Iraq .. Civilian Deaths – December 2013

Iraqi civilian deaths continue to rise. Mainly Shia Muslim Iraqis are targeted by Al-Qaeda and its subsidiaries.

Figures show 2008 through to 2013

Figures show 2008 through to 2013

Source: BBC

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Iraq .. Civilian Deaths – October 2013

Iraq seems more like a country in war than a country helping the war on terror. The questions which are truly mind-boggling are: who is financing buying over 680 cars, 1000s of kilos of explosive and manpower (paid between $100 to $10,000 per operation)?  Where are the explosive coming from? Who is transporting them and how? Who is providing the expertise to make, assemble and prepare these car bombs? Who is providing storage to these massive amounts of explosives/cars? Who is providing local area knowledge? Who is selecting those targets? How are those cars passed through security checkpoints?

To have over 680 car bombs in addition to those already discovered which are quite a few and those who simply fail to detonate require mass-producing facilities. Where are those facilities?

Last but not least .. WHAT is the SOLUTION?

According to UN figures,

In 2010, the low point for the al-Qaeda effort in Iraq, car bombings declined to an average of 10 a month and multiple-location attacks occurred only two or three times a year.

In 2013, so far there has been an average of 68 car bombings a month and a multiple-location strike every 10 days.

The UN says 5,740 civilians have been killed since January – almost double the figure it reported for the whole of 2010.

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Source: BBC

The age of criminal responsibility in “Israel” is 12 yrs!

Palestine_Flag“Israeli” security apparatus detained a Palestenian boy aged only 5 years amid an outcry from Human Rights organisations.

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is reported to have complained to authorities regarding this “grave incident” according to the organisation.

This is a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which stated that minors must be protected in criminal proceedings.

US Bank Citigroup opens a Branch in Iraq

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The US Bank Citigroup Inc which own Citibank has received approval on 26th June 2013 to open an office in Baghdad, Iraq. The American bank is also considering to open branches across the country.

Mayank Malik, the regional Chief Executive is reported recently to say “Iraq is a giant that’s waking up and the opportunities are immense. The most significant opportunities are twofold — oil revenue generation and infrastructure creation. We estimate this to be $1 trillion initiative over time.”

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The Image of Muslims in UK Media – stats

  • 36% of stories about British Muslims are about terrorism.
  • 22% of stories are about religious and cultural differences between Islam and British culture or the West in general
  • 11% of stories mentioned  “Islamic” extremism .
  • Indeed, 2008 was the first year in which the volume of stories about religious and cultural differences (32% of stories by 2008) overtook terrorism related stories (27% by 2008).
  • Coverage of attacks on or problems facing Muslims, on the other hand, has steadily declined as a proportion of coverage.
  • The bulk of coverage of British Muslims – around two thirds (around 70%) – focuses on Muslims as a threat (in relation to terrorism), a problem (in terms of differences in values) or both (Muslim extremism in general).

Source

Report:  “Images of Islam in the UK

Authors: Kerry Moore, Paul Mason and Justin Lewis

Cardiff University – School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

 Published on: 7th July 2008

What Challenges Iraqis faced in the 2013 Elections?

Challenges Iraqis faced in April 2013 election:

> Threats by Al-Qaeda and Terrorist organisations to voters and candidates. 14 Sunni candidates were killed in Sunni areas while AL-Qaeda and affiliated groups claimed responsibility for the killings.

> Over 8000 candidates and 256 parties (political entities) to choose from.

> Mass Displacement which meant many Iraqis are not living in their original areas to vote.

> A mere 10 years old “Elections Experience” as past regimes have been military dictators or monarchies.