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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #70, May 8, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:

Result of second round of French presidential election on May 7, 2017 (source France Interior Ministry, image on BBC)

* Macron elected president in France [see the news compilation on New Cold War.org on May 8, 2017, here]

 

 

 

 

Ukrainian ‘peace plan’ MP from right-wing Radical Party is stripped of Ukrainian citizenship by decree of Poroshenko, Radio Free Europe, May 5, 2017

[Note by New Cold War.org: Acquiring the citizenship of another country is contrary to Ukrainian law but widely practiced by the country’s political and eonomic elite.  A March 14, 2017 news report by Radio Free Europe said that a bill recommended by the Ukrainian parliament’s Committee for Human Rights, Ethnic Minorities, and Interethnic Relations had been submitted to President Poroshenko for recommendation and approval. The bill has since been referred back to the committee for further study and recommendation.]

Further background: Kiev’s dual citizenship crackdown would hit Rada, cabinet and 3.5 million Ukrainians, Sputnik News, March 27, 2017

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has proposed a bill to parliament which would ban dual citizenship, something already illegal under Ukrainian law. But as Ukrainian political observers point out, the only thing the bill threatens to do is cause chaos and the further breakup of Ukraine’s fragile statehood.

… According to estimates by Ukrainian media and politicians, between 102 and 150 of the Rada’s 450 lawmakers also hold dual, triple, quadruple or even quintuple citizenship. With this in mind, it’s unclear how actively parliament will support the president’s hardline stance…

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
* Putin changes the conversation on Syria with ceasefire plan, news compilation on New Cold War.org on May 8, 2017, here

Turkey’s HDP party to hold extraordinary congress on May 20 to replace co-chair Figen Yuksekdag, Rudaw, May 8, 2017

Syrian Kurds voice desire for territorial access to Mediterranean Sea, report on The Observer (Guardian on Sunday), May 7, 2017

Kurdish expansion plans putting the group on a collision course with neighbouring Turkey

Report: Mass torture, abuse at unofficial detention center in Turkey’s capital, by Turkish Minute, May 8, 2017

Credible reports of mass torture and abuse in an unofficial detention center in the Turkish capital have been received by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF), a monitoring group for rights violations in Turkey, according to a report on their website on Monday…

Germany grants asylum requests of Turkish military officers, by Turkish Minute, May 9, 2017

Der Spiegel reports that as many as 450 asylum requests have been approved

Iran presidential race: frontrunners push for support from Kurds, Sunnis, Rudaw, May 7, 2017

OPCW confirms Russia’s findings concerning Aleppo 2016 chemical attack, RT.com newsline, May 6, 2017

Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Syrian fact-finding mission have established that mustard gas (sulfur mustard) was used in a chemical attack on the village of Maarat Umm Hawsh in Syria’s Aleppo governorate on September 16, 2016, thus “fully confirming” earlier assessments made by the Russian military experts, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on May 6.

The findings of the Russian experts as well as the evidence collected in November 2016 at the site of the attack were handed over to the Syrian National Authority monitoring the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and later given to the OPCW.

The September 2016 attack left 40 people wounded. The OPCW findings are expected to be handed over to the joint OPCW-UN investigative mechanism for further inquiry, the ministry added.

Background: Syria hands over evidence of mustard gas attack by rebels on civilians to OPCW, RT.com, Dec 18, 2016  and: Syrian rebels used chemical weapons, Russian military claims, The Moscow Times, Nov 25, 2016

United States:
Anxiety over GOP health plan for those with severe illnesses
, by John Seewer, Associated Press, Friday, May 5, 2017

As Republicans move closer to dismantling Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law, Americans with serious illnesses are feeling uneasy. The GOP health care bill pushed through the House on May 4 leaves those with pre-existing conditions fearful of higher premiums and losing coverage altogether if the Affordable Care Act is replaced…

White fear in the White House: Young Bannon disciple Julia Hahn is a case study in extremism, by Peter Maass, The Intercept, May 7, 2017

Donald Trump’s ‘Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty’ executive order, commentary by Michael Coren, Toronto Star, May 8, 2017

World:
South Korean election on May 9: Donald Trump effect to push voters to the left after decades of conservative rule
, ABC.net.au, May 8, 2017

South Koreans are poised to sweep away almost a decade of conservative rule in an historic election on May 9, with some unintended interference by US President Donald Trump late in the campaign helping to galvanise left-leaning voters…

Mexico: What it’s like to report in one of the world’s deadliest places for journalists, by Kate Linthicum, LA Times, May 2, 2017

48 journalists killed worldwide in 2016, by Committee to Protect Journalists

With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, Airbus, Reuters, May 6, 2017

These six planes want to end Airbus and Boeing’s dominance in the skies, Business Insider, Dec. 25, 2016

Bombardier faces lengthy legal battle with Boeing that could hurt Canadian company’s ‘CSeries’ aircraft sales, by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press, April 28, 2017

Global warming and climate change:

Northernmost village in Greenland, Qaanaaq

In Greenland’s northernmost village, a melting Arctic threatens the age-old hunt, by Chris Mooney, Washington Post, April 29, 2017

… Danielsen said hunting patterns have been strongly altered by environmental changes. In the 1980s and 1990s, he said, the ice in the fjord would be safe to travel upon by mid-October every year. Today, he said, sometimes that deep freeze doesn’t come until mid-December. It’s no longer safe, he added, to take sleds out to the islands at the mouth of the fjord to hunt for walruses.

“Earlier, the hunters, they can just look at the weather and see how it is going to be the next few days, so I can go out,” he said. “But today, you can’t do that anymore, because the change of the weather happens from day to day, or from hour to hour.” …

Why a neonicotinoid ban isn’t enough to protect the environment, by Anthony King, New Scientist (UK weekly), April 19, 2017  (free login at weblink)

Neurotoxic pesticides hurt more than just bees, and they have spread throughout the environment. A ban is a good thing, but it could create another problem–intensification of agriculture and declining biodiversity .

Study finds link between neonic pesticides and decline of bumblebee queens, by Eric Atkins, The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2017

A population paradox could help us outrun our doom, book review by Fred Pearce, published in New Scientist, April 22, 2017

Our lust for growth as a species spells our downfall, argues a new book, ‘Scale’. But we may have overlooked the way to save ourselves.


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