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  1. Police clashed with protesters in Baghdad on Monday after a few comparatively quiet days, resulting in 14 security troops suffering injuries from thrown rocks and complaints of excessive force leveled against police by the protesters. As with several other protest movements around the world, the conflict appears to have begun when the protesters erected roadblocks in Baghdad and several other cities, and the police moved in to clear them away. “A group of outlaw young people blocked the Muhammad al-Qasim highway on Monday at 8:30 am. Security forces reopened the highway, detained the group and transferred them to face justice,” said the authorities. Breitbart TV Play Video CLICK TO PLAY Donald Trump: I Demanded Troops Go to Baghdad Embassy Immediately -- 'the Anti-Benghazi' “A group of violent hooligans started to throw rocks at the security members who were stationed near Tahrir Square to protect the peaceful protesters,” the media arm of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) said when a battle broke out in the square at the heart of Baghdad. According to the statement, several security troops were struck in the head by thrown rocks, while an officer was wounded in the leg. The United Nations sounded doubtful of ISF claims that it was attempting to protect “peaceful protesters” in Tahrir Square when it was attacked by “hooligans” and obliged to defend itself. “Violent suppression of peaceful protesters is intolerable and must be avoided at all costs. Nothing is more damaging than a climate of fear. Accountability and justice for victims is critical to building trust, legitimacy, and resilience,” said a statement from the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) on Monday. U.N. Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert expressed her agency’s concern about “ongoing human rights violations” in Iraq. “While there was public acknowledgment by all actors that urgent reform is needed, it is now high time to put these words into action and to avoid further derailing of these protests by those pursuing their own objectives, not wishing well for this country and its people,” Hennis-Plasschaert said in a statement that strongly sided with protesters against Iraq’s political and military elite. Al Jazeera published unconfirmed reports that five protesters were killed on Monday in three different Iraqi cities. According to these reports, two of the deaths were caused by live ammunition in Baghdad. “For months no one has listened to our demands. They are killing us. It’s just bloodshed,” one protester told Al Jazeera. Protest leaders stated their intention to use more roadblocks as a method of getting the attention of Iraqi politicians, who missed a Monday deadline set by the protesters to begin implementing fundamental reforms. “We demand the central government go to early elections and the nomination of a new independent prime minister. If that doesn’t happen, we will escalate and block all the highways and centres of the city,” a Baghdad demonstrator vowed. “This is only the first escalation. We want to send a message to the government: Stop procrastinating. The people know what you’re doing,” another demonstrator told AFP as a wall of burning tires was erected across a major Baghdad bridge.
  2. As Iraqis protest against state, tribes make a comeback Issued on: 10/12/2019 - 02:56 Modified: 10/12/2019 - 02:54 Baghdad (AFP) Iraqi protesters have clashed with police and torched government offices, a premier has resigned and precious blood spilt. As modern institutions collapse, a centuries-old force is making a comeback: Iraq's tribes. With their own hierarchies, moral and justice codes, not to mention huge arms caches, tribes have once again become among the most powerful actors in Iraq's rural and oil-rich south. They have a history of revolt, turning against the British colonising forces in a major boost to the 1920 uprising that led to the country's independence. A century later, revolution has hit Iraq again. Baghdad and the Shiite-majority region have been rocked by two months of the worst unrest since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Anti-regime protesters have burned state headquarters and party offices in outrage at corruption, poor public services and Iran's perceived political interference. It has been the perfect storm in which Iraq's tribes could reassert their leadership, said Phillip Smyth of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. In recent years, many Shiites had "become more urbanised and have loosened up their identity when it comes to being tribal," he said. Youth, which make up 60 percent of Iraq's 40 million people, were particularly prone to look outward and shed their tribal identities. "But the reason the tribes have a lot more strength now is that you have a very weak central government and an outside power -- the Iranians -- that is viewed as being complicit with this government," Smyth told AFP. "These guys are looking at this and saying, let's revert back to sources of power that we know," he added. - Trusting the tribes - Nasiriyah in southern Iraq is a prime example. Authorities dispatched commander Jamil al-Shammary late last month to snuff out widespread rallies in the city. But tribal fighters then came out in force, cutting off roads to prevent troops from reaching Nasiriyah. They negotiated a halt to the bloodshed, which had already cost 97 lives since protests erupted in October. "It was the tribes that found a solution to the crisis while the politicians did nothing," said Qaysar al-Husseinawi, a leading figure in Nasiriyah's Husseinat tribe. Their role did not stop there: the clans are also seeking justice for around 100 families pursuing legal cases against Shammary, himself a member of a powerful tribe. Shammary's clan has excommunicated him over the crackdown. Tribal tradition dictates that "blood money" must be paid to the victims' families -- otherwise they have the right to seek equally violent vengeance. - Tribal law - Influential clan structures have so far intervened to end bloodshed but if they choose to take up arms, many in the south expect full-blown conflict. One police officer told AFP he'd rather desert than fight them. "The state could never protect its own men against tribal law," he said. Indeed, tribal tradition often trumps state law in Iraq, with accused criminals being released after tribal talks and even marital disputes resolved by mediators. The tribes blend modern life and centuries-old tradition, with sheikhs juggling two iPhones while ordering wave after wave of sugary tea be served to their guests. In the southernmost province of Basra, armed tribe members have often shut the streets outside national or even international oil companies to demand well-paid jobs there. "The social bargain of any tribe is that the sheikh is a river to his people," providing them with work, justice and stability, said Nicholas Heras of the Center for a New American Security, a think-tank in Washington. So naturally, the widespread upheaval in recent weeks over unemployment and poor services touched tribes, too. "Tribal anger is directed at leaders in Baghdad that are viewed as having not kept their part of the social bargain," Heras told AFP. - 'Bridges burned' - The British colonising forces had a tribal revolt on their hands in the early 1900s after they arrested a tribal sheikh over a tax issue. Nearly a century later, tribal support for the anti-government movement can also be linked to a push-back against central government authority in distant Baghdad. But resolving the dispute won't be so simple. "A lot of bridges have been burned," said Smyth. "If you have people fundamentally angry at how institutions are corrupt, mismanaged and just bad, you won't just get bought off with a job," he added. The government may seek to appease tribes with offers of more jobs or services, but there is no guarantee they could keep their support for long. "You can never buy tribal groupings," said Smyth, pointing to their often shifting tactical allegiances. "They're for rent."
  3. The CBI will make money on the spread between buy and sell price as the currency increases value.
  4. There also going to make a profit on the spread as the dinar floats up . Its going to pay for itself.
  5. If Iraq is getting lower prices for its oil and has a 70 trillion dinar out of balance budget there going to have to find the money somewhere. Private sector economy and a revalued currency. So it’s only a matter of time.
  6. Ladies and gentleman this could be it. I’ve been up and down so many times I’m feeling great anticipation !
  7. Looks like were back to the pump it up midde week posts. lets all go out and buy more dinar !
  8. The USA reduced the value of the dinar. The USA has big plans for Iraq and there currency. They will not let it stay at a 10th of a penny. We helped rebuild Europe Japan among other countries. China would be a third world country if we had not helped them. So we just have to be patient. Its going to happen!
  9. Rafidain: the disbursement of a new batch of retired civilian and military Banks Economy News _ Baghdad Rafidain Bank announced on Friday the disbursement of a new meal of a double and double allowance for civilian and military retirees through electronic payment tools. The bank's information office said in a statement received by the "Economy News" that a new batch of two and a half payoffs have been paid to the civilian and military retirees for more than 600 retirees. The statement said that the payment of this advance was through the customer's fingerprint and then informing the pensioner by sending him a text message informing him of the advance payment, after he completed all the legal procedures to grant it and disbursement through the electronic payment tools, Views 48 Date Added 21/06/2019
  10. I think that if the price of oil goes down more they will have no choice but to increase the value of there money. The US is the largest producer of oil now and there are 2 more pipe lines being built now. US will control the price of oil we can bankrupt the Russians and Iran looks to me like US is trying to help Iraq build there non oil economy. If oil is below there break even they will slowly go broke. GO use oil go RV.
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