aggiedad77 » February 23rd, 2014, 12:09 pm •
So begins an new day of News Summaries this Sunday
Baghdad airport police arrested the appearance of Mohammed Saleh immediately after his return from Sulaymaniyah
WS has pieced together a number of articles that talk about the sudden arrest of Dr. Mohammed Saleh at the Baghdad airport upon his return from business in the province of Sulaymaniyah. It seems he was detained by airport police for about 10 hours before finally being released. They told him that he was not allowed to travel as part of his earlier arrest.....however what the airport police were working off of was old records that had not been updated.....it also seems a bit odd that he would not have been detained at the beginning of his travel rather than at the end....airport police...you learn to despise them....where ever you might be.....something else out of all of this....is that Dr. Saleh is failing in health
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An urgent session of parliament to postpone next Tuesday for lack of quorum
Ok, the Kurds didn't show up.....the Coalition of United didn't show up.....so there was no quorum for Sunday.....wondering what makes this urgent.....next session is Tuesday.....the Kurds claimed they had a more pressing regional government meeting that trumped the Parliament session....hello....since when did a region meeting trump a federal meeting....stop hiding behind false pretenses.
Araji warns of depletion of reserves if Iraq Mastmrt fighting in Anbar for "10" more days
According to a MP....again a single voice opinion here....the government will run out of money within 10 days if the fighting in Anbar continues....claiming this is a political and electoral issue that is ongoing now....what they are referring to is that within 10 days there will be no further money to pay staff salaries...I would suggest they talk to the Kurds about this very issue....seems they are already there.
The start of the sit-ins to protest against the delay in the salaries of the staff of the Territory in Sulaimaniya
University staff in Sulaimaniya are staging a sit-in....how '60'ish is that......to protest lack of payment of salaries by the government....seems they too must get in line with the Kurds on this issue.
Kurds think of withdrawing from Iraqi political process
Well we've heard last week that the Deputy PM of Energy in the Baghdad government saying that some progress had been made with the Kurds....now we have a Kurdish MP stating that there has been no progress.....how trusting is his opinion on the matter, how slanted is his information.....the Kurds now seem to be saying if Baghdad wants to pass the budget without them they would quit attending Parliament sessions....the Kurdish MP's are meeting with Barzani to discuss the status of things....and whether they will attend future Parliament sessions.
Kurdish lawmaker: Cut the federal government for the salaries of the staff of the Kurdistan crime and must take a decisive stand
Here we have another new article with old news....the Kurds are facing liquidity problems and their banks are empty.
KRG: leaves have a strong pressure to respond to the policy Baghdad
Barzani is stating that the Kurds can now sell oil but will not do so until there is an agreement reached with Baghdad....they have pumped oil as far as Ceyhan in Turkey into dedicated storage tanks, but have not sold that oil to anyone as yet.
Parliament is talking about losing control of the four provinces and calling on the government to resign
From the sound of things it leads one to believe that Speaker Najafi has little control over things in Parliament these days....blocs have resigned their seats in Parliament....several blocs refuse to attend sessions, preferring to boycott on the grounds their interests are not being addressed, primarily the Kurds and the Coalition United from Anbar, thus bringing quorum issues to the forefront of every Parliament session.....there are four provinces that seem to be out of control of the state.
Kurdish Deputy talking about seeking international oil companies to transfer work from southern Iraq to Kurdistan
There is so much finger pointing going on between Baghdad and the Kurds....one week Baghdad is saying that the Kurds are underselling their oil based on world market prices....the next week the Kurds are saying that Baghdad doesn't get enough for the price of oil they are exporting.....now the Kurds are trying to lure oil companies out of the south areas of Iraq claiming that the Kurds will get more for the oil being extracted.....just how economically dry is the Kurdistan....why would an oil company want to move to their region when there is a high likelihood of not getting paid.
Legal Parliament suggest adoption of the budget within 20 days
An MP from the Legal Committee in Parliament is stating that he suggests the budget could be passed within 20 days...I'm believing he has pipe dreams too....there remain issues between the Kurds and Baghdad that need to be fluffed out....there are big time issues of putting a quorum together in Parliament to even have a first reading....I'm not saying it won't be done....but just shaking my head at the possibility at this point in time.....maybe Frank's teams will prove me wrong.
The specter of bankruptcy in the Kurdistan region threatens to declare austerity
President of the KRG, Barzani is calling for a 50% reduction of salaries of many heads of the Kurd government as part of their austerity program to better deal with the economic hardship that has overtaken the region due to the budgetary issues between the Kurds and Baghdad.....everyone is being urged to reduce all expenses....there is currently a 2 billion dinar deficit in the region budget.
Kurdistan confirms that the dispute over the budget continues but there is a determination to be passed
Another article that simply rehashes things that we already know.....both the Kurds and Baghdad want to being resolution to the battle over the budget.....they still have a ways to go to shake hands.....the Kurds are facing some severe economic issues at the hands of Baghdad from them withholding salaries for region employees.
IKG Property: Erbil is dynamic investment destination
IKG Property released their fourth quarter market overview of the Kurdistan region.....things are looking really good despite the struggles between the Kurds and Baghdad....keep in mind this is the 4th quarter 2013....before budget issues in 2014.....they are seeing housing booms in Erbil.....the completion of the pipeline to Ceyhan, Turkey is a major positive.....many new hotels are helping tourism in the region....and foreign business entities like Burger King and Starbucks are starting to make a presence....fast food and expensive coffee is on the way.
Private banks coordinate with the Central to maintain the stability of the dinar
So the CBI spoke.....and the private banks and non-governmental banks are listening.....together they are taking such actions that will prove to stabilize the dinar.....there was also a stress that the Finance and Commerce Committees within Parliament must also cooperate to ensure success.
Economy parliamentary downplays talk of counterfeit currency
The Economic and Investment Commission within Parliament is currently downplaying any talk regarding counterfeiting of dinar....they say there is no doubt there are some attempts but they are weak....they state that the CBI is very much on top of issues regarding counterfeiting....the CBI has very sensitive monitoring devices that keep counterfeiting to a minimum.
Kurdistan Alliance declares its adherence to the position of President of the Republic being a Kurd maturity
The Kurds are making it known they want to see a Kurd in the position of President or Prime Minister when the dust settles from the upcoming elections.....they believe they have candidates that have the maturity for the positions.....of note while the PM position is elected....the President's position is determined by the newly elected government.
Erbil is unable to pay the salaries of the fiscal deficit and Barzani, the release of drug to Khairallah
We already know that Erbil is unable to make salary payments to their employees....hundreds of thousands of employees according to this article.....some are saying the Americans and Turkish governments are mediating in the current crisis but many do not trust them....they would prefer to see Iran as mediator instead.
Will shut off the morning news here.....maybe break things up into threes today since Frank likes things in threes.....we shall see.