New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #66, April 28, 2017
Ukraine delaying POW verification – Donetsk republic ombudswoman, DAN News, April 28, 2017
Landmine that killed OSCE obersver and injured three others on April 23 might have targeted OSCE, DAN News, April 28, 2017
Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team bans RT and Sputnik news outlets from events, Reuters, April 28, 2017
“So this is how gracelessly freedom of speech ends in a country which prides itself on its freedoms almost more than it prides itself on its Camembert and brie,” reacted Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of RT.com.
[Emmanuel Macron is a career bankster and hard-liner for sanctions against Russia. He topped the polls in the first round of the French presidential election on April 23, 2017. He faces Marine Le Pen in the second-round vote on May 7.]
French election: Marine Le Pen’s replacement as National Front leader quits amid Holocaust denial claims, Reuters, April 28, 2017
Le Pen promotes Holocaust denier and plans to ban kosher butchers and yarmulkes, by Robert Mackey, The Intercept, April 27, 2017
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Turkey arrests 1,000 and suspends 9,100 police in new crackdown, Agence France presse, April 27, 2017
One week after Erdogan’s narrow referendum victory, alleged supporters of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen are rounded up
30 journalists at closed Zaman daily to wait until Sept.18 for trial, Turkish Minute, April 27, 2017
‘Turkish strikes against Kurds in Iraq and Syria on April 25 show U.S. is not in control of its allies’, RT.com, April 27, 2017
Two U.S. soldiers killed, one wounded in fighting in Afghanistan on April 27: Pentagon, RT.com, April 27, 2017
Life for Palestinians in apartheid Israel, by Fida Jiryis, published in London Review of Books, print edition of May 4, 2017
Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns, by Stephen Ahlemacher, Associated Press, April 27, 2017
President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president. A look at how Trump’s tax plan could affect families at different income levels…
Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit, by Josh Boak and Stephen Ahlemacher, Associated Press, April 27, 2017
… The president’s proposal marks a rehash of an economic theory popularized in the 1980s. Trump officials essentially argue that benefits from the tax cuts will trickle down from higher profits for companies into stronger pay raises for workers and greater consumer spending.
Proposal to repeal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) scrapped, New York Times, April 27, 2017
Trump targets undocumented families, not felons, in first 100 days, by Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, April 28, 2017
All in the Family: Trump mixes family, governing, business, by Nancy Benac, Associated Press, April 26, 2017
‘Innocent people have been sentenced to death in Oklahoma’, commission concludes, by Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith, The Intercept, April 26, 2017
The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission after more than a year of work has recommended that a moratorium on carrying out capital punishment in the state be continued indefinitely. “It is undeniable that innocent people have been sentenced to death in Oklahoma,” the report concludes.
The bipartisan commission’s findings span nearly 300 pages, covering every stage of the state’s death penalty system…
Formerly imprisoned journalist Barrett Brown taken back into custody before PBS interview, by Alex Emmons, The Intercept, April 27, 2017
Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary.
Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for the reporting he did on the hacked emails of intelligence-contracting firms. Brown wrote about hacked emails that showed the firm Stratfor spying on activists on behalf of corporations. Brown also helped uncover a proposal by intelligence contractors to hack and smear WikiLeaks defenders and progressive activists.
Faced with the possibility of 100 years in prison, Brown pleaded guilty in 2014 to two charges related to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent, and was sentenced to five years and 3 months. In 2016, Brown won a National Magazine Award for his scathing and often hilarious columns in The Intercept, which focused on his life in prison. He was released in November 2016…
U.S. threatens North Korea with more sanctions, suspension of diplomatic talks, RT.com, April 28, 2017
Trump rattles South Korea by saying it should pay for antimissile system, by Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, April 28, 2017
SEOUL – President Trump’s comment that he wants South Korea to pay for a missile defense system being set up in the country jolted its presidential race on Friday and surprised the government, leaving it scrambling to figure out the intentions of a close ally…
Strike against anti-social economic measures of Brazil coup president brings country to a halt, Telesur, April 28, 2017
As daylight broke in Brazil on Friday, scores of labor unions and grassroots organizations began what is expected to be one of the biggest general strikes in the country’s history against President Michel Temer’s neoliberal reforms, bringing the country to a standstill…
‘This fight is ours’: Venezuela women march against imperialism, Telesur, April 27, 2017
In detail: The deaths so far from right-wing protests in Venezuela, published by Venezuela Analysis, April 27, 2017
Venezuela begins process to exit ‘interventionist’ OAS, Telesur, April 27, 2017
Venezuela’s OAS exit gains support from international allies, TeleSur, April 27, 2017
Canada’s defense minister ‘regrets’ that he falsely claimed to the the architect of a 2006 battle in Afghanistan, CBC News, April 28, 2017
Share price at Canada’s largest ‘alternative’ mortgage lender plunges as company seeks loan lifeline to cover losses and depositors flee, CBC News, April 26, 2017
[Canada’s housing bubble has seen double-digit house price increases for years in Vancouver and Toronto. The bubble is trembling at the news of Home Capital’s troubles. The average price of a detached house in Vancouver is $1.7 million as speculators continue to pour money into the market; in Toronto, prices are up a whopping 33 per cent for the year ending March 2017.]
Number of highest-earning Canadians paying no income tax is growing, CBC News, April 27, 2017
CBC analysis reveals about 6,000 earning more than $100,000 got tax break in 2014.
Global warming and climate change:
The Arctic is a drofoundly different place now, by Scott Waldman, E&E News on Scientific American, April 25, 2017
The changes in the region are so significant they will have implications across the globe
Trump stumbled on healthcare and immigration, but on the environment he’s been ‘a wrecking ball’, by Elvin Halper, LA Times, April 27, 2017
Donald Trump is slashing programs linking climate change to U.S. national security, by Alleen Brown, The Intercept, April 26, 2017
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