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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #33, Feb 22, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:  (* denotes also published in full on New Cold War.org)
* Canada’s proposed ‘Magnitsky Act’ and Canadian-Russian relations, by Halyna Mokrushyna, New Cold War.org, February 22, 2017

Oliver Stone’s 2016 documentary film Ukraine On Fire.  You can view the film in a dubbed, Russian-language version that is sub-titled in English, recently posted to YouTube, here. The film is 90 minutes long. You can read an interview with Oliver Stone at the world premiere of the film in Italy in June 2016, here.

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
More U.S. troops may be needed in Syria says top U.S. general
, New York Times, Feb 22, 2017

More American troops may be sent to Syria – US commander, RT.com, Feb 22, 2017

Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament, by Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, Feb 21, 2017

In Turkey’s latest salvo against the pro-Kurdish bloc, the parliament has expelled Peoples’ Democratic Party co-leader Figen Yuksekdag, who remains in jail with fellow leader Selahattin Demirtas and at least nine other HDP deputies while the ruling party continues its legal assaults ahead of the presidential referendum.

Police order students to disperse, stop playing Kurdish music, by Turkish Minute, Feb 23, 2017

Riot police intervened in a student protest at Ankara University on Wednesday, telling the demonstrators to stop playing Kurdish music and to disperse. The students were in fact playing Spanish music. The incident took place during an event that students organized to protest the unlawful dismissal of faculty members at the university as part of a massive purge of critics of the government in Turkey…

Why did the US need toxic uranium munitions to destroy fuel tankers in Syria?, by Doug Weir, The Ecologist, Feb 20, 2017

Iraqi forces begin bitter battle for Mosul in effort to destroy ISIS, by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, Feb 19, 2017

 

United States:

U.S.-Mexico border wall at Nogales, Mexico (Jonathan McIntosh, Flikr Commons)

Trump administration clears the way for far more deportations, LA Times, Feb 21, 2017

Trump administration issues ‘sweeping rewrite’ of immigration policies, by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, Feb 21, 2017

Welcome to the Police State of America for immigrants, by Bill Boyarsky, Truthdig, Feb 21, 2017

Texts of Trump administration’s executive orders implementing new immigration policies. The Trump administration issued two memorandums on immigration policy on Feb 20, 2017. These can be read on the Truthdig website:

1.  Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies

2. Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest

Immigrant communities in the U.S. brace for deportations in wake of new crackdown, by Joanna Slater, The Globe and Mail, Feb 21, 2017

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices, Bloomberg News, Feb 22, 2017

Very unsettling’: U.S. immigration officials arrest domestic abuse victim in Texas court, interview with Lucila Flores Camarena, El Paso assistant county attorney (seven minutes), broadcast on CBC Radio‘s ‘As It Happens’, Feb 17, 2017. And transcript here.

U.S. immigration officials arrested a woman in an El Paso, Texas, courthouse last week moments after she was granted a restraining order against an abusive partner — a move justice officials fear will embolden abusers and silence victims.

“I’ve practiced law for 18 years, most of those years dealing with domestic violence, and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Lucila Flores Camarena, the head of El Paso County Attorney’s Protective Order Unit, told As It Happens guest host Helen Mann on Friday. “It was very disconcerting, very unsettling.”

US Supreme Court justices appear split over Mexican family’s rights to sue Border Patrol officer who shot teen in 2010, from Reuters and Associated Press, on ABC News, Feb 21, 2017

‘A free killing zone’: U.S. top court hears case of teen shot dead in Mexico in 2010 by American border agent, interview with Robert Hilliard, lawyer for family of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, broadcast on CBC Radio‘s ‘As It Happens’, Feb 21, 2017

Denying a Mexican family’s request to sue the U.S. border patrol agent who shot and killed their teenage son would be akin to establishing “a free killing zone” at the border, their lawyer says as the case hits the country’s top court. Jesus Mesa Jr. was standing in Texas on June 7, 2010, when he fired his gun across the border, killing 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca 18 metres away in Mexico.

U.S. officials chose not to prosecute Mesa and the Obama administration refused a request to extradite him so that he could face criminal charges in Mexico. When Sergio’s parents tried to sue Mesa in a U.S. court for violating their son’s rights, federal judges dismissed their claims.

The U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing their appeal on Tuesday. The decision could set the precedent for when foreigners can access U.S. courts.

Unskilled and unable: Why Donald Trump’s great jobs promise is a lie, by Michael Pascoe, Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 22, 2017

From Trump the nationalist, a trail of global trademarks, New York Times, Feb 22, 2017

“Trump seems to be the archetypal businessman with mercantilist instincts,” Dani Rodrik, a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, said in an email. “‘Open your market for me to do business in it, but you can have access to mine only on my terms.’”

Fighting cops and the Klan: The history and future of Black antifascism, by Ashoka Jegroo, Truthout.org, Feb 21, 2017

World:
The mosque shooting in Quebec City and the ominous trajectory of right-wing media militant Ezra Levant
, by Kai Nagata, National Observer (Canada), Feb 22, 2017

Global warming and climate change:
Antarctic’s melting glaciers could be about more than warmer temperatures
, by Mark Horstman, ABC News, Feb 22, 2017

Research in Greenland has shown that most of the loss from its ice sheets comes from meltwater speeding up the flow of its glaciers. There is now concern that the same thing is happening in the Antarctic.

As it gets harder to find oil, Norway accelerates Arctic drilling, by Andy Rowell, Oil Change International, Feb 21, 2017

Fukushima: A lurking global catastrophe?, by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, Feb 19, 2017


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