View Full Version : Three cheers for the new iraqi founding fathers.

06-01-2004, 07:19 PM
Be safe. Brave men all.

"We Iraqis look forward to being granted full sovereignty through a Security Council resolution to enable us to rebuild a free, independent, democratic and federal unified homeland," new President Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer (search) told a press conference.


New Prime Minister Iyad Al- Allawi (search) said Iraqis "are starting our march toward sovereignty and democracy."
Dr. Iyad Allawi (اياد علاو&#1610i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif (born 1945) is an Iraqi neurologist and political activist. He is a Shia Muslim and a member of the Iraq Interim Governing Council, which was created following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Allawi has lived about half of his life in the UK and retains British citizenship.


Vice President Ibrahim al-Jaafari: A leader of the Shiite Muslim Dawa Islamic Party.
Ibrahim Al-Jaafari (b. 1947?), a Shiite, is the main spokesman for the Islamic Dawa Party which is now based in Iraq. The party, once based in Iran, launched a bloody campaign against Saddam Hussein's regime in the late 1970's, but was crushed in 1982. The group said it lost 77,000 members in its war against Saddam. Born in Karbala, al-Jaafari was educated at Mosul university as a medical doctor.

Vice President Rowsch Shaways: Parliament speaker in the Kurdish autonomous region in Irbil and member of Kurdistan Democratic Party, one of two rival parties running northern Iraq.

06-22-2004, 09:55 PM
Hang in there men...

Good read with lots of links (http://chrenkoff.blogspot.com/2004/06/good-news-from-iraq-part-4.html)

IRAQI SOCIETY: The preparations for the democratic transition are on the way:

"Iraqi officials organizing elections as the U.S.-led occupation hands over power have turned to Mexico, a country with its own history of cleaning up a bad electoral system. Authorities from Mexico and five other countries are sharing their experiences with nine members of the newly appointed Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq."

"They are willing to risk anything to bring a democratic process to their country," says Carlos Valenzuela, an advisory member of Iraq's commission, about the Iraqi electoral officials. The foundations of democracy are already there at the grass-roots and at the top:

"With only days to go until Iraqi authorities assume sovereignty in their country, nearly sixty percent of the government has already been transferred to Iraqi control. The Coalition Provisional Authority reports that fifteen of Iraq's twenty-six ministries are now under Iraqi leadership. All of Iraq's provincial governments are operating independently, and about ninety percent of Iraq's municipalities have functioning city or town councils."

The democratic bug is definitely spreading around Iraq, with the news that even the Shia upriser-in-chief, Muqtada al-Sadr, will be forming a political party to contest the elections next year.

Meanwhile, some areas of Iraq are simply more fortunate than others. Take Kurdistan, for instance:

"Imagine an Iraq where GIs are greeted with cheers rather than roadside explosives, where traffic flows in orderly processions, where the calm is undisturbed by car bombs or assassinations. Such an Iraq already exists in the northern third of the country, where the local Kurdish population has governed itself for the past 13 years, tranquillity reigns and the exuberant graffiti proclaims 'we like USA'."

The whole long report is well worth reading. Elsewhere in Kurdistan, a good news/bad news situation:

"Thousands of ethnic Kurds are pushing into lands formerly held by Iraqi Arabs, forcing tens of thousands of them to flee to ramshackle refugee camps and transforming the demographic and political map of northern Iraq. The Kurds are returning to lands from which they were expelled by the armies of Saddam Hussein and his predecessors in the Baath Party, who ordered thousands of Kurdish villages destroyed and sent waves of Iraqi Arabs north to fill the area with supporters."

Down south, law and order is returning to the streets of Baghdad, literally:

"The many motorists who try to beat the traffic jams by driving the wrong way down streets, stopping in the middle of the highway or hurtling over pavements could be in for a shock. Traffic police are cracking down on the reckless driving that has thrived on the chaos and congestion that followed last year's U.S.-led invasion with new fines, car confiscations and a media campaign to restore a degree of order. 'We'll return the rule of law to the streets'," said traffic police Director-General Brigadier Jasim Tahi.

06-27-2004, 12:18 AM
True patriots come in many colors.

iraqi patriots (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6946-2004Jun25.html)

BAGHDAD -- On Wednesday the sovereignty of Iraq will be restored, and the Iraqi people will take their first major steps toward a free and prosperous future, after more than three decades of tyrannical rule, repression, wars and sanctions. This will be an important milestone for Iraq, the region and indeed the whole world, endorsed by the unanimous approval of the U.N. Security Council in Resolution 1546 earlier this month. As Iraqis, we thank the coalition for the sacrifices made by its soldiers and its people for the liberation and rebuilding of Iraq, and for the contributions by all the countries, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations that have braved the risks to help Iraq in its time of need. We hope for the continued support of the global community, as we Iraqis take the crucial steps in assuming responsibility for our own future.