IRAQ: Reflecting on the past month of activity
Keep in mind that the following is based on my studies of Iraq news for the last month (and past 5 years), and are factual based inasmuch as we can depend on the news articles and my recollection capabilities.
Let's reflect a minute on this last month so far.
We have seen that parliament has not made any progress on passing the budget as election propaganda took to the road April 1st. Of course the election takes precedence over the Iraqi Citizen (sarcasm). They have to make sure they keep their jobs as a stalemate government.
Kurdistan's President Barzani extended a "Goodwill" effort and agreed to export 100,000 barrels of oil PER DAY through SOMO. The central government of Iraq rejected this proposal entirely. A couple of MPs suggested a compromise. One MP suggested 200,000 barrels per day from the Kurds and another suggested 250,000 per day. As far as I am aware, this too has not been fruitful. We have seen an article stating the HCL has not been implemented as of late. It is true that Maliki agreed to the 'framework' of the HCL. Even signed off on it years ago. Then made an Executive Decision that it needed to be revised and not implemented. Since then I do not recall any revisions and it certainly has not been applied as law.
Talabani has been in the news lately saying he wants to return to Baghdad. Medical have said that Talabani is starting to form sentences. Bless his heart I bet his brain may be working fine but his cognitive skills still need work. It must be terrible to be able to think clearly and not be able to form the words. Nevertheless medical experts has not released him to return to his Presidential duties.
It seems the economy is doing well although Oil Exports were down. Iraq is certainly expanding and diversifying its national product as the IMF has advised them to do. So this is good progress but slow going.
On the other hand, the security situation in Iraq is deteriorating by the hour and Maliki has put forth a law to be passed in order for him to declare Iraq a "State of Emergency". I have my reservations for his motives in this. Is this his strategy to become the next Dictator of Iraq? Or is his motives totally pure? You decide.
In recent "UNOFFICIAL" news polls it looks as if Maliki's SLC party are losing ground in the elections.
Peace & Blessings ~
♥ Red Lily ♥