New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #54, March 29, 2017
Minsk-2 ceasefire ‘contact group’ agrees to Easter ceasefire commencing April 1, Donetsk News Agency (DAN News), March 29, 2017
Donetsk republic to rebuild 4,000 houses during next stage of restoration programme, DAN News, March 28, 2017
UK High Court rules that Ukraine has no ‘justifiable defense’ for non-payment of $3bn 2013 loan by Russia, RT.com, March 29, 2017
Russia wins judgment against Ukraine in London High Court, by Alexander Mercouris, The Duran, March 29, 2017
Court Judgment to expedite case clears way for Ukraine to be declared in default, legally requiring IMF funding of Ukraine to cease. [Ukraine says it will appeal the decision.]
International Day of Solidarity with the People of Odessa, on April 10, 2017, appeal published on Popular Resistance.org (U.S.)
Lavrov vows that Moscow won’t leave Donbass residents ‘high and dry’, TASS, March 28, 2017
Moscow’s efforts are aimed at preventing a new round of violence in southeastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russia’s Argumenty i Fakty weekly…
“The main thing envisaged by the Minsk agreements is direct dialogue between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk,” Russia’s top diplomat said. “Neither Russia, nor the new U.S. president nor anyone else can do anything for the warring sides other than what the settlement really depends on – reaching an agreement with each other directly on mutual security guarantees and the principles of building a joint future.”
Brexit: Britain files Article 50 letter to formally leave European Union, ABC.net.au, March 29, 2017
The divorce bill: What happens if Brexit’s conscious uncoupling turns sour? by Brigid Andersen and Barbara Miller, ABC.net.au, March 29, 2017
Theresa May gives no cut-off date for freedom of UK-EU movement, by Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot. The Guardian, March 29, 2017
In her letter to Donald Tusk, Theresa May did not name a specific date on which EU citizens will lose the automatic right to move to the UK, suggesting that the “cut-off” will end up being the day of Brexit itself…
Scottish Parliament backs Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for second independence referendum, RT.com, March, 2017
Six Green Party MPs support minority SNP government in 69-59 vote; Conservatives (31), Labour (23) and Liberal-Democrats (5) opposed.
Scottish parliament votes in favour of holding second independence referendum, by Ashley Cowburn, The Independent, March 28, 2017
Theresa May says ‘now is not the time’ for another vote on Scottish independence
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians are reported killed in U.S. strikes, by Loveday Morris and Liz Sly, Washington Post, March 28, 2017
MOSUL, Iraq — A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting without sufficient regard for lives of noncombatants.
Civilians in western Mosul are being shot at by ISIS and Iraqi forces alike, by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, March 28, 2017
Endgames: inside Iraq In the first of a series of dispatches, Patrick Cockburn enters war-torn Mosul and gets a rare insight into what life is like in the Isis-held western part of the city
MOSUL – Civilians trying to flee the besieged Isis-held enclave in west Mosul are being shot dead by Isis and Iraqi army snipers as they try to cross the Tigris River, says an eyewitness trapped inside the city with his family…
Iraqi government ‘made a mistake’ by attacking Mosul before capturing Isis sanctuaries, says governor of Kirkuk, by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, March 29, 2017
KIRKUK – The Iraqi government made a mistake that will allow Isis to survive by seeking to capture Mosul before eliminating other Isis safe havens in northern and western Iraq to which its fighters can retreat, according to a senior Iraqi leader…
New poll gives Turkish opposition slight edge as April 16 referendum nears, by Barin Kayaoglu, Al-Monitor, March 27, 2017
Could the “no” votes win Turkey’s April 16 constitutional referendum on amendments expanding the country’s presidential powers? Opinion polls by leading Turkish research firms suggest it’s a possibility.
Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval, by Mustafa Akyol, Al-Monitor, March 28, 2017
Mazlumder, Turkey’s main pro-Islamic human rights organization, has witnessed an internal revolution as those who criticized the government too much were kicked out.
Turkish foreign minister slams decision to fly Kurdish flag in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, Press TV, March 29, 2017
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized a decision in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to hoist the Kurdish flag over government buildings and public places. The remarks came a day after the Kirkuk Provincial Council voted in favor of a motion to fly the regional flag on public buildings in the province. Most Arab and Turkmen boycotted the vote…
Is Obamacare ‘exploding’? Nope, but there are some rough spots, by Zachary Tracer, Bloomberg News, March 28, 2017
Governing party panel urges Japan gov’t to acquire pre-emptive strike capacity against ‘enemy bases’ [ie North Korea], The Ashashi Shimbun, March 29, 2017
Fewer Canadians being refused entry at U.S. land border, The Canadian Press, March 26, 2017
… But immigration and civil liberties advocates in Canada caution the numbers [fewer refusals of entry into the U.S.] don’t tell the whole story. Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman in Toronto said he is fielding more calls than ever from people planning a trip to the U.S. He says the decreased rate of refusal could be just that people are now better prepared than they used to be, and so fewer are being turned away as a result.
Keynes, civilisation and the long run, by Michael Roberts, March 25, 2017
Keynesian economics dominates on the left in the labour movement. Keynes is the economic hero of those wanting to change the world; to end poverty, inequality and continual losses of incomes and jobs in recurrent crises. And yet anybody who has read the posts on my blog knows that Keynesian economic analysis is faulty, empirically doubtful and its policy prescriptions to right the wrongs of capitalism have proved to be failures…
Global warming and climate change:
Trump embraces coal, tosses Obama steps on greenhouse gas emissions, Associated Press, March 28, 2017
… Trump’s order initiates a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The regulation — Obama’s signature effort to curb carbon emissions — has been the subject of long-running legal challenges by Republican-led states and those who profit from burning oil, coal and gas.
The order also lifts a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands. The Obama administration had imposed a three-year moratorium on new federal coal leases in January 2016, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized to ensure a fair financial return to taxpayers and address climate change.
The order covers a range of other Obama-era rules, including repeal of measures to consider the “social cost” of carbon emissions in all regulatory actions and crack down on methane emissions at oil and gas wells. The rule also eliminates an Obama-era rule restricting fracking on public lands and a separate rule that requires energy companies to provide data on methane emissions at oil and gas operations…
Donald Trump rewards fossil fuel industry by signing climate denial executive order, by Alleen Brown, The Intercept, March 28, 2017
Trump allows coal companies to take taxpayers for a ride, opens up mining on public lands, by Mary Ellen Kustin, Think Progress, March 28, 2017
Trump move to roll back climate rules won’t bring back coal or mining jobs, by Chris Isidore, CNN Money, March 28, 2017
Can Trump truly revive coal jobs and industry?, by Tim Loh, Bloomberg News, March 28, 2017
Trump has launched a blitzkrieg in the wars on science and Earth’s climate, by Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian, March 28, 2017
Adani’s $16.5 billion coal mine in Australia faces fresh wave of protests, by Perry Williams, Bloomberg News, March 21, 2017
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