New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #71, May 10, 2017
* (See feature articles on main news page of New Cold War.org reporting on Victory Day events in Ukraine, including attacks by right-wing thugs.)
Photo essay: Tens of thousands march in Donetsk in ‘Immortal Regiment’ on May 9, 2017 to mark 72nd anniversary of Victory Day triumph over fascism, DAN News, May 9, 2017
Photo essay: Military parade in Donetsk to mark Victory Day, DAN News, May 9, 2017
Rewriting history in Poland, audio report by Alexa Dvorson, CBC.ca, May 5, 2017
The irony of a media clampdown in the country whose vibrant press once fuelled the biggest freedom movement in Eastern Europe.
Greece passes new austerity for new loans, interview with Michael Hudson on The Real News Network, May 6, 2017
Bond holders, banks, and IMF bear responsibility for having made irresponsible loans to Greece, so it is not right for them to force yet more austerity on Greece, says Michael Hudson.
Germany’s extreme-right AfD party limps into election campaign, Spiegel Online International, May 9, 2017
Following months of ballot box success, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is suddenly sliding. And more bad news may be on the horizon. The party is hoping for a resurgence of the refugee crisis, but even that might not be enough…
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
Syrian rebels, families evacuate Damascus suburb, Reuters, May 8, 2017
Hundreds leave Barzeh under agreement with government as army closes in
Hundreds of Syrian rebel fighters began a process of leaving the besieged Damascus suburb of Barzeh on Monday as part of an evacuation deal agreed with the government, state television and a war monitor reported…
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces recaptures Tabqa near Raqqah from Daesh, Press TV, May 10, 2017
Turkish President Erdogan urges U.S. to reverse decision to increase arms to Syrian Kurds, RT.com, May 10, 2017
Cholera outbreak in Yemen kills 34 people, may spiral out of control, report WHO and Doctors Without Borders, RT.com, May 10, 2017
An acute outbreak of cholera-related cases in war-torn Yemen has claimed the lives of at least 34 people in the past two weeks with over 2,000 people still sick, WHO has said. Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders has warned that the outbreak could spiral out of control.
“There have been 34 cholera-associated deaths and 2,022 cases of acute watery diarrhea in nine governorates, including Sana’a, during the period of April 27 to May 7,” a World Health Organization (WHO) official told AFP.
Situation in Yemen, report by Peacewatch, published on Relief Web, May 5, 2017
Fears are growing that a key Yemeni port will soon be targeted as part of the conflict in Yemen. Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Expert provides their update on the war and its consequences on the Arabian peninsula.
The conflict in Yemen shows no sign of ending. The Saudi-led coalition continues its aerial bombardment, there are ground clashes on all active fronts, and land mines are still being planted. The UN peace process is ongoing with no tangible impacts so far: arms are still being sold, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State on the Arabian Peninsula are expanding, countless U.S. drones fly overhead, and the humanitarian situation has brought Yemen to the brink of famine…
Donald Trump may escalate the Afghanistan war he spent years calling a ‘terrible mistake’, by Zaid Jilani, The Intercept, May 9, 2017
The Trump administration is reportedly weighing a proposal to send thousands of more troops to Afghanistan, an escalation of the longest war in U.S. history.
This would be a significant about-face from Trump’s public position in the years prior to his presidency. In 2015 he declared that invading Afghanistan in the first place was a “terrible mistake” and the current situation was “a mess,” although he added that “I would leave the troops there begrudgingly” because “that thing will collapse in about two seconds after they leave.”
Before running for president, Trump repeatedly tweeted about the need to end the war, referring to it as a waste of blood and treasure…
The Western left’s failure to confront root of Syrian conflict, interview with journalist Max Blumenthal, by hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola, broadcast on ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’, May 7, 2017 (80 minutes)
Max Blumenthal is a U.S. journalist, senior editor of AlterNet’s ‘Grayzone Project‘ and author of the June 2015 book ‘The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza’.
Syria is the dam against more bloody chaos, by Jonathan Cook, published on his website on May 8, 2017
[This article weblink is provided for the information of readers. New Cold War.org does not endorse the writer’s words: “Syria’s Bashar Assad, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi are or were ruthless and brutal in the way all dictators are, against opponents who threaten the regime.” Curiously, Jonathan Cook writes in the next sentence: “But before their states were targeted for ‘intervention’, they also oversaw societies in which there were high levels of education and literacy, well-established welfare states, and low levels of sectarianism. These were not insignificant achievements (even if they are largely overlooked now) …”
NATO chief finds a new friend in Trump, by Matthias Gebauer and Peter Müller, Spiegel Online International, May 9, 2017
A new alliance is being forged between NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. President Donald Trump. Both want more money for the alliance and for member countries to step up the fight against Islamic State. But not all member states are convinced…
Haiti activists seek to block Hillary Clinton commencement speech and honorary degree at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn on June 8, audio report (16 minutes) on Black Agenda Radio, May 8, 2017
Syria chemical incident of March 4, 2017: ‘Facts don’t matter’ to U.S. corporate media,
‘It looks to me like a complete collapse of any kind of journalist standards in the mainstream press. It’s hard to believe.’
Fight night at Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport after ‘discount’ Spirit Airlines cancels hundreds of flights in union-busting move, NBC News, May 8, 2017
* (See feature articles on the situation in the Korean peninsula, on the main news page of New Cold War.org.)
Global warming and climate change:
Why Greenhouse Gas Emissions Did Not Really Stabilize In The Past Few Years, by Robert Boyd, published on his blog Humanity’s Test, April 24, 2017
Ocean oxygen decline greater than predicted, Climate News Network, May 10, 2017
Circulation changes caused by warming waters and melting polar ice are the most probable explanations for the rapidly falling levels of oxygen in the ocean.
LONDON – U.S. scientists who have been warning that warmer oceans are more likely to be poorer in dissolved oxygen have now sounded the alarm: ocean oxygen levels are indeed falling, and seemingly falling faster than the corresponding rise in water temperature.
That colder water can hold more dissolved gas than warmer water is a commonplace of physics: it is one reason why polar seas are teeming with marine life and tropical oceans are blue, clear and often relatively impoverished. In 2013, an international consortium of marine scientists warned that oxygen levels in the oceans could fall by between 1% and 7% by the century’s end. And this could, other scientists predicted, lead to what they politely called “respiratory stress” for some marine life…
Glacier National Park (Montana) is losing its glaciers, by Andrea Thompson, Climate Central, May 10, 2017
Glacier National Park is losing its namesake glaciers and new research shows just how quickly: Over the past 50 years, 39 of the parks glaciers have shrunk dramatically, some by as much as 85 per cent.
Of the 150 glaciers that existed it the park in the late 19th century, only 26 remain. “The trend is consistent, there’s been no reversal,” Daniel Fagre, the U.S. Geological Survey scientist who led the research, said…
The injustice of Atlantic City’s floods, report and photos on Climate Central, May 10, 2017
Atlantic City is among those U.S. cities facing the greatest risks of rising ocean levels, yet much of the high-value property that the Army Corps is working to protect was built on higher elevation and faces less frequent flooding than neighborhoods occupied by working class and unemployed residents — an increasing number of whom are living in poverty.
Swath of states experiencing hottest year to date, by Andrea Thompson, Climate Central, May 8, 2017
For a swath of states from New Mexico over to Florida and up to Ohio, 2017 has been the hottest year on record through April. For the Lower 48 as a whole, the year is the second warmest in records going back to 1895…
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