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  1. Deputy: Iraq has achieved oil revenues equivalent to the budget of two countries in three months 11:29 - 24/06/2019 0 BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq 's oil revenues in the first quarter of 2019 are equivalent to two states in three months, Iraqi National Congress (INC) Secretary General Aras Habib Karim revealed on Monday . " In the first quarter of 2019 , Iraq achieved oil revenues equivalent to the budget of two neighboring countries, " Karim said in a statement received by Al-Maaloumah . "In these two countries there are no slums like ours, because their money is less and their health and social situation is better, while our money is more and our disasters are worse," Habib said. "I do not absolve myself. The entire political class bears responsibility for this reality, but the difference is that while there is someone who realizes the reality in the hope of a solution, there are those who follow the policy of denial, and this is the catastrophe." Ending / 25
  2. Iran: US sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order that would impose fresh sanctions on Iran, including on the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei. (AP) Updated 25 June 2019 REUTERS June 24, 201919:21 Trump said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of drone attack Washington has repeatedly imposed sanctions on Tehran since last year Iran said on Tuesday that a US decision to impose sanctions on the country’s supreme leader and other top officials permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a tweet. “Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.” US President Donald Trump earlier signed an executive order that would impose fresh sanctions on Iran, amid increased tensions between the long-time foes. Trump initially told reporters the sanctions, which will target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his office, were in response to Tehran's downing of a US drone last week. Tehran has said the drone was flying in its airspace, which Washington has denied. Later, Trump said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. The US will also blacklist Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and block "billions" more in Iranian assets as part of expanded sanctions, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday. Mnuchin told reporters Zarif would be added to an economic sanctions list "later this week," adding that eight top military commanders from Iran's Revolutionary Guards have now also been blacklisted. The US has also blamed Iran for attacks earlier this month on two oil tankers at the entrance of the Gulf of Oman. Iran, in turn, has denied that it is to blame. Washington has repeatedly imposed sanctions on Tehran since last year, when the US withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing of sanctions. Trump’s administration has said the deal struck under his predecessor President Barack Obama did not do enough. Trump has said he would be open to talks with Iranian leaders, but Tehran has rejected such an offer unless Washington drops the sanctions. The Trump administration wants to force Tehran to open talks on its nuclear and missile programmes and its activities in the region. The US also accuses Iran of encouraging allies in Yemen to attack Saudi targets. In a joint statement on Monday, the US, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and UK expressed concern over Middle East tensions and the dangers posed by Iranian "destabilizing activity" to peace and security in Yemen and the region.
  3. America launches the economic side of the Middle East peace plan amid skepticism Politics ofthe Manama ConferenceDeal Century 2019/06/25 03:26:21 The first phase of President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan will kick off in Bahrain on Tuesday at a conference the White House calls an attempt to raise $ 50 billion in investments, but Palestinians make fun of it and say it is the "economy first" plan and doomed to fail. The two-day international meeting, led by Jared Kouchner, is described as the first part of Washington's long-awaited political plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which will be unveiled later. But neither the Israeli government nor the Palestinian government will attend the Manama meeting. The meeting will see whether participants such as Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Gulf Arab states will show any interest in making real donations to the US plan, which has already drawn strong criticism from Palestinians and others in the Arab world. Bahrain has been preparing for the meeting for weeks. Bahrain is a close ally of the United States and hosts the US Navy's Fifth Fleet. A senior Gulf diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the event, despite its supposed focus on the economy, Gulf Arab states hoped to use to show solidarity with the Trump administration over its tough approach to Iran. Under the plan, donors and investors will contribute $ 50 billion to the region, including $ 28 billion for the Palestinian territories, the West Bank occupied by Israel and the Gaza Strip, $ 7.5 billion for Jordan, $ 9 billion for Egypt and $ 6 billion for Lebanon. Of the 179 proposed projects, there is a $ 5 billion road to link the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. "I laugh when they attack this as a 'century deal,'" Kouchner told Reuters, referring to the supposed name of the Trump peace plan over the past two years. "If they have the courage to implement it, it will be 'the chance of the century'." Kouchner presents his plan in two handbooks full of graphics and statistics similar to the investment prospectus and has been repeatedly called the "Action Plan". Kouchner is a senior adviser to Trump and his son-in-law, who comes from New York's real estate world. In response to critics accusing Kouchner of trying to craft "economic peace," he told Reuters last week: "Many past attempts have failed. Let us rest ... and keep an open mind. " Peace for Prosperity However, there are few opportunities for success. Trump acknowledges that the economic plan, called Peace for Prosperity, will only be implemented if a political solution is found to one of the most difficult conflicts in the world. Such a solution must address long-standing issues such as the status of Jerusalem and the agreed borders, the security concerns of Israel, the Palestinian demands for their statehood, the fate of Israeli settlements and the military presence in the territories that the Palestinians want for that state. In an interview with Al-Jazeera on Tuesday, Kouchner gave a rare glimpse into the potential political aspects of the plan, saying the deal would not comply with the Arab peace initiative, a Saudi-led initiative that has won Arab consensus since 2002. "I think we all have to admit that if an agreement can be reached, it will not be like the Arab peace initiative," Kouchner told the island. Will be in a middle area between the Arab peace initiative and the Israeli position. " The Arab initiative calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and the right of return for refugees, which Israel rejects. There are continuing questions about the plan and whether the Trump team is planning to abandon the "two-state solution," which includes the establishment of an independent Palestinian state living side by side with Israel. The United Nations and most of the world support the two-state solution that has been the cornerstone of every peace plan for decades. But Trump's team, led by Kouchner and Trump Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, has consistently refused to commit to a two-state solution, keeping the political phase of the plan too secret. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally of Trump, is suffering from internal problems and faces elections and possible corruption charges after a long police investigation. And denies the commission of any irregularities. "We will hear the American proposal with fairness and openness," Netanyahu said on Sunday. Despite the absence of ministers from the Israeli Government, an Israeli business delegation is expected to participate. Palestinian leaders boycotted the workshop and refused to communicate with the White House accusing him of bias in favor of Israel following a series of recent Trump decisions. Kushner told Reuters that "some" Palestinian businessmen would attend but declined to give their names. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Palestinian authority exercises limited autonomy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has been sharply critical of the chances of a successful meeting. "The money is important and the economy is important, but the political solution is more important, and when a political solution is based on international legitimacy and the vision of the two countries, then we say hello to everyone who wants to help us," Abbas said. The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which runs the Gaza Strip, found itself in a rare agreement with its arch-rival Abbas. "The question of Palestine does not represent it and is only represented by its people," said Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas official. He added that Trump's approach "establishes the transformation of the cause of our people from political to humanitarian ... and the integration of occupation into the fabric of the region." However, Kouchner insists that the economic plan aims to help the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table by showing the benefits that the peace agreement could bring. Kouchner said that even without the representation of the Israeli and Palestinian governments, the presence of Israeli businessmen and journalists with their counterparts from the Arab world will be important at a time of heightened tension with Iran. "People are aware that the real threat to that region is Iran and its aggression, and Israel and many other Arab countries have much more in common today than ever before," he said. "Iran is at the forefront of the attention chain now," said David Makovsky, a Middle East expert in Washington, although the main focus of the event is on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Makovsky, whom the White House invited to participate as an observer, said Trump and Kouchner's plan would eventually succeed or fail in how to address key issues, not money. "Nobody thinks he can solve this economically without addressing political issues."سیاسة/أمريكا-تطلق-الجانب-الاقتصادي-لخطة-السلام-في-الشرق-الأوسط-وسط-تشكك/
  4. Iraqi parliament postpones amendment of the law of seizure and confiscation of funds belonging to the Saddam regime Policy ofthe House of RepresentativesLaw ofthe former regimeconfiscation of funds 2019/06/25 05:32:43 The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday postponed a draft law on the first amendment to the law on the seizure and confiscation of movable and immovable property belonging to Saddam Hussein's regime. The head of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi during the meeting held today to hold a meeting with the heads of political blocs tomorrow at the Constitutional Hall to discuss the draft law of the first amendment to the law of seizure and confiscation of movable and immovable property belonging to the pillars of the former regime No. (72) for the year 2017. Halabousi also decided to postpone the bill for the House of Representatives session of the law next Thursday.سیاسة/البرلمان-العراقي-يرجئ-تعديل-قانون-حجز-ومصادرة-اموال-اركان-نظام-صدام/
  5. Presidential Vice President Ham Dr.. Bashir Al-Haddad discusses with the United Nations mission in Baghdad, the priorities of the work of the House of Representatives and emphasize the support of the international community to Iraq in the stage of construction and reconstruction June 25, 2019 Dr. Basheer al-Haddad, Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives received on Tuesday, 2019/6/25, at his official office in Baghdad Mr. Menoj Mathieu, Head of the Political Department of the United Nations Mission in Iraq and the accompanying delegation. During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments in the political and security situation on the Iraqi arena and priorities The work of the House of Representatives in the next phase. He also praised the UN mission's mandate to extend its work in Iraq to 31 May 2020, as well as the role of the Mission in its humanitarian work towards the Iraqi people. "Iraq fought on behalf of the world the most powerful terrorist organization in the region, Today, the international community must support Iraq in the stage of reconstruction and reconstruction after the destruction and war. The House of Representatives has priorities in the coming stage. We will work with the current government to stabilize security and stability, face challenges to deal with files and approve laws and legislations and provide basic services to citizens in all areas. Governorates, and the end of the IDP camps file and the fight against all forms of financial and administrative corruption and to provide job opportunities for unemployed youth and the reconstruction of infrastructure. " The head of the political department in the mission, expressed his pleasure in holding this fruitful meeting, reviewing the political and security scene in Iraq and the progress achieved at various levels, stressing the keenness of the UN mission to continue the implementation of humanitarian assistance programs and support the Iraqi government in performing its tasks to promote the chances of stability and prosperity desired. Media Office of the Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives 25 June 2019د-بشير-الحداد-يبحث-مع-بعثة-الأمم-المتحد/
  6. 2019/06/25 11:11 Number of readings 61 Section: Iraq Rohani: Washington's sanctions on the guide are proof of Washington's desperation from Tehran BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rowhani has condemned the sanctions imposed by the US administration on Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif, saying they were proof of Washington's "despair" over Tehran. "American actions against Iran and its leadership are proof of Washington's failure to confront Tehran, and these sanctions will not succeed in subjugating us," Rouhani said. He added: "US sanctions on the guide is useless because he does not have assets abroad, and the United States can not freeze the money of the guide because it is just a Husseiniya and a simple house in Tehran." He said that "America is adopting unusual behavior and imposing sanctions on the foreign minister proves its lies about its desire to dialogue with Iran." Rowhani stressed that "the Iranian airspace is a red line and we will respond to any aggression on it and that the American plane was dropped because it did not respond to several warnings addressed to it." He pointed out that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces shot down the plane with a homemade system. "We dropped the American plane with a local system, not with S-300 missiles," he said. Follow the obelisk agenciesروحاني-عقوبات-واشنطن-على-المرشد--دليل-على-يأس-واشنطن-من-طهران
  7. 2019/06/25 11:26 Number of readings 58 Section: Iraq Warnings of a war in the Gulf paralyzing the Iraqi economy BAGHDAD - The Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance Minister Fuad Hussein, warned on Tuesday (June 25th, 2019) that a war in the Gulf region could cripple the Iraqi economy completely. "The current situation is very dangerous and tense," Hussein said in a televised interview with the obelisk. "The tension is related to the geography of Iraq and we are in a state of concern because the war is causing destruction, and recent developments increase this concern, such as the mobilization of forces and military operations, which generates fear of the beginning of a disaster is war, which is a threat to Iraq, the region and the world." He pointed out that "there are questions about the reactions of other countries and the status of oil and the Strait of Hormuz, because the export of Iraqi oil is mostly through the Gulf and any incident will lead to the cessation of export and the occurrence of an economic problem because the Iraqi economy depends on 90% of it on oil." "The prime minister put forward mediation between the United States and Iran, and I think that Iraq can play a role in exchanging views. Both sides trust Iraq, but the negotiations depend on the situation of the two countries," he said. There is Japanese, Omani and Swiss mediation. " Follow the obeliskتحذيرات-من-اندلاع-حرب-في-الخليج-تشل-الاقتصاد-العراقي
  8. 2019/06/25 14:00 Number of readings 21 Section: Iraq Halabousi: The person who submits a request to investigate those accused of corruption bears responsibility BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Parliament speaker Mohamed Halboussi confirmed on Monday (June 25th, 2019) that anyone who filed an investigation into corruption suspects would be held accountable if his charges were not true. "Any deputy can apply to the presidency of the council in the event of corruption cases against any official in the Iraqi state to refer him to the public prosecution," Halboussi said in a speech from inside the parliament building. "If the charges are not true, the applicant has the legal responsibility," he said. Halabousi directed the General Secretariat of the House of Representatives to host urgent representatives of the Ministry of Education to take urgent action on the treatment of the lack of centers of examination in the areas. Halaboussi, the heads of political blocs, called for a meeting on Wednesday at the constitutional base to discuss the law of seizure and confiscation of state funds. He added that "the meeting will be devoted to discuss the draft law of the first amendment to the law of seizure and confiscation of movable and immovable property belonging to the pillars of the former regime No. 72 of 2017 and defers the law for next Thursday." Follow the obeliskالحلبوسي-من-يقدم-طلبا-بالتحقيق-مع-متهمين-بالفساد-يتحمل-المسؤولية
  9. This is very important the UN has now taken Iran's side determining the The American Global Hawk Drone shot down by Iran was truly in Iran's Airspace. Now who is lying? I'm not sure nor do I trust our intelligence agencies after what they have done to our President. Security Council urges ‘maximum restraint’ around Gulf region as Iran and United States trade diplomatic blows in New York Majid Takht Ravanchi, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN, briefs journalists during Security Council consultations on the situation in the Middle East, specifically concerning Iran. (24 June 2019) 24 June 2019 Peace and Security There is a need for “genuine regional dialogue” to address rising tensions in the Gulf, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday, calling on Secretary-General António Guterres “to play a role” in bringing countries to the table. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi, was speaking to reporters outside the Security Council chamber in New York, where a closed-door meeting was being held to discuss the deteriorating relations between the United States, and Iran, which has also ratcheted up tension with Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia, and its allies. Iran’s Permanent Representative said he had asked to take part in the meeting, but the request had been refused. He blamed the US, a Permanent Member of the 15-member body. He said that Iran wanted “neither war, nor an escalation of tension” in the region. “The US decision today, to impose more sanctions against Iran is yet another indication of continued US hostility against the Iranian people and their leaders”, he said. “To ease tensions in the broader Persian Gulf region, the US must stop its military adventurism in our region, as well as its economic war”. US officials have said that Iran was responsible for two separate incidents in recent weeks, around the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, involving six oil tankers which were damaged. Iran has categorically denied any involvement. Last week, an unmanned US drone was shot down by the Iranian military over what the US said were international waters in the Gulf, but Ambassador Ravanchi repeated Iran’s assertion on Monday, that the drone had been violating Iranian airspace when it was shot down. Iran 'was responsible' acting US ambassador Speaking at the same podium immediately after the closed meeting, the acting US Ambassador, Jonathan Cohen, told reporters that “it’s clear to us, and it should be to the world, that Iran was responsible for the May 12 and June 13 attacks against ships in the Persian Gulf. Such attacks pose a serious threat to the freedom of navigation and commerce in one of the world’s most important waterways.” Mr. Cohen said the drone had not entered Iranian airspace but relied on interpreting its position as having been in the country’s “flight information region”, which is “not the same as their airspace”. “Iran must understand that these attacks are unacceptable. It’s time for the world to join us in saying so. Our policy remains an economic and diplomatic effort to bring Iran back to the negotiating table.” Earlier, the Iranian Ambassador had said that his country would not hold talks with the US while punitive sanctions continued, along with intimidation and threats. ‘Nerves of steel’ are needed: Guterres Asked earlier at the regular noon briefing for reporters at UN Headquarters, to comment on the continuing tensions around the Gulf region, the UN’s Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that the Secretary‑General “has made clear his concerns, both about the recent incidents and also the rhetoric from various quarters.” He’s made it clear that it would be a catastrophe to have any escalation in the Gulf region”, added Mr. Haq. “He has urged all sides to show nerves of steel, and he is continuing to maintain that, and he wants to make sure that they take steps to avoid any further sorts of provocation.” Security Council urge all countries to ‘exercise maximum restraint’ After the closed-door talks, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi of Kuwait, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of June, read out an informal statement on behalf of the 15-member body condemning the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, saying they represented a “serious threat to maritime navigation and energy supply” as well as being a threat to international peace and security. “The Council members urge concerned parties and all countries in the region to exercise maximum restraint and take measures and actions to reduce escalation and end tension,” he said. The statement called for differences to be addressed “peacefully and through dialogue”.
  10. 2019/06/24 20:33 Number of readings 152 Section: Iraq Parliamentary energy accuses the region of stealing and manipulating the export of oil BAGHDAD / The obelisk: On Monday, June 24, 2019, the parliamentary energy committee accused the Kurdistan Region of manipulating the oil meters and not adopting transparency in oil exports, indicating that Kurdistan is preventing any government or parliamentary delegation from Baghdad from inspecting export counters in the region. A member of the Committee Charter Hamdi said in a statement followed by "obsolete", "The exports of the province installed in the budget is 400 thousand barrels, including 250 thousand imports received by the company Sumo." She added that "the region has not delivered so far imports of one barrel of oil recognized by the Government of the Territory," noting that "the Minister of Finance on the salaries and allocations of Peshmerga, which is contrary to the budget laws." She explained that "the Minister of Finance did not give a clear answer to the parliament has a question about the reason for the disbursement of funds," pointing out that "the information that reached the Committee states that the region's exports exceeded 600 thousand barrels per day as well as the existence of manipulation of oil reserves adopted by the region." She said that "there are official orders issued by Kurdistan to prevent any delegation of government or parliamentary Baghdad to see the oil meters in the Kurdistan region." Follow the obeliskالطاقة-النيابية-تتهم-الاقليم-بالسرقة-والتلاعب-بعدادات-تصدير-النفط
  11. King Salman meets Pompeo amid US-Iran tensions June 24, 201904:40 Mike Pompeo: US wants to build a global coalition against Iran But is prepared to negotiate with Iran, without preconditions, in a bid to ease tensions WASHINGTON: King Salman met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday in Jeddah for talks amid mounting tensions with Iran. Pompeo is also expected to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, before flying for talks in the UAE, US officials said. Pompeo said earlier he wanted to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in the Middle East, following a week of crisis that saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran. Pompeo spoke Sunday as he left Washington for Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, Sunni Arab allies that are alarmed by Shiite Iran’s increasing assertiveness and are working to limit its influence in the region. His stops in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi were hastily arranged late last week as additions to a trip to India from where he will join President Donald Trump in Japan and South Korea. “We’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned, and how we can build out a global coalition, a coalition not only throughout the Gulf states, but in Asia and in Europe, that understands this challenge as it is prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror,” Pompeo said about Iran. But even as Pompeo delivered his tough talk, he echoed President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in saying the US is prepared to negotiate with Iran, without preconditions, in a bid to ease tensions. Those tensions have been mounting since Trump last year withdrew the US from a global nuclear deal with Iran and began pressuring Tehran with economic sanctions. A fresh round of Iran sanctions is to be announced Monday in a bid to force the Iranian leadership into talks. “They know precisely how to find us,” Pompeo said. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman meanwhile said on Monday Tehran welcomes any defusion of tensions in the Gulf region following weeks of deteriorating relations with Washington. “We welcome defusion of tensions in the region. We do not want rise of tensions,” Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency. But he also described the US Middle East peace plan as “shameful” and “doomed to failure,” and accused teh UK of siding with the Americans against Tehran. It was a week of topsy-turvy pronouncements on US policy toward Iran that careened between the bellicose, the conciliatory and back again after Iran shot down an American military drone and boasted it would not bow to Washington’s pressure. Trump initially said Iran had made a “very big mistake” and that it was “hard to believe” that shooting down the drone on Thursday was not intentional. He later said he thought it was an unintentional act carried out by a “loose and stupid” Iranian and called off retaliatory military strikes against Iran. On Saturday, Trump reversed himself and claimed that Iran had acted “knowingly.” But Trump also said over the weekend that he appreciated Iran’s decision to not shoot down a manned US spy plane, and he opined about eventually becoming Iran’s “best friend” if Tehran ultimately agrees to abandon its drive to build nuclear weapons and he helps the country turn around its crippled economy. Then Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, stepped in Sunday with a blunt warning from Jerusalem, where he was traveling. Bolton said Iran should not “mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness” after Trump called off the military strike. Trump said he backed away from the planned strikes after learning that about 150 people would be killed, but he said the military option remained. A longtime Iran hawk, Bolton emphasized that the US reserved the right to attack at a later point. “No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East. As President Trump said on Friday our military is rebuilt, new and ready to go,” Bolton said during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, himself a longtime and outspoken Iran critic. On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed the United States’ “interventionist military presence” for fanning the flames. He was quoted by the official IRNA news agency. Shortly thereafter, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen launched an attack against an airport in southern Saudi Arabia, killing one person and wounding seven others, according to the Saudi military. Such attacks have been cited by Saudi and US officials as examples of Iran’s “malign behavior” in the Middle East. Pompeo, who addressed reporters from the tarmac before he boarded his airplane in Washington, declared the goal of his talks with the Saudi kingdom and the UAE is to deny Iran “the resources to foment terror, to build out their nuclear weapon system, to build out their missile program.” “We are going to deny them the resources they need to do that, thereby keep American interests and American people safe all around the world,” said Pompeo, who was due to arrive in the region after one person was killed and seven others were wounded in an attack by Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels on an airport in Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening, the Saudi military said. The downing of the unmanned aircraft marked a new high in the rising tensions between the United States and Iran. The Trump administration has vowed to combine a “maximum pressure” campaign of economic sanctions with a buildup of American forces in the region, following the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. US military cyber forces on Thursday launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems, according to US officials. The cyberattacks disabled Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps computer systems that controlled its rocket and missile launchers, the officials said. Throughout the recent crisis, Trump has wavered between bellicose language and actions toward Iran and a more accommodating tone, including a plea for negotiations. Iran has said it is not interested in a dialogue with Trump. His administration is aiming to cripple Iran’s economy and force policy changes by re-imposing sanctions, including on Iranian oil exports.
  12. Iran says downing of US drone was a ‘firm response,’ can be repeated The commander said everyone saw how they downed the drone and they can do it again. (File/AFP) Updated 12 sec ago REUTERS June 24, 201905:42 Navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khazandi said the “the enemy” knows the response can be repeated LONDON: Iran on Monday described its shooting down of a US drone in the Gulf last week as a “firm response” to the United States and warned it could be repeated. “Everyone saw the downing of the unmanned drone,” navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency. “I can assure you that this firm response can be repeated, and the enemy knows it.”
  13. 2019/06/24 13:27 Number of readings 39 Section: Iraq Deputy: Parliament will vote on an alternative candidate for education next Thursday BAGHDAD / Al-Masala: The MP of the Fatah alliance Amer al-Fayez, on Monday 24 June 2019, that the parliament will vote on an alternative to the candidate for education next Thursday, not to give confidence to the candidate Safana al-Hamdani because of lack of experience according to her biography. Al-Fayez said in a statement that "the absence of candidate for the Ministry of Education Safana al-Hamdani is because of the lack of conviction of the deputies of their own biography, which does not have sufficient experience to lead a ministry of mission and a political ministry of education." He added that "the House of Representatives will vote on an alternative to the candidate Safana al-Hamdani next Thursday, according to the Prime Minister's book nominating a nominee within three days in the event that the candidate did not get the confidence of parliament." It is noteworthy that the parliament voted on Monday, to exempt the candidate Shaima Hayali, which gave the parliament confidence in last December before the scandal broke out belonging to her brother to the organization of Dahesh. Follow the obeliskنائب-البرلمان-سيصوت-على-بديل-لمرشحة-التربية-الخميس-المقبل
  14. Find out the CVs of the new Defense, Interior and Justice Ministers Policy of theGovernment of the Mahdi 2019/06/24 05:28:55 2019/06/24 05:28:55سیاسة/تعرف-على-السير-الذاتية-لوزراء-الدفاع-والداخلية-والعدل-الجدد/
  15. Three new ministers in Abdul Mahdi's government are sworn in Policysuccess ShammariYasser YasiriFarouk Huani 2019/06/24 05:54:27 Shafaq News / Three new ministers were sworn in in the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi. The parliament voted earlier on the candidates of the ministries of defense, interior and justice, while the nomination of the Minister of Education was not obtained by the confidence of deputies who vote. Following the vote, Najah al-Shammari was defense minister, Yasser al-Yasiri was interior minister and Faruq Shwani was minister of justice.سیاسة/ثلاثة-وزراء-جدد-بحكومة-عبدالمهدي-يؤدون-اليمين-الدستورية/
  16. New ministers sworn in in parliament 13:28 - 24/06/2019 0 BAGHDAD - The new ministers of interior, defense and justice, Monday, were sworn in after the vote by the House of Representatives. "Interior ministers Yassin al-Yasiri, Defense Najah al-Shammari and Justice Farouk Amin were sworn in after the vote," a parliamentary source told Al-Maaloumah. The House voted on Monday to name the ministers of interior, defense and justice, which have remained vacant since the formation of the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in October, while rejecting the candidate of the Ministry of Education. The parliament voted on candidate Najah al-Shammari as defense minister and candidate Yasin al-Yasiri as interior minister, while granting confidence to Kurdistan Alliance candidate Faruq Amin al-Shwani as minister of justice. While the House of Representatives refused to grant confidence to the candidate of the Ministry of Education Safana Hamdani, the third candidate submitted by the Arab project headed by Khamis Khanjar and rejected by parliament. Ending / 25 d
  17. 2019/06/24 13:44 Number of readings 14 Section: Iraq New ministers sworn in in parliament Baghdad / Al-Masala: The ministers of "Defense, Interior, Justice", Monday, June 24, 2019, were sworn in in parliament. A parliamentary source said in a statement that the defense ministers Najah Hassan Ali al-Shammari, Interior Minister Yassin Taha Hassan al-Yasiri and Justice Farouq Amin al-Shwani were sworn in after receiving the confidence of the House of Representatives. The parliament voted in its 26th session on Monday to the ministers of the Interior Defense and Justice, while refusing to give its trust to Safani al-Hamdani, minister of education. Follow the obeliskالوزراء-الجدد-يؤدون-اليمين-الدستورية-في-البرلمان
  18. The Central Bank is establishing the Takaful Insurance Company for Islamic Banks 11:33 - 23/06/2019 0 BAGHDAD - The Central Bank of Iraq announced on Sunday the establishment of a Takaful insurance company for Islamic banks in cooperation with the Board of Insurance with a capital of (15) billion dinars with the participation of all Islamic banks. "The Central Bank has issued the company's Takaful controls according to the standards of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) and the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). The Takaful Insurance Company represents the second strategic objective of the plan," the bank said in a statement. The overall strategy of the bank in developing the Islamic banking industry and its transactions for the period (2016-2020) ". "This move will pave the way for its recent move towards Islamic capital markets through the issuance of the Investment Sukuk Law to complement the Islamic economy in Iraq," the statement said."Noting that" this company is subject to the Regulation of Insurance Acts No. 10 of 2005 and the Islamic Banks Law No. (43) for the year 2015 ". Ending / 25
  19. 2019/06/23 10:52 Number of readings 357 Section: Iraq 542 cases of corruption against accused abroad and most countries do not cooperate to recover the fugitives BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prosecutors announced on Sunday (June 23, 2019) that there were 542 cases of corruption against suspects abroad, while most countries did not cooperate on that. "Iraq is represented by the judiciary and the public prosecution is constantly working on the issue of the recovery of fugitive defendants, but the response from other countries is not enough," said Deputy Prosecutor General of Baghdad Prosecution Hana Ali Fayyad, noting that "542 cases of corruption The right of accused abroad since 2003. " Fayyad considered that "the extradition of criminals is a manifestation of cooperation among countries to combat crimes and limit their spread, under which a state hand over a person residing in its territory to another country requesting him to be tried for the crime of committing or to execute a sentence against him," noting that "the Iraqi legislator addressed this subject Through the Iraqi Code of Criminal Procedure No. 23 of 1971 and its amendments, which stipulates in article 352 that it shall be followed in the judicial charge and the surrender of persons accused and sentenced to foreign countries, the provisions provided for in this law, subject to the provisions of international treaties and conventions and the rules of law. General and the principle of reciprocity ". And on the procedures for the extradition of accused persons between countries, continued that "Chapter II of Chapter VII of the law referred to the conditions, controls and procedures and how to issue a decision to extradite in articles (357-368) of it and pursuant to the provisions of this article, consideration of the request for extradition is based on the treaty or the Convention between Iraq and the requesting State and in the absence of such a treaty or convention shall be based on the principle of reciprocity ". She pointed out that "the implementation of the provisions of this law requires the submission of a request from the judicial authorities in the requesting countries to the judicial authorities in the State required to hand over the diplomatic route and through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in both States, provided that the request in writing accompanied by a full statement of the person requested extradition, If he is a national of the requesting State and an official copy of the warrant of arrest with the legal description of the crime and the judicial article with an official copy of the investigation papers and the decision of the verdict if it has been issued. " The Deputy Prosecutor talked about the role and position of the Interpol police in the recovery of criminals, stressing that "Iraq joined its membership in 1967, based in the French city of Paris and has offices in the capitals of all Member States and aims to further international cooperation in the fight against crime and prosecution of offenders and reduce the Proliferation, "noting that" the role of the Directorate of Arab International Police and associated with the Ministry of the Interior is effective in the extradition and recovery procedures. " But the judge stressed that "the most non-cooperative countries in the recovery of fugitives fleeing outside Iraq, especially when their presence in the countries of Jordan, Britain and America," noting that "there are 542 cases of corruption against them from 2003 until now." "The competent authorities to approve the recovery of criminals and fugitives outside Iraq is the head of the Public Prosecution, which organizes and follows up the files of the recovery of accused and convicted fugitives out of Iraq on the recommendations of the President of the Supreme Judicial Council as well as the Criminal Court appointed by the President of the Supreme Judicial Council pursuant to Article 361 Fundamentalism After the decision is issued by the competent criminal court, the papers are sent to the Supreme Judicial Council pursuant to the provisions of article 362 / C fundamentalist. "The law imposed important points for the recovery of criminals, namely that there is a crime committed and that the perpetrator escaped from the state where the crime occurred to another country was required to be extradited accused of committing an offense occurred within the territory of the requesting state or outside the laws of the requesting State and the laws of the Republic of Iraq Shall be punished by imprisonment or imprisonment for a period of not less than two years or any more severe penalty or issued by a court of the state requesting the extradition of a term of not less than six months or a more severe penalty. "Article 40 of the Riyadh Convention on Legal and Judicial Cooperation, ratified by Law No. 110 of 1983, stipulates that the penalty shall be one year or more, or a sentence of absenteeism or attendance from the courts of the party requesting a penalty of one year or more. "All offenses committed in violation of the rules of the criminal legislation of countries may be extradited but exceptions are excluded. This exception is due to a national convention or legislation or a violation of international law, such as political crime and military crime," the prosecutor said. Follow the obeliskقضية-فساد-بحق-متهمين-بالخارج-وأغلب-الدول-لا-تتعاون-لاسترداد-الفارين
  20. 2019/06/23 13:54 Number of readings 125 Section: Iraq Deputy: Sunnis decided to order the candidates for defense and education will be passed in the next session BAGHDAD / Al-Masala: The representative of the National Coalition Zaytoun al-Dulaimi, Sunday, June 23, 2019, on the resolution of deputies of the Sunni component of the candidates for defense and interior, stressing that the candidates will be passed tomorrow smoothly. Dulaimi said in a statement followed by "obelisk", that "the deputies of the Sunni blocs of different blocs and political alliances resolved today during a joint coalition of them ordered their candidates to the ministries of defense and education." "The deputies agreed to name Najah al-Shammari for the defense portfolio and Safana al-Hamdani for the education bag," she said. "The candidates will be passed tomorrow smoothly." "The two national and Kurdish alliances are still seeking access to candidates for the ministries of interior and justice," she said, hoping that they would reach a final agreement before Monday's session to facilitate the task before Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and end the most complex issues. Follow the obeliskنائب-السنة-حسموا-أمر-مرشحي-الدفاع-والتربية-وسيتم-تمريرهما-في-الجلسة-المقبلة
  21. Trump says US ‘moving forward’ with additional sanctions on Iran US President Donald Trump said on Saturday his administration was "moving forward" and that he will impose additional sanctions against Iran in an effort to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. (Reuters) Updated 11 sec ago ARAB NEWS June 22, 201917:41 Trump recently called off military actions against Iran US president added that military action was still "a possibility" WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Saturday his administration was “moving forward” and that he will impose additional sanctions against Iran in an effort to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. He added that military action was still “a possibility,” while also saying that he hoped “Iran is smart and cares about its people.” “We are putting additional sanctions on Iran,” Trump said. “In some cases we are going slowly, but in other cases we are moving rapidly.” Trump, who was speaking to reporters at the White House, made his comments after recently calling off military actions against Iran to retaliate for the downing of a US military drone. But Trump also indicated he was open to reversing the escalation, adding he was willing to quickly reach a deal with Iran that he said would bolster the country’s flagging economy. He said the Islamic republic could be a “wealthy” country if it renounced nuclear weapons, amid soaring tensions between the two nations. “We’re not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon,” Trump told reporters The president said he would be traveling to the Camp David presidential retreat to talk about Iran, saying he wanted to “start over” with Iran. Trump last year withdrew the United States from an international accord designed to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief. Tensions have been on the rise ever since then, as Trump reinstated sanctions designed to choke off Iranian oil sales and cripple its economy in an effort to force new nuclear negotiations. “Everyone was saying I’m a war-monger, and now they say I’m a dove,” Trump said on Saturday as he was peppered with questions about the Iran drama. “I think I am neither, if you want to know the truth. I’m a man with common sense, and that’s what we need in this country, is common sense.” Trump insisted it is up to the Iranian leadership how the current crisis plays out. “If the leadership of Iran behaves badly, then it’s going to be a very, very bad day for them,” he said.
  22. JUNE 22, 2019 / 9:11 AM / UPDATED 25 MINUTES AGO Exclusive: White House's Kushner unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan Matt Spetalnick, Steve Holland 9 MIN READ WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Saturday outlined a $50 billion Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies, and fund a $5 billion transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza. The “peace to prosperity” plan, set to be presented by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner at an international conference in Bahrain next week, includes 179 infrastructure and business projects, according to details of the plan and interviews with U.S. officials. The approach toward reviving the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process was criticized by the Palestinians on Saturday. The ambitious economic revival plan, the product of two years of work by Kushner and other aides, would take place only if a political solution to the region’s long-running problems is reached. More than half of the $50 billion would be spent in the economically troubled Palestinian territories over 10 years while the rest would be split between Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. Some of the projects would be in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, where investments could benefit Palestinians living in adjacent Gaza, a crowded and impoverished coastal enclave. The plan also proposes nearly a billion dollars to build up the Palestinians’ tourism sector, a seemingly impractical notion for now given the frequent flareups between Israeli forces and militants from Hamas-ruled Gaza, and the tenuous security in the occupied West Bank. (For factbox with more on the plan see ) The Trump administration hopes that wealthy Gulf states and nations in Europe and Asia, along with private investors, would foot much of the bill, Kushner told Reuters. “The whole notion here is that we want people to agree on the plan and then we’ll have a discussion with people to see who is interested in potentially doing what,” Kushner told Reuters Television. The unveiling of the economic blueprint follows two years of deliberations and delays in rolling out a broader peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians. The Palestinians, who are boycotting the event, have refused to talk to the Trump administration since it recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in late 2017. Veteran Palestinian negotiator Hanan Ashrawi dismissed the proposals on Saturday, saying: “These are all intentions, these are all abstract promises” and said only a political solution would solve the conflict. Kushner made clear in two interviews with Reuters that he sees his detailed formula as a game-changer, despite the view of many Middle East experts that he has little chance of success where decades of U.S.-backed peace efforts have failed. “I laugh when they attack this as the ‘Deal of the Century’,” Kushner said of Palestinian leaders who have dismissed his plan as an attempt to buy off their aspirations for statehood. “This is going to be the ‘Opportunity of the Century’ if they have the courage to pursue it.” Kushner said some Palestinian business executives have confirmed their participation in the conference, but he declined to identify them. The overwhelming majority of the Palestinian business community will not attend, businessmen in the West Bank city of Ramallah told Reuters. Several Gulf Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, will also participate in the June 25-26 U.S.-led gathering in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, for Kushner’s rollout of the first phase of the Trump peace plan. Their presence, some U.S. officials say privately, appears intended in part to curry favor with Trump as he takes a hard line against Iran, those countries’ regional arch-foe. The White House said it decided against inviting the Israeli government because the Palestinian Authority would not be there, making do instead with a small Israeli business delegation. POLITICAL DISPUTES REMAIN There are strong doubts whether potential donor governments would be willing to open their checkbooks anytime soon, as long as the thorny political disputes at the heart of the decades-old Palestinian conflict remain unresolved. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is interviewed by Reuters at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque The 38-year-old Kushner - who like his father-in-law came to government steeped in the world of New York real estate deal-making - seems to be treating peacemaking in some ways like a business transaction, analysts and former U.S. officials say. Palestinian officials reject the overall U.S.-led peace effort as heavily tilted in favor of Israel and likely to deny them a fully sovereign state of their own. Kushner’s attempt to decide economic priorities first while initially sidestepping politics ignores the realities of the conflict, say many experts. “This is completely out of sequence because the Israeli-Palestinian issue is primarily driven by historical wounds and overlapping claims to land and sacred space,” said Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator for Republican and Democratic administrations. Kushner acknowledges that “you can’t push the economic plan forward without resolving the political issues as well.” The administration, he said, will “address that at a later time,” referring to the second stage of the peace plan’s rollout now expected no earlier than November. Kushner says his approach is aimed at laying out economic incentives to show the Palestinians the potential for a prosperous future if they return to the table to negotiate a peace deal. Kushner stressed that governments would not be expected to make financial pledges on the spot. “It is a small victory that they are all showing up to listen and partake. In the old days, the Palestinian leaders would have spoken and nobody would have disobeyed,” he said. TRAVEL CORRIDOR Kushner’s proposed new investment fund for the Palestinians and neighboring states would be administered by a “multilateral development bank.” Global financial lenders including the International Monetary Fund and World Bank plan to be present at the meeting. The fund would include “accountability, transparency, anti-corruption, and conditionality safeguards” to protect investments. A signature project would be to construct a travel corridor for Palestinian use that would cross Israel to link the West Bank and Gaza. It could include a highway and possibly a rail line. The narrowest distance between the territories, whose populations have long been divided by Israeli travel restrictions, is about 40 km (25 miles). Slideshow (10 Images) Kushner said that if executed the plan would create a million jobs in the West Bank and Gaza, reduce Palestinian poverty by half and double the Palestinians’ GDP. But most foreign investors will likely stay clear for the moment, not only because of security and corruption concerns but also because of the drag on the Palestinian economy from Israel’s West Bank occupation that obstructs the flow of people, goods and services, experts say. Kushner sees his economic approach as resembling the Marshall Plan, which Washington introduced in 1948 to rebuild Western Europe from the devastation of World War Two. Unlike the U.S.-funded Marshall Plan, however, the latest initiative would put much of the financial burden on other countries. President Donald Trump would “consider making a big investment in it” if there is a good governance mechanism, Kushner said. But he was non-committal about how much the president, who has often proved himself averse to foreign aid, might contribute. Economic programs have been tried before in the long line of U.S.-led peace efforts, only to fail for lack of political progress. Kushner’s approach, however, may be the most detailed so far, presented in two pamphlets of 40 and 96 pages each that are filled with financial tables and economic projections. In Manama, the yet-to-released political part of the plan will not be up for discussion, Kushner said. The economic documents offer no development projects in predominantly Arab east Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state. What Kushner hopes, however, is that the Saudis and other Gulf delegates will like what they hear enough to urge Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to consider the plan. The message Kushner wants them to take to Ramallah: “We’d like to see you go to the table and negotiate and try to make a deal to better the lives of the Palestinian people.” Reporting By Matt Spetalnick and Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Rami Ayyub in Ramallah; Editing by Ross Colvin and Chizu Nomiyama
  23. Rafidain is preparing to hold its annual conference to review its financial services 22 June Baghdad: Sumer News The Rafidain Bank is preparing to hold its annual conference next Monday to review its policies and financial services and banking, in conjunction with the anniversary of the establishment of the bank. "A conference will be held at the Babel Hotel in the presence of officials and political and economic figures," the bank's press office said in a statement received by the agency Sumer Nyor. Pointing out that "the conference will address the financial and banking policies and achievements made during the recent period of providing services from advances and loans and support investment projects to promote the economic reality in the country."الرافدين-يستعد-لعقد-مؤتمره-السنوي-لاستعراض-خدماته-المالية
  24. Barzani announced the readiness of the Kurdistan region to help export oil south of Iraq via Turkey Economy 2019/06/22 10:21:13 A- A A + The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nezhirvan Barzani, on Saturday the readiness of the province to help Baghdad in the export of oil in southern Iraq and Kirkuk through the port of Ceyat. Barzani said in an interview with "Anatolia" "We have a pipeline to transport oil to the port of Ceyhan and we are ready to help the central government in Baghdad on the export of oil south and Kirkuk oil and other areas of the line. "We want to increase the capacity of the current pipeline to export more oil in the future and we have the intention to do so."اقتصـاد/بارزاني-يعلن-استعداد-اقليم-كوردستان-المساعدة-بتصدير-نفط-جنوب-العراق-عبر-تركيا/
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