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The Americans: Talking to the Sunnis
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Sunday, 27 February 2005 12:38
In my introduction to The Hanoudi Letter, I said I will be talking about various topics which are of special interest to me like history, geopolitics and the current situation in Iraq, but for the last few weeks apart from a very short essay on the history of Iraq itself, I was unable to write about anything else.  The current situation here is so murky and unpredictable it is not leaving time for anything else.  This week, I was contemplating a short exposition on the relations between America and Europe, both Mr. Rumsfield's old Europe and the new one which is emerging after the collapse of the Soviet Empire.  Suddenly, an article in TIME Magazine's February 21st issue was describing direct contacts between American diplomats and intelligence officers with some important representatives of the Iraqi Sunni community in an effort to heal the rift between them, which has been to a great extent the cause of the great mess we and the Americans are currently in now.  I am going to discuss the magazine¬ís article in a slightly more detail later on in this letter, because I think that it was very timely and encouraging which forced me to forget about the Americans and their problems with the Europeans and climb down to the more familiar topic of the homeland and its problems.
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The Iraqi Elections Again: The Results and the Future
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Sunday, 20 February 2005 14:20
Finally, the results of the January 30th general elections in Iraq were declared official and final at 4:00 PM Thursday, February, 17th.  Three days after their Sunday's (February 13th) announcement that these three days were granted to allow people who had complaints and grievances to address them with the independent high commission for the Iraqi elections, which was in charge of the operation to settle them. The number of voters who participated in the election was 8,465,266 people from inside and outside the country which represented according to the commission was 58% of the Iraqis who were eligible to vote.
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Iraq in a Week: An Air of Reconciliation and a CPA Scandal
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Saturday, 12 February 2005 11:54
I was hoping that by now the final and official results of the recent Iraqi elections have been declared, to allow me to analyze the results and compare them with the predictions I have made in an earlier letter.  The election results are critical in the way they are going to affect the development process of building a new, free, democratic and federal Iraq.  We were told that the results will be declared by about the tenth of February and that would have allowed me a few days to finish my weekly letter.  I have said that I will be sending one letter a week, which should have come today, but the situation in Iraq is so fluid and unpredictable that the authority in charge of the election process suddenly decided that the results will be announced a few days late.  I decided to fill the void with a letter about some of the major events which have happened inside and outside the country, these new events have affected the situation here to a tremendous extent.
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After The Voting: A Promise or a Prelude to a Calamity
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Saturday, 05 February 2005 11:35
Finally those who were insisting on proceeding with the elections on the scheduled date won the day.  The election process started two days earlier than expect, not in Iraq but in Australia by the Iraqis who have left the country during the days of Saddam. After the thrown of Saddam, these expatriates were given the chance to participate in the process that was lead by a UN agency, the International Migration Organization (IMO).  The IMO was put in charge of the process from Amman in Jordan from were the part of the election regarding Iraqi expatriates would be directed which in its turn would report to the independent high election committee for the Iraqi elections which was in Baghdad. The IMO has estimated that there were about a million Iraqis in 36 cities in 14 countries that were eligible to participate, but it was able to register only 280,000 people.  The expatriates were given three days to exercise their right to vote starting from the 28th at 8:00 AM Sydney time the Iraqi elections began but with low participation. The election process moved few hours later to Iran were there was a very heavy turn out and then to Jordan and Syria and few more hours later to Europe, and finally to the United States until it started in Iraq itself on the 30th.
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