Millionday News 4/29/14
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[millionday] ok first i want to show you some things brb
[millionday] i am going to bring this report and then I will show you something else that will help our understanding
[millionday] here we go -- The vibrant posters promise jobs, prosperity and security coming from Iraq's first parliamentary elections since U.S. troops withdrew from the country, but so far, voters have only dim hopes as sectarian bloodshed rages unstopped.
Eleven years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, Iraqis live in a deeply divided country sinking back into a cycle of violence that claimed more than 8,800 lives last year alone.
Candidates largely campaign by smiling signs alone — some women in conservative districts using only images of husbands or brothers — as suicide bombers killed at least 33 people at a rare rally Friday by a Shiite militant group fielding its own political hopefuls.
[millionday] note ---- the elections started on the 27th in all international polls and will be on the 30th of April in Iraq
[millionday] More than 9,000 candidates are vying for 328 seats in parliament. As in the last round of nationwide elections in 2010, fierce intra-sectarian political rivalries have left members of the country's majority Shiite community running on different tickets — a shift from the 2006 elections when they formed a unified list with support from traditional religious authority
[millionday] Despite the unrest, al-Maliki is presenting himself as a strong Shiite leader who can defeat the resilient Sunni-led insurgency that has come roaring back on his watch. One of his campaign posters shows him standing next to soldier with a slogan reading: "Together, we defeat terrorism."
[millionday] Experts predict al-Maliki's State of Law coalition will gain the largest number of seats, given its emergence as the largest single bloc in seven of 12 provinces in last year's provincial elections. But even if he secures the most seats, al-Maliki likely will need to work with opponents to build a coalition to form the next government.
[millionday] note --- that remains to be seen
[millionday] now let me say this -- we have all seen the massive news today and for the last two days etc of all the violence and death -----as we have just seen 8800 deaths in just the last year brb with more
[millionday] i like to give a little extra info – smile - lets compare -- and this is just guns
[millionday] Every year in the U.S., an average of more than 100,000 people are shot, according to The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. Every day in the U.S., an average of 289 people are shot.
Eighty-six of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention, the Brady Campaign reports. Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 335,609 people died from guns -- more than the population of St. Louis, Mo. (318,069), Pittsburgh (307,484), Cincinnati, Ohio (296,223), Newark, N.J. (277,540), and Orlando, Fla. (243,195) (sources: CDF, U.S. Census; CDC)
[millionday] now this may seem as though it is just a little info -- but lets just say one thing -- the loss is never ok -- but if they read our statistics --- no one would ever come if that is what they go by
[millionday] obviously the investors are looking for financial gain -- and the deaths that are occurring --- are many and sad -- but not a lot in comparison to our country
[Smokey Mtn. Dinar] Comment really. You have to remember that Iraq has a population of about 30 million, where the USA has a population of over 300 million.
[millionday] true so if you take a zero -- we still outdo them -- add in any other form of violence with the gun statistics and wow what a number
[millionday] understand that 10% minus the population still is unreal for our country and they have more pressure and problems than the US of A has seen in many years --
[Smokey Mtn. Dinar] True
[millionday] i am not trying to minimize -- just trying to show you that the violence is happening here as well - can you imagine if we were put in the position they are in? wow --- I dont think American numbers would be that low at all
[En4cr] I agree MD
[millionday] just my opinion smile brb with more
[kimberly1] all life is precious, but per capita really their numbers compare far to less than here and other places, so is that more hype than anything else to skew the facts and sensationalize the topic?
[millionday] it appears to be a way to explain them sitting on their butt when things to be taken care of -- as we know money would be a huge help - and as we saw in the previous report -- the citizens are hopeful
[En4cr] IMO anything to down grade/emphasize the violence is just BS
[jtank] Maliki Hype
[En4cr] heating from inside the country doesnt really say the same violence even tho it is a fact
[millionday] they are going to fulfill the plan for the trade hub --- it is huge and a very intense and massively expensive one -- the money in an economic recession that was put into this was huge -- and not to be just brushed under the rug
[millionday] so just a point that i wanted to make as far as a compare brb with more
[kimberly1] Won't the end of elections bring an end to the majority of the violence as most of it is political in nature?
[millionday] i would give my opinion to be yes -- it should bring happiness
[millionday] here we go -- German consul for economic affairs in the German embassy in Baghdad Klaus Hashimar Saturday, said Iraq and Germany have achieved currently ranked fifth for Iraqi cooperation in terms of the global ceilings bilateral trade.
He Hampshire for "tomorrow's Press," said that "Berlin is seeking to increase trade with Iraq and she is proud to be the fifth scientifically in terms of cooperation with Iraq after Turkey, South Korea and the United States and Russia, but it is pursuing plans for further cooperation with Baghdad."
[millionday] "The roof of trade with the race reached one billion and six hundred million dollars a year, mostly in electric power projects as well as collaborations in the secondary oil and gas projects across the Iraqi entry as an investor for some secondary industries minute allocated to international oil companies."
He continued that "the most important works in the German sector of Iraq is a global company, Siemens is the most prominent characteristic of German industry needed by Iraq," noting that "there is an additional cooperation in the areas of the automotive industry through the Mercedes and Audi will see the light soon between the two countries."
It is noteworthy that Germany is one of the major industrial countries and linked by good relations with Iraq, encourage the growth of trade and expand it.
[millionday] so as we see -- the trade on the way is massive and obviously going to require a reality rate or it will not work and will wipe out Iraq economically -- they have to be internationally recognized and have the actual calculation of a reality rate
[millionday] the elections are happening as we sleep tonight and have completed in most countries for voting abroad --
[millionday] the kurds have announced that on May 2nd they will be selling oil on the Global market -- they will begin ---- so all of this of course has us wondering -- what is going to happen next ?
[Smokey Mtn. Dinar] Do you have any guess as to when we might start seeing election results?
[millionday] yes -- they will be coming late tomorrow and go into thursday
[Richard Incrocci] The Kurds selling oil on the Global Market, does that have anything to do with the RR, as in needing it for their income?
[Richard Incrocci] Seems to be a rather curious move with the timing of everything happening and a vote on the 3rd for the budget
[millionday] let me address this -- this is the thing -- this announcement has many up in the air of what it could mean if the translation is correct -- is it on the isx? is it as we have seen in the present with greater magnitude? is it an announcement that their market is hooked and going to be a huge surprise? –
- the thing is --- they did not at all expand on the answer of how they mean on the global market -- oil is set by the global market and the price has actually been adjusted by OPEC in the past for the market in Iraq --- there have been so many speculations and rollercoasters over this but
[millionday] i say this -- the smartest people in the world have no problem saying " i dont know" so ---- i dont know but am excited to see what is to come of this announcement for May 2nd –
could it mean that the budget is going through on the 1st of may ? -- so many questions and no answers until may 2nd -- but you know how much i love the words global market? --- oh honey - smile
[Richard Incrocci] Thanks MD
[millionday] yw all the time hun -- great question obviously -- smile
[millionday] so this is the thing with news tonight --- the Iraqis and the world are blue -- holding their breath on this election -- the international votes have come in some and tonight is the morning they will be voting -- counting and monitoring is being done as we have it -- international compliance and electronically
[millionday] so very exciting to say the least to see the change and hope for the country and for us as well
[millionday] going to look at what else i have brb
[millionday] this shows how important this is to the region and to the country of Iraq - these numbers are out of this world !!!!
[millionday] Announced the Electoral Commission for elections that the percentage of voters in the special voting which took place on Monday amounted to more than 91%, the highest rate recorded by the Commission in its history.
The head of the electoral district Miqdad Sharifi at a press conference after the completion of the voting process, "said the Independent Higher Commission for Elections and supplied percentage of the vote through its offices in Baghdad and the provinces 91.46%, which is the percentage recorded by the Commission since its inception until today and this has been achieved through the use of new mechanisms
millionday] obviously the new mechanism is the electronic voting -- and these numbers show how much Iraqis want to have control back and democratic process within the country
[millionday] huge huge brb with more
[dovi] the high percentage voting typically does not bode well for the incumbent
[kimberly1] One would think the electronic system makes the old terrorist tactics obsolete to some degree
[millionday] i dont know if you are all aware of this
[millionday] here we go -- U.S. government revealed, on April 26 evening, said Washington "and sought" the number of members of the intelligence officers in Iraq to "reduce" from the growing violence in it, and confirmed that "a team high level of the Pentagon,"
We have now in Iraq, and with Ezzat raison d'etre to "assess the security situation to provide additional assistance to Iraqi forces in its war against al (Daash), pointed out that" advised not to attack a major military, "the fact that the Iraqi forces" is eligible.
should be noted that the parliamentary elections will be held in their general form in the 30th of this month with the participation of 39 political coalition deal of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, as well as 244 political entities from all over the country and with the participation of 9040 candidates competing for 328 seats,
while launched vote, Iraqis abroad, first yesterday Sunday also launched, on Monday, the voting process for your internal security forces and admitted to the hospital and prison inmates, as well
[millionday] so we have prison inmates and hospital people voting and also the US of A has stated that they will help with the violence if need be
[millionday] they have moved some workers out of the country while the vote goes on and it will be over by the time we wake so very interesting to see
[millionday] i hope that all of the problem office holders are voted out and all of the ones that believe in the country and its potential are put in
[millionday] the ministers are still not in place for the Kurds but they are working on it
millionday] Moon is very happy over the figures and set up for the election and not happy about the violence of course
[millionday] so as boring as this news can be is as boring as it is but -- the change we are to see by the budget meeting right after and the intentions of CBI and the change of offices is not boring at all -- we just don't have the answers today ---
millionday] so we are not going to just sit here and will meet back tomorrow to see if Iraq is still on the map and also to see what has come out so far -- remember it is electronic and monitored internationally -- compliance is a must and this result will be huge for the country and of course for the many reforms on the way