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DSK Sins Again: Strauss-Kahn Turns Lobbyist For Big Tobacco

PARIS — Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund whose sexual exploits cost him a shot at the French presidency, has been working as a lobbyist in France for cigarette maker Philip Morris,Le Journal du Dimanche reports.

The French weekly cites anonymous sources linked to the U.S. tobacco giant who say Strauss-Kahn (DSK) has helped the company try to convince French lawmakers to reject a proposed law that would introduce generic cigarette packaging. DSK organized a meeting between the head of Philip Morris France and a figure close to the center-left government two months ago.

DSK has spent the past four years successfully fighting criminal charges both in the U.S. and France linked to his outsized sexual appetite. Though he hit Twitter for the first time last June and raised eyebrows when it emerged that he was consulting for Russian banks and Serbian hardliners, the former French Finance Minister has kept a mostly low professional profile.

Le Journal du Dimanche quoted a DSK friend as saying that the former politician doesn't sign contracts with the French "to avoid any polemics," though the work for Philip Morris France could have been arranged in other ways.

DSK is himself not a regular cigarette smoker, though he has been known to occasionally enjoy a pipe.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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