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New Cold Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #43, March 8, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:  (* denotes also published in full on New Cold
* Canadian media sets aside ‘Russian disinformation’ spin to report on foreign minister’s dark family past, news compilation on New Cold, March 8, 2017

Trudeau government escalates belligerence towards Russia, by Yves Engler, published in, March 8, 2017

* Russia, the world’s largest energy producer, is out of its longest recession in two decades, by Anna Andrianova, Bloomberg News, Mar 6, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:

U.S. military convoy on outskirts of Manbij, northern Syria on March 5, 2017 (AFP-Getty photo)

* The battle for Manbij shows Syria’s civil war is almost over and it looks like Bashar Assad has won, by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, March 6, 2017

Winners and losers are emerging in what may be the final phase of the Syrian civil war as anti-Isis forces prepare for an attack aimed at capturing Raqqa, the de facto Isis capital in Syria. Kurdish-led Syrian fighters say they have seized part of the road south of Raqqa, cutting Isis off from other its territory further east…

United States:
* The United States and the Russian devil: 1917-2017
, by William Blum, published in his Anti-Empire Report #149, March 7, 2017

Leading Putin critic Masha Gessen warns of xenophobic conspiracy theories drowning U.S. discourse and helping Trump, by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, March 7, 2017

… She now has a new article in the New York Review of Books – entitled ‘Russia: the Conspiracy Trap’ – that I cannot recommend highly enough. Its primary purpose is to describe, and warn about, the insane and toxic conspiracy-mongering about Russia that has taken over not the fringe, dark corners of the internet that normally traffic in such delusional tripe, but rather mainstream U.S. media outlets and the Democratic Party. Few articles have illustrated the serious, multi-faceted dangers of what has become this collective mania in the U.S. as well as Gessen’s does…

[Note by New Cold This article weblink above is posted for the information of readers. The author, Glenn Greenwald, neglects to mention in his article that his subject, Masha Gessen, is a conspiracy theorist in her own right, arguing, for example, that Russia “annexed” areas of Georgia in 2008, it “invaded” and “annexed” Crimea in 2014, and is a threat to Ukraine and Russia’s Baltic neighbours. Gessen wrote on July 16, 2016 in the very New York Review of Books, “I have spent a good third of my professional life working to convince the readers—and often editors—of both Russian and American publications that Vladimir Putin is a threat to the world as we know it.”

* ‘Vault 7’: CIA hacking tools revealed, extensive press release by Wikileaks, March 7, 2017

Refugee advocates in Canada worry Ottawa will press U.S. to crack down on refugees entering from U.S., by Nicholas Keung, immigration reporter, and Alex Boutilier, Ottawa bureau reporter, Toronto Star, March 7, 2017

… In the first two months of 2017, about 1,700 refugee claims were filed at the land border across Canada, including asylum-seekers who entered outside an official port of entry, which officials call “irregular” crossings, and those who crossed legally at a border enforcement station.

Quebec, which has seen the highest number of irregular crossings across Canada so far this year, has already received 1,087 land-border claims. That’s 43 per cent of the total for all of 2016. Last year, the province received 2,527 land-border claims, up sharply from 1,054 in 2015 and 881 in 2014…

Canada’s refugee acceptance rate has risen sharply since defeat of Harper Conservative gov’t, by Nicholas Keung, immigration reporter, Toronto Star, March 7, 2017

… In total, adjudicators rendered 5,414 positive decisions and rejected 2,732 claims out of 9,171 decisions made. The rest were either abandoned or withdrawn by the claimants. The 2016 refugee acceptance rate, at 66.1 per cent, is the highest since the revamp of the asylum processing system by the former Conservative government in 2012. It surpassed the rates in the previous years — 38.1 per cent in 2013, 38.8 in 2014 and 45.5 per cent in 2015.

Search and interrogate: What you need to know when crossing U.S. border from Canada, CBC News, March 7, 2017

North Korea fears ‘regime change’ strike, by Jonathan Marshall, Consortium News, March 8, 2017

Tensions keep rising on the Korean peninsula with North Korea test-firing missiles and the U.S. dispatching a naval task force, but no sign of President Trump’s proposed negotiations, writes Jonathan Marshall.

There is method to North Korean madness, by Thomas Walkom, columnist, Toronto Star, March 8, 2017

[This column by Thomas Walkom contains valuable information on the history of U.S. imperialism in Korea. New Cold does not endorse the columnist’s descriptions of North Korean leaders as “mad”, etc.]

As leaders argue, South Korea finds China is no longer an easy sell, by Motoko Rich, New York Times, March 8, 2017

‘Now, as the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile system begins this week and China threatens to punish South Korea further, companies like Beyond Cosmetics have been bracing for worse. The intensifying diplomatic ruckus is exposing deep cracks in South Korea’s economic success story and forcing the nation to confront its dependence on China, its largest trading partner…

South Korea prosecutor says president involved in Samsung bribe, Reuters, March 6, 2017

The investigation is looking into an influence-peddling scandal involving President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached by parliament in December.

The “Dutch Trump” is even more toxic than the real thing, by Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept, March 8, 2017

Pity the Dutch, if you can. The party led by a far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-Islam populist named Geert Wilders is on course to gain the most votes in next week’s parliamentary elections in the Netherlands. But the journalists who have dubbed Wilders “Holland’s Trump” and “the Donald Trump of the Netherlands” may owe the U.S. president an apology.

Global warming and climate change:
Congressional energy and climate committees are loaded with ex-fossil fuel lobbyists
, by Steve Horn, Desmog Blog, March 8, 2017

Warm winds take aim at Chukchi Sea as Arctic sea ice volume hits record lows, published on RobertScribbler, March 6, 2017

Temperatures over the Chukchi Sea are predicted to hit as high as 37 degrees Fahrenheit (2.9 C) on Wednesday and Thursday as a massive high pressure ridge building over Alaska pulls warm, moist Pacific air northward. These temperatures represent staggering warmth for this Arctic Ocean zone during March when temperatures are typically about 54 degrees F (30 degrees C) cooler…

Heatwave frequency rises twice as fast in the poorest countries, by Ian Angus, published on Climate and Capitalism, March 8, 2017

New research proves that the countries least responsible for global warming, those least able to adapt, have already been hit much harder by deadly extremes than rich nations — and the gap is growing

Spring came early in the U.S., scientists say climate change is a culprit, by Jeremy White and Henry Fountain, New York Times, March 8, 2017  (with interactive map)

After a mild winter across much of the United States, February brought abnormally high temperatures, especially east of the Rockies. Spring weather arrived more than three weeks earlier than usual in some places, and new research released Wednesday shows a strong link to climate change.

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