18 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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Vermont senator draws closer to former secretary of state as she begins effort to court his voters and concentrate on Republican opponents

in Brooklyn and in Staten Island

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders draws record crowds in New York City in the final weekend before the state’s primary. Nearly 29,000 were at the rally in Prospect Park on Sunday to hear him calling for the break-up of America’s largest financial institutions. ‘Together we are going to create an economy that works for working people, that works for the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor, all of us, not just the one percent.’ Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

“Do they still have the seals and elephants?” pondered Bernie Sanders as he began his penultimate New York rally in a park he knew from childhood trips to the zoo. “I never thought I’d be back here speaking to 20,000 people.”

But if anyone else found it incongruous to see a 74-year-old democratic socialist from Brooklyn drawing huge hometown crowds – and ever closer to former state senator Hillary Clinton in the opinion polls – they were keeping it to themselves.

In most regards, Sunday afternoon’s sunny appearance in Prospect Park was a typical of the raucous rallies that the Vermont senator has been holding for nearly a year now, though the crowd exceeded all his previous events: 28,300 people, a record for Sanders.

The senator largely picked up where he left off in Greenwich Village four days earlier, before the frantic final round of campaigning was interrupted by a television debate with Clinton and a whistlestop trip to the Vatican and a meeting with the pope.

Yet one thing does seem to have changed in recent days. A bitter TV debate last Thursday coincided with signs that this race may be closer than anyone anticipated, and that neither Sanders nor Clinton, who later spoke on Staten Island, would dare leave anything to chance.

Sanders supporters in Prospect Park.

Sanders supporters in Prospect Park. Photograph: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Twelve months ago, or even 12 days ago, Sanders’ stump speech would barely mention his opponent, or at most offer a few coded references to the distinctions in their campaigns, such as his rejection of Super Pacs and their differences on foreign policy.

But a new poll released by Gravis on Sunday night suggests the gap between them in New York may have narrowed to as little as six points, with Clinton at 53% and Sanders at 47%.


Early start date would add momentum for deeper emissions cuts and lock a future US president into the deal for four years

Emissions from the coal fired Morgantown Generating Station in Newburg, Maryland, US

The Paris climate agreement needs to be approved by 55 countries accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions to come into force. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The US and China are leading a push to bring the Paris climate accord into force much faster than even the most optimistic projections – aided by a typographical glitch in the text of the agreement.

More than 150 governments, including 40 heads of state, are expected at a symbolic signing ceremony for the agreement at the United Nations on 22 April, which is Earth Day.

It’s the largest one-day signing of any international agreement, according to the UN.

But leaders will really be looking to see which countries go beyond mere ceremony and legally join the agreement, which would bind them to the promises made in Paris last December to keep warming below the agreed target of 2C.

So far, the US, China, Canada and a host of other countries have promised to join this year – boosting the hopes of bringing the Paris deal into force before the initial target date of 2020 – possibly as early as 2016 or 2017, according to officials and analysts.

That is well before the timeline originally envisaged at Paris. Environment ministers attending the World Bank spring meetings this week said the faster pace indicated serious commitment to dealing with the global challenge………….


As Canada’s small community of Attawapiskat grapples with more than 100 recent suicide attempts, focus turns ‘hundreds of years of trauma’

in Attawapiskat and in Toronto

  • Note: In Canada, 24-hour suicide prevention centres can be found across the country through the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.

Chief Bruce Shisheesh is calling for long term commitment from the Canadian federal government to overcome the crisis. Since last September, more than 100 Attawapiskat people have attempted suicide

For two days, Stephanie Hookimaw drove frantically down the dirt roads that line Canada’s Attawapiskat First Nation, looking for her 13-year-old daughter.

She stopped in at 16 homes in the remote community, hoping to find some trace of her child. “I was just crying while I was driving around looking for her, praying at the same time, asking God to protect her.”

Her search ended at a police cordon. “She took her own life,” Hookimaw said, her voice shaking as her eyes welled with tears. “I was shocked. She was never suicidal.”

Her daughter, Sheridan, had been suffering. She was bullied at school and suffered health issues including arthritis and asthma. She longed for her family to have their own home, ever since sewage contamination forced them to live with 15 others in a three-bedroom home.

Still, she seemed happy. “I would always talk to my baby, asking her ‘are you OK?’ She would say ‘Mommy, I’m OK.’”

Her daughter’s problems were closely to tied to those of this remote Aboriginal community in northern Ontario. In 2011, a severe housing shortage forced families to live in tents and unheated trailers, some without access to running water and electricity. Two years later, substandard infrastructure was blamed for flooding and sewage backups.

In September, Sheridan’s cousin was one of five teenagers who tried to overdose on drugs and had to be medically evacuated from the community. The incident – coupled with Sheridan’s death in October – set off a disastrous chain of events in the fragile community, eventually triggering a crisis that this week made headlines around the world…………..


People worldwide have benefited so much by this brave man’s sacrifice to expose the illegal behaviour of the NSA

Barak Obama is now a lame-duck president, which means he has the opportunity to do things that might make it difficult for him politically if he were seeking re-election. One of these is to grant presidential pardons. There is a petition on the website for We The People asking the president to pardon Edward Snowden ( If 100,000 signatures are gathered, then the White House has committed to responding to the requests. No guarantee what the response will be, but it’s a beginning. The American people, in fact people worldwide, have benefited so much by this brave man’s sacrifice to expose the illegal behaviour of the NSA. Please sign this petition and encourage President Obama to allow Edward Snowden to return to the US without prosecution.


US business

US banks not prepared for another financial crisis, say federal regulators

Peabody Energy’s collapse does not mark the end of an era for coal

Thousands of Verizon workers strike on east coast amid contract dispute

The bad smell hovering over the global economy

World Bank and IMF chiefs: tax dodging is grave concern for global economy


US politics

Election 2016

 delegate tracker

Sanders draws record crowd in Brooklyn as Democratic race takes darker tone



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