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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 will be ready for 2022, summer or winter: Official
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-31
We have proved that a FIFA World Cup in Qatar in the summer is possible with state-of-the-art cooling technology. We have demonstrated that our cooling works in outdoor areas beyond...
ISIS massacred 220 tribesmen in Iraq
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-10-31
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and...
Kuwait prioritizes protection of human rights - Envoy
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-31
The State of Kuwait on Thursday reaffirmed respect for human rights out of belief in their crucial role in the achievement of sustainable development....
UN envoy proposes zones to 'freeze' Syria fighting
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-31
De Mistura told reporters after meeting with the UN Security Council that he did not have a peace plan but rather "an action plan" to ease suffering from the more...
Hezbollah's claim Saudi Arabia backs terror groups rubbished
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2014-10-31
Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah has rejected accusations by Hezbollah that Saudi Arabia supports terrorist groups, saying the Kingdom has been at the forefront of confronting...
Iran wants sanctions lifted as part of nuclear deal
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2014-10-31
The announcement came amid intensifying efforts to conclude a definitive pact. The six powers in the talks with Iran - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, known...
US citizens advised to follow security practices
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2014-10-30
The US embassy in Qatar has notified the US-citizen community of a recent anonymous posting on an extremist website which encouraged attacks against American and other western teachers in the...
Yemeni cabinet calls for dealing positively with President's words
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
The cabinet on Wednesday called on all political and social forces to deal positively with the content of President's speech....
Rummenigge calls for April World Cup in 2022
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2014-10-30
Leading European clubs want FIFA to hold the Qatar World Cup in April 2022, Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a British newspaper interview published yesterday....
Japan extends grant for training vulnerable people in Sana'a
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
The Government of Japan decided to extend a grant of $ 100,689 to provide equipment for the Vocational Training Center for Vulnerable People in the capital Sana'a....
S. Korean ambassador: Yemenis will overcome current challenges
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
South Korea's ambassador to Yemen Lee Young-ho said on Thursday that Yemenis would overcome the current challenges and move in the right direction they have chosen via dialogue and compromise....
Russia renews its support for Yemen's stability and unity
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
Russia's ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin affirmed on Thursday his country's position in support of Yemen's stability and unity....
Yemen, China discuss cooperation in higher education
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hesham Sharaf met on Thursday with Chinese ambassador to Yemen Chang Hua....
Yemen presides ACAC 47th session in Rabat
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
The Executive Council of the Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) has began its 47th ordinary session in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, under the chairmanship of Yemen....
Four al-Qaeda operatives rounded up in Sanaa by NSA
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
The National Security Agency has captured four al-Qaeda operatives, including one involved in the slaughter of army soldiers and another responsible for a suicide bombing in Sana'a, the agency announced...
Yemen calls for collaborating regional, int'l efforts to eradicate marine piracy
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
Yemen has called for concentrating efforts at the regional and international levels in order to eradicate marine piracy which endangers national security....
Yemen, UAE discuss cooperation to combat piracy
Source : Yemen News Agency  
Date : 2014-10-30
Foreign Minister Jamal al-Salal met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan....
Majlis rejects nominee for science minister
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-10-30
The Iranian parliament has rejected the latest nominee for the post of minister of science, research and technology, Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi....
Public workshop to share history, people of Doha
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-10-30
UCL Qatar and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) will host a public workshop to explore and share the history of Doha and the transformation of the traditional town into a...
Iran's Salehi upbeat over technical talks with IAEA
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2014-10-30
The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on Wednesday seemed optimistic about the technical talks between the organization under his leadership and the International Atomic Energy Agency...
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