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Forget feathers and beads: At Basel’s carnival Fasnacht, it’s all about politics

Forget feathers and beads: At Basel's carnival Fasnacht, it's all about politics New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Venice: All play host to the annual glittering, colorful, and wild extravaganza known as Carnival. But in Basel, Switzerland, the world’s only Protestant masque, celebrations take on a new twist – they get…

Kucinich: Afghanistan is ‘spy versus spy carnival of corruption’

In the wake of new revelations by the New York Times of CIA support for a corrupt Afghan official, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) accused the United States of turning Afghanistan into a “spy versus spy versus spy carnival of corruption.” “We are paying all sides to fight all sides and…

Stewart: No winning in GOP health care ‘carnival game’

For the past year, Republicans’ demands for supporting health care reform have been a moving target. Jon Stewart has a simple question for the so-called party of no: “What the fuck do you really want?” Republican leaders called for health care reforms negotiations to be televised but changed their tune…

Study: Haiti quake devastation worse than 2004 tsunami

The scale of devastation in Haiti is far worse than in Asia after the 2004 tsunami, a study said Tuesday, predicting last month’s quake could be the most destructive disaster in modern history. The stark assessment from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) comes with Port-au-Prince still lying in ruins more…

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