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09 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. 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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Russian Victory Day prompts clashes in Kharkiv, Kyiv

Russia has staged a large military parade on the Red Square, remembering victory over Germany in World War II. The celebration, marked in numerous ways across the former Soviet Union, sparked scuffles in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin led the nation in a minute of silence for some 26 million Russians killed during the war, opening the hour-long parade in Moscow on Monday.

The celebration marks the 71st anniversary of the end of WWII, which is “both a state holiday, and a personal, family holiday” in Russia, Putin said.

Victory Day in Russia

“This holiday has became a symbol of kinship between Russia and her people. In this closeness, in loyalty to the Motherland lays our power, confidence and dignity,” he added.

Speaking from Red Square, in front of the Kremlin, the Russian leader also warned against the “global threat” of terrorism.

“We need to defeat this evil, and Russia is open to joining forces with other countries,” he said, adding that Moscow was ready to help create an international security system that transcends military blocs.

Putin also described Russian victory over Nazi Germany as a “stern warning to those who might want to test our strength.”……………

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Analysis shows $1.3tn of assets from Russia sitting offshore, as David Cameron prepares to host anti-corruption summit

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Russian banknotes. A detailed 18-month research project has uncovered a sharp increase in the capital flowing offshore from developing countries, in particular Russia and China. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

More than $12tn (£8tn) has been siphoned out of Russia, China and other emerging economies into the secretive world of offshore finance, new research has revealed, as David Cameron prepares to host world leaders for an anti-corruption summit.

A detailed 18-month research project has uncovered a sharp increase in the capital flowing offshore from developing countries, in particular Russia and China.

The analysis, carried out by Columbia University professor James S Henry for the Tax Justice Network, shows that by the end of 2014, $1.3tn of assets from Russia were sitting offshore. The figures, which came from compiling and cross-checking data from global institutions including the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, follow the Panama Papers revelations of global, systemic tax avoidance.

Chinese citizens have $1.2tn stashed away in tax havens, once estimates for Hong Kong and Macau are included. Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia – all of which have seen high-profile corruption scandals in recent years – also come high on the list of the worst-affected countries.

Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey, told the Guardian his research underlined the fact that tax-dodging was not the only motivation for using tax havens – criminals and kleptocrats also made prolific use of their services to keep their wealth secret and their money safe…………….

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Crucial meeting of eurozone finance ministers will be held on Monday amid backdrop of violence in Athens over cuts worth €5.4bn

Greek police officers dodge petrol bomb during minor clashes in central Athens

Greek police officers dodge petrol bomb in central Athens early on Sunday morning. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece’s leftist-led coalition will turn to the lightning rod issue of debt relief on Monday at a crucial meeting of eurozone finance ministers following the late-night approval in Athens of laws overhauling the country’s tax and pension system.

Amid violence on the streets and a three-day general strike that had brought much of the country to a halt, the embattled government pushed the legislation through parliament with the backing of its 153 MPS. Addressing the 300-seat House, prime minister Alexis Tsipras said: “We are determined to make Greece stand on its two feet at any cost.”

Rioters pelted police with stones while black-clad anarchists lobbed flaming Molotov cocktails, after Athens’s finance minister warned Greece could become a “failed state” if it was pushed too far.

The controversial bills, worth €5.4bn (£4.27bn) in budget savings, were seen as the toughest reforms the thrice bailed-out nation has been forced to enact since its debt crisis began. The once firebrand Tsipras called the vote in advance of tortuous bailout negotiations being concluded in a bid to placate eurozone finance ministers ahead of Monday’s meeting.

In an unprecedented step, lenders are expected to focus on the nation’s staggering debt load – at over 180% of GDP the largest in Euro……….

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Many refugees prefer not to live in camps, but work restrictions and a lack of monitoring often leave them isolated and struggling to make ends meet

Syrian child refugees at a makeshift camp in Ankara, Turkey

Syrian refugees at a makeshift camp in Ankara. More than 2.7 million refugees in Turkey need assistance, but aid organisations cannot reach them. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

When the UN high commissioner for refugees finally implemented a comprehensive policy directive on urban refugees in 2014 (pdf), it marked the end of a long battle. For decades, aid and development experts argued about the pros and cons of camps. Refugees often don’t want to live in camps, and the UNHCR recognised that camps can turn into de facto prisons.

“Camps should be the exception, phased out at the earliest possible stage,” it wrote in a 2014 policy paper (pdf).

Two years on, the situation facing Syrian refugees in Turkey calls that policy into question. More than 2.7 million refugees need assistance, but aid organisations cannot reach most of them. Sending refugees into the streets to fend for themselves may be the best solution in the long run. But if humanitarian organisations can’t track these refugees, how will we ever know? It is a core problem that no one has solved.

In fact, most of the world’s refugees are not in camps. More than half of all refugees live in urban or rural areas. In some countries, doing so is against the law.

For example, in Kenya, the government’s policy is that refugees should live in the vast, remote camps of Dadaab or Kakuma. This means the camps may never be disbanded. Dadaab, which has existed for 25 years, currently has nearly 330,000 residents, mostly from Somalia.

The alternative, when governments allow it, is for refugees to find their own place to live. But when they do, many have trouble making a living. In Turkey, the government ostensibly allows Syrian refugees to work. In practice, however, they are limited by strict quotas and to certain industries. The Turkish government has only issued about 7,000 work permits for Syrian refugees, yet an estimated 1 million adults need jobs to feed their families………….

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Christopher Underwood’s grief over the unsolved murder of Akeal Christopher inspires action as the nine-year-old joins other survivors in demand for change

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Julianne Moore and Melissa Joan Hart congratulate nine-year-old Christopher Underwood, after his speech in New York on Saturday. Photograph: Lois Beckett for the Guardian

Christopher Underwood was just five years old when his older brother was shot in the head. For two weeks, he remembers, 14-year-old Akeal, shot on a street corner in Brooklyn, fought for his life in the hospital. Then Christopher’s mother told him Akeal was not coming home.

Christopher struggled. So did his 10-year-old brother, Rashawn, who had to start middle school not far from where Akeal was killed. The brothers’ grades dropped. Their mother said she could not find resources to support families dealing with the aftermath of gun violence.

Four years later, Christopher has become a regular speaker at gun control marches and other such events. He has been honored for his advocacy. Not yet 10 years old, he has an emphatic message: kids’ voices matter.

“I speak out for Akeal and for everyone who has experienced gun violence, including the siblings who lose their brothers and sisters and other children whose voices aren’t always heard,” the fourth-grader said on Saturday, at an annual Brooklyn march sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

“I have to use my voice to honor them, to fight for them. I may be just nine years old, but when I open my mouth, the voice that comes out is strong and can make a difference.”

The crowd cheered.

More than 11,000 Americans are murdered with guns each year. About half are black men and boys. In recent years, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of two black boys between the ages of 15 and 19 have been victims of a gun homicide each day…………..

US politics

Election 2016

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Sarah Palin backs Paul Ryan’s primary opponent

Donald Trump: I don’t need Republican unity to win

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