New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #65, April 26, 2017
Russian Navy rids itself of dependence on Ukrainian engines, TASS, April 25, 2017
The problem of the Russian Navy’s dependence on imported gas turbine engines has been fully resolved, CEO of Russia’s United Engine-Making Corporation Alexander Artyukhov reported to President Vladimir Putin on April 24…
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin noted that the project “is not just the launch of new engine production but marks the beginning of a new sector, gas turbine engine-building. “Up until now, all shipborne gas turbine engines were assembled only in Ukraine, in Nikolayev. Today is the day of the actual launch of a new sector, shipborne engine-making,” the vice-premier said.
… As the Russian deputy prime minister said, the new sector was created within a record short period of time – actually within two years and a half from the day a decision was made…
NATO building up offensive armaments along border with Russia, TASS, April 26, 2017
All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion poll shows number of happy Russians at record-breaking historic high, TASS, April 26, 2017
Mélenchon’s team urges ‘not one vote for Le Pen’ and stops short of backing Macron, Kim Willsher, The Guardian, April 26, 2017
Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s election team has urged his supporters not to cast a single vote for the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in the final runoff in two weeks’ time. The hard-left firebrand, however, stopped short of joining the “anti-Le Pen bloc” and supporting a vote for the independent centrist [sic] Emmanuel Macron.
“Not a single vote should go to the FN [Front National],” Mélenchon’s spokesman Alexis Corbière told journalists on Wednesday. “Not one.” He said the France Unbowed movement led by Mélenchon was consulting its 440,000 members on whether they supported abstaining, casting a blank vote, or voting for Macron in the second round runoff vote on 7 May…
Jean-Luc Melénchon campaign proposed that French ‘overseas territories’ [colonies] in the America’s join ALBA alliance, report on Telesur, April 16, 2017
Anti-torture committee highlights spiralling violence in UK prisons, published on the website of the Council of Europe, April 19, 2017
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has published its latest report on the United Kingdom, following a visit to several places of detention in the country last spring. The report expresses deep concern about “severe generalised violence” in a number of UK prisons and says that none of the prisons visited by the CPT delegation could be considered safe for prisoners or staff…
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Russia responds to French claim of sarin gas use in Syria, saying only an impartial, international investigation can reveal the truth, TASS, April 26, 2017
Turkey’s Council of State rejects case filed by opposition CHP party challenging referendum results, by Turkish Minute, April 25, 2017
Turkey’s Council of State has rejected a case filed by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) demanding the cancellation of the results of a referendum held on April 16 due to irregularities in the voting process.
Council of Europe votes to place Turkey under human rights monitoring, Deutsche Welle, April 25, 2017
European lawmakers have voted to reopen a monitoring probe into Turkey over concerns about democracy and human rights. The vote sparked anger from Ankara as its relations with Europe continue to fray.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution on Tuesday to impose a fresh monitoring procedure on Turkey. The PACE resolution cited concerns over Ankara’s crackdown on dissent, as well as the state of democracy, rule of law and human rights since last year’s failed coup attempt. Lawmakers also called on Turkey to lift its state of emergency “as soon as possible” and to release imprisoned journalists and members of parliament pending trial…
PACE decides to reopen monitoring process against Turkey, by Turkish Minute, Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Tuesday decided to reopen political monitoring of Turkey “until its concerns are addressed in a satisfactory manner.” The assembly gathered Tuesday in Strasbourg in a session to discuss a report titled “The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey,” during which 113 voted in favor, while 45 voted against the monitoring decision.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has harshly criticized PACE’s decision. [End report]
What’s it like raising a family in Yemen during the world’s ‘largest humanitarian crisis’?, interview with Hisham Al-Omeisy, a political analyst and father of two in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, on CBC Radio One‘s ‘As It Happens, April 25, 2017 (eight minute interview)
Court blocks Trump administration drive to punish ‘sanctuary cities in U.S., ABC.net.au, April 25, 2017
… The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Mr Trump’s January 25 order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional. Dozens of local governments and cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, have joined the growing “sanctuary” movement…
The CIA director is waging war on truth-tellers like WikiLeaks, op-ed commentary by Julian Assange, published in The Washington Post, April 25, 2017
There are no rape charges against Julian Assange in Sweden. There are espionage charges against Julian Assange in the USA, by Craig Murray, April 26, 2017
America’s rich get richer and the poor get replaced by robots, by Vincent Del Giudice and Wei Lu, Bloomberg News, April 26, 2017
Ivanka Trump faces boos and groans along with applause at Berlin summit, by Monica Hesse, Washington Post, April 25, 2017
Workers endured long hours, low pay at Chinese factory used by Ivanka Trump’s clothing maker, by Drew Harwell, Washington Post, April 25, 2017
Ivanka Trump can’t be whitewashed with ‘women’s empowerment’ talk, commentary by Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian, April 25, 2017
Threat of government shutdown fades as Trump retreats on Mexico wall, New York Times, April 25, 2017
Couple charged in shooting of protester at Jan 20 Milo Yiannopoulos event in Seattle, news agency reports, April 25, 2017
Trump lowers the boom in trade dispute with Canada, by Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star, April 25, 2017
“People don’t realize that Canada has been very rough on the United States. Everyone thinks of Canada as being wonderful and so do I. I love Canada. But they’ve outsmarted our politicians for many years,” Trump said Tuesday.
[For the fifth time since the early 1980s, the U.S. and Canada are locked in a trade dispute over lumber exports by Canada to the U.S. The history of that conflict is summarized here on Wikipedia. In 2015, Canada exported $8.6 billion of softwood lumber, most of it to the United States. Canadian lumber makes up app. one third of the U.S. market. Total forest products exports by Canada in 2015 were worth $32 billion, two thirds to the U.S. (Canadian dollar = 73 cents U.S.)]
More background: The lumber trade dispute between Canada and the United States, interviews, with Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Frank Dottori, co-owner of White River Forest Products lumber mill in northern Ontario, on CBC Radio One‘s ‘As It Happens’, April 25, 2017. Listen here.
The Canadian difference between Linda McCracken and Chrystia Freeland: The first is, the second isn’t, by John Helmer, Dances With Bears, April 25, 2017
Fifty years is enough time to tell the difference between a journalist whose memoir of growing up in Winnipeg failed to notice there were any Ukrainians in Canada; and another whose memory of growing up Ukrainian in Alberta failed to notice Canadians.
The first was Melinda McCracken, whose friendship I first made in Montreal in 1967 when she was a reporter for Montreal and Toronto media. She died in Winnipeg almost twenty years ago, but left behind Memories Are Made of This, a memoir of Winnipeg in the 1950s. The other is Chrystia Freeland, whose entire career, including time at the Globe and Mail in Toronto, has been spent promoting an idea of Ukraine for which she has advocated a war for which Canadians will go on paying into the future without end…
Global warming and climate change:
Warming drives Alaska’s largest glacier to its lowest point in 900 years, New Scientist, March 31, 2017
The 33 per cent of the U.S. population that will have to pick up the tab for climate conversion, by Stan Cox, editor, Green Social Thought, April 22, 2017
Historic sites around the world are being eroded by rising seas, by Justin Gillies, New York Times, April 25, 2017
A year on thin ice: Four seasons in a radically changed Arctic, by Fred Pearce, New Scientist, April 5, 2017 (subscriber only)
Change is afoot at the top of our world. Spring has sprung, marking a crucial moment in the Arctic’s annual cycle. Each year, the ice sheet reaches its maximum extent in March, then begins to shrink as temperature warm up. But this year, something is different. The floating sea ice, which at its peak normally extends as far as the eye can see and feels as solid underfoot as a continental shelf, is rotten. For the third year in a row, its maximum March extent is at a record low, following a winter of heatwaves. February temperatures were above freezing.
These are the symptoms of a new Arctic that is being created – perhaps the most profound change to the look of our planet for millions of years, with consequences for the rest of the planet. In all likelihood the Arctic Ocean will soon be ice-free in the summer, surrounded by snow-free lands. “We are in a new Arctic regime,” says marine biologist Antje Boetius. Follow us as we take you through a year on thin ice…
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