In Digest, Multipolarity

New Cold War.org information bulletin for week beginning Monday, Jan 8, 2018
(Most recent news at top; comments in square brackets [ ] are by New Cold War.org editor)


Donald Trump’s first year in office and the illusion of choice in the U.S. two-party duopoly, by Neil Clark, published in the ‘Op-Edge’ feature of RT.com, Jan 19, 2018  The striking thing about Trump’s first twelve months compared to the Obama administration is not how different his foreign policies have been, but how similar…

Ankara might be awaiting Russian ok for Afrin operation, by Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor, Jan 18, 2018

Political map of Syria showing cities, towns and provinces (Ezilon Maps)

[It’s a mystery why Al-Monitor would believe that that Russia will accept a military intervention by NATO-member Turkey against the Kurdish population in the Afrin province of northwest Syria. Russia has long advocated a federal constitution for Syria which would recognize certain autonomous political and social rights for Syria’s Kurdish population. Moreover, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to reporters at the United Nations in New York on January 19 about the double game which the United States is playing while professing support to the Kurds. He said, “It’s a fact that US forces are seriously involved in creating alternative government bodies on vast part of the Syrian territory. And this, of course, absolutely contradicts their own obligations, which they committed to on numerous occasions, including at the UN Security Council, on maintaining the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Syria.”

[Russia and Syrian military aircraft control the skies over western Syria. Turkey cannot wage a sustained military intervention into Syria without military aircraft to provide air support for ground troops. This will limit its boastful and pre-announced intervention into Afrin province, much of which will take the form of punishing artillery attacks from Turkish soil.]

Knot over Afrin region in northwest Syria: How the battle for a small Kurdish enclave could be the death knell for U.S.-Turkey ties, lengthy news analysis by RT.com, Jan 18, 2018  This week, the countdown began for Afrin, a Kurdish-held enclave in the north of Syria which is feverously preparing for a major Turkish offensive…

‘We don’t consider you a legitimate journalist’: How I got blacklisted by the Pentagon’s Africa Command, by Nick Turse, The Intercept, Jan 13, 2018

Rally in Kyiv on Jan 2, 2018 demanding police investigate the murder of Iryna Nozdrovska (Sergei Supinsky)Murder of lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska on Jan 1, 2018 shakes Ukrainians’ faith in justice system, Deutsche Welle, Jan 5, 2018   Related: Ukraine claims it has caught killer of campaigning lawyer, Irish Times, Jan 9, 2018

Erdogan says Turkey will ‘strangle’ U.S.-backed force in northern Syria ‘before it’s even born’, Reuters, Jan 15, 2018  [Russia is also concerned, for different reasons, about the U.S.-backed Kurdish border force in northern Syria, saying U.S. scheming threatens the sovereignty and territrial integrity of Syria.]

The Guardian, White Helmets, and silenced comment, by Tim Hayward (University of Edinburgh), published on his website, Jan 12, 2018

U.S. military quietly prepares for a last resort: War with North Korea, by Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and John Ismay, New York Times, Jan 14, 2018

Donald Trump doesn’t understand Haiti, immigration or American history, by Chantalle F. Verna (Florida International University), published in The Conversation, Jan 14, 2018

Related: Haiti and America’s historic debt, by Robert Parry, first published on Jan 13, 2010, re-published on Consortium News, Jan 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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