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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 1 #14, Dec 11, 2016

This is a rare Sunday edition of the New Cold War.org Information Bulletin. Included in the news enclosed are reports of the final liberation of the city of Aleppo, Syria from the right-wing proxy forces of the ‘regime change’ alliance of the United States, Turkey and other NATO countries. Also reported is the debate in the U.S. Green Party over the wisdom of the presidential vote recount campaign initiated several weeks ago by Jill Stein and her colleagues in the party leadership. (The party leadership as a whole was divided on the issue.)
Ukraine-Russia-Europe:

Russians approve of their nation’s political course, but upset over economic situation, VTsIOM poll shows, RT.com, Dec 6, 2016

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Barack Obama lifts military aid restrictions in Syria, by Bethan McKernan, The Independent, Dec 9, 2016

U.S. waiver of restrictions on providing weaponry to unidentified fighting groups in Syrian conflict is widely viewed as a move to arm Kurdish forces ahead of battle for Raqqa

Syria dismisses U.S. decision to allow arms exports to terrorist organizations as new proof of supporting terrorism, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Dec 11, 2016

Ryabkov: No agreement reached between Russia and U.S. on exit of militants of Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods, Syrian Arab News Agency, Dec 11, 2016

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Russia has not reached agreement with the United States regarding the exit of militants from the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo. In a statement on Sunday, Ryabkov said that the United States keeps insisting in its talks with Russia on unacceptable conditions regarding the ceasefire.

Earlier, Reuters claimed that Moscow and Washington have reached an agreement by which militants would exit Aleppo within 48 hours with their light weapons, with Jabhat al-Nusra members going to Idleb while other militants would be allowed to choose their destination. [End report.]

One of the many Russian aid convoys delivering aid to Aleppo and other cities in Syria (photo by Inside Syria News Agency)

One of the many Russian aid convoys delivering aid to Aleppo and other cities in Syria (photo by Inside Syria News Agency)

Over 78,000 civilians have escaped Aleppo since start of Syrian forces’ operation reports Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, RT.com, Dec 11, 2016

4,000 civilians exit eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, Army and relevant authorities transfer them to makeshift centers, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Dec 11, 2016

Thousands of civilians besieged by terrorist organizations in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city exited during the past few hours through the humanitarian corridors identified by the Syrian Arab Army in cooperation with the Russian side…

50,000 civilians evacuated from East Aleppo in the past two days, reports Russian Ministry of Defense, RT.com, Dec 10, 2016

UN envoy Stefan De Mistura’s search for ‘some kind of formula’ for Syria, by Inside Syria Media Center, Dec 9, 2016

… A petition on Change.org is calling for Staffan de Mistura’s resignation and has been signed by nearly 25,000 people. The petition concludes:

“The Syrians are tired of war and have almost lost their faith in the UN as an influential international organization that would be able to restore peace. That is why we demand that de Mistura must be removed from office and a new UN Special Envoy for Syria appointed. We deeply believe that a person of high professional skills and influence should be appointed to this position. These qualities will enable him to bring all the sides interested in putting the end to this purposeless massacre to the table and convince them that a compromise settlement can only be reached via mutual incentives.

“This is the only way to bring long-anticipated peace to Syria!”

Press briefing by Syrian mission at the United Nations, 52-minute broadcast on UN Web TV, Friday, Dec 9, 2016.

Speakers: Sara Flounders, Hands Off Syria Coalition; Donna Nassor, lawyer and human rights and peace activist; Dr. Bahman Azad, Member of the Coordinating Committee for the Hands Off Syria Coalition and Organization Secretary of US Peace Council; and Eva Bartlett, independent Canadian journalist. [Eva Bartlett speaks for app. 14 minutes, then joins other panelists in answering audience questions.]

As Turkey cracks down, Kurdish mayors pack bags for jail, by Rod Norland, New York Times, Dec 10, 2016

Turkey’s shredded Syria policy, by Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, Dec 7, 2016

Erdogan’s currency troubles, by Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, Dec 8, 2016

Turkey court drops case against Israelis over ten people killed in 2010 ship storming, Agence France presse news agency, Dec 9, 2016

An Istanbul court on Friday dropped a case against four top former Israeli commanders who were being tried in absentia over the 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship bound for Gaza that caused an over half-decade crisis in ties. Ten Turkish citizens lost their lives as a result of the raid that saw Israeli commandos storm the Mavi Marmara ship…

Dropping the charges was a key pillar of a deal agreed between Israel and Turkey this June to normalise bilateral ties. The deal had been keenly supported by Turkey’s NATO ally the United States…

United States:
Barack Obama orders ‘full review’ of possible Russian hacking in U.S. election, The Guardian, Dec 9, 2016

Obama calls for investigation into Russian hacking, still no evidence made public, interview with former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley, broadcast on The Real News Network, Dec 9, 2016

Trump hires a third general, raising concerns about heavy military influence, by Philip Rucker and Mike DeBonis, Washington Post, December 7, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as secretary of homeland security, officials familiar with the decision said Wednesday, recruiting a third former member of the military’s brass to serve at the highest levels of his administration.

Trump’s choice of Kelly — and his continued deliberations about tapping as many as two more military figures for other posts — has intensified worries among some members of Congress and national security experts that the new administration’s policies may be shaped disproportionately by military commanders…

Are Jill Stein and the Green Party being played by Democrats? Will the recount split the Green Party?, by Bruce Dixon, managing editor, Black Agenda Report, Dec 9, 2016

Jill Stein sees Russia from her house, by Brandy Baker, CounterPunch, Dec 9, 2016

… Is there is any explanation for Jill Stein to latch onto the jingoistic, Cold War rhetoric of Russian hacking conspiracies that come straight from the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and the White House? Not even poorly thought out schemes explain this one…

I’m the union leader Donald Trump attacked. I’m tired of being lied to about our jobs, by Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers 1999 at Carrier Inc. in Indiana, published in The Washington Post, Dec 8, 2016

Trump’s bait and switch: How to swamp Washington and double-cross your supporters big time, by Nomi Prins, TomDispatch, Dec 8, 2016

Unpacking the dark and contradictory rhetoric of the white nationalist current that ushered Trump to the White House, by Tim Wise, AlterNet, Dec 8, 2016

Edward Snowden backers beam calls for pardon on Washington news museum, by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, Dec 11, 2016

The event is a guerrilla action carried out without the knowledge or approval of the Newseum itself, though the organisers of the stunt from the Pardon Snowden campaign are hoping they will be given a sympathetic reception…

World:
Executive director of Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee says Edward Snowden “should be shot”
, Globe and Mail, Dec 8, 2016

The civil servant in charge of Canada’s spy-watchdog agency [Security Intelligence Review Committee] says Canada may have to reconsider how it shares intelligence with the United States if president-elect Donald Trump makes good on his promise to torture terrorists to gather intelligence.

Michael Doucet also remarked that had former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden worked for Canadian intelligence and leaked secrets, “he should be shot” …

‘Scale of probe on Russia over sports doping is nonsense and WADA wrong to focus on one nation’ – UK whistleblower, RT.com, Dec 10, 2016

Trump and his Iran-haters, by Paul Pillar, Consortium News, Dec 8, 2016

Some of President-elect Trump’s national security appointees are part of Official Washington’s “we-hate-Iran” group think, raising concerns about another Mideast war

After impeachment of South Korean president, anti-Park rallies resume, Reuters, Dec 11, 2016

Protesters demanding that South Korean President Park Geun-hye step down marched on Saturday for a seventh straight weekend, a day after parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach her and put the fate of her presidency in the hands of a nine-judge court. The crowd estimated by organizers at 200,000 packing a large square in downtown Seoul was significantly smaller than in recent weeks but festive, with performances of music between speeches calling for the early removal of Park…

Global warming:
Review of 9,000 studies finds we know squat about bitumen spills in ocean environment
s, by Judith Lavoie, DeSmog Blog, Dec 9, 2016


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