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Japan Funds UNESCO Mission to Save Iraq's Heritage


Japan Funds UNESCO Mission to Save Iraq's Heritage

New initiative to use satellite imaging and other tools to stop jihadists from destroying artifacts or selling them on black market.

The head of the United Nations cultural body vowed in Baghdad Saturday to step up measures aimed at protecting Iraq's heritage, which has been systematically targeted by jihadist terrorists.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova launched a Japanese-funded initiative to preserve Iraq's museum collections and threatened heritage, as well as a social media campaign under the hashtag #Unite4Heritage, reports AFP.

Egypt's President, Sisi: Stability in Iraq to stabilize whole region

March 28, 2015

Egypt's President, Sisi: Stability in Iraq to stabilize whole region

The Chairman of the Arab Summit, the Egyptian President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, assured that “The stability in Iraq will keep security of the Arab countries.”

He said in his speech at the inauguration of the Arab Summit today, Saturday, “Efforts of the Iraqi Government in keeping the security of its country will participate in sustaining security of the Arab countries.” 


Ban Ki Moon calls Arab countries to support Iraq against terrorism

March 28, 2015

Urgent – Ki Moon calls Arab countries to support Iraq against terrorism

Baghdad - The Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki Moon called the Arab leaders at the Arab Summit on Saturday to support Iraq in its war against terrorism.

Moon said in his speech at the 26 version of the Arab Summit “I urge the Iraqi leaders to continue efforts for the national reconciliation and I am expecting the Arab countries to show more support for Iraq in order to sustain regional stability.


Rebuilding Iraq’s oil industry

March 28, 2015

Rebuilding Iraq’s oil industry

Adil Abdul Mahdi says Iraq is fully capable of increasing research and development based on its enormous and investable assets

Adil Abdul Mahdi was born 1942 in Baghdad. He is a trained economist who left Iraq in 1969 for exile in France. He worked for French think tanks and edited magazines in French and Arabic. He was educated in France. His father was a minister during the royal era in Iraq. He attended high school at Baghdad College, an elite American Jesuit secondary school.

A politician and an economist, he became vice-president of Iraq from 2005 to 2011. He was formerly the finance minister in the interim government after 2003.

Iraq has the world’s fifth largest proven petroleum reserves in the world with an estimated 115 billion barrels, although a large amount of its reserves are undeveloped.

Since 2009, oil exports have returns to levels last seen before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. However, the ongoing battle with Daesh has caused some concern about the country’s ability to continue to produce oil. The majority of Iraq’s oilfields are in the south of the country and in northern Kurdistan.

Recently, Mahdi sat down with Gulf News to talk about his country’s oil industry, Daesh and relationships with Kurdistan

Gulf News: How much have Iraq’s oil revenues been affected by the drop in oil prices? Do you foresee a rise in oil prices any time soon?

Adil Abdul Mahdi: Revenues have dropped by 60 per cent which is big especially when we take into consideration that Iraq’s budget relays by 90 per cent on oil. Regarding oil prices springing back towards a rise, we believe that they are currently fluctuating at the bottom with a slow tendency towards rising which will take a long time over 2015.

Gulf News: Iraq is still interested in exporting its oil. So are you searching for market shares?

A.A.M.: Because oil is the main source of the economy and the budget, and because Iraq does not control prices, paying attention to production is what makes up some of the loss inflicted by the current price drop. Oil production also protects Iraq’s interests and its shares in global markets, especially as Iraq was one of the first countries producing and exporting oil, and has oil reserves that place it in second or third place globally.

Vote on the law of service and an altercation postponed the justice and accountability laws


Vote on the law of service and an altercation postpone justice and accountability fees

House of Representatives held on Saturday, its regular, headed by al-Jubouri, and the presence of 230 deputies to read a number of laws and vote on the other. 

According to a parliamentary source said in an interview (news) today, that 'altercation occurred between the legal and financial Alganaan prevented a vote on judicial fees Law, and deferred to future sessions.

The source added that 'refused to be named, said the parliament voted on the Service Board Act Alathadahn As for the first reading of the law of accountability and justice to other sessions'. 

It is said that the statement of the Department of Media of the Parliament said that 'the agenda of the session, Saturday , includes the first reading of the draft law of accountability, justice and the prohibition of the Baath Party and the continuation of the second reading of the draft labor law and the report of the Legal Committee on the work of the Commission '. 

He said 'meeting will vote on a resolution on terrorist Daash against innocent Iraqi children crimes, and the vote on the first draft amendment to the Law Council Act Federal service number (4) of 2009, as well as the vote on the draft law amending the judicial fees Law No. (14) for the year 1981 '. 

The statement, that 'the meeting will see the first reading of the draft law amending the certification of signatures on the documents, the Iraqi and foreign documents Act (Act No. 52 ) of 1970 and the first reading of the first draft amendment to the law sanctions the ISF No. (14) for the year 2008 and the first reading of the draft accession of the Republic of Iraq to the 1988 Protocol Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea Act 1974 '.


Iraq's Budget .. Parliamentary Finance to amend the budget law


Parliamentary Finance to amend the budget law

Possession Commission data and documents related to the process of money laundering and smuggling of foreign currency abroad contributed to a ceiling sell the currency auction of US $ 75 million a day.

BAGHDAD / Obelisk: Parliamentary Finance Committee described, stabbed in parts of the private central bank of the General Budget Law as "unreasonable," saying the constitutional right to ownership transfers between the sections and the budget reduced.

Central Bank made an appeal to the Federal Court to paragraph 50 of the budget bill for the current year 2015, which obliged not to sell more than 75 million dollars a day auction currency, which promise Governor of the Central Bank on the Keywords "stranger danger" being subject to the Central Bank of the directives of the government, and expected to resolve This is for the benefit of the Central Bank prosecuted.

Member of the Finance Committee MP Masood Haider, confirmed the legitimacy of the Commission and the Parliament in accordance with the Constitution transfers between the doors and reduce the budget.

Haider said that "the challenge presented by the Central Bank respect to Article 46 relating to banks and investment formed according to Islamic law, 50 and article which sets the ceiling currency auction 75 million US dollars a day," noting that "there is an intention by the Council of Ministers to appeal in all material added by the Finance Committee. "

He revealed Haider "the possession of the Commission data and documents related to the process of money laundering and smuggling of foreign currency abroad, noting that in order to close a road in front of corruption in this area and to stop money laundering by what he called the" corrupt and influential "in state institutions has been added to this article," stressing "The committee will veto this appeal banking existing data has to disclose how whitening billions of dollars in Iraq and leaked to the outside."

Haider noted that "all the articles that have been added by the Finance Committee to the budget bill within the carry process and reduce state spending at all levels, and that these materials which are not financial implications and do not lead to an increase in the budget for what has been put forward by the Council of Ministers."

And on grades, between Haider, "The Finance Committee has redeploy 20 000 degrees were dedicated to the Ministry of Defence because of a lot of aliens and their distribution between the ministries and other state institutions."

Parliament has been added and amended about 17 articles in the budget bill, notably Article 50, which states that "the central bank is committed to identifying sales of currency ceiling does not exceed 75 million dollars a day with exercise justice in the sales process."

Mention that there are other materials that have been approved of reducing the number of cars of the three presidencies, and pressure Alaivadat Foreign posts by 50 percent, and compel the Ministry of Finance and ministries all regardless salaries and employee benefits in the provinces and hot areas, and install the contract-holders in the ministries who have three years of service and above in the budget 2015, and the creation of the reconstruction of areas devastated by the fund terrorism, and the allocation of two dollars for each province producing oil, and two dollars for every barrel of crude refining.

The Council of Ministers has authorized the session held in the current March 3, boss, Dr. Haider Abadi challenge some of the articles and paragraphs budget (2015), said a source familiar with the Council of Ministers earlier, the Board intends to appeal paragraphs in the current year's budget, noting that al-Abadi someone paragraphs were be changed in Parliament, namely, "to reduce allocations displaced, and the salaries of self-financing companies," while counting the deputies that the amendment of the budget bill without the knowledge of the government, "illegality", expecting that the government earn stabbed.


General Budget Law 2015: Debate on the legality of the budget amendment


Debate on the legality of the budget amendment

General Budget Law for 2015 witnessed a debate on the legality adjusted, while the government is seeking to challenge it, the parliamentary finance committee confirmed hold any amendment upon the illegality.

BAGHDAD / Obelisk: Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed on Saturday, the illegality of any amendment to the budget, even if challenged by the government, stating that the parliament has the right to just delete some paragraphs objectionable or keeping it.

He said the Finance Committee member Abdul Qader Mohammed, said. "After the presidential endorsement of the budget law have the right to appeal against the Council of Ministers and raise the appeal to the Federal Court."

He added: "If the court is satisfied that the appeal would send the budget to the House of Representatives, but the Council is not entitled to legally make any amendment, but to simply delete the paragraph objectionable or maintain them."

The government had announced its intention to appeal to the Federal Court on certain paragraphs of the budget in 2015 and then backed away from it.


Iraq .. Heads of political blocks Meeting at al-Jubouri's house to discuss the situation in Iraq and Yemen


Meeting at al-Jubouri's house to discuss the situation in Iraq and Yemen

HOME Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al witnessed a meeting of heads of political blocs and the prime minister and some government officials to discuss the general situation in the country and the developments of the crisis in Yemen.

BAGHDAD / Obelisk: MP from the Union of Iraqi strongman Mohamed Lhalobsi Saturday, the home of House Speaker Salim al witnessed a meeting of heads of political blocs in the presence of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Vice President Nuri al-Maliki to discuss developments in the security and political situation in the country and the crisis in Yemen.

Halbusi said in a press statement that "the leaders of political blocs held, on Thursday evening, a meeting house of Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, to discuss the latest developments in the country and military operations," noting that "the conferees also discussed recent developments in Yemen."

He added that "the most prominent attendees of the meeting, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and Vice President Nuri al-Maliki, the head of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim, and Vice Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, and Bahaa al-Araji, and Rose Nuri Shaways, and Second Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Aram Sheikh Mohammed, the Minister of State for the provinces and the House of Representatives, Ahmed al-Jubouri. "

And that "Planning Minister Salman Jumaili represents Vice President Osama Najafi at the meeting," adding that "the meeting was also attended by Secretary General of the Dawa Party-Iraq Organization Khodair al, and Chairman of the National Alliance bloc in the House of Representatives, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Ala Talabani block and the Secretary General of the Islamic Virtue Party Hashem al-Hashemi, the head of the movement solution Jamal Karbouli. "


Iraq President at the summit: We hope to eradicate terrorism


Infallible at the summit: We hope to eradicate terrorism in

Iraqi President Fuad Masum said during a speech at the Arab Summit currently being held in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh, that Iraq is working to accomplish national reconciliation between all components of the people except the terrorists, and what I hope to eliminate terrorism and Daash within a year, he pointed out that this Summit will be held at the stage very sensitive and dangerous to the security of the entire region.

BAGHDAD / Obelisk: Iraqi President Fuad Masum, said Saturday that outside interference will not help Yemen out of its crisis, and with all the Arabs appealed for the return of the parties to the conflict in Yemen to the dialogue table, between the summit is being held at a sensitive stage and we hope the Elimination of terrorism through year.

The President added infallible, during his speech at the opening of the 26th session of the Arab Summit, said that the terrorists in Iraq are committing genocide against the Yazidis and Christians crimes. "

He continued that "the people of Iraq is looking forward to all kinds of Arab countries support, because Iraq is facing serious plight of the effect of the displacement of more than two million people from nine provinces because of the successor organization Daash terrorist destruction and sabotage, in light of the lack of equipment to the provinces, which are hosting the displaced families, and lack of access adequate support from the Arab countries and the international community. "

He pointed out that "Iraq is also looking forward to this summit to adopt resolutions and mechanisms of cooperation and coordination between his country and the Arab states through diplomatic representation to the highest levels, and support for Iraq diplomatically, economically and militarily to meet the challenges facing Iraq's progress."

And that "we hope to eliminate terrorism and organizing Daash during the year," explaining that "there is a need for an international conference on Iraq to address the problem of displaced persons."

He noted that "we are working to accomplish national reconciliation among all the ingredients except the terrorists, appealing to" our Arab brothers and the international community to re-parties to the conflict in Yemen to the dialogue table. "


Friday, March 27, 2015

Gowdy: Clinton wiped email server clean, deleted all emails

March 27, 2015

Gowdy: Clinton wiped email server clean, deleted all emails

Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server "clean," permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party for an independent review, as Gowdy has requested.

Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, said Gowdy was looking in the wrong place.

In a six-page letter released late Friday, Kendall said Clinton had turned over to the State Department all work-related emails sent or received during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

"The Department of State is therefore in possession of all Secretary Clinton's work-related emails from the (personal email) account," Kendall wrote.

Kendall also said it would be pointless for Clinton to turn over her server, even if legally authorized, since "no emails ... reside on the server or on any backup systems associated with the server."

Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, faced a Friday deadline to respond to a subpoena for emails and documents related to Libya, including the 2012 attacks in a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

The Benghazi committee demanded further documents and access to the server after it was revealed that Clinton used a private email account and server during her tenure at State.

Gowdy said he will work with House leaders to consider options. Speaker John Boehner has not ruled out a vote in the full House to force Clinton to turn over the server if she declines to make it available by an April 3 deadline set by Gowdy.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Benghazi panel, said Kendall's letter confirmed "what we all knew: that Secretary Clinton already produced her official records to the State Department, that she did not keep her personal emails and that the Select Committee has already obtained her emails relating to the attacks in Benghazi."


US Hegemony, Dollar Dominance Are Officially Dead As China Scores Overwhelming Victory In Bank Battle

March 26, 2015

US Hegemony, Dollar Dominance Are Officially Dead As China Scores Overwhelming Victory In Bank Battle

It’s official: everyone has caught onto the fact that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank story is extremely important. We’ve covered this exhaustively over the past month, but to summarize, the China-led development bank essentially marks an epochal shift away from traditionally US-dominated multinational institutions like the IMF and the ADB. 

Meanwhile, it also represents an implicit attempt by the Chinese to usher in a kind of sino-Monroe Doctrine and solidify their regional — and, to a certain extent their international — ambitions. In a desperate attempt to undermine the effort and preserve what’s left of US hegemony, Washington aggressively lobbied its allies last year to refrain from supporting the effort. 

Then the UK decided to join calling the bank an “unrivaled opportunity.” That effectively opened the floodgates and in short order, a bevy of Western nations and close US allies suddenly reversed course and indicated they were likely to support the new institution. Here’s more:


Months Away From An Event That Will Change America Forever - Jade Helm 15 Expands To 10 States As China Prepares To Take The Helm

March 26, 2015

Months Away From An Event That Will Change America Forever - Jade Helm 15 Expands To 10 States As China Prepares To Take The Helm