14 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.

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Warnings of climate emergency after surface temperatures 1.35C warmer than average temperature for the month

An illustration from Nasa showing global temperatures

Stefan Rahmstorf, from Germany’s Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, says the global temperatures for February are ‘unprecedented’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Global temperatures in February smashed previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount, according to Nasa data, sparking warnings of a climate emergency.

The result was “a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature resulting from human-produced greenhouse gases”, wrote Jeff Masters and Bob Henson in a blog on the Weather Underground, which analysed the data released on Saturday.

It confirms preliminary analysis from earlier in March, indicating the record-breaking temperatures.

The global surface temperatures across land and ocean in February were 1.35C warmer than the average temperature for the month, from the baseline period of 1951-1980.

The global record was set just one month earlier, with January already beating the average for that month by 1.15C above the average for the baseline period…………..


Widespread anger is targeted at Dilma Rousseff as the country grapples with recession and a major corruption scandal

Crowds gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday to protest against the government and demand the removal of president Dilma Rousseff. Chants of “Fora Dilma!” [Dilma Out!] are led by Marcelo Itagiba, the former Rio state security secretary and head of federal police. He is now a congressman in the PSDB party, which is nominally part of the ruling camp

More than a million Brazilians have joined anti-government rallies across the country, ramping up the pressure on embattled president Dilma Rousseff.

Already struggling with an impeachment challenge, the worst recession in a century and the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history, the Workers party leader was given another reason to doubt she will complete her four-year term.

The demonstrations on Sunday – which reached all 26 states and the federal district – were expected to be bigger than similar rallies last year. The largest took place in São Paulo, where the polling company Datafolha estimated the crowd at 450,000, more than double the number it registered last year…………..


Alternative für Deutschland enters state parliament for first time while pro-refugee candidates also achieve regional election wins

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of anti-immigration party AfD

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of anti-immigration party AfD, seen through a broken window as she reacts to exit polls in German state elections. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The anti-refugee party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), has shaken up Germany’s political landscape with dramatic gains at regional elections, entering state parliament for the first time in three regions off the back of rising anger with Angela Merkel’s asylum policy.

But, in a sign of the increasingly polarised nature of Germany’s political debate, pro-refugee candidates also achieved two resounding victories in the elections – the first to take place in Germany since the chancellor embarked on her flagship open-doors approach to the migration crisis.

Merkel’s Christian Democrat party suffered painful defeats to more left-leaning parties in two out of three states, including Baden-Württemberg, a region dominated by the CDU since the end of the second world war. News weekly Der Spiegel described the result as a “black Sunday” for the conservatives. The CDU also failed to oust the incumbent Social Democrats in Rhineland-Palatinate……………


Hanan al-Hroub, who works with children exposed to violence, wins prize at ceremony featuring tributes from Prince William, the Pope and Bill Clinton

Hanan al-Hroub, a Palestinian primary school teacher, reacts after Pope Francis named her recipient of the second annual Global Teacher prize.

Hanan al-Hroub, a Palestinian primary school teacher, reacts after Pope Francis named her recipient of the second annual Global Teacher prize. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP

The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the “incredible work” of the teaching profession as a Nobel-style award worth $1m was handed to a teacher from Palestine.

Hanan al-Hroub, who works with children who have grown up exposed to violence, was given the second annual Global Teacher prize at a star-studded ceremony in Dubai.

Looking delighted as she was handed the award, Hroub said: “I did it, I won!”

In his video link, Prince William said he had been taught by “some of the best teachers in the world”.

“I know what an incredible teacher can mean to a child,” he said. “A good teacher holds the power to influence, inspire and shape a young person’s life for the better. They represent the key to real change in this world.”

The prince added: “Teachers are also uniquely placed to recognise and support the most vulnerable and troubled children in our society, reaching young people early on in their education and providing them with the extra support they need and giving them the best possible chance in life. This is an incredible responsibility.”…………..


US politics

Election 2016

Bernie Sanders questions Clinton’s praise for Nancy Reagan’s Aids record

Hillary Clinton slams Donald Trump after Chicago rally violence – video

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take part in Democratic town hall – as it happened

Rachel Maddow: Donald Trump chose to visit cities with recent racial unrest

African penguin chicks, an Arctic weasel and Australia’s little red flying foxes are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Endangered Przewalski horses – the world’s only surviving wild horse species – on a snow covered field in the Orenburg Reserves, a cluster of six nature reserves near the border with Kazakhstan.

Photograph: Tatjana Zharkikh/Przewalski horse reintroduction project/AFP/Getty Images



The Trump campaign has tried write off rally violence as something he didn’t sanction, but now his campaign manager has manhandled a reporter

A crowd of largely white men repeatedly pushed a young black woman as she left a Donald Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday night. Trump can be heard barking ‘Get out!’ as the woman is manhandled by the crowd. Other apparent protesters were also shoved at the event

When will the first pro-Donald Trump murder happen?

The incidents are piling up. A Black Lives Matters protester was sucker-punched by a white bystander at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A young black woman was surrounded and shoved aggressively by a number of individuals at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky. A black protester was tackled, then punched and kicked by a group of men as he curled up on the ground in Birmingham, Alabama. Immigration activists were shoved and stripped of their signs by a crowd in Richmond, Virginia. A Latino protester was knocked down and kicked by a Trump supporter in Miami.

At a press conference on Friday morning Trump even seemed to encourage violence at his rallies. “We’ve had some violent people as protesters,” he said. “These are people that punch. These are violent people.” (No such videos have been found.) This adds to evidence piling up that the Trump campaign’s culture of violence extends all the way to the top.

In response to a question asked during a press conference in Florida on Friday, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump defends the treatment of protesters at his rallies, saying many of those who have allegedly been attacked were ‘violent people’. Talking about an instance where Trump himself told the gathered audience to hit a man protesting, Trump said the man was ‘swinging’ at others in the crowd and he thought it was ‘very, very appropriate’ that the audience ‘swing back’

Another incident happened Thursday, when Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed the arm of Breitbart news reporter Michelle Fields at an event in Jupiter, Florida, jerking her so hard he bruised her body and made her cry, according to a first-person account by the Washington Post’s Ben Terris. That Breitbart is a Trump-friendly publication was likely lost on Lewandowski in his fervor to stave off questions from the scrum. That Terris in his story vividly describes the finger-shaped bruises he saw forming on Fields’ forearm, and that she tweeted out a photo of her injury, hasn’t stopped the Trump campaign from denying the incident ever occurred. The story is the most important one yet, because it distills Trump’s culture of violence and subsequent denial…………….



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