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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.
India relaxes visa norms to boost tourism
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-04-24
Tourism is set to get a boost in India as the Government of India has decided to grant long-term, multiple entry visas to people who wish to visit the country...
Sharjah Ruler issues four Emiri decrees
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-04-24
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued Emiri Decree No.40 for the year on restructuring the Executive Council of...
China probes reports of Chinese chlorine use
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-04-24
China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in footage believed to...
UN aid chiefs appeal for Syria access
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-04-24
The heads of five UN agencies on Wednesday made an impassioned call to both sides in Syria's conflict to allow aid deliveries countrywide, end siege warfare and halt indiscriminate attacks...
Opposition asks Saudis for more aid
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2014-04-24
The head of Syria's main opposition group has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its support for the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), his advisor said on Wednesday....
UN takes no action in Iran ambassador row
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-04-24
A UN committee took no action on Tuesday on the US refusal to grant a visa to Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations after hearing from both sides....
Barrak's corruption claims cause furore
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2014-04-24
A hard-hitting television interview by opposition leader and former MP Musallam Al-Barrak in which he made major corruption allegations became the focal point of political activity yesterday, with a lawmaker...
Rift among GCC states healed: Qatari FM
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-04-24
The Foreign Minister H E Dr Khaled bin Mohamed Al Attiyah said yesterday that the "Gulf differences" had come to an end and it was now up to the countries...
Bahrain captures two inmates who escaped from jail
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-04-24
Bahrain has arrested two detainees who escaped from the central person on April 21....
University degree forgery net busted
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2014-04-24
Immigration detectives arrested three men who sold forged university degrees to foreigners seeking to obtain a driving license....
Social media affects people's mindsets
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2014-04-24
Kuwait is the first in the Gulf region in social media usage and it has become a key component for providing and delivering information to people, the information and youth...
Kuwait to release detailed official expatriate statistics
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2014-04-24
The Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), the state's main statistical information gathering body, plans to release full and detailed statistics of Kuwait's expatriate population this year, Director Dr Abdullah Sahar said...
Family of Jazeera scribe urges Egypt to free him
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-04-24
The family of an Al Jazeera reporter detained in Egypt since August and on hunger strike since January 21 said yesterday his health is deteriorating and called for his release....
Syria's govt-sanctioned opposition names candidate
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-04-24
A Syrian lawmaker has nominated himself for president, state media said yesterday, the first candidate in an election likely to cement President Bashar Al Assad's rule over a country devastated...
Anti-govt protest
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-04-24
Anti-government protesters carry a defamed poster of Yemen's Finance Minister Sakhr Al Wajeeh during a demonstration to demand his resignation, in the capital Sana'a yesterday....
No new MERS cases in Qatar
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-04-24
Amid a jump in the number of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) yesterday clarified that Qatar had had no new...
Defendants in blast case freed
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-04-24
The criminal court hearing the restaurant blast case yesterday ordered the release of all four defendants, but imposed a travel ban on them until the final verdict....
Children read their way into Guinness Record
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-04-24
Qatar yesterday set a new Guinness World Records title for the 'Largest Reading Lesson', in Arabic at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC)....
Qatar, Kenya ink deals
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-04-24
The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during the signing of agreements between Qatar and Kenya on economic, commercial and technical cooperation,...
Cleanup drive aims to clear trash from coastal areas
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2014-04-24
A social initiative has been launched in Jeddah with the aim to spread awareness of the protection of marine life and the marine environment and to emphasize the dangers of...
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