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  1. Hey can someone find the latest UN OPS link will not site down? THX.
  2. BOTTOM LINE OBAMA spent us into oblivion the first four years and now he wants to make us pay for all his spending the next four years.Think about it what dose he have to loose if he gets in again.He will crush the middle class and know there is no accountability for him as he will be out and cannot run again.
  3. BOTTOM LINE.........if myself or anyone in my unit performed as poorly as Obama and Bidden did for one month much less 4 years, we would be removed and disciplined.The problem with many are the lack of responsibility. DON'T TAKE THE JOB IF YOU CAN'T PERFORM. Stop blaming your poor performance on everyone else.Time to get real leadership and also hold them accountable at the end of their term.Its like they live by a different set of rules......Obama and Bidden had their chance they blew it.Many of us are embarrassed to have a commander and chief who says one thing and dose another while trampling all over the constitution and its principles we die for. So now its your turn to hold them accountable-------VOTE THEM OUT.
  4. AND LETS NOT FORGET SHABS Sinan Al ShabibiFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search Sinan Al-ShabibiDr. Sinan Al-Shabibi (Arabic: الدكتور سنان الشبيبي‎) is the current governor of the Central Bank of Iraq. He has held this position since 2003. Born in Baghdad on 1 July 1941 and son of the prominent Iraqi figure Mohammed Ridha Al-Shabibi, Dr. Al-Shabibi holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Baghdad University (1966), a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Economic Development, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Manchester (1970, 1971), and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bristol (1975). From April 1977 to December 1980, Sinan Al-Shabibi was the Chief of plan Preparation and Co-ordination Division at the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, and from May 1975 to March 1977 he worked as the Head of Imports and Marketing Section at the Iraqi ministry of oil. Immediately after the start of the Iran–Iraq War, he moved to Geneva in Switzerland where he spent from December 1980 to October 2001 working as a Senior Economist in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). On August 1, 2002 Al-Shabibi testified among other witnesses at the Hearing Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about possible military action in Iraq. The topics that he addressed were the state of the Iraqi economy and its stabilization post a possible military campaign. Contents [hide] 1 Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq 2 Publications 3 Awards 4 External links [edit] Governor of the Central Bank of IraqSince taking over as central bank governor, Al-Shabibi, has introduced the bank's employees to modern finance. He has made the bank switch from typewriters and calculators to computers, introduced it to financial instruments like currency auctions and replaced Iraq's pre-2003 banknotes with the New Iraqi Dinar between October 2003 and January 2004. In the effort to further modernize the Central Bank of Iraq, Al-Shabibi appointed Baghdad-born architect Zaha Hadid in August 2010 to design the new headquarters for the Central Bank in Baghdad. On February 2, 2012 Zaha Hadid joined Dr Sinan Al‐Shabibi at a ceremony in London to sign the agreement between the Central Bank of Iraq and Zaha Hadid Architects for the design stages of the new CBI Headquarters building. Until today and despite a highly uncertain domestic and external environment, Al-Shabibi has held the Iraqi currency, the Iraqi Dinar firm at about 1,170 to the U.S. dollar, reduced inflation to single digits, and remained a strong advocate of central bank independence. The implementation of these policies combined with the rise in oil revenues have helped to increase foreign exchange reserves to nearly US$58 billion (as of September 2011) supporting further Iraq's Macroeconomic stability. [edit] Publications"Globalisation of Finance: Implications for macroeconomic policies and debt management", March 2001, Paper presented to a conference on "Globalization and the Gulf organized by the institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, England, 2–4 July 2001. "Prospects for the Iraqi Economy: Facing the new reality". Paper presented to a conference on "The Future of Iraq", organized by the Middle East Institute, Washington. The paper was published in a book with the same title in November 1997 and reprinted in the UNCTAD secretariat. It deals with the effect of sanctions, debt, and war reparations on the future prospects of the Iraqi economy. "The Arab share in OPEC Aid: Some related facts" in Arabic, in Al-Mustaqbal Al-Arabi, Centre of Arab Unity Studies, Beirut, September 1988. "OPEC Aid, Issues and Performance" in the OPEC review, Vienna, spring 1987. [edit] AwardsArabian Business Power 500 - Listed among The World's Most Influential Arabs, March 2011., Arabic version - بالعربية The New Breed/Listed among the Time-CNN 25 Business Influentials, December 2004.
  5. Synopsis Nouri al-Maliki was born on June 20, 1950, in Hindiya, Iraq. In the 1960s, he joined the Islamic Dawa Party in opposition to Saddam Hussein and had to flee the country in 1979. While in exile he became a senior leader and coordinated anti-Saddam activities. He returned to Iraq after Saddam was overthrown and was elected prime minister in 2006. Contents Synopsis Early Life Dissident and Politician Prime Minister of Iraq Leadership in Post-War Iraq Leading Iraq into the Future Early Life Middle East politician, diplomat, prime minister of Iraq. Born June 20, 1950, in small town of Hindiya, Iraq. Prime Minister of Iraq since May 20, 2006, and secretary general of the Islamic Dawa Party. Married to Fareeha Khalil, has four daughters and one son. Started out as a dissident against Saddam Hussein's regime in the 1970s. Rose to prominence after he fled a death sentence and went into exile. During time abroad he became senior leader of Dawa Party, coordinated anti-Saddam activities and guerillas, and built relationships with Iranian and Syrian officials whose help he sought to overthrow Hussein. Born Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hassan al-Maliki on June 20, 1950, in Hindiya, Iraq, to a middle class family, in a small town 75 miles south of Baghdad. His grandfather was Hasan Abdul Muhassin, a religious cleric, poet, and politician who had been a member of the anti-British revolt in 1920. Al-Maliki attended school in Hindiya and received his bachelor's degree at Usul al-Din College in Baghdad. He later earned a master's in Arabic literature from Baghdad University. Dissident and Politician In the late 1960s, he joined the Islamic Dawa Party, an armed, political underground resistance movement, associated with the Shia sect of Islam. During the late 1960s and 1970s, al-Maliki worked to resist the influence of Saddam Hussein's Baathist leadership. After college, al-Maliki lived in Al Hillah and worked in the education department. It was during this time that he became active in the Dawa party operations and rose quickly within the ranks of the party. In 1979, al-Maliki fled Iraq after learning the Hussein government was planning to execute him, along with many other Dawa party members, for their subversive activities. The Iraqi government sentenced him to death in absentia in 1980. Al-Maliki left Iraq via Jordan and moved to Syria, assuming the pseudonym Jawad Maliki. In 1982, he left Syria for Tehran, Iran, where he lived until 1990. Later, he moved back to Syria where he directed guerilla forces against Saddam Hussein's regime until the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in April 2003, former opposition groups began returning to Baghdad. A scramble for power began among the different political factions under the umbrella of American occupation. With the Baathists defeated, two Shia political groups emerged: the Al Dawa party and Muqtada al Sadr's militia group, the Mahdi Army. Al-Maliki was appointed as vice president for de-Baathification of former Iraqi government and military personnel. He was then appointed vice president of the provisional parliament and helped draft the country's constitution. Prime Minister of Iraq In January, 2005, al-Maliki won a seat to the transitional National Assembly, when Dawa Party leader Ibrahim al Jaafari was chosen prime minister. During this time, Iraq plummeted into sectarian violence and civil war. Al-Jaafari's leadership came into question as violence escalated and the country's infrastructure fell into disarray. The crackdown on Baathist civil servants left the country with few qualified persons to help run the government. Out of a job and exiled from the political process, many Baathists resorted to insurgency to regain their power. Losing confidence in the prime minister, the Iraqi parliament chose al-Maliki to replace al-Jaafari. Nouri al-Maliki's appointment to prime minister came among the belief that he was not as close to Iran as his predecessor al-Jaafari, and he had the support of the Kurds. Though he was hard on the Sunnis (particularly, anyone associated with the Baathists), it was believed that he was willing to work with the remaining Baathists who had positions in the government. Some in the Bush Administration saw al-Maliki's lack of previous government experience as an indication he lacked political ambition and that he would be compliant to their policies. They seemed to be wrong on both assumptions. Once in power, al-Maliki worked to help formulate agreements over the government structure and unify the different religious and political factions. He solidified his political power by sending Iraqi troops to Basra, the country's second-largest city, to successfully put down a rebellion by Muqtada al Sadr's militia. Then, he played a key role in drafting the Status of Forces agreement with the United States that mandated American forces be out of Iraqi cities by June 2009. As a result of these victories, Contents Synopsis Early Life Dissident and Politician Prime Minister of Iraq Leadership in Post-War Iraq Leading Iraq into the Future al-Maliki's reputation soared with Iraqis. Leadership in Post-War Iraq Nouri al-Maliki further consolidated his power by extending the authority and patronage of the Dawa party. He divided most of the national government's 37 cabinet ministries among the political factions in the Parliament. These cabinet ministers, regardless of their political faction, are indebted to al-Maliki, giving the Dawa Party near exclusive control of the cabinet ministries. To win a broader electoral mandate, he has used the massive power of the national government over the provincial governments. The national parliament controls the provincial councils' budgets and can vote out any governor, even though the governors are elected locally. Critics of al-Maliki state that these measures have put a virtual lock on Dawa's control of national and local government. Known as an eloquent speaker, Nouri al-Maliki is not afraid to voice his opinion. He has repeatedly criticized occupying U.S. forces of causing needless civilian causalities and deaths in its attempt to counter the insurgency. He unilaterally ordered troops into Basra to put down the Mahdi Army (followers of Muqtada al-Sadr), without coordinating with the U.S. Command. His 2007 visit to Iran raised concern and suspicion among many about his commitment to align Iraq with Western interests. However, it is widely believed that his intent is to defend Iraq from oppression and instability. Most political analysts state that Nouri al-Maliki has done a satisfactory job serving his country under extremely difficult circumstances. He walks a treacherous tightrope, trying to promote peaceful coexistence between three factions: the Kurds, Sunnis, and Shia. He balances working with U.S. occupation forces while trying to maintain amicable relations with Arab neighbors, most notably Iran. Billions of dollars have been poured into rebuilding Iraq, yet the infrastructure of urban areas is often reported to be no better than during the days before the invasion. There are tens of thousands of refugees still in the countryside of Iraq with no allegiance to the government. Leading Iraq into the Future Al-Maliki has also been perceived as impotent when dealing with alleged American atrocities. When the private security firm Blackwater was accused of murdering 17 Iraqis, his government tried to prosecute perpetrators and expel the company. However, he was constrained by the agreement of the Coalition Provisional Authority, established in May 2003, that stated Americans were immune from prosecution. Al-Maliki could do not much more than complain about abuse by U.S military prison guards at Abu Ghuraib and reported harsh interrogations of Iraqi prisoners. Nouri al-Maliki came into office saying he wanted to see a pluralist Iran whose various ethnic and sectarian groups regarded each other as equals. Critics and supporters alike say he has done a good job under the circumstances. He signed the death warrant for Saddam Hussein, putting closure to that part of the nation's past. Though insurgent attacks continue, primarily in the larger cities, al-Maliki's government has greatly improved security conditions in many parts of the country. In 2008, he convinced Sunni members of Parliament to return after a year-long boycott, and appointed some to cabinet positions. Probably most important to many Iraqis, Contents Synopsis Early Life Dissident and Politician Prime Minister of Iraq Leadership in Post-War Iraq Leading Iraq into the Future al-Maliki successfully negotiated an agreement by which U.S. forces would withdraw from Iraqi cities to military bases in the countryside by the end of June 2009 and that all U.S. troops would leave Iraq by December 2011. What will the future hold for Nouri al-Maliki? Has he positioned himself to be a perpetual leader, similar to Vladimir Putin? Or, will he only serve a short time after U.S. forces have completely left the country? In January 2007, he was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying, "I wish I could be done with it even before the end of this term. I didn't want to take this position...I only agreed because I thought it would serve the national interest, and I will not accept it again." As of yet, this is not for certain. In January 2010, al-Maliki's government was elected to another term. AND NOW TALABANI Jalal Talabani A Biography of Jalal Talabani , President of Iraq Founder and Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mr. Talabani has been an advocate for Kurdish rights and democracy in Iraq for more than fifty years. He was born in 1933 in the village of Kelkan in Iraqi Kurdistan near lake Dokan He received his elementary and intermediate school education in Koya (Koysanjak) and his high school education in Erbil and Kirkuk. Mr. Talabani has a record of lifelong activism and leadership in the Kurdish and Iraqi causes. In 1946, at the age of 13 he formed a secret Kurdish student association. The following year he became a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and in 1951, at 18, he was elected to the KDP's central committee. Upon finishing his secondary education, he sought admission to medical school but was denied it by authorities of the then ruling Hashemite monarchy owing to his political activities. In 1953 he was allowed to enter law school but was obliged to go into hiding in 1956 to escape arrest for his activities as founder and Secretary General of the Kurdistan Student Union. Following the July 1958 overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy, Mr. Talabani returned to law school, at the same time pursuing a career as a journalist and editor of two publications, Khabat and Kurdistan. After graduating in 1959, Mr. Talabani performed national service in the Iraqi army where he served in artillery and armor units and served as a commander of a tank unit. When in September 1961, the Kurdish revolution for the rights of the Kurds in Iraq was declared against the Baghdad government of Abdul Karim Qassem, Mr. Talabani took charge of the Kirkuk and Sulaimani battle fronts and organized and led resistance in Mawat, Rezan and the Karadagh regions. In March 1962 he led a coordinated offensive that brought about the liberation of the district of Sharbazher from Iraqi government forces. When not engaged in fighting in the early and mid 1960s, Mr. Talabani undertook numerous diplomatic missions, representing the Kurdish leadership at meetings in Europe and the Middle East. When the KDP split in 1964, Mr. Talabani was part of the "Political Bureau" group that broke away from General Mustafa Barzani's leadership, although he later rejoined the KDP and fought during the 1974-1975 revolution against Iraq’s Ba’athist dictatorship. The collapse of the Kurdish resistance in March 1975 presented a moment of profound crisis for the people of Iraqi Kurdistan. Believing it was time to give a new direction to the Kurdish resistance and to the Kurdish society, Mr. Talabani, with a group of Kurdish intellectuals and activists, founded the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (Yekiaiti Nishtimani Kurdistan). In 1976, he began organizing armed resistance inside Iraq. During the 1980s, Mr. Talabani led Kurdish struggle from bases inside Iraq until Saddam Hussein's brutal genocidal "Anfal" campaign of 1987 and 1988. The Kurdish movement was again cut adrift and Mr. Talabani was forced to leave Iraq. Returning in 1991, he helped inspire the Kurdish rising against Saddam Hussein’s regime. He negotiated a ceasefire with the Iraqi regime that saved the lives of many Kurds and worked closely with the US, UK, Turkey, France and other countries to set up the safe haven in Iraqi Kurdistan. He established a close personal relationship with the then President of Turkey, Turgut Ozal. Democratic elections were held in the safe haven in 1992 for a Kurdish parliament and the Kurdistan Regional Government was founded Mr. Talabani has pursued a negotiated settlement to the internecine problems plaguing the Kurdish movement, as well as the larger issue of Kurdish rights in the current regional context. He worked closely with other Kurdish politicians and the governments of the UK, UK and Turkey during the Ankara process of Kurdish reconciliation. He worked closely with all factions of the Iraqi opposition. In close coordination with Massoud Barzani, Mr. Talabani and the Iraqi Kurds played a key role as a partner of the US-Coalition in the liberation of Iraq. The Iraqi Kurds have also joined in the fight against international terrorism. Mr. Talabani was a member of the Iraqi Governing Council that negotiated the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL), Iraq’s interim constitution. The TAL governs all politics in Iraq and the process of writing and adopting the final constitution. In many ways, the TAL exemplifies the values that Mr. Talabani has promoted, of compromise, consensus and tolerance. A politician par excellence, Mr. Talabani is a secularist and a believer in democracy, inter-ethnic harmony, equality and women’s rights. He is known for his affable personality, his love of politics and his broad minded outlook. He has defined the PUK as an internationalist party and Mr. Talabani has made a point of publishing in Arabic. A strategic thinker and believer in reconciliation, he has reached out to Turkey and to the Sunni Arab community in Iraq to build bridges. Mr. Talabani stands for progressive politics, for a society based on social democratic values with a market economy. Close to his political base, and always open to debate, and quick to tell a joke, he has established a close rapport with party members. His elevation to the presidency of Iraq is recognition of his fifty years of service to the cause of freedom and democracy. Home Articles Interviews Submit Your View Links Art & Culture Weblog Kurdish Views
  6. Obviously you are frustrated but you are mixing two different things.The Iraqi banking system has made enough progress to hold its own during an RV. WARKA on the other hand have mismanaged their money to a point of receivership.Due some due diligence on the owners and managers of Warka and i bet you will be surprised.Those guys are dirty.It is clear they were mismanaged without even the proper reserve in currency.Most Iraqi's won't even deal with Warka.I hope you get your money back,i wish you luck. Applys to caper as well.
  7. Well one thing you can believe is that Shabs is not the guy most think he is. The fact is he is the one holding up the RV. For whatever reason and by doing so has the blood of many on his hands.
  8. I have been saying this for a long time do not trust Shabibi.......the guy lies to your face.....this is fact. Ali is nothing more than a man who would kick you when your down for financial gain. definitely feels no loyalty to you only to his wallet.Do not trust him.
  9. I must say one thing,i have been told by an attorney that whom ever sold you the dinar is liable if the item sold was part of fraud.Even if the seller did not know at the time. Its like me selling you a stolen TV.
  10. UPDATE ------Fifth Third had conference call today and the regional president told all offices that they believe the Dinar is a scam. During the call he said they were not liable for selling a fraudulent item. First its not a scam it is recognized currency. The dinar is being used in all assets of business transactions. Second even if it was a scam those who sold it to us are liable even if they did not know it was a scam. I'm sticking to my guns.....RV this month...
  11. I agree thats one way of looking at it,however it could be a way to control the purchase of dinar while also controlling where you can cash out. If the feds devise a way in which to monitor the cash in at required locations.
  12. This is not rumor my wife has been empoloyed there for many years. This memo was received this very morning. Jeez
  13. Not true they still would buy your dinar... not any more.
  14. Not selling them is one thing, but now they will not buy from you to. That is a big deal.
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