ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad has not allocated a “single dinar” for the reconstruction of Yezidi areas ravaged by the war with ISIS, said a Yezidi lawmaker, slamming the government for a multitude of … According to Dakhil, Iraq has not allocated "a single dinar in its 2018 budget bill for Shingal.”.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad has not allocated a “single dinar” for the reconstruction of Yezidi areas ravaged by the war with ISIS, said a Yezidi lawmaker, slamming the government for a multitude of … According to Dakhil, Iraq has not allocated "a single dinar in its 2018 budget bill for Shingal.”.

USAID Counselor Thomas H. Staal, a former USAID Iraq Mission Director and now one of the agency’s top officials, returned to Iraq December 5-10 to advance U.S. efforts to help Iraq’s most vulnerable communities following the defeat of ISIS.

While in Baghdad, Staal met with government officials including Dr. Mahdi al-Allaq, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, to discuss how Iraq can strengthen its support for minority communities.

Staal also met with United Nations representatives who are implementing U.S.-funded stabilization programs in Anbar, Ninewa, and Salah ad Din provinces.  He affirmed the U.S. government’s pledge to provide an additional $150 million to this effort.

With this new infusion of funds, the United States will have provided more than $265 million for stabilization projects and a separate $1.7 billion throughout Iraq for humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who were displaced by the ISIS threat beginning in 2014.

On December 6, Staal traveled to Erbil for a closer look at U.S. assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.  After an initial meeting with the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, he sat down with NGO leaders and representatives from the Christian, Yezidi, Sabean-Mandean, Kakai, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, and Jewish communities to hear their concerns and needs post-ISIS.

Presidency of the Parliament of Kurdistan calls for a general strike to overthrow the Barzani government!

The Speaker of the Parliament of Kurdistan, Yousef Mohammed, called on citizens and political parties to prepare for the start of popular demonstrations and general strikes aimed at dissolving the current government of the Kurdistan region.
"The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is corrupt and incapable of improving the living conditions of citizens, so the current situation requires the willingness of citizens to launch mass demonstrations with the participation of the political parties in order to dissolve the current government," Mohammed said during a televised interview with Sky Press. "The citizens are living in worsening conditions Because of corruption and lack of transparency in government institutions. "
The Speaker of the Parliament of Kurdistan also stressed the need for the security forces to protect the safety of citizens and protect them during the demonstrations.
"The movement of change has submitted a project to form a transitional government to manage the current phase, but the parties of the Authority are trying to keep the current government intact," said Mohammad, who has been exercising his legislative duties in Sulaymaniyah since he was prevented from entering Erbil in 2015.

US State Department renews call for dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad


The US State Department renewed its call for the start of dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve differences and outstanding issues between them according to the Iraqi constitution.

"We have held dialogues with the Iraqi government and with the KRG and we have good and ongoing contacts with them," said ministry spokeswoman Heather Neuert in a briefing.

She added that last week, an Iraqi official visited the US State Department and met with the minister’s adviser in order to continue the dialogues between Erbil and Baghdad.…%D8%A1-%D8%A7/

Abadi puts new conditions to receive the Kurdish delegation

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi put conditions on the Kurdish delegation, which plans to visit Baghdad soon so that he can meet him.

The MP for the Movement for Change Tafka Mohammed on Thursday the latest conditions of Prime Minister Haider Abadi to receive the Kurdish delegation, noting that Abadi will not agree to receive any delegation without achieving all its conditions.

"Abadi told the Kurdish parties that the conditions of receiving any Kurdish delegation will be accompanied by the cancellation of the referendum in a final manner and announce this in advance, as well as not to receive any delegation that is not united by all the Kurdish parties," she said.

She added: "Abbadi stressed that Baghdad does not bear any financial debts of the Kurdistan region to foreign oil companies or other debts as well as not to retreat from the delivery of all airports and border crossings and mixed areas."

"The Prime Minister has categorically refused to talk about any negotiations with Erbil without fulfilling all the conditions by Erbil, that all the commitments be documented in an agreement,"

adding that "some conditions are negotiable, such as handing over airport management and ports to joint destinations between Erbil And Baghdad as well as the realization of political understandings. "

The Presidency of the Republic calls for a close meeting of the three presidencies on holding the elections by their constitutional date

The Presidency of the Republic on Wednesday called for a meeting of the three presidencies and leaders of the political blocs and the judiciary to discuss the issuance of electoral laws and the holding of elections on the constitutional date, as well as the start of an immediate dialogue between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil to be headed by.

The presidency said in a statement received "Trend Press" a copy of it, "The meeting of the presidency today, which was absent Vice President Osama Najafi because of an emergency health, stressed the need to make every effort to resolve all current problems between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government and deepening unity National and enhances the gains of the federal democratic system. "

"The meeting also stressed the guarantee of the constitutional rights and freedoms of all citizens and the provision of the necessary necessities for them. The meeting also discussed the file of displaced persons and ways to provide services to them and work to return them to their liberated areas, as well as plans for the reconstruction of those areas.

The Presidency explained that "the meeting issued several resolutions, including the call for the start of an immediate dialogue between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to be under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic and technical support to the United Nations aims to establish normal relations between the two sides on the basis of the Constitution and decisions of the Federal Court.

The meeting called for "the meeting of the three presidencies and the leaders and representatives of the political blocs and the judiciary as soon as possible to discuss the issuance of electoral laws and the holding of elections of the Council of Representatives and provincial council elections on the constitutional date, and also call the components of Kirkuk all to the urgent meeting to discuss ways to normalize the situation of the province to ensure the rights of all citizens and the interest National High. "

And held the President of the Republic earlier on Wednesday a closed meeting with his deputies Nuri al-Maliki and Iyad Allawi.

USAID says it supports Iraq’s fight against corruption


The senior adviser to the US Agency for Development Thomas Stahl announced the Agency’s support for Iraq’s efforts in the fight against corruption, pointing out that these efforts is a project of Tamkul, through which the Agency works to develop the capabilities of Iraqi ministries and local governments on the one hand and reduce cases of corruption on the other .

"The project started working with the Ministries of Health, Public Municipalities, Higher Education and Scientific Research as well as the local government of Basra," Stal said in a press statement.

"The agency has worked for the past three years with the Directorate of Water Resources in Basra Governorate.

On reconstruction efforts in the liberated areas, Stahl said his country provides 1.7 billion dollars in aid to Iraq.

He stressed that the aid is focused on relief of displaced families, especially in Nineveh Plain and Sinjar, and helping returnees to the liberated areas by providing electricity and water services as well as health services and rehabilitation of schools in their areas.

On his new $ 150 million grant to Iraq, Stahl said it would be provided through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), noting that last year Washington provided $ 115 million to the provinces of Anbar, Erbil and Salahuddin, totaling $ 265 million.

"The province of Basra is not covered by these grants as it and the other southern provinces will include a program will soon begin under the name of" integration "and coincides with the end of the program" progress "and near the end of the program (thread) provided by the United States to those areas as assistance to the Iraqi government.


Key Ministers and officials from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) alongside representatives of the private sector, civil society, labour unions, the international community, donors and development agencies convened at a high-level conference yesterday in Erbil on E-Governance and Public Service Centres.

The Ministry of Interior of the KR-I organized the conference under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, H.E. Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, and with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The conference examined progress on efforts of the Ministry of Interior to simplify citizens’ access to basic government administrative services, such as the e-visa and the new drivers’ licence renewal system, through online electronic platforms that can be used also from the convenience of their homes.

This comes under a project entitled E-Governance for Better Service Delivery that the Ministry launched in March 2017, with help from UNDP, aiming to improve the responsiveness, transparency, and accountability of its delivery of quality administrative services to the public. To that end, the project promotes the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), including computer-aided platforms that can also be accessed remotely through the internet.

“The Ministry of Interior is committed to providing the quickest high-quality services to the citizens,” emphasized the Minister of Interior, Mr. Kareem Sinjari. “This will not only save considerable time and money for the citizens and Ministry alike, but it will help address potential administrative and financial corruption as well.”

By John Lee.

Fly Baghdad‘s Chief Executive Ali al-Hamdany has told Reuters that the budget airline plans to start flights to Europe and India next year, and is planning a stock market listing in 2020. It will also start flights to Ankara and Beirut in the coming weeks.

It currently operates two Boeing 149-seat 737-700 jets and one 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 to Erbil and Sulaimaniya, and internationally to Istanbul and Amman.

The airline, launched in 2015, is owned by Iraqi investors.

According to Reuters, it aims to become profitable next year after it adds flights to Frankfurt in Germany, Malmo in Sweden, and Delhi in India as part of its proposed network expansion that will also include Dubai.

(Source: Reuters)