Zig’s Place Chat and News for Monday 4-26-21

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Zig’s Place Chat and News Monday AM 4-26-21

Zig:  Welcome to zig’s place, a chat room for dinar speculators and others….discuss any topic that you wish here

Butterfly   Governor of the Central Bank and the US ambassador discuss ways of joint cooperation

Monday 26, April 2021 13:21 The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb Makhaif, discussed with the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller, ways of joint cooperation in the monetary and economic fields.

The two sides stressed during the meeting “the importance of technical support and joint cooperation to advance the reality of the Iraqi banking sector.”

For his part, the ambassador praised the reform plan adopted by the administration of the Central Bank of Iraq towards the banking sector, expressing his country’s readiness to provide various types of support and assistance to the Central Bank and the banking sector in Iraq.

Butterfly   Parliamentary recommendation to complete the budgets of the provinces and send them to the government

Monday 26, April 2021 13:17 The Parliamentary Finance Committee recommended that the governors complete the plans of their governorates for approval by the Finance Committee and send them to the Ministry of Planning for the purpose of implementing them and allocating the necessary funds for them.

butterfly   Oil prices are falling due to the complications of Corona in India

Monday 26, April 2021 11:39 Oil prices fell today, Monday, against the backdrop of fears that the escalation of Covid-19 cases in India will squander demand for fuel in the third largest importer of oil in the world.

Brent crude futures fell 0.6 percent to $ 65.73 a barrel, after rising 1.1 percent last Friday.

US crude futures, “West Texas Intermediate”, fell 0.5 percent to 61.83 dollars a barrel, after rising 1.2 percent on Friday.

On a weekly basis, the two benchmarks lost about 1 percent last week.

butterfly   The dollar is recording a slight increase in the main stock market and the local markets

Monday 26, April 2021 11:20 The exchange rates of the dollar recorded a slight increase today, Monday, in the main stock exchange and local markets in the capital, Baghdad.

And the Central Kifah Stock Exchange in the capital, Baghdad, witnessed the registration of 148,000 dinars, for every $ 100.

The prices of buying and selling dollars increased in exchange offices and local markets in Baghdad, where the selling price reached 148,500 dinars, while the purchase prices reached 147,500 dinars, for every 100 dollars.

butterfly   Rasheed Bank warns against dealing with any party that claims to grant financial advances

Monday 26, April 2021 09:43 Al-Rasheed Bank warned against dealing with any party claiming to grant financial advances.

The media office of the bank confirmed in a statement, that it continues to grant the advances of employees of the ministries of defense and interior as well as retirees electronically, indicating: “The submission is made directly without reviewing the beneficiary to the bank.”

He added, “There is no intermediary between the bank and the beneficiary, and we warn at the same time against dealing with any party that claims otherwise.”

butterfly  Al-Rafidain announces the resettlement of the salaries of the employees of a number of security departments

Monday 26, April 2021 09:47 Al-Rafidain Bank announced the resettlement of the salaries of the employees of a number of security departments in the governorates and granting them an international MasterCard card.

The bank’s media office said in a statement that: “The salaries of a number of security forces’ employees in Wasit, Salah al-Din, Basra, Karbala, Najaf and Anbar were granted and given an electronic card, in order to receive their monthly salaries through it. ”

He pointed out that “Master card holders can benefit from the advantages and financial services that the bank recently launched in terms of advances and loans, and apply for those advances by the bank’s branches scattered in Baghdad and the governorates.”

Butterfly   There is a lot of articles about the hospital fire/deaths/etc. Wounded military (7000) will return, etc etc. So for now I am done. BBL

Butterfly   2021-04-26 07:00  Shafaq News/ Trading volume in Iraq’s stock market surpassed one billion equities valued at more than 795 million dinars on Monday’s session.

A report of the market obtained by Shafaq News agency said, “33 publicly traded companies cast out today of 103 enlisted companies,” indicating, “19 companies were delisted by the Iraqi Securities Commission for violating the disclosure regulations.”

“1,000,160,000 equities were traded today at a value of 795,808,000 dinars. ISX60 index ended up at 593.16, 0.62% less than last session’s close,” the report added.

Iraqiya for dates company, followed by Metal and Bikes company, were the top boosts to the index, notching a 3.77% and 1.72% gain, respectively. In comparison, Iraq’s Baghdad for Transportation and al-Ahliya for agricultural products benchmarks index slid as much as -4.99% and -4.76%, respectively.

It is noteworthy that Iraq Stock Exchange installed Central Depository and Electronic Trading Systems in 2009 and currently bolstering efforts to deploy online transaction services. It organizes five weekly sessions and lists 103 public companies from different economic sectors.

butterfly  2021-04-26 06:47  Shafaq News/ Saladin’s Investment Commission announced today, Monday, that the total investment grants issued by the Commission in 2021 have amounted to 30 in the industrial, agricultural, commercial, and residential sectors.

The Director-General of the Authority, Laith Hamid Al-Jubouri, told Shafaq News Agency that his department granted 30 investment opportunities in the current year in various sectors in trade, agriculture, industry, and housing, indicating that the cost of the granted investment projects amounted to $720,341,250.

Al-Jubouri explained, “the committed granted seven investment opportunities in the commercial sector at $250,600,036, three tourism and entertainment projects at a cost of $2,946,453, eight housing projects at a cost of $421,285,551, four industrial projects at a cost of $6,605,000, three health projects at a cost of $6,421,452, and four projects within the education sector at $5,482,758, and an agricultural project at a cost of $7,200,000.”

Al-Jubouri stated that all the companies are domestic, which secures about 6,500 job opportunities in the governorate.

butterfly   2021-04-26 03:23  Shafaq News / The Iraqi Ministry of Planning announced an increase in the inflation index for March by 0.7% and the annual rate by 4.0%.

The Ministry’s spokesman, Abdul Zahra Al-Hindawi, said in an interview with Shafaq News agency, “The monthly inflation index for last March rose by 0.7% compared to the previous month,” adding, “the annual inflation index also rose by 4.3% compared to the same month in 2020.”

“The increase in the dollar exchange rate since mid-December of 2020 has caused the devaluation of the local currency and the rise in the prices of goods and services, as most of these local goods are imported”, he pointed out.

Al-Hindawi noted that the inflation rate has increased by about 5.6% from November 2020 until March 2021.

Last month, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced that the monthly inflation rate for February increased by 0.7%, while the annual rate increased by 4%.

butterfly   2021-04-26 03:05   Shafaq News / Gold gained on Monday, as surging COVID-19 cases boosted the metal’s safe-haven appeal, aided by a weaker dollar ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting this week, while auto-catalyst palladium held below a record peak scaled last week, Reuters reported.

Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,778.22 per ounce by 0707 GMT. U.S. gold futures fell 0.1% to $1,775.70 per ounce.

Cases in India registered a record surge, while Japan declared states of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures on Friday to combat a spike.

Speculators raised their bullish positions in COMEX gold in the week to April 20, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday.

U.S. factory activity powered ahead in early April, while retail sales jumped to a record high in March and hiring accelerated.

Market participants now await Fed’s two-day policy meeting starting on Tuesday. Although no change in policy is expected, the focus will be on Chair Jerome Powell’s press conference.

Palladium rose 1.2% to $2,889.47 per ounce, after scaling a record peak of $2,925.14 on Friday.

Silver fell 0.2% to $25.95 per ounce. Platinum was up 0.6% at $1,237.01.

Doug_W   Silver:$26.15 +0.04

butterfly   2021-04-26 06:20  Shafaq News/ A source in the Iraqi Parliament said on Friday that the Parliamentary Committee for Health and Environment will recommend dismissing the incumbent Minister of Health and Environment, Hasan al-Tamimi.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, “the report will endorse the government’s measures. It will demand relieving the Minister of Health and Environment from his duties rather than just suspending him and holding those responsible accountable.”

Shafaq News Agency published earlier today, Monday, that the Parliamentary Committee for Health and Environment convened behind closed doors to prepare a report on the aftermath of the Ibn Khatib tragedy.

The fire sparked by an Oxygen tank explosion in Ibn Khatib hospital in Baghdad resulted in 88 deaths and 110 injuries.

In the aftermath of the incident, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi suspended the Minister of Health and Environment, Baghdad’s Governor, and the Health Director of al-Rusafa/Baghdad.

In the same context, the Supreme Judicial Council issued an apprehension order against the director of Ibn Khatib hospital among other employees in the hospital.

butterfly  YW PeteV still a lot of destruction over there. Hopefully they can get it under control.

butterfly   Can New Tech Save Iraq’s Old Economy? 26th April 2021 By Bilal Wahab and Michael Rubin, for The National Interest. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Can New Tech Save Iraq’s Old Economy?

As the United States recalibrates its relationship with Iraq, the advent of Iraq’s cyber economy also provides an opportunity for the Biden administration to consider how it can encourage the evolution of Iraq’s economy.

The full report can be viewed here. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/can-new-tech-save-iraq%E2%80%99s-old-economy-183244

butterfly   Could Iraq Really Become OPEC’s Largest Oil Producer? 26th April 2021 Writing in Oil Price, Simon Watkins says that there is “no insurmountable reason” why Iraq could not more than double its oil output to 8 million barrel per day (bpd) by 2029.

Click here to read the full story. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Could-Iraq-Really-Become-OPECs-Largest-Oil-Producer.html

Butterfly   Launching new batches of internal employees and retired predecessors

Monday 26, April 2021 15:08 Al Rasheed Bank announced today, Monday, the launch of new payments from the predecessors of the Interior Ministry’s employees and retirees.

The media office of the bank said in a statement, which the Iraqi National News Agency ( NINA ) received a copy of, that “the sixth batch was launched from the predecessors of the employees of the Interior, as well as the second batch of the predecessors of retirees.”

The office called on all beneficiaries to whom you send text messages to visit the bank’s branches or electronic payment offices to receive the amount, indicating that “work continues to raise the amounts in the balances of those registered on the advances through the bank’s application.”

butterfly  / NINA / publishes instructions for implementing the General Budget Law 2021

Monday 26, April 2021 16:22 The Iraqi National News Agency publishes instructions for implementing the Federal Budget Law 2021, as prepared and approved by the Ministries of Finance and Planning, and has been formally circulated to all ministries and state departments

butterfly Zarif meets with some heads of Sunni parties and clans in Baghdad

Monday 26, April 2021 16:55 Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Jawad Zarif met with the head of the Arab Project Group, Khamis al-Khanjar, and a group of heads of Iraqi Sunni parties and clans in Baghdad.

butterfly Kurdistan Health: The Supreme Committee for Combating Coronavirus will decide to resume the official working hours in schools or not

Monday 26, April 2021 18:22 The Ministry of Health in the Kurdistan Region announced that the Supreme Committee for Combating Coronavirus will decide whether or not to resume the official working hours in schools.

Aso Hweizi, a spokesman for the ministry, said in press statements that the reports that the Ministry of Health had no objection to resuming school hours had nothing to do with the truth, explaining that the health conditions due to Corona are still dangerous, adding that the decision to resume official working hours in Kurdistan region schools needs to be evaluated The Supreme Committee to Combat Corona, to take the most appropriate decision, stressing that no decision has yet been issued regarding the resumption of official working hours in the schools of the Kurdistan region.

butterfly  OPEC’s positive outlook towards the global economy Time: 04/26/2021 17:34:57

{Economist: Al Furat News} The Secretary-General of “OPEC” Muhammad Barkindo said today, Monday, that “OPEC” sees positive signs in the development of the global economy and the prospects for the oil industry.

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Barkindo said, “There are positive signs in the global economy and industry expectations,” stressing that many factors still require constant monitoring and vigilance.

The comments came before a planned meeting of the “OPEC +” group, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters that the meeting aims to analyze and consider the current situation in the global oil market. He pointed out that until now, the market is assessed as being balanced.

OPEC + has reduced its production by 9.7 million barrels per day since 2020 due to the decrease in oil demand caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and the cuts were revised to 6.9 million barrels per day this April.

In May, the cuts are supposed to be reduced to 6.55 million barrels per day, to 6.2 million barrels per day in June 2021, and to 5.76 million barrels per day in July 2021.

butterfly  After a series of losses, the “Bitcoin” currency is jumping Time: 04/26/2021 14:58:44

{Economic: The Euphrates News} The “Bitcoin” currency jumped, today, Monday, by 8%, as the most famous currency in the world traded near the level of $ 52,500.

Al-Mukhtasar al-Mufid .. In important news, you can find it on the Al Furat News channel on the Telegram .. According to CoinDesk, Bitcoin traded at $ 53,354.83, an increase of 7.94%.

Thus, the digital currency ended a series of losses that it recorded in the last period, and the currency had touched its lowest level last Sunday in early March 2021.

butterfly Al-Rasheed launches the sixth meal from the predecessors of the Interior Ministry and the second for retirees

Time: 04/26/2021 14:47  {Economist: Al Furat News} Rasheed Bank announced the launch of the sixth meal from the predecessors of the Interior Ministry’s employees, as well as the second meal from the ancestors of retirees.

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And the bank’s media office called, in a statement that {Al Furat News} received a copy of, “All beneficiaries who send text messages to the bank branches or electronic payment offices to receive the amount.”

He added, “Work continues to raise the amounts in the balances of those registered on the advances through the bank’s application.”

butterfly  Al-Rafidain: Resettlement of salaries of employees of some security departments in the governorates and granting them advances

Time: 04/26/2021 08:33:  {Al Furat News – Baghdad} Al-Rafidain Bank announced, on Monday, the resettlement of the salaries of employees of a number of security departments in the provinces and granting them an international MasterCard card.

The bank’s media office said in a statement that Al Furat News received a copy of, that “the salaries of a number of security forces’ employees have been settled in Wasit, Salah al-Din, Basra, Karbala, Najaf and Anbar, and given the electronic card and receive their monthly salaries through it. ” Take advantage of the advantages and financial services that the bank recently launched in terms of advances and loans, and apply for those advances by the bank’s branches scattered in Baghdad and the provinces.

butterfly   Al-Rafidain: Resettlement of salaries of employees of some security departments in the governorates and granting them advances

Time: 04/26/2021 08:33  {Al Furat News – Baghdad} Al-Rafidain Bank announced, on Monday, the resettlement of the salaries of employees of a number of security departments in the provinces and granting them an international MasterCard card.

The bank’s media office said in a statement that Al Furat News received a copy of, that “the salaries of a number of security forces’ employees have been settled in Wasit, Salah al-Din, Basra, Karbala, Najaf and Anbar, and given the electronic card and receive their monthly salaries through it. ” Take advantage of the advantages and financial services that the bank recently launched in terms of advances and loans, and apply for those advances by the bank’s branches scattered in Baghdad and the provinces.

butterfly  granting them an international MasterCard card…….wow

butterfly   Al-Halbousi to Zarif: Iraq adopts a policy of openness with its regional and international surroundings

Time: 04/26/2021 19:38   Speaker of Parliament receives Iranian Foreign Minister

Today, Monday, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi received Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and enhancing the prospects for cooperation between the two neighboring countries, as well as developments in the regional and international situations.

His Excellency indicated, during the meeting, that Iraq adopts a policy of openness and building balanced relations with its regional and international surroundings, and seeks to have a positive role to bring views closer through dialogue and negotiations, and that the Iraqi parliament supports the government’s efforts in this field, stressing that the stability of Iraq It reflects on its neighbors and the region.

For his part, Zarif affirmed his country’s desire to cooperate with Iraq in all fields and strive for a safe and stable Iraq, conveying greetings and condolences to President Rouhani and Speaker of the Shura Council, Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf, on the tragedy of the Ibn al-Khatib hospital fire to his Excellency, while the Speaker of Parliament conveyed the Minister’s greetings to the President Rouhani and the Speaker of the Shura Council, wishing the Iranian people stability and prosperity.

Zig   butterfly : Love that word: INTERNATIONAL

butterfly  Zig That should make everyone happy. Reading and posting these articles, how * would we even know about that.

Zig  butterfly : Do you have any Bitcoin?….I missed that boat….oh well….

butterfly Zig Nope Nada

Zig I was scared to get into it…thought it was a scam….lol

butterfly  I remember way back that you could buy gold, etc etc. Well my friend told me that it was a scam….you pay the money but you don’t have the “gold” in your hands.

butterfly  Filed lawsuits etc and nothing came of it.

Doug_W  paper gold/ silver its still happening

butterfly   Hey PeteV did see where Iraq citizens are going to get “international” credit cards?

PeteV   not yet but i wlll look it up

PeteV   who said a 2d RV is coming??

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Zig’s Place Chat and News Monday PM 4-26-21

Zig:  Welcome to zig’s place, a chat room for dinar speculators and others….discuss any topic that you wish here

Butterfly   Salim Hamza to / Nina /: The upcoming elections are a popular and international demand, and their conduct depends on the commission’s preparations

Monday 26, April 2021 22:33 Kurdish MP Salim Hamza asserted that: The upcoming elections are a popular and international demand … and their conduct depends on the preparations of the commission.

He told the Iraqi National News Agency ( NINA ): We hope that the elections will take place on time, after the budget is approved and the decision to dissolve parliament is conditional on holding the elections, in addition to the popular demands and the strong will of most political forces to hold them on time.

Hamza asked: Does the commission have the ability to run elections by this date? Under what Iraq is going through from a difficult circumstance? He pointed out that if the elections were held without a strong will and international supervision, they would be unfair and fraudulent.

He explained: The aim of holding the elections is to restore confidence in this democratic process and keep the spoilers out of the political process.   Early elections are scheduled to take place on the tenth of next October.

butterfly Zarif meets the leaders of the Shiite blocs

Monday 26, April 2021 22:45 ranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif met this evening the leaders of the Shiite blocs.

butterfly  Washington is ready to support the Central Bank and the Iraqi banking sector

04-26-2021 01:21 PM  Washington is ready to support the Central Bank and the Iraqi banking sectorOn Monday, the US ambassador to Baghdad, Matthew Tueller, expressed his country’s readiness to provide full support to the central bank and the banking sector in Iraq.

In a statement received by the Tigris, the Central Bank of Iraq said, “The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb, is terrifying. He received the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller, and discussed with him ways of joint cooperation between the two countries in the monetary and economic fields, including emphasizing the importance of technical support and joint cooperation.” For the advancement of the Iraqi banking sector. ”

For his part, the ambassador expressed “his country’s readiness to provide various types of support and assistance to the central bank and the banking sector in Iraq.”   dijlah.tv

butterfly   The rise in the price of the dollar in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region

2021-04-26 00:10  The rise in the price of the dollar in Baghdad and the Kurdistan RegionShafaq News / The exchange rates of the dollar rose, on Monday, on the main stock exchange in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region.

The Shafaq News Agency correspondent said that the Central Al-Kifah and Al-Harithiyah Stock Exchange in Baghdad registered 148,000 Iraqi dinars for 100 US dollars.

While the Central Kifah Stock Exchange recorded 147750 Iraqi dinars during its opening on Sunday morning.

Our correspondent indicated that the buying and selling prices rose in the exchange shops in the local markets in Baghdad, where the selling price reached 148,500 Iraqi dinars, while the purchase prices reached 147,500 dinars per 100 US dollars.

As for Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, the price of the dollar also witnessed a rise, as the selling price reached 148,200 dinars per hundred dollars, and the purchase at 148,000 dinars per hundred dollars.   shafaq.com

butterfly  Antoine to “Tigris”: Iraq will be fine if the politicians remove their hands from the economic file   04-26-2021 05:51 PM   Antoine to Tigris – Iraq will be fine if the politicians remove their hands from the economic fileThe economist, Bassem Antoine, counted today, Monday, that “whenever politicians lift their hands from the economic file, Iraq will be fine,” stressing the need to invest the qualified Iraqi youth energies in managing this file, relying on existing expertise.

Antoine told “Degla”, “There is a weakness in the economic management in the country, due to the dominance of quotas over the management of economic files, in addition to the fact that the competencies cannot exercise their role in choosing the right ways to create good production and thus improve the total output of the country.”

He added, “Iraq is a country of children and has competencies and capabilities and it is rich. There are other wealth such as minerals other than oil wealth, as well as its possession of young energies that can rise in the country if it is invested, but on the condition that the politicians raise their hands from the economic file.”  dijlah.tv

butterfly  The House of Representatives raises its extraordinary session .. Details of the session

04/26/2021 16:32:37   The House of Representatives raises its extraordinary session .. Details of the sessionThe House of Representatives raised its special session, held today, Monday, regarding the fire accident at Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital, south of the capital, Baghdad.

The House of Representatives opened this afternoon its deliberative session chaired by the First Deputy Speaker, Hassan Karim al-Kaabi, regarding the Ibn al-Khatib hospital incident.

According to the media department of the council, Al-Kaabi obligated during his presidency of the session the Ministry of Finance to direct the necessary allocations to complete the regular hospitals that have reached advanced stages in all governorates and not to invoke unacceptable excuses.

Al-Kaabi also announced, re-disengaging the health and educational departments from the governorates and returning them to the Ministry of Health and Education.

A fire broke out in the intensive care unit at Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital, southeast of the capital, Baghdad, last Saturday evening, and the accident resulted in the deaths of 82 people and wounding 110 others, according to the Ministry of Interior.

The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, announced the general mourning for three days for the lives of the victims, and directed an investigation to be opened to uncover the circumstances of the accident, saying that it was “a prejudice to national security, and a setback that should not pass easily.”

butterfly The Prime Minister decided, in an extraordinary meeting, on Sunday, to suspend the Minister of Health, Hassan Al-Tamimi, and the Governor of Baghdad, Muhammad Jaber Atta, and the Director of Al-Rusafa Health, Abdul-Ghani Al-Saadi, from work, and to refer them to investigation on the background of the tragic accident, stressing that “it will be completed.” The investigation will take place within five days, and the report will be submitted to the Council of Ministers. ”   alforatnews.com

butterfly   https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/mosul-women-fight-islamic-state-legacy-sports-arts-events Mosul women fight Islamic State legacy with sports, arts events

Mosul women seek to erase their painful memories of IS by holding various activities for women.

butterfly  April 26, 2021  A bike marathon for women was held in Mosul April 12, with the participation of over 300 young women from the city. It is the second women’s bike marathon after the first was organized by women’s organizations, with the same number of participants, on March 13, 2018, about eight months after Mosul was liberated on July 10, 2017.

After the Islamic State (IS) seized the city, the women of Ninevah governorate faced violence and persecution, since freedom of opinion and expression was restricted, and they could not move freely from one place to another on their own. They lost all their freedoms and rights and were denied access to health care and education.

The Hisbah (morality police) office’s first decisions targeted women, forcing them to wear the niqab. Muslim women wear this piece of cloth, which covers the face and is often black, with the abaya to completely conceal the features of a woman’s body except for the eyes. In addition, clothing considered indecent and cosmetics were banned.

Once the city was liberated from IS, the women of Mosul were able to participate in youth competitions and events and hold art exhibitions to express the painful memories of the IS control of the city.

Saja Sabah, a 21-year-old woman participating in the marathon, told Al-Monitor that by organizing and participating in such events, the women of Mosul are trying to send a clear message to IS that they are not afraid of practicing their hobbies and have the strength to eradicate extremism.

Sabah said that these kinds of activities for women motivate them to embrace freedom and peace, away from IS’ beliefs.

Estimates indicate that Mosul had over 7,000 widows after IS was expelled, in addition to a large number of women who had lost the breadwinner of their family during the military operations in the city.

butterfly  Social researcher Siham al-Shujairi told Al-Monitor that the activities in Ninevah are the “first space” for Mosul women to regain their freedoms after being liberated from the harsh life during IS’ control.

She said, “Mosul women love life. They are giving and creative, and do not think about the extremist ideas that IS believes in. Through these activities, the women of Mosul will seek to solve the psychological complexes that the group had implanted in them, and rebuild their personalities with innovation and creativity, as well as participate in sports and arts activities at various levels.”

Shujairi noted that holding these activities in the future will motivate the women of Mosul and make them stronger and bolder to eliminate extremism, and to assure the world that they are against terrorism and have triumphed over the dark era that IS had brought upon them.

Ayad al-Tawafan, military expert and retired brigadier general in the Iraqi army, told Al-Monitor that the participation in activities such as bike marathons or art exhibitions confirms the love for life of the women in Ninevah governorate. “They have sent a clear message to IS that they will fight extremism, terrorism and intellectual intolerance, contrary to what it [IS] wants,” he said, describing the bike marathon event as a “great achievement” and the first step to leaving IS’ ideology behind and getting rid of it altogether.

He called for an increase in such activities in the future, especially arts, music and literature events, to eradicate IS intellectually, now that its presence has been eliminated militarily.

At the same time, Tawafan proposed to eradicate extremist ideology and raising awareness among the youth by emphasizing civil urbanization, humanitarian work and youth activities, especially those related to women who were viewed by IS as second-class citizens.

butterfly  Speaking to Al-Monitor, Faten al-Ali, a presenter at a TV channel in Mosul who started working after IS was eliminated, echoed Tawafan’s belief that women have greater freedom now than during IS’ control of the city between 2014 and 2017, and even prior to 2014.

She complained about the lack of government support for youth activities, especially those related to women, calling on the Iraqi government as well as the local authorities to support women to continue organizing and taking part in sports, arts and music events.

Ali called for the need of establishing feminist associations and unions concerned with women’s issues, their activities, their intellectual creativity and their talents in order to continue such social activities that stimulate female creativity.

Alaa al-Azzawi, a civil activist and head of the gender department at Oxfam, a British organization, in Ninevah, told Al-Monitor these activities are clear and direct messages to IS from the women of Mosul that they have overcome extremism and are fighting it intellectually with activities that the group was rejecting.

Azzawi criticized government agencies for not supporting women to hold social activities, noting that these activities are organized exclusively with the diligence of women and with the support and encouragement of civil society organizations that have contributed to changing many extremist ideas in Mosul, especially with regard to women’s rights.

butterfly  US Supreme Court to hear challenge on carrying concealed handguns

The lawsuit seeks an unfettered right to carry concealed handguns. Lower courts have already rejected its arguments.

butterfly  26 Apr 2021  The US Supreme Court has stepped back into the heated debate over gun rights, agreeing to hear a challenge backed by the National Rifle Association to New York state’s restrictions on people carrying concealed handguns in public in a case that could further undermine firearms control efforts nationally.

The justices on Monday took up an appeal by two gun owners and the New York affiliate of the NRA, an influential gun rights group closely aligned with Republicans, of a lower court ruling throwing out their challenge to the restrictions on concealed handguns outside the home.   SOURCE: REUTERS

butterfly   2021-04-26 09:22   Shafaq News/ al-Kadhimi must somehow plot a route through the chaos. Doing so will involve the apprehension and removal of rotten apples in the political system.” Devdiscourse, a media platform for development stakeholders reported on Monday.

“That corruption is entrenched in Iraq should come as a surprise to no one, so Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s issuance of arrest warrants against a group of 58 officials for corruption comes at an important time. Corruption from the highest to the local political level is one of the chief factors preventing Iraq from attaining peace, order, and economic progress, and the fact that the PM’s warrants concern a sitting and former member of parliament, a former minister, and a host of other functionaries at various levels, is a poignant testament to how deep the rot truly extends.” The Platform reported.

“Between cartels of corrupt political officials, businessmen, and militia who distribute state-destined funds amongst themselves as well as a recent ruling from the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) which only serves to implicitly endorse the status quo and entrench venality even further, the situation is hardly confidence-inspiring. Among the international investment community, whose help is sorely needed to help rebuild the country’s crumbling economy, and is increasing the pressure on a PM elected on a platform of anti-corruption promises.”

butterfly  According to the Platform, Iraq’s iniquitous state infrastructure can be traced back to the US-led (and UK-supported) invasion of the country almost two decades ago, after the removal of Saddam Hussein created a power vacuum. American attempts to reform the parliamentary system fell woefully short, contributing to a political system in which cronyism ran rampant and the public sector swelled unsustainably.

Between 2004 and 2016, those on the payroll of the state ballooned from 850,000 to between seven and nine million, with all the top-ranking jobs doled out to the well-connected elite.

“It’s not just in government that jobs are dished out unfairly or sold to the highest bidder, either. The crooked customs setup is so profitable that, according to the AFP report, minor clerks will pay bribes of up to $100,000 to station themselves in lucrative outposts, in turn accepting their own bungs to falsify documents, under-declaring quantities, and misrepresenting cargo loads.

To place the scale of the subterfuge in some sort of context, the Iraqi government collected $818 million in duties in 2019, which was itself lauded as a significant improvement on the $768 million gathered the year prior. The actual figure that should be paid in customs is closer to the $7 billion mark.” Devdiscourse said.

“Unsurprisingly, this has had a significant knock-on effect on the country’s population, with unemployment at 31.7% and poverty reaching 40% last year. And people are angry – a recent poll found 82% of Iraqis are concerned or very concerned about top-level corruption, and mass protests have become a regular occurrence.

That volatility is an unattractive prospect for potential overseas investors in the first place. But when the government’s own machinations are taken into account, Iraq becomes a no-fly zone for FDI interests altogether.”

butterfly   “This condition was on open display in the case of global logistics conglomerate Agility, for example. After a deal with Iraqi Telecoms Company Korek went sour, Agility filed a claim for $380 million of misappropriated funds with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in 2017.

 Four years on, the World Bank-affiliated tribunal delivered a verdict ruling in the defendant’s favor, despite the significant evidence of malfeasance among Iraq’s National Communications and Media Commission (CMC) presented by Agility. In response, the Kuwait-based company called the decision “fundamentally flawed” and highlighted just how unwelcoming a precedent it has set for other international investors.” The Platform added.

“The Agility case has garnered lots of international attention since it first began and is the main factor in explaining why Iraq has recorded falling FDI inflow for eight years running. With foreign investors in fear of arbitrary seizure of their assets, it’s easy to see why Iraq was placed at 172nd out of 190 countries on the Doing Business rankings in 2020.”

On the role of the Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the Platform pointed out that “the damage to investor confidence threatens to hurt the Iraqi economy even further, at a time when its unhealthy dependence on the oil industry has already been shaken by plummeting prices and a coronavirus-related drop in demand. Indeed, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi is now fighting fires on several fronts, though the corruption saga remains the common denominator in all of them and the biggest priority on his agenda given his strong stance on the subject before his election.”

butterfly   “To his credit, he has made certain strides on the issue. Shortly after taking office in May last year, he set up a committee to address corruption throughout the political system, with no fewer than seven officials arrested in the first three weeks of its operation. Two months later, one of his own inner circle was also detained, demonstrating his integrity, even-handedness, and determination on the matter.

However, although his most recent string of arrest warrants is another escalation in the anti-corruption fight, individual arrests are akin to trying to quench an inferno with a water pistol. What’s really required is comprehensive systemic reform, which even his own senior advisors have admitted may well be beyond the beleaguered PM.”

“Whether or not that pessimistic prognosis will turn out to be accurate, al-Kadhimi has his work cut out for him. Iraq is the 20th most corrupt country in the world, loses billions of dollars in unpaid taxes to bent lawmakers and lawless gangs, hosts up to 40,000 armed men who harbor more allegiance to neighboring Iran than they do to Baghdad and it regularly witnesses violent civilian unrest. A tall order is an understatement.” Devdiscourse said.

“Nonetheless, al-Kadhimi must somehow plot a route through the chaos. Doing so will involve the apprehension and removal of rotten apples in the political system as he has already instigated, but it will also demand greater engagement with civil societies dedicated to fighting corruption and the creation of a stronger, confident state that will quieted the concerns of the international investment community. The road ahead is a perilous and protracted one, but al-Kadhimi must now step up and show that he is the right man to lead the Iraqi people along with it. “

butterfly   2021-04-26 15:26   Shafaq News/ Abdel Halim Khaddam’s political career witnessed a major part of the story of Syria in recent decades.

The late Khaddam, who was known as Abu Jamal, occupied several positions and witnessed major events in Syria and the region, since the Baath Party took over power in 1963 until he left the country and announced his defection from the regime in 2005.

During decades of political work, Abu Jamal assumed different responsibilities. He was governor of Hama at the moment of the conflict with the Muslim Brotherhood in the early 1960s and governor of Quneitra when it fell at the end of that decade.

He was minister of Foreign Affairs, then Vice President during Syria’s expansion in its neighboring country, to the extent that he was called “the ruler of Lebanon.” The Lebanese file remained in Khaddam’s custody until 1998, when Assad transferred it to his son, Dr. Bashar, who had returned from London after the death of Bassel, his older brother, in 1994. Neither Khaddam, nor his allies in Lebanon, were comfortable with the new decision.

With the decline of his political role in Damascus, Khaddam resigned from his position as vice president but remained member of the Baath Party’s central leadership. After that, he went to Lebanon on his way to exile in Paris, where he lived until his death last year.

butterfly   Following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005, Damascus was subjected to a regional and international isolation. On Sept. 30, Khaddam announced his defection, accusing the Syrian regime of “killing a friend, the Lebanese prime minister.”

In his exile, he formed with the Muslim Brotherhood led by Sadreddine al-Bayanouni, the Salvation Front coalition to oppose the regime. In Damascus, he was accused of high treason and his property was confiscated.

Khaddam did not play a prominent political role after the 2011 uprising, as he devoted his time to writing his memoirs. In 2003, he published a book on his political views and position on democracy and freedom, entitled: “The Contemporary Arab System.”

Asharq Al-Awsat went through Khaddam’s papers and documents and will begin on Monday publishing chapters from his memoirs, in a series of episodes on key stages of Syria’s history.

Khaddam recounts that after the death of President Hafez al-Assad, his son, Bashar, assumed power and focused on relations with Iraq. Syria exerted efforts on the Arab and international scenes to defend the Iraqi regime against the aggressive acts committed by the United States.

During that period, Bashar received a number of Iraqi leaders, including those who were the most hostile to the regime in Syria and Iran, mainly Ali Hassan al-Majid and Taha Yassin Ramadan. Thus, Syria moved from working to topple the Iraqi regime, to defending it in Arab and international forums, at a time when Iran, through its allies in the Iraqi opposition, sought to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

butterfly   An Iraqi opposition conference was held in London under Iranian and US sponsorship. The Iranian side was represented by a senior intelligence official with an accompanying delegation, and the US side comprised three members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The two delegations worked for the success of the conference, which took a set of decisions that America used to cover its war.

With the intensification of the US campaign, the mobilization of forces in the region, and the inability of Washington to persuade the Security Council to adopt a resolution supporting its action against Iraq, it became clear that war was inevitable, which raised concern in Syria about the conflict spreading to its territories.

Consequently, Bashar went to Tehran, accompanied by Khaddam, to discuss the situation with the Iranian leadership and work to unify the stance in the face of the mounting tension.

“We went to Tehran on March 16, 2003. Upon our arrival, we held talks with President Muhammad Khatami, and then the Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei,” Khaddam says.

The following are excerpts from the minutes of meetings in Tehran:

butterfly   “What can we do shortly before the war? And what will we do in the event of a war that will last for a long time, and perhaps for years?” Bashar asked.

Khatami replied: “These are correct and timely questions… Let me explain it to you. I held two meetings: the first was with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, and the second was with French President Jacques Chirac. Mr. Chirac initiated, and the call lasted for half an hour. The two men are worried that Iraq will be attacked, but their concern was greater than that, and both of them expressed that the war would break out soon.”

The Iranian president continued: “The decisive victory that America can get is to shorten the period of war and claim victory in a short time. However, if the period is prolonged, America will lose. It is sufficient for the bodies of American soldiers to return to America for the US public opinion to turn against President George W. Bush. So I don’t think America will be able to end this war.”

Khatami told the Syrian officials that the other issue he raised with Chirac was that the war would increase the wave of violence in the world.

“America in Afghanistan did not achieve its goal of eliminating the former (al-Qaeda) leader Osama bin Laden, rather it made him a hero. Now, it is producing another hero named Saddam, and the wave of extremism will increase. Chirac agreed with me, but he said that the Americans were not people from this region,” Khaddam quoted Khatami as saying.

Bashar returned to the conversation, saying: “We are the country that stands the most with Saddam, but he merely coordinates with us. It is a strange system that lives in another world.”

butterfly   “As Syrians and Iranians, how can we deal with the Iraqi opposition? The opposition abroad must be absorbed, but it cannot have a role. We need a wider relationship inside Iraq. For us in Syria, the relationship is weak due to lack of trust between our two regimes,” he remarked.

Kamal Kharrazi interjected in the conversation: “President Khatami proposed the national reconciliation.” Khatami replied: “The problem is that no one liked this idea.”

Bashar noted: “We can give it [the opposition] fake promises, according to the American way. Nevertheless, the issue can be raised with the Iraqi foreign minister. The first problem in the war is Saddam himself.”

The Iranian president added: “All the opposition today is against the US. We must try to push the Shiites and Sunnis to overcome their differences… Turkey has a big role at this stage. Despite Turkey’s commitments to America, I note that the governing group tends to work with us and with the Islamic world. We must be wary of the establishment of a Kurdish state, and the idea that the Kurds of Iran are Iranians, the Iraqi Kurds are Iraqi, and the Turkish Kurds are Turkish. In this regard, the Turks must be reassured and their fears dispelled.”

Following the meeting with Khatami, the two Syrian officials met with supreme leader Khamenei, “who started the conversation, welcoming us, hoping that the visit would be beneficial to both countries.”

Bashar replied: “Our conversation today reflected the similarity of views between our two countries. We discussed the issue of Iraq extensively, and there are many analyses. The vision is dark, but the light side is our alliance, our stance and our history.”

butterfly   “The truth is we are two brotherly countries, facing common dangers. This should encourage us to increase full cooperation between us. The region faces a dangerous situation,” Khamenei was quoted by Khaddam as saying.   Source: Asharq Al-Awsat

butterfly  2021-04-26 01:54   Shafaq News / European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the New York Times Sunday that vaccinated US tourists should be able to travel the EU this summer.

Europe closed its borders to most US travelers last year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

She said, “The Americans, as far as I see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” von der Leyen told the newspaper. This will enable free movement and travel to the European Union”, adding that restrictions would be lifted depending on the epidemiological situation in the US.

Von der Leyen’s remarks come after French President Emmanuel Macron told US broadcaster CBS earlier this month that France is finalizing plans to let in vaccinated Americans this summer.

butterfly   Al-Kazemi: Gulf 25 is in our eyes a sign of Iraq’s recovery and its response to its natural role between brothers and friends

Monday 26, April 2021 23:49 Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi affirmed that Gulf 25 in our eyes is a sign of Iraq’s recovery and its response to its natural role between brothers and friends. ”

He said in a tweet:“ The land of Mesopotamia is steadily moving towards stability and openness to everyone, our land is a source of love, tolerance and welcome. , Stressing that the government will provide all forms of support to ensure the success of the meeting of the brothers among the Gulf athletes in their homeland, Iraq .

butterfly   Al-Araji to the Egyptian Ambassador: The Egyptian-Turkish-Saudi-Iranian understanding is important and is in the interest of the region

Monday 26, April 2021 23:58 National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji affirmed that the Egyptian-Turkish-Saudi-Iranian understanding is important and is in the interest of the region.

A statement by the Information Office of the National Security Adviser stated that, Al-Araji received the Egyptian Ambassador Walid Muhammad Ismail and discussed with him the strengthening of brotherly relations between the two brotherly countries and peoples, and the latest developments in the political and security situations in the region. ”Al-

Araji assured the Egyptian ambassador that the Egyptian-Turkish-Saudi-Iranian understanding is important and important In the interest of the region, pointing out that people are fed up with wars and crises and are looking forward to stability and development. “

The two sides concluded the meeting, stressing the importance of the region witnessing more stability and leaving the climate of crisis, so that stability and prosperity may be resolved as an alternative to conflicts that bring nothing but devastation.

butterfly   Transportation {by Euphrates News}: suspending our flights with India .. This is the fate of stranded Iraqis

Time: 04/26/2021 22:48:39   {Local: Al Furat News} The Ministry of Transport announced the suspension of flights with India due to the outbreak of the Corona virus in it.

“We have suspended flights with India since yesterday because of the outbreak of the pandemic there,” Hussain al-Khafaji, spokesman for the ministry, told Al-Furat News.

“We are discussing with the Iraqi Airways company a special mechanism to bring back the stranded Iraqis,” he added.

It is noteworthy that most of the countries of the world suspended their flights with India and those coming from it after the outbreak of the epidemic wave in it and its rise to frightening numbers.

On Monday, the Director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Edhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the situation in India was “more than painful”, after the outbreak of the epidemic in which had reached unprecedented dangerous levels.

The cameras began documenting painful scenes from this country, which drowned in many cases of death and injuries with the intensification of the Corona virus wave, as citizens lived in a state of terror with a shortage of medical supplies and tools, especially oxygen.

The Iraqis stranded in India appealed to Iraqi Airways to “expedite the provision of mechanisms to transport them from India to Iraq.”

 butterfly   Texas gains two new seats in Congress, while New York, California and five other states lose seats following new Census numbers

The US Census Bureau announced on Monday that the total population of the United States is over 331 million people, a decrease in population growth when compared to growth between 2000 and 2010, according to CNN. Following the Census report, Texas will gain two seats and Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each gain one seat in the US House of Representatives. New York, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California and West Virginia each lost a seat ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Census officials said that “if New York had had 89 more people they would have received one more seat.”

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