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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.
Ban commends Kuwait's hosting of Yemen peace talks
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2016-09-25
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday commended Kuwait's efforts to spread peace globally, manifested recently by hosting peace talks among the Yemeni parties....
US drone strike kills four Qaeda members in Yemen
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-09-25
Four members of Al Qaeda's Yemen branch, including a local commander, were killed in a suspected US drone strike on a vehicle travelling east of the capital Sanaa, two local...
UAE says Iran wasted no time in undermining regional security
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-25
The United Arab Emirates said on Saturday Iran had wasted no time in undermining regional security since it sealed a nuclear deal with world powers last year....
JASTA veto cautiously welcomed in Kingdom
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-25
A cross-section of Saudis, including academics and human rights activists, expressed cautious appreciation of US President Barack Obam's vetoing of the Congress-sanctioned Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a...
Regime's missiles batter Aleppo
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-24
Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo on Friday, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city....
Kuwait urges resorting to UN item 7 in response to Israel's practices
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2016-09-24
The State of Kuwait, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), called for pursuing discussions on human rights' deterioration in the occupied Arab territories according to item 7....
Iran's deterrence power stopping US aggression: Commander
Source : Islamic Republic News Agency  
Date : 2016-09-24
If Iran did not have military power, big powers, including the United States could occupy the country....
Sustainability has long been ingrained in the UAE's culture: Minister
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-09-24
"Your actions today will shape the world we live in for many years to come, and I urge you to be responsible players in the global community in realising a...
Abdullah attends NY event
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-09-24
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has participated in a cultural event at the Egyptian art display of the Temple of Dendur,...
UAE praises Colombia peace deal
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-09-24
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has welcomed the historic peace accord which was concluded in Colombia to end more than 50 years of conflict....
US, Russia fail to agree on reviving Syria ceasefire
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-09-24
The United States and Russia have failed to agree on how to revive a short-lived ceasefire in Syria during what the UN Syria mediator called a "long, painful, difficult and...
Bahrain's commitment to supporting Yemen affirmed
Source : Bahrain News Agency  
Date : 2016-09-24
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, has conveyed the greetings of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to Yemen's President Abd Rabbuh...
UAE calls upon OIC to adopt collective approach to counter terrorism
Source : Emirates News Agency-WAM  
Date : 2016-09-24
The United Arab Emirates called upon the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to adopt a collective and strategic approach that strengthens its role in international counter-terrorism efforts....
Parents slam 'unhealthy' food at school canteens
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-24
Less than a week into the new academic year, and parents are already complaining about the unhealthy food sold at school canteens....
JASTA to harm US, warn former top officials
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-24
Former senior US officials and retired servicemen have sent an open letter to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, saying "JASTA" will undermine the US relationship with Saudi Arabia,...
Saudi Arabia to highlight its atomic energy role at IAEA meet
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-24
The Saudi delegation to the 60th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are expected to highlight the Kingdom's role in atomic energy development, while working to acquire...
MoH treated over 340,000 patients during Haj
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-24
The Ministry of Health (MoH) provided health services to more than 340,000 pilgrims during this Haj season....
Citizens suggested Kingdom's name change on unification
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-24
The decision to change the name of the Kingdom from the Kingdom of Hijaz and Najd into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was not a decision taken lightly. The change...
Saudi Arabia pays tribute to founder
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-24
Scholars, ministers and dignitaries sent greetings and good wishes to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and prayed for the prosperity of the Kingdom on the occasion of...
Obama vetoes 9/11 Bill
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-09-24
Barack Obama vetoed late on Friday legislation allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, risking public outrage and the first congressional override of his presidency....
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