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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #23, Feb 7, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
Ukrainian forces shell DPR territory 600 times over 24 hours
, Donetsk News Agency, Feb 7, 2017

White House advisor says sanctions against Russia and Iran should remain, by Julian Borger, in Washington, The Guardian, Feb 7, 2017

Russian investigators launch probe into civilian deaths from fresh Ukrainian shelling, RT.com, Feb 3, 2017

*  Trapped: Life on the Donetsk frontline through the eyes of a little girl, documentary film premiered on RT Documentary on Feb 6, 2017 (27 minutes, subtitled in English)  (* denotes also featured seperately on New Cold War.org)

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
*  How we were misled about Syria: Channel 4 News
, by Professor Tim Hayward, published on his website, Feb 6, 2017

Moscow dismisses reports of Russian airstrikes on Idlib, RT.com, Feb 7, 2017

Moscow to host pan-Kurdish conference on February 15, ARA News, Feb 7, 2017

A pan-Kurdish national conference will be held in Moscow on 15 February with the participation of Kurds from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria…

United States:
Appeal court meeting to decide on Trump travel ban
, Fortune Magazine, Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017

The legal fight over an immigration order by President Trump will escalate on Tuesday, as three appeals court judges hear arguments over whether to reinstate the order, which bans refugees as well as visitors from seven countries from entering the United States.

The hour-long hearing is set for 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET, and anyone will be able to tune into a livestream of the proceedings. Because the hearing is taking place by telephone, the stream will be audio-only.

If you want to listen to State of Washington & State of Minnesota v. Trump, simply go to this link provided by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals…

9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear challenge to Trump’s ban on Tuesday, by Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court reporter, Feb 7, 2017

… The issue in front of the court at the moment is not whether or not Trump’s travel ban is constitutional, but whether it will remain suspended for now.

Steve Bannon carries battles to another influential hub: The Vatican, by Jason Horowitz, New York Times, Feb 7, 2017

Volunteer lawyers take up residence at Canadian airports to help people with U.S. travel ban, Canadian Press, Feb 5, 2017

Lawyers volunteering at Ottawa airport to help people affected by U.S. travel ban, by Waubgeshig Rice, CBC News, Feb 7, 2017

Trump cabinet pick Elaine Chao delivered paid speech to terrorist Iranian exile group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, story by Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press, Feb 5, 2017

World:
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at joint press conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani in Moscow,
published by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Feb 7, 2017

Israel passes law legalizing thousands of settlement homes, by Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press, Feb 7, 2017

The explosive law is the latest in a series of pro-settler steps taken by Israel’s hard-line government since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. He is seen as more sympathetic to Israel’s settlement policies than his fiercely critical predecessor, and the Israeli government has approved plans to build thousands of new homes on occupied territory since Trump took office.

UN: Israeli settlement law crosses ‘thick red line’, by Josef Federman, Associated Press, Feb 7, 2017

Global warming:

Disintegration of Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf

Crack in Antarctic ice shelf grew 17 miles in the last two months, by Julian K Patel, New York Times, Feb 7, 2017  (with extensive maps)

A rapidly advancing crack in Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf has scientists concerned that it is getting close to a full break. The rift has accelerated this year in an area already vulnerable to warming temperatures. Since December, the crack has grown by the length of about five football fields each day…

NASA study shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf nearing its final act, press release by U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, May 14, 2015

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade…


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