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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.
 
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