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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 629, 16 December 2013

WORLD MEDIA – 30 NOVEMBER TO 13 DECEMBER 2013 REPORTS & SYNTHESIS

This number 629 issue covers 30 November-13 December 2013 and includes 20 pages of data, with 179 entries in 10,998 words, and 13 noteworthy entries marked *. Our format provides information by topic and then by chronological listing of media report titles. The numbers for this issue’s specific topics are: ASIA (31X, 0*, significantly up from 17X) – Troubles in North Korea, China & Thailand; AFRICA (Afr, 22X, 1*, significantly up from 12X) – CAR Instability & Mandela Dies; EASTERN EUROPE (East, 18X, 1*, up slightly from 14X) – Protests as Ukraine Turns East; US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 17X, 2*, stable) – Still Partisan Politics but Less; NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 16X, 1*, stable) – Mounting Opposition to NSA Policy; SYRIA (15X, 0*, up from 11X) – Rebel Rivalries as They Loose Steam; US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 14X, 1*, significantly up from 9X) – Gun Deaths & Some Bad Cops; MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 14X, 0*, stable) – Violence in Iraq, Yemen & Lebanon; ECONOMICS (Eco, 11X, 2*, significantly up from 2X) – Chopping Pensions & Volcker Rule; WESTERN EUROPE (West, 9X, 0*, down scientifically from 15X); IRAN (8X, 1*, significantly down from 18X); US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 7X, 3*, up from 2X); AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 7X, 0*, down significantly from 13X); EGYPT (Egy, 7X, 0*, stable); LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 7X, 0*, up from 4X); US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT (DOD, 5X, 1*, stable); ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 5X, 0*, down from 9X); PAKISTAN (Pak, 4X, 0*, down significantly from 12X); and ENVIRONMENT (Env, 3X, 0*, down significantly from 10X).

This issue’s significant entries are:

US Foreign Intelligence (CIA, 7X, 3*)
CIA* 1203 Gua/ Guantanamo Bay detainees claim Poland allowed CIA torture – Terror suspects subjected to extraordinary rendition tell European court of human rights they were waterboarded
CIA* 1203 Occupy.com/ Exposed – Globally Renowned Activist [Srdja Popovic] Collaborated with Intelligence Firm Stratfor [which collaborates closely with the CIA]
CIA* 1205 Truthout/ Hollywood without the Happy Ending – How the CIA Bungled the War on Terror, Pratap Chatterjee

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 17X, 2*)
Pol* 1204 The Nation/ Detroit Bankruptcy Bankrupts Democracy [Demos study criticizing bankruptcy politics]
Pol* 1205 NYT/ Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding [Bye bye pensions in the USA]

ECONOMICS (Eco, 11X, 2*)
Eco* 1212 UN/ Illicit money outflows cost developing countries $946 billion annually, report says [money outflow could be used as a measurable definition of a “developing country”]
Eco* 1208 NYT/ JPMorgan Tabulated Business Linked to China Hiring [in corruption, capitalism and Communism are compatible]

US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT (DOD, 5X, 1*)
DOD* 1205 AP/ US Will No Longer Report Guantanamo Hunger Strikes [so you’ll have to read the foreign press, as usual, but it’s not officially called “censorship”]

US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 14X, 1*)
FBI* 1204 Think Progress/ Police Handcuff White Girl Traveling with Black Male Dance Instructors [let’s no talk of “police state” when the cops simply just didn’t want to look at the available legal papers or follow authorized procedures like calling the parents]

NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 16X, 1*)
Spy* 1210 NYT/ Spies Infiltrate a Fantasy Realm of Online Games / Video – World of Spycraft [the rather naive approach of these two articles forgets that terrorists have used multiple-player games to leave secret messages and plan attacks, so it would be a mistake for intelligence agencies if they did not infiltrate the game world]

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 18X, 1*)
East* 12010 NYT/ Without Notice, Putin Dissolves a News Agency [just like in the West in the business world, the argument was “it’s less expensive”]

IRAN (8X, 1*)
Iran* 1202 NYT/ Iran’s Hard-Liners Keep Their Criticism of Nuclear Pact to Themselves [the last time Iranian hardliners and the GOP agreed on a Democrat president failure, there was a major covert operation and Reagan was elected]

AFRICA (Afr, 22X, 1*)
Afr* 1205 UN/ Security Council approves French forces for Central African Republic [just a little bit “after the fact”]

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 629, 16 December 2013

DATA ENTRIES BY TOPIC – 30 NOVEMBER 2013 TO 13 DECEMBER 2013

ASIA (31X, 0*) – Troubles in North Korea, China & Thailand
Asia 1120 Hindustan Times/ Security alert as Thai protesters seek PM’s downfall
Asia 1130 NYT/ Airlines Urged by US to Give Notice to China
Asia 1130 NYT/ Airlines Urged by US to Give Notice to China [over disputed islands]
Asia 1130 Reu/ China, India spar over disputed border
Asia 1201 LAT/ Thailand unrest grows as protesters attempt ‘people’s coup’
Asia 1202 BBC/ Thailand protests – PM rejects resignation demand
Asia 1202 G&M/ Chinese view Canadian naval spy charges with amusement, skepticism
Asia 1202 Hindustan Times/ Two dead in Bangladesh political violence
Asia 1202 NYT/ China Launches Moon Rover Mission
Asia 1202 NYT/ Thai Protests Turn Volatile as at Least 3 Are Shot Dead
Asia 1202 WP/ India’s anti-corruption party and its leader, Arvind Kejriwal, face first big test
Asia 1203 UN/ Thai demonstrators allowed to reach government buildings as tensions ease
Asia 1204 Ind/ North Korea – Kim Jong Un ‘sacks powerful uncle and has his aides executed’
Asia 1204 NYT/ Biden Backs Ally Japan but Avoids Roiling China
Asia 1204 NYT/ North Korea’s Leader Is Said to Oust Uncle in Power Play
Asia 1204 UN/ Thai government, protest leader can’t agree on conditions for talks
Asia 1205 BBC/ China, US and Britain – Tact needed as global power shifts
Asia 1206 NYT/ China Pressures US Journalists, Prompting Warning from Biden
Asia 1206 Telegraph/ North Korea – Kim Jong-un ‘preparing to purge aunt’
Asia 1207 WP/ As Japan and China clash, their diplomats see little chance to talk it out
Asia 1209 BBC/ Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election
Asia 1209 Bloomberg/ Singapore Warns on Violence after Riot in Indian District
Asia 1209 NYT/ South Korea Announces Expansion of Its Air Defense Zone
Asia 1210 Hindustan Times/ Uneasy China hopes for stability, friendly relations with North Korea after purge
Asia 1210 Ind/ UK – Sikh gang jailed over attack on retired Indian army general Kuldip Singh Brar
Asia 1210 NYT/ Public Ouster in North Korea Unsettles China
Asia 1210 UN/ Thai protesters dismiss call to join election process
Asia 1212 Indian Express/ Bangladesh hangs top Jamaat leader over 1971 war crimes
Asia 1212 UN/ Thai military invites protest leader to Saturday meeting
Asia 1212 USA Today/ Thai protesters cut power, water to PM’s offices
Asia 1213 ABC/ More Purges May Follow Execution in North Korea

AFRICA (Afr, 22X, 1*) – CAR Instability & Mandela Dies
Afr 1130 Reu/ South Africans call online for Zuma’s ouster after report on spending
Afr 1202 ABC/ Lawmakers Boot Somalia Prime Minister from Office
Afr 1202 WSJ/ UN to Deploy Surveillance Drones in Congo
Afr 1202 Xinhua/ Gunmen attack air force base in northeast Nigerian state
Afr 1203 Reu/ African troops kill senior LRA commander, Uganda says
Afr 1203 Reu/ UN – Ghana says Ivory Coast sent agents to kill exiles
Afr 1203 VOA/ Perceived Corruption High in Sub-Saharan Africa
Afr 1204 Africa Confidential/ Zimbabwe – Arms-for-minerals trade exposed
Afr 1204 UN/ Sectarian violence continues in Central African Republic
Afr 1205 AP/ 16 dead in fighting in C. African Republic capital
Afr 1206 BBC/ Nelson Mandela death – In his own words
Afr 1206 NYT/ Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95
Afr 1206 Time/ French Troops Move into Central African Republic
Afr 1206 UN/ CAR capital sees lull in fighting as French forces arrive
Afr 1209 UN/ Rebel disarmament begins in CAR; UNICEF reports rise in child soldiers
Afr 1210 Euronews/ Two French soldiers killed during conflict in the Central African Republic
Afr 1210 UN/ Violence flares up in Central African Republic
Afr 1211 UN/ AU drums up support for peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic
Afr 1211 UN/ UN launches peacekeeping missions to rout Somali and Rwandan rebels
Afr 1212 CNN/ NGO [Medecins Sans Frontieres] slams UN work in Central African Republic
Afr 1212 UN/ Platoons of Rwandan fighters giving up, UN force’s leader says
Afr* 1205 UN/ Security Council approves French forces for Central African Republic [just a little bit “after the fact”]

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 18X, 1*) – Protests as Ukraine Turns East
East 1130 CNN/ Ukraine police accused of violent crackdown on pro-EU protests
East 1201 CBC/ Ukraine riot police use gas, truncheons on protesters
East 1201 Renseignor-Deutsche Welle (1127)/ 29 persons suspected of ties with Al-Qaida arrested in Moscow
East 1202 CTV News/ Thousands besiege government building in Ukraine’s capital
East 1202 NYT/ Thousands Demand Resignation of Ukraine Leader
East 1203 JP/ Putin says Ukraine protests are ‘more of a pogrom than revolution’
East 1203 Reu/ Ukraine government survives in parliament while rage boils outside
East 1204 NYT/ Ukraine Protests Persist as Bid to Oust Government Fails
East 1206 Fox/ Russian PM signals that Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot will not be covered by amnesty
East 1207 NYT/ Behind Scenes, Ukraine’s Rich and Powerful Battle Over the Future
East 1209 NYT/ Protesters in Kiev Topple Lenin Statue as Rallies Grow
East 1209 Reu/ Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on Russia media
East 1209 USA Today/ Crackdown fears grip Ukraine protests
East 1210 CBC/ George Clooney supports Ukrainian protesters in video
East 1210 NYT/ Ukraine’s Forces Move Against Protesters, Dimming Hopes for Talks
East 1211 Fox/ Ukraine police stand down after clashing with defiant protesters
East 1211 NYT/ Police Push Into Kiev Square as Crisis Grows
East* 12010 NYT/ Without Notice, Putin Dissolves a News Agency [just like in the West in the business world, the argument was “it’s less expensive”]

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 17X, 2*) – Still Partisan Politics but Less
Pol 1130 NYT/ Abortion Cases in Court Helped Tilt Democrats against the Filibuster
Pol 1202 NYT/ USA – Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets
Pol 1203 Daily Kos/ California GOP Creates Fake Health Care Web Site to Discourage Constituents from Obtaining Insurance
Pol 1203 Progress Report/ Back on Offense – Today’s Obamacare Top 5
Pol 1203 WP/ The GOP might as well be dead [aka “the autopsy”]
Pol 1205 NYT/ Arizona Agency Is Faulted in Deaths of Firefighters
Pol 1205 NYT/ In Detroit Ruling, Threats to Promises and Assumptions
Pol 1205 PR watch/ New Guardian Docs Show ALEC Misled Press, Public
Pol 1205 Progress Report/ USA – Fast Food Strikes Sweep the Nation – Workers Fight for a Living Wage
Pol 1205 The Australian/ Pope Francis preaches Marxism, says Rush Limbaugh
Pol 1211 NYT/ Capitol Leaders Agree to a Deal on the Budget
Pol 1211 NYT/ With Filibuster Threat Gone, Senate Confirms Two Presidential Nominees
Pol 1212 NYT/ Bipartisan Budget Deal Puts Ryan under Fire from Fellow Conservatives
Pol 1212 USA Today/ Senate committee shelves new sanctions on Iran
Pol 1213 Progress Report/ The Worst – The 6 Worst Attacks on Reproductive Health in 2013
Pol* 1204 The Nation/ Detroit Bankruptcy Bankrupts Democracy [Demos study criticizing bankruptcy politics]
Pol* 1205 NYT/ Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding [Bye bye pensions in the USA]

NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 16X, 1*) – Mounting Opposition to NSA Policy
Spy 1130 The Atlantic/ The NSA’s Porn-Surveillance Program – Not Safe for Democracy – Its targets extend beyond suspected terrorists — and some rhetoric that the First Amendment would protect is singled out
Spy 1202 Gua/ Revealed – Australian spy agency offered to share data about ordinary citizens
Spy 1203 Daily Mail/ Alan Rusbridger – We love Britain as he defends Snodwen leaks
Spy 1203 UN/ Surveillance investigation launched by UN special rapporteur
Spy 1204 Care2/ US Government Has Secret Kill Switch for Communications
Spy 1204 Rolling Stone/ Snowden and Greenwald – The Men Who Leaked the Secrets – How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year
Spy 1205 NYT/ Documents Say Phones outside US Are Tracked
Spy 1205 The Hill/ Libraries fear ‘ravenous’ NSA – The nation’s libraries are backing legislation that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency
Spy 1208 WP/ NSA Morale Down After Edward Snowden Revelations, Former US Officials Say
Spy 1209 NYT/ A Senator Plans Legislation to Narrow Authorities’ Cellphone Data Requests
Spy 1209 NYT/ Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users
Spy 1209 ProPublica/ World of Spycraft – NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games
Spy 1209 Salon/ NSA Seeks a Few Brave Interns – Spy Agency Recruiting Students as Young as 15
Spy 1211 CBC/ Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Global Spy Posts, Conducted Espionage for NSA
Spy 1213 NYT/ Obama Panel Said to Urge NSA Curbs
Spy* 1210 NYT/ Spies Infiltrate a Fantasy Realm of Online Games / Video – World of Spycraft [the rather naive approach of these two articles forgets that terrorists have used multiple-player games to leave secret messages and plan attacks, so it would be a mistake for intelligence agencies if they did not infiltrate the game world]

SYRIA (15X, 0*) – Rebel Rivalries as They Loose Steam
Syr 1201 Reu/ Syrian helicopters drop ‘barrel bombs’ on rebel town, killing 20
Syr 1202 G&M/ Syria death toll hits nearly 126000, says monitoring group
Syr 1202 USA Today/ UN – Evidence shows Assad role in Syrian war crimes
Syr 1203 Bloomberg/ Mother superior – Nuns abducted by Syrian rebels
Syr 1203 UN/ Pillay – “Massive evidence” of crimes against humanity by Syrian government
Syr 1204 Truthout/ Syria’s Criminal Rebels
Syr 1204 UN/ Planning continues for Syrian peace talks; rebels face 3 fronts
Syr 1205 UN/ Syria – Chemical-weapons destruction plan moves ahead amid security concerns
Syr 1205 UN/ US contacts Syrian Islamist groups as Aleppo hit by rebel rocket attack
Syr 1206 WP/ ll Syrian chemical weapons munitions destroyed
Syr 1210 The Nation/ Seymour Hersh Claims Intel on Syria Chemical Attack Was Cooked – Critics Dispute
Syr 1211 UN/ Syrian rebel rivalries lead to halt in nonlethal aid from US, UK
Syr 1212 NYT/ US Suspends Nonlethal Aid to Syria Rebels
Syr 1212 RT/ Top Western-backed rebel commander denies reports of fleeing Syria
Syr 1213 UN/ UN team corroborates chemical weapons use in Syria

US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 14X, 1*) – Gun Deaths & Some Bad Cops
FBI 1201 NYT/ As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In
FBI 1201 NYT/ USA – Who Is Watching the Watch Lists
FBI 1204 NYT/ House Votes to Extend Gun Law without New Provisions for 3-D Printed Firearms
FBI 1206 CNN/ Russian diplomats charged in alleged Medicaid fraud scheme
FBI 1206 NYT/ Bratton to Lead New York Police for Second Time
FBI 1206 NYT/ Prosecutors Draw Fire for Sentences Called Harsh
FBI 1206 Truthout/ California Ships Prisoners Out of State to “Reduce” Its Prison Population
FBI 1207 National Radio Project/ 2013 – The Year the Prison System Changed?
FBI 1210 NYT/ US Charges 18 Sheriff’s Officers in Inquiry into Misconduct at Los Angeles Jails
FBI 1211 Truthout/ From Top Cop to the Corporate Boardroom – Ex-Police Chiefs Spin Through
FBI 1212 Daily Beast/ The School Shootings You Didn’t Hear About – One Every Two Weeks since Newtown
FBI 1212 Truthout/ Here Lies America – Shot to Death, William Rivers Pitt
FBI 1213 NYT/ Post-Katrina Police Prosecutions in New Orleans Face Setbacks
FBI* 1204 Think Progress/ Police Handcuff White Girl Traveling with Black Male Dance Instructors [let’s no talk of “police state” when the cops simply just didn’t want to look at the available legal papers or follow authorized procedures like calling the parents]

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 14X, 0*) – Violence in Iraq, Yemen & Lebanon
Mide 1201 AFP/ Iraq funeral suicide blast kills 12 after deadly month
Mide 1201 Renseignor-Radio Iran (1125)/ Israel intends to use Saudi bases for an attack against Iran
Mide 1202 Reu/ Iran says seeks stronger cooperation with Saudi Arabia
Mide 1203 NYT/ Kurds’ Oil Deals with Turkey Raise Fears of Fissures in Iraq
Mide 1204 ABC/ Assault on Office, Other Attacks Kill 24 in Iraq
Mide 1204 CBS/ Hezbollah blames Israel for assassination of commander Hassan al-Laqis in Beirut, Lebanon
Mide 1204 NYT/ Jihadist Groups Gain in Turmoil across Middle East [is this what the “Arab Spring” has engendered]
Mide 1205 CNN/ At least 30 killed when militants attack Yemen’s Defense Ministry
Mide 1205 NYT/ Major Hezbollah Figure, Tied to Syrian War, Is Assassinated Near Beirut
Mide 1205 Reu/ Coordinated attacks in northern Iraqi city kill 11, wound 70
Mide 1206 NYT/ Assault on Yemeni Defense Ministry Compound Kills 52
Mide 1207 AFP/ Yemen says defence complex attackers mostly Saudi
Mide 1209 BBC/ Iraq violence – Cafe car bomb kills 11 in central town
Mide 1212 Time/ Conflicting Reports after Drone Strike Hits Wedding Convoy in Yemen

ECONOMICS (Eco, 11X, 2*) – Chopping Pensions & Volcker Rule
Eco 1204 NYT/ Detroit Ruling on Bankruptcy Lifts Pension Protections
Eco 1204 NYT/ Illinois Legislature Approves Retiree Benefit Cuts in Troubled Pension System
Eco 1204 NYT/ Pension Ruling in Detroit Echoes West to California
Eco 1204 Truthout/ Pension Theft – Class War Goes to the Next Stage
Eco 1204 Yes Magazine/ The Facts Are in – Austerity Politics Doesn’t Work
Eco 1210 NYT/ Defective Breast Implant Sales Draw Prison Term for French Executive
Eco 1210 NYT/ Rule That Curbs Bank Risk-Taking Nears Approval
Eco 1211 NYT/ Late Summer Meeting Gave Urgency to Regulators on Volcker Rule
Eco 1212 NYT/ Criminal Action Is Expected for JPMorgan in Madoff Case
Eco* 1212 UN/ Illicit money outflows cost developing countries $946 billion annually, report says [money outflow could be used as a measurable definition of a “developing country”]
Eco* 1208 NYT/ JPMorgan Tabulated Business Linked to China Hiring [in corruption, capitalism and Communism are compatible]

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 9X, 0*)
West 1130 BBC/ France prostitution – MPs debate ban on paying for sex
West 1201 BBC/ Glasgow helicopter crash aftermath
West 1202 Euronews/ Croatia voters back ban on same-sex marriage
West 1203 NYT/ Fates of Brooks and Coulson in Tabloid Hacking Case Are Diverging
West 1204 BBC/ How Smithwick Tribunal into IRA collusion claims unfolded
West 1204 RTE/ Ireland – Taoiseach – Smithwick report findings ‘shocking’
West 1205 Bloomberg/ French Unemployment Rises to 16-Year High as Hollande Seeks Fix
West 1206 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/ Milan court convicts Egyptian of terror charges
West 1206 NYT/ Pope Setting Up Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests

IRAN (8X, 1*)
Iran 1130 Gulf News/ Iran president – Nuclear facilities non-negotiable
Iran 1201 CSM/ Nuclear deal signed, Iranians await economic rewards
Iran 1201 Hindustan Times/ Iran ‘will not abandon Arak heavy water reactor’
Iran 1211 Reu/ Iran commander suggests foreign min stay out of military affairs-report
Iran 1211 UN/ Gulf Cooperation Council cautiously welcomes Iran’s efforts at detente
Iran 1211 UN/ IAEA, Iran to discuss agency’s inspection of uranium mine
Iran 1213 Reu/ US sanctions move angers Iran, Russia sees threat to nuclear deal
Iran* 1202 NYT/ Iran’s Hard-Liners Keep Their Criticism of Nuclear Pact to Themselves [the last time Iranian hardliners and the GOP agreed on a Democrat president failure, there was a major covert operation and Reagan was elected]

US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 7X, 3*)
CIA 1130 NYT/ Recent Drone Strikes Strain US Ties with Afghanistan and Pakistan
CIA 1213 Fox/ American [Robert Levinson] missing in Iran reportedly on unapproved CIA mission
CIA 1213 JTA/ American Jew [Robert Levinson] who vanished in Iran was on rogue CIA mission
CIA 1213 NYT/ A Disappearing Spy, and a Scandal inside the CIA
CIA* 1203 Gua/ Guantánamo Bay detainees claim Poland allowed CIA torture – Terror suspects subjected to extraordinary rendition tell European court of human rights they were waterboarded
CIA* 1203 Occupy.com/ Exposed – Globally Renowned Activist [Srdja Popovic] Collaborated with Intelligence Firm Stratfor [which collaborates closely with the CIA]
CIA* 1205 Truthout/ Hollywood without the Happy Ending – How the CIA Bungled the War on Terror, Pratap Chatterjee

AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 7X, 0*)
Afgh 1130 LAT/ US Commander in Afghanistan Apologizes for Civilian Death, Injuries
Afgh 1130 WSJ/ Pakistan Leader in Kabul to Push Taliban Talks
Afgh 1130 WSJ/ Pakistan, Afghanistan Leaders Meet to Jump-Start Taliban Peace Talks
Afgh 1202 Miami Herald/ US pushes Afghan security pact before NATO meeting
Afgh 1202 UN/ Conditions in Afghanistan for aid workers worsen, UN official says
Afgh 1204 Reu/ USA – Support for Afghanistan at risk if security pact delayed further
Afgh 1211 Hindustan Times/ Karzai heads to India, wants military equipment

EGYPT (Egy, 7X, 0*)
Egy 1201 VOA/ Egypt Authorities Use Tear Gas to Clear Tahrir Square Protest
Egy 1202 UN/ Draft Egyptian constitution draws ire of Muslim Brotherhood
Egy 1205 Fox/ Prosecutors send 2 icons of Egypt’s 2011 revolution to trial [for allegedly assaulting policemen]
Egy 1207 Bloomberg/ Egypt court reduces heavy sentences against Islamist women protesters
Egy 1209 Reu/ Leader of Egypt’s Brotherhood [Mohamed Badie] appears in court
Egy 1211 Aljazeera/ Judges resign in Egypt Brotherhood trial – Second set of three-judge panel in trial of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders resigns following disruptions
Egy 1212 VOA/ Car Bomb Wounds 35 Egyptian Police in Ismailia

LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 7X, 0*)
Amer 1203 Truthout/ “Banana Republic” Honduras Open for Business after Tainted Election
Amer 1205 CBS/ Radioactive material recovered from stolen truck in Mexico
Amer 1209 Reu/ Venezuela’s Maduro to raise pressure on business after local vote
Amer 1210 Bloomberg/ Uruguay Vote May Augur First State-Regulated Cannabis Market
Amer 1211 Daily Mail/ Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at Mandela’s memorial
Amer 1211 Fox/ Uruguay approves world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana
Amer 1213 Real News Network/ Uruguay Becomes First Country to Fully Legalize Marijuana

US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT (DOD, 5X, 1*)
DOD 1130 NYT/ Scandal Widens over Contracts for Navy Work
DOD 1206 NYT/ Two Guantanamo Detainees Are Involuntarily Repatriated to Algeria
DOD 1210 NYT/ Navy Secretary Expands Review of Supply Contracts
DOD 1210 NYT/ Negotiators Reach Compromise on Defense Bill [a little for Democrats (protection from sexual assault) and a little for the GOP (Guantanamo continues)]
DOD* 1205 AP/ US Will No Longer Report Guantanamo Hunger Strikes [so you’ll have to read the foreign press, as usual, but it’s not officially called “censorship”]

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 5X, 0*)
Isr 1202 Times of India/ Israeli PM under fire for alleged pricey expenses
Isr 1205 Bloomberg/ US to Step up Iran Sanction Enforcement, Kerry Tells Netanyahu [so is Kerry lying to Israel or to Iran]
Isr 1206 FT/ Israel shifts tactics over Iran nuclear talks
Isr 1208 NYT/ In an Israeli Plan, Bedouins See a Threat to Their Way of Life
Isr 1212 JP/ Kerry back again, continues pushing Abbas, Netanyahu

PAKISTAN (Pak, 4X, 0*)
Pak 1202 UN/ Gunmen kill policeman guarding Pakistan polio team
Pak 1204 BBC/ US army halts shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan
Pak 1205 UN/ WHO – Pakistan polio cases at 72 this year, up from 2012’s 58 cases
Pak 1213 CNN/ Two men killed in attacks targeting Pakistan’s anti-polio program

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 3X, 0*)
Env 1205 Truthout/ New Deal Passed at UN Climate Summit in Warsaw Promotes Carbon Colonialism
Env 1212 NYT/ FDA Restricts Antibiotics Use for Livestock
Env 1213 CSM/ A foot of snow in the Middle East – Rare storm brings delight and distress

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 629, 16 December 2013

DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 30 NOVEMBER 2013 TO 13 DECEMBER 2013

MOUNTING TROUBLES IN ASIA, AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

30 NOVEMBER 2013

DOD 1130 NYT/ Scandal Widens over Contracts for Navy Work: The suspension of a contractor is another serious embarrassment for the Navy, which is already dealing with an investigation of its main ship supplier in the Pacific.

Asia 1130 NYT/ Airlines Urged by US to Give Notice to China: The Obama administration is urging American commercial airlines to comply with China’s new air defense zone, hours after China scrambled jets to patrol it.

CIA 1130 NYT/ Recent Drone Strikes Strain US Ties With Afghanistan and Pakistan: The tension highlights the political complications from America’s persistent reliance on the lethal remote-controlled weapons.

Pol 1130 NYT/ Abortion Cases in Court Helped Tilt Democrats Against the Filibuster: Two federal court decisions limiting abortion and contraception became a decisive factor in persuading Democrats to sharply curb the use of filibusters.

Asia 1130 Hindustan Times/ Security alert as Thai protesters seek PM’s downfall: Police tightened security in Thailand’s capital on Saturday as thousands of protesters rallied outside a state telecommunications group and vowed to occupy Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s office to paralyse her administration.

Afgh 1130 WSJ/ Pakistan, Afghanistan Leaders Meet to Jump-Start Taliban Peace Talks: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met on Saturday in Kabul in a bid to breathe life into attempts to open peace talks with the Afghan Taliban insurgency, just months ahead of a crucial political transition in Afghanistan.

Iran 1130 Gulf News/ Iran president – Nuclear facilities non-negotiable: Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s new president, has insisted that Tehran will not dismantle its nuclear facilities, as advocated by Israel and US hawks, but has held out hope for an end to its long estrangement with Washington.

East 1130 CNN/ Ukraine police accused of violent crackdown on pro-EU protests

West 1130 BBC/ France prostitution – MPs debate ban on paying for sex

Afr 1130 Reu/ South Africans call online for Zuma’s ouster after report on spending: Thousands of South Africans on Saturday called online for the impeachment of President Jacob Zuma, after a newspaper revealed a government document detailing the use of public funds for lavish upgrades to his private home.

Afgh 1130 WSJ/ Pakistan Leader in Kabul to Push Taliban Talks: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits Kabul on Saturday on a trip that aims to push forward the Afghan government’s stalled talks with the Taliban and spur joint economic projects that could ease Pakistan’s chronic electricity crisis.

Asia 1130 Reu/ China, India spar over disputed border: China on Saturday urged India not to aggravate problems on the border shared by the two nations, a day after the Indian president toured a disputed region and called it an integral part of the country.

Afgh 1130 LAT/ US Commander in Afghanistan Apologizes for Civilian Death, Injuries: The American commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to apologize for an airstrike that killed at least one Afghan civilian and badly wounded two others.

Spy 1130 The Atlantic/ The NSA’s Porn-Surveillance Program – Not Safe for Democracy – Its targets extend beyond suspected terrorists — and some rhetoric that the First Amendment would protect is singled out: “The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches,” Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Gallagher, and Ryan Grim report.

Asia 1130 NYT/ Airlines Urged by US to Give Notice to China [over disputed islands]

1 DECEMBER 2013

Asia 1201 LAT/ Thailand unrest grows as protesters attempt ‘people’s coup’: Riot police fired tear gas Sunday at anti-government protesters armed with petrol bombs trying to force their way into the prime minister’s complex and police headquarters, intensifying Thailand’s political crisis and raising fears of extended instability in the Southeast Asian nation.

East 1201 CBC/ Ukraine riot police use gas, truncheons on protesters: Riot police in Ukraine’s capital have used tear gas, truncheons and flash grenades to push back protesters who tried to storm the presidential administration building.

Iran 1201 CSM/ Nuclear deal signed, Iranians await economic rewards: When Iran’s foreign minister returned to Tehran this week on the heels of a widely hailed nuclear agreement co-signed by its long-time nemesis, a deep sense of relief permeated the Iranian business community.

West 1201 BBC/ Glasgow helicopter crash aftermath: Eight people died after a police helicopter hit the pub on Stockwell Street at around 22:25 GMT on Friday; All three crew in the helicopter died.

Mide 1201 AFP/ Iraq funeral suicide blast kills 12 after deadly month: A suicide bombing at a funeral in Iraq killed 12 people Sunday as figures showed nearly 950 died last month in spiralling violence that has defied ramped up security measures.

Syr 1201 Reu/ Syrian helicopters drop ‘barrel bombs’ on rebel town, killing 20: Syrian army helicopters bombarded the northern rebel-held town of Al-Bab for a second day on Sunday, killing 20 people including four women when they dropped improvised barrel bombs on a market district.

Egy 1201 VOA/ Egypt Authorities Use Tear Gas to Clear Tahrir Square Protest: Egyptian authorities used tear gas Sunday to disperse protesters who entered Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demonstrate against July’s military-backed ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

Iran 1201 Hindustan Times/ Iran ‘will not abandon Arak heavy water reactor’: Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi has said Tehran will never abandon the Arak heavy water reactor, considering it a “red line” in talks with world powers, media reported Sunday.

FBI 1201 NYT/ As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In: With the new prosperity, soaring crime rates have come to places in Montana and North Dakota, straining law enforcement resources and shattering the sense of safety.

East 1201 Renseignor-Deutsche Welle (1127)/ 29 persons suspected of ties with Al-Qaida arrested in Moscow

Mide 1201 Renseignor-Radio Iran (1125)/ Israel intends to use Saudi bases for an attack against Iran

FBI 1201 NYT/ USA – Who Is Watching the Watch Lists: Governments wade into treacherous waters when they compile lists of people who might cause their countries harm. As fears about Japanese-Americans and Communists have demonstrated in the past, predictions about individual behavior are often inaccurate, the motivations for list-making aren’t always noble and concerns about threats are frequently overblown. § So it might seem that current efforts to identify and track potential terrorists would be approached with caution. Yet the federal government’s main terrorist watch list has grown to at least 700,000 people, with little scrutiny over how the determinations are made or the impact on those marked with the terrorist label. § “If you’ve done the paperwork correctly, then you can effectively enter someone onto the watch list,” said Anya Bernstein, an associate professor at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and author of “The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists,” published by the Buffalo Law Review in May. “There’s no indication that agencies undertake any kind of regular retrospective review to assess how good they are at predicting the conduct they’re targeting.”

2 DECEMBER 2013

East 1202 NYT/ Thousands Demand Resignation of Ukraine Leader: The largest showing of fury in 11 days over President Viktor F. Yanukovich’s refusal to sign political and trade accords with the European Union came as signs of fissure emerged within the government.

Asia 1202 NYT/ China Launches Moon Rover Mission: If the mission succeeds, China will be the third country to achieve a “soft” landing on the moon, one that allows a craft to operate after descending.

Iran* 1202 NYT/ Iran’s Hard-Liners Keep Their Criticism of Nuclear Pact to Themselves [the last time Iranian hardliners and the GOP agreed on a Democrat president failure, there was a major covert operation and Reagan was elected]: Unwilling to risk a confrontation with the supreme leader, who has backed the deal, Iranian hard-liners are waiting for a misstep to unleash criticism and huge protests.

Asia 1202 NYT/ Thai Protests Turn Volatile as at Least 3 Are Shot Dead: At least three deaths, and the demonstrators’ increasingly provocative moves, raised fears that the unrest could spread to other parts of Bangkok.

Pol 1202 NYT/ USA – Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets: A growing movement of fast-food workers is seeking to press McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other restaurant chains to raise pay to $15 an hour.

East 1202 CTV News/ Thousands besiege government building in Ukraine’s capital

Asia 1202 BBC/ Thailand protests – PM rejects resignation demand: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has rejected protesters’ demands that she step down, amid fresh clashes in Bangkok. Ms Yingluck said the demands were not possible under the constitution, but that she remained open to talks.

Isr 1202 Times of India/ Israeli PM under fire for alleged pricey expenses: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s penchant for scented candles is setting off a stink, with media and politicians accusing him Monday of extravagantly spending public money.

Mide 1202 Reu/ Iran says seeks stronger cooperation with Saudi Arabia: Iran said on Sunday it wanted stronger cooperation with US ally Saudi Arabia, as it seeks to ease concerns among Gulf Arab neighbors about a potential resurgence in its influence following a nuclear deal with world powers.

Afr 1202 Xinhua/ Gunmen attack air force base in northeast Nigerian state: Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram fighters in the early hours of Monday launched a massive attack on the Nigerian Air Force Base in northeast city of Maiduguri in Borno State, killing an undisclosed number of people.

Asia 1202 WP/ India’s anti-corruption party and its leader, Arvind Kejriwal, face first big test: At a recent rally, supporters of an upstart Indian political party waved brooms in the air – a signal they’re ready to clean house – danced in the dusty, sun-dappled street and chanted “End corruption!”

Afr 1202 ABC/ Lawmakers Boot Somalia Prime Minister From Office: Lawmakers in Somalia voted Monday to oust the country’s prime minister and his Cabinet after 14 months in office. Lawmakers voted 184-65 to oust Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and his 10-member Cabinet.

Asia 1202 G&M/ Chinese view Canadian naval spy charges with amusement, skepticism: The arrest of an Ontario man accused of attempting to pass along to China classified Canadian shipbuilding techniques has left some in China struggling to wrap their heads around the case.

Afgh 1202 Miami Herald/ US pushes Afghan security pact before NATO meeting: The US ambassador to NATO says a US-Afghan security agreement would help unblock billions of dollars in aid for Afghanistan after 2014.

Syr 1202 USA Today/ UN – Evidence shows Assad role in Syrian war crimes: A growing body of evidence collected by U.N. investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Syr 1202 G&M/ Syria death toll hits nearly 126000, says monitoring group: The death toll in Syria’s civil war has risen to at least 125,835, more than a third of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

West 1202 Euronews/ Croatia voters back ban on same-sex marriage

Asia 1202 Hindustan Times/ Two dead in Bangladesh political violence: Police clashed on Tuesday with opposition supporters demanding that the Bangladesh government drop a plan to hold general elections on January 5 in the latest round of political violence in the country.

Afr 1202 WSJ/ UN to Deploy Surveillance Drones in Congo: The United Nations peace keeping mission in Congo is set to deploy unarmed surveillance drones along the country’s troubled eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda, in a step to restore order in the resource-rich region.

Afgh 1202 UN/ Conditions in Afghanistan for aid workers worsen, UN official says: Risks are increasing for aid workers in Afghanistan as foreign troops prepare to reduce their presence. “I am extremely concerned with this trend at a time when the country is in the midst of a difficult transition that may lead to increased humanitarian needs,” says Mark Bowden, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in the country.

Pak 1202 UN/ Gunmen kill policeman guarding Pakistan polio team

Egy 1202 UN/ Draft Egyptian constitution draws ire of Muslim Brotherhood: The draft Egyptian constitution unveiled Sunday gives some new rights to citizens but maintains the privileges of institutions such as the police. The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected the draft.

Spy 1202 Gua/ Revealed – Australian spy agency offered to share data about ordinary citizens: Secret 5-Eyes document shows surveillance partners discussing what information they can pool about their citizens § DSD indicated it could provide material without some privacy restraints imposed by other countries such as Canada § Medical, legal or religious information ‘not automatically limited’ § Concern that intelligence agency could be ‘operating outside its legal mandate’.

3 DECEMBER 2013

Mide 1203 NYT/ Kurds’ Oil Deals with Turkey Raise Fears of Fissures in Iraq: Iraqi Kurds are selling oil and natural gas directly to Turkey, infuriating Washington, which fears a broader independence for Kurds in Iraq’s north.

West 1203 NYT/ Fates of Brooks and Coulson in Tabloid Hacking Case Are Diverging: Once friends, colleagues and lovers, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are on trial on charges of illegally intercepting voice messages at The News of the World, but she appears to be faring relatively better.

Syr 1203 UN/ Pillay – “Massive evidence” of crimes against humanity by Syrian government: The United Nations panel looking into human rights abuses in Syria’s civil war has compiled “massive evidence” that indicates the Syrian government has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, says UN rights chief Navi Pillay.

Spy 1203 UN/ Surveillance investigation launched by UN special rapporteur: Ben Emmerson, the United Nations special rapporteur for counterterrorism, will investigate surveillance activities of the U.K. and the US uncovered by material leaded by Edward Snowden. Questions raised by the leaks “are too important for the UN to ignore,” Emmerson writes. The probe will result in recommendations to considered by the General Assembly next year.

Asia 1203 UN/ Thai demonstrators allowed to reach government buildings as tensions ease

Afr 1203 Reu/ UN – Ghana says Ivory Coast sent agents to kill exiles: Ghana told a UN panel in July that Ivory Coast sent hit squads earlier this year to attempt to abduct or kill exiled supporters of ex-Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, the panel’s report has revealed. § Relations between the neighbors soured when thousands of Ivorians fled across the border during a 2011 civil war sparked by Gbagbo’s refusal to accept defeat in an election in late 2010 to rival Alassane Ouattara, the current president. § Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court for suspected crimes against humanity during the war in which around 3,000 people died. § A number of Gbagbo’s top military and government officials are among the refugees living in Ghana. Ouattara’s government and UN investigators accuse them of continuing to orchestrate violence inside Ivory Coast. § Ghanaian officials on July 10 told the U.N. panel, which monitors compliance with Liberia’s sanctions regime, that Ivory Coast sent “agents intending to assassinate or kidnap militant pro-Gbagbo refugees”.

Afr 1203 Reu/ African troops kill senior LRA commander, Uganda says: US-backed African Union troops have killed a senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan army spokesman said on Tuesday, part of efforts to track down the guerrilla group and send its leader to the Hague. § US Special Forces have supported a Regional Task Force (RTF) of African troops since 2011 to try to track down LRA leader Joseph Kony, wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in a guerrilla war in Uganda and neighbouring states. § The group, which launched its uprising two decades ago, has moved from Uganda to the border region of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR), where analysts say it could rebuild in the political chaos sweeping through the country.

East 1203 Reu/ Ukraine government survives in parliament while rage boils outside

Afr 1203 VOA/ Perceived Corruption High in Sub-Saharan Africa: Several African nations were among the worst performers in Transparency International’s annual report on perceived corruption.

Spy 1203 Daily Mail/ Alan Rusbridger – We love Britain as he defends Snodwen leaks: Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger today insisted he ‘loves’ Britain as he faced accusations that he broke the law in handling leaked documents which spy agencies warn was a gift to terrorists.

East 1203 JP/ Putin says Ukraine protests are ‘more of a pogrom than revolution’: Russian president Vladimir Putin blamed outside actors for mass protests in Kiev, which he said amounted to an attempt to unsettle Ukraine’s legitimate rulers.

Syr 1203 Bloomberg/ Mother superior – Nuns abducted by Syrian rebels: The mother superior of a Syrian convent says 12 nuns have been abducted by opposition fighters and taken to a rebel-held town.

Pol 1203 Progress Report/ Back on Offense – Today’s Obamacare Top 5: After a trying two months, the new and improved HealthCare.gov had more than a million visitors yesterday and is functioning well for most people, enrollment is surging, nearly 1.5 MILLION Americans have been newly found eligible for Medicaid, and the GOP plan still consists of repeal and “we’ll see.”

Amer 1203 Truthout/ “Banana Republic” Honduras Open for Business After Tainted Election: Allegations of widespread fraud and intimidation taint last month’s election results in Honduras as economic neoliberalism and police thuggery threaten the poor and indigenous.

CIA* 1203 Occupy.com/ Exposed – Globally Renowned Activist [Srdja Popovic] Collaborated With Intelligence Firm Stratfor [which collaborates closely with the CIA]: Serbia’s Srdja Popovic is known by many as a leading architect of regime changes in Eastern Europe and elsewhere since the late 1990s and as one of the co-founders of Otpor!, the US-funded Serbian activist group that overthrew Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. But he also had ties to the private intelligence firm Stratfor.

CIA* 1203 Gua/ Guantánamo Bay detainees claim Poland allowed CIA torture – Terror suspects subjected to extraordinary rendition tell European court of human rights they were waterboarded: Lawyers for two men subject to extraordinary rendition by the CIA told the European court of human rights (ECHR) on Tuesday that Poland, which permitted a secret “black” site to operate on its territory, should be held responsible for their torture. § The two-day hearing at Strasbourg was the first time a European country has been taken to court for allowing US agencies to carry out “enhanced” interrogation and “waterboarding” programmes. In a highly unusual legal move, the media and public were barred from the opening day’s session. § The military base at Stare Kiejkuty, north of Warsaw, it was revealed, had previously been used by German intelligence and later the Soviet army during the second world war. One of the men, it was alleged, was subjected to mock executions while hooded and otherwise naked. § Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of Yemeni descent, and Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, also known as Abu Zubaydah, a stateless Palestinian, maintain they were waterboarded and abused during interrogation in Poland. Both men are being held by the US in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Pol 1203 Daily Kos/ California GOP Creates Fake Health Care Web Site to Discourage Constituents from Obtaining Insurance

Pol 1203 WP/ The GOP might as well be dead [aka “the autopsy”]: The Growth and Opportunity Project, aka “the autopsy,” was heralded as the Republican Party’s clear-eyed assessment of its 2012 presidential defeat. Autopsies are done on dead things, and ever since its March 2013 release, the GOP has done everything possible to stay dead. § The Republican Party is dead to African Americans. Not that there was much of pulse to begin with. Romney won 6 percent of the black vote to 93 percent for Obama, which isn’t surprising since Romney was looking to unseat the nation’s first black president. But it is also not surprising considering all of the voter suppression efforts around the country.

4 DECEMBER 2013

Eco 1204 NYT/ Detroit Ruling on Bankruptcy Lifts Pension Protections: Detroit is eligible to enter bankruptcy and shed billions in debt, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, while also finding that public pensions could be reduced despite a provision in Michigan’s Constitution.

Mide 1204 NYT/ Jihadist Groups Gain in Turmoil Across Middle East [is this what the “Arab Spring” has engendreed]: American intelligence and counterterrorism officials are concerned that militants aligned with Al Qaida could establish a base in Syria capable of threatening Israel and Europe.

Asia 1204 NYT/ North Korea’s Leader Is Said to Oust Uncle in Power Play: South Korea’s intelligence service reported that Jang Song-thaek, considered to be No. 2 in the government and a mentor to Kim Jong-un, has been stripped of his powers.

East 1204 NYT/ Ukraine Protests Persist as Bid to Oust Government Fails: Opponents of President Viktor F. Yanukovich on Tuesday unsuccessfully demanded his resignation as protesters continued a siege of government buildings.

Asia 1204 NYT/ Biden Backs Ally Japan but Avoids Roiling China: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. finds himself in the midst of an increasingly tense standoff between Japan and China over Beijing’s creation of an air defense zone.

Eco 1204 NYT/ Pension Ruling in Detroit Echoes West to California: A judge in Detroit’s bankruptcy case ruled that public pensions are not protected from cuts, potentially altering the course of bankruptcies in cities like Stockton and San Bernardino, Calif.

Eco 1204 NYT/ Illinois Legislature Approves Retiree Benefit Cuts in Troubled Pension System: The hard-fought deal, which includes higher state contributions to the system, could be a template for agreements elsewhere.

FBI 1204 NYT/ House Votes to Extend Gun Law Without New Provisions for 3-D Printed Firearms: The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to extend a law banning firearms that can pass undetected through X-ray machines, but did not include provisions regulating guns made with 3-D printers.

Afr 1204 Africa Confidential/ Zimbabwe – Arms-for-minerals trade exposed: Zimbabwe has parcelled out choice mining concessions to Russia and China in exchange for arms — but they may have sold them too cheaply.

Mide 1204 CBS/ Hezbollah blames Israel for assassination of commander Hassan al-Laqis in Beirut, Lebanon: A senior commander for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was gunned down Wednesday outside his home in southern Beirut, security officials said. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the killing, something an official there quickly denied. § Hezbollah immediately announced the death of Hassan al-Laqis and described him as one of the founding members of the group, suggesting he was a high-level commander close to the party’s leadership. It said in a statement al-Laqis was killed as he returned home from work around midnight, without offering details about how he died.

Asia 1204 Ind/ North Korea – Kim Jong Un ‘sacks powerful uncle and has his aides executed’: The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to have dismissed an uncle, a man key to his rise to power, South Korean politicians said, in a move that could help consolidate his power base with a group of younger aides.

Afgh 1204 Reu/ USA – Support for Afghanistan at risk if security pact delayed further: Global support for Afghanistan will fade the longer President Hamid Karzai delays signing a security pact with the United States, a senior US official warned, as special envoy James Dobbins arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for talks with the government.

Pak 1204 BBC/ US army halts shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan: The US military has halted its ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan because of the risk to drivers after protests over US drone strikes.

Mide 1204 ABC/ Assault on Office, Other Attacks Kill 24 in Iraq: Insurgents assaulted a mayor’s office in a Sunni town just north of Baghdad Tuesday, one of several attacks across Iraq that killed 24 people.

West 1204 RTE/ Ireland – Taoiseach – Smithwick report findings ‘shocking’: The Smithwick Tribunal report, which was published yesterday, concluded that there was Garda collusion in the killing of two RUC officers in south Armagh in March 1989.

West 1204 BBC/ How Smithwick Tribunal into IRA collusion claims unfolded: The murders of two Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in 1989 after they had left a meeting with Irish police in Dundalk, County Louth, cast a long shadow. § Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan were shot dead as they crossed the Irish border returning from that meeting, on 20 March. § Speculation that a mole in the Republic of Ireland police service, An Garda Síochána, had been involved was quickly denied. § At the time, the then Garda Commissioner Eugene Crowley said: “I absolutely and positively reject any suggestion of that kind.” § And his counterpart north of the border, the then RUC Chief Constable Sir John Hermon, added: “There was no mole and we would ask that this be discounted very firmly and very quickly.” § But for decades the speculation persisted.

Syr 1204 UN/ Planning continues for Syrian peace talks; rebels face 3 fronts: US Secretary of State John Kerry met with EU counterpart Catherine Ashton today to discuss Iran’s participation in the Syrian peace talks slated for Jan. 22. Meanwhile, the Syrian government has begun an offensive on three fronts against the rebels.

Afr 1204 UN/ Sectarian violence continues in Central African Republic: Christian vigilantes are being blamed for the killing of at least 12 people belonging to the Peuhl Muslim minority near the Central African Republic’s capital city, a military official says. Separately, Cameroon is sending troops to guard its border with CAR and prevent rebels from crossing.

Asia 1204 UN/ Thai government, protest leader can’t agree on conditions for talks

Eco 1204 Yes Magazine/ The Facts Are in – Austerity Politics Doesn’t Work: Facts have been buried in a political era in which partisan ideology overrides reason. Take the case of “austerity politics.” There is now conclusive evidence, both practical and theoretical, of the complete failure of austerity politics.

Eco 1204 Truthout/ Pension Theft – Class War Goes to the Next Stage: Pensions are not gifts bestowed by the government on workers; they are part of workers’ pay. But in 21st century America, contracts and the rule of law apparently don’t mean anything, at least not if the people at the other end are ordinary workers.

Syr 1204 Truthout/ Syria’s Criminal Rebels: With Bashar al-Assad’s opponents “more and more using repellent methods,” Syria’s insurgency is drifting into the kind of organized criminal enterprise that created insolvable insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Spy 1204 Care2/ US Government Has Secret Kill Switch for Communications: Someday, your cellphone and internet may suddenly go out, but it will have nothing to do with failing to pay your bills. Unknown to most Americans, the president has the authority to shut down everyone’s internet and phone service in one fell swoop.

Spy 1204 Rolling Stone/ Snowden and Greenwald – The Men Who Leaked the Secrets – How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year

Pol* 1204 The Nation/ Detroit Bankruptcy Bankrupts Democracy [Demos study criticizing bankruptcy politics]: In a groundbreaking new study of Detroit’s finances, the think tank Demos explains that claims regarding Detroit’s debts have been dramatically inflated to make a case that the city must go bankrupt. According to Demos, proponents of the bankruptcy move have manipulated the numbers by combining statewide and city debts. “Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, asserts that the city is bankrupt because it has $18 billion in long-term debt. However, that figure is irrelevant to analysis of Detroit’s insolvency and bankruptcy filing, highly inflated and, in large part, simply inaccurate,” argues the Demos analysis, which was prepared former investment banker Wallace C. Turbeville. “In reality, the city needs to address its cash flow shortfall, which the emergency manager pegs at only $198 million, although that number too may be inflated because it is based on extraordinarily aggressive assumptions of the contributions the city needs to make to its pension funds.” § By relying on what the Demos study identifies as “extraordinarily aggressive assumptions”—and by accepting premises advanced by the same financial institutions that urged Detroit officials to make unwise financial choices—the judge has shaped a bankruptcy process that errs on the side of helping Wall Street rather than the citizens of Detroit. § At the same time, the judge has empowered an emergency manager who has a track record of acting on those “simply inaccurate” premises, rather than the officials just chosen by Detroit voters to guide their city toward fiscal and social stability. § The judge’s decision gives the essential authority to guide the city’s affairs to Orr, the “emergency manager” selected by Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who in 2010 lost the city of Detroit by a 20-1 margin. Though barely 5 percent of Detroit voters thought Snyder should be calling any of the shots regarding their state and city, he is now—via his emergency manager, with the approval of the bankruptcy judge he asked to intervene—calling the shots. § And what of the new mayor, Mike Duggan, a veteran county official and highly regarded manager who won 55 percent of the vote in last month’s election? § “The only authority I’m going to have is the authority I can convince the governor and emergency manager to assign me,” Duggan, a Democrat, told reporters in November. “I’m attempting to persuade them. We’ll see.”

FBI* 1204 Think Progress/ Police Handcuff White Girl Traveling With Black Male Dance Instructors [let’s no talk of “police state” when the cops simply just didn’t want to look at the available legal papers or follow authorized procedures like calling the parents]: A 13-year-old white girl traveling with her dance instructors in Houston, Tex., was handcuffed and taken by police to Child Protective Services, over the pleas of the black male guardians she was traveling with. § Landry Thompson traveled with her instructors from Oklahoma to attend a dancing and training session, according to KHOU 11 News. They stopped at a gas station on their way home in the evening, and, exhausted, began to doze in the car. Police showed up and surrounded them, asking who the girl was. Emmanuel Hurd, one of the instructors, told the officers he had a notarized letter from Thompson’s parents establishing his guardianship during the trip. § But police put both Thompson and Hurd in handcuffs, and put a terrified Thompson in the back of the police car. They called Thompson’s mother Destiny only after they brought her to Child Protective Services. § Destiny told KHOU 11 she was “horrified.” “She was with the people I wanted her to be with. She was with people I trusted,” Destiny said. “And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.” § Destiny said she was initially told she would have to fly to Houston to retrieve her daughter, although police eventually released Landry to her instructors 11 hours later. Police have declined to comment, meaning they have provided no explanation about what prompted them to stop the trio in the first place, let alone why they proceeded to remove Landry without even calling her mother to verify the notarized letter.

5 DECEMBER 2013

Pol* 1205 NYT/ Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding [Bye bye pensions in the USA]: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said property taxes would double or services would be cut if the city did not get pension relief soon.

Mide 1205 NYT/ Major Hezbollah Figure, Tied to Syrian War, Is Assassinated Near Beirut: As questions swirled about why and by whom the leader, Hassane Laqees, was killed, Hezbollah accused Israel, saying it would have to bear “ramifications.”

Spy 1205 NYT/ Documents Say Phones Outside US Are Tracked: The National Security Agency is tracking the location and movements of cellphones outside the United States in an effort to find suspicious travel patterns or activities by intelligence targets, according to documents leaked by Edward J. Snowden.

Pol 1205 NYT/ In Detroit Ruling, Threats to Promises and Assumptions: A judge’s decision that benefits could be reduced in a bankruptcy proceeding has recast the landscape for pensions and given distressed cities leverage to backtrack on their promises.

Pol 1205 NYT/ Arizona Agency Is Faulted in Deaths of Firefighters: A state agency said the forestry division put the protection of property ahead of the safety of firefighters.

Mide 1205 CNN/ At least 30 killed when militants attack Yemen’s Defense Ministry: Militants staged a deadly attack on Yemen’s Defense Ministry on Thursday, ramming the building with an explosives-laden vehicle, followed by gunmen who battled security forces inside.

Asia 1205 BBC/ China, US and Britain – Tact needed as global power shifts: This week has confirmed two of China’s current beliefs: that the United States is clumsy, and Britain is two-faced. The American Vice-President, Joe Biden, who was in Beijing to do some delicate fence-mending between China and Japan.

Afr 1205 AP/ 16 dead in fighting in C. African Republic capital: Heavy gunfire erupted in the capital of the Central African Republic on Thursday and at least 16 people were killed and dozens of civilians wounded.

Amer 1205 CBS/ Radioactive material recovered from stolen truck in Mexico: A missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico, the country’s nuclear safety director said.

Mide 1205 Reu/ Coordinated attacks in northern Iraqi city kill 11, wound 70: Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a police intelligence headquarters and a nearby shopping mall in a coordinated attack in the northern city of Kirkuk late on Wednesday, killing 11 people and wounding 70.

Isr 1205 Bloomberg/ US to Step Up Iran Sanction Enforcement, Kerry Tells Netanyahu [so is Kerry lying to Israel or to Iran]: US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem today that sanctions against Iran will be maintained and their enforcement tightened, in a bid to ease Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s concerns about an initial nuclear deal with Iran.

Egy 1205 Fox/ Prosecutors send 2 icons of Egypt’s 2011 revolution to trial [for allegedly assaulting policemen]: Judiciary officials say two icons of Egypt’s 2011 revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak have been sent to trial on charges of taking part in an “illegal” protest and allegedly assaulting policemen.

Pol 1205 The Australian/ Pope Francis preaches Marxism, says Rush Limbaugh: Shock-jock Rush Limbaugh has accused the Pope of preaching Marxism, reflecting an unease among US Christian conservatives with the pro-poor stance of the first pontiff to come from South America.

West 1205 Bloomberg/ French Unemployment Rises to 16-Year High as Hollande Seeks Fix: France’s unemployment rate climbed to the highest in almost 16 years in the third quarter as President Francois Hollande struggles to revive an economy that has barely grown in two years.

Afr* 1205 UN/ Security Council approves French forces for Central African Republic [just a little bit “after the fact”]: The United Nations Security Council has approved France’s deployment of troops alongside an African peacekeeping contingent to quell the violence in the Central African Republic. The resolution also imposes an arms embargo and leaves the option open for the UN to send in its own peacekeepers. Meanwhile, intense fighting was reported in the capital city of Bangui with at least 80 reported killed.

Syr 1205 UN/ Syria – Chemical-weapons destruction plan moves ahead amid security concerns: The Syrian port of Latakia will be used as the exit port for chemical weapons being shipped out of Syria for destruction, says Sigrid Kaag, head of the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons team. The team is taking a “pragmatic” approach, Kaag says, and security risks could delay the operation.

Pak 1205 UN/ WHO – Pakistan polio cases at 72 this year, up from 2012’s 58 cases

Syr 1205 UN/ US contacts Syrian Islamist groups as Aleppo hit by rebel rocket attack: The US has contacted Islamist groups and other opposition groups as it tries to firm up support for upcoming peace talks. Meanwhile, rebel forces launched a rocket attack on Aleppo, leaving 18 dead.

Env 1205 Truthout/ New Deal Passed at UN Climate Summit in Warsaw Promotes Carbon Colonialism: At COP19, REDD+, a global carbon trading scheme, was passed. This jeopardizes the rights and resources of local communities throughout the global south, because of the prevalence of carbon-market-driven land grabs.

Pol 1205 PR watch/ New Guardian Docs Show ALEC Misled Press, Public: Internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council published by The Guardian offer new evidence about how the group has continually misled reporters, the public and even its own members.

CIA* 1205 Truthout/ Hollywood Without the Happy Ending – How the CIA Bungled the War on Terror, Pratap Chatterjee: In July 2010, at his confirmation hearings for the post of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper explained the use of private contractors in the intelligence community: “In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War… we were under a congressional mandate to reduce the community by on the order of 20%… Then 9/11 occurred… With the gusher… of funding that has accrued particularly from supplemental or overseas contingency operations funding, which, of course, is one year at a time, it is very difficult to hire government employees one year at a time. So the obvious outlet for that has been the growth of contractors.” § Thousands of “Green Badges” were hired via companies like Booz Allen Hamilton and Qinetiq to work at CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) offices around the world, among the regular staff who wore blue badges. Many of them — like Edward Snowden — performed specialist tasks in information technology meant to augment the effectiveness of government employees. § Then the CIA decided that there was no aspect of secret war which couldn’t be corporatized. So they set up a unit of private contractors as covert agents, green-lighting them to carry guns and be sent into US war zones at a moment’s notice. This elite James Bond-like unit of armed bodyguards and super-fixers was given the anodyne name Global Response Staff (GRS). § Among the 125 employees of this unit, from the Army Special Forces via private contractors came Raymond Davis and Dane Paresi; from the Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Jeremy Wise, and Tyrone Woods. All five would soon be in the anything-but-covert headlines of newspapers across the world. These men — no women have yet been named — were deployed on three- to four-month missions accompanying CIA analysts into the field. § Davis was assigned to Lahore, Pakistan; Doherty and Woods to Benghazi, Libya; Paresi and Wise to Khost, Afghanistan. As GRS expanded, other contractors went to Djibouti, Lebanon, and Yemen, among other countries, according to a Washington Post profile of the unit.

DOD* 1205 AP/ US Will No Longer Report Guantanamo Hunger Strikes [so you’ll have to read the foreign press, as usual, but it’s not officially called “cesnorship”]

Spy 1205 The Hill/ Libraries fear ‘ravenous’ NSA – The nation’s libraries are backing legislation that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency: Revelations about NSA surveillance have created a “climate of concern” for libraries, which are seeking to defend the freedom to read and research away from the government’s prying eyes.

Pol 1205 Progress Report/ USA – Fast Food Strikes Sweep the Nation – Workers Fight for a Living Wage: Today marked the “biggest wave of job actions in the history of America’s fast-food industry,” as low-wage workers demanding a $15 per hour living wage walked off the job in 130 cities and related actions took place in dozens more.

6 DECEMBER 2013

Afr 1206 NYT/ Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95: Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom in South Africa’s system of white rule took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison cell to the presidency.

FBI 1206 NYT/ Bratton to Lead New York Police for Second Time: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named as the next police commissioner William J. Bratton, who held the post in the 1990s and will return at a time of low crime and a deepening rift between officers and the public.

Asia 1206 NYT/ China Pressures US Journalists, Prompting Warning From Biden: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. raised the issue as Beijing withholds accreditation for journalists from The New York Times and Bloomberg.

West 1206 NYT/ Pope Setting Up Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests: The announcement was a forthright acknowledgment by the Vatican of an enduring problem, and fit with Pope Francis’ pattern of willingness to set a new tone in the governance of the church.

FBI 1206 NYT/ Prosecutors Draw Fire for Sentences Called Harsh: Critics say prosecutors are using their discretionary power to strong-arm defendants into pleading guilty and over-punish those who do not.

DOD 1206 NYT/ Two Guantanamo Detainees Are Involuntarily Repatriated to Algeria: The moves, combined with a plan to transfer a detainee to Sudan, are signs that the Obama administration has revived efforts to winnow the population, now at 162.

Afr 1206 BBC/ Nelson Mandela death – In his own words: Nelson Mandela’s ability to use words to breathe life into his cause was one of his most powerful weapons in the struggle for black equality in South Africa.

Afr 1206 Time/ French Troops Move Into Central African Republic

Mide 1206 NYT/ Assault on Yemeni Defense Ministry Compound Kills 52: Assailants widely suspected of being members of Al Qaida carried out a two-pronged attack on Yemen’s heavily guarded Defense Ministry headquarters here on Thursday, blowing open an entrance to the compound with a car.

FBI 1206 CNN/ Russian diplomats charged in alleged Medicaid fraud scheme: Dozens of current and former Russian diplomats and their spouses were charged with participating in a nine-year fraud scheme that allegedly bilked the US.

East 1206 Fox/ Russian PM signals that Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot will not be covered by amnesty: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has hinted that members of punk band Pussy Riot, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in the upcoming amnesty.

Asia 1206 Telegraph/ North Korea – Kim Jong-un ‘preparing to purge aunt’: The ailing aunt of Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, may be the next senior member of the regime to fall victim to the blood letting that is gripping Pyongyang’s “old guard”.

Isr 1206 FT/ Israel shifts tactics over Iran nuclear talks: Israel is shifting its tactics over the Iran nuclear talks, moving from fierce public criticism of the Obama administration to private pressure about the next stage of the negotiations, according to US, Israeli and western officials.

West 1206 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/ Milan court convicts Egyptian of terror charges: An Egyptian cleric who had been kidnapped in Milan as part of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program has been convicted of terror charges by an Italian court.

Syr 1206 WP/ ll Syrian chemical weapons munitions destroyed: The international chemical weapons watchdog announced Friday it has verified the destruction of all of Syria’s unfilled munitions.

Afr 1206 UN/ CAR capital sees lull in fighting as French forces arrive: Fighting in the Central African Republic’s capital city of Bangui has been halted with the arrival of French troops, who took control of the airport. Many residents have fled to the airport in hopes of protection from armed groups.

FBI 1206 Truthout/ California Ships Prisoners Out of State to “Reduce” Its Prison Population: In response to a Supreme Court mandate to reduce its penitentiary population, California is shipping prisoners to private correctional facilities in Arizona, Oklahoma and Mississippi, far from friends and family.

7 DECEMBER 2013

Asia 1207 WP/ As Japan and China clash, their diplomats see little chance to talk it out: Vice President Biden urged Japan and China last week to set up “effective channels of communication” to avoid a dangerous escalation in their increasingly fraught dispute over maritime territory.

Egy 1207 Bloomberg/ Egypt court reduces heavy sentences against Islamist women protesters: Egyptian authorities released Saturday two dozen Islamist women and girls convicted for staging a street protest after an appeals court reduced their harsh penalties, including prison terms of 11 years, to suspended sentences.

Mide 1207 AFP/ Yemen says defence complex attackers mostly Saudi: Militants who carried out a brazen day-light assault on the Yemeni defence ministry that killed 56 people were mostly Saudis, investigators said on Saturday.

East 1207 NYT/ Behind Scenes, Ukraine’s Rich and Powerful Battle Over the Future: Protesters may be staging anti-government rallies, but behind the scenes an equally fierce tug-of-war is being waged among a small group of ultra-wealthy businessmen.

FBI 1207 National Radio Project/ 2013 – The Year the Prison System Changed?: Years of campaigning for basic human rights for people caught up in America’s criminal justice system may finally be paying off. 2013 saw significant changes from sentencing reform, to drug policy, to how people are treated behind bars.

8 DECEMBER 2013

Eco* 1208 NYT/ JPMorgan Tabulated Business Linked to China Hiring [in corruption, capitalism and Communism are compatible]: Confidential documents offer the most detailed account yet of JPMorgan Chase’s “Sons and Daughters” hiring program in China, which has been at the center of a federal bribery investigation.

Isr 1208 NYT/ In an Israeli Plan, Bedouins See a Threat to Their Way of Life: After decades of discrimination and neglect, many Bedouins and their supporters see, in Israeli offers of jobs, education and homes, a plot to destroy their way of life.

Spy 1208 WP/ NSA Morale Down After Edward Snowden Revelations, Former US Officials Say

9 DECEMBER 2013

East 1209 NYT/ Protesters in Kiev Topple Lenin Statue as Rallies Grow: Protests in Ukraine’s capital, which have grown for two weeks and seemed to reach new heights Sunday, show the depth of rage at Ukraine’s president, who has few palatable options to defuse the country’s crisis.

Asia 1209 NYT/ South Korea Announces Expansion of Its Air Defense Zone: The move creates a military air patrol region that overlaps with zones declared by Japan and China at a time of heightened tensions over disputed territory in the region.

Spy 1209 NYT/ A Senator Plans Legislation to Narrow Authorities’ Cellphone Data Requests: The carriers are shown to turn over records thousands of times a day in response to police emergencies, subpoenas and other requests.

Spy 1209 NYT/ Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users: Eight major companies, led by Google and Microsoft, are calling for tighter controls on surveillance of their customers’ data by governments worldwide.

Asia 1209 BBC/ Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called an election after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.

East 1209 USA Today/ Crackdown fears grip Ukraine protests: Pro-European Union protesters occupying Kiev’s city administration building braced Monday for a confrontation with riot police.

Asia 1209 Bloomberg/ Singapore Warns on Violence after Riot in Indian District: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has ordered an inquiry into Singapore’s first riot in four decades as tensions rise over the reliance on foreign workers in the city state.

Mide 1209 BBC/ Iraq violence – Cafe car bomb kills 11 in central town: A car bomb near a cafe in central Iraq has killed at least 11 people, officials say. The attack took place in the north-eastern town of Buhriz, 60km (40 miles) from the capital, Baghdad.

East 1209 Reu/ Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on Russia media: President Vladimir Putin tightened his control over Russia’s media on Monday by dissolving the main state news agency and replacing it with an organization that is to promote Moscow’s image abroad.

Egy 1209 Reu/ Leader of Egypt’s Brotherhood [Mohamed Badie] appears in court: The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood appeared in court on Monday for the first time since he was arrested in a state crackdown on the group following the army overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.

Amer 1209 Reu/ Venezuela’s Maduro to raise pressure on business after local vote: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his “economic offensive” to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won most votes in Sunday’s municipal elections.

Afr 1209 UN/ Rebel disarmament begins in CAR; UNICEF reports rise in child soldiers: French peacekeeping troops have begun to disarm Seleka rebels and other groups in the Central African Republic. Separately, UNICEF reports that the number of child soldiers in CAR increased during the past year to as many as 6,000.

Spy 1209 ProPublica/ World of Spycraft – NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games

Spy 1209 Salon/ NSA Seeks a Few Brave Interns – Spy Agency Recruiting Students as Young as 15

10 DECEMBER 2013

Eco 1210 NYT/ Rule That Curbs Bank Risk-Taking Nears Approval: Five federal agencies are expected to vote to approve the Volcker Rule on Tuesday, representing a potential shift in the balance of power in financial reform.

Spy* 1210 NYT/ Spies Infiltrate a Fantasy Realm of Online Games / Video – World of Spycraft [the rather naive approach of these two articles forgets that terrorists have used multiple-player games to leave secret messages and plan attacks, so it would be a mistake for intelligence agencies if they did not infiltrate the game world]: American and British spies have infiltrated online fantasy games, fearing that militants could use them to communicate, move money or plot attacks, documents show. / One of the most extraordinary things revealed in the documents disclosed by Edward J. Snowden is the surveillance of video games like World of Warcraft by Western spy agencies.

Asia 1210 NYT/ Public Ouster in North Korea Unsettles China: As North Koreans watched the unusual spectacle of Jang Song-thaek’s arrest on television, Chinese leaders were concerned about the loss of one of their major links to the leadership of the North.

East* 12010 NYT/ Without Notice, Putin Dissolves a News Agency [just like in the West in the business world, the argument was “it’s less expensive”]: The decision to dissolve RIA Novosti, along with its international radio broadcaster, came as a complete surprise and signaled a major state media reorganization in Russia.

East 1210 NYT/ Ukraine’s Forces Move Against Protesters, Dimming Hopes for Talks: Ominous new action by Ukraine’s security forces included a raid on an opposition party’s headquarters, as Western officials grasped for a way to defuse the country’s intensifying political crisis.

FBI 1210 NYT/ US Charges 18 Sheriff’s Officers in Inquiry Into Misconduct at Los Angeles Jails: The 18 were accused of excessive use of force and obstruction of justice as part of a sprawling investigation into allegations of misconduct and abuse of inmates in county jails.

DOD 1210 NYT/ Navy Secretary Expands Review of Supply Contracts: Amid an inquiry into bribery in the Pacific, Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered an examination of how the service awards contracts around the globe.

DOD 1210 NYT/ Negotiators Reach Compromise on Defense Bill [a little for Democrats (protection from sexual assault) and a little for the GOP (Guantanamo continues)]: A final agreement on a Pentagon policy bill would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and keep open the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Asia 1210 Hindustan Times/ Uneasy China hopes for stability, friendly relations with North Korea after purge: China on Tuesday said it hopes for friendly relations with and wants stability in the secretive regime of North Korea days after a powerful leader considered close to Beijing was purged from the party and government two days ago.

Afr 1210 Euronews/ Two French soldiers killed during conflict in the Central African Republic

Eco 1210 NYT/ Defective Breast Implant Sales Draw Prison Term for French Executive: A court in Marseille, France sentenced the founder of a French company on Tuesday to four years in prison for selling hundreds of thousands of defective breast implants in more than 65 countries.

East 1210 CBC/ George Clooney supports Ukrainian protesters in video: Actor George Clooney released a video Tuesday voicing his support for the Ukrainian protesters who have been on the streets of Kyiv for over two weeks, protesting their government’s decision to become part of a closer alliance with Russia.

Amer 1210 Bloomberg/ Uruguay Vote May Augur First State-Regulated Cannabis Market: Uruguay will probably become the first country in the world to legalize the sale of marijuana as the Senate today is poised to give final approval to a bill presented by President Jose Mujica.

Asia 1210 Ind/ UK – Sikh gang jailed over attack on retired Indian army general Kuldip Singh Brar: A retired Indian army general welcomed long prison sentences handed to four Sikh extremists on Tuesday who attacked him in central London in retaliation for his leadership of a military operation against the Golden Temple of Amritsar 29 years ago.

Afr 1210 UN/ Violence flares up in Central African Republic: A clash between French troops and rebels in the Central African Republic left two French soldiers dead around midnight on Monday. Starting this week, African Union troops from Burundi will be airlifted to CAR to help with the disarmament of rebel groups, according to US defense officials.

Asia 1210 UN/ Thai protesters dismiss call to join election process

Syr 1210 The Nation/ Seymour Hersh Claims Intel on Syria Chemical Attack Was Cooked – Critics Dispute

11 DECEMBER 2013

Pol 1211 NYT/ Capitol Leaders Agree to a Deal on the Budget: The deal, while modest in scope, amounts to a cease-fire in the budget wars that have debilitated Washington since 2011.

East 1211 NYT/ Police Push Into Kiev Square as Crisis Grows: Security forces early Wednesday stormed the central plaza in Kiev where protesters have been rallying against the government of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

Pol 1211 NYT/ With Filibuster Threat Gone, Senate Confirms Two Presidential Nominees: But Republicans vowed to keep making the confirmation process as time-consuming and painful as possible for Democrats.

Eco 1211 NYT/ Late Summer Meeting Gave Urgency to Regulators on Volcker Rule: The so-called Volcker Rule, an effort to rein in risk-taking after the financial crisis, received approval after a laborious and contentious negotiation.

East 1211 Fox/ Ukraine police stand down after clashing with defiant protesters: Several thousand police in riot gear pulled back after clashing with protesters in the central square of the Ukrainian capital Wednesday following an overnight confrontation in which police scuffled with demonstrators as they dismantled barricades.

Amer 1211 Daily Mail/ Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at Mandela’s memorial: The gesture seemed to show another small step toward rapprochement between the US and Cuba, raising hopes the two nations could be on the verge of a breakthrough in relations.

Amer 1211 Fox/ Uruguay approves world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana: Uruguay has become the first country to create a national marketplace for legal marijuana, with the government regulating the production, sales and use of pot in a bold bid to control addiction and drug violence.

Iran 1211 Reu/ Iran commander suggests foreign min stay out of military affairs-report: The commander of Iran’s elite revolutionary guards force, Mohammad Jafari, has suggested the nation’s foreign minister stay out of military affairs in a growing debate over comments by the minister that indicated Iran was weak.

Afgh 1211 Hindustan Times/ Karzai heads to India, wants military equipment: Afghanistan is pressing India to supply military helicopters, tanks and artillery as it tries to shore up security through regional alliances before the withdrawal of most NATO-led foreign troops by the end of 2014.

Iran 1211 UN/ IAEA, Iran to discuss agency’s inspection of uranium mine

Afr 1211 UN/ AU drums up support for peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic: Burundi has confirmed it is sending troops to assist with peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republic, with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo discussing their participation in the African Union mission, says Erastus Mwencha, AU deputy chairperson. Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande defended French troop deployment to “avoid carnage” in the CAR.

Afr 1211 UN/ UN launches peacekeeping missions to rout Somali and Rwandan rebels: The United Nations is launching two peacekeeping efforts in Africa. One, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, seeks to quell disturbances by Rwandan FDLR insurgents operating near the border. A mission in Somalia is aimed at areas held by al-Shabab rebels.

Syr 1211 UN/ Syrian rebel rivalries lead to halt in nonlethal aid from US, UK

Iran 1211 UN/ Gulf Cooperation Council cautiously welcomes Iran’s efforts at detente

Egy 1211 Aljazeera/ Judges resign in Egypt Brotherhood trial – Second set of three-judge panel in trial of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders resigns following disruptions: Three judges presiding over the trial of Egypt’s senior Muslim Brotherhood members have stepped down after the defendants disrupted the proceedings and chanted against the judiciary. § Wednesday’s events were the second time that a three-judge panel resigned from the trial. § Previously, on October 29, three other judges stepped down after police failed to bring defendants into the court, citing an inability to secure the courtroom. § The move was at the time seen as a criticism of the fairness of the proceedings. § Ranking Brotherhood figures, including the group’s leader, Mohammed Badie, and deputy Khairat el-Shater face charges of inciting the killing of peaceful demonstrators and attempted murder.

FBI 1211 Truthout/ From Top Cop to the Corporate Boardroom – Ex-Police Chiefs Spin Through: Present and former senior police officials including William J. Bratton, Howard Safir, Louis Anemone and David Snowden have joined the ranks of those revolving between lucrative corporate jobs and government service.

Spy 1211 CBC/ Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Global Spy Posts, Conducted Espionage for NSA

12 DECEMBER 2013

Asia 1212 Indian Express/ Bangladesh hangs top Jamaat leader over 1971 war crimes: Senior fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah was executed Thursday night for genocide during Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war, making him the first politician to be hanged for such crimes.

Mide 1212 Time/ Conflicting Reports After Drone Strike Hits Wedding Convoy in Yemen: An air strike reportedly killed at least 13 people traveling to a wedding in Yemen on Thursday, but there were conflicting reports about the number of casualties.

Pol 1212 USA Today/ Senate committee shelves new sanctions on Iran: The Senate Banking Committee shelved new Iran sanctions Thursday, giving the Obama administration the time it’s been asking for to seek a final deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

Syr 1212 RT/ Top Western-backed rebel commander denies reports of fleeing Syria

Asia 1212 USA Today/ Thai protesters cut power, water to PM’s offices: Anti-government protesters in Thailand cut off electricity to the prime minister’s office compound on Thursday while their leaders met with businesspeople to explain why they want to oust the caretaker government before upcoming elections.

Egy 1212 VOA/ Car Bomb Wounds 35 Egyptian Police in Ismailia: Around 35 Egyptian policemen were wounded when a car blew up near their base in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia on Thursday.

Afr 1212 CNN/ NGO [Medecins Sans Frontieres] slams UN work in Central African Republic: Medecins Sans Frontieres slammed the United Nations Thursday for what it said was an “unacceptable” humanitarian response to the crisis in the Central African Republic.

Isr 1212 JP/ Kerry back again, continues pushing Abbas, Netanyahu

Eco 1212 NYT/ Criminal Action Is Expected for JPMorgan in Madoff Case: Federal authorities and JPMorgan Chase are expected to settle charges over ties to Bernard L. Madoff, who operated a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme using an account at the bank.

Syr 1212 NYT/ US Suspends Nonlethal Aid to Syria Rebels: The decision, just a month before a peace conference that will seek an end to the grinding civil war in Syria, demonstrated again the frustrations of trying to cultivate a viable alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.

Env 1212 NYT/ FDA Restricts Antibiotics Use for Livestock: The move was a major shift that could have far-reaching implications for industrial farming and human health.

Pol 1212 NYT/ Bipartisan Budget Deal Puts Ryan under Fire from Fellow Conservatives: Some Republicans see Representative Paul D. Ryan as a pragmatic deal maker, but others see the deal as a betrayal and challenged his status as the thinking man’s conservative.

Eco* 1212 UN/ Illicit money outflows cost developing countries $946 billion annually, report says [money outflow could be used as a measurable definition of a “developing country”]: The money that poorer countries lose to corruption, fraud and other illegal outflows is 10 times greater than the development aid they receive, says a report from Global Financial Integrity, a financial watchdog group. In 2011, GFI says, developing countries lost $946.7 billion, an increase of 13.7% from the previous year.

Afr 1212 UN/ Platoons of Rwandan fighters giving up, UN force’s leader says: Fighters with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda are surrendering to United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kobler, leader of the United Nations mission, told the Security Council on Wednesday. “We have quite a number of surrenderees. A whole platoon every month is surrendering without fighting,” Kobler says.

Asia 1212 UN/ Thai military invites protest leader to Saturday meeting

FBI 1212 Truthout/ Here Lies America – Shot to Death, William Rivers Pitt: If a pill or a car or anything else was killing as many children a year as guns, there would be a national panic and a recall and bipartisan legislation in Congress to make sure it never happens again.

FBI 1212 Daily Beast/ The School Shootings You Didn’t Hear About – One Every Two Weeks Since Newtown

13 DECEMBER 2013

Asia 1213 ABC/ More Purges May Follow Execution in North Korea: The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle brought a swift and violent end to a man long considered the country’s second most powerful figure.

CIA 1213 NYT/ A Disappearing Spy, and a Scandal inside the CIA: Robert A. Levinson was an overweight bear of a man who once worked as an FBI agent and desperately wanted to recapture the life of international intrigue he relished as an expert on Russian organized crime. … Since his disappearance in March 2007, United States officials have publicly insisted that Mr. Levinson went to Iran as a private investigator working a cigarette smuggling case. In fact he was also a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency. As the real purpose of his mission became known within the government, it led to a scandal within the CIA in which three agency officials lost their jobs, for, in effect, using Mr. Levinson as part of an unauthorized spying operation. … After retiring, Levinson worked for several large investigative firms and then ran his own business from his home in Coral Springs, Fla. But he badly wanted a way back into government, and a CIA analyst named Anne Jablonski helped him out. § The two shared a specialty in Russian organized crime and were close friends. In emails, he called her “Toots” and signed off as “Buck.” § In 2006, Ms. Jablonski worked for a CIA unit called the Illicit Finance Group that produced reports on subjects like money-laundering and international corruption. In the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the CIA expanded greatly, hiring hundreds of outside contractors. § Mr. Levinson was thrilled when Ms. Jablonski told him in mid-2006 that he had been approved for a consulting contract.

CIA 1213 JTA/ American Jew [Robert Levinson] who vanished in Iran was on rogue CIA mission

CIA 1213 Fox/ American [Robert Levinson] missing in Iran reportedly on unapproved CIA mission

Env 1213 CSM/ A foot of snow in the Middle East – Rare storm brings delight and distress

Iran 1213 Reu/ US sanctions move angers Iran, Russia sees threat to nuclear deal: A breakthrough agreement to end the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program appeared to face its first major difficulty on Friday with Russia warning that expanding a US sanctions blacklist could “seriously” complicate its implementation. § Russia, which, along with the United States, is among the six world powers that negotiated the November 24 interim accord with Tehran, echoed Iran’s criticism by saying Washington’s decision violated the spirit of the deal.

Pak 1213 CNN/ Two men killed in attacks targeting Pakistan’s anti-polio program: Two men were killed Friday in attacks on polio teams and their police escorts in Pakistan, authorities said. A policeman was killed and another injured when unidentified gunmen fired on a polio security team in Swabi, in northwest Pakistan.

Spy 1213 NYT/ Obama Panel Said to Urge NSA Curbs: A presidential advisory committee’s recommendation of broad new restraints intended to increase privacy protections is a first sign that spying revelations may lead to changes.

FBI 1213 NYT/ Post-Katrina Police Prosecutions in New Orleans Face Setbacks: The convictions of five officers in connection with the shooting of unarmed individuals has been thrown out, and a former officer has been twice acquitted of killing an unarmed man.

Syr 1213 UN/ UN team corroborates chemical weapons use in Syria: Chemical weapons were used in five out of seven attacks in Syria, the United Nations investigation team confirmed in its report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday. The report didn’t assign responsibility for the attacks.

Amer 1213 Real News Network/ Uruguay Becomes First Country to Fully Legalize Marijuana: The Latin American country of Uruguay has become the first nation to fully legalize marijuana. Marijuana’s use was already permitted in Uruguay, but on Tuesday the country’s senate voted to also fully legalize its growth and sale.

Pol 1213 Progress Report/ The Worst – The 6 Worst Attacks on Reproductive Health in 2013: Yesterday, we discussed the latest GOP assault on reproductive rights: rape insurance in Michigan. § As we mentioned, 2013 has been another banner year for opponents of abortion rights, with at least 84 new anti-abortion measures enacted in states across the country. § Think Progress’ Tara Culp-Ressler rounds up the six worst attacks of the year in the GOP’s ongoing war on women: § 1. North Dakota and Arkansas approved the harshest abortion bans in the nation. … 2. Texas passed a sweeping law that’s forced one third of the state’s clinics to shut down. … 3. South Dakota, home to the nation’s longest abortion waiting period, extended it even further. … 4. Abortion opponents consistently refused to make exceptions for rape victims. … 5. Mississippi’s governor tried to end abortion for good in his state — and actually admitted what he was doing. … 6. State lawmakers pulled out all the stops to sneak through unpopular anti-choice laws.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 629, 16 December 2013

WORLD MEDIA – 30 NOVEMBER TO 13 DECEMBER 2013 REPORTS & SYNTHESIS

This number 629 issue covers 30 November-13 December 2013 and includes 20 pages of data, with 179 entries in 10,998 words, and 13 noteworthy entries marked *. Our format provides information by topic and then by chronological listing of media report titles. The numbers for this issue’s specific topics are: ASIA (31X, 0*, significantly up from 17X) – Troubles in North Korea, China & Thailand; AFRICA (Afr, 22X, 1*, significantly up from 12X) – CAR Instability & Mandela Dies; EASTERN EUROPE (East, 18X, 1*, up slightly from 14X) – Protests as Ukraine Turns East; US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 17X, 2*, stable) – Still Partisan Politics but Less; NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 16X, 1*, stable) – Mounting Opposition to NSA Policy; SYRIA (15X, 0*, up from 11X) – Rebel Rivalries as They Loose Steam; US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 14X, 1*, significantly up from 9X) – Gun Deaths & Some Bad Cops; MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 14X, 0*, stable) – Violence in Iraq, Yemen & Lebanon; ECONOMICS (Eco, 11X, 2*, significantly up from 2X) – Chopping Pensions & Volcker Rule; WESTERN EUROPE (West, 9X, 0*, down scientifically from 15X); IRAN (8X, 1*, significantly down from 18X); US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 7X, 3*, up from 2X); AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 7X, 0*, down significantly from 13X); EGYPT (Egy, 7X, 0*, stable); LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 7X, 0*, up from 4X); US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT (DOD, 5X, 1*, stable); ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 5X, 0*, down from 9X); PAKISTAN (Pak, 4X, 0*, down significantly from 12X); and ENVIRONMENT (Env, 3X, 0*, down significantly from 10X).

This issue’s significant entries are:

US Foreign Intelligence (CIA, 7X, 3*)
CIA* 1203 Gua/ Guantanamo Bay detainees claim Poland allowed CIA torture – Terror suspects subjected to extraordinary rendition tell European court of human rights they were waterboarded
CIA* 1203 Occupy.com/ Exposed – Globally Renowned Activist [Srdja Popovic] Collaborated with Intelligence Firm Stratfor [which collaborates closely with the CIA]
CIA* 1205 Truthout/ Hollywood without the Happy Ending – How the CIA Bungled the War on Terror, Pratap Chatterjee

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 17X, 2*)
Pol* 1204 The Nation/ Detroit Bankruptcy Bankrupts Democracy [Demos study criticizing bankruptcy politics]
Pol* 1205 NYT/ Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding [Bye bye pensions in the USA]

ECONOMICS (Eco, 11X, 2*)
Eco* 1212 UN/ Illicit money outflows cost developing countries $946 billion annually, report says [money outflow could be used as a measurable definition of a “developing country”]
Eco* 1208 NYT/ JPMorgan Tabulated Business Linked to China Hiring [in corruption, capitalism and Communism are compatible]

US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT (DOD, 5X, 1*)
DOD* 1205 AP/ US Will No Longer Report Guantanamo Hunger Strikes [so you’ll have to read the foreign press, as usual, but it’s not officially called “censorship”]

US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 14X, 1*)
FBI* 1204 Think Progress/ Police Handcuff White Girl Traveling with Black Male Dance Instructors [let’s no talk of “police state” when the cops simply just didn’t want to look at the available legal papers or follow authorized procedures like calling the parents]

NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 16X, 1*)
Spy* 1210 NYT/ Spies Infiltrate a Fantasy Realm of Online Games / Video – World of Spycraft [the rather naive approach of these two articles forgets that terrorists have used multiple-player games to leave secret messages and plan attacks, so it would be a mistake for intelligence agencies if they did not infiltrate the game world]

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 18X, 1*)
East* 12010 NYT/ Without Notice, Putin Dissolves a News Agency [just like in the West in the business world, the argument was “it’s less expensive”]

IRAN (8X, 1*)
Iran* 1202 NYT/ Iran’s Hard-Liners Keep Their Criticism of Nuclear Pact to Themselves [the last time Iranian hardliners and the GOP agreed on a Democrat president failure, there was a major covert operation and Reagan was elected]

AFRICA (Afr, 22X, 1*)
Afr* 1205 UN/ Security Council approves French forces for Central African Republic [just a little bit “after the fact”]

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 629, 16 December 2013

DATA ENTRIES BY TOPIC – 30 NOVEMBER 2013 TO 13 DECEMBER 2013

ASIA (31X, 0*) – Troubles in North Korea, China & Thailand
Asia 1120 Hindustan Times/ Security alert as Thai protesters seek PM’s downfall
Asia 1130 NYT/ Airlines Urged by US to Give Notice to China
Asia 1130 NYT/ Airlines Urged by US to Give Notice to China [over disputed islands]
Asia 1130 Reu/ China, India spar over disputed border
Asia 1201 LAT/ Thailand unrest grows as protesters attempt ‘people’s coup’
Asia 1202 BBC/ Thailand protests – PM rejects resignation demand
Asia 1202 G&M/ Chinese view Canadian naval spy charges with amusement, skepticism
Asia 1202 Hindustan Times/ Two dead in Bangladesh political violence
Asia 1202 NYT/ China Launches Moon Rover Mission
Asia 1202 NYT/ Thai Protests Turn Volatile as at Least 3 Are Shot Dead
Asia 1202 WP/ India’s anti-corruption party and its leader, Arvind Kejriwal, face first big test
Asia 1203 UN/ Thai demonstrators allowed to reach government buildings as tensions ease
Asia 1204 Ind/ North Korea – Kim Jong Un ‘sacks powerful uncle and has his aides executed’
Asia 1204 NYT/ Biden Backs Ally Japan but Avoids Roiling China
Asia 1204 NYT/ North Korea’s Leader Is Said to Oust Uncle in Power Play
Asia 1204 UN/ Thai government, protest leader can’t agree on conditions for talks
Asia 1205 BBC/ China, US and Britain – Tact needed as global power shifts
Asia 1206 NYT/ China Pressures US Journalists, Prompting Warning from Biden
Asia 1206 Telegraph/ North Korea – Kim Jong-un ‘preparing to purge aunt’
Asia 1207 WP/ As Japan and China clash, their diplomats see little chance to talk it out
Asia 1209 BBC/ Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election
Asia 1209 Bloomberg/ Singapore Warns on Violence after Riot in Indian District
Asia 1209 NYT/ South Korea Announces Expansion of Its Air Defense Zone
Asia 1210 Hindustan Times/ Uneasy China hopes for stability, friendly relations with North Korea after purge
Asia 1210 Ind/ UK – Sikh gang jailed over attack on retired Indian army general Kuldip Singh Brar
Asia 1210 NYT/ Public Ouster in North Korea Unsettles China
Asia 1210 UN/ Thai protesters dismiss call to join election process
Asia 1212 Indian Express/ Bangladesh hangs top Jamaat leader over 1971 war crimes
Asia 1212 UN/ Thai military invites protest leader to Saturday meeting
Asia 1212 USA Today/ Thai protesters cut power, water to PM’s offices
Asia 1213 ABC/ More Purges May Follow Execution in North Korea

AFRICA (Afr, 22X, 1*) – CAR Instability & Mandela Dies
Afr 1130 Reu/ South Africans call online for Zuma’s ouster after report on spending
Afr 1202 ABC/ Lawmakers Boot Somalia Prime Minister from Office
Afr 1202 WSJ/ UN to Deploy Surveillance Drones in Congo
Afr 1202 Xinhua/ Gunmen attack air force base in northeast Nigerian state
Afr 1203 Reu/ African troops kill senior LRA commander, Uganda says
Afr 1203 Reu/ UN – Ghana says Ivory Coast sent agents to kill exiles
Afr 1203 VOA/ Perceived Corruption High in Sub-Saharan Africa
Afr 1204 Africa Confidential/ Zimbabwe – Arms-for-minerals trade exposed
Afr 1204 UN/ Sectarian violence continues in Central African Republic
Afr 1205 AP/ 16 dead in fighting in C. African Republic capital
Afr 1206 BBC/ Nelson Mandela death – In his own words
Afr 1206 NYT/ Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95
Afr 1206 Time/ French Troops Move into Central African Republic
Afr 1206 UN/ CAR capital sees lull in fighting as French forces arrive
Afr 1209 UN/ Rebel disarmament begins in CAR; UNICEF reports rise in child soldiers
Afr 1210 Euronews/ Two French soldiers killed during conflict in the Central African Republic
Afr 1210 UN/ Violence flares up in Central African Republic
Afr 1211 UN/ AU drums up support for peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic
Afr 1211 UN/ UN launches peacekeeping missions to rout Somali and Rwandan rebels
Afr 1212 CNN/ NGO [Medecins Sans Frontieres] slams UN work in Central African Republic
Afr 1212 UN/ Platoons of Rwandan fighters giving up, UN force’s leader says
Afr* 1205 UN/ Security Council approves French forces for Central African Republic [just a little bit “after the fact”]

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 18X, 1*) – Protests as Ukraine Turns East
East 1130 CNN/ Ukraine police accused of violent crackdown on pro-EU protests
East 1201 CBC/ Ukraine riot police use gas, truncheons on protesters
East 1201 Renseignor-Deutsche Welle (1127)/ 29 persons suspected of ties with Al-Qaida arrested in Moscow
East 1202 CTV News/ Thousands besiege government building in Ukraine’s capital
East 1202 NYT/ Thousands Demand Resignation of Ukraine Leader
East 1203 JP/ Putin says Ukraine protests are ‘more of a pogrom than revolution’
East 1203 Reu/ Ukraine government survives in parliament while rage boils outside
East 1204 NYT/ Ukraine Protests Persist as Bid to Oust Government Fails
East 1206 Fox/ Russian PM signals that Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot will not be covered by amnesty
East 1207 NYT/ Behind Scenes, Ukraine’s Rich and Powerful Battle Over the Future
East 1209 NYT/ Protesters in Kiev Topple Lenin Statue as Rallies Grow
East 1209 Reu/ Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on Russia media
East 1209 USA Today/ Crackdown fears grip Ukraine protests
East 1210 CBC/ George Clooney supports Ukrainian protesters in video
East 1210 NYT/ Ukraine’s Forces Move Against Protesters, Dimming Hopes for Talks
East 1211 Fox/ Ukraine police stand down after clashing with defiant protesters
East 1211 NYT/ Police Push Into Kiev Square as Crisis Grows
East* 12010 NYT/ Without Notice, Putin Dissolves a News Agency [just like in the West in the business world, the argument was “it’s less expensive”]

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 17X, 2*) – Still Partisan Politics but Less
Pol 1130 NYT/ Abortion Cases in Court Helped Tilt Democrats against the Filibuster
Pol 1202 NYT/ USA – Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets
Pol 1203 Daily Kos/ California GOP Creates Fake Health Care Web Site to Discourage Constituents from Obtaining Insurance
Pol 1203 Progress Report/ Back on Offense – Today’s Obamacare Top 5
Pol 1203 WP/ The GOP might as well be dead [aka “the autopsy”]
Pol 1205 NYT/ Arizona Agency Is Faulted in Deaths of Firefighters
Pol 1205 NYT/ In Detroit Ruling, Threats to Promises and Assumptions
Pol 1205 PR watch/ New Guardian Docs Show ALEC Misled Press, Public
Pol 1205 Progress Report/ USA – Fast Food Strikes Sweep the Nation – Workers Fight for a Living Wage
Pol 1205 The Australian/ Pope Francis preaches Marxism, says Rush Limbaugh
Pol 1211 NYT/ Capitol Leaders Agree to a Deal on the Budget
Pol 1211 NYT/ With Filibuster Threat Gone, Senate Confirms Two Presidential Nominees
Pol 1212 NYT/ Bipartisan Budget Deal Puts Ryan under Fire from Fellow Conservatives
Pol 1212 USA Today/ Senate committee shelves new sanctions on Iran
Pol 1213 Progress Report/ The Worst – The 6 Worst Attacks on Reproductive Health in 2013
Pol* 1204 The Nation/ Detroit Bankruptcy Bankrupts Democracy [Demos study criticizing bankruptcy politics]
Pol* 1205 NYT/ Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding [Bye bye pensions in the USA]

NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 16X, 1*) – Mounting Opposition to NSA Policy
Spy 1130 The Atlantic/ The NSA’s Porn-Surveillance Program – Not Safe for Democracy – Its targets extend beyond suspected terrorists — and some rhetoric that the First Amendment would protect is singled out
Spy 1202 Gua/ Revealed – Australian spy agency offered to share data about ordinary citizens
Spy 1203 Daily Mail/ Alan Rusbridger – We love Britain as he defends Snodwen leaks
Spy 1203 UN/ Surveillance investigation launched by UN special rapporteur
Spy 1204 Care2/ US Government Has Secret Kill Switch for Communications
Spy 1204 Rolling Stone/ Snowden and Greenwald – The Men Who Leaked the Secrets – How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year
Spy 1205 NYT/ Documents Say Phones outside US Are Tracked
Spy 1205 The Hill/ Libraries fear ‘ravenous’ NSA – The nation’s libraries are backing legislation that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency
Spy 1208 WP/ NSA Morale Down After Edward Snowden Revelations, Former US Officials Say
Spy 1209 NYT/ A Senator Plans Legislation to Narrow Authorities’ Cellphone Data Requests
Spy 1209 NYT/ Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users
Spy 1209 ProPublica/ World of Spycraft – NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games
Spy 1209 Salon/ NSA Seeks a Few Brave Interns – Spy Agency Recruiting Students as Young as 15
Spy 1211 CBC/ Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Global Spy Posts, Conducted Espionage for NSA
Spy 1213 NYT/ Obama Panel Said to Urge NSA Curbs
Spy* 1210 NYT/ Spies Infiltrate a Fantasy Realm of Online Games / Video – World of Spycraft [the rather naive approach of these two articles forgets that terrorists have used multiple-player games to leave secret messages and plan attacks, so it would be a mistake for intelligence agencies if they did not infiltrate the game world]

SYRIA (15X, 0*) – Rebel Rivalries as They Loose Steam
Syr 1201 Reu/ Syrian helicopters drop ‘barrel bombs’ on rebel town, killing 20
Syr 1202 G&M/ Syria death toll hits nearly 126000, says monitoring group
Syr 1202 USA Today/ UN – Evidence shows Assad role in Syrian war crimes
Syr 1203 Bloomberg/ Mother superior – Nuns abducted by Syrian rebels
Syr 1203 UN/ Pillay – “Massive evidence” of crimes against humanity by Syrian government
Syr 1204 Truthout/ Syria’s Criminal Rebels
Syr 1204 UN/ Planning continues for Syrian peace talks; rebels face 3 fronts
Syr 1205 UN/ Syria – Chemical-weapons destruction plan moves ahead amid security concerns
Syr 1205 UN/ US contacts Syrian Islamist groups as Aleppo hit by rebel rocket attack
Syr 1206 WP/ ll Syrian chemical weapons munitions destroyed
Syr 1210 The Nation/ Seymour Hersh Claims Intel on Syria Chemical Attack Was Cooked – Critics Dispute
Syr 1211 UN/ Syrian rebel rivalries lead to halt in nonlethal aid from US, UK
Syr 1212 NYT/ US Suspends Nonlethal Aid to Syria Rebels
Syr 1212 RT/ Top Western-backed rebel commander denies reports of fleeing Syria
Syr 1213 UN/ UN team corroborates chemical weapons use in Syria

US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 14X, 1*) – Gun Deaths & Some Bad Cops
FBI 1201 NYT/ As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In
FBI 1201 NYT/ USA – Who Is Watching the Watch Lists
FBI 1204 NYT/ House Votes to Extend Gun Law without New Provisions for 3-D Printed Firearms
FBI 1206 CNN/ Russian diplomats charged in alleged Medicaid fraud scheme
FBI 1206 NYT/ Bratton to Lead New York Police for Second Time
FBI 1206 NYT/ Prosecutors Draw Fire for Sentences Called Harsh
FBI 1206 Truthout/ California Ships Prisoners Out of State to “Reduce” Its Prison Population
FBI 1207 National Radio Project/ 2013 – The Year the Prison System Changed?
FBI 1210 NYT/ US Charges 18 Sheriff’s Officers in Inquiry into Misconduct at Los Angeles Jails
FBI 1211 Truthout/ From Top Cop to the Corporate Boardroom – Ex-Police Chiefs Spin Through
FBI 1212 Daily Beast/ The School Shootings You Didn’t Hear About – One Every Two Weeks since Newtown
FBI 1212 Truthout/ Here Lies America – Shot to Death, William Rivers Pitt
FBI 1213 NYT/ Post-Katrina Police Prosecutions in New Orleans Face Setbacks
FBI* 1204 Think Progress/ Police Handcuff White Girl Traveling with Black Male Dance Instructors [let’s no talk of “police state” when the cops simply just didn’t want to look at the available legal papers or follow authorized procedures like calling the parents]

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 14X, 0*) – Violence in Iraq, Yemen & Lebanon
Mide 1201 AFP/ Iraq funeral suicide blast kills 12 after deadly month
Mide 1201 Renseignor-Radio Iran (1125)/ Israel intends to use Saudi bases for an attack against Iran
Mide 1202 Reu/ Iran says seeks stronger cooperation with Saudi Arabia
Mide 1203 NYT/ Kurds’ Oil Deals with Turkey Raise Fears of Fissures in Iraq
Mide 1204 ABC/ Assault on Office, Other Attacks Kill 24 in Iraq
Mide 1204 CBS/ Hezbollah blames Israel for assassination of commander Hassan al-Laqis in Beirut, Lebanon
Mide 1204 NYT/ Jihadist Groups Gain in Turmoil across Middle East [is this what the “Arab Spring” has engendered]
Mide 1205 CNN/ At least 30 killed when militants attack Yemen’s Defense Ministry
Mide 1205 NYT/ Major Hezbollah Figure, Tied to Syrian War, Is Assassinated Near Beirut
Mide 1205 Reu/ Coordinated attacks in northern Iraqi city kill 11, wound 70
Mide 1206 NYT/ Assault on Yemeni Defense Ministry Compound Kills 52
Mide 1207 AFP/ Yemen says defence complex attackers mostly Saudi
Mide 1209 BBC/ Iraq violence – Cafe car bomb kills 11 in central town
Mide 1212 Time/ Conflicting Reports after Drone Strike Hits Wedding Convoy in Yemen

ECONOMICS (Eco, 11X, 2*) – Chopping Pensions & Volcker Rule
Eco 1204 NYT/ Detroit Ruling on Bankruptcy Lifts Pension Protections
Eco 1204 NYT/ Illinois Legislature Approves Retiree Benefit Cuts in Troubled Pension System
Eco 1204 NYT/ Pension Ruling in Detroit Echoes West to California
Eco 1204 Truthout/ Pension Theft – Class War Goes to the Next Stage
Eco 1204 Yes Magazine/ The Facts Are in – Austerity Politics Doesn’t Work
Eco 1210 NYT/ Defective Breast Implant Sales Draw Prison Term for French Executive
Eco 1210 NYT/ Rule That Curbs Bank Risk-Taking Nears Approval
Eco 1211 NYT/ Late Summer Meeting Gave Urgency to Regulators on Volcker Rule
Eco 1212 NYT/ Criminal Action Is Expected for JPMorgan in Madoff Case
Eco* 1212 UN/ Illicit money outflows cost developing countries $946 billion annually, report says [money outflow could be used as a measurable definition of a “developing country”]
Eco* 1208 NYT/ JPMorgan Tabulated Business Linked to China Hiring [in corruption, capitalism and Communism are compatible]

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 9X, 0*)
West 1130 BBC/ France prostitution – MPs debate ban on paying for sex
West 1201 BBC/ Glasgow helicopter crash aftermath
West 1202 Euronews/ Croatia voters back ban on same-sex marriage
West 1203 NYT/ Fates of Brooks and Coulson in Tabloid Hacking Case Are Diverging
West 1204 BBC/ How Smithwick Tribunal into IRA collusion claims unfolded
West 1204 RTE/ Ireland – Taoiseach – Smithwick report findings ‘shocking’
West 1205 Bloomberg/ French Unemployment Rises to 16-Year High as Hollande Seeks Fix
West 1206 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/ Milan court convicts Egyptian of terror charges
West 1206 NYT/ Pope Setting Up Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests

IRAN (8X, 1*)
Iran 1130 Gulf News/ Iran president – Nuclear facilities non-negotiable
Iran 1201 CSM/ Nuclear deal signed, Iranians await economic rewards
Iran 1201 Hindustan Times/ Iran ‘will not abandon Arak heavy water reactor’
Iran 1211 Reu/ Iran commander suggests foreign min stay out of military affairs-report
Iran 1211 UN/ Gulf Cooperation Council cautiously welcomes Iran’s efforts at detente
Iran 1211 UN/ IAEA, Iran to discuss agency’s inspection of uranium mine
Iran 1213 Reu/ US sanctions move angers Iran, Russia sees threat to nuclear deal
Iran* 1202 NYT/ Iran’s Hard-Liners Keep Their Criticism of Nuclear Pact to Themselves [the last time Iranian hardliners and the GOP agreed on a Democrat president failure, there was a major covert operation and Reagan was elected]

US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 7X, 3*)
CIA 1130 NYT/ Recent Drone Strikes Strain US Ties with Afghanistan and Pakistan
CIA 1213 Fox/ American [Robert Levinson] missing in Iran reportedly on unapproved CIA mission
CIA 1213 JTA/ American Jew [Robert Levinson] who vanished in Iran was on rogue CIA mission
CIA 1213 NYT/ A Disappearing Spy, and a Scandal inside the CIA
CIA* 1203 Gua/ Guantánamo Bay detainees claim Poland allowed CIA torture – Terror suspects subjected to extraordinary rendition tell European court of human rights they were waterboarded
CIA* 1203 Occupy.com/ Exposed – Globally Renowned Activist [Srdja Popovic] Collaborated with Intelligence Firm Stratfor [which collaborates closely with the CIA]
CIA* 1205 Truthout/ Hollywood without the Happy Ending – How the CIA Bungled the War on Terror, Pratap Chatterjee

AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 7X, 0*)
Afgh 1130 LAT/ US Commander in Afghanistan Apologizes for Civilian Death, Injuries
Afgh 1130 WSJ/ Pakistan Leader in Kabul to Push Taliban Talks
Afgh 1130 WSJ/ Pakistan, Afghanistan Leaders Meet to Jump-Start Taliban Peace Talks
Afgh 1202 Miami Herald/ US pushes Afghan security pact before NATO meeting
Afgh 1202 UN/ Conditions in Afghanistan for aid workers worsen, UN official says
Afgh 1204 Reu/ USA – Support for Afghanistan at risk if security pact delayed further
Afgh 1211 Hindustan Times/ Karzai heads to India, wants military equipment

EGYPT (Egy, 7X, 0*)
Egy 1201 VOA/ Egypt Authorities Use Tear Gas to Clear Tahrir Square Protest
Egy 1202 UN/ Draft Egyptian constitution draws ire of Muslim Brotherhood
Egy 1205 Fox/ Prosecutors send 2 icons of Egypt’s 2011 revolution to trial [for allegedly assaulting policemen]
Egy 1207 Bloomberg/ Egypt court reduces heavy sentences against Islamist women protesters
Egy 1209 Reu/ Leader of Egypt’s Brotherhood [Mohamed Badie] appears in court
Egy 1211 Aljazeera/ Judges resign in Egypt Brotherhood trial – Second set of three-judge panel in trial of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders resigns following disruptions
Egy 1212 VOA/ Car Bomb Wounds 35 Egyptian Police in Ismailia

LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 7X, 0*)
Amer 1203 Truthout/ “Banana Republic” Honduras Open for Business after Tainted Election
Amer 1205 CBS/ Radioactive material recovered from stolen truck in Mexico
Amer 1209 Reu/ Venezuela’s Maduro to raise pressure on business after local vote
Amer 1210 Bloomberg/ Uruguay Vote May Augur First State-Regulated Cannabis Market
Amer 1211 Daily Mail/ Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at Mandela’s memorial
Amer 1211 Fox/ Uruguay approves world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana
Amer 1213 Real News Network/ Uruguay Becomes First Country to Fully Legalize Marijuana

US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT (DOD, 5X, 1*)
DOD 1130 NYT/ Scandal Widens over Contracts for Navy Work
DOD 1206 NYT/ Two Guantanamo Detainees Are Involuntarily Repatriated to Algeria
DOD 1210 NYT/ Navy Secretary Expands Review of Supply Contracts
DOD 1210 NYT/ Negotiators Reach Compromise on Defense Bill [a little for Democrats (protection from sexual assault) and a little for the GOP (Guantanamo continues)]
DOD* 1205 AP/ US Will No Longer Report Guantanamo Hunger Strikes [so you’ll have to read the foreign press, as usual, but it’s not officially called “censorship”]

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 5X, 0*)
Isr 1202 Times of India/ Israeli PM under fire for alleged pricey expenses
Isr 1205 Bloomberg/ US to Step up Iran Sanction Enforcement, Kerry Tells Netanyahu [so is Kerry lying to Israel or to Iran]
Isr 1206 FT/ Israel shifts tactics over Iran nuclear talks
Isr 1208 NYT/ In an Israeli Plan, Bedouins See a Threat to Their Way of Life
Isr 1212 JP/ Kerry back again, continues pushing Abbas, Netanyahu

PAKISTAN (Pak, 4X, 0*)
Pak 1202 UN/ Gunmen kill policeman guarding Pakistan polio team
Pak 1204 BBC/ US army halts shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan
Pak 1205 UN/ WHO – Pakistan polio cases at 72 this year, up from 2012’s 58 cases
Pak 1213 CNN/ Two men killed in attacks targeting Pakistan’s anti-polio program

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 3X, 0*)
Env 1205 Truthout/ New Deal Passed at UN Climate Summit in Warsaw Promotes Carbon Colonialism
Env 1212 NYT/ FDA Restricts Antibiotics Use for Livestock
Env 1213 CSM/ A foot of snow in the Middle East – Rare storm brings delight and distress

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 628, 2 December 2013

WORLD MEDIA – 16 NOVEMBER TO 29 NOVEMBER 2013 REPORTS & SYNTHESIS

This number 628 issue covers 16-29 November 2013 and includes 21 pages of data, with 218 entries in 11,944 words, and 27 noteworthy entries marked *. Our format provides information by topic and by chronological listing of media report titles. The numbers for this issue’s specific topics are: IRAN (Iran, 18X, 1*, previously 21X) – Initial Nuclear Negotiation Signed; NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 17X, 6*, down from 26X) – UN Resolution and NSA Spies on UKUSA Allies; POLITICS (Pol, US domestic politics, 17X, 5*, down significantly from 30X) – End to Senate Filibusters; ASIA (Asia, 17X, 0*, up from 12X) – China Claims Disputed Islands; MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 15X, 1*, up significantly from 8X) – Widespread Violence in Iraq; WESTERN EUROPE (West, 15X, 0*, previously 11X); EASTERN EUROPE (East, 14X, 0*, up significatnly from 7X) – Greenpeace, Ukraine Rejects Europe; AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 13X, 0*, which did not figure in our preceding issue); PAKISTAN (Pak, 12X, 2*, stable) – Haqqani Leader Killed, New Army Chief; AFRICA (Afr, 12X, 0*, down from 17X) – Central African Republic Becomes a Problem; SYRIA (Syr, 11X, 1*, up from 7X) – Refugee Crisis, Peace Talks; ENVIRONMENT (Env, 10X, 1*, previously 7X) – Typhoon Haiyan, US Tornadoes, Sardinia; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 9X, 4*, down from 13X) – More Settlements, anti-Iran Stance; FBI (FBI, US domestic security, 9X, 3*, down significantly from 17X) – More Shootings, Trouble with Cops; ECONOMICS (Eco, 8X, 2*, stable); EGYPT (Egy, 5x, 0*, down significantly from 14X) – Some Protests but Less Violence; DOD (Pentagon, 4X, 0*, previously 2X) – Navy Waste, Torture; LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 4X, 0*, stable) – Disputed Honduras Elections; TECHNOLOGY (Tech, Technology and Global Topics, 3X, 0*, stable); and CIA (CIA, US Foreign Intelligence, 2X, 0*, down from 5X). Our previous issue included “TORTURE (Tor, US torture policy, 4X, 2*) – Torture and Doctors – US torture policy is back again with this issue”, but the single Torture report in this issue was included in the DOD section.

This issue’s significant entries are:

NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 17X, 6*) – UN Resolution and NSA Spies on UKUSA Allies
Spy* 1119 Brennan Center for Justice/ What the Government Does with Americans’ Data
Spy* 1121 NYT/ United States Can Spy on Britons Despite Pact, NSA Memo Says [the secret UKUSA agreement, managed by the NSA and joining together these country’s spy services, was nonetheless used by the NSA to spy on its closest and most trusted partners’ citizens]
Spy* 1121 McClatchy/ Most of NSA’s data collection authorized by order Ronald Reagan issued
Spy* 1122 UN/ Draft surveillance and human rights resolution moves to General Assembly committee for vote [Snowden is winning and the NSA is losing, will the US vote “No”]
Spy* 1224 Fringe-Bruce Schneier (1010)/ The NSA’S new risk analysis [FoxAcid]
Spy* 1126 NYT/ NSA May Have Penetrated Internet Cable Links [since they can do it with deep underwater fiber-optic cables, why can’t they do it on land in the USA or elsewhere]

POLITICS (Pol, US domestic politics, 17X, 5*) – End to Senate Filibusters
Pol* 1116 Salon [Washington Post]/ Chomsky’s right – The New York Times’ latest big lie – More misleading half-truths from a paper too cowed by power and myth to tell the truth about US foreign policy [despite the fact that Chomsky’s right, it is interesting to note that Salon is more-or-less directly associated with NYT rival, the Washington Post, which is under up ownership and looking for a bigger chunk of the news market]
Pol* 1120 NYT/ Virginia Political Figure Stabbed as Son Takes Own Life, Police Say [more possible lack of health care victims]
Pol* 1121 Buzz Flash/ Harry Goes Nuclear – Enough of GOP Obstruction [Senate stops useless filibustering]
Pol* 1123 McClatchy/ New Senate Rules Won’t Cure All the Delay and Disharmony [but at least obstructionism has been negatively sanctioned]
Pol* 1126 NYT/ Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy [Obama versus the US military-industrial complex]

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 9X, 4*) – More Settlements and anti-Iran Stance
Isr* 1119 NYT/ Split on Accord on Iran Strains US-Israel Ties [the real “split” is whether or not Israel will dictate US Middle East policy while the US finances the very existence of Israel]
Isr* 1123 Foreign Policy in Focus/ Running Off to War – John Feffer explains the “messy origins of the Israel” [it’s in well-documented history books, but who reads them]
Isr* 1126 JP/ Netanyahu – Israel to send team to US to work on final Iran nuclear deal [Israel still trying to determine US foreign policy in the Middle East]
Isr* 1129 Foreign Policy in Focus/ Israel-Palestine – Enough Negotiations Already [why talk while armed takeovers go on]

FBI (FBI, US domestic security, 9X, 3*) – More Shootings and Troubel with Cops
FBI* 1116 Gua/ Jeremy Hammond – FBI directed my attacks on foreign government sites – Anonymous hacktivist told court FBI informant and fellow hacker Sabu supplied him with list of countries vulnerable to cyber-attack [FBI encouraging cyber attacks abroad when that’s CIA/NSA terrain]
FBI* 1117 Fringe-Salon (0710)/ [Only] 1% of terrorists caught by the FBI are real
FBI* 1120 Chronicle of Higher Education/ The American Police State – A sociologist interrogates the criminal-justice system, and tries to stay out of the spotlight

PAKISTAN (Pak, 12X, 2*) – Haqqani Leader Killed and New Army Chief
Pak* 1122 ABC/ Pakistan Doctor Who Helped CIA Charged With Murder [Pakistan is almost an Al Qaida nation]
Pak* 1123 Fox/ Hero Pakistani doc who helped get bin Laden hit with dubious murder charge [it’s quite logical when you consider that Pakistan is an Al-Qaida state]

ECONOMICS (Eco, 8X, 2*)
Eco* 1123 NYT/ US Retailers Decline to Aid Factory Victims in Bangladesh [money is money and you don’t pay it out if you don’t have to]
Eco* 1123 Too Much/ Switzerland – A Daring Bid to Stomp Out CEO Pay Excess

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 10X, 1*) – Typhoon Haiyan, US Tornadoes and Sardinia
Env* 1122 Gua/ Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions – Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show [when you get to “Naming Names”, that means things are getting serious]

IRAN (Iran, 18X, 1*) – Initial Nuclear Negotiation Signed
Iran* 1124 NYT/ Accord Reached With Iran to Halt Nuclear Program

SYRIA (Syr, 11X, 1*) – Refugee Crisis and Peace Talks
Syr* 1122 Reu/ Six [probably Sunnite] Islamist factions unite in largest Syria rebel merger [since the Sunnite majority of Syria considers Assad, Alawites, Christians and Druze has infidels, they will be massacred if they loose the civil war]

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 15X, 1*) – Widespread Violence in Iraq
Mide* 1118 Gua/ UN report detailing Taliban fighter deaths warns of force’s illicit funding – Report estimates 12,000 rebels are thought to have been killed, captured or wounded

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 628, 2 December 2013

DATA ENTRIES BY TOPIC – 16 NOVEMBER 2013 TO 29 NOVEMBER 2013

IRAN (Iran, 18X, 1*) – Initial Nuclear Negotiation Signed
Iran 1116 IPS/ Obama Gets More Time for Iran Nuclear Deal
Iran 1116 NYT/ Compromise May Be Near for Iran Nuclear Deal, US Official Says
Iran 1118 G&M/ Iran unveils ‘biggest drone yet,’ capable of 30-hour flight
Iran 1118 IPS/ Iran – Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at “Last Moment”
Iran 1119 Reu/ Iran says [it] sees good chance of success at Geneva nuclear talks
Iran 1120 UN/ Negotiators hope deal can be reached on Iran’s nuclear program
Iran 1120 USA Today/ Iran calls Israel ‘rabid dog’ amid nuclear talks
Iran 1121 UN/ Enrichment remains sticking point in Iran nuclear negotiations
Iran 1122 UN/ Iran – Nuclear discussions make headway, but no agreement yet
Iran 1123 LAT/ Iran nuclear deal appears imminent
Iran 1123 NYT/ Iran Would Eliminate Stock of Some of Its Enriched Uranium Under Deal
Iran* 1124 NYT/ Accord Reached With Iran to Halt Nuclear Program
Iran 1124 CNN/ Three-decade gridlock broken – The nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva
Iran 1125 Time/ Not Everyone’s Happy – Hardliners in Iran Criticize Geneva Nuclear Deal
Iran 1125 UN/ What’s in the Iran nuclear deal
Iran 1127 AP/ Iran deal gives UN more – but not full – overview
Iran 1129 AFP/ Iran nuclear freeze ‘to start by January’
Iran 1129 NYT/ UN Nuclear Inspectors Invited to Iranian Facility

NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 17X, 6*) – UN Resolution and NSA Spies on UKUSA Allies
Spy 1117 McClatchy/ German Expose of America’s “Secret War” Attracts Quick, Strong US Rebuttal
Spy* 1119 Brennan Center for Justice/ What the Government Does with Americans’ Data
Spy 1119 NYT/ Congress and Courts Weigh Restraints on NSA Spying
Spy 1119 NYT/ Latest Release of Documents on NSA Includes 2004 Ruling on Email
Spy* 1121 NYT/ United States Can Spy on Britons Despite Pact, NSA Memo Says [the secret UKUSA agreement, managed by the NSA and joining together these country’s spy services, was nonetheless used by the NSA to spy on its closest and most trusted partners’ citizens]
Spy* 1121 McClatchy/ Most of NSA’s data collection authorized by order Ronald Reagan issued
Spy* 1122 UN/ Draft surveillance and human rights resolution moves to General Assembly committee for vote [Snowden is winning and the NSA is losing, will the US vote “No”]
Spy 1122 BBC/ Tim Berners-Lee says ‘surveillance threatens web’
Spy 1123 NYT/ NSA Report Outlined Goals for More Power
Spy 1123 NYT/ Twitter Toughening Its Security to Thwart Government Snoops
Spy* 1224 Fringe-Bruce Schneier (1010)/ The NSA’S new risk analysis [FoxAcid]
Spy 1124 Fringe-Gua (1025)/ Memos – GCHQ feared legal challenge
Spy 1124 Fringe-Le Monde (1025)/ NSA’s intern inquiry about the Elysee hacking
Spy* 1126 NYT/ NSA May Have Penetrated Internet Cable Links [since they can do it with deep underwater fiber-optic cables, why can’t they do it on land in the USA or elsewhere]
Spy 1127 UN/ Resolution on electronic surveillance moves to UN General Assembly for vote
Spy 1128 Daily Mail/ Canada let NSA spy on G8 and G20 Ontario summits during week-long operation in 2010
Spy 1129 NYT/ Ire in Canada Over Report NSA Spied From Ottawa

POLITICS (Pol, US domestic politics, 17X, 5*) – End to Senate Filibusters
Pol* 1116 Salon [Washington Post]/ Chomsky’s right – The New York Times’ latest big lie – More misleading half-truths from a paper too cowed by power and myth to tell the truth about US foreign policy [despite the fact that Chomsky’s right, it is interesting to note that Salon is more-or-less directly associated with NYT rival, the Washington Post, which is under up ownership and looking for a bigger chunk of the news market]
Pol 1116 Truthout/ Lyme Disease Community Blows the Whistle on Corruption Within the CDC [Centers for Disease Control]
Pol 1118 USA Today/ Toronto council meets to strip mayor of more powers
Pol 1120 NYT/ Albuquerque Voters Defeat Anti-Abortion Referendum
Pol 1120 Progress Report/ 4.8 Million Denied Coverage – The Republican Coverage Gap
Pol* 1120 NYT/ Virginia Political Figure Stabbed as Son Takes Own Life, Police Say [more possible lack of health care victims]
Pol* 1121 Buzz Flash/ Harry Goes Nuclear – Enough of GOP Obstruction [Senate stops useless filibustering]
Pol 1121 Progress Report/ Nuked – Filibuster Showdown Ends in Huge Victory – Great news
Pol 1121* NYT/ GOP Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law [obstruction as a leading policy]
Pol 1122 History News Network/ 11/22 – The Day “Truth” Died – The most important fact about the JFK assassination is that, after 50 years, the debate about what really happened that day in Dealey Plaza goes on with no end in sight
Pol 1122 NYT/ Democracy Returns to the Senate – For five years, Senate Republicans have refused to allow confirmation votes on dozens of perfectly qualified candidates nominated by President Obama for government positions
Pol 1122 NYT/ In Landmark Vote, Senate Limits Use of the Filibuster
Pol 1122 NYT/ Partisan Fever in Senate Likely to Rise
Pol* 1123 McClatchy/ New Senate Rules Won’t Cure All the Delay and Disharmony [but at least obstructionism has been negatively sanctioned]
Pol 1125 Consortium/ Iran Nuke Pact Defies the Neocons
Pol 1126 NYT/ As Homeless Line Up for Food, Los Angeles Weighs Restrictions
Pol* 1126 NYT/ Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy [Obama versus the US military-industrial complex]

ASIA (Asia, 17X, 0*) – China Clams Disputed Islands
Asia 1116 NYT/ China to Ease Longtime Policy of 1-Child Limit
Asia 1117 BBC/ China police station attack leaves 11 dead
Asia 1117 BBC/ Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa defiant on rights row
Asia 1117 Indian Express/ Abdulla Yameen, who fought on Islam plank, wins Maldives’ Presidential run-off
Asia 1117 Indian Express/ David Cameron – Will seek international rights probe if Lanka fails
Asia 1117 WP/ Brother of Maldives’ former strongman sworn in as president after close runoff victory
Asia 1123 BBC/ China establishes ‘air-defence zone’ over East China Sea
Asia 1124 NYT/ China Claims Air Rights Over Disputed Islands
Asia 1126 Business Standard/ 5 killed in violence as BNP enforces blockade in Bangladesh
Asia 1126 Times of India/ India – Tehelka sexual assault case – Woman journalist willing to record statement
Asia 1126 WP/ Indian parents get life for killing teen, [and Nepalese] butler
Asia 1127 NYT/ US Sends Two B-52 Bombers Into Air Zone Claimed by China
Asia 1127 Reu/ US affirms support for Japan in island dispute with China
Asia 1128 Fox/ Philippines rejects China’s newly declared air defense zone as endangering [aviation]
Asia 1128 NYT/ After Challenges, China Appears to Backpedal on Air Zone
Asia 1129 NYT/ China Patrols Air Zone Over Disputed Islands
Asia 1129 VOA/ Thai Protesters Storm Army HQ Seeking Military Support

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 15X, 1*) – Widepread Violence in Iraq
Mide 1117 ABC/ Thousands of Syrian Refugees Flood Into Lebanon
Mide* 1118 Gua/ UN report detailing Taliban fighter deaths warns of force’s illicit funding – Report estimates 12,000 rebels are thought to have been killed, captured or wounded
Mide 1119 BBC/ Lebanon blasts hit Iran’s embassy in Beirut
Mide 1119 UN/ 23 dead in suicide attacks at Iranian Embassy in Lebanon
Mide 1120 CNN/ Bombings in Baghdad kill dozens
Mide 1120 NYT/ Beirut Bombs Strike at Iran as Assad’s Ally
Mide 1120 UN/ Multiple attacks in Baghdad leave 80 injured, 37 dead
Mide 1121 WP/ Rising violence in Iraq – A wave of attacks has swept across Iraq since April, with sectarian violence reaching levels unseen since the country teetered on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.
Mide 1122 ABC/ New Attacks Across Iraq Kill at Least 16
Mide 1125 CNN/ Explosions, shootings around Iraq kill 19
Mide 1126 NYT/ US and Saudis in Growing Rift as Power Shifts
Mide 1126 UN/ Bomb attacks across Iraq leave at least 27 dead
Mide 1127 Xinhua/ 14 killed, 30 wounded in attacks against security forces in Iraq
Mide 1128 Reu/ Suicide bombers kill 14 in attacks on army bases near Baghdad
Mide 1129 Bloomberg/ 18 Sunnis kidnapped in Iraq later found shot dead

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 15X, 0*)
West 1117 BBC/ Italy split spells setback for Berlusconi
West 1118 ABC/ Photographer Shot at French Newspaper Office
West 1119 Ind/ Paris shooting – As police hunt ‘polite’ gunman after Libération attack, locals try their best to remain calm
West 1120 ABC/ Photographer Shot at French Newspaper Office
West 1120 Telegraph/ Church of England votes overwhelmingly for women bishops
West 1121 BBC/ Profile – Abdelhakim Dekhar harks back to violent French past
West 1121 NYT/ 3 Women, Said to Be Held 30 Years, Rescued From London Home
West 1122 NYT/ Rescued London Women Say They Were Held 30 Years
West 1125 CTV/ London slavery suspects identified, search expands
West 1126 NYT/ Scotland Unveils ‘Landmark Document’ on Independence from Britain
West 1127 USA Today/ Italy Senate expels three-time ex-Premier Berlusconi
West 1128 Telegraph/ On EU migrants, David Cameron is making promises he can’t keep
West 1129 BBC/ France prostitution – MPs debate ban on paying for sex
West 1129 Bloomberg/ UK Soldier’s Killers Wanted Public to See ‘Barbarous Act’
West 1129 USA Today/ German policeman linked to cannibalism

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 14X, 0*) – Greenpeace and Ukraine Rejects Europe
East 1117 WP/ Georgia inaugurates philosopher as president, ending era of Saakashvili
East 1118 Reu/ Russian court grants bail to one of 30 arrested for Greenpeace protest
East 1119 Euronews/ Russia – Three Russians granted bail, while Australian has custody extended in Greenpeace case
East 1120 BBC/ Greenpeace Arctic – Russia bails captain and Britons
East 1121 Bloomberg/ Ukraine Pivots to Russia With Last-Minute Freeze of EU Deal Plan
East 1122 WP/ Russia – 29 of 30 Greenpeace activists granted bail
East 1123 NYT/ Ukraine Blames IMF for Halt to Agreements With Europe
East 1123 Reu/ UN maritime court tells Russia to free Greenpeace ship
East 1125 ABC/ Tymoshenko on Hunger Strike to Push for EU Deal
East 1125 BBC/ Greenpeace activist Frank Hewetson says oil rig protests will continue
East 1127 NYT/ Ukraine in Turmoil After Leaders Reject Major EU Deal
East 1128 BBC/ ‘Armed Islamists’ arrested in Moscow raids
East 1128 Economic Times/ Charges [criminal negligence] filed against former Russian defense chief Anatoly Serdyukov
East 1129 Telegraph/ Europe accuses Russia of bullying Ukraine into pulling out of EU trade deal

AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 13X, 0*)
Afgh 1116 NYT/ Deadly Bomb Strikes Kabul Near Where Elders Are to Debate Security Pact
Afgh 1117 NYT/ Deadly Kabul Bombing Sends Message on Security Pact Vote
Afgh 1120 NYT/ Afghans Demand That US Admit Military Errors
Afgh 1120 Reu/ Afghanistan-US reach draft security agreement
Afgh 1120 Reu/ Afghan-US security pact in limbo on eve of crucial debate
Afgh 1121 BBC/ US and Afghanistan clash on timetable for security pact
Afgh 1124 BBC/ Afghanistan elders seek US security pact signing in 2013
Afgh 1125 Bloomberg/ Karzai Resists Signing US Accord as Susan Rice Visits
Afgh 1126 WSJ/ US Hardens Threat to Leave Afghanistan With No Troops
Afgh 1127 NYT/ Afghanistan – Karzai’s Bet – US Is Bluffing in Warning on Security Pact
Afgh 1128 VOA/ Karzai Says Will Not Sign US Security Pact Now
Afgh 1129 LAT/ US commander in Afghanistan apologizes for civilian death, injuries
Afgh 1129 NYT/ Afghan Leader Lashes Out at US Allies After NATO Drone Strike

PAKISTAN (Pak, 12X, 2*) – Haqqani Leader Killed and New Army Chief
Pak 1117 BBC/ Pakistan imposes curfew in Rawalpindi after clashes
Pak 1120 Foreign Policy/ At least seven Pakistani Taliban fighters killed by militant in North Waziristan
Pak 1120 Thegardenisland.com/ Afghan officials in Pakistan to meet Taliban
Pak 1121 Pakistan Daily Times/ Haqqani leader among six killed in drone attack on Hangu madrassa
Pak 1121 Truthout/ Pakistan – Does a 2011 Terrorist Episode Foreshadow the Talibanization of Sindh
Pak* 1122 ABC/ Pakistan Doctor Who Helped CIA Charged With Murder [Pakistan is almost an Al Qaida nation]
Pak* 1123 Fox/ Hero Pakistani doc who helped get bin Laden hit with dubious murder charge [it’s quite logical when you consider that Pakistan is an Al-Qaida state]
Pak 1124 BBC/ Pakistan tribal elders in talks to free polio workers
Pak 1124 Bloomberg/ Pakistani protesters search for NATO supply trucks
Pak 1127 The Hindu/ General Raheel Sharif new chief of Pak Army
Pak 1128 Indian Express/ Profile – Achievements and failures of retiring Pak Army chief Kayani
Pak 1128 NYT/ Party Claims It Identified Top CIA Spy in Pakistan

AFRICA (Afr, 12X, 0*) – Central African Republic Becomes a Problem
Afr 1117 BBC/ Rival Libya militias in fresh clashes near Tripoli
Afr 1119 UN/ Attack on Somali police leaves at least 28 dead
Afr 1119 UN/ UN readies for potential precipitous decline in Central African Republic
Afr 1121 BBC/ Joseph Kony – US doubts LRA rebel leader’s surrender
Afr 1121 CNN/ Libyan militias hand over Tripoli bases to government
Afr 1122 UN/ CAR situation deteriorating rapidly; France sees genocide risk
Afr 1125 ABC/ Clashes in Libyan City of Benghazi Kill 9
Afr 1126 BBC/ UN – Central African Republic ‘descending into chaos’
Afr 1126 NYT/ Militia in Benghazi Flees After Deadly Gun Battle
Afr 1129 AFP/ France changes envoy to C. Africa ahead of military action
Afr 1129 AP/ Weapon cache blast, attack kill 13 in Libya
Afr 1129 WAND/ Rights group – Extremists abduct females in Nigeria

SYRIA (Syr, 11X, 1*) – Refugee Crisis and Peace Talks
Syr 1117 NYT/ Syrian Government’s Forces Gain, but a Siege War Goes On
Syr 1118 Telegraph/ Syrian rebel leader killed in Assad air strike
Syr* 1122 Reu/ Six [probably Sunnite] Islamist factions unite in largest Syria rebel merger [since the Sunnite majority of Syria considers Assad, Alawites, Christians and Druze has infidels, they will be massacred if they loose the civil war]
Syr 1122 BBC/ Leading Syrian rebel groups form new Islamic Front
Syr 1124 NYT/ Syria Seen as Most Dire Refugee Crisis in a Generation
Syr 1124 Fox/ Activists – Clashes as rebels push to break Syrian government siege near Damascus leave 70 dead
Syr 1125 VOA/ UN Says Syria Peace Talks Set for January
Syr 1126 G&M/ Free Syrian Army rejects ceasefire, won’t attend Geneva talks
Syr 1127 AFP/ Iran, Turkey call for ceasefire before Syria talks
Syr 1128 Reu/ Syrian opposition to attend Geneva peace conference
Syr 1129 NYT/ Disillusionment Grows Among Syrian Opposition as Fighting Drags On

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 10X, 1*) – Typhoon Haiyan, US Tornadoes and Sardinia
Env 1116 CBS/ Typhoon Haiyan safe haven helped protect neighborhood’s residents in Philippines
Env 1116 NYT/ Japan Backs Off From Emissions Targets, Citing Fukushima Disaster
Env 1117 BBC/ Aid agencies say typhoon shows need for action on climate change
Env 1118 NYT/ Scores of Tornadoes Slam Midwest States
Env 1119 NYT/ Power Still Out for Thousands After Tornadoes Pound Midwest
Env 1119 NYT/ Storm Brings Flooding and Destruction to Sardinia
Env 1120 America Blog/ Fukushima – High-Risk TEPCO Work at Reactor 4 Has Started
Env 1120 CNN/ Storm kills at least 16 on Italian island of Sardinia, two missing
Env 1122 UN/ Typhoon death toll tops 5,200 as disaster [negatively] highlights US food aid policy
Env* 1122 Gua/ Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions – Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show [when you get to “Naming Names”, that means things are getting serious]

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 9X, 4*) – More Settlements and anti-Iran Stance
Isr 1117 Renseignor-Radio Iran (1111)/ According to As-Sair, Hezbolla has infiltrated the Israeli military eavesdropping Unit 8200
Isr* 1119 NYT/ Split on Accord on Iran Strains US-Israel Ties [the real “split” is whether or not Israel will dictate US Middle East policy while the US finances the very existence of Israel]
Isr 1121 NYT/ Raw Sewage and Anger Flood Gaza’s Streets as Electricity Runs Low
Isr 1121 Times of India/ Israeli media – Netanyahu Moscow visit falls flat
Isr* 1123 Foreign Policy in Focus/ Running Off to War – John Feffer explains the “messy origins of the Israel” [it’s in well-documented history books, but who reads them]
Isr 1125 CSM/ Why Netanyahu is wrong about Iran nuclear deal
Isr 1125 WP/ Israel pushes forward with settlement plans
Isr* 1126 JP/ Netanyahu – Israel to send team to US to work on final Iran nuclear deal [Israel still trying to determine US foreign policy in the Middle East]
Isr* 1129 Foreign Policy in Focus/ Israel-Palestine – Enough Negotiations Already [why talk while armed takeovers go on]

FBI (FBI, US domestic security, 9X, 3*) – More Shootings and Trouble with Cops
FBI 1116 NYT/ USA – Murder Charge in a Shooting on Doorstep
FBI* 1116 Gua/ Jeremy Hammond – FBI directed my attacks on foreign government sites – Anonymous hacktivist told court FBI informant and fellow hacker Sabu supplied him with list of countries vulnerable to cyber-attack [FBI encouraging cyber attacks abroad when that’s CIA/NSA terrain]
FBI* 1117 Fringe-Salon (0710)/ [Only] 1% of terrorists caught by the FBI are real
FBI 1117 Democracy Now/ USA – Jailed for Life for Stealing a $159 Jacket? 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Crimes
FBI 1119 Rutherford Institute/ Who’s to Blame for Battlefield America – Is It Militarized Police or the Militarized Culture
FBI* 1120 Chronicle of Higher Education/ The American Police State – A sociologist interrogates the criminal-justice system, and tries to stay out of the spotlight
FBI 1120 NYT/ In Places Like North St. Louis, Gunfire Still Rules the Night
FBI 1124 NYT/ USA – Two Gunshots on a Summer Night [police and domestic violence]
FBI 1129 Consortium/ Cop’s History an Issue in Toy-Gun Slaying

ECONOMICS (Eco, 8X, 2*)
Eco 1116 ITT/ Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] Opponents Score Major Victory – This week, 174 House members declared their opposition to fast-tracking the free-trade agreement
Eco 1118 Truthout/ Europe Progresses Toward a Financial Transaction Tax
Eco 1119 Gua/ The Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty Is the Complete Opposite of “Free Trade”
Eco 1121 Buzz Flash/ Revolving Door Sham – J.P. Morgan CFO Admits $7 Billion of DOJ Settlement Is Tax-Deductible
Eco 1122 Buzz Flash/ Crime Advocates – US Chamber of Commerce Supports International Business Bribery
Eco* 1123 NYT/ US Retailers Decline to Aid Factory Victims in Bangladesh [money is money and you don’t pay it out if you don’t have to]
Eco* 1123 Too Much/ Switzerland – A Daring Bid to Stomp Out CEO Pay Excess
Eco 1127 NYT/ IMF Shifts Its Approach to Bailouts

EGYPT (Egy, 5x, 0*) – Some Protests but Less Violence
Egy 1117 VOA/ Egypt Prepares New Constitution
Egy 1120 Houston Chronicle/ Suicide car bomber kills 11 soldiers in Egypt
Egy 1123 BBC/ Egypt expels Turkish ambassador
Egy 1125 BBC/ Egypt protests – New law condemned as ‘repressive’
Egy 1127 UN/ Constitution-drafting panelists in Egypt protest arrest of activists

DOD (Pentagon, 4X, 0*) – Waste and Torture
DOD 1121 NYT/ Navy Was Warned of Contractor at Center of Bribery Inquiry
DOD 1126 Yahoo/ Want to Cut Government Waste – Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can’t Account For
DOD 1128 NYT/ Navy Suspends 2nd Contractor After Evidence of Overbilling
DOD 1129 Truthout/ Military Commissions Stuck on Torture

LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 4X, 0*) – Honduras Disputed Elections
Amer 1125 WP/ Honduras election sparks competing claims of victory, fraud
Amer 1127 Truthout/ Violence Against Demonstrators Follows Contested Result in Honduras Elections
Amer 1128 AFP/ Hernandez declared winner of disputed Honduras vote
Amer 1129 Truthout/ Memory and Repression in El Salvador

TECHNOLOGY (Tech, Technology and Global Topics, 3X, 0*)
Tech 1117 Renseignor-Radio Iran (1112)/ According to Kaspersky, the Stuxnet computer virus infected the security system of a Russian nuclear power plant
Tech 1117 Renseignor-Radio Iran 1112)/ The British GCHQ electronic espionage service has used false LinkedIn profiles to spy on Belgacom
Tech 1120 Aljazeera/ Is BP “Trolling” Its Facebook Critics

CIA (CIA, US Foreign Intelligence, 2X, 0*)
CIA 1117 NYT/ A Russian GPS Using US Soil Stirs Spy Fears
CIA 1126 AP/ [At Guantanamo] Penny Lane – Gitmo’s Other Secret CIA Facility

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 628, 2 December 2013

DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 16 NOVEMBER 2013 TO 29 NOVEMBER 2013

IRAN SIGNS NUCLEAR AGREEMENT, UN TEXT ON NSA, CHINA & ISLANDS
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