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03 May

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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United Egg Producers, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Pork Producers Council are proposing a change to the Freedom of Information Act

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United Egg Producers has asked to be exempted from FOIA. Photograph: Robert F Bukaty/AP

Some of the largest food producers in the US have successfully petitioned Congress to propose a change to the Freedom of Information Act that would their communications with boards overseen by the US Department of Agriculture from the scrutiny of the public, the Guardian has learned.

The move follows a series of stories that showed the government-backed egg promoter, the American Egg Board, had attempted to stifle competition from Silicon Valley food startup Hampton Creek, in direct conflict with its mandate.

Several agricultural lobbyists including United Egg Producers, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council have now sent a letter to the congressional subcommittee overseeing appropriations for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking to be exempted from Foia requests to their own respective promotional boards.

The letter to the subcommittee reads, in part:

We support inclusion of language in the Committee report urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize that the research and promotion programs are funded solely with producer dollars, and therefore are not agencies of the Federal government or subject to the Freedom of Information Act (Foia)……………

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Reporters for pro-Kurdish media are routinely detained, while those of pro-government outlets cannot always write what they want

Cizre, south-east Turkey

People search their ruined houses in Cizre, south-east Turkey. Photograph: Cagdas Erdogan/Getty Images

Refik Tekin, an award-winning photographer and video journalist, had been covering the curfew in the predominantly Kurdish city of Cizre, south-east Turkey, for more than a month when a report by a pro-government news agency turned him into a terrorist.

Tekin accompanied a group carrying white flags that wanted to retrieve bodies and injured people from a nearby street when security forces suddenly opened fire, wounding nine and killing two, including a member of the city council. Tekin was shot in the leg but kept filming.

A police officer later dragged the injured journalist along the ground to an ambulance. “The policeman shouted at me, telling me not to look at him. He said: ‘You are all terrorists, you will see the strengths of the Turks!’ This struck me as an especially strange thing to say. Am I not a citizen of this country?” said Tekin……….

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The 21-year-old has been flown to hospital in Brisbane just days after the death of another Nauru refugee, who set himself on fire in front of UN representatives

Hodan, also known as Hadon, is a Somalian woman on Nauru. She set herself alight on 2 May just days after a refugee died of injuries sustained from also self-immolating.

Somali refugee Hodan set herself alight on Nauru on Monday just days after another refugee in Australian-run detention died of injuries sustained from self-immolating.

The young Somali woman who set herself alight on Nauru – the second refugee in a week to do so – has been taken to Australia by air ambulance, but her situation remains critical.

Hodan, 21, doused herself and set herself alight inside the OPC1 section of the detention centre on Nauru.

According to reports, she suffered severe burns to most of her body. One person reported “all of her clothes were burned off”.

Another source said: “One of the witnesses who saw her said the situation is much worse than Omid,” a reference to 23-year-old Omid Masoumali, who died last week after self-immolating on Nauru.

Other refugees were prevented by police from entering the hospital to see Hodan (spelled Hadon on her immigration department records) but said that she must be medically evacuated as quickly as possible after accusations of delays in treating Masoumali.

An air ambulance arrived overnight on Nauru to transport Hodan to Australia. She arrived mid-morning in Brisbane. Sources on Nauru say she has suffered severe burns to her upper body and face.

The incident will increase the pressure on the Australian government to improve conditions on Nauru and at its other offshore detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea……………

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In this foreword from The Assassination Complex, a new book about drone warfare, the whistleblower explains why leaking information about wrongdoing is a vital act of resistance

A US drone used to launch airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

A US drone used to launch airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

‘I’ve been waiting 40 years for someone like you.” Those were the first words Daniel Ellsberg spoke to me when we met last year. Dan and I felt an immediate kinship; we both knew what it meant to risk so much – and to be irrevocably changed – by revealing secret truths.

One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency; who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: what begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice.

But unlike Dan Ellsberg, I didn’t have to wait 40 years to witness other citizens breaking that silence with documents. Ellsberg gave the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971; Chelsea Manning provided the Iraq and Afghan war logs and the Cablegate materials to WikiLeaks in 2010. I came forward in 2013. Now another person of courage and conscience has made available the extraordinary set of documents published in The Assassination Complex, the new book by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of the Intercept……………

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A three-year-old girl injured herself after firing a gun inside a car in Georgia on Friday. She is expect to survive. Photograph: Alamy

In the past two weeks, at least seven toddlers in the US have shot themselves or someone else. It’s a trend that is accelerating.

The latest shooting happened Friday, at Weaver distribution center in Augusta, Georgia. A three-year-old girl waited in a car in the parking lot with her mother and older brother while a family friend went inside to buy car parts. He left his loaded gun in the car.

The girl picked up the gun and pulled the trigger, sending the bullet through her bottom and into the black Honda’s windshield.

Joe Leonguerrero works at Weaver. “While working, I heard a firearm discharge,” he told local television station WRDW. “I was previously in the military, so I’m familiar with the sound. And me and a co-worker went to see what was going on, and we saw a female get out of a vehicle and a child who was crying.”

She was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

The consequences have been more dire for the half-dozen other toddlers – children aged three and under – who found guns and shot someone in the past two weeks:

  • 20 April: A two-year-old boy in Indiana died after shooting himself in the chest. His mother had left the gun in her purse on the kitchen counter……………

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US politics

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Bernie Sanders I hope my legacy will be that I was a very good president

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New Hampshire halts controversial vote meant to limit Trump’s delegate support

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Opinion

As an actor on the show, I learned how urgently we need reform. I hope Mitch McConnell lets a key new bipartisan bill get to a vote

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‘I didn’t pay attention to the issue of criminal justice because it didn’t pay attention to me.’ Photograph: Netflix/Everett/Rex/Shutterstock

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have finally struck a deal on criminal justice reform. Following the announcement on Thursday, only Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell stands between us and a vote. You might wonder why I care, why I am out advocating for this issue so passionately.

I filmed dozens of episodes of Orange is the New Black without understanding the depth of the issues in our criminal justice system. I’m grateful that the show played a pivotal role in introducing me to the change that was needed.

I am a white man who grew up in a family with financial security. Because of that, I’ve had the great fortune of never having to worry about our broken criminal justice system. My community, a white community, has not been affected by police and courts in the ways many communities of color have.

Put simply, I didn’t pay attention to the issue of criminal justice because it didn’t pay attention to me.

But then I started reading Michelle Alexander’s incredible book The New Jim Crow, followed by Shaka Sengor’s memoir Writing My Wrongs. I studied, I learned and I realized I couldn’t afford to sit on the sidelines while the cycle of mass incarceration continued to rob so many people of their lives, so many communities of their most talented friends and family.

One in three black men born today can expect to spend time in prison during their lifetime, if current trends continue. Black people are imprisoned at six times the rate of white people. Of the 2.3 million people behind bars today in America, 60% are people of color. And we aren’t talking about violent crimes here – we are talking about drugs.

While white people use and sell drugs at roughly the same rates as black, Latino and Native Americans, people of color are stopped by police, searched, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated at higher rates than white people for drug crimes, according to the Drug Policy Institute. The disparities span every step in the criminal justice system, from police to prison.
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And while these statistics are startling,……….

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