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Pope Francis To Meet Argentinian Nobel Winner, As Questions Linger About Dictatorship



VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis will meet Argentinian Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, the Vatican confirmed late Wednesday, as questions linger about the new pontiff's role during Argentina's military dictatorship.

Pérez Esquivel, who won the 1980 Peace Prize for his defense of Human Rights during the dictatorship, will meet with the new Argentine pontiff on Thursday, says Clarín.

Since he was elected Pope last week, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires has come under renewed fire about longstanding allegations that he did not do enough to counter the Argentinian military dictatorship in the late 1970s and early 1980s -- accusations the Vatican has vigorously denied.

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Pérez Esquivel. Photo by Marcello Casal Jr. / Agência Brasil

Soon after Bergoglio was elected, Pérez Esquivel stated that the new Pope hadn't been involved with the military regime in Argentina, reports Buenos Aires based La Nacion.

In a statement to BBC Mundo, Pérez Esquivel said that during the dictatorship some bishops were involved with the regime, but Bergoglio was not. He then went on to reiterate on his official Twitter page, though he did not necessarily given him a ringing endorsement either:

“I don't consider Bergoglio an accomplice of the dictatorship, but I believe he lacked the courage to accompany our fight for Human Rights.”

No considero a Bergoglio cómplice d la dictadura, pero creo q le faltó coraje para acompañar nuestra lucha x los DDHH adolfoperezesquivel.org/?p=3000

— A. Pérez Esquivel (@PrensaPEsquivel) March 14, 2013

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"Every Day Counts" — How The U.S. Shutdown Melodrama Looks In Ukraine

Congress and President Biden averted a shutdown, but thanks to a temporary deal that doesn't include new aid for Ukraine's war effort. An analysis from Kyiv about what it means, in both the short and long-term.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky) and US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat of New York) in the Ohio Clock Corridor in the Capitol.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky) and US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat of New York) in the Ohio Clock Corridor in the Capitol.

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KYIV — The good news for President Joe Biden, a steadfast supporter of Ukraine, is that the United States managed to avoid a federal shutdown this weekend after both House and Senate agreed on a short-term funding deal.

With a bipartisan agreement that cut out the extreme wing of the Republican party, the U.S. Congress managed to agree on a budget for the next 45 days, until November 17.

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The bad news, however, is that the budget excludes any new aid for Ukraine. On top of that, there remains a looming possibility that by year-end, the U.S. may face a full-blown government shutdown that could dry up any further funding support for Kyiv as Americans focus on domestic priorities.

The problem, though, runs deeper than mere spending issues. The root cause lies in significant shifts within the U.S. political landscape over the past two decades that has allowed radical factions within both parties to emerge, taking extreme left and far-right positions.

This political turmoil has direct implications for Ukraine's security. Notably, it was the radical wing of the Republican Party that successfully removed a provision for over $6 billion in security assistance for Ukraine from the temporary budget estimate.

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