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  1. "Once upon a time there was a kingdom that embraced many cultures and countries within it...each had it's own interests which they were free to pursue. Some of the cultures were older and wiser and others were young and impetuous but with a good heart they learned fast the unwritten rules of the kingdom. The game was often rough and tumble and then some times more civil and calm but always there were those who were planning silently to manipulate the game to their own advantage....Gold was the coin of the realm, then it wasn't and then it was again...or was it? British pound sterling, the gold backed dollar , the petro-Dollar, the dinar, the euro and on and on ...Then one manipulator caused a war and devalued one currency and bought it up and replaced it with his own which was now much more valuable. Then he proceeded to run his kingdom into debt knowing that one day in the future he would rebuild the war torn country and revalue its currency beyond his own and pay off all the debt he had incurred living the high life ...Then others found out ...they discovered the plan he inherited from other manipulators from ages past and planned to stop it by returning to a currency that they themselves backed with Gold...Now a new king took the throne of the first country and devised a plan to yet capitalize on the plan from the previous corrupt leaders ... He would guide them into reinstating their former glory and value of their currency, pay off his countries debt, that he inherited, and then reestablish a gold standard of his own to back his countries currency surely this would work...or will it? Can he time it just right and implement it before the ancient wise kingdom of the east slips in their plan? Can the two coexist? Tune in tomorrow same bat time and same bat channel for more question and very few answers, but join us as we cheer our new King on to victory against overwhelming odds...You know it is the stuff of every good story!" China Puts Oil on a Gold Standard by: Clint Siegner Money Metals News Service September 5th, 2017 5 Comments Print Share Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email The Chinese are preparing to launch an oil futures contract denominated in yuan and redeemable in gold. That is very bad news for the petro-dollar and for U.S. hegemony in the oil trade. The ability to sell oil on Chinese exchanges for yuan will take the potency out of U.S. sanctions levied on nations such as Russia and Iran. The gold backing of those contracts figures to lure participants from around the globe – even those with strong ties to the U.S. This additional enticement will go a long way toward allaying concerns of those who may see the dollar as superior to the yuan in trade. The move is another sign of the Chinese commitment to ending the dollar’s reign as the world reserve currency. The oil contract, to be traded on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange, will be the China’s first futures contract which is open to international firms for trading. There is no official word on when the contract will launch, but testing has been underway since July. Share Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email About the Author: Clint Siegner is a Director at Money Metals Exchange, the national precious metals company named 2015 "Dealer of the Year" in the United States by an independent global ratings group. A graduate of Linfield College in Oregon, Siegner puts his experience in business management along with his passion for personal liberty, limited government, and honest money into the development of Money Metals' brand and reach. This includes writing extensively on the bullion markets and their intersection with policy and world affairs.
  2. Now this news feed makes a lot of sense...refreshing...thanks all!
  3. Barzani: Maliki’s Crime against Kurdish Region Worse than Saddam’s Anfal Operation GHASSAN CHARBEL11 mins ago 5 Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. (Reuters) Irbil – President of the Kurdish Iraqi Region Masoud Barzani expressed his disappointment and “bitterness” towards former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Baghdad’s treatment of Kurds during his time in office. Barzani told Asharq Al-Awsat on Wednesday that Maliki’s term deepened the Kurdish desire for independence from Iraq, accusing the former PM of “committing a crime against the Region that was worse than Saddam Hussein’s Anfal operation” that left more than 180,000 Kurds dead. He therefore reiterated his commitment to holding the Kurdish independence referendum as scheduled on September 25, saying: “The vote is decisive and it is the choice of the people and the majority of political forces in Kurdistan.” The referendum must be held on time “unless there is a better alternative”. Asked if this alternative exists, he replied that “this is just an opinion as there is a higher referendum council in Kurdistan that takes decisions unanimously.” “We have heard from several sides that the timing of the vote was not appropriate and that it should be postponed for six months or a year…. Such an alternative would require guarantees from the Iraqi government and parliament, the United States, International Coalition, European Union and United Nations,” Barzani explained. He noted however that such guarantees seem unlikely at the moment, which means that the referendum will be held on time. Moreover, the Kurdish leader stressed that he will respect the will of the people if they rejected the independence, revealing that he would resign if such a result emerged and possibly quit political life. He remarked however that it seems that the people are prepared and excited to hold the referendum, predicting that the majority will vote in favor of independence, “but all options are still on the table”. Commenting on a meeting he held around a month ago with an Iranian delegation, Barzani revealed that it had relayed to him Tehran’s call for cooperation and coordination, but its reservations on the vote. Iran said that the timing of the referendum was “not appropriate” and that it was better for Irbil and Baghdad to resolve their disputes and return to the constitution. He added that he did not receive any threat from the delegation over the vote, revealing that some Iranian threats were later made through the media, but he did not go into details. The Kurdish leader also received at a later date Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who reiterated Iran’s stance on the referendum. The Turkish official noted that the war against ISIS was not over yet and that “the referendum may affect the security and stability in the region.” “Cavusoglu acknowledged that the Kurds have been wronged, that the constitution was not properly implemented and that the region has the right to demand these rights, but hoped that this may take place within Iraq,” continued Barzani. “We explained to him our perspective and our frustration after all efforts to establish real partnership with Baghdad failed. We did agree on maintaining contacts,” he said. This is the same stance that he relayed to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who echoed Ankara and Tehran’s concerns over the referendum. Barzani did not rule out the possibility that the Kurdish region may end up being “besieged by Iran, Turkey and Syria,” adding: “We may be harmed by this, by they will be harmed even more if they resort to such a step.” On the post-Saddam period after 2003, he expressed his “huge” frustration over the failure to establish a diversified and democratic Iraq. “Everyone knows that we exerted great efforts to prepare for the overthrow of the regime in 2002 and we took part in the military operations. We have no regrets, but we were hoping for a greater opportunity and a chance for a new Iraq, based on fraternity and a federal democracy. We tried hard to achieve this goal, including the drafting of and voting on the constitution. Had it not been for the Kurdish people, the constitution would not have been a success,” he stressed. “We initially agreed to establish a democratic civil state, but day after day it became very clear that the state shifted to become a religious sectarian one in Baghdad,” he lamented. “They mobilized armies against us and cut the Kurdish region’s budget. Even if there are disputes between the region and Baghdad, how is this acceptable? Let us assume that we are in the wrong, how could a prime minister dare, with a stroke of a pen, cut the livelihood of an entire people? This is another form of the Anfal operation,” he declared. “Yes, Maliki committed another version of the Anfal operation, but in another uglier way. We did not hear single voice of protest by any religious leadership or Shi’ite political parties in Iraq. We sought to establish a democratic federal Iraq, but Baghdad refused and we reached a conviction that we are not wanted there.” He also accused the former Iraqi premier of withholding arms dedicated to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces that were allotted to it by the constitution. These same weapons eventually landed in the hands of ISIS, he revealed. “Even in the war against ISIS, they did not offer to help us. We are the ones who helped the Iraqi army and allowed it to come to Mosul. We destroyed ISIS’ first line of defense and opened the way for the army… Even up to this moment, violations were committed, not by the army, but the Popular Mobilization Forces,” Barzani said. In fact, he stated that he was surprised by the close cooperation between the Peshmerga and Iraqi army, despite the 50 to 60 years of war between them. Asked if current Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s arrival to office improved ties between Irbil and Baghdad, Barzani replied: “He wanted to resolve these problems and he is different from others, but there are several obstacles ahead of him. I enjoy good ties with him and we are in constant contact, but I have reached a conclusion that Abadi cannot fulfill his pledges to us due to reasons out of his control.” This reality and “the failure of Arab-Kurdish coexistence” in Iraq prompted Kurdistan to push for independence, he stressed.
  4. So yeah at .5 Cents, if you invested 20,000 or so Dollars in dinar and had 20,000,000 dinar it would be worth 1 million dollars ...Not what any of us wanted but still a respectable return on investment ... But This is all conjecture at this point.. The weight challenged Lady has not yet sung yet unless I missed that
  5. Is this what 4Twenty said ...Is it new and Current?: In detail .. These are the new customs controls 6 hours ago Economy 149 visits Similar articles Al-Rashid proceeds to distribute the salaries of military retirees 1 hour ago The General Authority of Customs announced on Tuesday new instructions and controls for the declaration of funds when they are introduced and exported across the Iraqi border and issued by the Central Bank of Iraq / Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Council. "According to the provisions of Paragraph (4) of Article (7) and the provisions of Articles (34) and (35) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Law No. (39) for the year 2015, we issued the following regulations: The rules governing the declaration of funds when entering and removing them across the Iraqi border, based on the provisions of the paragraph and the two articles relating to the obligation of each person upon entry into or departure from Iraq, upon the request of the representative of the General Authority of Customs on the carrying of funds, currencies or negotiable instruments to be held or transferred to Iraq Or by means of a person, postal service, shipping service or by any other means. The permit shall include the value of such currencies or instruments. Based on the approval of the AML / CFT Council at its meeting in July 2017, it was decided that: 1. Every traveler who enters or exits Iraqi territory must declare the following: (A) The money of more than ten thousand dollars or the equivalent in other foreign currencies. Precious stones and precious metals if their value exceeds (10,000) ten thousand US dollars. (C) negotiable financial instruments of a holder or transferred within or outside Iraq through a person, postal service, shipping service or any other means in excess of US $ 10,000. 2. The passengers shall declare with the employees of the General Authority for Customs at the airport or the border crossing points in the Republic of Iraq according to the form attached to these regulations. The limits mentioned in item (1) shall apply to persons who are 18 years or older, For (18) years, the money in their possession must be added to the limit allowed to the guardian. 3. The entry and exit of the Iraqi currency shall be restricted to and from Iraq only by the authorized limits of (200000) two hundred thousand Iraqi Dinars. In case of transfer of an amount higher than the said limit through a person or postal service or shipping service or by any other means, Above the limit and fill out the authorization form and send it to the AML / CFT Office. 4. Each customs department at airports and border crossings shall take the following measures: (A) The development of sufficient guidance boards and languages (Arabic, Kurdish and English) in high and visible places, showing the provisions of these regulations. (B) To require the passengers to fill out the above-mentioned permit form if they have cash or negotiable financial instruments for their holder, the amounts of which exceed ten thousand (10,000) US dollars or the equivalent in other foreign currencies and if they have more than (200000) ) Two hundred thousand Iraqi dinars and if they are in possession of precious stones and precious metals worth more than (10000) C- Provide appropriate numbers of permit forms at all border crossings to provide incoming and outgoing travelers for the purpose of declaring the cash and financial instruments, precious stones and precious metals in their possession. (E) The maintenance of regular records in which all cases of authorization made by the Customs Department and cases in which the passenger has not made the required authorization in accordance with the provisions of the Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Law and these regulations shall be kept and kept for five years or more depending on the nature of the cases. (F) Request additional information from travelers about the source of the funds and the purpose of their transfer in the event of a false declaration or in the absence of authorization, with no convincing reason for not declaring or in case of suspicion. (G) Providing the AML / CFT Office with authorization forms and any information it requests. 5 - In addition to what is stated in item (3) above, the staff of the General Authority for Customs at the border crossings to seize cash and negotiable financial instruments and precious stones and precious metals for any of the following cases: (A) Failure to permit the traveler and discovery of funds exceeding the limit specified in item (1) above or giving false information thereon. Employees of the General Authority of Customs should investigate the reasons for not requesting the form and the reservation in case there are no actual convincing reasons. Convincing the absence of suspicion is filled out form and release the amount. (B) There is sufficient evidence to suspect that the money described in item (1) above is derived from an original crime, money laundering offense or a terrorist financing offense or is intended for that purpose. 6. The Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Office shall issue a recommendation to lift the seizure of the reservations provided for in item (5) of these regulations in the case of reinforcements confirming the validity of the checks or referring them to the items within seven (7) days from the date of notification of the decision. For customs purposes. 7 - Cash and negotiable financial instruments, precious stones and precious metals issued and delivered by mail, shipping service or other means shall be stated in accordance with item (1) and (2) above.
  6. After Tal Afar, Iraqis need a helping hand Politicians should not repeat past mistakes as the country looks forward to a new future Published: 17:28 August 27, 2017 Layelle Saad The forthcoming liberation of Tal Afar from Daesh marks a significant turning point for Iraq as the war against the terrorist group took precious blood, sweat, tears and resources from the country over the past three years. But as politicians look ahead towards the future, important lessons need to be taken into account to ensure that past mistakes are not repeated. Analysts have already sounded the alarm that the routing out of extremist groups such as Daesh and Al Qaida are only cosmetic victories and the real battle lies in eliminating the root causes of terrorism.One does not need to delve that far back in Iraq’s history to learn that Sunni disenfranchisement in the country after the US-led invasion which toppled Iraqi president Saddam Hussain was one of the main incubators of extremism. Baathist institutions, which ran the country for decades, were eliminated overnight causing deep resentment among Iraq’s Sunni population. As Sunnis felt shunned by the new pro-Iranian leadership in the country, they were desperate for anyone to air their grievances. When no one listened and Daesh emerged in 2014, the Iraqi army, largely made up by Sunni tribe members, simply did not have the willpower to confront the terrorist group when it overran the cities. The terrorist group, seemingly overnight, took over large swathes of Iraqi lands, overrunning major cities like Mosul, Fallujah and Ramadi. Iraqi Sunnis did not feel loyalty to their government which was seemingly punishing them for Saddam’s past policies. As a result, the army largely disintegrated in the face of Daesh’s flash offensive. They mistakenly thought that, since no one else cared about their plight, maybe Daesh could restore some of their lost Sunni power. However, what emerged later, a so-called ‘caliphate’ under so-called Islamic law, quickly made them regret their choices. Iraqi Sunnis paid the price twice over, as they were both brutalised by Daesh under their draconian way of life and became the victims of revenge killings by Shiite militias who saw them as conspirators. Now, more than ever, this disaffected community needs to be nurtured and reintroduced into Iraq’s mainstream establishment. Gulf countries can play an important role in making this happen by coaxing Iraqis back to the Arab fold and away from Iran. At the end of the day, whether Sunni or Shiite, Iraqis are overwhelmingly Arab and need their leadership to advance the Arab agenda, not a Persian one.
  7. Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi forces regained total control of the northern city of Tal Afar from the Islamic State on Sunday, Joint Operations command said. "By God, it is victory...100 percent liberated," the War Media Cell, the Joint Operations Command's media service, posted on its Facebook page. The word "liberated" in Arabic was stamped on a map of Tal Afar. Earlier Sunday, an Iraqi commander said Islamic State militants were cornered in a region northwest of Tal Afar as Iraqi forces had retaken all areas of the town. On Saturday, the joint commend said it had attained 90 percent control of the city center. Islamic State's largest telecommunications tower was seized and burned. The government launched an operation on Aug. 20. Tal Afar was the militants' last holdout in Nineveh. One month ago, forces with U.S.-led air power captured Mosul, the de facto capital of the Islamic State. "The enemy's back is broken," Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridhi, a top commander of the elite counter-terrorism service units in Tal Afar, said to The Washington Post. "Their morale is gone." Before the battle, Iraq's government and its U.S. military partners had estimated that 10,000 to 50,000 civilians remained in Tal Afar. The city had been surrounded by the Shiite militias since late November, but the city appeared to be desolate, allowing the Iraqi troops to use heavy weaponry. "We haven't seen a single civilian, dead or alive," Aridhi said. "If there were 20,000 civilians in Tal Afar, we would have only just taken the first neighborhood by now." Iraq's intelligence services originally estimated that between 1,400 and 2,000 militants occupied the city, but that number also may have been overstated. Iraq's military said Saturday 259 militia members were killed and many had fled the battle into the vast desert north and west of the city, toward Syria. Related UPI Stories Iraqi army uncovers mass grave with 500 bodies in Mosul Turkey tells U.S. defense chief of concerns about arming Syrian militia Cease-fire declared along Syrian-Lebanese border Topics: Islamic State
  8. Posted 1 hour ago Barzani to Mattis: Referendum will go ahead if 'stronger alternative’ not offered. An RV could be a stronger alternative. Go Iraq United Go RV Go stronger alternative $1:1 Exactly....Laid Back! Don't ask me why but I like $3:53:1 That would be a convincing stronger alternative
  9. Politically, there are a number of shifting alliances presently in the works much like the shifting sands of the region. An Iraqi alliance with Saudi Arabia could be a check to the Iranian Turkish alliance just inked....The ten toes of Daniel's statue jockeying for position, Iron and Clay attempting to amalgamate ... Never boring
  10. This is an important Generation being born right now. I just had my 10 grandchild ( I was an only child, a classic case of overcompensation lol )... a healthy baby Boy as yours will be...They started labor right here at our house while visiting... Prayers for you all!
  11. Adam Montana Weekly 9 August 2017

    Thank you Adam
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