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New Cold Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #16, Jan 30, 2017

Ukraine armed forces suffers 25 dead 40 injured in past 24 hours in fighting around Avdiivka, just north of Donetsk city, Donetsk News Agency, Jan 30, 2017

One of the colour photos from Martin Manhoff archive showing life in the Soviet Union in the 1950s (photo release by historian Douglas Smith)

‘Radically new view on Stalin-era USSR’: Unveiling the story behind unique color photo archive,, Jan 29, 2017

Polish army chief of general staff resigns amid rift with ‘unstable’ defense minister, Sputnik News, Jan 29, 2017

… Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz is among the least popular politicians in Poland. In Russia, the defense minister is known for being among the most rabidly anti-Russian Polish officials.

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
* Why has Russia proposed autonomy for Syria’s Kurds?
, weekly review published on Al-Monitor, Jan 29, 2017  [* This article and four other feature articles are re-published in full on New Cold on Jan 30, 2017]

Hope and fear for Syria’s Kurds, by Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, Jan 27, 2017

In the first of a new series of long-form, in-depth articles, Al-Monitor traveled to the northeastern Syrian town of Derik to explore the transitional and often contradictory nature of the Kurdish-administered territory still commonly called Rojava.

Lavrov: Syria ‘safe zones’ possible if Damascus agrees,, Jan 30, 2017

Syrian army says it has restored control of Wadi Barada area, source of Damascus water supply, SANA news agency, Jan 29, 2017

Agreement with anti-gov’t fighters restores Syrian control of Wadi Barada region, Al-Masdar News, Jan 29, 2017

British PM Theresa May visits Turkey, signs £100m fighter jet deal, The Guardian, Jan 28, 2017

German academics pen open letter slamming Western interpretation of Syria crisis, Sputnik News, Jan 28, 2017

A group of German university professors have penned a joint statement criticizing the mainstream media’s portrayal of the roles of Russia and Iran in regulation of the Syrian conflict, Sputnik Deutschland reports.

Called “a statement on the Syrian war,” the declaration was written by the scientific advisory board of the German branch of Attac, an international organization that campaigns for alternatives to globalization…

ISIS presence and Western intervention in northern Lebanon, special report by Corbett Hancey to the Toronto Star, Jan 29, 2017

United States:
Trump promises ‘great rebuilding of the Armed Forces’ while signing executive order at the Pentagon
, by Daniel Lamothe, Washington Post, Friday, Jan 27, 2017

President Trump signed an executive order Friday to launch what he called a “great rebuilding of the Armed Forces” that is expected to include new ships, planes and weapons and the modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal…

The order calls for new Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to carry out a 30-day “readiness review” that is expected to examine needs for the war against the Islamic State, along with training, equipment maintenance, munitions, modernization and infrastructure. A draft of the order obtained by The Washington Post on Thursday also said it would examine how to carry out operations against unnamed “near-peer competitors,” a term that U.S. officials typically use to mean China and Russia, but that language is not in the final version…

Trump’s Muslim ban is no surprise: Our new president’s agenda is fueled by white nationalism [racism], by Chauncey DeVega,,  Jan 30, 2017

Steve Bannon is given role on National Security Council, New York Times, Jan 29, 2017

Presidents have restricted minorities before. Here’s how history judged their choices, by Elizabeth Koh, McClatchy News, Jan 30, 2017

Iranians in U.S. ‘can never feel safe anymore’ after Muslim ban, by Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, Jan 30, 2017

Protesters grill Democratic senator about his vote for Trump’s CIA chief, by Lee Fang, The Intercept, Jan 30, 2017

At a testy meeting with a crowd of constituents Sunday evening, Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) became the latest Democratic senator to face a grassroots backlash for voting to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency…

Battle lines over abortion reinforced as Trump era energizes opponents, by Daniel Dale, Toronto Star, Jan 28, 2017

Several tens of thousands of people rallied in Washington DC on Jan 27 calling for a ban on women’s access to abortion serivces. Marchers say the new president gave them new hope of overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision…

No mention of Jews in White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day tribute, by Ben Jacobs, The Guardian, Jan 29, 2017

The White House raised eyebrows on Friday when it issued a statement to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, that did not mention Jews, Judaism or antisemitism.

Key accuser in 1955 lynching of 14 year-old Emmet Till admits 61 year later she lied in her testimony, New York Times, Jan 27, 2017

French Socialist Party lurches left in choosing Benoît Hamon as presidential candidate
, report in The Guardian, Jan 29, 2017

‘Nothing new has happened for those looking for a change of course in French society’, says aide to Jean-Luc Mélanchon. He says, “Our ideas for a sixth republic, ecological planning and independence for France are gaining a growing hearing…”

[And in French: Benoît Hamon proposes to Left Party’s Jean-Luc Mélanchon and Ecologists Yannick Jadot a ‘governmental majority’ , Le Monde, Jan 29, 2017]

U.S. soldier killed in Yemen raid on Al-Qaeda, local officials say women & children among casualties,, Jan 29, 2017

[This was the first, new U.S. military action abroad by the new Trump administration. And published in full on New Cold main page: In 2010, Obama killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen; Trump just killed the young man’s eight year-old sister, by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, Jan 29, 2017]

Petition to ban Trump state visit gathers 80k names in one hour, smashes quota needed to force debate in Parliament,, Jan 29, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn tweets his support to cancelling a state visit by Trump

An online petition to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump making an official state visit to the UK has generated enough signatures to warrant it being considered for debate in parliament. The petition gathered over 80,000 signatures in the last hour alone…  [Update: More than one million people in UK have signed the anti-Trump petition.

Dutch commit $10 million to replace lost U.S. abortion funding, Reuters, Jan 28, 2017

The Netherlands has committed $10 million for an initiative to replace funding for abortion services in developing countries that will be lost due to U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on financing foreign groups that provide abortions. The fund will seek donations from other governments, charities and companies as well as individuals…

Dutch officials estimate that the U.S. ban, which was condemned by women’s rights and health campaigners, will cause a funding shortfall of $600 million over the next four years.

Canada, Netherlands discuss fund to counter Trump abortion order, CBC News, Jan 26, 2017

246 migrants died trying to cross Med so far this year, reports IOM, ANSA Med News (Italy), Jan 27, 2017

3,829 arrived in Italy and Greece, 221 died on central route

Canadian military effort to monitor Arctic shipping falls short, Toronto Star, Jan 29, 2017

Fremantle, Australia [Perth region] shifts focus from Jan 26 Australia Day celebration to Aboriginal-inclusive celebration two days later, by Claire Moodie, ABC News,  Jan 25, 2017

Global warming:
The Exxon that Rex Tillerson left behind: Hidebound, secretive and wedded to tradition at a time of mind-boggling change, by Steve LeVine, Quartz Media, Jan 29, 2017

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