aggiedad77 » January 28th, 2014, 11:38 am
Good Morning Family....here comes the overnight news summaries:
Parliament resumes its sessions today to discuss the budget and vote on a number of laws
Parliament reconvenes today and has on its agenda to read five laws which includes the 2014 Budget....and to also vote on four others today. What does not seem to be included in today's agenda is the Unified Retirement Law...or Pension Law if you will. There are many complexities to the Unified Retirement Law some of which are tethered in with the 2014 Budget, as NOVA indicated on last night's CC.....so a delay here can be understandable for the Retirement Law to see what happens with the budget. One of the things to be voted on today will include a committee to monitor the Electoral Commission's work on the elections, as well as a vote on amending the Judicial Organization Law.
Biden calls for Maliki to expedite the resolution of file Kurdistan oil and support the Awakening
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VP Biden is again on the phone with Maliki, urging M to find an agreement with the Kurds on the oil exports.....they also discussed the fighting in Anbar where Biden is now urging M to specifically support the "Awakening clan" in the fight against al Qaeda....this is the same group that the US military fought alongside of in their battles with al Qaeda in Anbar. The State Dept. has provided some information to the Senate that would allow for ten attack helicopters to be leased to Iraq and later to sell 30 other aircraft to them. Biden again stressed the US position of working more closely with Anbar tribes and for the government to provide some type of compensation for those killed or injured in the fighting.
Barzani: Proposals Baghdad on oil dispute was nothing new
President Barzani of Kurdistan spoke yesterday in front of the press after meeting with a number of ministers and members of the Kurdish House of Representatives. He has basically stated that Baghdad is not having anything with the Kurdish demands regarding oil in the budget....that they continue to insist on what Baghdad calls their part of the revenue sales of oil from the region....Barzani stated however that what the Kurds have drawn up meets the intent of the Kurdish oil and gas law. It seems the Kurds are of the opinion that since they have their own constitution it supersedes Iraqi laws....not sure how that works....it would seem to me that the Iraqi laws have primacy over any laws of any province or region. Barzani confirmed that Baghdad has threatened to cut off the Kurds share of the budget at some point in time. Barzani stated that the region will not waive what it sees as its constitutional rights especially when it comes to oil.
State of Law coalition refuses to call a tribal leader to al-Maliki's meeting in Anbar
It would appear that the rebels in Anbar want a meeting with Maliki.....but only if the meeting would be in one of the cities in Anbar....imo.....I smell a rat in the pile here somewhere.....anyways...M is having none of it and has stated he will not negotiate with the rebels.....in this case I can't say as I blame him. The Iraqi government has a severe way of dealing with those who follow al Qaeda, are sympathetic to them, or hide them in any way.....death by hanging.....the problem that I foresee, is that of trying to determine who is siding with al Qaeda and who isn't....maybe they have ways of determining this.....I believe that M is working with and dealing with those known tribes who show allegiance to the local government and police forces.
High Nassif calls on the government overture to Syria to get the documents that prove the involvement of Iraqi politicians supporting terrorism
Iraq's MP Nassif is calling on Syria to provide photo and video documentation of Iraqi politicians that Syria is claiming are supporting terrorism. Given Iraq's current severe penalties for terrorism or supporting terrorism this could turn evil...IMO. This will bear further watching to see where it goes.
Parliament: the petro-dollar cut 6% of the budget and there are 3 scenarios to get out of its crisis
The committees in Parliament that are looking at the budget have arrived at three scenarios as a way out of the budget crisis...the first is to raise the budgeted price of oil to something more than $90....the second is to increase oil production to something more than 3 million barrels per day....and the third I believe is saying make transfers of money between the operational budget and the investment budget....in other words reduce the investment budget by an amount that would take care of the operational budget.....as was mentioned yesterday....this is not good for long-term economic growth. Then you have the issue of the budget deficit....23 trillion dinar.....how to plug that hole.....and yes....there was a mention of "April" in this article....imo...that simply points out that the Parliament will be meeting until then. They talk about the issuance of bonds to cover the budget deficit....and I have to wonder if this is some of what NOVA was talking about last night.....are these the bonds that would be issued by the government once the budget is passed.....hmmmm.
Osman: differences between Baghdad and Erbil will continue .. Article 140 and file hold more
It seems to be an expectation that Article 140 will have more information in it once the approval is made for the projected provinces. So we still seem to be facing oil issues with the Kurds.....issues with the Peshmerga....I'm assuming Maliki's request they become part of the Iraqi Army....which IMO won't happen.....and a few other "administrative issues".....today may be telling on where things go from here.
Kurdistan Alliance: do not object to the formation of the National Council of oil wealth
The Kurds have announced they do not mind the formation of a National Council on distributing oil wealth....that is a surprise.
I'm sorry this bit of overnight news summaries are late getting out this morning. Randy
jdtolle » January 28th, 2014, When the challenges are great
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