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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’

Today is the 42nd anniversary of the shootings at Kent State.

  • “The European Central Bank (ECB) head, Mario Draghi, has said that governments must push growth – but not at the expense of bringing down deficits. ‘We have to put growth back at the centre of the agenda,’ said Mr Draghi.”
  • Amy Goodman: “Why we must ‘follow the money’ of 2012’s political ad spend.”
  • “It started, as many days do in Greece, with a trip to the kiosk to buy cigarettes. Still half-asleep, Panayiotis Roumeliotis was surprised to be asked to show his identity card by two young men with shaved heads. It was his first direct contact with the vigilante groups that have become a feature of everyday life in some areas of the Greek capital. ‘They were calling themselves the residents association but they were just fasistakia (little fascists),’ said the 28-year-old.”
  • “Centrist leader Francois Bayrou has announced his support for Socialist candidate Francois Hollande in Sunday’s presidential election. Mr Bayrou came fifth in the first round of voting, taking 9.1% of the vote.”
  • “Bolivia has joined Argentina in announcing new plans to take back an energy company owned by a Spanish firm. However, there’s no connection between the moves. At least, that’s what the reeling Spanish government is telling itself, The Associated Press reports.”
  • “The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will go into the next general election with a virtually unassailable lead amid reports that it will be brought forward a year to September.”
  • “With the backing of both liberals and conservative ‘Salafist’ Muslims, an unlikely front-runner has emerged in Egypt’s crucial presidential race.”
  • “With global demand for natural resources increasing year on year, some of the world’s poorest communities are having to fight hard to protect their environment and way of life. When protests and direct action do not work, many will try and get redress through the courts.”
  • “King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has ratified amendments to Bahrain’s constitution, with the monarch-led government hoping the new measures will defuse turmoil in the strategic Gulf state. Opposition groups dismissed the extra powers given to parliament on Thursday as not enough, describing the moves as merely symbolic.”
  • Why do they hate us? That’s the central question Egyptian American writer Mona Eltahawy asks in her latest article, which addresses the roots of misogyny in the Arab world.”

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

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