago Joint forces said they cleared 60th St south Ramadi Said they cleared it back in August as well www.almadapress.com/ar/ne... LINK
chattels: Baghdad Protest Against Turkey Reveals Iraqi Divisions wealthwatch.world/showthr... http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3278
chattels: Harith al-Qarawee, an Iraq researcher at Brandeis University, said the protest Saturday was as much about Baghdad politics as it was about tensions with Turkey. "For Maliki and his allies in the Shia paramilitary groups, this was an opportunity to consolidate their Shia constituency," he said.
It was also a chance to show that Abadi and his allies "cannot match their powerful reaction to the Turkish intervention." "Iraq is the 'sick man' of the region," Qarawee said. The country's internal divisions are not only hampering the country's fight against the Islamic State group, they're also encouraging other powers to bypass the central government, he said.
chattels: Economist: Iraq's economy will face a violent tremors in 2016
chattels: BAGHDAD - Iraq Press - December 12 / December, "accused the economist, on Saturday, destinations window of smuggling currency. There is no country in the world imports during the 13 months to $ 42 billion, is evidence of the existence of the currency smuggling operations, adding, that" Iraq's disastrous currency sales in the auction. "
He said economic expert Abdul Hassan al-Shammari, said that "Iraq's resources did not exceed more than $ 33 billion in 2015, it is where they came to the rest of the amount Maaahr that the government take the currency up or next year resources", adding that "the Iraqi economy will suffer from the Violent tremors in 2016, especially after the decline in the price of a barrel of oil to less than 40 Dolarafima been identified within the budget price of $ 45 a barrel. "
He Shammari said "the budget deficit stood at 23 trillion and that the solution is to cancel the auction because the currency will result in higher prices to the dollar in 1500". http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3279