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10 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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Countries previously seen as climate change villains present shared vision on cutting emissions as Justin Trudeau meets Barack Obama at White House

With Thursday’s announcement, Obama appeared to be passing the baton of climate leadership to Justin Trudeau, pictured here arriving for a visit to the White House.

With Thursday’s announcement, Obama appeared to be passing the baton of climate leadership to Justin Trudeau, pictured here arriving for a visit to the White House. Photograph: Paul Chiasson/AP

The US and Canada declared they would help lead the transition to a low-carbon global economy on Thursday, in a dramatic role reversal for two countries once derided as climate change villains.

The shared vision unveiled by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau ahead of a meeting at the White House commits the two countries to a range of actions to shore up the historic climate agreement reached in Paris last December.

The two leaders committed to rally G20 countries behind the accord, promote North American carbon markets, cap emissions from hundreds of thousands of existing oil and gas wells, and protect indigenous communities in a region which is warming beyond the point of no return, according to a statement from the White House.

The initiative announced on Thursday brings the US a big step closer to meeting its own Paris target by committing for the first time to cut emissions of methane – a powerful greenhouse gas responsible for about a quarter of warming – from existing oil and gas wells.

The biggest news however might be the final break with the policies of their predecessors who obstructed global efforts to fight climate change. In his seven years in the White House, Barack Obama has steadily transformed the US into a climate leader on the international level………..

Exclusive interview: Ex-president denies he was a paid informant, saying he talked to secret services as part of his union activities but never spied on anyone

Lech Wa??sa in his office in Gda?sk

Lech Walesa in his office in Gda?sk. Photograph: Guardian/Alex Duval Smith

Lech Walesa, the charismatic leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement in the 1980s, has revealed details of his Soviet-era links with the country’s security services, saying he chose to “talk [and] discuss” with officials as part of his trade union activities.

But in an exclusive interview with the Guardian, he strongly denied recent allegations that he was a paid informant. “I was not an agent of the security services,” said Walesa, 72, in his home city of Gdask, in northern Poland. “I have not spied on anyone in my life. I have taken no money. I will prove all of this. I have hired lawyers.”

Walesa, who won the 1983 Nobel peace prize and served as Poland’s president for five years from 1990, was speaking publicly for the first time since the allegations surfaced while he was on a trip to Venezuela……………

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Htin Kyaw, her longtime adviser, is frontrunner for role after nominations show constitutional bar on NLD leader becoming president remains in force

Syria

Community study in the west Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester discovers 453 out of 1,500 respondents had negative interactions with police

Baltimore police officer attempts to secure a crime scene with tape at the scene of a shooting in West Baltimore.

A Baltimore police officer attempts to secure a crime scene with tape at the scene of a shooting in West Baltimore. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

On 25 April, as a crowd of thousands gathered in west Baltimore for a large march downtown, members of a neighborhood advocacy organization began going door to door in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested to ask people about their interactions with police.

The No Boundaries Coalition had been working on police issues in the community since they identified police accountability as a major concern in 2013. But after speaking to more than 250 people that April day, they had a new sense of a community harassed and brutalized for minor infractions, and ignored when they need help.

“In just that one afternoon, we talked to people who had had family members killed by police, people who had sustained broken bones in police encounters, and people whose house had been torn apart during a drug raid – only to find out that the police had the wrong address,” according to a report from the group. “From the stories we heard that day, we knew we needed to document the prevalence of police misconduct in West Baltimore.”………

 

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US politics

Election 2016

Trump and Sanders grew up 15 miles away from each other, but worlds apart

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Opinion

Canada has found itself at loggerheads with the US over much of the last 15 years. Now there’s a new spirit of friendship – and political influence

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the first pandas born in Canada

Best of friends? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the first pandas born in Canada. His visit to Washington begins on Thursday. Photograph: Justin Trudeau/Twitter

It’s been 20 years since the White House invited the neighbors from the north to dinner. On Thursday, Barack Obama is rolling out the red carpet for newly elected Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, who will be America’s guests of honor at a swanky dinner.

This may be Obama’s final state dinner and Canada has been last on the list. Since 2009, he has invited China twice and Mexico, India, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Japan. But relations with the northern neighbor have been frosty since the Bush regime because of Iraq, then the Obama presidency because of Keystone pipeline.

All that changed in November. Trudeau was elected, Obama called to say Keystone would not be approved and Trudeau’s reaction was disappointment, not anger, despite the economic damage. Weeks later, the invitation was in the mail.

Canadian politicians have little or no influence on US policy, but the country does, indirectly. The best example is the new and growing “socialist” movement led by Bernie Sanders whose ideas are straight out of the Canadian policy playbook. These include a single-payer universal healthcare system, higher minimum wages, low university tuition and a more nuanced foreign policy. With other liberals, Sanders opposed the Iraq invasion in 2003. Canada refused to participate. In hindsight all were correct in doing so.

Sanders’ policy alignment with Canada is regional. He has lived for decades in Burlington, Vermont, a city that is a one-hour drive from the border and where people also watch hockey, recycle and apologize to machinery when they bump into it. American border states are more liberal-minded……..

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