17 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


China & Hong Kong












Entire first family will travel with president for trip including a baseball game, a summit with Raúl Castro and a speech calling for civil rights improvements

A taxi pedals his bicycle, decorated with Cuban and US flags near El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday. Barack Obama will travel there on Sunday.

A taxi pedals his bicycle, decorated with Cuban and US flags near El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday. Barack Obama will travel there on Sunday. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP

Barack Obama will make a historic address to the Cuban people, calling for more freedom but stressing that the US is no longer seeking regime change on the island, according to the White House.

This first speech on Cuban soil by a US president in almost 90 years will be the highlight of a three-day trip that also includes a bilateral summit with Raúl Castro, a joint news conference, a private meeting with dissidents, a baseball game and a moment to pay homage to the Catholic church for helping broker talks that led to the opening of relations in September.

Obama, who will travel with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, will be the first US president to visit Havana since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

The trip is the culmination of a process that began with a historic joint announcement on 17 December 2014 when the leaders came together to signal their intention to begin dismantling the cold war-era embargo.

US officials are hopeful that Obama’s speech next Tuesday will be broadcast live on Cuban national television but have not yet been provided any guarantees of this………….


Canadian prime minister, speaking at UN meeting on gender equality, says he will ‘keep saying it loud and clear until it is met with a shrug’

Justin Trudeau attends a meeting on women and gender equality at the UN headquarters in New York.

Justin Trudeau attends a meeting on women and gender equality at the UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau says he has no problem calling himself a feminist but that every time he mentions it, the “Twitterverse explodes”.

Trudeau, who last year unveiled a cabinet with an equal number of men and women “because it’s 2015”, spoke on Wednesday during the UN’s 60th session of the commission on the status of women.

“I am going to keep saying loud and clear that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,” Trudeau told diplomats, advocacy group representatives and the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

“Why, every time I say I’m a feminist, does the Twitterverse explode?” he asked, adding that calling for gender equality should be a mainstream political position.

The 44-year old Liberal leader said calling himself a feminist simply means “I believe in the equality of men and women.” But he said that whenever he makes the claim, he is asked about it by the media……………



About half of the 4.8 million Syrians who have fled their homeland are children, and some of the most vulnerable live in dozens of makeshift tent camps. Children in these camps near the northern Jordanian city of Mafraq say they miss their old lives in Syria

Hiba So’od, six, from Hasakah: ‘I want to become a teacher.’


US politics

Election 2016


We asked some of the people Trump has singled out for ugly treatment – Muslims, women, African Americans, Mexican Americans – what they’re afraid of

I’m a Muslim American

Linda Sarsour.

Linda Sarsour

Donald Trump is a demagogue who has created an environment of acceptable bigotry against American Muslims with absolutely no accountability from his party or the mainstream media.

His false claims, like the ludicrous idea that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated 9/11, are extremely dangerous. History has taught us that there are extreme consequences if we don’t address the threat he poses immediately and unite against hate. His outlandish, illegal and immoral proposed policies – like banning Muslims from entering the US and building a wall to keep then out – inspires vigilantism among his supporters aimed at communities of color, including Muslims.

This is particularly concerning in a moment when we are seeing a spike in hate crimes against American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, vandalism against mosques and assaults on women who wear the hijab.

You know what scares me more than Donald Trump, though? It’s the silent majority. He has empowered people to openly express hateful and bigoted behavior that in some cases has turned violent – and that’s the most dangerous thing of all.


I’m a journalist

Byline picture of Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm

One can only imagine what press freedom will look like under President Trump. In just the past two weeks, Trump has referred to the press corps covering him as “lying, thieving reporters”, a Trump official threatened to have a columnist arrested if he left the “press pen” in which their campaign regularly corrals reporters, and a photographer got choke-slammed at one of his rallies.

Trump’s disdain for the first amendment is nothing new – in various ways, he has shown contempt for virtually every major clause, whether it’s freedom of the press, assembly and religion. But every day he seems to find new ways to shock and disturb: on Monday he said every person who protests against him should be arrested, because an “arrest mark” would “ruin the rest of their lives”……………



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