Thursday, May 10, 2018


Zeke:  Greetings what's shakin! So much has happened since last summer. I know a lot a family members get frustrated, depressed, irritated and downright angry for what seems to be it should happen and it doesn't.

Please remember, like walking stick said, the Middle East mindset is not of the western world. Their pace is there pace!

Each one of us got into this for a specific reason. We need to be grateful for what we have and have faith what is coming.

Be blessed, be grateful and be diligent in your faith, for God has a plan and the reason you were here is part of that plan! Stay strong and remember, we are, "ONE DAY CLOSER!!!!!"

Samson:  The start of a special vote in the parliamentary elections

2018/5/10 7:04

The special voting process for the security forces in all governorates of Iraq began at seven in the morning.

One million and 200,000 security voters, including more than 47,000 in the popular crowd, have the right to vote in 55,000 polling stations.

Polling stations will be closed at 7 pm, with the results of the special vote being announced with a general ballot scheduled for Saturday.   LINK


Samson:  Foreign elections continue in Australia, New Zealand, Iran and the UAE

 2018/5/10 7:13

Outgoing  elections for Iraqi communities continue in parliamentary elections in Australia, New Zealand, Iran and the UAE.

The elections are held in 21 countries: Iran, Jordan, Turkey, America, Finland, Egypt, Lebanon, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Britain, France, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Russia, Jordan and another in France linked to the election office of the Netherlands.

The Electoral Commission expects 850,000 Iraqi voters to take part in the elections and will last for two days from 10 to 11 May.  The vote is made electronically for the first time in the Iraqi elections after 2003.    LINK


Samson:  Oil rose to its highest level in years

2018-05-10 at 10:39 (Baghdad time)

Oil prices rose to a one-year high on Thursday as traders prepared for possible renewed US sanctions on Iran, one of the largest exporters of crude, as the gap between supply and demand in the market is already narrow.

The United States plans to impose new sanctions on Iran, which produces about four percent of the world's oil supplies, after it pulled out of a deal reached in late 2015 and limits Tehran's nuclear ambitions in return for lifting US and European sanctions.

Oil prices rose strongly after the announcement of the measures.

Brent crude futures were the highest since November 2014 at $ 77.89 a barrel just before 0700 GMT on Thursday, up 0.9 percent from the previous settlement.

WTI crude futures were the highest since November 2014 at $ 71.84 a barrel, before falling to $ 71.78 a barrel. But this is still higher than the previous settlement by 0.9 percent.   LINK


Samson:  Video: Corruption Watchdog says $320bn Stolen

10th May, 2018

The parliamentary transparency commission in Iraq says $320 billion has gone missing in the past 15 years, because of government c.

It’s one of many big issues weighing on the minds of Iraqis as they prepare to vote for a new parliament on Saturday.

Al Jazeera‘s Imran Khan reports from Baghdad, Iraq.   LINK


Usmcret22:  Notice he says MY GOVERNMENT, if that's not being POSITIVE....you GO ABADI

Samson:  Abadi: My next government will not be consensual and I will not appoint party ministers

 9th May, 2018

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday (May 9th, 2018) that he would not be in a future government that does not consider fighting corruption a priority, reassuring the border with Syria and Damascus's approval of air strikes in the border area

Abadi said in a televised interview that he "took over the leadership of the country when it was militarily collapsed before a sympathetic organization and that many saw that Iraq was broken and ended before we went back and defeated the organization of the preacher, recalling that victory over this organization was over 3 years after the world considered that eliminating it No way. 

He added that "there is a significant change in the Iraqi army and police, on dealing with the soldier and the officer in the army, in terms of dealing with the security man with the citizens," stressing that "some Western capitals surprised quickly victory over a preacher a year ago." 

The Prime Minister revealed that when he announced the victory of the "da'ash" in 2017, some Western capitals contacted their embassies to ask: "Is this true, it is possible that Iraqi forces have arrived and seized the Iraqi-Syrian border so quickly." 

As for the popular crowd, Abadi said, "The popular mobilization system has been added. This is an advantage. In addition, I insisted that the popular crowd fight with the army and the police. The popular crowd are volunteers who did not graduate from academies to learn law and order. "I wanted to move this to the army." 

"I can not follow all cases of abuse, but there are cases where I get details and I will be severely punished," Abadi said.

And what happened in the relationship with the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Abadi pointed out that there was no "fighting and no bloodshed, but we resorted to a kind of political administration and security and military management, to prevent fighting between the brothers," adding: "My first concern was that there should be no shedding Blood and that we do this correctly, and we succeeded, by winning our citizens and even winning the Peshmerga. "

He continued: "I have addressed the days of the Peshmerga, they listened to us and did not listen to their leaders, did not fight, their leadership unfortunately was calling them to fight the Iraqi army." 

As for the economic situation, Abadi pointed out that "the decline in oil prices that accompanied the military collapse was surprising," stressing that "Iraq nevertheless maintained basic services and support farmers," noting that "the production of electricity rose significantly in 4 years "He said. 

Abadi continued, "The Iraqi market today, where many products written on the manufacture in Iraq, we began to change the direction and direction of the economy."  

"The state must take measures to deter corruption, and we have taken a set of measures. My focus on the security establishment has been largely cleansed of corruption, because without that we can not achieve anything," he said. 

He added: "I did not stop when fighting corruption, but turned the fight against corruption to a methodology in the state, began to establish the presence of enthusiastic young people trained them, as we requested international expertise."

As for the political aspect of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq, Abbadi stressed that his ambition is to "have a government based on competencies regardless of party affiliation." 

He said: "I have national constants and I have a project, it is not important to judge or become a prime minister, the project we agree to go by, we must all agree."

Abadi stressed that "it will not be in a government does not consider the fight against corruption a priority," noting that "the consensus system proved to fail because it built on the interests of the parties at the expense of the national interest." 

He assured Abadi to put the border with Syria, and stressed that "the air strikes on a dodger in Syria will continue until the elimination of the organization, because his presence is a danger to us and informed us Damascus," he said. 

He concluded by saying that "the Syrian government informed us of its agreement to our raids against Da'ash at the border areas."     LINK
Samson:  Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign new memorandum of understanding

10th May, 2018

The border crossing authority announced on Thursday the signing of a new memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Customs Authority.

"The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Saudi Customs Authority, under which the obligations of the Iraqi and Saudi bodies have been determined towards the executing company," Kadhim al-Aqabi, head of the body, said in a statement received by Mawazine News.

Al-Aqabi added that "the implementation of the project is scheduled to take place on June 1, 2018, and the contract was signed between the executing company and the Saudi Customs Authority," pointing out that "the port will be opened early next year."    LINK

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