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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #39, March 2, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:  (* denotes also published in full on New Cold War.org)
A Nazi skeleton in the family closet, by Arina Tsukanova, Consortium News, Feb 27, 2017

Canada’s fiercely anti-Russian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says her Ukrainian grandfather struggled “to return freedom and democracy to Ukraine,” but she leaves out that he was a Nazi propagandist justifying the slaughter of Jews.

244,000 residents of Donetsk People’s Republic have signed peace petition directed at world leaders, Donetsk News Agency, Mar 2, 2017

* Citing a ‘Russian threat’, Swedish government intends to impose military conscription, by Roger Annis, New Cold War.org, March 2, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
* Mainstream media ignores what Aug 2016 UN report actually said on Syrian gas attacks
, article and audio interview with analyst Charles Shoebridge, on Sputnik News, March 1, 2017  (go to weblink to listen to 12-mintue audio interview)

Women’s protection in Syria: Disinformation is no help, by Tim Hayward, published on his website on March 1, 2017

A ‘new report by the London School of Economics‘ (LSE), so announced the British press – The Times, The Daily Mail and The Daily Mirror – describes sexual crimes against women in Syrian prisons. It alleges these to be a matter of state policy. Published just ahead of Geneva talks about a political settlement in Syria, the press interpreted it as supporting renewed calls for regime change.

The paper provides no new grounds for that conclusion, however. In fact, its sweeping allegations obscure good reasons why, under present circumstances, a responsible approach to the problem of sexual violence in Syria would involve supporting the government against the terrorist insurgents…

Photo released by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) of Syrian Arab Army units on the approaches to ancient city of Palmyra on March 2, 2017

Syrian Army recaptures Palmyra, aided by Russian air force, RT.com, Mar 2, 2017

Syrian army says has liberated Palmyra from Daesh terrorists, Press TV, March 2, 2017

‘To help Syrian refugees, stop arming terrorists’ – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, article and six-minute news video news report on RT.com, March 1, 2017

[Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was joined by Tima Kurdi at a media briefing in Washington on March 1, 2017 concerning Rep. Gabbard’s proposed ‘No funds for terrorists’ bill in the U.S. Congress. Tima Kurdi is the sister and aunt of the Syrian mother and her two children who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while fleeing Syria on Sept 2, 2015. Kurdi has lived in Canada for many years and opposes regime-change intervention in Syria.]

Syrian Arab Army advancing on ancient city of Palmyra on March 2, 2017 (AFP photo)

Turkish court upholds free speech… for Erdogan, by Ali Bayramoglu, Al-Monitor, March 1, 2017

A Turkish court has given sanction to public insults by the president against dissident academics, yet another omen of how subservient the Turkish judiciary has become.

Turkey protests German town’s cancellation of permit for Turkish foreign minister to speak, Turkish Minute, March 2, 2017

‘U.S. goal is to become dominant force in Iraq’, RT.com Mar 2, 2017

Appeal court in Egypt acquits former dictator Hosni Mubarak, report on TASS, March 2, 2017

Egypt’s Court of Cassation has acquitted the country’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, the state Egyptian television has said. All charges of complicity in the death of demonstrators during the 2011 January revolution were lifted. The ruling is final and irreversible. All criminal prosecution of Mubarak is over…

United States:
Some in media soften toward Trump after ‘presidential’ speech to Congress on Feb 28
, news analysis on Truthdig, March 1, 2017

Canada and U.S. to join forces on handling border asylum-seekers, by David Ljunggren, Reuters, in Globe and Mail, March 1, 2017

Canadian and U.S. officials are working on a plan to tackle asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally, with American officials keen to discover how they entered the United States in the first place, said a source familiar with the matter. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is set to visit the Canadian capital Ottawa early this month for talks on the border and the influx of people, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

In singling out crimes by illegal immigrants, Donald Trump evokes troubling precedents, by Daniel Dale, Washington reporter, Toronto Star, March 1, 2017

WASHINGTON—Claudia Koonz, a historian at Duke University, wrote a book about how the Nazis prepared Germans to accept genocide. One of their tactics was portraying average Jews, who were overwhelmingly law-abiding, as a menace to society. In the 1930s, for example, a Nazi newspaper published a weekly list of Jews’ alleged crimes.

In January, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his government to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, who are overwhelmingly law-abiding, in most of the country’s biggest cities.

Trump’s order also established a government office solely dedicated to helping victims of crimes committed by undocumented people. On Tuesday, he promoted the office — VOICE, for Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement — in a prime-time address to Congress.

“Oh my God,” Koonz said Wednesday. “That’s disgusting”…

* Trump in historical perspective: From Nixon to Breitbart, by Jack Rasmus, published on his blog Jack Rasmus: Predicting the Global Economic Crisis, March 1, 2017

Russian Embassy in Washington brushes aside Jeff Sessions contact with Russia allegation, RT.com, Mar 2, 2017

Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney-General, steps aside from Russia investigation, ABC.au, Mar 2, 2017

World:
Is fascism making a comeback?, interview with Navid Nasr on Radio Sputnik‘s ‘Hard Facts’
, 27-minute interview interview by program host John Wight, , March 1, 2017

Global warming and climate change:
Climate-change deniers rally conservatives to dismiss climate science as ‘fake news’ and instead share Breitbart stories, by Zach Roberts, DeSmog Blog, Mar 2, 2017

Interactive map by province of Alberta show close 2016 wildfire that incinerated Fort McMurray got to oilsands projects, by Deborah Jaremko, JWN (Glacier Media), Mar 2, 2017


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