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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #20, Feb 3, 2017 [2]

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:

Nikki Haley, new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, at Security Council mtg on Feb 2, 2017 (Richard Drew, AP)

U.S. representative to UN condemns what she calls Russia’s ‘aggressive actions’ in eastern Ukraine, Associated Press, Feb 2, 2017

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has condemned Russia’s “aggressive actions” in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and warned Moscow that U.S. sanctions imposed after its annexation of Crimea will remain until the peninsula is returned to Ukraine.

At United Nations, Russia rejects US envoy’s remarks on Crimea, Press TV, Feb 3, 2017

 

Ukrainian tanks in town of Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine on Feb 2, 2017 (Gleb Garanich, Reuters)

Kyiv regime says it has no tanks in Avdiivka, Donetsk in violation of Minsk ceasefire; BBC and OSCE reports prove that’s a lie, report on RT.com, Feb 3, 2017

Kyiv shells DPR 15,000 times over the past week, Donetsk News Agency, Feb 3, 2017

Donetsk republic asks OSCE to take urgent measures to stop Ukrainian ceasefire violations, Donetsk News Agency, Feb 3, 2017

CBC’s Moscow reporter writes like election manager for liberal political figure Alexey Navalny, story on CBC News, Feb 3, 2017

[ In 2013, Alexey Navalny was convicted of embezzlement by a Russian court and received a five-year prison sentence. The sentence was suspended and replaced by a fine of 500,000 rubles (about $15,000 at 2013 rate). Story here on RT.com.]

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
U.S. Treasury imposes new sanctions against Iran
, Press TV, Feb 3, 2017

The administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed new sanctions on multiple Iranian individuals and entities to ratchet up pressure on Iran over its missile program. The US Treasury Department said in a statement on Friday that it has published a list of 13 Iranian figures and 12 entities facing new sanctions…

U.S. imposing new sanctions on Iran over missile test, by Glenn Thrush and David E. Sanger, New York Times, Feb 3, 2017

The Trump administration on Friday will designate 25 individuals and entities associated “with Iran’s ballistic missile program,” including the Revolutionary Guards Corps, for sanctions in response to the missile test last weekend, according to a senior administration official.

Iran’s foreign affairs minister says Iran unmoved by U.S. threats, will use weapons ‘only in self-defense’, RT.com, Feb 3, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Feb 2, 2017 (K. Azher, Anadolu Agency)

Merkel and Erdogan hold tense meeting in Turkish capital, Associated Press, Feb 2, 2017

Merkel’s delicate mission to Turkey, Deutsche Welle, Feb 1, 2017

 

United States:
Trump embraces pillars of Obama’s foreign policy
, by Mark Landler, Peter Baker and David E. Sanger, New York Times, Feb 2, 2017

President Trump, after promising a radical break with the foreign policy of Barack Obama, is embracing some key pillars of the former administration’s strategy, including warning Israel to curb settlement construction, demanding that Russia withdraw from Crimea and threatening Iran with sanctions for ballistic missile tests…

Nazis once published list of Jewish crimes, Trump now pushing to do the same for immigrant crimes, story on Democracy Now! broadcast on Feb 2, 2017, speaking to journalist Andrea Pitzer

Yemeni-Americans rally in Brooklyn to protest Trump’s Muslim ban, by Robert Mackey, The Intercept, Feb 2, 2017   (with many photos and videos)

Thousands of Yemeni-Americans and their supporters are rallying on the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall on Thursday evening to protest Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to travelers from Yemen and six other Muslim-majority nations…

Yemeni-American shop owners and workers on strike in New York against against Trump’s Muslim ban, five-minute video story on Democracy Now!, Feb 3, 2017

Chicago Needs Police Reform, Not Trump’s National Guard — An Interview with Jamie Kalven, by Alice Speri, The Intercept, Feb 2, 2017

Thousands of academics across the world call for US boycott over Donald Trump ‘Muslim ban’, by Rachael Pells, education correspondent, The Independent, Feb 1, 2017

Thousands of Canadian academics to boycott travel to U.S. in protest against Muslim ban, Toronto Star, Feb 1, 2017

In which Trump discovers some guy named Frederick Douglass, by Dana Milbank, opinion writer, Washington Post, Feb 1, 2017

World:
U.S. warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response if nuclear arms used
, Reuters, Feb 3, 2017

[People in South Korea have been strongly protesting the decision by the U.S. to construct a missile system in South Korea directed at North Korea and China. The Reuters news report  twists this story with the following: “North Korea’s actions have prompted the United States and South Korea to respond by bolstering defenses, including the expected deployment of a U.S. missile defense system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), in South Korea later this year.” For full background, do a search on New Cold War.org using ‘THAAD Korea’.]

U.S. military to probe Yemen raid that killed civilians, children, The Associated Press, Feb 2, 2017

Jeremy Scahill and human rights advocates question “success” of Trump raid that killed 24 civilians in Yemen, interview story on Democracy Now!, Feb 3, 2017

UK’s Stop Trump Coalition promises huge protest when Trump visits, by Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian, Feb 3, 2017

1.8 million signatures have been gathered on the petition calling On Parliament to debate rescinding the invitation to an official visit by Trump

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war turning into a war on defenceless Filipinos, by Lindsay Murdoch,  Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 3, 2017

With Donald Trump in power, Australia urgently needs to re-evaluate its U.S. bases, commentary by Margaret Beavis, in Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 1, 2017  (Margaret Beavis is a medical doctor in Melbourne and president of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia).)

Canada lobbying against Trump plan for biometric screening of visitors to U.S., by Adam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail, Feb 2, 2017

Canada’s top general doesn’t like reporting of his forces’ epidemic of sexual assault, suicide and trauma among soldiers, The Globe and Mail, Feb 3, 2017

Global warming:
Rising carbon emissions could kill off vital corals by 2100, study warns
, by Joshua Robertson, The Guardian, Feb 3, 2017

The destruction of coral reefs worldwide could accelerate as rising carbon emissions help coral-killing seaweeds grow more poisonous and take over, according to researchers.

Gas tanker collides with oil tanker off east Indian coast at Chennai, Reuters, Jan 28, 2017

A gas tanker from Oslo-listed shipping company BW LPG has collided with an Indian ship off the coast of Chennai in India, a BW LPG executive said on Monday. The BW Maple, with a total capacity of 82,000 cubic meters of liquefied petroleum gas, was half full when it collided with another ship. There were no reports of injuries, he said.

“There has been no spill from our ship, but it looks like there has been an oil spill from the other ship,” Pontus Berg, BW LPG’s head of technical and operations, told Reuters

Chennai, India oil spill: Authorities grapple with cleanup as ecological disaster looms, by Aditya Iyer,  Hindustan Times, Feb 3, 2017

Radiation levels at Fukushima nuclear reactor are at highest level since 2011 meltdown, The Guardian, Feb 3, 2017


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