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Chat Room News Excerpts & Highlights Late Thurs 8-17-17 

BobS: BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court has ruled on Thursday to cancel a decision by Kirkuk Provincial Council that voted to raise the Kurdish flag used by Iraqi Kurdistan Region alongside the Iraqi one. Kurdish officials say they will appeal. Kirkuk council members voted overwhelmingly on March 28 in favor of raising the Kurdistan flag over official buildings during a meeting boycotted by Turkmen and Arabs.
The controversial raising of the Kurdish flag was strongly opposed by the Iraqi government, neighboring countries , notably Turkey and Iran as well as Turkmen and Arab parties in Kirkuk and stirred up heated debates among Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen in Iraq.

Notes From The Field By Simon Black
August 11, 2017 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile 

Did you see this unbelievable front page news?

A few weeks ago the Board of Trustees of Social Security sent a formal letter to the United States Senate and House of Representatives to issue a dire warning: Social Security is running out of money. 

Given that tens of millions of Americans depend on this public pension program as their sole source of retirement income, you’d think this would have been front page news... 

… and that every newspaper in the country would have reprinted this ominous projection out of a basic journalistic duty to keep the public informed about an issue that will affect nearly everyone. 

Bruce:  Thank you all for tuning in to the Big Call tonight. Here is where we are right now. Let’s start with Iraq. Starting Tuesday they had open borders with Saudi Arabia. Exchange of goods and services was going on. That started Tuesday. For that to occur guess what has to happen. That is right. You have to have an international recognized rate on your currency.  They do and they did.  That is a very positive thing.  Is it something we can see at this minute? I would say no, but they have it behind the scenes.  They do know about it and can do it.
Bruce:  Let’s cut to today. Iraq has a 3 day holiday that started today.  It is an unscheduled holiday that goes from today, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  It is a holiday, a celebration for Iraq. What are they celebrating?  I wonder. Let me say this.  In Iraq today over 28,000 ATMs came on board and were turned on and were utilized in the country of Iraq.  The balance of the ATMS in the country, the remaining number are going to be up and working by noon on Sunday, Iraq time.  Those ATM machines came up at 2:30am EST daylight time or 9:30am Iraqi time.


Aggiedad77: Abadi is on a roll.....his long push for elimination of corruption within Iraq was a bit sidetracked by ISIS but is steamrolling now.....get ready for some very GREAT and POSITIVE changes to happen within Iraq.....he's putting his country on the map as a new financial mecca.....he will right the wrongs of the past within for it....wait for's coming.  Aloha   Randy

8/17/2017 4:08:11 PM

Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi has prepared a campaign to oust several corruption networks, managed by many parties, after liberating Iraq from ISIS, Noura al-Bajari, a member of the Parliamentary Economic and Investment Commission, said Thursday.