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Manu68: The many articles out all talking international re Iraq is encouraging. There is no mistake this is real. My question is with Trump squeezing the life out of Iran, is Iraq’s MR waiting on the US/Iran issues to be resolved first?

Bearfoot: You can get all excited about the news articles and stuff but Frankie heading to Hawaii speaks volumes to me. That is where the rubber meets the road.   Bring it on!!

JJimmyJJ: Apropos, I thought:

“Today in 1948, the U.S. kicks off a $13-billion aid program to rebuild war-torn Western Europe. The Marshall Plan encourages free markets, open trade and industrial modernization. “Our policy is not directed against any country, but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos”

Twitter, @MilHistNow

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Samson:  The Minister of Planning signs a memorandum of understanding with the World Bank to support stability and reconstruction in liberated areas

2019/4/3 17:00

The Minister of Planning, Dr. Nouri Sabah al-Dulaimi, signed on Wednesday on behalf of the Iraqi government a memorandum of understanding with the World Bank to support the efforts to restore stability and reconstruction in the liberated areas, signed by the World Bank Director of Sarig Kumar Jah.

“The MoU will contribute to support and increase the quality of infrastructure projects funded by the Iraq Recovery and Reconstruction Fund, which is administered jointly by the World Bank and the Ministry of Planning,” a statement from the Ministry of Planning said. He also praised “all the efforts made by the international community to support sustainable development in Iraq”.

For his part, praised the Director of the Department of Mashreq in the World Bank, “efforts of the Minister of Planning to provide the appropriate conditions to achieve this support, which is part of the outputs of the Kuwait Conference of donors,” stressing that “not save any effort contributes to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq.”   LINK

Lobster:   While you are still at a program rate!      Surely you JEST!

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Samson:  Iraqi parliament’s policy incorporates laws to address “scourge”

3rd April, 2019

The head of the parliamentary finance committee (the oldest) Haneen Qaddu on Wednesday filed a request to merge three laws with a single law on integrity and the fight against corruption

Qado told Ashqaf News that “the House of Representatives has three laws on integrity and the fight against corruption, which is (the law of integrity law of illegal gain, a law where you have this)”, indicating “I applied to the Integrity Commission and other parties and parliamentary committees to discuss these three laws And merge them with a single law

“These laws, as they all relate to integrity and the fight against corruption, combined with a single law, and formulated in a better manner, than making three laws, there may be gaps

It is noteworthy that the scourge of financial and administrative corruption has spread in the state departments and institutions widely and has become a phenomenon threatening Iraq and its financial and economic prospects as observers speculate that the country wasted hundreds of billions of dollars since 2003 and now because of corruption   LINK

Samson:  Memorandum of Understanding between the cultures of Iraq and Russia and archaeological excavations in Dhi Qar and Maysan

2019/4/2 20:14

The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Abdul-Amir Al-Hamdani on Tuesday reviewed with Russian Ambassador to Baghdad Maxim Maximov and the Russian Cultural Advisor the cooperation between the Iraqi and Russian Ministries of Culture. “Al-Hamdani met with Russian Ambassador to Baghdad Maxim Maximov, the Russian cultural advisor and the envoy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. During the meeting, they discussed a number of cultural agreements to be held with the Russian side,” a ministry statement said.

The statement said that the meeting witnessed a review of the cooperation between the Iraqi and Russian Ministries of Culture, and the agreement on a number of items to be carried out by the Russian side, including the Russian Institute of some fieldwork and excavations in the city of Dhi Qar, Other in Tlul (item) on the Iraqi-Iranian border of the province of Maysan, dating back to the Stone Age. The two sides agreed to record a documentary about the marshes in Iraq and the establishment of a hall for the children’s museum in Nasiriyah to prepare them to be suitable for children, documenting the artifacts in the Iraqi Museum and the work of courses for the maintenance of artifacts and paintings. 

The Minister of Culture: The coming days will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Iraq and Russia in the fields of culture, tourism, antiquities, arts and museums.  “There will also be a partnership between the Iraqi National Museum and the Armitage Museum in St. Petersburg.  

We are in the process of developing cultural work. These arrangements have been underway for years with the envoy of the Russian Academy Alexei En Kelfsky.   LINK

Samson:  Trump: Ready to close the border with Mexico if necessary

2019/4/2 22:32

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was ready to close the US border if necessary, but Mexico has recently detained thousands of people and its movements have made a big difference in the immigration situation.

Trump threatened on Friday to close the border with Mexico this week unless Mexico took steps to help the United States deal with immigration, which threatened to increase the burden on entry points in the region.    LINK

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Samson:  Najaf Council disrupts tomorrow the anniversary of the Prophet’s message

2019/4/3 13:26

Council of the province of Najaf Alashf, disrupt the official time in the province on Thursday.

The correspondent of the agency {Euphrates News} that “the province of Najaf, the honorable voted to disrupt the official day of Thursday on the occasion of the anniversary of the Prophet’s message on 27 Rajab.”    LINK

Samson:  Lagarde: Prospects for global growth are “precarious” amidst trade tensions

2nd April, 2019  Shorter version of interview

Global growth is losing momentum amid growing trade tensions and tightening financial conditions, but the temporary suspension of interest rates will help boost activity in the second half of 2019, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday

Lagarde said in a preview of the IMF and World Bank spring meetings from April 12 to 14 that the world economy was “unstable” after two years of steady growth, noting that prospects were “precarious” and vulnerable to shocks to financial markets and trade And Britain’s exit from the European Union

“In January, the IMF projected global growth for 2019 and 2020 to be around 3.5 percent, lower than in the recent past but reasonable,” Lagarde said in remarks prepared for the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington. , As you will see in our revised forecast next week

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) does not expect a near-term recession, and “the pace that has become more cautious in returning to normal monetary policy” by the Federal Reserve will provide some support for growth in the second half of 2019 and in 2020

However, Lagarde warned that years of high public debt and low interest rates since the financial crisis of 10 years ago do not allow enough space in many countries to move when the economy enters the next downturn, so countries need to use fiscal policy Smarter way

This means “achieving the right balance between growth, keeping debt within tolerable limits and achieving social goals” and “addressing excessive inequality” by strengthening social safety nets, according to Lagarde

The Director of the IMF reviewed a new IMF research showing that the rise in trade barriers is detrimental to investment in factories, machinery and projects that provide jobs   LINK