Category Archives: World News

Update from ‘Z’ in Turkey: Strength Through Standing in Silence

Erdem Gunduz, the 'Standing Man', centre, shows the power in silence  in Taksim Square Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Erdem Gunduz, the ‘Standing Man’, centre, shows the power in silence in Taksim Square Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Stephen: Turkish reader ‘Z’ again bravely steps out from behind the fear to show how silence is indeed empowering.

By ‘Z’ – June 19, 2013

Dear Friends,

You might remember my latest update was posted late on Sunday night (Turkish Time) saying that Facebook arrests have begun and that I was advised not to post anything opposing the government and delete all my past updates. And a large group of us have done just that (not posted).

I woke up on Monday morning feeling furious! I was so mad at myself because I gave into FEAR the night before; one thing I preach people not to do and convince them that it is just an illusion.

So at 6 AM in the morning I wanted to write this note on my wall. But I chose to wait. Continue reading


Brazil – “We Have Woken Up”

brazil protests 3  There are three articles here; each telling the story from a differing viewpoint. Essentially, what started out in Brazil as a protest against an increase in bus fares – a 20 centavos increase (approx 9 cents CDN), which was seen as a huge increase to a poverty stricken people – became the straw that broke the camel’s back.

With the country spending billions to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup (and despite football being the national sport and Pele being a national hero), and even more preparing to host the 2016 Olympics, the protestors were further fueled by endemic government corruption, police brutality and graft, social-services cuts and wasteful spending. And it is these underlying issues that gave them the strength to carry on despite water cannons, rubber bullets and horses’ hooves flying. 

But what tickles me pink is the following statement from a citizen:  “And this year we rise. We have woken up. We are on the streets like in Turkey and Greece. They have made us wake up about this. …”  May we all “wake up” and use our mighty voice to make a difference.

Story 1 – Brazil Protesters Win U-turn on Fare Rises

By Jonathan Watts, The Guardian – June 19, 2013

Authorities in Brazil’s two biggest cities have made a U-turn on public transport fare increases in the face of mass protests that have overshadowed the country’s build up to next year’s World Cup.

In advance of major demonstrations on Thursday, the leaders of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro announced that bus and subway price rises will be rescinded, but it is far from certain that this will be enough to mollify public unrest. Continue reading

BusinessInsider – Joe Weisenthal – The Australian Dollar Gets Taken To The Blender – 20 June 2013

Brutal day for the Australian dollar.First it dived after the Fed’s hawkish press conference.Then just now it’s falling after that bad Chinese Flash PMI.


This is the perfect storm: Weakening demand for commodities from China, and a strengthening US dollar thanks to an improving US economy and monetary tightening.

BrianKelly’sBlog – Police Join Protesters During Massive Demonstration in Brazil – 20 June 2013

Police Join Protestors During Massive Demonstration in Brazil

June 19, 2013

I just want to thank everyone for their patience as I process and recoup from my trip to the desert. I’m working on a post with a bunch of photos and some back story to illustrate some of what we experienced out in the Sahara, so it’s taking a bit more time than I had anticipated. I’m finding it very difficult to put into words what you feel in your heart. One thing I will say is that this trip changed me in more ways than I could possibly describe. If even a small dose of what we experienced out there starts bleeding into the rest of humanity…boy oh boy are we all in for a wild ride! To be continued… Continue reading

John Ward – Global Looting : The Co-Op Crisis Deepens As Investor Haircut Goes Crewcut – 19 June 2013

John WardMutually Assured Destruction: an ethical bank knackered by two successive governments

Following Anna Raccoon’sCoOp/Labour exposé of last Sunday – and The Slog’s Monday suggestion that across-the-board UK political banking incompetence is rising up like a rake to smack Westminster deservedly in the face – both sites find themselves being vindicated as we hit Wednesday.

Blogosphere predictions are go for landing this morning as the full horror of MAD applied to the Co-op comes dribbling out from Westminster, Treasury and banking sources. I said on Monday that the official haircut estimate of a 30% haircut for the CoOp Innocents to the Slaughter was way on the low side, and yesterday afternoon the Telegraph confirmed this with a piece reporting how Moody’s expects ‘investors in these bonds to only be able to recover between 35pc and 65pc of their original investment, with the negative outlook indicating the risk that the final loss faced by investors may be greater.’ Continue reading

The BBC TV License Extortion Racket Exposed – 19 June 2013

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Brazil Burns – Protestors set Fire To Legislative Assembly in Rio de Janeiro BraziL. Police Firing At Protestors With Assault Rifles – 19 June 2013

InvestmentWatchAs many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption.

Brazil is under Siege: Protest in all Major Cities. Rio 100 thousands, Sao Paulo, 65 thousands. Brasilia, Capital: Congress was invaded.

Brazil riots: Tens of thousands of demonstrators march through city streets in widespread anger over gov’t corruption

“At this time, we are unsure on what is going on in Brazil, but the mainstream media isn’t reporting this. Something is up. All we have on this breaking news story is this photograph and the video of the protestors in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading