04 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:

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Guidelines requiring public schools to let students use facilities matching their gender identity has been hailed in wake of ‘regressive’ laws passed by other states

The new guidelines will ensure tolerance and respect, say supporters.

The new guidelines will ensure tolerance and respect, say supporters. Photograph: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

Chicago public schools (CPS) released sweeping guidelines on Tuesday requiring all 660 of the district’s schools to accommodate transgender students according to their gender identities in bathrooms, locker rooms, and on overnight trips.

The policies also explicitly established protections for transgender adults who work, volunteer with or participate in programs in the district, the third-largest in the nation covering some 392,000 students.

“CPS, like much of the country, has become far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community,” said Janice Jackson, the chief education officer for CPS. “The guidelines released today will help ensure every student and adult in the CPS family can participate in an environment of complete tolerance and respect.”

Tuesday’s announcement comes as a growing number of school districts across the country are refusing to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other spaces that match the students’ gender identities. Chicago’s new guidelines reflect many policies that are already required under federal anti-discrimination law. But by announcing a uniform policy, the district may head off conflicts and discriminatory decision-making at individual schools……………….


Nearly ever school in Detroit remains closed in second day of ‘sickout’, as teachers protest district’s inability to pay over the summer

Teachers rally outside the Detroit school district’s headquarters on 3 May 2016.

Teachers rally outside the Detroit school district’s headquarters on Tuesday. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/AP

Nearly every school in Detroit was closed for the second straight day on Tuesday, once again causing more than 45,000 students to miss class because of a funding crisis that has put the city at odds with teachers.

The Detroit Teachers Federation called for a mass sickout after the school district’s management announced over the weekend that it would not be able to pay teachers in the summer.

Union leaders met with district leadership on Monday but did not reach an agreement. That night, the union said teachers were not expected to return to work. “We do not work for free and therefore we do not expect you to report to school tomorrow,” the union wrote…………….


All schools in the Indian capital have been told to take ‘mandatory summer vacation’ as heatwave continues

A boy plays in a fountain to cool off on a hot summer day in New Delhi.

Officials say temperatures will continue to rise in the coming weeks, after reaching 44C (111F) on Monday. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

All schools in Delhi have been ordered to take a “mandatory summer vacation” from 11 May amid a heatwave that has swept the city.

Officials say temperatures will continue to rise in the coming weeks, after reaching 44C (111F) on Monday – the hottest day of the year so far.

chools in other parts of India have already been forced to close because of heatwaves and a drought that has affected 330 million people across India.

Delhi’s state-run schools finish for the summer on 10 May anyway, but private and municipal schools’ term dates vary. Many schools’ end-of-term tests will now need to be rescheduled.

Nav Bharti public school was due to break up for the summer on 18 May. Its headteacher, Sanjay Bhartiya, said the government’s decision would cause a scheduling nightmare. “We had cycle tests and unit tests scheduled for the second week of May, so now all our schedule will be disturbed,” he said.

“We are going to follow the government’s order, there is no alternative right now. But in the school calendar, one week matters a lot. We understand the government’s concern over the heatwave but this abrupt decision will definitely affect us.”

Madhulika Sen, headteacher at Tagore International school, Vasant Vihar, which will lose three working days because of the government’s order, was less forgiving. “Where the temperature is concerned, the government schools have no infrastructure – no fans, no back up for electricity, drinking water. They can’t………..


A copy of the leaked TTIP talks is projected onto a screen at a Greenpeace news conference in Berlin

A copy of the leaked TTIP talks is projected onto a screen at a Greenpeace news conference in Berlin. Opposition to TTIP is strong in Germany. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

As talks to broker a global trade deal entered a second tortuous decade, the US and the European Union came up with an idea. Since it was proving impossible to find agreement among the 150 or so members of the World Trade Organisation about how to tear down barriers to freer commerce, they would strike their own agreement.

Talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began in the summer of 2013 with officials in Washington and Brussels confident they could iron out any difficulties by the time American voters decide on who should succeed Barack Obama as president in November this year.

This always looked a ridiculously tight timetable and so it has proved. Cutting trade deals is an agonisingly slow process. The last successful global deal – the Uruguay Round – took seven years before being concluding in 1993. Talks continued on the Doha Round from 2001 until 2015 before terminal boredom and frustration set in. Was it really feasible that TTIP could be pushed through in little more than three years? Not a chance.

There are three reasons for that. First, the main barriers to trade between the US and the EU are not traditional tariff barriers, which have been steadily whittled away in the decades since the second world war, but the differing regulatory regimes that operate on either side of the Atlantic. America and Europe have different views on everything from GM food to safety standards on cars so harmonising standards was always going to take a lot of time………..

TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: ever heard of it? Do you know what it means? If the answer is no, don’t worry. TTIP (not to be confused with TPP) is a series of trade negotiations being carried out between the EU and US. The bilateral trade agreement deals with reducing regulatory barriers to big business trade: food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations … told you it was sexy

US politics

Election 2016


Despite trailing behind Hillary Clinton in polls, Sanders once again proved his appeal to disaffected midwest voters by pulling off his 18th victory of 2016

Bernie Sanders threw a last-minute hurdle in front of Hillary Clinton’s march toward the Democratic party nomination on Tuesday by clinching a surprise victory in the Indiana primary.

Despite trailing by an average of seven points in opinion polls and losing a string of bigger, more diverse states on the east coast, Sanders once again proved his appeal to disaffected midwest voters by pulling off his 18th victory of 2016, according to Associated Press projections………………

Bernie Sanders interrupted mid-speech with news of Indiana win – video

Trump and Sanders win as Cruz shocks by dropping out – Indiana primary, as it happened

Who is God’s candidate? What do American Muslims think of the election?

Trump beats Cruz in Indiana primary, clearing path to nomination

Ted Cruz Attacks ‘serial philanderer’ Trump as race enters ‘abyss’

Donald Trump’s path to Republican nomination cleared as Ted Cruz quits



Donald Trump could actually be the next president. Just let that sink in.

This is a man who actively demeans women, has encouraged violence at his campaign rallies, would ban all Muslims from entering the US and recently seemed undisturbed by an endorsement from a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. And yet Trump, a political outsider, is poised to grasp the highest office in the land.

It was never supposed to happen. But here we are. Tonight in Indiana, in the primary that nobody thought would matter, the thing that nobody thought possible a year ago, is really coming to pass. Donald Trump is going to clinch the Republican nomination. He is really winning, like he always says. Only it’s not a joke or catchy mantra – it’s reality.

And even he seems to understand how absurd that is. “It’s been an unbelievable day and evening and year,” Trump said at the beginning of his acceptance speech.

Unbelievable is one word for it.

After the race was called from Trump on Tuesday night, Ted Cruz, the only thing standing between him and the nomination, suspended his campaign.

This was never supposed to happen. Early polling had showed a tight race between Trump and Cruz. And Cruz had thrown everything he had at the contest, from money, to a newsy presidential pick and a non-aggression pact with John Kasich. Even up until tonight’s election, insiders continued to insist that delegate math would protect the party from Trump’s nomination.

But suddenly with Cruz’s announcement, the specter of a contested convention fell away and the Republican primary was a one-man show. A big, orange, frightening one-man show.

Beaming at his audience on stage in the Trump Tower, he heaped lavish praise on people he’s disparaged the most, from women – he’s called them “dogs” and “fat pigs” – to Cruz himself, whom he recently declared “everyone hates.”

“He is a tough smart competitor”, Trump said of Cruz. Nevermind what’s honest, Trump has never been concerned with that.

The relationship between the two men has always been politically transparent, and tonight was no exception. After all, Trump will need to win over Cruz’s evangelical base if he’s ever going to beat Hillary Clinton in a general election. So with Cruz out of the race, he went from being Trump’s Opponent-in-Chief to being his Ally-in-Chief.

And he does have some support in such shenanigans. No sooner had Cruz stepped aside then Republican chairman Reince Priebus tried to get out ahead of the narrative by calling for the party to unite behind Trump. “@realDonaldTrump will be presumptive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton #NeverClinton”, he tweeted. And some like Alabama’s Jeff Sessions have long said Trump’s just what the party need………………




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