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29 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/

 

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Iranian elections deal blow to hardliners as reformists make gains

Early results show supporters of Hassan Rouhani sweeping Tehran in strong vote of confidence for moderate agenda

Iranian women hold up their inked fingers and ballots in Tehran as they vote in parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.

Iranian women hold up their inked fingers and ballots in Tehran as they vote in the parliamentary elections.
Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

Hardliners in Iran have been dealt a humiliating blow after reformist-backed candidates in Friday’s hard-fought elections appeared on course for a sweeping victory in Tehran, with a combination of moderates and independents sympathetic to President Hassan Rouhani leading in provinces.

A coalition of candidates supported by the reformists, dubbed “the list of hope”, is likely to take all of the capital’s 30 parliamentary seats, according to the latest tally released by the interior ministry, in surprising results seen as a strong vote of confidence in Rouhani’s moderate agenda. Mohammad Reza Aref, a committed reformist who has a degree from Stanford University in the US, is at the top of the list.

Preliminary results for the Assembly of Experts, which is responsible for appointing the next supreme leader, showed Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key Rouhani ally, leading the race. Elections to the assembly are usually a lacklustre event but have attracted huge attention this time because of the age of the current leader, 76-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Khamenei and Rafsanjani, a prominent pragmatist who was not allowed to run for president in 2013, have been at odds in recent years……………

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French authorities begin clearance of part of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp

Police reportedly arrived at 7am and told residents they must leave within an hour or face arrest

Jungle camp Calais

Part of the old “Jungle” camp pictured next to new shelters made from shipping containers. French authorities have started to dismantle the southern part of the camp. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

in Paris

French authorities on Monday morning began dismantling the southern part of the makeshift “Jungle” camp in Calais.

Clare Moseley, of British volunteer group Care4Calais, said police arrived at the camp at 7am and told people they had one hour to move from their camps and shelters or they would be arrested. She said: “The police presence is massive. They have the whole area cordoned off.”

She said tents and shelters had begun to be dismantled this morning.

Some migrant aid groups had feared the local French prefecture could move swiftly after a court on Thursday gave the legal go-ahead for plans to demolish hundreds of tents and wooden shelters.

French authorities said earlier this month they intended to bulldoze half of the Jungle camp, warning between 800 and 1,000 migrants and refugees to leave a seven-hectare southern section of the site.

The Calais prefect, Fabienne Buccio, told Le Monde she intended to reduce the size of the camp by about half.

Care4Calais is among the groups that have been opposing the dismantlement plans in the French courts. A new legal appeal against last Thursday’s ruling had been lodged last week, Moseley said, and was expected to be heard soon……………

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Thousands may have died in Syria sieges, UN human rights chief says

Claim comes as UN plans to start delivering aid to more than 150,000 people under siege on third day of fragile truce

A Syrian boy covers his face as he rides a bicycle through a devastated part of the old city of Homs

A Syrian boy covers his face as he rides a bicycle through a devastated part of the old city of Homs. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Thousands of people in besieged areas of Syria might already have died of starvation, the UN’s human rights chief has warned, as the UN planned to start delivering food, medicine and other supplies to more than 150,000 people under siege and a fragile truce entered its third day.

“The deliberate starvation of people is unequivocally forbidden as a weapon of warfare. By extension, so are sieges, which deprive civilians of essential goods such as food,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in address to the UN Human Rights Council’s main annual session.

Aid workers say several dozen people have died of starvation in the town of Madaya alone, but Zeid warned the situation could be far worse. “Thousands of people may have starved to death,” he said.

On Sunday the umbrella body that brings together rebel factions described the partial ceasefire as positive but lodged a formal complaint with the UN and foreign governments about breaches.

“We have violations here and there, but in general it is a lot better than before and people are comfortable,” said Salem al-Meslet, a spokesman for the Saudi-backed high negotiations committee, AFP reported………………

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Racial bias evident in South Carolina criminal sentences, study reveals

Researchers identify ‘troubling’ patterns in court decisions as black South Carolinians receive harsher criminal sentences than their white counterparts

Handcuffed prisoner

Not only were black people with lower levels of criminal history more likely to be jailed, but the likelihood of custodial sentences increased by 43% for those with no past criminal history. Photograph: Erika Kyte/Getty Images

A new academic study of criminal sentencing patterns in South Carolina has found that consistently harsher penalties are applied in the sentencing of African Americans than regarding their white counterparts.

One author of the study called its findings “troubling”, and added: “It is particularly concerning that this pattern of disparity appears to be affecting African American offenders with limited criminal histories or for less severe crimes.”

The study, published on Monday by the University of Sheffield, looked at 17,000 decisions from South Carolina courts. It identified clear patterns of racial bias in court sentencing decisions: petty criminals who are black, for example, are more likely to be jailed than their white counterparts and black offenders will likely serve longer sentences for low severity crimes.

Not only were black people with lower levels of criminal history more likely to be jailed, the study found, but the likelihood of custodial sentences increased by 43% for those with no past criminal history.

Analysis of the figures from 2000, the last year South Carolina released them, revealed that while the probability of incarceration may be relatively low for white and black offenders with no to moderate prior convictions, it is not the same………………

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Utah police battle angry crowd after officer shoots male wielding broomstick

  • Male in critical condition after authorities say he tried to attack officer
  • Shooting sparks unrest in Salt Lake City as bystanders throw rocks and bottles
Utah police officer-involved shooting

Police advance on an angry crowd following an officer-involved shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday. Photograph: Lennie Mahler/AP

A male who authorities say was wielding a broomstick was shot and critically injured by Salt Lake City officers on Saturday night, touching off hours of unrest as officers wore riot gear and bystanders threw rocks and bottles.

The male shot by two Salt Lake City police officers was in critical condition at a local hospital on Sunday morning after being struck twice in the torso, according to detective Ken Hansen with the Unified police department, which is investigating the shooting.

Hansen did not have details about the male’s identity or age, but a bystander told local newspapers that the male was a teenager.

Salt Lake City police detective Greg Wilking said two police officers are on administrative leave as a result of the shooting.

Hansen said the shooting occurred when two officers were called around 8pm to break up a fight, near a downtown homeless shelter that stands next to a shopping mall and movie theater…………….

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US politics

Election 2016

current

Clinton rides wave of confidence to key contests after South Carolina win

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard quits DNC to support Bernie Sanders

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorses Donald Trump for president

Nebraska Republican senator Ben Sasse says he won’t vote for Trump

Rubio and Cruz seek to destroy Trump as Republicans wage all-out war

Trump wavers on calls to condemn former KKK leader and hate groups

Trump, Cruz and Rubio square off for Super Tuesday elections – as it happened

Opinion

Spike Lee’s right: black people should wake up to ‘Brother Bernie’

The director endorsed the Vermont senator on Tuesday. He’s the latest in a series of black intellectuals to recognise Sanders’ superiority over Clinton

Bernie Sanders’ revolution is appealing to those who want the system to change.

Bernie Sanders’ revolution is appealing to those who want the system to change. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

Spike Lee is the latest black public intellectual to endorse Bernie Sanders and to question the sanity of black voters and politicians pledging their allegiance to the Clintons, who have done as much harm to black America as any living political couple. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am mystified by robust black support for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing helped me wake up about race in America when I first watched it as a teenager. That’s why I was delighted to read that Spike Lee encouraged South Carolina democrats to “wake up” in a radio ad on Tuesday and to vote for “Brother Bernie”.

Bill Clinton governed through playing to white fears by hurting, locking up or even executing black Americans. He left the campaign trail in 1992 to oversee the execution of Ricky Ray Rector, a black man so mentally incapacitated, he reportedly did not eat the dessert from his final meal because he was “saving it for later”. When in office, Bill Clinton ended welfare for poor children and destroyed countless black families through a crime bill even he now admits made mass incarceration worse, while Hillary Clinton would go out and whip up support for this accelerated disenfranchisement and marginalization of black America, even when it meant referring to children as “superpredators”.

The case against Clintonian neoliberalism is compelling. I am glad to see black thinkers making a case for Sanders’ democratic socialism and its potential to address structural racism as an alternative. If anyone is smart enough to effectively make Sanders’ case to black America, it would be the intellectual leaders who have endorsed him thus far.

Take Spike Lee. He is one of the contemporary black geniuses who have helped the nation (and me personally) reconsider race in transformative ways – and the latest to be feeling the Bern. Or Cornel West, who has been stumping for “Brother Bernie” for months. Just as I understood race differently after watching Crooklyn and Jungle Fever, I grew to understand black liberation theology and the radical potential of Christianity by reading West’s books – his influence been immeasurable. And, like much of America, I learned how to better think about the case for reparations after Ta-Nehisi Coates made it in the Atlantic. That’s why it matters so much that he said he would vote for Sanders…………………

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