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offsite link The world according to Vladimir Putin Sat Oct 23, 2021 18:54 | amarynth
Russian president, in Sochi, lays down the law in favor of conservatism ? says the woke West is in decline By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at

offsite link Christian Vignette #6 ? Comparing approaches to ?fine and obscure theological points? Sat Oct 23, 2021 16:54 | The Saker
A few years ago I wrote an article entitled “Russia and Islam, part eight: working together, a basic ?how-to?” in which I wrote the following about how (some) Christians and

offsite link Few items, more to come soon Fri Oct 22, 2021 17:07 | The Saker
First, please read this analysis from Andrei Martyanov: https://smoothiex12.blogspo... Second, Putin’s speech: probably the most important in his career!  We will post the full text when the translators in the

offsite link From Russia, With (Taliban) Love Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:05 | amarynth
Asia’s powerbrokers dropped an Afghan bombshell in Moscow today: ‘the country’s reconstruction must be paid for by its military occupiers of 20 years.’ By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/10/21 ? Open Thread Thu Oct 21, 2021 19:00 | herb
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offsite link Prepare to Reintroduce Work from Home Guidelines, SAGE Tells Government Sat Oct 23, 2021 15:32 | Michael Curzon
SAGE has urged ministers to prepare for the ?rapid deployment? of restrictions, including the reintroduction of work from home rules, if cases reach a certain level.
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offsite link Hospital Appointments in Glasgow Being Cancelled to Reduce Road Traffic during COP26 Sat Oct 23, 2021 14:40 | Michael Curzon
Face-to-face hospital appointments in Glasgow are being cancelled or rescheduled to help free up roads for the upcoming U.N. climate change conference, COP26.
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offsite link More than a Million School Children in England Alone Face Heightened Covid Restrictions Sat Oct 23, 2021 11:41 | Michael Curzon
More than a million pupils at 3,250 schools in England face their education being burdened by further restrictions due to pressure from local councils which are fearful of rising 'case' numbers.
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offsite link As Infection Rates for Vaccinated Aged 40-79 Hit Double the Rates in the Unvaccinated, the U.K. Heal... Sat Oct 23, 2021 07:00 | Will Jones
Infection rates in the vaccinated are now more than double those in the unvaccinated for people aged 40-79, according to the latest UKHSA data. This week there is also a startling revelation about the vaccines.
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offsite link News Round-Up Sat Oct 23, 2021 00:25 | Michael Curzon
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link Rapprochement between USA and Saudi Arabia Fri Oct 22, 2021 18:15 | en

offsite link Bashar al-Assad is no longer objectionable Fri Oct 22, 2021 17:37 | en

offsite link Mali accuses France of training the terrorists it professes to fight Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:19 | en

offsite link The Western economic system is coming to an end, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Oct 19, 2021 08:58 | en

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Pope Visits Iraq Amidst COVID Crisis, Conflict, Soaring Poverty and Struggling Economy

category international | politics / elections | press release author Friday March 05, 2021 21:36author by Zachary Conti - Jubilee USA Report this post to the editors

Shia Muslim Leader and Pope to Meet

Pope Francis kicks off a 3-day Iraq tour and meetings with Muslim leaders, government officials and representatives of the country's dwindling Christian population.

Shia Muslim Leader and Pope to Meet

Pope Francis kicks off a 3-day Iraq tour and meetings with Muslim leaders, government officials and representatives of the country's dwindling Christian population. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Iraq saw poverty numbers climb to 37% and an estimated 11% contraction in its economy.

"Iraq was already struggling before the pandemic hit and now the suffering is even worse," stated the Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA Network, Eric LeCompte. LeCompte advises the Vatican and Catholic leaders on economic issues. "The coronavirus crisis for Iraq means poverty has doubled and the country can't make debt payments and also pay workers."

In February the International Monetary Fund reported the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant decline in the country's main revenue source, oil. Coupled with challenges of corruption, the Fund estimated the downturn of Iraq's 2020 economy by 11%.

"The Pope's visit brings hope as Iraq's people suffer from the pandemic, conflict, corruption, soaring food prices and increasing poverty," shared LeCompte. "Like too many countries, it will take Iraq's economy years to rebound to pre-pandemic levels. Iraq's pre-pandemic economy wasn't great and already had too much suffering."

The IMF forecasts that Iraq's debt will steadily rise through 2023 and could see pre-pandemic economic outputs in 2024.

On Saturday, Pope Francis travels to Iraq's holiest city, Najaf, to meet with Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani who leads Iraq's Shia Muslims.

"The meeting between Ayatollah Sistani and Pope Francis signifies the Pope's commitment to tackle world problems with people of all faiths," stated LeCompte whose organization is composed of multiple faith groups including Muslims, Jews and Christians. "The Pope took the name Francis after the famed St. Francis who met with the Muslim Sultan Malek al-Kamil in 1219. The meeting between St. Francis and Sultan al-Kamil is a symbol for Pope Francis of the critical importance of interfaith dialogue."

Iraq is the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham, an important figure for Jews, Muslims and Christians.

Read the IMF's recent report on Iraq here.

Related Link: https://www.jubileeusa.org/pr_pope_iraq_covid_poverty
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