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  1. Then let's begin by arresting the big "M" and start rebuilding the country, not really going to happen until you do.
  2. Trouble in river city..... Abadi’s Electoral Coalition Nipped in the Bud Print Email Basnews English 16/01/2018 - 00:53 Iraq ERBIL — The electoral coalition Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had announced on Sunday with Iranian-backed militia group of Hashd al-Shaabi, is now dissolved after a day only. Hadi al-Ameri, leader of Badir Brigade (a militia group operating under the umbrella of Hashd al-Shaabi), withdrew from Abadi’s Victory Alliance after Ammar al-Hakim, another influential Shi’ite cleric, joined the coalition on Monday. A source close to the premier told AFP that Ameri’s faction was removed from the list and not withdrawn. “The removal from the list of certain groups (led by the Hashd) is due to the fact that they could not comply with the conditions that the prime minister had sought,” he claimed. However, another source told Iraqi media outlets that Ameri had previously warned Abadi that his faction would retreat from the electoral alliance if Ammar al-Hakim or Muqtada al-Sadr — another powerful Shi’ite cleric and leader of Sadrist Movement — ever joined them. Unconfirmed reports said that Ameri is now in talks with Abadi’s political rival, Nouri al-Maliki, to form a separate alliance.
  3. Abadi's ambitions shatter as warring Shias withdraw from his Coalition January 16 2018 11:45 AM Abadi's ambitions shatter as warring Shias withdraw from his Coalition The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's Victory Coalition is currently threatened to be dismantled as warring Shia political and arming factions within the coalition are withdrawing or threatening Abadi to withdraw. This came after the Iranian-backed Badr and Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) militias have withdrawn from Abadi's Victory and Reform Coalition, well-informed sources said. These militias called for working according to sectarian quotas but Abadi refused their calls, the sources added. Observers told The Baghdad Post that the Victory Coalition also suffers another internal struggle as its top leaders Abadi and the prominent IMIS leader Hadi al-Ameri are having a major dispute about who will be number one on the coalition's electoral list. They asserted that Ameri has set a condition for Abadi to not include any members from the Wisdom or Sadrist movements, stressing that Abadi's negotiations with both of them have cause Ameri to distrust Abadi. They further stated that Sadrist Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr's attack against Abadi's coalition came as a major blow to the incumbent PM as any legitimate political movement rely on Sadr's credibility and his popularity to gain popular votes in any elections. This came when Sadr slammed Abadi's electoral coalition which is due to include Iran-allied IMIS. He also voiced concern over the sectarian coalitions which will allow corrupt officials to resurface. Abadi also faces another challenge as National Wisdom Movement (NWM) refuses to include Sadrist Movement to the Victory Coalition. "We would have been pleased if the Sadrist Movement had joined the coalition. But it has a different viewpoint and we respect it," Baleegh Abu Kalal, a member of NWM’s political bureau noted. National Wisdom Movement, headed by Ammar al-Hakim, also declared it mulls withdrawing from the Abadi-led electoral coalition. "We are seriously mulling a decision to pull out of Abadi coalition," a source who asked to remain anonymous said. This came as NWM say that it put three conditions to Abadi's for his coalition to succeed. It said that these conditions were to include politicians from all Iraq's components, whether they are Shias, Sunnis or Kurds, the coalition's main aim is to rebuild Iraq and the last condition is that decision making must be unanimous. It noted that these conditions were not met. Analysts told The Baghdad Post that Abadi's Coalition will likely be dismantled, especially after Fateh Coalition, made up of IMIS militias, and State of the Law Coalition led by Nouri al-Maliki have united under one coalition for the coming legislative elections.
  4. More bad news! Sadr Slams Abadi’s Electoral Allience Print Email Basnews English 14/01/2018 - 23:49 Iraq BAGHDAD — Iraqi influential Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday slammed an electoral alliance the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has formed with Iranian-backed militia group of Hashd al-Shaabi. In an official statement, Sadr, who is also the leader of Sadrist Movement, described the alliance as “an abhorrent political agreement”, as reported by al-Arabiya. He also expressed his deep surprise at the inclusion of the PMU militias calling them an “abhorrent sectarian dichotomy,” that is aimed at reproducing a “corrupt political class”. He however said that his support will be for technocrats who rule by the principles of sectarian quota divisions. Abadi’s alliance is formed with a fraction led by Hadi al-Ameri, the leader of Shi’ite militia group known as Badr Brigade which is a main component of Hashd al-Shaabi. BasNews previously reported that Iraqi PM’s coalition has also taken in Ammar al-Hakim’s Hikma Movement.
  5. Not a good thing. Iraq news play pause Iran dominates Iraqi politics after unholy marriage between Abadi, IMIS January 15 2018 04:50 PM Haider al-Abadi and Ali Khamenei In an attempt to secure more dominance over Iraq’s political system, Iran has succeeded in exacerbating divisions among Shia political parties after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Sunday he allied with a powerful Shia group close to Iran in his stand for re-election in the coming national elections slated for May 12. Abadi's "al-Naser Alliance," or Victory, and "al-Fatah Alliance," or Conquest, headed by Hadi al-Ameri, leader of powerful Shia party Badr Organization, have signed an electoral pact. According to observers, both alliances, the one led by the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) and the one spearheaded by Abadi, seek mutual benefit and a win-win result in the upcoming election. Former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki prematurely is out of the race due to the decline in his popularity in southern governorates and reservations other Shia parties have about him, they added. Abadi chose to seek re-election in a separate coalition away from Maliki who holds the mainly ceremonial post of vice president as well as maintaining his post as head of Islamic Dawa Party. Maliki will also run in the coming elections in a separate coalition named State of Law. Observer say the pact also alienated Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shia cleric with a large following among Iraq’s urban poor who two years ago led demonstrations against the corruption eating away at Iraq’s oil revenues. “I am stunned to see the course taken by brother Abadi, who we had thought to be a leading advocate of reform,” said a statement from Sadr, one of a few Iraqi Shia leaders who keep Iran at arm’s length. This comes as well-informed sources said the electoral pact has been reached with the blessing of Iran and Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Qods Force, the elite branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Under the pact, Abadi shall secure a second term while IMIS leaders will hold high-ranking positions in the new government, they noted. The prime minister will pledge to support the Shia militias and all its factions. He will also ensure that the militias are neither under the umbrella of the Ministry of Defense nor the Ministry of Interior, they added. Meanwhile, Hussein al-Waeli, a political analyst, said the Abadi-IMIS electoral pact has been expected, adding that it reveals a radical change in the prime minister’s stances, reflected in his speeches and statements, in which he used to talk about a civil state and the importance of limiting arms use to the state. The political understanding between the two parties will yield new agreements related to IMIS’ weapons and forces, he noted. Also, the new pact will consolidate political sectarianism and instill fear in the hearts of Sunnis and Kurds, he further stated, stressing that the new parliament will be religious and military in nature where Iran will have a greater influence compared with the current parliament. It is expected that the US has failed to convince Abadi to forge an alliance with civil and Sunni political parties, the analyst said, speculating that the prime minister would not adopt his slightly balanced policy if he won a second term. Many Iraqi MPs have voiced concern over the new Abadi-IMIS electoral pact. Shrouq al-Abaiji, a leader in the Iraqi Civil Movement, said citizens were disappointed as they were expecting a civil, national and cross-sectarian alliance, but Abadi’s was shocking. Iraqis now believe that change is impossible after a sectarian and Iranian-allied militia will have a representation in parliament and control the political landscape in the country, she added. Observers’ remarks have been also echoed by political analyst Hashim al-Hashimi said the Shia political establishment in Iraq is now protected and administered by Suleimani, in reference to Iran and its insidious and covert role in the Iraq’s politics. In Iraq, the prime minister’s office is reserved for the Shia Arabs under a power-sharing system set up after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Arab. The largely ceremonial office of president is reserved for a Kurdish member of parliament. The speaker of parliament is drawn from Sunni Arab MPs. Iran has guaranteed to hold sway over Iraq’s political landscape over the next four years. This will pave the way for the Mullah regime to dominate other Iraqi sectors, observers told The Baghdad Post. The decision making will be totally hijacked by Tehran. Iraqis has fallen victims to a dirty political game which its masterminds will seek to suck the country’s wealth in years to come, they concluded.
  6. Kaperoni - Articles: "Know Your Money," !

    Why would they come out at ten cents, it would show the non believers of the Dinar that it is not a scam and start a land slide on people purchasing the Dinar. I would think it would be higher to keep this from happening, 1 to 1 would do several things , cut out the problems they are having with the exchanges at the market place and make it more simple for the masses to understand, also stop the problems with corruption at the bank. It will still start people purchasing the Dinar that has not purchased it before, but maybe less than at ten cents.
  7. For fear of own downfall, Iran-groomed Abadi covers up corrupt officials January 11 2018 04:08 PM For fear of own downfall, Iran-groomed Abadi covers up corrupt officials Playing the role of a daring fighter, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi failed to convince Iraqis he can fulfill his pledges and uproot the grave phenomenon of corruption that has drained the country’s wealth for decades, according to observers. Since Abadi declared he will lead an anti-corruption campaign, no results of investigation into cases have been released. Every now and then, Iraqis read hollow statements about combating corruptions, but no names of corrupt official were disclosed and no one of them was brought to justice, they added. Fake anti-corruption push The observers’ remarks come after MP Jassim al-Bayati revealed Wednesday that Abadi gave orders two years ago to investigate 125 corruption cases in which Iraqi officials are accused of embezzlement. In press statements, al-Bayati said in collaboration with international agencies, the prime minister was conducting investigations into 125 bank accounts, belonging to Iraqi officials, who are thought to have siphoned off public funds abroad. These international bodies are collecting information concerning the officials’ bank accounts. They currently have a database about the funds of those officials and how their savings have rapidly increased at very short intervals, he noted. Abadi will send this database to the legal committee, which he has formed earlier to audit officials’ bank accounts, he added. Last month, it was reported that the prime minister began a series of talks with many countries and the Interpol to help Iraq curb corruption. However, late in December, the parliamentary integrity committee revealed that the Iraqi parliament was not briefed on the findings reached by the international inspectors, who conducted investigations into corruption cases. In a press statement, Mohamed Kon, a member of the committee, said a series of government investigations into corruption cases, conducted in coordination with international inspectors, was classified and only some government officials had been briefed on the findings. Neither the parliament nor the integrity committee have been briefed on the findings of these investigations, he noted. The integrity committee is a supervisory committee. It has no executive powers to hold corrupt officials accountable for their crimes, he said. But it can help the anti-corruption team by providing information in this regard to the executive authorities. Abadi has complete powers to hold corrupt officials accountable for their crimes in accordance with the constitution, he added. Deliberate cover-up Analysts say the deliberate cover-up by Abadi erodes trust in government as corrupt officials, the ruling elite and their supporters divert valuable funds and economic gains into the pockets and go unpunished. Iraq ranks 166st out of 176 nations in Transparency International’s Corruption Index. Corruption in the country is tied to chronically weak accountability and murky governance. After Abadi came to power in 2014, Iraqis thought he will be different from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki. Under Maliki, corruption thrived. With little progress made in stamping out the alarming phenomenon while Abadi is in office, the people of Iraq realized that the two leaders are the same, observers said. It is ironic that Abadi spearheads an anti-corruption campaign while he is also corrupt. His cover-up of corrupt officials makes him one of them. He knows that their downfall means his too, they noted. Two sides of same coin Maliki’s corruption has been disclosed as he siphoned off $500bn during his tenure. But Abadi’s corruption is still subtle, but one day the truth will become crystal clear, they said. Similarities between the two leaders are not surprising as both of them are working under Iran’s umbrella. Also, one of them has formed the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) (Maliki) while the other has not reined in their powers and crimes against civilians (Abadi), they further stated. What is worse is that the incumbent prime minister has given IMIS terrorists the chance to take part in the upcoming elections although the law does not allow such a move, they added. Late in December, it was reported that the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) granted permits to 62 IMIS leaders so that they can stand for the upcoming elections. According to the reports, the IHEC has approved 11 political parties and movements that were established by leaders in IMIS. The 62 leaders have been permitted to contest the elections after they abolished their armed wings. The second Article of the IHEC law does not allow members of armed factions and military personnel to run for office, the reports said. The report also revealed that those leaders are still heading armed factions and did not halt their armed activities. Hadi al-Amiri, Aws al-Khafaji, Qais al-Kazali, Ahmed al-Assadi, Akram al-Kaabi and Hisham al-Mossawi are among the leaders who have been permitted to stand for the upcoming elections. War on Iran's influence In an article published in The Arab Weekly last month, Iraqi writer Ibrahim al-Zoubeidi said a war as serious as the war on corruption can only be fought by a brave and wise leader who is free of party or sectarian allegiance. Abadi is not that leader. He will never dare draw his sword on his Iranian masters, militia leaders or Major-General Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s al-Quds force. Within that context, Abadi’s promised war on corruption, like it or not, will never amount to anything other than a few skirmishes with small-scale crooks. The big cheeses can sleep undisturbed. The real war on corruption in Iraq can only be a war on the Iranian regime in Iraq and the region before it is turned into a war on its corrupt agents, he concluded.
  8. Trade Ministry contracted with fake company to start hotel January 05 2018 12:44 PM Iraqi dinars MP Alya Nassif called Friday on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Integrity Commission and regulators to open an investigation into a deal between the General Company for Exhibitions, affiliated to in the Ministry of Trade, and a fake Emirati company to start a hotel on the exhibition ground. In a statement, Nassif said under the deal between the two companies, the Ministry of Trade shall pay 70 billion Iraqi dinars to start the project and provide the land where the hotel will be established in return for a 20% share in the Emirati company. The General Company for Exhibitions has transferred 30 billion dinars to the Emirati company’s bank account. The Emirati company has used the Ministry of Trade’s funds in a currency auction to achieve higher returns, she added.
  9. Maybe the tax cut bill has something to do with it, if the US is involved in this, 2% makes quite a difference ...........
  10. It will probably go like it does here in the US, all talk and no action, but what is funny is that the women in this country are helping Trump drain the swamp much faster than charges through the legal system to thin them out due to corruption.....go girls!
  11. This guy needs to be put into a wet pig skin, stitched up tight and let dry.
  12. There may be a mass of people running to the banks to exchange dinar for dollars before the 14th, this may be a good thing, gets more dinar back into the bank. If this is successful, then maybe the rest of Iraq? What will Iraq gain by stopping the sale of dinar in Kurdistan?
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