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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’

  • “Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras has accused the EU and German Chancellor Angela Merkel of ‘playing poker with European people’s lives’ by insisting on austerity measures.”
  • “An American tax exile living in the Cayman Islands has emerged as a winner from the chaos engulfing Greece, even as the political and economic turmoil in the beleaguered nation deepened yesterday, with Athens putting a senior judge in charge of an emergency government to lead it to fresh elections.”
  • “The Bank of England has cut its growth forecast for this year to 0.8% from 1.2%, saying the eurozone “storm” is still the main threat to UK recovery.”
  • “The Federal Reserve is worried about the impact on the US economy if government spending is cut sharply. ‘The possibility of a sharp fiscal tightening in the United States was also considered a sizable risk’, the US central bank said in the minutes of its April meeting.”
  • “A controversial US-Colombia free trade pact kicked off Tuesday with a bang. While pretty Colombian flowers were the symbolic first product to enter the US under the budding trade deal, Colombians in the capital of Bogota were rocked by a nasty bomb explosion — horrifying news for the South American country.”
  • TRNN: “Egyptians Watch First Ever Presidential Debate. The airing of the first presidential debate in the nation’s history packed the coffee shops of downtown Cairo as Egyptians gathered to watch the two frontrunners trade barbs.”
  • “When Barack Obama came out in support of gay marriage earlier this month, there were many who heralded it as a turning point in the history of equal rights. Symbolism plays a major part in the struggle for acceptance. Just as John F Kennedy finally adopted the cause of the civil rights movement, the gay rights lobby can now claim that the White House is officially on side (even if it suspects Mr Obama had been so privately for a long time).”
  • “In what may be the first unplanned arrests during the NATO week of action, two activists were arrested after protesters from an action at the headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took the streets in downtown Chicago Tuesday. Along with two immigrant rights protesters arrested at a planned civil disobedience action earlier at ICE, it brings the total arrests on Tuesday to four.”
  • “A Time Warner shareholder has accused the Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman of using a press tour for the film Dolphin Tale to forward his own political agenda rather than promote the movie.” WATB

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