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Tootsie: Babylon protesters demanding Abadi to "adhere to the " position of the government of technocrats 08/04/2016 18:57 Demanded hundreds of demonstrators Babil province, on Friday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to "root stick" in the formation of a government of technocrats, as called for the dismissal of the governor of Babylon honest meaning of the Royal resolution of the Council, stressed to detect corrupt files since 2003 and accounting thieves of public money.
He said civil rights activist Ismail Mohamed Ismail said in an interview, to the (long-Presse), said that "hundreds of people of the province of Babylon, came out today a demonstration demanding the prime minister Haider al-Abadi uphold strongly his decision-author of the Ministry of technocrats,"
pointing to "the need to carry out reform and change and the lack of disclosure for the ruling parties to derail his reform agenda. " CONTIN ~ wealthwatch.world/showthr... http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=4477
Tootsie: Kerry: Abadi did not ask to send any new US forces during talks 2016-04-08 18:34:01 | (Voice of Iraq) - Reuters US Secretary of State John Kerry , who is visiting Baghdad on Friday , said that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi did not submit any request to send a new US troops to help fight al Islamic state.
Kerry told reporters at the embassy that he wants to reiterate its support for the US president and his deputy to Ebadi , who faces political and economical crisis fitfully as well as the fight against the Islamic state. He added that he explained to the servants ,
it is important that there should be political stability in Iraq through military operations are not affected. Kerry had met earlier with Abadi and senior Iraqi officials. wealthwatch.world/showthr... http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=4479
chattels: Great interview with @Mikeknightsiraq on the tangled mess that is the Iraqi pol scene, ......................... wealthwatch.world/showthr...
Doug_W: ty "C"
chattels: " Some critics are asking whether this is the best time to be pursuing a technocratic, political consultancy-type reform agenda, given pressing security concerns in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "
chattels: " The reasons Abadi is pursuing such an ambitious strategy now are twofold. First, he believes that the Iraqi people do currently want more effective government, and maybe there is a groundswell of support for deep-rooted change within Baghdad.
He has thus focused on reducing spending waste, appointing technocrats to key posts, and cracking down on corruption. Second, the Prime Minister is, by his nature, an administrative and economic reformer.
He feels comfortable pursuing these types of reforms, rather than commanding military strategy or socio-political reconciliation. Do these plans ultimately sync with what is happening in Iraq at the moment? Such fine-grained tinkering with government structure in Iraq can seem out of touch with the ongoing war against ISIL, economic crisis, the need for sectarian reconciliation,
the Baghdad-Erbil crisis — which is really a crisis about federalism and decentralization in the country writ large. In some ways, by pursuing his technocratic reform process, Abadi was always likely to face significant opposition and obstacles."
chattels: " Abadi has the attention to detail to guide a balanced budget, to bring international financial institutions into Iraq, to encourage private and non-oil sector growth, and to put the country back on a more even economic keel. "
chattels: " .......... in terms of solving big political issues like political reconciliation, Arab-Kurdish relations, and intra-Shia alliance tension, Abadi is not trying to be a transformative political actor. He sees his job as administering the government."
chattels: " Nobody is really at the helm when it comes to national politics, but that is fine. The Abadi administration knows that it cannot serve in such a role. Abadi is not Maliki, who schemed and plotted his way through office; he is not Ahmed Chalabi, who could cut deals with anyone and everyone at the same time.
The Sadrists are not going to hamstring the government, since it is already politically hamstrung. How does this situation get resolved? Most Shia and other bloc leaders think the current situation is a sustainable political arrangement whereby the government takes a battering over failure to reform but muddles through.
Sadr will likely pull back from the brink of political violence if it threatens, as he has already done by withdrawing his protesters from the International Zone. Nevertheless, his is a young movement, and prone to miscalculation."
chattels: " ............ the current situation is a sustainable political arrangement whereby the government takes a battering over failure to reform but muddles through. "
chattels: " ........... it is useful to note a general point about generational change in Iraq. This year the international community will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm. The majority of Iraqi citizens cannot remember the Baath regime, or have the dimmest memories of it.
They have never been directly affected by Saddam; most of the Sunnis in Iraq today are completely blameless for the Baath regime’s actions. This new generation is not necessarily focused on the sins of the Baath or Saddam. Rather it remembers the tumult through which it came of age.
Iraq is now entering the first wave of elections in which the largest part of the electorate comprises people who are more focused on what today’s government can realistically deliver."
chattels: " In some respects, recent politico-military developments may have opened a door for eventual reconciliation between sects. For example, numerous young families from all sects have grown up together.
Over the last two years, hundreds of thousands of Sunnis have been forced into Shia or Kurdish areas: the children attend school alongside their new neighbors; the men have established businesses in host regions.
Shockingly, there have been practically no security incidents in these refugee and mixed regions. Displaced Sunni families have been hosted and welcomed by the Shia and the Kurds, without any coercion from Baghdad. On the battlefront, Sunni communities have fought alongside PMU forces to liberate themselves."
chattels: " Ultimately, while this generational shift — and its effects — do not necessarily speak to infrastructure development, health sector improvement, or industry reform, they do give cause for optimism that Baghdad might be able to overcome its political divisions one day.
The political blocs that have prevented any meaningful reform since 2003 may be slowly undermined from ground-level. Sadr’s protests evince this kind of change."
chattels: " ............ cause for optimism that Baghdad might be able to overcome its political divisions one day. The political blocs that have prevented any meaningful reform since 2003 may be slowly undermined from ground-level."
chattels: arguably generational change is not an overnight proposition
chattels: my approach to the prospect of a liquidity event for us has always allowed for the possibility of it being a multi - generational event
chattels: if not us then maybe our children will benefit is my point
chattels: not a popular narrative I know
Doug_W: thr possible truth NEVER is C
rocknrollbus: ‹@chattels› ‹@Doug_W› This is but one paragraph of Kerry's statement while in Iraq
rocknrollbus: With respect to the potential shift in the cabinet, the prime minister made it very clear to me that he has ideas in mind for what he wants to do in the next days, hours. He’s holding his meetings, he’s reaching out and talking to people, as is appropriate. We don’t play a role in that.
That is entirely up to the prime minister and the Government of Iraq. And he will make whatever announcements he has to make regarding it at the appropriate time.
rocknrollbus: Notice Kerry says............."in the next days, hours".
rocknrollbus: Here is the complete statement.... http://m.state.gov/md255619.htm
rocknrollbus: I think our reshuffle is almost finished!!!
Doug_W: ya RIGHT