“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’
- “Concern over the eurozone debt crisis has continued to weigh on financial markets. The euro fell for the sixth day against the US dollar, to $1.2688, as an interim Greek government was sworn in to steer the debt-ridden country into repeat elections in June.”
- “The two main figures in what promises to be Greece’s most electric election in living memory were on a collision course on Thursday, with one predicting ‘hell’ if Athens adheres to EU-mandated austerity and the other forecasting a ‘nightmare’ if the nation abandons reforms and gives up the euro.”
- “Ratings agency Moody’s has cut the credit ratings of 16 Spanish banks, a further blow to a country that is struggling to deal with the bad debts of its banking sector. It also cut the debt rating on Santander UK, a subsidiary of the Spanish banking giant.”
- CurrentTV: “Why JPMorgan’s big loss matters to anyone with a bank account”
- “France’s new government has held its first cabinet meeting and announced a 30% pay cut for President Francois Hollande and all his ministers. A campaign promise, the cut reduces Mr Hollande’s monthly salary from 21,300 euros to 14,910 (£12,000; $19,000).”
- “French president François Hollande will move to avoid an international row over his controversial election pledge to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year when he meets Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, according to western officials.”
- “Officials in Honduras say inmates have taken control of a prison in the city of San Pedro Sula. At least one person was killed and 10 injured when prisoners opened fire on each other on Wednesday.”
- TRNN: “Honduran President Lobo Given Leadership in International Relations Award at CHLI Gala. Right wing CHLI started by same Cuban American politicians who backed the 2009 Honduran coup and subsequent fraudulent elections that brought Lobo to power.”
- “Vetting procedures for Afghan security personnel in Helmand are being tightened after the killing of two members of the British forces by policemen, The Independent has learnt.”
- “The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it would ease some restrictions on investment and trade in Myanmar in order to encourage business development, according to the Associated Press.”
- TRNN: “Israeli Police Target Activists as Social Protests Restart. Last Summer’s J14 movement against the high cost of living in Israel organized first major demo of the year, police targeted leaders.”
- “Dissident Chen Guangcheng says he and his family have completed passport applications and officials say they should be ready within 15 days.”
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.
Note: I have to drop Maste off at the vet so he can have a number of rotten teeth removed. Don’t blow the place up and stay out of the vegan chili, it’s for later.