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’

  • “It’s the euro zone Jim, but not as we know it. Sixteen months after it joined the struggling currency bloc, Estonia is booming. The economy grew 7.6 percent last year, five times the euro-zone average.”
  • “Syria has declared as unwelcome the ambassadors of several Western states, a week after governments around the world expelled its top diplomats. The US, UK, French and Turkish envoys were among those designated “personae non gratae”. Many have already left.”
  • “Iran’s parliament has re-elected a conservative critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as speaker. Ali Larijani will serve for another year after beating Gholam Ali Haddad Adel by 177 votes to 89 in the Majlis.”
  • “The surge of anger against Egypt’s military establishment appears to be bubbling over tonight, with more mass rallies due to take place in city squares across the country and leading politicians calling for this month’s presidential election to be shelved.”
  • “One of the highest-profile prosecutions stemming from the Iraq war period is to go ahead after the US supreme court refused to dismiss manslaughter and weapons charges against four employees of the private security company Blackwater Worldwide.”
  • “China has warned foreign embassies to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a US Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in Beijing.”

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