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06 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

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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The McGlynn:

Bernie Sanders predicted the Panama tax fraud FIVE YEARS AGO!

In 2011, Sen. Bernie Sanders stood before Congress and predicted that the so-called “free trade agreement” with the small nation of Panama would lead to an explosion of tax evasion there. The recent #Panamaleaks proved he was exactly right, unfortunately.

Imagine how many of these disgraceful and disgusting acts would have been avoided and how much better off this country would be today if the members of congress had the integrity, wisdom and foresight to vote like Sen. Sanders has over the past few decades. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and a few other members of congress have integrity and moral values. They haven’t given in to the big money special interests because they were elected by and represent the people. The rest should be dumped out of their cushy, taxpayer funded offices and replaced as soon as possible.

The Trade Agreement was strongly supported by Hillary Clinton.

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Unscripted remarks come as Justice Department confirms it is examining US links to leaked documents from Panama-based tax firm Mossack Fonseca

US president urged Congress to take action to stop US companies from taking advantage of tax loopholes that allow them to avoid paying sufficient taxes. Obama told reporters at the White House that many of the loopholes come at the expense of middle-class families

Barack Obama has called for international tax reform in the wake of the revelations contained in the Panama Papers.

In an unscheduled appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama described the revelations from the leaks as “important stuff” and said the issue of global tax avoidance was a “huge problem”.

Obama’s intervention came the leak of 11.5m files from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca continued to create uproar and upheaval around the world.

“There is no doubt that the problem of global tax avoidance generally is a huge problem,” Obama told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “The problem is that a lot of this stuff is legal, not illegal.”

The US president said the leak from Panama illustrated the scale of tax avoidance involving Fortune 500 companies and running into trillions of dollars worldwide…………

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Iceland: protests continue in Reykjavík after PM’s resignation.

Hundreds of protesters gather in front of Iceland’s parliament for a second day on Tuesday, calling for the resignation of the government. The demonstration follows an announcement that prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson will step aside after the Panama Papers linked him to an offshore account. Demonstrators are calling for the resignation of more key government figures

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The creation of the trans-oceanic canal came at a heavy price for Panama – with thousands of workers dying, and the US-controlled Canal Zone generating an “apartheid” atmosphere that sparked deep unrest

Protesters march through Panama City on 9 January 1964 during riots over the sovereignty of the Canal Zone.

Protesters march through Panama City on 9 January 1964 during riots over the sovereignty of the Canal Zone. Photograph: Michael Rougier/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

When Vasco Nuñez de Balboa crossed the Panama isthmus on foot in 1513, he had little intention of becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific Ocean. But his trek revealed Panama’s strategic location to be a treasure as great as any of the plunder brought home by other conquistadors for the Spanish crown.

After Balboa’s discovery, it didn’t take long for Spain’s royal court to imagine a canal crossing through Panama. Unfortunately, given the technology of the time, building it was all but impossible. In the 1500s, when Spain’s King Charles I ordered officials in Panama to study the construction of a new canal there, one replied, “There is not a prince in the world with the power to accomplish this.”

It was nevertheless an important overland route for centuries to come – and when an American consortium finally succeeded in building a railroad through Panama’s dense jungle in 1855, the line proved immensely popular. Many locals, however, weren’t happy: a year after it opened, riots broke out between some Panamanians and the train’s passengers.

There were international tensions, too. Emboldened by the expansionist beliefs of president Theodore Roosevelt, US officials amplified the rift between Panama and Colombia so that when negotiations with Columbia broke down, the US government successfully backed insurgent Panamanians, allowing them to win their independence. In return, America was given the right to build a canal across the country. The centuries-long dream of a trans-oceanic link would finally be fulfilled…………..

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Open source investigation by Atlantic Council of where bombs fell found most attacks to be outside Isis-held territory

Russian defence ministry website footage of an airstrike in Syria

Russian defence ministry website footage of an airstrike on a militant base in Latakia, Syria. Photograph: AP

Russian claims to have mostly bombed Islamic State targets during its Syrian campaign were wildly out of step with reality, according to a report using aerial surveillance, crowdsourcing and other open source techniques.

The report says the almost six months of Russian airstrikes up until the 27 February ceasefire caused only peripheral damage to Isis.

When Russia decided to send its air force into action in September last year, the Kremlin chief of staff, Sergey Ivanov, said: “The operation’s military goal is exclusively air support of the Syrian armed forces in their fight against the IS.”

But the report by the Washington-based Atlantic Council describes such claims by Vladimir Putin and the Russian defence ministry as “inaccurate on a grand scale”. Its analysis of video footage of targets released by the Russian defence ministry between 30 September and 17 November last year repeatedly found them to have been outside Isis-controlled territory………..

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US politics

Election 2016

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

‘The Panama free trade agreement was implemented in large part due to strong support by President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.’ Photograph: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

The massive fallout from the Panama Papers investigation – the largest leak of documents in history, which has exposed the tax affairs of the world’s most powerful people – is being felt globally. (The investigation has already captured its first head of state, in the prime minister of Iceland, who resigned on Tuesday.) Yet, so far, the reaction in the US has been muted.

It shouldn’t be. While the investigation has not named any well-known US citizens – though “just wait for what is coming next”, as one of the lead editors said – the scandal should be a critical issue in US presidential election. This is especially true in the Democratic primary, where the story once again calls into question free trade agreements which the party’s elite have been pushing on its rank-and-file for years.

What makes this story particularly relevant is that it was partly predicted by Bernie Sanders when the Obama administration signed the Panama free trade agreement in 2011.

At the time, Sanders gave a prescient speech warning of the exact kind of scandal exposed by the Panama Papers. As Congress was debating the deal, Sanders said on the House floor: “Panama is a world leader when it comes to allowing wealthy Americans and large corporations to evade US taxes by stashing their cash in offshore tax havens. And the Panama free trade agreement would make this bad situation much worse.” (The speech is now going viral on Facebook.)…………..

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