- “The economy of the eurozone will contract in 2012, according to the latest forecast from the European Commission. The executive body of the European Union says that the 17 members of the currency bloc will shrink by 0.3 per cent in 2012, having forecast an expansion of 0.5 per cent in November.”
- TRNN: On the Brink: Fiscal Austerity Threatens a Global Recession. Dr. Heiner Flassbeck, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD: European austerity policies past the point of no return, driving global economy towards deep and lengthy recession.”
- “The UN has accused the Syrian regime of ‘crimes against humanity‘ – including the use of snipers against small children – and has drawn up a list of senior officials who should face investigation, reportedly including President Bashar al-Assad. The UN report was delivered as two journalists injured in the attack that killed Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Rémi Ochlik issued dramatic appeals to be evacuated from the besieged city of Homs, where they are trapped.”
- “The French journalist who was wounded in an attack on the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday has asked to be evacuated from Syria quickly. Edith Bouvier was injured in the attack that killed journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in the Baba Amr suburb.”
- “News International closed off the first wave of phone-hacking claims last night by reaching a settlement with Charlotte Church – but was immediately told by a High Court judge that a trial date for the second wave of claimants will be set next week.”
- “Is the end nigh for the world’s longest-running civil war, a conflict still simmering in Burma’s landmine-studded eastern hills? Despite reports to the contrary, the answer appears to be no.”
- “Tensions are high across the Tibetan plateau, an area that spans a quarter of China. At least 21 monks and nuns have set themselves on fire in protest of China’s rule over the last year. GlobalPost takes you to ethnically Tibetan parts of China, where the mood may be quiet but each self-immolation reverberates.”
- Amy Goodman: “‘The president is wrong.’ So says one of the newly appointed co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.”
- Robert Fisk: “‘The uprisings here…’ Cat Stevens (or Yusuf Stevens or Yusuf Islam or whatever) began. And the Lebanese audience went as wild as the wild world. They chorused his name. They stood and shouted and clapped. That one word ‘uprisings’ had not a magical effect but a cathartic one, perhaps a kind of drug; it touched everyone. Yusuf Stevens or Yusuf Islam – you’ll have to get used to this – stood on the Beirut stage in front of more than a thousand Lebanese. He was scarcely an hour’s drive from the Syrian border, an hour and a half from Damascus. No one needed the message spelled out.”
- “World leaders have pledged to boost support for measures to fight piracy, terrorism and political instability in Somalia, after a meeting in London. The conference agreed a seven-point plan promising more humanitarian aid, support for African Union peacekeepers and better international co-ordination.”
- “Thousands marched in cities across Canada earlier this month to remember missing and murdered women, just as new questions are arising over the police’s failure to catch one of the country’s most notorious serial killers.” I wonder how much effort the heat would have put into these cases had the women been from the “upper crust.”
- “According to a new report, some types of birds on the East Coast of North America are adjusting their migration patterns in order to adjust to climate change. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said that rising temperatures due to climate change have forced some birds to change their migration schedule by up to six days, while others were not affected at all, reported Bloomberg.”
- “Occupy 4 Prisoners – Rally at Wells Fargo in Harlem, NY”
- “Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine.” (23 minutes) Howard Zinn would be proud.
Whew, man, that’s a load. Coffee’s (or tea) on the house. Try the Blue Dragon or Sumatra. What? No, I’m not makin’ you a milkshake at 8 in the morning. Go back over there and tell your mother to stop laughin’.
I did notice the kind words yesterday. Thank you very much.
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.