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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #60, April 14, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
Zakharchenko: Kyiv hasn’t fulfilled any of its ceasefire promises over the three-year course of the conflict, DAN News, April 14, 2017

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Deal allows thousands to evacuate from besieged Syrian towns
, by wireservices, on ABC.net.au, April 14, 2017

About 5,000 people were evacuated on 75 buses from the two pro-government Shiite towns of Foua and Kfraya in northern Syria to the nearby city of Aleppo. Meanwhile, near the capital of Damascus, some 60 buses carrying 2,350 opposition fighters, activists and their families departed from two opposition-held towns in the direction of the northern province of Idlib.

Update: Terrorist car bomb targets Syrian bus evacuation convoy near Aleppo, nearly 40 killed, Press TV, April  15, 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, statement published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, April 12, 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid Muallem, press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, April 13, 2017

Erdogan says extradition of Die Welt journalist impossible as long as he is in power, by Turkish Minute, April 14, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the extradition of Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel, who was jailed in Turkey in February, to Germany will never take place as long as he is president.

Three consecutive life sentences sought for prominent journalists on coup charges, by Turkish Minute, April 14, 2017

An indictment drafted by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office seeks three consecutive life sentences for 16 people, including prominent Turkish journalists, on coup charges. The suspects mentioned in the indictment are former Zaman daily CEO Ekrem Dumanli, former Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Kenes, Samanyolu TV Washington representative Semsettin Efe, Zaman daily journalist Abdülkerim Balci, Zaman former deputy editor-in-chief Mehmet Kamis, Zaman executive Faruk Kardiç, Zaman daily design director Fevzi Yazici, Zaman brand manager Yakup Simsek, Zaman culture and arts editor Ali Çolak, journalists Nazli Ilicak, Emre Uslu, Tuncay Opçin, Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan, Professor Osman Özsoy and academic Sükrü Tugrul Özsengül…

Turkey is no longer a country governed by rule of law, says new report by Stockholm Center for  Freedom Center, Turkish Minute, April 14, 2017

In a new report unveiled on Friday as part of a continuing series that focuses on human rights violations and arbitrariness in the application of the law in Turkey, the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has concluded that the rule of law no longer exists in Turkey.

The comprehensive report, titled “Turkey’s descent into arbitrariness: The end of rule of law,” provides detailed information on how the rule of law has lost its meaning in the Turkish context, confirming the effective collapse of all domestic judicial and administrative remedies available for Turkish citizens who lodge complaints on rights violations…

United States:

Kaiser Wilhelm of WW1 Germany become Donald Trump (image in The Spectator, UK)

So much for ‘Drain the swamp’: White House won’t say who’s visiting, Sputnik News, April 14, 2017

Trump’s not the new Hitler… he’s the new Kaiser Bill, by Andrew J. Bacevich, The Spectator (UK), April 8, 2017

Germany’s Great War leader was a blustering, reckless gambler who took the world over the abyss. Sound familiar?

World:
Korea will strike U.S. bases in Asian Pacific as well as South Korean presidential palace if U.S. attacks, warns North Korean news agency KCNA, RT.com, April 14, 2017

North Korea says it ‘will go to war’ if U.S. provokes it, ABC.net,au, April 14, 2017

North Korea “will go to war” if the U.S. chooses to provoke it, the country’s Vice Foreign Minister says

Russia calls for restraint amid North Korea-US crisis, Press TV, April 14, 2017

China would protect a denuclearized North Korea: State-run Chinese daily, Press TV, April 13, 2017

Canadian gov’t using ‘marijuana legalization’ to strengthen police powers, CBC.ca, April 13, 2017

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced major changes to the country’s impaired driving laws Thursday, including provisions that will allow for mandatory roadside alcohol screening and new criminal offences for driving while high. The legislation, introduced concurrently with the government’s cannabis legalization bill, will allow police to demand a driver provide an “oral fluid sample” — saliva — if they suspect a driver is drug impaired. A positive reading could lead to further testing, including a blood test, to determine whether a criminal offence has been committed.

Three new drug-related offences will be also be created for drivers who have consumed drugs within two hours of driving…

[During the estimated 15 month it will take to ‘legalize’ marijuna in Canada, simple possession will remain a criminal act. The government says it will not cancel the records of past convictions for simple possession.]

Trudeau to make pot legal while cracking down on impaired drivers and pushers, by Karl Nerenburg, Rabble.ca, April 14, 2017
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/hill-dispatches/2017/04/trudeau-make-pot-legal-while-cracking-down-impaired-drivers

… The Liberals plan to give police the right to stop virtually any driver and then administer a drug test. Currently, the forces of law and order have to reasonably suspect drug or alcohol use before compelling anyone to submit to such testing.

Global warming and climate change:
Nuclear energy giants limp towards extinction, by Paul Brown, Climate News Network,  April 14, 2017

LONDON – Any lingering hope that a worldwide nuclear power renaissance would contribute to combating climate change appears to have been dashed by US company Westinghouse, the largest provider of nuclear technology in the world, filing for bankruptcy, and the severe financial difficulties of its Japanese parent company, Toshiba…

March was second hottest on record globally, by Andrea Thompson, Climate Central, April 14, 2017

The exceptional global heat of the past few years continued last month, with March 2017 ranking as the second hottest on record for the planet. It followed the second hottest February and third hottest January, showing just how much Earth has warmed from the continued buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere…

Atmospheric CO2 levels accelerate upwards, smashing records, by Barry Saxifrage, National Observer (Canada), April 10, 2017

The primary driver of global warming, disruptive climate changes and ocean acidification is the ever-increasing amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Despite decades of global efforts towards climate policies, clean energy and efficiency, CO2 levels continue to rise and are actually accelerating upwards. For those of us hoping for signs of climate progress, this most critical and basic climate data is bitter news indeed. It shows humanity racing ever more rapidly into a full-blown crisis for both our climate and our oceans.

That’s the story told by the newest CO2 data released by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Let’s take a look….


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