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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #27, Feb 14, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:   (* denotes also published in full on New Cold War.org)
* Ukraine turns a blind eye to ultrarightist militia, by Jack Losh, The Washington Post, Feb 13, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Turkey wants a ‘safe zone’ in Syria, but can it maintain one?, by Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, Feb 13, 2017

Human Rights Watch damages reputation with report on chemical weapons in Syria — Russian Defense Ministry, TASS, Feb 14, 2017

The United States used depleted uranium in Syria, by Samuel Oakford, Foreign Policy Magazine, Feb 14, 2017

Officials have confirmed that the U.S. military, despite vowing not to use depleted uranium weapons on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, fired thousands of rounds of the munitions during two high-profile raids on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled Syria in late 2015. The air assaults mark the first confirmed use of this armament since the 2003 Iraq invasion, when it was used hundreds of thousands of times, setting off outrage among local communities, which alleged that its toxic material caused cancer and birth defects…

Earlier, both coalition [sic] and U.S. officials said the ammunition had not and would not be used in anti-Islamic State operations…

Prominent journalist Hasam Cemal gets suspended sentence on terror charges, by Turkish Minute, Feb 14, 2017

Hasam Cemal is a columnist with the T24 news portal and a founding member of the Platform for Independent Journalism (P 24).

United States:

Rally on Feb 4, 2017 in Janesville, Wisconsin against Donald Trump’s travel ban to the U.S. (Angela Major, Associated Press)

U.S. arrests hundreds in immigration raids, Press TV, Feb 14, 2017

… It is not clear if the operation was a continuation of former President Barack Obama’s anti-immigration measures or an escalation under Trump’s order.

The Obama administration actively sought to deport immigrants. The efforts peaked in 2012, when 409,849 people were sent back to their countries. In 2015, ICE announced the arrests of more than 2,000 people nationwide in one week, based on their criminal record. The immigration raids continued under Obama throughout his last summer in office.

Before his January 20 inauguration, Trump promised to deport 2 million to 3 million migrants with criminal records after taking office.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested nearly 700 people last week; advocates are bracing for more to come, by Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, Feb 14, 2017

Trump’s tough stand on immigrant detention will cost taxpayers big, by Franco Ordoñez, McClathchy News, Feb 13, 2017

A U.S.-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone, by Loren Grush, The Verge, Feb 12, 2017

U.S. judge declines to grant tribes’ request to halt construction of Dakota Access Pipeline, RT.com, Feb 13, 2017

World:
Australia’s detention centres a crime against humanity, says submission before Int’l Criminal Court
, by Stephanie Anderson, ABC News, Feb 14, 2017

Australia’s network of offshore immigration detention centres could constitute a crime against humanity, according to a submission before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The 115-page submission from the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) argues Australia’s immigration policy constitutes an attack against the civilian population — something which could be classified as a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute…

The coming showdown in Okinawa, by Tim Shorrock, published on LobeLog Foreign Policy, Feb 7, 2017

Judge rules in favour of Indigenous survivors of Canada’s ‘Sixties Scoop’, The Canadian Press, Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 \

Canada failed to take reasonable steps to prevent thousands of on-reserve children who were placed with non-Indigenous families from losing their Indigenous heritage during the Sixties Scoop [forced removal of Indigenous children from their parental homes], an Ontario judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling in the long-running and bitterly fought class action paves the way for an assessment of damages the government will now have to pay…

[During the 1960s to 1980s, an estimated 16,000 First Nations children were taken from their families as part of Canada’s century-old policy of cultural genocide.]

Director Raoul Peck’s film ‘The Young Karl Marx’ set to hit theaters in 2017, TeleSUR, Feb 12, 2017

Global warming and climate change:
Trudeau, Trump meeting sidesteps the countries’ climate change agreements
, by Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News, Feb 13, 2017

A year after Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama pledged cooperation on climate goals, Canadian PM’s first meeting with President Trump produced no mention of them

As oceans warm, marine life and people who depend on it struggle to adapt, interview with Malin Pinsky, an ecologist studying how climate change is reshuffling marine species and the effects on society, by Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News, Feb 13, 2017

Heat wave raises concern for Australia’s new, sizzling normal, by Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News Feb 13, 2017

Temperatures spiked over 100 degrees in Sydney, bringing extreme heat to the most populated areas of an already hot continent

Climate scientists in Australia and New Zealand frustrated as extreme weather becomes the new norm, by Riley Stuart, ABC News, Feb 14, 2017


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