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26 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.

Some of the available newspapers:

Asia & CIS

www.newscentralasia.com/

China

english.peopledaily.com.cn/home.html

China & Hong Kong

www.scmp.com/news

France

www.france24.com/en/france/

Israel

www.haaretz.com/

Norway

www.newsinenglish.no/category/news/

Palestine

english.pnn.ps/

Russia

english.pravda.ru/

Ukraine

www.ukrainianjournal.com/

 

Homeless ordered to vacate camp they were pressured into before Super Bowl

Now declared a public health hazard, the 21st-century Hooverville under a highway overpass became a symbol of San Francisco’s gaping inequality

‘If it was my front yard, I wouldn’t want to see this either. But you can’t keep running your problem from this side of town to another side of town. You have to just deal with it where it is,’ said a part-time bartender who is homeless.

‘If it was my front yard, I wouldn’t want to see this either. But you can’t keep running your problem from this side of town to another side of town. You have to just deal with it where it is,’ said a part-time bartender who is homeless. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP

Residents have been ordered to vacate the San Francisco homeless encampment under a highway overpass after police and public workers pressured the city’s homeless to relocate there from areas of the city slated for Super Bowl 50 festivities.

The 21st-century Hooverville became a symbol of the city’s gaping inequality in the run-up to and throughout the week of star-studded Super Bowl festivities in February, rekindling long-running controversies over how the city should address the needs of its nearly 7,000 homeless residents.

Then on 23 February, less than three weeks after the championship game, the San Francisco department of public health declared the encampments on several blocks of Division Street a public health hazard due to “accumulation of garbage, human feces, hypodermic needles, urine odors and other insanitary conditions”. Homeless residents were ordered to leave within 72 hours.

“Conditions where multiple tents are congregated have become unsafe,” director of health Barbara Garcia said in a statement. “People are living without access to running water, bathrooms, trash disposal or safe heating or cooking facilities.”

Cities all along the west coast are struggling to cope with large homeless populations. California, Oregon and Washington state account for 26% of the nation’s homeless, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On Thursday, the LA Times reported that city officials had begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people, citing safety concerns with the informal structures. In Portland, Oregon, city officials are…………….

Kansas workplace shooting: gunman kills three before being shot dead

  • Rampage at multiple Hesston locations, including Excel Industries
  • Sheriff said shooter was an employee of Excel, but did not identify him
Police vehicles line the road after reports of a shooting at an office in Hesston, Kansas.

Police vehicles line the road after reports of a shooting at an office in Hesston, Kansas. Photograph: KWCH-TV/via AP

A gunman killed three people in a workplace shooting in Hesston, Kansas on Thursday afternoon, before being shot dead by an officer, the local sherrif said.

The shooting rampage, which also left 14 people injured, happened at multiple locations, including Excel Industries, a manufacturer of turf care products in Harvey County, 35 miles north of Wichita, Sheriff T Walton told reporters at early evening news conferences.

Walton said the shooter was an employee of Excel but declined to identify him or say how long he had worked for the company.

“Gunfire was exchanged … and law enforcement shot and killed the shooter,” Walton said. “The shooter was actively firing at any target … This is a horrible situation – just terrible, terrible.”

The officer who killed the gunman “saved a whole lot of lives,” he added.

Walton said there may be as many as “five crime scenes”, noting that one person was shot while driving, another was shot in a parking lot and that police eventually responded to an “active shooter” situation inside Excel Industries.

“There’s so many crime scenes and so many people,” Walton said, adding: “I understand how hard it is for everybody … I don’t have a lot of answers … There are a lot of shot victims.”……………….

Never too young: Iowa house passes bill to let children of all ages handle guns

‘We do not need a militia of toddlers,’ says lawmaker of draft law allowing under-14s to have ‘a pistol, revolver or the ammunition’ under parental supervision

A proponent of the draft law said: ‘Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a gun commands is one of the most important things you can do.’

A proponent of the draft law said: ‘Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a gun commands is one of the most important things you can do.’ Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

A bill that allows children of all ages to handle guns passed Iowa’s house of representatives on Tuesday.

Approved by a 62-36 vote, the bill permits children under the age of 14 to have “a pistol, revolver or the ammunition” while under parental supervision. The bill will now head to the state senate.

“It’s our impression that most, and probably all, states allow minors to possess firearms with parental supervision,” Allison Anderman, staff attorney for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said. “If there are age limitations on possession with parental supervision, they vary by state.”

We do not need a militia of toddlers

State representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt

State representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt, who opposes the bill, said it “allows for one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, four-year-olds to operate handguns”, according to CBS-affiliate KCCI. She added: “We do not need a militia of toddlers.”……………

Apple accuses FBI of violating constitutional rights in iPhone battle

FBI’s ‘unprecedented’ request violates free speech law, Apple argues in first legal response to order that it must provide access to San Bernardino shooter’s phone

The 36-page legal brief is Apple’s formal rebuttal to a federal court order to write and sign software that would make it easier for investigators to open a phone used by the San Bernardino gunman.

The 36-page legal brief is Apple’s formal rebuttal to a federal court order to write and sign software that would make it easier for investigators to open a phone used by the San Bernardino gunman. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Apple’s lawyers believe forcing America’s largest company to help the government crack open one of its iPhones would violate the US constitution and be a misinterpretation of a 227-year-old law.

The 36-page legal brief, submitted on 25 February, is Apple’s first formal rebuttal to a court order to write and sign software that would make it easier for investigators to open a phone used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook, who, with his wife Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 and wounded 22 on 2 December.

The tech firm’s attorneys argue the government seeks “a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe.”

Facebook and Twitter will join a supporting brief; Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith told the house judiciary committee on Thursday that his company would do the same, indicating that tech companies were coalescing around support for Apple despite extensive outreach by senior Obama administration officials earlier this year. “The industry is aligned and working on a joint submission to the court,” said an industry representative………………

US politics

Election 2016

 

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Brian Sandoval withdraws name from being considered for supreme court seat

Opinion

Trump’s victories aren’t mysterious if you understand why people are angry.

The Republican frontrunner often complains that he’s been dismissed by the media. But it’s not him that the pundits are contemptuous of; it’s his supporters

Donald Trump’s victory in the Nevada Republican caucus wasn’t even a close one; he reportedly led in practically every demographic (and listed them in his victory speech). Evangelicals, young, old, Hispanics, the highly educated and “the poorly educated” they all loved him on Tuesday night.

Hispanics? Yes, even Hispanics, even after that line about “drugs and rapists”.

And though establishment toffs like to issue signifying snorts about Trump voters being predominantly “poorly educated”, in the minutes after the caucus even CNN started to come around to the most elusive explanation: Trump’s popularity isn’t about his supporters’ education, their religion or the policies they’d like to see enacted. Trump is popular because of his supporters’ anger.

Anger isn’t something that Beltway pundits recognize, let alone understand because everyone employed in media or in politics in and around Washington DC is pretty well off. Even ink-stained wretches pull down five-figures – and, unlike everywhere else in America, since journalism is built on documenting nonsense, there’s some real job security in documenting Washington. Television people fare even better, because TV money is stupid money. Thinktank malefactors reap great sums from the aggrieved heartland or from industries looking to build a canon of falsified data, and Congress and the attendant lobbying is a helluva racket.

Anger is pretty easy to miss when it’s something pretty difficult to feel. When you sit at the center of the world and are unlikely to ever lack for the basic materials of self-sufficiency, the idea of blind, gnawing resentment – let alone of feeding that resentment even with irrational aims – is ineluctably beyond your ken.

It’s harder still to understand that there are millions of people in America whose ambitions for a life of steadily improving conditions cratered sometime around nine years ago and have never recovered. If you can hardly imagine that you could follow the Horatio Alger script to the letter and still find yourself sinking in quicksand, you’re never going to understand why someone would be so contemptuous of the pieties of a system that only pays attention to you when doing soft-focus interviews in search of a journalism award or a campaign………….

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