EU Concerns About Tensions Ahead Of Georgia Vote

EU officials have urged the Georgian government and the opposition to “ensure a peaceful, enabling, and competitive electoral environment.”

In a statement released ahead of parliamentary elections, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele expressed concern “about the growing polarization and tension in this context — elections should be first of all about political programs and ideas.”

Ashton and Fuele said Georgia remained a key partner for the European Union, adding that the October 1 elections will “set the stage for the quality and intensity of our relations in the future.”

The vote will pit President Mikheil Saakashvili’s governing party against the bloc headed by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Tensions rose last month after a court fined Ivanishvili more than $ 12 million for an allegedly suspect cash withdrawal.

With reporting by AFP 

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* Refusing supplementary budget is infringement of constitution, says legal committee

ERBIL, September 3 (AKnews) – The parliamentary legal committee said the Iraqi Parliament’s rejection of the supplementary budget is considered as a constitutional violation.

Member of the committee Mahmoud al-Hassan added: “The provision of the Iraqi constitution is keen on the need to approve the supplementary and general budget.

“Approval of budget is related to state public facilities, especially when this includes operating expenses, salaries and expenses related to the maintenance of some government projects, on top of the service ones.

“The House of Representatives has the right to conduct transfers and adjustments in some places of the budget in exchange with public spending but has no right by refusing because this leads to an imbalance in the state budget.”

The Iraqi Parliament recently rejected the supplementary budget.

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Obama makes Louisiana detour

Barack Obama, the US president, has altered his travel plans to make a stopover in the hurricane-affected Gulf state of Louisiana.

Monday’s stop in the state, where residents are still trying to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, comes a day before Michelle Obama, the first lady, opens the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Our biggest priority is helping to house people who have been displaced and making sure that they have got the resources they need to re-enrol their kids in school, make sure that they are able to get to their jobs, make sure that they can have the kind of support that they need to get restarted,” Obama told the assembled residents gathered at the Saint John the Baptish Parish.

Isaac, a Category 1 storm, has killed seven, swamped low-lying areas of the state, and dumped more than 30 centimetres of rain on its way north.

Residents were beginning the lengthy task of cleaning up their homes – sweeping out mud and debris and dragging out waterlogged carpet and furniture.

Obama praised the resilience of the people he had met in the area.

“There is enormous faith here, enormous strength here, you could see it with these families. They were just devastated a few days ago and they are already smiling and laughing and feeling confident about the future and pulling together,” he said.

Isaac’s tidal surge and heavy rains, which lasted days, pushed water into areas of south Louisiana that don’t typically flood, and brought record water levels into areas prone to flooding.

Ed Powell, 47, said he hoped Obama could resolve the situation, but stressed it would take time.

“I’m pretty sure he’s going to have a plan, usually when he acts on something things get done,” said Powell, taking a break from chopping fallen trees in his garden.

Makeshift relief centre

Powell said he had more than a foot of water in his house, which had not looded in the 15 years he has lived there.

Many other local residents stood in line at a makeshift relief centre set up under a tent in a nearby car park.

Officials were giving out shampoo, soap, shaving gel, razors, toothpaste and other toiletries.

Dawn Brady, 43, had nearly 1.2 metres of water in her house, which had never flooded before.

“President Obama should be here,” she said. “This is a disaster. I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t here.”

Despite his trip coming two days after Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, his Republican rivals, Obama stressed that political differences did not matter when faced with setbacks that affect everyone.

“When disasters like this happen, we set aside whatever petty disagreements we may have, nobody is a Democrat or Republican, we are just Americans looking out for one another,” he said.

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Red Cross President To Meet Assad

The International Committee of the Red Cross’s new president, Peter Maurer, plans to meet in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior officials on September 4 in an attempt to improve aid access to civilians.

The talks come as Syrian opposition activists say a Syrian government warplane on September 3 bombed a building in a rebel-held town, killing more than 20 people.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said several women and children were among those killed by the raid in the northern town of Al-Bab.

In a Damascus suburb, a car bombing badly damaged a building, reportedly killing five people.

Syrian state media said women and children were also among the victims there.

SANA news agency blamed the bombing on a “terrorist group.”

With reporting by Reuters and AFP

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* Kurdistan’s Ministry of Natural Resource so vulnerable to criticism, says Jundiani

ERBIL, September 3 (AKnews) – The spokesperson of the politburo of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said a ministry such as the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Region is so important but has a weak structure, meaning it is definitely vulnerable to criticism.

Azad Jundiani in an interview with local paper Rudaw said: “It has always been like that, the Ministry of Natural Resources’ basic work is in one person’s hand, which is the minister. That’s why the ministry is facing criticism.

“We [the PUK] are working to bring our views closer with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) about modification to Kurdistan’s constitution but still we haven’t discussed it in detail. We will ask experts about this issue too.”

Kurdistan’s constitution has 122 articles and was approved in August 2009.

With regard to the strategic agreement between both parties, Jundiani said: “The PUK and the PDK are concurrent on the strategic agreement between them, because both sides believe this agreement benefits Kurds in this stage.”

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US Pledges To Help Iraq Conduct Next General Elections

Posted GMT 9-4-2012 2:32:49

The United States has pledged to assist the Iraqi government for holding its next provincial and national elections scheduled for 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The offer was made at a meeting of the U.S.-Iraq Political and Diplomatic Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) in Baghdad.

The United States consider Iraqi implementation of holding elections on schedule as next essential step in the development of the country’s democracy, the JCC said in a joint statement on Sunday.

The two sides reaffirmed their strategic partnership at the meeting, hosted by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. State Department said in a press release. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Ambassador Elizabeth Jones co-chaired the meeting.

During the meeting, the delegations discussed international efforts to address the Syrian crisis and explored areas of potential cooperation, particularly on humanitarian issues and technical advice on border security. Both sides remain fully committed to a Syrian-led political transition leading to a pluralistic political system representing the will of the Syrian people. The United States acknowledged Iraqi efforts to provide shelter and services to Syrians seeking refuge in Iraq.

The United States praised Iraqi efforts to resolve Chapter VII issues regarding its relationship with Kuwait, in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 833. The U.S. said it was committed to working with both Iraq and Kuwait to resolve remaining Chapter VII issues.

The two sides also discussed the ongoing process of repatriating archives and documents which are part of the patrimony of the Iraqi people.

The United States praised Iraq’s recent decision to sign the Additional Protocol to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Finally, both the countries agreed to explore options for expanded consultation between Department of State and Ministry of Foreign Affairs personnel, potentially to include joint training, professional exchanges, and more frequent policy planning discussions.

The two sides committed to convene the Political and Diplomatic JCC quarterly over the coming year.

The JCCs were established by the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States to strengthen their bilateral strategic partnership on a variety of initiatives, including Defense and Security, Energy, Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation, Education and Culture, Science and Environment, Trade and Finance, and Transportation Cooperation.

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The Rundown – September 4

Russia
# “The Economist” on Islam in Russia
# The UK may blacklist 60 Russian officials it claims are connected to the Sergei Magnitsky case
# ”Clash of the Titans” – Pomerantsev & Kovalev, “Newsweek”
# “Spiegel” interviews Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
# ”Russians Need Role Models” – Luc Jones, “Moscow Times”

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# A report details upcoming attacks by the TTP in Pakistan
# Rimsha Masih remains in jail on blasphemy charges in Pakistan
# ”COIN’s Failure in Afghanistan” – Oleg Svet, “National Interest”
# “Dawn” reports on “hate content” in school textbooks

Iran
# Barbara Slavin returns from Tehran
# ”In Tehran, Nonalignment Gets a New Lease on Life” – Pankraj Mishra, “Bloomberg”

Of Interest
# “The New York Times” interviews Syrian children in refugee camps
# ”Dictators Spurn Their Nations’ Health Care” – Joel Brinkley, “SF Gate”
# Aaron Zelin on how militants have responded to drones
# ”The Man Behind Facebook’s I.P.O. Debacle” – Andrew Ross Sorkin, “The New York Times”

In-House (follow @RFERL)
# Liz Fuller on last week’s fighting on the Georgia-Daghestan border
# Read a letter from prison in Uzbekistan

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# “Class of the Archetype” – Walter Kirn, “The New Republic”
# “Joe Biden Isn’t Finished” – John Heilemann, “New York”
# Reaction to the forthcoming “No Easy Day

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* Iraqi Trade Ministry returns $750 m from non-performing loans

03/09/2012 11:44 BAGHDAD, Sept. 3 (AKnews) – The Iraqi Trade Bank announced Sunday about returning $ 750 m from non-performing loans granted by the previous administration without guarantees, while it issued lawsuits against those who declined from paying loans.

Bank manager Hamdiya al-Jaff said: “A number of issues were won and many others are in the process of implementation. The bank issued a list that included the names of the people who cannot be reached because of giving fake addresses.

“The management of the bank will publish these names in the countries where they are in, especially in Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Oman in order to facilitate returning all the amounts.”

The former director of the Bank Hussein al-Azri fled the country in June 2010 after being accused by an investigative committee composed of the integrity committee, the Financial Inspection Office, the Ministry of Finance and experts, of committing irregularities that costed Iraq a lot of money.

This was at a time when the committee’s report referred to the judicial authorities revealed about facilities that Azri showed in granting guarantees and loans without taking into account the sufficient guarantees.

The Iraqi Trade Bank was established in 2003, according to law no. 20 of the disbanded coalition authority. According to this law, the bank belongs to the highest executive authority.

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4 Kurdish Attacks Kill 10 in Turkey

Posted GMT 9-4-2012 2:33:19

ANKARA, Turkey (UPI) — About 100 Kurdish attackers killed 10 Turkish security personnel in four simultaneous strikes in a southern region of the country, officials said.

Eight others were injured in the Sunday night attacks, Today’s Zaman reported.

The dead included soldiers and police officers.

Members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known as the PKK, used rifles and grenade launchers in the attacks against Turkish installations in Beytussebap, a district of Sirnak province, the Hakkari governor’s office said.

At least three PKK militants were killed, the governor’s office said.

An Aug. 20 car bombing by the PKK in the province of Gaziantep killed 10 civilians, including four children, and wounded as many as 70 people, authorities said.

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* (Okie Oil Man Part 2): OOM&F 9/3/12

[sharonsdinar1] If this goes back to no codes and WF isn’t the main exchange site would the dealers be our best bet..

[..OKIEOILMAN] SHARON–FOR 4 YEARS NOW I HAVE SAID (AND WITH GOOD REASON) BANK’S–BANK’S–BANK’S!!!!!![sooneriam] ..OKIEOILMAN Do you think folks will have to pitch a tent at the banks? Or will there be a rate lock for oom as planned?

[..OKIEOILMAN] SOONERIAM–IF AND I SAID IF–IT’S A TRUE R/V THEN THERE WILL BE NO RUSH NECESSARY

[texasgirl1] Will there be a difference between the rate of the dealers and the rate of the banks?

[..OKIEOILMAN] TEXASGIRL–BANKS–BANKS–BANKS–IS THAT CLEAR ENOUGH?

[reglou] What is the difference between an RV with codes and just a RV?

[..OKIEOILMAN] REGIOU–APPLES AND ORANGES

[MISPLACEDBUCKEYE] ..OKIEOILMAN even with the asset base will the usd still be backed by gold or something else

.OKIEOILMAN] MISPLACEDBUCKEYE–ACCORDING TO THE NEW BANKING REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY THE WORLD WIDE CENTRAL BANK’S ALL FIAT (PAPER MONEY) IS REQUIRED TO BE BACKED BY 20 PER CENT GOLD AND 80 PER CENT COMMODITIES SUCH AS OIL-WHEAT-RICE-CORN-URANIUM-COPPER-SILVER-ETC-ETC-ETC

[demontrosier] ..OKIEOILMAN There has not been very much talks about the EURO, shouldn’t it collapse by now?

[..OKIEOILMAN] DEMONTROSIER–AS LONG AS THE ECONOMIC ENGINE OF GERMANY IS STILL FUNCTIONAL THE EURO WILL SURVIVE BE IT ONLY FOR A SHORT WHILE TILL THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES GOES BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL CURRENCY

[sharonsdinar1] If this goes back to no codes and WF isn’t the main exchange site would the dealers be our best bet..

[..OKIEOILMAN] SHARON–FOR 4 YEARS NOW I HAVE SAID (AND WITH GOOD REASON) BANK’S–BANK’S–BANK’S!!!!!!

[sooneriam] ..OKIEOILMAN Do you think folks will have to pitch a tent at the banks? Or will there be a rate lock for oom as planned?

[..OKIEOILMAN] SOONERIAM–IF AND I SAID IF–IT’S A TRUE R/V THEN THERE WILL BE NO RUSH NECESSARY

texasgirl1] Will there be a difference between the rate of the dealers and the rate of the banks?

[..OKIEOILMAN] TEXASGIRL–BANKS–BANKS–BANKS–IS THAT CLEAR ENOUGH?

[destiny] ..OKIEOILMAN Hello..Any news in regaurds to the Iraq coins being released..or is this just a rumor?

[..OKIEOILMAN] DESTINY–GOLD COINS RELEASED LAST WEEK AND COIN’S OF LESSER VALUE SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE THIS WEEK

[montana1] ..OKIEOILMAN Following up on sooneriam’s question – will there still be a rate lock for oom people?

[..OKIEOILMAN] MONTANA1–ALL WILL BE TREATED THE SAME IF IT IS A STRAIGHT RV

[kboh] is all the information being written down so a book can be writen i for one would love to know the truth.

[..OKIEOILMAN] KBOH–YES–IT’S CALLED “THE BIBLE”

[TonyOutWest] Is your non disclosure agreement still in effect?

[..OKIEOILMAN] TONY–YES–BUT I’M ABOUT TO RELEASE MYSELF FROM THAT IF THING’S DON’T TRANSPIRE AS I AM TOLD THEY WILL

BWAK] ..OKIEOILMAN do you think the announcement will be during the day or night

[bernard] Do you know the health status of Talibani?

..OKIEOILMAN] BWAL AMD BERMARD–TOTALLY IRRELEVANT QUESTIONS AT THIS JUNCTURE

[sbdairy] OKIEOILMAN – dumb question, what is a straight rv?

[..OKIEOILMAN] SBDAIRY–A SET RATE RECOGNIZED WORLD WIDE OF THE SAME VALUE

[mardom] If it is not a true rv what kind of rv would it be, is there a chance there will need to be immediacy in the exchange?

[..OKIEOILMAN] MARDOM–BEST QUESTION OF THE DAY–CONSIDER THIS–IRAQ IS LOCATED EXACTLY HALF WAY BETWEEN IRAN AND ISRAEL THAT IRAN HAS PROMISED TO ERASE FROM THE MAP. ALSO IT BORDERS SYRIA –THE HOT SPOT’S OF THE ENTIRE WORLD–THIS R’V COULD GO SOUTH JUST AS FAST AS IT OCCUR’S–WHY TAKE A CHANCE ON SUCH A VOLINTILE SITUATION–REMEMBER THIS–IT’S BETTER TO HAVE PART OF SOMETHING THAN ALL OF NOTHING

[BigMac] ..OKIEOILMAN Hi Sir—Are you excited?

[..OKIEOILMAN] BIGMAC–NOPE–RAN OUT OF VIAGRA LAST NIGHT

[tweety] ..OKIEOILMAN Will our accounts at whatever bank still need to be non-interest bearing?

[..OKIEOILMAN] TWEETY FOR SAFETY SAKE—YES

[mickey29] ..OKIEOILMAN good afternoon glad to see you on today miss you Smile still all good news for today Internation Currency Exchange?

[..OKIEOILMAN] MICKEY–THUS FAR TODAY IS A GOOD INTEL DAY

[sas] Any opinion whether or not Iran and North Korea holding hands could effect the RV?

[..OKIEOILMAN] SAS–NO RELEVANCE

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* (Okie Oil Man Part 1): OOM&F 9/3/12

[..OKIEOILMAN] I WAS JUST THINKING THE OTHER DAY THAT THIS SITE IS THE MOST WELL MAINTAINED AND OVERSEEN SITE AND HAS THE ABSOLUTELY BEST MOD’S THAT ANY SITE EVER HAS BEEN HONORED TO HAVE.–IT IS THE MOD’S THAT HAS MADE THIS CHRISTIAN ORIENTED SITE POSSIBLE AND HAS GIVEN ME THE HONOR OF BEING A MEMBER HERE. I AM A MEMBER JUST AS ANY OF YOU AND EACH OF YOU IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS I OR ANYONE ELSE IS. THIS SITE SHOULD HAVE BEEN NAMED—”OUR BELIEVER’S SITE”

[donc0725] Okie – what if any role does Iraq have on the release of this event, RV?[..OKIEOILMAN] DONCO725–NONE NOW–PREVIOUSLY THEY HAD IMPLICATIONS BUT SIGNED THE AUTHORITY OVER TO THE B.I.S. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO

[AHBA5] ..OKIEOILMAN Were is China in all of this sir? Do they still hold any cards? Tyvm

[..OKIEOILMAN] SLOW DOWN JUST A LITTLE PLEASE—-AHBAS–CHINA ALWAY’S HAS A FINGER INTO ANY INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

[JBK] ..OKIEOILMAN So if O is the hold up it would seem if he doesn’t get it done by the end of the convention he will not get the bang for his campaigne. Correct????

[..OKIEOILMAN] JBK–TIMING IS EVERYTHING IN POLITIC’S–LET’S SEE IF HE GET’S A BUMP IN THE POLL’S–HE HAS NO RECORD TO RUN ON AND NEED’S ANY EXTRANEOUS (SP) HELP FROM ANY SOURCE HE CAN GET—(BUT NOT MINE)

[abbababy] OKIEOILMAN Good Afternoon and thank you for coming in to chat with us. Are you thinking that O has blamed GW for the last 4 yrs for everything that he does not want to take responsibility for, but now he is going to try & take credit for this wonderful extraordianry plan? How low can he already go? God Bless you & you will always have my prayers and respect

[..OKIEOILMAN] ABBABABY–AN IMMEASURABLE DEPTH

[chasen] ..OKIEOILMAN Will this come with fanfair (to O’s advantage) as the saving of the world or will it be quiet and cloaked as QE3 IYO?

[..OKIEOILMAN] CHASEN–TIME WILL PROVE THAT THEORY

[..OKIEOILMAN] I SEE WHERE THE OBAMA’S HAS PURCHASED A 35 MILLION DOLLAR ESTATE IN HAWAII WITH TENATIVE OCCUPANCY DATE OF BEING 2013—-THAT WITHIN ITSELF SHOULD GIVE YOU AN INDICATION OF WHAT APPEAR’S TO BE THE WRITING ON THE WALL

[bestlife] ..OKIEOILMAN vic1 told us to watch the National Debt Board. He said 16 trillion was important! Do you know what will happen when it hits 16trillion?

[..OKIEOILMAN] BESTLIFE–YEP–IT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW–SUCH INSURMOUNTABLE DEBT CANNOT BE ERASED OVERNIGHT REGARDLESS OF WHO THE NEXT PRES WILL BE–THAT WILL TAKE TIME–ALSO GOING BACK TO THE GOLD STANDARD SHOULD BE FACTORED INTO THAT EQUATION

[chasen] ..OKIEOILMAN heard global debt forgivnees will be part of the reset of the world economy. Your thoughts?

[..OKIEOILMAN] CHASEN–IN YOUR DREAM’S

[..OKIEOILMAN] WHAT WERE COMMENTING ON HERE DOES NOT JUSTIFY BEING PUT IN FORUM–SOME OF MY STATEMENT’S WILL SEEM TOO CONTROVERSAL FOR CERTAIN OTHER’S–I SHOULD NEVER HAVE MADE SOME OF THE STATEMENT’S I DID BUT I FEEL TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL AND SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO SOME INDIVIDUAL’S ATTENTION–KNOW THE TRUTH AND IT SHALL SET YOU FREE.

[..OKIEOILMAN] 14 QUESTIONS AT ONCE–PLEASE ADDRESS EACH ONE AND GIVE ME TIME TO ANSWER–I AM A SPEED READER AND TYPER BUT CAN’T KEEP UP

[hog1] ..OKIEOILMAN : Has the Lord given you any specific insight over the last few days. I know you hear from Him and HE is the NO.1 Intel provider.

[..OKIEOILMAN] HOG1–HE HAS NOT CALLED YET TODAY

Dovesfreedom] OKIEOILMAN……so does this mean we are now back on the shelf for awhile?

[..OKIEOILMAN] DOVESFREEDOM—WHERE DID YOU GET THAT FROM—CERTAINLY NOT FROM ME

[IshMan] Okie. Does our Treasury not hold some 5 trillion Dinar? And over 10 years or more, won’t exchange of these in oil trade with Iraq pay off the entire national debt… if we don’t continue to spend at current levels?

[..OKIEOILMAN] ISHMAN–ALWAY’S REMEMBER –HISTORICALLY–WHEN OUR GOVERMENT GET’S MONEY–THEY SPEND IT

[..OKIEOILMAN] IF OUR GOVERMENT WAS IN CHARGE OF THE SAHARI DESERT IN 5 YEAR’S THEY WOULD HAVE A SHORTAGE OF SAND

[bigauty] Okie… your last post said O had no “control over this occurring or power to stop it”… I no he can’t stop it, but how can he delay it if he has no control over it,s


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Civilians killed in errant Yemen air strike

An attack by fighter planes in Yemen has mistakenly hit vehicles carrying civilians travelling south of the capital, Sanaa, killing 14, including women and children, officals and tribesmen said.

Military officials said Sunday’s air strikes in Radaa in the province of Bayda were based on faulty intelligence that the passengers were al-Qaeda members.

Missiles fired from the warplanes hit two vehicles carrying local residents returning to their villages. Tribesman Sheik Ahmed Ali said the dead included three women and three children.

The attack prompted angry protests by relatives of the victims, residents told the Reuters news agency.

The impoverished Arabian Peninsula state has become a key battleground for the US in its war against al-Qaeda.

US drones have regularly targeted al-Qaeda suspects.

On Sunday, a US drone strike killed a top al-Qaeda figure wanted for allegedly masterminding a 2002 attack on a French oil tanker.

The country has been in turmoil since an uprising against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh began in January last year.

Saleh stepped down in February but fighters have managed to strengthen their foothold in remote regions during the unrest.

Earlier reports

Officials initially said a US drone had killed five people in the attack in Radaa on Sunday evening, but residents said on Monday a Yemeni warplane had hit a car, killing civilians.

“It seems Yemeni warplanes missed the vehicle carrying the suspected militants and instead hit one carrying civilians, who were killed while four were injured,” an official from a clan in the Radaa region told Reuters.

“The car that carried the al-Qaeda militants happened to pass in the same place where the civilian car was,” he added.

Families of the victims marched on Sunday evening in protest against the deaths, a witness told Reuters.

The incident could fuel already growing resentment over a US-Yemeni campaign against al-Qaeda that has often claimed civilian lives.

“There will be a meeting today with the heads of the tribes and government official. People are angry and want this to
stop,” another tribal official said.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is based in Yemen. It has mounted operations in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and tried to launch attacks against the US.

Washington, which fears the spread of Islamist groups in Yemen, has stepped up drone attacks this year in response.

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* U.S. State Department confirms that the arms contracts with Iraq will be implemented as soon as possible

Alsumaria News / Baghdad
The United States of America, Monday, that the relationship between Iraq and the United States is controlled by the Strategic Framework Agreement, noting that the contracts signed with Iraq on armament will be implemented as soon as possible depending on the speed the production line in the United States, stressed not to allow the transfer of weapons to other countries.U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Elizabeth Jones in response to a question “of the Sumerian News” on the sidelines of a meeting with a number of media representatives, said that “the relationship between Iraq and the United States is controlled by the Strategic Framework Agreement, and they ask a certain kind of trust and respect between the parties, This is available between the United States and Iraq, “asserting that” relations between the two armies permanent as technological and cultural relations and political are all based on what is good for both parties. “

Jones added that “this requires trust and duties of Iraq to the United States and vice versa, in order to emphasize that these mutual obligations are caused by the meetings that we do.”

And on the armament contracts with Iraq assured Jnonz that “contracts that have been signed and agreed upon between Iraq on the reinforcement will be implemented as soon as possible, depending on the speed of the production line in the United States.”

The Jones that “manufacture some of the weapons complex, and it takes a long time as well as the training takes a long time, and that training is, regardless of any religious affiliation or sectarian,” asserting “there is no delay in the processing of weapons, and there is no impact from other countries.”

And on the transfer of weapons to other countries confirmed Jones that “this is not allowed, which is an essential part of the agreement with Iraq, and with any other country”, noting that it does not imagine “the possibility of transfer of these weapons a formal request, and that the United States will not agree to this “.

He was a member of the Commission on Security and Defense parliamentary Zamili governor, confirmed last August, that the U.S. military is not serious and honest intentions of arming the Iraqi military, as he emphasized that he begins to move backward when it feels that the Iraqis started to go to other countries like Russia and China.

The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called for, in (21 last August), during his meeting with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the U.S. government to accelerate the arming of Iraqi forces, helping to secure Iraq’s sovereignty, as he emphasized Dempsey United States is willing to discuss Iraq’s needs all in the field of defense as to ensure its unity and independence.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed, on the third of July, the Iraqi government’s desire to increase the number of F16 aircraft in the “near future” to protect Iraqi airspace, with the delegation of the company producing these latter model aircraft that had been contracted in the second meal.

The Iraqi government announced, in September of 2011, for the first payment of the value of F16 aircraft deal to the United States, while reported that the amount is a price for the purchase of 18 fighter of this kind, confirmed that Iraq is seeking to buy 36 aircraft.

The United States agreed U.S. (13 April 2011) to double the number of aircraft model F16 be sold to Iraq in conjunction with a visit by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the U.S., believing that their decision was evidence of Iraq’s progress in the field of ensuring security, “and independence” .

The United States ended the U.S. presence in Iraq officially in December of the year 2011, nine years after the invasion of its military forces in 2003, and the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein, the decision of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

It is noteworthy that the current Iraqi army consists of 15 military band mostly infantry divisions estimated several members of around 350 thousand soldiers, and has no less than 140 tanks Abrams American newly manufactured, in addition to 170 Russian tanks and Hungarian-made, most of them in aid of NATO to the Iraqi government and hundreds personnel carriers and heavy artillery and rocket launchers, as well as a number of Russian helicopters and American-made, and a number of naval vessels in the port of Umm Qasr to protect Iraqi oil exports.

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* The deletion of zeros falls within the powers of the CBI

Ruled out the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance Fadel Bani deletion of zeros from the currency until the end of the year two thousand and thirteen (2013). Bani said in a press statement that the deletion of zeros falls within the powers of the central bank, which is supported by,

While the Ministry of Finance to Ataadh, said Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance between that next year’s budget was calculated current Iraqi currency and therefore can not delete the zeros and replacement.

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* UPDATE 1-Iraq says has U.S. support in Kurdish oil deals row

(Reuters) – A U.S. official has said companies should co-operate with Iraq’s central government before striking oil and gas deals with the autonomous Kurdistan region, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister’s office on Monday.

Baghdad maintains it alone has the right to export Iraqi crude. But Kurdistan has moved ahead with signing exploration deals with oil majors such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron, which the central government rejects as illegal.

“The United States has called on all the companies to (remember) the necessity to co-ordinate with the central government before concluding any deal or contract, especially in the fields of oil and gas,” a statement from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s office said.

The statement contained details of a meeting between the prime minister and Elizabeth Jones, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, on Sunday.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson told Reuters that Washington recognised that U.S. firms working in other countries made their own business decisions but that it had given advice on Iraq.

“The USG (U.S. government) has informed and will continue to inform U.S. companies that signing contracts for oil exploration or production with any region of Iraq, without approval from federal Iraqi authorities, exposes these companies to potential legal risks,” the spokesperson said.

Kurdish oil exports make up a fraction of Iraq’s shipments, but the payment dispute feeds into a wider conflict between Iraqi Arabs and Kurds over autonomy, oil and land that risks upsetting Iraq’s uneasy federal union.

Maliki said in July that U.S. President Barack Obama had backed Baghdad’s concerns over Exxon Mobil’s oil deal with Kurdistan in a letter. The White House declined to comment on its content.

Kurdistan, autonomous since 1991, runs its own government and armed forces but relies on the central government for a percentage of the country’s oil revenues from the national budget.

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French unemployment hits 13-year high

The number of unemployed people in France has broken past the three million barrier for the first time since 1999, the country’s leaders say.

The latest total adds pressure on President Francois Hollande, whose administration is under attack four months after taking power for not doing enough to fix the economy. France’s unemployment rate is currently 10 per cent.

Breaking the three million mark carries more symbolic importance than economic significance, but the news was covered extensively in the French media over the weekend. The employment ministry says the three million threshold was crossed in 1996 and again in 1999.

Michel Sapin, the country’s employment minister, confirmed the total on French radio on Sunday and warned that the numbers would likely get worse.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called the numbers “very violent”. The government announced last week that it had counted more than 2.9 million unemployed people in July, so the threshold was expected to be passed in August.

‘Risky’ bailout

As he grapples with rising unemployment and an economic slowdown, Hollande made a politically risky move over the weekend by offering a state lifeline to wind down a small, ailing French mortgage lender.

The government has promised to guarantee Credit Immobilier de France’s debt, putting an end to the bank’s vain search for a buyer after credit rating downgrades drove it into a funding wall.

Unlike Franco-Belgian bank Dexia, which was also rescued with guarantees in the wake of the eurozone debt crisis, CIF is profitable and can be wound down gradually without requiring an injection of taxpayer money, bankers said on Monday.

The bailout risks, however, giving voters the impression that the Socialist president is going soft on the financial sector after promising during his election campaign to crack down on the industry for perceived excessive risk-taking and lavish bonuses.

The daily Le Monde highlighted the irony with a cartoon showing Hollande rescuing a drowning CIF banker while recalling his campaign mantra that “my adversary is the world of finance … but I don’t like seeing people suffer”.

With a mortgage market share of 3.5 per cent and assets of $ 41.60bn, analysts said CIF’s troubles were easily contained and specific to the bank’s reliance on market funding, rather than the quality of its assets.

Financial market players said France’s sovereign bond yields are unlikely to come under pressure from the debt guarantees, set to cover up to 20 billion euros of CIF debt.

The real risk, however, lies in a likely public backlash against Hollande over the consequences on jobs.

“The market is going to be more understanding than the French people,” said a bond trader who specialises in French institutions. The trader spoke on condition of anonymity.

Credit Immobilier de France’s 2,500 employees and 300 branches are unlikely to survive due to conditions attached to the state guarantees, which are subject to European Union approval, according to SNB bank union leader Regis dos Santos.

“We’re already seeing comments from the public saying that the state is rescuing a French bank … even when the government has not spent a single penny,” dos Santos said. “This is going to impact public opinion.”

He questioned whether regulators and regional authorities in charge of the CIF had put enough pressure on its outgoing chief executive, Claude Sadoun, to change a business model that relied exclusively on market funding and that had taken a hit with every credit-market flare-up since 2008.

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British Phone Regulator Fines Russian Firm

Britain’s regulator of premium rate phone services has fined a Russian company around $ 79,000 for “serious breaches” of its code, including price violations, misleading information and issuing charges without consent.

The regulator — PhonepayPlus — levied the fines against Russia’s Connect Ltd.

The company also must refund within three months all money it collected from users, regardless of whether they claim a refund.

Failure to comply could result in higher court-ordered fines.

It says Connect Ltd. tricked Facebook users into installing a malicious application on their Android phones that provided access to games.

When installed, the phone owner was charged 10 pounds for an auto-reply message.

Notification of the fee was buried on page six of the terms and conditions, saying “charges of about 5 pounds” would be incurred.

With reporting by the BBC

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

* (BondLady): BLC 9/3/12

[BondLady] A commission of inquiry reveals the complicity of officials ERA selling currency Published 03/09/2012 09:31 AM Babinaoz – Agencies: Revealed Truth formed by the House of Representatives, which includes the heads of (Economic and Financial Committee and BSA) about the existence of collusion of some officials and advisers at the central bank issue auction currency, revealing that a report be submitted to the chairman of the parliament next week to make a decision the subject. A member of the fact-finding committee, Ahmed al-Alwani’s (Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network) that his committee “ended a series of meetings with officials in the Central Bank and the Financial Inspection Office and the tax and customs and economic crime, and will report to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives next week to make a decision on the subject of an auction sale currency. “

http://www.babnews.com/inp/view.asp?ID=57334

[BondLady] will report to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives next week to make a decision on the subject of an auction sale currency.

[rsp1] BondLady When they close the auctions, is that to get ready for the revalue? [rsp1] by pulling in the 000′ [BondLady] as i said yesterday when everyone was talking about the high auctions, imo they wouldnt change until the cbi did something differant [BondLady] we need to see more on it rsp before we can say [rsp1] Well, that certainly would be different – no auctions. [BondLady] we can assume… [BondLady] but you know what they say about people who assume [rsp1] I thought that was where it was going. [BondLady] let me find us another one

[BondLady] Commission on tourism: frequent crash affected the national economy must be abolished Date: 2012-09-03 13: 47: 47 Monday Baghdad (News) … Called the Vice-Chairman of the Committee for tourism and Antiquities/Iraqi coalition MP Talal Hussein Al-zawbai, the Chamber of Deputies and the Federal Government Holidays Act to their negative effects in disrupting the Iraqi economy. He said Al-zawbai (the news agency news) Monday: that the law will abolish most holidays holidays that recalls the days of the deposed regime and all holidays are meaningless, saying, could increase the holidays resulted in declining national economy. He added: the law provides for the reduction of official holidays was bad since the days of the former regime or after the events of 2003, stating that the law was the first reading and Tourism Commission bent on completion of the second reading and then vote in the Chamber of Deputies. He noted: all holidays established by law must be abolished official law of the Iraqi Government with the consent of the House of representatives./finished http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=ar&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ikhnews.com%2Fnews.php%3Faction%3Dview%26id%3D54202

[BondLady] see this is mainly saying whats not being said actually, as weird as this might sound [BondLady] they dont like the exchange rates and the sanctions put on countries who come to iraq for the holidays [BondLady] and the celebrations [BondLady] they talk about how it was in the former regime days [BondLady] : that the law will abolish most holidays holidays that recalls the days of the deposed regime and all holidays are meaningless, saying, could increase the holidays resulted in declining national economy. He added: the law provides for the reduction of official holidays was bad since the days of the former regime or after the events of 2003 [rsp1] They do have a TON of holidays. [BondLady] they should too [BondLady] there culture is back to the beginning of mankind [BondLady] ours is what 200 yrs old [BondLady] theres is over 5000 yrs [BondLady] stands to reason [BondLady] anyway [BondLady] there tourisum has dropped extremely [BondLady] and no 1 wants to take iran nor syrian money [BondLady] an they do pilgrimages to iraq to celebrate these holidays [BondLady] there exchange rates drop to nothing an they lose money by taking them [BondLady] anyway just trying to show how the exchange rates are affecting iraq economy of neighboring states [BondLady] as there tourisum outside of oil is what brings in the money [BondLady] so they want to try an reduce some of these holidays [BondLady] to get more work done and they really should [BondLady] but they will meet a big force against these [BondLady] as they love there holidays and the martyrs [BondLady] and want to celebrate all of them [BondLady] but they do very little work when they have 25 holidays a month so to speak [BondLady] and many won’t like the holidays they chose to get rid of so that will be more reasons for them to fight


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Letter From Uzbek Prison Purportedly Reveals Regime Of Torture

A letter purportedly smuggled out from Uzbekistan’s most notorious prison has shed more light on the practice of torture in the facility.
 
Published on the website of the France-based Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), the organization’s president says the letter was “sent by inmates” at the Jaslyk prison located in northwestern Uzbekistan.

It details how an inmate, whose first name is Ortikali, was beaten in December 2011 for not showing any interest in the mandatory one-hour reading of books by Uzbek President Islam Karimov.
 
Karimov has written a number of books, with perhaps his most famous being “Uzbekistan On The Threshold Of The 21st Century,” his vision for his country’s future. It is unclear which of his works inmates were reading.
 
The letter details what happened to Ortikali after not paying attention during the reading hour:
 

The head of educational affairs at this colony is Berdibayev Ikrom Kadirbaevich [AHRCA notes this is his real name]. He personal participated when they tortured Ortikali. He [Berdibayev] ordered that he be beaten on his heels. When Ortikali had suffered 30-40 beatings, they asked him if now he would listen to the book of the president, and he made it clear that he remained firm in his previous sentiment. Then Berdibayev Ikrom Kadirbaevich gave an order to have him beaten on his heels an additional 20-30 times. Altogether, he bore 80 strikes to the heel. His heels are swollen. He [Ortikali] is now in no condition to walk.

 
According to the letter, Ortikali was placed in solitary confinement for 10 days. Other prisoners were also sent to solitary for supporting Ortikali, with four prisoners going on hunger strike for four days.
 

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A fragment of the letter seen by RFE/RL.

​​It is unclear how the letter was smuggled out or how AHRCA, an organization that was set up by political émigrés, obtained the letter. RFE/RL has seen a copy of the letter, which is written in unsophisticated Uzbek and appears to be genuine.
 
The allegations of abuse are consistent with other accounts of former prisoners from Jaslyk.
 
As RFE/RL reported in August:
 

Former inmates recall gruesome methods of torture being employed at Jaslyk, including electric shocks, sexual assault, the pulling out of prisoners’ fingernails, and long stints of solitary confinement without food or drink.

 
The prison, which houses 5,000 to 7,000 inmates, hit the headlines in 2002 when the New York-based Human Rights Watch documented the cases of two prisoners who died at the facility. Doctors who saw the body of one of the men said that the injuries could have only been caused by being immersed in boiling water.
 
Set in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpaksta republic, Jaslyk was set up in the wake of the 1999 Tashkent bombings, which killed 16 people and which the government blamed on Islamic militants. Thousands of people were rounded up, many of them from Islamic groups, and sent to Jaslyk. In recent years, the facility has housed political prisoners.
 
Uzbekistan has not allowed UN rapporteurs to visit its prisons, including Jaslyk. Independent human rights organizations are often prevented from investigating alleged cases of rights abuses in the country.

While the letter’s claims are consistent with other accounts, it is worth remembering that Uzbek rights activists have been fooled before. In December 2011, human rights and media organizations (including RFE/RL) reported the story of a woman, Gulsumoi Abdujalilova, who had supposedly killed herself in Uzbekistan after being interrogated by the police.

But after suspicions were raised and an investigation by RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, an Uzbek woman who had produced a death certificate for Abdujalilova said the story was a hoax. While it is almost certain that Abdujalilova did not exist, questions were subsequently raised about the credibility of the “hoaxers’” confession. (Read more on the convoluted tale here.)
 
Whistle-blowers from Uzbekistan are rare, but previous experience has shown it is worth treating their claims with caution. Ikrom Yakubov, who claimed to be a former major in the Uzbek National Security Service (SNB), fled Uzbekistan. While applying for political asylum in Britain, he claimed that President Karimov directly ordered senior military officers to tell troops to fire on protesters in the eastern city of Andijon in 2005.

The Uzbek government says 187 people died in the violence, while many rights groups put the number of dead closer to 1,000.
 
Since 2008, however, doubt has been cast on Yakubov’s case, with a prominent rights activist saying that Yakubov had been fired from a low-level government position, didn’t have any access to sensitive information, and received his knowledge of Uzbek violations from his time working at an NGO.

– Luke Allnutt

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

* (Blaino): MIG 9/2/12

September 3rd, 2012 11:00 am · Posted in DOOZIES: Dinars Exchange, Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits 

9-2-2012  Intel Guru Blaino   I see large international dollar movement, extra large iqd buys happening in the middle east, i (blaino) am very excited…we are holding at…alert level 5+.


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* (Shasta7 & SWFloridaGuy): MIG 9/3/12

xyz] 11:35 am [~SpecialAgentGibbs] folks please, do not fall for the scams offering to buy or exchange your dinar! How many times do we have to keep saying this? You will lose your wealth!!!

[xyz] so true …. 11:39 am [~SpecialAgentGibbs] hey, psstttt. I can get you a better rate, just send me your dinar and i promise to send you your money right after exchange!!!! (translation: i’ll take all of your dinar and disappear to some island) 11:40 am [~SpecialAgentGibbs] use some common sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[hub] xyz if the door you WALK through doesnt say _______bank, or airport currency exchange, or dinarbanker…etc….dont part with the dinar,

jodilf] for those of you who will be asking in a couple of hours, PTR is NOT having a call today

shasta7] truthfully regarding teirs… I believe if there is to be a Global reset… the gov’t’s of the world will get a higher rate… but we won’t know what it is… then if the info is true about Madame WU… then yes those in groups could get more then street rate… jmo

[mimi3] shasta7 who is this Madame wu?

[hub] shasta7 i hate to be stupid, but i have heard she is, she isnt, and in between, who and what is mad wu, please sir

[jutta11] mimi3 the only woman with common sense in politics and she and Christine could clean up this mess..

[shasta7] hub Madame Wu IS a real person… in 2004, 2005, 2007 she was considered the 2 nd most influencial woman in the world… 2006 she was 3rd… in 2007-2008 she retired… she is one of the wealthiest families in china…

[shasta7] As I always tell my ppl… figure low… but hope for high… base your plan on lower rate & then be pleasantly surprised iffin it is higher… you won’t get caught up on the emotional roller coaster…

[shasta7] mimi3 I tell my people to figure $ 1.50 to $ 3.00 base your plan on lower number… we already know Shabibi said Iraq will have highest rate currency in middle east… (which means the world)… I do believe Shabibi before anyone else from Iraq..

[shasta7] keep in mind all… that China wants their currency to be the worlds reserve  currency… so they will do whatever they can to get it… the more Dinar they have or get the more power they become in the financial world… this whole thing about RV of currencies is about power grabbing to control…

[SWFloridaGuy] shasta7 Shabibi did have one report years ago when he said the goal was to eventually return their currency to previous levels. He never once mentioned the mechanisms by which they will achieve that RV, RI, RD etc. People misquote Shabibi and the CBI all the time unfortunately. A common misquote is “Give me a seated government and I’ll give you a RV.” The CBI and Finance Committe did say that they will move forward with the economic reforms (details not enclosed) when the political crisis is resolved but when it comes to a revaluation as Shabibi himself did say “Even if I knew I could never tell you.” We do however speculate in chat rooms that is the plan.

[shasta7] SWFloridaGuy true… BUT he also knows & wants other country’s companies to INVEST in Iraq… he said so by having that meeting in DC last yr… & most will not invest unless they have a currency worth more then 1/10 of a penny…

[SWFloridaGuy] shasta7 The 2 are not mutally exclusive. Depends on the company and how they will profit. That’s kind of simplifying it imo and still doesn’t address how they will reach levels of a 100,000% increase. Little more complicated than that but I do believe a RV is what we will see.

[shasta7] SWFloridaGuy so do I… but hearing rate of $ 60 is crazy… in my opinion even rate of .86 is notz… use common sense… can the rate be high YES but within reason…

shasta7] Here is an article everyone needs to digest & read… Firestorms & Currency Twisters

http://news.goldseek.com/GoldenJackass/1346270400.php

SWFloridaGuy] shasta7 Where I am continually perplexed is seeing people in chat rooms reference a 100,000% increase as a “Small RV.” Romania (35.4%) and Colombia (30.6%) are the previous record holders and although the initial effects were positive, sustaining that growth presented a lot of problems and after about 3 years they started to show in both circumstances so 1 to 1 is nothing to scoff at imo. Needs to be put in perspective. We need to know what we’re talking about here.

[shasta7] SWFloridaGuy only problem with that is why would Iraqi’s give up USD for Dinar for same price or lower… like .86 cents… especially with a country who is not stable…

[shasta7] referring to the 1 to 1

[Beefjerkey] SWFloridaGuy When Romania and Columbia rv’ed were most countries spending over 100% of their GDP?

[SWFloridaGuy] shasta7 I understand that point and eventually I think Iraq will be able to reach that level and justify a high exchange rate. They’ve already made adjustments and none of them came close to 1 to 1 but we hope that will change.

[SWFloridaGuy] Beefjerkey Well, Colombia has RVd twice. 1936 and 2006

[SWFloridaGuy] 1993 rather not 1936. Type

[shasta7] I also think Iraq has alot of bills to pay out… & only way to do it is to get currency as high as possible… I am thinking it has to be in line with Kuwait value…

[SWFloridaGuy] typo

[BIGREDDOG] SWFloridaGuy imo it would ba comp to avg. in the middle east…. thats is all tose folks care bout…. Ive been there there is no outside world lol

[Beefjerkey] SWFloridaGuy The world is in a near default state now, something big must happen.

[SWFloridaGuy] Beefjerkey The hope is that a big change is on the way. I’ve addressed this possibility with a change in the peg. A PEP is one of many possible scenarios. Another option would be for the monetary policy to target a basket of basic mineral and agricultural commodities. A broad-based commodity standard and not just limited to a single commodity such as gold which would help average out fluctuations.

[shasta7] Lastly, the global sistuation is on fire… & ALL countries are in trouble… so the reset has to happen soon or they will be rioting & civil unrest like the world never seen… we are almost at that point now

[frankcraft] shasta7 but Kuwait is revaluing also right…..so it may be higher then the rate now???

[BIGREDDOG] frankcraft if you a forex fan kwd is down several ticks

[shasta7] frankcraft … from what is in the rumor mill…

[SWFloridaGuy] shasta7 Can you explain your “Reset” scenario? Which currencies get adjusted and in which direction?

[BIGREDDOG] xyz no i didnt

[inwest] hello SWFloridaGuy, what was the percentage the dinar was reduced when it was devalued? Was that a record reduction?

[hopeful2&2] 1 to 1 is for the iraq citzen to take the dollars and trade for dinar , other words trade 1 dollar for 1 dinar, then when the rate changes, their 1 dinar will be worth whatever rate is set, such as 3.22 or 3.86, other wise there would be no need in trading 1 dinar fo 1 dinar

[shasta7] I think it depends on who is & has the power… it also will depend on what the country produces, how much gold they own, GDP, & what rare earth minerials they have… talk out there is 20% gold & rest GDP… but again nothing set in stone

[SWFloridaGuy] inwest UN resolution 661 was instrumental in the decrease in value and the great disparity between previous levels the IQD has held and it’s current rate is the only reason we are all here.

[BIGREDDOG] cnat forget bout the oil….. best quality in the world and more than everyone else…. that is power!! lol

[inwest] what was the percentage the dinar was devalued?

SWFloridaGuy] inwest That’s up for debate. You will hear many different estimates between what the “True” value of the IQD was when it started losing value. There’s no simple answer to that.

[shasta7] We all know our banks/financial system is a house of cards & now insolvent… they just are propping things up to cover the truth that they stole peoples money worldwide…

[inwest] did the dinar drop from $ 3.22 to something like.003? is that close?

[shasta7] inwest … dropped to 1/10 a penny

[inwest] ok so on a percentage, what percent was the dinar reduced in value?

[shasta7] ok gotta run for a bit….


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Iran General Claims Progress On New Air Defense System

The commander of Iran’s air defense forces has said that Iran has completed about 30 percent of a new missile defense system.

Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said on September 3 that he expects the Bavar-373 system to be completed by the end of next year.

He described the system as “more advanced” than Soviet-era S-300 surface-to-air missiles, saying they are better at “detecting, identifying and destroying targets.”

The S-300 system was developed to defend against aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles.

But Russia refuses to sell S-300s to Tehran, saying sales would violate UN sanctions. Iran is under mounting pressure from Israel and Western powers over its nuclear program.

Esmaili says the greatest threat against Iran is air strikes.

He said there would be tests of the new system by early November.

Based on reporting by Reuters and ISNA

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

* Barclays’ Azar Sees Pick-Up In Middle East M&A, Fee Income

Middle East merger and acquisition deals will probably rise in the next year as sovereign wealth funds look for ways to spend cash from oil sales and regional companies seek expansion, aBarclays Plc (BARC) executive said.

M&A activity is “picking up and our deal pipeline feels much better than two or three years ago,” Makram Azar, vice chairman of investment banking at Barclays, said in an interview at the bank’s Dubai offices on Aug. 30. Sovereign wealth funds “need to put their cash to work, particularly outside the region, in emerging and high growth markets or in opportunistic deals in Europe where valuations are depressed,” he said.

Pedestrians walk past a branch of Barclays bank in Dubai. The London-based bank’s fees from Middle East mergers and acquisitions advisory services “will be higher than last year’s,” Makram Azar, vice chairman of investment banking at Barclays. Photographer: Charles Crowell/Bloomberg News

A total of 194 M&A deals worth $ 29.7 billion have been announced in the Middle East and North Africa so far this year, down 5.3 percent from 219 deals worth $ 31.4 billion in the same period last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Barclays, the second-ranked arranger of M&A deals in the region, is advising Qatar Telecom QSC on its $ 2.2 billion purchase of a 47.5 percent stake in Kuwait’s National Mobile Telecom Co. (NMTC) and also managed the $ 1.4 billion acquisition by Qatar Investment Authority of a 20 percent stake in BAA Ltd.

The London-based bank’s fees from mergers and acquisitions advisory services “will be higher than last year’s,” Azar said, without giving more details on expected earnings.

Oil Production

Countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait, pump more than 20 percent of the world’s oil. In March, Mubadala Development Co. PJSC, the Abu Dhabi investment fund, announced it will pay $ 2 billion for a 5.63 percent preferred equity interest in Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista’s EBX Group Co. to help diversify investments, while Qatari sovereign funds have been acquiring assets in companies such as Swiss miner Xstrata Plc. (XTA)

Several Middle East companies are being “selectively active about acquisitions after digesting the impact of the credit crisis and cleaning up their balance sheets,” Azar said.

Barclays rose 0.2 percent to 183.60 pence in London as of 9:38 a.m. local time and gained about 5 percent this year.

Qatar National Bank SAQ (QNBK), the Persian Gulf country’s biggest bank by assets, is in talks to buy a majority stake in Societe General SA’s Egyptian unit, National Societe Generale Bank SAE (NSGB), the Cairo-based bank said Aug. 30. Societe Generale owns 77.2 percent of its Egyptian unit that has a value of 11.9 billion Egyptian pounds ($ 1.9 billion), Bloomberg data shows.

Qatar Bank

Qatar National also increased its stake in the U.A.E.’s Commercial Bank International PSC (CBI) to 39.9 percent from 16.5 percent, CBI said Aug. 30, a deal worth about $ 75 million.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) is the top M&A advisor in the Middle East and Africa and globally this year, according to Bloomberg data. The value of announced M&A deals globally has declined 32 percent in 2012 to $ 1.38 trillion, the data shows.

Barclays named Antony Jenkins, the head of its consumer business, as chief executive officer on Aug. 30. Jenkins said that day he would “think strategically” about the investment bank’s future given regulatory pressures, and that the division had a “very good team.” Barclays is replacing some senior managers, including former CEO Robert Diamond and Chairman Marcus Agius, after politicians, shareholders and regulators accused the bank of having a culture of aggressively interpreting regulations and failing to stop wrongdoing.

Investment Bank

Diamond, who built Barclays’s investment bank into the world’s biggest global bond underwriter, resigned in July after the bank was fined 290 million pounds ($ 459 million) by U.S. and U.K. regulators for attempting to rig the London interbank offered rate. With increased regulation fromEurope and the U.K., volatile market conditions for mergers and acquisitions and continuing criticism of bankers’ pay by politicians, Barclays has faced calls from analysts and shareholders to either sell the division or reduce its size.

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Russian Army Moves To Prevent Anthrax At Kyrgyz Air Base

Russia’s military officials say that efforts to prevent an anthrax epidemic have been increased at a Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan because of an outbreak of anthrax nearby.

Officials from Russia’s Central Military District say one of the outbreaks is within 20 kilometers of the Kant Air Base in Kyrgyzstan’s northern region of Chui.

He says all military buildings on the base — including apartments for officers and their families — have been disinfected and safety checks on food supplies have been increased.

The move was undertaken after Kyrgyz health officials announced last week that several cases of anthrax had been confirmed in Chui and in the southern regions of Jalal-abad and Batken.

Based on reporting by RIA-Novosti and ITAR-TASS

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Syrian jets strike town near Aleppo

Fighter jets have bombed a town in northern Syria, killing at least 18 people, activists say, while the new UN envoy to the country has acknowledged that brokering an end to the nation’s civil war will be a “nearly impossible” task.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) and the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), two anti-government activist groups, said the air strikes targeted a residential area in the northern town of al-Bab, about 30km from the Turkish border.

Activists said the death toll was higher than 18.

An amateur video showed men frantically searching for bodies in the rubble of a white building turned into a pile of debris.

In Damascus, a car bomb exploded in a religiously mixed district on the edge of the city, causing casualties including women and children, state media and opposition activists said.

State news agency SANA said the wounded included women and children, while the SOHR said five people had been killed and 27 injured.

The LCC, which is a network of activists inside the country, said ambulances were ferrying wounded people from the scene in the Jaramanah neighbourhood.

Last week, at least 12 people were killed by another car bomb in the same area that targeted a funeral for two men who had earlier been killed by rebels. Opposition activists said the two men were members of a newly formed state-backed militia.

State media called that bombing a terrorist act, while opposition activists said President Bashar al-Assad’s security agents had done it to sow sectarian strife in the district, which is inhabited by Sunni Muslims, Christians and Druze.

“The area is a quite religiously diverse sector. Christians and Druze mostly make up the population there, and its the sort of bomb blast that if the [Free Syrian Army] did plant it would make it extremely unpopular,” reported Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton from Antakya, on Turkey’s border with Syria.

An FSA colonel blamed the bombing on the government, saying it was carried out to undermine the armed opposition.

Uprising labelled ‘conspiracy’ 

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the war have continued despite the violence. Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, who recently succeeded Kofi Annan as the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria, told the BBC that the task is “nearly impossible”.

Brahimi, speaking earlier to Al Jazeera, said change in Syria was “unavoidable”, but he stopped short of calling for Assad to step down – the most important demand of rebels and the opposition.

Omran al-Zoabi, the recently appointed information minister, announced in Damascus on Monday that Brahimi’s success “depends on certain states such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey respecting his mission, by closing their borders to armed men, and by ceasing to provice weapons”.

Zoabi said the 17-month-long uprising, sparked by the government’s violent response to protests in the city of Daraa, was “a conspiracy, an aggression by proxy, and its tools are hidden”.

A loose alliance of the US and European and Gulf states has been pushing for Assad to give up power, though there has been no agreement on how to aid the rebels, with some countries favouring arms and no-fly zones and others diplomacy and sanctions.

In France, Laurent Fabius, foreign minister, said Western powers would deliver a “massive and blistering” response to Assad if he deployed chemical or biological weapons, which the government is widely believed to possess.

US President Barack Obama previously called the deployment of such weapons a “red line”, and the government in Damascus has said it would only use them in the case of external aggression.

ICRC access sought

The new head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was set to begin a three-day visit on Monday for talks with Assad and other officials meant to increase the organisation’s access in the country.

Peter Maurer will meet Assad on Tuesday, as well as Walid Muallem, foreign minister, and several other ministers. The ICRC president is also set to meet the head of his organisation’s main partner in Syria, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

“At a time when more and more civilians are being exposed to extreme violence, it is of the utmost importance that we and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent succeed in significantly scaling up our humanitarian response,” Maurer said in a statement.

“It is vital that we build on what has already been achieved on the ground.”

The Syrian authorities have imposed severe restrictions on the operations of aid agencies despite the escalating crisis, and have rejected calls for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor.

“An adequate humanitarian response is required to keep pace with needs, which have been growing exponentially,” Maurer said.

Despite the difficult working conditions, the ICRC said it and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent had provided nearly 180,000 people with food in the hardest-hit parts of the country since mid-July.

Since the beginning of the year, the two organisations have provided relief items to more than 800,000 people and have helped more than one million people access clean water, it said.

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* MP calls for setting up a mechanism by the central bank to rehabilitate Iraqi banks.

Baghdad / NINA /– First Parliament Speaker Deputy, Dr. Qusay al-Suhail discussed with the Japanese charge d’affaires in Baghdad Kotaro Suzuki, bilateral relations during the forthcoming stage and means to promote investment and economic cooperation to serve the common interests.

A statement by the Information Office of Suhail said : “ Suhail expressed during a meeting held today his high appreciation of Japan’s efforts and its support for the Iraqi government to promote the country’s economy, stressing the need to promote Japanese investment in Iraq.

For his part, the Japanese charge d’affaires evaluated the importance of the role of the Parliament in the adoption of important laws and in developing parliamentary relations between the two countries. / End

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Russian Activists Accuse Kremlin Of Trying To ‘Forget Beslan’

MOSCOW — September 3 was a solemn day in Russia — the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorist Attacks. In Moscow, wreaths were laid and candles lit at the sites of 12 different terrorist incidents that have taken dozens of lives in the capital in recent years.

But relatives of victims of perhaps Russia’s most horrific terrorist attack of all — the September 2004 hostage-taking at a school in Beslan — are disappointed with the way their particular pain has been handled.

On September 1, 2004, armed Chechen militants seized more than 1,000 children, parents, and teachers who were gathered at the Beslan school to mark the start of the school year. Three hundred and thirty-four people — including 186 schoolchildren — died, many of them in the chaotic storming of the school two days later by Russian security forces.

Ella Kesayeva, a member of the Beslan Mothers Committee, says Moscow’s policy on the tragedy now amounts to a very simple one: “Forget Beslan.”

For example, she says, two years ago at this time, the headlines were dominated not by Beslan commemorations but by then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s road trip across Siberia in a Lada Kalina.

“In the past seven years, the leading figures of government only twice observed moments of silence in memory of those who died,” Kesayeva says. “In the other years, they were doing things like riding yellow Kalinas and they just forgot about Beslan. They made it clear that ‘we don’t want to remember this.’”

She adds that her group’s efforts to secure passage of a federal law on assistance to victims of terrorist attacks have been stymied.

“For years, we have been gathering signatures in support of a law on victims of terrorism — all victims, not just Beslan — but it still has not been passed,” she says. “To this day, victims have no social guarantees, no right to medical care. For years, people got medical help on an individual basis. Now, the situation is clear: ‘Forget Beslan.’”

PHOTO GALLERY: Tragedy At Beslan (originally published in 2009)

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Kesayeva says questions about the storming remain unanswered, and she criticizes the investigation into the Beslan events. She notes that the main security officials involved in the storming, including two former deputy chairmen of the Federal Security Service and a former deputy interior minister, have never been called to testify about the events or why they ordered the use of tanks and other heavy weaponry.

She notes that many of the Beslan Mothers Committee’s complaints are now pending before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Marat Kaboyev, a journalist based in Beslan, tells RFE/RL’s Russian Service that the investigation into Beslan is far from complete and has been largely pushed to the side.

“The investigation into the so-called main case has still not been completed. Every three months, they extend the deadline,” Kaboyev says. “The investigation is proceeding very lackadaisically. In my opinion, investigators are mostly reinterrogating witnesses that already testified that during the storming of the school heavy weapons — that is, tanks, flamethrowers, grenade launchers — were used. They are reinterrogating them along these lines: ‘Did you see who among the hostages, say, was killed by a shell from a tank?’ It is unclear when such an investigation might end.”

He adds that “an enormous amount” of material concerning the case has been sealed as “top secret” and excluded from the investigation.

RFE/RL correspondent Robert Coalson contributed to this story from Prague

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* MP calls for setting up a mechanism by the central bank to rehabilitate Iraqi banks.

Karbala / NINA /–MP, Yusuf al-Tai for Ahrar parliamentary bloc within the Sadrist trend said : “ Iraqi Central bank is desperately needs to set a financial plan to rehabilitate the stalled banking process in Iraq .

He added in a statement to NINA reporter: “The state suffers from rampant financial and administrative corrupt as well as Iraqi banks took their share of this corruption.

Tai ended as saying : “There must be a specific mechanism set by the central bank, in order to eliminate such cases./ End

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UN Tribunal Rejects Karadzic Request For New Trial

The UN’s war crimes court has rejected a request by Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic for a new trial.

Karadzic has been on trial since October 2009 on war crimes charges including genocide for allegedly masterminding Serbian atrocities during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Last month, he asked the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for a fresh trial, accusing prosecutors of being late in disclosing evidence favorable to his defense.

The ruling on September 3 by judges at The Hague-based tribunal says delays in evidence disclosure have not infringed Karadzic’s right to a fair trial.

The UN court has repeatedly delayed Karadzic’s trial to enable him to review newly disclosed evidence.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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Kyrgyz President Dismisses Ambassador To Belarus

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has dismissed Bishkek’s ambassador to Belarus, Erik Asanaliev.

No official explanation for the dismissal was given.

The Kyrgyz government recalled Asanaliev to Bishkek “for consultations” one week ago after the Belarusian regime ignored a Kyrgyz request for the extradition of Janysh Bakiev, the younger brother of Kyrgyzstan’s ousted president, Kurmanbek Bakiev.

Janysh Bakiev, accused of felonies by the Kyrgyz authorities, was allegedly photographed in Minsk in mid-August.

Kurmanbek Bakiev has been living in Belarus since his 2010 ouster.

The Bakiev brothers are being tried in absentia in Kyrgyzstan in connection with the deaths of nearly 100 people killed during the April 2010 upheaval.

Last week, Kyrgyzstan appealed to the Commonwealth of Independent States’ Executive Committee for assistance with securing the extradition of Janysh Bakiev.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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China manufacturing hits three-year low

China’s manufacturing activity fell to its lowest level in more than three years in August as the global economic slowdown continues to weigh on the world’s largest exporter.

The final reading of the official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which gauges nationwide manufacturing activity, fell to 47.6 last month from 49.3 in July, according to data released over the weekend.

This was the lowest since March 2009 and marked the tenth consecutive monthly fall, the bank said. It chimed with the official PMI figure released Saturday, which hit a nine-month low of 49.2.

A PMI reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below 50 points to contraction.

Qu Hongbin, an economist for HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, said the figures showed China’s manufacturing sector faced “intensifying downward pressure” and urged the government to step up easing measures.

“China’s exporters are facing increasing difficulties amid stronger global headwinds,” he said, adding new export orders contracted last month at the sharpest pace since March 2009 while employers cut jobs at the fastest rate in 41 months.

Authorities have tried to boost the economy with interest rate cuts and by lowering the amount of reserves that banks must keep on hand in a bid to spur the kind of lending that could stimulate a rebound.

However, Qu said the latest manufacturing figures indicated the previous stimulus efforts were not sufficient and more was needed.

“Beijing must step up policy easing to stabilise growth and foster job market conditions,” he said.

China’s economic expansion slowed to 7.6 per cent in the second quarter to the end of June, the worst performance in three years and the sixth straight quarter of slower growth.

July figures for trade, industrial output, retail sales and foreign direct investment were also weak, raising concerns that government efforts to stimulate growth may have been insufficient.

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New Kyrgyz Ruling Coalition Agreed

Three political parties in Kyrgyzstan have signed an agreement to form a new ruling coalition.

Lawmakers representing the Social Democratic, Ar-Namys (Dignity), and Ata-Meken (Fatherland) parties signed the agreement on September 3.

Together they hold a 69-seat majority in the 120-member parliament.

The three parties unanimously voted to nominate current presidential office head Jantoro Satybaldiev to be the new prime minister.

President Almazbek Atambaev last week gave the Social Democrats, which he formerly led, the mandate to lead negotiations on forming a new coalition.

The government collapsed last month after Ar-Namys and Ata-Meken quit the alliance over differences with outgoing Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov.

Babanov’s Respublika party and the Ata-Jurt (Homeland) party will now move into opposition.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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Kurdish Rebels Clash With Turkish Forces, 29 Reported Killed

Turkish officials say Kurdish rebels have attacked a security complex in southeastern Turkey, triggering clashes that have left at least nine members of the Turkish security forces dead.

Vahdettin Ozkan, governor of southeastern Sirnak Province, said the rebels attacked the security complex at Beytussebap overnight on September 3.

Ozkan did not say how many rebels were killed in the ensuing fighting, but local reports said clashes left at least 20 rebels dead.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed since the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) began its armed struggle for autonomy in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast in 1984.

Turkish officials have linked a recent upsurge in rebel attacks to the conflict in Syria, saying the rebels are taking advantage of the chaos in the neighboring country to organize there.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP

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Deadly blast near US consulate in Peshawar

An explosion near the US consulate in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar has killed at least five people, police say.

Two Americans were among the five killed in Monday’s blast, the regional information minister Mian Iftikhar said.

A policeman told the AP news agency that an explosive-filled car struck a US government vehicle after it left the consulate. Seventeen more people were injured.

The blast took place near residential quarters for the US consulate and foreign aid organisations, senior police officer Tahir Ayub told the AFP news agency.

Witnesses said two vehicles were completely destroyed in the explosion.

Some of the wounded are foreign nationals, police officer Pervez Khan told the AP. The identities of those killed were unclear.

US officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Islamabad, said: “What we are hearing is that three are people dead, and a number of people are wounded after a vehicle slammed into a US consulate vehicle.”

According to our correspondent, there is “some suggestion that those who are injured are foreign”, but there are “conflicting reports as to who exactly was targeted in this attack”.

The area hosts several foreign organisations, including the UN.

Peshawar is situated near tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, where Taliban and al-Qaeda operate.

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Afghan Leader Names Appointees To Key Security Portfolios

Reports say Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has named appointees to be the new ministers of defense and interior, and head of intelligence.

Afghan media reports on September 3 quoted an unnamed presidential adviser as confirming that former Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi has been appointed defense minister.

The official said Deputy Interior Minister Ghulam Mojtaba Patang has been appointed for interior minister, and former Frontiers Minister Asadullah Khalid was appointed new intelligence chief.

Former Kabul Governor Din Mohammad was named new minister of frontiers.

Mohammadi and former Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak were ousted last month after parliament faulted them for failing to protect the border from attacks originating in Pakistan.

Karzai last week dismissed intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil.

The appointees are expected to be introduced to parliament on September 3 for approval.

Based on reporting by dpa and AP

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UNICEF Says 1,600 Killed In Syria Last Week

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says at least 1,600 people were killed last week in Syria in the deadliest seven days since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick did not immediately explain how he arrived at the figure.

But there have been many reports from activists and witnesses of civilians killed in air strikes that hit homes or residential areas.

The civil war witnessed a major turning point in August when Assad’s forces began widely using air power for the first time  to crush the revolt.

The fighting also reached Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, which had been relatively quiet for most of the 17-month-old revolt.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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* Iraq and the United States reaffirm their strategic relationship

Baghdad (news) .. confirmed by the Governments of the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America reaffirmed their strategic relationship during a meeting of the Joint Commission for the political and diplomatic coordination on the second of September 2012 in Baghdad. The Foreign Ministry said in a press statement received Agency (news) on Sunday: he co-chaired the meeting, which was held at the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s foreign minister, Ambassador Elizabeth Jones, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.

It was formed coordination committees participating under agreement strategic in 2008 between Iraq and the United States in order to strengthen our relationship with strategic bilateral on a variety of initiatives, including cooperation in the fields of defense and security, energy, law enforcement and judicial cooperation, and cooperation in the field of education, culture and science, the environment and trade, finance, transport and communications .

The statement added: During the meeting, delegations discussed international efforts to deal with the current crisis in Syria, and possible areas of cooperation, particularly in humanitarian issues and technical advice for the security of the border.

The parties fully committed to a political transition led by Syria toward a pluralistic political system represents the will of the Syrian people.

The United States noted Iraqi efforts to provide shelter and services for the Syrians who have taken refuge in Iraq.

The United States commended the efforts of Iraq to resolve issues related to Chapter VII on his relationship with Kuwait under a UN Security Council resolution the United Nations No. 833.

The United States is committed to working with both Iraq and Kuwait to resolve issues remaining Chapter VII.

The statement noted: that the two sides discussed Iraq’s plans to conduct its elections following at the national level and in the provinces scheduled for 2013 and 2014.

The United States has pledged to assist in the implementation of this important next step in the development of democracy in Iraq.

The statement continued: The United States also discussed Iraq and the ongoing process of resettlement of archives and documents that are part of the custody of the Iraqi people.

The United States commended Iraq’s recent decision to sign the Additional Protocol to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The statement concluded: that the United States and Iraq agreed to discuss alternatives for the expanded consultation between the State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, which could include joint training, and professional exchange programs, and more political discussions for planning.

The United States is committed to the Iraq Joint Committee meetings to coordinate political and diplomatic periodically every three months over the next year. / End / o. P /

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The Rundown – September 3

Iran
# The full text on the latest IAEA report on Iran
# Foreign banks are facing stiff fines for dealings with Iran
# “Fars” reports that Iran will start arming its drone fleet (a good review of Iranian drones)

Russia
# Orthodox activists hit the streets last week
# Tom Esslemont on extremism in Russia
# The “BBC” interviews Pavel Litvinov
# 200 years since the Battle of Borodino

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The U.S. has suspended training programs for Afghan Local Police forces
# “The New York Times” reports on reprisal killings in northern Afghanistan
# Clashes continue in Bajaur Agency
# General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will travel to Russia

Of Interest
# An intewrview with Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter’s top lawyer
# The latest on the Ramil Safarov affair
# ”14 Deaths Is Only Fact In Georgia Border Clash” – Paul Rimple, “Moscow Times”
# ”Regional Turmoil Spins the Illusion of a Greater Kurdistan” -
Alan Philps, “The National”
# The man who may replace Hugo Chavez

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. has scaled back a joint military exercise with Israel
# There is a divide in the U.S. government about designating the Haqqani Network as a terrorist group
# The “PBS Newshour” analysis of Shields and Brooks

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* Qutaybah Jubouri announce a new political entity

Prime Free Iraqi coalition in the province of Babylon MP Koutaiba Jubouri, the formation of a new political entity on behalf of (the coalition in Iraq free) and includes 7 deputies of defectors from the Iraqi List led by Iyad Allawi.

Jubouri said that “a free Iraqi coalition deputies in parliament, Zuhair al-Araji and high Nassif and Lubna Rahim Karim Obeidi safe and dignified maids and Mohammed Daami, noting that the new coalition emerged from the Free Iraqi bloc, which was formed recently.

He added, “All members who Anadwa under the new coalition are members far from political deals and factional interests, noting that the coalition entered in many disagreements with the Iraqi List, because some of the deviation from its members for the national project and interest in their personal and factional and material leaving the service of citizens who elected them, what forced us to announce the formation of a new political name (free coalition in Iraq) in order to correct the path by providing solutions to many of the outstanding political issues of national spirit and seek to serve the citizens away from the benefits of personal and factional.

He continued, “The members of the coalition are trying to participate in the investigation achievements possible for citizens through the exercise of influence possible in government and parliament, such as taking a clear position on the issue of the regions on the grounds that he project seeks to divide Iraq and to pressure the government to restore former army officers who have not stained their hands with the blood of Iraqis service as well as to modify the accountability law and justice and other projects that coalition seeks to accomplish in the future

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* (michigander0131): The GET Team 9/2/12

[michigander0131] Heats up debate on the process of deletion of zeros from the currency 02/09/2012 2:02 am During a seminar held by the (morning) that Iraq suffers from enormous power of the monetary mass estimated at 35.3 trillion JD inflation rates caused an increase to dangerous levels, which called for the initiation of change currency and deleting three zeros in order to shrink as it believes in the use of small cash categories. Pointing out that the deletion will be produced by issuing classes cash small up to 25 fils in order to fill a need transactions small future. as explained during his answers to the financial value of the dinar after the change will maintain its position fully, denying that you get some imbalances in the process transactional to banks and banks with customers who deposited their money before the deletion of zeros. saying at the same time: what will result from the deletion of zeros, from the comfort of the use of the currency, Will will that rest, economically successful. it will contribute to the positive impact on monetary indicators as well as the guarantee that can Saves the process from corruption. http://translate.google. ··· %3D34139 http://translate.google.com/translate?langpair=auto|en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alsabaah.com%2FArticleShow.aspx%3FID%3D34139 [michigander0131] very good article seleh arguing his point to the finance and economic commisions that the plan is good and will revive Iraqs economy/if they will approve it to get done. [michigander0131] now if they can just find away around malliki they can get it rollin [sandinar] michigander0131 makes you wondere how many times they are going to argue that

[michigander0131] sandinar well they will keep on doing it till they give the ok/ there is nothing else they can do [sandinar] michigander0131 shame [michigander0131] yes it is all its doing is hurting the economy and also keeping the people down/they cannot get ahead just stay the same [sandinar] michigander0131 you would think the US would do something about him , they put him in there [michigander0131] they cant anymore we steped out we have just say no power [michigander0131] we can thank O for that [michigander0131] I like the fact in that article that they talk about having coins and that when they finally rv that it will be accepted with open arms from the people [michigander0131] sandinar me either/but if we wouldnt of pulled out we would of been able to reign him in /now he has total power [sandinar] michigander0131 ready for the real hope and change in November [michigander0131] yes [michigander0131] well sooner or later they will come after him like they did in egypt [sandinar] michigander0131 what happened to him in Egypt [michigander0131] right now the people are waiting to see if he will actually sit down and agree to power sharing [michigander0131] they overthrew the gov [sandinar] michigander0131 how darn long are they going to give that infidel [michigander0131] IMO malliki will neaver agree to power sharing/this has all been a ddelay orchstrated by his boss //iran

[michigander0131] they will have to force him out
[michigander0131] but time will tell
[michigander0131] we should know something by the ebd of next week about the national conference
[sandinar] then the Us needs to get behind the ones whomare trying to oust him
[michigander0131] well if they had power they would of straightened him out long time ago//JMO
[sandinar] michigander0131 it is beyond me how thry can allow 1 man to hold off the economies of the world if that is the case
[sandinar] I would be in hiding if I were him
[michigander0131] sandinar well i dont believe that is the case /but thats my opinion
[michigander0131] Im hoping that the meeting in london on the 18-19 will show us how far along Iraq is with their banking and financial side
[michigander0131] maybe they will even give us a peek of some of the coins again
[michigander0131] and new denoms
[sandinar] michigander0131 i sure hope we don’t have to wait that long
[michigander0131] well everyone have good night and labor day /talk to you all on tuesday


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* Delete the zeros and the fate of the currency.. In the hands of the experts at the table

BAGHDAD – Yasser incumbent – Haider al-Rubaie Flaih – Hussein Tgb Tamimi
opened the round table organized by the Center for Strategic Studies in the morning newspaper in collaboration with the Economic Section Multi file deletion of zeros, which is the richest insights and analyzes the value and put points on the letters in decoding choking on a lack of understanding subject .

and reach a group of experts who participated in this table to the fact that such an important decision and dangerous at the core of the economic problem needs to law and legislation to ensure not falling mistakes incurred country moral and material losses large in Iraq indispensable.
For the first time in the most if not all seminars previous economic converge policies have monetary and fiscal table (morning) this sporting spirit of understanding in order to solve the problem and thus contributing to the distance from the potential risks that may accompany the process of change or raise zeros.

was submitted magnificent deputy central bank governor the appearance of Dr. Mohammed Saleh historical overview of money and commitments as a prelude to clarify participants had enriched everyone of the importance of lifting of the zeroes and convincingly and striking contrast representative of the Ministry of Finance d.
Hilal Taan vision on the action and despite the emergence of intersection in the two views in the apparent but in sub converge policies have cash financial and in one pot, but a careful to keep the national economy from additional shocks. Taan focused on the obstruction, the only way to delete the zeros is the psychological aspect of a group of Iraqi businessmen who have devoted culture of the state and rely on the dollar, while noting the experiences of other countries reservations تجارهم to rely on is their currency and a way to force their economic activity.
This analysis led to the development of ideas converged on the timing of the deletion of zeros and receded in the availability of envelopes firstly cover legislative saves currency from acting qualitative and secondly create a culture of attention in the national currency and this is governed by a matter of time blaming devices media responsibility to adopt this role.
Many of the participants all agreed on the need to provide a suitable environment for such a move is important, acknowledging its importance due to the fact that the currency represents infrastructure sober for the country’s economy, and on the grounds that the country’s economic strength stems from the power of her money. need to reform the system of payments deputy central bank governor the appearance of Dr. Mohammed Saleh pointed out that under the price stability and optimism in Iraq Development, it became necessary radical reform on the system management of currency as well as the re-structure commensurate with the price structure new and different, stable and levels of wages and salaries, which differed significantly from the last thirty years, as well as handle the mass of large cash weak components so that it has become the largest category currency Atsawi only $ 21 U.S. at the present time. noting that the increase in gross domestic product of Iraq from $ 140 billion at year-end 2010 to more than $ 300 billion at the end of 2015, will raise the money supply exporting of 30 trillion dinars to about 70 trillion dinars. And weak structure in the currency structure as mentioned above may take adds cost called the cost of cash transactions in terms of trading, whether between individuals themselves, individuals and banks within the banking system itself. Saleh said that in Sweden, for example, having now one of the best systems of cash payments in the world and despite that, the cost of trading cash counting, transmission and storage of the coin costing the national economy accounted for 4 percent of the gross domestic product of Sweden. Wondering how to compare that in a country like Iraq shall be managed so huge amounts of cash weak structure, adds the cost of cash transactions may reach 8 percent or more of GDP, a burden borne by the individual in his dealings which took reduces the efficiency of cash as an institution social support to institutions economy different, including the market as evidenced by the decline in cash transactions because of falling efficiency and installation of the money supply current. and pointed out that the multiplicity of zeros raises the denominations with declining purchasing power has enormous difficulties, including the difficulty of expression for the cash value as well as the same difficulties of monetary operations and technical problems in the recording of statistical data in the accounting books and changing accounting systems and settlement systems, as well as prices figures show long difficult counters or digital devices read Asfarha in gas stations or other digital devices. and continued on this basis has become a need to reform the system of cash payments through several advantages, the first on the horizontal plane and is deleting three zeros any transfer 30 trillion dinars to 30 billion Dolaran by deleting three zeros from the current currency and replace it with a new currency making it easier to handle arithmetic with numbers are less numerous in terms of accounts the federal budget, the budgets of banks and companies as well as balancing family cash (individuals) without incurring any change or switch on the wealth of cash for natural persons and moral as well as non-depressing contracts and obligations between natural persons and all concerned. , which called generating function sports political debate or political debate of the world (1752) Effect of nominal price levels with a high amount of money, such as the transition from Roman numerals to Arabic numbers (the numbers in English now), that the transition to ايغير of the basic principles of science and math. High amounts of money leads to higher prices for the same without the impact’s real economy results. The level vertical any restructuring of the currency and fitted it to the category large amount of 25,000 dinars are alone (two thirds of the amount of securities traded), the issuance of larger groups mean reductase four billion banknotes in circulation now and converted to a number equal to (1.180) billion paper cash. As Stakhtzel large groups of currency nearly 80 percent -90 percent of the total new categories exported to trading (such as 50, 100, 200 new dinars). Said based on the foregoing, the cost of cash transactions between individuals and banks and between individuals themselves or natural moral fall inevitably in terms of the costs of counting and checking. If Maalmana, that banknotes traded eroded the average over a period of five years, which means replacing enormous mass weak structure and consequent costs typographical specifications high security is another burden borne by the issuing authority cash is a relic Management System cash generated economic downturn former became not fit, stability and economic progress desired. said that money is anything agreed upon the community to become a medium of exchange and a store of value and unit account, the money (legal) issued by the monetary authority under the law and with the power of discharge of accounts receivable, seen as a social institution, where increasing the efficiency of the economy and its operations in moving efficiently exchange those social institution money, and vice versa. explaining that continuous inflation led to rising currency of 23 billion dinars in 1991 to about (30) trillion dinars over time. In this drawing new inflation figures for the currency traded add three zeros which increased the nominal amount of cash operations and consequent costs of producing large amounts of Maraafqatha, storage, and distribution operations, sorting and checking accompany her and doubling levels, the growing operational risks associated. And concluded by saying that the reasons for changing the currency current reflects the fruit of economic stability and the success of policies CBI in maintaining stability and of the stability of the dinar and falling inflation to the rank of one decimal and build foreign reserves support of the Iraqi dinar levels never achieved during the thirty years, which is the cover of the Iraqi currency. In addition to improving the system of cash payments and make it leave actual adhesion combination for the past economic اختلالاته and rebuilt on the future of economic development and real and nominal givens. Action needs to review minutes either an economic expert Dr Akram Abdel Aziz began her several questions came in the forefront of any mechanisms that depend upon the implementation of this approach and implement the replacement process and ensures that there is no manipulation during the switching process in the sense of protecting this step of fraud ? And added that the economic situation need to follow all his joints which are needed to promote it, as the money spent on switching process must achieve the goal. Continued its questions you were to stop at concerns and that this process may increase smuggling money abroad, especially that the process of deletion of zeros procedural difficult and complex and require statistics and accurate figures and must stand at the effects on the stock market. They pointed out that this issue if has not been studied extensively and the quality of community, the process of subtraction will of the Iraqi market to imbalance and jerks just because the citizen can imagine that the deletion of zeros will affect the real value of the currency, stressing that the strategy proposed must correlate between the money market and the labor market, as she wondered whether that outlook be comprehensive nature of inflation in terms of it’s not the high cost of production and a series elevations price of interest joints much-needed citizen. said that direct this trend needs to be a thorough review of the reality of the Iraqi economy and its institutions of public and private and the extent and effectiveness trends credit support for the work of the private sector . It showed that the basis of the success of any reform process and administrative needs radical treatment and serious fiscal imbalances, monetary and administrative constitute an obstacle to development cash development in Iraq. deficit financing most prominent reasons for the low value of the currency and despite the fact that the process of deletion of zeros from the currency traces can be negative on counterfeiting operations that will accompany it, but the economic expert, Dr. Hilal Taan said during his speech at the symposium opposite when he pointed to the possibility of several gains from behind changing the currency, is to provide a strong cash flow and global Iraq, which is needed to large groups of cash in value and small in size perform functions of money, as well as the deletion of zeros will play a positive role in business dealings, according to Taan who said that other positive which will be produced by changing the currency is escorted to the stage of economic growth and prosperity growing for Iraq, therefore, change the currency is essential This is in line with this optimism in the national economy. reviewed Taan some detail the chronology of the Iraqi dinar and witnessed volatility of price, explaining that in 1980 amounted to release cash in Iraq four billion dinars, and was then the highest denomination is 25 dinars, equivalent to then $ 75, and reached the bloc in 1992 about 25 billion dinars, and increased in 2003 to reach six trillion dinars, and rose this block to reach now 35 trillion dinars. Despite increasing the money supply in this way large compared with the year 1980, which was equal to the highest category of cash which is 25 dinars about $ 75, the Taan For comparison pointed out that the highest category of cash now stands at 25 thousand dinars is it not worth only $ 22. explaining that this shows the size of the collapse happening in the Iraqi currency The wrought by a series of factors do not stand Pferdha deficit financing process in the forefront of those factors but also contributed to other causes in a collapse of the structural changes that have occurred on the size of the budget after 2003, which led to the increase of cash, and this increase resulted in the higher costs Additional transactions, so in the case of deletion of zeros, these costs will decrease inevitably. Taan hinted that Iraq since the eighties resorted to the use of deficit financing policy, and that policy in developed countries achieved positive effects unlike in developing countries, where the States have developed a device productive flexible able to face demand and therefore increase investment, savings and get the economy moving, either in developing countries When Released new cash gets to meet a large amount of money goods are few and services is low, and a productive is flexible and a rise in prices and the flight of capital, stressing that all these negative factors took place in Iraq, and increased rates of inflation, and these negatives according Taan can not be solved without deleting three zeros from the currency. Turning Taan to the importance of the availability of a number of things he said was necessary to initiate the process of deletion of zeros, pointing out that there are factors to concrete and other significant impact material, and also said: that to change the currency prerequisites should be available before this, the first of the reserve strategic direct, any balance of gold and foreign currency, and I see that the dinar Iraqi covered with good foreign currency is according to the Central Bank of 67 billion dollars. believes Taan he Furthermore, the second factor that must be made ​​available to initiate the process of deletion is in the size of the reserve strategic indirect, and intended to natural resources, and this is positive now, especially since Iraq has become the second country after Saudi Arabia in the volume of production and exports of oil to OPEC members, explaining that the third thing is the factor psychological, any behaviors and activities to some wholesalers, who became not like to deal in Iraqi dinars, and preferred the dollar, despite the fact that The currency is a commodity, the greater the demand for that commodity value rises, and vice versa. has provided a number of experts and researchers interventions task enriched table ideas and solutions, including the Executive Director of the Association of private banks in Iraq Abdul Aziz Hassoun, and banking expert Abdul Hussein Mundhiri, and economic researcher Thamir Alheimus and economic analyst, Dr. Hussein Allawi, and a number of other businessmen, including investor Hadi Hndas, and investor Ibrahim Jaber Hussein, and Ibrahim Mohamed Ali investor.

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Unification Church founder Moon dies at 92

The Reverend Sun Myung Moon was a self-proclaimed messiah who built a global business empire.

He called both North Korean leaders and American presidents his friends, but spent time in prisons in both countries. His followers around the world cherished him, while his detractors accused him of brainwashing recruits and extracting money from worshippers.

These contradictions did nothing to stop the founder of the Unification Church from turning his religious vision into a worldwide movement and a multibillion-dollar corporation stretching from the Korean Peninsula to the United States.

Moon died on Monday at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, two weeks after being hospitalised with pneumonia, Unification Church spokesperson Ahn Ho-yeul told the AP news agency.

Moon’s wife and children were at his side, Ahn said. He was 92.

Church officials planned to meet later on Monday to discuss mourning and funeral arrangements.

Moon founded his Bible-based religion in Seoul in 1954, a year after the Korean War ended, saying Jesus Christ personally called on him to complete his work.

The church gained fame – and notoriety – by marrying thousands of followers in mass ceremonies presided over by Moon himself. The couples often came from different countries and had never met, but were matched up by Moon in a bid to build a multicultural religious world.

Today, the Unification Church claims three million followers worldwide, including 100,000 members in the US, Ahn said. But ex-members and critics say the figure is actually no more than 100,000 worldwide.

Controversial tactics

The church’s holdings included the Washington Times newspaper; Connecticut’s Bridgeport University; the New Yorker Hotel, a midtown Manhattan art deco landmark, and a seafood distribution firm that supplies sushi to Japanese restaurants across the US. It acquired a ski resort, a professional football team and other businesses in South Korea. It also operates a foreign-owned luxury hotel in North Korea and jointly operates a fledgling North Korean automaker.

The church has been accused of using devious recruitment tactics and duping followers out of money. Parents of followers in the United States and elsewhere have expressed worries that their children were brainwashed into joining. 

Moon began building a relationship with North Korea in 1991, even meeting with the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, in the eastern North Korean port city of Hamhung. In his autobiography, Moon said he urged Kim to give up his nuclear ambitions, and that Kim responded by saying that his atomic program was for peaceful purposes and he had no intention to use it to “kill my own people”.

“The two of us were able to communicate well about our shared hobbies of hunting and fishing,” Moon wrote. “At one point, we each felt we had so much to say to the other that we just started talking like old friends meeting after a long separation.”

In 2009, Moon married 45,000 people in simultaneous ceremonies worldwide in his first large-scale mass wedding in years, the church said. Some were newlyweds and others reaffirmed past vows. He married an additional 7,000 couples in South Korea in February 2010. The ceremonies attracted media coverage but little of the controversy that dogged the church in earlier decades.

The church’s acquisitions also include dozens of companies ranging from hospitals and universities to a professional soccer team in Brazil and a ballet troupe.

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* Iraq to make gas exploration deals more lucrative

BAGHDAD — Iraq will make future energy exploration contracts more lucrative in a bid to lure a greater number of foreign firms to auctions for exploration blocks, a spokesman said on Sunday.

The concessions come after the country held a disappointing auction for oil and gas exploration blocks in May in which a dozen plots of unexplored territory were offered up, but only four contracts awarded.

“We will give more concessions to foreign companies,” oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad told AFP. “We want to encourage the companies to develop our gas fields.

“Economic and financial aspects will be reviewed in light of our experiences. The final details of the contracts will be worked out between the foreign companies and the oil ministry.”

Last month, deputy prime minister responsible for energy affairs Hussein al-Shahritani said officials were carrying out “a study in the ministry of oil to improve the model of contract to make it more attractive for oil companies.”

He admitted that the May auction was “not successful” because the contracts were “very tough.”

Iraq has proven reserves of 143.1 billion barrels of oil and 3.2 trillion cubic metres (111.9 trillion cubic feet) of gas, both of which are among the highest such deposits in the world.

Along with ramping up oil production, the country is keen to increase gas extraction to help boost its low levels of electricity output.

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Our Lady of the Castle Monastery Target of Syria Attacks

Posted GMT 9-2-2012 23:28:35

Shells fired Sunday morning from Syria appear to have targeted Our Lady of the Castle Maronite monastery in the town of Menjez in the Akkar district near the Lebanese Syrian border , National News Agency reported.

“A large number of shells coming from the Syrian side landed on Lebanese border villages and towns adjacent to the Al-Kabir River. The town of Menjez where the Christian Maronite monastery Our Lady of the Castle is located witnessed the most intense shelling resulting in the displacement of many residents who headed for safer areas,” NNA reported.

Al-Noura, and Al-Kawashra villages were also shelled “The residents reiterated their call on officials to protect them against the Syrian shelling and put an end to the violations of Lebanese sovereignty.” NNA reported .

Syrian troops have been violating Lebanese territory on regular basis . Last Saturday they entered Lebanon and kidnapped two Lebanese nationals in the Al-Dawra area in the Hermel town of Masharee al-Qaa.

The current Lebanese government is dominated by Hezbollah and was reportedly made in Syria.

Hezbollah has been supporting the crackdown by the Syrian regime of president Bashar al Assad ever since the 18 month uprising by the Syrian people began . Over 25,000 people have been killed so far, mostly civilians.

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Group Says SCO ‘Vehicle’ For Rights Abuses

A report issued today by an international human rights group says the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is being used by its members as a “vehicle for human rights violations.”

The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) concludes that Russia and China, as well as Central Asian states, use the SCO’s legal framework as an excuse to ignore international human rights safeguards.

The SCO — created in 2001 — includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Its charter calls for members to work together to protect human rights.

But Richard Wild, a law lecturer at the University of Greenwich who worked on the FIDH report, says the SCO is more concerned with security and border issues.

“We need to make a distinction between rhetoric and practice. There is talk of human rights within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s charter. But actually, if we look operationally how it is being used, it is actually being used around border issues and security. All the instances are targeting of minority groups, of political oppositional groups [and] of religious groups. So there are wider human rights implications around discrimination in there as well,” Wild explained.

The FIDH report says all SCO member states have “authoritarian regimes or severely repress independent voices.”

It says: “These regimes associate security and stability with the need to repress religious, political and human rights activists,” as well as some minorities — “often accusing them of extremism on political grounds.”

Much of the report deals with the extradition of refugees and asylum seekers who have been accused of terrorism or extremist activities.

Wild says the Shanghai Convention obliges SCO members to accept any terrorism accusation made by another member — even without evidence to support an extradition request.

“The threat in terms of human rights comes from the SCO because, on the one hand, it is playing the international game of speaking a human rights language — using ‘human rights’ within their charter — when at the same time, it actually results in a coordinated regional form of extradition on the basis of suspicion rather than evidence. And it lacks any kind of transparency or international oversight,”  WIld said.

Further, the SCO’s definition of “terrorism” includes crimes against the state, and it links “terrorism” to separatism and extremism.

Wild says that allows SCO members to file terrorism charges against political dissidents who have fled to another SCO country and then obtain their extradition in breach of international humanitarian law and international conventions on refugees.

One case study in the FIDH report is on Kazakhstan’s 2011 extradition to China of a Uyghur journalist.

Another describes how Kyrgyzstan returned five refugees to Uzbekistan in 2005 after Tashkent charged them with terrorism in connection with the Andijon uprising.

The report shows how Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan used the SCO framework to prevent Chinese Uyghur activists from traveling to a political conference in Washington, D.C.

Others deal with Russia’s “judicial harassment” of a rights activist from “Memorial,” and the failure of Russia and Tajikistan to implement rulings by the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee.

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* (vic1tgk): OOM&F 9/2/12

[vic1tgk] ckgdrums Hello to everyone and a Happy Sunday…to ALL!

[ckgdrums] vic1tgk Happy Sunday to you, too![vic1tgk] Thank you

[Chuck60] vic1tgk – Hello, brotherman. How are you this wonderful Lord’s day?

[vic1tgk] Chuck60 Doing very well Indeed! Thank you for asking

[karenc] vic1tgk brother, come on in. Have a peice of upside down pineapple cake and cup of coffee

[.gypsymama] vic1tgk Heyyyy Brotherman Vixter ((((((((((((( HUGS ))))))))))))))))

[vic1tgk] .gypsymama karenc Hello to both and thanx…for the coffee…I’ll pass on aynthing, UPSIDE DOWN!!!

[destiny] vic1tgk Any news about the coins coming out in Iraq today? ty

[vic1tgk] destiny there is so much GOOD news… I will however help many Understand if Not defunk the “Talabani…RIDDLE”!

[vic1tgk] Let me start by asking you all a simple question? What does D.C., stand for?

[vic1tgk] Why? is the name Washington City not used and the D.C., comes with it? ,

[Tiger4] Because it is property of the federal government and does not belong to 1 state. It belongs to all states

[vic1tgk] Tiger4 BINGO!!!

[vic1tgk] Now If someone is coming to Washington… What determines…The Washington,D.C or the Washington State!!!

[vic1tgk] Then we can In reality..call the District of Columbia… The SEMI-AUTONOMOUS/AUTONOMOUS City of D.C., in the donated Lands of Maryland and Virginia of the UNITED STATES Of AMERICA… YES?

[vic1tgk] So…my point! Talabani has always been in IRAQ’S land territory!!! He was in The semi-autonomous REGION of IRAQ…Called KURDISTAN!!! Get it!!! So when they say he is Germany…YEA, ok! He is In IRAQ…again has never left…but is not in IRAQ… HE is in KURDISTAN!!! he will becoming to IRAQ…meaning BAGHDAD…is a Journalistic Twist!! Get it?

[vic1tgk] Where is the VATICAN?

[vic1tgk] Tiger4 mrkleen The Vatican is a Autonomous and Souvreign State in the City of ROME in the COUNTRY of ITALY! YES?

[JBK] vic1tgk So what you are sayingis that it is just logistics. Technically he is not really in Iraq but in the neutral area Kurdistan??

[vic1tgk] JBK Perfect!

[vic1tgk] So… See by reading and Understanding and gaining Intelligence through Knowledge of many through proper dialog…WE ALL ACHIEVE…WISDOM!!! YES?

[JBK] vic1tgk So then he has really been in the picture all the time, just in the background and the Iraq gov could say technically he is not in Iraq????

[vic1tgk] JBK BINGO…Mam You GUYS are Bright EYED and BUSHY TAIL TODAY!!! GREAT!!!

[blessedandhighlyfavored] vic1tgk Does that mean he never left to get surgery on his knee and it was done in Iraq? It is just the President of the US where abouts can never be pin pointed because of security reasons…right?

[vic1tgk] blessedandhighlyfavored That was last June for a quik Exam… HE LOOKS GOOD! Lost weight…got Diabetes…under control and spent time with his son…

[blessedandhighlyfavored] vic1tgk You are on point brother. It is has been said for weeks that he never left Iraq.

[vic1tgk] blessedandhighlyfavored YES!!!

[JBK] vic1tgk mrkleen Right. And why would he need to go to another country for I think it was knee surgery? If it was a replacement those are done everywhere all the time!

[vic1tgk] JBK CORRECT!!! They say his medical expenses were around 50M! Heck…You all have only 1 President Talabani…The better take GREAT CARE…OF HIM!!!

[vic1tgk] JBK IMHO…with my team, we feel it was April 28th!

[JBK] vic1tgk $ 50M? No way! Maybe $ 50K.

[vic1tgk] JBK 50 Million!!!

[blessing7] vic1tgk I see the Kurds extended the oil turn off until 9/15? Think they know something goood is a coming? Thanks

[vic1tgk] blessing7 They not only KNOW!!! Thay are really making it HAPPEN!!!

[mrkleen] vic1tgk Talabani had surgery, this is a known fact……what is NOT known is his whereabouts…..I’m assuming he stayed “under cover” in his homeland, to sniff out the bad seed………….

[vic1tgk] mrkleen He would TRUST NO ONE..to GUARD HIM ….BUT The “PESHMERGA”!!!

[vic1tgk] So… that is that! What is going on in the Neighborhood? How are all our SIBLINGS IN AND AROUND The GULF STATES…DOING?

[JBK] vic1tgk Knowing all this it sure seems something big is brewing!!

[vic1tgk] JBK BINGO…Again!

[blessedandhighlyfavored] vic1tgk Amen and Amen because we are looking really good!! Wooooo hoooooo!!!! Smile

[vic1tgk] blessedandhighlyfavored That is WHY…I asked …Please! DO not ask me or anyone here to give a RATE and DATE QUESTION! That is Not fair…because NO ONE…KNOWS… ONLY very FEW…maybe 3to5 People…IN THE WORLD…MAX!!! When I say that it is only to PREVENT… A MENTAL CRASH!!! We have come along ways…have we not!!!


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Mali Islamist group ‘kills Algerian diplomat’

A armed religious movement that has taken control of large swathes of Mali has reportedly claimed to have executed an Algerian diplomat who was kidnapped during their takeover of northern Mali, according to a statement published by a Mauritanian news agency.

Taher Touati, the Algerian vice-consul “was executed this morning [Sunday] at dawn” read the statement from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa [MUJAO] published by online news agency ANI, known for carrying reliable information on extremist groups in the region.

“The Algerian government must take complete responsibility for the consequences of its stubborness and the misguided and irresponsible decisions of its president and its generals,” read the statement.

Al Jazeera has been unable to independently authenticate the origin of the statement.

The Algerian foreign ministry was investigating the opposition fighters’ claim. As of Sunday afternoon, Touati’s family told the Algerian daily newspaper El Watan that they did not yet have any confirmation.

MUJAO had on August 24 given an ultimatum to Algeria, threatening to kill the hostage after Algiers said that they rejected its demands for the release of prisoners affiliated with the movement in a hostage swap.

MUJAO has claimed the April 5 kidnapping of seven Algerian diplomats from a consulate in the town of Gao.

A video MUJAO released on August 26 showed one of the four remaining hostages pleading with the government to save his life.

The wife of one hostage called on MUJAO to free them in a statement published by the Algerian press on Sunday, saying they were only “innocent civil servants,” and urged President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to work for their release.

Three of the hostages were freed in July.

Alessandra Giuffrida, an anthropologist at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London who specialises in the Tuareg of northern Mali, said that MUJAO “possibly” had links to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and had no links with the Tuareg movement.

“One has to be quite careful about identifying these groups using ethnic labels, particularly as we know that the majority of the Islamists who are fighting in northern Mali are not Malians,” she told Al Jazeera.

In recent years been involved in drug trafficking and abductions of foreigners, she said.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was originally an Algerian-based movement that migrated south in the Sahel region. The MUJAO, along with similar groups like Ansar Dine, have been enforcing strict Islamic law in northern Mali.

Rebels advance

In separate news, MUJAO seized another town, moving closer to government-held territory and signalling possibly expanding ambitions.

A convoy of lorries carrying men entered the town of Douentza early on Saturday morning and disarmed the local militia, witnesses and a spokesperson said.

“We never retreat. Even if we don’t advance any further, we will not go backward

- Oumar Ould Hamaha, Islamist leader

Douentza is located about 800km northeast of the capital, Bamako, but is near the de facto border with Malian military-held territory that currently divides half of the country from the other.

The group’s leader, Oumar Ould Hamaha, told the AP news agency by telephone that the MUJAO had seized Douentza after a brief standoff with the local self-defence militia. Witnesses said there were no casualties.

The Malian military lost control of the northern half of the country in April, including the town of Douentza, following a coup by a small group of soldiers who managed to overthrow the country’s civilian government a month before elections were to be held.

Giuffrida told Al Jazeera that the MUJAO is actively recruiting impoverished Malians in the north as fighters.

“The less the Malian government makes its presence felt, the more the local population will feel that they might have no other option but to succumb to Islamists groups who are recruiting men who are quite desperate and jobless.” 

MUJAO asserts authority

Until now, the MUJAO did not have a presence in Douentza, relying instead on an agreement with the local militia, which patrolled the area.

Hamaha said, however, that his group had “closed their eyes” to numerous things the militia was doing and had lost patience in recent days after it became clear that the militia was attempting to operate independently, insisting on keeping their own name.

“I told my elements that we need to get rid of these people because they are refusing to respect us. We gave them the authorisation to come to this place, and now they want to work independently of us,” Hamaha said on Saturday.

“In the morning, when we encircled the town, we told them to turn in their arms. They resisted a little. They tried to make phone calls to ask for reinforcements, but when they saw that no one was coming to help them they laid down their arms in order to avoid a bloodbath. We tied them up and they are now with us.”

Moussa Ongoiba, a resident of Douentza, said that he counted at least 10 lorries carrying the Islamists. After patrolling the town the rebels took over a hotel at the entrance to Douentza, which now serves as their military base, he said.

After settling in, the Islamists, said another resident Oumar Samba, called a meeting with officials from the mayor’s office and from the town’s major civic organisations. The townsmen asked MUJAO to return the arms they had seized from the self-defence militia.

“The mayor’s office and civic leaders demanded that they return the arms taken from the militia,” said Samba. “But the Islamists did not accept. Many of the members of the militia have fled in order to leave Douentza. The rest that stayed behind have been detained by the Islamists.”

The fall of Douentza would appear to show that Islamist forces are gaining territory and moving closer to southern Mali.

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* Parliament and the U.S. embassy discuss draft laws put up for vote

Parliamentary Legal Committee examined with a delegation from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad legal Federal Court and the Judicial Council said in a statement to the House of Representatives Committee Chairman Khalid Shwani met with a delegation from the U.S. Embassy to discuss some projects

Laws put up for a vote in the House of Representatives, in addition to discuss the mechanism for the selection of members of the Electoral Commission and the problems they face and try to find solutions commensurate with the provisions of the Constitution and the political reality of Iraq.

Meanwhile revealed agency Baghdadiya News for a certified copy of a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation between Iraq and the United States and achieve economic development, political and social Almtuzana and integrated in Iraq and submitted to the House of Representatives to approve. Convention obliges the United States to provide economic aid and technical and humanity obliges Iraq, among other items, to provide facilities to the United States in these areas also awarded Convention officials of the United States without any restrictions or conditions the task of supervising the conduct of programs and projects covered by this Agreement and for a period Three years after the completion of the implementation, and the Iraqi government bears in turn have a responsibility to ensure the security and immunity installations used by the U.S. delegation entrusted with the implementation of any project, in addition to this agreement exempted America from all kinds of taxes on any goods and supplies or money and not the right of Iraq confiscated under any prosecution of the U.S. administration or any other legal action.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq said security forces need to be developed and restore balance in its various institutions and added Mutlaq told Baghdadi News Iraqi army needs a lot of equipment and tools that support the system intelligence, and the evolution of training plans and to educate themselves, and accused al-Mutlaq United States not to concern the security agreement with Iraq, despite the escalation of threats and violations taking place in the country and what is happening on the Iraqi border with neighboring countries.

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* (BGG): The GET Team 9/2/12

9-2-2012  BGG -   it is entirely possible Talibani goes back to Iraq as early as this weekend. It appears he has had some trouble while he was over there – but he has some “hammer” in this process. Even his enemies are “lining up” to play ball. With the obvious exception of Maliki – of course. As I understand it – Maliki was over in Iran looking for support. This whole process will happen whether he wants it to or not and his visit over there was really a last ditch effort to make a friend – because right now, he doesn’t have one. Not one.


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* Sadoun: Adoption of the law of (HCL) oil and gas law alone will solve the crisis

A member of the Kurdistan Alliance Muhsin al-Sadoun, Sunday, that the crisis between the center and the region will not be solved unless the approval of the oil and gas law, which is still under consultation in the House of Representatives expected passing of the bill during the current year.

Sadoun said told / Baghdadiya News / “The settlement between the center and the region is out of the question in the case was approved oil and gas law, which now is a mass requirement is not to the Kurds alone, but for all the people of Iraq.

And between Sadoun he “no political movement on more Menen level to accelerate in finding a final version of the law that satisfies all parties,” probable “is the law was passed before the end of this year.”

He added that “political solutions proved its failure in resolving the crises being aimed at finding a compromise and only temporarily postpone the crises without being solved once and for all, but we are counting on the next stage of the legislative solutions to end crisis once and for all.”
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