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Iraq's sagging safety net   

Aljazeera.com - 01 May, 2012
Author: Stan Cox

In February 2011, with grassroots uprisings having toppled the governments of Tunisia and Egypt, unrest was swelling in Iraq as well. In response, the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced that it was postponing a planned purchase of F16 fighter planes from the United States. The money saved by not buying the 18 jets would be used, said al-Maliki, to provide Iraq's poorest citizens with increased monthly rations from the country's public food distribution system (PDS). The cancellation was a stark acknowledgment that when people are hungry, armaments won't keep a country secure.
Festive fervour grips Bahrain
Source : Gulf Daily News  
Date : 2014-12-17
Events were held across the country yesterday to celebrate both Bahrain's 43rd National Day and the 15th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne, today....
Aluminium-agriculture to spur Bahrain-Russia ties
Source : Gulf Daily News  
Date : 2014-12-17
Aluminium, aircraft, chemicals, biotechnology, agriculture and pharmaceuticals have been identified as key areas of bilateral trade and investment between Bahrain and Russia, a top Russian minister said....
Moscow seeking GCC investors
Source : Gulf Daily News  
Date : 2014-12-17
Moscow aims to attract investors from across the GCC region to implement urban projects with a mid-term real estate potential of about 180 million square metres....
Oil output cut ruled out
Source : Gulf Daily News  
Date : 2014-12-17
Gulf Opec members and crisis-hit producer Russia held the line on resisting crude output cuts, a message that helped send oil to a fresh five-year low yesterday....
Australia rejected request to extradite hostage taker to Iran: police chief
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Iranian Police Chief Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqaddam has announced that Tehran had earlier warned Australia of the bad record of Sydney hostage taker Man Haron Monis and had sought his extradition to...
Atmosphere of nuclear talks is 'very good': Araqchi
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has said that atmosphere of nuclear talks is "very good", but there exists still a distance to reach a solution....
Anti-Damascus terrorists enjoy Tel Aviv's support, Iranian VP says
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri has strongly condemned the recent Israeli airstrikes against Syria, saying the terrorists fighting against the Damascus government enjoy Tel Aviv’s support....
Iran says it warned Australia hostage taker suffered from psychological problems
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Iran warned Australia about the psychological condition of Sydney hostage taker Man Haron Monis on many occasions, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham said on Monday....
MP hails strong bonds between Iranian Jews and government
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
A senior Iranian MP has highlighted the good rapport between the country's Jewish community and the government, saying the Jewish community is united with the nation in confronting enemies....
Relationship between IRGC and president is based on 'trust': IRGC chief
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari has said that relationship between the IRGC and President Hassan Rouhani is based on "mutual trust"....
EU looks to Iran, Russia to help end Syria war
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
The European Union's new foreign-policy chief said the bloc would try to step up cooperation with Russia and Iran over Syria, signaling a shift in Europe's efforts to end the...
Iran calls on world to take firm action against terrorism
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Hossein Dehqani has called on the international community to adopt firm and urgent measures to counter violence and extremism amid growing terrorist activities across...
Iranian chief judge says CIA tortures show fall of ethical values in U.S.
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Iranian Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani has deplored the CIA torture techniques as a free fall of ethical values in the American society, according to the Fars news agency....
Lebanese govt. refused to receive arms from Iran: defense minister
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan says the Lebanese government did not vote to receive military equipment from Iran....
'IRGC involved in construction projects, not economic activities'
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps is merely involved in "construction projects" which differ from economic activities, the Mehr news agency quoted IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying on Tuesday....
Shamkhani hails Iraq for maintaining security during Arbaeen rituals
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council has thanked Iraq for providing security during the Arbaeen mourning ceremony....
Rafsanjani calls for practicing moderation
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-12-17
Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has urged Iranian politicians to practice moderation against extremism....
Higher education minister sees off Sudanese diplomat
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-12-17
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mohamed Mutahr has met Sudanese ambassador to Yemen Awadh Hussein at the occasion of ending his diplomatic tenure in Yemen....
Al-Qaeda terrorist gets six year jail sentence
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-12-17
Al-Qaeda terrorist Sameer Ali Hamood al-Sa'adi received on Tuesday a six-year prison sentence by the Specialized Penal Court in Sana'a for armed robbery....
Honoured on National Day
Source : Gulf Daily News  
Date : 2014-12-17
His Majesty King Hamad yesterday honoured a number of people for their contribution to nation-building, on the occasion of Bahrain's 43rd National Day and marking the 15th anniversary of His...
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