Post From KTFA By Aggiedad77 Friday Afternoon News Summaries:
Parliament to start endorsing 2014 State Budget on next Sunday
I'm not sure what they mean by "endorsing" the budget as of Feb 16.....IMO it is just another "delay" word....the government is now wanting until next week to come to an agreement with the Kurds.
Iraqis find in the holiday Valentine opportunity to express their joy and a desire to communicate with the world
It is good that as bad as things seem to be in some parts of Iraq, they can take the time to remember Valentine's Day as a day of love and that love means life. That says quite a bit.
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Iraqi politicians split on third term for Maliki
Maliki's State Law coalition is backing him for a third term, no questions asked, they are not even attempting to submit another candidate....I am not surprised.
However, his rivals suggest that submitting him for a third term would be a threat to the democratic process. Many others do not see Maliki as such a qualified leader and are suggesting that other resources be considered.
Integrated tariff system for economic reform
The tariff system that Iraq is attempting to implement throughout their border ports is an integrated system that calls for economic reform, economic policy-making and drawing features and public orientations for the long run.
They point out that the tariffs do not just represent a tool for collecting revenue for the general budget or punitive as it is no tool to protect short-term activities.
Tax-exempt investors contrary to the budget items
The Committee on Economy finds it difficult to pass a bill that exempts foreign companies and Iraqis from paying taxes because it is incompatible with the 2014 Budget bill.
The Committee has the desire to not pass this bill in the way that it is currently written....
it seems that the COM passed a bill that exempted Iraqi and foreign companies from paying taxes....back in May 2013.....talk about a time warp....the Committee on Economy is just now getting this.....or just now paying attention to it...
.makes me wonder....who put the 2014 Budget bill together....one hand does not seem to be communicating very effectively with the other.
Investment in telecommunications supports economy
This article asks the question if the telecommunications sector is a promising sector that draws investors and investments....the answer is a resounding yes....
it is an honest investment that is a relatively low-risk for what has to be done within the sector....and there are growing demands that have to be met every day as Iraq becomes more in tune with things internationally on all levels.
The country's need for more mobile carriers continues to grow as more than 24 million subscribers were noted in 2011.
Cabinet agrees to the assignment of projects before adoption of the budget
Talked on this issue early this morning.....the Cabinet has given approved minus signatures to make project assignments for 2014....again, hope none of these works get cancelled due to budgetary issues for the year.
Najafi calls for the separation of the differences and the adoption of the budget
This meeting sounds very similar to the meeting that was held on Thursday minus the Kurds this time. Najafi was seeking to separate differences between the government and the Kurds in an attempt to get closer to an approved budget minus the issues with the Kurds.....
but he heard some hardline stances from the Deputy Prime Minister of Energy as well as the Deputy Prime Minister that they had no problem with the Kurds selling oil but it needed to be closely monitored to know the amount sold,
and they need to follow world pricing, not setting some price on their own, and must contribute to Baghdad so that payment can be made to the DFI for eventual payment to the Kuwaitis.
They also discussed the Retirement Law and Najafi stated he would provide the results of the vote to the Presidency of the Council....at this point with all that has flared up over this vote, I am not sure I would trust what Najafi provides.
Foreign Policy: Despite flaws Maliki Washington is required to provide support for the fight against the threat of jihadists
An interesting article but very hard to decipher.....stating that Washington must support the fight against al Qaeda, and in doing that must be supportive of Maliki and his choices of dealing with the rebels....just as long as he does not turn his newly acquired weapons loose on any of the Iraqi population.....
but this causes me to pause.....thinking to Anbar....there are a number of tribal leaders in Anbar that are sympathetic to the rebel cause.....making it a double edged sword for Maliki to have to deal with....no wonder he had a heart attack over these issues....shaking my head.
That is the news for this Friday afternoon Randy