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The parliamentary crisis calls for the Baghdad entrances and exits to be closed completely and a 14-day curfew



28th May, 2020


The decision of the Parliamentary Crisis Cell, Jawad al-Moussawi, called Thursday to close the entrances and exits of the capital, Baghdad, and imposed a 14-day curfew due to the consequences of the Corona virus

Jawad al-Musawi said, in a statement received by "Gilgamesh Press" that "there is a fear of recording nearly two hundred injuries on the Rusafa side during this day and that this number does not match the size of the hospitals designated to receive the injured, so the Canadian Hospital must be fully prepared to receive corona patients as the largest hospital On the side of Rusafa

Moussaoui called for "the extension of the curfew in the capital for a period of 14 days and the closure of the entrances and exits of the capital, Baghdad, where the number of casualties is still increasing, and that the continuation of the prohibition measures as well as the isolation of the capital from the rest of the provinces in order to control the spread of the epidemic in Baghdad

The decision of the crisis cell, warned of "the risk of taking wrong decisions that could lead the country to dangerous slopes, because the current situation does not bear the compliments or the lives of the citizens

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34 minutes ago, jake21 said:

Can't wait to see all the gurus and those sites saying that this is what they needed to do in order to RI. 

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Washington Chooses Iran's Leaders: Negotiating or "Economic Collapse"



28th May, 2020

At a time when the Iranian nuclear program is within the range of harsh options and US sanctions again, the American envoy on Iranian affairs, Brian Hook, offered Iranian leaders only two options, either negotiating with the United States or facing an economic meltdown, as a result of sanctions.

"Given our pressure, Iran's leaders face a choice: either negotiate with us or deal with an economic meltdown," Hook told reporters at a conference call on Wednesday.

The US envoy's comments came in conjunction with the intensification of the administration of President Donald Trump targeting Tehran and ending the exemptions it had granted, to European, Chinese and Russian companies, to operate in Iranian nuclear facilities. The US decision applies to exceptions related to the Arak Research heavy water reactor and the supply of enriched uranium to the Tehran Research Reactor.

Washington also imposed sanctions on two nuclear program supervisors in Iran, Majid Aghaei and Amjad Sazgar, for their links to dangerous activities and materially contributing to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to a US State Department statement.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained that Sazgar is the managing director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, responsible for industrial production of centrifuges, and in 2019 he oversaw the installation of these devices at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, and thus contributed to the continued provocative expansion of Iran's nuclear capabilities.

As for my songs, he mainly participated in activities related to Iranian centrifuges. He is director of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization and responsible for research and development of advanced centrifuges.

Pompeo also offered Iran's nuclear scientists two options, either to work in favor of Tehran's unacceptable activities and exposure to sanctions, or to develop their skills to work for the Iranian people through peaceful activities.

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Affected by the Corona pandemic ... Washington calls for coordination of actions against ISIS



28th May, 2020

Foreign ministers of member states of the coalition against ISIS will hold a meeting next week in the virtual space to coordinate action while the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted operations, the United States announced on Wednesday.

The State Department said that the coalition ministers of the 82-nation coalition will hold talks on June 4 to "discuss ways to continue the ongoing pressure on the remnants of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and to strengthen our collective approach to defeating ISIS's global tendencies." She said in a statement that countries would also look to manage "the challenges the coalition faces due to the Covid 19-pandemic."

The United States, the host of the last ministerial meeting in November, is leading virtual talks alongside Italy that had hoped to hold a major counter-terrorism meeting before the epidemic broke out. As he moved to withdraw US forces from Syria, President Donald Trump announced last year that the organization had been defeated in the past by controlling vast tracts of land in Syria and Iraq.  A US Special Forces operation in October killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the extremist organization. But there is growing concern about attacks by his followers around the world, including in Africa and Afghanistan.

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Iran is changing its approach in Iraq and is taking new methods to break the deadlock and expedite the departure of 5,000 American soldier


28th May 2020

According to a report by "Reuters", that there are diplomatic efforts made in secret by Tehran to change its policies towards Iraq after the killing of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a US raid near Baghdad

Sources told "Reuters" that the goal of the new methods pursued by Iran is to break the political deadlock in Baghdad, and to accelerate the departure of nearly 5,000 US soldiers from Iraq, according to three senior Iranian officials involved in the process

"Sometimes you should take a step back, monitor and plan based on the facts on the ground," said a senior Iranian official, who asked not to be named

He added: "We want the Americans to leave the region. If there is chaos in Iraq ... the Americans will use it as an excuse to extend their stay

According to the report, since the killing of Soleimani, Iranian officials had held "serious talks" with Iraqi President Barham Saleh for the first time in years to build confidence and pressed Iran's allies inside Iraq to reach a compromise to end the impasse that prevented the formation of a stable government

However, some Iraqi sources indicated that the officials who come to Iraq also have links with the Revolutionary Guards, and they have years of experience in dealing with Iraqi affairs and significant influence with many political and armed factions

A senior Iraqi official said that President Saleh opposed the preferred candidates for parties allied to Iran to succeed Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who resigned from the Iraqi government last November against the backdrop of protests, as they were highly divisive for Sunnis and Kurds

Last March, the Secretary of the Iranian National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, made an official visit to Baghdad, during which he met Barham Saleh at the Presidential Palace

Reuters quoted another official as saying, "After Shamkhani's visit, things went smoothly." He added: "Iran has shown that it is ready to work with some respect for Iraqi sovereignty, and is ready to let Iraq choose its government

Hours before the Iraqi parliament voted on the new government headed by Mustafa al-Kazemi, the Iranian foreign ministry official, Hasan Dana`i Far, and the current Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjid, persuaded the leaders of political parties and paramilitary factions to support al-Kazemi

"Reuters" quoted an official of an armed faction close to the "Badr Organization" in Iraq as saying, "The message of the Iranian delegation was clear ... Al-Kazemi is the only option left to maintain some stability in Iraq and save face

A Western official said that Tehran appeared to want to reduce military tension with the United States "at the moment", but there is no evidence of a comprehensive calm in the region

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Al-Kazemi constantly directs operations against ISIS and beatings with an iron hand


28th May, 2020

The spokesman for the Armed Forces Commander in Chief, Brigadier Yahya Rasoul, announced today, Thursday, that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, has continuously directed military operations against ISIS terrorist gangs and beatings with an iron hand

"The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi, was briefed on the qualitative and proactive operations against the ISIS terrorist gangs in the presence of the defense and interior ministers and the deputy commander of the joint operations, the staff of the Joint Operations Command," said Rasul, in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency "Waa

He added, "Al-Kazemi directed the continued military operations against ISIS gangs and beatings with an iron hand for the remaining remnants of terrorism," stressing that "the role of joint operations is important in controlling and pursuing the terrorist remnants of ISIS

He continued, "The Commander in Chief commended the role of the leaders in the military operations against ISIS," noting that "the operations were carried out in coordination between all the leaders in addition to the international coalition

The Prime Minister, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazimi, visited, earlier today, Thursday, the headquarters of joint operations to be informed of developments in the military operations and the pursuit of ISIS guerrillas

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Iranian Defense Minister: We will reinforce the Gulf region with additional military personnel



28th May, 2020

Iranian Minister of Defense Amir Hatami confirmed the strengthening of the security belt in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz with additional military units.

Hatami said that the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf region is a vital passage for Iran and maintaining the security of this region is at the heart of his country's interest, noting that strategic foreign policy decisions are taken and formulated in proportion to the importance of this region.

Hatimi explained that the Iranian boats that are in charge of protecting the Strait of Hormuz were designed and manufactured with local expertise of the Organization of Maritime Industries, and they are characterized by good capabilities in the field of maritime combat, including radar hiding, remarkable movement and great maneuvering, he claimed.

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13 hours ago, DinarThug said:

The introductions of the dollar’s collapse are beginning towards the new economy




Dr.. Ibrahim Al-Shammari *


The world is entering the penultimate stage of the great economic meltdown, which is a reversal called the new economy, in the light of which the centers of economic power in the world will change for reasons, most notably the accelerating technological development, the Corona pandemic, the economic recession that swept the world, and the rise of global debt to more than (350) trillion dollars After the global national product reached nearly (85) trillion dollars, as all the great countries became indebted to each other, and this heralds an inevitable economic crisis that will affect the great countries of the world.

To go into this field requires us to refer to the Bretton Woods agreement that was concluded in the United States of America in the year 1941 , in which the US dollar exchange rate was fixed against gold, where the price of an ounce was $ 35, then the currencies of the countries were fixed against the US dollar, And not allowing the currency exchange rate to fluctuate more than (2%) up and down from the fixed value against the dollar, and thus the system is similar to the gold standard and is sometimes described as the gold exchange standard and some countries imposed trade restrictions to protect reserves and exchange rates, so the currencies of most countries It was still essentially non-convertible until the late 1950's, exchange restrictions were removed and gold became an important component of international financial settlements .

But the rule of gold exchange had a weak point represented in patterns of prosperity - distress, with the strengthening of the economy may import a lot before the stock of gold required to support system" rel="">support the currency decreased, as a result of that the flow of money decreases and interest rates escalate and the economic activity of the recession point leads and these moves led to The instability of the Forex price, which was strengthened by (Burton Woods) and in (1971) the United States abandoned (Burton Woods) so that it is no longer possible to exchange the dollar for gold and the power of supply and demand dominated the currencies of the major industrial countries that are now freely traded.

The successive economic developments in the world made the United States the first economy globally, but today, many countries are trying to achieve economic power through controlling energy centers and keeping pace with the technological development that led the United States to take incorrect steps that lead the dollar to collapse sooner or later,  most notably The price of gold has risen dramatically and continuously, the US dollar continues to decline, and the end result of the dollar's increasing decline against the euro and gold will be the collapse of the dollar as a complete collapse, as many currencies before it have collapsed when conditions are prepared for it. 

As the great decline of the dollar by (40%) in the last two decades, where the easiest way to bridge the deficit in the United States was to print more dollars and the greater the printing of the dollar, the lower its value (its purchasing power), and the huge deficit in the American trade balance because imports are more than exports. The deficit that exceeds (3) trillion dollars constitutes a great pressure on the dollar. The increase and increase of pumping money not covered by goods will inevitably destabilize the currency rates and the collapse of the currencies of the countries that won the "race to print currencies", including the dollar and the euro.

In the past, the dollar was a safe currency because of its stability and its dependence on the gold base. Today, dollar owners are re-calculating them due to its steady decline and the cracking of the American economy. Yes, there may be short recovery, but the end result is that the world is heading for the best and strongest according to the theory of natural selection, and this is what the compass directs towards the Chinese yuan, which is likely to be a well-studied jump due to the great strategic alliances that China is undertaking with India, Pakistan and other countries. Another to create a common market is in the currency (yuan).

*  Dr. Ibrahim Shammari Lecturer in School Imam Kadhim"p" 




U.S. imports record amount of gold from Switzerland
as virus upends trade


26th May, 2020

LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) - Swiss exports of gold to the United States leapt to 111.7 tonnes 
in April -- by far the biggest monthly total on record -- while shipments to other destinations 
dwindled, customs data showed on Tuesday.
The global gold market has been turned on its head by the novel coronavirus, with demand in 
China and India collapsing due to lockdowns while in the West investors rushed to buy bullion 
as a safe asset to weather a period of financial turmoil.  High prices on CME Group's Comex 
exchange spurred shipments to New York. 
Switzerland, a major trading, vaulting and refining centre for precious metals, exported a 
total of 131.8 tonnes of gold in April, up from 96.2 tonnes in March but slightly lower than 
in April 2019. The United States, which typically imports less than a tonne of gold a month
from Switzerland, accounted for 85% of that total.  Switzerland meanwhile shipped 500 
kgs (0.5 tonnes) of gold to India, 1 kg to Hong Kong and no gold at all to China in April.  
Each of these destinations usually receive tens of tonnes of metal from Switzerland each 
Following are the numbers for April 2020 and comparisons.
           EXPORT (kg)
   Apr-20      131,755
   Mar-20       96,198
   Apr-19      143,179
                    To China        To Hong      To India     To the U.S.
  Apr-20           0                      1                500             111,678
  Mar-20           0                   152              6,637             43,212
  Apr-19      24,750             33,694            58,845                 973



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14 hours ago, DinarThug said:

Washington ends the exemption of companies operating within Iran's limited nuclear reactors

2020.05.27 - 22:03


Baghdad - people   

The United States decided, on Wednesday, to end sanctions exemptions for European, Chinese and Russian companies that allow the continuation of works in specific Iranian nuclear facilities.  

"The United States has decided to end sanctions exemptions that allow European, Chinese and Russian companies to continue business in specific Iranian nuclear facilities," said a US official and another informed source, who asked not to be identified, according to a report published by The Washington Post and followed by "NAS" (May 27, 2020). ".  

The two sources emphasized that "the decision applies to exemptions related to the Arak Research reactor that works with heavy water, and the supply of enriched uranium to the Tehran Research Reactor and the transportation of spent fuel outside Iran."  

"The United States will extend a separate exemption that will allow the Bushehr nuclear reactor to operate for 90 days," the sources said.  




Iranian nuclear energy: Iran is able to secure its nuclear fuel

15:56 - 05/28/2020

Iran's nuclear energy official, Bahruz Kamalundi, said on Thursday that Tehran is able to supply itself with nuclear fuel without resorting to Russia.

Kamalundi told Iranian media that our fuel comes to us from Russia without any problem when there is a need. If the fuel ends, we have the possibility to manufacture it in the future without relying on any other country. ”

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, had previously announced that the United States is abolishing all exceptions to sanctions for Iran's peaceful nuclear energy, except for the first reactor of the Bushehr plant, whose exception has been extended for 90 days. These were the last concessions under the nuclear deal.

In turn, US Deputy Secretary of State for Non-Proliferation, Christopher Ford, announced that Washington today is satisfied with the work of the nuclear reactor at Bushehr, Iran, but it will assess the suitability of extending sanctions exemptions every 90 days.

At the end of April, Russia delivered a new batch of nuclear fuel, necessary for the further successful operation of the Bushehr reactor. 

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The first Iranian comment on America's cancellation of "exemptions"


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A spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Proz Kamalundi, said that Washington's elimination of exemptions for Russian, Chinese and European companies to work on our nuclear sites is merely a media hype that has no effect.

Kamalundi added, in press statements today, Thursday: “The United States is trying, by canceling the exemptions, to cover up its successive defeats against Iran , especially after sending fuel to Venezuela and our presence in international waters and developing our nuclear industry .. Canceling the exemptions will not have any impact on our nuclear activities, and Washington You realize that. ”

Kamalundi pointed out that if nuclear fuel ends, it can be produced (in Iran ) without the help of any foreign country, noting at the same time that Iranian nuclear fuel is in Russia and there is no problem in bringing it to Iran at any time.

Regarding the Iranian Arak nuclear reactor, Kamalundi said: “We are not concerned about the redesign of the Arak heavy water reactor without the participation of Britain and China. As for China and European countries, it supervises this only.

The spokesman pointed out that the rehabilitation of the Arak reactor is taking place slowly because of the sanctions and the failure of Europe to fulfill its obligations in the nuclear agreement. Although not subject to US sanctions, "stressing that Tehran can complete work on the Arak reactor alone in the event of the departure of China and the European side. 25 h has ended

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11 minutes ago, blueskyline said:

Thanks Thug these articles good hand in hand quite well 

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U.S. imports record amount of gold from Switzerland
as virus upends trade


26th May, 2020

LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) - Swiss exports of gold to the United States leapt to 111.7 tonnes 
in April -- by far the biggest monthly total on record -- while shipments to other destinations 
dwindled, customs data showed on Tuesday.


More evidence the USA may be heading down the road to a gold backed dollar?  

We already have more gold than any other country. 



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The fourth Iranian oil tanker arrives in Venezuela


09:40 - 05/29/2020

The Venezuelan navy announced the arrival of the Iranian "Vaxon" oil tanker to the country, which is the fourth of the group of five Iranian tankers transporting fuel to Venezuela.

The Venezuelan navy published photos of the Venezuelan ships escorting the Iranian tanker into the country's waters.

It is noteworthy that the Iranian tankers did not face the interception of American ships, despite Washington's warnings to Iran and Venezuela. US officials said that the United States is considering taking measures in response to the transportation of Iranian fuel to Venezuela.

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Parliamentary committee: internal and external hands burning agricultural lands to keep Iraq imported




Policy 05/29 2020 14:31 306 Editor: Zs    

Baghdad today - Baghdad 


The head of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Parliamentary Marshes, Salam al-Shammari, revealed on Friday (May 29, 2020) that there are internal and external hands that burn agricultural lands to keep Iraq as importer of agricultural crops.

Al-Shammari said in a statement, "The Committee warned, and not long ago, against the rapid government response to the perpetrators of these acts, which are not different from terrorist acts, and whose tool may be the same." 

And he added, "The continuity of these fires is clear evidence of the presence of internal and external hands that tamper with the country's economy and do not want to provide additional revenues to balance the country and keep it only on one revenue."

Al-Shammari stressed the need for "the government and its security services to be aware that what is happening from burning and sabotaging is aimed at keeping Iraq importing and keeping it away from reaching self-sufficiency, especially as the goal of sabotage is the strategic crops of wheat and barley." 

And that "the committee will, when Parliament resumes its sessions, request the hosting of the concerned government agencies to determine their steps to respond to this sabotage and bring the perpetrators to justice."


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Moussawi: What matters to Iran is the stability of Iraq and the restoration of its sovereignty during negotiations with


10:36 - 05/29/2020


Former Iranian diplomat Amir al-Moussawi confirmed that his country 'interest in the stability of Iraq and the restoration of its sovereignty during the upcoming strategic negotiations with America.

"What matters to Iran is the stability of Iraq and the restoration of its sovereignty," Moussawi said in a statement to the newspaper, "The New Arab", seen by him / information, referring to the issue of the exit of foreign forces from it.

He pointed out that "the naming of the new Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, is the best evidence of Iran'sapproach.  When she saw the existence of a consensus that helped to calm the political situation in Iraq, she stood firmly beside this consensus and supported and supported it, despite everything we heard on this subject."
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Debt Traps Poor Countries Entice Washington to besiege "Belt and Road" Initiative

- Two Days Ago

The debts of the poor and poor countries open a new front in the ongoing conflict between Washington and Beijing over formulating the new "world order" being planned after the "Covid 19" pandemic, which has hit international economies harshly since the beginning of this year and creates new paths in the financial, trade and political map. The dispute front over the freezing of the developing world's debt service, approved by the G20 last April, may be added to the fronts of the trade, technology, and escalating economic dispute between Washington and Beijing.

And the freezing of debt payments by the poor, pledged by the Group of 20 and signed by Beijing, threatens to repay loans granted by Chinese banking institutions to developing and poor countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. However, China later added that this pledge harms the loans granted by its financial institutions to the $ 350 billion “Belt and Road” initiative, according to estimates by the director of the American Council on Foreign Relations, Ben Steele.

And the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a statement, last week, that this pledge does not include the loans provided by the Bank of Imports and Exports of China to finance "Belt and Road" projects, in a step that reflects China's renunciation of part of the pledges it made with the rest of the G20 members.

In an affirmation of the Chinese retreating step, the director of the American Council on Foreign Relations, Ben Steele, said that “China signed the G20’s pledge to freeze loan payments to poor countries but retreated after the pledge, and said that the loans provided by the Export-Import Bank of China are not included in this. Signature".

The administration of President Donald Trump and the men of the Republican Party are pressuring China to fulfill their pledges as part of steps by Washington to besiege Chinese political and diplomatic influence that uses "belt and road" projects for trade and economic expansion and rival the United States globally.

In this regard, a group of Republican men in the Republican Party believes that China uses "debt traps" to expand its political and diplomatic influence in the world, and therefore Washington should deprive it of that. American experts believe that China may use the financial distress that strangles developing and poor countries because of the pandemic of "Coved 19" to obtain political concessions, or perhaps use these loans to put their hand on mineral and oil resources in Africa and Asia.

In this regard, a group of men from the US Congress, consisting of 16 Republicans, called on US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin to pressure China and demand that it renegotiate the loans it provided to developing countries, and that the conditions that poor countries go through require Washington's move. For his part, Harvard University professor Kenneth Rogoff believes that the coronary pandemic may provide an opportunity for the United States to stop the agenda of "expanding Chinese influence" in the world.

Since 2013, China has used the “Belt and Road” initiative to expand trade and financial and internationalize the yuan through financial and trade policies and to provide loans that seem easy and affordable on the face of it, but they carry many harsh conditions when their owners fail to pay.

Professor Rogoff called on the Trump administration to lead international efforts across Western governments and multilateral institutions such as the Bank and the International Monetary Fund to pressure Beijing to reschedule its debt to the developing world. It is a move that Beijing fears at the moment as it suffers from American pressure on highly sensitive political and commercial fronts.

Since the outbreak of the coronary virus pandemic, the developing world has suffered from a deepening financial crisis, as it faces a crisis in obtaining hard currencies to meet the requirements of healthy imports, servicing of debt installments and flight of capital. The data of the International Monetary Fund indicate that about $ 100 billion escaped from poor countries since the beginning of the current world, at the same time that the remittances of its expatriates working in rich countries in Europe, America and the Gulf states declined due to closure and social isolation.

In recent months, Gulf countries have eliminated hundreds of thousands of workers and employees, and the closure of economies in Europe and America has suspended jobs in many major companies. In its latest report, the International Fund expects remittances from poor countries to decline by about $ 100 billion this year.

This decline or near drought in remittances of poor countries expatriates coincides with the decline in global demand for the commodities they export and the decline in the prices of the few that have been exported. It is known that the economies of the poor countries depend on their growth on the export of primary commodities, remittances and tourism, which stopped completely during the current year.

Amid these extreme financial conditions, Western commercial banks move away from lending to poor countries, as well as from marketing the bonds they wish to offer in the financial markets with a view to raising dollar funds. Western commercial banks believe that the risks of bankruptcy and the inability to pay sovereign debts and corporate debt have become very high in developing and poor countries, and sound the alarm bell that these debts may interact to cause a crisis in the global credit market.

JPMorgan data indicates that the difference between the yield on ten-year US Treasury bonds and emerging economies bonds is increasing at great rates. According to Andrew Davenport Group financial expert, RWR Adviser Group, the total loans provided by China in the "Belt and Road" projects amounted to $ 350 billion since 2013. The largest for Russia is $ 55.9 billion, and Indonesia $ 44.5 billion. Pakistan has 37.5 billion dollars, Iran 29.8 billion dollars, Nigeria 28 billion dollars, and Egypt has 14.9 billion dollars. There are loans in the category of 10 billion and less for many poor countries in Africa and South America.

According to expert Davenport, the Covid 19 pandemic places Chinese institutions, led by the Export-Import Bank, under real test. Davenport does not rule out that this pandemic would write an end to the "Belt and Road" project in the event that these countries did not pay back the loans. But concerns remain that China will use these countries ’inability to pay and seize their important resources, as happened in Indonesia.

On April 23, the United Nations Trade and Development Organization (UNCTAD) issued a report calling for the conclusion of an international deal to reduce the debt of developing countries. She said that there is a need to write off a trillion dollars from the debt of poor countries. It also called for the establishment of an international body to oversee debt relief programs.

She also called for the creation of what she called the "Corona Virus Crisis Package", for which rich countries and multilateral financial institutions could allocate about $ 2.5 trillion, saying that even before the Corona crisis, external debts exhausted the developing economies and took their premiums to pay a large share of their revenues. Government, and accordingly presses its health and social expenditures.

The World Trade Organization fears that the accumulated debt and its service will cause an international credit catastrophe that hinders trade paths in the current decade. According to statistics of "UNCTAD", on the debt of poor countries, Djibouti ranked first in the world, while Venezuela came second.

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How can the United States support the economies of the Middle East after the Corona epidemic ends

- Two Days Ago

The challenges of the sunken Middle East are exacerbated mainly by multiple local and regional crises, with the emergence of the emerging Corona virus and the sharp drop in oil prices. Given the tremendous additional pressure that the virus places on the governments of the region, the situation is likely to get more serious in these countries - especially in economic terms. It is imperative that foreign policy strategists expect that Middle East governments face greater difficulties in protecting the livelihoods of their people and the economies of their countries after the threat of the Corona virus has subsided. Consequently, the United States should begin to chart a path toward adopting a cooperative foreign policy that involves the allied contribution abroad without neglecting the values that matter to the people on the ground.

The United States, perhaps more than any other country, has maintained a significant level of engagement in the Middle East - whether in the military, financial, or cultural field. Consequently, the United States occupies a fundamental position which entitles it to lead the necessary cooperative efforts for recovery, especially among countries facing a bleak future due to the epidemic. Countries like Jordan and Lebanon in particular are struggling to meet the needs of their citizens and the large numbers of refugees appropriately amid constraints imposed by their mainly faltering economy. The implications of the epidemic will inevitably exacerbate these existing challenges. Likewise, those who live in poverty and in conflict areas will flee their homes and countries when conditions are severe, leading to a new large wave of migrants that governments will be ill equipped to deal with.

However, Arab countries that have traditionally enjoyed financial fortifications may be affected, too. The Gulf states that the United States has historically maintained close relations with are undergoing two simultaneous crises: the global collapse in oil prices and the emerging Corona virus (COVID-19). The economies of the oil-producing Gulf countries have been hit by a slump in oil prices, forcing many countries to cut their spending on social services that they provide to their citizens dramatically.

While the readiness of a large number of Gulf states exceeds the readiness of several neighboring countries to face these emerging pressures, it is necessary to realize the possibility of a permanent change in the geo-political "status quo" of the region. These Gulf states, which were previously considered largely the pillar of the financial region, will face difficulty in continuing to provide the same level of financial support to countries such as Lebanon, Yemen, the West Bank, Gaza, Morocco and Jordan. These countries funded the assistance provided by the United States in the wake of the “Arab Spring” in a way that contributed to easing the most difficult economic challenges and providing alternative financial incentives for Iran, but this strategy is unlikely to be applied similarly in the future. If the economic crises in the Gulf prevent it from continuing to provide regional assistance, this may have impacts on various parts of the region. Thus, the United States must realize that this growing impact cannot be relied upon anymore.

Understanding the alternative: more Chinese investment

Before the Corona epidemic spread, it seemed as if the United States had abandoned its active role in the region. At a time when the Trump administration has reduced the US presence in the Middle East, many countries have turned to other global powers for financial support, and China's willingness to play the role of economic pillar has raised particular concerns. To understand the financial incentives that led countries to seek refuge in China, US policymakers must realize that limiting engagement in the region will open the door for influence from other sources.

The signing of memoranda of understanding with 17 countries from the Middle East and North Africa on the "Belt and Road Initiative" highlights how China is expanding its role in the region. China has hoped to reinforce its role as the region’s largest investor through the $ 1 trillion “Belt and Road Initiative” project and continues to portray itself as a reliable partner in the Middle East by pledging to help the region financially without interfering in local affairs - a promise that appeals to East leaders Middle East worried about what they see as interference in their internal affairs by the United States. China is particularly interested in maintaining this relationship, as it is the second largest oil consumer after the United States.

Currently, the Middle East secures about half of China's oil imports, and China is likely to become increasingly dependent on this region based on the International Energy Agency’s estimate that China will double its imports from the Middle East by 2035. In order to place China's energy needs in a clear framework, it shows The unprecedented decline in oil demand is the speed with which economic changes in China can affect the rest of the world. With these variables in mind, China's dependence on external energy and the constant threat posed by climate change highlight the need to address energy security as a top international priority. And if the United States does not adjust its engagement in the region in these important times, there are many other powers - not just China but Russia and Iran as well - that have shown a willingness to take on new roles.


In short, there are innovative ways the United States can turn to in order to maintain its ties in the region and manage its own domestic challenges at the same time. U.S. interests in the Middle East are likely to acquire secondary importance in 2020 as the government deals with public health issues and the economic implications of the emerging Corona virus. Therefore, it will be extremely necessary for the US private sector to play a greater role in cooperating with US partners in the region.

The government can support these private sector endeavors by forming a new committee composed of senior representatives from the public and private sectors jointly managed by the State Department and the White House given these strategic investments are directly linked to US national security interests. The committee should invite its foreign counterparts from the two sectors to create a collaborative network to work towards the common goal of supporting regional endeavors to recover from the global epidemic at the industrial level. The next step must involve the establishment of a committee of members of the committee that visits production centers throughout the Middle East. It is reported that in the past, investment has focused on bilateral agreements that include direct contact with foreign governments. Perhaps it is time for the United States to support industries in the region, where this move is mutually beneficial.

At a time when many sectors in the region are declining, it is important to have strategic support. The transport sector is unlikely to recover immediately, so many may consider it a non-ideal and unwise investment. However, the United States must work with its allies in the region to ensure that our partners maintain control of these sectors and facilities by working with bilateral business councils, chambers, and trade ministries, and by preparing new initiatives as well.

US manufacturing giants should also work with their allies in the Middle East to help improve their manufacturing capabilities to build factories. Algeria, Sudan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia are particularly suitable for carrying out development projects due to their large potential workforce, strategic locations, and human capital availability to support these large industries - these are characteristics previously proven by Chinese investment. Accordingly, these endeavors will help to combat unemployment, which is one of the most prominent challenges in the region, which will contribute to strengthening stability in various parts of North Africa and the Middle East. And increased US partnerships will enable the region to reduce its dependence on Chinese goods and ensure it avoids forced interdependence in terms of exports and energy.

The United States must make progress on the interconnectedness of the two faraway issues in the region: the endless revolution on the one hand and the challenges of governance on the other. And as it is for the good of our children in the region and in the United States, the latter must put in place a coherent foreign policy with clear goals that support it, a policy that focuses on economic stability and growth in a region of a majority of its youth who are eager to seize opportunities.

The United States is a bridge between different peoples, and while not perfect, America can upgrade the governments that cooperate with it. The United States should begin uniting societies and governments, not only for security purposes, but also for prosperity. The fluctuations in the status quo should be seen as a major turning point in US foreign policy, as the latter concludes that strong allies in the Middle East do not pose a major challenge or threat but rather represent an opportunity to strengthen our defenses against common threats.

Sarah El-Ziny

The Washington Institute


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Saudi Arabia and the new Iraq ..




Abdul Rahman Al-Turiri  


The past years have witnessed attempts at rapprochement between Iraq and its Arab surroundings, especially between Iraq and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as a natural rapprochement that represents the natural depth of Iraq, as post-2003 Iraq witnessed a rapprochement between it and Iran in the first place, and a rapprochement with Turkey to a lesser degree, and this is shown by trade exchange numbers .  

Iraq, especially in the southern governorates, witnessed several demonstrations that were aware of the real problem. It did not condemn the ruling politicians, but was directing its accusations directly to Iran, which is crouching on the chest of Iraq and depleting its goods, especially after the US sanctions were greatly constricted.  

The demonstrations continued in Basra, Najaf, and several Iraqi cities again and again, until they were the most prominent in the past year, and it has been shown on the ground that the real opponent of the demonstrators are the militias of Iran, which practiced all kinds of repression, including killing with live bullets, but the protesters were able, in the end, in the end The overthrow of the government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who came after Haider al-Abadi and who tried to get Iraq out of the politics of the axes, and is benefiting politically from the momentum of the victory over ISIS, but he was rejected by the Iranians for fear of the growing of this balance and left.  

Today we see the features of a new Iraq, where the cabinet is headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, who issued remarkable decisions headed by Abd al-Wahhab al-Saadi at the head of the anti-terrorist apparatus, which Abdel-Mahdi dismissed last September under Iranian pressure.  

Al-Kazimi also undertook to prosecute the demonstrators ’killers, which is a difficult challenge but a good gesture, as part of steps that came in response to the rising street against the government of Abdul-Mahdi, which was supported by the Marjaiya in Najaf as well.  

Al-Kazemi chose to have the first visit of his deputy, Ali Allawi, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who is the Minister of Finance and in charge of the Ministry of Oil, amid reports indicating that Al-Kazemi came to the treasury of an empty country, and that what came this year from the Corona crisis and the decline in oil exports and prices, had a great impact on Economic situation, the government may be forced to deduct salaries.  

The great revenues that oil was achieving in the past years were covering all aspects of corruption and waste, which Iran was benefiting from by selling its gas and products at the most expensive price to Iraq, but the low oil prices indicated the scale of the problem.  

Saudi Arabia has taken steps for economic and commercial rapprochement with Iraq during the past years, announcing the opening of the Arar border crossing with Iraq, and the resumption of flights, and formed a coordination council with Iraq, where sixty Saudi companies participated in the Baghdad International Exhibition that was organized in October 2017, and 22 companies participated in Erbil International Building Fair in April 2019.  

Saudi Arabia also called for the establishment of a match in Iraq in 2018 between the two teams, in a move aimed at supporting the lifting of the ban on Iraqi stadiums, in order to host official matches, and it received a positive reaction from the Iraqi fans who filled the stands, and that match raised the ire of the Iranian regime.  

Today, it appears from the direct decisions that brought together Minister Allawi with several Saudi ministers, that Saudi Arabia is heading to support Iraq and return the ambassador to Baghdad, in addition to opening a commercial attaché in Baghdad, which indicates the desire of the two parties to develop trade relations between the two countries, and open the Iraqi market for Saudi products.  

This rapprochement is not without challenges, and this rapprochement is not welcomed by Iran, of course, nor by the political parties close to it, but what differs is the maturity of the conditions of rapprochement not only in Iraq, but also in Iran, and this makes rapprochement an Iraqi, Saudi, but Gulf opportunity.  

Iran, which is under severe sanctions and an American insistence on confronting its expansionist projects, and even changing the rules of engagement, through the liquidation of Qasim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in January, does not seem to have succeeded in regaining control, and Ismail Qāni or others have not been able to fill Suleimani's vacuum, and therefore have lost The conditions that provide Iraq with space for movement in its Arab surroundings have matured. Today, Iraq has another advantage in its president, Barham Salih, who has regained part of the powers of the President of the Republic, where he activated Article 66, which states that the Federal Executive Authority consists of the President and the Council  

The ministers, after the blocs lost five months of the rapprochement between Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi and Adnan al-Zarfi, before returning to President Saleh's proposal to assign Al-Kazemi.  

It is still early to judge the results of the desired rapprochement between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and the extent of the desire and ability of the parties close to Iran to obstruct this rapprochement, but all the changes that have occurred during the past months have created an opportunity for the two parties to build stronger relations that represent the historical and natural relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, with all Religious, historical and tribal participants.  

The Arabs


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42 minutes ago, DinarThug said:

Today, it appears from the direct decisions that brought together Minister Allawi with several Saudi ministers, that Saudi Arabia is heading to support system" rel="">support Iraq and return the ambassador to Baghdad, in addition to opening a commercial attaché in Baghdad, which indicates the desire of the two parties to develop trade relations between the two countries, and open the Iraqi market for Saudi products.  


Come my brother, we will smoke the peace tube, 




And then we will party like it’s 1299







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14 hours ago, DinarThug said:

The Venezuelan navy announced the arrival of the Iranian "Vaxon" oil tanker to the country, which is the fourth of the group of five Iranian tankers transporting fuel to Venezuela.

The Venezuelan navy published photos of the Venezuelan ships escorting the Iranian tanker into the country's waters.


That was an arranged deal.  If we were truly ticked by the move we would have stopped it in 2 seconds.  

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