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New Cold Information Bulletin, Vol 1 #20, Dec 28, 2016

Russian passenger plane crash: Black box data indicates possible problems with flaps, by Sergêi Mashkin and Nikolai Sergeyev, published on Kommersant, Dec 27, 2016, translated from the Russian original by Russia Beyond The Headlines

Ukraine’s Savchenko unveils new public movement, published on Radio Free Europe, Dec 27, 2016

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Russia has not confirmed nationwide Syrian ceasefire plan with Turkey, by Turkish Minute, Dec 28, 2016

UN approves mechanism for investigations into possible war crimes in Syria, UN News Center, Dec 22, 2016

‘Voluntarily-funded independent probe’ into Syria war crimes will serve sponsors–Russia’s UN ambassador,, Dec 26, 2016

The non-binding resolution approved by the UN General Assembly on Dec 21 created a dangerous legal precedent and will not contribute to the cessation of hostilities in Syria, Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaliy Churkin, told newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Interview with Syrian Kurdish leader: Turkey cannot stop Kurds from advancing in Syria, interview by Massound Hamed with Fawza al-Yusu. published in Al-Monitor, Dec 16, 2016

After 10 years of fighting Turkish forces in the mountains, in 2011 Yusuf returned to northern Syria, with its social fabric of Kurds, Arabs and Assyrians. She is now a leader and sits on the board of the Democratic Federal System for Rojava-Northern Syria, the democratic autonomous administration overseeing predominately Kurdish areas in northern and northeastern Syria.

First coup trial opens in Turkey, by Barin Kayaoglu, Al-Monitor, Dec 27, 2016

Turkish government efforts to relegate women’s role in family life, by Pinar Tremblay, Al-Monitor, Dec 27, 2016

Israel postpones vote on new housing in East Jerusalem ahead of speech by John Kerry, by Peter Baker, New York Times, Dec 28, 2016

Benjamin Netanyahu faces ‘criminal investigation’ over fraud and bribery claims, by Ben Kentish, The Independent, Dec 27, 2016

How Israel misuses the Bible, by Daniel C. Maguire, Consortium News, Dec 27, 2016

United States
Nineteen states passed 60 new abortion restrictions in 2016
, by Jordan Smith, The Intercept, Dec 27, 2016

Obama’s clemency problem – and ours, by Liliana Segura, The Intercept, Dec 24, 2016

Far-right groups will ‘revolt’ if Trump shuns white supremacy, leaders say, by Rory Carroll, The Guardian, Dec 27, 2016

World economic forecast for 2017, by Michael Roberts, ‘blogging from a Marxist economist’, Dec 28, 2016

It has now been eight years of what I have called a Long Depression, since the Great Recession started in January 2008.  So in looking ahead to 2017, I thought it might be necessary to check what my forecasts or predictions were in previous years…

Global warming:
The Arctic’s freakishly warm winter is due to humans’ climate influence
, by Andrew King, The Conversation, Dec 21, 2016

Trump’s threat on climate change pledges will hit Africa hard, by John J Stremlau, The Conversation,  Dec 19, 2016

The global road-building explosion is shattering nature, by Bill Laurance, The Conversation, Dec 18, 2016

If you asked a friend to name the worst human threat to nature, what would they say? Global warming? Overhunting? Habitat fragmentation? A new study suggests it is in fact road-building…

Global cheetah population ‘crashing,’ raising risk of species extinction, by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, Dec 27, 2016

Sprinting towards extinction? Cheetah numbers crash globally,, Dec 26, 2016

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