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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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must be the way they found out  the two banks , Almtlkian and Almtnsalin    had been  holding  out on payments !  

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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 explained prevention department said in a statement that it 'carried out within one month (135) a visit to a group government and private banks and the board of the stock and the Directorate of Traffic and Public Companies Registrar General and the Authority for taxes and the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce and the Iraqi market for securities to match the installed information in the disclosure of financial accounts submitted her forms of by government officials charged with the duty to disclose their financial interests ', stating that' the number of taxpayers who have been research and investigation and matching their assets amounted to (500) is expensive. " 

The statement pointed out, 'the 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 & Livestock Rusafa first and second Ahli , vocational education, education '. 

The statement continued, they 'carried out 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'.

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 BAGHDAD / morning revealed the Integrity Commission on Saturday for 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 explained the RTA prevention department said in a statement that it «carried out within one month (135) a visit to a group government and private banks, the Securities Commission and the Directorate of Traffic and Public Companies Registrar General and the Authority for taxes and the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce and the Iraqi market for securities to match the installed information in the disclosure of financial accounts submitted her forms of by government officials charged with the duty to disclose their financial interests », indicating that« the number of taxpayers who have been research and investigation and matching their assets amounted to (500) costly ». The circle to «do its teams to (30) visit to government agencies included, Offices 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 & Livestock Rusafa first and second Ahli , vocational education and education. » She said the department «anti - bribery teams of the Department of Prevention carried out 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) on the following link: http://claim.nazaha.iq, and called on all citizens, who have the evidence and the evidence and documents available for the presence of abnormal inflation in other resources than doubted it enters the Bab graft or exploit the career office, to report it across the page (I'm an 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 said that the body had been referred seven files from senior officials last year to eliminate the pretext of inflated money and graft was the most prominent of the three Vice - Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and water resources, as well as the Mayor of Baghdad and former director general , former commander of the Armed Forces Office. Integrity Commission has also decided to include both the heads of political parties, members of the Foundation bodies of these parties , the duty to disclose their financial interests, as announced in early January , to enable them to stop the waste of about 535 billion dinars of public money was intended for disbursement salaries pensions under the completed transactions for members provincial councils and districts, counties and neighborhoods and cutouts.
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3 minutes ago, yota691 said:

It is said that the body had been referred seven files from senior officials last year to eliminate the pretext of inflated money and graft was the most prominent of the three Vice - Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and water resources, as well as the Mayor of Baghdad and former director general , former commander of the Armed Forces OfficeIntegrity Commission has also decided to include both the heads of political parties, members of the Foundation bodies of these parties , the duty to disclose their financial interests, as announced in early January , to enable them to stop the waste of about 535 billion dinars of public money was intended for disbursement salaries pensions under the completed transactions for members provincial councils and districts, counties and neighborhoods and cutouts.

Yota Thanks,  DV,  Justice is calling and the guilty parties are about to receive their time in court and we hope very soon.

GO Justice!!

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Integrity Commission release the Managing Director of the Bank of Huda Hamad al-Moussawi on bail a day after being summoned suspicions of corruption huge

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The Iraqi Association of transparency about the Integrity Commission for the release of Managing Director of the Bank of Huda Hamad al-Moussawi to meet a financial guarantee was not disclosed after summoned by suspicions of corruption and involvement with the smuggling.

She said the Association of transparency in remarks followed up (Adhamiya News) that the so-called "Yasser Hamad al-Moussawi, a bank director Huda was released after less than 24 hours on a summons against the backdrop of Information and semi benefit of involvement of smuggling hard currency abroad and carry out money laundering." Adding that the release of al-Musawi was after the "pay large bail not be detected."

It is worth mentioning that Huda commercial bank manager Yasser Hamad al-Moussawi, had been nominated for the elections, a coalition of law led by Nuri al-Maliki, and he was involved with dozens of large Mullahs but he did not summon only once.

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7 minutes ago, yota691 said:

Integrity Commission release the Managing Director of the Bank of Huda Hamad al-Moussawi on bail a day after being summoned suspicions of corruption huge

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 21:48 GMT | Posted Number: 23542

The Iraqi Association of transparency about the Integrity Commission for the release of Managing Director of the Bank of Huda Hamad al-Moussawi to meet a financial guarantee was not disclosed after summoned by suspicions of corruption and involvement with the smuggling.

She said the Association of transparency in remarks followed up (Adhamiya News) that the so-called "Yasser Hamad al-Moussawi, a bank director Huda was released after less than 24 hours on a summons against the backdrop of Information and semi benefit of involvement of smuggling hard currency abroad and carry out money laundering." Adding that the release of al-Musawi was after the "pay large bail not be detected."

It is worth mentioning that Huda commercial bank manager Yasser Hamad al-Moussawi, had been nominated for the elections, a coalition of law led by Nuri al-Maliki, and he was involved with dozens of large Mullahs but he did not summon only once.

A Skunk and A Weasel !!  :lol:

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Five ministers in Iraqi Kurdistan named in anti-corruption committee list

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Editorial Staff in 1 Top News, Corruption, Politics
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Sirwan Zahawi, the head of the anti-corruption committee in Iraqi Kurdistan, Mar. 12, 2017. Photo: Screenshot/NRT TV

SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A committee against corruption in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region has named five ministers accused of graft, a Kurdish official said on Sunday.

Sirwan Zahawi, the head of the anti-corruption committee told NRT TV that the committee continues its investigation to carry out reform to fight corruption.

Zahawi, who is also an advisor to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, said the premier has formed several committees to carry out reform.

“Four to five members, three of whom are in this cabinet, have been selected. They may not be corruptors but their names have been chosen. Accusation is not a crime. You will be called to defend yourself” Zahawi noted.

Those accused of corruption will be investigated, he said. There is a group in the government that makes obstacles to conduct reform.

Kurdistan considered as the most corrupted part of Iraq. According to Kurdish lawmakers billions of dollars are missing from Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil revenues.

Senior KRG officials including Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani have long been routinely accused by the opposition and observers of corruption or taking government money.

Kurdish security forces have detained several people over corruption after they were accused of corruption by the Commission of Integrity.

The Commission of Integrity said in December that the commission had sent 42 cases of corruption to courts in the Kurdistan Region to bring the perpetrators to justice.

On April 26, Kurdish security forces detained a number of officials accused of corruption, misuse of power and mismanagement of public funds in the city of Duhok, but they were released on bail a day later.

On April 13, the head of the Kurdistan Region’s Central Bank, Adham Karim, and his deputy were arrested also on charges of corruption.

Until now no one has been sentenced over corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Both ruling families of Massoud Barzani, Jalal Talabani and their relatives control a large number of commercial enterprises in Iraqi Kurdistan, with a gross value of several billion US dollars. The two families are routinely accused of corruption and nepotism by the opposition as well as international observers.

Massoud Barzani has been accused by critics of amassing huge wealth for his family instead of serving the population. Barzani’s son is the Kurdistan region’s intelligence chief and his nephew Nechirvan Barzani is the prime minister.

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Time to clean the swamp.  Maliki.your next. Next week trump and Abadi will make a plan 

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Iraq, March 14, 2017 

A committee against corruption in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region has named five ministers accused of graft, a Kurdish official said on Sunday.

Sirwan Zahawi, the head of the anti-corruption committee told NRT TV that the committee continues its investigation to carry out reform to fight corruption.

Zahawi, who is also an advisor to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, said the premier has formed several committees to carry out reform. 

“Four to five members, three of whom are in this cabinet, have been selected. They may not be corruptors but their names have been chosen. Accusation is not a crime. You will be called to defend yourself” Zahawi noted.

Those accused of corruption will be investigated, he said. There is a group in the government that makes obstacles to conduct reform.

Kurdistan considered as the most corrupted part of Iraq. According to Kurdish lawmakers billions of dollars are missing from Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil revenues.

Senior KRG officials including Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani have long been routinely accused by the opposition and observers of corruption or taking government money.

Kurdish security forces have detained several people over corruption after they were accused of corruption by the Commission of Integrity.

The Commission of Integrity said in December that the commission had sent 42 cases of corruption to courts in the Kurdistan Region to bring the perpetrators to justice.

On April 26, Kurdish security forces detained a number of officials accused of corruption, misuse of power and mismanagement of public funds in the city of Duhok, but they were released on bail a day later.

On April 13, the head of the Kurdistan Region’s Central Bank, Adham Karim, and his deputy were arrested also on charges of corruption.

Until now no one has been sentenced over corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Both ruling families of Massoud Barzani, Jalal Talabani and their relatives control a large number of commercial enterprises in Iraqi Kurdistan, with a gross value of several billion US dollars. The two families are routinely accused of corruption and nepotism by the opposition as well as international observers.

Massoud Barzani has been accused by critics of amassing huge wealth for his family instead of serving the population. Barzani’s son is the Kurdistan region’s intelligence chief and his nephew Nechirvan Barzani is the prime minister.

 

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http://iraqdailyjournal.com/story-z14951670

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Lets see not long ago another family was in charge of Iraq and they ended up at the end of a rope. This type of corruption only works when no one knows about it, but with the internet everyone sooner or later finds out. Then the night time party takes over and the hangings begin. And then no more openly blatant corruption!!

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3 minutes ago, WheresmyRV? said:

No surprise here, it wouldn't surprise me if 95% of their government is stealing profits from their own people and country.

I think they took lessons from Washington and the Clintons

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1 hour ago, Wiljor said:

Both ruling families of Massoud Barzani, Jalal Talabani and their relatives control a large number of commercial enterprises in Iraqi Kurdistan, with a gross value of several billion US dollars. The two families are routinely accused of corruption and nepotism by the opposition as well as international observers.

Massoud Barzani has been accused by critics of amassing huge wealth for his family instead of serving the population. Barzani’s son is the Kurdistan region’s intelligence chief and his nephew Nechirvan Barzani is the prime minister.

Wiljor Thanks,  It doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to figure out who the corrupt folks are and yes Barzani's & Talabani Clan for sure in KRG.   If you go against them you will face the music or possibly disappear in some hole out in the desert.  I do not understand why the Western Nations put up with this crap and keep feeding the Monster whom they know darn well they are stealing the people's wealth.  However, Now that we have a new President DJT I do believe things are about to change and folks will be held accountable.  What is amazing they just don't steal a few millions but BILLIONS of dollars which goes to show they are GREEDY Scumbags while their citizens live in poverty.  Just shameful...:(

GO JUSTICE!!

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Abu Barns: Workshop headed by Abadi to raise the rating of Iraq transparent internationalist

Abu Barns: Workshop headed by Abadi to raise the rating of Iraq transparent internationalist
Last updated: April 3, 2017 - 12:51

 Baghdad / Iraq News Network announced that the Office of the Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi, Monday, for a workshop in the capital Baghdad next week to discuss the lifting of Iraq 's ranking in the Transparency International index during the current year 2017. The office said Director of Novell Abu Barns in a press interview today: " The capital of Baghdad will host next week workshop with the participation of government officials and experts of international transparency." He said Abu Barns, that " the workshop to be held under the auspices of Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi will discuss raising the rating of Iraq in Transparency International 's index , which will be issued by the end of the year 2017".

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Confirmed the US ambassador in Iraq, Douglas Silliman, Iraq ranks percent and sixty-six out of a list of 167 countries ranked as the most corrupt countries, and pointed out that Washington will help Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to fight corruption in the country.

He said Silliman in a press statement that Washington with the Prime Minister in the fight against corruption and that Washington will help Abadi this area through the economic reform.

Also it pointed out that Iraq must fight the corrupt and the development of transparent laws to reduce corruption.

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The Iraqi government draw upon the United Nations to confront financial corruption

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Baghdad «Quds Al- Arabi»: The Iraqi government is seeking to counter a wave of financial and administrative corruption in state institutions with the assistance of international efforts and other measures, in order to improve the international reputation of Iraq Finance. 

Said Deputy Director of the Prime Minister 's Office, Novell Abu Barns, said that « the United Nations investigators are investigating 40 corruption file about a professional away from any political diagnosis and see the usefulness of the presence of an inspector general offices in the ministries and state institutions». 

He pointed out , during his participation in the activities of Iraq 's energy forum in Baghdad, that «will be held next Thursday, a workshop attended by the Prime Minister on how to raise the assessment of Iraq in the classification of Transparency International organizations next year». 

Comes the international contribution to the fight against corruption within the agreement signed by the Iraqi government in August / August 2016, with the United Nations Development Program in Baghdad to strengthen the government 's ability to investigate large and complex investigation and prosecution of corruption cases. 

And will the United Nations Development Program, in accordance with the terms of the agreement, to hire international investigators to help train Iraqi investigators and provide advice, the investigator will be president of the Integrity Commission and the Supreme Judicial Council headquarters. 

Within the context , and to reduce the widespread fraud in the real estate state and citizens to seize it, the Ministry of Justice recently completed, archive all documents of real estate registration «electronically» in Baghdad and all the provinces and will be kept in cooperation with the Central Bank of Iraq, which was allocated one Khoznath to save this archive documents in coordination with the Minister of Justice and the Office of the Office of Inspector General of the Ministry and the Department of real Estate Registration. 

The Minister of Justice, Haidar Zamili, in a statement that « the ministry was keen and made great efforts to reduce fraud or manipulation of the documents and circles Mlahziat real estate registration processes and consistently develop special mechanisms to prevent accidental loss or damage». 

He explained that «the Ministry of Justice will withdraw the CDs deposited in the Central Bank of Iraq and in the general department for the registration of real estate every six months to update it according to the variables that occur in the ownership of real property resulting from the buying and selling legal means.» 

He assured the Minister of Justice of citizens that « is not possible for any person or any party anymore manipulation of the real property belonging to them, especially if the ministry has developed procedures and mechanisms of tight and accurate to cut the road to the corrupt and people with weak souls.» 

Many of the real property Kalpnayat role and land, have been tampered with and forgery after the security vacuum and chaos following the occupation in 2003, where he captured parties and mafias of organized crime on thousands of state property or citizens, especially displaced outside Iraq. 

In a picture of the extent of corruption in Iraq, Hassan al - Yassiri, head of the Integrity Commission, pointed out that «one of the reasons for his desire to submit to resign repeatedly, because the authorities did not take action only in 15% of 12 thousand cases of corruption conducted body investigations on them and referred to the general judiciary last », stressing that« the number of very few ». 

He called on the judiciary to «resolve the issues quickly to keep up with the work of the Commission.» 

He revealed Yasiri, in a press statement, about «take bold steps and send investigators to open files in each ministry in search of the lowest indicators on corruption and to impose a travel ban on senior officials for the first time, and forced senior officials to commit to greater transparency with respect to financial care for them». 

He stressed that «faces constant criticism from the political blocs that used to use its control over the ministries to provide services to their supporters». 

According to Yasiri «shrunk the problem by checking the Department of Defense , but there is a need for further work. Some of the officers are still paid part of the salaries of some soldiers in exchange for allowing them to leave unlimited duration. » 

He said: «There are a million people in the army. In all countries it is difficult to eliminate corruption in the light of these numbers Kabarh..nhn we are trying to tighten the noose around the corrupt but it is difficult to eliminate corruption overnight. We need more time. » 

The previously Iasri, that submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi in June 2016, but the latter rejected, and at the insistence of al - Yassiri, Abadi agreed to leave him in office until the appointment of the alternative. 

Iraq occupies a year, advanced centers in the Transparency International 's agenda among the most corrupt countries in the world, so the government seeks to curb corruption, amid great difficulties and obstacles of corruption whales who work with the support of powerful political forces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good thinking  ahead of time to print currency that is virtually  uncounterfeitable . The reason that the $25k notes smell weird is that the rich red color is made from oxblood  . Take a black light to it,and it reveals security features that you can't IMAGINE . The paper is super high quality ,similar to rice paper . It was printed in Switzerland and paid for  by the US . Rather than counterfeit at huge expence and risk  , buy the real stuff .

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Abadi calls for regulatory authorities to continue their plans in the fight against corruption

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He called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Thursday, regulatory authorities to continue their plans to fight corruption, noting some are trying to shuffle the cards through a lot of charge without evidence.

Ebadi said in a speech word in national consultations to combat corruption and promote transparency in the public sector in the presence of the United Nations Development Program in Iraq and international experts in the fight against corruption, "The fight against corruption is one of the priorities of the government and that, despite the many difficulties and the war against terrorism and the financial crisis as a result of lower revenues oil, but we walked in this line. "

He added that "the first steps we have made in the fight against corruption was in the security establishment because of corruption contributed to the entry Daesh and that day our national welcome in all provinces and check Alantsart."

 Among Abadi, that "some people are trying to confuse the papers through a lot of accusation of corruption without evidence", calling on regulators to a "for the continuation of their plans in the fight against corruption and not to be drawn to other plans vexatious issues and drowning others wasting their effort."

The prime minister pointed out, that we "do not want to feel that there is a citizen GABBANA him so we have reduced the salaries of officials," adding that "Iraq today, despite the financial crisis, improved credit rating and our pressure expenses and interest has become the largest castes weakest."

 Abadi said, "What is sad when you go to the provinces there are many projects spent by billions of dinars without the benefit of the citizen," pointing out that "there are great steps to continue them and we are on the right path" .anthy 29 / A 43

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      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.
    • By SocalDinar
      Iraqi Kurdistan oil minister connected to missing $31.4 mil. from South Korea’s HSBC Posted on  
      March 11, 2015
      SEOUL,— The National Assembly is moving to have HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver answer key questions regarding the disappearance of $31.4 million of taxpayers’ money in a project undertaken as part of the failed “energy diplomacy” under the previous Lee Myung-bak government.
      Rep. Chun Soon-ok of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) told The Korea Times that she is sending Gulliver questions about the case, which she believes could escalate into an international bribery scandal involving former presidential aides.
        “First and foremost, we want to know who took the money,” Rep. Chun said, referring to the “signature bonus” given by the state-run Korea National Oil Corp. (KNOC) to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq on Jan. 16 and Dec. 19, 2008, in return for the right to explore and develop the Bazian Block oilfield on its territory.
      She said that the money disappeared after it was sent to the KRG through HSBC in London.
      “We assume that the money was shared by the former aides of President Lee, Kurdistan officials and Choi Kyu-sun, the middleman,” she said. Chun belongs to the party’s committee to uncover the outflow of national wealth under the previous government.
      But Choi denied this occurred, former President Lee couldn’t be reached and Kurdistan officials were not available for comment.
      HSBC also declined to comment.
      Chun said that the global bank is under an obligation to promote transparency regarding its operations in general and, in particular, in this kind of case in which there are strong suspicions of bribery.
      She said that she is willing to enlist the help of an ongoing bipartisan probe into the failed policies of the former President in order to uncover the truth about the missing millions in taxpayers’ money.
      “We are not ruling out another avenue of using a government-to-government contact to get an answer from HSBC,” she said.
      At the center of the case is Ashti Hawrami, the KRG’s natural resources minister, who designated HSBC headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf business district as the bank through which to send the KNOC money.
      The money could have been a bribe given to Hawrami, Chun said.
      Making the HSBC deal more dubious is that it was different from those involving other parts of the deal conducted by Commerzbank in Frankfurt.
      When the KNOC sent $100 million in August 2012 and $10 million in January 2014 as SOC construction costs to build a hospital and other facilities in Kurdistan, the oil company used Commerzbank as the intermediary. Certificates exist, clearly showing that the money arrived at the Kurdistan International Bank via Commerzbank.
      The copy of the request for remittances acquired by The Korea Times listed 31 banks as intermediaries.
      But the request involving the $31.4 million, a copy of which The Korea Times also obtained, only cited HSBC’s headquarters in London.
      Gulliver recently appeared before the Treasury Select Committee at the House of Commons, London, to be questioned over allegations that the bank’s Swiss branch helped wealthy customers dodge paying tax.
      The bank has endured a string of scandals and paid millions in penalties to regulators around the world
       
      http://ekurd.net/iraqi-kurdistans-oil-minister-connected-with-missing-31-4-mil-from-south-koreas-hsbc-2015-03-11
       
    • By UNEEK
      Okay, so why am I posting this? I watched an interview with Doug Casey & Peter Schiff concerning Peter's father Irwin that is serving a very stiff 13 yr prison sentence - That interview led me by interest to watch a video of Doug Casey concerning "HIS" views on voting -  I was absolutely in agreement with  so much that he said but pushed it aside until I read Ezrapounds thread earlier this morning -  
       
      We are cursed if we do and cursed if we don't --  It reminds me of an old wise tale  "If you get up I'm going to beat you with this stick. If you keep sitting there I"m going to beat you with this stick" ----- so what do  you do?  I have my answer do you have yours?
       
       
       
       
      Doug Casey's Top Five Reasons Not To Vote

      Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/22/2012 23:42 -0400

       Submitted by Doug Casey of Casey Research,
       
      L: Doug, we've spoken about presidents. We have a presidential election coming up in the US – an election that could have significant consequences on our investments. But given the views you've already expressed on the Tea Party movement and anarchy, I'm sure you have different ideas. What do you make of the impending circus, and what should a rational man do?
       
      Doug: Well, a rational man, which is to say, an ethical man, would almost certainly not vote in this election, or in any other – at least above a local level, where you personally know most of both your neighbors and the candidates.
       
      L: Why? Might not an ethical person want to vote the bums out?
       
      Doug: He might feel that way, but he'd better get his emotions under control. I've thought about this. So let me give you at least five reasons why no one should vote.
       
      The first reason is that voting is an unethical act, in and of itself. That's because the state is pure, institutionalized coercion. If you believe that coercion is an improper way for people to relate to one another, then you shouldn't engage in a process that formalizes and guarantees the use of coercion.
       
      L: It's probably worth defining coercion in this context. I know you agree with me that force is ethical in self-defense. A murderer I shoot might feel coerced into accepting a certain amount of hot lead that he did not consent to, but he intended the same, or worse, for me, so the scales are balanced. What you are talking about is forcing innocent, non-consenting others to do things against their wills, like paying taxes that go to pay for military adventures they believe are wrong, etc.
       
      Doug: Right. The modern state not only routinely coerces people into doing all sorts of things they don't want to do – often very clearly against their own interests – but it necessarily does so, by its nature. People who want to know more about that should read our conversation on anarchy.
       
      This distinction is very important in a society with a government that is no longer limited by a constitution that restrains it from violating individual rights. And when you vote, you participate in, and endorse, this unethical system.
       
      L: It's probably also worth clarifying that you're not talking about all voting here. When you are a member of a golfing club and vote on how to use the fees, you and everyone else have consented to the process, so it's not unethical. It's participating in the management of the coercive machinery of the state you object to, not voting in and of itself.
       
      Doug: Exactly. As Mao correctly said, "The power of the State comes out of the barrel of a gun." It's not like voting for the leadership of a social club. Unlike a golfing club or something of that nature, the state won't let you opt out.
       
      L: Even if you're not harming anyone and just want to be left alone.
       
      Doug: Which relates to the second reason: privacy. It compromises your privacy to vote. It gets your name added to a list government busybodies can make use of, like court clerks putting together lists of conscripts for jury duty. Unfortunately, this is not as important a reason as it used to be, because of the great proliferation of lists people are on anyway.
       
      Still, while it's true there's less privacy in our world today, in general, the less any government knows about you, the better off you are. This is, of course, why I've successfully refused to complete a census form for the last 40 years.
       
      L: [Chuckles] We've talked about the census. Good for you
      .
      Doug: It's wise to be a nonperson, as far as the state is concerned, as far as possible.
       
      L: Not to digress too much, but some people might react by saying that juries are important.
       
      Doug: They are, but it would be a waste of my time to sign up for jury duty, because I would certainly be kicked off any jury. No attorney would ever let me stay on the jury once we got to voir dire, because I would not agree to being a robot that simply voted on the facts and the law as instructed by the judge –
       
      I'd want to vote on the morality of the law in question too. I'd be interested in justice, and very few laws today, except for the basic ones on things like murder and theft, have anything to do with justice. If the case related to drug laws, or tax laws, I would almost certainly automatically vote to acquit, regardless of the facts of the case.
       
      L: I've thought about it too, because it is important, and I might be willing to serve on a jury. And of course I'd vote my conscience too. But I'd want to be asked, not ordered to do it. I'm not a slave.
       
      Doug: My feelings exactly.
       
      L: But we should probably get to your third reason for not voting.
       
      Doug: That would be because it's a degrading experience. The reason I say that is because registering to vote, and voting itself, usually involves taking productive time out of your day to go stand around in lines in government offices. You have to fill out forms and deal with petty bureaucrats. I know I can find much more enjoyable and productive things to do with my time, and I'm sure anyone reading this can as well.
       
      L: And the pettier the bureaucrat, the more unpleasant the interaction tends to be.
       
      Doug: I have increasing evidence of that every time I fly. The TSA goons are really coming into their own now, as our own home-grown Gestapo wannabes.
       
      L: It's a sad thing… Reason number four?
       
      Doug: As P.J. O'Rourke says in a recent book, and as I've always said, voting just encourages them.
       
      I'm convinced that most people don't vote for candidates they believe in, but against candidates they fear. But that's not how the guy who wins sees it; the more votes he gets, the more he thinks he's got a mandate to rule – even if all his votes are really just votes against his opponent. Some people justify this, saying it minimizes harm to vote for the lesser of two evils. That's nonsense, because it still leaves you voting for evil.
       
      The lesser of two evils is still evil.
       
      Incidentally, I got as far as this point in 1980, when I was on the Phil Donahue show. I had the whole hour on national TV all to myself, and I felt in top form. It was actually the day before the national election, when Jimmy Carter was the incumbent, running against Ronald Reagan.
       
      After I made some economic observations, Donahue accused me of intending to vote for Reagan. I said that I was not, and as sharp as Donahue was, he said, "Well, you're not voting for Carter, so you must be voting Libertarian…"
       
      I said no, and had to explain why not. I believed then just as I do now. And it was at about this point when the audience, which had been getting restive, started getting really upset with me. I never made it to point five.
      Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised.
       
      That same audience, when I pointed out that their taxes were high and were being wasted, contained an individual who asked, "Why do we have to pay for things with our taxes? Why doesn't the government pay for it?"
       
      I swear that's what he said; it's on tape. If you could go back and watch the show, you'd see that the audience clapped after that brilliant question. Which was when I first realized that while the situation is actually hopeless, it's also quite comic…
       
      L: [Laughs]
       
      Doug: And things have only gotten worse since then, with decades more public education behind us.
       
      L: I bet that guy works in the Obama administration now, where they seem to think exactly as he did; the government will just pay for everything everyone wants with money it doesn't have.
       
      Doug: [Chuckles] Maybe so. He'd now be of an age where he's collecting Social Security and Medicare, plus food stamps, and likely gaming the system for a bunch of other freebies. Maybe he's so discontent with his miserable life that he goes to both Tea Party and Green Party rallies to kill time.
       
      I do believe we're getting close to the endgame. The system is on the verge of falling apart. And the closer we get to the edge, the more catastrophic the collapse it appears we're going to have.
       
      Which leads me to point number five: Your vote doesn't count. If I'd gotten to say that to the Donahue audience, they probably would have stoned me. People really like to believe that their individual votes count.
       
      Politicians like to say that every vote counts, because it gets everyone into busybody mode, makes voters complicit in their crimes. But statistically, any person's vote makes no more difference than a single grain of sand on a beach. Thinking their vote counts seems to give people who need it an inflated sense of self-worth.
       
      That's completely apart from the fact – as voters in Chicago in 1960 and Florida in 2000 can tell you – when it actually does get close, things can be, and often are, rigged. As Stalin famously said, it's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes.
       
      Anyway, officials manifestly do what they want, not what you want them to do, once they are in office. They neither know, nor care, what you want. You're just another mark, a mooch, a source of funds.
       
      L: The idea of political representation is a myth, and a logical absurdity. One person can only represent his own opinions – if he's even thought them out. If someone dedicated his life to studying another person, he might be able to represent that individual reasonably accurately. But given that no two people are completely – or even mostly – alike, it's completely impossible to represent the interests of any group of people.
       
      Doug: The whole constellation of concepts is ridiculous. This leads us to the subject of democracy. People say that if you live in a democracy, you should vote. But that begs the question of whether democracy itself is any good. And I would say that, no, it's not. Especially a democracy unconstrained by a constitution.
       
      That, sadly, is the case in the US, where the Constitution is 100% a dead letter. Democracy is nothing more than mob rule dressed up in a suit and tie. It's no way for a civilized society to be run. At this point, it's a democracy consisting of two wolves and a sheep, voting about what to eat for dinner.
       
      L: Okay, but in our firmly United State of America today, we don't live in your ideal society. It is what it is, and if you don't vote the bums out, they remain in office. What do you say to the people who say that if you don't vote, if you don't raise a hand, then you have no right to complain about the results of the political process?
       
      Doug: But I do raise a hand, constantly. I try to change things by influencing the way people think. I'd just rather not waste my time or degrade myself on unethical and futile efforts like voting. Anyway, that argument is more than fallacious, it's ridiculous and spurious.
       
      Actually, only the non-voter does have a right to complain – it's the opposite of what they say. Voters are assenting to whatever the government does; a nonvoter can best be compared to someone who refuses to join a mob. Only he really has the right to complain about what they do.
       
      L: Okay then, if the ethical man shouldn't vote in the national elections coming up, what should he do?
       
      Doug: I think it's like they said during the war with Viet Nam: Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came? I also like to say: Suppose they levied a tax, and nobody paid? And at this time of year: Suppose they gave an election, and nobody voted?
       
      The only way to truly delegitimize a corrupt system is by not voting. When tin-plated dictators around the world have their rigged elections, and people stay home in droves, even today's "we love governments of all sorts" international community won't recognize the results of the election.
       
      L: Delegitimizing evil… and without coercion, or even force. That's a beautiful thing, Doug. I'd love to see the whole crooked, festering, parasitical mass in Washington – and similar places – get a total vote of no-confidence.
       
      Doug: Indeed. Now, I realize that my not voting won't make that happen. My not voting doesn't matter any more than some naïve person's voting does. But at least I'll know that what I did was ethical. You have to live with yourself. That's only possible if you try to do the right thing.
       
      L: At least you won't have blood on your hands.
       
      Doug: That's exactly the point.
       
      L: A friendly amendment: you do staunchly support voting with your feet.
       
      Doug: Ah, that's true. Unfortunately, the idea of the state has spread over the face of the earth like an ugly skin disease. All of the governments of the world are, at this point, growing in extent and power – and rights violations – like cancers. But still, that is one way I am dealing with the problem; I'm voting with my feet. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. It's idiotic to sit around like a peasant and wait to see what they do to you.
       
      To me, it makes much more sense to live as a perpetual tourist, staying no more than six months of the year in any one place. Tourists are courted and valued, whereas residents and citizens are viewed as milk cows. And before this crisis is over, they may wind up looking more like beef cows. Entirely apart from that, it keeps you from getting into the habit of thinking like a medieval serf. And I like being warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
       
      L: And, as people say: "What if everyone did that?" Well, you'd see people migrating towards the least predatory states where they could enjoy the most freedom, and create the most wealth for themselves and their posterity. That sort of voting with your feet could force governments to compete for citizens, which would lead to more places where people can live as they want. It could become a worldwide revolution fought and won without guns.
       
      Doug: That sounds pretty idealistic, but I do believe this whole sick notion of the nation-state will come to an end within the next couple generations. It makes me empathize with Lenin when he said, "The worse it gets, the better it gets." Between jet travel, the Internet, and the bankruptcy of governments around the world, the nation-state is a dead duck. As we've discussed before, people will organize into voluntary communities we call phyles.
       
      L: That's the name given to such communities by science fiction author Neal Stephenson in his book The Diamond Age, which we discussed in our conversation on Speculator's Fiction. Well, we've talked quite a bit – what about investment implications?
       
      Doug: First, don't expect anything that results from this US election to do any real, lasting good. And if, by some miracle, it did, the short-term implications would be very hard economic times. What to do in either case is what we write about in our big-picture newsletter, The Casey Report.
       
      More important, however, is to have a healthy and useful psychological attitude. For that, you need to stop thinking politically, stop wasting time on elections, entitlements, and such nonsense. You've got to use all of your time and brain power to think economically. That's to say, thinking about how to allocate your various intellectual, personal, and capital assets, to survive the storm – and even thrive, if you play your cards right.
       
      L: Very good. I like that: think economically, not politically. Thanks, Doug!
       
      Doug: My pleasure.
       
      Irrespective of whether one agrees with Doug's politics, his investing record speaks for itself. And just like him, the analysts and editors at Casey Research dig deep in their respective fields and are blunt in their assessments. One thing many agree that the US will have to face, no matter the outcome of the presidential election, is its growing debt crisis.
       
      http://www.caseyresearch.com/cdd/doug-casey-voting-redux
       
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