10-24- Tlar What is happening in Iraq is the democratic awakeness. We will see the constitution mentioned more and more in articles and interviews.
In the beginning...only a few really educated technocrats ever read what they wrote in total let alone any MP from any block. In Iraq people are just starting to see what is in their constitution.
They are doing this because there is a constitutional crisis going on. The SOL and Maliki from the very beginning have used the constitution where it benefited them and trashed it, where it, when it stood in the way.
MP's from all the blocks, the Kurds, Iraqiya and the Sadrists are feverishly for the first time seeing violations. Why? They are digging into their constitution as the proof source.
When this is over IMHO Iraq will become a democratic non secular government. Sadr has already made his mind up and has told Allawi...in Erbil if Allawi will allow some ministries to go to the Sadrists, he will support Allawi and Iraqiya in the next election. This is the crux of democracy.
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Tlar Continues: Back room deals where every party gets something of value achieved as the society moves forward. Iraq has bit of the forbidden fruit. For 10 years they have tasted democracy so now the real test comes. Will they stand up and stop this despot?
Remember to become a complete dictator you eventually have to hold your population at gunpoint. As the ground swell moves forward Maliki will seem less sure of himself.
The proof is he had to go back to the Judiciary and try to get thee warrants re-instated. Why? because it was determined that warrants coming from the Council of Ministers was - unconstitutional.
With the international community intering the frey and with 13000 troops of ours in country Maliki will be afraid to use the security or military forces to put this ground swell down.
10-24-12 LoriC: The fact that the auctions haven't updated in a couple days is interesting but not surprising. There having the Eid AL Adha holiday Thursday - Friday and the CBI doesn't update or have auctions during holidays.
There is also still an ongoing investigation with the central bank and the auctions (among other things) which could be the reason. The CBI should get back to work very soon though. Shabibi is returning to Baghdad and said he has complete confidence in the Iraqi judiciary and that he will be cleared of all wrong doing.
In other news, Kuwait wrapped up a $500 million airline settlement with Iraq. This ends a 22 year dispute between the 2 countries and puts Iraq into a perfect position and makes a very strong argument for Iraq to be released from Chapter 7.
Iraq's oil exports continue to climb. Last month their revenues were more than $8.3 billion. Also, as we speak an HCL draft is being submitted to the House of Representatives for a vote.
There is no way a country as wealthy as Iraq will remain with a worthless currency and this fight for control over the CBI is a great indicator that their currency is about to be far more valuable very soon.
10-24-12 Yota691: No updates on CBI Currency Auctions for 2 days in row!! This is the last one!! Currency Auctions Announcement No. (2240). The latest daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the 22-OCT-2012.
The results were as follows: DETAILS NOTES Number of banks 24. Auction price selling dinar / US$1166. Auction price buying dinar / US$--- Amount sold at auction price (US$286,070,000. Amount purchased at Auction price (US$) --- Total offers for buying (US$) 286,070,000. Total offers for selling (US$) --- Exchange rates.