New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #61, April 17, 2017
What Ukraine’s Jews fear, by Eduard Dolinsky, op-ed commentary published in the New York Times on April 11, 2017
[The writer is the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee. He describes the rise of anti-Jewish hatred among the violent, anti-Russia fanatics of Euromaidan Ukraine. Then he praises the United States and European Union for their support to Euromaidan. He concludes his commentary with the following:
… Over the past three years, the United States and Europe have provided Ukraine invaluable support in its quest for independence. Part of that support was intended to help ensure that Kiev does not stray from the goal of becoming a Western nation. For example, newspapers, including this one [New York Times], and politicians, such as former Vice President Joe Biden, have not been shy about condemning corruption. Western leaders’ must also stress that the glorification of organizations like OUN-UPA [WW2-era Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-Ukrainian Insurgent Army and their present-day descendants] remains incompatible with Western values. We need the United States and the world’s help — for the memory of the slaughtered Jews and for Ukraine’s future.
The future of U.S.-Russia relations, interview with Professor Stephen Cohen and journalist Jonathan Steele, broadcast on Democracy Now!, April 13, 2017 [interview begins at 16-minute mark]
It’s only a week to go before the first round [April 23] of the French presidential election and it seems that the race is wide open. Only two candidates can take part in the second round in May. But who will those two be?
Extreme right-wing Front National candidate Marine Le Pen has been the front runner in the polls over the last year, but her support has been slipping. Ex-socialist minister and centrist darling of the bourgeois media, Emmanuel Macron is neck and neck with Le Pen, both at around 22-23%. The official conservative (Republican) candidate Francois Fillon should be ahead, but he has been damaged by the expenses scandal of his wife and children getting huge government-funded salaries for parliamentary work which they did not do. Even so, Fillon is getting about 18-19% share of those saying they will vote. The big surprise in the last few weeks had been the rise of Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, whose polling has leapt from 10-11% to around 19% now. In so doing, the official Socialist party candidate, Benoit Hamon, has seen his vote slump to 6-7%…
More analysis of the French presidential election, news compilation on New Cold War.org on April 14, 2017
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Referendum fraud protested in Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, ANF News, April 17, 2017
Thousands took to the streets in Turkish cities of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara to protest the fraud in yesterday’s dubious referendum which was marked by numerous frauds and invalid votes…
Turkey’s moderate opposition party calls for annulment of presidential powers referendum, Press TV, April 17, 2017
Trump becomes first Western leader to congratulate Erdogan on referendum, Turkish Minute, April 17, 2016
Fresh from claimed victory in exective powers referendum, Turkey extends emergency powers for three more months, Turkish Minute, April 17, 2017
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government extended emergency rule for another three months during a National Security Council (MGK) meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on April 17…
The state of emergency, first declared on July 20,2016 for three months following a failed coup attempt on July 15, was extended for three months in October and January and was expected to end on April 19…
The Guardian provides an op-ed platform for French and UK foreign ministers to argue regime change for Syria, April 15, 2017
Marches held across U.S. on April 15 demanding that Donald Trump release his tax returns, ABC.net.au, updated on April 16, 2017
The violent clashes in Berkeley weren’t ‘pro-Trump’ versus ‘anti-Trump’, by Natasha Lennard, Esquire magazine, April 16, 2017
… This is not to say that each or even the majority of the hundreds of pro-Trump attendees at the Berkeley rally sympathize with the Venn Diagram of white supremacist, alt-right, anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi groups which intersect with the president’s broader support base. But as firsthand testimonies, numerous images and videos shared on social media can attest, explicitly racist groups and individuals were present in force, some having traveled from out of state to attend. Equally, the masked, black clad anti-fascist protesters did not amass in Berkeley to confront a gathering of people who just happened to vote for Trump. Their presence followed calls to action, which had named the specific far right and neo-Nazi alliances that were planning to attend, and indeed helped organize, the “Patriots Day” rally. The violence from both the far left and far right rested on a fulcrum that, while emphasized in the Trump era, far predates his presidency; anti-fascists have long met white supremacists with force in the streets…
Nine people injured in latest mass shooting in U.S., this one in Ohio club, Press TV, April 16, 2017
A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in U.S., by Associated Press, Dec 9, 2016
More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday.
Deaths from synthetic opioids, including illicit fentanyl, rose 73 percent to 9,580. And prescription painkillers took the highest toll, but posted the smallest increase. Abuse of drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin killed 17,536, an increase of 4 percent.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this. Certainly not in modern times,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees death statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new numbers were part of the agency’s annual tally of deaths and death rates in 2015.
Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015, weekly report by Centers for Disease Control, Dec 30, 2016
The U.S. opioid epidemic is continuing. Drug overdose deaths nearly tripled during 1999–2014. In 2014, among 47,055 drug overdose deaths, 61% involved an opioid. During 2013–2014, deaths associated with the most commonly prescribed opioids (natural/semisynthetic opioids) continued to increase slightly; however, the rapid increase in deaths appears to be driven by heroin and synthetic opioids other than methadone…
Opioid addiction facts and figures, by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2016 report (three pages)
One company in the U.S. symbolizes everything sickening about the opioid crisis, by Linette Lopez, Business Insider, April 13, 2017
Russian state TV says more danger from Trump than Kim Jong-Un in Korean peninsula, by Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov, Bloomberg News, April 17, 2017
Speaking in Qatar, Philippine president Duterte has positive words for Donald Trump, RT.com, April 16, 2017
Philippines to continue joint military exercises with U.S., Press TV, April 16, 2017
Death rate from opioid crisis still rising in Canada, The Canadian Press, March 17, 2017
VICTORIA BC — The number of illicit drug overdose deaths dropped slightly for the second straight month in February in British Columbia, but the coroner’s service says the numbers are still much higher compared with a year ago. The service says 102 people died in February, compared with 59 in February 2016.
The provisional data says last month’s numbers show there was an average of more than seven deaths every two days. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, the coroner reports a total of 219 illicit drug deaths, up from the 143 recorded in the first two months of 2016. Vancouver, Surrey and Kelowna reported the highest death rates since the start of the year…
[The Toronto Star reports on April 19, 2017 that in the province of Ontario, 734 people died of opioid overdoses in 2015, the latest year for which overdose fatality figures are available.]
Take injection site decisions out of federal hands: Vancouver Coastal Health, Metro newspaper, April 12, 2017
Vancouver Coastal Health chief medical health officer tells city hall that approving consumption sites and treatments programs to address overdose crisis should be up to provinces, not left in fedeeral hands..
[Public health officials in British Columbia are fed up with the criminal stalling by the federal government in Ottawa. It is refusing to license safe drug injection sites, despite the proven record in saving lives of the one such site in Canada, located downtown Vancouver. Several thousand drug addicts or occasional users of opiod drugs are dying annually in Canada from overdoses. The numbers are expected to continue to climb, notwithstanding handwringing by federal politicians who remain committed to their failed ‘war on drugs’.
[Provision of public health care in Canada is a provincial government responsibility, though it is co-funded by the federal government and must adhere to the federal Canada Health Act.]]
Reclaiming Riel, with an eye to reconciliation, music theatre review by Murray Whyte, Toronto Star, April 15, 2017
[The opera written 50 years ago for Canada’s centennial about a Métis hero is being restaged in Toronto with help from the Indigenous community. Louis Riel was executed by the Canadian government in 1885 for leading a Métis and Indian rebellion against settler encroachment into the future provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.]
Global warming and climate change:
Antarctica’s sleeping ice giant could wake soon, by Jane Qiu, Nature magazine, April 12, 2017
The massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet looks stable from above — but it’s a dangerously different story below
Permafrost in Canadian north melting faster than previously thought, new study says, by Jimmy Thomson, CBC News, April 13, 2017
A new paper suggests permafrost may be in danger of thawing much faster than previously estimated. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, looked at the rate at which permafrost disappeared between 1960 and 1990 instead of relying on models, and found that it is 20 per cent more sensitive to warming than models predict.
Background: New report outlines climate change challenges on Canada’s Arctic coast, by Sima Sahar Zerehi, CBC News, April 18, 2016
Canada’s longest — and most northern — coastline will soon have to combat vast challenges such as storms, floods, erosion and melting sea ice in the wake of climate change, according to a Natural Resources Canada report. Canada’s marine coasts in a changing climate (280 pages) offers a glimpse of the harsh environmental impacts of climate change that the country’s Arctic coast, and the communities lining it, will have to take into account when planning for the future…
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