New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #78, June 2, 2017
Ukraine’s Naftogaz says it wins ruling against Gazprom over contract, Reuters, May 31, 2017
Stockholm court revokes Gazprom’s obligation under gas supplies deal with Kyiv, claims Ukraine’s Naftogaz, TASS, May 31, 2017
Three years after Euromaidan, Naftogaz remains hostage to Ukrainian politics, by Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes Magazine, Dec 28, 2016
Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
German minister to visit Turkey amid İncirlik row, Turkish Minute, June 2, 2017
Rosneft and Kurdish ministry sign long-term contract on oil and gas, Rudaw, June 2, 2017
Civilian death toll rises to 484 from U.S.-led coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria, RT.com, June 2, 2017
352 civilian deaths in May 2017 alone, U.S. military report acknowledges
Afghan civilians bear brunt of U.S.-led war, by Don Murray, reporter, CBC News, June 1, 2017
Few American, NATO troops now die in the conflict but their presence ensures ever more Afghans will get killed
Why jails are booming in the United States, The Atlantic, June 1, 2017
A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the populations of local jails are swelling for reasons that have little to do with crime.
Immigrant deaths in private prisons explode under Trump, by Justin Glawe, The Daily Beast, May 30, 2017
Men and women held by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement are on pace to die at double the rate of those who died in ICE custody last year, a Daily Beast review of ICE records found. And most will die in privately run facilities…
Will the death penalty ever die?, by Jed S. Rakoff, book review in New York Review of Books, print issue of June 8, 2017
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to revive Muslim travel ban, report on Reuters, June 2, 2017
President Donald Trump’s administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his March 6, 2017 plan to temporarily ban travelers from six Muslim-majority nations after it was blocked by lower courts that found it was discriminatory…
Right-wing terrorism in Venezuela, by William Camacaro and Frederick B. Mills, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (Washington DC), May 27, 2017 ( also on Venezuela Analysis)
Canada’s multi-billion dollar warship replacement program is 2.4 times over budget, by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press, June 1, 2017
Cost to produce 15 ships closer to $61 billion, not $26 billion, and could grow with delays, says federal gov’t budget watchdog
First public hearings of formal inquiry into more than 1,100 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, CBC News, June 1, 2017
Indigenous leaders call for RCMP to step in and investigate deaths of young people in Thunder Bay, northern Ontario, by Tanya Talaga, Toronto Star, May 31, 2017
Leaders of all 77 First Nations communities in northern Ontario want the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to take over from Thunder Bay police the investigations of six Indigenous youths drowned in local wateways since 2000
April 2017 saw 136 people die from opioid overdoses in British Columbia, second highest monthly number ever, CBC News, May 31, 2017
… The crisis is showing no signs of slowing down and in fact may be accelerating. There were 290 overdose-related deaths between January and April of 2016. But in the first four months of 2017, there have already been 488 fatalities.
Global warming and climate change:
Trump’s promises on coal turn to dust and ashes, by Kieran Cooke. Climate News Network, May 31, 2017
… A recent study of the coal industry by the Centre on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University in the US points out that the country’s coal consumption fell 20% between 2011 and 2015, with three out of four of its biggest coal companies filing for bankruptcy over the past two years.
Fact-checking Trump: Coal mines open, prospects bleak, by Bobby Magill, Climate Central, June 2, 2017
As President Trump announced on Thursday that the U.S. would leave the Paris climate agreement, he repeatedly expressed unwavering support for the coal mining industry. Boosting coal production, bringing back coals jobs, and killing federal climate change programs have been among his top priorities since he took office. “The mines are starting to open up, having a big opening in two weeks, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places,” Trump said in his Rose Garden speech. “A big opening of a brand new mine. It’s unheard of.”
But across the country, coal mines aren’t starting to open as much as Trump suggests, and the industry faces a bleak future as cheap and abundant natural gas, wind and solar power outcompete coal…
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