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OOTW: THERE IS SOME VERY GOOD FORWARD MOVEMENT GOING ON AT THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT’S SITE

OOTW: The opening of the first office of the Arab Union of Land Transport in Baghdad[Image: 2169.jpg]Iraq recently received the determination to accomplish what years ago since the (office of the Arab Union of Land Transport in Baghdad) that he is to accomplish the previous record for the Iraqi Ministry of Transport and its Minister Baqir al-Zubaidi, who encouraged and contributed to this achievement vesting an author and his unlimited support ….

To the Director General of the General Company for Land Transport Mr. Abbas Omran Musa and granted permission to hold meetings with the Arab road transport was the first of the Cairo and most recently in Beirut was bound to check this great achievement where embracing Iraq’s first office in the Arab world of the Arab Union of Land Transport and a platform periodic meetings

Standhanha Baghdad in the coming days, the Board of Directors of the Arab Union of Land Transport has endorsed in its meeting of the 57th, which was chaired by Mr. Abbas Omran Musa, Vice President of the Arab Union of Land Transport

and which concluded in Beirut for the period from 15-16 / October this where he was delegating Secretary General of the Arab Union of d . Mahmoud Alabdallat signing of the agreement on the part of the Arab Union of Land Transport,

Engineer Abdullah Laibi high-priced from the Iraqi side and the Director of the Office and in the presence of Vice-President of the Council and members of the Board of Directors of the Republic of Iraq that Baghdad be a center and weight to the decisions which result in land transport meetings

which have a leading role in the leadership helm Arab transport and for the advancement of transport in the Arab world and a key pillar of the pillars of Arab land transport.Brief and the press center of the Ministry of Transport

OOTW: THIS TIES IN WITH THE AGREEMENTS WITH THE ARAB COMMISSION

OOTW: WE’VE SEEN SEVERAL ARTICLES STATING THAT IRAQ HAS SIGNED AGREEMENTS WITH THE ARAB TRADE COMMISSION –

FROM THE PRESS RELEASES, IT SEEMS THAT THE BEGINNING OF WHAT WILL BRANCH OUT TO BE WORLD-WIDE, RE IRAQI TRADE, WILL BE STARTING WITH INTER-ARAB COUNTRY TRADE MOVEMENTS/AGREEMENTS

OOTW: IT’S A VERY GOOD INTRODUCTION BACK INTO WORLD TRADE FOR IRAQ

OOTW: THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY THINGS WE WANT TO SEE HAPPEN

OOTW: Iran expects surge in food exports to Iraq HomeIranEconomy Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:49PM Iran says it expects its food exports to Iraq to rise after the anticipated removal of economic sanctions against it.

Iran says it expects its food exports to Iraq to rise after the anticipated removal of economic sanctions against it. Iran said on Saturday that it expects its food exports to Iraq to rise after the economic sanctions against it are removed as a result of the landmark nuclear breakthrough with the P5+1 that was reached in July.

Mohammad-Reza Mortazavi, the president of Iran Food Industries Associations, has told the local media that the removal of the sanctions will lead to a boost in imports of wheat from Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. Accordingly, he said, this will lead to a surge in exports of ready-to-cook food items to other countries including Iraq.

Mortazavi added that the removal of the sanctions will lead to the imports of a wide range of food products into Iran. He said the most important products will be dairies, pasta and cereals. The official further emphasized that there will specifically be a boost in joint investments with European food firms to import cereals and export finished products to other countries.

This, he said, could start from next April, Tasnim news agency reported. Mortazavi further emphasized that the removal of the sanctions will reduce the costs for Iranian food industries by at least 20 percent. This, he said, will be mainly due to the fact that Iran will be again able to use SWIFT services in banking transactions for imports of raw materials.

OOTW: REMEMBER ALMOST THREE MONTHS AGO, ZEBARI WENT TO IRAN TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT ON TRADING WITH IRAN

MzDiva: a lot of progress

OOTW: YES IT’S GOING TO KEEP GOING, MAYBE NOT AT OUR PACE, BUT STILL STEADY AND SLOW IS BETTER THAN NOTHING

MzDiva: ‹@OOTW› as long as its flowing non stop im happy

OOTW: me too

TxBrand: www.azcentral.com/story/n… this may be old… its still making its rounds on facebook

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/2014/06/04/arizona-navajo-code-talker-dies-nez/9965201/

OOTW: very interesting, yet it seems they can still trade with iran

OOTW: A member of the parliamentary Economy: security situation prevents the application of trade agreements History of edits:: 2015/10/24 11:55 • 107 visits readable A member of the parliamentary Economy: security situation prevents the application of trade agreements [Baghdad – where] attributed to a member of the economic and investment commission in Parliament not to apply the trade agreements with Arab and foreign countries to the security situation in the country. ”

And showed Najiba Najib told all of Iraq [where] that “one of the means by which you can state can improve its economy is to expand the prospects of trade and foreign relations for the conclusion of trade agreements with countries around the world,

noting that” it is familiar with the agreements signed with Arab and European countries, we find Iraq is a line good and correct steps for the expansion of international and Arab relations, specifically in the field of investment and trade.

“She added that” the Committee approved several agreements with Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and the countries of Europe and Germany, indicating that these agreements resulted in the indicators for the translation of these agreements through mutual trade, export, purchase, pointing out that there was no any problem as to be applied on the ground, but the security situation prevents applied .anthy

OOTW: thanks txbrand

chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Two Islamic State (ISIS) militants surrendered to Peshmerga forces near Gwer late Friday, said Sirwan Barzani, commander of the front some 50 miles south of Erbil.

“Last night, at around 10pm, two ISIS militants surrendered to the Peshmerga in the village of Sultan Abdulla,” said Barzani.

To make sure those who surrender are not disguised suicide bombers, Barzani told Rudaw, the Peshmerga ask the ISIS militants to get undressed and leave clothes and possessions behind. “They know if they stay with the group their lives would be at stake or they may be killed on day in assaults,” Barzani said of the growing number of ISIS defections.

Four other ISIS militants surrendered to the Kurdish forces near Gwer earlier this month. “We fled for two reasons, fearing death and starvation,” One of the four ISIS militants told Rudaw. “There is no trust within the organization [ISIS], if they suspect a militant they will kill him right away.”

With several militants handing themselves over to the Peshmerga on the Kirkuk front the beginning of October the number of ISIS defectors this month adds up to 15. chattels: rudaw.net/english/kurdist…

http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/24102015

chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani praised Joshua L. Wheeler who lost his life freeing ISIS hostages as a brave soldier as he thanked the US government for its support of the Kurds.

“On behalf of Kurdistan Regional Government and Kurdish people, I express my condolences to the family and friends of the brave soldier, and I wish speedy recovery for the wounded Peshmerga,” said PM Barzani’s office in a statement.

Barzani expressed gratitude for US military, political and diplomatic support for the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State (ISIS). Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, was killed Thursday when American and Kurdish commando forces raided an ISIS prison near Hawija where they freed 70 hostages and killed and captured a number of militants.

According to US military officials, the special operation was conducted at the request of the Kurdish government to free prisoners who faced imminent execution.

The US military maintains an operational base in the Kurdistan Region and works closely with the Peshmerga in fighting ISIS along a 1050-KM border.  chattels: rudaw.net/english/kurdist…

http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/241020151

 

chattels: What thanks is ever expressed from Baghdad ? I read about complaints and condemnation from the Arabs.

OOTW: yes baghdad continues to play the “we’re victims we need your money” card, not that that’s not warranted but still they do little in the long run/no real results with fully addressing their economic woes

chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Friday that the town of Baiji is free from Islamic State (ISIS) militants after several months of fierce battles, describing it as “a valuable victory”.
Abadi who met with army and Shiite militia commanders known as Hashd al-Shaabi, said that the battle for Baiji proved the capabilities of the Iraqi forces.

“The battle for Baiji brought out the capacity of Iraqis and their persistence until they liberated their city which was embattled for seven months,” said the Iraqi premier as quote by his public relations office. Baiji, 210 kilometers north of Baghdad, is home to Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the Sunni province of Salahaddin. Abadi sent condolences to families of soldiers and militiamen killed in battle, adding that the government would not abandon the people of Baiji and their rights.

“Without the sacrifice and the blood of the martyrs such a victory would not have been achieved,” Abadi emphasized. Meanwhile, a Shiite militia officer said that his forces were cleaning up roads in the area of explosives and landmines planted by ISIS. “Iraqi forces cleared downtown Baiji and bomb disposal teams are working to defuse bombs laid in the streets and homes in the town,” Karim Nuri, a spokesperson for militia told Rudaw following the town’s recapture.

Share this Comments like 0 Dislike 0 Dutchman | 2 hours ago Now go north to Hawija, Prime Minister.

It would make the Border between Kurdistan and ISIS a lot shorter. Report like 0 Dislike 0 bain | 49 minutes ago This is the 10’th time Baiji is “liberated” and the 2. time the Iranian puppet in Baghdad makes a visit to declare “victory” Report Post a New Comment Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience Post to Facebook Tags : Baiji, Tikrit, Shiite militia, ISIS, Mosul, Abadi Print Email to a friend Save this story Shar chattels: rudaw.net/english/middlee…

http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/241020151

chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish officials have welcomed Brett McGurk’s appointment as the new Special Presidential Envoy to the anti-ISIS International Coalition, praising his efforts in combatting the radical group.  chattels: rudaw.net/english/kurdist…

http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/241020152

Lauren305: This is the 10’th time Baiji is “liberated” and the 2. time the Iranian puppet in Baghdad makes a visit to declare “victory”

Lauren305: harsh comment but very telling that they consider Baghdad/Abadi an Iranian puppet

chattels: Vice-President of the Republic called [Almrhq] Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi people to adhere to the unity and support of the security forces and the popular crowd in the fight against terrorism.

chattels: www.alliraqnews.com/modul…
http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storytopic=41&storyid=19133

chattels: Is the KRG Failing the People? By DAVID ROMANO  chattels: rudaw.net/english/opinion…

http://rudaw.net/english/opinion/23102015[10/24/2015

chattels: An excellent commentary on recent Kurdish political history and current events.

chattels: In 1992 the Kurds went on to hold the first free and fair elections in Iraq. When the result gave the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) around equal halves of the vote, they built a coalition Kurdistan Regional Government that shared responsibility for every ministry between them.

That experiment nearly died on the horns of the KDP-PUK civil war which erupted from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 until shortly after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam, however, the two parties learned to live with each other and ran two separate Kurdistan Regional Governments in their respective regions.

They began reuniting their administrations because of the overthrow of Saddam, correctly calculating that a unified Kurdish front vis-à-vis Baghdad and the world could accomplish a lot.

They were right, and the 2005 Constitution recognized Kurdistan’s autonomy and enshrined a very decentralized, federal system for Iraq. While the rest of the country descended into insurgency, destruction and government paralysis, a more united South Kurdistan moved forwards

chattels: From 1998 until shortly after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam, however, the two parties learned to live with each other and ran two separate Kurdistan Regional Governments in their respective regions.

chattels: The KRG never finished unifying, unfortunately. While progress was made, most of the Peshmerga remained under the command of the KDP and PUK rather than the government. Government ministers seemed to take their orders from party bosses, some of whom did not always even hold an official government position.

chattels: The latest iteration of this sorry state of affairs flared up in the past few weeks, with the KRG’s presidential crisis, protests over unpaid salaries and the summary sacking of Gorran ministers.

Gorran, PUK and other parties could not accept another term for President Barzani, as this would contravene the relevant legislation on the issue and increase their fears that the KDP is not really interested in real democracy – which means the real sharing of power and real, periodic changes in leadership.

The KDP meanwhile does not seem to trust any of the other parties enough to allow such changes.

] chattels: Before things degenerate further, political leaders of Kurdistan need to stop and think carefully. As South Kurdistan stands on the cusp of even greater autonomy or even independence,

its people should remember what caused the Kurds throughout Kurdistan to squander almost every political opportunity to come their way since World War I. It wasn’t the conspiracies of hostile powers (although that never helps), but rather their own internal squabbles and divisions.

chattels: Religious events in Iraq become show of force BAGHDAD — Shiites all over the world, particularly in Iraq with its Shiite majority, started their religious commemorations on Oct. 14 marking the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar and one of the four sacred months of the year.

The commemorations last for 10 days, during which mourning rituals, condolence gatherings and rituals in remembrance of the Battle of Karbala take place. The battle happened more than 1,300 years ago, in 680, when the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein ibn Ali was killed. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…’

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/iraq-shiite-sunni-government-religious-holidays.html#ixzz3pX8iMPwG

chattels: Religious events in Iraq have come to serve as opportunities for sects to make a show of force, as tensions persist in the country. Author Adnan Abu Zeed Posted October 23, 2015 TranslatorJoelle El-Khoury

chattels: What thanks is ever expressed from Baghdad ? I read about complaints and condemnation from the Arabs.

OOTW: yes baghdad continues to play the “we’re victims we need your money” card, not that that’s not warranted but still they do little in the long run/no real results with fully addressing their economic woes

chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Friday that the town of Baiji is free from Islamic State (ISIS) militants after several months of fierce battles, describing it as “a valuable victory”.
Abadi who met with army and Shiite militia commanders known as Hashd al-Shaabi, said that the battle for Baiji proved the capabilities of the Iraqi forces.

“The battle for Baiji brought out the capacity of Iraqis and their persistence until they liberated their city which was embattled for seven months,” said the Iraqi premier as quote by his public relations office. Baiji, 210 kilometers north of Baghdad, is home to Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the Sunni province of Salahaddin. Abadi sent condolences to families of soldiers and militiamen killed in battle, adding that the government would not abandon the people of Baiji and their rights.

“Without the sacrifice and the blood of the martyrs such a victory would not have been achieved,” Abadi emphasized. Meanwhile, a Shiite militia officer said that his forces were cleaning up roads in the area of explosives and landmines planted by ISIS. “Iraqi forces cleared downtown Baiji and bomb disposal teams are working to defuse bombs laid in the streets and homes in the town,” Karim Nuri, a spokesperson for militia told Rudaw following the town’s recapture.

Share this Comments like 0 Dislike 0 Dutchman | 2 hours ago Now go north to Hawija, Prime Minister.

It would make the Border between Kurdistan and ISIS a lot shorter. Report like 0 Dislike 0 bain | 49 minutes ago This is the 10’th time Baiji is “liberated” and the 2. time the Iranian puppet in Baghdad makes a visit to declare “victory” Report Post a New Comment Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience Post to Facebook Tags : Baiji, Tikrit, Shiite militia, ISIS, Mosul, Abadi Print Email to a friend Save this story Shar chattels: rudaw.net/english/middlee…

http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/241020151

chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish officials have welcomed Brett McGurk’s appointment as the new Special Presidential Envoy to the anti-ISIS International Coalition, praising his efforts in combatting the radical group.  chattels: rudaw.net/english/kurdist…

http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/241020152

Lauren305: This is the 10’th time Baiji is “liberated” and the 2. time the Iranian puppet in Baghdad makes a visit to declare “victory”

Lauren305: harsh comment but very telling that they consider Baghdad/Abadi an Iranian puppet

chattels: Vice-President of the Republic called [Almrhq] Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi people to adhere to the unity and support of the security forces and the popular crowd in the fight against terrorism.

chattels: www.alliraqnews.com/modul…
http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storytopic=41&storyid=19133

chattels: Is the KRG Failing the People? By DAVID ROMANO  chattels: rudaw.net/english/opinion…

http://rudaw.net/english/opinion/23102015[10/24/2015

chattels: An excellent commentary on recent Kurdish political history and current events.

chattels: In 1992 the Kurds went on to hold the first free and fair elections in Iraq. When the result gave the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) around equal halves of the vote, they built a coalition Kurdistan Regional Government that shared responsibility for every ministry between them.

That experiment nearly died on the horns of the KDP-PUK civil war which erupted from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 until shortly after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam, however, the two parties learned to live with each other and ran two separate Kurdistan Regional Governments in their respective regions.

They began reuniting their administrations because of the overthrow of Saddam, correctly calculating that a unified Kurdish front vis-à-vis Baghdad and the world could accomplish a lot.

They were right, and the 2005 Constitution recognized Kurdistan’s autonomy and enshrined a very decentralized, federal system for Iraq. While the rest of the country descended into insurgency, destruction and government paralysis, a more united South Kurdistan moved forwards

chattels: From 1998 until shortly after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam, however, the two parties learned to live with each other and ran two separate Kurdistan Regional Governments in their respective regions.

chattels: The KRG never finished unifying, unfortunately. While progress was made, most of the Peshmerga remained under the command of the KDP and PUK rather than the government. Government ministers seemed to take their orders from party bosses, some of whom did not always even hold an official government position.

chattels: The latest iteration of this sorry state of affairs flared up in the past few weeks, with the KRG’s presidential crisis, protests over unpaid salaries and the summary sacking of Gorran ministers.

Gorran, PUK and other parties could not accept another term for President Barzani, as this would contravene the relevant legislation on the issue and increase their fears that the KDP is not really interested in real democracy – which means the real sharing of power and real, periodic changes in leadership.

The KDP meanwhile does not seem to trust any of the other parties enough to allow such changes.

] chattels: Before things degenerate further, political leaders of Kurdistan need to stop and think carefully. As South Kurdistan stands on the cusp of even greater autonomy or even independence,

its people should remember what caused the Kurds throughout Kurdistan to squander almost every political opportunity to come their way since World War I. It wasn’t the conspiracies of hostile powers (although that never helps), but rather their own internal squabbles and divisions.

chattels: Religious events in Iraq become show of force BAGHDAD — Shiites all over the world, particularly in Iraq with its Shiite majority, started their religious commemorations on Oct. 14 marking the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar and one of the four sacred months of the year.

The commemorations last for 10 days, during which mourning rituals, condolence gatherings and rituals in remembrance of the Battle of Karbala take place. The battle happened more than 1,300 years ago, in 680, when the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein ibn Ali was killed. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…’

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/iraq-shiite-sunni-government-religious-holidays.html#ixzz3pX8iMPwG

chattels: Religious events in Iraq have come to serve as opportunities for sects to make a show of force, as tensions persist in the country. Author Adnan Abu Zeed Posted October 23, 2015 TranslatorJoelle El-Khoury
chattels: The escalation of sectarian conflicts in the Middle East has turned religious events into an extremely sensitive issue and an opportunity for a show of force. This highlights the need for a religious and sectarian dialogue to promote peace and security in this inflamed part of the world. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/iraq-shiite-sunni-government-religious-holidays.html#ixzz3pXCvQaqg

TxBrand: from Iraq : Iraq Live Update ‏@IraqLiveUpdate Iraq Live Update Retweeted Haidar Sumeri US-funded ‘very’ moderate forces in #Syria.. Guess what, these are not Daesh!

TxBrand: what is going on ? www.youtube.com/watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG5P_ljzPc0

TxBrand: Demonstrations in Ukraine began a week ago, and protesters are demanding the departure of President Viktor Yanukovych.

chattels: Reidar Visser ‏@reidarvisser 13h13 hours ago Addressing Shia Ashura commemoration today, Iraq PM highlights military successes against ISIS in mainly Sunni areas www.facebook.com/photo.ph… …

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153698026193633

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