“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’
- “Two days before the country is set to elect a new president, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled that the Islamist-dominated parliament must be dissolved and that former regime figures must be allowed to hold political office, effectively approving the candidacy of presidential hopeful and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.” I wonder how much money the US promised this bunch of corrupt Supremes.
- “The [British] Supreme Court has dismissed a bid by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.”
- “Spain’s borrowing costs have risen to another euro-era record, with lenders demanding a higher interest rate. The yield on benchmark 10-year bonds hit 7% in early trade, a level which many analysts believe is unsustainable in the long term. It later fell back slightly.”
- “As Greeks prepare to vote in the most important election in their history in two days’ time, people in Athens fear they are facing a future full of uncertainty, poverty and violence. Well-publicised crimes help create an atmosphere of violence as the wealthy and vulnerable immigrants alike come under attack.”
- TRNN: “Greeks Face a Momentous Decision. Costas Lapavitsas: If Syriza wins coming elections and does not fulfill its promises, face up to leaving the Euro, it will open a path for far right.”
- “Any foreign investment in Burma must help the progress of democracy, the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said during her first visit to Europe in almost 25 years.”
- TRNN: “Hundreds Rally to Fight for Philadelphia Public Schools. Philadelphia communities outraged by austerity and school privatization.”
- “It’s been a rough stretch for the few companies that dare to do business on both sides of the Florida Straits. Though US officials sometimes play down the economic impact of American trade sanctions against Cuba, several multinational firms in recent weeks have seen their commercial ties to Havana bring new headaches, political heat and hefty legal fees.”
- CurrentTV: “Sister Campbell: We can’t be silent in the face of real suffering.”
- “On the campaign trail, Ollanta Humala vowed that as president he would not sacrifice rural communities to mining and oil companies that wanted to dig and drill on their lands. The leftist candidate even pushed for a recall of then President Alan Garcia, blaming his refusal to listen to Andean and Amazonian villagers for triggering deadly clashes between police and protesters.”
- “Cougars are recolonising the mid-western United States, according to scientists, reversing 100 years of decline. The population of big cats, also known as American mountain lions, has rocketed in these states, from less than a hundred in 1990 to about 30,000 today.”
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.