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29 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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With the court filing, Silicon Valley and Washington are poised to return to a cold war over the balance between privacy and law enforcement in the age of apps

 Justice Department lawyers wrote in a court filing Monday evening that they no longer needed Apple’s help in getting around the security countermeasures on Farook’s device.

Justice Department lawyers wrote in a court filing Monday evening that they no longer needed Apple’s help in getting around the security countermeasures on Syed Farook’s device. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

The US government dropped its court fight against Apple after the FBI successfully pulled data from the iPhone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook, according to court records.

The development effectively ended a six-week legal battle poised to shape digital privacy for years to come. Instead, Silicon Valley and Washington are poised to return to a simmering cold war over the balance between privacy and law enforcement in the age of apps.

Justice Department lawyers wrote in a court filing Monday evening that they no longer needed Apple’s help in getting around the security countermeasures on Farook’s device.

“The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc,” the government said. It then asked the court to vacate a 16 February court order demanding Apple create software that weakened iPhone security settings to aid government investigators…………..

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Argentina welcomes decision to expand its maritime territory, despite unresolved dispute with Britain over islands

Argentinian activists hold a poster reading ‘We will be back!’ during a demonstration in 2012 over the disputed Falklands/Malvinas islands.

Argentinian activists hold a poster reading ‘We will be back!’ during a demonstration in 2012 over the disputed Falklands/Malvinas islands. Photograph: Sergio Goya/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina’s government is celebrating a decision by a UN commission to expand its maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean by 35% to include the disputed Falkland islands and beyond.

The Argentine foreign ministry said its waters had increased by 1.7 million square km (0.66 million square miles) and the decision will be key in its dispute with Britain over the islands. Argentina lost a brief, bloody 1982 war with Britain after Argentinian troops seized the South Atlantic archipelago that Latin Americans call the Malvinas.

The UN commission on the limits of the continental shelf sided with Argentina, ratifying the country’s 2009 report fixing the limit of its territory at 200 to 350 miles from its coast…………

Thirty years after the Falklands war, Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, tells the United Nations in New York on Thursday that the islands are Argentinian territory. Speaking in London, David Cameron says Britain will not negotiate sovereignty. And also in New York, Michael Summers, a member of the islanders’ assembly, dismisses Argentina’s position as colonialism

Fractured parliaments, unstable coalitions and divided governments are the new normal, at a time when Europe least needs them

AfD supporters in Raguhn, Germany, march against Angela Merkel’s refugee policy

AfD supporters in Raguhn, Germany, march against Angela Merkel’s refugee policy amid increasingly unstable political landscapes in Europea. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Just when Europe needed it least, a string of confusing and inconclusive elections this year – from Spain and Ireland to Slovakia and Portugal – has produced fractured parliaments, improbable and unstable coalitions, and weaker, more divided governments.

As countries struggle to shake off the eurozone’s financial crisis, migration and Islamist terror are overtaking the economy as most voters’ main concerns, magnifying deeper social changes that have seen support for mainstream parties plunge and anti-austerity, anti-EU or anti-immigrant populism surge across the continent.

Results from Germany’s March 13 regional polls, in which both Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their Social Democrat “grand coalition” partners lost votes to liberals, Greens and above all the anti-immigrant AfD, suggest that even in Europe’s powerhouse, the federal elections of 2017 will mark an end to a culture of political stability that has lasted since the second world war.

“What we’re seeing is a growing fragmentation of the vote, on the left and on the right,” said Simon Hix, professor of European and comparative politics at the London School of Economics (LSE). “The mainstream parties of the centre-left and centre-right that could once rely on 40% of the vote are now reduced to 20 or 25%. It’s happening everywhere, and it can be massively problematic.”……………

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US politics

Election 2016

Opinion

The man who hit me should be held responsible for his actions. But the violent rhetoric against peaceful protest and torrent of internet rumors start with Trump

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Bryan Sanders was attacked by Tony Pettaway while protesting at a Donald Trump rally on 19 March. Photograph: Sam Mircovich/Reuters

I don’t bear Tony Pettway, the man who sucker-punched me when I was peacefully protesting at a Donald Trump rally in Tucson last week, any ill will. I think he was just caught up in the moment. I wouldn’t want anything to happen to him; his career in the air force is already going to be messed up.

What happened to me is a tragedy that comes straight from Donald Trump. He created the situation where people come and protest at his rallies because of what he says; he tells his supporters that “in the old days the protester would be taken out on a stretcher”. He says that he’d like to punch a protester in the face. He offers to pay the legal bills of somebody who punches a protester. Pettway is responsible for his own actions, but it’s Trump’s violent, hateful message that is creating this situation.

In a way, what happened afterwards was worse. By the Sunday after the rally, I woke up with these crazy viral stories about me online. I had messages of support from around the world, but also immense amounts of hate and lies being spread about me.

Trump had lied about me on George Stephanopoulos’ show on ABC after the protest. He said I was a professional agitator, and the rightwing blogosphere immediately followed it with a half-dozen articles.

They said I must have used a racial slur to incite Pettway to hit me. They said I assaulted him first – despite the clear video evidence that I did not. They said endless things about me; that I was a plant of George Soros, or the Bernie Sanders campaign, or the Hillary Clinton campaign. None of those things are true.

The online reaction has been intense and unrelenting, completely divorced from any reality or facts. People spread every vicious rumor they could come up with………….

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