Peru: Hundreds shelter in church after clashes with police over destruction of Amazon

Independent Catholic News

By: Dan Bergin

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Alberto Pizango pic: CAFOD

Up to  a thousand indigenous people, including women and children, have  taken refuge in  a  Catholic church in the Bagua Grande area, 1,400km  north of the Peruvian capital Lima,  after  violent clashes with security forces left more than 50 dead, and 150 wounded on Thursday and Friday.  There were 70 arrests. The BBC report that new arrivals are being cheered by crowds of local people outside, many of whom are donating food and clothing. Continue reading Peru: Hundreds shelter in church after clashes with police over destruction of Amazon

Break the banks, for the good of the people

The Age – Australia

 Joseph Stiglitz

WITH all the talk of “green shoots” of economic recovery, America’s banks are resisting efforts to regulate them. While politicians talk about their commitment to regulatory reform to prevent a recurrence of the crisis, this is one area where the devil really is in the details — and the banks will muster what muscle they have left to ensure that they have ample room to continue as they have in the past.  Continue reading Break the banks, for the good of the people