OneBeat brings together musicians from all over the world to the U.S. for an exhilarating month of performances, discussions, and interactive music-making events. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a powerful way to connect people across political and cultural differences.

Applications for ONEBEAT 2019 are open from November 19 through December 21, 2018.

ONEBEAT is a U.S. government-sponsored fellowship that uses music as a tool to promote dialogue, creativity, and personal engagement among musicians from around the world. Applicants must be musicians aged 19-35 who can demonstrate musical talent, leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong commitment to building more cohesive communities at home.

The ONEBEAT program takes place in the United States over four weeks in September-October 2019. Two weeks are spent in a musical residency, and two weeks on a performance tour.  During the residency, participants form small musical ensembles, create original material, and develop workshop ideas.

While on tour, fellows give public performances in various U.S. cities and lead workshops with youth and community groups. ONEBEAT fellows will have their travel, room, and board costs covered.  Applicants must demonstrate basic English proficiency.  Interested musicians can apply directly via the OneBeat website http://1beat.org/apply .

(Source: US Embassy in Baghdad)

Iraqi party: the debts of the country 124 billion dollars and we will reveal scandals of the Ministry of Oil
11/17/2018


The head of the Party "competencies" Haitham al-Jubouri on Friday for his relentless disclosure of files of corruption in the ministries of the Iraqi state, including the Ministry of Oil, which described the corruption of the scandal.


Jubouri pointed out that Iraq’s foreign and internal debts amounted to 124 billion dollars, noting that 40 billion dollars of those debts belong to the Gulf countries to
support the regime of Saddam Hussein in the war on Iran,

and those countries did not talk with Baghdad about those funds, and there is 33 billion dollars To foreign countries and international financial institutions, and 51 billion of them as domestic debt.

Al-Jubouri spoke at the symposium of the political decision-making center for studies on the reality of oil export and production.

He explained that Kirkuk oil is used to meet the local need only for the difficulty of transporting it from the Kirkuk fields.

The local need is 600 thousand barrels per day, To the extent of scandals to be disclosed and make efforts with other ministries suffering from the same problem where some foreign workers earn 70 thousand dollars and our youth is unemployed. "



As for the collection of money and taxes, Jubouri said: Most countries in the world rely on their sources of income on taxes and charging fees in return for providing services to citizens, but in Iraq we are suffering from the problem of the inability to provide services suited to the state tax and taxes, and this makes the citizen is not convinced.


Jubouri spoke to the decision center about the Finance Committee in Parliament, proposing to divide it into two financial committees, and another call it the Budget Committee and the final accounts,

and said that there is a problem of inability to audit the final accounts provided by the Office of Financial Supervision because of time and problems.


He also stressed the existence of a great disappointment because of the pressure exercised by corrupters who hinder the efforts of detection of the money and tools and armies ready for electronic dotting.


Jubouri expressed his satisfaction with the efforts made to allocate 30% of the collection funds in the provinces to meet their needs of service, while 70% goes to the state treasury.

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Iraqi party: the debts of the country 124 billion dollars and we will reveal scandals of the Ministry of Oil
11/17/2018


The head of the Party "competencies" Haitham al-Jubouri on Friday for his relentless disclosure of files of corruption in the ministries of the Iraqi state, including the Ministry of Oil, which described the corruption of the scandal.


Jubouri pointed out that Iraq’s foreign and internal debts amounted to 124 billion dollars, noting that 40 billion dollars of those debts belong to the Gulf countries to
support the regime of Saddam Hussein in the war on Iran,

and those countries did not talk with Baghdad about those funds, and there is 33 billion dollars To foreign countries and international financial institutions, and 51 billion of them as domestic debt.

Al-Jubouri spoke at the symposium of the political decision-making center for studies on the reality of oil export and production.

He explained that Kirkuk oil is used to meet the local need only for the difficulty of transporting it from the Kirkuk fields.

The local need is 600 thousand barrels per day, To the extent of scandals to be disclosed and make efforts with other ministries suffering from the same problem where some foreign workers earn 70 thousand dollars and our youth is unemployed. "



As for the collection of money and taxes, Jubouri said: Most countries in the world rely on their sources of income on taxes and charging fees in return for providing services to citizens, but in Iraq we are suffering from the problem of the inability to provide services suited to the state tax and taxes, and this makes the citizen is not convinced.


Jubouri spoke to the decision center about the Finance Committee in Parliament, proposing to divide it into two financial committees, and another call it the Budget Committee and the final accounts,

and said that there is a problem of inability to audit the final accounts provided by the Office of Financial Supervision because of time and problems.


He also stressed the existence of a great disappointment because of the pressure exercised by corrupters who hinder the efforts of detection of the money and tools and armies ready for electronic dotting.


Jubouri expressed his satisfaction with the efforts made to allocate 30% of the collection funds in the provinces to meet their needs of service, while 70% goes to the state treasury.

https://www.sotaliraq.com/2018/11/17…8%D8%B3%D9%86/

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Will Iraqis get green light to enter restricted Green Zone?

While new Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has promised to open Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone to the public and to through traffic, there are doubts that he will be able to fulfill that pledge.

The Green Zone, officially the International Zone, is a 4-square-mile area that’s home to Iraqi government buildings for the presidency, parliament, judiciary and the intelligence and national security staffs. Also located there are various foreign embassies, including those of the United States and the United Kingdom; other diplomatic missions; offices of international organizations, notably the UN; and residences of privileged Iraqis and high-level officials.

The restricted zone inconveniences many Baghdad residents, especially commuters. Opening the area could reduce heavily congested streets and slash the amount of time it takes to travel across town. It would also make it easier for citizens to access government agencies.

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For the first time .. Demonstrations in front of the central bank in central Baghdad
11/16/2018



BAGHDAD – Hundreds of civilians demonstrated in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Friday, demanding the removal of the governor of the Central Bank Ali Alalak, after the damage of 7 billion Iraqi dinars were in the bank, because of "rainwater."

A security source in Baghdad that "the demonstrators raised slogans condemning the existence of relations in the post of governor of the Central Bank and chanted against him," noting that "other slogans included the demand of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to hold the accounts and submit to the judiciary."

For his part, the protester Ammar al-Baghdadi, "We turned our demonstration today from Tahrir Square to the Central Bank to pressure the government and the judiciary to hold accountable for the links and all those who caused damage to citizens’ funds."

"Our demonstrations will be renewed before the central bank unless there is accountability for those who waste money from Iraqis," he said.

The Supreme Judicial Council in Iraq announced on Thursday that it is investigating the sinking of 7 billion Iraqi dinars due to the torrential rains that entered the bank.

The governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Ali Alalak, earlier that 7 billion Iraqi dinars (about 6 million dollars) was damaged by rainwater in 2013, which sparked political and popular anger in the country.

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Aiming for more sustainable options for dealing with the huge amounts of rubble borne out of the ISIL conflict, municipalities of around half a dozen devastated cities in western Iraq explored opportunities to establish debris recycling centres to help advance recovery efforts at a two-day workshop held in Ramadi’s Anbar University on 7-8 November 2018.

Hosted by Anbar Governorate and organized in collaboration with the Iraq Ministry of Health and Environment with technical advisory support from UN Environment, the gathering brought together – for the first time – key stakeholders from local authorities, technical government departments, university academics, demining experts, as well as UN agencies to discuss more sustainable options for dealing with the huge amounts of rubble created by the ISIL conflict.

“Over two years since retaking most of Anbar’s shattered cities from the grips of ISIL terrorists in 2016, rubble continues to be a major obstacle for tens of thousands of displaced persons to regain their homes, and restart their lives and businesses,” said Mr. Mustapha Arsan, deputy governor of Anbar Governorate.

Municipal representatives from the most damaged cities of Ramadi, Haditha, Hit, Qaim and Kubaisa, in Iraq’s upper Euphrates region, underscored the major problems they continue to face in removing colossal volumes of rubble. Lack of debris removal equipment and inadequate operational budgets were highlighted as major constraints. While most of the rubble in the streets has been removed, much of the remaining debris will be generated from building demolition.

The Qaim Maqam (head of district) of Ramadi, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Awsaj, stated that around 80 percent of Ramadi – capital of Anbar governorate with a population of over 570,000 people before the conflict – lay in ruins. Preliminary estimates by Ramadi municipality indicate that around three of the seven million tonnes of debris have so far been removed with extensive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization.

Furthermore, debris removal is significantly complicated by exceptionally high levels of contamination with unexploded ordnance and booby traps. “Over 20,000 explosive devices have so far been from Ramadi city alone,” said Mr. Al-Awsaj. Training and establishing clear procedures for dealing with explosives in the debris is a critical prerequisite for clearing-up the rubble.

“Debris continues to be scooped and dumped in an uncontrolled manner creating serious health and environmental risks and burdensome economic liabilities for the future,” decried Mr. Qais Abd, head of the Anbar Environment Directorate. Mr. Abd added that “future campaigns to remove debris haphazardly dumped all over the place may be needed,” engendering additional costs for the financially strapped local authorities.

Emphasizing that many other post-conflict cities faced similar challenges, UN Environment expert Martin Bjerregaard affirmed that considerable experience exists from elsewhere that can help inform Anbar’s debris management efforts. “We are not starting from scratch here,” said Mr. Bjerregaard, who went on to share lessons from neighbouring Mosul as well as Syria, Lebanon, Philippines, and going to back the Balkans conflict in the late 1990s.

The workshop also highlighted ongoing work by UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization and the International Organization Migration to establish debris recycling centres in Mosul with technical advice from UN Environment. This initiative will help create much needed jobs through cash-for-work programmes.

Original research by Anbar University engineer Mr. Salah Thameel found that crushed debris from Ramadi were of high quality and complied with Iraqi engineering standards for use in civil works, including as underlying subbase for roads.

“The cost of crushing the debris is about one third of buying fresh quarry materials and, if transportation costs are added, it would account for only 10 percent,” explained Mr. Thameel. Furthermore, “by reusing the crushed debris, we would significantly reduce negative environmental impacts of quarrying and polluting emissions from trucking gravel from quarry sites,” he asserted.

Crushing debris would not only significantly facilitate rubble removal operations by reducing the volumes handled, but would also result in important cost savings. “We are eager to start with recycling and welcome support from the friends of Iraq to help us in rebuilding our damaged cities,” stated Ms. Asmaa Osama, President of the Committee of Health and Environment and member of Anbar Provincial Council.

Workshop participants further recommended that an Anbar-wide debris management action plan led by the Governorate is developed to help coordinate debris recycling efforts across its damaged cities. Key actions including identification of potential sites for setting-up debris recycling centres were also discussed with a specific focus on Ramadi city as a demonstration pilot.

(Source: UN)

NATO Leads New Mission to Develop Iraq’s Defense Institutions

A new NATO-led mission in Iraq will work to further develop Iraq’s security institutions and structures, British Army Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika told Pentagon reporters here today.

American and Turkish troops conduct a convoy during a joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, Nov. 8, 2018. Army photo by Spc. Zoe Garbarino

The mission is expected to be established by early next year, said Ghika, who declined to specify which NATO nations and the number of personnel would be involved.

Ghika, deputy commander of strategy and information for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, spoke during a video teleconference from Baghdad today.

The nature of the mission will be noncombat, he said. It will consist of advisors working closely with officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the Office of the National Security Advisor “to help Iraq build a more effective, sustainable, inclusive and transparent defense sector.”

The focus of those efforts will be on institutional education in the National Defense University, the Joint Forces Staff College, and some of the schools which are building military capability in areas such as engineering and infantry, he said. The advisors will focus on training the Iraqi instructors.

Ghika also provided an update on coalition efforts to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and provide aid to civilians impacted by the fighting.

Coalition Efforts in Syria

Last week provided for the safe delivery of critical humanitarian aid to the Rukban internally displaced person’s camp near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, on the border with Jordan in the deconfliction zone, Ghika said.

Leading that effort were the Maghaweir al Thowra, a fighting force native to southern Syria and a partner of CJTF – OIR, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, a humanitarian nonprofit organization. Maghaweir al Thowra was previously called the New Syrian Army.

Supplies delivered included 10,475 food parcels, clothes for 18,000 children, 10,000 hygiene kits, as well as newborn baby kits for about 1,200 children, he said.

Also, the U.N. conducted an emergency vaccination campaign to protect around 10,000 children against measles, polio and other potentially deadly diseases.

Currently, the coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces partners are fighting ISIS in the last physically held terrain in the Middle Euphrates River valley around the town of Hajin in eastern Syria, Ghika said.

“This is a hard fight. Indeed, we have witnessed some of the most intense fighting since ISIS was defeated in Raqqa, [Syria,] and Mosul, [Iraq]. The ultimate outcome is not in doubt. ISIS will be defeated in the Middle Euphrates River valley,” he said.

On Nov. 8, U.S. and Turkish forces conducted their second combined joint patrol in the vicinity of the town of Manbij, Syria, on the west bank of the Euphrates, about 19 miles from Turkey. “This is a critical part of the coalition’s efforts to prevent the resurgence of ISIS there and enable the voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced people,” Ghika said.

Coalition Efforts in Iraq

Iraqi security forces continue to target ISIS fighters who are attempting to regroup and regain a foothold in the small pockets of the Anbar Desert area of Iraq. Those efforts, called Operation Last Warning, are broadening to the entire country, he said.

Additionally, Iraqi forces are shoring up the border with Syria to prevent ISIS fighters from fleeing to Syria, reinforcing efforts of the SDF, he said.

In Saladin province in northern Iraq, the ISF and the Iraqi counterterrorism service, supported by the coalition, conducted multiple strikes on an ISIS senior leader meeting, killing a significant number of ISIS militants and key leaders, Ghika said.

Progress in Battling ISIS

“I’m struck by the immense progress that’s been made by Iraqi security forces and Syrian democratic forces partnering against the evil of ISIS,” said Ghika, noting that this is his second CJTF – OIR tour, the first as deputy commander of the coalition’s land component command in 2014 to 2015.

A recently published U.N. report on atrocities and mass graves in territories formerly controlled by ISIS documents 202 mass grave sites and the U.N. estimates these sites contain 6,000 to 12,000 bodies, he said.

“This is a stark reminder of why the coalition to counter ISIS was established and why nations across the globe have been willing to send their fighting men and women here,” Ghika said.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Member of parliamentary finance: We will work to include a budget item that obliges the government to install contracts
11/14/2018
The committee will work to find solutions to the comments on the draft federal budget law for the next fiscal year, while noting the committee’s intention to put a budget article binding the government to install contracts working in the state departments to the permanent owners.

Hamadoun said in an interview with Alsumaria News, "There are many observations that were raised on the budget next year, where we will work to find solutions, including the issue of grades through the development of a binding article to the government in the budget by installing contracts working in the state departments on the permanent owners to reduce the proportions Unemployment and the granting of this segment full wages,

"noting that" the total budget amount is 132 trillion dinars, up from the previous year 27 trillion dinars, and despite this, it has been devoid of any doors meet the aspirations of the citizen. "


"The Finance Committee in previous years was obliged to pass the budget, including observations as a result of the forestry situation and the war against Daqash, but today Iraq won and the citizen should see the development and construction and development of infrastructure

and reconstruction of liberated areas and development projects and rehabilitation of factories and factories and increase production and development of agriculture and industry ", Pointing out that" the deputies of the liberated provinces will not vote on the budget unless the fairness of their fans.

"The House of Representatives discussed in its session held Tuesday, November 12, 2018 Federal Budget for the fiscal year 2018 in the presence of Finance Minister Fouad Hussein.

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UNDP and Denmark Support Mid – Level Police Management Training in Iraq for Citizen Service Oriented Policing

On 11 November 2018 UNDP and Danish National Police started the first of a series of Mid-Level Police Management Training Courses for the Local Police in Iraq.

The courses are developed and delivered in close collaboration with the Ministry of Interior’s Training and Qualification Directorate. Each course duration is three weeks and, a total of 300 police officers from liberated and, other provinces in Iraq are expected to benefit from the training.

The key objectives of the course are to:

  • advance the implementation of the Local Police Road Map and, its reform priorities through leadership development at both national and provincial levels.
  • motivate police mid-level leadership to lead Iraqi police transformation from a fighting force to a public security service in post – ISIL Iraq with modern managerial techniques and, skills in-line with national and international standards.

The Danish Ambassador Gert Meinecke expressed, that he hopes “the training courses will contribute to successful transformation of the Local Police Service Road Map into tangible action on the ground”.

Wishing all participants a successful course the Danish National Police Commissioner, Jens Henrik Hoejbjerg said:

“Danish police have a lot to offer internationally. Therefore, I am pleased that Danish police officers will be responsible for the training of mid-level police managers for the Iraqi police. I have no doubt that we can contribute to the fact that both the Iraqi police and the Iraqi communities continue to move forward and develop”.

UNDP Acting Country Director Gerardo Noto added:

… improving Local Police Service is an identified key priority within the Government of Iraq’s ongoing Security Sector Reform Programme under the system priority Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement that is supporting by UNDP and International Partners.

“Therefore, leadership development is a key precursor in the overall implementation of the Government’s Security Sector Programme as a fundamental pillar for rule of law and building sustainable peaceful societies.”

UNDP is grateful to Denmark for its generous funding and, for the highly experienced police trainers to conduct the Mid – Level Management Courses to Iraqi Police.

(Source: UNDP)

Citizen refutes allegations of the central bank governor in a primitive way

11/13/2018

Local – Kilkames Press; a citizen refuted, the allegations of the Iraqi Central Bank Agency, Ali Alaak, damage billions of dinars because of leakage of rainwater.

The citizen through a video in an experiment to the validity of the Iraqi currency and hardened in the water, where he put 250 dinars in the water for several hours without being damaged to the extent that leads to damage completely.

The governor of the Central Bank of Iraq agency, Ali Alaq, said during a meeting hosted by the House of Representatives, on Monday in response to a question on the causes of corruption of 12 billion dinars,

"The damage was before taking office when the coffers of the Rafidain Bank (government) to sink because of heavy rainfall In 2012 and caused damage to banknotes after the arrival of water to the stores. "

Al-Alaq explained that "the Central Bank is replacing currencies when exposed to any damage was also imposed a certain fine on the management of Rafidain Bank, which was reduced after considering what was spent and fate, especially that these securities outside the age of time.

He pointed out that "the central bank lost the cost of printing banknotes and it does not represent much, knowing that the amount was up to 7 billion dinars and a value much less than that and we regret an international certificate of cash management."

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