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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mountain Goat: UU6921 -- "A New CBI Governor Is Coming Shortly"

Edition: UU6921

Dated: April 6, 2016
Title: “A New CBI Governor Is Coming Shortly”

Hello Everyone,

This is a very long news letter today since there is just so much news to report. The news is all very good and moving Iraq in the direction we need to see them mover. Remember I am still hearing there is a plan for currency reform geared to begin (or continue) the “deletion of the zeros” project in mid April by the launching of the lower denominations. I see this on track but only if we see the needed events taking place first.

Our main focus right now should be to watch for the announcement of the new CBI governor and I fully believe it will be Dr. Shabibi. So what do you think he will do once he is “officially” acting governor again? I believe he will continue the plan of currency reform much of were he left off in 2012.

NO Hype, NO Rumors, just the FACTS.

Today’s News

Today is Wednesday April 6th 2016. Still no RV.

Update: Economy

Do you remember I told you all along that the CBI had to change governor in order to get our RV? Did you read my last news letter dated April 4th ? (LINK) If not please first go back and read it today prior to reading in full what I am about to bring you in this section of my news letter.

Do you remember I told you on Monday that my source in the CBI told me over the weekend that this change in leadership of the CBI could happen as early as this week and we are then very close to a revaluation of the currency, since it is Dr Shabibi that holds the knowledge and mechanisms of how to orchestrate it.

Proof this CBI change is coming shortly-

Okay – You want proof? Knowing all this, as I stated above, does it surprise you that a leading political figure like Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is running a series of articles on the topics of achievements and failures as he compares the monetary policies of Dr. Shabibi and Mr Ali Keywords. This is the third such article as of lately and it concentrates more on Dr Shabibi this time. The next one (episode III) will talk more about Mr Ali Keywords. So stay tuned for that soon.

So all this information being pumped out into the public is not so much for us since the content in these articles we have heard many times already. However it is instead for the overage citizen and business owner in Iraq. They are trying to build up the confidence level for the CBI once again. They preparing the people for acceptance of Dr Shabibi coming back. Just the fact that they are printing these articles and generating them in the first place is telling us something very important. I know I was in the intelligence corps in the US Army and I know how this propaganda stuff works so listen up what I am telling you today.

Did you find it curious in the timing of this article? How its come out very soon after I published that news letter of 4/4?

This to me was a confirmation from the GOI of what I was just told over this past weekend by my CBI contact about the imminent change of command in the CBI. Please read the article below carefully. I highlighted parts that may be of special interest to you.

First let’s establish the author of the article. So who is Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi anyway?

Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is an Iraqi politician who is the Minister of Communications in the Iraqi Government and was also Minister of Communications in the Al Maliki government from May 2006 until August 2007. He is the cousin of Ayad Allawi who founded the opposition Iraqi National Accord and went on to be the interim Prime Minister of Iraq from 2004 to 2005. A member of the Sunni-backed Iraqiyya bloc, said he had submitted his resignation and is thought to be the first member of the Maliki national unity government to resign since it was formed in 2010.

Did I hear Minister of COMMUNICATIONS?

So what is the job of minister of communications? Is it not to inform the people of government news?

Need I say anything more?

So is he one of the “good guys” or “bad guys”?

Yes of course we all should look at Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as one of the honest, experienced and qualified politicians in Iraq, a “good guy”.

Please read this very interesting article below.

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Monday April 4, 2016 - 12:00


By: Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi (Episode II)


Orbit news – Sadun this topic quite frankly , and I will to Anjazatkma both of you and Akhvaqatkma without courtesy, so I ask again from both of you handle a spirit of sportsmanship with what I will say in order to reach the correct foundations for planning policy of economic sound to avoid the negative effects of what will face the country’s difficult economic conditions due to lack of resources and the large number of obligations at this difficult stage for the advancement of the country and save the citizens of the great suffering seemed to highlight her features, but policies that can revive the lives of citizens and make them live in Raghad live, happiness and prosperity mode, and make the country heading towards progress, development and prosperity, and that not so long ago, nations of the region , such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey highlight the progress and development milestones and prosperity with the knowledge that these countries do not have their governments tenth of what Iraq possessed of natural resources such as Turkey , for example , but less than one percent of the natural resources to Iraq possessed for what is owned by Jordan and Lebanon, all of that is due to the situation economic and monetary policies of the right of a country without waste or corruption or wasteful, and even though he found some corruption can be compared to what is happening in Iraq is not. (Monetary policy to Dr. Shabibi) great credit for many aspects of the development is due in the Iraqi banking system and monetary policy in the current day to Dr. Shabibi with failures must be addressed and taken up below.

The biggest accomplishment of Dr. Shabibi is to create a sophisticated banking system , I can say from scratch for the economic system is free with the field open to a group of private banks and currency exchange freely and freedom of conversion and the opening credits, clearing the electronic part of an open market compared to the regime banking Central Socialist past, I’ve consisted of monetary policy developed by Dr. Shabibi six axes task will be described below, namely:

1. to maintain the fixed price of the currency compared to the previous stage , which was the currency in which deteriorate its value day after day without the presence of selectors, has proved to currency rate by asymptotic for 1500 dinars to the dollar a year (2003) after it was nearly 3,000 dinars per dollar and remained that price steady until the year (2006), where he was raising the price of the dinar gradually until the dollar stood at less than 1200, it has been to this boarding second Iraqi dinar negative effects on the industry and agriculture in Iraq, hauling agricultural and industrial products to neighboring countries cheaper than their counterparts in Iraq, I spoke with Dr. Shabibi this regard he answered me that he is responsible for monetary policy, and the consequences of the advancement of the industrial and agricultural sector kits is located within the economic policy of the country and not in the monetary policy, and economic policy of the country should be placed by the government, not there is the presence in Iraq of the concept of economic policy of the country during the previous period, particularly the eight years of the rule of al – Maliki , and even now, even raise the value of the dinar was under the guidance of the government to the Central Bank without studying or planning or estimate of the results, you may accept this justification in part, but also it is known that monetary policy coherent economic and financial policy, and the negative impact on the agricultural and industrial monetary and economic policies axioms sector, and this point is calculated on the government , which took the action, and I was part of the government objected at the time to this procedure, but (not the opinion of those who not obeyed) where I was the minister of communications and does not take my opinion on the side of monetary policy, but with this succeeds Dr. Shabibi in maintaining the price of the Iraqi dinar, and increased local and international confidence in Iraqi dinars, and these are all positive aspects of not conducting revaluation of the exchange rate of the dinar in 2006 – 2007 which the government bears the greatest responsibility for this procedure as well as the responsibility of Dr. Shabibi, but to a lesser degree.

2. take a policy to find and secure the central bank reserve cover of Iraqi currency from foreign gold coins and maintain it, Dr. Shabibi have been able to provide the amount of eighty exceeded billion dollars as a reserve cover of the Iraqi dinar during the nine years of his central bank management, and this is one of the most important achievements of Dr. Sinan Shabibi at all, it was unfortunately wasted nearly half that amount because of ill – conceived policies during the previous two years.

3. take the necessary measures for the establishment of an Iraqi civil banking system, where the Iraqi banking sector is dominated by State – owned banks in the absence of domestic banks only on a narrow and limited level, the problem in Iraq is not their lack of expertise in this area, but the lack of capital Iraqi sufficient for the establishment of community banks, it was a political Dr. Sinan lack of demand , starting with a large capital for the establishment of the bank, and the Central bank with the help of private banks to advance and make a profit by raising bank interest rate and created dozens of new private banks, but do not take these steps because it is possible the emergence of Iraqi banks ownership Iraqi, but it was natural that the branches in Iraq to banks , non – Iraqi arise, and thanks to Dr. Shabibi, Moreover, the policy has led to the generation of the confidence of the Iraqi banks and the civil people began deposit their money where the benefits of a high and they are confident of them during his reign.

4. maintaining a uniform discharge between the official rate of discharge of the Central Bank and the rate of discharge parallel currency market outside of the central bank with a simple commission teams calculated naturally to the bank rate as in the various countries of the world, Dr. Sinan’ve managed to keep this fact since he took responsibility in 2003 until mid-2011 as demand increased abnormally on the dollar because of the blockade imposed on Iran because of the bloody events in Syria, it has been required from the central bank ‘s management that the dollar offer by market need, lest utilized speculators and those who have the power of politicians and pay high bribes to get a greater proportion of dollars to be discharged into the parallel price outside the central bank big profits, and these profits are calculated on the expense of the citizen, he bought the corrupt politicians and is calculated on them dollars at a few of the central bank, then sell it a high price in the parallel currency market, and traders are buying at a high price , credited the difference on various imported materials, Vistvid politicians is going on in Vllekem at the expense of the citizen, he told me Dr. Sinan there are recommendations by some decision – makers working in a bank that does not increase the offer but asked me not to mention their names, and I am committed to his application does not remind them , but Dr. Sinan had wanted to cancel this difference Viouhd price again, but grew up within a few months enriched category tremendously because of this difference, they sought to overthrow Dr. Sinan and take it out of the bank, and it was al – Maliki wants him out because he did not respond to him on the loan requested from the reserve the central bank, Vajtmat the desire of the two teams and fabricated false charges against Dr. Shabibi was acquitted later, the absence of two prices to the dollar , at least during the period of eight years and is considered a major feature distinct achievement of the policy of Dr. Shabibi.

5. control inflation, where inflation has reached more than 33% in 2006, and managed by Dr. Sinan his policy wise decline of inflation to less than 3% in 1010.

6. The role of follow – up and implementation of the decisions of the Paris Club, the Paris Club has achieved the greatest economic and financial achievement for Iraq during its modern history, where Iraq was under a great burden of debt amounted to about 140 billion dollars, triple’ve managed to Dr. Iyad Allawi as prime minister , and Adel Abdul Mahdi as finance minister , and Dr. Shabibi as governor of the Central Bank interact with many of the countries that they have expensive debt against Iraq to the waiver by about 80% of that debt, which they were able to provide the amount of more than 100 billion dollars, unfortunately remember now grand theft, but are not the major achievements which are equivalent to thefts in importance addressed, but perversely, it is true that the role of Dr. Shabibi was not politically where the political role of the biggest act in the drop this amount of large debts of Iraq , represented by Dr. Iyad Allawi , primarily Dr. Adel Abdul – Mahdi class The second and then Dr. Shabibi follower and CEO of these decisions, should the Iraqi people do not forget what we achieved this trio of very great service to the country and citizens, which is the opposite of what politicians Subsequent steal money from this underdog people.

Article Ends

Having read the article above about Dr Shabibi’s accomplishments let us look again at the responsibilities of the CBI governor, as of at least March 28, 2011, the official web site of the CBI states:


“The primary objectives of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) is to ensure domestic price stability and foster a stable competitive market based financial system. The CBI shall also promote sustainable growth, employment and prosperity in Iraq.”

The CBI web site further states that the functions of the CBI in addition to the primary objectives mentioned above include:

  • To implement the monetary policy and the exchange rate policy for Iraq.
  • To hold gold and manage the state reserves of gold.
  • To issue and manage the Iraq currency.
  • To establish, oversee, and promote a sound and efficient payment system.
  • To issue licenses or permits to banks and to regulate and supervise banks as further specified by the Banking Law.
  • To carry out any related ancillary tasks or transactions within the framework of Iraqi law.The objectives of the Central Bank of the Iraq are as follows:
  • Maintaining inflation stability
  • Implementing monetary policy (including exchange rate policies)
  • Managing the state's reserves
  • Issuing and managing the Iraqi dinar
  • Regulating private banks 
Now can you relate the accomplishments by DR Shabibi, as stated by Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi to these objectives of the CBI? He is trying to make a point as I am too in this section of my news letter. Can you see how messed up the monetary policy is as we read these articles over the last year. How Allaq is inexperienced and unable to meet these mandates, especially in these difficult times for Iraq. Folks this is part of the problem for Iraq, a huge factor in their economic crisis. How can the IMF possibly even thing about turning on the currency with all this corruption in the CBI? It must be resolved first!

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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met in his office on Monday, a delegation from the US Congress, headed by Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the US House of Representatives Aadord Royce, and membership of an MP in Congress Louis Frankel, the presence of US Ambassador Stuart Jones.

A statement from al – Abadi Office received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it on Monday, said that “al – Abadi discussed with US Congress delegation to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, and the war against terror Daash gangs, the political situation and security in Iraq and the region.”

The statement added that ” the delegation expressed support for the reforms carried out by the Prime Minister in light of the significant challenges faced by Iraq, including the financial crisis as a result of the collapse of oil prices, and the war on terror gangs. ”

And the statement that” Congress , expressed his country ‘s readiness to help Iraq return stolen his money outside Iraq, in addition to supply Iraq with needed expertise in the fight against corruption, and the enactment of laws that limit corruption. ”

The statement said that” the two sides affirmed to facilitate the movement of investments to Iraq; to advance Bbnah infrastructure “, stressing his support for the unity and sovereignty of Iraq.

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We know that Iraq or any nation for that matter can not become a “full” member of the WTO unless they have an tradable, international currency. The must be in article 8 as a UN member nation status.

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The Ministry of Commerce has announced its participation in the workshop of the private sector, organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Alounoctad) and in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply of Jordan and Amman Chamber of Commerce, which was held in the Jordanian capital Amman for the period from 4 to 7 a month this April.

Said Hashim Mohammed Hatem, Director General of the Department of Foreign Economic Relations Vice-President of the National Commission on Iraq's accession to the World Trade Organization, would head the Iraqi delegation said the purpose of participating in this workshop is to inform the Iraqi private sector on the Jordanian experience in the field to meet the challenges that keep pace with the process of accession to the Organization global trade and post-accession.

He explained that this workshop provides a forum for the exchange of views between the Iraqi private sector and the private sector of Jordan, and includes the workshop heads of commercial and industrial unions, contractors and Business Council and businessmen as well as members of the National Committee to join and employees to join in the Ministry of Commerce files, and they are met by the Jordanian side of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Oman and Jordan, customs and others.

He stressed that this review comes in the framework of support for Iraq in the process of joining the World Trade Organization.

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Signed by the Minister of Construction and Housing and public municipalities Tareq Kikhanya contract with the World Bank to finance the reconstruction of a devastating eight projects of roads and bridges sector in the provinces of Diyala, Salahuddin after their liberation in the presence of Undersecretary Eng Dara Hassan Rashid Yara.

The Minister said that these projects constitute the first phase of the allocated to the ministry and will be followed by other stages of the World Bank loan which will be carried out under the supervision of roads and bridges department and implementation of Assyria companies and Mutassim and Hammurabi and FAO as Assyria, the company will implement the maintenance project 20 km from the Khanaqin - oil box in Diyala and Emaar bridges Alharonih projects small and large in Diyala, will be carried out public Mutasim company project bridges Cheshin in Salahuddin and project the breasts bridge in Diyala in public Ahamoraba company will implement the project maintenance 42.5 km from the oil-box - Mandali in Diyala and Emaar bridges River Iron Narain and the concrete in Diyala Inc. FAO engineering project will be carried out reconstruction of bridges small and large Dhuluiya in Salahuddin and the reconstruction of bridges project forward Luis 4 and 7 in Diyala.

For his part, Mr. eighth agent Jhodalsid minister in his quest to be the corporate ministry in the initial implementation of these projects and thus contribute to the advancement of the work of these companies and the stability of their capacity to complement the rest of the other stages of the special projects of the World Bank.

In a related development, Mr. Esam Abbas, Director General of Roads and Bridges Department, "said the authority supervising the implementation of these projects," The signing of the contract today represents a major achievement for the ministry by all standards due to the fact that the ministry has fulfilled all its obligations and calibrated for the conditions of the World Bank and quickly in record time, noting that these projects formed a great challenge and an incentive to complete the special stages of the World Bank projects.

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Update: 45 Day Deadline for Technocratic Gov’t

The Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri called, in the (April 2, 2016), the parliamentary blocs to take its role in the study of names provided by the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to fill ministerial posts in the new government, citing the need to work on the completion of a "comprehensive change and an end to the quota system."

So in reading the article below at least we now see some progress as the ball is in the court of parliament to review and ratify the candidates presented to them last Thursday by Abadi. Sadr has stated they have a deadline of 10 days to review them. This puts us to 4/10, next Monday for completion of this mandate.

Having said that I fully and strongly believe the next move by Sadr after the cabinet reshuffle in done will be to go after all those politicians who have corruption files on them that are now frozen (confined) in the green zone. Nori al-Maliki and his goons being on the top of his list. Watch, wait and see that Mnt Goat is right…lol…lol..

This seems the only way these criminals can be brought to justice in the current political situation. Iraq does not have years to play around with all the reforms they need to make. The IMF, WTO and World Bank wants to move this country forward and do it now.

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Balances News
04/05/2016 00:44 pm (Baghdad time)

It revealed a number of lawmakers, on Monday evening, the day that the competent committees held meetings today to discuss the resumes and the acceptability of the candidates in the cabin Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi technocrats and presented by the parliament last week that the committee concluded to reject a number of candidates after their assessment.

He said the Integrity Committee member of the parliamentary Akeel al-Zubaidi that "the Higher Education Commission rejected candidate for the Ministry of Higher Education Abdul Razak al-Issa in the legal committee rejected a candidate for the Ministry of Justice Mohammed Nasrallah, as the Finance Committee rejected the candidate refused the Ministry of Finance Ali Abdul Amir Allawi."

He also pointed out that "the Youth and Sports Committee refused to integrate the Ministry of Youth and Sports with the Ministry of Culture as well as it rejected the candidate Akil Mahdi."

ADRID also refused to integrate the ministry as well as the rejection of the candidate and the fulfillment of Jafar.

The Education Committee has rejected the candidate Ali al-Jubouri candidate withdrew with the Ministry of Oil and the Ministry of candidate.

With regard to the candidate of the Ministry of Foreign controversial Sharif Ali Bin Al-Hussein MP Akeel al-Zubaidi, it was stated that the committee rejected while MP Dhafer al-Ani said in a commentary that "most members of the Foreign Relations Committee said the seriousness of observations concerning the incompatibility of the requirements of independence and professional technocrats Sharif Ali Bin Al Hussein and his faith in the political system as long as carrying the banner of a constitutional monarchy, but no nomination was rejected, but the Commission's view the need to update the information about the candidate and meet him directly. "

As said a source in the government's / balances News / he "contacted the Committee on Relations and said they did not reject the candidate but had asked to meet him because the CV provided to them when some things that need to be clarified and they sent the book to the presidency Benoit where their position regarding the biography of the candidate and want to meet him to put their vision Last".

While MP Sabah al-Tamimi said, "confirmed the Commission services discussed resumes and candidate contacted the Ministry of Transport and he has been to ask questions directly to him directly but are surprised by the apology for the nomination by saying that he does not have the ability and experience in the field of the Ministry of Transport."

​But a source in the prime minister confirmed L / balance News / that no one of the candidates withdrew his candidacy and said, "There is no withdrawal until now did not report any of the candidates of his withdrawal."

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I want to show (in an article news) the disunion of some of these parties and how they do not want to cooperate and later make wrongful accusations against the GOI. I am doing this so you can understand and get the BIG picture as to what is going on politically with Abadi’s cabinet reshuffle.

I want to show (in an article news) the disunion of some of these parties and how they do not want to cooperate and later make wrongful accusations against the GOI. I am doing this so you can understand and get the BIG picture as to what is going on politically with Abadi’s cabinet reshuffle. The article below is very long but an excellent read.

- accused of undermining democracy
- accused Abadi of “leading a coup”
- complained that they had not been consulted by Abadi in the cabinet change
- Sunni in the cabinet is 33 percent and this is what was agreed on during the last terms
- Kurdistan share in cabinet 20 percent want to maintain their share
- Abadi's cabinet reshuffle, if implemented, would undermine the power-sharing agreement and potentially destabilize the country.

I quote from the article below- Abadi said in response “I asked the blocs at the beginning of last month to nominate the technocrats who they thought were suitable, but they did not do so,” Abadi told MEE”.

I quote again from the article – Abadi also said in response “He also said that the call for an independent cabinet had come from Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shia cleric who last week threatened to raid Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone unless his demands for political reform were met.”

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Opponents accuse Abadi of 'leading a coup' but PM tells MEE that Moqtada al-Sadr demanded the new cabinet, threatened raid

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has proposed a cabinet reshuffle that consists of senior academic figures and business leaders (AFP)

Suadad al-Salhy

Tuesday 5 April 2016 02:31 UTC

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has rejected complaints from political opponents that they were not consulted before he last week named a new “technocratic” cabinet in response to anti-corruption protests and calls for political reform.

Abadi has been accused of undermining democracy and “leading a coup” against Iraq’s power-sharing political structure that has been in place since 2003, which guarantees a certain number of political positions to the country’s Shia, Sunni and Kurdish blocs.

But Abadi told Middle East Eye in a phone interview that rival political blocs had not responded to his request for them to nominate their preferred independent candidates for cabinet posts last month.

He also said that the call for an independent cabinet had come from Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shia cleric who last week threatened to raid Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone unless his demands for political reform were met. “I asked the blocs at the beginning of last month to nominate the technocrats who they thought were suitable, but they did not do so,” Abadi told MEE.

“It was Sadr who demanded a government of technocrats, in which everyone is independent except for the prime minister. It was not my demand.” Abadi said he was committed to conducting government business in a professional manner, without interference from either his own or other political blocs.

His comments came after the leaders of other factions complained that they had not been consulted by Abadi and suggested they could still attempt to block his cabinet reshuffle which is due to be implemented by Sunday, pending parliamentary approval.

“We encouraged the prime minister to nominate professional and technocratic figures, but in consultation with the political blocs which represent the philosophy and reality of the current parliament system," Ammar al-Hakeem, the prominent Shia leader and head of the al-Mowaten bloc, said at a press conference in Baghdad on Saturday.

“The bypassing of the political blocs, by weakening them and keeping them away from the political process, could undermine the democratic system and the structures of state and government that we have built since 2003.”

A senior Shia leader familiar with current talks within the Shia blocs, speaking on condition of anonymity, told MEE that nobody had expected Abadi to bow to Sadr’s demands without considering the broader political implications.

“Abadi was very smart. He led a coup against all the political agreements that have been governing the political process in Iraq since 2003,” the leader said. Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Iraq's government has been arranged around a power-sharing deal in which control of different government ministries and departments is divided between Shia, Sunni and Kurdish factions.

The Shia bloc, who represents the biggest parliamentary bloc with more than half of the 325 seats, holds most of the senior governmental posts including the prime minister's office.

Critics say Abadi's cabinet reshuffle, if implemented, would undermine the power-sharing agreement and potentially destabilise the country. The big political blocs from all factions also see it as a threat to their interests.

“We have to be represented in his government, according to our right share and based on what our Sunni community deserves,” Ahmed al-Missari, the head of the Sunni Forces United parliamentary bloc, told MEE.

“Our share in the cabinet is 33 percent and this is what was agreed on during the last terms, so our share in this government has not to be less than this.”

The Kurdish bloc also said it would not expect to be a part of any government in which it did not hold at least 20 percent of posts. One Kurdish member of parliament, who did not want to be named, told MEE that Nizar Saleem, a Kurdish geology professor who had been Abadi'spreferred choice as minister of oil, had declined the post after being “threatened by the Kurdish leadership”.

Parliament last week voted to consider Abadi's proposed cabinet list and other reforms, which include removing political placemen from lower levels of government, over 10 days up to Sunday's deadline for the cabinet to be approved.

Yazin al-Joubori, a political analyst, told MEE that the main Shia blocs had been motivated by concerns that Sadr would follow through on his threat to raid the Green Zone, the fortified area where Iraq's governmental institutions are based.

“There was a real fear that Sadr would raid the green zone,” said Joubori. “That meant Shia-Shia fighting could have erupted, and that is a red line for all the Shia blocs, so they voted for the reforms demanded by Sadr.”
Abadi's proposals include shrinking the number of cabinet posts to 18 by merging several departments together. Most of his nominees are senior academic figures and business leaders with no previous political experience or affiliation.

Hakeem said on Saturday that al-Mowaten stood ready to cooperate with other blocs and that all options were on the table, including a possible vote of no confidence in Abadi. “We will cooperate through the state constitution and the parliament to restore balance to the political process,” he said.

But supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr said they would not tolerate any backtracking on the political reforms approved by parliament, and said they stood ready to return to the streets if necessary.

“They know very well that they are cowards and can do nothing. Sit-ins and demonstrations could return at any moment,” Ibrahem al-Jabiri, one of Sadr's senior aides told MEE.

“They want to maintain their hateful quotas. We are aware of this and this is not possible anymore. So we will wait until the end of the decision period, then we will see what will happen.”

Article Ends

Slowly, one by one, the political blocks are coming forward and describing their rejections or acceptance to the Abadi list of candidates for the cabinet ministries or the combining of the ministries (now down to 18 from 20 ministries). Just last week they said parliament voted on 16 so I do not really know the correct number of ministries. We will have to wait since a couple are still I dispute about combining them.

So now we hear from the Union of Forces block in parliament. They are telling us they “categorical rejection of the integration of the Ministry of Displacement and Migration with other ministry, and as he emphasized that the country is in dire need of the ministry in the presence of displaced people from six provinces, indicated that it will vote like the rest of the blocks on the cabin technocrats.” but only if the ministry of displacement & migration stays a sole ministry. See article below.

If you remember Kurdistan refused to give a list of their candidates to Abadi. They responded to his request a moth ago but only to tell him the desired to keep their 20% quota of members in the cabinet. Personally I think they intended to leave their ministers as is and not change then and this is why they did not send a list of new candidates.

But now they know this is not possible and the do not want to be seen by Sadr as holding up the progress of the new technocratic govt. So on Tuesday they declared leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Group Said Zana, Tuesday, that the Kurdistan blocs will present candidates for prime minister Haidar al - Abbadi of dependence rather than raised in parliament, while noting that theAbadi did not object to these names.

Politics as usual in Iraq. But this is how a democracy works. Everyone (or the majority) should be happy at the end. What is different now is they only have until 4/10 to get this new govt voted on and seated.

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05/04/2016 11:31
BAGHDAD / tomorrow Press: announced Iraqi forces union, on Tuesday, its categorical rejection of the integration of the Ministry of Displacement and Migration with other ministry, and as he emphasized that the country is in dire need of the ministry in the presence of displaced people from six provinces, indicated that it will vote like the rest of the blocks on the cabin "technocrats."

A member of the Union, Rep . Nahida Daini for "tomorrow Press", " The political miscarriage candidates Abadi began, I do not expect that most of the blocks will pass onnames , " adding , "There clung to most of the political blocs to pass the candidates about their way, and even that was not in public , it may be through secret meetings between them and Altmthelean officials in the government. " the agency Daini, saying" some of the blocks announced its stance officially that it will not vote on the cabin Abadi, and this goes back to the quota system , which began by the government and placed since 2004, but there may be changes to the names , "noting that" strong union will vote with the rest of the political blocs on the new cabin. " and on the integration of ministries, described by forces Union, merging ministries process as" not true.

" She explained," the integration process during the previous phase also it was not true, because Abadi sacked the minister , the ministry remained at full staff and its work , "indicating that" some ministries are unable to ministries department at once, especially in light of the envelope complex in Iraq. " confirmed Dani, that" the Union of forces refuses to merge the Department of immigration, because we believe it is one of the important ministries, because the six provinces most of the displaced population, so it must be independent of the Ministry of immigration, and not to make the Ministry of marginal managed by proxy. "

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Update: Fighting Corruption

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The report named several Iraqi officials, including former oil minister Hussein al-Shahristani who it alleged had accepted millions of dollars in bribes.

04/03/2016 11:30 pm ET

Stephen Kalin

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday directed the country’s highest corruption watchdog to investigate claims of graft in the awarding of oil contracts by the OPEC exporter and urged the courts to prosecute.

A joint report this week by Australia’s Fairfax Media and the Huffington Post, citing hundreds of thousands of emails, linked energy services company Unaoil and several international oil companies to corrupt practices such as claims of bribery in countries including Iraq.

Following an investigation by Fairfax Media and The Huffington Post, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for a probe in the awarding of oil contracts by Unaoil.
“Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi directs the Integrity Commission to take legal measures and calls on the judiciary to open immediate legal proceedings concerning the grave newspaper reports,” according to a statement from his office.

Iraq, which relies on oil exports for most of its revenue, has been plagued by corruption and mismanagement for years, ranking 161 out of 168 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index in 2015.

Graft continues to eat away at the government’s resources as it struggles with high spending due to the costs of the war against jihadist group Islamic State, which seized a third of Iraq’s territory in the north and west in 2014.

Abadi has pledged to battle corruption and on Thursday proposed a cabinet reshuffle aimed at weakening patronage networks, but he faces resistance from politicians who fear reform would undermine their wealth and influence.

The report named several Iraqi officials, including then-oil minister Hussein al-Shahristani who it alleged had accepted millions of dollars in bribes to influence the awarding of lucrative contracts.

Shahristani, now outgoing minister of higher education, has denied the accusations. He said on Saturday he was not aware of any attempt to bribe oil ministry officials during his tenure and had never been in contact with anyone from Unaoil.

“I have not met nor communicated with these people by phone or email - directly or through an intermediary - or in any way whatsoever, neither in the period between 2010 and 2012 nor before or after it,” he told reporters. “The first time I heard these names was in this report.”

Shahristani, a leader in Iraq’s ruling National Alliance coalition, urged the government to investigate everyone named in the report, including himself, and called on the Huffington Post to hand over all the documents it referenced.

“The law obligates whoever has information (about corruption) to reveal it,” he said.

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One has to wonder why they have waited until now to seriously pursue the steps to recover many of these stolen Iraqi funds from abroad. We know there is over 100 billion stolen. Could it be that they wanted to wait for a more stabilized, less corrupt government, a government where the money would not just be re-stolen? Are they now reaching that point with all these reforms?

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The release of the Iraq contributed to the Arab Potash Company

Monday , April 4, 2016 - 15:38

The Ministry of Industry and Minerals, on Monday, for the release of the Iraq contributed to the Arab Potash Company.

Said Director of Information and relations of the ministry Abdul Wahid Alwan al-Shammari said in a statement today that the "Release came after a combination of the ministries of industry, justice, foreign affairs and finance the efforts, as well as the considerable efforts made by the Iraqi embassy in Amman to pursue this matter as resulted in these efforts for the issuance of the Jordanian judiciary decision to lifting booking for Iraq shares in the listed company. "

He pointed out that "these efforts have been made in order to keep Iraq's money abroad and will be followed by other steps to restore the Iraqi funds in many countries of the world."

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Update: Fighting ISIS

An article with a very status as to where they are in fighting ISIS and DAASH.

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Radio TOW
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 22:01

The Iraqi Defense Ministry, on Monday, the start of the second page of conquest operations for the Liberation of villages south of the city of Mosul of al Daash terrorist.

A ministry statement seen by tow, "The pieces Infantry Brigade 71 th Infantry Division fifth managed to break into the village of Victory within the northern axis of the villages south of Mosul, the northern part of the axis of villages south of Mosul and the attribution of intensive air and artillery."

The statement pointed to "blow up 3 wheels bomber tried to exposure to developed our troops to liberate the village of victory."

Furthermore, cell-Harbi media announced that the band 15 pieces of editing operations Nineveh killed 30 terrorists detonated bombs in the village of wheel victory of the Makhmour south of Mosul.

The military announced the media cell in the 24 of last March starting the opening process for the Liberation of Nineveh province, of organizing terrorist Daash.

In the center of another security, anti-terrorism forces and support forces have managed to free three new areas in the district of Hit, west of Ramadi, the first insights of East and West and Insights Insights areas.

The third special operations of the counterterrorism commander Maj. Gen. Sami Kazim, Arda in satellite radio tow statement that security forces had reached the vicinity of district teachers Hit downtown area, pointing out that the organization of Daash today suffered heavy losses during the killing of 70 component them by the bombing of the tanks and aviation Hit in the center. "

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Most importantly please, please, please let’s not forget to keep praying for the success of THESE IRAQI AND COALITION SOLDIERS. I believe our prayers are in part some of the acceleration of the process we are now witnessing.

Remember too to pray to the princess of peace – Our Blessed Virgin Mary. She has the ear of Christ and she can intercede in heaven and bring us the peace we all desire here on earth. We can not do it alone. I believe that if we all make this our daily prayer you will see change. It is already working even in the short time since I have been publishing this prayer section. It does not matter what religion you believe, if you pray then to your oven beliefs entity it is still the same powers and good for all of mankind. Ultimately it is all the same God anyhow.

“Lord, protect Abadi and all who stand with him in righteousness, the Iraq and coalition soldiers who are fighting the good fight against terrorism, that they would be shielded from the enemy and would be victorious against them in the battle for Mosul! We ask that the victory comes swiftly and healing of the Iraqi peoples and all whom have been effected by these evil doers can begin!

We pray for the speedy process of all reforms against gov’t lead corruption and that all those responsible in the past are brought to justice.

We pray for currency reform, the full implementation of the Iraqi economy to full international status and the bringing of prosperity and wealth to its people“ Amen!

Till next time…. Auf Wiedersehen!

Peace and Luv To Ya All,
Mnt Goat

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