In Dinar Guru Updates 

Samson: Wisdom: Abadi to wage war against corruption will be a candidate for prime minister

2nd August, 2018

The al-Hakamah movement, led by Ammar al-Hakim, announced Thursday its support and support for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in his fight against corruption and corruption.

The leader of the current Ali al-Badiri, local media, that “with Abadi in his war against corruption and corrupt and support this war, and stand by his side,” noting that “Abadi to wage war against corrupt leaders and not only the young.”

“Albadiri said that” Abadi, if the actual war against corruption and corrupt, will be among the candidates for prime minister, according to specifications and guidance of the reference, he will be firm and strong. ”

Sources close to the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq that the Prime Minister, Haider Abadi, is referring files of 50 senior officials to the Integrity Commission to investigate suspicions of corruption and mismanagement, including ministers and deputy ministers.   LINK


Samson:  The arrest of the owners of banking shops involved in money laundering in Nineveh

2018/8/3 17:42

A security force arrested a number of owners of shops in Nineveh province.

A spokesman for the interior in a statement received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, “the anti-organized crime squads in the province of Nineveh working within the Federal Intelligence and Investigations Agency in the Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with a joint force seized 4 shops for unauthorized exchange, and arrested the owners after their involvement in operations Laundering and illegal transfer of funds inside and outside the country.”

He added that “this process comes after a continuous follow-up movements of the arrested, and seized with weapons and rigging devices.”   LINK

MilitiaMan:  Last minute crack downs… Lets not forget they are telling the citizens about the Stock & Currency Exchange in the Media.. Hmm?, I.E.,  billboards, TV, etc? lol ~ MM


Don961:   Have to keep the citizens in the loop …. as far as what’s going down economically in the country … especially in this time of transition …. so they know actual currency rates real time … and are able to track the movement of their investments … so they can make informed decisions …. kudos to this news organization to provide that …. stay tuned !! … imo

Samson:  The Network Announces Its Sponsorship Of The Securities Commission

2nd August, 2018

The Iraqi Media Network announced on Thursday its sponsorship of the activities of the Securities Commission and cooperation in order to spread the economic culture and circulation of shares and currency, thus contributing to building an open economic climate through the programs of television channels, radio and Al-Sabah newspaper. 

The head of the Iraqi media network Mujahid Abu Al-Hill during a meeting with the Chairman of the Securities Commission Alaa Saadi said that “the network had published the programs of the Commission in its media institutions in addition to the radio news in the economic news around the clock,” adding that “it is important that the citizen understands the importance of shares and height And declining to participate in the growing economic process in the country.”

“The network will be the media sponsor of the activities and work of the Securities Commission, has been coordinated with them to publish specialized information on stock prices and the amount of circulation daily in morning and evening news, in addition to reports published in the economic section of the newspaper Al-Sabah.”

For his part, “praised the Chairman of the Securities Commission Alaa Saadi on the Iraqi media network for his cooperation and understanding of the work of the Commission,” explaining that “the dissemination of information that emanates daily from the stock market in the media, especially in the channels of Iraq is widespread, is very important to inform the citizen On the actual movement of shares and currency rates depending on political and economic changes, “pointing out that” the Iraqi Media Network’s sponsorship of the activities of the Authority, is an integrated support for the Authority and carries responsibility for the completion of the tasks entrusted to them.”   LINK

MilitiaMan:  Looks like they just told the world what they are up to.. Were they going to tell the world, hey, we have a new currency and it is at a program rate still. I think not.. lol imo They are clearly not only paving the roads in Basra, they are paving the way to a market economy to be Global.. imo~ MM


Samson:  Cabinet Approves Funding for Infrastructure Projects

3rd August, 2018

The Cabinet held its weekly regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, and discussed progress in the implementation of measures to improve the delivery of essential services across Iraq.

It approved an allocation of 4 billion Iraqi dinars for the comprehensive and immediate maintenance of the soil barrier with Iran to protect Basra’s farms and oil fields from polluted water from the Iranian side.

It also voted to fund several key projects in Basra, Dhi Qar, Al-Muthana and Najaf provinces, and received a briefing on the Nebras petrochemical complex in Basra which will provide thousands of jobs and boost the local economy.

The Cabinet also discussed current and future plans to support the agricultural sector across Iraq.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of a consulate for the Republic of Lebanon in the city of Najaf.   LINK

Samson:  Baghdad by boat: River taxis to ease capital’s transport woes

Initial phase of first river taxi service will launch in September and cross between two banks of the Tigris

2nd August, 2018

Public transport in Iraq, a country wracked by a series of conflicts that have devastated its infrastructure, is practically non-existent.

In the capital, Baghdad, a city of almost nine million people, residents rely instead on their own cars, taxis or privately-owned minibuses to get around.

But high transport charges, coupled with dilapidated, long-neglected road networks and the omnipresence of checkpoints, make movement across the city difficult, expensive and time consuming.

“Transport isn’t just expensive, it takes so much time. An errand that shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes, takes 90 because of traffic,” says Murtada Huwaidy, a labourer from Baghdad.


“Roads are old and broken, and bridges are always jammed. It’s horrible to get around.”

Congestion is particularly bad when using one of Baghdad’s 13 bridges to cross the Tigris river, which cuts the capital in half.

But the river, once the beating heart of Baghdad, might hold the key to easing the residents’ transport woes.

Enter the river taxi, a new initiative aimed at providing an affordable and quick means of public transport and reviving movement along the Tigris, which used to be teaming with life before the successive conflicts but has suffered neglect and  declining water levels  in recent years.

Launched by Baghdad’s provincial council in cooperation with the Iraqi ministry for transport, the initial phase of the city’s first river taxi service is scheduled to come into effect in September.

Quick and cheap

After a successful three-month trial period earlier this year, which saw river taxis moving between two stations, authorities aim to build nine more stops to connect the city’s northern suburb of Hussieniya to al-Mada’en in the south by February 2019.

When complete, 22 river boats of various sizes – taking between six to 44 customers at a time – would transport people across the two banks of the Tigris, as well as up and down the river.

A single journey is expected to cost 500 dinars (less than $0.50) – significantly less than an average taxi fare of at least 5,000 – 10,000 dinars ($4 -$8).

Ali Mohamed, a 22-year-old student who used the river taxi to get from his home in Adhamiya to Baghdad University in Jadhriya during the pilot phase, eagerly awaits for the service’s launch, hoping that it will be convenient to use.

“It made my life easier,” says Mohamed.

“But they have to build stations for the river taxis nearer other universities and residential areas. That will help people get onto them and reach their destinations in no time.”

According to Mohamed al-Rubaie, head of strategy and planning in Baghdad’s provincial council, building the infrastructure for the project – which authorities began studying in 2016 – has been the cause for its speedier completion.

“The easy and inexpensive part was purchasing the boats. The hard part is establishing the infrastructure for them to work properly,” he says, pointing towards a rusty boat station along the river that he says will be ready to use in a few months.

“To get those [the stops] ready for usage, we need to either rent or buy the land and provide nearby car parks, which costs money and requires a genuine will [from the government] to implement.”

With negotiations between the country’s political leaders to form a governing coalition still under way, decisions on budgets and projects such as this have been stalled.

Rubaei believes, however, that once the project is fully functional, there will be a huge demand for the taxis.

“When we did the pilot launch, the boats were quite busy, even though Iraq doesn’t have a culture of using public transport,” he says. “The boats we have will eventually be insufficient.”

Bringing back life to the Tigris

For Qassim Nassri, 70, a river boat captain stationed in Jadhriya, where the river taxi was working earlier this year, the project cannot start soon enough. But he quickly adds that there are still a few obstacles that need to overcome.

“The government needs to loosen its grip and allow boats to enter all areas for this project to be functional,” says Nasser, referring to heightened security measures taken by the government since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group took control of large parts of the country in 2014.

Many roads and areas that had been blocked off became accessible after the Iraqi forces’ victory over ISIL in December 2017.

Still, many of the river banks, especially ones near the Green Zone – a 10 square kilometer area in central Baghdad where most of the government buildings and foreign missions have been based after the 2003 US-led invasion – are still out of reach.

But Nassri, the captain, hopes the project will soon bring life back to the Tigris.

“In the 1970s and 1980s, boats never ceased to move up and down the Tigris. Day and night, there were fishing and transit boats,” says Nasser.

“The Tigris was alive. We want this life to come back.”   LINK

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