22 Feb

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

For a change from the same old news stories from the same old news networks, here are links to English-edition online newspapers from other parts of the world. Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers, with an emphasis on the Middle East and Asia. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

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Apple v FBI: engineers would be ashamed to break their own encryption

Security engineers

Security engineers often take lower paying jobs because they are motivated by the quality of their work. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Among the secretive, almost religious community of expert security engineers, breaking your own encryption is seen as shameful and unholy

in San Francisco

Apple’s security team are a tight-knit tribe of hackers driven by a strict belief system and with almost unparalleled power around the company’s Cupertino campus, according to a former employee who worked closely with them.

“They’ll come into your office and just sit down with you and argue until they win, but they will always win,” said the engineer, who worked in a different department at Apple and who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They dressed the same as us, they’re just as fun to talk to, but they’re fierce. They know how much responsibility they have and how vulnerable it could be.”

Software engineers, especially those who work the deep foundational security code, like to see themselves as being driven by craft and art more than money. To break that security code – as the FBI has ordered Apple engineers to do this week – would not be just politically and commercially difficult for Apple but emotionally hard for engineers, according to former employees, a psychologist who specializes in engineer issues and leaders in the engineering community.

Engineers have a strong, almost religious belief system around their work. In this way of thinking, the FBI’s request is not just shortsighted and worldly but immoral…………..


  • Police say driver picked up fare between first and second shootings

  • Arrested suspect, 45, likely to appear in court on Monday

Kalamazoo county undersheriff Paul Matyas confirms a man has been arrested after the ‘random’ killing of seven people in Michigan on Saturday. A gunman drove through Kalamazoo shooting at people in the parking lots of an apartment complex, a car dealership, and a restaurant. Matyas describes the events as ‘your worst nightmare’ and says the authorities are hoping the suspect will disclose the reason for the attacks when interviewed

Police in Kalamazoo, Michigan arrested a suspect in the early hours of Sunday morning for a string of shootings that left six dead and two wounded in what law enforcement officials called a random act of mass murder.

Jeffrey Getting, the Kalamazoo County prosecutor, said the person in custody would appear in court as early as Monday afternoon, to face murder counts for each victim killed and assault charges for those wounded.

Officers identified the suspect as Jason Dalton, 45, who they said lives in Kalamazoo County and has no known criminal record. After his arrest, which occurred at 12.40am at a traffic stop, police recovered a semi-automatic handgun from his car.

On Sunday, Uber confirmed that the suspect was a driver who had passed a background check. The company’s chief security officer said Uber was “reaching out to police to help with their investigation in any way that we can”.

The shootings began around 6pm on Saturday with victims selected “at random”, police said. All three attacks took place in parking lots. A woman whom police believed was babysitting several children – they were unharmed – was shot multiple times outside the Meadows Townhomes residential complex in…………..

Director of Townhouse gallery, which was shut by authorities in December, says it is being allowed to reopen under strict legal restrictions

Visitors at a previous exhibition at Townhouse gallery

Visitors at a previous Townhouse exhibition. The gallery was closed on 29 December following a raid by more than 20 officials. Photograph: Marwa Morgan/Demotix/Corbis

The director of one of Egypt’s most respected art galleries has warned it faces unprecedented censorship as it seeks to reopen to the public next month after being shut down by the authorities in December.

William Wells, the director of Townhouse gallery, said staff were allowed to return last week, having been given two weeks to comply with new legal restrictions, some of which amounted to state control of its work.

The contemporary art gallery and the affiliated Rawabet theatre in downtown Cairo were closed on 29 December following a raid by more than 20 officials from the interior ministry’s censorship authority, the tax authority and the ministry of manpower, which found “administrative irregularities”………………

More than 250 professors at the former home of Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders sign petition, but university resists over tradition

The ‘universal and existential threat’ of climate change, the professors argued, should move the school to divest from coal, gas and oil companies.

The ‘universal and existential threat’ of climate change, the professors argued, should move the school to divest from coal, gas and oil companies. Photograph: Hasan Jamali/AP

More than 250 professors at the University of Chicago have called on the school to fight climate change by ridding itself of fossil fuel holdings – a gesture that would have exceptional resonance from the former home of Barack Obama and alma mater of current presidential contender Bernie Sanders.

In a symbolic show of solidarity with student activists, professors urged the elite private university to purge its $7.6bn endowment of coal, oil and gas companies, citing the “universal and existential” threat posed by climate change.

The petition, which was made available to the Guardian, was endorsed by professors from more than 50 departments, in all representing about 10% of faculty.

“We believe that profiting from these industries conflicts with the paramount social value of avoiding significant and permanent degradation of our planet that, if left unchecked, will adversely affect all of us, personally and as an institution,” the petition said.

Student leaders of the Stop Funding Climate Change campaign have been pressing the university to dump its fossil fuel holdings as part of the rapidly growing divestment movement.

Robert Zimmer, the university’s president, has said divestment is “unlikely”, citing the university’s tradition of political neutrality………….

US politics

Election 2016

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Winter is Trumping: Donald Trump edited into Game of Thrones – video

The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears in scenes from the HBO series Game Of Thrones in a mashup by the video editor Huw Parkinson, from the ABC’s Insiders program. In the video Trump says he will build a wall to restore ‘control’, complains about the Pope and promises to ‘bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding’

What happened in South Carolina and Nevada (in 60ish seconds) – video

The new south: how Republican Texas is changing its deep red hue

Opinion: Hillary Clinton needs hope and change. Can she accept that before it’s too late?

Trump wins in South Carolina as Clinton tops Sanders in Nevada – as it happened


Other parents might say they want their mediocre children to make the world a better place. But my girl is destined to do more than that, mostly for white people

“————But when talking to the rest of the whiter parts of country and scarier parts of the world, I want my daughter to thump her chest and brag of our country’s ability to effectively kill friends, family and neighbors of our enemies. I want her to say, while boasting of our really big guns and amazing drones: “It may take time, but we have long memories, and our reach has no limit.”……..”

african american girl on the phone

She can definitely handle any 3am phone call. Photograph: Eye Candy / Rex Features

I want my black American daughter to be president of the United States when she grows up – and to evade, at all costs, the question of whether a president of the United States of America can be morally just.

I want her to wear boring outfits and pay white people to march in front of cameras after the debates and tell everyone who will listen how well she performed in the debates, regardless of how well she actually performed in the debates.

I want her to say “we’re gonna build a wall” and “Oh, you’re a tough guy, Jeb” so many times that millions of lovely fed-up conservative white voters absolutely adore her.

I want my daughter to take the matter of reparations into her own gifted hands by telling these same conservative white voters how suspicious she is of Muslims, and of all those black folks who want our lives to matter and of Barack Obama (an alleged Muslim who supposedly wants our black lives to matter). Even if my daughter does not win, conservative white voters will bless my daughter with $54m dollars.

My daughter will have her reparations, one way or another.

I want her to lie and never take any responsibility for her role in domestic death and destruction and I want her to have a terrible inside voice like Bernie Sanders.

I want my daughter – who will have to be a devout Christian to be a viable black American presidential candidate – to never once self-critically call her foreign or domestic policy “radical Christian terrorism” while telling the country that “radical Islamic terrorists” and illegal immigration are a bigger threat to justice than housing segregation, abysmal funding for public education and a massive racial wealth gap that disproportionately affects black women.

I want her to say nothing about the engineered lack of healthy choices facing both Palestinians and poor black children in Mississippi.


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