New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #50, March 22, 2017
Ukraine-Russia-Europe: (* denotes also published in full on New Cold War.org)
* Appeal to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to question Foreign Minister Freeland’s integrity, published by the Russian Congress of Canada, March 21, 2017
Ukraine bans Russian singer from performing at Eurovision finals because she ‘broke Ukrainian law’ by performing in Crimea in 2015, RT.com, March 22, 2017
Ukraine’s ban of Russia’s Eurovision contestant is a ‘moment of truth’ for Europe, says Russian foreign ministry, TASS, March 22, 2017
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
U.S.-led coalition air strike in Syria kills more than 30 people in school near ISIS-held Raqqa, says human rights watchdog, by Samuel Osborne, The Independent, March 22, 2017
Local activists counted at least 33 bodies at the site of the strike, near the village of al-Mansoura, west of Raqqa, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters.
Ceasefire and evacuation agreement in city of Homs is proceeding as agreed, Sputnik News, March 22, 2017
[The city of Homs, Syria, population 200,000, is located 160 km north of Damascus and app. 150 km south of Aleppo.]
Syrian rebels [aka terrorists] launch second Damascus attack in three days, Reuters, March 22, 2017
The U.S.-made famine in Yemen, by Kathy Kelly, published by Voices for Creative Non-Violence, March 20, 2017
America’s drug problem now ten times worse than in 1971 — the year it declared a war on drugs, News.com.au, March 20, 2017
… The latest US data show that in 2015, 33,091 people died from overdoses tied to prescription opioids and the illegal heroin and fentanyl. That was up 15.5 per cent from the previous year, and four times the number of deaths in 1999. Experts say the surge continued last year.
… The national average for opioid overdose deaths in 2015 was 10 for every 100,000 people. In West Virginia, the figure was 41.5 per 100,000; New Hampshire, 34.3 per 100,000; Kentucky and Ohio, 29.9 per 100,000; and Rhode Island, 28.2 per 100,000…
[In the Canadian province of British Columbia, 914 people died from illicit drug overdoses in 2016, largely caused by the synthetic opioid ‘fentanyl’. That’s an average of 20 deaths per 100,000 population. In the first two months of 2017, the annualized death rate in British Columbia rose to 1314. Canada has a hodge-podge system of recording prescription and illicit opioid deaths; accurate records for the entire country, including records of prescription opioid deaths, do not exist or are not announced.]
Trump’s health insurance plan: Making America wait again, by Allan Lichtenstein, published in Jewish Currents on March 20, 2017 and re-published in Truthout.org on March 22
How Americans who voted for Trump now fear for their health insurance, by Pablo Ximénez de Sandoval, El Pais, March 22, 2017
* Newly obtained documents prove that accusations that Edward Snowden was a ‘spy’ for Russia or China are a fraud, by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, March 22, 2017
Donald Trump’s Muslim laptop ban could be a protectionist scheme, by Zaid Jilani, The Intercept, March 21 2017
The Muslim laptop ban applies to ten airports, in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. American-based airlines do not fly directly to the United States from these airports, so these restrictions will not apply to them. The impact of this move will instead fall on nine airlines, including Gulf-based carriers that U.S. airlines have been asking President Trump to punish since the day after his election…
With this new travel impediment, Trump may be throwing these executives a bone…
Martin McGuinness was a committed republican – and that never changed, by Gerry Adams, published in The Guardian, March 22, 2017
Global warming and climate change:
U.S. budget broadside on climate change, by Kieran Cooke, Climate News Network, March 21, 2017
Donald Trump’s proposed budget for next year would devastate science programmes aimed at combating the impacts of climate change.
First-ever IEA & IRENA report: Energy emissions can be reduced 70% by 2050, by Joshua S Hill, published on Clean Technica, March 21, 2017
This is the first of three articles detailing the findings from the first report ever published jointly by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This article deals with the report’s findings on emission reductions, the second article deals with the predicted economic benefits of the energy transition, while the third article deals with the potential trillions of dollars worth of stranded assets.
Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by as much as 70% by 2050, and completely phased out by 2060, all while providing a net positive economic outlook that could benefit up to trillions of dollars in economic benefits and GDP.
These are just some of the findings from the first ever report published jointly by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) this week. The report, Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, focused on the global potential for decarbonization of the energy sector in an effort to determine the investment needs and potential over the next decades. “Understanding the energy investment landscape today and how it can evolve to meet decarbonisation goals are central elements of the energy transition,” the authors of the report noted. The focus on the energy sector specifically is not difficult to comprehend, as it accounts for approximately two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions…
How climate change covered China in smog, by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, March 21, 2017
… Even as China succeeds in reducing some of its emissions, the winter haze may worsen for meteorological reasons… Even in January 2013, there was no reported massive surge in factory emissions. The sudden build-up of smog was all meteorology. “I see this as an offsetting effect,” Wang told me. “Polar, high-Arctic changes are offsetting the effort that China has been putting into emissions reductions”…
Rusty patched bumblebee is first bee species in continental U.S. declared endangered, by John Flesher, Associated Press environmental writer, March 22, 2017
The rusty patched bumblebee on Tuesday became the first officially endangered bee species in the continental U.S., overcoming objections from some business interests and a last-minute delay ordered by the Trump administration…
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