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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #47, March 15, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:  (* denotes also published in full on New Cold War.org)
Kyiv suspends all transport links with Donbass, TASS, March 15, 2017

Russia has never invaded Canada, but Canada has invaded Russia, by Yves Engler, published on Rabble.ca, March 15, 2017

When America interfered in a Russian election, by Margaret Kimberley, published on her blog ‘Freedom Rider’ on Black Agenda Report, March 14, 2017

EU headscarf ban ruling sparks faith group backlash, Reuters, March 14, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
The limits to Ankara’s reliance on Moscow
, by Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor, March 14, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Moscow visit last week enabled Ankara to show Europe it has alternatives, but thorns continue to exist in the side of Turkish-Russian ties.

How conflict with the West empowers Erdogan, by Mustafa Akyol, Al-Monitor, March 14, 2017

How did the West so firmly become the main enemy for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters?

Court rejects appeal of pre-trial detention of Deniz Yücel, Turkish-German journalist (Die Welt), Turkish Minute, March 14, 2017

Trump a ‘true friend of Muslims,’ says Saudi deputy crown prince after meeting with president in Washington, RT.com, March 15, 2017

United States:

Naval exercises add trillions of pieces of plastic debris to oceans, by Dahr Jamail, Truthout.org,  March 15, 2017

For the next two decades, the U.S. Navy will inject hundreds of thousands of pounds of flares and billions of metal-coated glass fibers into ocean waters off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. When the last two decades are added in, the Navy will have left behind more than half a million pounds of flares and trillions of microfibers of chaff (a radar countermeasure dropped by aircraft) by the year 2037.

Additionally, as Truthout previously reported, upcoming naval exercises will inject 20,000 tons of heavy metals and explosives into the seas. These shocking numbers are due to a widespread domestic military expansion, which entails a dramatic uptick in the number of naval training exercises conducted each year…

Health care or wealth care? 24 million Americans to lose medical insurance under Republican plan, while rich get big tax breaks, interview with Elizabeth Benjamin on Democracy NOW!, March 14, 2017  [Elizabeth Benjamin is Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society of New York and co-founder of Health Care for All.]

Here’s why the GOP is struggling to come up with a new healthcare plan: That wasn’t the goal, by Lisa Mascaro, LA Times, March 15, 2017

‘Coalition’ that is hailed as sign of broad support for GOP health care plan is little more than a website, by Lee Fang, The Intercept, March 14, 2017

More guns, less medicine: Trump’s military spending binge would swamp savings from health care repeal, by Zaid Jilani, The Intercept, March 13, 2017

In petition, over 350,000 call for U.S. lawmakers to give up their subsidized healthcare, by Nika Knight, staff writer, Common Dreams, March 15, 2017

Petition created by son who lost father to cancer because of lack of healthcare coverage goes viral

Did Trump have his own tax return leaked? That was the big question after Rachel Maddow show, by Derek Hawkins, Sydney Morning Herald, March 15, 2017

‘We exist, we resist, we rise’: Thousands march in DC for Native nations, by Nika Knight, Common Dreams, March 10, 2017

Interview with Edward Snowden by Jeremy Scahill, interview with Edward Snowden from Moscow at SXSW arts festival in Austin, Texas, on The Intercept‘s weekly radio program ‘Intercepted’ hosted by Jeremy Scahill, March 15, 2017

Eight U.S. Navy officers are latest to be charged in bribery scandal, RT.com, March 15, 2017

Eight U.S. Navy officials have been charged in the ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery case which has plagued the military branch for years. They are accused of accepting “luxury travel, elaborate dinners and services of prostitutes” from a Singapore-based defense contractor…

The new indictment brings the number of those charged in the ‘Fat Leonard’ case to 25. Twenty of those are current or former US Navy officials…

World:
Trump has called the Afghan War a “mess”; his generals want to escalate it
, by Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept, March 15, 2017

* The global wealth pyramid 2016, report by Credit Suisse, published on Dec 28, 2016

This is Geert Wilders, the Dutch populist who could win but not rule, published on NRC.nl, March 8, 2017

Modi rules, Harvard doesn’t, by Michael Roberts, March 13, 2017

Modi may claim that the government’s November move [eliminating high-denomination currency notes] has proved to have no long-term effect on the economy, but that is not true.  There has been a significant fall in consumer spending and business investment that has meant India can no longer claim to be the fastest growing major economy over the likes of China.  The IMF reckons that India grew 6.6% in 2016 compared with China’s 6.7% and has lowered its forecasts for this year.

British children sent overseas in migration programme faced ‘unacceptable depravity’, UK inquiry told, The Independent, Feb 27, 2017

For several centuries, thousands of youngsters were relocated from Britain, often against their will, to distant corners of the British empire

… A case study of the “shameful history” – focusing on the post-WW2 period until the scheme’s end in the 1970s – is being examined as part of the inquiry’s protection of children outside the United Kingdom investigation.

Canada’s spy agency reneged on pledge ten years ago to brief judges about secret data centre, by Colin Freeze, The Globe and Mail, March 14, 2017

Ottawa police assault gloves scrutinized after officer charged in beating death of citizen in 2016, by Kristy Nease, CBC News, March 14, 2017

‘We are all doing it’: Employees at Canada’s five big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers, CBC News, March 15, 2017

How to prepare for the next pandemic, feature article by Debora MacKenzie, New Scientist (UK weekly), Feb 22, 2017  (full article is available to subscribers only)

The 1960s notion that infectious disease was on the way out ended when HIV appeared in the 1980s. Since then, many infections like bird flu, SARS and Zika have caused alarm. But it took a near-disaster – the worst ever outbreak of Ebola – to scare the inertia out of governments. As a result, we are at last preparing for the inevitable. A clutch of programmes being launched this year will improve our grip on microbial killers. And the world now has an emergency medical response team – which, astonishingly, it never had before. But we aren’t there yet. If a novel virus struck now, we would still be in trouble.

For all our high-tech modernity, and in many ways, because of it, the risk that new infectious diseases will evolve is actually getting worse. Pathogens began circulating regularly among humans only after we started farming and settled in towns. One reason was that we caught infections from our livestock: flu from ducks, tuberculosis from cows. But crucially, there were enough of us in close proximity that a germ could always find a new host and keep spreading, persisting among people and adapting to us.

Now we are crowding into cities and travelling more, especially within the tropics where pathogen diversity is highest. That plus globalised trade, migration and climate change reshuffle wildlife, people and pathogens. Farms and towns invade the habitats of animals with viruses that can jump to us, or to our densely packed livestock, also booming as demand for animal protein soars.

Public health experts have been warning for years of “emerging” diseases, which can go from unknown to epidemic if the pathogen mutates or the ecology of its hosts changes to make its spread easier…

Appointed Canadian senator who lured teenager for sex was delegated to attend annual meeting of UN Commission on Status of Women, Toronto Star, March 15, 2017

Senator Don Meredith, a Pentecostal minister, was appointed to Canada’s unelected Senate by Stephen Harper in 2010

Global warming and climate change:
Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate change
, by Sam McNeil, Associated Press, Mar 15, 2017


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