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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #64, April 25, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:

‘Unprofessional and lying’: Lavrov slams U.S. claims of Russia arming Taliban, RT.com, April 25, 2017

Gazprom’s Western partners agree financing for $10.3 bln Nord Stream 2 pipeline, by Reuters, April 24, 2017

Donetsk Peoples Republic establishes Civil Defence Academy, DAN News, April 25, 2017

Number of Ukrainian army deserters exceeds 8,000 – DPR Operations Command, DAN News, April 25, 2017

Two civilians wounded as Ukrainian forces shell western Donetsk, DAN News, April 25, 2017

OSCE concerned over Russia’s declaring Jehovah’s Witnesses extremist organization, TASS, April 25, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) joins Ivanka Trump and others at panel discussion in Berlin on April 25, 2017 (AFP)

Ivanka Trump booed at panel discussion in Germany on women’s status after she praised her father, RT.com, April 25, 2017

Believe it’s a new French Revolution? Hold your horses, commentary by Neil Clark, published on the ‘Op Edge’ feature of RT.com, April 25, 2017

 

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:

How journalism became a crime in  [NATO-member] Turkey, by Ali Bayramoglu, Al-Monitor, April 24, 2017

The state’s indictment against executives and journalists of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet daily constitutes an unprecedented legal scandal, indicating that criticism of the government is now considered a crime.

Turkish airstrikes at Derik, Turkey on April 25, 2017, located 200 km west of Al-Malikiyah, Syria (photo by AFP)

Five Peshmerga killed in Turkish air strike on Mount Shingal, Iraqi Kurdistan, by Rudaw, April 25, 2017

Baghdad censures Turkey air raid in northern Iraq
, Press TV, April 25, 2017

Iraqi Kurds denounce deadly Turkish air raid in northern Iraq, Press TV, April 25, 2017

Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has denounced as “unacceptable” Turkey’s airstrike in northern Iraq, which killed at least six Kurdish fighters…

Similar Turkish airstrikes on Syria also killed at least 18 fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which has confirmed Turkey’s air raid on their positions near the Syrian border town of al-Malikiyah in Hasakah province…

United States:
The 19 strangest things Donald Trump said in his surreal 100-days interview
, by Daniel Dale, Washington bureau, Toronto Star, April 25, 2017

Trump’s Associated Press interview is replete with lies, exaggerations, rambles and strange non-sequiturs.

Transcript of April 21 Associated press interview with Donald Trump, Associated Press, April 24, 2017

Trump wants to be the man of steel, but it just won’t fly, by Chris Bryant, Bloomberg News, April 21, 2017

World:
Filipino lawyer files complaint before International Criminal Court against President Rodrigo Duterte
, Press TV, April 25, 2017

Canada to join global Arms Trade Treaty under legislation tabled on April 13, by Murray Brewster, CBC News, April 13, 2017

[The United Nations General Assembly approved the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on April 2, 2013. Four years later, Canada is moving to add its signature to it. But the treaty would not have stopped Canada’s approval last year of the sale of $15 billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia by the U.S. arms manufacturer General Dynamics, and it won’t stop future arms sales to authoritarian regimes such as Turkey. See the following analysis of the ATT, written in 2013.]

The 2013 Arms Trade Treaty: A historic and momentous failure, by Kirk Jackson, published on Ceasefire (UK), April 29, 2013

Justin Trudeau’s planned ‘legalization’ of marijuana will not eliminate past criminal records for petty possession; his younger brother avoided a conviction in 1998 thanks to his father’s lobbying, The Canadian Press, April 24, 2017

[There is mounting pressure on the Canadian government to include in its proposed marijunana legislation expunging the criminal records of Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana and to stay the many prosecutions in course. Justin Trudeau told a Vice News audience on April 24 that his younger brother Michel escaped a possession charge in early 1998 due to his privileged social status. (Michel Trudeau died tragically in an avalanche on November 13, 1998.) ]

Suspended sentence, 2016 salary of $116,000 for Toronto policeman found guilty of 2015 citizen assault, by Wendy Gillis, Toronto Star, April 24, 2017

Global warming and climate change:
Multi-billion dollar lifeline for nuclear plants Is threatening wind and solar power
, by Joe Ryan, Bloomberg News, April 23, 2017

Pollution from Canada’s oil sands may be underreported, by Bobby Magill, Climate Central, April 24, 2017

Climate change altering the Arctic faster than expected, by Brian Kahn, Climate Central, April 25, 2017

Evidence continues to mount that climate change has pushed the Arctic into a new state. Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the essence of the region, melting ice on land and sea, driving more intense wildfires, altering ocean circulation and dissolving permafrost…

Neglect and drug trade led to Colombian landslide disaster, by Michael Le Page, New Scientist, April 5, 2017

Nearly 300 people are thought to have died when part of Mocoa, a town in south-west Colombia, was swept away by a torrent of water, mud and debris on April 1. The trigger for the landslide was a night of extreme rainfall, leading the nation’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, to blame climate change for the catastrophe. But while global warming may have intensified the rain, this seems to have been a disaster waiting to happen…


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