“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’
- “Cyprus appears to be edging closer to a bailout, with the central bank governor saying that the country will seek European Union aid if necessary. The comments by Panicos Demetriades, made in an interview with the Financial Times, echo remarks on Friday by president Demetris Christofias.”
- “The US government is in possession of 250,000 pages of documents relating to the transmission of state secrets to whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which it is refusing to disclose to defence lawyers representing the alleged source of the leaks, Bradley Manning.”
- “After being held captive in the jungle for 33 days, French reporter Romeo Langlois stresses the importance of covering an armed conflict he laments has been ‘very, very forgotten.’ Little did he know, his saga would put Colombia’s decades-old battle back on the map. Nor could he have predicted the FARC would make him a messenger for an appeal for international help brokering an end to the conflict.”
- “When a member of the hacker group Anonymous in February posted online the email addresses and passwords of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian President, his wife Asma al-Assad, and countless other senior figures in the regime, it won plaudits worldwide. But it didn’t much impress Telecomix, a rival ‘hacktivist’ group that takes itself altogether more seriously.”
- “Thousands of abortion rights demonstrators staged the largest protest yet in Istanbul against plans by Turkey’s government to curb abortion, which critics say will amount to a virtual ban. Al Jazeera Turk said that the nearly 4,000 strong crowd of mostly women took part in the rally in the city’s Kadikoy district on Sunday.”
- Prof Richard Wolff’s weekly Economic Update: “Updates on grim US employment data released June 1, how Europe experiences global capitalist crisis differently in Greece, Spain and Germany, and how ‘parental leave’ in US jobs lags all other advanced countries. Interview Dr Harriet Fraad on fast increase of US adults living alone: causes and consequences economically and psychologically. Responses to questions on Spain, US student debt, economic collapse.”
- “Mubarak Verdict Sparks Nationwide Protests. Tens of thousands of Egyptians retake Tahrir Square after the surprise verdict of their former President and key regime figures. Activists are calling for the reoccupation of Tahrir in a last push before the contested presidential elections to remove the military junta.”
- “Obama’s and Brennan’s ‘Kill List.’ Ray McGovern: It is a moral and legal impossibility to square “kill lists” for extrajudicial killing with traditional legal and moral American values.”
- “Occupy Wall Street bangs pots and pans with students in Quebec. Occupy Wall Street activists took to the streets of New York to march for affordable education and against police repression, in solidarity with the massive, ongoing student uprising taking place in Quebec and now spreading across the world.”
“Alexander Cassie: Bomber pilot who helped forge false papers for ‘The Great Escape'” 96 years old. Not. Too. Shabby. Rest In Peace, Flight Lieutenant Cassie.
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.