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    Today, 12:58 AM
    GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments across the country, including the battle to liberate Mosul. Please click here to download the latest report free of charge. For more information on how GardaWorld’s services can support your business in Iraq, please contact Daniel Matthews, Senior Director Iraq, at daniel.matthews@garda.com Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 12:58 AM
    Advertising FeatureRabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 25th May 2017). Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes. The RSISX index ended the week at IQD868 (+2.0%) / $895 (+2.0%) (weekly change) (-9.5% and -5.5% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 22.3bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD9.5bn ($7.5mn). ISX Company Announcements CBI announced giving out payments to contractors through local bonds by announcing 16 not-listed companies to receive their payments through this way. (CBI) Mosul Bank for Development and Investment (BMFI) will hold AGM* on Jun. 6, 2017 to discuss and approve 2015 annual financial results and discuss relocating company HQ from Erbil to Baghdad. ISX will suspend trading of BMFI starting on Jun. 1, 2017. Al-Wiaam for Financial Investment (VWIF) will hold AGM* on Jun. 15, 2017 to discuss and approve 2016 annual financial results. ISX will suspend trading of VWIF starting on Jun. 12, 2017. Al-Nibal Al-Arabya for Money Transfer (MTNI) will hold AGM* on Jun. 1, 2017 to discuss and approve 2016 annual financial results. ISX will suspend trading of MTNI starting on May 29, 2017. International Development Bank for Investment (BIDB), which has IQD250bn paid-in capital, has completed depositing its shares in the IDC and started trading in non-regular market on May 23, 2017. The opening price will be free for the first three trading sessions, and after this period, price will be able to change with +/-20% limit per day. A cross transaction occurred on 15.7bn shares of Babylon Bank (BBAY) on May 22, 2017, which represents 6.3% of BBAY capital. A cross transaction occurred on 600mn shares of Mosul Bank for Development and Investment (BMFI) on May 22, 2017, which represents 0.2% of BMFI capital. Iraqi Carton Manufactories (IICM) resumed trading on May 22, 2017 after discussing and approving 2015 annual financial results. Trans Iraq Bank for Investment (BTRI) held AGM* on May 25, 2017 to discuss and approve 2016 annual financial results and writing off the IQD492mn of the doubtful loans from the doubtful loans provision for not being able to obtain it. ISX suspended trading of BTRI starting on May 22, 2017. United Bank (BUND) replied ISX recommendations that the bank owns a diverse fund that is disclosed. The administration constantly works to fix all problems regarding any blocked amounts of money. The bank will organize a seminar during its next AGM to discuss the matters of its shareholders and the disclosure of its financial information. The bank takes great care of its publicity and advertises its services constantly through seminars, summits and workshops. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 12:58 AM
    UNIDO and Japan support two projects for economic recovery and social stabilization in IraqThe United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan have agreed to launch two projects in Iraq to lift the burden on the local communities affected by the influx of people who have had to flee their homes because of continuing violence and insecurity. The projects respond to the United Nations Secretary-General’s appeal for more help to the people who have “suffered enormously and go on suffering”. Japan’s financial contribution will enable integrated stabilization, economic recovery and reconstruction support for internally displaced persons (IDPs), *returnees and Syrian refugees in Iraq through vocational and agricultural skills training and concrete measures to develop small and medium enterprises. The projects will assist the Government of Iraq in addressing the humanitarian and development challenges in the context of the military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul City. They will bring relief to the internally displaced people from Mosul City and their host communities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. According to the Iraqi authorities, around 669,000 people remain displaced from Mosul, some 460,000*of whom are from western Mosul. The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) confirms that the damage suffered by public and private infrastructure in western Mosul is two and a half times greater than in the eastern districts. The first project has two components. One aims to promote resilience and economic stability by supporting micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises in newly liberated areas and the corridor of the Ninewa (and/or in the Erbil, Kirkuk and Saladin Governorates), and strengthening the capacity of government institutions to facilitate vocational training programmes for IDPs, refugees and returnees. The project is in line with the priorities and targets of the cluster for emergency livelihoods and social cohesion, and complies with the Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq. The second project will develop agro-based *industries in the Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region. It will promote and strengthen food and agro-processing enterprises starting at the farm- and household-level by engaging Syrian refugees, IDPs, host communities and the private sector. The Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, as well as the Ministry of Industry of the Kurdistan region, are the government partners in this endeavour. The project will operate in Baharka, Shaqlawa and the Syrian refugee IDPs camps in the Erbil Governorate. (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    Donald Trump and the Agony of H.R. McMaster: Will the President Dump His Second National Security Adviser? Is H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, on the way out? By some signs, he is: President Donald Trump not only excluded him from a key meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his national security adviser Monday night in Jerusalem, he was kept “outside the King David room during the course of the entire meeting,” according to an eye-catching Israeli account. Taken alone, the perceived shaming wouldn’t amount to much: Trump has a habit of slighting his aides in public. But the incident came only days after a report in The New York Times that McMaster had fallen out of favor with the president. Trump had “complained that General McMaster talks too much in meetings,” and “the president has referred to him as ‘a pain,’” The Times said in a report that was not challenged by the White House. By the time Trump left Israel for his meeting in Rome with the Pope, right-wing news sites closely allied with the so-called “nationalist” wing of the White House were serving up full throated criticism of McMaster, a distinguished Army general. Breitbart News Network, formerly edited by Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, went further, inviting “anti-Muslim gadfly” Frank Gaffney onto its Sirius XM radio show to blast McMaster as “one of the leading voices in the Trump administration seeking to divorce Islam from terrorism.” Likewise, Mike Cernovich, a blogger with a large far-right following, has been running a campaign against the general, accusing him of “manipulating intelligence reports” and “plotting how to sell a massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus, who mishandled classified information by sharing documents with his mistress.” Even before McMaster left on Trump’s foreign trip, writers from the Washington establishment were urging him to resign before he lost the last shreds of his dignity under the erratic president. “Twenty years ago, H.R. McMaster authored a cautionary tale,” Washington Post columnist Carlos Lozada wrote, referencing the general’s acclaimed book on how U.S. military leaders enabled bad decision-making by President Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War. “Now he risks becoming one.” If so, it would be quite a reversal of fortune for the much maligned retired general. Many of McMaster’s friends and admirers were dismayed when Trump sent him out to explain away reports of his boss sharing above-top secret intelligence about an allied source of information—said to be Israel—on the Islamic State militant group with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to Washington. Some saw it as a deliberate act of humiliation. John Nagl, who had worked with McMaster on U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan, told NPR he was in “an absolutely impossible situation. And many of us, his friends, were concerned that something like this was going to happen when he took this job working for this administration. “The president” Nagl said, “expects him to defend the indefensible.” While McMaster sat outside the Jerusalem meeting with Netanyahu and his aides, the president included two officials with zero diplomatic experience in the Middle East, his son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner and a longtime Trump Organization employee, Jason Greenblatt. A year ago, Greenblatt was “the chief attorney overseeing large transactions for the Trump Organization, including any involving Trump family members,” Politico reported. “Now he’s in the White House as the president’s lead envoy in the Middle East…” David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer and the president’s newly appointed ambassador to Israel (who has long helped fund illegal Israeli settlements), rounded out the Trump entourage at the Netanyahu meeting. “There has been a lot in the press about Trump’s growing antipathy to McMaster, though it’s hard to know how much of it is true and how much of it is the result of intramural smear jobs from the warring White House factions,” says Daniel Benjamin, who was ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department in the Barack Obama administration. “Whatever the story may be there, if Trump doesn’t take his national security advisor into a meeting with another head of government, he’s again being reckless and foolish beyond belief,” added Benjamin, now director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. “It’s not good—and rare—for a national security adviser to be left out of a meeting like this,” Loch Johnson, the eminent intelligence historian at the University of Georgia, tells Newsweek. “The position depends on good chemistry between the president and the national security adviser and this event would suggest that the key elements of this relationship are already evaporating in the Petri dish.” The absence of McMaster was not so important “as long as the ambassador is there,” says Evelyn Farkas, a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Obama administration. But she wondered whether an experienced diplomatic note-taker was there, “because...the rest of the interagency needs to be told what happened.” Not just that, says Benjamin. “The national security advisor, or some other senior professional staffer, as opposed to an amateur like Kushner, is there to keep the president from straying into areas that he doesn’t know and preventing commitments that he doesn’t understand.” According to the Israeli insider blog Kafe Knesset, “at some point, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was invited to join the expanded meeting.” But even then, McMaster was left out. All this is “just the latest example of a dysfunctional White House with a broken staff system,” says Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency. “An empowered White House chief would... make sure McMaster is in the room for important meetings with heads of state. But Reince Priebus is not and has never been empowered. And Trump has no idea why that is essential to his success.” “Of course, if this is a sign that McMaster is out of favor, well, God help us,” says Daniel Benjamin, who in the 1990s served on President Bill Clinton’s national security council. “McMaster doesn’t have a lot of expertise in Europe, Asia, diplomacy or economics, but he seems to have his head screwed on right, which can’t be said of many of the other members of the White House inner circle.”
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    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    AP source: Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring the incoming administration's options with Russia as it was developing its Syria policy, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke with The Associated Press. The intent was to connect Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, said this person, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity. Russia, a pivotal player in Syria, has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians during a long civil war. The White House did not acknowledge the meeting or Kushner's attendance until March. At the time, a White House official dismissed it as a brief courtesy meeting. Kushner's involvement in the proposed back channel was first reported by The Washington Post, which said he proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities for the discussions, apparently to make them more difficult to monitor. The newspaper cited anonymous U.S. officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications. The Post wrote that Kislyak was reportedly taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate — a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team. According to the person familiar with the Kushner meeting, the Trump team eventually felt there was no need for a back channel once Rex Tillerson was confirmed as secretary of state, and decided to communicate with Moscow through more official channels. Tillerson was sworn in on Feb. 1. Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February after officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia in a phone call. Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told Congress this month that that deception left Flynn vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians. Flynn remains under federal investigation in Virginia over his foreign business ties and was interviewed by the FBI in January about his contacts with Kislyak. The disclosure of the back channel put White House advisers on the defensive Saturday, as Trump wrapped up his first foreign trip as president, and led lawyers for Kushner to say he is willing to talk with federal and congressional investigators about his foreign contacts and his work on the Trump campaign. Meeting with reporters in Sicily, two Trump advisers refused to address the contents of Kushner's December meeting with the Russian diplomat. But they did not dismiss the idea that the administration would go outside normal U.S. government and diplomatic channels for communications with other countries. Speaking generally, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said "we have back channel communications with a number of countries." He added: "It allows you to communicate in a discreet manner." In response to repeated questions from reporters, Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn said, "We're not going to comment on Jared. We're just not going to comment." Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser last year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy, and remains an influential confidant within the White House as does his wife, Ivanka Trump. Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into any connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. On Saturday, the AP confirmed that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign. The request from the committee arrived last week at campaign headquarters in New York, according to person familiar with the request who wasn't authorized to discuss the developments publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. It was said to be the first time any investigators have made inquiries with Trump's campaign officials. The Post first reported the request, which covers materials such as emails, phone records and documents dating to Trump's first days as a candidate in July 2015. Those inquiries now include scrutiny of Kushner, according to the newspaper. Obama administration officials have previously told the AP that the frequency of Flynn's discussions with Kislyak raised enough red flags that aides discussed the possibility Trump was trying to establish a one-to-one line of communication — a back channel — with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In addition, Reuters reported that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak last year, including two phone calls between April and November. Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, told Reuters that Kushner "has no recollection of the calls as described." Defense attorneys and former FBI agents say that one likely area of interest for investigators would be Kushner's own meetings with Russians, given that such encounters with a variety of Trump associates are at the root of the sprawling probe, now overseen by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. Regarding Kushner, former FBI agent Jim Treacy said Friday: "If there is an investigation on anybody, would other folks around that person be of interest to the FBI as far as being interviewed? The answer to that is a big yes." If the FBI wants to speak with someone, it's not necessarily an indication of involvement or complicity, said Treacy, who did two tours in Moscow as the FBI's legal attache. "Really, being spoken to, does not confer a target status on the individual," he said. Investigators are also interested in a meeting Kushner had with the Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, according to reports from The Post and NBC News. "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings," Gorelick said in a statement Thursday. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry."
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Supply chain nightmare to continue between Iraq and US In a new report on the last Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that the Pentagon could not prove $2 billion of Iraq Train-and-Equip Fund (ITEF) materials were delivered. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Kurdish export not part of OPEC oil cut extension, confirms Iraq’s Oil Minister Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi stated that oil exports from Kurdistan region of Iraq will not be included under OPEC’s production cut extension plan. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Saudi-Russia deal extension supported by Iraq Alexander Novak, the Russian oil minister, along with Saudi counterpart Khalid-al-Falih, has signaled an agreement last week between the two biggest oil producers in the world to extend the current the supply deal, which is aimed at removing 1.8 million barrels worth of supplies, Iraq has joined the initiative before the much anticipated OPEC ministers’ meeting in Vienna headquarter on 25th of May. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Inflation rate goes higher by 0.6% in April 2017 Inflation indices of Iraq have raised by 0.6% during the month of April compared to the preceding month, as revealed by Iraqi government. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Kurdish independence will bring more turmoil for Iraq, says US general The head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said that an Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of "not if but when," in a significant challenge to Iraq's stability. In the month of April, Iraq's main Kurdish parties announced a plan to hold a referendum on independence this year, after the defeat of Islamic State militants. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Oil export of Iraq reached 97.6 million barrels in April 2017 Oil ministry of Iraq has announced that export of crude has reached 97.6 million barrels till April 2017, fetching revenue around 4.607 billion dollars for the country. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Basra Aqaba oil pipeline construction discussed by Iraq and Jordan Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ibrahim Saif discussed with Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar Al Luaibi on a project for constructing an oil pipeline between Iraq and Jordan to export Iraqi crude oil via Jordan and provide the Kingdom with its oil needs. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    Iraq mulls for largest oil hedging deal To lock in prices for future crude sales, Iraq is mulling an oil hedging program. The country is though at very early to stage to explore a hedge, as noted by Falah Al-Amri, the head of Iraq’s state oil-marketing company, known as SOMO. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
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    Yesterday, 05:28 PM
    http://nypost.com/2017/05/26/how-team-obama-tried-to-hack-the-election/ How Team Obama tried to hack the election New revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials. The irony is mind-boggling: Targeting political opposition is long a technique of police states like Russia, which Team Obama has loudly condemned for allegedly using its own intelligence agencies to hack into our election. The revelations, as well as testimony this week from former Obama intel officials, show the extent to which the Obama administration politicized and weaponized intelligence against Americans. Thanks to Circa News, we now know the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy protections while snooping through foreign intercepts involving US citizens — and failed to disclose the breaches, prompting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court a month before the election to rebuke administration officials. The story concerns what’s known as “upstream” data collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, under which the NSA looks at the content of electronic communication. Upstream refers to intel scooped up about third parties: Person A sends Person B an e-mail mentioning Person C. Though Person C isn’t a party to the e-mail, his information will be scooped up and potentially used by the NSA. Further, the number of NSA data searches about Americans mushroomed after Obama loosened rules for protecting such identities from government officials and thus the reporters they talk to. The FISA court called it a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue” that NSA analysts — in violation of a 2011 rule change prohibiting officials from searching Americans’ information without a warrant — “had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court.” A number of those searches were made from the White House, and included private citizens working for the Trump campaign, some of whose identities were leaked to the media. The revelations earned a stern rebuke from the ACLU and from civil-liberties champion Sen. Rand Paul. Read ALL Here
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    Yesterday, 04:28 PM
    Here you are showing again your high level of ignorance....Memorial Day is a day of Remembrance and giving honor to those who lay down their lives to defend our ways of living. You clearly reflects Donaldof Mentality. Good for you if that makes you sleep better at night. Just pray that under Donaldof hijacked position, none of your sons or daughter, or grandson or grand daughter get sent to war. Because if they do, under Donaldof, is surely not something you want to want to experience. Remember that.
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    Yesterday, 04:23 PM
    You sound more like this: Donald Trump using Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' playbook, says world expert on Nazi leader President's 'views come out of a playbook written in German' says author — 'the playbook is Mein Kampf' A leading expert on the Nazi party has said there are similarities between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Both men "bluffed" their way into power, confounding an establishment that did not know what to do but normalise them, according to author Ron Rosenbaum. The Adolf Hitler biographer said he had refused to compare Mr Trump to the Nazi leader during the campaign period for fear of trivialising genocide, but after the election things changed. “Now Trump and his minions are in the driver’s seat, attempting to pose as respectable participants in American politics, when their views come out of a playbook written in German,” said Mr Rosenbaum, who wrote Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil. “The playbook is Mein Kampf.” In an article for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Mr Rosenbaum offers a brief historical look at the rise of the Nazi party, emphasising how Hitler targeted one of the only German newspapers to continually investigate and expose him. The Munich Post was first ransacked by Nazis in 1923, and was eventually closed down by the party when Hitler came to power in 1933. Many of the local paper's journalists were disappeared or sent to Dachau concentration camp under Nazi rule. In contrast, other newspapers, and virtually all politicians, did not know how to handle Hitler, and consequently failed to recognise the extent to which he was a threat, or to meet the need to actively oppose him. “Hitler used the tactics of bluff masterfully, at times giving the impression of being a feckless Chaplinesque clown, at other times a sleeping serpent, at others yet a trustworthy statesman," Mr Rosenbaum said. "The Weimar establishment didn’t know what to do, so they pretended this was normal. They 'normalised' him.” As part of this normalisation — a phenomenon Mr Rosenbaum said also happened with Mr Trump — Hitler and the Nazi party were allowed back onto electoral lists — in an act of “democracy destroying itself democratically”. “Hitler’s method was to lie until he got what he wanted, by which point it was too late," Mr Rosenbaum said, adding there is no comparison between Hitler and Mr Trump in terms of scale. But, he said, it was important to see that, like Hitler, Mr Trump is "defining mendacity down" by normalising lies and lowering expectations of truthfulness. "While marchers and the courts have put up a fight after the Muslim ban, each new act, each new lie, accepted by default, seems less outrageous," Mr Rosenbaum said. "Let’s call it what it is: defining mendacity down.” The author continued with a caution: "Trump’s outrageous conduct and shamelessly lying mouth seemed so ridiculous we wouldn’t have to take him seriously. Until we did.” Citing a conversation with Hitler biographer Alan Bullock, Mr Rosenbaum suggested the Nazi might not even have believed in his own anti-Semitism, and could have "just used the Jew-hatred to advance his cause with the nitwit thug segment of the German people". Calling Hitler a "mountebank" - a con man, he compared his behaviour to how "Trump appealed to his nitwit thug racist, anti-Semite followers", adding "this is the comparison I’d been seeking”.
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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    happy memorial day, 40p !!! Maga !!!
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    Yesterday, 09:54 AM
    ????? ???? ??????? ?????? ??? ??????? ????? ?????? ????? ????? ????? ????? ???? ?? ???? ?????? ????? ???? ??????? ??? ?????? ????? ????? ?????? ??? ???? ????? ???? ?????? ??????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????? ??? ??????????. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 07:41 AM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxtDtVYsyjA I believe I've posted this before. In the mid 80's, NYC word on the streets from the workers: "Trump is our guy..he is 'real people' he's one of us workers, but with lots of money & smarts. He is always willing to help anyone where it is a real need". After a little bit of questioning & research, I was convinced it was indeed true and have been on that train since the 90s. This message is what it's all about.."Trump is our guy". God Bless America! Happy Memorial Day to All, and a most full-heart thanks to every veteran who served honorably!!!
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    Yesterday, 07:22 AM
    This is like shooting recyclable, sustainable, green-but-still-blue ducks in a pond..unlimited..free..ammo.. THANK YOU AMERICA, THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN !!!!
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    Yesterday, 04:00 AM
    'This is serious': Jared Kushner reportedly tried to set up a secret Trump-Russia back channel Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top White House adviser, was willing to go extraordinary lengths to establish a secret line of communication between the Trump administration and Russian government officials, The Washington Post reported on Friday. During the presidential transition period leading up to Trump's inauguration, Kushner held a series of meetings with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, and the head of a Moscow bank that was under US sanctions. In talks with Kislyak in December, Kushner floated the possibility of setting up a secure line of communication between the Trump transition team and Russia — and having those talks take place in Russian diplomatic facilities in the US, essentially concealing their interactions from US government scrutiny, The Post wrote, citing US intelligence officials briefed on the matter. Kislyak reportedly passed along that request to Moscow. The Post's Ellen Nakashima, Adam Entous, and Greg Miller reported that the Russian ambassador was "taken aback" by Kushner's request, because it posed significant risks for both the Trump team and the Kremlin. Kushner, who did not disclose the meeting on his security clearance form, is now a subject in the FBI's investigation of Russia's election interference, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to undermine Hillary Clinton. He also had two previously undisclosed phone calls with Kislyak between April and November of last year, according to Reuters. Kushner's attorney James Gorelick responded to the Reuters story Friday evening via CNN, saying "Mr. Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described. We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information." "GOOD GRIEF. This is serious," said Bob Deitz, a veteran of the NSA and the CIA who worked under the Clinton and Bush administrations. "This raises a bunch of problematic issues. First, of course, is the Logan Act, which prohibits private individuals conducting negotiations on behalf of the US government with foreign governments," Deitz said. "Second, it tends to reinforce the notion that Trump's various actions about Comey do constitute obstruction." "In other words, there is now motive added to conduct," Deitz noted. "This is a big problem for the President." Kushner did not previously disclose the December meetings to US officials during his background check, and the White House only acknowledged them after news outlets reported on it. It follows a pattern among key Trump advisers that unfolded during and after the 2016 election. "If you are in a position of public trust, and you talk to, meet, or collude with a foreign power" while trying to subvert normal state channels, "you are, in the eyes of the FBI and CIA, a traitor," said Glenn Carle, a former top counterterrorism official at the CIA. "That is what I spent my life getting foreigners to do with me, for the US government." Carle noted that, if the Kushner-Kislyak meeting and reported discussion were an isolated incident, then it could be spun as “normal back-channel communication arrangements among states." "If Jared Kushner was trying to set up a back channel with the Russians, doesn't that mean he wasn't colluding with them?" a White House official said in response to the story, according to CNN. But Kislyak and the Trump campaign interacted extensively, and Trump associates either kept those interactions secret from US officials or misrepresented them, as was the case with Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign in February for similar reasons. Reuters reported earlier this month that Flynn and Kislyak also spoke about setting up a secret back channel during the transition between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin "that could bypass the US national security bureaucracy." "We know about the multiple meetings of Trump entourage members with Russian intel-related individuals," Carle said. "There will be many others that we do not know about." He noted that while this reported back channel is "explosive," it is worth questioning who planted the story — The Post reportedly received an anonymous letter in December tipping them off to the Kushner-Kislyak meeting. Additionally, as a longtime diplomat, Kislyak would have known that his communications were being monitored. So the possibility remains, Carle said, that the Russians used the meeting with Kushner to distract the intelligence community and the public from potentially more incriminating relationships between the campaign and Moscow. Indeed, Kushner also met with the CEO of Russia's state-owned Vnesheconombank, Sergey Gorkov, in December 2016, The New York Times reported in late March. The meeting — which had not previously been disclosed and came on the heels of Kushner's meeting with Kislyak at Trump Tower — caught the eye of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election and whether any members of Trump's campaign were complicit. Kislyak reportedly orchestrated the meeting between Kushner and Gorkov, who was appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 2016 as part of a restructuring of the bank's management team, Bloomberg reported last year. The Kremlin and the White House have provided conflicting explanations for why Kushner met with Gorkov. Former CIA Director John Brennan, in testimony Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, said that he was concerned by some of the "interactions" between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign that took place during the election last year. Republican Rep. Tom Rooney asked Brennan if he ever found "any direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Putin in Moscow" while he was the CIA director. Brennan replied that "there was intelligence that the Russian intelligence services were actively involved in this effort ... to try to get individuals to act on their behalf either wittingly or unwittingly." He added that he was "worried by the contacts that the Russians were having with US persons" and "had unresolved questions" by the time he left office about whether" the Russians had succeeded in getting Americans to do their bidding. Pressed further, Brennan said that "the information and intelligence revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals. It raised questions in my mind about whether the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of such individuals."
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:38 AM
    Hey, Nutface....it got your attention real quick. How would that be if the table was the other way around?....let's say for instance that Clinton was the President (in my opinion, she won the Presidency, Donaldof stole it with the help of his gang) anyways, what would be your writing?.... See, you are so politically blinded that you can't see reality for what really is. This whole thing was nothing about a narcissist man wanted nothing but power and be remember for eternity while his legacy becomes perpetuated. But what legacy?...this man is nothing but a showman clown, a clear and present danger to this country, an individual who let his Russian friends intervene in our elections and at last but not the least, help his billionaires friends. That's it. He has not done and have not accomplished anything in particular, he has not accomplished anything that could be remember for centuries and certainly, the only thing he was able to successfully build was division and anger in this country, he was able to define the lines of what is a white supremacist (his friends) and the lesser rest of the population. So you can say whatever you want to say, but open your eyes to reality. The only thing that can save Donaldof is if he send this country to another unnecessary and useless war as a motive for the American people to get distracted from the ongoing criminal probe to his involvement with the Russians. And I sure hope that doesn't happen. Man, this is simple, nothing complicated.
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    Yesterday, 03:26 AM
    Surprise, surprise: Trump's budget punishes the sick and the poor while rewarding the wealthy Trump has set one goal that all Americans can get behind, and that’s making the sluggish U.S. economy grow faster. Yet key parts of the $3.8-trillion budget he proposed Tuesday abandon that goal, seeking instead to cut federal spending at the expense of the long-term strength of the economy and the American people. That’s particularly evident in the cynical and counterproductive approach the administration is taking toward the poor. One factor holding back economic growth is that too many working-age Americans have fallen out of the labor force. The administration’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 tries to tackle that problem, as well it should. But rather than grapple with some of the challenges underlying the disappearance of millions of Americans from the workforce — in particular, the technological changes and globalization that have caused so many blue-collar and middle-class jobs to evaporate, and the gap between the education and training Americans have received and the skills demanded by today’s employers — the Trump budget seeks to force people back into the workforce by making it harder to obtain or keep food stamps, Medicaid and Social Security disability benefits, while reducing federal support for welfare and children’s health. The crackdown on the neediest and most vulnerable seems even more craven when considering the billions Trump’s budget would shower on defense, border security and tax cuts for high-income Americans, corporations and partnerships. One clear lesson from the welfare reforms enacted in 1996 is that states cannot force-march people out of poverty — they have to provide both the right incentives and the necessary tools to help people overcome significant impediments to gaining and holding a steady job with a decent wage. Ignoring that lesson, the Trump budget would invest in fewer of those tools, including after-school programs that help lower-income parents go to work, subsidies to make healthcare affordable, career and technical education and work-study programs...although administration officials say they’re promoting federalism and state flexibility and “the dignity of work,” those are all merely pretexts for cutting the federal safety net deeply enough to give the budget proposal a patina of fiscal responsibility. It’s just a patina, though; the books are cooked with overly rosy projections of economic growth and an assumption that the “largest ever” tax cuts Trump is seeking will not, in fact, lower federal revenue. Deficits and a growing federal debt may require us to make tough choices about spending and revenue. How do we adapt to an aging population? What’s the right approach to defense in an era of new threats? How do we rein in the growing cost of medical care? The administration has punted on the tough choices, however, in favor of the politically easy route through the poor and the disabled. At a briefing Tuesday, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said, “Yes, you have to have compassion for folks who are receiving the federal funds, but also you have to have compassion for the folks who are paying it.” It’s clear where his sympathies lie in a budget that pits taxpayers against the poor.
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  • 40plus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:47 AM
    The above is total BS, written by a hack who makes money writing crap per instruction. How do I know? A close relative of mine took a contracting job writing articles like this from home during the election campaign. She would get an assignment to write X amount of words on such a topic from such a perspective, for publishing on a certain date. According to her, it was easy money, particularly in the current political climate. She would simply read existing articles, and re-write the same thing, which is why you see so many of these cookie-cutter articles out there. It is a paid profession, so follow the money. Now, turds like MNT(BS)71, who are not articulate enough, nor intelligent enough to write for paid propaganda articles vie for validity using the 'cut & paste' rendition of the same stupid song that has no merit in fact, in evidence or even entertainment. It is both an open, and also a deep-stealth act of war upon others who don't share the same opinion, or who are not aware they, their families, their culture, their freedom and ultimately their lives are being targeted for destruction. These progressives are the racists. These masquerading SJWs who go about destroying all things stable, literally screaming out the very thing they want to hide; that they are hoping beyond hope that their limp-wrist fe-manliness, their cowardice, feigned outrage, and their out-right bigotry, hypocrisy, absolute racism and continually expanding intolerance will just slip past the 'great deplorable', simply with over saturation by media. What they apparently don't see is that there is a massive (and growing) number of Americans who not only clearly understand this attempted (and nearly accomplished) bastardization of American excellence, but since Mr. Trump's emergence and now Presidency..they are no longer intimidated by anything PC, including it's handlers. And they are not afraid to do something about it anymore. This entire article, and all the other "news", so co-joined to every other leftie article that a even blind horse could see the propaganda pattern therein, is only causing conservatives and patriots to solidify their stance. For example, from the second paragraph: The "Economist Intelligence Unit, (we are so smart and credible) a nonpartisan organization (meaning hate-u disguised as love-u) comprising over 100 country experts (yea, expert, that's the ticket) and economists across the globe (of whom none have ever accomplished anything near the success level Mr. Trump has economically), upgraded (oh, oh, it's getting worse, be very afraid) Trump's likelihood of impeachment from low (meaning zero) to moderate (meaning zero)." Every other paragraph is just as easy. As for the growing number of people jumping the Lib ship for the Trump-side, I read a SJW post after a protest in Portland that he was quitting the progressive movement. The reason was because his 'comrades' pushed him down and ran over him, themselves trying to escape some pissed off Trump supporters who were going to give them a beach-slapping. I wish I had the link. He was really upset, realizing there was no loyalty or consideration of others among them..though I see it as an additional condemnation of the left, as it appears to me he apparently found insufficient anchor to or in the cause to fight for his place. But what else would one expect from the SJW PJ boys? Still, with proper discipline & study, this is another millennial who could end up with a head on his shoulders, as opposed to a monkey-butt-sniffer. (ref. Wolverines epic cartoon: http://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/fd68f9e3-5b99-4d79-8b2e-68d105ed70af-original.jpeg) Finally, one last example of lib bluff from the last paragraph: "So far, as the Economist Intelligence Unit writes, nothing (no evidence) Trump has done in office may rise to the level of an offense worthy of impeachment (meaning it won't happen). But with the constant drip (wow, they actually admit it) of his campaign's alleged (meaning we know it's fake) collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, plunging approval ratings (their failed polls) and self-confessed dismay with the job of the presidency (dismay with lack of loyalty and with obstructionists, possibly, the job..no), could Trump be on his way to leaving the White House regardless? (now they're asking, I thought it was a done deal?) Whether it be through impeachment, the end of his term or on his own departure, (yea, right) only time will tell. (meaning, it ain't gonna happen, but we had to write something to not get suicided)"
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:21 AM
    By John Lee. A British academic has said that visiting Iraq has caused him to have problems entering the United States. Writing in*Times Higher Education, Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “My forays have not been without consequence. In March this year I fell foul of Donald Trump’s travel restrictions from Middle Eastern countries that included*Iraq. On a trip to Miami, I was pulled out of the immigration queue by Homeland Security, held for five hours and questioned twice about why I had been to “Syria”. “My UK ESTA travel authorisation was revoked and replaced by a temporary visa, probably because more paperwork was needed to kick me out than let me in. Whether I’ll be allowed back into the US any time soon is yet to be resolved.“ But he says that this experience won’t stop him travelling to Iraq again. “Our rationale for working there and in other challenging territories is simple,” he adds. “Our mission requires it, and frankly the Iraqi people deserve our support given the UK’s historically interventionist stance. One area that we intend to focus on more with our Iraqi partners is healthcare. Another is MBA provision. There are also research opportunities that include exchange visits between staff and students.” Nick Petford’s full article can be read here. (Source: Times Higher Education) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 01:21 AM
    By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* There are strong indications that Gulf states want to keep Iraq away from Iran‘s influence by including Iraq under the banner of a US-backed Sunni Arab alliance. The United States sees Iraq as a vital location in need of a clear US policy, especially with the presence there of US military bases and about 8,500 US soldiers, as well as the US impact on the country’s overall situation. The most recent quest in this direction was the Arab Islamic American Summit held May 21 in Riyadh, attended by US President Donald Trump and Iraqi President Fuad Masum. It also appears that Iraq’s participation in the Eager Lion maneuvers, an annual military exercise, launched May 7 in Jordan with the participation of more than 7,000 soldiers from over 20 countries, was part of the attempt to bring Iraq into the Sunni Arab axis. The race to convince Iraq to abandon its well-known alliances with Iran and Iran’s allies was already underway when Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Baghdad on Feb. 25, declaring that “Saudi Arabia and Iraq face the scourge of terrorism.” This rhetoric reflects Riyadh’s keenness on overcoming the obstacles to developing its relations with Baghdad. Those relations took a bad turn when the Saudi ambassador to Iraq, Thamer al-Sabhan, was expelled from Iraq in August after the Iraqis took offense at his statements about the “Iranian intervention in Iraq” and “Iranian-backed armed Shiite organizations fueling the tension with Sunnis.” Jubeir’s hopes of extracting Baghdad from Tehran’s grip were revived when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met March 20 with Trump in Washington. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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