German Tabloid Campaigns For Removal Of Russian Tank Memorial

Germany’s top-selling newspaper wants Soviet tanks removed from a World War II memorial in Berlin in protest against Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
 
The “Bild” tabloid has launched a petition to get rid of the two tanks, which stand on pedestals in front of Berlin’s Soviet war memorial.
 
The complex was built in 1945 just a stone’s throw from the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of German unity since the end of the Cold War.
 
“In an era when Russian tanks are threatening free, democratic Europe, we don’t want any Russian tanks at the Brandenburg Gate,” Bild wrote on April 15.
 
The petition accuses the Kremlin of “threatening the freedom” of Ukraine by using “the force of arms” to annex Crimea and massing troops on Ukraine’s eastern border.
 
“Bild” urged its readers to sign and mail the protest letter to the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament.
 
Despite paying tribute to the “immense suffering of the Russian people during World War II,” the petition is likely to spark anger in Russia.

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Russian officials have long sought to counter what they describe as Western attempts to falsify history, and World War II – in which an estimated 20 million Soviet citizens lost their lives — remains a particular prickly topic.
 
“Bild” has formally filed its petition to parliament.
 
The Bundestag itself doesn’t have the authority to order the tanks unscrewed from their pedestals. 
 
What it can do, however, is issue a non-binding recommendation to the German government backing the request.
 
The prospect is not unrealistic, considering the tabloid’s massive circulation — the sixth-largest circulation worldwide with more than two million copies sold every day – and its proverbial weight on Germany’s political life.
 
“We will examine it and decide whether it falls under our jurisdiction,” Arite Rochlitz, an employee at the Bundestag’s petitions committee, told RFE/RL. “If it is accepted, then it will go through the standard parliamentary procedure.”
 
This means at least one coalition and one opposition lawmaker would be appointed to study the petition and consult the appropriate authorities. If the proposal is deemed well-grounded, lawmakers would then decide on whether or not to ask the government to take action.
 
The process can take from several weeks to several years.
 
International treaties on Germany’s reunification, however, may preclude attempts to get rid of the Russian tanks.
 
“The memorial also has a war cemetery,” says Rochlitz. “There are bilateral agreements to maintain the site and take care of it.”
 
This is not the first time a Soviet war memorial has been the subject of controversy.
 
In 1991, a Soviet tank monument in Prague was painted pink by a group of art students. After Russia sent a note of protest, the tank was repainted green, only to be daubed again with pink paint.
 
In Estonia, the 2007 removal of a memorial featuring a Red Army soldier also riled authorities in Moscow and sparked clashes in Tallinn that left one person dead and more than 40 injured.

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BGG shares reasons behind the removal of Turki

3-21-2014 Newshound/Intel Guru BGG Maliki needs someone in there now that will do his bidding for him. I believe it’s happening, we just don’t know the time frame, but it makes Maliki look really desperate. It is my speculation if this CBI move was geared around pro currency reform, pro votes, pro Maliki then he will do it later in the election cycle which is only 10 days away from really starting, supposedly April 1.

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BGG shares reasons behind the removal of Turki

3-21-2014 Newshound/Intel Guru BGG Maliki needs someone in there now that will do his bidding for him. I believe it’s happening, we just don’t know the time frame, but it makes Maliki look really desperate. It is my speculation if this CBI move was geared around pro currency reform, pro votes, pro Maliki then he will do it later in the election cycle which is only 10 days away from really starting, supposedly April 1.

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New Syrian chemical-arms removal plan slammed

Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a February 5 deadline, but the international mission overseeing the operation believes it can be done in a shorter timeframe, diplomats have said.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) executive committee met on Friday in The Hague to discuss the joint OPCW and UN mission amid growing international frustration at Damascus falling behind on its commitments, the Reuters news agency reported.

Former Republican Senator Richard Lugar speaks to Al Jazeera on Syria’s chemical removal plan.

The Syrian government, locked in a three-year-old war with rebels seeking President Bashar al-Assad’s overthrow, failed to meet the February 5 OPCW deadline to move all of its declared chemical substances and precursors out of the country.

The final deadline under the OPCW plan is for all of Syria’s declared chemical materials to be destroyed by June 30.

“The Syrian 100-day plan for removal of the chemicals, on which we have been briefed, is not adequate,” Philip Hall, head of the British Foreign Office Counter Proliferation Department, told the OPCW, according to a copy of his statement.

“We now urge the Syrian authorities to accept the proposals submitted by the Operational Planning Group that provide for removal in a much shorter timeframe, without compromising on security.”

A senior UN diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the international mission believes the operation can be carried out before the end of March, adding that Syria’s proposed end of May deadline would not leave enough time for the chemicals to be destroyed before the end of June.

The OPCW declined to comment on Syria’s proposal.

US annoyance

The US has sent the MV Cape Ray, a ship outfitted with special equipment to neutralise the worst of Syria’s chemicals at sea, and says it will need 90 days to complete the destruction.

“The international community has put into place everything that is necessary for transport and destruction of these chemicals,” said Robert Mikulak, US ambassador to the OPCW.

“Sufficient equipment and material has been provided to Syria. The ships to carry the chemicals away from Syria are waiting.

“The US ship to destroy CW agent and precursors is now in the region and waiting. Commercial facilities to destroy other chemicals have been selected and contracts awarded.

“They are waiting. And yet Syria continues to drag its feet,” he said.

UN disarmament chief Angela Kane said on Thursday in New York that any new plan would need to be endorsed by the OPCW and the UN Security Council.

‘Delays are not insurmountable’

The deal for Syria to give up its chemical weapons, brokered by the US and Russia, was enshrined in a UN Security Council resolution in September.

The resolution does not authorise automatic punitive action in the form of military strikes or sanctions if Syria does not comply. At Russia’s insistence, the resolution makes clear a second council decision would be needed for that.

The worst chemicals are supposed to be destroyed by the end of March and the rest of the arsenal by the end of June.

Sigrid Kaag, head of the international mission, said earlier this month that she did not believe the Syrian government was intentionally delaying the removal of its arsenal, but that accelerated cooperation was vital to meet the mid-year deadline.

“Intermediate milestones ideally should have been met, they have not been met, there are delays,” she said. “Delays are not insurmountable. Delays have a reason, there’s a rationale, there’s a context.”

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Removal of Syria’s chemical weapons begins

The first shipment of chemical weapons material has left Syria, according to the UN.

The joint mission overseeing the disarmament, the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said on Tuesday that the materials had been moved from two sites to the port of Latakia and then loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel.

“This is an important step commencing the transportation of these materials as part of the plan to complete their disposal outside the territory of Syria,” Mehmet Uzumcu, OPCW director-general, said in a statement.

“I encourage the Syrian government to maintain the momentum to remove the remaining priority chemicals, in a safe and timely manner, so that they can be destroyed outside of Syria as quickly as possible.’”

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China, Denmark, Norway and Russia are providing maritime security for the cargo.

The removal was due to take place before December 31, but Syria’s worsening conflict, logistical problems and bad weather had delayed the operation.

The year-end deadline for the removal of weapons components was the first major milestone under a UN Security Council-backed deal arranged by Russia and the US that aims to eliminate all of Syria’s chemical arms by the middle of this year.

Under the plan, the chemicals will be taken from the Syrian port of Latakia to a port in Italy, where they will be transferred to a US navy vessel, the Cape Ray, which is fitted with equipment to destroy them at sea.

The OPCW turned to the US military for assistance after no country volunteered to destroy the chemical weapons on its soil, despite an international consensus that the weapons be neutralised outside Syria.

The US-Russia deal was aimed at heading off US military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime after hundreds of people were killed last August in a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus.

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Syria ‘unlikely’ to Meet Weapons Removal Deadline

Syria ‘unlikely’ to Meet Weapons Removal Deadline

Posted 2013-12-29 23:53 GMT

Syria is “unlikely” to meet a deadline, which falls on December 31, to ship its most dangerous chemical arms out of the country, the United Nations acknowledged for the first time on Saturday, local time.

The UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said “important progress” has been made on eliminating Syria’s banned weapons, but called on President Bashar al-Assad’s government to “intensify efforts” to meet internationally set deadlines.

The year-end deadline was the first key milestone under a UN Security Council-backed deal arranged by Russia and the United States that aims to wipe out all of Syria’s chemical arms by June 30, 2014.

“Preparations continue in readiness for the transport of most of the critical chemical material from the Syrian Arab Republic for outside destruction. However, at this stage, transportation of the most critical chemical material before 31 December is unlikely,” said a joint UN and OPCW statement.

Syria’s worsening civil war, logistical problems and bad weather had held up the operation to move chemical agents to the port of Latakia, the bodies said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday in another statement that despite a delay in moving chemical weapons out of Syria, “safe and secure” transport will start “as soon as possible.”

Ban also insisted that the operation was making “effective progress” as shown by “the steady achievements in meeting all previous milestones the past three months.”

Under the UN Security Council resolution 2118, the OPCW is mandated to oversee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.

The OPCW-UN mission was set up two months ago to achieve the timely removal in the safest and most secure manner possible. The OPCW staff have been in Syria since August, inspecting and verifying the country’s chemical weapon stockpiles.

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Economist calls for the removal of zeros from currency

Called for an economist to delete three zeros from the Iraqi currency, the promise of its existence as a successor to serious damage in the operations count amounts of cash huge.

said economic expert, a member of the Finance and Banking at the University of Wasit Abdul-Karim al-Tai told the National Iraqi News Agency: “The zeros present in the Iraqi currency has a negative impact on operations count amounts of cash huge lead to fall into mistakes while conducting census by the staff of the Ministry of Planning.

“He said:” The Ministry of Finance issued figures contrary to issued by the Ministry of Planning and the Central Bank, which leads to Inflation figures in the currency, in addition to the limited possibilities for staff statistics, this would make the database is not realistic and is making wrong decisions on them. “

And he saw: “The most important positive effects that Steksha process of deletion of zeros is to reduce assets in banks as well as to give the impression of a campaign such amounts as valuable and thus lower prices of goods and services provided.”

and said the central bank in August plans to delete the zeros from the Iraqi dinar to facilitate financial transactions in an economy dominated by the oil sector and made ​​the transaction through cash often. since last year waiting for a restructuring plan dinar to supply the market with more liquidity parliamentary approval.

announced a statement of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the Council decided to stay the proceedings all related to the process of deletion of zeros from dinar until further notice.

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Morsi: my removal was treason against Egypt

Egypt’s deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, has accused those who removed him of “treason against the whole nation” and said in a written message that his removal must be reversed and those behind it put on trial.

A group of volunteer lawyers, not Morsi’s defence lawyers, read the message from Morsi at a press conference on Wednesday, a day after they met him in prison.

Morsi said he intends to sue the army-installed authorities, and that there can be no stability in Egypt unless “the military coup is eliminated and those responsible for shedding Egyptians’ blood are held accountable”.

Mohamed al-Damati, one of the lawyers, said: “The president plans to take legal measures against the coup, and this will be up to the defence team in the near future.”

In the letter, Morsi said he was “kidnapped” and held by the Republican Guard on July 2 – a day before he was formally removed by the military.

Morsi was moved to a high security prison in Alexandria on November 4 after the first session of his trial on charges of incitement to murder protesters in December 2012.

Morsi has so far not agreed on which lawyers will represent him at the trial, which is set to resume on January 8.

Rory Challands, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Cairo, said: “He is still saying essentially that the court is illegitimate and that it doesn’t have the authority to do what it’s doing.

“In taking a defiant tone, not naming legal council, he’s leaving hismelf essentially defenceless in the courtroom.”

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Georgian Muslims Protest Minaret Removal

Hundreds of Georgian Muslims have gathered in Tbilisi to protest the removal of a mosque’s minaret in the Samtskhe-Javakheti province.

Local authorities removed the minaret in the village of Chela on August 26.

A group of Muslims tried to block the work, but police forcefully dispersed the protesters, arresting 21 of them.

The Finance Ministry said the minaret was removed for inspection to verify if the materials used to build it were properly declared when they were imported into Georgia from Turkey in July.

The Grand Mufti of the Georgian Muslims’ Directorate, Jemal Paksadze, condemned the minaret’s removal, calling it a violation of Georgian citizens’ rights.

Paksadze is based in the capital of Georgia’s southeastern Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

Members of his directorate arrived in Tbilisi to lead the protest there on August 27.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL’s Georgian and Russian services

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Today is the most important day parallel to removal from Chapter 7

7-8-2013 Intel Guru TD With Parliament now joining the Economic Commission, The Finance Committee and I’m told also The CBI on the same page & mindset of REMOVAL OF ZEROS FROM THE CURRENCY, what do U actually think they will do? Today is the most important day parallel to removal from Chapter 7 because the IMF DID approve the last plan of currency reform Iraq submitted WITH a few tweaks, which the parties I mentioned will be voting on today.

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International reactions to Morsi’s removal

The Egyptian army’s suspension of the constitution and removal of President Mohamed Morsi has drawn mixed responses from world leaders:

European Union

The European Union has called for a rapid return to democracy in Egypt.

“I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and complete its democratic transition,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement on Thursday.

Ashton said she hoped Egypt’s new administration would be fully inclusive. She stressed the importance of ensuring full respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law and said she would hold the authorities to account.

“I strongly condemn all violent acts, offer my condolences to the families of the victims, and urge the security forces to do everything in their power to protect the lives and well-being of Egyptian citizens,” she said.

France

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that Paris took note that elections had been announced in Egypt following a transition period after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

“In a situation that has worsened seriously and with extreme tension in Egypt, new elections have finally been announced, after a transition period,” Fabius said in a statement.

France hoped a timetable would be drawn up respecting “civil peace, pluralism, individual liberties and the achievements of the democratic transition, so that the Egyptian people can freely choose their leaders and their future”, he added.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi King Abdullah sent a message of congratulations to the head of the Egyptian Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, on Wednesday for being appointed interim head of state after the armed forces overthrew Morsi, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

“In the name of the people of Saudi Arabia and on my behalf, we congratulate your leadership of Egypt in this critical period of its history. We pray for God to help you bear the responsibility laid upon you to achieve the ambitions of our brotherly people of Egypt,” the message said.

Syria

Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday praised Egypt’s protests against their leader and said his overthrow by the military means the end of “political Islam”.

Assad, who is seeking to crush a revolt against his own rule, said Egyptians have discovered the “lies” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

He spoke in an interview with the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper to be printed in full Thursday.

“What is happening in Egypt is the fall of so-called political Islam,” Assad said. “This is the fate of anyone in the world who tries to use religion for political or factional interests.”

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates welcomed the change in Egypt, according to state news agency WAM, and praised the Egyptian armed forces.

“His Highness Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the foreign minister of the UAE, expressed his full confidence that the great people of Egypt are able to cross these difficult moments that Egypt is going through,” WAM said in a statement.

“Sheikh Abdullah said that the great Egyptian army was able to prove again that they are the fence of Egypt and that they are the protector and strong shield that guarantee Egypt will remain a state of institutions and law,” it added.

United Kingdom

Britain urged for calm in Egypt following the army’s ouster of Morsi and spoke out against the use of military intervention in bringing about regime change, but stopped short of calling it a coup.

“The situation is clearly dangerous and we call on all sides to show restraint and avoid violence,” said Foreign Secretary William Hague.

“The United Kingdom does not support military intervention as a way to resolve disputes in a democratic system,” Hague said in the statement.

Britain called on all parties to move forward and “show the leadership and vision needed to restore and renew Egypt’s democratic transition.”

“It is vital for them to respond to the strong desire of the Egyptian people for faster economic and political progress for their country,” stressed Hague.

This must involve early and fair elections and civilian-led government, he said.

“In the long run only democratic processes and government by consent will bring the stability and prosperity that the people of Egypt seek,” added the minister.

United States

The United States declined on Wednesday to criticise Egypt’s military, even as it was ousting of Morsi from power.

Shortly after Egypt’s army commander announced that Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, had been deposed and the constitution suspended the US State Department expressed concern over the military intervention.

The US ordered the mandatory evacuation of its embassy in Cairo, just hours after the army deposed Morsi. A later travel advisory confirmed that “the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency US government personnel and family members from Egypt due to the ongoing political and social unrest.”

US President Barack Obama released a statement saying he was deeply concerned by decision by Egyptian military to depose Morsi, and calls for a swift return to civilian government. 

“No transition to democracy comes without difficulty, but in the end it must stay true to the will of the people. An honest, capable and representative government is what ordinary Egyptians seek and what they deserve,” Obama said.

“The long-standing partnership between the United States and Egypt is based on shared interests and values, and we will continue to work with the Egyptian people to ensure that Egypt’s transition to democracy succeeds.”

However, the US also stopped short of calling the military intervention a coup.

Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane, reporting from Washington, noted that any country involved in a coup was not entitled to aid from the US.

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Iraq VP lobbying for Canada’s support for CH VII removal

Alkhozai looking with Canadian Foreign Minister support the position of Security Council Iraq out of Chapter VII

Search Vice President, Khodair al, on Tuesday, with Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird, get the country out of Chapter VII.

A reporter for “Euphrates” said Vice President Khodair al met today, Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird, and discussed with him the support of Iraq’s position on the UN Security Council in order to take it out of Chapter VII.

It is likely that the UN Security Council to vote next Thursday, to remove Iraq from Chapter VII, after being recommended by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, remove Iraq from Chapter this item after Baghdad’s commitment to the implementation of all UN resolutions.

The Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in a press conference held on 30 last May that “we reached an excellent results in the field to remove Iraq from Chapter VII,” noting that “the sanctions imposed on Iraq in the seventh item numbering {60} decision concerning disarmament issues and the oil-for-food, medicine and other decisions that control all of Iraq’s activities and as a result of unremitting efforts and cooperation with friends in the countries of the world got rid of the majority of these decisions. “

He said Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said earlier that “the rest of the debt of Kuwait to Iraq is the only {11} billion dollars, and if we have to pay this amount Vsikhrj Iraq entirely from Chapter VII,” adding that “Iraq came actually from Chapter VII in foreign dealings. “

Among the Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler, in a press conference held in the {19} of June current, Basra province, said that “all things special item VII on Iraq ended and that the governments in Kuwait and Baghdad agreed and achieved what is for the benefit of both countries.”

The Mr. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, Iraq’s Aziz {} Jerusalem has repeatedly demanded the United Nations to derail Iraq from Chapter VII, where he raised several books to the UN demanding that the need to remove Iraq from Chapter VII.

Iraq has been under since 1990 with Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, which imposed after the invasion of the former regime of Kuwait in August of the same year, and this item allows the use of force against Iraq as a threat to international security, in addition to large amounts of frozen his assets financial global banks to pay compensation to those affected by the invasion.

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They are making a lot of headway toward Chp 7 removal

5-20-13 Trinity: It sounds like they are making a lot of headway toward Chp 7 removal. Not much left to accomplish according to this report. Great news for Iraq and if true will gain them credibility and respect among the international community and United Nations, who has held Iraq under their thumb for years in order to control them.

Even though it seems like we are very close to seeing these sanctions lifted, it could still take a few months. I could be wrong and certainly do hope I am but the bottom line is it’s only a matter of time. IMHO.

Today’s Article – Chapter VII: Organize navigation with Kuwait comes out of Iraq from Chapter VII. Shaima Rashid Ezzat Foreign Relations Committee the reasons for postponement read Convention on the Regulation navigation between Iraq and Kuwait not to see some of Representatives, stressing the importance of this agreement in order to remove Iraq from Chapter VII.

According to the agreement, the ships passing through this channel down their flags in both Iraq and Kuwait will not raise any flag, but if you raised the ship, science Kuwait when entering the Kuwaiti side, it follows that any legal consequences at the time. member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Imad John Yako explained that the Convention on the Regulation navigation in the Khawr Abd Allah came from the government to the House of Representatives and has been studied by the Committee on Foreign Relations.

The Council of Ministers adopted a resolution in January of this year to approve the agreement between Baghdad and Kuwait to regulate navigation in the Khawr Abd Allah that occurred initially, because the This agreement governing navigation in this port in terms of traffic and environmental safety and all aspects to ensure smooth navigation in this channel.

Yako said in a statement this agreement is not new it older than 8 years, but because of the sensitivity View the Kuwaiti and amplified by some politicians, some of them do not like him return relations, Iraq – Kuwait and some of the deputies deliberately delayed so we made a request to postpone the reading of the Convention.

I have pulled the treaty from the agenda until after the holiday legislature, and we’ll then Btadhaev experts from the Ministry of Transport and Foreign seen Representatives on the importance of agreement », adding that« the presidency is keen to pass this agreement between Yako that the opinion of the Foreign Relations Committee with a contract so conventions and treaties with the Kuwaiti side to be the beginning of good faith in order to remove Iraq from Chapter VII.

Chapter VII is one of seventeen chapters constitute the UN Charter, and consists of (13) material is material from 39-51, and consists of the Charter as a whole of the (111) material, and authorizes this chapter the UN Security Council to use force against the state or states that threaten peace and international security, and enjoy the decisions that are issued on the basis of this chapter Balsafh mandatory.

also noted a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Hassan Khudair al-Hamdani that relations between Iraq and Kuwait to take through Lhalhalh in all outstanding issues through the exchange of delegations at a high level of both the House of Representatives or the Presidency of the Republic , as well as attend the Emir of Kuwait to the Arab summit in Baghdad, and these things led to the formation of a set of relevant functional commissions between the two countries in order to discuss to resolve outstanding problems.

between Hamdani in a statement »Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network,» said one of the problems that must be solved between two countries, which keep Iraq under Chapter VII that there would be agreements in accordance with international legitimacy, including the organization of a mechanism navigation.

As for the reason to postpone reading this Convention, the MP said there from the House of Representatives had reservations about some of the items in the Convention, and should go these reservations to the Commission competent in order to hear their views clearly and taking them and get to put convince the House of Representatives of what is happening and we also refer to the international laws on this side and thus to reach a final version.

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It’s a great sign to see all the talk of Chapter 7 removal

9-27-2012: Freebird: Removal of Chapter 7 is not a requirement for a RV/RD/RI. We do believe however that in order for Iraq to move into article 8 they will need to have a tradeable currency. So, it’s a great sign to see all the talk of Chapter 7 removal. Article 140 is being helped along by UNAMI and many powerful countries seem to be in Iraq’s corner. Most likely because they are looking to exploit Iraq’s wealth. All great signs we are moving in the right direction. I still think there’s a great chance of this going down this month. Keep the faith.

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* Iraqi Council of Representatives intended to support the Central Bank of zeros on the removal of currency

Announced the Finance Committee in the Iraqi Council of Representatives that the legislature tends to support the central bank policy on the removal of zeros from the currency.

The central bank says it completed a road map to get rid of three zeros from the currency, to reduce the money supply and ease of financial transactions in line with the new situation of the Iraqi economy, but the government and the Securities Commission have shown Khchithma that affect the process negatively on financial trading in the Iraqi market for securities .

A member of the parliamentary finance committee, Najiba Najib, in a press statement, said that there is a tendency by the legislature with the support of the Central Bank’s policy to restructure the Iraqi currency and delete zeros at the beginning of next year.

She explained that this issue began to mature day by day for the members of the Finance Committee and the Economic Commission, noting that preparations for the central bank to implement the project under way, but it is incomplete yet.

They pointed out Najib, the Deputy for the Kurdistan Alliance, that the project will be implemented over two years by government banks, and will be part of the new currency coins of small denominations.

There will also be major currencies corresponding to $ 180, or 200 thousand Iraqi dinars from the current currency. She added: Through extensive discussions with the Central Bank.

And what has been providing us with the studies from the World Bank, the project aims to support the Iraqi currency, in addition to the introduction of new categories of currency markets, as well as reduce the size of the money supply, as well as the inclusion of Arabic and Kurdish in the currency.

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Google Reports Rise In Removal Requests

Google says in a new “transparency report” that there’s been a rise in government attempts to remove content appearing on the Internet.

The report says many requests for Google to remove content, especially videos, came from Western democracies, not only countries usually associated with censorship.

In addition to its search engine and other sites, Google owns the world’s most popular video-sharing site, YouTube.

In a blog post, Google’s senior policy analyst Dorothy Chou said that several years ago the trend for censorship requests by governments looked like an “aberration, but now we know it’s not.”

The report says Spanish regulators asked Google’s search engine to remove 270 links to blogs and newspaper articles critical of public figures. Google said it did not comply with the requests.

The report says U.S. authorities sought the removal of 187 pieces of material for a variety of reasons. Google says it complied with 42 percent of these requests.

Google says it did not comply with Pakistani requests for the removal of six videos allegedly satirizing government officials.

British police asked Google to remove five YouTube videos that were allegedly promoting terrorism. In this case, Google said it agreed.

Turkish authorities requested the removal of 149 YouTube videos that allegedly insulted the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kamel Ataturk. Google said it responded by making the clips unavailable in Turkey.

For the first time, Ukraine, Jordan, and Bolivia asked for a removal of some materials.

In Poland, Google was asked to remove an article critical of the Polish agency for enterprise development and eight search results linked to the article. The search engine said it did not comply.

Google was asked by Canadian officials to remove a YouTube video of a citizen urinating on his passport and flushing it down a toilet. The company refused.

Authorities in Thailand asked Google to remove 149 YouTube videos that allegedly insulted the country’s monarchy. The company said it complied with 70 percent of the requests.

The report listed no requests from Russia during 2011.

The Google report did not provide many insights about China, where tight Internet controls allow for blocking of content, eliminating the need for authorities to ask Google to take down content.

Fred von Lohman, Google’s senior copyright counsel, said that last year Google received 3.3 million requests from firms, private individuals, and others for removal of content on copyright  grounds. The company said it complied with 97 percent of requests.

WIth reporting by AFP

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Chinese in bold call for official’s removal

A group of Communist Party veterans has written a daring open letter calling for the removal of China’s top security official, in the latest sign of disunity ahead of Beijing’s leadership transition.

Security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s top nine rulers, is viewed as a hardliner and is linked to Bo Xilai, the charismatic party leader whose downfall earlier this year triggered the nation’s biggest political scandal in decades.

In an open letter to President Hu, the party’s general secretary published on a number of overseas website suggest Zhou is part of a movement to revive the China of Mao Zedong

Zhao Zhengrong, a retired anti-corruption official from the southwestern province of Yunnan, told the AFP news agency he and 15 other party members from the same province had sent the proposal advocating Zhou’s removal to higher authorities.

Speculation has been growing about the future of Zhou since the downfall of another top politician, Bo Xilai.

It is not often that party members make such a daring plea to their boss.

Al Jazeera’s Rob MCbride reporting from Hong Kong said: “This incident shows the rifts and infighting behind close doors.”

“It has been known for some time there has been a power struggle between the reformers and the new-leftists who are calling for the return of the old Maoist ideals,” said our correspondent.

Zhou is expected to step down from the nine-member Standing Committee, and as head of the party’s Politics and Law Commission, which oversees China’s judiciary, prosecution and police at the party congress later this year.

But removing him earlier would send a signal to the people on which direction the nation was heading, the open letter said.

“Same ilk”

“We are demanding this because Zhou Yongkang directed the ‘Chongqing model’ and supported Bo Xilai. They are liars, they are of the same ilk,” Zhao said.

Zhao was referring to Bo’s rule of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, which included an anti-mafia crackdown that many say involved widespread use of torture, and a leftist revival that saw residents sing Maoist songs.

The letter said: “People like Zhou Yongkang, not only took part in Bo Xilai’s plan for the ‘Chongqing model’, but helped push it forward and gave it active support. He should not be allowed to escape his crimes.”

During his five years in the position, Zhou, who oversees a budget this year of $ 111.6bn ,higher than China’s declared military budget has gained a reputation as a hardliner willing to use force to quell unrest.

He has overseen the quelling of riots in Tibet in 2008, and in Xinjiang in 2009, as well as a crackdown on democracy and rights activists.

The letter seems to warn about the dangers of reviving an interest in Chairman Mao and his policies.

It stresses the danger China faces from such things as corruption and the inequality of wealth without political reform.

There has been no official comment from the leadership on the letter which was released on May 4.

The letter also called for the sacking of Liu Yunshan, the head of the party’s propaganda department.

He has been tipped for promotion later this year when the party holds a once in a decade reshuffle of its top leaders.


AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)