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Wealthwatch Chat Room News Excerpts & Comments 6-22-16
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chattels: The United States remains the number one contributor of humanitarian assistance to Iraq, contributing nearly $800 million in aid since 2014, and we are looking to further increase these contributions.” McGurk announced an increase in aid funding via Twitter on Tuesday: “The U.S. will provide an additional $20M in response to @UNHCRIraq appeal for emergency needs in #Fallujah
chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—In passionate testimony, Yezidi activist Nadia Murad urged the world to bring her former Islamic State captors to justice and to not avert their eyes from the crime of genocide. “Our crisis is your crisis,” she told United States lawmakers.
chattels: “Terrorism is destroying the human heritage we have collectively built, not as one people, one nation, one color, one religion, but the civilization we’ve built together as humans of different cultures and faiths” said Nadia Murad to remind the world that ISIS is a common enemy for all, regardless of the ethnic, religious, and cultural differences.
chattels: Murad testified on Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in Washington during a hearing to discuss Islamic State ideology and its relation to the recent mass shooting in Orlando, http://rudaw.net/english/world/210620163
chattels: In an interview with Rudaw, former US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey says, “The United States is not going look favorably on a breakup of Iraq unless it is absolutely unavoidable,” citing in the meantime Kurdish concerns about the turmoil in the wider Middle East and their right to choosing their own future.
chattels: Speaking to Rudaw’s Washington correspondent Rebaz Ali, the former ambassador who served in Iraq 2010-2012 believes that “Even if Kurdistan is independent it doesn’t go away from Iraq. Iraq is still there.”
chattels: Mr. Jeffrey acknowledged that Iraq is in deep trouble and has become dysfunctional, ...................
chattels: Speaking on the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), Mr. Jeffrey blamed the political situation in the Middle East, the policies of the former Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki and, the United States for not acting in time, especially in Syria.
chattels: The former US ambassador went on to say that the US was aware of Maliki’s actions that led to antagonizing the Sunni population of Iraq as well as his authoritarian tendencies, but couldn’t do much about it other than warning him against it.
“We knew what Nouri al-Maliki was doing all of the time, but he was democratically elected with the support of the Shiite parties, with the support of the two major Kurdish parties and with the support of the Sunni political system at least up to the removal of Rafi al-Esawi.
chattels: Pentagon: Iraqi forces cleared a third of Fallujah and progressing
chattels: Iraqis say 50 - 70 %. Pentagon says 33 %.
chattels: Sadr is walking a dangerous line. He is using his popular movement to push the Shiite elite to follow his lead or suffer the consequences of an angry mob. That threat has escalated from the Green Zone to attacking the parties in their base in the south.
The problem is Sadr’s strategy has no chance of succeeding. Parliament is so divided right now that it can barely hold sessions. Neither Abadi nor the other lists will give into Sadr, and his protests are only adding to the political crisis.
Sadr’s threats could quickly spiral out of control, and other parties have already warned that they will use force against the Sadrists. This is the war for power that many are afraid will break out after the war with the Islamic State is over. It may even start before the insurgents are defeated.
chattels: Iraq’s Sadr warns of ‘million-man’ demo after Ramadan pause english.alarabiya.net/en/...
chattels: The foregoing should make for a productive new session of Parliament, eh ?
chattels: Iraq’s ruling Shiite parties are already thinking about the day after the war with the Islamic State. They are positioning themselves for future political battles, which are breaking down old alliances and playing upon existing rivalries. There are growing signs of these divisions, and worries that they could turn violent.
chattels: Parliamentary Finance: IMF conditions "arbitrary" and the government rejected
chattels: Description parliamentary Finance Committee member Ahmed Sarhan, Tuesday, the terms of the International Monetary Fund for lending to Iraq as "arbitrary", while pointing to Iraq's refusal to those conditions.
chattels: "those conditions will worsen the financial and economic situation of the citizens,"
chattels: " Rut roh ".
Dianne777: OH DEAR!!!!
chattels: I read somewhere that Saleh said that all was going according to plan ?
chattels: Central Bank Governor: Iraqi cash reserves of $ 53 billion, the parliament and the government bear the responsibility falling
chattels: said the central bank governor, that "the version that the government spends turns into demand for imports in dollars which means reduce the reserve", blaming the House of Representatives and the government's "responsibility to lower the reserve when have published the budget deficit, although this fact is not understood by many with great regret."
chattels: " .............. government officials responsible for the central bank reduced the foreign currency reserves, without paying attention to being the main reason for it is not he or his policies."
waldowould: ‹@chattels› in the big scheme of things is the IMF that so very important? Our monetary policy is(imo) tied to it.
waldowould: Meant to say not tied to the IMF.
chattels: ‹@waldowould› Much has been made of the IMF loan as an indicator of " good " things for our investment. Frankly, I doubt it one way or the other.
*SCZIN11: CBI MARKET RATE WED JUNE 22.... 1253
chattels: Volume on sale of the USD is up.
chattels: Kurdish lawmaker: We are with any reform step in accordance with the political agreement
chattels: What is this " political agreement " with Abadi about ?
chattels: Read http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=4894
chattels: In 2014, the Abadi was confirmed by the Parliament as Prime Minister and " Abadi's governmental program and political agreement passed through the voting blocs."
chattels: Document political agreement include the formation of a national guard of the sons of each province is synonymous with the army and police LINK
chattels: We are reminded of the need for political consensus as the underpinning for the Abadi government -"any new reform measures require a political agreement between all the parties , " and the requirement / need for Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi implement reforms in accordance with the powers entrusted to him, as well as political consensus. "
chattels: Abadi is not close to performing according to the " platform " and political agreement that put him in office as a compromise choice.
chattels: The Kurds and the Sunni have been complaining for sometime that Abadi is not conforming / performing according to the political agreement.
chattels: Indeed both entities viewed with suspicion Abadi's cabinet reform as being undertaken without communication / consensus and a power play on Abadi's part.
chattels: " .................the Kurdish bloc put conditions on Abadi's program, including giving the government three months to agree to Kurdish demands."
chattels: " ............ to resolve several issues in Iraqi Kurdistan, including the wage crisis, oil investments, peshmerga funding and the disputed areas."
chattels: To my knowledge none of the Kurdish conditions have been addressed by Abadi, which is why I have stated contrary to the guru hype that the Kurds ARE NOT HAPPY !
chattels: Nor are the Sunni.
chattels: criticized Prime Muttahidoon Osama Najafi recent appointments made by the Prime Minister of independent bodies and the intelligence service and network media, banks and inspectors general in the ministries, and the promise of unique power.
chattels: He added that " measures and the recent decisions issued by the Prime Minister in appointments , which included independent bodies and the National intelligence Service and the Iraqi media network, banks, and a series of transfers and appointments for inspectors general in the ministries,
is the image reinforce the conviction that the document of national reform parked aside especially Article VI which requires to take the Prime Minister to open the nomination of sites independent bodies and deputy ministers door, and senior diplomats and special grades without exception, and the closure of appointments by proxy in all government websites file.
" He called Najafi, Abadi to" review procedures, and return to the spirit and letter of the document "
chattels: Najafi said: "but what ensued clearly indicates that the exclusivity policy power is still continuing.
chattels: One article recently stated that 19 of the recent appointees were all from Abadi's Dawa Party.
chattels: Posted on May 2, 2016. :
chattels: Iraq " entering the world markets " and an attendant " potential change in value " in the first half of 2016 is delusional. Write it down. You can vilify me in July / August if I am wrong.
chattels: In eight days it will be the last half of 2016.