Emir of Qatar faces accusations of supporting ISIL in Germany

Baghdad (AIN) –The Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad, faced at his visit to Germany on Wednesday, accusations of funding the terrorists group of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

The Qatari Emir rejected these accusations and said after his discussions with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday “We have not and would not support terrorist organizations.”

For her part, the German Chancellor Merkel pointed out “I do not have any reasons not to believe the Qatari Emir.”

Earlier, German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded.

“This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history … The ISIS troops, the weapons – these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq,” Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF.

“You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” said Mueller, a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the center-right Bavarian sister party of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

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Tidbits from Frank26 and KTFA Members Thursday AM

KTFA:

walkongstick :Parliamentary sources: Obama may visit Iraq   18/09/2014 01:46 l-news.net/index.php/policy/58515.html

Frank26: OH H#@%! NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Yet?

This is fascinating.   How?

Note how the pendulum swings in the direction of the GOI yesterday and today from 5 days of straight CBI TALKING.

Then yesterday a 7 year financial report is presented to the GOI by DADDY. 

That’s like finding the missing link to their economy.
….

That’s like taking a giant eraser and cancelling all of their economic mistakes in order to ……….. START ANEW !!!

So.

To actually see a suggestion that o may NOW travel to Iraq is something SERIOUS to consider.

Why?

Because such things as the obliteration of their GOI history mistakes AND the unwanted visit of o IN THE MIDDLE EAST ………. IMO ………… Has been saved for the end of the MR (Monetary Reform) of the IQD !!!

There is absolutely NO other logical reason to insult Iraq this way when DADDY is advancing so much with the GOI and CBI.

My TEAMS are is shock ……. Not in awe of this statement.

Finally ……… Today’s articles IMO are pointing at LAWS and the GOI.

KTFA,   Frank

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Robdel
:  Frankie Frankie I hear the US government a.k.a. daddy is once again causing delay in the formation or completion of the government of Iraq. Is this true? If we do not like the minister of defense that Abadi is trying to bring why don’t we just tell them who to put in charge? Get this thing over with!

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Frank26:   There is no delay in getting IT correct to perfect ……… This time around.

But more significantly ……… DADDY controls the remote CONTROL right now!

BTW …….. DADDY is NOT The USA.

It is a group of 12 families.

Aloha …… KTFA,   Frank


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boxman » September 18th, 2014,

o to Iraq…as i said before the hard part is getting the white horse and cape on board Airforce 1,…

Here i come to save the day..

Politicians always appear after the problem is solved, by others, to accept the accolades and proclaim themselves as the provider of the solution…has happen since the beginning of time…..

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J+C » September 18th, 2014,

G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors September 19-21 – Jack Lew: More countries should increase Domestic Demand ..

September 18, 2014

G20: Lew .. More countries should increase Domestic Demand

Stockholm, Major economies should invest in infrastructure and take more steps to lift domestic demand, so that the world has multiple growth engines.

It said the United States Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News.

G20 keeps meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors on 19-21 September.

“To stimulate demand in the short term is a part of the solution,” he said.

“It is obvious that some of these questions really need more attention and more discussion. There is no doubt that there is a problem with the growth and demand in many parts of the world,” he continued.

He said that growth in the United States is “quite strong”.

To a question about the dollar, he said that “a strong dollar has always been good for the United States.”

Regarding China, he noted that the country is going in the right direction by letting the currency strengthened. But he criticized the use of an anti-monopoly law to crack down on American businesses and create barriers to doing business.

“What we have to do with China is to talk about how we can remove barriers, not imposing barriers. They need competition in their economics,” he said.

Jacob Lew also said they will soon announce measures to discourage companies moving operations overseas to obtain tax advantages.

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BondLady & Tlm724 With News & Comments

Keywords: Cabinet will resolve administrative problems between Baghdad and Erbil

[tlm724] the next meeting of the Council of Ministers will focus on the administrative differences between Baghdad and Erbil.

[tlm724] working it out with the kurds

[tlm724] as well as the adoption of securing the necessary funds to ensure the smooth provision of petroleum products to the citizens»

[tlm724] that just means that the GOI will provide the people with fuel for their generators and heat like they do each year during winter 

[tlm724] it is not the oil proceeds, it is part of the program for assistance just like fuel assistance in this country
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Jubouri: We want to finish the «state agency»

[tlm724] the chair of the parliament and the minister does not want to keep the defense and interior ministries vacant

[BondLady] they couldn’t come to a majority agreement on the 2 ministers was close but not enough

[tlm724] no cigar

[BondLady] maybe if they all showed up for work they could have some still have demands they want before they will agree

[BondLady] greed and power

[tlm724] 219 ministers showed   

[BondLady] better than the last but still …

[BondLady] you would think they would want to settle stuff asap but some of the old pot stirrers still stirs

[BondLady] goes back to the fed court most of those demands are unconstitutional, they will need fed court rulings and many don’t want that, thats why the fed law wasn’t passed yet

   
[BondLady] they probably wont get their way so they hold these 2 ministries hostage to their demands

[tlm724] I guess its possible Abadi wants to have an agreement among the blocs to help keep things on track because he could make the decision himself but it would go a long way in peaceful relations if they could agree

[BondLady] yes

[BondLady] so far he’s not buckled under to their pressure and he is striving to do whats right and to include them all

[BondLady] some just shouldn’t be included tho within the new gov but their having to settle to set the gov quickly,  like the 3 dorky vp’s

[cat] BondLady can parl vote on some of these laws without these 2 ministers

[BondLady] yes but they need them to further give growth

  [BondLady] otherwise they will do what they have done all along
 
[BondLady] not show up for votes it will basically impairs all the other laws

[cat] BondLady ok thanks

[BondLady] this needs to be taken care of soon we saw what happened when the PM takes those ministries by proxy a stand still where nothing important gets done

[BondLady] so no imo they can’t if they want to grow and excel and show real reform

[BondLady] those 2 ministers are very hard for any term to do, any 1 who controls the army basically controls the country

[BondLady] there lies huge powers and the greed of all the blocks want it, so it is a problem

[BondLady] we saw in the last term what happened in the beginning of the last term

[BondLady] Maliki did try to set the min of defense, it was Obedi a member from Allawis bloc, as was part of the Erbril agreements back then

[BondLady] an parliament did all vote for him

and it was a unanimous vote which doesn’t happen often for them then Allawi asked the question if you are the MOD and I tell you to do something and the PM tells you to do something

then who will you listen too ? and Obedi spoke the right answer which was the commander in chief the prime minister. which threw Allawi into a rage and told him no he could not be the MOD then

[BondLady] because he would only do what Allawi wanted him to and not the prime minister so from that day forward the MOD and MOI were proxy, thats why they weren’t set last term. anywhos its tough to set those 2 ministers and get approval from all or the majority

[BondLady] then mysteriously Obedi was targeted for assassination he was shot in the arm and leg and killed a couple of his body guards and then Obedi withdrew his name for the min of def.
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Deputy Speaker of Parliament: choosing candidates for interior and defense needs time

[BondLady] while stressing the need for a consensus between the political blocs, this is a huge step as I’ve said

[tlm724] if you think of it this way, IF they do not include the opinions of the blocs the country will never come together and ISIS will not be eliminated, its all linked

[BondLady] so true

[BondLady] they must come together literally and they all must agree in short to support this new gov and all ministries or we’re back to square 1

http://www.bondladyscorner.com/t100273-morning-news-comments-9-18-2014-with-bondlady

Crude oil futures fall as stronger dollar, demand concerns weigh

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Investing.com – Crude oil futures were lower on Thursday, as concerns about weak demand and a broadly stronger U.S. dollar weighed.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude oil for delivery in November lost 12 cents, or 0.13%, to trade at $93.08 a barrel during European morning hours.

Prices traded in a range between $92.50 and $93.17. Futures were likely to find support at $91.52 a barrel, the low from September 16 and resistance at $94.12, the high from September 16.

A day earlier, U.S. oil prices lost 61 cents, or 0.65%, to settle at $93.20 a barrel after data showed that oil supplies in the U.S. rose for the first time in five weeks last week.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that U.S. crude oil inventories increased by 3.7 million barrels last week, compared to expectations for a decline of 1.7 million barrels.

Total U.S. crude oil inventories stood at 362.3 million barrels, the highest level for this time of year since 2012.

A stronger dollar has also kept pressure on oil and other commodities priced in the currency.

The dollar rose to its highest level in six years against the yen USD/JPY, while the euro EUR/USD slid to fresh 14-month lows after the Federal Reserve brought forward its outlook for rising interest rates.

For the end of 2015, the median forecast was 1.375% compared to a June forecast of 1.125%.

The U.S. central bank cut its monthly bond-buying program by another $10 billion following its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, keeping the program on track to finish next month.

Markets interpreted the Fed’s statement as hawkish, despite policymakers maintaining language suggesting that rate hikes would not happen for a “considerable time.”

Elsewhere, on the ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil for November delivery declined 21 cents, or 0.21%, to trade at $98.76 a barrel during the European morning session.

London-traded Brent prices have slid in recent weeks on concerns that global supply remains ample while demand remains weak.

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Crude oil futures fall as stronger dollar, demand concerns weigh

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Investing.com – Crude oil futures were lower on Thursday, as concerns about weak demand and a broadly stronger U.S. dollar weighed.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude oil for delivery in November lost 12 cents, or 0.13%, to trade at $93.08 a barrel during European morning hours.

Prices traded in a range between $92.50 and $93.17. Futures were likely to find support at $91.52 a barrel, the low from September 16 and resistance at $94.12, the high from September 16.

A day earlier, U.S. oil prices lost 61 cents, or 0.65%, to settle at $93.20 a barrel after data showed that oil supplies in the U.S. rose for the first time in five weeks last week.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that U.S. crude oil inventories increased by 3.7 million barrels last week, compared to expectations for a decline of 1.7 million barrels.

Total U.S. crude oil inventories stood at 362.3 million barrels, the highest level for this time of year since 2012.

A stronger dollar has also kept pressure on oil and other commodities priced in the currency.

The dollar rose to its highest level in six years against the yen USD/JPY, while the euro EUR/USD slid to fresh 14-month lows after the Federal Reserve brought forward its outlook for rising interest rates.

For the end of 2015, the median forecast was 1.375% compared to a June forecast of 1.125%.

The U.S. central bank cut its monthly bond-buying program by another $10 billion following its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, keeping the program on track to finish next month.

Markets interpreted the Fed’s statement as hawkish, despite policymakers maintaining language suggesting that rate hikes would not happen for a “considerable time.”

Elsewhere, on the ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil for November delivery declined 21 cents, or 0.21%, to trade at $98.76 a barrel during the European morning session.

London-traded Brent prices have slid in recent weeks on concerns that global supply remains ample while demand remains weak.

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A Demand For Action – The Story Of Iraq’s Assyrian Community

A Demand For Action Assyrian Iraqis

#DemandForAction – Iraq’s Assyrians Deserve Better

Life as a Christian in the Middle East is an ongoing struggle. For the indigenous people of Iraq, this has been the story of their lives for centuries. Running from one war to another, escaping one horror to find others. Its up to the Assyrian (also called Chaldean and Syriac) in exile to fight for these defenseless people and put an end to their suffering and their constant running. As the situation stands, there is nowhere left to hide.

A Demand For Action‘ is a grassroots activist movement established under the leadership of Nuri Kino, an Assyrian-Swedish journalist, who has just returned from a press conference in Capitol Hill DC and a meeting at the White House. You can read more about it in the article published by the Huffington Post by Nuri Kino. ‘A Demand For Action’ is working towards securing a safe haven for the Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and other ethno-religious minorities in the Nineveh Plain. The movement is currently operating in 19 countries and across 4 continents to ensure the safety of of these people.

The Assyrians have a long enduring and unbroken history, which is being largely ignored by mainstream media. Pushing content that addresses their dyer situation with mention of their ethnicity is essential in their fight for recognition. The ongoing plight of the Assyrians is an extremely devastating one. Their history spans seven millennia, from which the roots of civilisation began. The Assyrians are the indigenous people of Iraq, as well as many parts of the Kurdistan Region. The Assyrians’ plight is fraught with multiple genocides, mass exoduses and over a century of being caught in the middle of sectarian violence and upheaval. They are, and have always been collateral damage to the Western powers, and as a result of betrayal and lack of protection, lambs to the slaughter. For all of this there is a plethora of solid evidence.

The Assyrians are still around, despite their seriously reduced numbers in their homeland (1.5 million in Iraq prior to the 2003 US-led intervention, to less than 450,000 today – 200,000 of whom are internally displaced as a result of the ISIS invasion and atrocities committed against them). All around the world, Assyrians are protesting, lobbying, writing articles, researching, donating and attempting to save their people from another genocide and ultimately, utter annihilation. They are facing extinction. Yet, they are being ignored, or, at least, their ethnicity and national struggle, which define them as a people, are being placed on the backburner. The Assyrians need the media and worldwide communities to hear them. They are sick and tired of being reduced to merely a religious group. Yes, they are Christian, but they have a distinct and unique ethnicity that separates them from other Middle Eastern peoples such as Arabs, Kurds, Turks and Persians. According to activist Mardean Isaac, leader of ‘A Demand For Action’ UK, “If Christianity is all that is at stake, we can worship freely in the west. An Iraqi Christian can easily become a Kurdish Christian or a French Christian. Our living history and all that it comprises it is irreplaceable: our link to the past and the future of our people is our land and our language”.

What the Assyrians seek is a safe haven in the Nineveh Plain for the ethno-religious minorities living there. These include the Assyrians (including the adherents of Chaldean and Syriac Churches), Yazidis, Shabaks and Turkmen. What ‘A Demand For Action’ asks is for Assyrian volunteers to be armed with the necessary military resources and training to defend their lands and families. What ‘A Demand For Action‘ wants is for the state of Iraq to be saved from the grips of terror and fragmentation. Contrary to common perception, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces are not protecting minorities to their full capacity, and people would be livid to hear the stories of their abandonment of the Nineveh Plain and Sinjar. Furthermore, the majority of humanitarian aid to the Assyrians has predominantly been collected and distributed by their own charity organizations such as ACERO and the Assyrian Aid Society, not from international efforts. Assyrians are not asking for land that is not already theirs, only the security to live there free from persecution. Why is this a complex situation to solve when there is a recent precedent for it in the same region? One which was resolved within five weeks of Kurdish displacement. Assyrian refugees from the Nineveh Plain and Mosul are living on the streets, under trucks, in gardens, lacking food, water and medicine, contracting illnesses, barely showering, dying daily from heat exposure. They’re being forced to endure a scorching Iraqi summer, and will soon be forced to face a freezing Iraqi winter, if an urgent safe haven is not established for them immediately.

‘A Demand For Action’ has people on the ground and has conducted a great deal of research regarding the current situation with constant updates, including testimonies from the persecuted people. They are not Iraqi Christians. They are Assyrian Christians who are indigenous to Iraq. By omitting this information, the media is failing these persecuted peoples, and moreover, contributing to the ongoing ethnic-cleansing of the oldest and richest cultures in the Middle East. You can read and learn more about us on facebook and twitter to keep up to date with the latest news.

For now, we must keep lobbying and demanding a safe haven and for a better Iraq.

Written by Assyrian Archaeologist and A Demand For Action Member Nineveh Yakou.

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Attention Turns To British Pound; Euro Unchanged and US Dollar Steady

Attention Turns To British Pound; Euro Unchanged and US Dollar Steady

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A busy week starts by unveiling UK CPI up 1.5% in August compared to 1.6% in July ensuring losses for Pound Sterling (GBP) against the US Dollar. Meanwhile the Euro continues to disappoint as the ECB desperately attempts to ease monetary conditions …

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NYMEX crude falls in Asia on near-term demand outlook

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Investing.com – Crude oil prices eased in Asia Thursday on the back of losses overnight on the near-term demand outlook, though prospects for economic stimulus by China and the United States offered some support as did a possible cut in production by OPEC.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery in November traded at $92.72 a barrel, down 0.29%, after hitting an overnight session low of $92.77 a barrel and a high of $94.01 a barrel.

Brent oil crude, the global benchmark, lost 0.1% to end at $98.97 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe Wednesday.

Overnight, oil prices dropped in U.S. trading after a bearish U.S. inventory report offset otherwise bullish news that the OPEC oil cartel is planning to trim output.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report that U.S. crude oil inventories increased by 3.7 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 12, confounding expectations for a decline of 1.7 million barrels, which sent prices plummeting by stoking fears of a supply glut.

Total U.S. crude oil inventories stood at 362.3 million barrels as of last week.

The report also showed that total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 1.6 million barrels, compared to forecasts for a decline of 0.3 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles rose by 0.3 million barrels.

Oil prices have slumped in recent weeks amid concerns that supply far exceeds demand in the global economy, and Wednesday’s data doused hopes that U.S. demand could account for slack elsewhere in the global economy, offsetting bullish pressures elsewhere.

OPEC Secretary General Abdallah El-Badri said Tuesday the oil bloc may trim output to 29.5 million barrels per day from 30 million when the group meets in November to shore up prices.

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Investing.com – The yen and kiwi recovered some ground on Asia Thursday after data sets that came in better than expected.

In Japan August trade data showed a deficit of 948.5 billion, below a forecast of a deficit worth 1.029 trillion, but still the 26th straight monthly shortfall.

The New Zealand dollar recovered from an early fall on stronger than expected second quarter GDP figures and other currencies eased against the dollar as prospects for a Federal Reserve rate hike next year weighed.

New Zealand said second quarter gross domestic product rose 0.7%, above the 0.6% gain expected quarter-on-quarter, but below the Reserve Bank of New Zealand forecast of 0.8%.

NZD/USD traded at 0.8097, up 0.02%, after the data. In Australia, AUD/USD also recovered to 0.8958, up 0.02%, while USD/JPY retraced to 108.54, down 0.17%, and EUR/USD also retraced to 1.2848, down 0.08%.

Bank of Japan Governor Governor Haruhiko Kuroda is due to deliver a brief speech at 0635 to 0650 GMT. Some market speculation has build on whether he will make any remarks about the yen.

Overnight, the dollar strengthened against most major currencies after investors digested the Federal Reserve’s statement on monetary policy and determined that despite dovish language, rates still remain on track to rise in 2015.

The Federal Reserve said earlier it was leaving its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.00-0.25% and added it would likely close its monthly bond-buying program in October.

Prior to Wednesday’s policy statement, the Fed was buying $25 billion in Treasury debt and mortgage-backed securities a month to stimulate the economy, a monetary policy tool known as quantitative easing that aims to suppress long-term interest rates, weakening the dollar as a side effect.

The Fed decided earlier to trim that figure to $15 billion and will likely close it at its Oct. 28-29 meeting, which gave the dollar support.

Still, the Fed added it won’t rush to raise interest rates due to headwinds still facing the labor market, dovish language that would otherwise weaken the greenback.

“On balance, labor market conditions improved somewhat further; however, the unemployment rate is little changed and a range of labor market indicators suggests that there remains significant underutilization of labor resources,” the Fed said in its statement.

“It likely will be appropriate to maintain the current target range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends, especially if projected inflation continues to run below the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run goal, and provided that longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored.”

Markets have interpreted the phrases “considerable time” and “underutilization of labor resources” as hints that policy may remain looser for longer than expected, though after digesting the statement, markets assumed the Fed remains on course to hiking interest rates in 2015, which gave the dollar support.

The US Dollar Index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was up 0.04% at 84.79.

On Thursday, the U.S. is to produce a flurry of economic data, including reports on initial jobless claims, building permits, housing starts and manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region.

Markets will also track Scotland’s referendum on independence.

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