03 Apr

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








France 24

Clashes across France as students, workers protest labour reforms

Thomas Samson, AFP

Clashes broke out on the streets of France on Thursday during fresh demonstrations over labour reforms as workers and students protested against planned changes to labour legislation.

Striking rail workers disrupted services across France in protest at the proposed reforms while students forced the closure of some 200 schools.

Riot police used tear gas against stone-throwing demonstrators in the western cities of Nantes and Rennes, while around 30 youths were arrested after clashes in Paris, Toulouse and elsewhere.

The travel chaos resulted in more than 400 kilometres of tailbacks on motorways around the capital.

The Eiffel Tower was closed all day. The company operating the monument said in a statement that there were not enough staff to open the tower with “sufficient security and reception conditions”……………



Chad Griffin, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, speaks at a news conference at the old state Capitol Building in Raleigh, North Carolina, criticising the new law.

Chad Griffin, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, speaks at a news conference at the old state Capitol Building in Raleigh, North Carolina, criticising the new law. Photograph: Gary Robertson/AP

The chief executive of Pepsi, a company with roots in North Carolina, has written to Governor Pat McCrory to ask him to repeal a new law preventing specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people over public accommodations and restroom use.

In a letter hand delivered to McCrory on Friday, PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi called the law inconsistent with how her company treats its employees. Nooyi also said the law was undermining efforts to advance North Carolina’s interests, and she said she hoped McCrory would consider repealing the law when the state legislature reconvenes later this month.

PepsiCo developed from the merger of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay. Pepsi-Cola was created in the late 1890s by New Bern pharmacist Caleb Bradham. Annual shareholder meetings have been held in New Bern in the past several years.

Company CEOs and city officials have joined other government and business leaders in opposition to the new law.

The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina on Friday released the names of another 10 company executives that have signed on to a letter criticizing the law and seeking its repeal, bringing the number of such names to more than 120. New executives include those from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Qualcomm and EMC………….


Luanda regime defiant over long prison terms

Lisbon protests.

Protesters in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, condemn the jailing of 17 Angolan activists by a court in Luanda. Photograph: Joao Relvas/EPA

Activists and human rights campaigners expressed dismay this weekend after the Portuguese parliament failed to condemn the long sentences given to the so-called Luanda Book Club – the 17 dissidents convicted of political defiance of Angola’s government.

The former colonial power had been warned by the Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, against “interfering”, but the blocking of a motion in Lisbon to repudiate the verdicts was attacked by campaigners for the jailed men as “complicity in the ongoing looting” of the country by the regime.

The group – including rapper Luaty Beirão, writer Domingos da Cruz and political T-shirt seller Nito Alves – were arrested for holding a meeting at which they discussed books, including one by Gene Sharp about non-violent protest, which was entitled From Dictatorship to Democracy.

After a lengthy remand period, which included several of the activists going on hunger strike, and a trial on charges ranging from conspiracy to plotting, all 17 were sentenced last Monday to terms ranging from two to eight-and-a-half years, with hefty fines. Beirão was given five-and-a-half years for “falsifying documents” and journalist da Cruz was given the longest sentence – “for leading the criminal association”……………


Rival ethnic groups clash in Piraeus and 800 break out of detention centre on Chios as EU deal brings desperation

Refugees walking through Chios last week. A Greek government spokesman said: ‘They have fled war. They are not violent.’

Refugees walking through Chios last week. A Greek government spokesman said: ‘They have fled war. They are not violent.’ Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

The Greek government is bracing itself for violence ahead of the European Union implementing a landmark deal that, from Monday, will see Syrian refugees and migrants being deported back to Turkey en masse.

Rioting and rebellion by thousands of entrapped refugees across Greece has triggered mounting fears in Athens over the practicality of enforcing an agreement already marred by growing concerns over its legality. Islands have become flashpoints, with as many as 800 people breaking out of a detention centre on Chios on Friday.

Some 750 migrants are set to be sent back between Monday and Wednesday from the island of Lesbos to the Turkish port of Dikili.

“We are expecting violence. People in despair tend to be violent,” the leftist-led government’s migration spokesman, Giorgos Kyritsis, told the Observer. “The whole philosophy of the deal is to deter human trafficking [into Europe] from the Turkish coast, but it is going to be difficult and we are trying to use a soft approach. These are people have fled war. They are not criminals.”……………


The menstruating Nepalese women confined to a cowshed – video

Filippo Brachetti, Natasha Bowler, , and ,

In parts of rural western Nepal, women are forced to live in cowsheds during their periods and immediately after childbirth. The practice, known as Chhaupadi, is linked to disease and even the deaths of babies, who stay with their mothers in the sheds. But a local shaman – and some of the women – insist Chhaupadi is the will of the gods and cannot be changed


The Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints believe an apocalyptic miracle will free their imprisoned leader this week but the group’s own future is in doubt

Community members attend a memorial service in Hildale, Utah, a town dominated by the Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints.

Community members attend a memorial service in Hildale, Utah, a town dominated by the Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints. Photograph: Rick Bowmer/AP

The new federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City is a massive, futuristic cube of metal and glass that looks imposing, austere and, above all, impregnable. Armed guards patrol the exterior 24 hours a day.

But if a certain group of polygamous religious extremists in a lonely corner of southern Utah are to be believed, this Wednesday the walls will split open and fall when one of their leaders, Lyle Jeffs, appears before the judge in a major fraud case, according to former followers of his sect.

Simultaneously, an earthquake will apparently cause the walls of a prison in Texas to crumble and Lyle’s brother, Warren Jeffs, the group’s “prophet” and supreme leader, will also walk free – despite the fact he has been serving a sentence of life plus 20 years in that state since 2011, convicted of having sex with underage girls as young as 12 that he took as polygamous wives…………


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