Latest from Iraqi Kurdistan: Political
By Michael Rubin
February 24, 2010
A correspondent in Iraqi Kurdistan sends the latest
from the independent Kurdish newspapers Awene and
Hawlati (both of which the Talabani family is
suing), as well as Sbeiy.com, which is close to the
opposition "Change" list. Importantly, it seems U.S.
diplomats are finally engaging Gorran, perhaps a
recognition that Jalal Talabani's political party is
destined to collapse.
Protesting against parliament's speaker's decision
to limit MPs comments/discussion on 2010 budget,
Gorran group steps out of parliament session
discussing 2010 budget.
Again, today Gorran, Kurdistan Islamic Group, and
Kurdistan Islamic Union groups leave parliament's
session today after the speaker's press
assistant/advisor's kicked out the press from the
meeting and allowed them to record only for 10
US Consul in Erbil, Regional
Reconstruction Team representatives at the US
Consulate in Erbil meet Dana Ahmed Majid, former
Sulaimaniyah governor and Gorran activist. According
to a statement to Gorran's KNN television,www.ekurd.netthe
US delegation reportedly discussed the elections
process, campaigns as well as recent security
situation in Sulaimaniyah.
In an unprecedented move by the PUK and KDP,
militants in civilian dress enter parliament
building during the session today. Gorran, KIU and
KIG opposition groups in the parliament boycotted
today's session and condemned the move and see it as
a way of putting pressure on opposition and
intimidate their MPs.
Michael Rubin's major research area is the Middle
East, with special focus on Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and
Kurdish society. He also writes frequently on
transformative diplomacy and governance issues. At
AEI, Mr. Rubin chaired the "Dissent and Reform in
the Arab World" conference series. He was the lead
drafter of the Bipartisan Policy Center's 2008
report on Iran. In addition to his work at AEI,
several times each month, Mr. Rubin travels to
military bases across the United States and Europe
to instruct senior U.S. Army and Marine officers
deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan on issues relating
to regional state history and politics, Shiism, the
theological basis of extremism, and strategy.
The views expressed are the author's alone.
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