Monday, May 25, 2015

Iraq, Iran push back on US defense chief over Ramadi loss

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May 24, 2015

Iraq, Iran push back on US defense chief over Ramadi loss

Last week ISIL took control of the Iraqi city Ramadi and the Syrian city Palmyra, advances that the Iraqi government perversely subsidized. Iraq continues to fund ISIL by continuing salaries to the many Iraqi government employees who live in ISIL-controlled territory. That fact is a reminder of how poorly the country has been governed.

ISIL skims the money Iraq continues to pay public employees who live in areas captured and ruled by ISIL. One official estimate holds that it reaps hundreds of millions of dollars each year from this source.

That’s money that helps ISIL create hundreds of thousands of refugees, behead or crucify scores if not hundreds of people, murder thousands, create sex-slave markets, destroy irreplaceable archaeological and cultural sites, steal property based on religious affiliation or ethnicity of the owner, use and train child soldiers and otherwise make life miserable for millions of people.

The continued gains by ISIL make clear that the group is a major problem. But ISIL is not the only threat to the future well being of the Iraqi people. The country’s backwards economy presents a long-term danger as well. Iraq handing over money to ISIL is just one indication of much broader economic mismanagement.

Never mind Iraq’s security disaster; the country has experienced an economic catastrophe after a decade of nearly nonexistent economic reform that featured rapid government hiring with little action to foster a stronger private sector. Rather than trying to shape a modern economy, Iraq’s leaders have chosen to retain an economy that focuses on redistribution of oil revenues. The patronage and political power that go with that redistribution is evident in the explosion of government employment.

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Japan offers yen loan to Iraq

May 25, 2015

Japan will provide Iraq a yen loan equivalent to more than 720 million dollars. The Iraqi government says it will use the money to improve people's lives. They say this includes use in areas retaken from the Islamic State militant group.

Biden calms Iraq after Pentagon head questioned army’s ‘will to fight’

 May 26, 2015

Biden calms Iraq after Pentagon head questioned army’s ‘will to fight’

Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq’s government on Monday of US support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces” one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment.

Biden’s call followed harsh criticism from Iraqi and Iranian quarters after Carter questioned Iraqi forces’ “will to fight” the surging Islamic State group.

A White House statement on Monday describing Biden’s call said the vice president welcomed an Iraqi decision to mobilize additional troops and “prepare for counterattack operations.” Biden also pledged full US support to “these and other Iraqi efforts to liberate territory from ISIL,” the statement said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

In reaction to Carter’s remarks, which were aired Sunday in a TV interview, a spokesman for Iraq’s prime minister suggested the defense secretary had “incorrect information,” while Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds forces in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, offered his own critical assessment of US forces.

The Oracle Report - Monday, May 25, 2015

MOTHER MANATEE AND HER BABY.  TAKEN BY WISE OWL HOLLY 
JUST AFTER THE NEW MOON IN ARIES 2015.

Monday, May 25, 2015

First Quarter Moon Phase: step out, take action

Moon in Virgo

Goddess of Wisdom:  all

God of Will: all

Skill: engage the skill of being like a wise owl in a tree

Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month:  "a mature woman reawakened to romance"

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the music of the spheres"

The energetics shift today from the challenges of Crescent Moon phase to the boldness that is asked of us with First Quarter Moon Phase.  In the cycle of life, First Quarter Moon phase is the time when a seed breaks through the soil to the light of day, ready for new experiences.  It's a time of action and a time when we experience changes and growth.

Accompanying the opening of the First Quarter Moon phase are several power astrological transits that are like whirling dervishes:

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Iraqi Forces to Recapture Ramadi in Several Days – Prime Minister

May 25, 2015

Iraqi Forces to Recapture Ramadi in Several Days – Prime Minister

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Oil and Gas .. Kurdistan postpones visit the Kurdish delegation to Baghdad

May 25, 2015

Kurdistan: the events of security postpones visit the Kurdish delegation to Baghdad

A member of the Kurdistan Alliance for the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary Kawa Mohamed said that the discussion of the Council of Ministers of the Federal Problems that have emerged on the oil agreement between Baghdad and Erbil postponed due to security incidents in the city of Ramadi.

Iraq .. local government opened banks in the district of Khalidiya and Habbaniyah alternative for banks located in the city of Ramadi

May 25, 2015

Open financial banks in Khalidiya and Habbaniyah instead of gray

Anbar Provincial Council member waterfall Halbusi said that the local government has opened banks in the district of Khalidiya and Habbaniyah alternative for banks located in the city of Ramadi.

Ramadi will be liberated in the coming days ..member of the parliamentary security

May 25, 2015

A member of the parliamentary security - Ramadi will be liberated in the coming days

BAGHDAD - Commission on Security and Defense parliamentary member Majed al-Gharawi said that the city of Ramadi liberate from Conception Daash terrorist gangs in the coming days.

He's Ghraoui (IMN) that "the security forces and the popular crowd and have the ability to edit all Iraqi territory from Conception Daash terrorist gangs, but this takes time and ready military and adequate resources."

He explained that "the Commission is closely following the course of military operations in Anbar province," noting that "there are plans for follow-up and coordination between the military leaders and the crowd People's Liberation province."

And presided over the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi meeting of the National Security Council on Sunday, where the meeting discussed the course of military and security operations in Anbar boycotted and other cutouts, as well as examine the work of the unified system for the management of defense and security resources.

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Clinton E-Mails Reveal State Dept Obsessed With Toppling Foreign Leader

Snip from article below .. In 2014, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt were recorded as discussing Yanukovych’s successor Arseniy Yatsenyuk before Yanukovych was toppled on February 22, 2014 in a violent coup.  *CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO .. NULAND SAY F THE EU ..

May 23, 2015

Clinton E-Mails Reveal State Dept Obsessed With Toppling Foreign Leader

E-mails to and from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released by the State Department reveal US officials working overtime to orchestrate the fall of a foreign government.

WASHINGTON - A cache of 296 e-mails to and from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released by the State Department on Friday reveal US officials working overtime to orchestrate the fall of a foreign government.

On March 27, 2011, Clinton's longtime close adviser Sidney Blumenthal briefed her about allied special forces activities to undermine then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"An extremely sensitive source added that the rebels are receiving direct assistance and training from a small number of Egyptian Special Forces units, while French and British Special Operations troops are working out of bases in Egypt, along the Libyan border," Blumenthal wrote to Clinton.

"These troops are overseeing the transfer of weapons and supplies to the rebels," he added.

Blumenthal has no specialized expertise or experience covering the Middle East, but he sent Clinton numerous, long-detailed reports on Libya, combining intelligence assessments, political analysis and rumours.

All the e-mails addressed "Sid"[ney Blumenthal] and "Hillary" [Clinton].

Current US policy makers discussed plans to topple then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych with equal frankness and detail.

In 2014, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt were recorded as discussing Yanukovych’s successor Arseniy Yatsenyuk before Yanukovych was toppled on February 22, 2014 in a violent coup.  *CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO .. NULAND SAY F THE EU ..

The State Department e-mails were part of a cache of 30,000 messages that Clinton received or sent on her personal server, in addition to her official communications within the State Department during her tenure from 2009 to 2013.

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Also read and watch .. 

Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya And underscores the chaos gripping Libya after its 2011 civil war and the killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi


Zubaidi contracted with a consulting firm to implement the Japanese loan

May 25, 2015

Zubaidi contracted with a consulting firm to implement the Japanese loan

Basra .. Signed by Transport Minister Baqir al-Zubaidi, a contract with Nippon Kiwi company specializes in consulting and project supervision, the implementation of the second phase of the estimated $ 325 million granted by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, the Japanese loan (JICA).

And media relations official at the Iraqi ports company said Anmar net's (IMN), "The implementation of the contract runs of 64 months, which is worth 30 million dollars."

Safi said that "the loan will be allocated for the development of the port of Khor Al-Zubair."

And he received the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, earlier, chairman of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Akihiko Tanaka and his accompanying delegation.

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Medvedev Approves Free Trade Zone Deal Between EEU, Vietnam

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China Eyes Historic Shift in Vietnam Relations (Russia and U.S. Also Make A Visit To Vietnam)


May 25, 2015

Medvedev Approves Free Trade Zone Deal Between EEU, Vietnam

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a free trade zone agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Vietnam, the cabinet announced in a Monday statement.

"The implementation of the agreement will contribute to an increase in the mutual trade turnover and the development of trade and economic relations between its participants, as well as help solve the problem of getting the EEU involved in the integration processes in the Asia-Pacific region," the statement said.

Vietnam will be the first country to sign a free trade agreement with the EEU, which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The agreement is expected to be inked on Friday in Moscow.

Last month, Medvedev said that Moscow and Hanoi should consider using national currencies instead of US dollars in trade after agreeing in principle to establish a free trade zone.

Also in April, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that Hanoi was planning to increase its trade turnover with Russia to $10 billion by 2020.

The EEU, which came into force on January 1, aims to achieve the free flow of goods, services, capital and labor across its member states.

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