Iraqi parliament fails to give confidence to the interior and defense ministers
Erbil, September 16 / September (PNA) - Iraqi Council of Representatives for Tuesday, September 16th / September vote on the candidates and the interior and defense ministries to next Thursday, after the failure of Riad Ghraib, Jaber al-Jabri to get the confidence of the board.
According to media reports that House Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, in order to vote on the candidates for the security ministries to session next Thursday, after he failed to Riad Ghraib, Jaber al-Jabri obtain the confidence of Parliament.
She reports that the candidate Federation of Iraqi forces Jaber al-Jabri got 118 votes out of 251 fails to take over the Ministry of Defense, after being nominated by the bloc to take on this position, pointing out that the National Alliance candidate Riad Ghraib got 117 votes out of 251, to fail is the other in The Ministry of the Interior.
UNP MP: Jabiri to be re-nominated for defense minister post
September 17, 2014
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP Sajida Mohammed of the Union of National Powers assured that “The Union nominated Badr al-Fahal to assume the defense minister post.”
MP Mohammed stated to IraqiNews.com “Al-Fahal is among the candidates for the post after the rejection of the parliament to the nomination of the candidate Jabir al-Jabiri,” noting that “Jabiri will be re-nominated for the same post.”
“We were surprised by the rejection of the parliament for Jabiri since he was our only candidate for this post.”
MP confirms the lack of agreement between the political blocs to nominate candidates for the two Security Ministries
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the State of Law Coalition, Haider Mutlaq al-Kaabi said the political blocs have not agreed to nominate candidates for the two ministries / interior and defense /.
Kaabi said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The National Alliance and the Iraqi forces coalition failed to reach an agreement for naming their candidates for the ministries of interior and defense, indicating that it is likely to postpone naming the two ministers (defense, interior) and vote on them after the Eid al-Adha."
On the meeting of the Council of Representatives today, Kaabi said: "The Council will discuss the work of the council during the past 8 years, in addition to swear oath to a number of MPs who did not perform the constitutional oath."
The House of Representatives has failed to vote on the candidates for the ministries of interior and defense, Riad Ghraib and Jaber al-Jabri in the meeting, which was held on last Monday under the chairmanship of Salim al-Jubouri, head of the Council and attended by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi .
Alliance forces are likely to vote on the ministries of interior and defense after the Eid al-Adha
Alsumaria News / Baghdad - Suggested Bloc parliamentary alliance of Iraqi forces, Saturday, and vote on the Interior and Defense ministries directly after Eid al-Adha, revealing submit new names to the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The head of the bloc Ahmed electrodes in an interview for the program "Khvaya declared," which aired "Alsumaria", that "All agreed on the importance of these two bags and two interior and defense," he said, adding that he "got several meetings with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to resolve this matter."
The electrodes that "coalition forces Iraqi nominated new names, one of them from Mosul, Khalid al-Obeidi and another from a military professionals Nuri forgiving," likely "to vote on the security ministries directly after the feast."
It is noteworthy that each of the candidate Iraqi forces to the Ministry of Defense Jaber al-Jabri, and the National Alliance candidate Riad Ghraib failure in a session last Tuesday (September 16, 2014) to get the confidence of Parliament.
To postpone the vote on the security ministers of the post-holiday
(Voice of Iraq) - Add Comment - revealed Deputy for green mass in the House of Representatives, about to go to postpone the vote on the defense and interior ministers of the post-holiday Eid al-Adha.
The MP explained Leila disappeared, in an interview with the site of the Central Council of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUKcc.net), today Sunday, 21/09/2014, that there are differences between the components of the National Alliance, to nominate a candidate as interior minister, referring to the limbs you want to nominate a prime Badr Organization, Hadi Ameri, while the other parties oppose the nomination of Ameri.
She noted that the MP Alborznge to vote on the two posts delayed until after the holiday, pointing out that the Council will hold a regular session tomorrow, will meet with the committees on Tuesday, that the Council will hold next Thursday, his last session before the holiday.
The candidate of the Iraqi forces to the Ministry of Defense Jaber Al Jabri and the National Alliance candidate for the Ministry of Interior Riad Ghraib failed to gain the confidence of the House of Representatives during the session last Tuesday (September 16, 2014).
MP: most of the parties of the National Alliance support Ameri to assume the Interior Ministry and parliament will vote on Jabri for the defense
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Ahrar bloc, Jumaa Diwan al-Bahadeli said there are no differences within the National Alliance on the nomination of the Minister of Interior, noting that most of the forces of the Alliance support the Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, Hadi al-Ameri to take this post.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The talk about the existence of differences among forces of the National Alliance is untrue, because most of the forces of the National Alliance agreed on granting the Minister of the Interior to Badr bloc, noting that the issue of naming the ministers of interior and defense on its way to be resolved a smooth and easy and it is possible, during the next sessions of the House of Representatives to give Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi names to vote on them. "
He explained that "a number of members of the House of Representatives presented a memorandum to the presidency of the parliament signed by / 50 / MPs or more to re-vote on the candidate of the Iraqi forces coalition, Jaber al-Jabri to the Ministry of Defense, adding that the Presidency of the Parliament approved to re-vote in order to give confidence to Jaber al-Jabri as defense minister ".
The MP, of the State of Law, Haider Mutlaq al-Kaabi expected naming the ministers of defense and interior and vote on them after Eid al-Adha. "
MP: it is difficult to resolve naming defense and interior ministers before Eid al-Adha
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Iraqi forces coalition, Salah al-Jubouri confirmed the difficulty of resolving the candidates for the defense and interior ministries before Eid al-Adha.
Al-Jubouri said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "There is a need to name the ministers of defense and interior, because of the security problems in the country, which makes it imperative for the Prime Minister to resolve this file in nearest opportunity."
He added: "At the time we request to speed up the nomination of the ministers, we ask for a national consensus on the candidates offered by the prime minister to fill the two ministries."
Jubouri pointed out that "the lack of time will be main reason in the postponement of the subject after the holiday of Eid al-Adha, on the grounds that" the House of Representatives will enjoy a vacation in 26, Sep, for two weeks. "
He said: "The Iraqi forces coalition resented a group of names to the prime minister to choose one of them for the post of Minister of Defense, including Khalid al-Obeidi, Jaber al-Jabri, Nuri Gafil al-Dulaimi and Hajim al-Hassani, and others," pointing out that "some of these figures are backed by political parties, and the other are not. "
Jubouri concluded, "Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi needs professional and accepted personalities to the assumption of the security ministries, and it is difficult for Abadi to come with names to parliament do not get a consensus on them, and we get a new setback.
Alliance Iraqi forces: the re-nomination of Jaber al-Jabri to the Ministry of Defense
Baghdad / Iraq News Network, a parliamentary source said coalition forces in Iraq, said the alliance will bring the nomination to the Ministry of Jaber al-Jabri Aldvaa.oukal source: Iraqi forces that the alliance made a formal request be re-elected Jaber al-Jabri to the Ministry of Defense, and we are waiting for the political blocs agree on it, pointing out that The problem is not in the Union of Iraqi forces, but are in the National Alliance, which did not correspond to mass so far on the candidate and the Ministry of the Interior. "The House of Representatives declined to give confidence to the candidates of the Ministries of Interior Riad Ghraib and Defense Jaber al-Jabri in the meeting, which was held last week under the chairmanship of Salim al-Jubouri, head of Council and attended by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Deputy for mass Badr: Ameri-Jubouri was supported by the Kurds and the electrodes and to take internal
Alsumaria News / Baghdad - MP for the Bloc Badr Razak al-Haidari, Wednesday, that the candidate to take over the Interior Ministry Hadi al-Amiri was supported by Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, the head of the Union of Forces Iraqi Ahmed electrodes, while noting that the Kurds do not object to that.
Haidari said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "Badr bloc discussed with Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, the candidate of the Multi-Hadi al-Ameri to take over the Ministry of the Interior," noting that "al-Jubouri confirmed his support for the Ameri."
Haidari said that "the head of the Union of Forces Ahmed electrodes also confirmed no objection to assume Hadi al-Amiri of the Ministry of Interior and its support for him," pointing out that "the rule of law and national components all with this trend."
He continued that "the Kurdistan Alliance, in turn, emphasized his support for the Ameri as a candidate to take over the Ministry of the Interior."
The Minister of Human Rights and a prominent leader in the Badr Organisation, Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati has revealed, the first on Monday (22 September 2014), for a final agreement between the members of a coalition of state law during a meeting held yesterday in the presence of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the nomination of former Transport Minister and head of the Badr Organization, the take the bag and the Ministry of Interior officially.
The Kurdistan Alliance MP Sarhan Ahmed said, in (13 September 2014), that the Kurds have no objection to the Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amiri to the Interior Ministry, while pointing out that they want the interior minister of an efficient and fair and does not differentiate between the components and sections of the people.
MP from Badr: Al-Abadi told the National Alliance, he needs to take time to take some critical security decisions
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the Badr Bloc, Razak al-Haidari said the prime minister Haider al-Abadi told the components of the National Alliance his need to take the time to make some decisions and decisive actions in the security file.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The restructuring of the armed forces and the security services are within the government program presented by the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and voted on by the House of Representatives."
Haidari added that "there is a political and parliamentary consensus within the National Alliance and other blocs on the need to reconsider the structure of the armed forces and built them on the basis of professionalism in the light of the challenges of the current and future phases."
He said "Abadi, during a meeting of the National Alliance recently, said that there are battles and confrontations on the ground, preventing him from making some adjustments , and he needs to take the time to make critical decisions regarding the security file."
He noted that "the National Alliance expressed its understanding to the vision of Abadi and give him full support to the steps of restructuring the security services and armed forces."
Badr MP: Hakim, al-Abadi agreed to nominate Hadi al-Amiri for the Ministry of the Interior
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the Badr Bloc, Razak al-Haidari declared an agreement between the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim and the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to appoint the head of the Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amiri a candidate for the National Alliance for the Interior Ministry.
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "an agreement was made after the meeting between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim recently, to nominate Hadi al-Amiri a candidate for the National Alliance for the Ministry of the Interior."
Haidari said that "the components of the National Alliance / citizen, Ahrar and the state of law coalition / unanimously agreed on the nomination of Hadi al-Ameri to the Ministry of the Interior."
He pointed out that "the possibility of re-nominate Riad Ghraib is outside the legal context, as he should get two-thirds of the votes of the House of Representatives."
He stressed that "the agreement on the candidate of the interior minister will lead automatically to pass the candidate of the Iraqi forces coalition to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense," calling the Iraqi forces coalition to "nominate a candidate for the Ministry of Defense, so as to vote on him in the parliament and not to risk by providing a candidate did not get consensus."
The House of Representatives postponed naming security ministers until the agreement of the political blocs after objecting to granting confidence to the nomination of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, both of Riad Ghraib to the Ministry of the Interior and Jaber al-Jabri for Defense.
[S]ecurity ministers file will be resolved soon and their selection will be exclusively by Abadi BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the state of law coalition, Hisham al-Suhail said that "the issue of the security ministers will be resolved soon through the agreement of the concerned political blocs on the candidates."
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The situation experienced by the country and the region urgently needs an end to this file and no to delay it too much, because it does not benefit the political process in the country."
Suhail added that "the Prime Minister is determined to end this file and he has the final word because he has an obvious desire that these two offices should be run by professionals."
The House of Representatives failed to vote on the candidates submitted by Abadi to the ministries of interior and defense Riad Ghraib, Jaber al-Jabri, respectively, and decided to postpone the vote on the positions until reaching national consensus.
Iraqi political forces, correspond almost final, the names Marchihaa to take over the defense and interior portfolios in the government-Abadi.
Parliamentary source said, that the Iraqi prime minister, Haydar al-Abadi, will present the names of candidates for the defense and interior ministries in his cabinet to parliament, next Tuesday.
The source added, in an exclusive interview to toss the network news, the political forces that coincided almost to the final names Marchihaa to take over the defense and interior portfolios in the government of al-Abadi.
The MP said the bloc citizen representative, Salim Shawki, The National Alliance (Shiite) in favor of the nomination of the head of the Badr, Hadi al-Amiri, for the post of interior minister, but the political parties and their external, if it continues refusing to Ameri, has entrusted the inner bag to the other candidates from Ameri same block, including Major General Hamid al-Moussawi Oalnaúb Qasim al-Araji.
She Iraqi parliamentary sources, the inner bag and the agreement of all the blocks, to be assigned to a block of Badr, which is led by Hadi al-Ameri, or close to the figure of the mass, according to what was agreed upon between the various political forces.
And learned "toss" from sources close to the atmosphere of the meetings of the leaders of the political blocs, the Iraqi politicians believe that the administration does not have a veto on someone Ameri, a stickler portfolio of the Interior, and the nomination of Ameri if obligatory to reject the new political blocs, because of his leadership of the militias, there are replacements ready , close to the Ameri.
With regard to the defense portfolio, which will be awarded for the component of the Sunni, the new names have jumped into the circle of nominations for the taking.
The MP for the "national list" Hassan Chuird, that the names submitted, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, to assume the post of Defense Minister, are MP Hamid al-Mutlaq and Qais Cdhir and Khalid al-Obeidi, a deli and Salem Abdullah al-Jubouri, and Abdul Karim al-Samarrai.
Insiders say the atmosphere of the negotiations between the leaders of the blocs prosecutor, said that the exclusion of the name of former Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi nominations to take over the defense portfolio, came in a deal requires a waiver of Hadi al-Ameri from the inner bag, and awarded for personal close of the mass of Badr.
MP: National Alliance will vote for the nomination of al-Obeidi or al-Jabri, for the Defense after the agreement on naming the Minister of Interior
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, for the Badr Bloc, Razak al-Haidari said the candidates of the Iraqi forces coalition / Jaber al-Jabri and Khalid al-Obeidi / are the most acceptable to the components of the National Alliance and the closest to take over the defense ministry in the ministerial cab.
He stressed that the agreement within the National Alliance on the nominate of the Interior Minister will lead automatically to pass the Iraqi forces coalition's candidate for the Ministry of Defense.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / The National Alliance will vote for any of the candidates of the Iraqi forces coalition for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, whether Jaber al-Jabri, or Khalid al-Obeidi, without obstacles as being acceptable and there is no reservations impede the agreement to pass any of them.
Haidari said there is legal obstacles to re-nominate Jaber al-Jabri, therefore the matter has been referred to the legal advisers in the House of Representatives, stressing that the National Alliance will vote to pass the nomination of Jabri if the dilemma, concerning his re-nomination resolved as well as with Khalid al-Obeidi, if he is nominated by the Iraqi forces coalition officially.
About nominating the resigned Finance Minister in the previous government, Rafie al-Issawi MP, of Badr said al-Issawi is wanted and if his innocence proven, there is nothing to prevent his candidacy, calling the components of the Alliance of Iraqi forces to nominate a candidate for the Defense Ministry has admissibility to be passed in the parliament.
A Mysterious Oil Tanker Might Hold the Key to Kurdish Independence
A Mysterious Oil Tanker Might Hold the Key to Kurdish Independence
By Matthew Philips October 23, 2014
At any given time, the Gulf of Mexico is crawling with oil tankers, many of them delivering some of the 7.5 million barrels of foreign crude the U.S. imports each day. On July 23 a Greek-owned oil tanker named the United Kalavryta came around the tip of Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. For the previous month, as it crossed the Atlantic, its destination had been Brazil. Now it was headed for Galveston, Texas, a gateway to some of the biggest refineries in the U.S. What made the Kalavryta special was that its cargo was from Kurdistan, the semiautonomous region in northern Iraq that boasts an estimated 45 billion barrels of oil reserves. The Kurds contend it’s theirs to produce and sell as they choose. The government in Baghdad disagrees.
By the time the Kalavryta reached the edge of U.S. waters, the Iraqi government had filed a lawsuit in Houston federal court to block the tanker from unloading any oil. Iraq asked the U.S. to seize the ship’s cargo and put out the word that anyone who buys or offloads oil from the Kalavryta would be charged with possession of stolen goods. A magistrate judge in Houston issued an arrest warrant and ordered U.S. marshals to seize the oil if the Kalavryta came into U.S. waters. Then, after the Kurds appealed the decision, a district judge named Gray Miller complicated matters. On Aug. 25 he ruled in favor of the Kurds, claiming he lacked authority to stop them from bringing their crude ashore. With the tanker’s legal status still unresolved, and the Iraqis quickly contesting Miller’s ruling, just before 5 a.m. on Aug. 26, the Kalavryta disappeared.
Landlocked Kurdistan is home to 5.2 million people, roughly 15 percent of Iraq’s population. Since the U.S. invasion in 2003, Kurdish leaders have played a double game, holding high-ranking positions in Iraq’s national government while also laying the foundation for an independent state. Kurdistan has its own parliament, president, and civil institutions. What it doesn’t yet have is the right to sell on the open market the oil that lies beneath its soil. Under Iraqi law, Kurdistan is supposed to sell all of what it has through the national oil ministry. In return, Baghdad is obligated to give the Kurds 17 percent of Iraq’s total oil revenue—about $1 billion a month. Some 95 percent of the Kurds’ budget comes from Baghdad, which in turn gets 95 percent of its budget from oil sales.
With Iraq teetering toward anarchy in recent months, this arrangement collapsed. In February, after the Kurds started sending test batches of oil through a pipeline they built into Turkey, Iraq’s then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cut off their funding, accusing the Kurds of violating the Iraqi constitution. Kurdish public employees went unpaid for months. Credit froze. Businesses went bankrupt. Kurdistan’s thriving economy, ripe with foreign investment, ground to a halt; in addition, the Kurdish militia, known as the Peshmerga, is trying to prevent Islamic State fighters from overrunning Kurdish cities in northern Iraq. Only if they’re allowed to export more of their crude, the Kurds contend, can they pay for the weapons and supplies the Peshmerga needs. Oil sales aren’t just about financing Kurdistan’s future independence; they’re critical to the Kurds’ survival.
In defiance of Baghdad, the Kurds have loaded more than 18 million barrels of oil out of the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, according to data collected by Bloomberg. More than 13 million of those barrels are known to have been unloaded, either at a port or onto another ship. Although it’s unclear what sort of prices they’re fetching, the Kurds say that through September they made $1.3 billion from selling oil. And they appear to be getting better at it. Through the third week of October, the Kurds were loading an average of 200,000 barrels a day out of Ceyhan, three times their pace in July.
This poses a dilemma for the Obama administration, which is deeply invested in preserving Iraq’s unity. Every drop of oil the Kurds sell undermines U.S. efforts to persuade Iraq’s Shiite-led government to reconcile with the country’s minorities. At the same time, the U.S. is relying heavily on the Peshmerga to halt Islamic State’s advances on the ground. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) has sponsored a bill that seeks to endorse the Kurds’ right to sell oil, including inside the U.S. “We need to ensure the Kurds are a force substantial enough to counter [Islamic State], but right now we’re trying to make them subservient to Baghdad,” says Rohrabacher, who in 2009 sponsored legislation to establish a U.S. consulate in the Kurdish capital of Erbil, which opened in 2011. “Those are two contrary positions, and I don’t think it strengthens America in that part of the world to be a juggler.”
“It’s like it’s been cursed. It’s like some creepy ghost ship. No one wants to touch it.”
That’s what makes the 900-foot Kalavryta the most important chess piece the Kurds possess: 1 million barrels of oil parked in the backyard of the world’s biggest market. If they can establish the legal right to sell oil in the U.S., the Kurds will have gone a long way toward doing so everywhere else. That said, the Kurds don’t appear to be waiting for the courts’ permission. The example of the Kalavryta suggests they’ve already found a way to sell their oil: make it vanish.
Of the 25 tankers that have left Turkey loaded with Kurdish oil since May, 13 have gone dark—just as the Kalavryta did on Aug. 26. Most of the time this happens somewhere in the Mediterranean, either off the coast of Malta or Cypress or Israel, or sometimes only a few miles away from Ceyhan. Although it’s not quite smuggling, “it’s about as dicey as it gets on the open seas,” says Charlie Papavizas, a maritime lawyer at Winston & Strawn, a law firm in Washington. “What the Kurds are doing is at the margins of the business, no doubt about that.”
Rather than delivering oil directly from port to port and creating a public record of the shipment, the Kurds are instead transferring oil from tanker to tanker at sea, often at night and often after switching off the ship’s electronic transponder that reports its position to satellites. When the transponder comes back on, the ship is usually miles away from its last known position and sitting higher in the water, which means its cargo is lighter. Shuffling the oil from ship to ship masks the ultimate buyer and makes it almost impossible to track. ClipperData, a New York-based company founded in 2012, uses customs data and ship-tracking information to follow the movements of tankers and estimate import volumes. Every time a ship docks in the U.S., Customs and Border Protection releases data on what it’s carrying. “It’s a real dog’s breakfast,” says Abudi Zein, ClipperData’s co-founder and chief operating officer. “You have to separate the olive oil from the crude oil.” ClipperData sells its information to about 50 clients, mostly oil traders and financial firms. The Kurdish ghost tankers have provided a particular challenge. “This is among the weirdest things we’ve ever seen,” Zein says. “You feel like a submarine chaser.”
Once a ship’s transponder goes off, detecting whether it’s unloaded its cargo to another ship is a matter of being able to narrow down the handful of vessels that are in its vicinity. ClipperData has built algorithms that can tell when two ships get within a tenth of a mile, or about 500 feet. “When they’re that close, they’re either transferring the oil or they’re crashing into each other,” Zein says. ClipperData has tracked one shipment of Kurdish oil going to Croatia, where it was bought by MOL (MOLD:LN), a Hungarian company, to run its refinery there. Three shipments have been delivered to Israel, each containing roughly 200,000 barrels, Zein says. Because neither of Israel’s two refineries is well-suited to process Kurdistan’s heavy crude, “what we’re now convinced of is that Kurdish crude is being stored in Israel,” he says.
One ship in particular caught Zein’s attention. On Aug. 2, about 15 miles off the coast of Malta, a tanker called the Genmar Strength suddenly got heavier, indicating some 200,000 barrels had been loaded onto it. At the same time, in almost exactly the same location, a ship called the Agisilaos unloaded the same amount of oil. The cargo was listed as a heavy crude consistent with Kurdish oil; it had been loaded onto the Agisilaos 10 days earlier at Ashkelon, Israel, while the ship’s transponder was off, Zein says. The Genmar Strength immediately headed west across the Atlantic. On Aug. 19 it delivered about 200,000 barrels of cargo to an asphalt plant outside Philadelphia. The plant is operated by Axeon Specialty Products, a chemical and asphalt company owned by private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg. A shipment of similar heavy oil arrived at the same plant in June. Axeon has said it is not buying Kurdish oil until the dispute over the Kalavryta is settled. Lindsay Goldberg did not reply to requests for comment.
The Obama administration hasn’t pressured other countries or refiners to avoid buying oil directly from Kurdistan, though diplomats have warned of the “legal jeopardy” involved in such purchases, according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The best solution would be for buyers to wait while Iraq’s central government and the Kurds come to an agreement over selling the oil, but it’s not against U.S. law to buy it, the official said. For their part, the Kurds are determined to prove that there’s at least illicit demand for their oil and that legitimate buyers do exist in the U.S.—which helps explain why the Kalavryta and its 1 million barrels ended up in the Gulf of Mexico, a few minutes from American shores.
Three days after it vanished, the Kalavryta reappeared, reporting the same cargo weight as before and sitting in roughly the same location in the Gulf. Zein and most other oil watchers are doubtful the Kalavryta unloaded anything. “It’s way too risky,” Zein says. “It’s one thing to play games off the coast of Malta; it’s another when you’re off the coast of the U.S.” Genscape, another energy intelligence firm that tracks oil flows, says a number of ships were in the vicinity of the Kalavryta while it was dark. At least one is a type used to transfer oil in the Gulf Coast. “It was a great opportunity [to transfer oil], but we can’t prove it,” says Molly Hislop, Genscape’s communications director.
Photograph by Craig Washburn for Bloomberg Businessweek
Iraq’s original lawsuit in Houston district court lists two co-defendants: the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and “1,032,212 barrels of crude oil.” On Sept. 16, Iraq amended its complaint to add a third defendant, John Doe Buyer. Both sides have assembled high-priced legal teams, with lawyers in Houston, Washington, New York, and Paris all working on the Kalavryta case. The Kurds have hired Chaffe McCall, the oldest law firm in New Orleans, and also Boies Schiller & Flexner, in D.C. and New York. One of the Kurds’ top lawyers is Michael Gottlieb, who worked as President Obama’s special assistant in 2009 and as associate White House counsel from 2011 to 2013. Gottlieb didn’t respond to requests for comment.
The Kurds have plenty of friends in Washington. Less than a mile north of the White House, there’s a skinny, three-story town house with two flags hanging outside: the red, white, and green of Kurdistan, and the red, white, and black of Iraq. This is the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation to the U.S. The office, adorned with marble floors, thick purple drapes, and a crystal chandelier over a plush gold couch, functions as Kurdistan’s de facto embassy in the U.S. On the walls and on tables are pictures of Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani, one of them with President Obama. Upon introducing himself, Karwan Zebari, the office’s director of congressional affairs, offers refreshments: “Coffee, tea, water?” He laughs and jokes, “Would you like to buy some oil?”
Sitting in an office on the second floor, Zebari says potential buyers call regularly to ask about purchasing Kurdish crude. “There is interest out there,” he says. “Believe it or not, the phone calls increased as the Kalavryta issues came up. Just yesterday I had a call from buyers in the U.S. Some of our biggest supporters both in the private sector and the U.S. government come from Texas.”
Zebari acknowledges that the Kurds are essentially treating the Kalavryta as an investment, one they’re willing to sacrifice in an effort to gain access to the U.S. Zebari then says the ship might have unloaded some of its oil after all: “It’s my understanding that some of the oil has been delivered. Maybe 100,000 barrels or so.”
Even if that’s true, analysts suggest that most of the tanker’s oil remains onboard. Oil prices have fallen 25 percent since it loaded in Turkey, meaning its cargo has lost $25 million in value. Basil Karatzas, a ship broker in New York, speculates the Kurds are paying as much as twice the $15,000 daily rate to lease the tanker from its owner, Marine Management Services. Tack on fuel costs of about $2,800 a day to burn through as many as 4 tons of diesel, and the Kurds have easily invested almost $3 million on the Kalavryta. “This does not appear to be the smartest move,” Karatzas says. Some experts on the Kurds say they’ve taken far too big a gamble in trying to sell oil in this way. “It’s put them in a huge bind, because they have proven that they can’t sell their oil in a legitimate way,” says Denise Natali, a senior research fellow at the National Defense University in Washington. “I think this whole operation has undermined their credibility.”
The Kalavryta has cast a pall over the Gulf Coast. Oil traders don’t like to talk about it and say that anyone would be crazy to buy its oil. “It’s like it’s been cursed,” says Carl Larry, a former oil trader who runs Oil Outlooks & Opinions, a research firm in Houston. “It’s like some creepy ghost ship. No one wants to touch it.”
And so there it floats. In late September, from a small helicopter, the Kalavryta appears at first as a small speck amid a turquoise sea. Closer up, the tanker sits low and heavy in the water. Workers in orange and black jumpsuits walk the gray deck, checking on equipment along a series of pipelines and valves stretching down the middle of the vessel. The words “Safety Comes First” are emblazoned in large letters below the ship’s white bridge. The only other ships in view are a small shrimp boat a few miles off the port side and another oil tanker transferring crude several miles in the opposite direction.
As the helicopter makes its first pass, a man on the bridge can be seen watching with binoculars. It’s been two months since the ship’s been to port. The helicopter makes contact by radio. “Of course, landing is not allowed, sir,” the reply comes over a muffled transmission. It’s the captain of the Kalavryta. Informed that a group of journalists has come to take photos and ask questions, he refers them to a representative onshore. Asked about the crew, the captain says nervously, “The crew is in excellent condition. No problem. We have everything here. Thank you very much.”
Parliament is expected the arrival of the general budget of the beginning of next wee
Parliament is expected the arrival of the general budget of the beginning of next week
Tomorrow Press / Baghdad: the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives predicted on Saturday, sending the federal budget for 2014, the beginning of next week after the ministerial committee made some adjustments to their doors.
Said committee member Rep Ibtisam al-Hilali for "tomorrow's Press," "The doors in the budget has been spent in the last period and dragged me checking out now in the hope that the Council of Ministers of which ends up in the coming period."
She added that "among the things that are processed is a large proportion of the budget deficit by reducing investment and operating expenses to less than what is proposed in the general budget."
It is noteworthy that the state budget for the current year did not recognize until now since I sent the government for nearly eight months to former House were not included on the agenda, while procrastinated the Presidency the previous inclusion due to the lack of agreement of the political blocs on them, and still those harassment continuing While people are waiting for things to material related thereto as well as projects stalled.
Parliamentary approval of the financial outweigh the cash balance in the coming days
Parliamentary approval of the financial outweigh the cash balance in the coming days
Parliamentary approval of the financial outweigh the cash balance in the coming days
BAGHDAD / JD / .. the parliamentary finance committee suggested the failure to approve the federal budget for 2014, but will be used to approve a cash budget for two months, as pointed out that the investment projects will be carried over to 2015.
A member of the committee MP Masood Haider told / JD /: "The budget is a financial plan presented by the government to determine the revenues and expenses of the state and determine the timeframe for this revenue in order to abide by state institutions in this roof," pointing out that "the 2014 budget passed by more than 10 months and did not be approved. "
He added: "The remaining period of the current year to Atstojb approve the full budget, but will approve the cash balance as much as two months, are prepared by agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank through knowledge of revenue and expenses that have been made during the last period in order to determine the fiscal deficit."
He said: "The government will send a cash budget to the House of Representatives during the last few years for the purpose of discussing and voting on them," pointing out that "the projects that were planned in the 2014 budget will be carried over to the next year's budget" ./ ended / 8 /
BAGHDAD / JD / .. squandered the parliamentary finance committee dangerous drop in oil prices and the global economic crisis on the impact of the Iraqi economy, as has cash reserves of more than $ 74 billion.
Said committee member Rep Wafa Ahmed Kadhim told / JD /: "The bank's currency reserves of nearly 74 billion dollars, which is twice the mass of cash in circulation in the country, and this does not exist in the best countries in the world which is a good indicator to reassure the Iraqi people."
She added: "The Iraqi economy is immune from the global economic crisis and low oil prices," likely advancement of the Iraqi economy in the coming period, especially after the implementation of the government program to support the private sector, "./ ended / 8 /
For the first time .. the introduction of steam generating unit card (610) MW
For the first time .. the introduction of steam generating unit card (610) MW
BAGHDAD / JD / .. announced the Ministry of Electricity for the operation of the fifth generating unit in Wasit thermal power plant in hand Zubaydiah card 610 MW, while the chart that this unit will enter service in the next few days.
The official spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity Musab teacher in a written statement received / JD / copy of it: I started experimental operation of the unit generating station in the fifth 610 MW card process, which it is hoped to enter service in the next few days.
He said the teacher: the fifth unit of the project card (610) Mikaot, being prepared and ready to be connected to the National System of witnessing Iraq for the first time entering a steam generating unit in this capacity in order to end the suffering of the Iraqi citizen.
It is noteworthy that the project consists of two phases the first phase has been fully opened, one of the four units of energy per unit where the (330) MW, and card Faculty of 1320 MW, while the second phase consists of two units per unit where the (610) MW and card Faculty of (1220 ) MW, to be the sum of the total energy of the station (2540) and MW plant built on a land area of 830 acres. / Finished / 22 /
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Trade proceed with the distribution of compensatory amounts for the ration card in Dhi Qar
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 Time: 14:00
Nasiriyah News Network / Alaa al-Tai:
Embarked on the Ministry of Commerce to distribute the amounts of compensatory for the ration card in Dhi Qar province, vocabulary and by 17 000 Iraqi dinars per capita.
The deputy governor of Dhi Qar Administrative Affairs Ali Fahad Alhurcab network news Nasiriyah, the share of the province of the amounts of compensatory reached 34 billion Iraqi dinars, that distributed by 17 000 dinars per capita registered in the ration card records.
He explained that the money for the citizens of delivery will be by agents of food, and under the supervision of the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Commerce in conservative circles relevant.
It should be noted that the federal government had previously approved the distribution of cash to citizens Instead of food that can not be distributed to them within the ration card items during the last period.
Restore the power supply to a number of districts in Nineveh and Anbar
Restore the power supply to a number of districts in Nineveh and Anbar
Saturday, 25 October 1 / Okrudolf 2014
[Baghdad - where]
The Ministry of Electricity restore the power supply to a number of districts and areas in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar.
The ministry said in a statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it on Saturday, "it was re-electric current to the districts and the areas of Hit and leap and Maadid and existing him and Rawah, at the request of the people of these areas after it has been cut power to them during the past few days at the request of the mayor of hand because of the dominance of modern Daash Cement Plant-based and invested in his favor. "
"The processing will be spotty electricity by three hours of processing versus-hour cut, so you do not have to run a cement plant feasibility of the fact that the lab ovens not be productive, but the processing of continuous electrical power."
The statement continued, "has also been feeding Nineveh province after the re-powered electric power transmission line high pressure [conductor Nineveh gas], in order to provide service to citizens in the province mentioned."
On the other hand Ministry announced the introduction of electricity generating unit card  MW plant in Wasit thermal Zubaydiah in hand, Which hopefully entry into service during the next few days was attended by angel Advanced Shanghai Company is executing the project, and is to address all the obstacles facing the work for the completion of all units of the station as soon as possible, stressing the need to take engineering staffs younger role in the management and operation of the station in the future.
It is said that the project consists of two phases, the first was opened fully, one of the four units of energy per unit where the  MW, and the card Faculty of  MW, while the second phase consists of two units per unit where the  MW card Faculty of [ 1220] MW, to be the sum of the total energy of the plant  and MW plant built on a land area
Minister of Electricity and discuss with South Korean Ambassador ways to support his country's companies of the energy sector in Iraq
Saturday, 25 October 1 / Okrudolf 2014
[Baghdad - where]
Search and Electricity Minister Mohammad Fahdawi with South Korean Ambassador Joe Jung Won ways to support South Korean companies in the energy sector in Iraq and scalability.
The ministry said in a statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it today that "the minister revealed his program for the development of the electric power sector, and the maintenance and rehabilitation of transmission lines across the country."
As a student ambassador to Korea, according to the statement, "urged Korean companies in the country and the private sector working in Iraq to work at a pace mounting in order to raise the production ceiling and the transfer of expertise to the Angels Iraq to contribute to the development of the production sector and transport, as well as to inform the government to accelerate the implementation of applications for Korean companies operating in Iraq to get the job done in the allotted time. "
He also stressed "the need to re-Korean companies for the implementation of power projects in Iraq."
The Ministry of Electricity announced today the re-voltage to a number of districts and areas in the provinces of Anbar and Ninoy.anthy.
Conscious / electricity searching with Korean Ambassador to support Korean companies in the energy sector in Iraq
Conscious / Baghdad / m E.
Met with the Minister of Electricity Engineer Mohammad Qasim Fahdawi, South Korean Ambassador Joe Jung Won, private office at the headquarters of the ministry, and the two sides discussed about ways to support South Korean companies in the energy sector in Iraq.
This was announced by Musab teacher spokesman of the Ministry of Electricity and the Director of the Office of Information and Communication government where in a statement received (news agency, media / INA), a copy of which, he said, from his part, congratulated the Ambassador of Korea Mr. Minister of Electricity on his accession to office and wished him success and Muwafaqiya for the development of the energy sector and access to self-sufficiency.
The minister said that we have a program busy working plans for the development of the reality of the system of the national electricity includes the construction of power plants to produce energy, maintenance and rehabilitation of transmission lines, calling the Korean ambassador to urge his country's companies governmental organizations and the private sector working in Iraq for work increased frequency in order to raise the ceiling on production and transfer of expertise to the Angels Iraq to contribute to the development of production and transport sector, as well as to inform the government to accelerate the implementation of applications Korean companies operating in Iraq to get the job done in the allotted time.
The minister also stressed the need for the return of Korean companies for the implementation of power generation projects in Iraq.
Conscious / Electricity Minister Inaugurates wing and the Ministry of Electricity on the land of the Baghdad International Fair
Conscious / Baghdad / m E.
Opened by the Minister of Electricity Engineer Mohammad Qasim Fahdawi, Suite Ministry of Electricity on the land of the Baghdad International Fair, Bdorth first forty.
Said Musab teacher spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity and Director of the Office of Information and Communication government where in a press statement received (news agency, media / INA), the minister wandering in the corridors of the wing and look at the exhibits general directorates of the Ministry of (24), which represents the real activity to employees of these departments and which reflected the size of the accomplishment achieved over the past years, and which embodies the pursuit of the ministry and its eagerness to end the power crisis in the country, and shows at the same time, visitors to the accuracy of the wing and the difficulty of the electricity industry and the responsibility of delivering them to the citizens.
, Adding, Minister listened to a detailed explanation of the nature of these exhibits that represent the three sectors of the ministry of production, transport and distribution.
And between the teacher, the pavilion and the Ministry of Electricity had been marked by the quality of participation in this session for previous sessions, the focus of attention and admiration Gentlemen, officials and visitors alike.
The Minister of Electricity Engineer Qassim Fahdawi had attended the celebration hosted by the General Company for trade shows Iraqi affiliated to the Ministry of Commerce on the occasion of the opening of the forty-first session of the Baghdad International Fair, which was attended by a large number of ministers and state officials, led by Mr. Bahaa al-Araji, the deputy prime minister, who attended on behalf of Mr. Prime Minister Dr. Haider Abadi at the opening of this session, which was marked by the participation of (20) and state (500) different company functions of a variety of nationalities.
Conscious / Parliamentary Committee for Energy Announces Hosting oil minister in the coming days
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Committee announced that oil and energy parliamentary hosted for oil minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi in the coming days.
The committee member said Razak Mahabs in a press statement transferred reporter (and the Iraqi News Agency Information / INA) that "the Committee decided during its last meeting to host oil minister to see the most prominent developments in oil policy in the country and the region, and work according to the steps and mechanisms to elevate oil situation of the country."
He added that "the Commission would seek to develop plans and mechanisms which operate, fit with the current situation gripping the country, and they can skip the circumstances of the oil economy in the country."
It is said that crude oil prices seen in recent marked deterioration in the whole region and the world, in addition to the Kirkuk oil stops working and the control of the terrorist gangs Daash it impact negatively on Iraq's oil production and imports.
Next month Kurdish oil exports are expected to increase significantly, according to a member of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament.
Kurdish MP Dilshad Shaban told BasNews that export of Kurdish oil to Turkey continues and will increase considerably in the near future. It is seen as a quick way to ease the current economic pressures facing the Kurdistan Regional Government.
“The extra revenue from oil sales into the Kurdistan Region will be used to pay government employees’ salaries in the future,” Shaban said.
He also rejected reports claiming that Turkey has confiscated some Kurdish oil revenue, saying that the money is currently being held in the Turkish HalkBank and will be released to the Kurdistan Region shortly.
“Currently the region exports about 240-250,000 barrels per day and in the next two months, that will increase to 400,000 barrels per day. With the increased revenue the government can manage local needs, especially the salaries owed to Kurdish government employees,” added Shaban.
The central Iraqi government stopped sending Kurdish employees’ salaries nine months ago and the Kurdistan Region has faced the harsh realities of life without the federal budget since then.
In the past a few years, Erbil and Baghdad have been at loggerheads over the issue of Kurdish oil exports, with the KRG saying it’s their right and Baghdad accusing them of violating the Iraqi constitution.
Since May 2014, the KRG has officially exported its oil through independent oil pipelines to Turkey and so far 25 Kurdish oil tankers have been exported to the international market from the port of Cihan, a total of 11 million barrels.
Finance Minister heads a ministerial meeting to discuss the financial and economic po
Finance Minister heads a ministerial meeting to discuss the financial and economic policy
Thursday October 23, 2014
Held Thursday evening October 23, 2014, the ministerial committee set up by the Council of Ministers at its sixth meeting 10/20/2014, a meeting to arrange the priorities of the federal budget for fiscal year 2014, to reduce the budget deficit and to search for solutions to the financing of the deficit and the search for solutions to increase the resources of the state.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Finance and the presence of the ministers of oil, defense and interior, electricity, and representatives from the Ministry of Planning and the Central Bank and a number of experts.
Emphasis was placed on the importance of reducing expenses and serious cooperation between the three presidencies and between the government and the parliament, ministries and state bodies and pursue transparency in tackling the financial crisis, with an emphasis on supporting the military effort and security to combat terrorism. attended the meeting orbit Ouaamon concerned in the Ministry of Finance
Minister of Defense of the United Nations called for increased international support for Iraq in the issue of the displaced
Saturday 25 October 2014 | 18:47
Representative of the secretary-general expressed his full cooperation with the ministry in order to continue to defeat terrorism and combat wishing that peace and security prevail in Iraq
Defense Minister Khalid tired Obeidi met representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Nikolai Miladinov in the ministry's headquarters, has been discussed in the current situation and the process of chasing and fighting terrorist organizations and start editing the Iraqi cities of Conception terrorism as well as a discussion of the United Nations and the international community's position in support of the Iraqi people and the armed forces.
He asked al-Obeidi of Miladinov increase international support for Iraq in the issue of the displaced and to benefit from international expertise of the United Nations in the fight against corruption.
The representative of the secretary-general expressed his full cooperation with the ministry in order to continue to defeat terrorism and combat wishing that prevail in peace and security in Iraq.
Deputy reveals: Kuwait prepared to extinguish the debt of Iraq
October 25, 2014 8: 37 am
Detection of PUK Deputy nozad Messenger, that Kuwait was prepared to extinguish the debt that Iraq owes in the event the Security Council to complete the legal proceedings.
Messenger said that the Kuwaiti side informed us during our visit to Kuwait within a parliamentary delegation, that Kuwait was ready to extinguish the debt Iraq owes, but the Security Council is the question until now because of the legal and technical procedures, indicating that Kuwaiti suggested opening up investment companies in Kuwait as a replacement for the remaining six billion dollars owed Iraq.
The Messenger that Kuwait also expressed its willingness to assist the displaced and displaced Iraqis in all Iraqi provinces, through non-governmental organizations to speed up the relief Displaced families that are under the threat of rain at the beginning of the winter season. it was agreed between the Iraqi parliamentary delegation and the Kuwaiti Parliament delegation to visit the nation of Iraq in the coming days to strengthen the joint parliamentary cooperation for the benefit of the two brotherly peoples.
Babylon Council demanding the federal government to increase financial appropriations
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Brother - Babylon
Student Council of the province of Babylon, the Sabbath, the federal government increased financial allocations for the province in the budgets of 2014 and 2015 to meet the needs of the province and the number of displaced people in, and called for the granting of a monthly salary of displaced believes his essential needs and requirements of daily life.
The Chairman of the Committee on Migration and Displacement in the Provincial Council Riyad Aday said in a statement seen by news news agency (et) that "displaced in the provinces of Karbala and Najaf have the aid of thresholds Husseini and other organizations, but the displaced people in Babylon have support from the citizen ornaments which had lost because of limited access of the citizen ", stressing the need to" be a grant for displaced people by the government monthly salary to believe in his essential needs and requirements of daily and other winter clothing. "
Aday added that "the amount of the budget for the current year and allocated to the province of $ 402 billion dinars is not enough to meet the needs of the province," he said, adding that "the numbers of displaced people reached 56 thousand displaced people by 9093, which requires the family to provide additional services in all areas of humanity."
Aday said that "the budget did not take into account the growing population ratio," and urged the government to "increase the financial allocations to balance the 2014 and 2015".