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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 won't allow terrorists to make region war zone - spokesman
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2016-09-01
Iran Wednesday underlined it was fighting terrorist and extremist groups in the region, saying it would not allow "terrorist to transform the region into a war zone."...
Obama, Putin to discuss Syria, says Kremlin
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-09-01
The presidents of Russia and the United States will discuss Syria during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, the Kremlin said on Wednesday....
AD CP, Kerry discuss terror
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-09-01
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Wednesday a telephone call from US...
'Houthis won't be allowed to take over Yemen'
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-09-01
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Wednesday the Iranian-allied Houthi militias would not be allowed to take over Yemen....
Sheraa empowers UAE's future women leaders
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-08-31
Sheraa, the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre, recently conducted a training workshop for young girls engaging more than 200 students between the ages of eleven and eighteen belonging to the Sharjah Girl...
Daesh sympathizer gets 10-year jail term
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-08-31
The specialized criminal court in Riyadh recently sentenced a citizen to 10 years of imprisonment for adopting the Takfiri thought and supporting Daesh....
Turkey's Syria operation could spark escalation: Hollande
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-08-31
French President Francois Hollande warned Tuesday that "contradictory interventions" by Turkish and Russian forces in Syria could spark an escalation of the conflict....
UN aid going to Assad-linked firm: Report
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-08-31
United Nations aid contracts worth tens of millions of dollars have gone to people closely associated with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad despite US and EU sanctions, the Guardian reported...
More than 3,000 register as blood donors at HMC
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-08-31
More than 3,000 people have registered as new voluntary donors during this year's Ramadan campaign organised by Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Blood Donor Center....
Emir issues ratification documents
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-08-31
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday issued a ratification document, approving the ratification of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in organising exhibitions between Qatar Tourism...
Committee names more than 6,680 streets this year
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-08-31
The Streets and Areas Naming Committee at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment has named more than 6,683 streets in different areas in the country since the beginning of this...
RAF: The first charity to rush humanitarian aid to Irbil
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-08-31
Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) was the first charity to respond from outside Iraq to rescue thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) in Irbil, the capital...
ERC extends helping hand to Sudan
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-08-31
On the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin...
'Tamkeen' initiative to provide jobs to social security beneficiaries
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-08-31
The Social Charity Fund has launched 'Tamkeen' initiative for employment of those eligible to the social welfare program and facilitate their recruitment in companies contracted by the Ministry of Labor...
10,000 substitute imams axed
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-08-31
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has terminated the services of 10,000 substitute imams to save SR360 million....
Anti-beggary campaign launched
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-08-31
Minister of Labor and Social Development Mufrej Al-Haqbani has launched an awareness campaign to enlighten people against the hazards of begging....
A year on, Makkah crane crash trial continues
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-08-31
A year has passed, according to the Islamic calendar, since the crash of a giant crane in the Grand Mosque in Makkah, yet the trial of 14 people accused of...
Priority is to serve Islam during Haj: Prince Faisal
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-08-31
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has made the Haj pilgrimage a priority to serve Islam and Muslims....
Health Ministry readies 177 ambulances to serve pilgrims
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-08-31
The Health Ministry's medical supply committee has completed its preparations for the pilgrimage season....
14 new caves discovered in Al-Ahsa's Al-Qara Mountain
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-08-31
About 14 new caves were discovered in Al-Qara Mountain of Al-Ahsa Oasis by enthusiastic mountaineers who undertook a long journey, during which they faced stray dogs, scary bats and landslides,...
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