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For the third consecutive day, low-income Iranian families lined up Tuesday in harsh winter weather outside government–run distribution centers to pick up free food parcels.  Everyone who makes less than 5 million rials per month -- the equivalent of about $200 -- is entitled to one food basket; however many farmers, villagers and millions of uninsured labourers are deprived fro the handout.  This is an initiative by the new government to substitute Ahmadinejad-era cash handouts with essential food items imported from India (rice) and Turkey  (chicken).  Apparently, these items are...Read more

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