May 17th, 2014, 11:44 am
Saturday Morning News Summaries
The Electoral Commission will hold a press conference today announcing the appointment preliminary results
Don't go getting all excited....all they are announcing is the date they will announce the preliminary results of the elections.....like having a meeting to decide to have a meeting.
Sadrist works to "freeze" the security agreement between Baghdad and Washington
The Sadrists it would appear are wanting to put a "freeze" on the security agreement that exists between Baghdad and Washington....the US troops have left the country....but there are still arms and munitions that flow back into the country....
some say that Maliki believed this mounting of tactical armament was also thought to be a deterrence against neighboring countries meddling in Iraqi business....others of course see the equipment as a tool for Maliki to use against certain Iraqi citizens.....
no doubt there is a serious threat within Anbar today of terrorists that likely stream over the border from Syria....and this needs to be repelled....something that hasn't been effective yet.
Despite Abundant Water, Kurdistan Prone to Future Shortages
Of course we have heard this before....that despite the dependence on oil as an economic resource....water may very well be Iraq's most important natural resource....while the Kurds have an abundance of water, over 50% of their water comes from within the region....the remainder of Iraq is heavily dependent on water resources from areas outside of the main country of Iraq.....this is especially so the further south that one travels in Iraq....meanwhile a number of rivers are being contaminated by raw sewage being allowed to be dumped directly into the rivers....not a healthy thing....even groundwater will eventually grow to be a scarcity at the rates that are being used in the Kurdistan.
Kurdistan economy suffers amid Iraqi budget dispute with Baghdad
Given the length of this battle over the 2014 budget this should come as no surprise for the Kurds or for anyone in Iraq for that matter.....the economy is becoming fragile in the wake of the budget dispute....foreign and domestic investments have declined in the Kurdistan from $7 billion dollars last year to just $1 billion dollars this year.....import and export rates have fallen by as much as 50%....bankrupting the banking sector, the lack of salary payments to employees are both factors in the economic issues....the Kurds are also in the streets more and more clamoring over economic issues that are besetting them as citizens....the Kurdish government is clamoring over the fact that it has been years since the Baghdad government has actually sent them the true 17% of the budget they are supposed to get.....issues continue to.....be issues.
Baghdad to investigate KRG oil export to Israel
The Oil and Energy Committee in Baghdad is calling for a thorough investigation into the claims that the Kurds have exported oil to Israel....the Kurds stand to face serious charges from Baghdad if the Reuters report proves to be true.
Commission: announcement of election results will be late tomorrow or next Monday
The Electoral Commission has spoken and stated that the announcement of the election results will be forthcoming either late tomorrow or on Monday....this should set off a flurry of "alliance" activity for the weekend.
Organized gangs falsifies the "cash value and low-lying" cross-border
Currency counterfeiting is believed to be carried out by very organized international gangs who target specific denominations in what they believe are the easiest target areas, in the case of Iraq that is believed to be the 1,000 and 5,000 dinar notes....although I thought the 10,000 was previously seen as an easy target as well.....counterfeiting or forgery of currency within Iraq can carry with it a 20 year prison term.....this article portrays a picture that it is almost rampant, but remembering articles from the CBI it is not believed to be as big an issue from their eyes.....but they also are sitting upon a new currency with admittedly stronger means to prevent counterfeiting.....so who knows.
Maliki refuses to approve the draft 25 000 per family!
If Maliki is not approving the 25,000 dinar per family.....then where the heck does Basra think they will get even more money for the citizens of their province....they are wanting to disburse 5 million dinar for any young man to marry, 10 million dinar for soft loans to pay the unemployed.....have they managed to develop some magical money tree that can survive the arid desert...best of luck to you.
MP: Kurdish political parties will not deal with al-Maliki individually
From the Kurdish point of view it seems they are going to stand solid as one in Baghdad, they will not allow themselves to deal with Maliki, meaning they will not be available for any such alliance with the State of Law coalition....the news media on the other hand is reporting a slightly different story....that there may be "understandings" between the PUK, Talabani's party and the State of Law coalition...the issue at hand is the lack of support from Maliki after the 2010 elections when he had the Kurd support....fool me once...but don't fool me twice.
Rohani refused to receive Maliki .. The latter sent his deputy, an alternative to China!
The trip to China that Maliki backed out on at the last minute....where he would have visited with the Russian President Putin and the Iranian President Rohani....now it is coming to light thru the media that Rohani refused a meeting with Maliki....I'm not so sure about the validity of this, as it definitely makes more sense for Maliki to stay close to home as the election results come out over the next day or so.
Economist likely a mass exodus of foreign companies to the worsening security situation in Iraq
A university economist is quoted as saying that in the coming months there could very well be a mass exodus of foreign companies from Iraq due in large part to the worsening security situation....
.he goes on to talk about insurance as a means to mitigate the risk.....
but there comes a point when throwing good money after bad and putting human lives on the line are not worth the fruit that is expected to be reaped.
News Summaries for Saturday morning