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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’

  • “François Hollande has won the presidency of France, turning the tide on a rightwards and xenophobic lurch in European politics and vowing to transform Europe’s handling of the economic crisis by fighting back against German-led austerity measures.”
  • “Greece’s future in the eurozone was thrown into serious doubt last night as voters punished the main parties in an election marked by anger over austerity measures and uncertainty over whether a new coalition will be possible.”
  • “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for an early general election in four months’ time. The vote is expected to take place in September, a year before he is required by law to seek a new mandate.”
  • “It’s been called a ‘race to the bottom.’ The hyper-accelerated movement of capital, jobs and resources from the world’s international corporations — manufacturing, agriculture, service — to the lowest bidder. GlobalPost explores the human cost of such a race in an era of diminished expectations, broken promises and sleight of hand between governments, employers, unions and their workers.”
  • “A former leading general close to Burma’s former dictator Than Shwe has reportedly given up his position in the Burmese government amid talk of a battle between reformers and hardliners.”
  • “Diageo, one of the world’s largest drinks companies, has announced it will no longer fund the Heartland Institute, a rightwing US thinktank which briefly ran a billboard campaign this week comparing people concerned about climate change to mass murderers and terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Charles Manson and Ted Kaczynski.”
  • “Since World War II’s end, anti-colonial revolutions, communist takeovers and other conflicts have come and gone in Southeast Asia. But one has outlasted them all: war between Myanmar’s army and the jungle-dwelling Karen ethnic group.”


WBAI-FM New York is conducting a month-long fundraiser and Prof Wolff’s weekly Economic Update is on hiatus for the next couple weeks. He’s doing his monthly update at the Brecht Forum tomorrow evening and I’ll link to that when he puts it up on his site.

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

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