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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.
Qatar International Businesswomen Forum's 5th edition in December
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2014-10-22
The 5th edition of the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum, which will be held on December 16 and 17 at the St Regis Doha Hotel in Qatar, will include new discussions...
Saudi inmate to stay at Gitmo, another to be sent home
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-21
A Saudi inmate with links to Al Qaeda will remain at the Guantanamo Bay prison and a second Saudi man has been cleared for transfer home, a US national security...
GCC meteorology meeting begins
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-21
The sixth meeting of GCC standing committee for meteorology and climate, hosted by Civil Aviation Authority, represented by Qatar Meteorology Department, began yesterday....
Qatar to attend Arab education forum in Kuwait
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-21
Qatar will participate in the 23rd conference of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, which opens in Kuwait today....
Call to preserve national identity, cultural heritage amid globalisation
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-21
Qatar's first National Identity Seminar, which started yesterday, stressed the importance of preserving national identity and cultural heritage amid globalisation....
Patient classification systems forum from today
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-21
The PCSI organisation gathers together leading experts from across the world for a specialist segment of data flow focusing on promoting and refining effective coding systems for patient classification....
Tumultuous sea with strong wind likely today
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-21
The weather bureau has warned that the sea could be tumultuous today with strong wind, making the waves jump up to four to five feet....
Qatalum backs Qatar Diabetes Association projects
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-21
Qatalum has expressed willingness to continue to support Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) in accomplishing its projects and initiatives to improve the healthcare of diabetics and their families in Qatar....
Career guidance, training projects launched in Palestine schools
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-21
Together with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Silatech and International Youth Foundation (IYF) have launched a pilot career guidance project in schools with a training programme for...
Refugee camp named after Kurdish suicide bomber
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-10-21
Syrian Kurdish refugees who streamed into Turkey from Kobani have found sanctuary in a new camp named after a female Kurdish suicide bomber who blew herself up in the battle...
Kurdish fighters say weapons not yet enough
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-10-21
The main Syrian Kurdish armed group defending the Syrian border town on Kobani against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attackers said on Monday arms air-dropped by the United...
Smart Learning Best Practice Forum 2014 opens
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-10-21
The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has kicked off the "Smart Learning Best Practice Forum 2014", a first-of-its-kind event that encourages the exchange of best practices in smart learning...
'Egypt's growth key to stability in region'
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-21
Speakers at the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate 2014 on Monday stressed the importance of Egypt's economic development as a driver of stability in the region....
Iran president pledges to back Iraq amid attacks
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-21
Iranian President Hasan Rohani promised on Tuesday that Iran will stand by Iraq in the neighbouring country's fight against the extremists of the ISIS group....
Pink Caravan to have mobile screening unit
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-21
Pink Caravan, the pan-UAE breast cancer awareness initiative by the Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FoCP), has announced a range of initiatives to coincide with International Breast Cancer Awareness Month....
Dubai Municipality promotes 1,001 staff members this year
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-21
The move is part of the municipality's keenness to be one of the best places to work, said Human Resources Department Director Khalid Abdul Rahim Abdullah....
Women must make their voices heard: Businesswoman
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-21
Women empowerment is gaining momentum in the Mena region with the UAE acting as one of its biggest ambassadors....
Syrian man stones daughter to death in ISIS video
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-21
An elderly Syrian took part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery, in a video posted on YouTube by the ISIS group on Tuesday....
Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-21
Britain announced the deployment after Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border....
New Hijri year declared holiday for private sector
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-21
Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, issued a circular declaring the first of Muharram, 1436 Hijri, as a paid official holiday for employees of the private sector companies and corporations....
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