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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
2021/10/21 18:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

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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.
The post Prepare to Reintroduce Work from Home Guidelines, SAGE Tells Government appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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.
The post Hospital Appointments in Glasgow Being Cancelled to Reduce Road Traffic during COP26 appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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.
The post More than a Million School Children in England Alone Face Heightened Covid Restrictions appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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.
The post As Infection Rates for Vaccinated Aged 40-79 Hit Double the Rates in the Unvaccinated, the U.K. Health Security Agency Suggests that Vaccines May Hobble the Immune Response on Infection appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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

offsite link Apple intends to rummage through your smartphone ... without your knowledge Sun Oct 17, 2021 17:03 | en

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international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday October 13, 2021 15:25 by Comms Manager, olivia@jubileeusa.org
The IMF World Economic Outlook report lowered economic growth projections for wealthy and poor countries. The IMF forecasts 5.9% global economic growth. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday October 05, 2021 14:17 by Jubilee USA Network
An investigation into more than 11 million private financial documents show hundreds of public officials in 90 nations using schemes to hide wealth offshore and avoid taxes. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released the Pandora Papers in partnership with the Washington Post and 600 journalists in 116 countries. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday July 09, 2021 14:44 by Comms Manager, olivia@jubileeusa.org
G20 finance ministers begin two-day meetings in Italy on Friday on COVID response, economic recovery, vaccines, debt relief and global tax agreements. More than 265 groups signed a letter organized by Jubilee USA urging the G20 to act on debt relief, aid and COVID healthcare for developing countries. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday June 29, 2021 21:56 by Olivia Engling
The International Monetary Fund approved a debt relief process for Sudan, according to the country's finance ministry. The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, a debt relief process created in the early 2000s, will wipe out 85% of Sudan's debt, reducing debt from $50 billion to $8 billion. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday June 09, 2021 19:45 by Olivia Engling
The World Trade Organization began a process that could make it easier for poor countries to produce or procure COVID-19 vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies hold vaccine patents and WTO action is necessary to waive the patents. Less than 2% of coronavirus vaccines reached poor countries. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday June 01, 2021 18:38 by Olivia Engling   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 01, 2021 21:05)
Heads of the primary global financial, trade and health institutions urged government leaders to finance a $50 billion vaccine plan to end the pandemic. “A two-track pandemic is developing, with richer countries having access and poorer ones being left behind,” shared IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank President David Malpass, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and World Trade Organization Director General Nkozi Okonjo-Iweala in a joint statement. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday May 21, 2021 15:08 by Zachary Conti
As worldwide COVID cases peak, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva unveiled a $50 billion proposal to support vaccinations of 60% of the world's population. During a G20 and European Commission summit, Georgieva argued the global vaccine investment would end the pandemic and spur $9 trillion in economic gains by 2025. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday April 23, 2021 19:43 by Zachary Conti
The United Nations convened on COVID response and development needs for vulnerable, small island and landlocked countries. The President of the Economic and Social Council, Pakistan Ambassador Munir Akram organized the high-level event to focus on countries struggling with specific disadvantages from the crisis. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Thursday April 22, 2021 22:35 by Zachary Conti
Financial decisions play a critical role in solving climate change, advocated Treasury Secretary Yellen during a US-hosted climate summit. More than 40 world leaders are attending the two-day virtual gathering convened by President Biden. Biden announced a new US target to halve fossil fuel emissions by 2030 and eliminate them by 2050. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday April 09, 2021 17:49 by Zachary Conti
The Development Committee, a ministerial-level consensus building and policymaking body for the World Bank and the IMF, met as part of the Spring IMF and World Bank Meetings. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday April 06, 2021 17:49 by Zachary Conti   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 07, 2021 16:01)
The IMF warns that rising US interest rates could impact the ability of developing countries to pay debt, leading to prolonged economic crisis. The warning comes ahead of IMF, G20 and World Bank meetings, with the Fund's release of the Global Financial Stability Report. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday April 06, 2021 15:08 by Zachary Conti
"The pandemic will reverse the progress made since the 1990s in reducing global poverty and will increase inequality," states the IMF in its flagship World Economic Outlook report. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday April 02, 2021 15:06 by Zachary Conti
Treasury notified Congress of its support for $650 billion in IMF global reserves, also known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), to assist developing countries struggling with the coronavirus crisis. US law requires a ninety-day advance alert to Congress before the US votes for SDRs with the IMF board. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday March 30, 2021 16:16 by Zachary Conti
International Monetary Fund head Kristalina Georgieva warned of an uncertain global recovery as the world struggles with the COVID spurred economic crisis. The IMF Managing Director stated concern that average incomes in developing countries faced drops of 20% and 11% in advanced economies. "This loss of income means millions of people will face destitution, homelessness, and hunger," reported Georgieva during her curtain raiser speech ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday February 26, 2021 21:19 by Zachary Conti
G20 finance ministers met Friday to discuss global coronavirus response. The group endorsed continuing stimulus plans in wealthy countries and supporting plans to increase aid and vaccine access for developing countries. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Thursday February 25, 2021 21:11 by Zachary Conti
A UN experts report offers 14 recommendations to stop the loss of trillions in public revenues. The UN group argues that money lost to transnational crime, corruption and tax avoidance could be used to address the pandemic, poverty and climate change. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday February 24, 2021 21:27 by Zachary Conti
More than 215 organizations sent a letter to the G20 and IMF to issue $3 trillion in global reserves, known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). Spanning the globe, the signers argue that SDRs will help countries suffering from the coronavirus crisis and, "send a strong signal of renewed multilateral coordination..." read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Monday January 25, 2021 14:20 by Zachary Conti
World leaders, including Pope Francis, UN General Secretary António Guterres and the IMF's Kristalina Georgieva, gather for a high-level climate summit hosted by the Netherlands through Tuesday. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / news report Friday November 13, 2020 14:20 by Zachary Conti
G20 finance ministers held an extraordinary meeting and announced further plans on debt reduction for developing countries affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday October 14, 2020 22:00 by Zach Conti
G20 finance ministers agreed to extend debt payment relief for the 73 poorest countries and, in principle, to have a common framework to cancel debts. The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met on global COVID-19 response plans ahead of the Annual IMF and World Bank Meetings. read full story / add a comment
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