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As of Nov 22, 2016, the ‘search’ function on the website will be needed by readers to find items by published title or author. 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. Comments in square brackets [ ] are those of New Cold editors.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Tatyana Zenkovich, EPA)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Tatyana Zenkovich, EPA)

Lavrov says Normandy Four foreign ministers meeting in Minsk on Nov 29 yields no results, TASS, Nov 29, 2016

MINSK, November 29. /TASS/. The Normandy Four ministerial meeting has yielded no breakthrough solutions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with his counterparts from Germany, France and Ukraine in Minsk…

Kiev’s forces violate ceasefire 1,882 times over 24 hours – DPR command, DAN News, Nov 29, 2016

DONETSK – Ukrainian forces shelled frontline areas of the Donetsk People’s Republic 1,882 times over the past 24 hours, DONETSK People’s Republic Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin told a news briefing at Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday…

Ukraine declares new ‘danger zones’ for flights over Black Sea, TASS , Nov 29, 2016

Putin in his own words: Russia’s president speaks his mind on international relations, politics, society, business and leadership; book edited by Daniel Sochor, published with CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 2016; paperback 334 pages, ISBN-10: 1539736067, ISBN-13: 978-1539736066

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Turkey moves full throttle toward one-party state, by Ali Bayramoglu, Al-Monitor, Nov 28, 2016

Turkey’s authoritarian shift may be institutionalized in a matter of months, as few obstacles remain before a referendum on a presidential system.

Raqqa’s displaced flee to Iraqi border areas, by Kamal Sheikho, Al-Monitor, Nov 28, 2016

The residents of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor in Syria are fleeing the fighting and are heading to al-Hawl camp in Hasakah, Syria, near the Turkish border, where conditions are harsh for the thousands of displaced

United States:
Donald Trump faces obstacles to resuming waterboarding, by Matt Apuzzo and James Risen, New York Times, Nov 28, 2016

… Under President Obama, security officials have followed a familiar script once they have taken someone into custody. They ask an allied country to conduct the interrogation, or instead question the suspect aboard an American warship using military interrogation techniques, then turn him over to the Justice Department for prosecution in a civilian court inside the United States.

Mr. Trump campaigned on a promise to bring back waterboarding, a banned method previously used by CIA interrogators, and allow unspecified practices he called “a hell of a lot worse.” The president-elect said in an interview last week that he had heard compelling arguments that torture was not effective, though it is not clear whether he intends to retreat from his position.

If he moves ahead to fulfill his campaign pledge, it will not be easy…

Donald Trump’s threat to close door to Cuba reopens old wounds in Cub
a, by Damien Cave, Azam Ahmed and Julie Hirschfield, New York Times, Nov 28, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump warned on Monday that the push to build ties with Cuba after decades of animosity could quickly be wiped away. “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal,” he said on Twitter.

Mr. Trump’s message threatened to end one of President Obama’s signature foreign policy initiatives…

Cuba archive on New Cold There is an ever-growing archive of articles on New Cold analyzing Cuba’s past, present and future. The archive includes extensive coverage of the passing of Fidel Castro on November 25, 2016. Go to the ‘Cuba’ category page on the main website page.

Global warming:
Climate change has left Bolivia crippled by drought,
published on Robertsscribbler, Nov 23, 2016


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