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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #79, June 5, 2017

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:
Kyiv city council changes name of main thoroughfar
e, from a comment by Ivan Katchanovski, researcher at Universtiy of Ottawa, posted on his Facebook page, June 4, 2017

Kyiv City Council has changed the name of a main thoroughfare in the city named after Soviet Army World War II commander Nikolai Vatutin. Vatutin Prospect is now named after Roman Shukhevych. He was a commander of the Ukrainian aInsurgent Army (UPA), a force which fought against the Soviet Army seeking to loiberate Ukraine from German Nazi occupiers. (Report here in Ukrainian press.)

Shukhevych also served in the Abwehr (German intelligence service), the OUN-B (Organizatoin of Ukrainian Nationalists) organized Nachtigall Battalion and the 201st Schutzmannschaft auxiliary police battalion. The UPA and these battalions were implicated in mass murder directed at Jews, Poles and anyone symnpathetic to the Soviet Union army.

Nikolai Vatutin was assassinated in an ambush by the OUN/UPA on April 15, 1944. So a street name in Kyiv has been changed from the name of someone who liberated the city frolm German Nazism to the person who presided over the organization which assassinated the liberator.

Canada radio comes to bury Zbigniew Brzezinski, not to praise him, by John Helmer, published on his website Dances With Bears, June 6, 2017

The late Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died on May 26 near Washington, DC, was another of the Russia-hating Galicians who grew up in safe haven in Canada. Like Chrystia Freeland’s maternal grandfather, Michael Chomiak,  though the late Chomiak may have murdered the late Brzezinski if he had managed to get his hands on him during World War II.

Brzezinski, Chomiak, and Freeland blamed not Germany, but Russia, imperial and Soviet Russia, for taking away their Galician birthright; they spent lifetimes advocating war against the Russians in revenge.

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
The curious timing of the Qatar crisis
, by Sigurd Neubaue, Al-Monitor, June 6, 2017

Ankara’s paranoia spikes as Qatar shunned, by Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, June 5, 2017

The dramatic decision by five Arab countries to sever ties with Qatar over its alleged coddling of the Muslim Brotherhood and its flirtation with their archenemy Iran has caught the pugnacious emirate’s closest regional ally, Turkey, off balance and wondering whether it too may be targeted…

Iran’s supreme leader attacks U.S. for support of Saudi Arabia, by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor, June 5, 2017

U.S.-backed Syrian rebels launch attack to liberate ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, by Bethan McKernan, in Beirut, The Independent, June 6, 2017

The U.S.-backed campaign to capture Isis’ de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria has officially started, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has announced, marking the beginning of the end of the so-called caliphate. The three-fronted attack was launched from the north, east and west of the city on Monday, spokesperson Talal Sillo told Reuters by telephone on Tuesday. Troops have already managed to enter the city’s eastern gate…

U.S.-led coalition attacks pro-Syria government forces near Al-Tanf at border with Iraq, RT.com, June 6, 2017

… The coalition last struck a pro-government convoy in the area on May 18.

Iraqi forces carrying out tortures in Mosul mostly supervised by U.S. – security official, RT.com, June 6, 2017

The Iraqi military, who were filmed torturing and abusing civilians, are “mainly supervised by U.S. commanders,” a member of the Baghdad Security Committee, has said, telling RT that American military personnel have “some type of immunity” in such cases.

Report: Mass torture has become the norm rather than the exception in Turkey, by Turkish Minute, June 6, 2017

The torture, ill-treatment, abusive, inhumane and degrading treatment of people who are deprived of their liberties in Turkey’s detention centers and prisons has become the norm rather than the exception under increased nationalistic euphoria and religious zealotry in the country, the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has stated in a summary of its latest study

Germany to withdraw troops from Incirlik Airbase as diplomatic row escalates, by Turkish Minute, June 5, 2017

Turkish PM cancels meeting with German FM amid Incirlik crisis, by Turkish Minute, June 5, 2017

Two consecutive life sentences sought for 13 journalists on coup charges, Turkish Minute, June 6, 2017

The indictments reveal that the suspects are accused of ‘membership in a terrorist organization’ due to their stories, critical tweets and retweets.

Despite deadly border clash, Iran-PKK war unlikely, by Fazel Hawramy, Al-Monitor, June 2, 2017

Though attributed to the PJAK, the recent deadly border clash along Iran’s border with Turkey involved the PKK and is unlikely to escalate.

I’m sure worst of crisis is behind us, says Syria’s Assad, Press TV, June 3, 2017

Syrian government troops liberate 22 towns in eastern Aleppo, Press TV, Jun 3, 2017

United States:
Hiding the ugly business of torture
, by Ray McGovern Consortium News, June 2, 2017

A grisly feature of the “war on terror” was America’s descent into torture, but the powers-that-be have decided that the common folk shouldn’t worry their little heads about this ugliness, reports ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

President Donald Trump attacks his own travel ban, by Daniel Dale, Washington reporter, Toronto Star, Monday, June 5, 2017

In a perplexing series of Twitter comments before 7 a.m. on Monday, Trump criticized his presidential order for a ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries — falsely claiming the Justice Department, not him, issued this revised policy.

It’s time to bust the myth: Most Trump voters were not working class, by Nicholas Carnes and Noam Lupu, Washington Post, June 5, 2017

Media coverage of the 2016 election often emphasized Donald Trump’s appeal to the working class. The Atlantic said that “the billionaire developer is building a blue-collar foundation.” Associated Press wondered what “Trump’s success in attracting white, working-class voters” would mean for his general election strategy. On Nov. 9, the New York Times front-page article about Trump’s victory characterized it as “a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters.”

There’s just one problem: this account is wrong. Trump voters were not mostly working-class people…

Trump administration nearing completion of Cuba policy review, Reuters, May 31, 2017

The Trump administration is nearing completion of a policy review to determine how far it goes in rolling back former President Barack Obama’s engagement with Cuba and could make an announcement next month, according to current and former U.S. officials and people familiar with the discussions…

World:
Guardian mourns Corbyn’s polling surge
, by Jonathan Cook, published on his website, May 27, 2017

It is quite extraordinary to read today’s coverage in Britain’s supposedly left-liberal newspaper the Guardian. In the “man bites dog” stakes, the day’s biggest story is the astounding turn-around in the polls two weeks before the British general election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has narrowed the Conservatives’ lead from an unassailable 22 points to 5, according to the latest YouGov survey. It looks possible for the first time, if the trend continues, that Corbyn could even win the popular poll. (Securing a majority of the British parliament’s seats is a different matter, given the UK’s inherently undemocratic electoral system.)

Ottawa continues to fail Indigenous children, by André Picard, health columnist, The Globe and Mail, June 6, 2017

… Dr.  [Peter Henderson] Bryce called the state of the schools a “national crime” and demanded “equitable health care to Indians,” a plea that was ignored by government [in a report Bryce issued in the year 1907].

… Between 1870 and 1996, more than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were shipped off to residential schools as the centrepiece of a policy of “aggressive assimilation” of Indigenous peoples. A more accurate description is state-sanctioned cultural genocide. Somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 children sent to residential schools died, and many more were victims of physical, mental and sexual abuse. The number of deaths is unclear because one of the responses to Dr. Bryce’s report was to stop cataloging deaths…

Federal and provincial officials aim to harmonize Canada’s prison torture policy (solitary confinement), lead, front-page article in The Globe and Mail, June 6, 2017

Ottawa and the provinces are drafting national guidelines for the use of solitary confinement in an attempt to standardize a controversial form of incarceration that varies widely across the country…

Homeless Aboriginal woman in Alberta jailed for five days, shackled in court following 2014 sexual assault against her, CBC.ca, June 5, 2017

Journalism is being criminalized in Canada. Here’s how we’re fighting back, by Nathan Munn of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, published on Rabble.ca, June 2, 2017

Global warming and climate change:
The Earth is on track to pass 1.5 C degree of warming by 2016, by Fred Pearce, New Scientist, May 11, 2017, print edition of May 20, 2017

Carbon dioxide set an all-time monthly high, by Brian Kahn, Climate Central, June 2, 2017

With May in the books, it’s official: carbon dioxide set an all-time monthly record. It’s a sobering annual reminder that humans are pushing the climate into a state unseen in millions of years. Carbon dioxide peaked at 409.65 parts per million for the year, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…

Trump said 19 false things in his June 1 statement on the Paris climate accord, by Daniel Dale, Washington reporter, Toronto Star, June 5, 2017

The Star is keeping a running tally of all 281 false things the president of the United States of America has said, so far. [Click on ‘The environment’ for false statements on 2015 Paris climate agreement. Trump’s June 1 statement on the Paris agreement is here.]


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