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offsite link Anglo-Zionism and the Confederation of Europe Tue Feb 07, 2023 19:13 | The Saker
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offsite link Martin Kulldorff, Jay Bhattacharya and Colleagues Demand a Full Inquiry into America?s Disastrous Co... Tue Feb 07, 2023 17:01 | Will Jones
A major new statement from Martin Kulldorff, Jay Bhattacharya and colleagues sets out in detail the many questions that need to be asked and answered by those responsible for America's disastrous Covid response.
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offsite link Government Refuses to Investigate What?s Behind the Thousands of Excess Deaths Tue Feb 07, 2023 13:00 | Dr Carl Heneghan and Dr Tom Jefferson
Excess deaths have been running high all year but despite repeated calls to investigate what's behind the thousands of extra deaths the Government has now stated it refuses do so.
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offsite link More Support For Liz Truss?s Contention That Market Turmoil Following Mini-Budget was Partly Due to ... Tue Feb 07, 2023 11:35 | Toby Young
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offsite link The Data That Show Lockdowns Are Deadly Tue Feb 07, 2023 09:00 | Nick Rendell
The data from the first wave in spring 2020 show a considerable number of deaths not linked to Covid ? a sign that the pandemic response was killing people, says Nick Rendell.
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offsite link RFK Jr Sues BBC and Big Media Companies for Hobbling Online Rivals Via ?Trusted News Initiative? Tue Feb 07, 2023 07:00 | Chris Morrison
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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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