May 22nd, 2014
News Summaries for Thursday Morning
Disable the official working hours on Sunday in Baghdad
The General Secretariat of the COM has declared Sunday to be a holiday in Baghdad observing the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam al-Kadhim. I believe this was also observed last year as well....interesting though how it coincides with our three day weekend as well.
Human rights activists and activists in Anbar bringing a case to the International Court of Justice to prosecute al-Maliki and behind Abu Risha
Human rights activists and attorneys are collecting data and photos of alleged genocide being practiced by Maliki's army in Anbar....their information is being handed over to the International Court of Justice and the UN to begin prosecution efforts against Maliki and others....something tells me that one shouldn't be too quick to jump on this wagon....not sure of what it is...but there needs to be more seen about this...IMO.
Al-Maliki reappointment may provoke a Kurdish split
If Maliki is successful in getting a third term as PM, the Kurds will likely seek a referendum for independence. US diplomats have assisted the Kurds in preparing a revenue sharing joint oil marketing system....this is intended to meet the demands of both the Kurds and Baghdad.....if Maliki gets his third term.....there may be no hope of reconciliation between Baghdad and the Kurds.
Can Maliki Win a Third Term?
Many seem unsure of whether Maliki will actually be able to pull off a third term or not. There are great numbers who do not wish to see this happen. In the meantime there is great posturing going on by Maliki and many others to the end of gaining the majority in Parliament to officially lay claim to the next leaders for Iraq....answers could be weeks or months away it appears.
Ex-BP CEO Tony Hayward gets his life back as Iraqi Kurdistan pipeline opens
Oil is still king in the Kurdistan. It stands as a giant among all other industry sectors, a giant that is reaping great benefits for the Kurds as well as the oil companies who have been willing to bring their people and equipment to the region. A number of oil CEO's were interviewed in this article and all seem to be happy with the results their organizations have shown as a result of decisions to drill in the Kurdistan region. Production continues on an upward spiral, the opening of the Kurdistan-Turkey pipeline late last year has given the Kurds a new incentive to push for marketing their own crude over allowing Baghdad to be in control of it....there in lies unresolved issues for the Kurds, but still they move ahead.
Sami al-Askari: if al-Hakim and al-Sadr insisted on refusing the third term will return al-Maliki, a deputy in the Parliament
Another MP has spouted off and seems to be saying that Maliki's chances really aren't good for a third term.....we all know that Maliki and the State of Law coalition did not garner enough votes for a majority of the Parliament seats...just who is even hinting they would take M's side in things at this point.....he has to be feeling much like the man without a country right now I would think.
Sources: contracts with more than 40 billion dollars behind the desire of Russia and China, the survival of al-Maliki for a third term
Maliki is making long term promises to other countries in the way of commercial contracts and long term investments....to help him get this third term as PM....wondering what these other countries, primarily China and Russia can do on his behalf.....perhaps shuffle some significant amounts of money under the table to certain blocs who need the funds at this point....in assurances of siding with Maliki all of a sudden....in writing that it sure reads like it is a heck of a stretch to accomplish....but why else would he be wooing them.
Industrial Bank confirms plans stop supporting the Iraqi Industrialists due to the delay in approving the budget
Yet another issue with the delays in approving the 2014 budget....the Industrial Bank is about to stop its support of industrialists....something it has been doing since the first of the year, offering 115 loans to industrial entities....but is saying no more unless there is some activity regarding Parliament and the budget.
Shaways confirms that the global financial crisis did not affect Iraq
Deputy Prime Minister Shaways has stated that recent global financial crisis have not impacted Iraq largely due to the stability of Iraqi financial resources and the lack of Iraqi investment funds in foreign markets.
Oil Kurdistan region up to international markets
Family this makes at least two weeks now that the Kurds and Turkey have said they will be selling the Kurd oil that is being stored at the port city of Ceyhan and still nothing happens....do they continue to bluff Baghdad to see what the real response is going to be from them....or are they simply bluffing themselves.
A proposal to contract with security companies to protect oil pipelines
Baghdad continues to whine about their pipeline to Turkey and how easy and accessible it is to sabotage the line.
It's funny that the Kurds aren't experiencing this kind of problem with their new pipeline....
anyway.....I would think security to adequately cover a pipeline of several hundred miles would be a monumental task.
It will be interesting to see what kind of success they have with this new effort.
News Summaries for Thursday Morning