New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #59, April 13, 2017
Russia won’t participate in Eurovision 2017, EU broadcaster confirms, RT.com, April 13, 2017
The European Broadcasting Union has officially confirmed to RT that Russia won’t be participating in the 2017 Eurovision song contest in Kiev after the country’s contender, Yulia Samoylova, was denied entry into Ukraine by the governing regime in Kyiv.
The Ukrainian Security Service banned wheelchair bound Samoylova from entering the country for three years over her performance in Crimea in 2015 which Kiev deemed illegal…
[The theme of Eurovision 2017 is ‘celebrate diversity’.]
Russia’s Channel One cancels broadcast of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, TASS, April 13, 2017
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
In meeting with Sergei Lavrov, Syria’s foreign minister points to attempts to disrupt Syrian ceasefire, TASS, April 13, 2017
Syria’s top diplomat says Washington’s minor role in the Astana and Geneva processes indicates its unwillingness to assist in resolving the crisis
U.S. unleashes largest non-nuclear bomb in history on Afghanistan, RT.com, April 13, 2017
The U.S. military has used its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed “the mother of all bombs,” for the first time in combat. The U.S. Air Force used it in Afghanistan on April 13 (local time) to target Islamic State tunnels and personnel. The 21,000-pound (9,525 kg) bomb was dropped in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.
The Pentagon has confirmed the use of the MOAB, and is currently assessing damage. General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, signed off on its use, CNN reported. Authority was also sought from General Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)…
U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Syria on April 11 mistakenly kills 18 allied fighters from Syrian Democratic Forces, RT.com, April 13, 2017
‘Syria hoax’: Sydney University at centre of pro-Assad push, Sydney Morning Herald, April 11, 2017
One of Australia’s most prestigious universities has become the centre of a movement that believes Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has been framed by the West for last week’s chemical weapons attack. The University of Sydney is standing by a controversial senior lecturer, Tim Anderson, who has dismissed the sarin gas attack in the Idlib Province as a “hoax” and called Syria’s six-year civil war a “fiction” perpetrated by the US “to destroy an independent nation”…
U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard under fire after refusing to accept ‘Assad did chemical attack’ without proof, RT.com, April 10, 2017
Turkish novelist Elif Safak says April 16 referendum on executive presidency is choice between democracy or near-absolute monopoly of power, by Turkish Minute, April 13, 2017
Famed Turkish author Elif Safak says Turkey is at a crossroads and that this weekend’s [April 16] referendum on a switch to an executive presidency will be a turning point for her “beautiful but troubled motherland”…
Babies starve as war grinds on in Mosul, Reuters, April 11, 2017
Comment on UK Green Party wrong stand on U.S. missile attack against Syria, by Tim Hayward (University of Edinburgh) , April 9, 2017
Out of 46 major editorials on Trump’s Syria strikes, only one opposed, by Adam Johnson, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, April 11, 2017
Of the top 100 U.S. newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack…
Five top papers run 18 opinion pieces praising Syria strikes–Zero are critical, by Adam Johnson, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, April 7, 2017
Some populist! Trump caves to big business in epic ‘bank of Boeing’ flip-flop, by Zaid Jilani, The Intercept, April 13, 2017
The Export-Import Bank is a big corporate welfare program that likes to keep a low profile. But in the past few years, the anti-establishment Republicans of the House Freedom Caucus and a handful of progressive Democrats including Bernie Sanders turned it into a rousing populist issue, first refusing to re-authorize the bank, then blocking nominations of new board members.
Pushing Australia into war with China, by John Pilger, Consortium News, April 12, 2017
Trump finds his groove with warmaking: Interview with Australian writer and filmmaker John Pilger, by Dennis Bernstein, host of ‘Flashpoints‘ radio program on KPFA, transcript published on Consortium News, April 12, 2017
After MINUSTAH, and in violation of Haiti’s constitution, UN seeks to keep an armed force in Haiti, by Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte, April 12, 2017 Related: Associated Press exclusive: For years, UN soldiers exploited children for sex in Haiti but no arrests, by Paisley Dodds, Associated Press, April 13, 2017 (with related reports)
Cellphone spying used for years by Canada’s federal police and municipal police agencies, CBC.ca, April 11, 2017
Quebec inquiry into police spying on journalists opens, by Andy Riga, Montreal Gazette, April 10, 2017
[The Quebec government was obliged to convene a public inquiry into spying on journalists by Montreal police and by the Quebec provincial police force. The spying goes back to at least the year 2012. The inquiry began on April 10.]
Police spying inquiry hears of another Quebec journalist targeted, by Allan Woods, Toronto Star, April 10, 2017
… In the past, it appears investigators were relatively free to seek search warrants for journalists’ communications so long as they could draft a convincing application that would sway a justice of the peace.
Global warming and climate change:
A close-up look at the catastrophic bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, interview with Terry Hughes, by Richard Schiffman of Yale Environment 360, April 10, 2017
Scientists are reporting the second mass bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef in the last year. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, researcher Terry Hughes says these events have damaged two-thirds of the world’s largest coral reef and are directly caused by global warming.
Scientists just uncovered some troubling news about Greenland’s most enormous glacier, by Chris Mooney, Washington Post, April 12, 2017
The largest glacier in Greenland is even more vulnerable to sustained ice losses than previously thought, scientists have reported…
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