The following ‘World News’ feature begins on A Socialist In Canada on January 1, 2018. The feature continues the reporting work of the New Cold War.org website which was launched in October 2014.
Winston Churchill: Hero, racist, and imperialist, by John Wight, published in the ‘Op Edge’ feature of RT.com, Jan 17, 2018
Tillerson says U.S troops will stay in Syria; U.S. huddles with allies over upcoming national dialogue conference in Sochi, Russia, by Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor, Jan 18, 2018
Related: Syrian Foreign Ministry: U.S. military presence in Syria is an act of aggression against Syria’s sovereignty, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Jan 18, 2018
Will Erdogan defy Russia and U.S. and attack Kurds in Afrin?, by Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor, Jan 17, 2018
* War rages in Turkish media in anticipation of military operation into Syria, by Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, Jan 17, 2018
* Damascus warns it may shoot down Turkish planes attacking Kurds within Syrian borders, RT.com, Jan 18, 2018 [Previous incursions by Turkey into Syria to attack Kurdish forces have gone unopposed by the Syrian military.]
Surprise: Gang-up conference in Vancouver against North Korea ends with threats of more sanctions and demands for unilateral disarmament of the country
[The January 16 reunion conference in Vancouver of the genocidal warmakers against Korea in 1950-53 (what the Toronto Star calls a “coalition of countries” was a publicity stunt that ended on a tired refrain. The column reporting on the gathering by the Globe and Mail‘s Gary Mason is headlined, Why the Vancouver summit on North Korea was futile. Ironically, while the conference aimed to deepen the division of north and south Korea dating from 1953, the two Koreas have agreed to field a joint team at the Winter Olympics to begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9. Athletes from the two Koreas will march together during the opening ceremony under a “unification flag” depicting their peninsula and will field a single women’s ice hockey team.
[Canadian media played along with the stage show in Vancouver, including by stirring Cold War-era nuclear fears in its reporting of false-missile alarms sounded in Hawaii and Japan on January 13 and 16, respectively. But skepticism over the conference was also sounded. The National Observer alternative media outlet fell for the stage show, providing gushing treatment of the words of U.S. Secretary of State’s Rex Tillerson as he reiterated the Trump regime’s threats against the Korean people. The Observer fashions itself as part of the ‘resistance’ to the Trump regime, but it echoes Trump’s warmaking threats against Russia, China and the Korean people.]
Erdogan says Turkey will ‘strangle’ U.S.-backed force in northern Syria ‘before it’s even born’, Reuters, Jan 15, 2018 [Russia is also concerned, for different reasons, about the U.S.-backed Kurdish border force in northern Syria, saying U.S. scheming threatens the sovereignty and territrial integrity of Syria.]
Trump’s racist comments on ‘s***hole’ countries: Eagerness for scandal betrays a cruel indifference to discrimination, by Shree Paradkar, opinion columnist, Toronto Star, Jan 13, 2018, Donald Trump’s latest round of vulgarism represents the contemptuous attitudes and biases that inform U.S. and Canadian immigration policy-making
* Love of Trump endures despite it all, by Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report, Jan 10, 2018
* What Canada and America owe Haiti, by Andray Domise, Maclean’s Magazine (Canada monthly), Nov 24, 2017 The United States and Canada have a brutal, ruinous record in Haiti. This should inform the treatment of asylum seekers today.
George Monbiot is not only a hypocrite, but a bully too, by Jonathan Cook, published on his website blog, Jan 12, 2018
More details emerge of gang-up against North Korea to take place at Vancouver conference on Jan 16 hosted by Canada, U.S., report by Lee Berthiaume, Canadian Press, Jan 11, 2018
Canada and its Korean War allies [!] will sit down in Vancouver next week to mull ways to tighten the screws on North Korea – including whether to intercept North Korean shipping.
U.S. State Department officials confirmed that China and Russia were not invited to Tuesday’s meeting… Instead, only those countries that deployed troops as part of the United Nations during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953 have been invited to participate in the discussions…
China says not all the main parties of the conflict in Korea will be in Vancouver and so it won’t attend, RT.com, Jan 10, 2018
[A gang-up against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) will take place in Vancouver, Canada on January 16, 2018 in the form of a conference hosted by Canada’s foreign minister and the U.S. secretary of state. North Korea is not invited, nor is Russia. China and Russia are the only two countries to share a land border with the DPRK. The two countries hosting the Vancouver conference were among those which waged a genocidal war against the Korean people from 1950 to 1953. Invitations to the conference are specifically directed at other countries that took part in waging that war. Reuters news agency reports, “Canada and the United States are co-hosting the meeting in Vancouver on Jan. 16 to demonstrate international solidarity against North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.”]
Related news: U.S. to sell Japan $133 million in missiles to counter North Korea threat [sic], by Ellen Mitchell, The Hill, Jan 9, 2018
Murder of lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska on Jan 1, 2018 shakes Ukrainians’ faith in justice system, Deutsche Welle, Jan 5, 2018 Related: Ukraine claims it has caught killer of campaigning lawyer, Irish Times, Jan 9, 2018
The Guardian, White Helmets, and silenced comment, by Tim Hayward (University of Edinburgh), published on his website, Jan 12, 2018
Trump isn’t another Hitler. He’s another Obama, by Caitlin Johnstone, published on Medium.com, Jan 5, 2018
Britain’s finance capitalists discuss prospects for Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister, article in Financial Times, Dec 7, 2017. Read the article in pdf format: Jeremy Corbyn as Britain’s PM
Ideologue in Canada’s Globe and Mail daily presents four scenarios for war with North Korea, says ‘best possible’ outcome is to ‘eliminate’ the political leadership of the country before the bombs and missiles fly, by David Welch, special to the Globe and Mail, Jan 6, 2018 (David Welch is Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (University of Waterloo, Ontario) and CIGI Senior Fellow.)
… The best possible endgame would see someone high up in the North Korean leadership decide that their own long-term interest, and that of their family and compatriots, would be best served by taking matters into their own hands, eliminating Mr. Kim and his enablers, and signalling a willingness to co-operate with the international community…
Pouring it on in Canada:
* Kim Jong-un is a gangster: Here’s how to sort him out, by Robert Huish, professor of ‘international development studies’, Dalhousie U, Halifax, Nova Scotia, published on The Conversation, Jan 7, 2018
* Kim Jong Un is in the nuclear drivers’ seat, op-ed commentary by Simon Palamar, Toronto Star, Jan 8, 2018 [This CIGI ideologue claims the United States has been seeking a “denuclearization” policy on the Korean peninsula but has been frustrated by an intolerant government in North Korea. Donald Trump’s genocidal threats to reduce North Korea to nuclear ashes? ‘Don’t know of that.’ Decades-long economic sanctions by the U.S. against North Korea? ‘I’ll have to check into that.’ U.S. refusal to sign the 1953 armistice agreement ending the 1950-53 Korean War? ‘Never heard of it.’
First broadcast of 2018 of Lee Camp’s ‘Redacted Tonight’ weekly comedy program on RT.com, Jan 4, 2018. Watch Lee Camp speak of the grotesque feigning of concern by U.S. politicians for the discontent of some of people in Iran, for two minutes beginning at the 15’45” mark.
Four years of Ukraine and the myths of Maidan, interview with Stephen Cohen, broadcast on The John Batchelor Show, late December 2017. Print summary and audio of the interview are posted on The Nation, Jan 3, 2018.
[The interview with Stephen Cohen provides a valuable overview of the events in Ukraine since late 2013. One item curiously missing from the print summary is any description of the civil war which the new, right-wing government in Kyiv launched in eastern Ukraine (Donbass region) in April 2014. A related curiousity is Stephen Cohen’s brief reference to that civil war as a “war which broke out against the Kyiv government”. Cohen also terms the March 2014 referendum vote in Crimea to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation an “annexation” by Russia.]
Related: Seeing the unseen in Ukraine: Why is America sending arms?, by Patrick Lawrence, published in Salon.com, Dec 31, 2017 (with comment by Roger Annis)
These are the real causes of the Iran protests, by Trita Parsi, published in The Nation, Jan 4, 2018
Statement on Iran Demonstrations by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Dec 31, 2017
Trump’s vow to support Iran opposition carries ‘no credibility’ as demonstrations enter sixth day, interview on Democracy Now! with Trita Parsi and Reza Sayah, Jan 3, 2018 (Trita Parsi is a founder and the president of the National Iranian American Council and is the author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Legacy of Diplomacy; Reza Sayah is a freelance journalist based in Tehran, Iran.)
Glenn Greenwald on Iran protests: Trump tweets ‘Time for change’ while backing dictators worldwide, interview with Glen Greenwald, editor of The Intercept, on Democracy Now! Jan 2, 2018 Glenn Greenwald on Iran protests: Trump tweets ‘Time for change’ while backing dictators worldwide, interview with Glen Greenwald, editor of The Intercept, on Democracy Now! Jan 2, 2018 [One hour interview discussing U.S. foreign policy. The first 25 minutes of the interview discusses Iran. The interview then turns to ‘Russiagate’. Glenn Greenwald states that it is “obviously possible” that the Russian government was behind the 2016 hacking of the emails of members of the Democratic National Committee; he then goes on to state there is “no evidence” of collusion between the Trump election campaign and the Russian government. He says responsiblity for the deterioration of U.S.-Russia relations is shared by the governments of the two countries.]
Massive protests erupt in Iran against sanctions and unending poverty, by Vijay Prashad, AlterNet (pro-Democratic Party, anti-Russia outlet), Jan 3, 2018
Trump and Netanyahu are trying to take credit, but this movement is all about the people
My year inside Trump’s insane White House, by Michael Wolff, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 4, 2017
Related: So Trump didn’t want to be president but colluded with the Russians to do it?, by Monica Showalter, The American Thinker, Jan 4, 2018 In his stemwinder piece on the early chaotic days of the Trump administration, Michael Wolff would have us believe that Donald Trump really didn’t want to be president…
The scary reality behind Trump’s long Tuesday of weird tweets, by Matthew Yglesias, VOX.com, Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018
… The tweet was just one of many inflammatory statements by Trump over a long day of bizarre tweeting that included everything from fanning the flames of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to attempting to take credit for airplanes being safe, calling for the prosecution of a top aide to Hillary Clinton, attacking the new publisher of the New York Times, and plugging Lou Dobbs’s show on the Fox Business Network. Along the way, he also reiterated a New Year’s Day dig at Pakistan.
It’s a puzzling array of topics that at first glance appears to defy any explanation as a communications strategy or a set of policy priorities. But the source turns out to be clear: It’s all Fox News…
The 12 victories of Venezuelan President Maduro in 2017, by Ignacio Ramonet, published on TeleSur, Jan 3, 2018
Statement from the Iranian Canadian Congress regarding protests in Iran, issued on Jan 2, 2018
… In the days since the protests began, some politicians and political groups in Canada and abroad who have for years advocated for sanctions and aggression against Iran have tried to exploit these protests to justify their anti-Iranian policies…These efforts constitute nothing but an attempt to cynically exploit people’s legitimate demands to advance these groups’ own political agenda..
My life as a New York Times reporter in the shadow of the war on terror, by James Risen, The Intercept, Jan 3, 2017 (lengthy essay)
… My case [in court in January 2015] was part of a broader crackdown on reporters and whistleblowers that had begun during the presidency of George W. Bush and continued far more aggressively under the Obama administration…