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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 1 #7, Nov 30, 2016

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Ukraine-Russia-Europe:

Putin appoints new Russian economy minister, RT.com, Nov 30, 2016

President Vladimir Putin has appointed 34-year-old economist and former Deputy Finance Minister Maksim Oreshkin as the new head of the Ministry for Economic Development.

Moscow court upholds house arrest of Russia’s ex-economy minister Ulyukayev, RT.com, Nov 28, 2016

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
The ‘only road’ to deliver aid to eastern Aleppo has been liberated
, RT.com, Nov 30, 2016

Erdogan: Turkish forces entered Syria in August to end Assad’s rule, RT.com, Nov 29, 2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Turkish Army entered Syria [in August 2016] to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands.

“We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the Turkish president said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul, as quoted by Hurriyet daily…

Kremlin asks Ankara to clarify Erdogan’s remarks on goal of Turkish operation  in Syria, by Turkish Minute, Nov 30, 2016

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a statement by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan suggesting that Turkish forces entered Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara.

In a speech on November 29, Erdogan said: “We are there [Syria] to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror”…

Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan’s remark about toppling Assad, Reuters, Nov 30, 2016

(See the article posted seperately on New Cold War.org: Erdogan comes face to face with U.S., Russia in Syria, by Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor, Nov 29, 2016)

46 Kurdish DBP mayors jailed in Turkey, by Kurdish Question, Nov 29, 2016

The arrests of Halis Coskun and Memnune Söylemez, the co-mayors of Malazgirt in eastern Turkey,  has taken the number of imprisoned co-mayors to 46. Coskun and Söylemezof are representatives of the Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP).

The decree laws made possible by state of emergency rule in Turkey following the failed coup attempt in July have resulted in 46 DBP Co-Mayors being jailed and 38 dismissed from their posts. 7 co-mayors have also been issued arrest warrants…

Zaman daily ends print edition in Germany amid threats, financial problems, by Turkish Minute, Nov 30, 2016

The Zaman daily, which was Turkey’s largest-circulating newspaper before it was taken over and subsequently closed down by the government in July, printed its last edition in Germany on Wednesday due to growing pressure on its readers that resulted in financial problems affecting the survival of the daily…

World:
UN body rejects UK appeal of its ruling to free Julian Assange, RT.com, Nov 30, 2016

The United Nations has rejected sd “inadmissable” a UK appeal against its previous ruling in favor of Julian Assange, thus requiring both London and Stockholm to end the WikiLeaks founder’s “arbitrary detention”.

Earlier this year, a case was concluded at the UN in which the body instructed the UK and Sweden to take immediate steps to ensure the WikiLeaks founder’s liberty, protection and enjoyment of fundamental human rights. The UK has appealed the ruling twice, with the UN rejecting its second appeal on November 30 by pronouncing it “not admissible”..

UN panel: WikiLeaks’ Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention, by Associated Press, Nov 30, 2016

GENEVA (AP) — A UNpanel is sticking by its opinion that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention, rejecting a request by Britain to review the case. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has found that Britain had not presented enough new information to merit a new examination. The panel made the decision at a meeting last week, the UN human rights office said on November 30…

Obama urged to end Snowden’s ‘untenable exile’, RT.com, Nov 30, 2016

President Barack Obama has been urged to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and end his “untenable exile” by former members of the Church Committee which carried out the congressional inquiry into the CIA’s illegal activity in the 1970s…

Top one per cent of adults own 51 per cent of the world’s wealth, published on Michael Roberts Blog, Nov 24, 2016

The top one per cent of the adult wealth holders in the world own 51 per cent of all global wealth, while the bottom half of adults own only one per cent.  Indeed, the top 10 per cent of adults own 89 per cent of all the world’s wealth!  This is the new figure reached for 2016 by the annual Credit Suisse global wealth report

Global warming:
Canadian gov’t betrays supporters by approving two new Alberta tar sands pipelines, including one to port of Vancouver
, by Michael Stewart, published on Rabble.ca, Nov 30, 2016

Cuba archive on New Cold War.org
There is an ever-growing archive of articles on New Cold War.org 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.

 

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