22 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








havana times

Cuban Opposition Reports 180 Arrests for Obama’s Visit

Ladies in White and other opponents of the Castro government.

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban opposition reported Monday on the arrest of 180 activists in recent days related to the visit to the island by US President Barack Obama.

The number of arrests “would be around 180,” said Elizardo Sanchez, spokesman for the banned but tolerated Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) told dpa news.

Most were arrested on Sunday during a protest of the Ladies in White in the neighborhood of Miramar, on the west side of Havana, a few hours before Obama initiated his historic visit to Cuba.

Dozens of women and other activists were arrested after their peaceful opposition march was met by a counter-demonstration of hundreds of supporters of the government of Raul Castro………..



We summarise the main events in the terrorist attacks on Brussels on Tuesday. At 8am local time, two explosions hit the Zaventem airport in Brussels. Belgium’s federal prosecutor saying they were suicide attacks. The airport blasts were followed by an explosion at the Maelbeek metro station. Brussels is on lockdown, with flights and international trains cancelled

Belgium’s Royal Palace has confirmed that King Philippe will address the nation in a live broadcast on all television channels at 7pm (6pm GMT), writes Oliver Milne…..


The Cuban president called for an end to the trade embargo as the first visit by a US head of state since 1928 could not mask abiding differences

and in Havana

President Raúl Castro of Cuba demanded that Barack Obama hand back Guantánamo Bay and fully end the US trade embargo as their historic first summit in Havana witnessed an unexpectedly spirited clash of political values.Despite emotional scenes of reconciliation that earlier saw the Star Spangled Banner played to spine-tingling effect by a Cuban band in Revolution Square, the two leaders made clear that rapprochement had only come so far.“There are profound differences between our countries that will not go away,” said Castro as he turned the tables on the question of human rights and criticised the US for its failures to ensure universal healthcare and equal pay for women.“In our view, civil, economic, social and cultural rights are indivisible, interdependent and universal,” he added. “We find it inconceivable that a government does not defend and secure the right to healthcare, equal pay and the rights of children. We oppose political double standards in the approach to human rights.”The Cuban leader also angrily rejected questions by a US journalist who questioned his country’s human rights record, a subject he said should not be “politicised”.When asked why Cuba still held political prisoners, a visibly irritated Castro responded by asking: “What political prisoners? Give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them immediately………….


Nearly 20 million now surviving on wages which are below the poverty threshold according to latest state statistics

Agence France-Presse

A queue to buy fresh raw meat from private vendors at a monthly street market in Kemerovo, Russia. State statistics have revealed the number of people living below the poverty line is increasing.

A queue to buy fresh raw meat from private vendors at a monthly street market in Kemerovo, Russia. State statistics have revealed the number of people living below the poverty line is increasing. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Russia’s recession-hit economy has propelled the country’s poverty rate to a nine-year high, state statistics showed, as the country struggles to cope with a crippling economic crisis.An average of 19.2 million Russians – or 13.4% of the population – were living last year on less than 9,452 roubles ($139) a month, the minimum subsistence level determined by the Russian government in the fourth quarter.This figure represents a 20% increase year-on-year, with an average 16.1 million people living below the poverty threshold in 2014.More Russians have been slipping into poverty on the back of the Western sanctions and low oil prices that have battered the country’s energy-dependent economy and significantly diminished purchasing power……………


Governor Robert Bentley set against state legislature after giving his advisers sizeable raises – some of which topped $73,000 in increased annual pay

Alabama governor Robert Bentley

Alabama governor Robert Bentley, right, tours a prison in Atmore on Tuesday after a series of riots. Photograph: Jamie Martin/AP

Alabama’s governor outraged his critics and disconcerted his allies recently by handing out gigantic pay raises to his advisers, while the state tumbles into financial crisis.The maneuvers set the governor, Robert Bentley, against the state legislature just as it created the state’s general fund budget for 2017. So legislators took the opportunity to carve money equaling the pay raises – some of which topped $73,000 in increased annual pay – out of the governor’s own budget and put it toward Medicaid.Bentley is expected to veto that general fund budget on Tuesday – he has said its $700m Medicaid budget still falls short of the $785m needed to keep the program functional.Meanwhile, workers around the state who have seen budgets and their own salaries slashed – especially in education – reacted with shock at Bentley’s generosity to his inner circle………….


Commissioner claims water does not contain lead, but city’s own tests from 2014 show contamination in one home as high as eight times the federal limit

Philadelphia lead water supply

Philadelphia water department officials pledged to begin new programs to reduce risk in the coming year. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Aftershocks of the institutional failure that left high lead levels in a Michigan city’s water supply were felt 600 miles south-east in Philadelphia on Monday, as city council members questioned whether the water department does enough to protect the public.One statement made by the city’s water commissioner Debra McCarty that Philadelphia’s water does not contain any lead would prove to be a lightning rod throughout the hearings, underscoring public doubts about water safety since the crisis in Flint, Michigan, became national news.“Philadelphia has conducted a customer sampling program in compliance with the federal Lead and Copper Rule since 1992,” said McCarty. “Philadelphia’s water is lead free.”The assertion turned heads in the council chambers filled with water and public health advocates. The city’s own tests from 2014 show lead contamination in one home as high as 122 parts per billion, more than eight times the federal limit, though that alone is not enough to violate federal law……………..


US politics

Election 2016

Trump says he’s not ruling out Cruz as vice-president – video

Trump tries his hand at foreign policy in speech to skeptical Aipac crowd

Does anyone want a tour?’ Trump holds campaign event in unfinished hotel site

Trump aims to woo pro-Israel donors at Aipac despite their lingering worries

Campaign live Trump leads in Arizona while Cruz pulls ahead in Utah primaries

‘Crazier things happen in politics’ Trump says he’s ‘not ruling out’ Cruz as vice-president





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