aggiedad77 » February 14th, 2015, 11:53 am
Saturday News Summaries and Commentaries
We saw a change in pattern last night for KTFA, probably not too many caught what it was or even gave it much thought....how interesting. What is the weekend going to bring us, more LAWS, more TURMOIL, maybe a BUDGET....what will change from what has been witnessed in the past....things to ponder as we sift through the news today and into tomorrow....HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY everyone.
Rafidain Bank issued a smart card for the displaced beneficiaries of social protection
Rafidain Bank began issuing a smart card to male beneficiaries of displaced families.....they are implementing some type of simplified procedures and instructing those in receipt to use them at nearby ATM's for their subsidy.
Abadi: (Daash) using guerrilla warfare and it's time to crush
PM Abadi recognizes that DAASH is using what he terms as guerrilla warfare and from the sounds of things he is saying, "enough is enough!" It is time to crush the entity known as DAASH, committing that the government will do all within its power to achieve victory.....I liken this resolve on Abadi's part to Churchill's stance against the Germans for some reason....victory will be theirs.
Penalty clause on abstaining from revealing their financial interests
The Integrity Commission is hard at work.....they recognize that while members of Parliament are required to make public their financial interests there is no "teeth" in the law that would penalize those who choose not to publicize their financial levels....as a result they will be working to make changes in the law through amendments that bring punitive damage to those who think they can abstain from reporting....it's about time is all I can say.
Araji: staff salaries self-financing companies will allocate advances and loans from banks
A short article but it has a wide range of topics within it...the first talks about the self-financing companies will start to make loans and salary advances.....AFTER.....the publication of the budget.....then they jump to an anniversary celebration for Iraqi Airways....69 years they have been flying and their pilots are seen as heroes, not always flying in the best of conditions.....
Iraqi Deputy PM states today too that Iraq is not BANKRUPT....rather they have experienced technical issues and without a budget for 2014...and the last thing PM Abadi talks about laws like the National Guard Law as well as the Justice and Accountability Law as achievements for the government that now rest with Parliament where he hears of some sabotage efforts by certain groups but feels that Iraq will not miss the opportunity that comes with these laws to improve things for all Iraqis.
Kurdistan economic crisis is forcing the closure of 40 restaurants in Arbil
Times grow financially difficult in many areas of Iraq....Erbil included....as they see 40 restaurants closing their doors mainly attributed to the lack of tourist trade that is bringing about the closures...they expect worsening conditions if things are not turned around soon....investors will be the next group expected to shrink if things don't change.
Jubouri Committee meets political reform
Speaker Jubouri met with the Political Reform Committee to work out details about sub-committees and to express time frames for expected completion of work and agendas....this committee will be working to get away from previous practices of political arm-twisting....amid many shouts by individuals who only had their own best interests at heart....the committee will be conducting regularly scheduled monthly meetings.
Gang stealing thousands of dollars from the banking office in Baghdad
A gang has seized first $13 million dollars and then 100 million dinars from the same bank in Baghdad....the Poplar Exchange Company....an investigation is underway....the Untouchables are on the job and these crooks had better fear for their well-being...this Integrity group is becoming well known for nabbing their man.
A parliamentary source / Baghdadi News /: Presidency of the Parliament is moving to postpone or suspend the House of Representatives session for the day because of the abduction MP Zaid al-Janabi
A member of Parliament was kidnapped yesterday along with his uncle and a group of body guards.....as a result Parliament may be looking at postponing today's session....it is suspected that the session may begin but be postponed until Sunday after only meeting for one hour.....from the sound of the last part of this article the Parliament member may have been freed but his uncle and the body guards were found thrown from a bridge....not sure about the last information.
Confusion in the oil agreement between Baghdad and Erbil cause disable the province paying salaries
Confusion about the oil agreement made between Baghdad and Erbil last December is now causing the government to hold up payments of salaries to the Kurd state employees.....apparently part of the hold up has been based on the belief that the Kurds have not exported 550,000 barrels per day of oil.....so it seems the issue surrounds the idea of what to do if the Kurds don't hold up their end of the deal.....somehow I envision PM Barzani coming to Baghdad on Sunday with reports that would indicate the Kurds have held up their part of the agreement....issues....issues.....there are always issues.....let's just work towards some agreeable resolution and everyone leave HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.
Keywords: important laws require further deliberation, the parliament is determined to approval
A member of the National Alliance states that the COM has worked hard to present laws to Parliament and Parliament in turn is working diligently to get these laws approved things like the oil and gas law, the law of parties....expect to see these laws showing up on Parliament's agenda in the coming timeframe to be read and then voted upon.
Iraqi forces and political councils calls for a national reconciliation conference sponsored by the Arab and international
A number of Iraqi entities including national forces, political blocs, the military and even youth groups all are in agreement calling for a national reconciliation meeting that would include Arabs in the meeting and would be co-sponsored by an international entity such as the UN....the points they seek are all part of what has been talked about as being a part of such a meeting that is supposed to happen in the near future.
Iraqi oil pipeline to Jordan to cost $ 18 billion and a length of 1700 km
A pipeline linking Iraqi oil to Jordan at a cost of $18 billion dollars is said to be delayed into 2019 due to the fall in oil prices....the pipeline, just over 1,000 miles worth of pipe....was expected to be completed in 2017 and furnish oil to Jordan for energy purposes at a reduced price frame would be another avenue for Iraq to export it's oil....meanwhile Egypt is trying to revive a commitment from Iraq for 4 million barrels of oil per month from Iraq.
Ghaban: a unified national card project will be delivered soon
Interior Minister Ghaban is saying that a unified national card project is to be expected soon and will help in the way of simplifying paperwork and helping with archives.....this is all intent on providing better services and products to Iraqi citizens....at the same time it helps with national security and protects the country against illegal immigrants.
US ground force strength of 4000 troops to Kuwait to fight "Daash"
So 4,000 troops will soon find themselves planted in Kuwait, to fight DAASH....the Iraqi's have said they don't need ground troops from the US to fight DAASH so does this mean these troops are awaiting orders into Syria.....where else would they go from KW.....these are seasoned troops who have fought this battle before....and they have the attitude that if they fight the outcome is a foregone conclusion.....HOOORAHH....prayers go with them regardless of where their orders take them.
Vice attribute the weakness of parliamentary agenda for the reluctance of the Council of Ministers to send bills
Don't start the finger pointing.....work together to produce the work product that you expect to receive....teamwork.....the deputy to the Union of National Forces is not happy with how laws are coming out of the COM and expects quicker efforts from the...meanwhile Speaker Jubouri is saying that the political blocs must do their duties to provide harmony towards the passing of laws....working in harmony with what they are given by the COM.
After news of Taligaha..orteur parliament confirms a parliament session today
After suspecting a postponement of today's Parliament session they ended up just delaying the time and having their session today after all....the half hour or so postponement was due to lack of quorum, but were able to pull enough members in to bring the meeting to order later.
Stock market attributes stop the movement for "Daash economic downturn."
The ISX is stating that DAASH has had a significant negative impact on the market since last June....oil has also had an impact on the market in a negative sense....meanwhile there has been a steady increase in funds listed on the exchange since 2012.
Reconstruction looking with a Belgian company implementation of investment projects in the whole country
The Minister of Construction and Housing says that work will continue on highways that will connect a number of provinces together....in addition a Belgian company has committed to a 5 year contract for the work....part of their commitment is to build complex housing units as well....good signs of future growth for Iraq.
Association of private banks elect nine members of the new body
The Association of Private Banks has just elected nine new member officers to the body...this comes on the heels of the body announcing a new strategy for regaining public opinion in the private banks within Iraq.....they are also expecting to be a strong partner with the government as they move forward with reforms within the banking entity and the country.
Deputy: National Guard and accountability not been included work on Saturday and Monday
A member of Parliament noted that the National Guard law, the justice and accountability law, and the law banning the Baath Party were not placed on the agenda's for Saturday's or Monday's Parliament sessions because these laws require time to be considered before they are ready for reading.....the Council of State will consider these laws over the next week.
The Electoral Commission will hold a conference of the National Media
The Independent Electoral Commission held a conference with the National Media designed to enhance the framework or communications and partnership with the media.
Vice him: coalition forces decide to hold an emergency meeting today
The National Forces Alliance held an emergency meeting with a coalition of national forces to discuss appropriate actions to be taken against those accused of killing Sheikh Suwaidan....this is an attempt to bring a reduction to the number of massacres that have been occurring in Iraq.
Energy parliamentary committee looking tomorrow with the oil minister, oil-producing provinces share
The Parliament committee on Oil and Energy is pushing harder than ever towards a final resolution on the oil and gas law and will be meeting with the Oil Minister tomorrow to discuss what needs to be done at this point to finalize any details that have been in question.
Contracting with European companies to supply Iraq with 75 civilian aircraft
In reading this article I believe what they are saying is that Iraq is working with European nations to provide 75 additional flights into Baghdad in the future.....maybe I'm wrong....but this doesn't really read like they are adding 75 planes to their civilian fleet....it's more in tune with the lifting of the Baghdad curfew and that flights can now operate around the clock.
Basra Council allocates 60 billion dinars for re-Shuaiba airbase reconstruction
The Basra Governorate Council has allocated 60 billion dinars for the reconstruction of the Shuaiba airbase....a military installation.
Time for a break....enjoy Valentine's Day with your significant other.