Karbala Investment Projects

Just two days ago, the American army in Iraq shared news of its investment projects in Karbala and Najaf “to support active armed groups in Iraq.” It also once again accused Iran of trying to control Iraq vis-à-vis economics, military and politics and attacked Asaib Ahl Haq (the League of the Righteous) for the missiles attacks and assassinations that have been commonplace over the last few months.

Iraq and Hezbollah

According to a spokesman for the American army (Jeffrey Buchanan), the Hezbollah brigades remain active in Iraq receiving support from Quds Forces. As well, “some trade businesses and investment projects including hotels and restaurants in Karbala and Najaf are funding Iranian Quds Forces.” He also said that the relationship between Iraq and Iran had not exactly been a positive one this year. Asaib Ahl Haq is a prime example of criminal gangs that have been active in the past and have increased their attacks in recent months which have been “receiving external support from Iran sap Iraq’s sovereignty.”

This group has been blamed for a whole slew of recent assassinations and has also “claimed responsibility for some armed operations against US Forces in central and southern provinces.”

Perhaps the American army needs to rethink its investment policies. There is a lot going on in Iran and Iraq and the violence has to end. The gangs like Asaib Ahl Haq have to be stopped vis-à-vis their violent activities and behavior that seem to be extremely characteristic of the group.

Boosting Armenia’s Economy

<h3>Persian New Year Celebrations Boost Armenian Tourism</h3>
There’s nothing more proactive than a big party to get things moving.  And that’s exactly what’s been happening to the economic situation in Armenia, spurred on by the Norvuz’ two-week Persian New Year celebration.  It is expected that the streets of Yerevan will attract tons of Iranian visitors who will be enjoying “a different culture,” nightlife and entertainment that they are not accustomed to in their home town.
It seems that if you are looking for a place to party, you should look no further than North Armenia.  At least, that is, if you are an Iranian who has been deprived of such fun for way too long.  Indeed, for the last three years, liberal-minded Iranians have visited the region for the mega Norvuz’ celebrations that are prohibited in their home country.  There they can enjoy alcoholic beverages and pop music concerts, which are outlawed in Iran.  It is expected that the 7,000 seat Hamalir arena will be packed to capacity, but for the festivities a staggering 10,000 visitors are anticipated.  According to Sabeh (an Iranian tourist), the reason for this peak in the country’s tourism during this time is simple:  “In Iran, they have restrictions on wearing clothes and we have no fun. I hope to have fun here.”
<h3>Armenian and European Relations Get a Boost</h3>
Currently Armenia’s government is putting in a program of reforms.  With this, according to Tigran Sargsyan (the country’s Prime Minister), major assistance will be given from the European Union as there is tremendous potential for the establishment of bilateral relations between Europe and Armenia.  In addition, the EU’s role will be strengthened with this as well as European values.  According to experts in the field, this is quite a historical precedent, being the first time ever that Armenia has invited the EU to replace Russia on such a level.  As well it seems that those in Armenia see them as priority issues “which is important for the development of business and investment spheres.”

So with all the Armenian celebrations set to take place and improved communications and negotiations with the European Union, this part of Asia looks like it has a good chance of developing its economy and investments in the very near future.  Things are looking up for Armenian culture and finances.