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Wealthwatch Tuesday Evening Chat 12-29-15

OOTW: HERE ARE SOME PRESS RELEASE’S – ON FROM THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE SITE AND THE OTHER FROM THE PARLIAMENT

OOTW: Committee of the Regions participate in a workshop on strategic planning December, the 2015 29[Image: aq_ar_1271215.jpg] Participated Committee of the Regions and the provinces Giralmentzmh in a region headed by MP Khaled Mafraji Chairman of the Committee and a number of the members of the Committee workshop organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) entitled the strategic planning for the period from 2326/12/2015 Arbil.

The aim of the workshop is to put the right foundations for the Commission’s work and find a strategic plan as well as how to accomplish shortly laws. For his part, Chairman of the Committee of the Regions stressed that his committee set a timetable for the laws in 2016, stressing the keenness of the Committee of the Regions to be completed as soon as possible.

OOTW: wealthwatch.world/showthr…
http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3487

OOTW: IF MEMORY SERVES, THERE HAVE BEEN TWO READINGS OF THE LAW GOVERNING THE FEDERATION COUNCIL, HOWEVER, SINCE ABADI TOOK OFFICE

THERE HAVE BEEN ARTICLES , AS WELL AS ONE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PARLIAMENT SITE, INDICATING THAT THE FEDERATION COUNCIL MAY WELL NOW BE CALLED (TERMED) SOMETHING DIFFERENT..

I HAVE TO WONDER IF THIS WORKSHOP IS INDEED IN ORDER TO TRAIN GOVT MEMBERS TOWARDS THE SAME DUTIES? REMEMBER THAT UNDER BREMER,

THERE WAS A UNAMI MANDATE FORMED TO GOVERN THE LAW OF THE PROVINCES…BUT, WE KNOW THAT THERE HAS ALSO BEEN MUCH TALK ABOUT DISSOLUTION OF THE BREMER LAWS/MANDATES, ETC

OOTW: THE ROOT, AND POSITIVE NEWS RE THIS, IS THAT THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO DEVELOP A COMMITTEE AND/OR WAYS TO ADDRESS LAWS – THIS IS GREAT NEWS

OOTW: THE NEXT PRESS RELEASE IS FROM THE MOJ SITE

OOTW: I MISSED THIS ON CHRISTMAS EVE..MY APOLOGIES

OOTW: Minister of Justice during a meeting with Alsumaria: We seek to recover the signing of Iraq’s most wanted to eliminate from the world Agreement 2015-12-24 08:20:00

OOTW: THE OPENING PARAGRAPH OUTLINES THE CONTENTS OF THE PRESS RELEASE, HOWEVER, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO INTO OUR FORUM AND READ THE GOVERNMENT NEWS TY

OOTW: Minister of Justice Dr. said. Haider Zamili, said the ministry is seeking to restore wanted by the Iraqi judiciary from terrorists and thieves of public money through the signing of a series of international agreements with all countries where these exist wanted for trial and retribution of them in accordance with the provisions of Iraqi law.

OOTW: wealthwatch.world/showthr…
http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3383&page=2

OOTW: HERE IS ANOTHER ARTICLE ON THIS FROM THE MOJ

OOTW: During the receipt of the Arab Union of International Arbitration Shield Minister of Justice confirms the pursuit of the opening of the International Arbitration Center in Iraq

OOTW: wealthwatch.world/showthr…
http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3383&page=3

OOTW: AND HERE IS THIS…FROM THE MOJ SITE

OOTW: Thread Modes GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES 12-28-2015 THROUGH 01-03-2016 OOTW Online Administrator ******* Posts: 2,072 Threads: 467 Likes Received: 363 in 277 posts Likes Given: 170 Joined: Jun 2015 Reputation: 29 Warning Level: 0% #11 Yesterday, 07:17 PM Trade ..

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The Ministry of Commerce announced that laboratory testing procedures conducted by the ships coming to Iraq, according to concluded contracts with companies routinely take place without any delay

The Information Office of the Ministry said in a statement broadcast on Center Brief for the Department of Commerce that the General Company for Grain Trade conducted laboratory testing for the next ships urgently tests through sampling and testing in the company’s laboratories without any delay and after it is validated for human consumption and compliance with the controls and the Iraqi conditions in examination.

The statement said that some companies are trying to squeeze through the complaint of delay in order to exert pressure and not to exercise the mechanisms adopted in the examination under which the leakage is prevented or any material invalid does not apply with the terms of the contract carried out by the ministry.

The statement noted that the inspections are routinely conducted and properly without any blackmail and pressure, but there are mechanisms to check the information of the company processed before the signing of the contracts process and is not obliged if it believed it fair to them.

He pointed out that some of the complaints are given about the existence of invalid or material is identical to the controls which made the ministry stresses in a routine screening procedures and is slow but conducted properly and clear.

The Information Office of the Ministry of Trade and appealed to all media to communicate with them on topics related to food or the presence of Notes in the distribution and processing operations and

OOTW: THIS IS A NECESSARY PROCESS FOR THE GOVT TO PERFORM IN ORDER TO ADMIT GOODS INTO THE COUNTRY AND TIES IN WITH WTO REQUIREMENTS AS WELL AS CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS

OOTW: WE HAVE SEEN SEVERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM VARIOUS GOVT SITES, ESP THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND THE MINISTRY OF TRADE ON THIS SUBJECT OF TESTING GOODS

Doug_W: HOW are they gonna enforec tariffs with such an open border?

Donnie: I am a Muslim but I defied Isis by celebrating Christmas in a Baghdad church

Donnie: When Iraq is in the headlines, you probably expect a suicide bombing with hundreds dead, Daesh (Islamic State/Isis) taking over territory or Iraqis protesting against the government. You probably don’t expect to see Iraqis celebrating and enjoying life with terrorists just a few cities away.

The mainstream media paints Iraqi life with one brush: a depressed, drained and divided country. But when I landed in Iraq and started walking the streets of Baghdad, I was stunned to see Christmas decorations everywhere. In both secular and religious areas I saw decorated trees and inflated Santas being sold alongside children’s Christmas clothing. It was like being in London.

Donnie: read the rest here: www.ibtimes.co.uk/i-am-mu…
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/i-am-muslim-i-defied-isis-by-celebrating-christmas-baghdad-church-1535237

Doug_W: nice story Donnie
Donnie: i thought so
Donnie: tired of all the blood and gutt stories

Doug_W: very
Donnie: sure seems like it’s all coming to an end finally

Doug_W: fingers crossed
Donnie: fingers crossed, prayers said, dinar counted, plan is memorized
Donnie: just waiting for the go ahead to execute the plan 🙂

rocknrollbus: So……..we read that Abadi is almost killed in Ramadi, then, almost the next article that comes out, he’s in Moscow meeting with Putin??

chattels: ‹@rocknrollbus› Meeting with Putin since yesterday ?

chattels: There was a meeting in October I believe.

rocknrollbus: Lemme see if I can find the art.

chattels: ‹@rocknrollbus› OK

rocknrollbus: AIN news today……….

chattels: Reidar Visser ‏@reidarvisser 10h10 hours ago Office of #Iraq PM Abadi denies press reports that his convoy came under fire during #Ramadi visit www.alsumaria.tv/news/155… …  LINK


chattels: #Iraq PM Abadi reportedly continued his trip to #Ramadi to visit government complex in the very heart of downtown www.alliraqnews.com/modul… …
http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=25558

rocknrollbus: Iraqi envoy arrives to Moscow to deliver a message from al-Abadi to Putin 12/29/2015 0 Comments Picture National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad arrived on Tuesday, to the Russian capital Moscow.

A source told all of Iraq [where], said Fayad, “arrived in Moscow with a message from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Russian President Vladimir Putin, related to the development of bilateral relations and strengthen international efforts to combat terrorism” .anthy

chattels: Office of the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his convoy are not exposed to the fire in the city of Ramadi. The office said in a statement the agency all of Iraq news received a copy of it, that “this news, which addressed some of the media are not unfounded and we call on the media to investigate the accuracy and objectivity in their work and to seek information from the right sources.” www.alliraqnews.com/modul…
http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=25560

chattels: ‹@rocknrollbus› So, it was Abadi’s National Security Adviser
rocknrollbus: Yes…..my bad……..saw a picture of Putin and Abadi. Jumped the gun.

chattels: ‹@rocknrollbus› Hard to keep up sometimes, I know 🙂

rocknrollbus: A lot of times I scan headlines and pictures. So much to cover.
rocknrollbus: www.iraqinews.com/iraq-wa…
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/urgent-security-forces-arrest-isis-minister-finance/

rocknrollbus: URGENT: Security forces arrest ISIS Minister of Finance

 

chattels: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 The Liberation Of Iraq’s Ramadi And What Comes Next – Joel Wing’s MUSINGS ON IRAQ

chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr…
http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3512

chattels: Both the taking of Ramadi by the Islamic State and its recapture by the Iraqi forces were a long time coming. IS attacked the city for almost a year, while the operation to free it took five months. The aftermath of securing the area, re-establishing governance and services will take even longer.

Despite these difficulties the liberation of Ramadi was a huge setback for the militants proving that they lack the resources to hold urban areas in Iraq, and a boost for the Iraqi government that was severely criticized for losing the city in the first place.

rocknrollbus: Iraq PM’s helicopter takes ISIL ground fire in Ramadi

www.aljazeera.com/news/20…
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/2016-year-victory-isil-iraq-pm-151229044047318.html

chattels: This was a huge accomplishment for the ISF, which had been humiliated back in May. Not only was it able to liberate the city, the ISF did it largely on their own with Shiite Hashd units mostly on the periphery.

This helped PM Abadi as well because he could say his forces and leadership were the right way to take in the fight against IS unlike the pro-Iranian groups who quickly got bogged down in Fallujah, and worked against the Ramadi campaign from the start. Most importantly it exposed the Islamic State.

The group can put up a grinding defense, but it lacks the fighters to hold any city against a large and determined government force. At the same time, reaching the middle of a city is only the start of the larger battle to rid Iraq of the insurgency.

chattels: 80% of the city is reportedly destroyed, and a member of the Anbar Council believed that it would take 10 years worth of budgets to rebuild it. None of these issues are easy to tackle.

Fighting will continue in the city and its environs and could quickly deteriorate to what it was like right before the city fell with neighborhoods under IS control. The tribal vengeance can only be deterred if the government is strong, but it may not have the forces or judicial capacity to fully deal with the situation.

Finally, real stability can not return to Ramadi until it is reconstructed, services are restored and the authorities have real power over the entire area. These are the challenges that lie ahead and could very well be replayed in future military operations in places like Fallujah and Mosul.

If the government can’t get Ramadi right it may not be up to the task of providing real security to other cities after they are freed of IS in the future. The victory in the city therefore, brings both promise and peril that will play out in the coming months.

chattels: Good article worth reading. Note the Sources cited.

rocknrollbus: I like Joel Wing!
chattels: He is a serious and well informed observer of Iraq and Syria.

chattels: IMO

chattels: Sohaib Alrawi ‏@Sohaib_Alrawi 8h8 hours ago #Ramadi is liberated. @HaiderAlAbadi #اthe Sunni governor of Anbar province.

rocknrollbus: ‹@chattels› ‹@chattels› ‹@chattels› What did they ever determine with the Kurds with anything over 550,000brls of oil?

chattels: ‹@rocknrollbus› Budget excerpts and comments I have read say that ALL production goes through Baghdad

chattels: 550,000 barrels is the threshold for payment of the 17%

chattels: Disbursements to be made under supervision of Abadi

chattels: BUT, the Cabinet filed suit over ” additions ” made after approval by the COM

chattels: those ” additions “, amendments or changes are unclear to me

chattels: See Post # 172 wealthwatch.world/showthr…
http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=2814&page=18

chattels: “the appeal included all additives in the budget of the parliament and that are not listed by the government in the bill law.”

chattels: To my knowledge President Masum has not ratified the budget bill and I have not seen an English translation of the entire budget as yet

chattels: Laws / Budget bill are deemed ratified 15 days after receipt by the President per the Iraqi Constitution as I recall. Budget was passed on December 16, so the earliest Masum could have received it was that same day

rocknrollbus: Interesting to see if both sides stick to the agreement this time………..
rocknrollbus: That’s right, 15 days.
rocknrollbus: LJ used to be my mentor………

chattels: 15 days would mean the 31st of this month or the first of January at the earliest by my sums

rocknrollbus: Tag……..your it!!

chattels: ‹@rocknrollbus› 🙂
chattels: Then publication in the gazette if memory serves

rocknrollbus: Do you also have a “Sandbox Sheepskin”?
rocknrollbus: Yes, Gazette makes it law.

chattels: friction burns from the sandbox is more likely 🙂

rocknrollbus: bwaaaaahahahahaha

chattels: Some gurus declaring budget goes into effect on the 1st, but how can that be ? Many bills / laws state that they are effective upon the date of publication in the gazette

chattels: Several leaders in Iraq calling to expedite restoration of Ramadi, but where will that money come from ? Not the Iraqi budget.

chattels: One Sunni leader states that it will take 10 years budgeting cycles to accomplish a complete restoration

rocknrollbus: Saw that………..10 years!!

chattels: Ramadi needs more police to maintain control / security in the near term according to one observer

chattels: Fallujah, Sharqat, Hawiija and Mosul yet to come

chattels: Mosul liberation not possible without Peshmerga, says Iraqi minister

wealthwatch.world/showthr…

http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3510

rocknrollbus: Pesh=before merg=death

chattels: Peshmerga means “one who confronts death” or “one who faces death”.
chattels: ” before ” may equate to ” confront “, eh ?

rocknrollbus: Prolly

rocknrollbus: From all I’ve heard from vet friends, they’re some real bad-***!!

chattels: they seem prepared to give ” the last full measure of devotion upon the altar of freedom “, to paraphrase Mr. Lincoln
chattels: ‹@rocknrollbus› SouthWestFloridaGuy used the abbreviation ” prolly “. He was a good man.

rocknrollbus: Where is he now? I remember him!
chattels: He died in his sleep a couple of years back

chattels: Very young

rocknrollbus: Oh, I did not know that. When I’m out on tour, I don’t have time to read nearly as much. But I do remember him.
rocknrollbus: Like Tim on IQD.
rocknrollbus: Good man!!
rocknrollbus: Marine!!

rocknrollbus: Thanx again C for the schoolin’!! Gonna grab a sammich………….

chattels: ‹@rocknrollbus› Laterz 🙂

chattels: Is a new approach needed in the war on IS in Iraq ? Al-Monitor, THE PULSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST : wealthwatch.world/showthr…
http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3514

chattels: Although achievements have been made on the ground and the Islamic State suffered setbacks, military experts believe other measures should be taken to completely eliminate the organization in Iraq. The war on IS launched by the US-led coalition in Iraq in September 2014 yielded positive results, with the organization losing 14% of its territory as of Dec. 14, according to estimates by the IHS Conflict Monitor team.

In spite of successive defeats with the loss of the city of Tikrit, the contested Beiji refinery complex, the transit route connecting Mosul to the city of Raqqa in Syria, and most recently Ramadi, the organization is far from being destroyed. “

IS has had debilitating setbacks from a military perspective,” retired Col. Harry Schute, consulting adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on security affairs, told Al-Monitor.

IS has shifted to a defensive position, as stated in a report Dec. 21 by the Institute for the Study of War.

The report underlined that IS had launched spoiling attacks across Iraq on multiple fronts, in Beiji, Makhoul and Sinjar in northern Iraq, as well as Hit and Ramadi in western Iraq.

The organization has led “diversionary and probing attacks near Tikrit, Samarra and Fallujah, to forestall any upcoming anti-IS operations elsewhere in Iraq and force anti-IS forces shift resources to re-secure targeted areas,” as per the same report.

Front lines in Iraq have been marked by a movement of ebb and flow, more specifically in the contested sector of Beiji, which changed hands several times in the last year.

chattels: Experts say that to avoid a reversal of IS losses, new measures should be introduced, some of which are already under discussion or have started being implemented.

Read more   chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr…
http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3514
chattels: 12-29-2015 Newshound Guru Enorrste Article: “Forthcoming meeting between Baghdad and Erbil for the application of the customs tariff law in all outlets” If they apply the tariffs then the cost of goods will go up inside Iraq since Iraq imports the vast majority of its products.

The tariffs will help the GOI in terms of getting them more money, but at the cost of higher prices for the people. Unless they also raise the value of the dinar in sync with the introduction of tariffs this will lead to inflation in Iraq.

Therefore one of two things will happen: they will either postpone the tariffs or they will institute the float with the introduction of tariffs. Time will tell.

chattels: ” If they apply the tariffs …………….. ”

chattels: Inflation historically ( Since 2003 ) is very low in Iraq. How inflationary would the imposition of tariffs be is the question, IMO. A major factor in Shabbibi’s speech to the Chamber of Commerce in D.C. years ago about influences upon a change in the value of the IQD was inflation as I recall.

chattels: What amount of inflation would be unacceptable to the current pricing of the IQD ?

chattels: Even with some inflation there is the consideration of the relative stability of Iraq, IMO.

chattels: We just do not know the conditions precedent or attendant to an increase in the value of the IQD. Anyone who tells you that they do is deceiving themselves and maybe you, IMO.

chattels: We are not supposed to be able to anticipate such an event(s). We flatter ourselves to profess to know anything with reliable certainty about our prospective liquidity event.

chattels: Dr. Shabibi – Video – US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC – April 19, 2011 – Courtesy of Mr. IQD : mriqd.com/2013/01/22/dr-s…
http://mriqd.com/2013/01/22/dr-shabibi-video-us-chamber-of-commerce-in-washington-dc-april-19-2011/

chattels: Can tourism be revived in ancient Iraqi city? AL-DIWANIYAH, Iraq — The ancient city of Nuffar, just south of al-Diwaniyah City near Baghdad, dates back to 2500 BCE. Nuffar (or Nippur) was a holy city to the ancient Iraqis of the Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations.

Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/12/iraq-ancient-city-nippur-ruins-government-neglect.html#ixzz3vm3LBGZ2

chattels: Baghdad described the head of a coalition of law Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday, the execution of former President Saddam Hussein as a victory for the will of the oppressed major defeat for the tyrants, as called for by what he called a “seducer them” to leave the “deviant thought” to the outlawed Baath party.

​Read more: www.sotaliraq.com/newsite…

http://www.sotaliraq.com/newsitem.php?id=312613#ixzz3vm7wPT7m

chattels: Mr. Maliki reminding Iraqis of his strength and resolve, IMO.