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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #44, March 9, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:  (* denotes also published in full on New Cold War.org)
* From Canada, another Russia ‘fake news’ red herring, by Robert Parry, Consortium News, March 9, 2017

Update on false ‘Russia disinformation’ story promulgated by Canada’s foreign affairs minister, New Cold War.org, March 9, 2017

[A news compilation on New Cold War.org on March 8, 2017 reported the controversy surrounding the family history of Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. The minister told a March 6 press conference in Ottawa that inquiries into that history constitute a ‘Russia disinformation’ campaign directed at her and the Canadian government. She and sympathetic journalists reported that the ‘disinformation’ has been aided and abetted by unnamed ‘pro-Russia’ websites.

[Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, the Toronto Star, has not reported the story to its readers. Meanwhile a column in the March 9 National Post is headlined ‘Of course it’s ‘news’ that Freeland’s grampa was a Nazi collaborator, even if the Russians are spreading it’. The column reads, “I doubt whether it is appropriate for almost any of us to sit in judgment on [Michael] Chomiak, if you consider how the Ukraine had been treated by Soviet Russia through decades of “civil” war and engineered Stalinist famine.” Michael Chomiak was the maternal grandfather of Minister Freeland and served as an editor of several pro-German newspapers in Poland and Austria during WW2. He died in 1984 in Canada where he settled with his family after the war.

[The other ‘blame the Russians for Nazi atrocities’ column to be published in Canada is authored by right-wing columnist Terry Glavin in the Ottawa Citizen on March 8, the very newspaper and date where Citizen columnist David Pugliese exposed the false ‘Russian disinformation spin by Minister Freeland. Glavin writes, “… the newspaper, Krakivski Visti, was the only intellectual lifeline left to the people of the dismembered Ukraine at the time, and… Freeland’s grandfather, the journalist Michael Chomiak, had no control over the Nazi mumbo jumbo he was obliged to print as the newspaper’s titular editor.” The Ottawa Citizen and National Post are part of the Postmedia daily newspaper conglomerate in Canada.]

Poland reacts with fury to re-election of Donald Tusk as European Council president, by Jennifer Rannkin, The Guardian, March 9, 2017

Almost all EU nations back Tusk’s second term as European council president. Poland’s opposition leaves it isolated in Europe.

How Erdogan is dragging Merkel down with him, by Cengiz Candar, columnist, Al-Monitor, March 8, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given in to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even after his harsh remarks equating German authorities’ practices with those of the Nazis.

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
U.S. confirms deployment of hundreds of Marines to Syria
, RT.com, March 9, 2017

“We are talking about an additional 400 or so forces in total, and they will be there for a temporary period,” coalition spokesman US Air Force Colonel John Dorrian said, as cited by Reuters.

The deployment is an addition to the existing 500 US forces already in Syria and is aimed at accelerating the defeat of IS in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa city, Dorrian said…

Turkey to extend state of emergency until July 20, by Turkish Minute, March 9, 2017

* Turkey applies political pressure by cutting Euphrates River water supply to Syria, Sputnik News, March 7, 2017

* HDP plans to hold million person event in Diyarbakir on Newroz festival day circa March 21, by Rudaw News Agency, March 9, 2017

Discrimination against Kurds in Iran has accelerated, says Kurdish leader, by Rudaw News Agency, March 9, 2017

Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals cancels party membership of jailed HDP Co-chair Figen Yüksekdag, Turkish Minute, March 9, 2017

HDP Central Executive Board statement on Supreme Court’ decision to cancel party membership of our Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ, published on HDP Twitter account, March 9, 2017

Turkey shuts down Mercy Corps’ Syria aid program, by Amberin Zaman, columnist, Al-Monitor, March 8, 2017

International aid delivery to Syria experienced a setback March 7, when the Turkish government ordered the Syria program run by Mercy Corps from inside Turkey to close down, leaving thousands without assistance.

United States:
Democrats’ McCarthyism hits Green Party’s Jill Stein
, by Nat Parry, Consortium News, March 9, 2017

Democratic Party hysteria blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton’s defeat has spilled over into McCarthyistic smears against Green Party candidate Jill Stein for attending a dinner in Moscow.

Meet the hundreds of officials Trump has quietly installed across the government, by Justin Elliott, Derek Kravitz and Al Shaw, ProPublica, March 8, 2017

Steve Bannon’s apocalyptic ‘unravelling’, by Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, March 9, 2017

Donald Trump’s upbeat slogan is “Make America Great Again,” but his chief strategist Steve Bannon sees apocalyptic days ahead, a harsh winter before society’s renewal

World:
Japan considers first strike options against North Korea
, Sputnik News, March 8, 2017


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