Thursday, August 25, 2005

iraq.

some of the new iraqi constitution plus my angry comments:



CHAPTER ONE

Article One

The Republic of Iraq is an independent state. (until i conquer it.)

Article Two

The political system is republican, parliamentary, democratic and federal.

1. Islam is a main source for legislation. (can it be my interpretation of islam instead of yours? great, thanks.)

a. No law may contradict Islamic standards. (what if the majority votes against islamic standards?)

b. No law may contradict democratic standards. (what if your stupid scholars decide democracy is unislamic?)

c. No law may contradict the essential rights and freedoms mentioned in this constitution. (not even democratic or islamic laws?)

2. This constitution guarantees the Islamic identity of the Iraqi people and guarantees all religious rights; all persons are free within their ideology and the practice of their ideological practices. (so like... if someday the majority of iraqis ceased to be islamic by their own will, how might the government keep its guarantee? convert the infidels by sword?)

3. Iraq is part of the Islamic world, and the Arabs are part of the Arab nation. (what?!)

4.

a. Arabic and Kurdish are the two official languages, and Iraqis have the right to teach their sons (no daughters allowed!) their mother language like the Turkomen and Assyrian in the government educational institutes.

b. The language used orally in official institutions such as the Parliament and the Cabinet as well as official conventions should be one of the two languages.

c. Recognizing the official documents with the two languages.

d. Opening the schools with two languages.

Article Three

Federal institutions in Kurdistan should use the two languages.

Article Four

The Turkomen and Assyrian languages are the official languages in the Turkomen and Assyrian areas, and each territory or province has the right to use its own official language if residents have approved in a general referendum vote.

Article Five

Power is transferred peacefully through democratic ways. (really?!)

Article Seven

1. Any organization that follow a racist, terrorist, extremist, sectarian-cleaning ideology or circulates or justifies such beliefs is banned, especially Saddam's Baath Party in Iraq and its symbols under any name. And this should not be part of the political pluralism in Iraq. (so are extreme sports banned? im an extremist libertarian... am i banned?)

2. The government is committed to fighting terrorism in all its forms, and works to protect Iraqi soil from being a center or passage for terrorist activities. (good for you... define terrorism.)


CHAPTER TWO

Article 35

a. Human freedom and dignity are guaranteed. (really?!)

b. No person can be detained or interrogated without a judicial order.

c. All kinds of physical and psychological torture and inhumane treatment are prohibited, and any confession is considered void if it was taken by force, threats and torture. The person who was harmed has the right to ask for compensation for the financial and moral damage he/she suffered. (so will i be compensated for having to read this bullshit?)

Article 36

The State guarantees:

1. Freedom of expression by all means.

2. Freedom of the press, printing, advertising and publishing. (no copyrights? that could be kind of awesome.)

Article 37

Freedom to establish political groups and organizations. (except exterme ones, right? forgot already?)

Article 39

Iraqis are free to abide in their personal lives according to their religion, sects, beliefs or choice. This should be organized by law. (unless, of course, it changes iraqs islamic identity which is guarantied by article 2, number 2. in other words, you are free to be muslim. otherwise your screwed.)


CHAPTER THREE

Article 66

A presidential candidate should:

1. Be Iraqi by birth and the offspring of two Iraqi parents.

2. Be no less than 40 years old.

3. Have a good reputation and political experience, and be known as honest and faithful to the nation.

Article 75

The prime minister should have all the qualifications as the presidential candidate and should have a university degree or its equivalent and should not be less than 35 years old.

Article 104

A general commission should be set up to observe and specify the central (government) revenues, and the commission should be made up of experts from the central government, regions, provinces and representatives.


CHAPTER FOUR

Article 107

Federal authorities should preserve Iraq's unity, security, independence and sovereignty and its democratic federal system.

Article 109

Oil and gas are the property of all the Iraqi people in regions and provinces. (so the iraqis blowing up all the gas are just doing what they want with their own property, right?)

Article 110

The central government administers oil and gas extracted from current wells, along with governments of the producing regions and provinces, on the condition that revenues are distributed in a way that suits population distribution around the country. (hey wait a minute... thats the peoples property!)


CHAPTER FIVE

Article 114

1. A region consists of one or more provinces, and two or more regions have the right to create a single region.

2. A province or more has the right to set a region according to a referendum called for in one of two ways:

a. A demand by one-third of all members of each of the provincial councils that aims to set up a region.

b. A demand by one-tenth of voters of the provinces that aim to set up a region.

Article 117

A region's legislative authority is made up of one council, named the National Assembly of the region.

Article 118

The National Council of the region drafts the region's constitution and issues laws, which must not contradict this constitution and Iraq's central laws.

Article 120

The executive authority of the region is made up of the president of the region and the region's government.

Article 128

The region's revenues are made up from the specified allotment from the national budget and from the local revenues of the region.

Article 129

The regional government does what is needed to administer the region, especially setting up internal security forces, such as police, security and region guards.

Article 135

This constitution guarantees the administrative, political, cultural and educational rights of different ethnic groups such as Turkomen, Chaldean, Assyrians and other groups.


CHAPTER SIX

Article 144

The Iraq Supreme Criminal Court continues its work as a legislative, independent commission to look into the crimes of the former dictatorial regime and its symbols, and the Council of Deputies has the right to annul it after it ends its duties.

Article 145

a. The Supreme National Commission for de-Baathification continues its work as an independent commission, in coordination with the judicial authority and executive institutions and according to laws that organize its work.

b. Parliament has the right to dissolve this commission after it ends its work, with a two-thirds majority.

Article 151

No less than 25 percent of Council of Deputies seats go to women. (hey, thats sex discrimination.)

Article 153

This law is considered in force after people vote on it in a general referendum and when it is published in the official Gazette and the Council of Deputies is elected according to it. (great... when can we start guarantying islamic identities?)



conclusion... this is the worst constitution ever.