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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #1, Jan 3, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:

NATO military exercise ‘Iron Sword 2016’ in Pabrade, north of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on Dec 2, 2016 (Mindaugas Kulbis, The Associated Press)

U.S. lending support to Baltic states fearing Russia, by Eric Schmitt, New York Times, Jan 1, 2017

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Dozens of United States Special Operations forces are now in the Baltics to bolster the training and resolve of troops who are confronting a looming threat [sic] from Russia, and to enhance the Americans’ ability to detect Moscow’s shadowy efforts to destabilize the former Soviet republics.

Ukrainian far-right stage rallies in Kyiv and western Ukraine on the birth date of WW2 Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, TASS, Jan 2, 2017

Crimea prime minister says marches in honor of Bandera destroy Ukraine’s international image, TASS, Jan 2, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:

Syrian government offers arms to Palestinian refugee camp threatened by ISIS on outskirts of Damascus, TeleSur, Jan 3, 2017

… Islamic State group militants had nearly taken full control of the Yarmouk refugee camp on January 1. Palestinian fighters have attempted to repel the militant attack, but have not been successful. The clashes have died down as the Islamic State group has been consolidating its control over the refugee camp. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 39 people have been killed in the fighting.

Rojava, or Northern Syria?, by Cihad Hammy, Kurdish Question, Jan 3, 2017

On 27 December in the town of Rmeilan (Rimelan), the Northern Syria Constituent Assembly voted to remove the word ‘Rojava’, meaning ‘Western’ (Kurdistan), from the name of the federal system. The initially-named ‘Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria-Rojava’ is now called the ‘Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria’…

Benjamin Netanyahu questioned in Israel graft inquiry, by Isabel Kershnerjan, New York Times, Jan 2, 2017

JERUSALEM — Police investigators arrived at the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening to question him, indicating that Israel’s attorney general has upgraded a long-running graft inquiry into a criminal investigation.

The Israeli news media has been awash in recent days with reports that a criminal investigation was coming, saying that Mr. Netanyahu is suspected, among other things, of having received illicit gifts and favors. On Monday evening, Channel 2 News showed images of a police car pulling up at the residence…

United States:
Russian hacking of U.S. electricity grid turns out to be a fake news report, by Agamoni Ghosh, International Business Times, Jan, 2017

The Washington Post, which published the report, has issued a note saying their key claim in the story was false.

[The New Cold War.org Information Bulletin included the following story in its edition of Dec 31, 2016: Russia hysteria infects WashPost again: False story about hacking U.S. electricity grid, by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, Dec 31, 2016.]

Trump will continue making news and policy via Twitter once in White House, by Alan Levin, Bloomberg News, Jan 1, 2017

Global warming:
Yes, some extreme weather can be blamed on climate change, by Annie Sneed, Scientific American, Jan 2, 2017

A leading scientist explains that improved computing and statistics can tie extreme events to global warming

China smog: millions start new year shrouded by health alerts and travel chaos, by Benjamin Haas, The Guardian, Jan 2, 2017

On the first day of 2017 in Beijing pollution climbed as high as 24 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization


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