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1 Sep 18, pm chattels  In Iraqi election news, member of Fatah coalition says Fatah-State of Law alliance now has the support of more than 200 MPs, more than enough seats to form new government.
http://wataniq.com/news?ID=32989

chattels  In Iraqi election news, Lebanese newspaper says big election winner Sadr has given up on trying to form the governing coalition after realizing no support from Kurds or Sunnis. He will withdraw for now but still hopes to be part of governing coalition. link

chattels  State of Law is Maliki's party / faction.

chattels  In Iraq election news, high level source says Qasem Soleimani of Iran Revolutionary Guards sends letters to Iraqi Sunni leaders threatening to kill them if they join the Sairoon-Nasr-Hikma-Wataniya coalition. Pushes them to join Fatah-State of Law.
http://mobp.as/krlXm

Friday, August 31, 2018
More Evidence Iraq Reaching Tipping Point With Displaced, Few Want To Return Home http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/08/more-evidence-iraq-reaching-tipping.html

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1 Sep 18, 07:24 AM Woke AF  Happy Saturday! What a great day it will be! Breakfast on the terrace watching the fish jump, work until noon, and Clemson football at 12:20! Best. Day. Ever.

chattels  Iran has moved ballistic missiles into Iraq http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=77181

Woke AF  The RV would be icing on the cake~

chattels  Given the foregoing, how much good influence can we have in Iraq and what kind of an ally is Iraq for us ?

Woke AF  GM chattels saw that, I dont think that's a game they really want to play. Maybe just for show?

Woke AF  Pls, correct me if I'm wrong...

chattels  Woke AF It is at once both very surprising and disappointing to me.

Woke AF  Or maybe a desperate attempt to retain control (for Iran)

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31 Aug 18, 07:53 PM chattels  Splinter group from Abadi's bloc nominate ousted security advisor for PM By Rudaw http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/310820181

slcalebI  thought this was interesting.... link

chattels  Al-Abadi coalition falsifies the "phantom" statements issued by it Editorial Date: 2018/8/31 http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=77186

chattels  Iraq's version of fake news it appears.

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8/30/18 pm chattels  ERBIL, Kurdistan Region Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi sacked Falih Alfayyadh, the national security advisor, from his positions for his involvement in the government formation talks on Thursday, claiming this undermines the task of the security apparatus.

In light of Mr. Falih Faisal Fahad Alfayyadh getting involved in practicing political and partisan work, and his wish to address political affairs, which goes against the critical national tasks he is holding read a decree released by the Facebook page for Abadis office.

Alfayyadh was the head of Hashd al-Shaabi commission and is affiliated with former Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikis State of Law Coalition. http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/300820184

Alfayyadh reportedly was working with Fatih and Maliki to establish the largest parliamentary bloc.

 

Baxter Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:
The first session of parliament could be postponed until September 15 due to political differences, a senior political source said Thursday.

"The first session of the parliament will not witness the election of the president of the council and his deputies because of the absence of a political agreement on that," the source told al-Ghad. "The meeting could be postponed to September 15 due to political differences."

 According to a political source informed, last Monday, "Al-Ghad Press" that the countdown to the new session of the House of Representatives has begun, noting that President Fuad Masum may "wait" to convene until the end of the constitutional period.

The Iraqi constitution provides that the President of the Republic (after the ratification of the results) within 15 days from the date of ratification by a presidential decree the new Council of Representatives to convene under the chairmanship of the oldest members to elect the President of the Council and his deputies, then move the House of Representatives to choose the President of the Republic, The most representative parliamentary formation within 30 days of his election.

chattels  Baxter ty

Baxter  yw

chattels BAGHDAD / The Iraqi National News Agency / nina / A member of the former parliament member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Ardalan Nur al-Din that "the Kurds will decide on the accession to the largest bloc before the next parliament session."

"The Kurds have no red lines against any political party and the doors are open to dialogue in order to reach what serves the political process," he said in a televised statement. https://www.ninanews.com/News_Details.aspx?3WGCEgZ3az0qWZLK8a1KkxqKrCzXMaHIpRgYaEQhE3M%253d
chattels
Statement by the Board of Commissioners of the Electoral Commission
Date Posted 27/08/2018 14:54

(Parliamentary Alliances)

After the ratification of the Federal Court on the results of the election of the Iraqi Council of Representatives / the fourth session on 12 May 2018, and pursuant to the Law of the parties No. (36) for the year 2015 Article 29 of it and the organization of political life and party in Iraq

The Board of Commissioners approved today the procedures and forms for the process of forming political alliances (parliamentary)

Therefore, the Commission calls on all parties, coalitions and successful candidates who are planning to form parliamentary alliances to review the headquarters of the Political Parties and Organizations in the Electoral Commission as of tomorrow Tuesday, 28 August 2018 for the purpose of registration in accordance with the law, knowing that the next Friday and Saturday will be an official term in the above department

chattels  Reidar Visser @reidarvisser

Latest attempt by #Iraq's elections commission to control the formation of biggest bloc in parliament through registration seems contrived. There is no reference to parliament bloc formation in political parties law that is referred to as pretext

chattels  David M. Witty @DavidMWitty1

In Iraqi election news, Maliki's State of Law alliance says it is ready to announce Iraq's new governing coalition, which will be State of Law, Fatah & some Kurds & Sunnis. Sairoon & Nasr alliances previously said they are close to announcing. http://mobp.as/LAcWm

Baxter  Unbelievable.... its a virtual mad house over there

Dave  chattels thanx chattels.....saved the best for last

chattels  Dave Dave Dave

Dave  i noted that Sadr-et al do not call themselves BLOC now but rather NUCLEUS

chattels  The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round.

Baxter  they certainly do

chattels  Dave When one is 30 supporters short of a majority then they are and nucleus and not a bloc

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29 Aug 18 pm 29 chattelsThe CBI announces everyday the Market rate on its site, its called the Dollars Exchange Rate in Baghdad Markets and it shows perfect compliance since June. ............ the CBI according to this report met 2% compliance on March 14 2018 and and has been able to maintain it to date. So good news. https://cbi.iq/static/uploads/up/file-153554230942615.pdf

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Aug 18, 08:19 AM  Baxter  Iraq's state oil marketer Somo is close to a deal with China's state-run Zhenhua Oil to boost the Opec member's crude oil sales to the world's top oil importer, four sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Iraq is the second-largest producer in the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec). The move will bolster Iraq's position in Asia, the world's biggest and fastest-growing oil-consuming region, which already takes 60 per cent its oil exports at some 3.8 million barrels a day (bpd).

"Zhenhua helped Iraq to penetrate the Chinese market and make more revenues for Iraq," said a senior source familiar with the discussions on the deal, adding that a 50/50 proposed joint venture could be finalised in October or November.

Another source said the deal was pending regulatory approvals, giving no further details.

It is not clear where the JV would be located, but two of the sources familiar with the negotiations said the port city of Tianjin, near Beijing, was under discussion. Singapore is also among the options, they said.

China is under pressure to cut oil purchases from Iran, Opec's third-largest producer, as the United States re-imposes sanctions on Tehran and threatens to choke off the Islamic republic's oil exports to zero.

Baxter  Love the last paragraph... Trump is killing IRAN..
Baxter  Iran going from second largest oil producer... to Zero....
Baxter The Iraqi Central Bank sold more than $138 million in foreign currency auction today.

The Central Bank said in a statement: "the total amount sold,/138/million/743/alpha and $100, with the participation of 32 banks and one company".

He explained: "the total sale for the purposes of promoting overseas stocks/funds transfers/hit/108/million/243/thousand and $100 in cash sales totaled 30 million and 500 thousand dollars."

He was selling transfers to bank accounts abroad and cash sale price of $1190 each DT.

thebaghdadpost.com

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8/28/18 chattels  BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraqs parliament will meet next week for its first session since May elections to choose a speaker and begin the process of forming a government, the outgoing president said Monday.

The inaugural session of the 329-seat chamber would be chaired by its oldest member, President Fuad Masum said in a decree calling for the sitting to take place on September 3.
Next Mondays session will be devoted to electing a new speaker, a post traditionally handed to a member of Iraqs Sunni Muslim community, and two deputy speakers.

Parliamentarians will then have 30 days to elect a new president for the country, a position that goes to a member of the Kurdish minority with at least two thirds of the vote.

Kurdish parties have yet to officially announce candidates for the top but largely symbolic post of president.

The new president will then have 15 days to task the largest bloc in parliament to form a new government.
chattels  http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/27082018
chattels  No compromise on Kirkuk in exchange for Kurdish support: Abadi By Rudaw http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/270820181
chattels  ERBIL, Kurdistan Region Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday his Nasr (Victory) Alliance will not discuss the subject of Kirkuk with Kurdish political parties in return for joining the four-party alliance to form the largest bloc, according to Iraqi media.

His comments contradict earlier remarks from a senior member of Abadis party suggesting possible concessions on Kirkuk particularly the return of Peshmerga to the disputed city.

Alliances shall be formed between political parties as partners, not by submission of compromises, Abadi said during a meeting with his partys successful candidates and political analysts, according to Baghdad Today.

chattels  Ahmed al-Hamdani, a high ranking Nasr official, told Rudaw on Sunday there is room for a settlement on Kirkuk.

Abadi: No compromises with the Kurds on Kirkuk to join the alliance four
Editorial Date: 2018/8/27 http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=77052

A member of the wisdom movement Abdullah al-Zaidi said yesterday that the largest bloc will be announced next Friday and will convene the new parliament in its first session Monday, September 3. https://www.ninanews.com/News_Details.aspx?TytXIDSG7FJYpUgejNL%252b1Q%253d%253d

'Iraq is dying': oil flows freely but corruption fuels growing anger https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/27/iraq-is-dying-oil-corruption-protest-basra?CMP=share_btn_tw
chattels  In the past 15 years all the parties that have ruled this country were responsible for corruption. There is no party that can lead the reform because they all have been part of the same corruption mechanism.
chattels  DON'T LET THE FOX GUARD THE HENHOUSE - "Don't assign a job to someone who will then be in a position to exploit it for his own ends.
chattels  'Ovem lupo commitere' ('To set a wolf to guard sheep.')
David M. Witty @DavidMWitty1

In Iraqi election news, Maliki's State of the Law alliance says it will announce the new governing coalition in 2 days.  http://wataniq.com/news?ID=32845

In Iraqi election news, Fatah alliance (PMF) says it has enough seats to form new Iraqi government but is not in a hurry to quickly announce it because they do not want to distance any parties or take a lame first step.
http://mobp.as/u2uUm
chattelsDoug_W Not sure that I am in any hurry for the return of Maliki or the installation of Ameri as PM.
Doug_W  ewwww I agree

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27 Aug 18, 07:22 PM chattels  Iraqi delegation strikes 'initial' coalition agreement with Kurdish parties By Rudaw http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/270820181
iraqoilforum @iraqoilforum

President Massoum puts an end to speculation on the opening session of Parliament. According to a presidential decree issued today, Parliament will hold its opening session on Sept. 3 to elect the speaker and his deputies.

http://baghdadtoday.news/news/56356/
27 Aug 18, 07:23 PMchattelsKirk H. Sowell @UticaRisk

This was previously reported as being on Aug. 30, and so is worth noting. Obviously they weren't going to be ready on Aug. 30, & I seriously doubt they will on Sept. 3 either. But the latter is the constitutional deadline for opening parl't.

https://twitter.com/UticaRisk
Note : My " copy " or read on the Iraqi Constitution is that the 15 day timeline can be extended by an additional 15 days.

Article 52: The President of the Republic shall call upon the Council of Representatives to convene by a presidential decree within fifteen days from the date of the ratification of the general elections results. Its eldest member shall chair the first session to elect the president of the Council and his two deputies. This period may not be extended by more than the aforementioned one.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/12/AR2005101201450.html?noredirect=on

chattels  WILL THE TIMELINE BE EXTENDED ? Tune in next week.
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8/27/18 am chattels  Major Iraqi delegation in Erbil to win Kurds over for coalition By Rudaw http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/270820181

chattels  The following is a good synopsis of the current political reality. Explaining Iraq's post-election reality By Rudaw http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/27082018

A negotiating delegation from the nucleus of the largest bloc reaches Erbil
Editorial Date: 2018/8/27 10:30 http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=77026

chattels  A decree issued by the House of Representatives to convene next Monday
Editorial Date: 2018/8/27 15:27 http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=77035

Monday is the 3rd of September, the 15th day following ratification of the election results by the judiciary.
in the document .. Infallible calls the House of Representatives to convene on Monday
2018/8/27 http://alforatnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=172680

DinarResearcher  Will Iraq overtake rating agencies' expectations after S & P affirmed its credit rating for Iraq with a stable outlook? 08/27/2018
27 Aug 18, 08:57 AM DinarResearche  rA - Knowledge of Khalifa
A banking lecturer, researcher and economic writer
The confirmation of the world's largest credit rating agency, Standard & Poor's, on the stable outlook and confirmation of Iraq's credit rating at B- / B and the other credit agencies such as Moody's and Fitch on the stable side and the dual and stable financial and economic risks of Iraq, Indeed, there are expectations that the financial, political and economic measures are moving in the right direction. The framework of the IMF program, which includes all solutions to most of the risks in terms of the performance of the banking and financial sector in the country, Muna along with part of the public finances is the side that will affect the lifting of the classification of Iraq by the Agency itself or other agencies during the next 24 months and at a glance everyone knows the development of political stability and security in the Republic of Iraq, which is governed by the formation of the next government.
27 Aug 18, 08:59 AM DinarResearcher  The completion of the formation of the government and the introduction of the government's program is a possible challenge as a result of this challenge will see whether the government debt of Iraq will rise or fall over the next four years and how to address the deficit in the government budget and whether the current account will worsen or that the net government debt or interest expenses of public debt will rise Or not in our view and in the general picture and with the ability of the Iraqi Central Bank to maintain the Iraqi dinar against the dollar during the past years and beside all the global economic challenges, including low oil prices and its ability to shy to attract foreign capital and regulate Homeland House financial and banking in Iraq through the opening and integration of more banks, Iraq will be able to stabilize its credit rating and even lift it over the next 24 months through monetary and fiscal policies pursued by both the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Iraq http://economy-news.net/content.php?id=13390

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8/26/2018 pm  chattels  The leader of the current wisdom Ali al-Badri said in a statement / information /, on Sunday, the continuation of negotiations with Sunni and Kurdish blocs for joining the largest bloc in the nucleus.

http://www.almaalomah.com/2018/08/26/338208/
chattels  the first session of the House of Representatives under the chairmanship of the oldest member and within the constitutional periods is the second of September next day. http://www.alsabaah.iq/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=162153
chattels  ERBIL, Kurdistan Region Iraqi parties are busy building alliances which could soon form the basis of the countrys next government. To persuade the Kurdish parties to join its bloc, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadis Nasr (Victory) alliance has offered to cut a deal on Kirkuk.
chattels  Last week, the Sayirun alliance led by firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr teamed up with Abadis Nasir, the Hikma Front, and Al-Wataniya to form the core of a parliamentary bloc. If the alliance can win over the Sunni and Kurdish parties, it is well placed to form a governing coalition.

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8/26/18 am Baxter  Sales of the Central Bank of Iraq of foreign currency, to $140.62 million, compared with sales of $123.11 million dollars at auction on Sunday, approximately 17.51 million dollars.

Central, in a statement said that the exchange rate averaged 1190 dinars per dollar, at the auction held at participation of 34 banks, only one company to transfer.

The Bank noted that those sales are the results of Monday's auction, explaining that overall sales reached total 175.02 million dollars.

The volume of sales amounts to boost stocks of banks abroad 138.62 million dollars, with total sales monetary amount by about $36.4 million.

He said in the statement, central to sell credits to bank accounts abroad be priced at $1190 each DT either cash sale price will be the same.

This comes under the meet Central Bank monetary demands of currency during the feast.

https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/

------------8/25/18 pm mod  Kevin Shipp - Former CIA Officer & Anti Terrorism Expert - Shadow Government/Deep State Officials Exposed - Kevin Shipp lays out in detail the structure of the Shadow Government/Deep State and the corrupt officials involved. Video www.truthcall.com/deep-state-exposed.html

Jimmy Lee  senator john McCain died

Woke AF  John McCain just died

Baxter  wow.. that was quick

Woke AF  Baxter you know he suicided, right?

Baxterno i didnt

Baxter  news said he could live for five years
Woke AF  Lol, noooo McCain. He just stopped treatment 3 days ago who you talk.
Baxter  i know... but the news said he could live quite a while
Woke AF  #Fake jews
Baxter  well.. he must have been awful bad
Woke AF  https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/john-mccain-war-hero-and-maverick-republican-dead-at-age-81/2018/08/25/3234889c-a878-11e8-97ce-cc9042272f07_story.html dead, sauce ^^
Baxter  is that still in chattels?
chattels  Baxter From two days ago. Questionable.
Baxter  ok.. thx
chattels  Eid Al Adha Holiday ended today.
Baxter  good.. wonder what the next excuse will be
NickNak  Re: john McCain died Could be faking his death so he does not go to jail? Suspect?
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Aug 25 Early AM  chattels  Reidar Visser @reidarvisser
As debate continues in #Iraq about the "biggest bloc" and how the current "nucleus" can be expanded, it's worth noting that the biggest bloc doesn't have to be a majority bloc. It nominates PM and can rely on others for parliamentary support, whether as part of the bloc or not https://twitter.com/reidarvisser
" ........... the biggest bloc doesn't have to be a majority bloc ............"
chattels  Kurds put conditions for allying with Shiites to form government

Omar Sattar August 24, 2018 https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/iraq-kurdistan-baghdad-government.html
chattels  Our conditions and demands are constitutional and include the implementation of Article 140 of the constitution regarding the disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil, the existence of a government with true national partnership and achieving harmony and balance until the implementation of the articles of the constitution concerning Iraqi Kurdistan, the budget share, the oil issue and peshmerga salaries.
" ............ the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Barzani considers itself closer to Maliki's coalition so far, ..........."
The Kurds are looking this time for pledges with international guarantees and time frames for fear of false promises as in the past.
chattels" The Kurdish parties seem for the time being hesitant or unwilling to favor Maliki or Abadi. Before stating their final position, they are waiting to see the pledges and guarantees that both parties will provide."
chattels Negotiations for the formation of the largest parliamentary bloc are likely to take more time than expected, perhaps exceeding the time frame stipulated in the constitution, due to the huge complexities on the Iraqi scene that coincide with the height of the US-Iranian conflict. Therefore, the Kurds will not engage in any negotiations with the Shiite parties before the formation of the "largest bloc" and the nomination of an agreeable figure to head the new government, .............
chattels  No mention of any impetus to abandon the historical quotas in government positions, so perhaps we will not see the formation of a government " sooner rather than later " as I had opined earlier.
chattelsIndeed the Kurds and Sunnis are more likely to insist upon their historical government offices. It is principally a Shia notion / movement to abandon quotas and have a majority approach to legislation which could favor Shia vs. the consensus approach which arguably protects minorities such as the Kurds and Sunnis.

Kurdish parties undecided on Iraq's next president By Rudaw http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/25082018
chattels........... the priority for the PUK is not governmental posts in Baghdad but "Kurdish rights".

The position has been for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in the past as a result of agreements with the KDP and other parties," Agha said. "To regain the post, the PUK will surely sign agreements with the KDP and other parties to create a balance in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region."
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24 Aug 18, 01:07 AM chattels  Musings On #Iraq Security In Iraq Aug 15-21, 2018
http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/08/security-in-iraq-aug-15-21-2018.html
chattels  " While the number of incidents has remained relatively stable for the last four months, the third week of August 2018 had one of the lowest casualty counts in Iraq since the 2003 invasion."

chattels  Kirk H. Sowell @UticaRisk

I take the KDP/PUK-Sunni Axis-Maliki/Ameri talks as just being a blocking effort versus Abadi-Sadr. It would truly be amazing to watch this motley crew actually try to form a govt (nevermind them being short of 165). https://twitter.com/UticaRisk?lang=en
David M. Witty @DavidMWitty1

Kurdish parties with 45 seats & Sunnis with 50 seats still undecided.

https://twitter.com/DavidMWitty1?lang=en

In Iraqi election news, spokesman for Amar Hakim's Hikma coalition: the conditions of Kurds & Sunnis in joining alliances will decide who forms new government. Kurds will make status of Kirkuk a condition. (Kurds & Sunnis now the kingmakers in Iraq).

http://mobp.as/He8Rm

Many Iraqi economists are speculating that the rate of US dollars smuggled from Iraq into Iran through Lebanese and Syrian banks will see a notable rise with Iran's reserve expected to run out in the days to come, .................

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/iran-us-sanction-iraq-economy.html#ixzz5P4UJNJhZ
David M. Witty @DavidMWitty1

In Iraqi election news, main election winner Sadr's Sairoon Party says it will announce Iraq's new governing coalition after Eid.
http://mobp.as/YUwRm
chattels  Holiday ends in Iraq on Saturday. https://www.officeholidays.com/countries/iraq/index.php
chattels  "the formation of the largest bloc will be after the first agreement on the unified government program, and therefore the formation still takes time not a little,"
https://www.ninanews.com/News_Details.aspx?xZDJ6D07qT4SjJdHr7G5mA%253d%253d
chattels  Government formation will be soon, not soon, take your pick of positions.
The variance in the official rate and parallel market rate is in complaince / not in compliance. Who knows ?

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23 Aug 18, 07:24 PM  chattels  Masoum and Hakim discuss the need to accelerate the formation of the largest bloc [Ayna-Baghdad]
President Fuad Masum in Baghdad on Thursday discussed with the head of the National Wisdom Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, the current consultations with leaders of political forces in the country.
"During the meeting, the political developments in the country were discussed, while the focus was on developments on the issue of accelerating the formation of the largest bloc in preparation for the call of the House of Representatives in its fourth session to be held within the framework of the constitutional timing, which the President of the Republic The commitment of all to it. "
http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=76940

23 Aug 18, 02:18 AM chattels  The holiday ends ar sundown on Saturday I believe. https://www.officeholidays.com/countries/iraq/index.php
chattels  Reidar Visser @reidarvisser
Biggest parliamentary bloc in #Iraq formed Sun evening combines Sadr, Abadi, Allawi, Hakim and commands around 136 seats. First formally designated "biggest bloc" in Iraqi parliamentary history that transcends sectarian divides
chattels  Reidar Visser @reidarvisser
#Iraq's new biggest parliament bloc still needs around 30 more supporters to vote in a new government. It faces the same dilemma as previous "political majority" attempts: It needs the additional support of either a major Kurdish party or one of the more pro-Iranian Shia parties
chattels  https://twitter.com/reidarvisser
chattels  " Iraq's new biggest parliament bloc still needs around 30 more supporters to vote in a new government."

chattelsThe dollar exchange rate today in Baghdad
23/08/2018
Economy News _ Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Foreign currency markets in Baghdad on Thursday morning stabilized at the dollar exchange rate against the Iraqi dinar.
Baghdad - the stock price of the struggle = 121.400
Prices of buying and selling dollar banking companies
Selling price for USD = 121.750
Purchase price for USD = 120.750 http://economy-news.net/content.php?id=13362

23 Aug 18, 09:19 AM chattels  The alliance of "Save the homeland", which includes the mass of "Sauron" backed by the Sadrists leading the results of the elections, and the bloc "victory" led by the current Prime Minister Haider Abadi, and "stream of wisdom" led by Ammar al-Hakim and the bloc "patriotic" led by Vice President Eyad Allawi and the block, "Saleh al-Mutlaq," for 30 seats only to officially announce the largest parliamentary bloc with 164 seats, which will go towards the formation of a reformed government, according to the description of participants in this alliance.
chattels  The other political front, led by Vice President Nuri al-Maliki and has so far about 77 seats in the House, the total seats of the "rule of law" and "Alliance of conquest" led by Hadi Amiri.
https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=8689
chattels  Reidar Visser @reidarvisser

Biggest parliamentary bloc in #Iraq formed Sun evening combines Sadr, Abadi, Allawi, Hakim and commands around 136 seats. First formally designated "biggest bloc" in Iraqi parliamentary history that transcends sectarian divides https://twitter.com/reidarvisser

Blood, Sweat, and Batteries
Two-thirds of the world's cobalt, an essential ingredient in our smartphones and electric cars, comes from one of the planet's poorest countries. All too often it is mined by children.
By Vivienne Walt and Sebastian Meyer http://fortune.com/longform/blood-sweat-and-batteries/

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21 Aug 18, 07:04 PM chattels  "The Kurdistan Alliance, represented by the Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, received 4 guarantees from some political parties in exchange for entering into the coalition to form the largest bloc," Mahmoud told the Baghdad Post.
"These guarantees are the implementation of Article 140, the legislation of the law of oil and gas, and the amendment of the share of the province of the federal budget of the country, and the conduct of the general census of the population," asserting that it "put one basket." link

Baxter  well.... what do you know......... good ol article 140.... and the oil and gas.... who would have thought..
chattels  I note the absence of any promise or guarantee as to the Office of the Presidency of Iraq.
Baxtern ope
chattels  Maybe it is a given or maybe the " new government " will indeed abandon quotas.
Baxter  chattels we will know..................... soon... i hope
chattels  Sadly, my belief is that these same promises have been made to the Kurds before.
Baxter  a few times... Im sure
chattels  Baxter Indeed sir.

chattelsThe wisdom stream of the Iraqi National News Agency / Nina /: agreement on naming candidates for the three presidencies will be after the formation of the largest bloc officially .. https://www.ninanews.com/News_Details.aspx?xIv6T29T0u%252f6dF%252bR6gJnHA%253d%253d

"the nucleus of the largest bloc is not yet completed, and will be completed with the participation of the Kurdish parties, where we will have visits to the Kurdistan region to negotiate with them,"

The foregoing article, if accurate, confirms my recent posts regarding the timing of the announcement of the largest bloc and the inclusion of the Kurds before doing so.

Dave  @chattels inclusion being art 140 from what I have read

chattels  @Dave One article says that the Kurds have four conditions attendant to their support of a new government. Article 140 is said to be one of the four.

Dave  hcl is tied to it

chattels  HCL, Budget allocation / restoration and Constitutional adherence are the other three as I recall.

Dave  so really 3 the same things that have yet to be inacted

chattels  No, conduct of census is one and not Constitutional adherence per se.
"The Kurdistan Alliance, represented by the Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, received 4 guarantees from some political parties in exchange for entering into the coalition to form the largest bloc," Mahmoud told the Baghdad Post.
"These guarantees are the implementation of Article 140, the legislation of the law of oil and gas, and the amendment of the share of the province of the federal budget of the country, and the conduct of the general census of the population," asserting that it "put one basket." link

foxmulder  perhaps inclusion for all of Iraq and tribes, equal distribution to all citizens ! like Saudi Arabia

la chocolatiere  Hi ! Kaperoni share something interesting .. quote ( 8-21-2018 Newshound Guru Kaperoni I...got a note from another member who wrote the IMF and asked about Iraq's Article IV Consultation the response indicates that the IMF is waiting until after the formation of the government which could be next year hopefully sooner. I have said in the past that I believe that consultation must occur prior to Iraq moving to Article VIII it's not a requirement but it would be a good review of the banking system and encouragement. If I am correct and the CBI is going to wait until that consultation occurs then we have a few more months to wait. Though technically the CBI could write the letter to the IMF at any moment and request Article VIII acceptance. And if they are in compliance the IMF would agree. unquote .. hope the CBI writes that letter we all have been waiting for ..
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21 Aug 18, 08:03 AM  chattels   Eight months ago, there were over 3 million IDPs.
two main issues, which will prevent future returns. One, the slow pace of rebuilding in many areas that were formerly under IS control will mean there are many that will have nothing to return to. The lack of shelter and employment are two major disincentives to go home. Second, the scars from the war have created a large divide in those same areas leading locals to bar people they are suspicious of from going back. There is no national program to deal with this problem, which means there will be a group of people displaced for the foreseeable future. Similar factors played out after the civil war. Then around one million people remained IDPs after all the fighting was over. Many people will be in the same situation this time around.

Whitelions  How banks create money http://economy-news.net/vrsfls/cntnt/pctr/9558.jpg

On June 10, 76 percent of Swiss voters voted "no" in the referendum on the Swiss sovereign wealth initiative. This "initiative" was a bill that limits the legitimacy of creating money in the Swiss Central Bank without the rest of the banks in the country. But how do banks create money? Is not the task really assigned to the central banks alone?

In our popular imagination money is the currency, the currency is money, but this is a minor definition of grasping the meaning of money from an economic perspective. Economics defines money as everything that constitutes an exchange environment and a unit of accounting and storage of value. Based on this definition, the amount of money in the world today is very large, and currencies are part of it. Most economists estimate that only 8 percent of the amount of money traded around the world is from paper and metal currencies.

In the modern banking system, central banks create money in many forms, including paper currency, while banks create money in another way because they do not have the right to create money in the form of paper money. So how?
Whitelions  They create money through loans, they give loans beyond their assets, and not only to lend what is deposited or what the central banks only lend, but lend to weaken it. Of course, the expansion of this lending is governed by a mathematical equation linked to the reserve ratio of deposits held by banks and imposed by central banks. For example, if the ratio of 10% is equivalent to the value of the maximum multiplier = 110% = 10, the bank is entitled to lend up to ten times the remaining deposits in the bank after deducting the reserve.

While teaching curricula in universities put this process under the authority of the Central Bank through the bank reserves in the form of loans, but many researchers in this area and a lot of experts in global central banks say this model comes out of the process of creating money from the hands of central banks And concentrated in the hands of private banks. The thrust of the Swiss draft resolution was to prevent banks from lending more than their deposits, which means they can not lend more than they have. But trying to envision a system of creating different money means the end of the financial system as we know it, and it is difficult to predict what will happen to the financial markets and economies if the process of creating money is more difficult, and controlled by central banks exclusively.

For the Lebanese "news"

chattels  Anti-Iran and pro-Iran blocs vie to establish majority in parliament following the ratification of the election results https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraqi-political-parties-set-announce-cross-sectarian-government-1146878837

Baxter  2018/08/21 Baghdad today - special
US President Donald H. Trump's envoy, Brett McGurk, has held an extensive meeting with leaders of the National Axis Alliance in Arbil two days ago, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The source told (Baghdad today), "Brett McGurk held an extensive meeting to ensure that the Kurdish and Sunni position is in line with the US desire to form a government."

"The visit of McGork and his meeting with the leaders of the Democratic Party and Sunni leaders came after the coalition tried to withdraw and the law to withdraw Sunni and Kurdish leaders on their side."

"The Trump envoy is still in Erbil and there is a possibility to travel to Sulaymaniyah to resolve the position of the National Union and the opposition parties in favor of coming out with one position."

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) revealed on Tuesday (August 21, 2018) that it had received 5 guarantees from some political forces, in return for joining the largest bloc.

"The Kurdistan Alliance represented by the Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan received guarantees from some political parties in return for entering the alliance to form the largest bloc," said the media adviser of the office of Democratic Party President Kifah Mahmoud.

"These guarantees, the application of Article 140, and the legislation of the law of oil and gas, and modify the share of the province of the federal budget and the general census of the population," asserting that it "put forward with one basket."

The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, headed by Massoud Barzani, and the negotiator also, Bankan Rikani, confirmed on Monday, August 20, 2018, that his party has not resolved his position on joining the "largest bloc" yet, indicating at the same time that it is normal to return to Kirkuk .

The National Axis Alliance, with its six leaders, held on Sunday, 19 August 2018, a meeting with the President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani

Baxter  Iraqs economy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad is going to ask Washington for permission to ignore some U.S. sanctions on its neighbor, Iraqi government and central bank officials said.

U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from an international deal aimed at limiting Irans nuclear program earlier this year and reimposed trade sanctions.
Washington has said there will be consequences for countries that do not respect the sanctions.

Baghdad is in a difficult position. Iraq imports crucial supplies from ally Iran but its other major ally is the United States, which provides security assistance and training.

The request would mark an important change in political tactics for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He initially said Baghdad would respect all the U.S. sanctions but faced heavy criticism from rivals.

The officials told Reuters a delegation will travel to Washington to ask for exemptions in applying the sanctions. They did not say when that trip would take place.

The government plans to ask Washington for a waiver. Its going to happen soon, one central bank official said.

An official in Abadis office declined to comment.

An official in the U.S. State Department said it was discussing Iran policy with its partners around the world.

We have given the same message to all countries around the world that the President has said, the United States is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, the official said.

Iraq is a friend and important partner of the U.S and we are we are committed to ensuring Iraqi stability and prosperity.

Iraqi officials fear shortages of key items if Baghdad complies with all the sanctions. This could lead to political turmoil at a delicate time in Iraqi politics.

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