Any day this side of the earthworms always has potential to be great, and today is an exceptional example... we have breaking news.
I'm going to give us two names to discuss this morning... Barham Salih and Abdul Mahdi.
For the last few months, we've been in a holding pattern. We know what's coming, and it has been obvious that progress was being made, but let's be honest... it was a lonnnnng, slowwwww couple months waiting for SOMETHING to pop.
As of yesterday, that slow moving train gave it's first puff of black smoke and the wheels made the first turn. The rust feel off of pieces that seemed to have been stuck motionless for eons, the tracks even groaned a little in protest as this giant piece of history began inching forward, and we have some actual news...
... Iraq has a new president.
Here's a name you'll be seeing more of: The new Iraqi President, Barham Salih.
What's more, and this happened lightning fast... President Barham Salih has named Abdul Mahdi as Prime Minister.
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2. This is happening fast! New Iraqi President Barham Salih had 15 days to name the new PM, but he did not wait. He did it immediately. There are obviously plans being set into motion, that were organized well in advance of this announcement.
This is breaking news at this time, so the situation is fluid... but this was a major milestone, and we're hearing the train start to chug.
CHOOOO CHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Let's go, Iraq!
Couple questions from the members:
I don't see anything wrong with this pick. In fact, his immediate announcement of a choice in PM says a lot about how we can expect things to change.
This is possibly even better than Abadi remaining PM... the status quo is due for a shakeup, and a "fresh face" can certainly do that now.
Looking forward to the coming days!
I did not predict Abadi to be the next/new/continuing PM, although there was certainly a chance.
Regardless - I have a good feeling about the new guy. The coming days will be a strong indicator of how things will shape out.
This is big news, so I'll be monitoring the thread and checking in throughout the day(s). I don't normally respond to the follow up comments in the weekly updates, but this one is big enough to make an exception... leave your comments below.
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Today's update is going to be short and sweet, you all know I don't like to use 100 words if 10 will suffice!
Short update: October 2nd is a critical date.
If you want to just take my word for it, carry on about your life and wait for my email, you can go now.
(**WARNING! Tin foil hat zone ahead. Proceed with caution!**)
We're still slogging through the election/appointment process. I said weeks ago that this wasn't going to be a fast process, but we're nearing the end of it.
You'll notice I just added the term "appointment" to the election situation... that's another thing I have been talking about for the last couple months.
They made a big deal of "counting and recounting" the "votes", they came to within a very small percentage of accuracy on the ballot totals, so it should have been a no-brainer who the winners were, correct?
Ah-ha, nope! Not in this game, my friends!
Iraq calls their process a democracy, but anyone with half a brain knows it's not.
Take this article, for example:
This isn't bad for us. It might be frustrating and unfair to the Iraqi people, the ones who cast their votes and find out later that their vote really didn't matter... but that's the way the world works, and it's just a bit more obvious in Iraq.
The good news is that we're nearing the end of this 3 ring circus of Iraqi "elections". A few "winners" will be announced (selected, appointed, anointed, or whatever you want to call it), and progress will resume.
I mentioned that October 2nd is a critical date. Here's why: Parliament is set to vote in a President on that date. I have no opinion or real preference on who gets the job of "Head Puppet", but here's some info on one potential.
Keep in mind that the "Presidency" is much less important than the Prime Minister seat, in my opinion. I'll link to an opinion piece from a writer who shares my opinion, I think it's a good read. And with the understanding that the entire process is rigged, I'm really looking forward to the very real possibility of a "*SUDDENLY*" event where Abadi retains his seat and this rocketship gets it's fuse lit!
That might have been a lot to take in, so feel free to comment with questions and I'll check back in later to clarify my thoughts.
My summary today is simple... we could be a short week or two from seeing major events.
I'm looking forward to it!
That's it for now, friends.... GO RRRRVVVVVV!!!!
P.S. Remember a little over a year ago, when one of the hot topics on the forum was the threat of Kurdistan separating and causing havoc in this whole situation? Remember I said not to worry about it? My opinion is unchanged. Check out this article:
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Hey hey good morning!
It's been another week in the life of a dinar holder, hasn't it? The news is flowing but it's as clear as mud, and dissecting the articles that have been poorly translated by Google or any other source can be a daunting task.
Here's the summary:
We have two pending issues before we will see an RV. One is a resolution on who, if anyone, will take Abadi's place. I'm feeling more and more confident that Abadi may very well retain his position, and that's a great feeling! Without getting too deep into it, because I've certainly spent a fair amount of time on this topic over the last couple months, I feel like he's a great option for the country and it would be much more expedient for our purposes if he were to retain his seat.
The other issue, of course, is HCL. There are some rumors floating around that it is "done"... I have not seen any evidence to back that up, and that's my stance. Steady progress has been made, but until the first item is cleared up we really cannot expect anyone to stick their necks out and "get it done". Until they know where the money is going, they aren't going to be signing any deals! And until they have a new PM locked in, they can't be certain where the money is going to go.
It's as simple as that.
As far as a "timeline" on this situation... I don't know. It could be a week, or a month, or more. But they will not go forever without an official sitting Prime Minister, so as soon as that is settled, that is when we can expect things to move forward.
Items of note:
1. I like progress. It appears that the Speaker role has been filled. Good news there! Keep up the good work, Iraq... check those items off the list until we're ready for launch.
2. Did you wake up today with a strong desire to bang your head into a wall? An overwhelming desire to be confused and lost? This might be the page for you to read!
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Here are the Weekly Q's from the members:
I'm not sure what the question is.
Hey Ron, thanks for the post. I still think we are in a promising situation right now!
"How" they are selling oil is exactly why they need the HCL in place. Without the HCL in place, their entire process is antiquated and inefficient, and prone to argument about profit sharing. Once the HCL is finalized, they can focus on other things... that's why it's so important.
So, the answer is this: poorly, inefficiently, and not meeting their potential.
I'm sure they'd love to, but their power is limited. No concerns there in my opinion.
"Why" is it taking so long to implement a new PM? It's Iraq
I don't feel you are overstepping at all.
You were around for our Dominica drive... I'm not a fan of just handing money over. If you recall, thanks to the efforts and contributions of the members on this site, I actually went to Dominica myself with over $10,000 in supplies and delivered them to a couple of worthy and capable organizations a few years back.
Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to travel to the Carolinas to help out right now... so I'll do the next best thing and show some financial support.
Can you please give me a direct link to the most efficient place to donate money to?
No direct insight on that particular article, sorry bud!
Thank you for your generosity and support to Rod's question. I'll be doing the same.
Check out my response to Rod above - I'll be sending out an email regarding that in the next days.