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Iran economy on road to recovery as domestic production grows

Source : Reuters / 24 Apr 2013

Iran's economy has become more robust as domestic production has grown to offset a 14 percent fall in imports in 2012, sparked by a drop in its currency value, after the central bank was hit by economic sanctions, Iran's finance minister said on Tuesday.


Strong youth support for Shariah in Pakistan

By AFP / 3 Apr 2013

More than half of young Pakistanis believe democracy has not been good for their country and nearly 40 percent are in favor of having Islamic sharia rule, according to a survey published Wednesday.

Pakistan goes to the polls in a historic general election on May 11, but the report by the British Council found deep pessimism about the political system among voters aged 18 to 29.


Pakistan: 10,000 dead in 5 years as civilians and soldiers killed increases

By Mohammad Ashraf / 28 Mar 2013

In the past five years in Pakistan more than 10,000 soldiers and civilians have died — including children — due to internal strife in the northern areas of the country, according to government figures released on Tuesday.

The report of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan also stated that the number of deaths had risen to 49,000 since the militant attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001. The number of injured soldiers and civilians has also gone up during the five-year period.


U.S. war in Iraq costs more than $2 trillion: study

Source : Reuters / 15 Mar 2013

The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.

The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.


Sanctions aim to paralyze Iran economy: Minister


Source : Presstv / 11 Jan 2013

Iran's Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mehdi Ghazanfari says sanctions against the Islamic Republic aim to paralyze the country’s economy.

“The aim of [anti-Iran] sanctions is to paralyze our economy and to put people under pressure and in distress,” Ghazanfari said on Thursday.


Anti-Muslim violence spiralling out of control in America

by Murtaza Hussain / 4 Jan 2013

On the evening of December 27, an Indian immigrant to America named Sunando Sen was pushed by a stranger onto the subway tracks in New York City and struck and killed by an oncoming train. Sen had called New York home for years, and after years of hard work and struggle had recently managed to achieve his lifelong goal of opening a small business of his own, a copy shop in Upper Manhattan.


Saudi Arabia to create sovereign fund for future generations

Source : Arab News / 31 Dec 2012

The government will allocate SR 200 billion from 2012 budget surplus to implement transport projects inside cities, bringing total spending in 2013 to more than SR 1 trillion, Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said yesterday.

“We have not yet finalized the 2012 surplus because of new expenditures and revenues, especially nonoil revenues,” Al-Assaf told Al-Arabiya channel. He said the remaining amount from the surplus of an estimated SR 386 billion would be kept in public reserve.


On the killing of children and others, domestic and foreign

by Lawrence Davidson / 28 Dec 2012

Here is part of an Associated Press announcement appearing in U.S. papers on 20 December 2012: “Declaring the time for action overdue, President Obama promised on Wednesday [19 December] to send Congress broad proposals in January for tightening gun laws and curbing violence after last week’s schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut.”


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