19 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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finland times

Finland to send essentials to Greece refugee camps

Sat, 19 Mar, 2016


Migrants get warm by a fire on March 18, 2016 at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni. Tens of thousands of refugees are trapped in dire conditions after Balkan countries shut their borders, many of them at the overwhelmed border town of Idomeni. Photo AFP-LEHTIKUVA

Finland will send blankets, tarpaulins, soap and 200 tents to Greece through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to improve conditions in refugee camps, said an official press release on Friday.

Greece has requested material assistance from other EU countries, because the number of migrants crossing the border between Greece and Macedonia has increased dramatically, and conditions in the camps are harsh.

The equipment will be sent on Monday 21 March. It has been acquired by the Ministry of the Interior and the National Emergency Supply Agency.

The costs will be borne by the Ministry. The Finnish Red Cross will assist the Ministry in transporting the equipment. The majority of transport costs will be reimbursed by the European Commission.

The Ministry of the Interior has informed the Commission that, if requested by Greece, Finland is also prepared to send experts in the country……..



Aid agencies criticise ‘inhumane’ Brussels deal as Saturday midnight deadline may see desperate last-minute rush to Greece

Two women from Syria sit facing the sea at Piraeus harbour in Athens, Greece.

Two women from Syria sit facing the sea at Piraeus harbour in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Refugees and migrants arriving in Europe will be sent back across the Aegean sea under the terms of a deal between the EU and Turkey that has been criticised by aid agencies as inhumane.

In an agreement that raises the prospect of a desperate last-minute rush to Greek shores by refugees and migrants hoping to beat the deadline of midnight on Saturday, the European council president, Donald Tusk, resolved sticking points with Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davuto?lu, before all of the EU’s 28 leaders approved the deal at talks in Brussels.

Anyone arriving after Saturday midnight can expect to be returned to Turkey in the coming weeks. The UN’s refugee agency said big questions remained about how the deal would work in practice and called for urgent improvements to Greece’s system for assessing refugees……


With preparations for the Rio Olympics punctuated by clearance operations and evictions, the Olympic dream has turned sour for thousands of Brazilian children

A resident of Rio’s Vila Autódromo community stands outside his home with his baby daughter

A resident of Rio’s Vila Autódromo community stands outside his home with his daughter. The house next door has been demolished to accommodate Olympic infranstructure. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

The author is a human rights lawyer and strategic alliance officer for Terre des Hommes’ Children Win campaign

It’s simple. We want an Olympic Games that does not harm children and their families.

We all know that the financial benefits of organising major sporting events for host countries have been disputed. Decaying Olympic stadiums in Greece have been seen as a symbol of that country’s economic woes, and Hamburg’s population even voted against a bid.

But what about the impact of these events on the local population?

Marquee sports events often cause human rights violations or exacerbate existing ones, with children particularly vulnerable. That includes children’s rights abuses.

Data from Brazil’s Dial 100 service, a national hotline for reporting abuse, suggests that the number of reported violations against children increased by 17% in the 12 World Cup host cities during the 2014 competition, compared with the same month in 2013.

In August, Brazil will host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro; meanwhile, violations against children’s rights continue.

When the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child last convened, clearances of street children in Rio ahead of the Games were reported. In order to “clean up” tourist areas for the half a million expected visitors, many street children were taken to young offenders’ units, where they reported violence and humiliation……………..


As the dawn chorus fills the early morning skies again, Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Inês Teixeira do Rosário share inspiration and nature discovery tips from their wondrous book Outside, with beautiful illustrations by Bernardo P Carvalho


US politics

Election 2016

Obama not feeling Bern

The president privately told Democratic donors it was time to rally around Hillary Clinton, without explicitly calling on Bernie Sanders to exit the race, the New York Times reported.

Sanders says drop-out calls ‘absurd’

The bottom line is that when only half of the American people have participated in the political process … I think it is absurd for anybody to suggest that those people not have a right to cast a vote.

— Bernie Sanders, in reply

Not with her. With Sanders in Arizona.

Bernie Sanders fights on in Democratic presidential race – video


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