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    " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 29 March 2013

    Chattels ~ " Evict Maliki " Countdown is 32 Days until the SCHEDULED Election ***

    * NOTE that the countdown notice has been amended to qualify the Election as " Scheduled " to give emphasis to the tenuous state of political / constitutional affairs in Iraq in recent days and specifically the mention in the news of a possible delay in the election due to the Anbar diaspora.



    Iraqi judiciary accused of bias, failure



    Al-Monitor/ Amnesty International's “Annual Report: Iraq 2013” points to serious human rights violations and to the failure of the Iraqi judiciary to ensure that justice is carried out according to international standards.




    The report criticizes the increasing recourse to the death penalty and the prevalence of torture and ill-treatment in detention centers, especially those controlled by the Ministries of Defense and Interior. While the report notes serious violations by armed groups, it also criticizes the government for mass arrests, alleging that many of the convicts, including some who have been executed, did not receive fair trials.

    The Supreme Judicial Council issued a statement on Feb. 24 responding to the Amnesty report. It stressed that the death penalty is only handed out for serious crimes that threaten the security of citizens and their lives and that “courts apply the death penalty after making investigations and prosecutions that meet all international standards for fair trials.”

    In a speech in February on the occasion of the opening of the headquarters of the Federal Judicial Authority, Medhat al-Mahmoud, the authority's head, acknowledged the difficulties faced by the judiciary because of the sheer number of cases, especially those involving terrorism. He however defended the judicial branch's record for dealing with cases independently and impartially.

    The Iraqi judiciary recently sought to correct some of its procedures, such as not relying exclusively on the testimony of supposed secret informants in cases of terrorism and violence after a number of malicious prosecutions were discovered. The judiciary has also began using an electronic system to keep track of persons accused of various crimes, especially terrorism, to reduce the number of forged arrest orders.

    Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s opponents accuse the judiciary of being strongly influenced by the government, while Maliki himself is accused of using the judiciary against his opponents. These accusations first arose during the 2010 elections when the Federal Court adopted an interpretation of Article 76 of the constitution. This interpretation allowed Maliki to form the (current) government, although his party did not earn the highest number of votes.

    The accusations resurfaced in July 2010 when the Federal Court ruled in favor of the government in a disagreement with the parliament, greatly weakening the legislature by stripping it of the power to legislate independently of the government. More recently, because of a conflict between Maliki and Parliament Speaker Osama Nujaifi on the budget and a threat from Maliki to turn to the judiciary for a ruling, some fear that parliament will be stripped of one of its few remaining powers, introducing amendments to government-sponsored draft laws.

    Many were convinced that the government had succeeded in using the judiciary to target its political opponents after the 2011 indictment of former Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on terrorism charges and after similar charges were made against a former finance minister, Rafi al-Issawi, in December 2010.

    This perception has grown in the weeks leading up to the legislative elections scheduled for next month. The Electoral Judicial Committee has barred participation by a number of would-be candidates known for their harsh opposition toward Maliki. For example, the committee ruled that Issawi is ineligible because he faces arrest warrants stemming from corruption and terrorism charges and because he has refused to appear in court to defend himself.

    Based on a complaint by Hanan al-Fatlawi, a parliamentarian in Maliki’s coalition, the committee also voted to ban a parliamentarian from the Sadrist movement, Jawad al-Shahaili, because he has been accused of embezzlement. Although the same committee overturned decisions prohibiting Sabah al-Saadi and Mithal al-Alusi, both anti-Maliki deputies, from running, it did not change the prevailing belief that most of the time, the judiciary sides with the government. Maliki’s opponents provide another example as evidence — the acquittal of Mishan al-Jubouri on charges of corruption and financial support for terrorism. Jubouri is a former Maliki opponent who recently became his ally.

    The problem surrounding qualifying for elections is primarily due to the interpretation of a clause in the electoral law that provides that a candidate must have a record of “good conduct.” This clause has allowed Maliki’s coalition to challenge some potential candidates because they had been accused of crimes.

    To protect some of its members, parliament issued an “interpretation” of the clause prohibiting the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) from denying participation by anyone against whom a final judgment has not been issued. There is nothing, however, in the constitution that gives parliament the right to issue such decisions and make them obligatory.

    This issuance is viewed as evidence of parliament's weakness rather than strength, and its members' inability to secure a majority to legally amend the law. Because of parliament's lack of authority in this case, the Federal Judicial Authority did not approve the new interpretation, as noted in a statement issued by the IHEC’s Board of Commissioners on March 25 in which its members collectively resigned because of pressure from the “conflict between the legislative and judicial authorities.”


    With election day approaching, it remains unclear how this crisis will end. It certainly will not remove the pressure on the Iraqi judiciary, which continues to face the challenge of proving its independence and integrity. ARTICLE LINK
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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    Iraq-Saudi ties need strategic context




    Regardless of the accusations of supporting terrorism made by Iraq on March 9 against Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and away from the frequent news about the Gulf’s diplomatic and media escalation against the background of these statements, the basis of the crisis between the two sides is not mainly linked to terrorism. For many decades, the relationship between Iraq and the Gulf states has been based on shaky foundations. They finally collapsed during Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait in 1990.

    History does not show Iraq has had stable relations with neighboring countries. This is not to mention that its security, and political and economic challenges do not help improve these relations. However, this reality cannot last forever.

    It is no secret that Iraq’s neighbors did little to help the country make a smooth transition from dictatorship to democratic rule. On the contrary, there has been serious regional intervention in the security and political situation in Iraq. For many years, terrorist groups in Iraq have been supported by foreign parties, which led to bloodshed and death across the country.

    This reality requires a strategic vision to address, not just diagnose, the situation.

    Without tangible evidence presented to international courts, Iraq is in no position to make international accusations of terrorism against Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    No radical changes can be made to the ties between two countries, whether positively or negatively, on the basis of mere statements alone.

    Fighting against terrorism, drying up its sources and monitoring the states that facilitate its spread cannot be done through media statements alone. Above all, it is a process based on political, intelligence and security activities.

    In light of the past and ongoing bloodshed, Iraq and the international community ought to take a stance to track down terrorist organizations and strip them of their capabilities, whether in terms of resources or moral support offered by fatwas and sympathetic forums.

    At the same time, Iraq needs a more composed vision to deal with this thorny issue. Caution and calm do not mean that Iraq is incapable of clarifying its point of view and raising doubts about terrorism. Calm is necessary in international relations and a condition in dialogues between countries, which ensures international credibility.

    Developments in Saudi Arabia and a number of Gulf states regarding terrorist organizations are seen as an important step, requiring positive responses on the part of Iraq to open the doors of cooperation between these countries so as to achieve a common goal, which is to eliminate terrorism or at least undermine its capabilities.

    Iraq has many complaints about the organizations, associations and people involved in funding terrorism. Saudi Arabia’s recent declaration of a ban on the funding of terrorism ought to be met with positive reaction on Iraq’s part.

    Iraq should provide necessary information in this regard, through formal channels, to track down and intercept funders of terrorism.

    Saudi Arabia has announced that it will hold its citizens who are involved in terrorist organizations criminally responsible. This step ought to be met with Iraqi responsiveness, through mutual contacts to achieve the greatest degree of cooperation in detecting terrorist leaders and intercepting terrorists’ routes and lines of communication.

    Iraq needs to calmly deal with this thorny file. We need to turn the Gulf decisions into actions and mechanisms that will serve a common goal: the war against terrorism. ARTICLE LINK
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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    Deputy from the Liberal: the second reading of the budget is settled next Sunday for a consensus on the National Alliance passed


    BAGHDAD / MP for the Liberal bloc Riad al-Zaidi said parliament will resolve the second reading of the budget at a meeting next Sunday for a consensus blocks to attend the National Alliance and then engage in a discussion of doors in preparation for a recommendation to ratify it.

    He said al-Zaidi told all of Iraq [where] today that "the budget law differs from the Unified Retirement Law, and the decision of the budget is linked to the presence of the political blocs, and the consensus of the National Alliance to pass the budget because it is the rights of citizens and the state and not the preserve of one and moral duty to pass this budget," , noting that "in the case of reading the budget at a meeting next Sunday after the meeting will be open to discussion and change some of the transfers."

    He called on the Kurdistan Alliance and united to attend the session and walk the budget and leave the differences after approving the budget, noting that "the Liberal bloc have reservations on the budget, but there are discussions on the vertebrae and will be processed, and that the political will of the blocks are resolved approval."

    The decision Albalman Mohammed al-Khalidi had said earlier told all of Iraq [where] that "the agenda of the next meeting on Sunday, the law includes financial budget."

    The House of Representatives has raised its regular Wednesday until further notice after discussing the crisis of the human side of Anbar to resume sessions after the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil on the financial budget which was read a first reading. ARTICLE LINK
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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    United Nations confirms the desire of Kuwait and stable Iraq that al-Hakim says the two countries' relations "unprecedented"


    Twilight News / The Special Representative of the United Nations to Iraq, Nikolay Mladenov Friday he felt "very grateful" During his first visit to Kuwait last week at a time in which he said the Iraqi ambassador said relations between the two countries reached levels "unprecedented."

    Mladenov told the UN Security Council, which met to discuss the work of the United Nations Mission to help Iraq (UNAMI) that "the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and other Kuwaiti officials in Iraq have confirmed their desire to enjoy peace, stability and prosperity."

    He expressed support for the Vice President for Political Affairs Giorgi Baszatn He performs his duties as supervisor of the file missing Kuwaitis and third-country nationals and missing Kuwaiti property, especially with this "very favorable ground for the strong relations between Iraq and Kuwait."

    He said in a speech seen by "Twilight News" that the mission (UNAMI) is working as an observer for the Iraqi body interdepartmental on Kuwaiti missing persons and property, "We have noted the sincerity and determination of the Iraqi However it is unfortunately not achieved much in spite of the time and effort that is still Iraq efforts in this humanitarian endeavor. "

    He stressed that there is no new results with respect to the issue of missing persons, pointing out that the Kuwaiti Committee for Missing and Prisoners of War was "deeply concerned that with the passage of time becomes a search for missing the toughest."

    Mladenov pointed out that despite the lack of progress in this regard over the past decade, however, members of the Committee have shown "a commitment to this goal and solved .. I have a great respect for the Commission and the families of the missing."

    He suggested a number of ways you can help out (UNAMI) in this matter, including the adoption of "a new local approach in the search for information and keep the spotlight on this important humanitarian issue and sensitive and expand the circle of potential information sources."

    And about lost property Mladenov expressed his delight to find in recent months over a hundred thousand books and monographs and other objects belonging to the Kuwait proposal to bring Iraq back of the property during a meeting of the committees of ownership, "which will be held in the near future."

    He said in this regard, "on behalf of the mission I would like to assure the Council that we will do all our efforts to achieve this and I am convinced more than ever that the issue of missing Kuwaiti and missing Kuwaiti property, including the National Archives must be closed without further delay so that the two countries could overcome the page final ".

    On the situation in Iraq, Mladenov said that with the continuing divisions between the parties of Iraqi politics has added the conflict in Syria, a regional dimension to sectarian tensions and provided an opportunity for terrorist networks to establish links across borders and broaden the base of their supporters.

    He warned that Iraq's security is unstable due to tensions caused by terrorist groups "seeking to establish a foothold lasting beyond the control of the authorities and establishing a base for expansion in their operations They exploit divisions and weaknesses of the Iraqi society and want to make Iraq eventually ungovernable."

    For his part, Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed al-Hakim of the Council that his country was "committed" to the performance of their duties and managed during the past few months to develop "a deeper and stronger relationships with the State of Kuwait and raised to unprecedented levels."

    He added that Iraq is continuing to make every effort to find the remains of missing Kuwaitis and the National Archives and "still determined to reach concrete results" in these files humanity. ARTICLE LINK
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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    Budget Delay Hits KRG Banks




    IBN-ZAWYA / The delay in adopting Iraq’s federal budget, in large part due to the dispute between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government over oil exports and revenues, has reduced banking activity in the KRG by up to 25%, according to Adham Karim Darwesh.

    Darwesh, the manager of the Erbil branch of the Central Bank of Iraq, was speaking to the Zawya news agency and explained the impact of the recent dispute:

    “The delay in adopting the federal budget this year caused a 25% reduction in banking activities, as there was a three-month lag during which the market did not receive large sums of money, including wages of public servants in the governorate, which affected market transactions.”

    Darwesh also pointed out how at least two banks, Rasheed Bank and Rafidain Bank had delayed opening branches in the region because of the recent delay in the $150 billion federal budget.

    Standardization

    Speaking of forthcoming plans for the banking sector, Darwesh said that their was a plan to unify banking standards across the whole of Iraq, to combat money laundering and corruption. 1

    Several banks were not meeting Islamic finance standards and 5 banks have been threatened with closure over failing to build up capital reserves:

    “There are many problems facing the banking sector, including the lack of new technologies in banking transactions and services 2, as well as the lack of qualified personnel who are up-to-date with the changing industry innovations and technologies.” ARTICLE LINK
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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    Iraq’s Oil Income Surges



    Reuters/ Iraq’s oil income is set to jump in April, boosted by the continued discount on Basra Light as of February last year, and increased shipments to Asia.

    February saw a record 3.6 million bpd in exports, setting a 3 decade record for Iraq.

    According to Bloomberg, who interviewed analyst Alexander Poegl of JBC Energy GmbH in Vienna, Iraq’s short term outlook for oil exports is looking positive.

    The report notes how despite Baghdad’s dispute with the KRG and attacks on northern oil infrastructure are hindering exports, the south is increasing export capacity and this is reassuring buyers, as Poegl highlighted:

    “They should be on track for a good April. There’s great export capacity available and that will help boost confidence among customers that they’ll get their crude when they want it.” ARTICLE LINK


    RED LILY ~ Now this kind of news along with some banking reforms and tariffs is going to get us where we want to be IMO...
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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    Turkish Energy Minister: We’re Waiting to Export KRG Oil

    The Peninsula / Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz (pictured) has remarked at a press conference that the country is ready to export oil from storage tanks at Ceyhan, once they have reached their capacity of 2.5 million barrels.



    Baghdad is currently opposed to such a move, and minister Yildiz has expressed a desire for the dispute to be ended, saying that the continuation of the quarrel is hurting the KRG, Turkey and Iraq. He said in a statement for NTV Television,

    ”We would like this to be offered to world markets on behalf of Iraq. Regardless of the volumes, Iraqis will auction and sell this oil at world market prices.This could be done via Tupras or brokers in other countries.”

    Last week KRG prime minister Nechirvan Barzani offered to export 100,000 bpd through the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) as a gesture of goodwill to Baghdad, a move welcomed by Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy Hussein al-Shahristani. Difficult negotiations continue. ARTICLE LINK
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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    Central Bank of Iraq Buys 36 Tonnes of Gold




    Bloomberg / The Central Bank of Iraq has purchased 36 tonnes of gold valued at $1.6bn to help stabilise the Dinar against foreign currencies, Bloomberg reports.

    Iraq is now the 43rd largest holder of gold reserves globally, having already held 29.8 tonnes as of August last year, but the latest purchase is one of the biggest by a central bank in recent years.

    Turning a portion of oil revenues into gold reserves is one strategy recommended by the IMF for developing resource rich countries. ARTICLE LINK

    Last edited by RED LILY; 03-29-2014 at 10:48 AM.

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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    Activists and media figures in Karbala: 69% of Iraqis are reluctant to participate in the elections


    Long-Presse / Detection activists and media figures Krplaúaon, on Friday, for the reluctance of some 69 percent of Iraqis refrain from participating the upcoming parliamentary elections, and with drew to establish programs to change the conviction of a lot of musicians and motivate them to participate, they stressed that the increase in the proportion of abstention from elections serve domestic destinations concerned with staying in power is not want to change.

    The coordinator of the network appointed Iraq to monitor the elections in Karbala, Alaa al-Asadi, said in an interview (range Press), "The network has conducted early in 2014 present a questionnaire in 11 provinces to see the turnout and abstention in the parliamentary elections to be held next April,

    Asadi said that "the questionnaire showed reluctance about 69% of the citizens to participate in the upcoming elections, while 31% of them intend to vote and participate in the elections."


    Asadi explained that "the results of the questionnaire was appointed Iraq pushed the network to develop a program implemented in three stages and fired him Label (voice prestige home), to mobilize and motivate the citizens in all the provinces on the receipt of electronic card and vigorously participate in the elections."

    He said al-Asadi that "the first phase of the program kicked off in early March current in all provinces including Karbala and lasted for ten days and included the establishment of about 60 workshop by 25 people from the abstainers participate in the elections in all regions of the center of the city of Karbala and Aqditha and its environs."

    And between al-Asadi that "the second phase began in the 18th of March, the current was similar to the previous one in terms of the number of workshops and target groups, but concentrated in areas most densely populated center city of Karbala, pointing out that" the program has achieved interaction by groups that targeted and managed to change the conviction of a large number of intent not to participate in the elections. "

    For his part, head of the institution of democracy in Karbala independent, Hammoud leftist, in an interview with the (long-Presse), said that "there are blurry when the citizen is no longer able to distinguish between good and others, and became determined to not participate in the elections because of the frustration that has become."

    The leftist that "performance Parliament Almtlki and disable approving a lot of laws and preoccupation with political Bouklavathm and interests, is a major cause of the decision of the citizen's reluctance to participate in the elections and we as civil society organizations we worked on targeting abstaining from participating in elections and motivate them to receiving their ballots electronic and cast their ballot election."

    In turn, the media Abdul Amir Kanani said in an interview to the (long-Presse), that participate in the elections is the maturity of each Iraqi citizen and must consolidate this concept to all segments of society, "noting that" there is an intention not to participate in the elections by quite a few people still there is a flaw in how to achieve high participation rates in elections and how to choose the right candidates. "

    Kanani said that "the activity of some civic organizations and the mass movement in Karbala hurt in public awareness and incentive to participate in the elections but you must reinforce efforts more broadly among all organizations, institutions and agencies interested in the electoral affairs."

    Kanani explained that "there is a third party in their interest to increase the percentage of abstention from the Iraqi parliamentary elections as well as domestic destinations are working to stay in power and do not want to change the existing presence including their goal of serving the country away from the partisan interests and narrow factional interests."

    The activists and politicians Krplaúaon, revealed in (24 of March 2014 Current), the transformation of "political money" to the phenomenon of "touched everyone" in the province (108 km south of Baghdad), and indicated that some of the candidates for the upcoming elections resort to provide funds and the promotion of appointments in government departments through Charitable, 1 and demanded the concerned regulatory bodies to monitor its negative impact on the democratic process and that it may arrive "nerds" power to the next Parliament.

    Also mentions that the Office of the Electoral Commission in Karbala, announced in (the 17th of March 2014 Current), for the distribution of 72 percent of the electronic cards to voters, and stressed that the controls Commission banned the use of government departments and state resources campaigning propaganda campaign, revealing not to exclude any of the candidates Karbala, the 312 who will compete on the eleven seats.

    The representative of the religious authority, Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalai, has called for the citizens in his Friday sermon (the 21 of March 2014 Current), because they are careful and vigilant in giving their votes to the candidate of the common good and fair, promised that it is not available when these qualities that he does not deserve the sound precious, and criticized the determination citizens' reluctance to participate in the elections, and stressed that one vote added to other voices can move any stone blocking their way.

    The Electoral Commission in Karbala, has revealed in (the fourth of February 2014), 18 for the registration of a list of 312 candidates, including 87 women, to compete for the 11 parliamentary complex dedicated to Karbala in the upcoming legislative elections. ARTICLE LINK

    RED LILY ~ Well the corruption has no bounds in Iraq. State in this article that some candidates is offering "positions in government departments" for their vote. When will it stop? It is going to take the Saddam Hussein generation passing before we will see changes I believe. The hope will be with Iraqi's youth. Hopefully they will have better examples to follow. There are some Iraqi's that actually DO get it. So I am hoping the youth will take notice of those people. No harm in hoping~~

    1some of the candidates for the upcoming elections resort to provide funds and the promotion of appointments in government departments through Charitable
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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 20 March 2013

    Article Review by RED LILY ~

    Budget Delay Hits KRG Banks







    IBN-ZAWYA / The delay in adopting Iraq’s federal budget, in large part due to the dispute between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government over oil exports and revenues, has reduced banking activity in the KRG by up to 25%, according to Adham Karim Darwesh.


    Darwesh, the manager of the Erbil branch of the Central Bank of Iraq, was speaking to the Zawya news agency and explained the impact of the recent dispute:


    “The delay in adopting the federal budget this year caused a 25% reduction in banking activities, as there was a three-month lag during which the market did not receive large sums of money, including wages of public servants in the governorate, which affected market transactions.”


    Darwesh also pointed out how at least two banks, Rasheed Bank and Rafidain Bank had delayed opening branches in the region because of the recent delay in the $150 billion federal budget.


    Standardization

    Speaking of forthcoming plans for the banking sector, Darwesh said that their was a plan to unify banking standards across the whole of Iraq, to combat money laundering and corruption. 1

    Several banks were not meeting Islamic finance standards and 5 banks have been threatened with closure over failing to build up capital reserves:


    “There are many problems facing the banking sector, including the lack of new technologies in banking transactions and services 2, as well as the lack of qualified personnel who are up-to-date with the changing industry innovations and technologies.” ARTICLE LINK



    RED LILY ~ This is part of the Banking Reforms chattels and I have been trying to drive home to everyone. The reforms will include "banking laws" that will protect the citizens money as well as the investors money. It also includes the application of international banking regulations and monetary policies.

    1 a plan to unify banking standards across the whole of Iraq, to combat money laundering and corruption.

    RED LILY ~ Although the CBI may be trying to implement these laws, there are still some private banks that need to be up to speed with not only proper procedure, but technology as well. THEN they have to get some "Tech-savvy", "educated" people in there to train on how to use the new equipment/technology/procedure/policy. The World Bank has pretty much had a constant presence in Iraq doing just this but their job is far from finished IMO as it implies in this article.

    ALL the banks in Iraq need to be able to communicate with the CBI as well as with each other.. The DFI funds are there to help Iraq with this as well and to get Iraq's banks up to speed with 21st century technology and out of the dark ages.


    2 lack of new technologies in banking transactions and services


    RED LILY ~ I may not gain any brownie points with what I am about to say, but having studied this for years and hearing so many times this is fixing to happen I have resolved myself to think outside the box and take off my rose-colored-glasses. IF this does not RV in the window that some are saying looks good, then we have stop and ask ourselves WHY. Well waht I have pointed out above may or may not be one of the reasons IMHO. People ask my opinion daily but do they really want me to be honest with them? Usually they are sorry they asked ...hahaha!! Do not misinterpret me as I am not a negative Nellie Nerd. I KNOW this will happen when everything has reached a certain tipping point. You will see me turning cartwheels when I see the banking, investment, and tariff laws passed and "implemented".

    IMO, it is all about the money. At some point I believe the PTBs will say forget the politics they will always be fighting with each other over power and as long as the GDP to debt ratio is in order and has a great forecast, i believe they will say "GO AHEAD IRAQ!!"

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