In Digest, Robert Parry

New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #13, Jan 25, 2017

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Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
* Seymour Hersh blasts media for uncritically promoting Russian hacking story, by Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept, Jan 25, 2017

Russian parliament backs draft law easing penalty for domestic violence, Reuters, Jan 25, 2017

… Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call it was important to distinguish between “family relations” and repeated instances of violence. To become law, the draft must go through a further reading and win approval from the upper house of parliament.

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Turkey will not hand over al-Bab to Syrian government forces: deputy PM
, Reuters, Jan 24, 2017

Will presidential referendum kill Turkey’s democracy?, by Ali Bayramoglu, Al-Monitor, Jan 23, 2017

A package of constitutional amendments that would dramatically expand the powers of Turkey’s president won the support of 339 deputies in the 550-member parliament on Jan. 21, surpassing the 60% threshold (330 votes) required to submit the draft to a referendum. Backed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its de facto partner, the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), the bill is supposed to be put to a public vote within two months of the president’s approval, meaning Turkish voters will be going to the polls no later than the third week of April…

* How we were misled about Syria: The case of Amnesty International, by Professor Tim Hayward, published on his website ‘Tim Hayward’, Jan 23, 2017

Syrians on first train to cross eastern Aleppo city since 2012, Jan 25, 2017 (photo by AFP)

Syrians ride first train across Aleppo after liberation, Press TV, Jan 25, 2017

 

 

 

 

United States:
Donald Trump threatens to impose martial law in Chicago, and it may be over a feud with Rahm Emanuel
, by Matthew Rozsa, Salon.com, Jan 25, 2017

President Trump’s feud with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel could have big, big consequences

Donald Trump signs anti-abortion executive order surrounded by men, by Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post, Jan 23, 2017

Trump orders construction of Mexico border wall, threatens cuts to sanctuary cities, RT.com, Jan 25, 2017

Trump poised to life ban on CIA ‘black site’ prisons, by Charlie Savage, New York Times, Jan 25, 2017

Did the 2010 diplomatic cable releases by Bradley Manning help avert war against Iran? by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Jan 25, 2017 (originally published on Aug 19, 2013)

From the archive: Though President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, he showed no appreciation for her brave disclosures, including one that undercut war plans with Iran, Robert Parry reported in 2013.

The captive aliens who remain our shame, book review by Annette Gordon-Reed, published in New York Review of Books, print issue of Jan 19, 2017, reviewing The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution, by Robert Parkinson

… Balancing the tragic aspects of the country’s origins against the triumphant is a tricky business. And some may even question whether a balance should be struck, thinking that either tragedy or triumph so obviously predominates that it is unnecessary, if not foolish or immoral, to do any weighing. But it appears that the more complicated narrative, which now includes blacks and Native Americans, has heightened interest in the founding of the United States…

World:
As Trump orders wall, Mexicans want their leader to cancel planned U.S. trip,
by Azam Ahmed, New York Times, Jan 25, 2017

Murderous Manila: On the night shift, by James Fenton, New York Review of Books, Feb 9, 2017 (first of two articles)

Theresa May gives in to UK lawmakers’ demands to publish Brexit plan, by Thomas Penny, Alex Morales and Tim Ross, Bloomberg News, Jan 25, 2017

Canada’s Liberal Party gov’t carefully learning to navigate Trump land, by Paul Wells, columnist, Toronto Star, Jan 25, 2017

… Does this mean Mexico will have to go? The Canadians hope not. Mexico’s tariff wall against third-party, non-NAFTA countries is high: it would not be painless if Canada suddenly found itself outside that wall. And if we shucked NAFTA and reverted to the Reagan-era bilateral Canada-U.S. trade deal, we’d need to negotiate to get back all the extra chapters that exist in NAFTA only. That would require another dance with Trump the dealmaker, with its attendant uncertainty.

It’s shaping up to be an odd relationship. Washington’s key contacts in Ottawa are a woman journalist with hundreds of hours of CNN airtime, Chrystia Freeland [foreign minister], and a guy in a turban, Harjit Sajjan [defense minister]. And, well, Justin Trudeau. They must seem terribly exotic to their opposite numbers in Washington. But politics always did make strange bedfellows.

Trudeau welcomes Trump’s Keystone XL pipeline revival, by Adrian Morrow and Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail, Jan 25, 2017   [The tar sands extraction zone of Alberta produces app. 2.3 million barrels per day of bitumen or ‘synthetic’ (upgraded) product. Most of this is shipped to the U.S. for refining or raw shipment to third countries. The U.S. consumes app 19 million barrels of oil products daily. The Alberta tar sands is the third largest proven reserve of fossil fuel in the world (166 billion barrels). Tar sands production produces significantly more greenhouse gases than conventional oil production. Canada is one of the largest per capita greenhouse gas emitters in the world. Extraction (not including burning) of Alberta tar sands accounts for app nine per cent of Canadian emissions.]

Snow washing: Canada is the world’s newest tax haven, part one, published by Toronto Star and CBC News, Jan 25, 2017

Canada is quietly emerging as a popular tax haven for the global elite, who create shell companies with figurehead directors to evade or avoid taxes, a Toronto Star/CBC-Radio Canada investigation has found…

Canada’s status of women minister Maryam Monsef skipped Jan 21 march against Trump, Toronto Star, Jan 25, 2017   [More than 100,000 people marched in Canada on Jan 21 against the anti-woman policies of Donald Trump, including 60,000 in Toronto. Maryam Monsef  ‘tweeted’ her support.. the following day, while the country’s self-proclaimed “feminist” prime minister was also a no-show.]

Global warming:
Trump administration restricts news from federal scientists at USDA, EPA
, Scientific American, Jan 24, 2017

The curbs echo what happened in Canada six years ago

Trump’s pipeline orders challenge environmental and Indigenous protesters, interview by Dennis Bernstein with Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, interview published on Consortium News, Jan 25, 2017

On his second business day in office, President Donald Trump signed executive actions to restart construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, sending shockwaves through the indigenous environmental communities at Standing Rock and their supporters across the U.S. and around the world…


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