Tuesday, August 7, 2018

KRG, sitting on top of huge oil reserve, is broke

rudaw, Kurdistan Region — Projects underway by companies and contractors have stalled in Kirkuk under pilling local administration debt as the province is complaining that the federal government hasn’t sent its share of the Iraqi budget or petrodollar for four years.

"There are no projects [underway]. We don't see anything. It isn't only the Kurdish areas. There are no projects anywhere. We had the petrodollar in this city. Things were done," shop owner Walid Mohammed told Rudaw.

Monday, May 7, 2018

All major powers cooperating to commit war crimes

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Who controls #kirkukoil has great leverage on world economy

The Energy Giant Taking Over Kurdistan | OilPrice.com: "No matter how one sees the Erbil-Baghdad row, it is highly remarkable that Rosneft has factually become an arm of Russian foreign policy in the Middle East. Practically negotiating state-to-state diplomatic and military relations, the Russian IOC has managed to wriggle itself into almost all energy-related equations, without seemingly antagonizing anyone, even more so, promising investment to both quarreling sides. No small feat."

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Amman, Jordan, car culture very unpleasant, expensive.

Lack of public spaces, inefficient public transportation in capital come under spotlight | Jordan Times: "“We need to create a sense of belonging to the city,” said an architect and urban planner Rami Daher during the event, denouncing the lack of “public spaces” in the city. 

“Just a very exclusive type of public space is being created which leads to geographies of inequality,” he insisted. 

The architect, along with the audience, asked for a bigger involvement of the state in the future development of the Jordanian capital with most of the claims focusing on transportation and public projects targeting the whole Ammani society. 

Nemeh Qatanani, GAM’s engineering director, referred to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which he said would help improve public transportation.

“The share of the public transport is very humble currently, with 5 per cent of rides made by buses and 8 per cent by shared taxi,” Qatanani stated. 

GAM highlighted its keenness to complete an organised public transportation system. “Between 20 and 25 per cent of household income of the Amman population is used for mobility expenses solely,” he said."