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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #75, May 25, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
Ukraine factions vie for lobbying edge in Washington
, by Jonathan Marshall, Consortium News, May 24, 2017

‘Stop Trump… Save the planet’: Thousands march against U.S. president in Brussels on May 24, Common Dreams, May 24, 2017

The European Left and the Greek tragedy, by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, CounterPunch, May 23, 2017

The day Greek workers and employees went on general strike [May 17] protesting against a new barrage of so-called “reforms” imposed by the “creditors” in the context of a program that is destroying Greeks and their country, a statement on Greece was issued by the Presidents of the Social Democratic, Green and the “Radical Leftist” Groups in the European Parliament Gianni Pitella, Ska Keller and Gabi Zimmer.

We still hope the Eurodeputies of those three groups will repudiate this unbelievable and shameful statement. For the time being they have not done so…

New French president seeks to extend state of emergency to November, France 24, May 24, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron will ask France’s parliament to extend a state of emergency, in place since the 2015 attacks by Islamic State (IS) group militants, following the May 22 suicide bombing in Manchester. Macron said in a statement that he will ask lawmakers to prolong the measure from July 15, its current expiration date, until November 1. It would be the sixth extension of the state of emergency, which gives police exceptional powers.

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
War in Afghanistan is killing children in record numbers in 2017
, by Ruchi Kumar, Truthout.org, May 24, 2017

2016 was the deadliest year for children in Afghanistan since the US occupation, according to a UN report. Of the 11,418 civilian casualties documented last year, 3,512 were children. And already, 2017 has seen a 21 percent increase in child deaths over the same period last year…

Pentagon: At least 105 civilians killed in US air raid on Mosul in March, Press TV, May 25, 2017

A Pentagon investigation says at least 105 Iraqi civilians lost their lives in a US airstrike on the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul back in March. The US bombarded a concrete building in Mosul’s western al-Jadida district, where Iraqi forces were fighting against terrorists, on March 17. The deadly aerial assault caused the building to collapse…

U.S. to review Boeing, Airbus sales to Iran, impose ‘additional sanctions’, Press TV, May 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is reviewing licenses for Boeing Co. and Airbus to sell Iran aircraft, while it says it will do its best to impose “additional sanctions” on Tehran. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the comments before a House of Representatives panel Wednesday…

‘Plan B’ for worried Turks: move abroad, by  Zülfikar Dogan, Al-Monitor, May 23, 2017

Since the failed coup in July 2016, many Turks have been buying real estate in the United States and Europe to obtain residency permits. The concern grew even wider after an April 16, 2017 referendum granted the president broad powers, and there was a hike in the number of people trying to relocate.

Turkey’s varied tactics of U.S. lobbying, by Jonathan Marshall, Consortium News, May 23, 2017

Turkey has built one of the premier foreign lobbies in Washington by paying powerful politicians, spreading around money to arms manufacturers and teaming up with the Israel Lobby.  (Fifth in a series in Consortium News on foreign lobbying. The previous article in the series is ‘Saudis win hearts by lining pockets‘, May 22, 2017

New voices join Washington clamor over beatdown by Erdogan guards, by Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, May 23, 2017

Anger over the thuggish behavior of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards who brutally assaulted protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington on May 16 shows no sign of abating as more US lawmakers call for the administration to take action against them.

In a letter dated May 19 addressed to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on behalf of 28 members of the House, Carolyn B. Maloney, a Democratic representative for New York’s 12th congressional district, said that the Turkish security guards should be “arrested, prosecuted and jailed.” …

Turkish court sentences editors to 22 years, Turkish Minute, May 22, 2017

A court in Istanbul has handed down a sentence of 22 years, six months to both Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan, top editors of the Nokta magazine, Milliyet reported on May 22.

According to the report, the Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court sentenced both editors to prison for “inciting people to armed revolt against the Turkish government.” Nokta specialized in in-depth investigative reporting and was closed on July 27, 2016, along with 130 other media outlets by the Turkish government.

An indictment prepared by an Istanbul prosecutor in April seeks three consecutive life sentences on coup charges for 30 individuals who include journalists and executives from the now-closed Zaman daily…

CNN Türk anchor taken off air after remark about ‘short’ Erdogan-Trump meeting, Turkish Minute, May 22, 2017

Iran voted Rouhani again – now what?, commentary by Catherine Shakdam, on RT.com‘s ‘Op Edge’ feature, May 21, 2017

New HDP co-chair: 560 children living in Turkish jails with mothers, by Rudaw, May 23, 2017

Some 560 children are living in Turkish jails with their mothers, stated the newly-elected co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) during a meeting with its parliamentary group on May 23…

United States:
Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget
, by Roberta Rampton, Reuters, May 23, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump asked lawmakers on Tuesday to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in an austere budget that also boosts the military.

 ‘Trump doesn’t care about workers’: Carrier employees in Indiana react to announcement that 632 jobs are moving to Mexico, by Arun Gupta, Raw Story, May 22, 2017

World:
After Guantanamo: Canadian attorney Dennis Edney on defending Omar Khadr, speech and interview broadcast on ‘Ideas’ program on CBC Radio One, May 24, 2017 (originally aired on February 1, 2017)

In 2002, a 15-year-old boy was caught by American forces in Afghanistan after a firefight, and imprisoned in Guantanamo for the next 13 years. The boy was Omar Khadr, and his then little-known lawyer was Dennis Edney from Edmonton. From the Stratford Festival, Dennis Edney talks with Paul Kennedy about a life-changing experience that contains a challenge for us all…

The poor and homeless dying in Canada

[Two new studies provide figures for the social decline occurring in Canada. One study reveals that an average of more than two homeless people are dying prematurely each week in Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Homelessness is on the rise across the country. The other study documents a sharp rise in opioid addiction deaths in Toronto and elsewhere in eastern Canada, mirroring the trend in western Canada of recent years. Several thousand Canadians are dying each year from addiction to opium-based drugs. The pharmaceutical industry and the doctors that cater to it are literally making a killing on opiod sales and prescriptions.]

Global warming and climate change:
Scientists predict there will be no glaciers in the contiguous U.S. by 2050, but Trump is stomping on the gas pedal, by Dahr Jamail, Truthout.org, May 22, 2017

World’s vanishing glaciers put millions at risk, by Tim Radford, Climate News Network, May 23, 2017

From the Himalayas to Switzerland, the world’s glaciers are melting – threatening vital water supplies and increasing the risk of sea level rise.

How rising seas and coastal storms drowned the U.S. flood insurance program, by Gilbert M. Gaul, Yale Environment 360, May 23, 2017

Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater.

How do you save the Statue of Liberty from drowning?, by Patrick Clark, published on Bloomberg‘s ‘Climate Changed’ feature, May 24, 2017

Lady Liberty is a towering symbol of our national vulnerability to the changing planet.

… There’ll be plenty of demand in the years ahead for those with experience moving or protecting vulnerable coastal structures. Sea level rise could force millions of Americans to move from seaside communities by the end of the century, washing away hundreds of billions of dollars in real estate value. Cultural landmarks are similarly unprotected…

In her current position, with her toes about 154 feet above the waterline, Lady Liberty is better protected than many of her human neighbors. In one extreme scenario posited by the website Climate Central, melting ice sheets in Antarctica would cause sea levels to rise roughly 12 feet by 2100. That would be enough to produce average high tides 2 feet above the flood level caused by Hurricane Sandy, which swamped Liberty Island and destroyed its electrical systems…


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After Guantanamo: Canadian attorney Dennis Edney on defending Omar Khadr, speech and interview broadcast on ‘Ideas’ program on CBC Radio One, May 24, 2017 (originally aired on February 1, 2017)

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/after-guantanamo-dennis-edney-on-defending-omar-khadr-1.3961508

In 2002, a 15-year-old boy was caught by American forces in Afghanistan after a firefight, and imprisoned in Guantanamo for the next 13 years. The boy was Omar Khadr, and his then little-known lawyer was Dennis Edney from Edmonton. From the Stratford Festival, Dennis Edney talks with Paul Kennedy about a life-changing experience that contains a challenge for us all…

The poor and homeless dying in Canada

[Two new studies provide figures for the social decline occurring in Canada. One study reveals that an average of more than two homeless people are dying prematurely each week in Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Homelessness is on the rise across the country. The other study documents a sharp rise in opioid addiction deaths in Toronto and elsewhere in eastern Canada, mirroring the trend in western Canada of recent years. Several thousand Canadians are dying each year from addiction to opium-based drugs. The pharmaceutical industry and the doctors that cater to it are literally making a killing on opiod sales and prescriptions.]

 

 

 

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