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Donnie: Massoud Barzani and Kurdish presidential succession Posted on August 14, 2015
Donnie: Since Iraq regained its sovereignty in 2004, it has had four prime ministers : Ayad Allawi, Ibrahim Jaafari, Nouri al-Maliki, and current premier Haider al-Abadi. Over the same period, Iraqi Kurdistan has had one ruler: Massoud Barzani.
In 2005, the Iraqi Kurdish parliament, dominated by Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), agreed that the presidency should be limited to two terms but they skirted the law in 2013 by unilaterally extending Barzani’s second term by two years.
That ends on August 19 and, while the KDP remains the largest party in parliament, it lacks an absolute majority. By law, the speaker of parliament, currently from the opposition Gorran Movement, should become acting president. The minority parties, which Barzani could once co-opt, bribe, or coerce into supporting him, are so far refusing to support outright an extra constitutional extension of his term.
Donnie: 1) Where does Barzani live? Ever since Barzani returned to Iraqi Kurdistan – against the backdrop of the 1991 uprising against Saddam Hussein – he has resided in Sar-e Rash, a resort complex which had been appropriated by the Iraqi dictator.
Barzani has expanded the palace complex, and made the former resort an insulated seat of power for the exclusive use of his family and closest advisors.
Donnie: 2) What’s the difference between government, party, and personal property? Barzani makes in official salary more per month than the US president does in a year.
In addition, his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) owns often multiple offices in every district and every town (so too does the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan). Barzani, over the nearly quarter-century since he returned to Iraqi Kurdistan, has conflated personal, party, and government property.
Donnie: 3) Will civil society speak up? Kurdish civil society is complicated. Many Kurds genuinely want democracy, but they would be wrong to blame outside powers exclusively for their failure to achieve it. After all, too many Kurds allow themselves to be co-opted by political leaders, parties, and neighboring powers.
Donnie: 4) Where are the bodies buried? Both Barzani and rival Jalal Talabani grew up under the political mentorship of – at various times – Saddam Hussein, Hafez al-Assad, Muhammad Reza Shah and Ayatollah Khomeini, and Leonid Brezhnev. Such models were often lethal.
Donnie: 5) How to handle transition? Make no mistake, the Kurds have achieved miracles, but at the same time, many of the top party officials have been involved in illegalities, whether abuse-of-power, illegal expropriation, or shady financial dealings. It will be impossible to unravel the entanglements quickly and transitions risk instability.
Donnie: read the full article here: ekurd.net/massoud-barzani...
Donnie: Senior judge impedes 2500 civil money laundering banks issue!
Donnie: Baghdad scales News Accused the leader of the National Alliance MP Ahmad Chalabi, on Friday, the President of the Court of obstructing the resumption of Rusafa 2500 case involving money laundering in exchange for tens of real estate in Lebanon and the Gulf.
The MP said Ahmed Chalabi attributed to page him and pursued / scales News / "The money laundering in Iraq proved that there eradicate corrupt and political partners with them corrupt also do not care about Iraq or his future", calling for "cleansing of the Iraqi judiciary of the stigma this judge offender against Iraq which hindered the implementation of more than 2500 lawsuit against the banks that smuggled money abroad. "
Donnie: He said Chalabi "The bribes mobile companies that paid" to the judge, "We'll put you in numbers and this government is required to punish the mobile companies involved," explaining that "Judge Jafar Mohsin Ali al-Khazraji of the people of Badra is a member of Jaisalmer Kut Division of the party, teacher graduated from the Baath Party courses for guys from Law School six months crash course and then appointed a judge. "
Donnie: He said Chalabi said, "the work of a judge to the security of Kut and cause the execution of scores after the change and was promoted head of resuming Rusafa Bammer Medhat al-Mahmoud and included Baqrrart de-Baathification but excluded by al-Maliki,"
stressing that Khazraji "involved his race fraudulent billing claims T-issued by private banks hampered over 2500 lawsuit and also blocked lawsuits against mobile companies in Iraq and got this on dozens of real estate in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, billions of dinars all this with the support of some of the politicians involved and also was the main reason to expel a lot about running for the parliamentary elections. "
Donnie: This "revealed MP Haitham al-Jubouri, for release of the book to pull the hands of a judge is to" blackmail "telecommunications companies and the owners of the banks to close the cases brought against them," as he pointed to reveal the names of "mafias" big pervasive in the ministries of the Iraqi state, ".anthy 29 / d 25 www.mawazin.net/%D9%82%D8... LINK
Donnie: Interesting opinion "MY LADIES: CORRECT MEMPHIS THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS NOTHING IS STOPPING ANYONE FROM DEPEGGING.
AND MVL IN FACT THAT IS THE TOTAL PLAN WHERE EVERYONE WILL DEPEG FROM THE DOLLAR WHEN THE INDEX BECOMES THE SDR MODEL. INSTEAD OF A SIGULAR COUNTRY PEG THERE WILL BE A BASKET."
Donnie: IMF: Yuan reforms could bring China 'quite close' to floating rate
Donnie: Recent changes to how China manages its currency could bring the country "quite close to a float" in its exchange rate, a top International Monetary Fund official said on Friday in a review of the country's economy.
The new system in theory could allow the currency value to move as much as 10 percent a week and be close to a rate that markets might set on their own, Markus Rodlauer, the IMF's mission chief for China, said. Authorities are still likely to intervene in currency markets for now, Rodlauer said, but "this lays the basis for greater flexibility. ...
We don't expect a free-floating system tomorrow. We expect some continued management. But we hope it will gradually lead to more flexibility and a float within two to three years."
Rodlauer said that even with the decline of the yuan's value that followed introduction of the new system, the IMF feels the Chinese currency is no longer undervalued - an important acknowledgement on an issue that has roiled trade and political relations between China and the United States.
Rodlauer's comments came as the IMF released its annual review of China's economy, a report completed before the new currency policy was announced this week. The IMF said China should allow its economy to continue slowing over the next year as it presses forward with more market-based reforms to its credit and financial systems.
Donnie: read the rest here: www.reuters.com/article/2...
Donnie: Urgent source for where]: Saadoun al-Dulaimi, one of the defendants in the fall of Mosul Commission report
Donnie: [Baghdad-where] parliamentary source disclosed that the former Minister of Defense [agency] Saadoun al-Dulaimi is one of the accused in the report of the Committee on the fall of Mosul.
The source told all of Iraq [where] that "the report contained name [Dulaimi] as one of the defendants for negligence in the occupation of Daash terrorist gangs of the city of Mosul as defense minister during the events" .anthy 2
Donnie: A source close to al-Abadi: whales corruption with full force trying to block reforms
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Baghdad confirmed close to Prime Minister source Haider al-Abadi , Saturday, that the path of reforms "will not be paved with flowers,"
noting that "whales corruption" will seek all the power to block the reforms.
The source said in an interview with Alsumaria News , said that "by walking reforms will not be paved with flowers. "
The source, who asked not to be named, said "There is a whale of corruption will be harmed and the interests of some will strike," he said. "They are trying with all their might to block the reforms." ... www.alsumaria.tv/news/143... LINK
Donnie: "They are trying with all their might to block the reforms."
Donnie: "They are trying with all their might to block the reforms." - cowards!!!!
chattels: Maliki from Tehran: Enough with political compliments , what is happening in Iraq is caused by Saudi Arabia and Israel Saturday, 15 August 2015 12:02 Shafaq News / The secretary general of the Islamic Dawa Party in Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki has attacked Saudi Arabia , blaming them and Israel of being responsible for what is happening in Iraq.
chattels: Maliki who is a former vice president of the Republic and was dismissed from his post, noted that "the challenge of sectarian Wahhabi invasion and Zionist racist invasion is not an external challenge;
because it is not an invasion from abroad only; but an invasion from home and abroad; it employs local elements of various disciplines , professions and positions and nationalism and sectarian affiliations; to implement the goals of the invasion; at the forefront is our security community ,
cultural security and minds of our people , methods of our living , economic , political and scientific capabilities. In order to thwart this invasion; we should prepare for everything .
chattels: " Maliki who is a former vice president of the Republic and was dismissed from his post, ..............
tourman: ahhhhh put a sock in it Maliki Geez!!!!!!!!!!!
chattels: EXCELLENT ARTICLE EVEN IF IT IS ONLY AN OP-ED
chattels: " Iraq anti-corruption drive may only hit scapegoats "
chattels: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has so far reacted swiftly and decisively with his new anti-corruption campaign. Cynics can legitimately argue that he is acting out of opportunism and political calculation rather than principle, since his campaign against a long-festering, deep-rooted problem comes almost a year into his tenure.
chattels: However, Abadi has gone further and faster than many expected - amounting to what Reuters described as "the biggest shakeup in [Iraq's] governing system since the US military occupation" - and has so far handled a difficult situation shrewdly.
chattels: high-level officials who have already been dismissed have so far accepted their fate willingly - not exactly a hallmark of Iraqi politics.
chattels: That is not necessarily an endorsement of Abadi or his reforms, which were passed unanimously by a notoriously fractured parliament. Rather, it is a realisation of the political and electoral costs of opposing them, given Sistani's endorsement and the level of public anger over corruption.
chattels: most strikingly, Abadi has moved to abolish the three posts of vice-president and the same number of deputy prime ministers.
chattels: Nouri al-Maliki - who is to lose his current position as vice-president - is from the same party as his successor.
chattels: However, eliminating these posts could serve to tighten Abadi's grip on power, something that cannot be dismissed in Iraq or the wider Arab world. That his reform package gives him greater powers - some analysts say too much - is a potential cause for concern. As the saying goes: "Power corrupts."
chattels: Even the removal of Maliki may be seen as a power play by Abadi, with the former prime minister still wielding significant influence amid accusations of undermining his successor in a bid to return to power.
chattels: it is the norm for Arab leaders to maintain power and stifle dissent under the guise of national security.
chattels: despite the current fervour, Abadi has a steep uphill struggle.
chattels: Abadi is likely to face increasing political and military opposition - even from loyalists - the deeper he delves into the problem, because corruption is endemic within both institutions, and because he has announced the formation of a committee not only to carry out new investigations, but to reopen closed cases. Some of those who have already resigned or been fired are to be probed.
chattels: an entire dysfunctional system in which institutions, parties and figures enjoy too much influence, privilege and wealth to cede them willingly or quietly.
chattels: There is also the question of how far Abadi is willing to go. His proposed reforms "challenge the very vested interests that have put him in power," wrote The Guardian's Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov. As such, Abadi may push just enough to placate the public without jeopardising his own position. Examples may be made and individuals scape-goated, but perhaps little more.
BOBBY: Chattels. ..... seems like he has only scratched the surface
chattels: Zaid BenjaminVerified account @ Zaidbenjamin # Iran | president of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki while attending the opening of the World Conference of the compound to the people in the house # Tehran .
chattels: Maliki speaks in a Tehran Islamic conference today, Ammar Hakim also present twitter.com/zaidbenjamin/...
Donnie: ‹@chattels› Interesting news - TY
chattels: ‹@Donnie› RECEIVED IT FROM A FRIEND
chattels: ‹@Donnie› BUT, MY PLEASURE TO SHARE
chattels: ‹@BOBBY› WE WILL SEE HOW FAR ABADI IS WILLING OR ABLE TO GO WITH THE REFORMS.
BOBBY: Chattels.. did you see the article posted saying Maliki is being charged of genocide?
BOBBY: posted 6 mins ago b
chattels: THE ENERGY FOR REFORM MAY HAVE ARISEN FROM THE CLERICS AND POPULACE AND ABADI IS SIMPLY BEING OPPORTUNISTIC ?
Donnie: ‹@chattels› Agreed
chattels: ‹@BOBBY› I POSTED ONE EARLIER IN THE CHAT
Donnie: but if Abadi can run with it and get the reforms complete this time (every time in the past the reforms were not completed) then I say let him try it.
chattels: AGAIN I SAY, ABADI WAS INSTALLED WITH THE PROMISE OF REFORMS AND HAS NOT HAD GREAT SUCCESS THUS FAR.
BOBBY: i am just curious how much his hands are, or if they are, tied
chattels: ‹@Donnie› YES, WE SHALL SEE. I REMAIN ANXIOUS ABOUT THE KURDISH RESPONSE.
chattels: GREATER POWER IN BAGHDAD IS NOT WHAT THE KURDS FAVOR HISTORICALLY.
Donnie: Maybe by cleaning house so to speak, Abadi can get things done. Yes the Kurds, as most of the time, are the unknown piece in this puzzle
chattels: THE DAWA PARTY / SLC HAS NOT BEEN A " FRIEND " TO THE KURDS AND THAT IS THE PARTY AFFILIATION OF ABADI.
Donnie: plus throwing in Bazari (sp) being up for replacement doesn't help the situation thus causing a greater unknown.
chattels: ‹@Donnie› GOOD POINT, THAT IS A SEPARATE DRAMA THAT HAS NOT GOTTEN MUCH ATTENTION IN DINARLAND
Donnie: i think all these "Parties" need to throw in the towel and get together and have a real party lol
BOBBY: next week should be interesting
chattels: I EXPECT THAT THE KURDS ARE BUSY CONSOLIDATING TERRITORIAL GAINS AND ENJOYING THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF DIRECT SALE OF THEIR OIL / GAS
Donnie: ‹@chattels› i posted some articles over the past 2-3 days pertaining to Bazari being replaced. They didn't get any traction here. the old "need to look outside the Iraq box" issue prevails
chattels: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PRESIDENCY IN KURDISTAN HAS MORE TO DO WITH KURDISH SOLIDARITY WITH AND AGAINST BAGHDAD
BOBBY: any idea who may take his place?
chattels: THEY MAY EXTEND HIS PRESIDENCY
Donnie: if they put in someone that's hard nosed and all for Kurds being independent then it will be a problem for the reforms and Albadi BUT if they see their way to put someone whose more sympathetic to the Iraqi people's living, well being conditions and more open to a unified Iraq then it can only help Albadi and the reforms.
Donnie: ‹@chattels› they may but i've read and posted several articles that says they won't.
Donnie: it would take a change in the constitution I believe
Donnie: I guess he's used up all his turns :)
chattels: THE KURDISH POLITICAL FACTIONS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO ALIGN WITH BAGHDAD TO ADVANCE THEIR OWN PARTY INTERESTS AGAINST THE OTHER WITHIN THE KRG
chattels: BARZANI MADE DEALS WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN AGAINST TALABANI DURING THE KURDISH CIVIL WAR IN THE 1990'S
Donnie: i see that as a problem... seems they only do things to help their party and not for the betterment of the Iraqi people... ALL Iraqi people.
chattels: TALABANI MADE DEALS WITH IRAN TO COUNTER THAT ALIGNMENT
chattels: THE KURDS ARE CORRUPTED AS WELL, BUT MORE FUNCTIONALLY CORRUPT :)
Donnie: lol MORE FUNCTIONALLY CORRUPT
chattels: ‹@Donnie› I HAVE READ THE SAME, BUT THERE IS NO TIME FOR A REFERENDUM, IMO
chattels: I BELIEVE THAT A DEAL WILL BE MADE AND BARZANI WILL BE EXTENDED ANOTHER YEAR OR MORE
Donnie: i hope ur correct and part of the deal is he has to work with Abadi to get the Reforms complete by Oct 2015 lol
BOBBY: question.. isnt there a provision for the election regarding the isis situation?
Donnie: not that I'm aware of but then again what do I know... lol
chattels: THE PRICE OF KURDISH SUPPORT WILL BE HIGH, BUT BAGHDAD MAY PROMISE MOST ANYTHING AND THEN RENIG
Donnie: ‹@chattels› they seem famous for not following through on what they say.
chattels: ‹@BOBBY› SAY MORE PLEASE ?
chattels: ‹@Donnie› THAT IS AN HISTORICAL FACT I BELIEVE
Donnie: ‹@BOBBY› you mean similar to in USA where the Pres can initiate Martial Law and remain in office until he/she removes martial law?
BOBBY: Chattels. .. in a war time situation, doesnt the current elected offical stay in postion?
Donnie: ‹@BOBBY› no matter how many years martial law remains
BOBBY: Donnie yes
Donnie: ‹@BOBBY› that didn't work too well with the V.Ps. in Iraq LOL
BOBBY: Donnie.... good point lol
chattels: ‹@BOBBY› THE PRIME MINISTER CAN DECLARE MARTIAL LAW WITH THE CONSENT OF THE PARLIAMENT UNDER THE CONSTITUTION
chattels: I RESEARCHED IT ONE TIME WHEN MALIKI WAS TALKING ABOUT DECLARING MARTIAL LAW, BUT I AM A BIT " FUZZY " ON IT AT THIS POINT
Donnie: it's like OK - I read it the first time and the second time but come on.... 5 times!!!! lol
chattels: REPETITION FOR EMPHASIS I SUPPOSE - I DO IT MYSELF :)
Donnie: I know - just messing with you two.
Donnie: i've had a long day and i want to do some more research tonight so i'll say GN to you all now.