New Events

International

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link RTE bias complaint

offsite link Fergus Finlay and the maternity hospital ‘gotcha’ trap Anthony

offsite link Irish Examiner and fake news Anthony

offsite link Labour Party: The unvarnished truth Anthony

offsite link Humanity: Zero chance of survival Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link Nadine Dorries? Online Safety Bill ?Highly Damaging to Free Speech?, says Lord Frost Mon Jun 27, 2022 18:00 | Toby Young
Lord Frost is one of three ex-Cabinet ministers who've warned of the threat the Online Safety Bill poses to free speech. "A Conservative Government should not be putting this... in to law," he says.
The post Nadine Dorries? Online Safety Bill ?Highly Damaging to Free Speech?, says Lord Frost appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Red Pill vs Blue Pill; ?Conspiracy? vs ?Common Sense?; Delingpole vs Young Mon Jun 27, 2022 16:06 | Dr James Alexander
Toby Young is the 'blue pill' of common sense scepticism to James Delingpole's 'red pill' which spies conspiracies behind world events. Both are needed to challenge the complacent authorities, says Dr James Alexander.
The post Red Pill vs Blue Pill; ‘Conspiracy’ vs ‘Common Sense’; Delingpole vs Young appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Journalism Professor Gives Tips on How to Trick Sceptics into Supporting Climate Alarmism Mon Jun 27, 2022 12:08 | Chris Morrison
An American journalism professor has offered tips on how to present climate change news in ways which trick global warming sceptics into unwittingly supporting the alarmist cause.
The post Journalism Professor Gives Tips on How to Trick Sceptics into Supporting Climate Alarmism appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link An Interview with Matt Ridley Mon Jun 27, 2022 08:58 | Noah Carl
Does the virus have a natural origin or did it leak from a lab? Will a new investigation settle the debate? Read our exclusive interview with Matt Ridley, co-author of 'Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19?.
The post An Interview with Matt Ridley appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Serious Heart Inflammation 44 Times Higher After Covid Vaccination, Nature Study Finds Mon Jun 27, 2022 07:00 | Will Jones
The risk of being hospitalised with heart inflammation is up to 44 times higher following Covid vaccination, a study in Nature has found.
The post Serious Heart Inflammation 44 Times Higher After Covid Vaccination, Nature Study Finds appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link Alain Benajam passed away Sun Jun 26, 2022 18:18 | en

offsite link Russia to provide Belarus with Iskander-M missiles Sun Jun 26, 2022 18:01 | en

offsite link Zelensky to replace head of SBU Sat Jun 25, 2022 19:07 | en

offsite link USAID and State Department refuse scrutiny of Afghan file Sat Jun 25, 2022 17:43 | en

offsite link London bans Russia's participation in OSCE forum Fri Jun 24, 2022 06:50 | en

Voltaire Network >>

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
© 2001-2022 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy