04 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:

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A massive leak of documents shines new light on the fabulous fortunes of the Russian president’s inner circle

A major leak of the secret offshore arrangements of some of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends reveals how hundreds of millions of dollars are hidden around the globe in complex financial structures. A trove of leaked documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca unveils previously untraceable transactions of some of Russia’s most powerful men

A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.

An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members of Putin’s close circle fabulously wealthy.

Though the president’s name does not appear in any of the records, the data reveals a pattern – his friends have earned millions from deals that seemingly could not have been secured without his patronage.

The documents suggest Putin’s family has benefited from this money – his friends’ fortunes appear his to spend.

The files are part of an unprecedented leak of millions of papers from the database of Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm. They show how the rich and powerful are able to exploit secret offshore tax regimes in myriad ways.

The offshore trail starts in Panama, darts through Russia, Switzerland and Cyprus – and includes a private ski resort where Putin’s younger daughter, Katerina, got married in 2013………………


An encounter with Crow, who as a child heard first-hand stories of Custer’s Last Stand from his great-uncle, was like ‘shaking hands with the 19th century’

Crow was raised by his grandfather to be a warrior and earned the title of war chief during the second world war.

Crow was raised by his grandfather to be a warrior and earned the title of war chief during the second world war. Photograph: James Woodcock/AP

Joseph Medicine Crow, an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow tribe, has died. He was 102.

Medicine Crow died on Sunday, Bullis Mortuary funeral home director Terry Bullis said.

A member of the Crow Tribe’s Whistling Water clan, Medicine Crow was raised by his grandparents in a log house in a rural area of the Crow Reservation near Lodge Grass, Montana.

His Crow name was “High Bird,” and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother’s brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for lieutenant colonel George Armstrong Custer.

His grandfather, Yellowtail, raised Medicine Crow to be a warrior. The training began when Medicine Crow was just six or seven, with a punishing physical regimen that included running barefoot in the snow to toughen the boy’s feet and spirit………….


Women’s rights activists infuriated by plans to tighten regulations to bring them into line with Catholic church’s teachings

Anti-abortion protest in Warsaw, Poland

Protesters at the Warsaw rally chanted ‘keep your hands off the uterus’ and ‘my body, my business’. Photograph: Alik K?plicz/AP

Thousands of people have attended a pro-choice rally outside parliament in Warsaw after the leader of Poland’s ruling party backed a call from Catholic bishops for a full ban on pregnancy terminations.

Poland already has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Official statistics show only a few hundred abortions are performed every year, but pro-choice campaigners say underground abortions are common.

The debate around reproductive rights in Poland has been building up for months. The conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in October, plans to tighten regulations to bring them into line with the Catholic church’s teachings, infuriating liberals and women’s rights activists.

Chanting “keep your hands off the uterus” and “my body, my business,” the protesters waved wire coat-hangers, a crude pregnancy termination tool widely seen as a grim symbol of underground abortions.

“Even Iran’s abortion laws are more liberal than this proposal. That’s why we must protest,” said Marta Nowak, one of the protesters at the rally, which was organised via social media by the leftwing Together party…………..


Two boats carrying 131 people are at port of Dikili after leaving Greek island of Lesbos early on Monday

A Greek ferry carrying refugees back to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos arrives at Dikili harbour in Izmir

A Greek ferry carrying refugees back to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos arrives at Dikili harbour in Izmir, on Monday. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Two boats carrying the first migrants to be deported from Greece to Turkey under an EU deal with Ankara have arrived in the Turkish port of Dikili, a few hundred metres from the quayside.

Under the deal, Ankara will take back all migrants and refugees who enter Greece illegally, including Syrians, in return for the EU taking in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and rewarding it with more money, early visa-free travel and progress in its EU membership negotiations.

Officials from the EU border agency Frontex said the boats were carrying 131 deportees, mostly Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Moroccans who were already being deported to Turkey prior to the deal’s creation, meaning that Monday’s deportation is not a true test of whether the agreement can stop the flow of mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis to Greece………..


Federal prosecutor may file a lawsuit after a grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children over 40 years

Altoona-Johnstown diocese Pennsylvania

The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, part of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Darrell Sapp/AP

A federal prosecutor may file a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese where a state grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 clergy over a 40-year period.

The ongoing investigation of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese in Pennsylvania grew out of the prosecution of the Reverend Joseph Maurizio Jr, 71, US attorney David Hickton said on Friday.

The Somerset county priest was convicted last year of molesting two street children during missionary trips to Honduras. He was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison, fined $50,000 and forced to pay his victims $10,000 each.

Hickton said the investigation concerns whether diocesan officials engaged in a pattern of criminal activity that would fall under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as Rico.

The statute of limitations has lapsed on criminal racketeering charges, but there is no time limit for filing a Rico lawsuit, Hickton said. KDKA-TV first reported that Hickton was considering such a lawsuit. A diocesan spokesman didn’t immediately comment……………


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