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    " The Dinar Daily ", 18 January 2014

    Holding Talks Between the Local Government and Tribes in al-Anbar to resolve the crisis
    17/01/2014 22:45:00

    Ramadi / NINA/ Anbar province Council announced that talks were held between the local government and tribes to resolve the current crisis in the province.

    Vice Chairman of the Council Faleh al-Issawi told / NINA / that the local government , represented by the provincial council and governor of Anbar province , is holding talks and continuous meetings with tribal sheikhs and elders , in order to end the crisis and the tense situation in the province.

    Issawi added that the purpose of these meetings and discussions, is to know the demands of the clans, and to work on bringing together their points of views with the central government in order to end the current crisis and end armed manifestations in Anbar.


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    Ankara reduce the oil minister's statements on Iraq's intention to punish Turkey

    Fri Jan 17 2014 21:25 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad

    Reduce Turkish Energy Minister Yildiz rates, on Friday, from the statements of Minister of Oil Abdul-Karim and coffee that the Iraqi government will take legal action to punish Turkey and the Kurdistan region and foreign companies on the export of oil without the approval of Baghdad.

    Yildiz said in remarks quoted by the agency (Reuters), "The comments and Iraqi Oil Minister on possible legal action against Turkey and it must be expressed in a way that was inaccurate," noting that "they are casting a statement different every week."

    Yildiz added "I consider this statement phrase was a way to express them is inaccurate."

    The Minister of Oil Abdul-Karim and coffee announced, earlier today, Friday, that the Iraqi government will take legal action to punish Turkey and the Kurdistan region and foreign companies on any post in oil exports without the consent of Baghdad, while noting that the Iraqi government would consider a boycott of all Turkish companies and cancellation of contracts with .

    The Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani accused, on Thursday (16 Cowen second current), Turkey with the complicity of the Kurdistan region to withhold the amount of oil pumped from Baghdad.


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    Najafi leave for Kuwait today and the United States next Sunday

    Fri Jan 17 2014 17:17 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad

    Announced a coalition united, said Friday that House Speaker Osama Najafi will leave later in the day to Kuwait at the head of a parliamentary delegation to attend the Arab Parliamentary Union, pointing out that he will leave next Sunday to the United States to discuss a number of issues with U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. officials .

    A spokesman for the coalition, Dhafer al-Ani said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "House Speaker Osama Najafi is leaving today to Kuwait to attend the meetings of the Arab Parliamentary Union held its business in Kuwait," noting that "Najafi will receive during his visit to Kuwait Amir Sabah Al-Ahmad and many Kuwaiti officials. "

    He pointed out that "it is scheduled to leave Najafi next Sunday to the United States to discuss a number of issues, notably the security situation in Anbar province, and the policy is fair followed by the Maliki government dismiss partners and the relationship between the legislative and executive branches," pointing out that "these files and others will go strongly Najafi during discussions with U.S. officials, particularly President Barack Obama. "

    Ani added that "the parliamentary delegation of the various political blocs will be accompanied by Najafi during his visit to Kuwait and the United States of America."

    The Office of Najafi, announced (January 13, 2014), that he would soon travel to Kuwait at the head of a parliamentary delegation on an official visit, at the invitation of the President of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim to participate in the work of the thirteenth session of the Executive Committee, and the Twentieth Congress of the Arab Parliamentary Union which is held under the patronage of the Amir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

    The MP for the coalition united Nabil Hrbo that Najafi will discuss during this visit, the debt owed by Iraq following the invasion of the former regime of Kuwait in 1991, with the aim of persuading the Kuwaiti party to waive part of the debt.

    The Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs Saleh al-Mutlaq is currently visiting Washington DC at the head of a delegation of Iraqi parliamentarians, most notably Izzat Shabandar and cult, to hold consultations with U.S. officials on the political crisis in Iraq and the preparations for the legislative elections next April.


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    Culture parliamentary attacking al-Maliki because of the closure and the Middle East confirms: Prime Minister extended at the expense of independent bodies

    Fri Jan 17 2014 17:01 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Long-Presse / Baghdad

    Committee announced that the culture of parliamentary, on Friday, announced the launch of the issue of closure of the Office Asharq al-Awsat in Baghdad in the parliamentary session, and as pointed out that Iraq is moving towards a "gagged" with an attempt by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to stay in power by any means, and accused him of trying to "stretch "at the expense of independent bodies and the House of Representatives.

    A member of the Committee on Culture parliamentary Maysoon al in an interview (range Press), said that "the issue of the closure newspaper office Middle East confirms that Iraq is moving around a fixed culture of the former regime in gagged, and prevent independent media from performing his duties," indicating that "such practices they occur before 2003, and the most important achievement for us after this date is a free media but today al-Maliki wants to remain severely judgment by any means. "

    The Damluji that "al-Maliki believes that the abolition of opposition newspapers will make him stronger in time is the style of Glen in dealing with the Iraqi street, and these practices carried out by the media and communications that are still going to law Bremer, is Astmrarsrih and clear policy of the former regime."

    And showed a member of the Cultural Committee that "the issue of closure of the Office of the Middle East, will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the House of Representatives," pointing out that "al-Maliki extended to all independent bodies such as the judiciary, and wants to end the role of the House of Representatives and other bodies, but can not remain silent on this issue." .

    The Iraqi government shut down in January 15, 2014, Press Middle East in Baghdad and prevented the issuance of its version of Iraq, as demanded JFO government to go back on the decision, which raises "concerns" about the future of press freedom in the country, expressed "concern" of turning the decision to "routine procedure" that affects the rest of the newspapers and other local media, noting that the decision was "not suitable" for the development of Iraq's regional and international levels.

    The media adviser to Prime Minister Ali al-Moussawi denounced the publication on his personal (Facebook), on December 23, 2013, publication of the title of the newspaper, the Middle East, "the Baghdad edition," which attacked the commander of the seventh division of the Iraqi army after he was killed in Anbar province, describing it as leaders of the massacre of Hawija, accusing the newspaper publishes thousands of articles against Iraq and swore years ago the Iraqi experience hostility and did not hesitate to undermine the pillars of the political process in Iraq.

    The newspaper published the Middle East from Saudi Arabia to London and distributed in many Arab countries, including Iraq.


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    Baghdad Row Pushing Kurds to Consider Independence, Official Warns

    By RUDAW

    KRG Deputy Finance Minister Rashid Tahir. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government will be pushed to consider independence from Iraq unless Baghdad agrees to work out differences over the budget, the KRG deputy finance minister warned. “Action begets reaction; if Baghdad cuts the budget then KRG and the Kurdish leadership will make their own decision,” Rashid Tahir said. He added that one of the main issues was funding for the Kurdish Peshmarga forces, reiterating complaints that Baghdad has refusing to grant the KRG its 17 percent constitutional share of the federal budget since 2007. "They never give us 17 percent. They only give us 10 percent," Tahir noted in an interview with Rudaw. Asked what the KRG would do if Baghdad withheld this year’s share of the budget, which the central government has warned it would do if the Kurds go ahead with independent oil exports to Turkey, Rashid warned that only one choice would remain. “If Baghdad took such a step then we would send the oil revenue (from exports) to Baghdad after subtracting the Peshmarga salary. If this solution did not satisfy Baghdad, then we have no choice but to separate,” he warned. "It would be like a father who encourages his son to separate from the family. If they want us to separate, we thank them and we take our own path," he said. He added that the KRG could finance itself through oil exports and internal revenues, and that revenues of approximately 10.5 trillion Iraqi dinars last year could be raised further. A draft budget sent to parliament by the government in Baghdad, but which has yet to be debated, sets an oil export target for the Kurdistan Region at 400,000 barrels per day, well above present capacity. It also threatens to withhold funding from the budget if that target is unmet. A senior official from the dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said that the KRG has other options in case Baghdad refuses funding. “If they cut the KRG's budget, they ask us to give them up. If we give them up, then Kurds have other alternatives,” he warned.


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    Iraqi budget provides citizens oil revenue sharing at $5 for every barrel produced, However GOI make find difficulty in paying
    Posted: January 18, 2014

    Finance announces the allocation of five dollars for every barrel produced in the provinces of the budget and affirming the possibility of fully paid

    Ministry of Finance announced the allocation of five dollars from each barrel of oil-producing provinces in the federal budget for the current year, afterthought inability to pay the amount at once.

    The finance minister said the agency purity of net debt at a news conference today attended by the correspondent of the Euphrates {} “The law guarantees issued share of oil-producing provinces and gas law, a right to take it.”

    And that “because of the pressure and the budget deficit for the current year has been allocated just one dollar for oil-producing provinces within the petro-dollar project that remains owed by the federal government four dollars and given advances in the event of local governments need money.”

    He pointed out that the net “budget deficit for the current year amounted to {23} trillion dinars.”

    The Cabinet had approved at its meeting on Wednesday on the budget bill for 2014, which amounted to about 150 billion dollars, while the House of Representatives recognizes the budget bill today.


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    As Kurdistan Battles Baghdad Over Oil Deal, Where is Kurdish Voice in Washington?
    By Anwar Faruqi

    "In its opposition, Baghdad has Uncle Sam on its side, shaking an admonishing finger at the Kurds. Baghdad has an able ambassador in Washington, while the Kurds have no one." AP photo of Capitol Hill

    With the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) locked in one of the most important battles of its existence with Baghdad -- over the right to independent oil exports -- a nagging question looms: Who is lobbying on behalf of the Kurds where it counts most, in Washington.

    The answer is: No one.

    The seat of the KRG representative in the United States has remained cold for more than a year, without any official explanation. Political insiders blame the vacancy on an age-old rivalry between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

    Without a person with credibility, charisma and cash to grease-the-hands-that-change-the- minds in Washington, the Kurds have shot themselves in the foot in their row with Baghdad. Instead of leaping into the diplomatic battleground, they are limping in. Instead of a Kurdish public relations blitzkrieg in Washington, there is a deafening silence.

    No Iraqi Kurd needs to learn why it matters to have American support in any battle with Baghdad, or with anyone else. Who doesn’t know that, without American backing for Kurdish autonomy in 1991, today the Kurdistan Region might not have been? Without that, this very winter hordes of shivering Kurds might once again have been huddled behind the borders of neighboring countries, pleading to get in.

    Instead, from Erbil the Kurds control and patrol their own borders today. Again this winter, they opened their doors to fellow Kurds from Syria, and were thanked by the UN. In Erbil on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his gratitude to the KRG for its “generosity” toward tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

    Now, the Kurds need America again, this time in a war to control and sell their own oil and gas. Kurdish prosperity and security both depend on this deal. Kurdistan’s future depends on it.

    It is not an exaggeration to say that a successful oil deal would put Iraqi Kurds on the road to independence. To an extent, it would give them self-sufficiency, and the choice to stay or leave the federation. That is why Baghdad is fighting tooth and claw to block this deal. It is not easy for Baghdad to let loose the goose that lays the golden eggs.

    In its opposition, Baghdad has Uncle Sam on its side, shaking an admonishing finger at the Kurds. Baghdad has an able ambassador in Washington, while the Kurds have no one.

    It is no secret that nothing gets done in Washington without the big lobbies; and that almost anything can be done by throwing enough cash into it.

    Also, it is no secret that members of the US Congress and Senate often need all the help they can get to understand the world beyond America’s big borders. It is doubtful that most members of the US Congress and Senate even know what the KRG is. Who is there to help them find Kurdistan on the map?

    How important is lobbying in Washington?

    Ask The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) why it spends tens of millions of dollars every year. Ever wonder why Uncle Sam has such a blind spot for Israel?

    Ask the mining, defense and oil industries why they run the largest lobbies on The Hill. When was the last time the US Congress or Senate voted against these industries?

    There is a name for how Washington functions: It’s called “Buying Influence.” This is the business of paying to change minds. Call it what you will, but that’s how it works.

    How important is it to be heard in Washington?

    Ask the Arabs why they have their own lobby.

    Or even ask Baghdad why it chose Lukman Faily as its ambassador.

    The Iraqi Embassy website boasts his credentials to include, “a familiarity with Anglo-American traditions and institutions.” The UK-educated diplomat holds degrees in computer science and mathematics, an MBA and a post-graduate degree. He worked for 10 years in senior positions with a company that is now part of IT giant Hewlett Packard. He was also ambassador to Japan. And, he speaks Kurdish.

    Was it not the successful public relations and media campaigns that Kurdish groups and leaders ran in Europe and the United States in the 1990s that garnered world support for the Kurds, during their last wars with Saddam Hussein.

    Without that, would Western countries have opened doors to so many Kurdish refugees, at a time when Kurds fleeing from Saddam had to choose between Iraq and a hard place?

    Ever wonder why the United States did not lift a finger after Saddam’s 1988 gassing of 5,000 innocent Kurds in Halabja? An important part of the reason was that the Kurds had no one speaking on their behalf in Washington.

    “There was nobody standing up for them, almost nobody,” recalled Peter Galbraith, a former US diplomat and ex-advisor to the KRG, in a 2007 published article.

    Of course, it was US foreign policy then to support Saddam against Iran. Without any Kurds screaming on Capitol Hill about Saddam’s murderous machinery, without anyone going on CNN, it was easy for the US administration to ignore what it did not want to see.

    If the KRG really does have a legitimate right to independent oil exports, who is making that case before American policy makers? Who is explaining it on CNN or to the Washington Post?

    The present fight over oil is not the only one for which the Kurds need the Americans on their side.

    The issue of Kurdish independence -- the elephant in the room that no one in the KRG wants to talk about -- will eventually have to be resolved. It does not take a crystal ball to predict that Iraq will be trapped in violence, bloodshed and instability for a long time. Even if it does not want to secede, a stable and prosperous KRG can remain chained to a crumbling federation only for so long.

    Kurdish independence and independent Kurdish energy exports both remain anathema to American policy. That is all the more reason to have someone in Washington working full time, all the time, passionately promoting the Kurdish cause, whenever and wherever it counts.

    Until he was pulled out and returned to a senior government post in Kurdistan about a year-and-half ago, representing the KRG in Washington was the job of Qubad Talabani, the son of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

    By all accounts Qubad, who was raised and educated in the United Kingdom, was an able operator and articulate voice of the Kurds, someone who began learning the ropes in Washington in 2000.

    A year after he officially became the KRG representative in 2006, an article in USA Today wrote that, in Washington, “The Kurds are the most aggressive of the Iraqi religious and ethnic factions jockeying for influence over US policy.”

    It noted: “The Kurds have spent nearly $3 million on lobbying and public relations efforts here since 2003, including paying powerhouse Republican lobbying firm Barbour Griffith & Rogers nearly $1.7 million, according to Justice Department records.”

    It reported that: “Barbour Griffith lobbyists met with Bush administration officials on the Kurds' behalf a dozen times between December 2005 and November 2006. They met with Ross Wilson, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, and President Bush's deputy national security adviser for Iraq, Meghan O'Sullivan. Among other issues, the Kurds want U.S. support for their continued semi-autonomous status and their drive to make the oil-rich city of Kirkuk part of their territory.”

    That was then.

    In Washington, this is the Kurdish voice today:__________?

    Once, on the battlefronts, the cost of the KDP-PUK power struggle was measured in lives.

    Today, it is measured in countless other ways.


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    Finance Committee confirms: While a good idea, CBI is not “formatted” to replace currency at this time
    Posted: January 18, 2014 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics

    Parliamentary Finance Committee: deletion of zeros from the Iraqi currency, the dinar serve, but the central bank is ready to replace the Currency (note: misleading translation)

    17/01/2014 05:22 AM

    Confirmed that the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives that “the Central Bank of Iraq is not formatted for the time being to replace the Iraqi currency.”

    A member of the Committee MP Abdul Hussein al-Yasiri “I see that the process of deletion of zeros from the Iraqi dinar serve the Iraqi currency because it is difficult to carry and described the bloc large cash Rather than be placed in a pocket or purse seen carrying bags, so the process of reducing the money supply requires the deletion of zeros.”

    He noted that “the process of deleting the zeros will contribute to the reduction of fraud, which happened in the past years, or you may end up in college, as well as help in the growth of the economy.”


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    Currency Auctions

    Announcement No. (2577)

    The latest daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the 18-Jan-2014 results were as follows:

    Details Notes
    Number of banks 21
    Auction price selling dinar / US$ 1166
    Auction price buying dinar / US$ -----
    Amount sold at auction price (US$) 206,641,000
    Amount purchased at Auction price (US$) -----
    Total offers for buying (US$) 206,641,000
    Total offers for selling (US$) -----

    Exchange rates ( Market Rate 1,223 )

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    Iraq’s population estimate at 34.2 million people: Bureau of Statistics
    Posted: January 18, 2014 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics

    Revealed the Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation, that the population of the country has recently been increased to up to 34 million and 207 thousand people, while the total energy production sector growth of 30% according to the latest official statistics.

    And spotted periodic statistical issued by the Central Agency for Statistics of the Ministry of prominent statistical indicators for the economic and social situation in Iraq, as performed by the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Ministry of Planning statistical indicators for the economic and social situation in Iraq for the years (2008-2012).

    Showed statistical as well as the GDP at current prices achieved annual increase (16.0%) in 2012 compared to 2011 due to rising world oil prices in addition to the high amount of oil producer and exporter, as well as the average per capita rose by (12.7%) in 2012 compared to 2011 due to higher GDP Total achieved GDP at constant prices for the year 2012 base 1988 annual increase (85%) compared to 2011, which is reflected in the level of per capita GDP at constant prices, which is also achieved an increase of 5.4% in 2012 compared to 2011.

    revealed statistical increase in the total fixed capital formation at constant prices base 1988 year 2011 increased by (45.3%) compared to 2010 due to high oil prices for the year 2011, which led to a rise in oil revenues for the state, which is reflected in the amount of revenue available to the general budget of the state, both current and investment rose Net foreign direct investment in 2010 increased by 12.3% compared to 2011, when the net foreign investment, the difference between foreign direct investment inside Iraq and direct investment to Iraq.

    On a related indicators show large industrial facilities that there is an increase in the value of the production of large industrial facilities by (9.2% ) in 2012 compared to 2011 due to an increased number of large facilities operating, which rose from (561) facility in 2011 to (686) established in 2012, has increased the number of employees in 2012 compared to 2011 increased by 4.7%, while the increased salaries and wages paid to employees by (8.4%), while the value of the supplies rose by (8.6%), as well as the added value has risen by about the year 2011 (9.8%).


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