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New Cold Information Bulletin, Vol 1 #1, Nov 22, 2016

Dear reader:

Welcome to the new, streamlined format of news and information posted daily to the New Cold website. The New Cold Information Bulletin will be compiled and mailed Monday-Friday to website subscribers.

Ukraine On FireCompared to the previous method of posting individual news and analysis reports to the website, there will be less footnoting, editorial comment and referencing to related readings. As well, the ‘category’ taggings will not be used as before. Henceforth, the ‘search’ function on the website will be needed by readers to find information previously tagged by subject category. Our publishing model is volunteer-based and is unable to sustain the previous, higher level of editing and publishing. Material posted until now on the website will retain its categorization by subject.

Articles that are published exclusively on New Cold will continue to be published in their entirety and tagged in the relevant subject category. As well, articles from other publications will occasionally be re-posted here in their entirety, tagged by category and as ‘editor pick’. As always, the weblink to the original source will be provided.

The editors,
The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond (New Cold

* Ukrainian forces have violated the ceasefire in Donetsk 519 times over 24 hours, Donetsk News Agency, Nov 22, 2016

* Oliver Stone’s documentary ‘Ukraine On Fire’ screens on Russian television on Nov 21,, Nov 21, 2016  (As reported in earlier on New Cold, Oliver Stone’s ‘Ukraine On Fire’ premiered at the Taormina International Film Festival in Italy on June 16, 2016. The film is not yet commercially released.)

* Russia will defend itself against an ‘aggressive’ NATO, says presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov,, Nov 22, 2016

* Russian Defense Ministry says the U.S. is creating a security threat with its armaments in Europe, TASS Russian news agency, Nov 22, 2016

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
* Reconciliation agreements signed with four more Syrian settlements — Russian Defense Ministry, TASS, Nov 23, 2016

* Turkey’s emergency rule fuels brain drain, by Sibel Hurtas, Al-Monitor, Nov 21, 2016

* Who will take charge in Raqqa after it’s freed from IS? by Kamal Sheikho, Al-Monitor, Nov 22, 2016The Syrian Democratic Forces are making progress in northern Raqqa, cutting the supply lines of the Islamic State.

With new decree, Turkey shuts down nine more newspapers, bringing total to 195, by Turkish Minute, Nov 22, 2016  For complete information on the crackdown on media in Turkey, see the regular reports published here on Platform for Independent Journalism (P24).

United States:
Police unleash water cannons, concussion grenades and rubber bullets against pipeline opponents in Standing Rock, North Dakota, report by Four Arrows, published in, Nov 21, 2016  (Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows), aka Don Trent Jacobs, is a professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.)

Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather, by James MacPherson and Blake Nicholson, Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2016.  At least 17 protesters were injured severely enough to be taken to hospitals during the overnight skirmish at the bridge, said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Hypothermia, a number of head injuries from being shot with rubber bullets, one individual had a heart attack,” he said.

Interview with Jesus Wagner, an anti-pipeline advocate at Standing Rock, North Dakota, broadcast on CBC Radio One‘s ‘As It Happens’, Nov 21, 2016  (The interview is the first item at the weblink, eight minutes long.)

Medics describe how police sprayed standing rock demonstrators with tear gas and water cannons, by Alleen Brown, The Intercept, Nov 21, 2016

*  ‘Dakota Access Pipeline protesters rely on RT, citizen journalists, as MSM goes missing in action’, interview with Elizabeth Murray, on’s ‘Op-Edge’, Nov 21, 2016  (Elizabeth Murray is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.)

Election of Donald Trump:
*   America’s post-Trump widening divide, by Michael Winship, Consortium News, Nov 19, 2016  An ugly side of Donald Trump’s victory has been the unleashing of bigotry against minorities and women with the President-elect only mildly reining in these belligerent followers.

Obama refuses to pardon Edward Snowden while Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick to head the CIA, wants him dead, by Alex Emmons and Naomi LaChance, The Intercept, Nov 18, 2016

President Obama indicated on Friday that he won’t pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even as President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick to run the CIA: Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, who has called for “the traitor Edward Snowden” to be executed

*  Installing a torture fan at CIA, by Ray McGovern, Consortium News, Nov 19, 2016  The CIA’s torturers can breathe a sigh of relief after President-elect Trump tapped a defender of “enhanced interrogation techniques” to become CIA director, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, an open aficionado of torture practices used in the “war on terror,” to be CIA director shows that Trump was serious when he said he would support “waterboarding and much worse”.

*  Career racist Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, by Alice Speri, The Intercept, Friday, Nov 18, 2016

If anyone had doubts that Trump’s presidency would return white supremacy to power, Friday’s announcement that the president-elect has tapped Alabama Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (named after a Confederate general) to head the Department of Justice should settle the question. There is no other way to describe Jeff Sessions but as a career racist…

*  Media stars agree to off-the-record meeting with Trump, break agreement, whine about mistreatment, by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, Nov 22, 2016

Global warming:
Sensitive Arctic climate gone off the rails, by Erika Spanger-Siegfried, published on Union of Concerned Scientists website, Nov 21, 2016


EDITOR’S NOTE: We remind our readers that publication of articles on our site does not mean that we agree with what is written. Our policy is to publish anything which we consider of interest, so as to assist our readers in forming their opinions. Sometimes we even publish articles with which we totally disagree, since we believe it is important for our readers to be informed on as wide a spectrum of views as possible.

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