New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #56, April 4, 2017
Kyiv’s statement on prisoner amnesty shows unreadiness to comply with Minsk agreements, DAN News, April 4, 2017
Ukraine’s rejection of total amnesty for Donbass conflict participants contradicts the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements and violates the rights of the region’s residents, DPR ombudswoman Darya Morozova told Donetsk News Agency on April 4.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko said in an interview with the German newspaper Bild on 1 April that general amnesty was not possible for participants in Donbass fighting and that pardon could only be granted on an individual basis.
Ukrainian army incapable of large-scale military actions says DPR military spokesman, DAN News, March 31, 2017
… The reasons are a high number of losses and defections Ukrainian forces have suffered in Donbass, low morale and lack of control over funds and equipment…
“They are able to shell peaceful towns with heavy weapons banned under the Minsk Agreements,” Basurin said. Over the previous day 57 concentrated shelling incidents were reported in DPR.
DPR has four fully functioning welfare centers as part of humanitarian program, DAN News, April 4, 2017
Four welfare centers for participants of the Donbass people reunification program are now operating in vicinity of Donetsk People’s Republic’s crossing points…
Poroshenko defends Kiev’s ban against Russia’s contestant in May 2017 Eurovision contest, TASS, April 4, 2017
Ukraine expects to receive another $4.5 bn from IMF by end of 2017, Press TV, April 4, 2017
Ukraine’s National Bank has said that the country expects another $4.5 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by the end of 2017, a day after the fund granted one billion dollars to the country.
Greek pensioners rally against further austerity, Press TV, Apr 4, 2017
Thousands of elderly Greeks protested peacefully on April 4 against more pension cuts, as cash-strapped Greece remained locked in talks with lenders on further austerity and unpopular labor reforms. Pension cuts have been a regular feature of austerity drives to ensure that financial aid continues to the indebted country. Greece has needed three multi-billion bailouts since 2010 to stave off bankruptcy.
Greece is now negotiating new cuts to keep its latest 86 billion-euro ($91.54 billion) bailout. They would represent the 12th reduction in pensions in seven years, a controversial issue for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, whose Syriza party vowed to fight austerity when it was elected to office in 2015…
Tillerson and Mattis blast Russia for aggression in Ukraine, Bloomberg News, March 31, 2017
Moscow puzzled by Tillerson’s statements about ‘Russian aggression’ in Ukraine, TASS, March 31, 2017
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Dozens reported killed in alleged gas attack in Syria, military denies involvement, RT.com, April 4, 2017
In declaration, four former speakers of the Turkish Parliament call for ‘no’ vote in presidential powers referendum taking place on April 16, Turkish Minute, April 4, 2017
Indictment against Cumhuriyet journalists finalized on 156th day of arrest, Turkish Minute, April 4, 2017
What’s going on in Turkey’s prisons?, by Mahmut Bozarslan, Al-Monitor, April 3, 2017
Hunger strikes in Turkish prisons, joined briefly by the country’s top Kurdish politician, aim to draw attention to mounting allegations of ill-treatment and other violations of inmate rights since last year’s coup attempt.
What life is like for Isis’s 400,000 ‘human shields’ in west Mosul, by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, April 3, 2017
In an exclusive dispatch on the climax of the battle for Mosul, Patrick Cockburn speaks to one of 400,000 desperate civilians for whom the besieged city has become like an underground prison
Outcry as Trump slashes funding for world’s most vulnerable mothers and newborns, by Nika Knight, staff writer, Common Dreams, April 4, 2017
Trump’s State Department falsely claims that UN agency supports “a program of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization”
Lenin Moreno wins second round of Ecuador election, Telesur, April 3, 2017
… With 99.65 percent of the votes counted, the National Electoral Council, known as CNE, said the trend of Moreno’s win was irreversible and that the results showed the will of the Ecuadoreans.
Moreno and his vice president Jorge Glass won with 5,057,149 votes or 51.16 percent over former banker Guillermo Lasso and his vice president Andres Paez, of the right-wing CREO-SUMA alliance, who secured 4,827,753 votes and 48.84 percent.
So many journalists have been killed in Mexico this year that a newspaper is shutting down, by Samantha Schmidt, Sydney Morning Herald, April 4, 2017
Brexit off to rocky start with rumours of war over Gibraltar, by Robert Mackey, The Intercept, April 3 2017
El Salvador assembly approves historic ban on mining projects, Telesur, March 29, 2017
El Salvador’s Congress approved a law on March 29 prohibiting all metal mining projects, in a bid to protect the Central American nation’s environment and natural resources. The new law, which enjoyed cross-party support from 70 lawmakers out of 84 in total, blocks all exploration, extraction and processing of metals, whether in open pits or underground. It also prohibits the use of toxic chemicals like cyanide and mercury.
Ninety percent of the country’s surface water is polluted, according to the country’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, mostly due to the mining industry…
Bombardier changes compensation for executives, CBC.ca, April 2, 2017
Protesters in Montreal condemn big pay hikes for Bombardier directors after the company received several billion dollars in government handouts and then cut thousands of jobs.
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