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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #10, Jan 20, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
Russian Foreign Ministry statement worries situation in Venezuela may lead to color revolution, TASS Russian news agency, Jan 20, 2017

Kyiv forces shell Donetsk and conduct sniper attack during visit of OSCE head Alexander Hug, Donetsk News Agency, Jan 20, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Turkey’s AKP scrambles to curb economic woes until referendum, by Mustafa Sonmez, Al-Monitor, Jan 20, 2017

After 14 years in power, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), the representative of radical Islam in Turkey, has finally focused on its main objective: a regime change to install a one-man rule. A set of constitutional amendments, drawn up and brought to parliament by the AKP, needs the support of at least 330 deputies in the 550-member legislature to make it through. The ruling party, which holds 317 seats, hopes to pass the bill with backing from the 40 deputies of the Nationalist Action Party, which shares nationalist and Islamic values with the AKP. Should the bill get the necessary support in the upcoming vote, it will be put to a referendum within two months’ time.

Reporters Without Borders urges repeal of emergency decrees, end to persecution of journalists in Turkey, Turkish Minute, Jan 20, 2017

Five Turkish soldiers killed in ISIL attack in Syria’s al-Bab region, Turkish Minute, Jan 20, 2017

Female opposition deputies hospitalized in Jan 19 brawl in Turkish Parliament over constitutional amendments to increase presidential powers, Turkish Minute, Jan 20, 2017

United States:

Passing of the guard at Donald Trump inauguration in Washington DC on Jan 20, 2017 (Alex Wong, Getty Images)

Donald Trump preaches angry nationalism while practicing Goldman Sachs capitalism, by Zaid Jilani, The Intercept, Jan 20, 2017

As Trump’s ‘roll-back cabinet’ takes charge, lessons from Reagan era, by Francine Kiefer, Christian Science Monitor, Jan 19, 2017

Today’s president-elect may not have the ideological purity of Reagan, but many of his cabinet choices are just as conservative, if not more so. And they could have big impact.

CIA torture detailed in newly disclosed documents, by Sheri Fink, James Risen and Charlie Savage, New York Times, Jan 19, 2017

World:
Facebook lifts RT page block after almost 24-hour blackout, RT.com Jan 19, 2017

Interview with John Helmer, publisher of Dances With Bears and author of recent article analyzing the Ukrainian family background of Canada’s new foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, broadcast on Gorilla Radio, Victoria, Canada, Jan 18, 2017 (interview begins at 37′ mark)

Germany’s extreme right challenges guilt over Nazi past, by Amanda Taub and Max Fisherman, New York Times, Jan 18, 2017

In Canada, ‘rule of law’ racism, C-51 and the coming resistance wave, by Matthew Behrens, published on Rabble.ca, Jan 19, 2017

Take action on mass surveillance, Bill C-51 and press freedom!, by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Jan 19, 2017

Global warming:
New president drops ‘climate change’ section from White House website, DeSmog Blog, Jan 20, 2017

New report: Canadian tar sands expansion will block Paris climate goals, report and press release by Oil Change International, Jan 19, 2017

TORONTO – New research released today reveals disturbing new evidence on how locking-into new long-lived tar sands production in Alberta undermines global efforts to address the global climate crisis far beyond Canada’s borders.

“Trudeau’s pipeline decisions will lead directly to suffering, displacement and even death for vulnerable people around the world due to impacts of a warming world.” said Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow of the International Institute for Environment and Development in Bangladesh.. “People who have contributed least to this global crisis will pay the highest price for Canada’s efforts to dig up and export more oil in the midst of a global crisis”…

Human actions caused 2016’s record heat, by Alex Kirby, Climate Network News, Jan 20, 2017

U.S. faces ‘abrupt and substantial’ crop losses, by Alex Kirby, Climate Network News, Jan 19, 2017

Global warming will hit U.S. northeast hard, by Tim Radford, Climate Network News, Jan 18, 2017

New research by scientists in the U.S. predicts that even if the nations of the planet do succeed in containing global warming to an average of 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, the cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington will be 3°C warmer. The north-eastern states will have passed the 2°C mark up to 20 years ahead of the rest of the world. And long before that, climate change and other pressures are likely to have made clean water unaffordable for up to a third of US households, according to a separate US study…

Carbon cuts will not prevent sea level rise, by Tim Radford, Climate Network News, Jan 16, 2017


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