Witness: Mass Demonstrations In Front Of The Central Bank Of Iraq Demanding The Dismissal Of The Governor
28th December, 2020
Dozens demonstrated in front of the Central Bank of Iraq, demanding the dismissal of the bank’s governor, Mustafa Ghaleb.
The demonstrators raised slogans describing the central bank governor as wanting to starve the people.
They also demanded that “corruption banks” be held accountable. LINK
LarryH: Stay calm the people will not stand for what they have been promised
They have enough money off the street to RI, I think they are just stocking their country at a lower rate then they will show us the rest. imo
Samson: Parliament sets a new date for an emergency session to discuss the economic crisis
“The House of Representatives set a date for the seventh of next month to hold an extraordinary session to discuss the implications of raising the dollar on the market,” Jawdat said in a statement to / information.
She added, “Parliament cannot continue to remain silent on the government regarding prejudice to employees’ salaries, manipulation of the price of the dinar, and harm to citizens.”
Jawdat explained that “the only possible action is to reduce the salaries of special grades, as well as to issue a comprehensive economic plan to ensure a reduction in the total dependence on oil in the budget.” LINK
Billuke: Whoa…that’s some emergency…setting a session 10 days from now. Parliament…please don’t rush into an emergency session like this…take your time…make sure you don’t pull a hamstring or something.
DELTA: Al-Kadhimi advisor announces a definitive decision on the exchange rate of the dollar
Shafq News/ Mazher Mohammed Saleh, economic advisor to the prime minister, on Sunday denied the government’s intention to raise the dollar rate again against the Iraqi dinar, while stressing that the IMF’s advice is not binding on Iraq.
“The news of a new increase in the dollar exchange rate against the Iraqi dinar is incorrect, and the price is currently fixed and cannot be changed,” Saleh told Shafq News.
On the IMF’s role in the Iraqi economic crisis, Saleh explained that “Iraq has been a founding member of the IMF since 1945, and every country when it is hit by a financial crisis, the IMF intervenes in consultation with it, with the aim of achieving the country’s financial stability.”
“When the IMF witnessed iraq’s financial and economic crisis, it intervened for consultation and not other matters,” he said, adding that “the IMF’s advice is not binding on the consideration that Iraq did not enter the financial borrowing program.”
Some media and social media sites circulated news of the government’s intention to raise the dollar against the dinar again, after the central bank set the exchange rate of the dollar at 1,450 dinars.
Samson: Representative work: 40% of the Iraqi population lives below the poverty line
28th December 2020
A member of the Parliamentary Labor and Social Affairs Committee, Fadel Al-Fatlawi, confirmed, on Monday, that about 40% of Iraqis live below the poverty line, indicating that his committee intends to develop plans and mechanisms in the 2021 budget to reduce poverty
Al-Fatlawi said in a press interview, that “the poverty rate in Iraq has reached 40% of the total population of the country,” indicating that “poverty is eating away at Iraqis because of the financial and economic conditions that Iraq is going through
He added that the work committee intends to develop plans and mechanisms in the 2021 budget that would reduce even a certain percentage of the increasing incidence of poverty and Fatlawi added, that his committee “is currently working on three axes in order to include them in the budget next year,” noting that “priority will be for the poor in finding a source of income for them and their families
Samson: The farmers of the Kirkuk Kurds demand the return of lands seized by Arabs and the application of Article 140
28th December, 2020
Kirkuk farmers from the Kurdish component demanded, on Monday, the federal government to implement the law and return lands seized by Arabs during the time of the former regime.
A representative of Kirkuk farmers, Mulla Hassan, told Shafaq News, “We are the people of Iftikharat, Daquq district, provinces 15 16 17 18, the average land is 4,500 five hundred dunams. Arab tribes were brought in for demographic change and strengthening the security belt in the oil regions in Kirkuk at the time of the former regime president Saddam. Hussein and the Baath Party. ”
He added, “After 2003, the Kurdish farmers returned to their areas to compensate them according to Article 140, and then return the lands to their original owners, and we have a distribution document according to Decree 117/1972. “We have new contracts, valid until 2023, and that is why we demand the federal government to implement the constitution, which is Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution, to return rights to its original owners,” Mulla Hassan added. And that “the Federal Court in 2019 approved the activation and vitality of Article 140 as one of the articles of the Constitution of the Republic of Iraq.”
It is noteworthy that a committee was formed from all sides of Kirkuk governorate, security leaders and members of the Iraqi parliament from the Kurdish and Arab parties to solve the problem of disputed agricultural lands in the village of Balkana and the district of Daquq.
The committee will listen to both parties and take the identification papers of the plaintiffs of the legitimacy of ownership of the land and look into them, especially those that have been decided by the Federal Court. LINK
Samson: Including Iraq … UNESCO: The trade in stolen antiquities amounts to 10 billion dollars annually
13:04 – 12/28/2020
A report by UNESCO revealed, on Monday, that the trade in antiquities and stolen works of art amounts to 10 billion dollars annually, which is the third largest illegal trade in the world after drugs and weapons.
The British newspaper, The Telegraph, quoted the report translated by the Al-Maaloumah agency that “dealers of artistic and archaeological materials objected to the amount, considering that it was an exaggeration, which sparked a dispute between the Trade Organization and the cultural agency of the United Nations.” “It is a matter of association,” said Erica Boucherio, Director-General of Senoa Organization.
“When people see an antique or an old piece of art, they automatically assume that the trade is linked to criminal groups.
The report continued, “UNESCO insisted on the aforementioned figures, saying that they are based on sound evidence from a number of studies that are themselves based on official information, including from the FBI.” He explained that “UNESCO launched its campaign“ The Real Price of Art ”to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of an agreement on means of prohibiting and preventing the illegal import and export and transfer of ownership of cultural property, highlighting the“ destruction of the history and identity of peoples who suffered from the illicit trade in cultural goods, which Its value is estimated at about 10 billion dollars every two years, claiming that art and archeology is the third largest black market in the world.
“This means that the figure means that 15 percent of the market of $ 64 billion annually depends on criminal trade, as it is believed that this is the first time that an international organization of this position has certified an amount of $ 10 billion,” he noted.
A UNESCO spokesperson stated that “the 2011 study, among other things, set the price of the illegal market from 6 to 8 billion dollars, and since then there has been an” increase in trafficking”, fueled by the wars in Iraq and Syria and facilitated by online markets. The report indicated that “UNESCO said in another article that“ the mafia and terrorist organizations are increasingly involved in the illicit trafficking in money laundering or financing their activities.” LINK