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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’

  • “The leader of Greece’s far-left Syriza bloc, Alexis Tsipras, has abandoned his efforts to form a governing coalition. Mr Tsipras said he had failed to reach agreement with mainstream parties because of his insistence on rejecting austerity measures demanded by the EU and IMF as part of a bailout deal.”
  • “The eurozone’s rescue fund has decided to hold back 1bn euros ($1.3bn; £800m) of its latest instalment of its bailout to Greece. This comes after a majority of Greeks voted against the political parties that supported the country’s bailouts and the austerity they have imposed.”
  • “In today’s Wall Street Journal, journalist Charles Forelle has an excellent analysis of the grim options facing the euro zone and Greece, since Sunday’s elections piled political crisis on top of its debt crisis.”
  • “Troubled Spanish lender Bankia is to be partly nationalised, the central bank has confirmed. Bankia, which holds 32bn euros (£25.7bn) in distressed property assets and whose boss has resigned, will have a 4.47bn-euro loan by the Spanish bailout fund converted into shares.”
  • “An ultra-conservative thinktank has suffered a mass exodus of corporate donors after running an ad campaign comparing climate change believers to a serial killer.”
  • “Police in New York City disproportionately stop black and Latino people even in low-crime areas, leading to a “two-tiered” policing system that divides along racial lines, according to civil rights campaigners.”
  • “Two Southern Californian police officers have been ordered to stand trial for the death of a mentally ill homeless man following a violent arrest last summer.”

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

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