TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Monday 1-8-2024

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CandyKisses:  Parliamentary defense calls for the liberation of Iraq’s economy from the US grip

Information / Baghdad…

A member of the parliamentary security and defense committee, Waad al-Qaddo, called on Monday to liberate Iraq’s economy from the US grip.

Al-Qaddo said in an interview with Al-Maalouma that “America sought directly after 2003 to impose restrictions on Iraq’s economy and its funds in various ways, the most important of which is to limit the flow of oil sale funds towards the federal, from which they are transferred to the central bank in Baghdad, meaning that our financial wealth is like a hostage controlled by a distance.”

He added, “The US restrictions on Iraq’s funds take multiple dimensions and are used from time to time as a pressure card on governments to achieve an agenda, pointing out that “liberating our economy from the American grip is a priority that will give greater flexibility in avoiding pressure papers and prevent 5 direct risks threatening the economy, including manipulating the parallel market and creating fog about the strength of the dinar and perpetuating the corruption file created by the US administration.”

He pointed out that “the economy is a dangerous American card that must be paid attention to and seek to crystallize the basket of currencies that will get Baghdad out of the dollar tunnel and its effects.”

The US administration imposes a series of restrictions on the circulation of the dollar and how to deal with it in Iraq in a blatant intervention for many years.”

Tishwash:  Al-Fateh: America is carrying out actions that contradict international laws inside Iraq

A member of the Al-Fatah Alliance, Ayed Al-Hilali, confirmed on Monday that the American forces violated Iraq’s autonomy and continue their series of crimes against the people, as what these forces are doing is in violation of international laws, which necessitates taking deterrent measures to preserve Iraq’s autonomy.

Al-Hilali told Al-Maalouma, “There is an urgent need for integration of visions between the federal government and the resistance factions so that Iraq’s position will be stronger towards the American side, especially since the American forces have violated Iraq’s autonomy and in the heart of Baghdad.”

He added, “The Iraqi state’s discourse should be an integrated discourse, at a time when there is a political and popular consensus to reject American actions and the continuing violations inside Iraq.”

He stated that “the violations committed by America inside Iraq are acts contrary to international laws, which necessitates taking deterrent measures after unifying the discourse between all political forces and components of the state in order to end or reduce the American military presence on Iraqi territory.”   link

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CandyKisses:  There are two files. Washington continues to press to prevent Iraqi cooperation with China

Information / Baghdad.

Hussein Ali al-Karawi, head of the organizing body of the popular movement for the Belt and Road, accused the United States of exerting pressure on Iraq to prevent it from rapprochement with all major countries.

 Al-Karawi said in an interview with the Information Agency that “the United States of America stands as an obstacle to Iraq with regard to the Silk Road and dealing or cooperating economically or militarily with China and the rest of the countries such as Germany in the electricity sector, as well as Russia in the field of arming the army to remain under its control and arrogance.”

He added, “The United States of America is pushing to prevent Iraq from joining the Belt and Road Economic Initiative or in the field of arming Iraq militarily.”

Al-Karawi pointed out that “the Iraqi parliament must have a position on American pressure.”

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Tishwash:  this in Kurdistan 

Thousands of protesters demanding their late salaries block the main roads in Sulaymaniyah

This morning, the demonstrations of educational staff were renewed in Sulaymaniyah Governorate, with a categorical rejection of the decision to return to work, as the demonstrators stipulated that their demands be met.

One of the demonstrators told “Baghdad Today”, “The demonstrations will continue until the legitimate demands of educational personnel guaranteed by the constitution are met,” stressing his rejection of “the return of work hours.”

Yesterday, Sunday (January 7, 2024), the Ministry of Education in the Kurdistan Government decided to return promotions to educational staff and transfer lecturers to contracts, while conditioning this on amending the budget.

Many of the region’s employees and teaching staff, especially in Sulaymaniyah Governorate, continue to demonstrate to demand the payment of their salaries, which have been delayed for many months, amid the inability of Baghdad and Erbil to solve the crisis radically, and to be satisfied with “temporary” and “patchwork” solutions, according to observers of political and economic affairs.   link