28 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


China & Hong Kong











KKK rally in California erupts into vicious brawl: ‘All hell broke loose’

Counter-protesters surround Klansmen dressed in shirts decorated with Klan cross and Confederate flag patches and holding ‘White Lives Matter’ signs


One KKK member stabbed a counter-protester with the decorative end of a flag pole, setting off the violence where three people were stabbed, one critically, and two were assaulted. Photograph: Eric Hood/AP

Dozens of protesters who heard about a planned Ku Klux Klan rally were waiting by a Southern California park when six people pulled up in a black SUV. They were dressed in black shirts decorated with the Klan cross and Confederate flag patches and took out signs that read “White Lives Matter”.

Witness video show the Klansmen were quickly surrounded Saturday afternoon by the counter-protesters who shouted at them. Someone smashed the SUV’s window. One KKK member stabbed a counter-protester with the decorative end of a flag pole, setting off a vicious brawl where three people were stabbed, one critically, and two were assaulted.

“I got stabbed,” a man is then heard screaming, lifting his T-shirt to show a wound to his stomach. A fire hydrant where the man briefly sat was covered in blood.

One police sergeant saw another Klan member with a knife in his hand and a counter-protester bleeding nearby, Anaheim police sergeant Daron Wyatt said. The sergeant took the KKK member into custody. Meanwhile, counter-protesters stomped on two KKK members, he said.

“All hell broke loose,” said Brian Levin, director of California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and………………


Coalition of 400 companies fight Georgia’s proposed religious liberty bill

One major company is already leaving the state over the law, which would allow individuals and organizations to discriminate against same-sex couples

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A ‘prayer rally’ in support of the proposed law, led by Evangelist Rev Franklin Graham, in Atlanta on 10 February 2016. Photograph: Bob Andres/AP

A coalition of more than 400 companies are openly opposing a Georgia religious liberty bill that is rapidly heading toward passage, with at least one major company already leaving the state over the proposal.

The proposed law would allow both individuals and organizations to refuse to conduct business with or otherwise discriminate against anyone whose marriage they find counters their religious beliefs. It also protects individuals from existing nondiscrimination laws in Atlanta and elsewhere.

A similar bill was dismissed last year, but the speed at which this year’s version, the “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA), is moving has raised serious concerns among state lawmakers, business owners, the faith community and activists.

The bill passed both the House and, in a different form, the Senate this month. The most recent version bars the government from taking “adverse action” against a person or faith-based organization that “believes, speaks, or acts in accordance” with the religious belief that “marriage should only be between a man and a woman”.

Telecom startup 373k announced it would to relocate from Decatur, Georgia, to Nevada immediately after the Georgia senate voted in favor of the measure last week.

“I don’t want to be in a state where it is hard to attract the best talent,” said founder Kelvin Williams, who is gay……….


President Rouhani set for emphatic vote of confidence in Iran elections

Reformist partners also secured surprise gains in parliament in early results that could accelerate the country’s emergence from years of isolation

Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, earned an emphatic vote of confidence and reformist partners secured surprise gains in parliament in early results from elections that could accelerate the Islamic Republic’s emergence from years of isolation.

While gains by moderates and reformists in Friday’s polls were most evident in the capital, Tehran, the sheer scale of the advances there suggests a legislature more friendly to the pragmatist Rouhani has emerged as a distinct possibility………………..


Anti-government protesters rally for ‘free and open Poland’

Tens of thousands turn out to condemn leader Jarosaw Kaczyski and voice support for ex-president Lech Walesa

Tens of thousands of Poles chanting “We will defend democracy” and “Lech Wa??sa” rallied on Saturday in Warsaw to protest against moves by Poland’s three-month-old conservative government which they say undermine freedoms and the constitution.

The march was organised by the Committee for the Defence of Democracy, which was formed in November in reaction to moves by the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) that have essentially paralysed the constitutional tribunal, preventing it from acting as a check on new government legislation.

“We want a free and open Poland … a Poland where there is room for everyone,” said the head of committee, Mateusz Kijowski.

Warsaw city hall estimated that 80,000 people gathered in the cold, waving flags and banners and listening to speeches that condemned the government.

Many people held up images of Wa??sa, the former Solidarity leader and ex-president who has faced revived allegations that he was a communist-era secret police informer in the 1970s, before he founded Solidarity, the freedom movement which eventually helped to topple communism.

Wasa’s supporters accuse the ruling party of trying to destroy his reputation for political gain. Wa??sa is a longtime foe of Law and Justice leader Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski…..


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Can the government force you to unlock your own phone?

As the fifth amendment says, no person shall be compelled to be a witness against him or herself. But technology muddies the waters

A demonstrator holds up her iPad during a rally in support of data privacy in Los Angeles, 23 Feb 2016.

A demonstrator holds up her iPad during a rally in support of data privacy in Los Angeles earlier this week. Photograph: Zuma Wire/Rex Shutterstock

Apple and the FBI continue to battle over unlocking the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone. A further question, though, separate from the immediate case, is certain to impact future cases: what if the gunman was still alive and available?

More broadly, what if the government wants access to your phone and you refuse to cooperate? If Apple maintains its current position, your cooperation (as the phone’s owner) may be the only means of accessing the phone’s contents. But what if you refuse?

Can the government force you to unlock your phone?

The answer largely hinges on how we interpret the US constitution’s fifth amendment. The amendment provides that “No person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” This line is the famous “right to remain silent”. But, according to the courts, this right only protects communications that are “testimonial” – that is, communications or actions that somehow disclose the contents of your mind. This interpretation is why a defendant cannot plead the fifth when forced to provide a blood sample or a sample of handwriting; these results of compulsion do not count as testimonial.

Ironically, then, the government can force you to unlock your iPhone through fingerprint recognition, because fingerprints are not testimonial. But what if your phone has a passcode? Keying in the code is of course a physical act, but it is an act guided by knowledge. Because this act reveals the contents of your mind, it is arguably testimonial and is protected under the fifth amendment.

As a parallel, courts have used the analogy that the government can compel you to provide a physical key that unlocks a safe, but it cannot force you to divulge the safe’s combination.

There is, however, a complication: Under the “foregone conclusion” doctrine, the government can compel disclosure even of testimonial information if authorities are already aware of the “existence and location” of the information sought, according to the supreme court. In that special situation, the government isn’t forcing you to disclose new information; it is instead simply demanding that you surrender already-identified evidence. However, the courts created this doctrine years ago in cases where the information was not lodged in technologically sophisticated evidence but instead was embedded in, for example, bank records. Courts are now divided on how to apply this doctrine to new technology…………………



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