07 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.

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Tad Daley: Nuclear Double Standards Cannot Endure Forever

Tad Daley: Nuclear Double Standards Cannot Endure Forever

TEHRAN (FNA)- Months after the conclusion of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, scholars and pundits are still discussing the landmark agreement (known as the JCPOA) and its significance for the international community.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries (the five permanent UN Security Council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – plus Germany) reached a deal on July 14 by which Iran agreed to take voluntary, confidence-building measures through restricting certain parts of its nuclear activities in return for the termination of sanctions imposed on its energy, banking, financial and industrial sectors. Many international observers, including leaders of several EU nations, have lauded the deal as a milestone in global nuclear non-proliferation and the result of a courageous, wise decision made by Iran.

An American author tells Fars News Agency that the verification mechanisms which the Iranian leaders have accepted to implement should be someday adopted by the entire world nations, as this is the only pathway to the abolition of all nuclear weapons accumulated in arsenals across the world.

“The kinds of verification obligations that the Iranian nation has accepted in the new deal might someday be the kind of obligations that all nations will agree to accept, when they realize that this is the only road to nuclear weapons abolition and to mutual security for all,” said Dr. Tad Daley in a conversation with FNA.

Tad Daley is a proponent of global nuclear disarmament, and has written several op-eds, essays and books to call on all the nuclear weapon states to dismantle their nukes.

In this interview which we did with Dr. Daley shortly after the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he noted that nuclear double standards are not viable, and it’s not logical for the superpowers to demand nuclear disarmament for others while expanding their own arsenals.

“The overriding ethos regarding nuclear weapons in my country, at least since the enactment of the NPT 45 years ago, is that we are rational and sober enough to be trusted with the diabolical weapons ever to spring from the mind of humanity, but others are not,” he said. “That is what has long been known as the nuclear double standard. And it cannot forever endure.”……………But we must. One hopes that someday, the citizens of Iran and the citizens of the United States and citizens of the human community can persuade my government and all governments to do so. Because as President Kennedy said in 1961, “Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.”…………


Tooting MP becomes first Muslim mayor of an EU capital after beating Tory Zac Goldsmith by 57% to 43%

Sadiq Khan, the newly elected mayor of London, gives his acceptance speech after winning the mayoral election on Friday. Khan says he is humbled by the faith placed in him by the electorate, and thanks his family and campaign team

UK elections: Sadiq Khan confirmed as London mayor – live updates

Sadiq Khan has been elected mayor of London, reclaiming the post for Labour after eight years of Conservative rule and becoming the first Muslim mayor of a major western capital.

Khan took 1,310,143 votes (57%) after second preferences were taken into account, beating Conservative Zac Goldsmith into second place on 994,614 (43%). His tally gave him the largest personal mandate of any politician in UK history.

The 45-year-old son of a Pakistani bus driver beat Zac Goldsmith at the end of a sometimes bitter campaign during which the Conservatives accused Khan of being “dangerous” and “pandering to extremists”. Labour complained that Goldsmith’s campaign was Islamophobic.

In his victory speech Khan said he was “deeply humbled by the hope and trust” voters placed in him, adding: “I want to thank every single Londoner for making the impossible possible.”

He added: “I’m so proud that Londoners have today chosen hope over fear and unity over division.”

The convincing win will provide solace to the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a poor set of election results overnight in Scotland, England and Wales. Khan becomes the first Labour leader at City Hall since the Conservatives’ Boris Johnson unseated Ken Livingstone in 2008……………..


Whistleblower says leak of 11.5m Mossack Fonseca files on offshore tax havens has triggered debate but not enough action

The whistleblower behind the Panama Papers broke their silence on Friday to explain in detail how the injustices of offshore tax havens drove them to the biggest data leak in history.

The source, whose identity and gender remain a secret, denied being a spy.

“For the record, I do not work for any government or intelligence agency, directly or as a contractor, and I never have. My viewpoint is entirely my own.”

The whistleblower said the leak of 11.5m documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had triggered a “new, encouraging global debate”, thanks to the publication last month of stories by an international consortium of newspapers, including the Guardian.

“Shell companies are often associated with the crime of tax evasion. But the Panama Papers show beyond a shadow of a doubt that although shell companies are not illegal, by definition they are used to carry out a wide array of serious crimes,” the source wrote. “Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time.”

“The prevailing media narrative thus far has focused on the scandal of what is allowed and legal in this system. What is allowed is indeed scandalous and must be changed.”…………….


Republican state house speaker accuses Obama administration of ‘bullying’ over its order to revise anti-LGBT law HB2 over violations of Civil Rights Act

Protesters demonstrate against HB2 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Protesters demonstrate against HB2 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photograph: Raleigh News/Rex/Shutterstock

North Carolina officials have said they will defy a federal deadline to suspend their controversial “bathroom bill” by Monday or risk losing as much $4.8bn in government funding.

“That deadline will come and go,” said Tim Moore, the speaker of the state house of representatives. “We will take no action.”

He continued: “Obviously, we don’t ever want to lose any money, but we’re not going to get bullied by the Obama administration to take action prior to Monday’s date. That’s not how this works.”

But even as the state’s Republicans stuck to their position on limiting bathroom access by birth gender, lawmakers also appeared to be offering conditional flexibility.

Moore said the legislative process would not work under a system “where a response can be given by just a few days”.

He added that the body would “look at what our options are at this point” in his first substantive comments since the US Department of Justice letter demanding that violations of sex discrimination statutes implied in HB2 be addressed.

Pat McCrory, the Republican governor, said he would review the directive before deciding on the state’s next steps and that North Carolina would meet the Monday deadline to respond. But McCrory also indicated he would not immediately capitulate to the DoJ’s demands………….


Guidelines a contrast to anti-LGBT policies in other states as officials say schools should protect students’ rights to use bathrooms that match their identities

A gender neutral bathroom

Oregon’s department of education published extensive protocols on Thursday aimed at ‘creating a safe and supportive school environment for transgender students’. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Oregon schools should protect transgender students’ rights to use bathrooms that match their identities, according to sweeping new guidelines that provide a sharp contrast to recent anti-LGBT policies across the country.

The state’s department of education, which sets standards for 197 public school districts, published extensive protocols on Thursday aimed at “creating a safe and supportive school environment for transgender students” by allowing them access to appropriate restrooms, locker rooms and sports teams and by respecting their preferred names and gender pronouns.

The state issued the 15-page report in the same week that the justice department informed North Carolina that its controversial anti-trans “bathroom bill” – which forces trans people to use restrooms that correspond to the sex assigned to them at birth – violates the US Civil Rights Act and is unenforceable.

By adopting the HB2 law, North Carolina risks losing $861m in federal funding for schools and could, according to advocates, increase rates of suicide among trans youth……………..


Defense department publicly acknowledges for the first time that US troops are aiding Yemen’s government to fight al-Qaida affiliated forces

Banners hung by al-Qaida militants announcing Islamists’ orders line the streets in the Yemeni port of Mukalla, in the Hadramawt province, on Tuesday.

Banners hung by al-Qaida militants announcing Islamists’ orders line the streets in the Yemeni port of Mukalla, in the Hadramawt province, on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The US military has for the first time publicly acknowledged that US troops are operating inside Yemen to help the country’s government and a Saudi-backed coalition confront al-Qaida affiliated forces.

Defense department spokesman Navy captain Jeff Davis said on Friday that a “very small number” of military personnel has in recent weeks been working with Yemeni and Arab Coalition forces to push al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters from the port city of Mukalla.

The Pentagon has stepped up air strikes against the jihadists in the war-torn country, Davis said.

“This is of great interest to us. It does not serve our interests to have a terrorist organization in charge of a port city, and so we are assisting in that,” the spokesman added.

He said the troops were helping Emirati forces with “intelligence support”, but declined to say if they are special operations forces…………


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