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04 Mar

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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Five Bundy relatives and the New Hampshire campaign co-chair for Trump face prosecution for roles in 2014 armed conflict over federal land restrictions

Jerry DeLemus, a Tea Party activist, was present at the 2014 standoff and also traveled to the Oregon occupation this year. He also made headlines last year when he proposed a ‘Draw Muhammed’ art contest as part of an anti-Muslim demonstration.

Jerry DeLemus, a Tea Party activist, was present at the 2014 standoff and also traveled to the Oregon occupation this year. Photograph: Ken Ritter/AP

The FBI escalated its investigation into Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s 2014 standoff with the federal government Thursday with sweeping raids across the country that resulted in 12 arrests, including that of a Donald Trump campaign coalition co-chair in New Hampshire.

Two of Bundy’s sons were also among those arrested, amid signs that federal authorities are ramping up their efforts against the ultra-conservative, anti-government movement that also inspired the armed standoff in Oregon earlier this year.

Cliven Bundy had long refused to pay fees to the government to allow his cattle to graze on federally controlled public lands – a dispute that escalated to an armed standoff in 2014 when officials tried to seize his livestock. Hundreds of anti-government activists, some heavily armed, flocked to Bunkerville to support the Bundys, and the government ultimately backed down…………………

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Leader reportedly tells military to adopt ‘pre-emptive’ posture after imposition of toughest UN sanctions to date

North Korean soldiers carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol during a parade in Pyongyang

North Korean soldiers carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol during a parade in Pyongyang. Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP

North Korea should be ready to use nuclear weapons “at any time” in the face of a growing threat from its enemies, leader Kim Jong-un has decreed in a further escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Kim’s warning, issued via state-controlled media on Friday morning, appeared to be an attempt to put pressure on the international community after the UN security council on Wednesday adopted a raft of new sanctions against the regime in response to its recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

Kim, who was supervising the test-firing of newly developed multiple rocket launchers, said North Korea’s situation had become so perilous that it should have the option of launching a “pre-emptive attack” – a departure from previous claims that the North’s nuclear capability was purely a deterrent……………

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January and February have both broken temperature records. Karl Mathiesen examines how much is down to El Niño versus manmade climate change

Arctic sea ice

The Arctic experienced terrific warmth throughout the winter, with temperatures at the north pole approaching 0C in late December – 30C to 35C above average. Photograph: AP

Yet another global heat record has been beaten. It appears January 2016 – the most abnormally hot month in history, according to Nasa – will be comprehensively trounced once official figures come in for February.

Initial satellite measurements, compiled by Eric Holthaus at Slate, put February’s anomaly from the pre-industrial average between 1.15C and 1.4C. The UN Paris climate agreement struck in December seeks to limit warming to 1.5C if possible.

“Even the lower part of that range is extraordinary,” said Will Steffen, an emeritus professor of climate science at Australian National University and a councillor at Australia’s Climate Council.

It appears that on Wednesday, the northern hemisphere even slipped above the milestone 2C average for the first time in recorded history. This is the arbitrary limit above which scientists believe global temperature rise will be “dangerous”.

The Arctic in particular experienced terrific warmth throughout the winter. Temperatures at the north pole approached 0C in late December – 30C to 35C above average…………….

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In loyalist areas there is a sense that things are going well, but in the battered north-west there are doubts that the partial ceasefire will hold for long

Syrian soldiers eat ice cream at a market in the Old City of Damascus

Syrian soldiers eat ice-cream at a market in the Old City of Damascus. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Media

When the guns fell silent in north-west Syria last Saturday, Mustafa al-Nairab was sure it marked a lull, not a ceasefire. One week later, he knows he was right.

From Idlib to Aleppo, which has been a focal point of a four-month Russian air campaign and the partial ceasefire since, there are still jets and helicopters in the sky and artillery rounds thumping into buildings. Just fewer of them.

“The majority of people here thought it was a trick by the regime and the Russians to regroup their troops, then attack,” Nairab said of the Russian- and US-brokered deal to slow the war. “And this is actually happening in parts of Idlib. We can see the planes from where we are. And we can hear the bombs too.”

Before its implementation, the ceasefire was hailed as the most serious effort yet to lead Syria out of its five-year morass. Seven days on, scepticism remain entrenched in communities loyal to the opposition, where the ongoing targeting of towns and villages has garnered next to no international reaction.

A clause to allow continued attacks against proscribed terror groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra has been broadly interpreted by loyalist forces and used to justify ongoing bombing, especially across an area from east of Latakia to west of Aleppo.

How Syrians see this latest phase of war is largely determined by where they live, perhaps even more so now that the battlefield is so palpably changing……………….

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US politics

Election 2016

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Jane Kelly could pose dilemma for top senator if nominated for supreme court

Deep Drumpf: the Twitter bot trying to out-Trump the Donald

Christie defends expression behind Trump: ‘I wasn’t being held hostage’ – video

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Donald Trump taunted by Cruz and Rubio during Republican debate

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Republican debate in Detroit – what we learned

Republican debate: candidates pledge to support Trump if needed – as it happened

CPAC Republican jamboree is bright and loud but enthusiasm for Trump is muted

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Opinion

Seventh president Andrew Jackson offers clues as to how Donald Trump could triumph – and how his reign would go

20 twenty dollar dollars bill note bills notesTwenty dollar bill with Donald Trump

Could Donald Trump emulate Andrew Jackson and end up the $20 bill. Photograph: Alamy, Rex & David McCoy

Cash will probably be a novelty in the future, so imagine, then, that in the rare instance you handle some $20s, the combover etched on every crisp bill is that of former president Donald J Trump.

Absurd? Had you asked pundits during the 1824 presidential campaign whether General Andrew Jackson’s mug would ever grace America’s third-most popular greenback, they would have called you insane. The Washington political establishment believed that Jackson’s short temper, reckless disregard for political niceties and desire to insult (or shoot) his enemies meant he simply wasn’t presidential material. Yet in 1828 – four years after he won the popular vote but, through quirks of the system, lost the election, the American people – fed up with back-room “politics as usual” – propelled Jackson to the White House for the first of two terms.

Last August, when the Trump campaign seemed like a sideshow, I compared him to the Know-Nothing Millard Fillmore. Now I realize that Trump is actually the true heir to Andrew Jackson. On Super Tuesday, the man who claimed he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and [not] lose voters,” firmly moved from the category of political theater to being the presumptive Republican nominee.

The Jackson era gives us some clues as to what might happen if Trump actually wins the White House……………

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