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  1. I'm wondering if this article will make it to the gazette. Wish I knew how to submit it because I'm sure all the sheep of Kurdistan would love to know where their money is going... U.S. Kurdistan’s Barzani Family Spends $47 Million on Two Beverly Hills Homes James McClain,Variety 6 hours ago Reactions Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email Click here to read the full article. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is one of Southern California’s biggest tourist draws outside of Disneyland, its glitzy collection of designer boutiques — Chanel, Hermès, Bottega Veneta and more — forming their own sort of Magic Kingdom to lure gawkers, and sometimes serious shoppers, from around the world. The residential streets just north of the main shopping drag have their own peculiar theme park-like quality, too, with rows of ornate mansions and perfectly manicured yards. The city’s omnipresent tour buses have taken to meandering up and down these palm tree-lined streets, frequently stopping to allow occupants to photograph this or that celebrity’s house. But on a busy avenue just a few blocks from Rodeo, one house draws attention despite not having a Hollywood pedigree. Maison 613, as the property is known, was long owned by a non-famous businessman, yet lookie-loos flock to the property. On a recent Sunday, a slow-driving Nissan pulled over across the street from the house, the driver emerging with a tripod camera to snap pictures. It’s not hard to see what fascinates the tourists. Watch a marketing video for the property, and the magnitude of Maison 613 comes into focus. Up for sale two years ago with a $40 million pricetag, the listing boldly proclaimed that the house “sets a new standard for elegance, beauty and sophistication in the residential landscape of Beverly Hills.” Perhaps that’s true, but the colossal structure also utterly obliterates its neighbors in sheer size alone. Within the mega-mansion’s nearly 21,000 square feet of gilt-trimmed living space are a beauty salon, elevator, indoor basketball court, 17 bathrooms and even a bowling alley. And from the street, the European-influenced architecture invokes Versailles, its towering limestone face festooned with a bonanza of Corinthian columns, intricate moldings and decorative quoins. The house looks like money — a remarkably showy sort of money. A mile north of Maison 613 lies another mansion that might as well be its older, slightly smaller sister. Foothill Manor, as it is known, was built in the 1970s and spans “just” 12,000 square feet, yet is every bit as opulent as Maison 613, with more Corinthian columns, hand-carved architectural moldings and gold leaf everywhere. It’s also more private than Maison 613, with its perimeter a forest-like collection of mature plantings. But the house is so tall that even the giant trees surrounding it can’t shield its roofline from public view. Yet even though Maison 613 and Foothill Manor were designed to impart conspicuous wealth, the names of their current owners are shrouded in secrecy. Maison 613 sold last year for $27 million in an all-cash deal, according to records, one of the biggest transactions ever closed in the Beverly Hills Flats neighborhood. The listed buyer, an LLC, is named after the property’s address and links back to a small, nondescript law office in Fairfax, Virginia. Just three months before Maison 613’s big sale, Foothill Manor transferred for $20 million in another all-cash deal. Again, the listed buyer is a mysterious LLC named after the property’s address; it, too, was registered by the same Virginia law office. As Nick Shaxson once neatly put it for Vanity Fair, there are only two things we can say with certainty about the new owners: “They are extremely wealthy, and [they] … don’t want you to know who they are and how they got their money.” Dive deep into records, however, and one name is linked to both Beverly Hills properties: Haval Dosky, a Virginia-based, ethnically Kurdish man with longstanding ties to Mansour and Masrour Barzani, the two most prominent sons of former Iraqi Kurdistan president Masoud Barzani. For centuries, the Barzani family have been the de facto rulers of the Middle East’s autonomous Kurdistan region, currently based the mountains north of Baghdad, Iraq. Though Kurdistan exists strictly as an imaginary country, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has its own legislature, army and foreign policy, essentially making it a state in all but name. And the Barzanis’ influence among the Kurds is so great that supporters and critics alike have coined the cheeky nickname Barzanistan for the oil-rich region. From 2005 to 2017, Masoud Barzani served as president of the KRG, during which time he established himself as one of the U.S.’s staunchest allies in the Middle East. Barzani’s tenure as president was also marred by controversy. Critics alleged that he and his family secretly held a virtual monopoly on various commercial businesses, reaping tens of billions from their telecommunications empire and other endeavors. Though Barzani himself denied any involvement with commercial enterprises, a local newspaper accused Barzani and his Kurdistan Democratic Party of collecting large profits from illegal oil smuggling into Iran. And a $47 million purchase of Beverly Hills real estate by his sons could be construed as providing evidence of some form of corruption. But stories of the Barzani sons’ vast wealth are nothing new. Though he’s publicly issued a denial, avid real estate watchers widely believe that Masrour Barzani was the anonymous buyer of a gigantic mansion in McLean, Virginia, that ranks as one of the largest homes in the entire state. (The ornate house, immodestly christened Chateau Noble de McLean, bears an almost eerie resemblance to Maison 613 and Foothill Manor.) And if local reports are to be believed, Mansour Barzani once lost $3.2 million in a single night while gambling at a Dubai casino. Back in Beverly Hills, determining exactly who owns Maison 613 is made more complicated by the fact that the Barzanis don’t actually seem to live in this house. Nor does anyone, for that matter. A recent visit to the premises found there were various weather-damaged neighborhood flyers stuck in the front gate, as if the property has been vacant for some time. There are no cars in the drive; at night, the house remains conspicuously dark. Much like Maison 613, Foothill Manor is also vacant. Signs posted on the driveway gate state that a major interior remodel of the home has recently begun, rendering the place uninhabitable. But according to neighbors, the giant house was occupied for most of the past year by Sodabeh “Soodi” Khoshdaman, a U.K.-based woman who they said is a mistress of one of Masoud Barzani’s sons, and the mother of a boy carrying the Barzani surname. Whatever Khoshdaman’s actual ties to the Barzani clan, they appear to have reaped extraordinary financial rewards for her. British land registry records reveal that in December 2016, she paid £10.9 million (approximately $14 million USD at current conversion rates) in an all-cash deal for a fixer-upper house in London’s shockingly expensive neighborhood of Kensington, the same pocket of town
  2. Man, this Iranian deputy is clueless. The religious authority apparently has no problem with the Iranians killing his people but doesn't want any American interference. It's about time for the international freedom fighters to come in an bail out these sheep again...
  3. I’m seeing another Saddam Hussein invasion “Part II” for the USA except it will be from the Iranian proxy’s instead of a lunatic dictator...
  4. I’m thinking if y’all will slack off that stealing just a little the budget will be just fine....
  5. Iraq is not ready for a western type democracy, they need the same type of government as Kuwait, Thailand an Dubai. They can't get this bunch of thieves to agree on anything except for holidays an time off. You have a king an he makes the decisions an that's final. Maybe in a few generations they could move into a more western type voting an governing system but between the corruption an Iran they really don't have much of a chance right now...
  6. With their resources an most of the corruption eliminated, Iraq could do this in half that time. The billions of dollars that have been stolen from the building of the electrical grid in Iraq could have a frame work to Texas connecting Baghdad. Everything hinges on the will power of the protestors, they have the GOI on the ropes right now but need to continue until this bunch of thieves are jailed an a new PM and government is installed...
  7. Dinarrock, you are absolutely correct. Many articles have stated it will be a managed float within the 2% range. The pizza boy with the years an years of his free float non sense is funny. What will come out at is the BIG question...
  8. Man that’s exactly what I wanted to hear, I have several million shares an was always hoping it would survive....thanks
  9. As usual I disagree with this thug. He says holding elections now won’t fix the situation, the people in office is the problem so not having elections will fix the problem? The sooner you hold new elections an remove these Iranian terrorist from parliament the sooner things will return to normal. It appears Barzani an family have cozied up to the Iranians an are trying to end the protest... Hang in their folks an keep your boycott on the Iranian goods coming into your country....
  10. Ron, is this saying Warka is back trading on the ISX?
  11. LMAO!!! This clown still doesn’t get it, at this point I’m thinking the protesters could give a rats azz about a fair. For Mahdi to bring up the cost of this demonstration really shows he is in way over his head. I’m not sure if the Iraqi citizens will let a foreign government fill the PM position for them this time. The USA put Maliki in an Iran put Mahdi in, I think the citizens need to put this one in...
  12. Hey you fools don’t stop there, why not go ahead an merge your banking system an oil exports. Being you already have the two governments nearly joined the only thing left is renaming the country, how about West Iran?
  13. More proof that the stooge Mahdi is nothing more than a Iranian puppet.... We reveal the scenes of what happened between Soleimani and Sadr .. And the intervention of Iran to prevent the overthrow of Abdul Mahdi Sources close to two of the most influential figures in Iraq told Reuters that Iran intervened to prevent the overthrow of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi amid demonstrations that erupted in protest against the performance of the government. Sadr's leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, this week called for Abdul-Mahdi to call early elections to pacify the biggest popular protests in Iraq. Sadr urged his main political rival, Hadi al-Amiri, who leads the Fatah-alliance, an Iranian- backed alliance that represents the most prominent leader of the Popular Mobilization and has the second largest number of seats in parliament, to help oust Abdul Mahdi. But at a secret meeting in Baghdad on Wednesday, Qasim Soleimani intervenedThe commander of the Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards asked Amiri and the leaders of the Popular Mobilization to continue to support Abdul Mahdi, according to five sources familiar with the meeting. Amri and Sadr's spokesmen could not be reached for comment. An Iranian security official confirmed Soleimani was present at Wednesday's meeting and said he was there to "advise". The Iranian official, who asked not to be named, said Iraqi security "is important to us and we have helped before. The Quds Force commander travels to Iraq and other countries in the region from time to time, especially when our allies ask us for help."
  14. horsesoldier, you are correct on that one. Mahdi is stuck in the middle of Iran an al Sadr (demonstrators), with the statement he will resign when they find a replacement keeps Iran at bay but not the protesters. He’s kinda in a catch 22, because being an Iranian stooge is a little dangerous. Would you want to walk around Baghdad with Iranian snipers on most buildings?
  15. Mahdi won't resign, Iran won't let him. The only agreement that poor ole Mahdi has is for Iran to find a replacement for him an then he can quit. Like I've said all a long, he's resigned from every position he's ever held in Iraq. When you have the head of the revolutionary guards flying into your country giving orders you know who's running your country. al Sadr has the chance right now to over throw this Iranian regime they call the GOI (government of Iraq) with all his protesters as the world watches. A few hundred more will have to die before they rid themselves of most of the corruption an Iranian influence....
  16. Forgot to add the link, sorry about that... http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=201435
  17. This terrorist country is not even trying to hide the killings in Iraq anymore...al Sadr has got to rid the government of its corrupt Iranian influence... Khamenei directs the government and militias to kill Iraqis Murad Al Ammari Khamenei was impatient with the Iraqi revolution and its growing crowds, prompting him to send a clear message during his speech at a military parade in Tehran to the government and allied militias and urged them to "address the riots," a description of the demonstrations led by the valiant youth of the Tishrin uprising. In his speech, Khamenei also called on those who are keen on Iraq to "make their priority the remedy of insecurity and instability". They are certainly Iran's followers within the government, parliament and the crowd. Khamenei's remarks gave the green light to Qassem Soleimani to move the militias directly associated with him to operate in more than one scenario, all of which are aimed at finishing the popular movement with murder, oppression and terrorism. Khamenei, who is threatening to know before him that the people who confronted the sniper weapon with naked breasts have crossed the barrier of fear. After all this killing, your militias will not do anything that frightens. So, when our youth defies the fascist killing machine, they know that its resurrection can only be resurrected through its sacrifices. Therefore, the survival of Iraq is an Iranian menace after all this killing. And sacrifices. In conclusion, we say to militia Fustat: You are a gang and we are a people, you drink from the few Khamenei and we drink from the few Hussein, the martyrs of martyrs, and the difference between the two.
  18. Well Floridian you asked for opinions an then added a disclaimer (not say to speak of the exchange rate). OK so here's my opinion...I think you are absolutely correct, we are gonna lose money. I'm thinking there's so much rioting an corruption in Iraq that they will be forever doing anything, especially with the Dinar. This weekend I'm gonna pull out all my Dinar an separate it into 100k bags an start selling it on Ebay. Maybe I can beat everyone else that's about to sell out, hopefully I can break even on my purchases...
  19. I think what he is trying to tell Iraq is, that they Need to double down on their execution squads to stop all this protesting. That’s the way we do it in Iran...
  20. Open parliament sessions to the public with TV screens, what a concept. You would think if it’s a good idea for a third world corrupt country to have open sessions it would be a good idea for a corrupt country like the US congress to have open sessions.
  21. I love it, maybe Nancy now knows exactly where she stands now in the importance of the government. Trump I’m sure didn’t want to take her away from all her impeachment duties to worry about silly things like our national security.
  22. I agree with the protesters, dissolve this government an call for new elections. This bunch of incompetent thieves needs to go. Another delay but we really wasn’t looking for the RV before February of next year anyway.
  23. Probabilities not to convene the parliament session today because of the lack of quorum Release date:: 2019/10/26 13:56 • 43 times read (Baghdad: Euphrates News) A source familiar with the possibility, Saturday, not to convene the parliament session this day because of the lack of quorum. The source told (Euphrates News) that "there are likely not to hold a special session of parliament for today because of the lack of quorum." Parliament had been scheduled to hold a special session on Monday noon to discuss the protesters' demands and approve a number of reforms https://alforatnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=216559
  24. LMAO!!!!! Did anyone actually think they were going to have a session today with all those crazy people running around outside an those delusional Iranian snipers shooting people... Parliament decides to cancel the session scheduled for today due to lack of quorum Politics 2019/10/26 14:03 56 Baghdad today add a comment https://baghdadtoday.news/news/99611/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%B1%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%8A%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%BA%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D9%84
  25. Just wondering if Iraq gave Iran a time table to get their troops out. What a bunch of idiots....
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