The above are the Agreements for the "Strategic Framework" and the SOFA in Arabic. But then,"The Bush administration has adopted a much looser interpretation than the Iraqi government of several key provisions of the pending U.S.-Iraq security agreement, U.S. officials said Tuesday — just hours before the Iraqi parliament was to hold its historic vote.
These include a provision that bans the launch of attacks on other countries from Iraq, a requirement to notify the Iraqis in advance of U.S. military operations and the question of Iraqi legal jurisdiction over American troops and military contractors.
Officials in Washington said the administration has withheld the official English translation of the agreement in an effort
to suppress a public dispute with the Iraqis until after the Iraqi parliament votes."U.S. staying silent on its view of Iraq pact until after vote November 25, 2008Finally, this is the English version of SOFA. We have not had the time yet to compare it with the Arabic version.
ـ16 تشرين ثاني 2008
Ishtar, the goddess of fertility and revelry of the Babylonians ......... The Lion is the symbol of Babylon, and represents the goddess Ishtar. Meant not only to symbolise Babylon, but to instill fear in enemies.
it seems fitting that a single stone lion, albeit poorly preserved, is the only true remainder of Babylon that stands in Iraq today.
مقال شامل آخر لعشتار العراقية
ـ23 تشرين الثاني 2008
The Status of Forces Agreement, commonly known as SOFA, is the legal documentation needed for American troops to remain in Iraq past Dec. 31 of this year, the date the United Nations mandate governing their presence expires. SOFA deals strictly with the security aspects of the U.S. presence.
A separate agreement known as the Strategic Framework
covers economic, cultural, technical and other issues. It is part of the package of legislation before the Iraqi parliament that includes SOFA.
It was also sent to "parliament".Via emails:
Dear Dr. Imad
I have referred to this document in my book pages 216 and 219
I obtained the document on the 23rd of Oct. and sent a copy to Albadeelaliraqi Site few days later. The site published the document .
Fouad Al-Amir, November 18, 2008
With input from friends, there is this old version in English: Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship Between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America
November 28, 2007This is the SOFA in English
(Note article 25 on Withdrawal of the United States Forces from Iraq)This is the Strategic Framework and the SOFA in Arabic
October 2008 A clearer one (in Arabic) from Fouad Al-Amir on AlBadeelAlIraqi
.Further to the previous posting: "The nitty-gritty of the US financial meltdown" Ocotber 7, 2008Here are some clarifying insights and dismissed forewarnings:.
."Regulators say they made fateful mistakes"
JJ (via email): They admit their incompetence. What, now, is their punishment?"
"It's a form of legalized gambling that allows you to wager on financial outcomes without ever having to actually buy the stocks and bonds and mortgages. It would have been illegal during most of the 20th century, but eight years ago Congress gave Wall Street an exemption and it has turned out to be a very bad idea."
60 Minutes: The bets that brought down Wall St. (12 minutes video) October 27, 2008
And back in 1802:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." Thomas Jefferson, Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802) 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)
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."The Iraqi government is confident that president-elect Barack Obama will not jeopardise Iraq's improving security by hastily withdrawing U.S. troops, Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Wednesday.Obama has "reassured us that he would not take any drastic or dramatic decisions," Zebari told BBC television."He will consult with the Iraqi government and the U.S. military in the field, but believes strongly that a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq will put more responsibility on the shoulders of the Iraqi government."Iraq confident Obama won't withdraw troops too quickly Novemner 5, 2008.In the previous regime, enthusiastic Iraqis used to dance and chant the following in front of Saddam:
"Bush, Bush Listen well ..... We all love Saddam Hussain"
Spreading like wildfire on the Iraqi online, a new pun is that the Green Zone"ers" are now clamouring:
"Bush, Bush Listen well ..... We all love Obama Hussain"
أهازيج المستأجرين في المنطقة الخضراء:ـ
بوش بوش لك اسمع زين ... كلنا نحب أوباما حسين