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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #4, Jan 9, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
Dutch court blocks police access to seized data gathered by independent journalists in Donbass, TASS, Monday, Jan 9, 2017

.. Journalist Michel Spekkers said the situation in Ukraine’s troubled Donbass was in the focus of [his and his journalist colleague’s] attention and not the MH17 crash. “During nine days, we were making investigations of the geopolitics of Lugansk and Donetsk area and I was only one day on the MH17 site,” Spekkers said adding that he hoped to return to the region.

“I see how people try to create a new state there, and really try hard to build up something. But they are in the beginning stage of it, so it is interesting to see how it develops in the coming months and years,” he summed up.

Journalist outraged as police seize equipment on return from MH17 crash site, Dutch News.nl, Jan 9, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad fields questions from French media and defends alternative media
, by Vanessa Beeley, 21st Century Wire, January 9, 2017

U.S.-backed ‘moderate rebels’ target visiting French delegation in Aleppo, by Vanessa Beeley, 21st Century Wire, January 8, 2017

Interview with Eva Bartlett on recent events in Syria, by Ajamu Baraka, Green News Network, published on the YouTube page of Hands Off Syria Network (U.S.), Jan 7, 2017

Five people, including four police officers, arrested in connection to murder of Russian ambassador in Turkey, Turkish Minute, Jan 8, 2017

CHP party in Turkey leader says coup staged by AKP on July 20, 2016, Turkish Minute, Jan 8, 2017

Rebels on the verge of surrendering last southern Damascus towns, Al-Masdar News, Jan 7, 2017

The liberation of Aleppo, by John Cherian, Frontline (India), commentary appearing in print edition of Jan 20, 2017

United States:
Trump aide acknowledges Russia role in U.S. election hacking, Reuters, Jan 9, 2017

Assange blasts ’embarrassing’ ODNI report, says ‘no evidence’ given, RT.com, Jan 9, 2017

During a press conference Monday, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange criticized the recent ODNI report describing it as “quite embarrassing to the reputations of the US intelligence services.” …

Florida airport shooting: Suspect Esteban Santiago had confiscated gun returned after FBI visit, ABC News (Australia), Jan 7, 2017

Bryan Santiago said his brother had requested psychological help but barely received any.

World:

53-year old Kim Phuc Phan Thi, pictured at Miami laser clinic in January 2017, lives in Toronto, Canada

Vietnamese girl in 1972 iconic photo of American War in Vietnam completes laser treatment in Miami for her napalm burns, by Alex Harris, Miami Herald, Sunday, Jan 8, 2017

On Saturday, the now 53-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Thi, the subject of the iconic Vietnam War photograph, received her last in a series of cutting-edge laser skin treatments designed to heal the scars that stretch from her hairline, down her back and up her left arm. In the 1972 Pulitzer Prize winning photo by AP photographer Nick Ut, the 9-year-old runs down the street naked, screaming, as napalm dropped by a [U.S.-supplied] South Vietnamese plane scorches her body…

On June 8, 1972, nine-year-old Kim Phuc, center, runs with her brothers and cousins from a napalm bomb attack on a village by U.S.-supplied S. Vietnamese forces (photo by Nick Ut)

Canada holds talks with Trump transition team aimed at avoiding Canada-U.S. trade tensions, by Robert Fife and Sean Silcoff, The Globe and Mail, Jan 9, 2017
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/pmo-held-talks-with-trump-team-to-avert-trade-war/article33544875/

In Canada, spy agency tells government what it will do, not the other way around, , oreport in Globe and Mail, Jan 9, 2017  (original title:  ‘CSIS assessing ‘bulk data’ collection’)

Nova Scotia to conduct formal review after hospital accused of turning away distressed veteran, by Sherri Borden Colley, CBC News, Jan 5, 2017  (Watch related video of sister of Lionel Desmond, Canadian Afghan veteran who killed his family and himself on Jan 3, 2017. She accuses Nova Scotia health care system and veterans’ services of failing her brother.)

Ottawa to pay for funerals of vet, family in Nova Scotia, but won’t commit to probe, by Renata D’Aliesio, The Globe and Mail, Jan 8, 2017

Lionel Desmond is among at least 72 soldiers and veterans who have killed themselves after serving on the Afghanistan mission, an ongoing Globe and Mail investigation has found. [More than 40,000 Canadian soldiers served in Canada’s failed and illegal intervention in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014. Canadian military advisors continue to be present there.]

British Red Cross CEO defends remarks saying National Health Service is experiencing a ‘humanitarian crisis’, by Ryan Wilkinson, The Independent, Jan 9, 2017

Red Cross National Health Service remark touches nerve with Conservatives, by Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian,  Jan 9, 2017

Global warming:
GOP Congress and Trump already pushing Koch Industries’ bill to hobble regulatory agencies, by Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog, Jan 5, 2017


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