New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #53, March 27, 2017
Hundreds detained at unsanctioned opposition rally in central Moscow, RT.com, March 26, 2017
Unauthorized opposition protest was provocation, rally organizers lied to activists, says Kremlin, RT.com, March 27, 2017
Kremlin airs its views on ‘mass protests’ in Russia, TASS, March 27, 2017
Donetsk republic won’t allow another round of war – Zakharchenko, Donetsk News Agency, March 27, 2017
DONETSK – The Donetsk People’s Republic will not allow Ukrainian authorities to instigate nother round of war in Donbass, DPR First Minister Aleksandr Zakharchenko said at a press conference today.
“The situation along the contact line is difficult. Poroshenko has only one chance left to keep the power, that is sparking fighting to disrupt the Minsk Agreements. We won’t allow it.” He said the Republic’s response will be ‘adequate’.
Earlier, Zakharchenko said the chances of another round of full scale fighting erupting in Donbass was high. He maintained that Minsk-2 was the only way to stop the war started by Ukrainian authorities. [End report.]
Eight killed, 17 wounded in DPR this week by Kiev’s shelling, Donetsk News Agency, March 24, 2017
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Syria’s Tabqa Dam on Euphrates River partially collapses due to SDF-Daesh fighting near Raqqa, Sputnik News, March 26, 2017
ISIS tells Raqqa residents to evacuate over fears nearby dam will collapse, Associated Press, March 26, 2017
ISIS said air attacks had weakened the Tabqa dam on the Euphrates River, locaated 40km west of Raqqa. Water level behind the dam is rising.
SDF take Tabqa airport, temporarily suspend operations near Taqba Dam, by Rudaw news agency, March 27, 2017
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken full control of Tabqa airbase from ISIS on Monday while they have temporarily halted operations against the extremist group in the area of the Taqba dam in order to allow a team of experts examine the structure, which is feared to have been damaged in the conflict…
Liberated from ISIS, city of Manbij, Syria now fears Turkish invasion, exclusive report by Lizzie Phelan, RT.com, March 27, 2017 (includes lengthy video report and photos from Manbij)
Is Turkey rattled by Russian-Kurdish deal?, by Fehim Tastekin, Al-Monitor, March 24, 2017
Turkey may feel its already-tenuous footing in Syria slipping now that Russian troops have arrived in Afrin after making a pact with the Kurds.
Free Syrian Army getting backup from Turkish-trained police, by Khaled al-Khateb, Al-Monitor, March 23, 2017
ALEPPO, Syria — Turkey has been training a police organization, the Free Syrian Police (FSP), to help out with secondary operations in Aleppo province so the Free Syrian Army (FSA) can focus on fighting and maintaining control of the areas it has captured…
Tens of thousands march in Yemen against Saudi-led airstrikes, RT.com, March 26, 2017 (with extensive video reporting)
Massive crowds have hit the streets of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa in protest of the Saudi-led bombing campaign against the country’s Shia militias.
The rally marks the second anniversary since the start of the intervention and bombing campaign by a coalition of nine African and Middle Eastern countries against the Houthi rebels. According to RT’s Ruptly news agency, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the demonstration. However, there is no official confirmation of the number…
As ISIS’s caliphate shrinks, Syrian anger grows, by Robert Fisk, in Syria, The Independent, March 26, 2017
Donald Trump blames everyone but himself for healthcare legislation failure, The Guardian, March 26, 2017
President’s targets include conservatives, Democrats and a possible veiled jab at Paul Ryan as Republican hand-wringing over repeal-and-replace failure continues
More states to expand Medicaid now that Obamacare remains law, by Bruce Japsen, Forbes Magazine, March 26, 2017
Trump insults the media, but Bush bullied and defanged it to sell the Iraq war, by Ziad Jilani, The Intercept, March 26, 2017
Another journalist killed in Mexico, interview with Molly Goss, special correspondent for ‘Flashpoints’ in Mexico City, by Dennis J Bernstein, host of ‘Flashpoints’, transcript published on Consortium News, March 26, 2017
Mexico is the most dangerous place in Latin America for journalists. There have been three journalists murdered in Mexico in the month of March alone.
Several of the cases of police violence at G20 summit meeting in Toronto in 2010 to be reviewed, by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press, March 26, 2017
[Nearly seven years after the extensive police violence against protesters at the G20 summit meeting in Toronto in June 2010, two officers have received slaps on the wrist and that’s it. Wikipedia.]
Tuberculosis rate in northern Canada’s First Nations population is ‘staggeringly high’, report on CBC.ca, March 23, 2017
[The rate of tuberculosis in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut is 26 times the national average. In 2015, the TB rate among Inuit was 166.2 per 100,000 — 270 times higher than the rate in the Canadian-born, non-Indigenous population, according to a report this month from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The population of Nunavut is 36,000, 70 per cent of whom are Inuit.]
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