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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #51, March 24, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:

Later the same day, munitions keep exploding on March 23, 2017 at ammunition depot in Balakleya, eastern Ukraine (RT Ruptly)

* Massive explosion and fire during night of March 22-23 at weapons depot in Kharkiv region of Ukraine, RT.com, March 23, 2017  (several reports)

Entire city of Balakleya in Kherson region, population 20,000, evacuated as Ukrainian media downplays the disaster

Polish prime minister says London attack caused by immigration, RT.com, March 23, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Tensions rise as Bulgarian protesters block Turkish border to bar ‘electoral tourism’  in March 26 national vote, Turkish Minute, March 24, 2017

Amnesty Int’l calls on Turkey to end media crackdown, release jailed journalists, by Turkish Minute, March 24, 2017

… Turkey now jails more journalists than any other country. One third of all imprisoned journalists in the world are being held in Turkish prisons…

‘Monstrous comparison’: German Jewish leader furious over Erdogan’s ‘Nazi’ remarks, RT.com, March 21, 2017

Calls for ‘no’ in referendum mark Nevruz celebrations across Turkey, Turkish Minute, March 21, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to public squares across Turkey on Tuesday to celebrate Nevruz, which was marked by messages calling for a “no” vote in a public referendum to be held in April…

Kurds gather across Turkey to celebrate Nevruz, by Rudaw, March 21, 2017

Channel 4’s forthcoming ‘The Case Against Assad’ documentary and some questions to keep in mind, by Tim Hayward, published on his website March 21, 2017

Europeans won’t be able to ‘walk safely’ if EU’s current attitude persists, Erdogan warns, RT.com, March 22, 2017

European Commission summons Turkey envoy over Erdogan’s threatening remarks, by Turkish Minute, March 23, 2017

Turkey’s annual unemployment rate rises to 10.9 percent, by Turkish Minute, March 23, 2017

Moody’s changes outlook of 14 banks in Turkey from stable to negative, by Turkish Minute, March 22, 2017

Pro-Kurdish, anti-Erdogan rally draws 30,000 in Cologne, Germany on March 18, Press TV, March 19, 2017

Yemeni ballistic missile strikes air base in Saudi capital of Riyadh, Press TV, March 19, 2017

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters and their allies in the army have fired a long-range ballistic missile at an airbase in the Saudi capital Riyadh, marking the second such attack on the city, a report says.

Yemeni forces fire new indigenous ballistic missiles at Saudi base, Press TV, March 21, 2017

Censored in the UK: Two universities cancel events with Richard Falk discussing his new book ‘Palestine’s Horizon: Towards a Just Peace’, Middle East Eye, March 24, 2017

Richard Falk is former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine and a professor of international law. He is a co-author of a new March 15, 2017 UN report which concludes that “Beyond a reasonable doubt … Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people.” Read also: People must shame UN for quashing ‘apartheid Israel’ report, says Richard Falk

United States:
Republicans pull Obamacare replacement bill amid disarray, Press TV, March 24, 2017

‘Just don’t have consensus’: Republicans pull healthcare bill ahead of House vote, RT.com, March 24, 2017

Trump the destroyer, by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, March 22, 2017

Trump has stuffed his Cabinet with tyrants, zealots and imbeciles – all bent on demolishing our government from within

It’s like the election campaign never ended. It’s the same all-Trump, all-the-time madness, only exponentially worse…

Trump’s draconian budget deals a blow to Appalachia, by Kerry Cardoza, Truthout.org, March 23, 2017

Trump budget director takes aim at “wasteful” Social Security program that helps disabled Americans, by Zaid Jilani, The Intercept, March 20 2017

Donald Trump plans to eliminate legal aid funding that supports survivors of domestic violence, by Jordan Smith, The Intercept,  March 20 2017

David Rockefeller and the ‘October Surprise’ case, by Robert Parry, Consortium News, March 21, 2017  (originally published April 15, 2005)

David Rockefeller’s death at age 101 brought effusive eulogies, but no recollection of his mysterious role in the Iran hostage crisis of 1980, which helped sink President Carter’s reelection.

World:
Right-wing Heritage Foundation, scary nuke maps drive media narrative on North Korea ‘threat’, by Adam Johnson, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, March 22, 2017

Don’t be fooled by Trudeau’s First Nations charm offensive. The Liberals’ real agenda will be decided behind closed doors, by Russell Diabo, Rabble.ca, March 23, 2017

Global warming and climate change:
Climate breaks multiple records in 2016, with global impacts, press release by World Meteorological Organization, March 21, 2017

The year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017…

Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar ‘heatwaves’, by Damien Carrington, The Guardian, March 22, 2017

Earth is a planet in upheaval, say scientists, as the World Meteorological Organisation publishes analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows

Trudeau’s views favouring Alberta tar sands extraction spur African famine, by Yves Engler, Rabble.ca, March 23, 2017

First U.S. bumblebee officially listed as endangered, National Geographic, March 22, 2017

It’s official: For the first time in the United States, a bumblebee species has been declared endangered. The rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis), once a common sight, is “now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Once thriving in 28 states and the District of Columbia, over the past two decades the bee’s population has plummeted nearly 90 percent…

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene, by Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen, published on The Conversation, Feb 10, 2017

Leaves emerging earlier in U.S. as planet warms, by Climate Central, March 15th, 2017

Brain drain: Engineers and managers flee southern company’s troubled Kemper ‘clean coal, carbon capture plant, guest post by Dan Zegart of the Climate Investigations Center, published on DeSmog Blog, March 17, 2017

From Wikipedia: … The project was central to President Obama’s Climate Plan, as it was to be based on “clean coal” and was being considered for more support from the Congress and the incoming Trump Administration in late 2016. Once operational, the Kemper Project will be a first-of-its-kind electricity plant to employ gasification and carbon capture technologies at this scale…


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