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WHY IS SOROS TRYING TO RUIN AMERICA

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God bless the patriot who let this cat out of the bag ...

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-26/dutch-regulator-accidentally-posted-soros-s-short-positions

Dutch Regulator Accidentally Posts Soros’s Short Positions

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Colin McClelland
January 26, 2017, 2:18 AM EST January 26, 2017, 8:12 AM EST
  • Bets against stocks were revealed briefly on AFM’s website
  • ‘Human error’ blamed for publication of positions back to 2012
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George Soros

Some of hedge fund billionaire George Soros’s short positions dating back to 2012 were published on the Dutch financial market regulator’s website this week due to “human error,” according to the regulator AFM.

The short positions, bets on a stock declining, were “between 0.2 percent and 0.5 percent,” of shares outstanding in the companies shorted, AFM spokesman Ward Snijders said by phone on Thursday. The Dutch regulator publishes shorts of 0.5 percent or higher on its website on a daily basis. The smaller amounts were posted by mistake, he said.

The Financial Times earlier reported that some of the positions, including bets against Dutch banks, including ING Groep NV, appeared briefly on the website on Tuesday evening. ING declined to comment on Thursday.

Soros, whose fortune is estimated at $25.2 billion by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, is in the same league as Warren Buffett when it comes to investors copying their trades as they try to ride the coattails of the super successful. Short positions, which are typically closely guarded, in Deutsche Bank AG jumped when it was revealed in June that Soros had bet that the stock would fall after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. The German bank fell 14 percent on the first day after the ballot.

Trump Loss

The Dutch regulator’s spokesman couldn’t disclose whether there has been contact with Soros following Tuesday’s error. A spokesman for Soros didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

The 86-year-old investor lost about $1 billion by betting against the market after the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal this month. The hiring of a chief investment officer may reduce Soros’s role, the paper reported.

Soros has managed as much as $30 billion as founder and chairman at New York-based Soros Fund Management LLC. Currency bets on the pound in 1992, the Thai baht five years later and the yen in 2012-13 helped Soros attain a fortune ranked 26th globally by Bloomberg. He’s donated $8 billion to charities since founding the pro-democracy Open Society Foundations in 1979.

Regulators have pushed for more transparency around short positions. The European Union imposed rules in 2012 on short bets against some securities in the political bloc to reduce the risk of destabilizing sovereign-debt markets. The U.K.’s Financial Services Authority introduced a regulation in June 2008 requiring disclosure of short positions of more than 0.25 percent for companies that are selling new shares in rights offerings.

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Soros’s short bets were revealed by Holland

Published: Jan 26, 2017 11:56 a.m. ET

Dutch regulator briefly reveals numerous hedge-fund positions: Financial Times

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In an apparent technical snafu, the details of hundreds of trades by international hedge funds, including the one tied to legendary trader George Soros, were briefly disclosed by a Netherlands’ market watchdog Tuesday night, the Financial Times reported.

The details, which revealed positions going back to 2012, were quickly removed, the report said, but not before the newspaper and others saw a list of some of the short bets, which are wagers that the value of an asset will decline.

Among the previously unreported positions was a bet by Soros’s family office against Dutch bank ING ING, -0.88% INGA, +0.29% a trade the FT said chimed with the billionaire’s publicly disclosed wager against German lending giant Deutsche Bank DBK, -0.18% DB, -0.58% The ING short position was opened in June and increased to as much as 0.3% of the lender’s shares before being scaled back a month later, the data showed.

 
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Shares of ING fell sharply in late June but have subsequently rallied. A spokesman for AFM, the country’s markets regulator, told the FT that it had made a mistake and moved quickly to correct it.

European market rules require hedge funds to report short positions to regulators, but only if they are more than 0.5% of the target company’s shares outstanding. Short bets can be part of a hedging strategy, offsetting other long positions. U.S. market regulators don’t require investors to reveal short positions, though long positions by certain large investors must be disclosed in filings after the end of each quarter.

Other trades revealed by the Dutch regulator included bets by the computer-driven Medallion fund ran by Renaissance Technologies, the U.S. hedge fund founded by mathematician James Simons. The list showed that the fund took out bets against small Amsterdam-listed companies since 2012, the report said.

Soros, the world’s richest hedge-fund manager, according to Forbes, rose to fame in 1992 as “the man who broke the Bank of England,” with a famous bet against the British pound, which was credited with leading to the currency’s devaluation and ejection from the European exchange rate mechanism.

Soros, 86, a major Democratic donor, saw his personal positions lose nearly $1 billion back in November as stocks rallied sharply in the wake of Republican Donald Trump’s election victory, thought the broader portfolio held by Soros Fund Management performed better, The Wall Street Journal reported. The firm manages around $30 billion for Soros and his family.

Soros has called Trump a “would-be dictator” and has predicted that uncertainty and disarray surrounding the new administration will eventually undercut global markets.

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/george-soross-short-bets-were-uncovered-by-holland-2017-01-26

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The man hasn't met a country he couldn't profit from (including Nazi Germany !!) ... and with the Bushes, Clintons and Obama years behind America now - he may have wished he didn't bet against TRUMP!!!

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He's a stupid grumpy old man w/$$$ and it's all about power now since that other lil one thing don't work anymore.

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15 minutes ago, Flash101 said:

He's a stupid grumpy old man w/$$$ and it's all about power now since that other lil one thing don't work anymore.

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And from the looks of his pasty patsy kid, little hope of an heir for his continued evil....

it'll hopefully die off with his demon-seed rat boy son....

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ANONYMOUS: “THE ELIMINATION OF GEORGE SOROS HAS BEGUN” WOMEN’S MARCH, UKRAINE CONFLICT, & MORE

KALEE BROWNJANUARY 26, 2017
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Anonymous recently published a video titled “The Elimination of George Soros Has Started,” and to be honest, I’m pretty excited about it. George Soros is a key member of the shadow government disguised as a philanthropic billionaire.

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His donations seem heartfelt and meaningful, but if you look a little closer, you’ll realize that every donation he makes has an ulterior motive behind it, helping to secure his control over the political landscape and in turn profit from it.

George Soros’ History: How He Gained Political Power

George Soros’ current net worth is $23 billion. After selling his company, Soros Fund Management, in 2000, he’s been focusing on his “humanitarian efforts” through his philanthropic Open Society Foundations (OSF). Soros started making strategic political donations to essentially fund revolutions in different European countries and made a fortune amidst the chaos. He also made a killing off European forced migration and other colour revolutions.

In 2004, Soros started making heavier investments in the U.S., stating, “I deeply believe in the values of an open society. For the past 15 years I have been focusing my efforts abroad; now I am doing it in the United States.” Could “open society” be referring to a New World Order?

Soros has donated money to a number of “left” groups such as the Tides Foundation, Center for American Progress, and the Democracy Alliance to influence campaign finance laws. As a result, any democratic politicians that don’t support or express “progressive narrative” either receive cuts to their funding or are targeted by the media. This would be easy for Soros to influence, as he uses OSF to funnel money into Media Matters, which directly contributes to mainstream media outlets such as NBC and the New York Times. (source)

Soros also heavily funded many of the “Black Lives Matters” movements. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a strong advocate for equality and am happy to see people supporting one another. However, Soros’ investments in anti-discrimination movements seem to be politically driven, intent on stirring up conflict.

 

According to the most recent tax filings of OSF, Soros donated at least $33 million to support the activists in Ferguson in one year alone. According to the Washington Post, these donations ultimately resulted in a nationwide movement, social media campaigns, more protestors, and stirred crime in Missouri. Other Soros-funded groups were instructed to create “academic research and editorials to disseminate to the news media to keep the story alive.”

In addition to funding these movements, Soros is actually tied to the creation of the term “Black Lives Matter.” Kassandra Frederique, Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance founded by Soros, works directly with Opal Tometi, who runs the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. According to those same tax filings, Soros donated $100,000 to Black Alliance for Just Immigration in 2011.

The #BlackLivesMatters groups Soros donated to actually attacked Bernie Sanders and supported Hillarious Clinton. This isn’t surprising, as Soros is good friends with the Clintons, taking on a senior role in the “Ready for Hillarious” group and donating more than $15 million since 2013 to pro-Clinton groups and Super PACs.

Why Anonymous Is Targeting Soros 

It’s clear that Soros could easily influence foreign policy wherever he has investments. In a 2014 CNN interview, Soros actually discusses his ties to the conflict in the Ukraine.

CNN host Fareed Zakaria asks Soros, “First on Ukraine, one of the things that many people recognized about you was that you during the revolutions of 1989 funded a lot of dissident activities, civil society groups in eastern Europe and Poland, the Czech Republic. Are you doing similar things in Ukraine?”

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Soros responds, “Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now.”

Just to be clear, the “events” he is referring to are the conflicts and war that occurred in the Ukrainian region of Donbass, which resulted in over 10,000 casualties, the displacement of over 1.4 million people, and even a plane crash that killed 298 passengers. This was good news for Soros though because he profited from the chaos yet again, including the acquisition of the state-owned energy monopoly, Naftogaz.

Anonymous discusses Soros’ link to the conflict in the Ukraine and how he was partially responsible for the Western-led coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Ukraine. Anonymous also points out the relationship former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden held with the natural gas company in the Ukraine. The good news, highlighted in the video, is that George Soros is losing friends in power with the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Check out the Anonymous video here:

 

 

Soros’ Ties to This Year’s “Women’s March”

I felt a very strange vibe around this year’s Women’s March. As a woman, I would have loved to participate in a protest that actually empowers us and strives for gender equality, but to me, that wasn’t what this was. I felt that the march was actually a political move, one that was pro-Clinton and anti-Trump. As a result, I felt that I wouldn’t even be welcome at the event, because I don’t support Hillarious Clinton either. To me, creating awareness simply about the issues without fighting someone else is the key here.

As it turns out, Soros, one of Clinton’s greatest supporters and largest donors, has funded or holds close relationships with at least 56 of the march’s “partners,” including “key partners” Planned Parenthood and the National Resource Defense Council, both of which are anti-Trump. Other “Women’s March” organizations Soros is tied to include MoveOn.org, which is pro-Clinton, the National Action Network, which has ties to the DNC, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.

Prior to the march, at least 33% of the “women of colour” who originally protested the Trump election in the streets worked at organizations funded by Soros. To reiterate, I strongly support equal rights for all people and consider any physical differences an illusory distraction from the true essence of our being. However, it is clear to me that some of these gender and racial inspired protests are not really about achieving equal rights.

There is a clear plan being played out here by the elite, which is to get us to fight with each other and misplace our frustrations. They are literally tricking people into thinking they’re fighting for equality, when these are actually just movements created by the elite to distract us and create conflict. It’s still beautiful in a way because it means that people clearly want positive change within society. Nevertheless, they are still another part of the elite’s agenda.

What Does All of This Mean? 

It’s important to see past all of the darkness and understand the true root of the problem. There’s clearly a shadow government controlling the United States that George Soros plays an active role in. The good news is that more people are starting to understand the gravity of the situation at hand and, by raising awareness, we can start to create positive change.

Even other countries are publicly recognizing the role the elite plays in the U.S. government. For example, after Bill Clinton accused Poland and Hungary of turning into a “Putin-like” and “authoritarian dictatorship” last year, their governments saw right through it.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán responded by saying, “The remarks made about Hungary and Poland … have a political dimension. These are not accidental slips of the tongue. And these slips or remarks have been multiplying since we are living in the era of the migrant crisis. And we all know that behind the leaders of the Democratic Party, we have to see George Soros.”

He went on to say, “The mouth is Clinton’s but the voice is of George Soros.”

It’s important to reflect on what role you, as a citizen, play in all of this. Are you supporting the organizations that the elite govern? Are you participating in and falling victim to the very systems that keep perpetuating their control over us? While it may be difficult to admit, this is at least in part a reflection of you, because you are part of the collective. This means that even though you are, in some way, part of what caused this, you can also be part of the solution.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/01/26/anonymous-the-elimination-of-george-soros-has-begun-womens-march-ukraine-conflict-more/

 

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EXACTLY, FLYHI --- NAILED IT !

There is the reason KILLary never sounded nor came off as 'GENUINE'... she isn't ---'

she's a mere tool (like ho'bummer) for a very dark evil... the globalists... the NWO/OWO elitists who want to control it ALL/

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The destruction of the Constitution Of the United States is essential for Satan's one world Government.

The American people and our Constitution is the only blockade the world has.

Soros and the Liberals are nothing more then Satan's Minions funded and encouraged by Soros and the rest of the rich one world order crowd.

God brought in Trump expressly to delay the new world order because of the prayers of the faithful.

Satan is now Pi--ed and throwing a temper tantrum this is why all the rioting and stupidity is  coming from. It will stop soon but Satan will start again but don't be lulled into a sense of well being. This is only a delay of about a few decades

Train up your children in the way they should go and they will not depart from it.

                               No Surrender No Retreat and No Compromise

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His is the epitome of Evil. His nephew is Hillarious's son in law.....married to Chelsea. But those who voted for her voted for him! Special place in Hell for him!

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We hope to see said "nephew" in Federal Prison right along with the rest of the klinton cartel.

Hand soros over to Putin, lock up the klinton cabal.

And when they lock up that pervert tony weiner, we hope it's in the same cell with humid weiner...

they can save the Taxpayers money by killing eachother off.

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On 1/29/2017 at 8:06 AM, captl1 said:

His is the epitome of Evil. His nephew is Hillarious's son in law.....married to Chelsea. But those who voted for her voted for him! Special place in Hell for him!

If you look this up this has been debunked numerous times...

 

 

 

 

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George Soros Selected As Financial Times Person Of The Year

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The Financial Times has selected liberal activist and investor George Soros as its Person of the Year for 2018, citing the prominent billionaire as a "standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society." 

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"The Financial Times’s choice of Person of the Year is usually a reflection of their achievements," the London-based newspaper's editorial board wrote of their choice. "In the case of Mr. Soros this year, his selection is also about the values he represents."

FT goes on to say that Soros's ideas are "under siege from all sides" including from "Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Donald Trump’s America" while attracting "the wrath of authoritarian regimes." -The Hill

"For more than three decades, Mr. Soros has used philanthropy to battle against authoritarianism, racism and intolerance," the editorial reads. "Through his long commitment to openness, media freedom and human rights, he has attracted the wrath of authoritarian regimes and, increasingly, the national populists who continue to gain ground, particularly in Europe."

In November, Soros' Open Society was driven out of Turkey after one of the founders of the Turkish OS branch, Hakan Altinay, was arrested along with 12 others and charged with supporting an opposition figure accused of trying to overthrow the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In May, the Open Society closed its Budapest Office and moved its operations to Berlin after the country passed an "Stop Soros" law aimed at making it more difficult for foreign NGOs to operate in the country.

Open Society purports to support "justice and human rights" in more than 100 countries; but in more recent years, it has primarily focused on Soros' liberal agenda of open borders and free trade while resisting the wave of populist sentiment that has swept across Europe and the US.

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Soros has made headlines over the last several years for his funding of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) which have assisted migrants on their journey into Europe. In 2016, the Hungarian-American billionaire announced a $500 million pledge to "invest in startups, established companies, social-impact initiatives and businesses founded by migrants and refugees themselves," Soros wrote in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed. "Although my main concern is to help migrants and refugees arriving in Europe, I will be looking for good investment ideas that will benefit migrants all over the world."

Last month, a New York Times exposé revealed that Facebook had hired a GOP public relations firm which smeared anti-Facebook activists as paid Soros operatives. On Thanksgiving eve, Facebook admitted to targeting Soros, to which Open Society Foundation President, Patrick Gaspard, and Soros adviser Michael Vachon, lambased the silicon valley giant. 

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that while it was indeed Facebook's collective decision to go after Soros, "it was never anyone’s intention to play into an anti-Semitic narrative against Mr. Soros or anyone else."

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-19/george-soros-selected-financial-times-person-year

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1 hour ago, Butifldrm said:

George Soros Selected As Financial Times Person Of The Year

The Financial Times has selected liberal activist and investor George Soros as its Person of the Year for 2018, citing the prominent billionaire as a "standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society." 

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Whatta bunch of globalist azz kissers !  <_<

 

As though the satanic soros is some kind of exemplary human being. :facepalm3:

We call ==> :bs:'

 

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George Soros is an evil man. He's anti-God, anti-family, anti-American, and anti-good. He killed and robbed his own Jewish people. What we have in Soros, is a multi-billionaire atheist, with skewed moral values, and a sociopath's lack of conscience.

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Why is this POS even allowed into the US?  He is a psychotic sociopath who funds effin terrorist groups.  Declare him any enemy alien and confiscate all his US connected property as we did in 1942.

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        The border post is also a critical transit point for Iran’s military leaders to send weapons and other supplies to proxies fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.
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      It marshaled a huge force of Shiite militias, many trained in Iran and advised on the ground by Iranian officials. After a quick victory, Iranians and their militia allies set about securing their next interests here: marginalizing the province’s Sunni minority and securing a path to Syria. Iran has fought aggressively to keep its ally Mr. Assad in power in order to retain land access to its most important spinoff in the region, Hezbollah, the military and political force that dominates Lebanon and threatens Israel.
      A word from Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s powerful spymaster, sent an army of local Iraqi contractors scrambling, lining up trucks and bulldozers to help build the road, free of charge. Militiamen loyal to Iran were ordered to secure the site.
      Uday al-Khadran, the Shiite mayor of Khalis District in Diyala, is a member of the Badr Organization, an Iraqi political party and militia established by Tehran in the 1980s to fight against Mr. Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war.
      On an afternoon earlier this year, he spread a map across his desk and proudly discussed how he helped build the road, which he said was ordered by General Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, the branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps responsible for foreign operations. General Suleimani secretly directed Iran’s policy in Iraq after the American invasion in 2003, and was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers in attacks carried out by militias under his control.
        “I love Qassim Suleimani more than my children,” he said.
      Mr. Khadran said the general’s new road would eventually be a shortcut for religious pilgrims from Iran to reach Samarra, Iraq, the location of an important shrine.
      But he also acknowledged the route’s greater strategic significance as part of a corridor secured by Iranian proxies that extends across central and northern Iraq. The connecting series of roads skirts the western city of Mosul and stretches on to Tal Afar, an Islamic State-controlled city where Iranian-backed militias and Iranian advisers have set up a base at an airstrip on the outskirts.
      “Diyala is the passage to Syria and Lebanon, and this is very important to Iran,” said Ali al-Daini, the Sunni chairman of the provincial council there.
      Closer to Syria, Iranian-allied militias moved west of Mosul as the battle against the Islamic State unfolded there in recent months. The militias captured the town of Baaj, and then proceeded to the Syrian border, putting Iran on the cusp of completing its corridor.
      Back east, in Diyala, Mr. Daini said he had been powerless to halt what he described as Iran’s dominance in the province.
      When Mr. Daini goes to work, he said, he has to walk by posters of Iran’s revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, outside the council building.
      Iran’s militias in the province have been accused of widespread sectarian cleansing, pushing Sunnis from their homes to establish Shiite dominance and create a buffer zone on its border. The Islamic State was beaten in Diyala more than two years ago, but thousands of Sunni families still fill squalid camps, unable to return home.
        Now, Diyala has become a showcase for how Iran views Shiite ascendancy as critical to its geopolitical goals.
      “Iran is smarter than America,” said Nijat al-Taie, a Sunni member of the provincial council and an outspoken critic of Iran, which she calls the instigator of several assassination attempts against her. “They achieved their goals on the ground. America didn’t protect Iraq. They just toppled the regime and handed the country over to Iran.”
          The Business of Influence
      The lives of General Suleimani and other senior leaders in Tehran were shaped by the prolonged war with Iraq in the 1980s. The conflict left hundreds of thousands dead on both sides, and General Suleimani spent much of the war at the front, swiftly rising in rank as so many officers were killed.
      “The Iran-Iraq war was the formative experience for all of Iran’s leaders,” said Ali Vaez, an Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group, a conflict resolution organization. “From Suleimani all the way down. It was their ‘never again’ moment.”
      A border dispute over the Shatt al Arab waterway that was a factor in the hostilities has still not been resolved, and the legacy of the war’s brutality has influenced the Iranian government ever since, from its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its policy in Iraq.
      “This is a permanent scar in their mind,” said Mowaffak al-Rubaie, a lawmaker and former national security adviser. “They are obsessed with Baathism, Saddam and the Iran-Iraq war.”
        More than anything else, analysts say, it is the scarring legacy of that war that has driven Iranian ambitions to dominate Iraq.
      Particularly in southern Iraq, where the population is mostly Shiite, signs of Iranian influence are everywhere.
      Iranian-backed militias are the defenders of the Shiite shrines in the cities of Najaf and Karbala that drive trade and tourism. In local councils, Iranian-backed political parties have solid majorities, and campaign materials stress relationships with Shiite saints and Iranian clerics.
          If the Iraqi government were stronger, said Mustaq al-Abady, a businessman from just outside Najaf, “then maybe we could open our factories instead of going to Iran.” He said his warehouse was crowded with Iranian imports because his government had done nothing to promote a private sector, police its borders or enforce customs duties.
      Raad Fadhil al-Alwani, a merchant in Hilla, another southern city, imports cleaning supplies and floor tiles from Iran. He slaps “Made in Iraq” labels in Arabic on bottles of detergent, but the reality is that he owns a factory in Iran because labor is cheaper there.
      “I feel like I am destroying the economy of Iraq,” he said. But he insists that Iraqi politicians, by deferring to Iranian pressure and refusing to support local industry, have made it hard to do anything else.
        Najaf attracts millions of Iranian pilgrims each year visiting the golden-domed shrine of Imam Ali, the first Shiite imam. Iranian construction workers — many of whom are viewed as Iranian spies by Iraqi officials — have also flocked to the city to renovate the shrine and build hotels.
      In Babil Province, according to local officials, militia leaders have taken over a government project to set up security cameras along strategic roads. The project had been granted to a Chinese company before the militias intervened, and now the army and the local police have been sidelined from it, said Muqdad Omran, an Iraqi Army captain in the area.
      Iran’s pre-eminence in the Iraqi south has not come without resentment. Iraqi Shiites share a faith with Iran, but they also hold close their other identities as Iraqis and Arabs.
      “Iraq belongs to the Arab League, not to Iran,” said Sheikh Fadhil al-Bidayri, a cleric at the religious seminary in Najaf. “Shiites are a majority in Iraq, but a minority in the world. As long as the Iranian government is controlling the Iraqi government, we don’t have a chance.”
      In this region where the Islamic State’s military threat has never encroached, Iran’s security concerns are mostly being addressed by economic manipulation, Iraqi officials say. Trade in the south is often financed by Iran with credit, and incentives are offered to Iraqi traders to keep their cash in Iranian banks.
      Baghdad’s banks play a role, too, as the financial anchors for Iraqi front companies used by Iran to gain access to dollars that can then finance the country’s broader geopolitical aims, said Entifadh Qanbar, a former aide to the Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi, who died in 2015.
      “It’s very important for the Iranians to maintain corruption in Iraq,” he said.
          The Militias’ Long Arm
      For decades, Iran smuggled guns and bomb-making supplies through the vast swamps of southern Iraq. And young men were brought back and forth across the border, from one safe house to another — recruits going to Iran for training, and then back to Iraq to fight. At first the enemy was Mr. Hussein; later, it was the Americans.
      Today, agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards openly recruit fighters in the Shiite-majority cities of southern Iraq. Buses filled with recruits easily pass border posts that officials say are essentially controlled by Iran — through its proxies on the Iraqi side, and its own border guards on the other.
      While Iran has built up militias to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq, it has also mobilized an army of disaffected young Shiite Iraqi men to fight on its behalf in Syria.
      Mohammad Kadhim, 31, is one of those foot soldiers for Iran, having served three tours in Syria. The recruiting pitch, he said, is mostly based in faith, to defend Shiite shrines in Syria. But Mr. Kadhim said he and his friends signed up more out of a need for jobs.
      “I was just looking for money,” he said. “The majority of the youth I met fighting in Syria do it for the money.”
      He signed up with a Revolutionary Guards recruiter in Najaf, and then was bused through southern Iraq and into Iran, where he underwent military training near Tehran.
      There, he said, Iranian officers delivered speeches invoking the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the revered seventh-century Shiite figure whose death at the hands of a powerful Sunni army became the event around which Shiite spirituality would revolve. The same enemies of the Shiites who killed the imam are now in Syria and Iraq, the officers told the men.
        After traveling to Iran, Mr. Kadhim came home for a break and then was shipped to Syria, where Hezbollah operatives trained him in sniper tactics.
      Iran’s emphasis on defending the Shiite faith has led some here to conclude that its ultimate goal is to bring about an Iranian-style theocracy in Iraq. But there is a persistent sense that it just would not work in Iraq, which has a much larger native Sunni population and tradition, and Iraq’s clerics in Najaf, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the world’s pre-eminent Shiite spiritual leader, oppose the Iranian system.
          But Iran is taking steps to translate militia power into political power, much as it did with Hezbollah in Lebanon, and militia leaders have begun political organizing before next year’s parliamentary elections.
      In April, Qais al-Khazali, a Shiite militia leader, delivered a speech to an audience of Iraqi college students, railing against the United States and the nefarious plotting of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Then, a poet who was part of Mr. Khazali’s entourage stood up and began praising General Suleimani.
      For the students, that was the last straw. Chants of “Iran out! Iran out!” began. Scuffles broke out between students and Mr. Khazali’s bodyguards, who fired their rifles into the air just outside the building.
      “The thing that really provoked us was the poet,” said Mustafa Kamal, a student at the University of al-Qadisiya in Diwaniya, in southern Iraq, who participated in the protest.
        Mr. Kamal and his fellow students quickly learned how dangerous it could be to stand up to Iran these days.
      First, militiamen began threatening to haul them off. Then media outlets linked to the militias went after them, posting their pictures and calling them Baathists and enemies of Shiites. When a mysterious car appeared near Mr. Kamal’s house, his mother panicked that militiamen were coming for her son.
      Then, finally, Mr. Kamal, a law student, and three of his friends received notices from the school saying they had been suspended for a year.
      “We thought we had only one hope, the university,” he said. “And then Iran also interfered there.”
      Mr. Khazali, whose political and militia organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, is deeply connected with Iran, has been on a speaking tour on campuses across Iraq as part of an effort to organize political support for next year’s national election. This has raised fears that Iran is trying not only to deepen its influence within Iraqi education, but also to transform militias into outright political and social organizations, much as it did with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
      “It’s another type of Iranian infiltration and the expansion of Iran’s influence,” said Beriwan Khailany, a lawmaker and member of Parliament’s higher-education committee. “Iran wants to control the youth, and to teach them the Iranian beliefs, through Iraqis who are loyal to Iran.”
          Political Ascendancy
      When a group of Qatari falcon hunters, “including members of the royal family, were kidnapped in 2015 while on safari in the southern deserts of Iraq, Qatar called Iran and its militia allies — not the central government in Baghdad.
        For Mr. Abadi, the prime minister, the episode was an embarrassing demonstration of his government’s weakness at the hands of Iran, whose proxy militia Kataibb Hezbollah was believed to be behind the kidnapping.
      So when the hostage negotiations were about to end, Mr. Abadi pushed back.
      Around noon on a day in April, a government jet from Qatar landed in Baghdad, carrying a delegation of diplomats and 500 million euros stuffed into 23 black boxes.
      The hunters were soon on their way home, but the ransom did not go to the Iranian-backed militiamen who had abducted the Qataris; the cash ended up in a central bank vault in Baghdad.
      The seizure of the money had been ordered by Mr. Abadi, who was furious at the prospect of militias, and their Iranian and Hezbollah benefactors, being paid so richly right under the Iraqi government’s nose.
      “Hundreds of millions to armed groups?” Mr. Abadi said in a public rant. “Is this acceptable?”
      In Iraq, the kidnapping episode was seen as a violation of the country’s sovereignty and emblematic of Iran’s suffocating power over the Iraqi state.
      In a post on Twitter, Mr. Zebari, the former finance minister, who was previously foreign minister, called the episode a “travesty.”
      Mr. Zebari knows firsthand the power of Iran over the Iraqi state.
      Last year, he said, he was ousted as finance minister because Iran perceived him as being too close to the United States. The account was verified by a member of Parliament who was involved in the removal of Mr. Zebari, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering Iran.
        Mr. Zebari, who recounted the events in an interview from his mountainside mansion in northern Iraq, said that when President Barack Obama met with Mr. Abadi last September at the United Nations, the American leader personally lobbied to save Mr. Zebari’s job. Even that was not enough.
      Mr. Abadi now finds himself in a difficult position. If he makes any move that can be seen as confrontational toward Iran, or as positioning himself closer to the United States, it could place a cloud over his political future.
      “He had two options: to be with the Americans or with the Iranians,” said Izzat Shahbander, a prominent Iraqi Shiite leader who once lived in exile in Iran while Mr. Hussein was in power. “And he chose to be with the Americans.”
      Mr. Abadi, who took office in 2014 with the support of both the United States and Iran, has seemed more emboldened to push back against Iranian pressure since President Trump took office.
      In addition to seizing the ransom money, he has promoted an ambitious project for an American company to secure the highway from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan, which Iran has opposed. He has also begun discussing with the United States the terms of a deal to keep American forces behind after the Islamic State is defeated.
      Some are seeing an American troop commitment as a chance to revisit the 2011 withdrawal of United States forces that seemingly opened a door for Iran.
      When American officials in Iraq began the slow wind-down of the military mission there, in 2009, some diplomats in Baghdad were cautiously celebrating one achievement: Iran seemed to be on its heels, its influence in the country waning.
        “Over the last year, Iran has lost the strategic initiative in Iraq,” one diplomat wrote in a cable, later released by WikiLeaks.
      But other cables sent warnings back to Washington that were frequently voiced by Iraqi officials they spoke to: that if the Americans left, then Iran would fill the vacuum.
      Ryan C. Crocker, the American ambassador in Iraq from 2007 to 2009, said that if the United States left again after the Islamic State was defeated, “it would be effectively just giving the Iranians a free rein.”
      But many Iraqis say the Iranians already have free rein. And while the Trump administration has indicated that it will pay closer attention to Iraq as a means to counter Iran, the question is whether it is too late.
      “Iran is not going to sit silent and do nothing,” said Sami al-Askari, a senior Shiite politician who has good relationships with both the Iranians and Americans. “They have many means. Frankly, the Americans can’t do anything.”
         
    • By Butifldrm
      It included 9 ministers, 12 deputies and 11 governors ... Integrity announces its full procedures within a month

       
      The Integrity Commission'spolicy is to detainarrest officials
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      Shafaq News / The Integrity Commission disclosed all its procedures in arrest and recruitment orders issued during the month of last November against ministers and their ranks with special degrees, indicating that orders were issued against (226) accused of them.
      The Commission's investigations department indicated that orders were issued to bring in (9) ministers and their ranks, including two current ministers and five previous ones, in addition to two previous ministers, explaining that the orders also included (12) members of the House of Representatives, including (10) members in the current session, In addition to a current deputy minister, (3) former agents and (2) two precedents.
      She drew attention to the issuance of arrest and recruitment orders against an existing governor, (11) ex-governors, (118) members of the current governorate council, (26) former members and (11) former members, explaining the inclusion of (32) general managers of those orders, including ( 19) Currently Director-General in the Ministries of Oil, Electricity, Education, Health, and Industry and the Sunni Endowment Bureau, and (11) Former Director in the Council of Ministers, the Baghdad Municipality, the Ministries of Higher Education, Scientific Research, Health, Municipalities, Public Works, Transport, and Industry, in addition to two former general managers in the Ministries of Health and Transport.
      The department confirmed that the total number of arrest and recruitment orders issued against the accused amounted to (256) orders, including (221) recruitment orders and (35) arrest warrants, indicating the implementation of (51) orders, while (68) defendants were referred to another investigation court and the trial court or To other investigative agencies.
      https://www.shafaaq.com/ar/سیاسة/شملت-9-وزراء-و12-نائبا-و11-محافظا-النزاهة-تعلن-مجمل-اجراءاتها-خلال-شهر/
    • By Butifldrm
      2019/07/24 11:37 Number of readings 115 Section: Iraq   Legal Committee: the judiciary demands lifting the immunity of 60 deputies libel suits and defamation
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The judiciary has called on parliament to lift the immunity of "60" deputies from slander, defamation and corruption cases, deputy chairman of the parliamentary legal committee Mohamed al-Ghazi said on Wednesday (July 24th, 2019). 

      Al-Ghazzi said in a press statement that the number of requests to lift the immunity of deputies and their introduction by the judiciary up to about 60 applications distributed between libel suits and defamation, "pointing out that" the Presidency of the House of Representatives referred these requests in the past to the advisers in the Department Oh ". 

      He explained that "there are 22 previous requests reached from the judiciary to parliament in the previous session has not been decided while in the current parliamentary session, the number of requests about 38 applications relating to defamation suits and another section of corruption and waste of public funds."

      "The new requests sent by the Judicial Council to the parliament require lifting the immunity of deputies accused of corruption until the completion of investigations and return to parliament in the event of acquittal of these charges against them." 

      The Supreme Judicial Council called on parliament to lift the immunity of (5) deputies for their involvement in corruption deals. 

      He called on the President of the Supreme Judicial Council Judge Faik Zaidan, the House of Representatives to lift the immunity of its members accused of corruption cases while taking executive duties, while stressing the cooperation between all organs in the fight against corruption. 

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      http://almasalah.com/ar/news/175414/اللجنة-القانونية-القضاء-يطالب-برفع-الحصانة-عن-60-نائبا-بدعاوى-القذف-والتشهير
       
    • By yota691
      Integrity: Fact teams follow the movement of money senior government officials
      Political  Since 03.04.2017 at 13:00 (Baghdad time)
      Baghdad balances News
      Integrity Commission revealed on Saturday that the prevention of the Department of Investigation of the teams followed the movement of senior government officials and monitor the funds expected to bribery in some cases governmental institutions.
      She Prevention Department of the Authority in a statement received / balances News / copy of it, it was "carried out in one month (135) a visit to a group government and private banks and the board of the Securities and the General Directorate of Traffic and the Registrar of Companies and public body was for taxes and Baghdad Chamber of Commerce and the Iraqi market for securities to match the installed information the disclosure of financial accounts provided to them by government officials charged with the duty of disclosure forms for their financial interests, "indicating that" the number of taxpayers who have been research and investigation and matching their assets amounted to (500) is expensive. "
      The circle to "do its teams to (30) visit to government agencies included the office of the Inspector General in the Ministries of Education, Interior and directorates general of passports public statements in sub-Kadhimiya and Adhamiya national card and conditions of New Baghdad, Sadr City, in addition to the directorates of education Karkh first, second and third, and equipment Karkh and breeding Rusafa first, second and civil education and vocational education. "
      Circle Amnesty said it was "carried out the anti-bribery teams of the Department of Prevention during the same period (24) field visit included some of the ministries of health and finance departments, labor and social affairs."
      The Integrity Commission has launched a page on its official spokesman (I'm an inspector) and called on all citizens, who have evidence and proof and documents available have about the existence of inflation is normal in other resources than doubted he enters the door of graft or exploit the career office, to report it across the page ( I inspector) the requirement to be unsubstantiated and the evidence (as possible) and to be a far cry from attempts miscarriage personal and targeting hopes of whistleblower Ajtnabhma.
      It is noteworthy that the Commission had referred the seven files from senior officials last year to eliminate the pretext of inflated money and graft was the most prominent deputies of the three Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and water resources, as well as the Mayor of Baghdad and former director of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Office Alsabak.anthy 29 / D 24
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