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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #5, Jan 10, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
Chrystia Freeland is appointed new foreign affairs minister of Canada, CBC News, Jan 10, 2017

[Chrystia Freeland is one of the most fanatic supporters in Canada of the right-wing government in Ukraine. Her appointment as foreign affairs minister in Canada is a bad sign for relations between Russia and Canada, already on the rocks due to Canada’s participatoin in the NATO military buildup and threats against Russia and due to Canada joining the U.S.-led sanctions against Russia and many of its leading political leaders, industrialists and cultural figures.

[Freeland has written frequent anti-Russia screeds in support of the Ukrainian government. Here are two of them, published not long before she became Canada’s Minister of International Trade following her Liberal Party’s election victory in October 2015:  What does Putin want?, Jan 2015; and The real fight in Ukraine, July 2015.

[In March 2014, Freeland was among 13 Canadian politicians banned from travel to Russia in retaliation for the decision of the Canadian government of the day to join the United States and European Union in levying political and economic sanctions against Russia. Story here. The travel ban remains in place.]

 Propaganda article by Canada’s state-run broadcaster CBC (titled ‘How Russian advances in the Arctic are leaving NATO behind’), published by CBC News on Jan 8, 2017

[On January 9, CBC News published a cartoonish article on alleged, aggressive ambitions by Russia in the Arctic. The article was written by a CBC reporter with no evident expertise in the field of Arctic studies. Readers are welcome to read the cartoon, at the weblink above, but for a serious treatment of the subject, here are two year 2016 articles in New Cold War.org by writer Roger Annis:
Ukraine foreign minister makes news in Canada for wanting to scuttle Arctic cooperation with RussiaOct 11, 2016
Canada now says open to dialogue with Russia, what does this signal?, Feb 1, 2016

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
U.S. B-52 bombed Idlib (western Syria) on Jan 3 killing over 20 civilians, RT.com, Jan 10, 2017

Turkey ‘stuck in quagmire’ in offensive against Al-Bab, Syria, says Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party, Sputnik News, Jan 10, 2017

Iraqi PM Abadi says no progress in relations with Turkey until it withdraws troops, Turkish Minute, Jan 10, 2017

Will Turkey, Iraq open new chapter in ties?, by Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor, Jan 10, 2017

Who’s fighting whom in Iraq’s Sinjar?, by Mahmut Bozarslan, Al-Monitor, Jan 8, 2017

United States:
U.S navy and Donald Trump are planning biggest fleet expansion since Cold War, Chicago Tribune, Jan 8, 2017

… The Navy’s 355-ship proposal released last month is even larger than what the Republican Trump had promoted on the campaign trail, providing a potential boost to shipyards that have struggled because budget caps that have limited money funding for ships…

Boosting shipbuilding to meet the Navy’s 355-ship goal could require an additional $5 billion to $5.5 billion in annual spending in the Navy’s 30-year projection, according to an estimate by naval analyst Ronald O’Rourke at the Congressional Research Service…

Pity the sad legacy of Barack Obama, commentary by Cornel West , The Guardian, Jan 9, 2017

Our ‘hope and change’ candidate fell short time and time again. Obama cheerleaders who refused to make him accountable bear some responsibility

World:
Disappearances spark fears of crackdown on leftwing dissent in Pakistan, by Jon Boone, in Islamabad, The Guardian, Jan 10, 2017

Anti-asbestos activists feel duped by alleged spy in U.K. court case, by Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 10, 2017

Corporate spy infiltrated anti-asbestos campaign, court told, by Ian Cobain, The Guardian, Dec 8, 2016

Two activists and a lawyer involved in campaign are claiming aggravated damages from K2 Intelligence Ltd

Asbestos companies still working against safety, spy on foes, published on Mesothelioma.net

Global warming:
China’s poorest, trying to stay warm, add greatly to smog, by Gerry Shih, Associated Press, Jan 9, 2017

China pledges further cuts in excess steel, coal production, by Gerry Shih, Associated Press, Jan 10, 2017


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