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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.
Greater US involvement in Yemen is needed
Source : Gulf News  
Date : 2016-10-26
In a recent interview to Vanity Fair magazine, US President Barack Obama acknowledged that he grapples with the question "what might I have done differently along the course of the...
Building a modern state: An outline of Grandfather Emir's legacy
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-10-26
For nearly a quarter century, HH the Grandfather Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani managed to place Qatar among powerful nations characterized by its autonomous decision-making and aspiration for a...
50 doctors trained by WHO on occupational health
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-10-26
Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in collaboration with the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) began a five-day training programme for health practitioners on occupational...
Larijani: Terrorist events in region outrun diplomatic solutions
Source : Islamic Republic News Agency  
Date : 2016-10-26
He made the remarks in a meeting with Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidential Council Bakir Izetbegovic....
Hollande holds Defence Council on security, Syria, Iraq
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2016-10-26
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday hosted a Defence and National Security Council meeting to review domestic security and also the ongoing conflict situations and operations in Iraq and Syria,...
UAE leaders meet Tamim and Hamad, offer condolences
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-10-26
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of...
US-Kuwait working groups to further enhance ties - new US envoy
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2016-10-26
US Ambassador Designate to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman said that the multi-faceted working groups formed at the concluded US-Kuwaiti dialogue will take a "very good relationship and make it even better."...
'Videos of traffic violations should be sent to police'
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-10-26
The Dubai Police are pursuing a person who filmed a car with a distinguished number plate, whose owner parked his vehicle in a differently-abled parking area....
GCC Pharmacy Congress to be held in Dubai
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-10-26
The 3rd Annual GCC Pharmacy Congress is set to begin next week in Dubai, with the support of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the participation of Dr...
Clinic to fight obesity among children
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-10-26
Around 60 per cent of students surveyed from four schools in Hatta are obese or overweight, a survey conducted by the Obesity and Weight Management Clinic in Hatta Hospital found....
Over half a million Saudis have more than one wife
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-10-26
The General Authority of Statistics has revealed that over half a million of Saudis are married to more than one wife, Makkah newspaper reported....
Bahrain lauds solid, historic bonds with Kuwait
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2016-10-26
Advisor of the King of Bahrain for Media Affairs Nabeel Al-Hamar has lauded the solid, historic, and brotherly ties between the Kingdom and the State of Kuwait....
KSA boosts cooperation with Sweden
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-10-26
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen accompanied by a delegation arrived in the Kingdom on Saturday for talks with Saudi officials....
Terrorists gun down 2 cops in Dammam
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-10-26
Two Saudi security personnel were shot dead on Tuesday morning after they came under heavy gunfire from an unknown source while returning from their workplace in Ras Tanura province....
Women showcase talent on YouTube and in the TV industry
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-10-26
A media revolution is taking place and many women have been making waves on YouTube and in the TV industry in the Kingdom, showcasing their acting talent and try their...
Training stressed for improved Nitaqat to succeed
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-10-26
Various sectors of the Kingdom have expressed optimism regarding the announced launching of the balanced (Mawzoon) Nitaqat system on Dec. 11....
Addict kills both parents in Taif
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-10-26
An ugly crime shocked the people of Taif, in the west of Saudi Arabia, after a young man, who used to take drugs, killed his parents using a knife....
King meets Syrian opposition leader Riad Hijab
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-10-26
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received Riad Hijab, general coordinator of Supreme Commission for Negotiations of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces....
Iran Leader: Daesh traces back to West's humiliation of Muslim youth
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2016-10-26
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said on Tuesday that the Western coalition against terrorism is not "real" and does not seek to eradicate it....
Bahraini-British monarchs review solid bilateral relations
Source : Bahrain News Agency  
Date : 2016-10-26
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today received His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at Buckingham Palace, on the occasion of his visit to the United Kingdom....
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