TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Sunday Morning 3-10-2024

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Tishwash:  Al-Fateh: America is unable to bear the costs of its forces in Iraq

A member of the Al-Fatah Alliance, Aed Al-Hilali, saw that the American side is no longer able to bear additional financial burdens in light of the presence of its military forces inside Iraq, at a time when America is experiencing a difficult economic situation that requires it to reduce expenses.

Al-Hilali told Al-Maalouma, “America seeks to have a strong economic, military, or political influence inside Iraq, but it is no longer able to keep its forces in Iraq.”

He added, “The American military presence inside Iraq costs Washington large expenses in light of the crisis economic situation it is experiencing.”

He explained, “America’s budget has exceeded 30 trillion dollars, and the presence of its forces outside its country’s borders will exhaust the American budget, which will force Washington to negotiate with Baghdad to end its military presence, and turn the page toward balanced relations built on foundations and agreements between the two countries.”  link

CandyKisses:  Ramadan This Year Will Be The Most Difficult For Low-Income People

The head of the Strategic Center for Human Rights, Fadel Al-Gharawi, confirmed on Sunday that the Ramadan 2024 will be the most difficult month for low-income people due to the continued rise in foodstuffs in it.

Al-Gharawi said in a statement received by Earth News, that “a noticeable rise in sheep meat, fish, chicken, rice, sugar, fat, tea and infant formula,” noting that “most traders raised these prices a month ago Ramadan without paying attention to the humanitarian conditions of the poor and low-income people.”

Al-Gharawi called on “the Prime Minister to launch the Ramadan Karim initiative for low-income people and the poor, provide an integrated food basket throughout the month of Ramadan and ask the security forces to monitor prices in the local market and bring everyone who submits them to the judiciary.

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CandyKisses:  Does the month of Ramadan start on Tuesday? Cloud cover and controversy between specialists

Baghdad Today – Follow-up

The Islamic world is awaiting the announcement of the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan According to the International Astronomy Center, most Islamic countries began the month of Shaban, Sunday, February 11, 2024 AD, and accordingly, most countries will investigate the crescent of the month of Ramadan today, Sunday (March 10), and the central conjunction with this day will occur at nine o’clock in the morning GMT, and the moon will set after sunset in almost all regions of the Islamic world.

Accordingly, many countries are expected to start the month of Ramadan tomorrow, Monday, March 11.

As for the possibility of seeing the crescent on Sunday, “Based on all the criteria for seeing the crescent published in reference scientific research, including the criterion of the Muslim scientist Ibn Tariq, the researcher Votheringham, the researcher Maunder, the researcher Bruin, the Muslim researcher Elias, the astronomical observatorySAAO, the researcher Yallop, and the Muslim researcher Odeh, the crescent is not possible today from anywhere in the Arab and Islamic world, whether with the naked eye or using a telescope, while the crescent can be seen using a telescope from parts of the Americas , especially from Western parts,” according to the International Astronomy Center.

Therefore, for countries that require visual sighting of the crescent from somewhere in the Islamic world, these countries are expected to start the month of Ramadan on Tuesday (March 12), according to the same source.

Saudi weather expert Abdullah Al-Osaimi said that it may not be possible to see the crescent of the month of Ramadan today in Qassim, Sudair and northern Riyadh due to cloud cover with light dirt plankton.

However, he added that the atmosphere remains suitable in the eastern region, southern Riyadh, Mecca and Tabuk, adding that he expects tomorrow, Monday, the first day of the month of Ramadan.

Saudi meteorologist Waleed Al-Hogail also published a simulation showing how the crescent of Ramadan can be seen by placing the moon and the sun sunset today.

In the simulation, according to Al-Haqil, the sun will set at 6 or 6 and 4 minutes, and if the weather is clear, it will be possible to see the moon, although there is difficulty, for eleven minutes, and therefore tomorrow. Monday, will be the first day of Ramadan.

It is noteworthy that the Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia had called on Saturday to investigate the sighting of the crescent of the month of Ramadan, this evening, and inform those who see it with the naked eye or through binoculars nearest court

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Tishwash:  “Including fleeing from the dollar.” Revealing the reasons for the rise in gold prices in Baghdad

Salah Nouri told {Al-Furat News} agency, “Gold in general is a commodity for saving, as it is a precious metal, and at the level of central banks it is considered an investment and reserve for the local currency.”

He added, “The increase in gold jewelry that is happening at the present time results from the increase in demand for it. When demand for every commodity increases, its price rises, and so far this is economically logical.”

Nouri added, “But more importantly, why has the demand for gold jewelry increased at the present time? I think that the citizen tends to save in it instead of the dollar, and this is a weak reason. It is more likely that traders speculating in the dollar are turning to gold instead of the dollar for reasons of speculation or smuggling, because Individual citizens’ need for gold jewelry is limited to special occasions.”

Meanwhile, an informed source told {Al-Furat News} that one of the reasons for the rise in gold prices was due to “citizens’ weak confidence in banks, so they withdrew the amounts deposited in the banks and turned to gold.”

Local markets in Baghdad are witnessing a rise in gold prices, as the selling price of a gram reached {the mithqal}. 465 thousand dinars.   link