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UAE launches food safety campaign for Ramadan

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has announced the launch of a major food safety awareness campaign for the month of Ramadan. The drive is aimed at drawing consumer attention to these …
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Arabs approve ‘financial safety net’ for Palestinians

June 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb ErakatArab states Saturday agreed to set a "financial safety net" for the Palestinian Authority if Israel freezes due monthly revenue estimated at around $100 million, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

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Al-Qa`idah in Syria

March 1st, 2012 Comments off
Western governments called on the Syrian government to protect all Al-Qa`idah terrorists who infiltrate into Syria and held the Syrian government responsible for their safety and well-being.  

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Romney: “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

February 1st, 2012 Comments off

Quarter-billionaire Mitt Romney to Soledad O’Brien on CNN:

“Romney says, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair , I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich…. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

O’Brien asked him to clarify his remarks saying, “There are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say, ‘That sounds odd.’”

Romney continues, “We will hear from the Democrat party, the plight of the poor…. You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus….”

Some statistics:

•Nearly 47 million people were in poverty in the US in 2010, up from 37.3 million in 2007. That was the 4th year in a row in which the number of people in poverty increased. In the 52 years that poverty rates have been being published, this is the largest number ever.

•20.5 million Americans are in “extreme poverty.” That is, their family income is $10,000 or less a year for a family of 4, about half that of the poverty line. But since they’re so well taken care of, Romney is not interested in those 20 million people. Or maybe it is because he knows that they don’t typically vote, being too busy on Tuesdays trying to make a living.

• There were 17.2 million households or about 1 in 7 that were food insecure in the US in 2010, the highest number ever recorded. (“Food insecure” means “at risk of going hungry.” About 1/3 of these households, or over 6 million, actually went hungry at some points of the year because they were not able to afford food. This hunger encompassed the children as well. Romney’s safety net is leaving millions of children hungry at times. He seems to get plenty of nice meals.)

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"Go away, go away!"

January 22nd, 2012 Comments off

‘In the absence of these Two, he and his ilk are “roughed up, jodtled” & have to be “pulled to safety!”‘
“…When Abdul Jalil, NTC chairman, came out in an attempt to address the crowd, some protesters hurled empty plastic bottles at him, prompting security forces to fire tear gas.
“Go away, Go away,” the protesters chanted as Abdul Jalil spoke. He then went back into the building but he is believed to have been pulled to safety from a back door when the crowd charged into the building.
Protesters threw stones and metal bars at the building, breaking its windows, before storming the headquarters. One protester left the building carrying a set of loudspeakers and screaming: “Spoils of war!” Angry protesters also damaged a Toyota Land Cruiser used by Abdul Jalil….
“People are not happy with the council because it has also given government posts to people who are known to have links with Gaddafi.”(Abdel Jalil himself is a Qaddafi henchman, until he was adopted by Bernard Henry Levy!)…
The NTC is grappling with problems, including the disbanding of dozens of powerful militias that effectively control the country. Thursday, Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, vice president of the NTC, was roughed up by university students in Benghazi. He was surrounded by a crowd and jostled before he was pulled away to safety..”



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US ambassador to return to Syria

December 6th, 2011 Comments off

The US says its ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, who was removed from the country after threats to his safety, is due to return to Damascus.
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Perception and reality of Egypt’s safety

November 5th, 2011 Comments off

One of the unanswered questions of post-revolution Egypt is how unsafe things became. (Update: see how seuciryt looms large in this op-ed  by David Ignatius) In the first days of the uprising, as police released common criminals back onto the street and carried out looting themselves, it was clear that security was low. Most of it could be ascribed to action by the security forces themselves. But as that particular problem subsided, and other issues came up.

The collapse of the police state meant that crime was no longer regulated (I tend to see the police as mafia dons who ensured that criminal activity was channeled and was not disruptive to public peace, much like drug kingpins might avoid violence among their ranks to remain below the radar — fans of The Wire will know what I’m talking about). In all likelihood, you had gangs who were no longer limited in what they could do that took matters into their own hands, as well as police officers involved in crime who simply switched sides. You also had, and continue to have, a demoralized police force that often does not want to do its job. 



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US pulls envoy out of Syria, citing safety concern (AP)

October 25th, 2011 Comments off

FILE - In this June 20, 2011 photo taken during a government-organized tour for foreign diplomats and the media, US ambassador in Syria Robert Ford, covers his nose during his visit with other foreign diplomats to a mass grave, in Jisr el-Shughour, north of Syria.   State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, that Ambassador Robert Ford returned to Washington this weekend after 'credible threats against his personal safety.'    (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)AP – The Obama administration has pulled its ambassador home from Syria, arguing that his support for anti-Assad activists put him in grave danger — the most dramatic action so far by the United States as it struggles to counter a Mideast autocrat who is withstanding pressure that has toppled neighboring dictators.

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US ambassador pulled out of Syria

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

The US pulls out its ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, because of concerns for his safety, after he angered authorities by visiting activists.
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It was close

September 11th, 2011 Comments off
Israeli officials, for their part, said Saturday that six members of their staff had been trapped inside the embassy until an early morning rescue by Egyptian commandos. “This went on for 13 hours and there was real concern for the safety and lives of our people,” an Israeli official said. “The mob penetrated the embassy and at the end there was only one wall separating it from six of our people.””

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