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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 moving towards economic stability in post-JCPOA era
Source : Islamic Republic News Agency  
Date : 2016-02-11
Abdullah Molaie told IRNA on Wednesday that the post-sanction era provided an opportunity to highlight Iran's role in the region....
UNSC still divided over Syria - New Zealand
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2016-02-11
New Zealand said Wednesday that there is clearly a great division within the UN Security Council as a result of the military campaigns in Syria....
Qatar signs several pacts with Pakistan
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-02-11
Qatar accorded a warm welcome to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who arrived here yesterday on a two-day official visit....
Draft law makes Arabic mandatory in public institutions
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-02-11
The State Cabinet yesterday approved a draft law on preservation of Arabic language that forces all ministries and other public institutions to use Arabic as the official language....
Syrian rebels for tough US action ahead of peace talks
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-02-11
Syrian rebels called on US President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in support of a military offensive by forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad that...
WHO delivers medical aid to Yemen's Taez
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-02-11
The World Health Organisation said Wednesday it has managed to deliver desperately needed medical supplies to Yemen's Taez city which has been besieged for months by Shiite Huthi rebels....
Iran would continue its win-win policy to boost global ties: Rouhani
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2016-02-11
The government of Iran will prioritize privatization and support the private sector with the aim of shoring up social welfare and economic growth, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said....
VP receives Malta PM
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-02-11
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Wednesday received Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta,...
'UAE government keen to excel'
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-02-11
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Wednesday honoured the winners of the awards to recognise...
Sultan opens career exhibition & education show
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-02-11
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated on Wednesday the 18th National Career Exhibition (NCE) and the 12th edition of...
UAE sword … and faith in integration
Source : Arab Times  
Date : 2016-02-11
The birth of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was not the result of a political dispute or gambling over a project meant for domination. It was a vision based on...
Muhammad bin Rashid, go slowly so we can catch up
Source : Arab Times  
Date : 2016-02-11
Your Highness Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid, excuse us if we make you bear the responsibility of burdening our governments and leaders with attempts to catch up with initiatives and tremendous...
Syria: Five years more of the same?
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-02-11
The collapse of the negotiations between representatives of the Assad regime of Syria, and the representatives of the resistance groups and freedom fighters last week in Geneva was inevitable. The...
Ambiguity on Syria
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2016-02-11
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius's remark questioning the commitment of the US to resolving the crisis in Syria has shone light on an issue our region has been concerned about....
Yemeni PM thanks GCC for support
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2016-02-11
Shedding light on the current situation in Yemen, Khaled Bahah, Vice President and Prime Minister of Yemen, spoke at the fourth World Government Summit, providing clarity on the military intervention...
Erdogan slams UN handling of refugee crisis
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-02-11
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fired back at the United Nations for demanding that Turkey open its border to tens of thousands of more Syrian refugees, accusing the world...
Crane crash: 10 names added to suspects' list
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-02-11
Ten new suspects, who are employees and supervisors in some government departments, have been added to the list of 40 people accused of involvement in the crane crash in the...
Outlook for breast cancer cure improves: Symposium
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-02-11
With more than 400 participants, the 10th Middle East Best of San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Jeddah became once again the largest meeting in oncology in the region, but...
Firms attending JCCI career fair shortlist over 700 Saudi women
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-02-11
More than 700 women applicants were qualified for positions proposed by 39 companies attending the career fair at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday....
Women shining in new UAE Cabinet
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2016-02-11
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday, announced the UAE's 29-person cabinet, which now includes nine...
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