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25 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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Obama: US ‘Must Examine’ Its Policies During Argentine Dictatorship

US President Barack Obama said today that the US must reflect on its own role during the 1976-83 military dictatorship in Argentina.

Presidents Obama and Macri at the Parque de a Memoria today.

Presidents Obama and Macri at the Parque de a Memoria today.

Speaking at a joint conference with President Mauricio Macri to mark the 40th anniversary of the military coup, Obama also confirmed that the US would declassify more dictatorship-era documents, including military and intelligence records for the first time.

“There has been controversy about the policies of the United States early in those dark days,” said Obama after a visit to the Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires. “The US, when it reflects on what happened here, has to examine on its own policies and past as well.

“Democracies have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don’t live up to the ideals that we stand for, when we’ve been slow to speak out for human rights. And that was the case here.”

At the same time, Obama praised the efforts of key US diplomats in that era for documenting human rights violations, many of which were declassified in 2002. He also highlighted the role of ex-president Jimmy Carter in putting human rights at the centre of his foreign policy agenda after taking office in 1977.

Obama also praised the families of victims who “refused to give up until they get the truth and justice they deserve.”……………

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Speaking in Buenos Aires on anniversary of 1976 coup Obama tried to soothe hard feelings, saying US must ‘confront past with honesty and transparency’

Argentinian president Mauricio Macri and President Obama make a floral offering in honor of the victims who disappeared during the military dictatorship, on 24 March 2016.

Argentinian president Mauricio Macri and President Obama make a floral offering in honor of the victims who disappeared during the military dictatorship, on 24 March 2016. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

Barack Obama has said the United States was too slow to condemn human rights atrocities after Argentina’s military coup in 1976, but stopped short of apologizing for Washington’s initial support for the military dictatorship.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the coup which ushered in seven years of violence, Obama said: “Democracies have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don’t live up to the ideals that we stand for. And we’ve been slow to speak out on human rights and that was the case here.”

Obama and Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri threw white flowers into the brown waters of the wide Río de la Plata from the imposing overhanging pier of the Parque Memorial. The park on the coastline of Buenos Aires commemorates the thousands of victims of Argentina’s dictatorship, many of whom were made to “disappear” by being pushed alive from military planes into the waters of the Río Plata and of the south Atlantic Ocean…………….

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Photos released by Fish and Wildlife Service show protesters trashed buildings and damaged facilities, with the occupation’s overall costs running at least $6m

Some images show piles of garbage, offices turned upside down, and abandoned camping gear - others show food and alcohol, and broken walls.

Some images show piles of garbage, offices turned upside down, and abandoned camping gear, while others show food, alcohol, and broken walls. Photograph: USFWS – Pacific Region

The US Fish and Wildlife Service released new photos from the scene of the 41-day standoff at a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon, showing that protesters left behind trashed buildings, damaged facilities, a compromised septic system and government offices with missing possessions.

The images from the Malheur national wildlife refuge in rural Harney County – where anti-government activists, led by Ammon Bundy, staged a takeover in January to protest federal land-use regulations – show piles of garbage, offices turned upside down, abandoned camping gear, food and alcohol, broken walls and excavated grounds.

Government officials who run the bird sanctuary have also revealed that the cost of the occupation for the federal agency is at least $6m – a number that could grow as workers continue to assess and repair damage.

Since the high-profile occupation, which drew armed militiamen from across the country, began 2 January at the headquarters of the refuge, protest leaders have insisted that they were not damaging any public property and were instead cleaning up facilities…………….

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Victims say 40-year sentence is too lenient while many Serbs continue to support man who oversaw 1995 massacre at Srebrenica

Radovan Karadzic during his hearing at the International Criminal Court on 31 July 2008.

Radovan Karadži? was convicted of genocide for the 1995 slaughter at Srebrenica. Photograph: Imago / Barcroft Media

At the end of it all, 21 years since he was first charged, after 11 years on the run, a five-year trial and the 18 months the judges took to deliberate over a verdict, Radovan Karadži?’s moment of judgment came.

The Bosnian Serb leader was convicted of genocide for the 1995 slaughter at Srebrenica, and nine other counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, terror and extermination. It was a conviction that ranks as the most serious handed down in Europe since Nuremberg.

The judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia were definitive about Karadži?’s key involvement in the Srebrenica massacre, in which more than 7,000 men and boys were rounded up, executed and pushed into mass graves. The presiding ICTY judge delivering the ruling, O-Gon Kwon, said: “Karadži? was in agreement with the plan of the killings”, and had given a coded message to an underling for the doomed Muslim captives, which he referred to as “the goods”, to be moved to a warehouse, from where they were taken out and executed……………..

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Desperate refugees are taking greater risks to get to Britain, charity workers warn, after lorries packed with people stopped in Kent

French police patrol as workers demolish makeshift shelters at the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais

French police patrol as workers demolish makeshift shelters at the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais last week. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

The demolition of refugee camps in Calais has caused an increase in the number of asylum seekers trying to cross illegally into Britain in recent weeks, aid workers in the French port city have claimed.

On Monday and again on Wednesday lorries packed with refugees were stopped by police in Kent triggering alarm about the strength of security checks at the British border with France and Belgium following the Brussels attacks.

A lorry was stopped at a business park near Dartford Crossing on Monday with 21 Iranian and Iraqi adults and five children inside. Two days later, 24 men, one woman and a boy, were found in the back of a refrigerated truck in Canterbury.

Less than half of lorries coming from Calais, Dunkirk and the Eurotunnel terminal at Coquelles are fully screened by UK immigration officials, according to the Immigration Services Union (ISU), whose members staff the UK borders……………

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US politics

Election 2016

Artist makes Donald Trump portrait out of pig snout and sheep eyes

Donald Trump is known for collecting art – of himself. But it’s unlikely you’ll see this piece around any of his palatial homes. Made up of a pig snout and sheep eyes, the unflattering portrait of The Donald was created by British artist James Ostrer, and is currently on display at Hong Kong Art Central. Ostrer says he wanted to create an icon for the ‘megalomania’ encompassing the Republican presidential race

Reality check Fact-checking presidential candidates’ claims about Muslims after Brussels

The islamophobia demonstrated by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the wake of the Brussels attacks say more about them than about terrorism

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz

Composite: Getty

What do the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday portend for America? The Republican party, so far, has rendered its verdict: the United States must crack down on Muslims – all Muslims.

This posturing isn’t spurred only by this week’s attacks themselves. Rather, the tragic deaths of more than 30 people in a terrorist attack became just the latest propaganda point for a party that has gone completely off the rails. One of America’s two major political parties is, sadly, completely dedicated to overt bigotry.

So low has the GOP sunk that there is an argument to be made that not even Nixon’s Southern Strategy – the tack undertaken by political operatives to bring racist White Democrats into the Republican fold – was as bold in its pronouncements of bigotry. As nasty as it was, the elite partisans behind the Southern Strategy relied on dog whistles, winks and nods.

Yet Donald Trump, today’s Republican presidential frontrunner, has made direct affront after direct affront against Muslims, even American Muslims. “I think Islam hates us,” he said on CNN. He made one of his biggest splashes by calling for a ban on Muslim travel to the US. Before that, he called for a registry of Muslims here.

After the Brussels bombings, Trump was quick to spot the problem: it was ordinary European Muslims who “are absolutely not reporting [radicalization and terrorist inclinations], and that is a big problem” – a point that, in addition to being scurrilous, is not true.

Trump’s only feasible remaining rival for the Republican nomination, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, isn’t any better. After the Brussels bombings, Cruz led an all-out offensive to promulgate a policy idea that, insofar as it’s scrutable at all, would be as impractical as it was counterproductive: “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” he said in a statement. What are “Muslim neighborhoods”? What does it mean to “patrol and secure” them? These questions have gone unanswered.

This much, however, is clear: Ted Cruz doesn’t understand how big his Muslim problem is. A host on CBS This Morning confronted the senator, asking about how many Muslims live in the United States. Cruz didn’t know. Once he got the answer, he offered no vision of how he would “patrol” some 3 million Americans. (As if to prove that he is determined to impose the ill-effects of his bigotry on American Muslims, this winter Cruz attacked the Obama administration’s pledge to enforce laws in cases where Muslims are violently attacked.)……………

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