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  1. The Islamic State (ISIS) has lost significant territory, but its genocide continues. How can it be ended? How can it be reversed? American and United Nations plans for post-ISIS reconstruction in Iraq focus primarily on Sunni and Shia areas, scandalously neglecting minorities in Northern Iraq — particularly the Christians — who continue to suffer from the ISIS genocide and ongoing discrimination within their country. These disenfranchised minority groups, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkomen, have made their home in Northern Iraq for millennia. This is by far the most pro-U.S. area in Iraq. In order to reverse the genocide and get these formerly thriving communities earning their daily bread again, we need a safe zone like the ones in Kurdistan (1991) and Bosnia (1993). The refugee crisis is deepened because well-intentioned efforts by governments and charities have focused exclusively on relief. Emergency relief is one thing, but it very quickly turns toxic as able-bodied adults who hunger to recover their dignity spiral into the depression and despair of not being able to provide for their families. This is why the U.N. says the typical stay in a refugee camp lasts 17 years. Such a horrible waste of human life. A safe zone, however, could provide security and foster productivity as it did in the wake of genocides in Kurdistan and Bosnia. The growing consensus among security experts is right about one thing: A coalition of regional forces with international training and assistance should be assembled to provide external security. But the consensus ignores something every bit as important: Internal security — the cop on the corner, the soldier at the checkpoint — should be indigenous. Longstanding discrimination against minorities means that a Christian in Alqosh or a Yazidi in Sinjar will not see a member of her ethnic group at the checkpoints that regulate entry and exit from her town. Wouldn’t she be more likely to make a bet on the future, to work and take entrepreneurial risks, if she saw that people like her could participate in the most visible institutions of governance and security? That’s why we need countries with proven ability to train police abroad, like Italy and Denmark, to train indigenous police forces and serve as observers. Then the reconstruction can begin in earnest. And when it does, Western businesspeople are the best hope to help returning families make that reconstruction a success. Because without restoring their once-flourishing economy that now sits in rubble, these communities can never become self sustaining again. So governments should do what they can to facilitate the private-sector transactions that will build an economy from the bottom up. Instead of its normal penchant for top-down macroeconomic policies, governments should map the microeconomic assets, including human capacities and capital goods, that can be employed by investors and entrepreneurs in a productive economy. For example, there is no government entity surveying the displaced families to find out what job skills they have. Untold millions are spent on surveys asking the displaced about their demography, about their past, but nothing that will help an investor see that there is a skill that represents an opportunity in the future. The broken foreign aid industrial complex — governments and nongovernmental organizations — is beset by a kind of conceit that focuses only on what the suffering don’t have, rather than on what they do have. That’s why they aren’t any good at business (which is OK with them, since they tend to have contempt for it). But if they understood the real needs of the persecuted, if they really listened to them, they would see that the validation a job represents is the restoration of dignity. If government would map those microeconomic assets, from the number of teachers and engineers in the camps, to the numbers of olive and apple trees going unused because of the genocide, investors could step in to fill the gaps, using those assets to create real value and, therefore, making these persecuted communities sustainable again. That’s why my goal is to connect entrepreneurs there in North America and Europe with entrepreneurs here in Northern Iraq. Use your business skills to help them: Create distribution channels to sell their products, transfer technology to improve their regional competitiveness, mentor them with your expertise, and — when all of that proves to you they are a good bet — invest your capital to make their enterprises grow and provide jobs for their neighbors. There is nothing you can do that would help them more right now.
  2. NICE!!! TY
  3. Seems to me that the Left and their big money backers like George ( POS ) Soros want a civil war. I understand political dissent and I am ok with that but when these obstructionist start paying people to disrupt and antagonize those with differing views it has crossed the line. If they want a civil war the blood will be on their hands and not caused by any Republican I know. But they should know that we are armed to the teeth and ready. This is exactly why Thomas Jefferson said " The beauty of the second amendment is that its not needed until they try to take it away.. BTW I'm On my 3rd AR10 build, 4th AR15 build and first AR 47 ( LOL love the cheap Russian ammo ) right now since the election.
  4. No such thing as an African Citizen. Africa is not a country.
  5. Iraq mulls rekindling national oil company BAGHDAD, March 20, 2017 – Iraq is working to re-establish the Iraq National Oil Company (INOC), Oil Minister Jabbar Al Luaibi confirmed on Monday. In a statement on the ministry website, Al Luaibi said a draft resolution for the return of INOC had been ratified by the Iraqi cabinet and sent to Parliament. Debate on the INOC draft law got underway in March 2016. The draft law is not without controversy. According to consultant Ahmet Mousa Jiyad, the text was a result of an “unhealthy chaotic situation” at government level and hadn’t been thought through. According to Al Luaibi, the decision to re-establish INOC is part of the ministry drive to reorganise and restructure its operations. He added that the ministry was also working on setting up a national gas company and a national refineries company. Founded in 1966, NIOC was broken up in 1987, with regional national entities now responsible for oil and gas developments at operational level. The ministry did not elaborate on what the plans mean for regional national oil companies such as North Oil Company and Missan Oil Company, nor what it would mean for the newly established Dhi-Qar Oil Company. The Ministry of Oil kicked off 2016 with the establishment of a fifth national oil company and the rebranding of South Oil Company (SOC), responsible for almost 80 percent of Iraq’s oil production, to Basra Oil Company. The latter would hand over four fields to the Dhi-Qar Oil Company. There have been little to no updates regarding the SOC rebranding effort and the fate of Dhi-Qar Oil Company since the formal announcement on January 5, 2016. Evidence suggests that SOC continues to function as it always has. The gas and refineries sectors are organised in similar fashion to the oil industry, with regional entities such as South Gas Company and Midland Refinery Company responsible for operations in their respective geographic areas. In related news, Iraq Oil Tankers Company on Monday signalled its intention to purchase a very large crude carrier and two so-called handysize vessels with a deadweight of between 20,000 and 25,000 tonnes.
  6. Iraq wants no more long-term World Bank loans by Mohamed Mostafa Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 pm The World Bank. Archival photo. Report Ad Baghdad ( Iraq has told the World Bank it needs help creating jobs rather than receiving long-term loans, according to a statement by the prime minister’s office. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a delegation from the international organization that his government does not want to bind Iraqi by long-term loans, but rather to create work opportunities that help the population cope with the financial crisis, according to the statement. Abadi met the delegation as part of a visit to the United States which began Sunday and saw him meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump. The statement quoted the bank’s delegation saying it would provide support Iraq in that respect. Falling world petroleum prices and the continuous war against Islamic State militants has thrust Iraqi into a financial crisis, prompting the country to reach out to local and foreign lenders. In December, the World Bank approved a 1.5 billion dollar loan to Iraq to cope with falling oil prices and embolden the country in its war against IS. That sum raised the total of financial aid from the organization to nearly USD3.4 billion. The WB had approved two loans, worth USD1.2 billion and USD350 million, in 2015, one year after IS took over nearly a third of Iraqi territories.
  7. THX Englishman
  8. Did not make it AU Met with Hugo last weekend at Coolgardie. BLM is really Denying access to a lot of worksites. My claim is not effected much but a club I belong to is really getting denied reasonable access. i was working an intersection with the LAFD hook and ladder Enduro race in Cal city so could not make it. The president of our club was going and gonna let me know what's going on . Did you attend ?
  9. OH MY!
  10. Drug-related offences on the rise in Iraqi Kurdistan Posted on March 10, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Health, National, People Photo: Courtesy of Chuck Grimmett/flickr SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Shipments of painkillers and a field of fresh marijuana are among the offences for which people were arrested in Iraqi Kurdistan last year. The border between Iraq and Iran is the problem, officials say. For some time now, locals have heard rumours that drug abuse is on the rise in Iraqi Kurdistan. Recently the intelligence services and security – known as the Asayish – in Sulaimani were able to confirm this. In a January press conference, the head of the drug enforcement agency from the local Asayish offices, announced that the number of drug-related offences in the semi-autonomous northern region have almost doubled since 2015. In 2016, 310 people were arrested, Jalal Amin Beg, director of the agency, told local media. In 2015 it was only 150. And the last few months have only shown that this number is continuing to increase. “Up until today, the courts have issued judgments against 61 people arrested in 2016,” Beg said. “Terms of imprisonment have ranged from between one and 15 years. Thirty-three were released as the charges could not be proven.” The other noticeable change, Beg added, was the increasing numbers of women involved in the drug trade. The Sulaimani agency was only able to give numbers for its own area. Authorities in other areas have their own statistics and word has it that the Kurdish provinces of Erbil, Dohuk and Halabja are also seeing an increase. Hashish is the most widely trafficked substance in Iraqi Kurdistan, as it is cheap and easy to find and use, Beg said. For example, Beg noted, his forces found a field planted with marijuana – from which hashish is made – within the borders of Erbil province. “The two Turkish people planting it were arrested,” Beg reported. In another case, the police in Arbat, east of Sulaimani, oversaw the seizure of 1 million Tramadol tablets – these are an opioid analgesic, a painkiller that can become addictive in the same way Vicodin and methadone can. One of the main reasons for the increase is thought to be the long and porous border between Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran, says Yadgar Haji, a researcher working at a prison where many of the locals from Sulaimani held on drug-related offences are. Iran has a growing and very serious problem with drug abuse. According to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times, “the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime says Iran has one of the gravest addiction crises in the world. Health ministry officials estimate there are 2.2 million drug addicts in this country of 80 million, 2.75 percent of the population, but doctors who operate some of the hundreds of government-sanctioned rehab clinics nationwide believe the actual figures are higher”. And it is relatively easy to get drugs across the Iran-Iraq border. Although Iraqi Kurdistan still doesn’t have the kinds of issues that Iran does, it does appear to be a growing phenomenon. “We cannot comment on the figures given by the Asayish in Sulaimani,” Khaled Qadir, the spokesperson for Iraqi Kurdistan’s health ministry, told NIQASH. “But we can say that all of Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities are trying to develop a road map with a view to preventing this problem from worsening.” At the moment, authorities believe the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan is still under control, with serious addiction and intravenous drug use not a major cause for concern, as yet. But if numbers continue to rise on the same trajectory as the past year, then the situation could become more worrying, they say. Given the fact that what most locals believe are the main reasons for the growing amount of drug abuse – frustration, unemployment, hopelessness about local politics, economics and society – are not going away anytime soon, there is fear that the situation could worsen. Authorities don’t have particularly good plans to deal with those found guilty of drug-related offences either. “Unfortunately these people are put in prisons rather than getting treatment for their addictions,” Haji said. “They should be being rehabilitated so they can become role models for others. Treating them this way will only lead to an increase in the number of drug abusers.”
  11. I remember the first time I saw this page Tigergorzow. , Boy was it exciting. I think it was back in 2008. I went straight out and bought more dinar. Lots of it. But sadly it turns out that if you dig just a little bit deeper its easy to see that this was from the Saddam era of Iraq. Here is the link to the MOP page in question Now look near top of the page at this..... Home The Ministry In Brief Capital Budget & Public Contracts Planning Budget The Exchange Rate of Foreign Currency in. Now if you go back one page and click on > planning budget > It will take you to the page preceding this feasibility study and its all regarding the Budget from a long time ago In turn, The Guidance For Technical And Economic Feasibility Studies And Post-Project Assessment Of Development Project (Regulations No. 1 for the Year of 1984 and it’s amendment for the year of 1990) has specifies a series of steps to be undertaken, which lead to the completion of a Capital Budget. This is the preceding page link. This feasibility study shows up every few months on different Dinar Web Sites and can really mislead people. Hope this helps
  12. That was from Saddam era LB
  13. Sounds fair to me! Thanks Adam