When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, also known as the ‘Bishop of Corum’

  • “The human cost of the US government’s clandestine drone strikes strategy, including the deaths of young children in Pakistan and Yemen, will be highlighted this weekend as campaigners attempt to challenge domestic support for the Obama administration’s controversial policy.”
  • “A prominent Cambodian anti-logging activist who helped expose a secretive state sell-off of national parks has been killed in a remote southwestern province, police have said.”
  • “Up to 70 people have been killed in an attack on a house in Hama, according to Syrian activists. They said several houses in the Masha at-Tayyar district in southern Hama were destroyed by a big explosion. State media said 16 people died in the blast in a house used as a bomb factory by ‘armed terrorist groups’.”
  • “Five people have been arrested in a drug money laundering case in Venezuela, and there is suspicion opposition politicians are involved in the scheme.”
  • “Advisers to News Corporation shareholders say they are ‘deeply troubled’ by the performances of Rupert and James Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry into media ethics.”
  • “Last year, Rupert Murdoch struck a contrite note to UK lawmakers over the phone-hacking scandal involving his newspapers. He told them it was his ‘most humble’ day.”
  • Robert Fisk: “‘He needs multiple surgery outside Iraq. It’s a dysfunctional problem. He has no hearing in his left ear. They told me he has to be six before they can remove cartilage from his chest wall to put in his ear. All operations have to be outside Iraq to beautify the ear and give him his hearing’.”
  • “This week, Chinese netizens celebrated the news that 20 local party cadres in the tiny, restive hamlet of Wukan had been punished for embezzling public funds and brokering illegal land deals.”
  • “The bid of Jean-Luc Melenchon for the French presidency, while ultimately unsuccessful, has given the Left Front, an alliance of far-left parties, massive visibility in France. The Left Front‘s candidate won fewer votes than was widely expected, after opinion polls suggested he could sway as many as 16 or 17 per cent of voters.”
  • “Up to 40,000 Norwegians gathered in Oslo yesterday to sing a peace song derided by Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman on trial for the murder of 77 people, a protest organisers said showed he had not broken their tolerant society.”

The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.