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August 15, 2011
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Deb reads articles that they did not have time to read yesterday:
application smart card system in the province of Babylon
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AUGUST 14TH, 2011 08:40 AM · Hilla – the plumber
Started the local government in the province of Babylon, the adoption of smart card system to collect employees’ salaries. The governor of Babylon Mohammed Massoudi told a news conference attended by “morning”: that local government was already implementing the smart card system in the Office of the province to include around 1,200 employees in preparation for circulation to other government departments in the province.
He said the aim of the application system, which facilitate the payment of staff salaries and the reduction of Ullages that occur during the exchange and disposal of damaged currency, after it proved successful in receipt of pensions and social welfare network and the granting of journalists, artists and writers.
He Masoudi that local government is seeking to benefit from modern scientific techniques in the organization of administrative processes across government departments, pointing out that the first steps in this context have been taken through the adoption of the fingerprint system smart for all staff in the Office of the province and set up surveillance cameras developed to monitor staff and citizens who moving in and out of the building to maintain, adding that all these steps come within the province to seek the application of e-government system.
Deb reads another from one week ago: Ration Card to Be Implemented Next Month
(Remember Arabic ‘Next’ can be translated as ‘This’)
Committee on Economics: A sys tem (one basket) to the ration card will be implemented NEXT month
On: Sat 08/06/2011 8:47
Baghdad (news) .. Committee announced that the economy and the investment that the parliamentary system (one basket) to the ration card will be implemented next month.
A member of the Committee on Economy and parliamentary deputy / coalition in Iraq / Nahida Daini told the reporter Agency (news) on Saturday: "After discussions with the minister of trade was agreed to apply the basket one of the items of the ration card next month, noting that the committee demanded the withdrawal of the amounts provided by the citizen to the agent and to reduce the greed and the exploitation of some agents.
She said Dani: "The Committee submitted a proposal to the Council of Ministers to withdraw the amounts of the ration card of the citizen and to the large number of complaints from citizens, (interpreted) there are more than (59) A and agent, mostly they take (3000) dinars for each substance, knowing that the state's share of the individual is (250) dinars. "
She Daini in an earlier statement (the news) that there are comfortable with a popular proposal for the ration card (the basket one) in most provinces of Iraq, as well as we are assured that the quality is imported from the first class, whether by the provincial or the Ministry of Trade or some of the companies . / End / 12. t. M /
Deb Reads: 41 world companies to compete in Iraq's fourth oil-licensing round
Baghdad, August 14 (AKnews) – 41 companies around the world are preparing to enter Iraq’s fourth oil licensing round on September 11, says the Oil Ministry.
Ministry Director of Contracts and Licenses Abdulmahdi al-Amidi told AKnews that 41 international energy firms – chosen from among 50 according to size, technical expertise and financial assets - have registered bids.
Iraq – a member of OPEC - currently exports around 2.5 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) but with and extractable reserve of 143 billion barrels - the third largest in the world – plans are afoot to increase output to around 12 billion bpd over the next five years.
Reported by Jaafar alWannan
Deb states: I didn’t think they could sign any more oil licenses until HCL was complete….
Patriot: Yes, June 5th the Parliament said no more until the HCL was complete. Then in mid July we saw major contracts signed for gas and oil pipelines. On June 30th Ban Ki Moon of the UN stood in front of the Iraqi Delegation, and said it was a Historic Day for Iraq, as they were from that time permitted
Steve reads: Bayazid Hassan, a proposed oil and gas law is the best solution to the problems of Iraq in this regard
15-08-2011 | (Voice of Iraq) - "the gate of Iraq" Sulaymaniyah - A member of the Commission on oil and energy in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, that the proposed oil and gas law by a number of deputies to the committee is the perfect solution to the problems that plagued Iraq in this regard, pointing out that the proposed law offers grants full powers to a committee in charge of oil in the area of the country.
Said Bayazid Hassan that "60 members of the Iraqi Parliament submitted in the earlier proposal of the law of oil and gas to the oil and energy in the Council," adding that "the proposed law is the ideal solution to the problems that plagued Iraq in the oil and gas."
Hassan added that "the proposed law offers grants full powers of the Commission competent in the field of oil in the country," noting that "the expected inclusion of the proposal on the agenda of Representatives during the next few days to discuss it after the Council voted to approve the inclusion within its work during its meeting last Friday."
A member of the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary that "the proposed law is similar in content of the draft law of oil and gas joint between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government for 2007 is that the proposal canceled the membership of the Commission on oil and gas and federal head of Iraqi oil the national and the President of marketing of oil from the relevant committee in the field of oil by the allocation of fund for the proceeds of Iraqi oil. "
He noted that "the proposed law offers a solution to outstanding problems between Baghdad and Erbil, with respect to oil and gas where it is proposed to form a joint committee whose members include the Minister of the Federal Oil and Minister of natural resources in the territorial Government and the Chairman of the Commission on oil and energy representative to review the oil contracts concluded by the Kurdistan Regional Government with foreign companies." He added, "If the Joint Committee to reach agreement, the heads of the three major blocs in the Iraqi parliament will stick to the signing of the agreement."
The cabinet approved the draft law of oil and gas in 2007 but faced a Kurdish objection, it is seen by observers differences between Erbil and Baghdad over the sharing of oil revenues and control over some fields in northern Iraq and the Kurdistan region.
The law will determine the party that controls Iraq's vast oil reserves, the fourth-largest reserves in the world and also aims to attract foreign investors.
Iraq and select a target to increase production capacity to 12 million barrels per day by 2017 from about 2.7 million barrels per day currently.
He continued that "the proposed law defines the powers of the Federal Oil and natural resources in the region and the provinces extracted oil as well as a mechanism to conclude contracts for the field of oil with foreign companies," explaining that "the proposed displays authorize the Federal Oil and Natural Resources Kurdistan conclusion of the initial contracts with foreign companies and forwarded to the Commission on oil The Federal Energy during a maximum period of 30 days for the Commission to turn to study the contract in the absence of his consent to the conditions are returned to complete the conditions otherwise the Committee shall issue its decision on the contract within 60 days can be extended to 45 days extra in case failed to reach a final decision during that period contract is in force legally. "
The Kurdistan region has started exporting oil from its territory in June of 2009 for the first time in its history from the fields, "Taq" and "Tawke" rate of about 100 thousand barrels per day.
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Steve concludes: It appears that some of the parliamentarians and GOI is getting fed up with the delays and obstacles implementing the oil and gas laws that have been approved and agreed upon. I think the RV and implementation goes hand in hand.
Joey adds that the HCL law is very similar to the content of the draft oil and gas law from 2007. And the solution that it offered was the Joint Committee whose members include Minister of Federal oil and the Minister of Natural Resources
What is significant, that when the HCL was passed, but Kurdistan was the holdout as they did their processing and tracking of oil records separately from Baghdad because they didn’t trust from the days of genocide. Kurdistan does not quickly trust the GOI, On June 25th, Americans, UN and other delegation was in the Kurdistan Capital, and they gained acceptance for the HCL law from the Kurds; the Kurds were assured that they would get what they had been promised, amidst their suspicions. They were assured by a new federal oil ministry which is a committee at the federal level that reports back to the UN who audits them every year. Barzani said go ahead and proceed with the HCL.
Steve: It seems that relative to the HCL, they will not want to pass and implement without RVing their currency; IMHO that they don’t want to begin doling out money to the people until the money is RVd first. They want to expedite the HCL payments to the people which means they also want to expedite the currency first.
Patriot: We do know one thing at this point, until these things are done, it will not RV, because obviously this is part of the process.
Joey reads saying that this supports what Steve was saying:
Bayazid Hassan: the law of oil and gas will meet the aspirations of Iraqis in the development of the oil sector Ali Aldhargam - 12/08/2011 pm - 1:20 p.m.
A member of the Commission on oil and energy in the House of Representatives Bayazid Hassan, the law of oil and gas will meet the aspirations of the Iraqi citizen in the organization and develop the oil sector. He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "This law will hold the oil sector in Iraq's provinces and regions, and the distribution of power in the management of oil and other riches. He continued: "This law includes the formation of the Federal Council for Oil and Gas, which is the highest authority for strategic planning of oil policy in the management of all oil operations in Iraq. He said good to the enactment of this Act will maintain the funds of investors will be encouraged to attract major companies and investors in develop the oil sector because of the legal framework for this important sector. "/
Joey adds: The Iraqi people are asking for $100 per person. There is a campaign to collect signatures from the people so they can get a pittance compared to the oil companies. They want 100,000 signatures to force the GOI to pay them. Kuwaitis get 2500 / mo; and Saudi’s get $1,000 / mo , even bankrupt Iran gets $60/mo… as payment to the citizens for their part in owning the valuable oil resource.
Joey: Sounds like the people are getting tired of waiting; the natives are getting wrestless.
Patriot: Just to review for any new listeners, The HydroCarbon Law is a mechanism by which the GOI believes that the oil belongs to the citizens . They recently completed the census and 15% of all oil revenue goes to a big pool and they all draw their fair share as citizens. Iraqi people are tired of waiting as they have the largest oil reserves of any of those other nations listed with payments to their people.
Joey reads reminding how many promises have not come through for the people:
Iraqi Housing Crisis Beckons
Posted on 15 August 2011.
This article was written by Abeer Mohammed, and was originally published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, iwpr.net. It is reproduced by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Iraq may face a major housing crisis in the next few years unless it takes steps to encourage foreign investment in the construction of homes for the growing population.
The government, it seems, needs to battle corruption, bureaucracy and improve security in order to complete a development plan, designed back in 2006, that envisages the construction of two million housing units.
In 2006, Iraqi’s ministry of construction and housing announced it would pay for 300,000 housing units while, due to budgetary constraints, foreign investment funds would be sought for the additional 1.7 million units – all to be built by 2016.
Out of the 300,000 units, only 7,000 have been built so far with a final completion date for the rest set for either 2017 or 2018, two years behind schedule, Istebraq al-Shauk, senior deputy minister for construction and housing, said.
Meanwhile, around 20 per cent of Iraqis are either squatting, homeless or at risk of being made homeless, although exact figures are unavailable, Abdul Zahra al-Hindawi, spokesman for the Iraqi central bureau of statistics, said.
Building affordable housing units was one of the key demands made by Iraqi protesters in demonstrations throughout the country in February.
Last year, in a move interpreted as an attempt to attract foreign investors, parliament passed a law regulating investment procedures in Iraq, with the accent on curbing corruption and red tape.
However, investors and business leaders feel more needs to be done to establish political stability, tackle corruption, introduce reforms and improve security.
Basim Antwan, an Iraqi investor who has business interests in the Gulf, said, “It is a risk to invest money in Iraq, not only the housing sector, but in general because the political and security situation is so unstable.”
Basim Jamil Antwan, who serves as the deputy head of the Iraqi businessmens’ union, agreed, “Instability resulting from security and political tensions leads to paralysis of the economy as a whole. Investors will not risk investing their money here.”
Antwan also said the attitude of officials and unhelpful legislation put off investors.
“Bureaucracy and our current laws do not make for a healthy business environment. For example, a businessman needs several months to register his company or investment in Iraq,” he said.
He added that corruption may also be a factor in deterring investors.
Mahma Khalil, a Kurdish legislator who serves as a member of the parliamentary committee on economics, said, “We are still late in terms of [delivering pro-] investment legislation, we need to do more.
“We have the intention to amend several laws to attract investors to housing projects.”
Analysts also warn that the number of housing units proposed is insufficient, with demand outstripping supply at the population’s current rate of growth.
Al-Shauk anticipates that the population will grow between 2.7 to 3.2 per cent annually. According to United States statistics, Iraq’s population is estimated to be around 30 million people and will reach the 35 million mark by 2016.
Asaad al-Aqoli, an economic expert, said, “The housing crisis in the country is getting worse at a time when Iraq’s population growth is getting higher. The number of housing units needs to be revised and increased, but the need is out of control.”
Under current plans, around 150,000 housings units are earmarked for Baghdad, where the need is greatest. The same number would be spread across Iraq’s provinces.
“We think the problem can be solved within several years, as we expect more investors to come to Iraq as the security situation starts to improve,” Salar Abdullah, the deputy head of the Iraqi national investment commission, said.
In Najaf, a stark reminder of the country’s housing crisis is the 50 or so families that are living the in the city’s cemetery.
Jabbar Ghait, 49, his wife and nine children have move into one of the large tombs in the graveyard because as an incense seller he doesn’t make enough money to rent a house.
“The living conditions [here] are kind of scary,” he said. “Two of my daughters decided to leave the family and move to their grandfather’s house.”
At night, he and his wife take turns to watch over the children and guard the entrance of the tomb.
“There is no electricity, no sewage system, no waste disposal – there is only one hole in the wall to allow air to get in,” he continued. “It is too hot here in summer, it’s hard to sleep the whole night.”
In Baghdad, the average cost of a two- or three-bedroom housing unit in a downtown area, such as Bayaa, is between 120,000 to 200,000 US dollars while in more affluent suburbs similar-sized homes can go for millions of dollars.
On the outskirts of the capital, thousands of squatters either occupy abandoned buildings or live in shanty towns, often facing the threat of eviction.
Basim Qasim, a 31-year-old father of three, lives in an illegal squatter camp in the east of the city, which is home to around 300 families, who have no electricity, running water or functioning sewage system.
He said he and his family had no other option but to live there.
“Where can I go? I am a poor, broken guy,” Qasim said. “I swear I do not have any money in my pocket, apart from one thousand Iraqi dinars (less than one dollar).
With little prospect of being re-housed, all Qasim can hope for is to avoid eviction.
“We do not want more than that,” he said. “All we wish is to be allowed to stay on this land, in our houses.”
Joey comments: Only 7,000 houses have been built, not a great thing to tell the people. And then they’re holding back the HCL law from these people? Good Lord, how much longer can these people bear this situation without jobs and a way to support themselves?
Patriot: And most survivors of the past years of war are younger people coming into adulthood and family life, and they just want to get on with their lives. Their population is growing, and 70% of that population is a very young adult age just starting to produce families. The growth rate will likely increase rapidly.
Steve: comments about reading how fed up and frustrated the people are becoming. The article states one of the main points is that a million people have died from war. 5-7 times that would be injured. They want to get things settled and begin to enrich the lives of the people of Iraq.
Patriot: Yep, because they’re skilled and hard working people. The money flow from oil would really stimulate small services being started and cooperatively helping each other to rebuild their lives.
Steve reads headline: Talibani: Blast Attributed to Lag In Implementation Meeting Of The Bloc
Alsumeria News Baghdad.
Talabani blasts attributed to the lag in the implementation of agreements meetings of the blocks
Editor: CC | GS Monday, 15 August 2011 15:20 GMT
President Jalal Talabani
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
He attributed President Jalal Talabani, on Monday, bombings and acts of "terrorism" to the lag in the implementation of understandings reached by the political leaders during the meetings called by it, saying it aims to impede the political process, urged the masses to transcend differences and proceed immediately to find common denominators .
Talabani said in a statement issued by his office today, and received "Alsumaria News," a copy of it, "The bombings and terrorist acts, which increases the severity they had been committed in the month of Ramadan, aims at spreading panic, fear and confusion and prevent the unstable security situation," noting that it " of the planning and implementation powers to impede the political process and the disruption of economic projects and raise civil strife. "
He said Talabani, "While we deplore and strongly condemn these heinous crimes, we note it is committed because of security holes of the main reasons for the reluctance to implement the understandings reached by the political leaders in the meetings that let's them", calling for political forces to "transcend the differences and mosses and the bickering and start immediately find common ground and work together for the hit on the hand of terrorists and block the troublemakers sedition. "
The capital, Baghdad and the provinces of Karbala, Najaf, Diyala, Salaheddin, Nineveh, Kirkuk and Wasit, today, a number of bombings by car bombs and roadside bombs targeting security forces and civilians, killing and injuring 307 people.
The Ministry of the Interior, announced on August 11, November, near the take over security from the Ministry of Defence in the general areas of Iraq, while the expected deterioration of the security situation in the country during the coming months until the withdrawal of U.S. troops, that they need to support the American side and some other countries in the intelligence and communications.
The capital, Baghdad, and a number of other provinces experiencing since last March, the work of the escalation of violence that has killed dozens, including a number of officers and government officials, at a time when the country's political crisis in the absence of complete formation of the government of the security ministries to remain vacant.
Steve adds: Because of all these bombings in the various cities of Kurdistan that killed over 307 people, the implementation of laws must be enforced and security needs to take action.
Joey’s favorite article abut…The Deportation of the File….blessed lesser Bayram
The deportation of the file of the security ministries to post-holiday of the Blessed Lesser Bairam
The return of Prime Minister المرشقين to parliament
15/08/2011-12: 10, | readers number: 17
The State Consultative Council decided the return of Prime Minister المرشقين to the parliament without oath-taking or vote. An informed source said in a press statement yesterday (Sunday): that the State Consultative Council has decided to re-establish who was a deputy and a state minister and then-الترشيق the government parliamentary seat.
The source added: As ministers of state that they are not deputies will be referred to retire, he said: that the Shura Council is the political blocs and parliament for the replacement of Prime Minister's Parliamentary seats, after carrying out بدلائهم in the House of Representatives right the Constitution. The source said: the fact that the state has given freedom of choice المرشق the minister and to return to the parliament, or a reference to التقاعد.من on the other hand, National Alliance leader, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, to be resolved the security prime minister after a weekend of the Blessed festival of fastbreaking. He said that " there are intensive efforts were under way between the Iraqi National Alliance to resolve the security ministries, therefore, that there is the names provided that could be done to resolve this issue after the of the Blessed festival of fastbreaking." He added that " to resolve the security prime minister will be the result of efforts and leaders of political blocs during the past period." It is worth mentioning that the security ministries remained vacant because of the lack of a political blocs on the names of the candidates for the ministries that are now of the agency by Prime Minister nouri Al-Maliki. The leaders of political blocs in the meeting that was held under the patronage of the president of the Republic Jalal Talabani recently to provide Iraqi National Alliance لمرشحيهم security ministries during a two-week period, Prime Minister nouri Al-Maliki has declared in a TV interview that the Iraqi list often submit the names of candidates belong to the Ministry of Defence to the dissolved Baath Party or armed groups other than the candidate khalid Al-Obaidi said on his part, the leader of the National Alliance Hassan Al-Sunaid about the arrival of objections by Sunni-Iraqi list on the nominations of the Ministry of Defence. " He said that the prime minister nouri Al-Maliki arrived in representatives of the Sunni component on the nominations of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, but did not mention them." On the nomination of Iraqi لجواد al boulani of the Ministry of Defence said Al-Sunaid the chairman of the committee on parliamentary security and defense: " We welcome the idea of the nomination because it eliminated the theory, sectarian and get rid of them, whether al boulani or other." He added: "That the candidate be subject to controls and party affiliation and professional competence and acceptance of other blocs and lists," he said
Joey summarizes: So even though Maliki has the right to choose his Defense Minister, go ahead and keep sending more names my way, but remember I already have been given the right to choose, it’s my choice to choose my cabinet. This explains why all this constant rumor of minister talk is in the news when we know they’ve already agreed and the ministers are very fixed in their positions by previous accords. Allawi has his seat as President of the NCSP in exchange for Maliki’s right of choosing his own cabinet. But now we understand that some of the party members must just feel better nominating people for Maliki to consider as if he actually would. So the news keeps coming along for the ride, too.
Joey reads: Mr. Al-Hakim From Iraqi Islamic Supreme Council
Mr. Al-Hakim والنجيفي Stress the importance of follow-up the implementation of the agreement of Arbil
15/08/2011-12: 09, | readers number: 14
The council said the Iraqi Islamic Supreme السيدعمار Al-Hakim and Speaker of the House of Representatives osama Al-Najafi the importance of follow-up the implementation of the provisions of the irbil as soon as possible, he said. The statement al-nujayfi that: " During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the political situation in Iraq,
And ways to overcome the obstacles that stand in the political process." The two sides, he said: " That the implementation of these agreements will bring political stability in the country, to the satisfaction of the aspirations of the people of Iraq as a whole." The meeting dealt with the developments of the situation in Iraq and the region and ways to strengthen political consensus and APPF.
He had talked to Mr. Najafi about the importance of following up the provisions of the implementation of Erbil ASAP, since the implementation of these agreements will bring political stability in the country to the satisfaction of the aspirations of the people of Iraq as a whole. That’s a big statement; if we just go ahead and implement what we’ve already decided upon, the people will calm and we will have a national consensus because the people will feel represented as Mr. Allawi will be in place to temper or balance Mr. Maliki and that’s what the people really want.
Steve adds that he gets emails from people asking what more is there to do? It’s almost like Iraq is experiencing a roadblock or log jam as they are wrestling with the action steps of making all the negotiated deals into a reality. Somebody needs to untie the knots.
Joey: remember how we were talking about dropping the zeros and the CBI had taken in 470,000 worth of counterfeit 10,000
Steve INTERRUPTS: And requests a recording bookmark be placed here for the many emails that are coming about this question.
If they could just bring out the new currency,
Integrity Announces restoring more than …..100,000,000 and 700,000 dollars was registered in the name of someone formerly working in a bank in one of the neighboring countries
Steve: We’ve been talking about the corruption of the bank personnel
Joey: So some of the DFI money, $1,700,000 dollars was missing and they found the perpetrators who did this
Joey: Iraqi Currency in local markets pointing out that the gang has control and seized possession of hundreds of thousands . He noted that it was 470,000 dinars in 10,000 denominations…
Integrity announces restoring more than $100 million registered in the name of one of the symbols of the former regime in banks in one of the neighboring countries
15/08/2011 ad-6: 43 | readers number: 28 2
The integrity commission said " recovered more than $100 million was registered in the name of one of the symbols of the former regime in banks in one of the neighboring countries."
The commission said in a statement Monday that " the commission has been able to recover 100 million and more than seven hundred thousand dollars was registered in the name of one of the symbols of the former regime in banks in one of the neighboring countries from Iraqi funds smuggled abroad."
He added that " the process of restoring such funds have been through cooperation with the competent authorities in the US embassy in Baghdad, which has been limited in the development fund for Iraq (to the Ministry of Finance, according to the United Nations resolution No. 1482 of 2003)
Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit dinar were found. And the identity of their confessions that are going to bring them to justice
Joey: They are not going to like living the rest of their lives in an Arabic prison.
Joey reads: CBI : Central Bank of Iraq to the new currency which will trade after deleting the new zeros
Central Bank of Iraq stresses that the new currency will not affect the financial value of money
August 15th, 2011 07:41 am · Posted in NEWS (Iraq & World Currency)
Central Bank of Iraq stresses that the new currency will not affect the financial value of money
08/14/2011 neighbors – Baghdad – East
The Central Bank of Iraq to the new currency that will be to trade after deleting three zeros
Which will not affect the financial value of money. The deputy governor of the Bank the appearance of Mohammed Saleh, said that the process of dispensing with the old currency would be gradual in order to prevent fluctuations in price can affect the exchange rate or the fact SPV, as will be trading the currency pair at the same time until the absorption of the old currency expected to perform this step to solve the problems in the trading bloc committed a result of the magnitude of bulging cash in the Iraqi market. He added that the new currency will be in three languages: Arabic, Kurdish and English.
…which will not affect the financial value of the money.
The deputy governor of the CBI Selah said will be gradual…..until the absorption of the currency…bulging cash.
Joey adds: They’re telling them do not be afraid of the new currency. You will not lose value when the new money comes out, with either the new or old currency, both denominations will share the same value for each dinar contained in each denomination.
Patriot: We’re talking about the banking situation, and shamelessly offers people to go get the Freedom From Intel report at www.TheCallSquad.com and download The Iraq Project which is the plan from 2002 for a blueprint to follow. They are following it. They are very near the end, chapter 20 on banking.
Steve: People need to know as we follow their process is that the restructuring of the banking and infrastructure is the last part of the last chapter. Thank God we’re not in the middle of the book
Patriot: The news is using words like Implement and Activate. Those laws are passed, the GOI has what it needs, by law and plan, but they need to get some of the systems implemented or activated to protect the people and society for the wealth about to be released. This is not many years or even months away. It will be when it is ready, and the acceleration of frequency of major news article announcements is rapidly increasing. There is like a crescendo building. When you talk about the plight of the Iraqi people as Joey and Steve have been describing it and yet we sit here night after night, frustrated that we aren’t getting what we want, or feel entitled to. We’re lucky we have a bed and roof and nobody is shooting at us.
Deb talks about a video that shows how terrible the conditions are for the people. The graphic horrific conditions are so sad. Then our soldiers have to see that and experience this while defending their lives. I mean people sleeping on the vinyl in the bathrooms because that floor is the coolest place to lay down. It is so upsetting.
Patriot: tells of a friend who is a major photo news journalist
It’s one thing to be in a jungle or savannah or woodland and live off the land of streams and wildlife, but it is a very much more difficult existence to survive in the rubble of an industrial environment like a war ravaged urban pile of concrete and steel with no living creature but vermin. So the housing article earlier along with the urgency for this new GOI to take action for the benefit of the people is more apparent every day.
Joey: GCC States
The GCC is well placed to navigate a turbulent global economy
AUGUST 15TH, 2011 11:10 AM · POSTED IN NEWS (IRAQ & WORLD CURRENCY)
“The current economic turmoil in the US and Europe may have
short term impacts on the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) but the longer term
impact will be limited because the economic fundamentals in the region remain
strong,” QNB Capital said in its latest update.
Finding that the oil
prices have been falling, especially due to the global uncertainties, it said
oil prices are still strong by historic standards and it “does not expect there
to be a sustained decline in oil”.
Moreover, GCC governments use
conservative oil prices in their budget assumptions and, before the current
turmoil struck, were on course to post large fiscal surpluses this year,
according to QNB Capital.
“The GCC countries’ fiscal surpluses and low
levels of public debt mean that, even if oil prices were to decline, this would
not seriously disrupt their spending plans. This is important, because
government spending is the foundation of the region’s non-oil economy,” it
Although a weaker dollar, to which GCC currencies are pegged, could
increase the cost of imports and boost inflation in the region, it said
inflation is currently low in most countries. QNB Capital does not expect the
impact from a weaker dollar to be “significant”.
“The GCC is intimately
connected to the US, Europe and Asia, and economic and market turbulence there
will continue to reverberate in the Gulf.
“However, the economic
fundamentals in the region are still strong. Consequently it is better placed
than most other regions to navigate safely through a turbulent global economy,”
Market volatility is likely to continue for some weeks as
investors reassess risk and sentiments in the GCC equity markets would continue
to be influenced by moves in global markets, it said.
Well placed to navigate
Patriot: they keep talking about the value or fluctuation of the US Dollar. The conjecture about the Great British Pound being the tied to the IQD is not true. The GCC nations in the mid east are not concerned or afraid with the US dollar. It would take too long just to argue for years if considering changing this Petro Dollar standard with the UN, WTO, IMF, etc. If the dollar drops in value, then we’ll get more dollars if the RV occurs if the dollar is worth less. We’re in the best position now, because if the dollar gets very strong and the dinar if it changes substantially, then we’ll get fewer dollars, but we’ll have stronger dinar. So those that want to hold a balance between the two, and not cash-out all of our holdings right away, to hedge your bet a little bit, you’ll be covered both ways no matter what it does.
Joey: and they say one of the things that make them not concerned is that oil prices won’t really affect their budget because government spending is one of the major foundations in the region for non oil economy. Even in Iraq, they’re pumping up the private sector as a hedge against oil reliance.
Joey: US Military: Our Troops Remaining Will Not Be Subject
U.S. military: our troops remaining will not be subject to the authority of the Iraqi
AUGUST 15TH, 2011 02:51 PM · POSTED IN NEWS (IRAQ & WORLD CURRENCY)
Revealed the U.S. military in Iraq, the American trainers and
strength that will remain in Iraq to protect them will be subject to the
authority of the Washington Embassy in Baghdad, while stressing that Iraq will
be free of military bases, he noted that the training sites will be agreed with
the central government.
He said U.S. military spokesman in Iraq
Jeffrey Buchanan in an interview for “Alsumaria News”, “trained forces
and the few that will remain in Iraq to train Iraqi forces in a number of sites
in the country will be under the authority of the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad,”
noting that “the systems owned by The U.S. military in Iraq will turn all to the
U.S. Embassy. “
Buchanan added that “the bilateral security treaty that was
signed between the two countries stipulates that the United States will not have
any military bases in Iraq.”
The training sites will be agreed by …that will remain in Iraq to protect them. The training sites will be ..by the Iraqi Government. Bilateral security treaty stipulates that the US will not have military bases.
Patriot: Right and they are staying in the US Embassy….with guns!
Patriot: Now that our troops are under diplomatic roles, they don’t need permission to protect themselves any longer and the rules of engagement have been so restricting; any claims of undue force that this new agreement will allow them the immunities they need to do their jobs securing the people and their new nation with all its infant systems starting to stand.
Deb: Iran Plans To Raise the Volume of Trade Exchange With Iraq
Iran plans to raise the volume of trade exchange with Iraq to $ 10 billion
15-08-2011 | (Voice of Iraq) - (UPI), an Iranian official announced on Monday that his country plans to raise the volume of trade exchange with Iraq than $ 6 billion at present to 10 billion dollars.
The news agency quoted Iranian "Erna" of the President of Trade Development Organization Hamid Safdl in the forum to study the Iraqi market, attended by a crowd of activists, economists from both the public and private sectors, the size of the exchange of goods with Iraq is now $ 6 billion.
The Safdl, assistant minister of commerce in the affairs of the economic relations, that "the efforts under way to raise the volume to 10 billion dollars."
He announced that Iran was organized during the last 15 exhibition specialists in various Iraqi cities, and it continues at this pace in the current year have been two exhibitions during the last four months.
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Steve: It looks like Iran wants to get in the game. They see what’s going on in Iraq, and nobody wants to watch this gravy train pull out of the station without getting some of their own. Iran is far behind
Joey: They’ve been funding strike events in Baghdad against the US. And now in Kurdistan they are boycotting Iranian products.
Steve Reads long heartfelt email sent by Contented in Kansas. Very deeply insightful for all of us to remain true to goodness, no matter what happens with this event.
Deb: Talks about the Transcript of the calls can be found on TheCallSquad.com website, directly below the link to the replay for that night’s call recording. Some have asked where to find them? Also, some have asked about The Call Squad members being quoted on other sites from the transcript and wanted to know if it’s true. Though the transcriber is an amateur, those posts are true; the transcripts are generally at least very accurate, if not verbatim. At times, certain long or repetitive dialogs are summarized, snipped, or simplified so are not absolutely verbatim but condensed; yet details of content, clarity, and context are not changed or embellished.
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