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  1. This can't be good. Just when we think Iraq might be close to getting it all together and finally move forward, BAM! slammed down again!! 😞 https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/moqtada-al-sadr-calls-iraq-pm-step-down-basra-crisis-deepens-622380245 Muqtada al-Sadr calls on Iraq PM to step down as Basra crisis deepens #InsideIraq Cleric makes demand as death toll from recent protests in Basra reaches 12 and southern city's airport is hit by rockets Trying to hold onto his post in the next government, Abadi, right, had formed an alliance with Sadr, left (AFP) MEE and agencies Saturday 8 September 2018 15:29 UTC Last update: Sunday 9 September 2018 4:22 UTC reddit googleplus 69 Topics: InsideIraq Tags: Iraq, Haider Abadi, Moqtada al-Sadr, Basra Show comments Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had entered an alliance with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi following elections earlier this year, has called upon the premier to resign as deadly protests in the southern city of Basra worsen. "We demand the government apologise to the people and resign immediately," said Hassan al-Aqouli, spokesman for Sadr's list, which won the most seats in May's poll. Ahmed al-Assadi, spokesman for the second-largest list, Conquest Alliance, also called for Abadi's resignation, denouncing "the government's failure to resolve the crisis in Basra". The call came as parliament met on Saturday for an emergency session to discuss the crisis in public services in the city after 12 protesters were killed this week, the Iranian consulate torched and its airport hit by rockets. The meeting was originally demanded by Sadr, whose political bloc won the largest number of seats in May elections although a new government has yet to be formed. Sadr had called on politicians to present "radical and immediate" solutions at Saturday's session or step down. On Friday, Iraq's most senior Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called for a government to be urgently formed to resolve the crisis in Basra. Abadi described the unrest as "political sabotage" as he joined the session along with several ministers, charging that "the question of public services" was being exploited for political ends. His government has announced the allocation of an unspecified amount of extra funds for Basra, although demonstrators say that billions of dollars in emergency funding pledged in July has failed to materialise. In a session attended by 172 deputies in the 329-seat house, Abadi traded barbs with Basra's governor, Asaad al-Eidani, who is also parliament speaker. Iraqi officials have imposed a curfew on Basra starting at 4pm (1pm GMT) on Saturday, a military statement said. Since Tuesday, demonstrators in Basra have set ablaze government buildings, the Iranian consulate and the offices of pro-Tehran militias and political parties. The anger flared after the hospitalisation of 30,000 people who had drunk polluted water, in an oil-rich region where residents have for weeks complained of water and electricity shortages, corruption among officials and unemployment. At least 12 demonstrators have been killed and 50 wounded in clashes with security forces, according to the interior ministry. Airport and Iranian consulate attacked Hours before parliament met, four rockets fired by unidentified assailants struck inside the perimeter of the Basra airport, security sources said. Staff at the airport, which is located near the US consulate in Basra, said flights were not affected. The attack came after a day of rage in the southern city, where hundreds of protesters stormed the fortified Iranian consulate, causing no casualties but sparking condemnation. Abadi said he had instructed security forces to "act decisively against the acts of vandalism that accompanied the demonstrations". Iraq's Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and police, vowed a "severe" response with "exceptional security measures", including a ban on protests and group travel. The foreign ministry called the attack on the consulate "an unacceptable act undermining the interests of Iraq and its international relations". Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi denounced the "savage attack", Iran's Fars news agency reported. A spokesman for the consulate said that all diplomats and staff had been evacuated from the building before the protesters attacked, and that nobody was hurt. Iran's ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, said the consulate was "totally demolished" and charged that "foreign agents close to the US, Zionists and some Arab countries are trying to sabotage Iran-Iraq relations", Iran's ILNA news agency reported. 'Sick and abandoned' The wave of protests first broke out in Basra in July before spreading to other parts of the country, with demonstrators condemning corruption among Iraqi officials and demanding jobs. Since then, at least 27 people have been killed nationwide. "We're thirsty, we're hungry, we are sick and abandoned," protester Ali Hussein told the AFP news agency on Friday in Basra after another night of violence. "Demonstrating is a sacred duty and all honest people ought to join." The anger on Basra's streets was "in response to the government's intentional policy of neglect", the head of the region's human rights council Mehdi al-Tamimi said. Iraq has been struggling to rebuild its infrastructure and economy after decades of bloody conflicts, including an eight-year war with Iran in the 1980s, the US-led invasion of 2003 and the battle against the Islamic State group. In August, the oil ministry announced that crude exports for August had hit their highest monthly figure this year, with nearly 112 million barrels of oil bringing $7.7bn to state coffers. Iraq, however, suffers from persistent corruption and many Iraqis complain that the country's oil wealth is unfairly distributed. Parliament said deputies would hear speeches by Abadi and key ministers and discuss the water contamination crisis, the latest breakdown in public services to spark public anger. Two months ago, Abadi pledged a multi-billion dollar emergency plan to revive infrastructure and services in southern Iraq, one of the country's most marginalised regions. Trying to hold onto his post in the next government, Abadi had formed an alliance with Sadr, a former militia chief who has called for Iraq to have greater political independence from both neighbouring Iran and the United States.
  2. According to Egyptian TV host Ahmed Moussa...
  3. KristiD

    IRS

    The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have issued a notice saying they intend to amend the Section 987 regulations on foreign currency gains and losses, delaying the applicability date by one more year. Last October, the IRS and the Treasury issued Notice 2017-57, which previously delayed the applicability date by one year, and in Notice 2018-57, which came out Wednesday they said they were delaying the regulations by another year. The final regulations were originally issued in December 2016, in the waning days of the Obama administration, changing how a U.S. company can measure the taxable income of a foreign business unit where the currency differs from its U.S. owner. I believe that the first sentence is just a brief introduction of the issue, and that the following sentences expand on the details. Those details explain that this is for US corporations (not an offshore corporation) that have a "foreign business unit" which transacts business in a different currency (non-USD). The article is talking about changing the regulations on the gains and losses from fluctuations in that foreign currency. Therefore I believe Floridian is correct that this article doesn't apply to us. Furthermore, for those with IBCs (OSI members and others), as long as those corporations do NOT conduct business in the US, that income is not subject to US taxes..... that was the whole point of getting an offshore corporation in the first place. I just hope Airtitech was talking about something entirely different than this article. I did go to the IRS Regulations website to try to look it up, but there's a big warning that the site is not current (no suprise really, eh?). So if anyone else can find something in the recent news, maybe this 20% windfall tax could be real. Let's not forget Trump believes that by lowering taxes and giving the masses more money - they will be more productive which is how he plans to "make America great again". So I for one, would not be suprised at all if something like this is in the works.
  4. Let us hope and pray that as this becomes more well known, the jig is up for these crooks.
  5. Dear Abby, My husband hasn't worked for the last 14 years. All he does is get dressed in the morning and hop in his fancy car to visit his cronies. I know he's cheated on me many times with young girls who could be his granddaughters. I know this because he brags about this to me. He smokes fancy cigars and drinks the most expensive liquor day and night. We sleep in separate beds because he tells me he knows I`m a lesbian and besides that, my varicose veins and fat behind turns him off. Should I clobber him with something heavy, or should I just leave him ? Your advice would be appreciated. Sincerely, Mad as Hell Dear Mad as Hell, You don`t have to take that kind of treatment from any man. I suggest you pack your bags and move out a.s.a.p.! Don`t resort to violence and try to act more like a lady. Remember, you were almost elected President of the United States, so try acting like one. Abby
  6. KristiD

    SELLING 5 MILLION IQD

    People are just shopping for a bargain - and fair enough. We all like a good deal after all. But if I needed to sell, I'd go to ebay because it seems like you get over $1000 per million there. Even after fees, you'd end up with over $900 per million. So that's where I'd go if I needed to sell.
  7. Did you consider ebay? It looks like a million IQD is selling for over $1,000 there nowadays, so even after fees you should net more than $900. jmo, but $900 here at DV seems high. I don't watch here consistently, but it seems like the going rate here is from $750 to $850 per million. Also, I personally think it's good for anyone to make a lowball offer. I've had to accept lowball offers myself and I did so because the benefit of getting the money when I needed it was worth the discount to me - and in many cases, it really save my backside. So in my humble opinon, I think the law of supply and demand, operating in a free market, is a wonderful thing. Just remember it's not personal, so try not to take it that way. Good luck to you.
  8. Yes it is. But this article is only talking about 10% for all citizens only one part of it. It does not say that they have finally agreed on how much Kurdistan will be getting. There has been no confirmation that this long disputed Kurdistan problem has been resolved. And that's what's holding up the HCL.
  9. Yes this is surely part of the HCL.. But I don't think this is the key to finalizing the HCL. This is just saying that 10% of the oil money will go to citizens. But I believe the remaining piece of the HCL that is still in dispute is about how much (what percentage of the oil proceeds) Kurdistan will get from Bagdhad (maybe around 14% I think). That 10% figure from this article is for all Iraqis and I doubt it has much - if anything - to do with resovling the Kurdistan problem. That problem is that the Kurds want as much as they can get, while the GOI (Bagdhad) wants to give them as little as they can. But geeze, surely both sides want to finilize it soon so hopefully each side will finally decide to give up a little so that this can move forward. Not to burst anyone's bubble..... just want to say that this article is not as important as some of you are thinking it is.
  10. I was happy to find an intelligent article about Iraq that covers their current predicament. The protests that are largely underreported, are about disatisfaction that Iraq is aligning with Iran, and about the elections - which some are claiming were rigged, in addition to more and more of the population turning against Abadi. I was trying to decide if this would help or hurt the RV. On the one hand, I can understand why Iraq would want to stabilize things before pulling the trigger, maybe even waiting until after the election recount. But on the other hand, if I were Abadi, I'd probably feel insecure about my future so I might want to have the RV soon to make the people happy and try to cement my current position by ingratiating people to me. I realize it's not his decision alone, but surely he must wield a fair amount of power and maybe it's enough that that he could push everyone, including the CBI, to get it done. What do others thing about this? https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/Domestic-Unrest-Threatens-OPECs-No2.html Domestic Unrest Threatens OPEC’s No.2 By Cyril Widdershoven - Jul 16, 2018, 5:00 PM CDT Iraq’s future is again tottering with protests erupting of the country. Baghdad is being confronted by internal unrest, as economic and social problems have spilled over into the political arena. Protests and strikes have been reported in the major oil port of Basra, while reports are also mentioning protests in the provinces Dhi Qar, Wasit, Maysan and Babil. Peaceful protests seem now to have crossed a red line, as protesters and security forces have clashed near the Iranian border at Amara, with several injured and 2 killed as reported by NBC News. Violence also has erupted in the holy city of Najaf, where protesters stormed buildings and the airport. A majority of the protests at present are focusing on the growing influence of Iran. Direct attacks have been reported on offices of the Kata’ib Hezbollah in Najaf, Dawa, Badr and other places. Kata’ib Hezbollah is directly linked to Iran and its Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The protests erupted following the elections in May, in which to the surprise of many, Shi’a leader Muqtada Al Sadr came out victorious. Former pro-Iranian militia groups were voted in as second force, while Iraq’s PM block came in third. Until now, no new government has been formed and the election results are even being questioned, as many fear that widespread election fraud occurred throughout the country. The formation of a Shi’a led pro-Iranian government seems the most feasible at present. At the same time, Iraq’s economy is being hit by a crisis in which corruption and a total failure of investment strategies has caused the population to turn against Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. The current stagnating economy and the lack of transparency is being blamed on the pro-Iranian parties, or even the total Iranian power in the country.Related: Record Oil Production Doesn’t Free U.S. From Global Market It seems that the ongoing widespread protests in Iran, which have still been underreported in mainstream media, are supporting the current protests in Iraq too. People throughout the whole region are fed-up with the increased cooperation between Baghdad and Tehran. The anti-Iran and Baghdad protests come at a very bad moment. After the removal of ISIS in almost all of Iraq, the current power struggle and economic crisis have again given room to a re-emergence of the terrorist group. Since the elections in May, ISIS has stepped up its attacks throughout the whole country. Iraqi special forces are currently battling with ISIS groups in the Salahuddin, Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh provinces. These operations are partly successful, but no end to the violence is in sight. Even though no real damage has been reported in Iraq’s southern oil and gas fields or energy infrastructure, parties are aware of the fact that more violence could easily spread to southern Iraqi ports or directly to up- and downstream projects in the region. Protests have been confirmed around Basrah’s oil and gas plants and infrastructure, but until now, crude exports remain unaffected. Sources have indicated that some production in the Majnoon field has been suspended, but figures have not been given. The ongoing protests in the Basrah area, however, could have a detrimental impact on Iraq’s export capabilities. The clashes and severe actions taken by security forces against protestors could spill over to the energy infrastructure of the region soon. Until now the protests have been effectively suppressed, but new clashes with Iraqi army and security troops are to be expected. Al-Abadi has ordered new reinforcements to go to Basrah and other southern cities to quell the unrest. Join the world's largest energy community with over 10,000+ members Learn, Share, and Discuss on the OilPrice Community A threatening sign of things to come is the fact that the already fledgling internet in Iraq has been shut down in the protest areas. The severity of the overall situation has become clear after that Abadi, who attended the NATO Summit in Brussels, where also U.S. president Trump and several Arab leaders also met, left the meeting to lead the actions against the protests. How far the Abadi-government will be able to quell the current unrest is unclear. For most protesters, the fact that the Basrah region is the main provider of oil and gas revenues but no real changes are seen on the street is the main point of conflict. Al Abadi also needs to counter a potentially larger opposition force; Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani. Al Aistani has put his own position behind the protests. If Al Sistani and Al Sadr would join forces and openly support the protests, the days of Al Abadi could be numbered. A power struggle could emerge on the streets of Basrah, Karbala and other places, leaving Iraq in shambles. Related: Oil Retraces On Libyan Production Surge The latest reports indicate that protestors already have the oil and gas fields in the south in their sight. Protestors are currently surrounding the Siba natural gas field, which is run by Kuwait Energy. At the same time, news is emerging that protestors are at the gates of Iraq’s main oil fields, West Qurna 1, West Qurna 2 and Rumaila. An eruption of violence in this region could potentially decimate the export volumes of the country. At present, Iraq is the second-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, with a production of around 4.5 million bpd. Baghdad’s overall production is reported to have surged last month by 122,000 bpd and around 1/3 of total production is located in the Basrah province. Oil prices would spike if Iraq were to see major outages and OPEC won’t be able to compensate for it. By Cyril Widdershoven for Oilprice.com
  11. Thanks for clarify and I agree. There is much room and great need for imrovement!
  12. These 2 are the father and son whose arrest sparked Cliven Bundy et all to speak up and take a stand against the injustice of it. In January, the Bundy's suit was finally dismissed by a judge and now this is even more great news! Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who sparked occupation of wildlife refuge President Trump on Tuesday granted clemency to Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven — whose case spurred armed militants led by Ammon Bundy to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days in 2016. “The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.“ The statement went on to accuse the Obama administration of overzealous prosecution of the father and son. “At the Hammonds’ original sentencing, the judge noted that they are respected in the community and that imposing the mandatory minimum, 5-year prison sentence would ‘shock the conscience’ and be ‘grossly disproportionate to the severity’ of their conduct. As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences,” the statement continued. “The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison. This was unjust.” The White House noted that Dwight Hammond, 76, had already served about three years behind bars and that his son Steven, 49, had served nearly four years in prison. The pair had also coughed up $400,000 to settle a civil suit with the feds. Modal Trigger Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his Burns, Ore., home in 2016.AP “The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West. Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond,” the statement said. On Jan. 2, 2016, militants seized the headquarters of the wildlife refuge in Harney County to protest the Hammonds’ prosecution and sentencing. Bundy was also part of the 2014 standoff at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. The Hammonds have been locked up since Jan. 4, 2016, after they were resentenced following their 2012 conviction for arson on public lands. Their case spurred outrage in ranching communities across the West, with critics slamming the federal government for their aggressive tactics. The Hammonds said the fires they had set on their own property to fight invasive plant species had accidentally spread to public lands. Clemency does not erase their convictions, but vacates the remainder of their prison sentences. It was unclear when they would be released. https://nypost.com/2018/07/10/trump-pardons-oregon-ranchers-who-sparked-occupation-of-wildlife-refuge/
  13. I'm not sure I understood what you were trying to say, but I believe you are saying you agree the U.S. IS a 3rd world country. As someone who lives in a 2nd world country, I can assure you first hand that the US is still a 1st world country. While there are many locations in the US that have horrendous living situations, at least there is the opportunity to go somewhere else that's better. For the vast majority of people in those locations, if they work hard, they can change their circumstances and create a good life for themselves. That's not the case in 3rd world countries (and it's not even as doable in a 2nd world country). Obviously the U.S. is in trouble, but that's why I posted this - to point out some of the issues!! But the author of the article is totally wrong to assert the U.S. is a 3rd world country when pretty much any 3rd world country resident would love the opportunity to live in one of the worst locations in America. The point of my post was to draw attention to some of the real problems in the US and not focus on the sensationalized and inaccurate headline. I'm sorry you didn't get that.
  14. - Of course, we know that's really not true. But he brings to light some pretty disturbing facts.... The USA Is Now a 3rd World Nation I know it hurts, but the reality is painfully obvious: the USA is now a 3rd World nation. Dividing the Earth's nations into 1st, 2nd and 3rd world has fallen out of favor;apparently it offended sensibilities. It has been replaced by the politically correct developed and developing nations, a terminology which suggests all developing nations are on the pathway to developed-nation status. What's been lost in jettisoning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd world categories is the distinction between developing (2nd world) and dysfunctional states (3rd world), states we now label "failed states." But 3rd World implied something quite different from "failed state": failed state refers to a failed government of a nation-state, i.e. a government which no longer fulfills the minimum duties of a functional state: basic security, rule of law, etc. 3rd World referred to a nation-state which was dysfunctional and parasitic for the vast majority of its residents but that worked extremely well for entrenched elites who controlled most of the wealth and political power. Unlike failed states, which by definition are unstable, 3rd World nations are stable, for the reason that they work just fine for the elites who dominate the wealth, power and machinery of governance. Here are the core characteristics of dysfunctional but stable states that benefit the entrenched few at the expense of the many, i.e. 3rd World nations: 1. Ownership of stocks and other assets is highly concentrated in entrenched elites. The average household is disconnected from the stock market and other measures of wealth; only a thin sliver of households own enough financial/speculative wealth to make an actual difference in their lives. 2. The infrastructure of the nation used by the many is poorly maintained and costly to operate as entrenched elites plunder the funding to pad their payrolls, pensions and sweetheart/insider contracts. 3. The financial/political elites have exclusive access to parallel systems of transport, healthcare, education, etc. The elites avoid trains, subways, lenders, coach-class air transport, standard healthcare and the rest of the decaying, dysfunctional systems they own that extract wealth from the debt-serfs. They fly on private aircraft, have their own healthcare and legal services, use their privileges to get their offspring into elite universities and institutions and have access to elite banking and lending services that are unavailable to their technocrat lackeys and enforcers. 4. The elites fund lavish monuments to their own glory disguised as "civic or national pride." These monuments take the form of stadiums, palatial art museums, immense government buildings, etc. Meanwhile the rest of the day-to-day infrastructure decays in various states of dysfunction. 5. There are two classes that only interact in strictly controlled ways: the wealthy, who live in gated, guarded communities and who rule all the institutions, public and private, and the debt-serfs, who are divided into well-paid factotums, technocrat lackeys and enforcers who serve the interests of the entrenched elites and rest of the populace who own virtually nothing and have zero power. The elites make a PR show of being a commoner only to burnish the absurd illusion that debt-serf votes actually matter. (They don't.) 6. Cartels and quasi-monopolies are parasitically extracting the wealth of the nation for their elite owners and managers. Google: quasi-monopoly. Facebook: quasi-monopoly. Healthcare: cartel. Banking: cartel. National defense: cartel. National Security: cartel. Corporate mainstream media: cartel. Higher education: cartel. Student loans: cartel. I think you get the point: every key institution or function is controlled by cartels or quasi-monopolies that serve the interests of the few via parasitic exploitation of the powerless. 7. The elites use the extreme violence and repressive powers of the government to suppress, marginalize and/or destroy any dissent. There are two systems of "law": one for the elites ($10 million penalties for ripping off the public for $10 billion, no personal liability for outright fraud) and one for the unprotected-unprivileged: "tenners" (10-year prison sentences) for minor drug infractions, renditions or assassinations (all "legal," of course) and institutional forces of violence (bust down your door on the rumor you've got drugs, confiscate your car because we caught you with cash, so you must be a drug dealer, and so on, in sickening profusion). 8. Dysfunctional institutions with unlimited power to extract money via junk fees, licensing fees, parking tickets, penalties, late fees, etc., all without recourse. Mess with the extractive, parasitic bureaucracy and you'll regret it: there's no recourse other than another layer of well-paid self-serving functionaries that would make Kafka weep. 9. The well-paid factotums, bureaucrats, technocrat lackeys and enforcers who fatten their own skims and pensions at the expense of the public and slavishly serve the interests of the entrenched elites embrace the delusion that they're "wealthy" and "the system is working great." These deluded servants of the elites will defend the dysfunctional system because it serves their interests to do so. The more dysfunctional the institution, the greater their power, so they actively increase the dysfunction at every opportunity. The USA is definitively a 3rd World nation. Read the list above and then try to argue the USA is not a 3rd World nation. Try arguing against the facts displayed in this chart: I know it hurts, but the reality is painfully obvious: the USA is now a 3rd World nation. http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-usa-is-now-3rd-world-nation.html
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