May 2011, Week 4


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
May 22, 2011

'We've had long experience with American policy in the
region, and we don't trust Obama's call for change in
Syria. Only the Syrian people can impose change, not
the powers abroad.'

Abdel Majid Manjouni, head of the opposition
Socialist Democratic Arab Union Party in
Aleppo, Syria's second- largest city.

New York Times
May 19, 2011

Toon of the Day
In Good Hands
David Horsey - Seattle PI


Quote of the Day
May 23, 2011

'If you had told me a few months ago that thousands of
people would take to the streets to complain about our
political system,I would have found it hard to believe,
because it looked like we were an apathetic generation
that was incapable of responding to a crisis even when
it was destroying our jobs like a tsunami.the message
has surely gone through to politicians that they can't
just keep ignoring our frustrations and pretend that
nothing has changed.'

MarĂ­a Subinas,33, who had been in
the demonstrations in Madrid's
Puerta del Sol square for a week.
The protests, part of the nationwide
anti-austerity movement, are
expected to continue until at least
next Sunday.

New York Times
May 23, 2011

Toon of the Day
A Democracy
Jeff Danziger


Quote of the Day
May 25, 2011

'Perhaps the main value of the book and film is the
instruction they provide on the limits of mainstream
journalism in the decade that led up to the meltdown.
Sorkin, who rose to be a business editor at the Times,
covered Wall Street deal-making in exquisite detail,
relying on an access journalism that has often proved
deeply flawed in traditional business news coverage.
What was largely ignored as it was unfolding was the
story of the unbridled power of Wall Street financiers
over the political process that caused this tragedy for
so many tens of millions who have lost jobs and homes.'

Robert Scheer on the book
and HBO TV special "Too Big to

May 25, 2011

Toon of the Day
Global Warming Hoax
Tony Auth - Philadelphia Inquirer


Quote of the Day
May 25, 2011

'Worldwide, employment has still not recovered from the
2008 financial fiasco, and too few governments are
taking the jobs crisis seriously. The G8 and the G20
must lead the way to a surge in employment rather than
the narrow and destructive focus on spending cuts
which some countries are now following.'

International Trade Union Confederation General
Secretary Sharan Burrow

'The backlash against dictatorships in the Arab
countries arose out of the desperation of millions of
young people facing a lifetime of unemployment.  Many
other countries, including democracies, have massive
youth unemployment, and much wider social unrest is
just around the corner unless governments face up to
the task of job creation.'

Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC)
to the OECD General Secretary John Evans.

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
May 25, 2011

Toon of the Day
Wisconsin Cheese
Jeff Danziger


Quote of the Day
May 26, 2011

'It sends a strong signal to the president that the
U.S. House of Representatives and the American people
want change.'

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.,
following a vote just
short of a majority (204-215)
in the House of Representatives
calling for speedy withdrawal of
U.S forces from Afghanistan.

USA Today
May 26, 2011

Toon of the Day
Sacred Things
Tony Auth - Philadelphia Inquirer


Quote of the Day
May 27, 2011

'Saudi Arabia is flexing its financial and diplomatic
might across the Middle East in a wide-ranging bid to
contain the tide of change, shield fellow monarchs from
popular discontent and avert the overthrow of any more
leaders struggling to calm turbulent republics.'

Neil MacFarquhar
New York Times
May 27,2011

Toon of the Day
Jim Morin - Miami Herald


Quote of the Day
May 28, 2011

'The percentage of black men with jobs last month
dropped to its lowest point in 40 years. The situation
is worse for teens, worse again in the South and worst
of all in late May as graduates swell the job market.'

Washington Post
May 28, 2011

Toon of the Day
A Bigger Boat
Rob Rogers


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