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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.
Iran expects reciprocity in nuclear talks: Rouhani
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
Iran will pursue the nuclear talks with the 5+1 group in sincerity on the condition that the six major powers seek to build confidence and act in line with international...
GCC ministerial council welcomes Hadi's call for national alignment
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-09-01
The ministerial council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has welcomed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi's call for the national alignment and reconciliation based on the dialogue outcomes....
Gulf States support President Hadi's efforts: al-Zayani
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-09-01
The Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Secretary General has stressed the GCC States' adherence to maintain Yemen's unity, security and stability....
'A commitment to Geneva deal is catalyst to success of nuclear talks'
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says a commitment to the interim Geneva nuclear deal will serve as a key to success of nuclear talks....
Name of IRGC intimidating enemies, reassuring friends: cleric
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
Prominent cleric Seyyed Ahamd Khatami on Sunday said that the enemies are so scared about the Islamic Republic Guards Corpse (IRGC) that they don't dare to utter its name....
Rouhani created greater cohesion between three branches of govt.: VP
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
Iran's vice president for parliamentary affairs said on Saturday that President Hassan Rouhani has succeeded in creating greater proximity between the heads of the three branches of government since he...
Ex-oil minister summoned to court over sub-standard gasoline
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
A former oil minister has been summoned to a court to answer allegations about sub-standard and low quality gasoline produced during his tenure under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad....
Iran, U.S. won't discuss bilateral relations: Araqchi
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says Tehran is not seeking to discuss bilateral relations with Washington during negotiations over the country's nuclear program....
U.S. forces in Gulf must speak Persian: Iranian admiral
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
U.S. naval forces in the Gulf are obligated to speak in Persian in their radio communications with Iranian forces, according to the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Naval...
Resources to be drawn from NDF to save Zayanderud: VP
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
The Iranian government will use the resources from the National Development Fund (NDF) to finance the project to save the Zayanderud River, Vice-President for Parliamentary Affairs Majid Ansari announced on...
Creation of one million jobs annually will resolve unemployment problem: labor minister
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
Iranian Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei says one million jobs should be created per year to resolve the unemployment crisis in the country, the IRNA news agency...
Army forces counterattack al-Qaeda elements in Shabwa
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-09-01
Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Brigade managed on Sunday to foil an attack by al-Qaeda elements against Mafraq Al-Houtah and Al-Jasr in Azzan in Shabwa governorate....
DCMF training course on info and media education
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
The Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) has launched the advanced training course for the trainers of information and media education, with the participation of trainers from Qatar and various...
Cabinet renews its welcome to UNSC's statement
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-09-01
The Cabinet renewed on Sunday its welcome to the UN Security Council's recent presidential statement on the security developments in Yemen....
Germany welcomes UNSC's statement on situation in Yemen
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-09-01
Germany has welcomed the presidential statement issued on Friday by the UN Security Council on the situation in Yemen....
Iran and its sudden defense of the Kurds
Source : Al Arabiya TV  
Date : 2014-09-01
We must not underestimate the significance of the Iranian government’s initiative to provide military help to Iraq’s Kurds who suddenly found themselves confronting the threat of the Islamic State of...
Al Darwish group donates QR500,000 for Gaza relief
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has received a QR500,000 donation from Al Darwish United Group as a contribution to QRC's medical and relief efforts in Gaza to help populations affected by...
Qatar 'to set the bar for future World Cups'
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hanifa Aman has said that the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will leave a lasting legacy for the entire region....
Iran is playing a win-win game at the nuclear talks
Source : Al Arabiya TV  
Date : 2014-09-01
Recently, I sat down to dinner with a few Arab friends, all of whom were educated in the West and are engaged in policy making. They were very interested to...
Preparatory meeting for UN Congress on Crime
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2014-09-01
A meeting has been held between Qatari and Chinese delegations in Beijing as part of preparations for the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be hosted...
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