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Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

  • “It’s getting hard even for the bulls to pretend something isn’t off about China’s breakneck growth story. On the one hand, as everyone knows, China’s GDP is said to have expanded by an incredible average 10 percent per year for 30 years, according to the IMF, bringing millions of people out of poverty, and making it the second largest economy in the world behind America’s.”
  • “Japan has restarted the first nuclear reactor since the meltdown at the Fukushima power plant last year. Hundreds gathered near the plant in the town of Ohi to protest against the move, which has divided public opinion.”
  • “Barring a last minute legal reprieve, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will be forced to turn away patients starting Monday, a move it says will push some vulnerable women into the hands of backstreet operators.”
  • “Hundreds of thousands of people marched for hours in searing heat on Sunday to express their frustration with how Hong Kong is run, in the latest phase of a crisis of governance in the former British colony. Whistles, drums, horns and loud chanting went on into the night as a determined core of demonstrators marched on the 15th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule.”
  • “Something remarkable happened, or rather, didn’t happen, in the middle of Mexico’s June 10 presidential debate when the three leading candidates were asked to share their views on foreign policy. Not a single one — not even leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — used the opportunity to question the two pillars of the US-Mexico relationship: free trade and the shared fight against Mexico’s drug cartels.”
  • “There may be a ‘very powerful’ case for an EU referendum if member states agree a closer union, says William Hague. The foreign secretary said the time to decide would come when it was clear how Europe would develop after the eurozone crisis.”
  • “A fierce row has broken out over a controversial plan to drive a road through pristine Amazon rainforest, imperilling the future of some of the world’s last uncontacted tribes.”
  • Robert Fisk: “President Morsi, a rigged ballot and a fox’s tale that has all of Cairo abuzz”
  • “By staking out a policy line on Iran reflecting the views of the Israeli national security leadership, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz has undercut the Benjamin Netanyahu government’s carefully planned strategy to get U.S. President Barack Obama to threaten war against Iran if it doesn’t give up its nuclear programme.”
  • Prof Richard Wolff’s weekly Economic Update: “Updates on ‘university is not a business,’ attacking public workforces, and Stockton, CA bankruptcy. Major discussion: learning from history of capitalism’s instability and crises. Questions answered on banks, Federal Reserve and the philosophy of labor.”

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