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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 1 #17, Dec 22, 2016

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
NATO-Canada  mission in Latvia unwise diversion from terror fight: Russian ambassador
, by Steven Chase, The Globe and Mail, Dec. 21, 2016

Russia’s ambassador to Canada says the upcoming NATO deployment in Latvia – that Canadian soldiers will lead to deter Moscow’s aggression in eastern Europe – will be bad for regional security and an unwise diversion of resources from fighting the biggest menace: terrorism…

Latvian envoy to Canada defends Canadian-led NATO mission, by Steven Chase, The Globe and Mail, Dec. 22, 2016

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Erdogan meets Aleppo’s child blogger, by Hanna Ingber, New York Times, Dec 21, 2016

Don’t fear the terror in Turkey, by Philip Giraldi, published in The American Conservative, Dec 19, 2016

Relations between Ankara and Moscow will likely continue to improve, despite the assassination of a Russian diplomat.

United States:
The U.S. left’s risk in blaming Russia, by Norman Solomon, Consortium News, Dec 20, 2016

Trump’s cabinet is a coup waiting to happen, by William J. Astore, The Nation, Dec 21, 2016

The president-elect’s main advisors are a clique of “warrior-generals” who may spell the end of the democratic experiment.

World:
The world has much to learn from Cuba’s agro-ecological revolution, by Lois Ross, Rabble.ca, Dec 20, 2016

When Fidel Castro died on November 25, the amount of negative press in Canadian media about his contribution and the revolution he led was incredible…

Many of Cuba’s efforts show the creativity and nimbleness of a country that has often been forced to react to sudden and abrupt circumstances created by powerful foes and friends alike. Countries like Canada, and others, might want to take note.

One of these huge efforts, and one which many countries in the world are still learning about and from, are Cuba’s tremendous strides in biodynamic and organic farming.

East Timor: Reflections 41 years after the U.S.-backed invasion by Indonesia, by Pamela Sexton, Counterpunch, Dec 21, 2106

UN rights chief: Investigate Philippine leader for killings, by Jim Gomez, Associated Press, Dec 20, 2016

MANILA — U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is asking Philippine authorities to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people in the past and also to examine the “appalling epidemic of extra-judicial killings” committed during his anti-drug crackdown.

On Tuesday, the UN official said it is “unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer”…

Global warming:
Chinese ‘airpocalypse’ affects half-a-billion people as smog crisis worsens , by Harriet Agerholm, The Independent, Dec 20, 2016

Pollution levels are six times higher than the World Health Organisation guidelines, Greenpeace says


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