Sunday, September 24, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views.....September 24 , 2017.....Quick Hits For Sunday -1) Kurdistan Independence Referendum Set To Go Forward September 25th - Despite Various And Sundry Threats And Demands To Postpone It. 2) Spain - Updates From Restive Catalonia As The October 1st Independence Referendum Is Just One Week Away. 3) German Election Sunday - Turnout Data (1400 CEST ) , Last Poll , Live Blog Links. 4) US Politics - Things To Consider Today Regarding The US Political Scene. 5) Odds & Ends !



Kurdistan....



PM ABADI SAYS WILL TAKE "NECESSARY MEASURES" TO PROTECT UNITY AMID KURDISH VOTE: AL-ARABIYA.




I expect this request will be denied....





OPERATING WITH ALL ITS NEIGHBORS IN EDICT TO SECURE , BORDER, AIRPORT FACILITIES WITHIN CENTRAL GOVT [NOT KRG]: SURA.




MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS <600KBD CRUDE EXPORTED FROM KURDISTAN. NOT 900KBD AS CLAIMED BY PM ABADI: TWTR.







President Barzani: We are neighbours with Iraq from this moment on




Barzani: We do not expect armed clashes with Baghdad




🔴: In response to Haider al-Abadi, Barzani says I don’t want to hurt him, we are friends




🔴: Our talks with Baghdad from now and on is on how we become two neighbors




🔴: We hope Turkey does not close its border, this will not benefit either side




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Kurdish parties of PUK, KDP, KIU reaffirm holding referendum in the disputed city of on Monday





: Kurdish President Masoud Barzani in a meeting with envoy to Iraq says the independence referendum vote will go ahead on 25/9.




Iran closes its airspace to Kurdistan Region - at the request of Baghdad....




Spain.....




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Germany Election...


Exit polling & commentary....



MERKEL SAYS WE HAVE MANDATE TO FORM NEXT GOVT AND THERE CANNOT BE COALITION WITHOUT US




This is a timely read today "Is a Jamaica Coalition Possible ?..... "




Oops: Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), distanced himself from a possible three-way coalition with Merkel: RTRS




SPD has already ruled out Grand Coalition !






has won a fourth term in office, according to an exit poll: CDU/CSU 32.5% SPD 20% AfD 13.5% FDP 10.5% Greens 9.5% Left 9%



Another election poll...







Huge losses for Merkels CDU and Schulz SPD. Right wing populist AFD big winner of





Key takeaways: 1) Merkel secured less than Exp. 2) SPD worst result since WW2 3) Left and Green performed well 4) AfD enter the Bundestag





Key takeaways (2): 1) SPD may prefer to be opposition to limit AfD power 2) Grand Coalition less likely 3) Merkel could opt for Jamaica





INSANE! Jamaica Coalition (CDU/CSU-FDP-Greens) could be as big as "Grand Coalition" (CDU/CSU-SPD).




Live blog for election...




In pre-election polls, 's Social Democrats trailing up to 14% behind 's CDU







Fearing the , young German activists try to get out the vote




Our latest updates on the German election, the first exit polls are expected at 6 p.m. local time





Turnout....Various Regions...



Germany (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern): Turnout 1400 CEST: 2013: 37.2% 2017: 37.3%



Germany (Sachsen-Anhalt): Turnout 1400 CEST: 2013: 36.2% 2017: 42.5%



Germany: High turnout in rich cities favours FDP (ALDE) and GRÜNE (G/EFA).



Germany (Thuringia): Turnout 1400 CEST: 2013: 55.6% 2017: 50.9%



Germany (Bremen): Turnout 1400 CEST: 2013: 40.5% 2017: 42.5%




Germany: Turnout rises, especially in high-income areas.



Germany (Hesse): Turnout 1400 CEST: 2013: 40.0% 2017: 45.9%



Last Polls.....




These are the last German election polls. How accurate will they turn out to have been after 6pm today? Lots of undecideds.



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Here’s the last poll of polls for the German election by



US Politics....



Kneel Down Protest ....



One knee protest now making international news ...







As expected , Trump tirade against one knee protest backfires spectacularly...





Wonderful to see players willing to in support of people struggling for justice. We can all join them and send a message.





Steelers devise a way for the entire team to make a statement - without directing taking any action that can be deemed offensive to Flag.





Players kneel, coaches link arms in solidarity at Wembley over Donald Trump's criticism





Trump confidant Bob Kraft, CEO of the New England Patriots, with a very pointed rebuke for the president on his NFL comments.








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Dems, celebrities, Trump opponents urging NFL players to protest today. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse urges cool-headedness and ignoring Trump.





Hmm.







...NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.





If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!




North Korea....



North Korea warn US that military action would lead to a "most tragic" end for the USA.




and ’s “invincible friendship” revives Cold War-era fears of missile crisis near .





Trump warns North Korea over nuclear threats: They won't be around much longer






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Back from New York UN general assembly meeting, President Moon holds NSC meeting in Seoul over .





US are conducting computer war games in response to North Korea missile launch




Ex-CIA officer: Trump's attacks on Kim Jong Un only "increase the hostility" with North Korea





Something to consider...







North Korean Missiles to Target US after Trump’s Insults: FM





North Korea releases propaganda photos




President Trump speaks about North Korea UN speech




We haven't seen Trump back down from a thing in his political life yet. Nuclear war likely won't be one of things either.




Odds & Ends....



Hurricane Maria....






11am update...





Hurricane will likely come close enough to North Carolina to trigger gusty winds & rain:





4 things to know about the potential impact of on the U.S. East Coast.







is now likely to pass close enough for direct impacts to parts of the East Coast later this week.





Venezuela.....



On September 21, 2016-USD-Ven Bolivar exchange rate was at 1,008. Today , USD-Ven Bolivar exchange rate is 22,938 Bolivar per one US dollar.







Venezuela slams Canada sanctions, says Ottawa submitting to Trump






Venezuela continues printing money, feeding what’s thought to be the world’s highest inflation. Get the numbers at .





Irony of oil rich Venezuela , consumers lining up for gasoline....






Syria....



| / terrorist tank & destroyed by the in N. Hama after they tried advancing to Qahira






Big news!





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Liberated ~1700km2 in west of advanced & captured Taiba&Asabah Oil/Gas fields HD Map:











Libya....



US conducts airstrikes in Libya today....




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