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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’

  • “Greeks are withdrawing money from bank accounts ahead of elections amid fears the country may leave the euro, Greek banking officials say. The rate of cash outflows from Greek banks rose after parliamentary elections in May failed to give any party a mandate to govern.”
  • “The eurozone is preparing to bow to the will of the financial markets as leaders attempt to ease fears ahead of crucial elections in Greece this weekend. A draft of the text that will be discussed at the European Union summit later this month was leaked, showing national leaders are set to go ahead with a pan-European banking union and closer integration, the two areas where frightened investors have been clamouring for progress.”
  • “For years, military leaders have identified fossil fuel dependence as the greatest long-term threat to US national security — and not just dependence on foreign sources, but on all fossil fuels, period. The Pentagon has taken the lead in developing alternative fuels, an effort our military-industrial complex stands ready to support.”
  • “Egypt’s justice ministry has issued a decree allowing military police and intelligence officers to arrest civilians suspected of crimes, restoring some of the powers of the decades-old emergency law which expired just two weeks ago.”
  • “Hispanic communities across Arizona are preparing to carry out acts of non-violent resistance designed to protect themselves against what they fear is an imminent surge in police harassment against them, the Guardian has learned.”
  • “If you’ve ever seen large-scale deforestation, especially of the rainforest, and seen it close up when it’s just happened, you feel you’re in the aftermath of an armoured battle. The scale of the destruction stuns you: cleared ground which seems to be everywhere smoking, burning tree stumps flickering like huge candles. It feels as if some giant beast has torn off a great lump of the landscape and savagely consumed it, leaving bits of it bleeding behind.”
  • Prof Richard Wolff: Global Capitalism – June 2012 Monthly Update. “This monthly update features, in addition to our usual review of the last month’s major economic news (especially the election losses on June 5), a Report on the Mondragon Corporation in the Basque regoin of Spain.”

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