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Bill Moyers: Republicans stalked Obamacare ‘like Jack The Ripper’

The criticism surrounding the Affordable Care Act did not come out of nowhere, Bill Moyers argued in a commentary on Friday, nor is it without historical precedent. “This happened back in the thirties, after Congress passed Social Security, but failed to sufficiently fund the board that was supposed to run…

Kosovo elections hold a key to Serbia’s bid to join E.U.

Key local elections in Kosovo on Sunday will be closely watched for the turnout of its minority Serb population and is seen as a vital step in Serbia’s bid to join the European Union. Kosovo, the territory which sparked a war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian rebels in 1998-1999,…

Brazilian police and protesters clash over forced evictions in Sao Paulo

Some 100 demonstrators protesting the forced eviction of squatters clashed with police in Sao Paulo Friday in a fresh outbreak of violence in Brazil’s biggest city. A police spokeswoman said the disturbances erupted in a shantytown of northeastern Sao Paulo over the clearance of lands illegally occupied by squatters. Demonstrators…

‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’s’ show suspended by his network

Controversial Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s host television channel suspended his programme on Friday, a week after he returned from a four-month break and fired barbs at the country’s military. Youssef, known as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” after modelling his Al-Bernameg (The Programme) on the US comedian’s popular satirical news programme, had…

Venezuelan Pres. Maduro accuses Twitter of attacking his account

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has accused Twitter of attacking his account and those of several cabinet officials as part of a right-wing plot. Maduro said late Thursday that the alleged attack was conducted in concert with social networks to provoke unrest and suspend upcoming December 8 municipal elections. Communications Minister…

NHL star’s kidnapping arrest shocks Russian hockey circles

The arrest in the United States of ice hockey star Semyon Varlamov on assault charges prompted shock and disbelief on Friday in Russia, where he is seen as key to the national team’s performance at the February Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 25-year-old Russian was arrested in Denver and freed…

Only six Americans enrolled in ‘Obamacare’ on first day

Just six people managed enrol in Obamacare on day one of the health plan’s troubled rollout, documents released by Republican lawmakers showed, in a new embarrassment for the White House. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa released a document from a meeting on October 2, the day…

Biden and Kerry urge Senate to go slow on sanctions against Iran

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other top administration officials met with senior Democrats in a bid to persuade the Senate to hold off on new Iran sanctions, his office said Friday. With Washington negotiating with Tehran’s new leadership over the Islamic republic’s nuclear drive, Biden sought to press pause…

Noam Chomsky warns Canada’s shale gas energy plans will have dire consequences

Canada’s rush to exploit its tar sands and shale gas resources will destroy the environment “as fast as possible”, according to Noam Chomsky. In an interview with the Guardian, the linguist and author criticised the energy policies of the Canadian government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He said: “It means…

School ordered black student dressed as Jesus to remove his costume because it offended ‘religious sensibilities’

Marshon Sanders, a high school student in Highland Park, Illinois, was removed from class and ordered to change out of his Halloween costume after some in the school complained it was offensive. Sanders, an African-American, was dressed as Jesus. “I wanted to be Jesus because I just got baptized and…

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