New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #42, March 7, 2017
Canadian government announces two-year extension of military intervention into Ukraine as mainstream media follows the script, reports on March 6, 2017 in The Globe and Mail, state-run CBC, Toronto Star and two-minute video news report on CTV
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
How are displaced Iraqis faring in Syria’s camps?, by Khaled al-Khateb, Al-Monitor, March 6, 2017 [Khaled al-Khateb is a Syrian journalist and former lecturer in the Geography Department of the University of Aleppo.]
Die Welt reporter tells prison visitors he was jailed due to his reports not social media messages, Turkish Minute, Mar 7, 2017
Critics take aim at Trump’s new version of immigration order, by Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail, March 6, 2017
Toronto talk cancelled as travel privileges for father of fallen U.S. Muslim soldier ‘under review’ by U.S. gov’t, by The Canadian Press, March 6, 2017
Contacts with Russian Embassy, by Jack Matlock, published on his website, March 4, 2017 [Jack Matlock was U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union from April 1987 (Reagan) to August 1991 (Bush Sr.)]
Our press seems to be in a feeding frenzy regarding contacts that President Trump’s supporters had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and with other Russian diplomats. The assumption seems to be that there was something sinister about these contacts, just because they were with Russian diplomats. As one who spent a 35-year diplomatic career working to open up the Soviet Union and to make communication between our diplomats and ordinary citizens a normal practice, I find the attitude of much of our political establishment and of some of our once respected media outlets quite incomprehensible. What in the world is wrong with consulting a foreign embassy about ways to improve relations? Anyone who aspires to advise an American president should do just that.
Yesterday I received four rather curious questions from Mariana Rambaldi of Univision Digital. I reproduce below the questions and the answers I have given…
World: (* denotes also published in full on New Cold War.org)
In the era of Donald Trump, Germans debate a military buildup, by Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, March 5, 2017
… As the Trump administration ratchets up the pressure on allied nations to shoulder more of their own defense, no country is more in the crosshairs than Germany. If it meets the goals Washington is pushing for, Germany — the region’s economic powerhouse — would be on the fast track to again become Western Europe’s biggest military power.
* North Korea fires four ‘ballistic missiles’ amid Seoul’s joint drills with U.S., news compilation on New Cold War.org, March 6, 2017 (with extensive background reading)
In rich, low crime Netherlands, why is anti-Islam candidate Geert Wilders so popular?, by Associated Press, March 6, 2017
The economy is up, unemployment is down and some Dutch prisons are so empty the government has been renting out cells. So why do polls indicate that the Netherlands’ ruling parties are set to suffer big losses before a March 15 national election, while the party of right-wing anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders appears poised to make substantial gains? …
Global warming and climate change:
Arctic sea ice could disappear even if world achieves climate target, Reuters, March 6, 2017
Goal of limiting rise in average global temperatures to below 2C may not prevent ice-free Arctic, scientists warn
Trump team touts years-old, dirty Exxon plrojects as ‘new’ jobs creation, by David Turnbull, Oil Change International, March 7, 2017
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