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 euro has made gains against the dollar and the yen as markets react to the eurozone deal aimed at shoring up Spain’s troubled banks. In early Asian trading on Monday the euro bought $1.2647 and 100.73 yen, up from $1.2514 and 99.49 yen in New York on Friday.”
  • “The Swiss investment bank UBS may have lost as much as $350m (£226m) during Facebook’s flawed flotation last month, according to reports. In a statement the bank acknowledged making losses on the initial public offering (IPO) but declined to specify how much. The reported figure is 10 times higher than earlier estimates.”
  • “The opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) has elected a Kurdish activist as its new president. Abdelbaset Sayda was chosen to replace Burhan Ghalioun, who has held the post since the group was established last September, at a meeting in Istanbul.”
  • “President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and their allies are set for a majority following the first round of voting in French legislative elections, exit polls suggest. The Socialists appear tied with the right-wing UMP party on about 35% of the vote, but the support of Green allies gives them closer to 40%.”
  • “With new French President François Hollande fast becoming the country’s least exciting man, it’s little wonder that an inexperienced young politician is stealing headlines ahead of parliamentary elections this weekend.”
  • “One of the two Greek female politicians assaulted last week on live television by an MP from a far-right party has said the attack reveals the true nature of Greece’s Golden Dawn movement.”
  • “Egyptian liberals have walked out of a meeting to select members of a panel to write the country’s new constitution, charging Islamists of trying to take seats allocated for secular parties. The walkout on Sunday could throw the writing of the constitution, which would lay out the powers of the presidency, into further disarray at a time when uncertainties mar both the course of the presidential runoff election on June 16 and 17 and the legality of parliament.”
  • Robert Fisk: “Posters of martyrs in the market place say it all – and more are on the way”
  • “President Francois Hollande has announced France will start pulling its troops out of Afghanistan next month. Hollande made the comments just hours after the Taliban killed four French soldiers, wounding five others, reported the BBC.”

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