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 leader of Greece’s left-wing Syriza bloc has said he will try to form a coalition based on tearing up the terms of the EU/IMF bailout deal. Alexis Tsipras, whose bloc came second in Sunday’s vote, said Greek voters had ‘clearly nullified the loan agreement’.”
  • TRNN: “People of Greece Shake Europe. Costas Lapavitsas: The growing strength of the left shows the Greek people are getting ready to leave the Eurozone.”
  • “As the partner of François Hollande, Valerie Trierweiler, the brand new Première Dame of France, moves her make-up bag into the Elycée Palace, I confess that already I’m smitten. Statuesque, self-accomplished and a strident feminist, Trierweiler fired a verbal grenade at her Paris Match colleagues over their recent front cover where she was belittled as ‘François Hollande’s Charming Asset’.”
  • “Centre-left and protest parties have made gains in Italy’s local elections, amid widespread discontent with the government’s austerity drive.”
  • “Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been given a passport for the first time in 24 years. Ms Suu Kyi has spent much of the past two decades under house arrest in Burma as a political prisoner.”
  • “The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a tax-exempt coalition of conservative state legislators and corporations that ‘acts as a stealth business lobbyist,’ has been subject to a steady stream of bad press and criticism in recent months. Critics have highlighted the group’s support for voter suppression, union busting efforts, environmental irresponsibility, harassment of immigrants, and ‘Shoot First’ laws.”
  • “There is a bizarre sort of déjà vu surrounding this presidential election campaign — and the feeling that history may be skipping the whole tragedy bit and jumping right to farce.”

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