13 Mar

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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Grand Canyon threatened despite win against developers, conservationists say

A national forest supervisor has said an Italian company’s commercial plan, opposed by tribal people, was not in the public interest – but the fight is not over

Scenic View Of Grand Canyon Against Sky At Sunrise

Scenic View Of Grand Canyon Against Sky At Sunrise Photograph: Justina Prankaite / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm

Plans for a huge commercial development that would transform a tiny town near the edge of the Grand Canyon have been thrown out by federal officials in a surprise victory for conservation and indigenous interests – but campaigners warn that the world famous natural wonder remains in peril.

Tusayan, in northern Arizona, has a few low-key hotels and a population of just 560.

A mile from the entrance to Grand Canyon national park, it is the last settlement tourists pass through, if they even notice it, before entering the park to gawp into the spectacular sandstone abyss.

But an Italian developer has spent more than two decades hovering over this speck on the map with dreams of turning it into a bustling resort area with 3m square feet of commercial facilities, including a tourist lodge, spa, cultural center, upscale shops, restaurants, holiday ranch, hotels and a few thousand new homes.

The scheme has caused a long-running, often bitter battle between local civic leaders supporting the developer, the Italian-owned Stilo Development Group USA, and environmental and Native American groups in opposition.

But a milestone decision has sent proponents of the development project reeling.

Heather Provencio, the new supervisor of a nearby chunk of national forest who needs to approve better road access across the federal land for the private development to go ahead, announced the plan was not in the public interest……………


Obama and Jagger fly in, but fears grow over who profits as Cuba starts to party

The arrival of the US president (and the Stones) this month marks a further step to reopening the island for business. But many fear this new openness could also be a draw for drug cartels

Old Havana Square in Havana, Cuba

Tourists visit the Old Havana Square in Havana, Cuba Photograph: Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Stockade Cuba – isolated for generations by a US embargo and fidelity to communism – finds itself suddenly at the centre of the Americas, thanks in part to circumstance but mainly to the craft, guile and luck of its president, Raúl Castro, brother of the revolution’s founding father, Fidel.

US secretary of state John Kerry was in Havana last week for the first time since reopening his government’s embassy here last year, now preparing for the imminent and historic visit of Barack Obama for two days on 21 March, the first by a US president since Calvin Coolidge inaugurated the pan-American congress here in 1928. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic and trade relations in 1961.

And to cap the string of illustrious visitors who have come through Havana recently – since a tour of the island by Pope Francis last year – the Rolling Stones arrive on Good Friday, two days after Obama’s departure, for a free open-air concert at the Sports City stadium. This event more than anything pronounces once-fortress Cuba wide open to the world……………


Israeli airstrikes kill two Palestinian children

Siblings aged 10 and six hit by fragments of missile fired in response to rocket attacks from Gaza

Mourners carry the body of Israa Abu Khussa, six, during her funeral in Beit Lahiya, Gaza

Mourners carry the body of Israa Abu Khussa, six, during her funeral in Beit Lahiya on Saturday. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian boy and his sister were killed in Hamas-controlled Gaza when they were hit by fragments from a missile fired by an Israeli aircraft, medical officials said.

The incident took place on Saturday hours after militants launched rockets into Israel. An Israeli military statement said aircraft had targeted four militant training camps belonging to Hamas after four missiles landed in open areas in southern Israel on Friday night. No casualties were reported from the rocket strikes.

Residents of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip said Yassin Abu Khoussa, 10, died after debris from the explosion hit his home, which is next to a militant training camp. His six-year-old sister, Israa, who was seriously wounded, later died in hospital, said a Gaza health ministry spokesman.

The deaths were the first from Israeli attacks on Gaza since last October. The Israeli army said that since the beginning of the year and including Friday’s salvo, seven rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The Israeli defence minister, Moshe Ya’alon, said rogue militant groups had launched the rockets from Gaza. “We will not tolerate the disruption of calm and the daily life of the residents who live around the Gaza Strip … which is why we reacted strongly against Hamas assets and we will act even more harshly if these attempts continue,” Ya’alon said……………


Greece promises refugee transfers as camp baby photo emerges

People to be moved from Macedonian border within a week after image shows newborn being washed over bare earth

Refugees wash the baby born in a tent at the Idomeni refugee camp near the Greece-Macedonia border.

Refugees wash the baby born in a tent at the Idomeni refugee camp near the Greece-Macedonia border. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Greek minister for refugees has vowed to move people from a squalid camp on the Macedonian border within a week, as a photograph emerged of a baby who may have been born in one of the crowded tents.

The arresting image showed the infant being washed with a bottle of water over bare earth outside the makeshift dwellings at the Idomeni refugee camp, where more than 12,000 people are living in deteriorating conditions in the hope of crossing the Greek border.

Aerial video footage shows the conditions of 14,000 people camped near the village of Idomeni, near the Greek-Macedonian border. Officials are trying to persuade them to move to nearby government-built shelters. Authorities said about 800 people have agreed so far to leave the camp, but more arrive every day

Sarah Collis, a nurse with the charity Doctors of the World, who has been at the camp for the past two months, said there had been many women in the late stages of pregnancy in the camp but most were taken to local hospitals to give birth.

“Conditions in the camp are truly horrendous, we have not had outbreaks of particular diseases yet but young children are very vulnerable to pneumonia and dehydration from gastroenteritis. Pregnant women who might have complications might have issues getting medical help quick enough.”

Collis herself had recently treated a Syrian woman in her 20s who had given birth in a local hospital five days earlier and was now living in a two-man tent with her newborn, her husband and mother………….


US politics

Election 2016       



Clinton’s comments on the Reagans and Aids demand more than apology

It is hard but important for those who care about Aids to criticize the frontrunner of the Democratic party, who takes the support of gay voters for granted

Aids historians, LGBT activists, and anyone who cares about little things like the truth were immediately enraged at Clinton’s false claims.

Aids historians, LGBT activists, and anyone who cares about little things like the truth were immediately enraged at Clinton’s false claims. Photograph: Brian van der Brug/LA Times via Getty Images

Talking about former first lady Nancy Reagan on MSNBC on Friday, current leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton credited “president and Mrs Reagan – in particular, Mrs Reagan”, for having “started a national conversation” about Aids.

Aids historians, LGBT activists and anyone who cares about little things like the truth were immediately enraged at Clinton’s false claims. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were no more leaders discussing Aids in the 1980s than Republicans are at championing abortion access today.

“It may be hard for your viewers to remember,” Clinton said, “how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV/Aids back in the 1980s.”

She didn’t lie there. Indeed, it was difficult to talk about Aids throughout the 1980s – largely because of the silence from the White House. In April 1987, activists unveiled a poster that said “Silence = Death” – a month before Reagan would finally devote a speech to the years-long epidemic. That slogan would become the motto of the group Aids Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT-UP), and according to their website, the slogan was asking “Why is Reagan silent about Aids? What is really going on at the Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Vatican?”

It’s easy to denounce Reagan – out of office for 27 years and dead for more than a decade – with the distance of history. It’s also easy to criticize Republicans’ continuing love of abstinence-only sex education and opposition to gay rights as a continuing attempt to erase queer people today.

But for those of us who care about Aids and LGBT people, it is much harder and important to criticize the frontrunner of the Democratic party, who takes the support of gay voters for granted. Why, in 2016, did the Democratic frontrunner engage so blithely in the erasure of the people who actually did start the “national conversation” about Aids? Was it because they were gay men of the in-your-face variety of activism – many of whom died of the virus?…………….



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