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Sah   AP Exclusive: Venezuela jails 3 Americans amid US outreach By JOSHUA GOODMAN yesterday https://apnews.com/article/venezuela-american-prisoners-jailed-3a3db814884bd4bcc6666596a5389759

In this photo provided by the Kenemore family, Jerrel Kenemore stands at a Colombian checkpoint in the middle of the Simon Bolivar international bridge connecting San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela with Villa del Rosario, Colombia, the second week of March 2022. Kenemore, from the Dallas area, is one of at least three American citizens who were quietly arrested in 2022 allegedly trying to enter Venezuela illegally and are being held at a maximum security prison facing long sentences, The Associated Press has learned. (Kenemore family via AP)

In this photo provided by the Kenemore family, Jerrel Kenemore stands at a Colombian checkpoint in the middle of the Simon Bolivar international bridge connecting San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela with Villa del Rosario, Colombia, the second week of March 2022. Kenemore, from the Dallas area, is one of at least three American citizens who were quietly arrested in 2022 allegedly trying to enter Venezuela illegally and are being held at a maximum security prison facing long sentences, The Associated Press has learned. (Kenemore family via AP)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three Americans were quietly jailed in Venezuela earlier this year for allegedly trying to enter the country illegally and now face long prison sentences in the politically turbulent nation.

Two of the men — a lawyer from California and a computer programmer from Texas — were arrested in late March, just days after President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government freed two other Americans.

Dave   Feel sorry fer that Basketball player being jailed in Russia fer smuggling drugs?

Dave  many other nations would execute them

Sah   The Venezuela currency will go no where until this is resolved. They just released two Americans before this happened. Coming into the country with no visa you can spend years in jail there.

Dave   Sah dont get caught with a Bible in Saudi Arabia

Sah   Sanctions there will remain. They like to stir. Biden would like to release some sanctions for their oil to be back on market because of Russia which was going to happen but now this just put a damper in everything.

Sah   @Dave what happens with a bible?

butterfly   The Director-General of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, warned that the global economic landscape has grown bleaker, and may deteriorate further due to the war in Ukraine and the rapid inflation it caused.

“The International Monetary Fund expects a further deterioration in global growth in 2022 and 2023,” Georgieva said in a blog published ahead of the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Bali.

She added, “The outlook for the global economy has worsened a lot since last April, and it cannot rule out the possibility of a “global recession” next year, in light of the huge risks that exist.”

And she indicated: “In the coming weeks, the Fund will reduce its forecast for a 3.6% growth in the global economy for the third time this year,” noting: “The Fund’s economists are still preparing the final new ratios.”

The International Monetary Fund is expected to publish its updated forecasts for 2022 and 2023 in late July, after it reduced its forecast by nearly 1% last April. https://www.ninanews.com/Website/News/Details?key=987394

Dave   Could mean the AXE Man in the square on Fridays

Dave   Today, Christians are permitted to bring bibles into Saudi Arabia without fearing confiscation as long as they are for personal use and not for distribution. However, public worship, preaching Christianity, and evangelistic activities promoting any other religion other than Islam are strictly prohibited.

Dave   30 yrs ago…….Toast!

Dave   Liberalism moving forward in Saudi!

Dave   Read Maliki may be back in force….HMMM

Dave   LAST POINT……Compared to the transitions in our long history in the Middle East, we in Iraq have achieved a lot in a relatively short period of time.   seems they be going backwards……

Sah   Barzani: Baghdad did not send the region’s dues, amounting to 200 billion dinars

Baghdad / Obelisk: The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, said, 07/13/2022, that the Iraqi government did not send the region’s dues, while indicating that it is continuing to seek to resolve outstanding problems with the federal government.

In a speech marking the three-year anniversary of the formation of the ninth cabinet, Barzani stated that the federal government did not send out of the amount allocated to complete the financing of salaries, which amounted to 200 billion dinars, except for a few months, and there was a persistent effort externally and internally to impede the work of the Kurdistan government, but the latter managed It has largely overcome these crises, through its plans, government program and reforms.

He added: As part of our policy aimed at resolving outstanding problems and preserving our constitutional rights and entitlements, we have done our best to solve problems with the central government, and the regional government delegation has always visited Baghdad in pursuit of dialogue and a solution under the constitution, and our efforts are still continuing.

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Dave   200 billion dinars,…….that would build 1 small bridge

Sah   Kurdistan just doesn’t get it. They have to give The National Oil company 250,000 barrels a day as agreed to get their money from the budget. In fact according to the Federal Court they have to hand it all over as it belongs to the Iraq people.

Dave   More about art140…disputed territories?

Sah   @ Dave It is once a month and is for salaries. They don’t send oil so they do not get it. Every time they say they will they barter and get paid but then do not produce the oil.

Dave   TRue that the Kurds are not budging an inch……want that 17% not 12% offered from Baghdad

Sah   Article 140 is going to be modified. Kurds wanted the oil in the disputed areas. They can not get it . It belongs to the Iraqi people. In the disputed territory most do not want Kurdistan to run their affairs or local governments.

Dave   Sah because Maliki Arabitized the region…

Dave   recollect those days…….?   on the brink of war

Sah   All oil contracts have been canceled. They have to turn all oil over to National Oil Company in order to get part of the budget. It is illegal for them to sell it.

Dave   Kurds skim….Baghdad withholds…..fer yrs and trs

Sah   Remember when Abadi drove them back to their Kurdistan and out of Kirkuk and part of Basra. Kurds fought to free them of ISIS and then took over running them. They felt because they drove ISIS out they could now have reign over them and their oil. Wrong Abadi’s military drove them back to Kurdistan. Kirkuk and Basra has some of the largest deposits of oil. Kurds feel they diserved it for clearing ISIS. Abadi said when you drive ISIS out you do not get to keep the land and people.

Sah   Federal Court just let Kurdistan know that Iraqi and all its people own all oil together and that the Kurdistan Oil and Gas Law they voted on in Kurdistan is illegal.

Dave   \Kurdistan Semi Autionomous……disputed nations included

butterfly   A thread if you are interested: COVID Update: a new highly mutated variant nicknamed Centaurus (BA2.75) is emerging around the world.

Even as BA.5 makes its mark in the US, Centatus has 11 unique mutations from BA.5. This gives a strong clue for what the future holds. 1/ https://twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/1547295279807729664

Dave   butterfly Yeah….time fer a new vaccine!

Sah   locator map  United States   Case Details

The average number of new cases in the United States reached 129,858 yesterday, a 11 percent increase from the day before. Since January 2020, at least 1 in 4 people who live in the United States have been infected, and at least 1 in 326 people have died.

Maps for the United States

ON JULY 12 7-DAY DAILY AVG. PER 100,000 14-DAY CHANGE TOTAL REPORTED

Cases 183,322 129,858 39 +19% 88,800,868

Deaths 522 396 0.12 +5% 1,018,360

Hospitalized 39,179 38,517 12 +18%

The New York Times   www.nytimes.com

Dave   Yes USA leads the World on those per capita numbers…

Dave   guessing Canada’s per capita ratio more like 1 in 1400 ish?

Sah   1st numbers are cases 183,322 Deaths 522 Hospitalized 39,179 for yesterday. 2nd number are average per last week 19 percent increase in confirmed cases and 5 percent in deaths since last week.

Dave   numbers going up here too

Sheila   US Oil and Gas Association president: We’re looking at a global recession coming

35,910 views Jul 13, 2022 — U.S. Oil and Gas Association President Tim Stewart on gas prices dropping amid record-high inflation and oil production in the U.S. — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii67Gr7Js08

butterfly   Egypt: The price of gasoline has increased by 788% and diesel by 559% since 2014 …. Gasoline and diesel (diesel) prices in Egypt recorded the highest rates of increase in the country’s history, with the imposition of the sixth consecutive increase in fuel prices , on Wednesday, as the price of 80-octane gasoline rose by a record rate of 788 %, since President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi took office in 2014, and gasoline 92 octane 400%, gasoline 95 octane 84%, and diesel 559%.

The fuel increases during the years of Sisi’s rule reflected his economic policies towards the poor and the marginalized, given that the higher increases, in order, affected gasoline (80 octane), known as “ the poor ‘s gasoline” in Egypt, and diesel used in heavy transport, mass transit vehicles , andelectricity generation in remote areas. , as well as in construction and agricultural works, in return for a limited increase in gasoline (95 octane) for luxury cars .

The price of a liter of gasoline (80 octane) increased from 0.9 pounds to 1.6 pounds in 2014, then to 2.35 pounds in 2016, 3.65 pounds in 2017, 5.5 pounds in 2018, and 6.75 pounds in 2019, up to 8 pounds in 2022 .

As for a liter of diesel, its price rose from 1.1 pounds to 1.6 pounds in 2014, then to 2.35 pounds in 2016, 3.65 pounds in 2017, 5.5 pounds in 2018, 6.75 pounds in 2019, and finally to 7.25 pounds.

The price of a liter of gasoline (92 octane), the most common in Egypt, increased from 1.85 pounds to 2.6 pounds in 2014, then to 3.5 pounds in 2016, 5 pounds in 2017, 6.75 pounds in 2018, 8 pounds in 2019, and 8.25 pounds. in 2020, and 9.25 pounds in 2022.

butterfly   The price of gasoline (95 octane) rose from 5.85 pounds to 6.25 pounds in 2014, then to 6.6 pounds in 2017, 7.75 pounds in 2018, 9.25 pounds in 2019, 9.25 pounds in 2020, and 10.75 pounds in 2022.

Egypt also raised the price of small cylinders for liquid gas (butane gas) for domestic purposes (12.5 kilograms capacity), from 8 pounds in 2014 to 75 pounds today, an increase of 837%, on the pretext of high gas prices like other petroleum products in international markets.

In January 2019, Egypt formed a technical committee to follow up the automatic pricing mechanism for petroleum products every 3 months, comprising representatives from the Ministries of Petroleum and Finance, and the General Petroleum Corporation. The following year, the House of Representatives approved a government bill to impose a fixed fee of 0.3 pounds on each liter of gasoline sold in the local market, and 0.25 pounds on each liter of diesel.

Under the weight of the crisis economic conditions, and El-Sisi’s expansion in borrowing from abroad to establish “cosmetic” projects such as the new administrative capital, Egypt borrowed about $20.2 billion from the International Monetary Fund over a period of 5 years, subject to the latter’s requirements regarding exchange rate liberalization, reducing subsidies, and raising the prices of fuel and electricity, and the imposition of more taxes and customs duties, which led to the deterioration of the living conditions of the vast majority of Egyptians. LINK

 

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