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Wealthwatch Chat Room News & Comments 5-2-16
chattels: By Rudaw 8 minutes ago - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ended a meeting Sunday afternoon with President Fuad Masum and the parliament speaker, presumably to discuss the crisis, but there were no immediate reports about what they had discussed or decided.
chattels: Mismanagement Is Killing Iraq
chattels: Excellent article, especially for those that think the IMF and World Bank loans with conditions are some magic bullet for private investment and financial salvation in Iraq.
chattels: Hayder al-Khoei Retweeted Luay @AL_Khatteeb 10h10 hours ago Mismanagement Is Killing #Iraq. My latest for @TheNatlInterest
chattels: Today, May 1, is Labour Day in Iraq, a CBI holiday. No currency auction.
chattels: " Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is now seeing his call for reforms shot down, because few have the will to admit what needs to be done. As such, Abadi has managed to cut civil-servant salaries by a pathetic 3 percent."
chattels: " Ironically, this lack of strategy fosters corruption. It hinders the aim of successive Iraqi governments to attract private enterprise. "
chattels: " Iraq is now ranked 161 out of 189 countries in the World Bank’s ease-of-doing-business ratings."
chattels: " Iraqi officials have become masters of self-inflicted economic injury."
chattels: " Ending this waste will involve overhauling the political quota system that has turned Iraqi politics into a mad scramble for ministries. Ministries have hiring power in a land of high unemployment, so they seek to dominate recruiting power, crowding out investment."
chattels: " ............... without ministerial capacity, the next administration will flounder, no matter who is in charge.
chattels: " ........... international donors could help Iraq swallow this bitter medicine, which would help cool anger on the Iraqi street, by toughening up the IMF and World Bank demands attached to loans. If not, there is a real danger the loans will simply add to the factional money scramble, kicking a debt problem to the next administration."
chattels: " ............. , by toughening up the IMF and World Bank demands attached to loans. If not, there is a real danger the loans will simply add to the factional money scramble, kicking a debt problem to the next administration."
chattels: " Forget corruption. Waste, inefficiency and economic distortion have brought Baghdad to the brink."
chattels: Again, excellent article, especially for those that think the IMF and World Bank loans with conditions are some magic bullet for private investment and financial salvation in Iraq.
chattels: Or that Iraq will " magically " enter the world market in the first half of 2016. Iraq is long on rhetoric and short on political will and financial ability.
chattels: president of a coalition of law Nuri al - Maliki demanded to go hard and cooperation to solve the security problem and restore the prestige of the state after the protesters broke into the House of Representatives.
chattels: Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany with the promise of restoring law, order and the prestige of the state.
Doug_W: scary the similarities Eh?
rocknrollbus: Where's a Navy Seal Sniper when you need one........that would resolve the Maliki issue! Although, prolly not.........they would martyr him......create a power vacuum.........huh chattels, doug, donnie, ootw, toots..........
rocknrollbus: ‹@chattels› ‹@chattels› ‹@chattels›
rocknrollbus: Do I hear crickets???
Doug_W: ‹@rocknrollbus› yes
OOTW: FOX NOW TALKING ABOUT ABADI
rocknrollbus: I know this is old, but tlar brought it out.........mebbe we won't need the sniper after all..........
rocknrollbus: Crap......wrong post......it's on DinarRecaps under tlar.........a lot of charges against Maliki!!
chattels: Bobby Knight, the basketball coach endorses Trump.
chattels: Iraq Parliament Collapses, Lawmakers Flee Baghdad
chattels: By Sunday evening, the protesters temporarily ended their demonstration and started to withdraw from the area. A statement from Sadr's office said the move was made out of respect for a major Shi'ite pilgrimage
chattels: About 60 lawmakers, mostly from the minority Kurdish and Sunni parties, flew out of the capital for Irbil and Suleymania, in the northern autonomous Kurdish region.
chattels: The Institute for the Study of War describes Sadr’s power grab as a de facto political coup. But the military official said Prime Minister Abadi was still in control of the Iraqi military and running the country.
chattels: .................. members of the notorious Badr Brigade militia, which is strongly allied with Iran, were beginning to converge on the capital’s center. The possibility for intra-Shi’ite violence in Baghdad is high, and Baghdad residents said they are unsure of what will happen next.
chattels: There is also concern that IS could take advantage of the turmoil to ramp up its attacks. Iraqi security forces closed off all entrances to the city Saturday.
chattels: The author, Sharon Behn, is a foreign correspondent working out of Voice of America’s headquarters in Washington D.C Her current beat focuses on political, security and humanitarian developments in Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Follow Sharon on Twitter and on Facebook.
chattels: Sunday, May 1, 2016 JOHNS HOPKINS VIDEO: Kurdistan Re Inventing Itself Yet Again
chattels: Joel Wing @JoelWing2 1h1 hour ago Allawi's Nationalists calling for Premier Abadi and Speaker to resign While Maliki condemned Sadr's storming of Green Zone
chattels: Joel Wing @JoelWing2 1h1 hour ago 3 members of Diyala council have arrest warrants issued for them on terrorism charges
chattels: Loveday Morris @LovedayM 6h6 hours ago Protesters leaving Baghdad's Green Zone on orders from Sadr.
chattels: Loveday Morris @LovedayM 5h5 hours ago Organiser says withdrawal is to give a chance for political decision making and to commemorate Imam Kadhim, will make a "stand" Friday
chattels: Loveday Morris @LovedayM 4h4 hours ago Protesters pack up and leave, a day after storming Iraq's Green Zone. Say they will be back if demands not met
chattels: Sajad Jiyad @SajadJiyad 6h6 hours ago protest leaders statement: leave IZ. Call for parl session to vote on cabinet. If not then early elections. If not then change Pres/PM/Spkr
waldowould: Wondering how good these guys are at playing chess
chattels: Sheikh Mohammed, calling for the suspension of participation of the Kurds in the political process until reset "prestige" of the Parliament Read more:
chattels: Fuad Masum back to Kurdistan Region www.sotaliraq.com/newsite...
chattels: Baghdad protesters to leave green zone, commemorate Shiite Imam
chattels: Iraqi PM orders arrest of protesters who stormed parliament
creekside: ‹@chattels› Thanks for all the news! Really appreciate all the research you do for us!
chattels: ‹@creekside› Happy to share.
Tootsie: English llink for Sheikh Mohammad calling etc https://translate.google.com/translate?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ar&u=http://www.sotaliraq.com/newsitem.php%3Fid%3D329863
chattels: An informed source said the cleric Moqtada al - Sadr, left on Monday to Iran. The source told all of Iraq [where] that " al- Sadr left for the capital , Tehran , traveling from Najaf and on board the Iranian lines [Iran Air]." Comes this sudden and unannounced visit to Sadr to Iran coincided with the escalation of the political crisis in Iraq and the storming of protesters two days of the Green Zone before .
http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=37005 [05/02/2016 07:45:35 AM] chattels: Moqtada al - Sadr, left on Monday to Iran
chattels: BAGHDAD – Tensions began to ease in Baghdad on Monday, after powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told supporters who had stormed the parliament over the weekend to evacuate the capital’s Green Zone and focus on the anniversary of a dead eight century Shiite saint. Hundreds of Shiite pilgrims arrived in Baghdad en route to a holy Shiite shrine in Iraq’s south for an annual ritual.
chattels: How the Green Zone Helped Destroy Iraq
chattels: While the United States has been fixated on the Islamic State and the liberation of Mosul, the attention of ordinary Iraqis has been on the political unraveling of their own country. This culminated on Saturday when hundreds of protesters breached the U.S.-installed “Green Zone” at the heart of Baghdad for the first time and stormed the Iraqi parliament while Iraqi security forces stood back and watched.
The demonstrators, supporters of radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, toppled blast walls, sat in the vacated seats of the parliamentarians who had fled and shouted out demands for the government to be replaced. A state of emergency was declared.
chattels: " A state of emergency was declared."
chattels: ( Caution : Such state of emergency was a " local " security measure and not an act of the Council of Representatives, IMO )
chattels: The sad reality is that Iraq has become ungovernable, more a state of militias than a state of institutions.
chattels: The greatest threat to Iraq thus comes not from the Islamic State but from broken politics, catastrophic corruption, and mismanagement.
chattels: Originally established in 2003 to protect the American occupiers, the walled-in Green Zone was supposed to have been temporary. But Iraqi elites took it over after the Americans left, spending public money on their mansions, generators, cars, security details, homes overseas and payouts to cronies. In this way the Green Zone has come to symbolize all that is wrong with the legitimacy and capability of Iraq’s government.
chattels: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a fellow Shia, has been trying to replace the current government with one of technocrats focused on delivering public services rather than using ministries as fiefdoms of patronage. But despite his acknowledgment of the corrosive and corrupting impact of the quota system, there are so many vested interests that it is proving difficult to replace it.
The political parties have so far succeeded in preventing these reforms from being implemented as they stand to lose their access to contracts and easy money.
chattels: Nouri al-Maliki, in particular is seeking the downfall of Abadi, presenting himself as the only Shia leader who can handle the security situation and manage the Sadrist protests.
chattels: Read more at http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=4622
chattels: Loveday Morris @LovedayM 1h1 hour ago An Iraqi on his first experience of modern air-conditioning after storming parliament: "The cold air was everywhere"
chattels: Iraq Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Followers Trigger Political Crisis Protests threaten Iraq’s stability and hamper efforts to fight Islamic State extremists By MATT BRADLEY in Beirut and GHASSAN ADNAN in Baghdad May 1, 2016 7:58 p.m. ET
chattels: BAGHDAD: The Iraqi authorities are holding often innocent "terror" suspects in dire conditions across the country and have no ability to process cases, Amnesty International said Monday.
rocknrollbus: ‹@chattels› Why do you think Sadr is on his way to Iran?
rocknrollbus: Broker a deal to take over as PM??
OOTW: chattels: Loveday Morris @LovedayM 1h1 hour ago An Iraqi on his first experience of modern air-conditioning after storming parliament: "The cold air was everywhere" NO WONDER THE BUILDING WAS STORMED...BUT SERIOUSLY, THAT'S JUST SCURRILOUS
Doug_W: scur·ril·ous ˈskərələs/Submit adjective making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation.
OOTW: I POSTED SEVERAL PRESS RELEASES AND ARTS IN THE FORUMS I HAVE TO HEAD OFF TO WORK
OOTW: YEAH IT ALSO MEANS b : vulgar and evil
OOTW: VULGAR AND EVIL TO NOT AFFORD THE SAME TO THE PEOPLE
OOTW: I WILL CHECK BACK IN FIVE HOURS HUGS ALL AROUND