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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #3, Jan 6, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
For Europe-bound gas, Russia successfully by-passing Ukraine, by Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, Dec 30, 2016

Russia is increasing finding ways to get its cheap natural gas into Europe without having to rely on Ukrainian pipelines. And if the Turkish Stream gets built according to plan over the next three years, Ukraine will have to find new ways to make money from the energy business instead of relying on the easy and steady flow of Russian gas transit fees.

Three years after Euromaidan, Naftogaz remains hostage to Ukrainian politics, by Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, Dec 28, 2016

If Naftogaz cannot get its act together quickly, Ukraine will be at the mercy of Gazprom and Russian-sourced natural gas, whether it buys it directly from the state-owned behemoth or pays a premium for it from Russia’s partners in Eastern Europe. Ukraine’s flagship enterprise is mired in a political tug of war with George Soros-inspired reformists on one side, and Ukrainian politicians loyal to president Petro Poroshenko on the other. No one is winning…

Firm of two employees to ensure Ukraine’s gas independence, Eurasia Daily, Dec 29, 2016

Donetsk republic command: Ukrainian forces shell Republic more than 3,000 times over week, DAN News, Jan 6, 2017

New Moldova president fires pro-NATO defense minister, Eurasia Daily, Dec 27, 2016

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Russia begins reduction of military presence in Syria, TeleSUR, Jan 6, 2017

End EU sanctions against Syria!, petition on Change.org, go to weblink to sign petition, Jan 5, 2017

Can Aleppo’s displaced survive in Idlib?, by Tamer Osman, Al-Monitor, Jan 5, 2017

ALEPPO, Syria — Residents of eastern Aleppo who fled Syrian regime forces for western Aleppo and the Idlib area are suffering under tragic conditions. They are having a hard time finding places to live, given the thousands of displaced people and refugees flooding the areas. In addition, they can’t find jobs under the harsh economic conditions prevailing in Syria as a result of the civil war that has plagued the country for six years now…

How Istanbul nightclub attack was linked to Turkey’s culture war, by Mustafa Akyol, Al-Monitor, Jan 4, 2017

The Reina nightclub atrocity shows how deeply Islamic fanaticism has taken hold in Turkey, commentary by Elif Shafak, The Guardian, Jan 3, 2017

‘The country is at a critical juncture – or perhaps beyond it. Because of the sad loss of democracy within its borders and the repeated mistakes of its AKP government in Syria, because of the turbulence of the Middle East and the changing world scene, our big cities have become a new front for terrorists.’ [Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. She is the author of 10 novels, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul.]

Why 2017 doesn’t bode well for Turkey’s economy, by Mustafa Sonmez, Al-Monitor, Jan 4, 2017

Official figures show the Turkish economy has plunged deeper into recession, as expected fourth-quarter economic numbers may not provide much hope.

21 Kurdish politicians, including two mayors, arrested on terrorism charges, Turkish Minute, Jan 6, 2017

United States:
After security meeting, Trump admits possibility of Russian hacking
, New York Times, Jan 6, 2017

After meeting with U.S. spy masters, Trump insists hacking had ‘absolutely no effect’ on election, LA Times, Jan 6, 2017

The dubious case on Russian ‘hacking’, by William Binney and Ray McGovern, Consortium News, Jan 6, 2017

Still not showing evidence, U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper told senators he’s really sure Russia was the source of “hacked” Democratic emails, but the case remains weak.

Ellen Schrecker on the New McCarthyism, interview on FAIR Radio’s weekly broadcast ‘Counterspin’, Jan 6, 2017  [Ellen Schrecker is a retired professor of American history at Yeshiva University and the author of a number of books, including Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America and No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism in the Universities.]

Russia isn’t our friend, but that doesn’t make the Democrats’ conspiracy theories true, by David Harsanyi, published on Reason.com, Jan 6, 2017

More fake news from Wa Post: U.S. intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win, by Adam Entous and Greg Miller, Washington Post, January 5, 2017

Excerpt: ‘U.S. officials declined to say whether the intercepted communications were cited in the classified version of the report commissioned by Obama, and they emphasized that although the messages were seen as strong indicators of Moscow’s intent and clear preference for Trump, they were not regarded as conclusive evidence of Russian intelligence agencies’ efforts to achieve that outcome…’

The FBI never asked for access to hacked computer servers, by Ali Watkins, BuzzFeed, Jan. 4, 2017

The Democratic National Committee tells BuzzFeed News that the bureau “never requested access” to the servers the White House and intelligence community say were hacked by Russia.

Top U.S. spy Clapper: RT reporting on U.S. problems is part of ‘multifaceted’ Russian campaign to undermine elections, RT.com, Jan 5, 2017

The U.S. government thinks thousands of Russian hackers may be reading my blog. They aren’t, by Micah Lee, The Intercept, Jan 4, 2017

World:
At least four killed, 700 arrested in gasoline price hike protests in Mexico, TeleSUR, Jan 6, 2017

Haitian paramilitary extremist and 2004 coup leader arrested, TeleSUR, Jan 6, 2017

Korea holds mass rally after Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s ‘nuke’ message, RT.com, Jan 6, 2017

Canadian Afghan veteran suffering post-combat trauma kills his wife, child and mother, then himself, by Elizabeth McMillan and Sherri Borden Colley, CBC News, Jan 4, 2017

Lionel Desmond served with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan in 2007. He left the military 18 months ago. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was turned away when he sought assistance.

Patchwork of care for veterans under scrutiny after apparent murder-suicide, by Murray Brewster, CBC News, Jan 5, 2017

Global warming:
An iceberg larger than Rhode Island is poised to break from Antarctica, Smithsonian Magazine, Jan 6, 2017


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