9-28-2012 Abby01: "Rafidain Bank issued 42 thousand smart card for employees and retirees." Love this! Seems we hear mostly good news. Things are being accomplished that we have all been talking about for the past few years.
9-28-2012 LoriC: Today we should hear more from the UN regarding Chapter 7. The GOI now has a temporary Oil & Gas law in place and they issued smart cards today. All great news imo that points something big about to happen.
9-28-2012 R&R: Though we’re not as far as I hoped we’d be today, things may not be too bad. As BGG said, Barzani is the “pushover” and should come to the table soon. It appears his main sticking point (other than Erbil) is getting a payment, and that is supposed to be happening next week.
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R&R Continues: Allawi on the other hand is more concerned with power sharing (obviously) and who can blame him? And despite the fact Amnesty was postponed, there was an article saying it would be brought up for vote again on Monday (fingers crossed).
As far as M is concerned, I have to think BGG is correct is stating that T doesn’t have very long to deal with this. All these guys told T what they want in all those meetings last week. I think T knows what he has to do (and he also knows who is the fly in the ointment). Now he’s just gotta do it! IMHO
9-28-2012 CY (Part 1): Maliki is not getting his way with Parliament. This week they completed the election commission totally contrary to what Maliki wanted. Then yesterday, not enough MPs showed up to vote on the Infrastructure Law that Maliki wanted.
The quorum of the Parliament is no longer going to be snookered by Maliki and his companion thugs to do anything he wants. Apparently, Najafi brokered a deal to get the amnesty law passed along with the infrastructure law. Yet, Najafi’s own parliament would not go along with it.
They just did not show up to vote. Kind of stupid to broker a deal with Maliki when his opponents have the upper hand in Parliament with their quorum. This is egg not only on Maliki’s face but Najafi’s face also. Basically, the majority (that is the quorum) of the Parliament will not have anything to do with what Maliki wants. He can no longer lie his way into position anymore.
This being the case he is about finished. That is as long as enough MPs stick together to stand against this aspiring dictator. And they will stick together simply because of how bad Maliki really is.
9-28-2012 CY (Part 2): Maliki wants the National Conference because he comes out better there thanks again to his good buddy, President Talibani who continues to save him time and time again. After a while, Talibani himself is going to run out of plays and time.
So we wait another week while the opposition against Maliki continues not to play along at all with his stinky ways. It looks like the deals brokered by Najafi and perhaps Talibani may not come to pass simply because the majority of the parliament is not going to agree with their leaders if Maliki gains any position of advantage. They are through with this guy.
They are not going to play along with his lying ways anymore. So, Talibani has a problem. Najafi has a problem. They continue to try to appease a rabid dog, that is Maliki, when the MPs know this is plain foolishness. They just are not going to play along. Good for them.
9-28-2012 BGG: Allawi being more engaged and involved in the process is not a bad thing, this is good. Essentially, he is saying to the players “implement the Erbil and all the previous agreements and you have yourself a deal,” (which Maliki has openly promised as recently as 2-3 months ago in the press). Why would this be bad news? He’s just adding pressure and being open about what he’ll accept. Allawi being out in the open and completely engaged (as in not currently running for his life), is also another good sign for us. There could be a lot more afoot than we know. Read more
9-28-2012 Mountainman: Madame Wu is not controlling Iraq's currency. China has no control over another country's currency, similar to how we can't force China to raise their currency even though it is also undervalued. A country's central bank determines a value and the IMF approves it.
The UST is not in lockdown. These rumors are obviously extremely far fetched and if you google the authors, you will see they were saying the exact same thing a year ago (UST in lockdown, it's in the banks, yada, yada, yada). There is plenty of real progress to be excited about though.
The political crisis seems to be winding down. Maliki, Allawi and Talabani are all working to strengthen relations with different countries and traveling a lot. Iraq has done everything required of them to be released from chapter 7 except have a internationally tradeable currency and Bloomberg just reported that Iraq is producing the most crude oil since 1979. Now that we have a temporary oil and gas agreement I can see things falling into place.
9-28-2012 Rileyjones: The United States and the Gulf states agree to strengthen trade ties. "WASHINGTON (Reuters) The United States said on Thursday it had signed a framework agreement with Saudi Arabia and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council to explore ways to strengthen trade and investment links with the oil-rich region.
The total trade between the United States and the Cooperation Council about $100 billion last year with a trade deficit of the United States of $24 billion. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement, will contribute to this important Convention for trade and investment in the growth and strengthen our ties of economic relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council is a partner key strategic to the United States in the Middle East and North Africa."
9-28-2012 Military Contracts: Maliki will visit Russia next month to sign military contracts valued at $5 billion. Prime Minister Maliki held an agreement with Russia to supply Iraq with warplanes and military equipment worth an estimated $5 billion in the visit conducted by next month at the head of a senior delegation. Defense Minister Dulaimi, will visit Russia early next month to put the final touches to the military contracts valued at $5 billion. The signing of these contracts will be during a visit to Prime Minister Maliki to Moscow on October 10th. Read more