Lech Walesa warns Poland over moves away from democracy, urges new election

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Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa, photographed November 14, 2015 in Barcelona, called for new elections in Poland on December 23, saying actions by Poland’s new conservative government have left him “ashamed to travel abroad” (AFP Photo/Josep Lago)

Warsaw (AFP) – Poland’s former president Lech Walesa lashed out Wednesday at the policies of the ruling conservatives, saying they were undermining democracy and making his country a laughing stock.

Walesa, who led the Solidarity movement that brought an end to communism in Poland, added his voice to an increasingly large chorus of criticism at home…

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Polish right-wing party accused of being “undemocratic”

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By Vanessa Gera
The associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — On the heels of electoral defeat four years ago, Polish right-wing party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski stood before supporters and declared that eventually victory would be theirs. “I am convinced the day is coming,” he told his followers, “when we will have Budapest in Warsaw.”

It was an expression of admiration for Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has consolidated power by weakening the judiciary, media and other institutions in a manner condemned by Western powers as undemocratic.

Now, with Kaczynski’s Law and Justice party back in power since last month, critics say he is making good on that promise that he made back in 2011, as the government is acting with huge speed to embark on a path reminiscent of that in Hungary.

On Tuesday the parliament, dominated by Law and Justice, approved controversial new legislation which will paralyze…

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Doctor guilty of unnecessary heart procedures and overbilling insurance blames Obamacare

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Persaud.jpgDr. Harry Persaud —  photo

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Westlake cardiologist was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after being found guilty at trial of performing dozens of unnecessary heart procedures and overbilling insurance companies.

Dr. Harry Persaud, in speaking to the judge before learning his fate, was defiant and maintained that he did not willingly hurt anybody. In more than 35 minutes of remarks, he said he can explain exactly why he took the steps he did with each patient.

“Differently doesn’t mean incorrect,” Persaud said, “and what’s the impetus for me to change if I’m getting good results?”

U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent was not swayed, though, and noted that panels of doctors “found you didn’t perform as well as you thought you did.”

Persaud, 56, performed dozens of unnecessary stent insertions, catheterizations and tests, and caused…

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