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Supporters and opponents of the US Health-care reform bill clash online

In this edition: Supporters and opponents of the US Health-care reform bill clash online; the web reacts to religious violence in Nigeria; and the world’s largest panoramic photograph.

USA: HEALTHCARE REFORM

In the US, the debate on health care reform is entering into its home stretch. The Bill which has already been passed by the senate is to be submitted to the House of Representatives in the next few days. Supporters and opponents of the reform are battling it on the web with last minute video clips.

The White House is the first to step into the breach. In this video, Barack Obama draws from his personal experience to stress the importance of the bill.

The American President has gathered significant support over the past few days. The president of The Catholic Health Association has pledged their support for the reform on their web site. By taking this stance they could convince conservative representatives to vote in favour of the bill.

These elected representatives balk at adopting a bill which authorises the reimbursement of abortions. This anti-abortion campaigner reiterates the argument and calls on web users to take urgent action by lobbying their representatives.

With just several days to go before the vote, opponents of the bill are extremely active on the web. This association of physicians recently posted a number of videos online, expressing their opposition to the reform. These doctors fear the government takeover of the health care system will threaten the doctor-patient relationship.

RELIGIOUS TENSIONS IN NIGERIA

Violence continues in Nigeria where the massacre of at least 13 Christians in the early hours of Wednesday morning close to the city of Jos, in central Nigeria, has sparked fears of a resurgence of violence between the different religious communities. The web reacts.

As these videos available on sharing sites show, these massacres follow a series of clashes between Muslims and Christians this year. Since January, over 500 people have been killed through violence in the region.

The author of this video describes these recurrent attacks as acts of terrorism. He believes it’s high time for the International community to intervene, to re-establish peace in the region and ensure the safety of all communities, something which the government has failed to do.

Meanwhile, some have decided to express their frustration with this growing insecurity. As these images show, Christian women have been organizing several demonstrations over the past few days, asking the authorities to protect all the communities and appealing for an end to the violence.

This online documentary is trying to make sense of these religious tensions, which seem to be largely due to conflict over the control of fertile land in the region, and also the fact that certain extremist members of the Muslim community wish to impose Islamic Law, the Sharia.

Finally calls for peace are multiplying on the web. This Nigerian man has composed a song urging Christians and Muslims to renew dialogue.
 

STUDY ONLINE

Provide teachers with a place to pool their lessons and homework, with just one stipulation: the sharing of experiences and know how. This is what “coursdeprofs.fr” hopes to achieve. The site is also available to students and covers all subjects and schedules from nursery school to secondary school. All the shared contents can be consulted in their entirety, free of charge. There is a fee however if you wish to download them.
 

PARIS 26 GIGAPIXELS

Here is the world’s largest panoramic image. The colossal project “Paris 26 Gigapixels” contains 26 billion pixels, giving it an exceptional quality. The City of Light will soon hold no secrets for web users who will be able to take a virtual tour of the French capital via the site. And for the more inquisitive among you, the project’s creators have hidden ten or so unusual scenes from the streets of Paris … Will you be able to find them?

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Pulling a cloth of a small table without moving the plates, glasses and cutlery is always impressive. But trying to do the same trick on a long banquet table, overloaded with decorations is an impossible feat, unless you have a motor bike. It’s an original way to demonstrate the power of a motorbike engine and is in fact a viral campaign launched by a famous German car manufacturer.


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