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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 International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the UK’s continuing economic weakness means authorities should consider more quantitative easing (QE) and even cutting interest rates. Its annual look at the UK economy endorsed the government’s deficit cutting plan, saying it was essential.”
  • “Europe’s leaders meet on Wednesday for crisis talks to rescue the euro amid a warning from the west’s leading economic thinktank that persisting with strict austerity programmes risks a vicious circle that could derail the tentative recovery in the global economy.”
  • “French President Francois Hollande thinks he’s found a solution to the euro zone crisis: the name’s Bonds. Euro bonds. But Angela Merkel’s still playing Dr. No.”
  • “On Monday, May 21, the streets in front of Boeing’s corporate headquarters (HQ) were eerily similar to those in other countries where Boeing operates its defense business: bodies lying immobile on the ground, armed law enforcement ready to bring out reinforcements and the constant shuttering of media paraphernalia.”
  • “Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of of Koch Industries, are known as big spenders when it comes to lobbying and influencing public policy. Now, a new document filed with the IRS reveals how the Koch political machine funneled over $54.5 million in previously undisclosed funds to a litany of front groups designed to smear Democrats.”
  • “Hardly a week after a US Army antidrug squad in Honduras made the front-page of The New York Times, America’s Special Forces appear to have sunken into trouble in the jungle. Allegations of a botched raid — inluding reports of innocent casualties — have riled up the locals and sparked an outcry for the ‘gringos’ to go home.”
  • “Debilitating power cuts in Burma have pushed hundreds of protesters out on to the streets in the biggest public demonstrations since the Saffron Revolution five years ago. Several members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party have reportedly been detained.”
  • “For Americans, the calculation is worrisome. Thailand is the United States’ second-largest supplier of foreign seafood. Of America’s total seafood imports, one out of every six pounds comes from the Southeast Asian nation. The accounts of ex-slaves, Thai fishing syndicates, officials, exporters and anti-trafficking case workers, gathered by GlobalPost in a three-month investigation, illuminate an opaque offshore supply chain enmeshed in slavery.”

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

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