30 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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US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ towns

The McGlynn: 6m Sea Level Rise, picture below

Map of the Earth with a six-meter sea level rise represented in red.

Credit: NASA


The marshy, tundra landscape surrounding Newtok, Alaska, a village threatened by the melting of permafrost.

The marshy, tundra landscape surrounding Newtok, Alaska, a village threatened by the melting of permafrost.
Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The Obama administration has warned the US will need to deal with a wave of “climate refugees” as the Arctic continues to warm, joining with the Canadian government to express alarm over how climate change is affecting indigenous communities.

Sally Jewell, US secretary of the interior, painted a stark picture of communities relocating and lives disrupted in her first official visit to Canada. The Arctic, which is warming at twice the rate of the global average, has just recorded its lowest recorded peak ice extent after what’s been called a “warm, crazy winter”.

“We will have climate refugees,” Jewell said. “We have to figure out how to deal with potentially relocating villages. There’s real tangible support we need to do from a government basis, working alongside indigenous communities as they make very difficult choices about what is right for them.

“We can’t turn this around. We can stem the increase in temperature, we can stem some of the effect, perhaps, if we act on climate. But the changes are under way and they are very rapid.”

The escalating Arctic temperatures, diminishing ice and rising sea levels are having consequences for humans as well as other animals such as polar bears and walruses. The ability to catch fish and travel – or even to hold the famed Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska – is at risk.

Jewell said the remote town of Kivalina in Alaska is “washing away”. The coastal town, located around 80 miles above the Arctic circle, has been visited by Barack Obama following warnings its 400-strong population will have to be moved due to thinning ice that exposes the town to crashing waves……………


Intelligence committee senator said he plans to introduce bill to block expansion to ‘rule 41’ on warrants for suspects who hide their location, set for December

computer hacking

Supreme court allowed federal judges to issue hacking warrants to federal law enforcement if suspects try to hide their locations. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

The US Congress has seven months to block a potentially massive expansion of the government’s ability to hack into suspects’ computers.

At the FBI’s request this week, the supreme court ruled that federal judges should be able to issue hacking warrants to federal law enforcement for anywhere in the US if the suspect has tried to hide their location, as criminal suspects are wont to do.

Additionally, the FBI could get authority to infiltrate any computer – regardless of the owner – if it has already been taken over by bad hackers.

The changes to so-called “rule 41” go into effect 1 December unless Congress acts to block them. The move has set up a showdown with Senator Ron Wyden, the most senior Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, who is marshaling the opposition on Capitol Hill. He told the Guardian on Friday that he plans to introduce a bill blocking the court’s move…………


Médecins Sans Frontières’ request for independent inquiry into 3 October airstrike that killed 42 civilians remains open after military fails to yield charges

MSF hospital Kunduz

The October attack on the hospital contributed to the erosion of protections around medical facilities in wartime. Photograph: Xinhua /Landov/Barcroft Media

Médecins Sans Frontières reiterated its request for Barack Obama to permit an independent inquiry into a US attack on its hospital in northern Afghanistan on Friday after a US military investigation failed to yield criminal charges.

Meinie Nicolai, the president of the group also known as MSF or Doctors Without Borders, told the Guardian: “We still have questions on negligence and the list of errors that we’ve heard” outlined in a declassified report into the 3 October airstrike that killed 42 civilians in MSF’s Kunduz hospital, one of the most infamous episodes in the US’s longest-ever war.

On Friday, the general in charge of US forces in the Mideast and South Asia, Joseph Votel, said the strike was “not a war crime”, since a US AC-130 gunship crew did not realize it was striking a hospital. Votel’s predecessor took disciplinary action against a dozen servicemembers, though no criminal liability will follow.

Nicolai said MSF still had to thoroughly review the military inquiry before characterizing it, but noted that it was performed by the same US military that “committed the attack”.

“No formal response was given on our request for an independent investigation by the US authorities,” Nicolai said. “Our request is still open, and I guess we will not get it.”

At the Pentagon, Votel said the strike did not rise to the level of a war crime since striking the hospital was not an “intentional act” – something John Sifton of Human Rights Watch called “simply wrong as a matter of law”…………


Florida police officer caught on tape hitting handcuffed woman – video

A rookie sheriff’s deputy in Jacksonville, Florida, has been charged with battery and fired from his job after authorities said he hit a woman in handcuffs. Video shows 26-year-old officer Akinyemi Borisade repeatedly striking the handcuffed woman. Police say the incident happened after Borisade arrested the woman at a local bar for trespassing and resisting arrest

US politics

Election 2016


The global focus on the Canadian prime minister’s good looks and athletic prowess distracts from his thin political résumé

Justin Trudeau cuddles the first pandas born in Canada

Justin Trudeau cuddles the first pandas born in Canada. Photograph: Justin Trudeau/Twitter/Twitter

The world has fallen in love with Justin Trudeau – the panda-cuddling, wheelchair-carrying, refugee-welcoming prime minister of Canada. Glossies from Vogue to Vanity Fair constantly fawn over his good looks and youthful exuberance. And large swaths of the internet can’t get enough of the liberal leader’s charm, intellect and constant declarations that he’s a feminist. I included myself in this category.

Then I moved to Canada. And it became pretty obvious that the jury’s still out on Trudeau there, even with the generalized relief that Stephen Harper’s steely conservatism is no more. While Trudeau is depicted abroad as a heartthrob superhero, people here are less excited and more focused on whether he’s all style over substance.

Older Canadians are assuming a “wait and see” ambivalence toward Trudeau, who is far less qualified for the role than his storied prime minister father, Pierre. And younger Canadians are wary because Justin Trudeau also evokes the “hope and change” excitement of 2008-era Barack Obama, whose two terms did little to satisfy the high expectations that surrounded his election.

If you’ve heard the phrase ‘Trudeaumania’ before, it was likely in reference to the late Pierre Trudeau, who served as prime minister from the 1960s to 1980s. His accomplishments ranged from a charter prohibiting discrimination and encouraging multiculturalism, to extensive healthcare reforms, to legalizing contraception, abortion and homosexuality. The elder Trudeau’s ambitious reign, abundant in both charisma and intellect, helps explain why an older generation of Canadians may be willing to give his rookie son a chance.

A retired lawyer on the west coast told me that while Canadians are not wholly enthused by the new PM, the nostalgia from his “iconic” connections will allow him a longer honeymoon period. Meanwhile, the president of my synagogue in Vancouver also attributed Justin Trudeau’s electoral success to his last name – she expressed blatant disapproval for his “lightweight” foreign policy and “celebrity” appeal. She did confirm however, with characteristic Canadian politeness, that “he’s a nice kid, don’t get me wrong.”

Canadian millennials, on the other hand, are the demographic supposedly most taken in by Trudeau’s idealism – their vote helped propel him into office, as they mobilized in excitement at the alternative Trudeau posed to the arch-conservative Harper. But these younger voters are also withholding full endorsement, concerned that the government’s heavy spending will mean an insurmountable deficit, and that not enough is being done to make housing affordable.

This great disconnect between what Canadians think of Trudeau and how he comes across abroad is partly due to what goes viral online. Social media opts for photogenic hair over policy specifics, so the international press fawns over his yoga prowess instead of examining his first budget. It follows that his photos of boxing in Brooklyn have been given more attention than his environmental policy predicaments…………



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