“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’
- “World leaders are resuming talks at the G20 summit in Mexico after a day of tense words over Europe’s debt crisis. On the second and last day of the summit, they are expected to release a statement declaring unity over efforts to create jobs and boost growth.”
- “Angela Merkel is poised to allow the eurozone’s €750bn (£605bn) bailout fund to buy up the bonds of crisis-hit governments in a desperate effort to drive down borrowing costs for Spain and Italy and prevent the single currency from imploding.”
- “The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sought political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, sparking a new crisis in the tortured history of his extradition to Sweden. Assange walked into the embassy in Knightsbridge and asked for asylum under the UN human rights declaration. He said: ‘I can confirm I arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy and sought diplomatic sanctuary and political asylum’.”
- “The celebrated US author Alice Walker has refused to allow a new Israeli edition of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, in protest at what she calls Israel’s policy of ‘apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people’.”
- “An Israeli air strike has killed two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip near the border, drawing the first Hamas cross-border rocket barrages in more than a year. Palestinian medical officials said the two men killed on Tuesday were civilians. The Israeli military said aircraft “targeted a terrorist squad identified handling an explosive device” in the central Gaza Strip near Israel’s border fence.”
- “Earlier this month, Mexico beat Brazil in a soccer match seen as a friendly warm-up for World Cup qualifying games. Off the field, though, the countries are ajockeying to outdo one nother as Latin America’s economic powerhouse, and it isn’t always so friendly.”
- GlobalPost video: “Can first-time voters swing Mexico’s election?“
- “Hosni Mubarak, the deposed Egyptian leader, has been revived and is on an artificial respirator after he suffered stroke, sources in the interior ministry and from his family told Al Jazeera. A lawyer for Mubarak’s family told Al Jazeera he was actually unconscious and on a respirator after he was rushed to Maadi Hospital near Cairo from Tora prison hospital.”
- “The first-ever congressional hearing on the use of solitary confinement in US prisons has begun in Washington.”
- “Diana Reeves was furious when her state legislators caved into threats by Monsanto to sue the state of Connecticut if it passed a GMO labeling law. Lawmakers effectively told Connecticut’s voters, who had clearly expressed overwhelming support for GMO labeling, ‘oh well’.”
- TRNN: “Growing National Movement Against ‘High Stakes’ Public School Testing. New York parents and students say testing mania obstructs learning and hands money to private companies.”
Marx in the Morning. Yesterday I linked to Amazon for Prof Wolff’s book, Occupy the Economy. The book is published by City Lights of San Francisco and if you’d prefer not to use Amazon, go to City Lights.
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.