The coffee’s freshly ground, there’s a wide selection of teas and the sticky buns are homemade.

  • We may be able to create money via spreadsheet but we’re not gonna get fed that way. “A growing global food shortage has caused prices to double in recent years, and a growing consensus of scientists now blames climate change as one factor in an equation that includes a burgeoning population and increasingly scarce water supplies. More people around the planet are going hungry as a result.”
  • “Several countries have criticised Canada for formally withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.”
  • “The International Monetary Fund slashed its growth forecasts for Greece and warned that ever-deepening recession was making it harder for the debt-ridden country to meet the tough deficit reduction targets under its austerity programme.”
  • “Britain’s demands at last week’s European Union summit represented a “risk to the integrity of the internal market” which was impossible for other member states to accept, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said today.”
  • The BBC’s Katty Kay was joined by Zalmay Khalilzad, who formerly served as US ambassador to Iraq, to discuss this new chapter for Baghdad.
  • “A gang of 50 Jewish settlers and rightwing activists have broken into an army base near the Israeli settlement of Kedumim in the West bank, setting fire to tyres and hurling rocks at both Israeli soldiers and Palestinians.”
  • From Real News: Up to 25,000 protest a wave of restrictive voter ID laws passed in 14 states.
  • Alaa al-Aswany, giant of Egyptian life and letters, tells Robert Fisk how he joins the crowds in Tahrir Square, has written the revolution into his new novel – but resists making speeches.
  • Whopper of a Fish Tale: 4 Deer Caught by Charter Fishing Boat. If you’re on Facebook there are additional pix at the end of the article.

These next 2 items are long, intended for hard core news junkies.

  • Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. Scroll down to the end of the text for the audio.

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