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 ground is shifting in Europe’s debt crisis. The edifice of economic austerity built under the guidance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is starting to wobble.”
  • “Tens of thousands of people have descended on streets across the world to mark International Workers’ Day. Colourful protests organised by trades unions and left-wing parties across Asia shared the theme of better pay and conditions, and denunciations of government policy, as living costs increase in fast-growing economies.”
  • “Scientists working on a new generation of genetically modified crops have sent an open letter to anti-GM protesters pleading with them not to destroy “years of work” by attacking their research plots.”
  • “The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has told supporters she will not vote for either of the two candidates in Sunday’s presidential runoff. The head of the Front National said she had no confidence in Nicolas Sarkozy or the Socialist challenger, François Hollande, and would cast a blank vote.”
  • “Washington and Beijing are scrambling to reach an agreement about the fate of Chen Guangcheng, the blind lawyer who fled house arrest last week, and is now reportedly in US custody.”
  • “Gunfire continues to be heard in Bamako, Mali’s capital, despite junta leaders saying their soldiers have defeated a countercoup.”

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