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Salaries and privileges of the House of Representatives and the three presidencies in Iraq .. Astronomical numbers

Salaries and privileges of the House of Representatives and the three presidencies in Iraq .. Astronomical numbers

Authorities condemned and rejected people
Baghdad: Hamza Mustaf
entered the issue of salaries and privileges political class in Iraq, a dark tunnel since Saturday, when he announced thousands of Iraqi people rejected her, which lifted shares of blocs and political parties that have already been announced rejected her,

while led to a decline in shares of tried to stand her face, either as a birthright need to re-organize, or they do not constitute nothing compared to the large financial corruption files too, or is it just outbidding political and electoral.

Demonstrations that began in the cities of Iraq and the whole country of Central and South yesterday was the culmination of many of the positions expressed by many of the actors in Iraq about the privileges and salaries huge enjoyed by the political class in Iraq,

and in particular the three presidencies (the Republic and the Cabinet and Parliament) and submitted by the parties, which announced its refusal For these privileges Shiite religious authorities, as well as the demonstrations that began in the western provinces months ago.

In this context, it is at a time when Shiite blocs within the framework of the National Alliance, which includes the rule of law and the Islamic Supreme Council and the Sadrists, virtue, and Reform and the National Conference, competing in the Declaration of refusal to salaries and benefits in line with the positions of reference,

especially as the countdown to the upcoming parliamentary elections began in Iraq early, the other blocs such as the Kurdistan Alliance and the Iraqi List, in positions ranging from as a mere political and electoral bid and the need to reconsider the peace salaries and benefits for all and not only for members of Parliament.


In this context, member of the Iraqi parliament from the Kurdistan Alliance Chuan Mohamed Taha told «Middle East» that «the whole matter is not free from bidding political Although the demonstrators legitimate right considering that there are privileges big, and it needs to be revisited fairly between all» ,

pointing out that «the priority now must be to the security and services, and thus put these issues now needs the courage of everyone not to be stand with the people only in terms of demonstrations, but needed to do legislation by Parliament terminate this controversy and identifies him wages and salaries in a fair and proper for all presidencies, not members of Parliament.


The decision of the parliament and leader of the list of Iraq Muhammad Al-Khalidi, it said in a statement similar to the «Middle East» that «the hard thing is that there is an attack against the parliament so that being filmed as if the imbalance whole and privileges are all in parliament,

which is not true», saying: « We stand with the people’s demands fair, but not ride through the waves for electoral reasons, and therefore the required legislation legal submit quietly to parliament achieve justice in this matter;

because the member of parliament subjected to threats and issues make it difficult for him to return to his former, and must be Insurance and put it fairly, which is what we are working on.


While varying figures on salaries and benefits, the disk is almost that at the time of the monthly salary of the President of the Republic of 82 million Iraqi dinars (75 thousand dollars), the salary of the prime minister is 62 million dinars (57 thousand dollars), while the salary of the President of Parliament 57 million dinars ($ 53 thousand).

The minister salary amounts to about 12 million dinars ($ 10 thousand), which is close to that salary of a member of parliament, only that the minister has the allocations and petty over twenty million dinars, while the Member of Parliament does not have such provisions.

With regard to salary pension, it has 80 per cent of the salary, which means that if the net salary of a member of parliament is 10 million dinars, the salary pension is 8 million dinars, which withdraw gradually all those with special grades at the time of the rate of pensions for other varieties staff in Iraq between 200 thousand dinars ($ 150) to 400 thousand Iraqi dinars per month.

http://www.aawsat.com/details.asp?section=4&issueno=12696&article=741940 &feature=#.UiM1A3Ao6Uk

UN announces killing and wounding nearly three thousand people in August Iraq

UN announces killing and wounding nearly three thousand people in August Iraq

Sunday, 01 September / September 2013

Twilight News /

According to figures released Sunday, the United Nations Mission to help Iraq (UNAMI), killing a total of 804 people and injured 2,030 others by the violence and "terrorism" that occurred during the month of August.

A statement from the representation of the United Nations in Iraq, "UNAMI" Lord’s "Twilight News", "The civilian death toll reached 716 people (including 106 civilian police forces), while the number of civilian casualties has reached 1,936 people (including 195 troops civilian police).

Additionally, killed 88 element of the employees of the Iraqi security forces and wounded 94 others. "

She said the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jacqueline بادكوك, according to the statement, "Despite the low number of casualties in the month of August compared to July, still acts of violence leave a major impact on civilians and constitute a source of major concern in the deaths of nearly 5,000 one civilian and wounding another 12,000 since the beginning of the year 2013. "

According to the statement Baghdad was the most affected province during the month of August, where civilian casualties totaled 1,272 people (317 dead and 955 wounded), followed by the provinces of Salahuddin, Nineveh and Diyala, Anbar, where reportedly contained the fall of hundreds of victims. As in the provinces of Kirkuk, Babil, Wasit, Basra has also reportedly dozens of casualties.

Noteworthy that many of the Iraqi provinces, including the capital, Baghdad experienced during last August violence detonated car bombs and improvised explosive devices were the worst since the beginning of the current year to the day claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and military personnel killed and wounded.

http://www.shafaaq.com/sh2/index.php…–10—–.html

Strengthening Iraqi Int’l Student Programs

The U.S. Embassy Baghdad is hosting two senior administrators from Stanford University from August 25 to September 3 to partner with the Government of Iraq in expanding graduate degree opportunities for Iraqi students in the United States.

Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between the United States and Iraq, promoting cooperation in higher education is a mutual goal that helps connect citizens and forge lasting bonds of friendship and mutual respect.

Rania Sanford, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Programs for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Lily Kimbel, Director of Academic Operations at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, will work with the Prime Minister’s Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED), a scholarship program that awards 1,000 scholarships each year for Iraqi graduate study abroad, to share best practices and exchange program management methodologies.

Regarding the opportunity to work with the HCED, Ms. Sanford said:

Studying abroad provides students with an important global perspective. We are excited at this opportunity to work with our Iraqi partners to enhance Iraq’s education system at the highest levels.

The U.S. Mission in Iraq has four EducationUSA staff dedicated to explaining the U.S. higher education system, fostering university linkages and faculty professional development, and helping all Iraqi students learn more about studying in the United States. Interested students can “like” the EducationUSA Iraq Facebook page to receive regular updates (https://www.facebook.com/StudyUSAIraq) and email specific questions to BaghdadEducationAdv@state.gov.

(Source: Embassy of the United States)

US Contractor Stole Generators in Iraq

By John Lee.

Ruebin S. Thomas, a former civilian contractor, has pleaded guilty to stealing two electric generators from a U.S. military base in Iraq, reports Associated Press.

Thomas, who worked for Honeywell Technologies at the Camp Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, stole two generators valued at $176,000 each in June 2009.

Sentencing was scheduled for November; he will be required to make restitution, and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

(Source: Associated Press)

Govt’s New Employment Agency: MPs as Career Advisers?

By Mustafa Habib.

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

In a country like Iraq, where most careers come courtesy of the government, its not what you know, but who you know – or how much you’re willing to pay. The Federal Public Service Council was supposed to change this by acting as the government’s independent recruitment agency. But now it seems it will be just another “independent” body handicapped by Iraqi politics.

The Iraqi government is still one of the major employers in the country. Perhaps this is hardly surprising in an economy where most of the money comes from oil revenues and these are administered by the government. As a result, government jobs are widely sought after.

However, if they don’t have some kind of connection to the employer already in the government job or money to bribe them with, ordinary people can find it difficult to get a position in the civil service, no matter how well qualified they are. And this applies to university graduates as well as the average unemployed, unqualified individual. Additionally government jobs, whether in the military or civilian service, are often sold to the highest bidder by brokers or by influential members of political parties.

The so-called Federal Public Service Council is supposed to solve this problem, at least partially. Article 104 of Iraq’s Constitution says that: “A council named the Federal Public Service Council shall be established and shall regulate the affairs of the federal public service, including the appointment and promotion. A law shall regulate its formations and competencies.” It’s aim is to raise the level of public office and provide equal opportunities.

Iran Divides Iraqi Politicians

By Harith Hasan for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraq is currently the scene of a sharp regional conflict between Iran and its opponents. This is nothing new, however. Regional events have come to show that any country witnessing political or social instability, amid weak state control, can be exposed to a similar power struggle on the part of rich and stable regional powers that have a geopolitical agenda.

This is the case in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain. One can say that the current regional rivalry is hampering the process of rebuilding the state and national identity. It is due to this rivalry that internal conflicts have become complicated, as they turn into an extension of a wider regional conflict waged by powerful countries on the soft lands of unstable countries.

Moreover, the political, ideological and financial alliances that are forged between the regional powers and their local collaborators fuel internal division. In a country like Iraq, where this division takes on a sectarian character, the regional conflict leaves a major destructive effect.

Therefore, the most violent aspects of this conflict take place in countries where a power struggle is more intense, either because of their strategic importance or due to the lack of an ultimate hegemonic power.

This is particularly the case in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, which together form the main part of the Fertile Crescent. Step by step, the regional rivalries plaguing these three countries fell within the framework of a wider foreign conflict whose two major poles are Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Thus, it currently seems impossible to deem that the instability plaguing these countries is the result of a mere lack of compatibility between the subnational communities. These communities have increasingly become transnational communities.

By rampant “sectarianization,” we mean that there is in the region a continuous process that aims to establish sectarian, rather than national, identities.

It is noteworthy that this process affects the internal conflict, for the political community is divided over the identification of friends and enemies. Ernst Renan once defined the nation as a group of people united by a common hatred of their neighbors. If this is true, then the current problem in a country like Iraq is the absence of this “common hatred” for a given enemy.

Iran Divides Iraqi Politicians

By*Harith Hasan for*Al-Monitor.*Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of*Iraq Business News.
Iraq is currently the scene of a sharp regional conflict between Iran and its opponents. This is nothing new, however. Regional events have come to show that any country witnessing political or social instability, amid weak state control, can be exposed to a similar power struggle on the part of rich and stable regional powers that have a geopolitical agenda.
This is the case in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain. One can say that the current regional rivalry is hampering the process of rebuilding the state and national identity. It is due to this rivalry that internal conflicts have become complicated, as they turn into an extension of a wider regional conflict waged by powerful countries on the soft lands of unstable countries.
Moreover, the political, ideological and financial alliances that are forged between the regional powers and their local collaborators fuel internal division. In a country like Iraq, where this division takes on a sectarian character, the regional conflict leaves a major destructive effect.
Therefore, the most violent aspects of this conflict take place in countries where a power struggle is more intense, either because of their strategic importance or due to the lack of an ultimate hegemonic power.
This is particularly the case in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, which together form the main part of the Fertile Crescent. Step by step, the regional rivalries plaguing these three countries fell within the framework of a wider foreign conflict whose two major poles are Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Thus, it currently seems impossible to deem that the instability plaguing these countries is the result of a mere lack of compatibility between the subnational communities. These communities have increasingly become transnational communities.
By rampant “sectarianization,” we mean that there is in the region a continuous process that aims to establish sectarian, rather than national, identities.
It is noteworthy that this process affects the internal conflict, for the political community is divided over the identification of friends and enemies. Ernst Renan once defined the nation as a group of people united by a common hatred of their neighbors. If this is true, then the current problem in a country like Iraq is the absence of this “common hatred” for a given enemy.

Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com.

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