Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Kurdistan Bloggers Union

Dilnareen, one of the regulars over at Kurdo's Wild West Saloon, has decided to start blogging along with contributors Hiwa and Kurdo. Dilnareen writes:

With a push from a certain kurdo, I have decided to give this a try. Hopefully all the commentators can join in here at some point because there are some really good voices out there.

Anyway this works better cos I do want to comment on the Halabja topic from Kurdo’s blog without having to cut everything into 1000 word chunks, especially for something as detailed (and often dull) as this. So here we go.

The comments pages are now open for service at Kurdistan Bloggers Union.

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UPDATE: A little information on the possibility of martial law in Iraq from an article in the Christian Science Monitor.

BAGHDAD – Ten days after taking office, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is poised to give himself sweeping powers to declare martial law in parts of Iraq. Many Iraqis may welcome the new emergency law as a means to combat the insurgency and curb crime. But the Iraqi government has repeatedly postponed its unveiling, because of US concerns that it grants Mr. Allawi too much power.

According to a draft copy of the law, Iraq's interim prime minister will be able to close off entire towns and cities, impose curfews, restrict communications, and limit travel in and out.

Once signed by Iraqi leaders, the emergency law would give Allawi power to declare martial law for a set period of time, either in specific areas or nationwide. To impose martial law in a specific area, Allawi would have to get approval from his 32-member cabinet. To declare it nationwide, he also needs approval from the Iraqi president and two vice presidents.


Two sentences are worth repeating:

1. To impose martial law in a specific area, Allawi would have to get approval from his 32-member cabinet.

2. To declare it nationwide, he also needs approval from the Iraqi president and two vice presidents.

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AN0THER UPDATE: I cut and pasted the piece on martial law last night before going to bed. Well, today, returning home from morning classes, I see that it has been signed.

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STILL ANOTHER UPDATE: Blogger Chrenkoff lists the under- or non-reported positive developments in Iraq. "As the media was raining on the Iraqi parade," Chrenkoff writes, "I've been able to collect even more good news stories that in most cases got drowned in the general negativity."



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