“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 631, 20 January 2014, summary version

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 631, 20 January 2014

WORLD MEDIA – 4 JANUARY 2014 TO 17 JANUARY 2014 REPORTS & SYNTHESIS

This issue number 631, covers 4 January to 17 January 2014 and includes 28 pages of data, with 297 entries in 15,403 words, and 26 noteworthy entries marked *. This format provides information by topic and then by chronological listing of media report titles.  With this issue, Iraq reappears as a separate topic, independent of the Middle East topic. Also, the two previously separate topics, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are now regrouped as a single topic under the heading Paf. The numbers for this issue’s specific topics are: ASIA (Asia, 30X, 0*, stable) – Cambodia & Thailand Protests; AFRICA (Afr, 28X, 0*, down significantly from 54X) – CAR & South Sudan Violence, Tunisia Calm; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 24X, 6*, stable) – No Talks & More Colonies and Violence; US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 24X, 0*, stable) – Christie Mishaps; , IRAQ (Iraq, 20X, 0*, not a theme in the previous issue) – Government & Tribes Fight Al Qaida; US NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 19X, 4*, down significantly from 33X) – NSA Spying Didn’t Stop Terrorists; SYRIA (Syr, 19X, 4*, up significantly from 10X) – Rebels Fight Al-Qaida & Assad; PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (Paf, 19X, 3*, up from combined 7X for Pakistan and Afghanistan) – 10-year-old kamikaze & teenage hero; US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 18X, 3*, down significantly from 23X) – Stealing FBI Files & Indian Diplomat; WESTERN EUROPE (West, 16X, 1*, stable) – Hollande’s Women & France’s Bad Comics; ENVIRONMENT (Env, 13X, 0*, up from 8X) – WV Spill, Arctic Vortex & Aussie Heat Wave; MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 12X, 1*, down from 34X but which included also Iraq) – Lebanon Violence & Turkish Cops Fired; EGYPT (Egy, 9X, 1*, down significantly from 20X) – Violence & Protests as Constitution Passes; IRAN (Iran, 9X, 0*, stable) – More US-Iran Dealing; US FOREIGN INTEL (CIA, 7X, 1*, stable) – Wash. Post, DEA Dealing & Water Boarding; US DEPT OF DEFENSE (DOD, 7X, 0*, stable) – Gitmo Anniversary; ECONOMICS (Eco, 6X, 2*, down from 12X) – Chase Deal, More Fines & No Marijuana; EASTERN EUROPE (East, 6X, 0*, down significantly from 24X) – Ukraine Protests & Sochi Olympics; TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL TOPICS (Tech, 6X, 0, stable) – Net Neutrality, Censors & Pedophiles; and LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 4X, 0*, down significantly from 12X).

Again in this issue, it should be stressed that the dominant topics such as Asia and Africa, and important conflicts such as Iraq and Iran have no significant entries during the past tow weeks, clearly indicating that the noted problems and violence are not unexpected or out of the ordinary, unfortunately.
 
This issue’s 26 significant entries are:

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 24X, 6*) – No Talks & More Colonies and Violence
Isr* 0106 Fox/ Kerry faces pushback after floating role for terror sponsor Iran in Syria talks [why doesn’t Kerry pushback against new Israeli colonies while he’s in Israel “negotiating for peace” with Palestinians]
Isr* 0107 JP/ Poll – Netanyahu can stand up to US [and why not to the world]
Isr* 0112 NYT/ Another Academic Group Considers Israel Censure [it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop]
Isr* 0114 Daily Mail/ Ariel Sharon’s burial alongside his wife disturbed by two rockets fired by militants in nearby Gaza – Missiles fired minutes after the former prime minister was buried
Isr* 0114 Xinhua/ Palestinians reject Israeli “incitement” against Abbas [the Israeli government doesn’t like it that Palestinians protest against continued colonization of their land]
Isr* 0115 JTA/ Attack on West Bank mosque is third price tag incident in a week

US NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 19X, 4*) – NSA Spying Didn’t Stop Terrorists
Spy* 0107 Consortium/ NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong – In a memo to President Obama, former National Security Agency insiders explain how NSA leaders botched intelligence collection and analysis before 9/11, covered up the mistakes, and violated the constitutional rights of the American people, all while wasting billions of dollars and misleading the public [it’s worse than Snowden reveals at the NSA]
Spy* 0109 The Hill/ DoJ Files Motion To Block Release of NSA Info [isn’t the DoJ supposed to protect American’s rights]
Spy* 0113 WP/ Report Suggests NSA Surveillance Has Not Stopped Terrorism [it looks like another Church Committee is on its way]
Spy* 0116 Fringe-New America Foundation (0113)/ Does NSA’s bulk surveillance stop terrorists (Full report)

SYRIA (Syr, 19X, 4*) – Rebels Fight Al-Qaida & Assad
Syr* 0105 LAT/ Al Qaida-linked group routed in Syrian rebel infighting [could somebody be helping the less extremist elements]
Syr* 0107 Press TV/ US cannot ‘exclude’ Iran from Geneva talks on Syria [but will Israel let the US let in Iran]
Syr* 0108 NYT/ Saudis Back Syrian Rebels Despite Risks [backing uncontrollable jihadists is almost normal Saudi policy]
Syr* 0108 UN/ Syrian rebels [non-jihadists] capture [jihadist] militants’ base in town of Aleppo [it’s the new terminology being used to distinguish between armed Muslim groups]

PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (Paf, 19X, 3*) – 10-year-old kamikaze & teenage hero
Paf* 0106 Ind/ Ten-year-old girl apprehended trying to carry out suicide bomb attack [perhaps an indication of jihadist weakness or lack of more reliable bombers]
Paf* 0107 NDTV/ 10-year-old, allegedly intended as suicide bomber, rescued in Afghanistan [a possible case of brotherly love by Taliban warlord]
Paf* 0117 Reu/ Pakistani city is world’s biggest reservoir of polio viruses [should jihadists be proud of this unique situation in the world]

US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 18X, 3*) – Stealing FBI Files & Indian Diplomat
FBI* 0107 NYT/ Burglars Who Took on FBI Abandon Shadows – Burglars who broke into an FBI field office in 1971 and stole files that revealed the extent of the bureau’s surveillance of political groups are only now revealing their identities, Mark Mazzetti
FBI* 0109 Hindustan Times/ Devyani Khobragade indicted in New York, but flies home with diplomatic immunity [why do the Feds do such ridiculous things that go against US interests and worry about a single housekeeper’s pay when huge numbers of Mexican legal and illegal workers are in much worse situations]
FBI* 0117 NYT/ Ohio Execution Using Untested Drug Cocktail Renews the Debate over Lethal Injections [a technical debate but not a debate on lethal penalties]

ECONOMICS (Eco, 6X, 2*) – Chase Deal, More Fines & No Marijuana
Eco* 0112 NYT/ Banks Say No to Marijuana Money, Legal or Not [bank off-shore like the corporations do]
Eco* 0113 NYT/ Wall Street Predicts Banks Will Have to Cough Up $50 Billion for Their Role in the 2008 US Mortgage Crisis [but will anyone go to jail for the illegal behavior involved with this]

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 16X, 1*) – Hollande’s Women & France’s Bad Comics
West* 0115 BBC/ Actress linked to Hollande ‘blocked from culture jury’ [it’s not your normal “conflict of interests” case]

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 12X, 1*) – Lebanon Violence & Turkish Cops Fired
Mide* 0107 NYT/ Hundreds of Police Officers Reassigned in Turkey [after purging the military, the islamist government want to purge the police]

EGYPT (Egy, 9X, 1*) – Violence & Protests as Constitution Passes
Egy* 0112 Al Arabiya/ Egypt hits 3-year high as Sisi signals may run for president [world markets just don’t back islamists]

US FOREIGN INTEL (CIA, 7X, 1*) – Wash. Post, DEA Dealing & Water Boarding
CIA* 0106 Politico/ I Could Have Stopped Water boarding before It Happened – An exclusive account from the CIA’s former top lawyer [John Rizzo]

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 631, 20 January 2014

DATA ENTRIES BY TOPIC – 4 JANUARY 2014 TO 17 JANUARY 2014

ASIA (Asia, 30X, 0*) – Cambodia & Thailand Protests,

Asia 0104 CTV/ Gang rape, killing of teenager in India sparks outrage
Asia 0104 NYT/ Workers Face Police Gunfire amid Unrest in Cambodia
Asia 0104 Xinhua/ Scores of polling centers torched ahead of Bangladesh elections
Asia 0105 NYT/ Cambodia Cracks Down on Protest with Evictions and Ban on Assembly
Asia 0105 Renseignor-Radio Japan (0103)/ Interpol is going to set up a cyber crime investigation department in Singapore
Asia 0105 Reu/ India – Building collapse kills 11 in Goa, many feared trapped
Asia 0105 Telegraph/ At least 13 killed in Bangladesh election violence
Asia 0105 The Australian/ Hun Sen moves to suppress Cambodian opposition
Asia 0106 Fox/ China destroys 6 tons of illegal ivory
Asia 0106 WSJ/ Stampede at Mosque in Northern China Kills 14
Asia 0107 Asia Times/ China sticks to collision course
Asia 0107 Fox/ Aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un believed dead, report says
Asia 0107 VOA/ Thai Opposition Protesters Rally Support for ‘Bangkok Shutdown’
Asia 0108 ABC/ South Korean garment industry urged Cambodia to act on striking workers
Asia 0108 Ahram Online/ Thailand to deploy 15000 police, troops for ‘shutdown’
Asia 0109 UN/ Tribal clashes kill at least 16 in northeastern India
Asia 0110 WP/ Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law
Asia 0111 CNN/ Violence fears as Thailand braces for protesters’ ‘Bangkok shutdown’
Asia 0113 IPD/ Fashion Backward – Cambodian Government Silences Garment Workers
Asia 0113 NYT/ Antigovernment Protesters Try to Shut down Bangkok
Asia 0113 The Hindu/ Sheikh Hasina keeps Home, Foreign Affairs, Defence portfolios
Asia 0113 UN/ WHO prepares to declare India polio-free
Asia 0113 Xinhua/ China warns against provocative action by Japan on Diaoyu Islands
Asia 0114 Pattaya Mail/ Thailand – Protest leader adamant on not joining talks with caretaker govt
Asia 0115 UN/ Anti-government protesters in Thailand bring city to standstill
Asia 0116 BBC/ India police seek more suspects in Danish woman rape case
Asia 0116 NYT/ Chinese Activists Test New Leader and Are Crushed
Asia 0116 NYT/ School in India Ensnared in US Diplomatic Spat
Asia 0116 Reu/ Thai graft body to probe rice subsidies, adding to PM’s woes
Asia 0116 WP/ Thailand’s anti-democracy protests should provoke a harsh rebuke from the US
Asia 0117 CSM/ What does Bangkok explosion mean for antigovernment protests

AFRICA (Afr, 28X, 0*) – CAR & South Sudan Violence, Tunisia Calm

Afr 0104 Care2/ Children Beheaded as Violence Engulfs the Central African Republic
Afr 0105 BBC/ South Sudan general killed in ambush
Afr 0106 Fox/ Half of Central African Republic’s people displaced, need aid
Afr 0107 UN/ 50% of CAR’s population needs help, UN envoy tells Security Council
Afr 0108 UN/ DR Congo troops clash with rebels, with at least 26 deaths
Afr 0108 UN/ Impasse over political prisoners stalls South Sudan peace talks
Afr 0109 LAT/ Tunisian government steps down ahead of elections and amid protests
Afr 0109 UN/ CAR president’s fate discussed; EU to consider deploying troops
Afr 0110 BBC/ South Sudan army urges civilians to leave Bentiu
Afr 0110 NYT/ Tunisia’s Premier Resigns, Formally Ending His [islamist] Party’s Rule
Afr 0110 Times of Oman/ C. African president’s fate in balance as parliament, regional leaders meet
Afr 0110 UN/ CAR officials resign following pressure from African leaders
Afr 0110 UN/ Oil town retaken by South Sudan troops – US may withdraw aid
Afr 0110 VOA/ Kenya Airstrike in Somalia Kills 30 Al-Shabab Fighters
Afr 0111 Gulf News/ South Sudan troops fight to wrest final rebel stronghold
Afr 0111 NYT/ Central African Leader’s Exit Sets Off Rejoicing in the Streets
Afr 0111 SMH/ US has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say
Afr 0113 UN/ Despite weekend violence, reports of a calmer Central African Republic
Afr 0115 NYT/ Scores Die in Ferry Accident as They Flee Violence in South Sudan
Afr 0115 UN/ 8,000 rebel fighters have surrendered in DR Congo, UN official says
Afr 0115 UN/ CAR faces “mega-crisis,” OCHA official says; rights violations alleged
Afr 0115 UN/ South Sudan fighting continues on 2 fronts
Afr 0116 ABC/ Ugandan Troops Join South Sudan Fight
Afr 0116 UN/ Genocide risk seen for Central African Republic, UN official says
Afr 0116 UN/ Ugandan troops are assisting South Sudan military to quell rebels
Afr 0117 Africa Confidential/ South Africa – Poll shock alarms ANC
Afr 0117 Gulf News/ United Nations warns of ‘genocide’ in CAR
Afr 0117 Time/ Ugandan President Blocks Anti-Gay Bill

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 24X, 6*) – No Talks & More Colonies and Violence

Isr 0104 Consortium/ Israel Lobby Takes Aim at Iran Deal
Isr 0106 Arab News/ African migrants seek world help in second day of protests
Isr* 0106 Fox/ Kerry faces pushback after floating role for terror sponsor Iran in Syria talks [why doesn’t Kerry pushback against new Israeli colonies while he’s in Israel “negotiating for peace” with Palestinians]
Isr 0106 USA Today/ Israel promotes 272 more settlement apartments
Isr* 0107 JP/ Poll – Netanyahu can stand up to US [and why not to the world]
Isr 0107 Truthout/ Does Tea Party Hero Mike Lee Really Want a War with Iran?
Isr 0108 JP/ ‘Price tag’ attack in West Bank following prevented lynch of settlers
Isr 0108 Xinhua/ Official – Palestinian killed in Israeli drone strike in Gaza
Isr 0110 JP/ Israel publishes tenders for 1,401 homes over 1967 lines
Isr 0110 USA Today/ Israel says it will build new homes in West Bank
Isr 0111 USA Today/ Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies
Isr 0111 WSJ/ Palestinians Reject Peace Deal Excluding East Jerusalem as Future Capital
Isr* 0112 NYT/ Another Academic Group Considers Israel Censure [it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop]
Isr 0112 Renseignor-Radio Iran (0110)/ According the Israeli army journal “Bamahane”, one out of every five immigrant in Israel has been recruited by Israeli intelligence
Isr 0112 Renseignor-Radio Iran (0111)/ Hezbollah hackers managed to penetrate Israeli aviation Internet servers
Isr* 0114 Daily Mail/ Ariel Sharon’s burial alongside his wife disturbed by two rockets fired by militants in nearby Gaza – Missiles fired minutes after the former prime minister was buried
Isr* 0114 Xinhua/ Palestinians reject Israeli “incitement” against Abbas [the Israeli government doesn’t like it that Palestinians protest against continued colonization of their land]
Isr 0114 Fox/ Israeli police pull over Palestinian prime minister’s convoy in West Bank for speeding
Isr* 0115 JTA/ Attack on West Bank mosque is third price tag incident in a week
Isr 0115 Daily Star/ Israel’s Yaalon risks isolation after Kerry slur
Isr 0116 Bloomberg/ Israel’s Netanyahu Goes to Jordan for Secret Talks with King
Isr 0116 NYT/ Israel’s Efforts to Limit Use of Holocaust Terms Raise Free-Speech
Isr 0116 Xinhua/ Israel launches air raids after rocket attack from Gaza
Isr 0117 AP/ Israel summons European envoys for protest

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 24X, 0*) – Christie Mishaps

Pol 0104 NYT/ Access to Abortion Falling as States Pass Restrictions
Pol 0104 NYT/ Justices Are Asked to Reject Nuns’ Challenge to Health Law
Pol 0105 NYT/ New York State Is Set to Loosen Marijuana Laws
Pol 0107 Daily Take/ The Republican Sabotage of America [Obamacare]
Pol 0108 ABC/ Obama ‘can’t stand Karzai’, lacks faith in Afghan war strategy, former US defence secretary Robert Gates says
Pol 0108 NYT/ Biography Casts Critical Light on Fox News Chief [Roger Ailes]
Pol 0108 NYT/ Bipartisan Critic Turns His Gaze toward Obama
Pol 0108 NYT/ Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered
Pol 0109 NYT/ Christie’s Carefully Devised, No-Nonsense Image in Peril
Pol 0109 Progress Report/ A Traffic Study? – 10 Must-Read Stories On the Christie Bridge Scandal
Pol 0110 Buzz Flash/ Millionaires Are Now the Majority in Congress – The 1% Literally Rule Us
Pol 0110 NYT/ ‘Very Sad’ Chris Christie Extends Apology in Bridge Scandal
Pol 0111 NYT/ US to Recognize 1,300 Marriages Disputed by Utah
Pol 0113 CNN/ Chris Christie Being Investigated for Allegedly Diverting Millions in Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds to Pay for TV Ads Starring Himself
Pol 0113 NYT/ Where Free Speech Collides with Abortion Rights
Pol 0114 NYT/ Another Mayor Felt Christie-Tied Reprisal [it looks like ‘Bye Bye” Christie presidential hopes]
Pol 0114 NYT/ Christie Faces Audit over Use of Hurricane Relief Money
Pol 0114 NYT/ With Ruling, Funds to Aid Desegregation in Arkansas Are Ended
Pol 0114 Progress Report/ USA – 9 Million Covered – The Latest Numbers Are In [Obamacare]
Pol 0115 Gua/ New York Agrees to $18 Million Settlement with 2004 Republican National Convention Protesters
Pol 0115 NYT/ Ads Attacking on Health Law Stagger Outspent Democrats
Pol 0116 NYT/ Benghazi Attack Called Avoidable in Senate Report
Pol 0116 NYT/ Federal Judge Upholds Health Care Subsidies
Pol 0116 NYT/ In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

IRAQ (Iraq, 20X, 0*) – Government & Tribes Fight Al Qaida

Iraq 0104 USA Today/ Al-Qaida sweep in Iraq cities revives battleground
Iraq 0105 ABC/ Bombings Kill 20 in Iraq’s Capital, Baghdad
Iraq 0105 NYT/ Qaida-Linked Militants in Iraq Secure Nearly Full Control of Falluja
Iraq 0105 USA Today/ Bombings kill 20 in Baghdad as Iraq violence surges
Iraq 0105 USA Today/ Iraqi tribes taking lead in fight to evict al-Qaida
Iraq 0106 Fox/ Why Americans cannot detach from what’s happening in Iraq
Iraq 0106 LAT/ Iraq – Maliki calls on Iraqis to expel Al Qaida from Anbar or face attack
Iraq 0106 NYT/ Iraqis Make Gains against Militants in Key City
Iraq 0107 Gua/ US Steps Up Iraq Weapons Shipments as Violence Surges
Iraq 0107 WP/ Kerry says US will help Iraq against al-Qaida but won’t send troops back in
Iraq 0108 NYT/ In Iraqi City under Siege, More Support for Militants than Officials
Iraq 0109 UN/ 13 Iraqi army recruits killed by suicide bomber, dozens injured
Iraq 0109 USA Today/ Progress against militants may avoid large offensive
Iraq 0112 RFE/ Car Bombs Kill More Than a Dozen in Baghdad
Iraq 0112 USA Today/ US war gains in Iraq now lost or threatened
Iraq 0113 UN/ Car bomb kills 9 at bus station in Iraqi capital
Iraq 0113 UN/ Iraqi prime minister shifts position, now backs tribal militias
Iraq 0115 Reu/ Bomb attacks kill 59 in Iraq, PM seeks world’s support
Iraq 0115 UN/ 62 killed in 2 bomb attacks in Iraq
Iraq 0116 Bloomberg/ Iraq’s Maliki Seen as Flawed Champion to Fight Al-Qaida

US NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 19X, 4*) – NSA Spying Didn’t Stop Terrorists

Spy 0104 Computer World/ Surveillance Court Renews NSA Phone Records Program
Spy 0104 NYT/ Court Grants Secrecy for Memo on Phone Data
Spy 0104 Portside/ Newspapers Push for Snowden Pardon
Spy 0105 NYT/ Moves to Curb Spying Help Drive the Clemency Argument for Snowden
Spy 0106 NYT/ Senators Differ Sharply on Penalty for Snowden
Spy* 0107 Consortium/ NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong – In a memo to President Obama, former National Security Agency insiders explain how NSA leaders botched intelligence collection and analysis before 9/11, covered up the mistakes, and violated the constitutional rights of the American people, all while wasting billions of dollars and misleading the public [it’s worse than Snowden reveals at the NSA]
Spy 0108 Care2/ The NSA Is Hacking Our Hardware Too
Spy 0108 Truthout/ New California Legislation Seeks to Thwart NSA Spying
Spy* 0109 The Hill/ DoJ Files Motion To Block Release of NSA Info [isn’t the DoJ supposed to protect American’s rights]
Spy 0110 NYT/ Obama Seeks Balance in Plan for Spy Programs
Spy 0112 Gua/ NSA Makes Final Push to Retain Most Mass Surveillance Powers
Spy* 0113 WP/ Report Suggests NSA Surveillance Has Not Stopped Terrorism [it looks like another Church Committee is on its way]
Spy 0113 Consortium/ The NSA’s Preference for Metadata, Kirk Wiebe
Spy 0113 Tom Dispatch/ You Can’t Opt Out – 10 NSA Myths Debunked, Peter Van Buren
Spy 0115 NYT/ NSA Devises Radio Pathway into Computers
Spy 0115 NYT/ Obama to Place Some Restraints on Surveillance
Spy* 0116 Fringe-New America Foundation (0113)/ Does NSA’s bulk surveillance stop terrorists (Full report)
Spy 0116 Truthout/ Washington State Bill Proposes Criminalizing Help to NSA, Turning off Resources to Yakima Facility
Spy 0117 The Australian/ US spies see 200 million texts a day

SYRIA (Syr, 19X, 4*) – Rebels Fight Al-Qaida & Assad

Syr 0104 NYT/ Qaida-Linked Insurgents Clash with Other Rebels in Syria, as Schism Grows
Syr 0104 Reu/ Syrian rebel alliance battles al Qaida-linked fighters
Syr* 0105 LAT/ Al Qaida-linked group routed in Syrian rebel infighting [could somebody be helping the less extremist elements]
Syr* 0107 Press TV/ US cannot ‘exclude’ Iran from Geneva talks on Syria [but will Israel let the US let in Iran]
Syr 0107 Bloomberg/ Syria Rebel Infighting Erupts on Rising al-Qaida Influence
Syr 0107 UN/ Rebels in Syria have executed 34 foreign militants, rights group says
Syr* 0108 NYT/ Saudis Back Syrian Rebels Despite Risks [backing uncontrollable jihadists is almost normal Saudi policy]
Syr* 0108 UN/ Syrian rebels [non-jihadists] capture [jihadist] militants’ base in town of Aleppo [it’s the new terminology being used to distinguish between armed Muslim groups]
Syr 0108 NYT/ Qaida Group Leader in Syria Suggests Islamic Court to End Rebel
Syr 0108 UN/ First chemical-weapons shipment moves out of Syria
Syr 0109 UN/ Russia blocks third try by Security Council to condemn Syrian government airstrikes
Syr 0110 VOA/ Dozens of Syrian Rebels Killed in Besieged Homs
Syr 0113 NYT/ Syria Rebels Turn against Most Radical Group Tied to Al Qaida
Syr 0115 BBC/ UN – Syria conflict – Half of population in urgent need of aid
Syr 0115 UN/ Syrian troops make gains near Aleppo
Syr 0116 BBC/ UN’s huge aid request for Syria
Syr 0116 UN/ Removal of most dangerous Syrian chemical weapons delayed until end-June
Syr 0117 NYT/ Syrian Rebels Say Cease-Fire Deals Prove Deceptive
Syr 0117 UN/ Syria suggests cease-fire in Aleppo, prisoner exchange with rebels

PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (Paf, 19X, 3*) – 10-year-old kamikaze & teenage hero

Paf* 0106 Ind/ Ten-year-old girl apprehended trying to carry out suicide bomb attack [perhaps an indication of jihadist weakness or lack of more reliable bombers]
Paf 0106 Longview Daily News/ Artillery shell explodes, kills 10 in NW Pakistan
Paf 0106 N/ UN – Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state
Paf 0106 NBC/ Young girl wearing suicide vest caught by Afghan police
Paf 0106 NDTV/ 10-year-old, allegedly intended as suicide bomber, rescued in Afghanistan
Paf 0106 UN/ Gender-based violence increasingly brutal, Afghan rights official says
Paf* 0107 NDTV/ 10-year-old, allegedly intended as suicide bomber, rescued in Afghanistan [a possible case of brotherly love by Taliban warlord]
Paf 0109 Fox/ Afghanistan releasing 72 prisoners considered security threat by US
Paf 0109 Irish Times/ Teenager dies while thwarting suicide bomb attack on school
Paf 0109 NBC/ ‘Heroic’ student killed stopping suicide bomber at high school in Pakistan
Paf 0109 The Australian/ Pakistani cop who hunted Taliban killed by car bomb
Paf 0110 BBC/ Aitzaz Hasan – Pakistan ‘hero’ recommended for award
Paf 0110 Boston Globe/ Senior Pakistani police investigator killed
Paf 0110 CNN/ Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai orders release of prisoners seen as threat by US
Paf 0111 CNN/ Pakistan teen who died tackling suicide bomber nominated for award
Paf 0112 Xinhua/ Explosion kills 6 security personnel in NW Pakistan
Paf 0115 Telegraph/ Afghanistan picks woman for senior police role
Paf* 0117 Reu/ Pakistani city is world’s biggest reservoir of polio viruses [should jihadists be proud of this unique situation in the world]
Paf 0117 AP/ Pakistan – Three passengers killed, 18 injured in bomb blast

US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 18X, 3*) – Stealing FBI Files & Indian Diplomat

FBI 0104 NYT/ Obama Announces Gun Control Actions
FBI 0104 The Hill/ White House Unveils New Gun Control Effort
FBI 0106 CSM/ ‘Jihad Jane’ [Colleen LaRose] who vowed to kill Swedish cartoonist, gets 10 years in prison
FBI* 0107 NYT/ Burglars Who Took on FBI Abandon Shadows – Burglars who broke into an FBI field office in 1971 and stole files that revealed the extent of the bureau’s surveillance of political groups are only now revealing their identities, Mark Mazzetti
FBI 0107 Bloomberg/ Chicago Ban on Gun Sales within City Struck Down by Judge
FBI 0107 Buzz Flash/ We Need More Citizens to Expose the Surveillance State – Remembering Eight Who Did
FBI 0107 Hindustan Times/ Devyani seeks indictment deadline extension
FBI 0107 NYT/ Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets – One night in 1971, files were stolen from an FBI office near Philadelphia – They proved that the bureau was spying on thousands of Americans – The case was unsolved, until now:
FBI 0108 Fox/ India targets American diplomats’ privileges following envoy’s strip search
FBI 0108 NYT/ Amid Accusations of Department Misconduct, Los Angeles Sheriff Will Step Down
FBI 0108 NYT/ Charges for 106 in Huge Fraud over Disability
FBI* 0109 Hindustan Times/ Devyani Khobragade indicted in New York, but flies home with diplomatic immunity [why do the Feds do such ridiculous things that go against US interests and worry about a single housekeeper’s pay when huge numbers of Mexican legal and illegal workers are in much worse situations]
FBI 0109 USA Today/ Indian diplomat indicted in NY, leaves US
FBI 0110 NYT/ Syria Militants Said to Recruit Visiting Americans to Attack US
FBI 0112 NYT/ Keeping Public Buildings Free of Guns Proves Too Costly for Kansas Towns
FBI 0114 NYT/ Charges Seen as Unlikely in Scrutiny by the IRS
FBI 0116 NYT/ US to Expand Rules Limiting Use of Profiling by Federal Agents
FBI* 0117 NYT/ Ohio Execution Using Untested Drug Cocktail Renews the Debate over Lethal Injections [a technical debate but not a debate on lethal penalties]

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 16X, 1*) – Hollande’s Women & France’s Bad Comics

West 0107 FT/ Spain’s Princess Cristina named as suspect in corruption probe
West 0108 BBC/ Dieudonne – Hollande backs Nantes and Tours bans
West 0108 Bloomberg/ Pope Francis removes honorific ‘monsignor’ title for most priests
West 0108 Reu/ Spain’s Princess Cristina charged with tax fraud, money-laundering
West 0109 The Australian/ David Cameron calls for calm after Mark Duggan police shooting verdict
West 0109 VOA/ French Court Gives Go-Ahead for Show in Anti-Semitic Row
West 0110 BBC/ The women [Julie Gayet] in Francois Hollande’s life
West 0112 France 24/ Anti-Semitic comic drops contested show, plans new one
West 0113 Telegraph/ Valerie Trierweiler ‘ready to forgive’ Francois Hollande
West 0114 Daily Mail/ Pope Francis condemns ‘horror’ of abortion, blaming it on ‘throwaway culture’
West* 0115 BBC/ Actress linked to Hollande ‘blocked from culture jury’ [it’s not your normal “conflict of interests” case]
West 0115 Haaretz/ European intelligence seeking info on jihadists in Syria – from Assad regime
West 0115 NYT/ French Leader Brushes Aside Questions over Affair
West 0116 BBC/ UN panel confronts Vatican on child sex abuse by clergy
West 0116 Business Recorder/ Hollande must act urgently, million jobs at stake
West 0117 BBC/ President Hollande visits partner Trierweiler in hospital

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 13X, 0*) – WV Spill, Arctic Vortex & Aussie Heat Wave

Env 0107 NYT/ Arctic Cold Blankets Midwest, Freezing Routines
Env 0107 Organic Consumers Association/ GMO and “Natural” Food Fight – Treacherous Terrain
Env 0108 Truthout/ USDA Moves to Approve “Agent Orange” GMO Seeds
Env 0111 NYT/ Thousands without Water after Spill in West Virginia
Env 0113 Buzz Flash/ Founder of WV Chemical Spill Company Is a Twice-Convicted Felon
Env 0113 Daily Take/ West Virginians Facing Fifth Day of Chemical Spill Disaster
Env 0113 NYT/ Critics Say Chemical Spill Highlights Lax West Virginia Regulations
Env 0113 UN/ Second human death from H7N9 reported by China
Env 0115 ABC/ Australian heat wave brings fires and near-record heat
Env 0115 NYT/ USA – Administration Is Seen as Retreating on Environment in Talks on Pacific Trade
Env 0115 PR Watch/ Under Pressure, Whole Foods Agrees to Stop Selling Produce Grown in Sewage Sludge
Env 0116 UN/ Countries must step up carbon dioxide removal, draft UN report says
Env 0117 SMH/ One person killed as bushfires blaze across Victoria

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 12X, 1*) – Lebanon Violence & Turkish Cops Fired

Mide 0104 USA Today/ Senior al-Qaida figure dies in custody in Lebanon
Mide 0105 Fox/ Syrian civil war bleeds into Beirut, as terror groups clash
Mide 0105 NYT/ Power Vacuum in Middle East Lifts Militants
Mide* 0107 NYT/ Hundreds of Police Officers Reassigned in Turkey [after purging the military, the islamist government want to purge the police]
Mide 0108 CNN/ Turkey purges police force
Mide 0108 NYT/ Purge of Police Said to Be Move by Turkey to Disrupt Graft Inquiry
Mide 0111 Reu/ Turkish graft scandal triggers feud over judicial independence
Mide 0112 RT/ Ruckus in Turkish parliament over judicial appointments
Mide 0114 Daily Star/ Erdogan backtracks in Turkey judicial row
Mide 0115 NYT/ Arab Neighbors Take Split Paths in Constitutions
Mide 0116 NYT/ Trial Opens into Killing of Lebanese Prime Minister [Hariri]
Mide 0117 Reu/ Rocket fired from Syria kills seven in Lebanese border town

EGYPT (Egy, 9X, 1*) – Violence & Protests as Constitution Passes

Egy 0105 Renseignor-Radio Japan (1230)/ Bomb attack against a military intelligence building in the north of Egypt
Egy 0106 Reu/ Egypt’s army chief Sisi seen edging closer to presidential bid
Egy 0108 USA Today/ Egypt – Morsi’s trial adjourned until Feb. 1
Egy 0110 Truthout/ Mass Protests Grow as Military Drags Egypt Back to Dictatorship
Egy* 0112 Al Arabiya/ Egypt hits 3-year high as Sisi signals may run for president [world markets just don’t back islamists]
Egy 0114 Telegraph/ Egyptians vote on constitution as bombing underscores divide
Egy 0115 Ahram Online/ Egyptians vote on second day of constitution referendum
Egy 0116 UN/ Egyptian voters approve new constitution
Egy 0117 Daily Star/ Egypt Islamists, police clash ahead of vote results

IRAN (Iran, 9X, 0*) – More US-Iran Dealing

Iran 0107 NYT/ US and Iran Face Common Enemies in Mideast Strife
Iran 0111 NYT/ US Says Iran Won’t Attend Peace Talks on Syria
Iran 0112 Fox/ Iran says world powers agree to terms on implementing nuclear deal, starts Jan. 20
Iran 0112 Renseignor-Kol Israel (0111)/ Six Iranians try to fly to Britain from Cairo were arrested with false passports
Iran 0113 NYT/ Negotiators Put Final Touches on Iran Accord
Iran 0113 UN/ Iran nuclear deal to ease sanctions, limit enrichment
Iran 0114 NYT/ Obama Fights a Push to Add Iran Sanctions
Iran 0115 Fox/ Obama’s fan in Tehran? – Iran’s president is sending a clear message to the United States
Iran 0116 Reu/ Iran wants to be at Syria talks but rejects conditions

US FOREIGN INTEL (CIA, 7X, 1*) – Wash. Post, DEA Dealing & Water Boarding

CIA* 0106 Politico/ I Could Have Stopped Water boarding before It Happened – An exclusive account from the CIA’s former top lawyer [John Rizzo]
CIA 0106 Truthout/ Nelson Mandela Was Only Removed from the US Terrorist List in 2008
CIA 0108 Truthout/ Take Roots Action – The Washington Post should be honest with readers about a big conflict of interest [Amazon and CIA]
CIA 0116 Fringe-Business Insider (0113)/ DEA deals with notorious drug cartel confirmed – The DEA Struck A Deal with Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Cartel
CIA 0116 Fringe-Huff Post (0114)/ Washington Post’s ties to the CIA – Why the Washington Post’s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous – American journalism has entered highly dangerous terrain
CIA 0116 Fringe-Narcosphere (0114)/ DEA and govt-sanctioned drug-running – DEA Case Threatens to Expose US Government-Sanctioned Drug-Running – Pleadings in Federal Court Reveal ICE Undercover Operation Marked with CIA Fingerprints
CIA 0116 Fringe-Secrecy News (0108)/ CIA cuts off public access to its translated news reports

US DEPT OF DEFENSE (DOD, 7X, 0*) – Gitmo Anniversary

DOD 0111 Real News Network/ Guantanamo Anniversary – 12 Years of a Continuing War Crime
DOD 0113 Daily Take/ Is Congress Guilty of Torture, Thom Hartmann
DOD 0114 Science Daily/ New research questions effectiveness of drones in fight against terrorism and highlights growing opposition to their use
DOD 0116 BBC/ US probes images of marines ‘burning dead Iraqis’
DOD 0116 NYT/ Cheating Accusations among Officers Overseeing Nuclear Arms
DOD 0116 Tom Dispatch/ The Special Ops Surge – America’s Secret War in 134 Countries
DOD 0117 Truthout/ Gitmo 12 Years Later

ECONOMICS (Eco, 6X, 2*) – Chase Deal, More Fines & No Marijuana

Eco 0106 NYT/ JPMorgan Chase Nears a $2 Billion Deal in a Case Tied to Madoff
Eco 0111 Campaign for America’s Future/ Now We Know – JPMorgan Chase Is Worse than Enron
Eco* 0112 NYT/ Banks Say No to Marijuana Money, Legal or Not [bank off-shore like the corporations do]
Eco* 0113 NYT/ Wall Street Predicts Banks Will Have to Cough Up $50 Billion for Their Role in the 2008 US Mortgage Crisis [but will anyone go to jail for the illegal behavior involved with this]
Eco 0116 UN/ Income gap is biggest global risk, World Economic Forum says
Eco 0117 NYT/ Advocates for Workers Raise the Ire of Business

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 6X, 0*) – Ukraine Protests & Sochi Olympics

East 0111 The Hindu/ Ukraine’s ex-Minister hurt as protests turn violent
East 0112 Kansas City Star/ Ukraine protest smaller, but still visible
East 0112 Renseignor-Kol Israel (0111)/ The FBI is helping Russia with security at the Olympic Games in Sotchi
East 0114 SUA Today/ US reporter barred from entering Russia
East 0115 Ryerson Review of Journalism/ Going to Sochi? Leave your phone at home – advice for reporting in Putin’s Russia
East 0117 Fox/ Ukraine gov-t under fire from West for sweeping anti-protest laws

TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL TOPICS (Tech, 6X, 0) – Net Neutrality, Censors & Pedophiles

Tech 0106 UN/ World polio cases rose 59% in 2013
Tech 0112 Renseignor-Deutsche Welle (0110)/ Turkey and China are world leaders in censuring the Web according to Google
Tech 0116 ABC/ Authorities Break up International Pedophile Ring
Tech 0116 Hindustan Times/ Gulf between rich and poor put as biggest global risk
Tech 0116 Truthout/ Beyond Net Neutrality – Grassroots Voices Tell Tom Wheeler What’s Up
Tech 0117 BBC/ Philippines web abuse ring smashed in UK-led operation

LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 4X, 0*)

Amer 0109 Time/ Fidel Castro Makes First Public Appearance in Nine Months
Amer 0113 Sky/ Mexico Vigilantes Seize Town from Drug Cartel
Amer 0116 Fringe-Mother Jones (0114)/ Docs on US role in Argentina’s Dirty War. New Memo – Kissinger Gave the “Green Light” for Argentina’s Dirty War
Amer 0116 NYT/ A Quandary for Mexico as Vigilantes Rise

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 631, 20 January 2014

DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 4 JANUARY 2014 TO 17 JANUARY 2014

ASIAN PROTESTS, AFRICAN VIOLENCE & ISRAELI COLONIES
(…28 pages of data cut…)
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ISP entries 6-12 January 2014 (143X, with 16*)

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6-12 January 2014 entries (143X, with 16*)

6 JANUARY 2014

Iraq 0106 LAT/ Iraq – Maliki calls on Iraqis to expel Al Qaeda from Anbar or face attack
Iraq 0106 Fox/ Why Americans cannot detach from what’s happening in Iraq
Egy Reu/ Egypt’s army chief Sisi seen edging closer to presidential bid
Paf* 0106 Ind/ Ten-year-old girl apprehended trying to carry out suicide bomb attack [perhaps an indication of jihadist weakness or lack of more reliable bombers]
Paf 0106 NBC/ Young girl wearing suicide vest caught by Afghan police
Paf 0106 NDTV/ 10-year-old, allegedly intended as suicide bomber, rescued in Afghanistan
Afr 0106 Fox/ Half of Central African Republic’s people displaced, need aid
Asia 0106 Fox/ China destroys 6 tons of illegal ivory
China destroyed about 6 tons of illegal ivory from its stockpile on Monday in an unprecedented move wildlife groups say shows growing concern about the black market trade by authorities in the world’s biggest market for elephant tusks.
Isr 0106 USA Today/ Israel promotes 272 more settlement apartments
Isr 0106 Arab News/ African migrants seek world help in second day of protests
Asia 0106 WSJ/ Stampede at Mosque in Northern China Kills 14
Paf 0106 Longview Daily News/ Artillery shell explodes, kills 10 in NW Pakistan
FBI 0106 CSM/ ‘Jihad Jane’ [Colleen LaRose] who vowed to kill Swedish cartoonist, gets 10 years in prison
Isr* 0106 Fox/ Kerry faces pushback after floating role for terror sponsor Iran in Syria talks [why doesn’t Kerry pushback against new Israeli colonies while he’s in Israel “negotiating for peace” with Palestinians]
Iraq 0106 NYT/ Iraqis Make Gains against Militants in Key City
Spy 0106 NYT/ Senators Differ Sharply on Penalty for Snowden
Eco 0106 NYT/ JPMorgan Chase Nears a $2 Billion Deal in a Case Tied to Madoff
Paf 0106 N/ UN – Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state
Tech 0106 UN/ World polio cases rose 59% in 2013
Paf 0106 UN/ Gender-based violence increasingly brutal, Afghan rights official says
CIA 0106 Truthout/ Nelson Mandela Was Only Removed From the US Terrorist List in 2008
CIA* 0106 Politico/ I Could Have Stopped Waterboarding before It Happened – An exclusive account from the CIA’s former top lawyer [John Rizzo]

7 JANUARY 2014

Asia 0107 Fox/ Aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un believed dead, report says
Syr 0107 Bloomberg/ Syria Rebel Infighting Erupts on Rising al-Qaeda Influence
West 0107 FT/ Spain’s Princess Cristina named as suspect in corruption probe
Syr* 0107 Press TV/ US cannot ‘exclude’ Iran from Geneva talks on Syria [but will Israel let the US let in Iran]
Mide* 0107 NYT/ Hundreds of Police Officers Reassigned in Turkey [after purging the military, the islamist government want to purge the police]
Paf* 0107 NDTV/ 10-year-old, allegedly intended as suicide bomber, rescued in Afghanistan [a possible case of brotherly love by Taliban warlord]
Iraq 0107 WP/ Kerry says US will help Iraq against al-Qaeda but won’t send troops back in
Asia 0107 Asia Times/ China sticks to collision course
Isr* 0107 JP/ Poll – Netanyahu can stand up to US [and why not to the world]
Asia 0107 VOA/ Thai Opposition Protesters Rally Support for ‘Bangkok Shutdown’
FBI 0107 Hindustan Times/ Devyani seeks indictment deadline extension
Iran 0107 NYT/ U.S. and Iran Face Common Enemies in Mideast Strife
FBI 0107 NYT/ Video – Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets – One night in 1971, files were stolen from an FBI office near Philadelphia – They proved that the bureau was spying on thousands of Americans – The case was unsolved, until now
Env 0107 NYT/ Arctic Cold Blankets Midwest, Freezing Routines
FBI* 0107 NYT/ Burglars Who Took on FBI Abandon Shadows – Burglars who broke into an FBI field office in 1971 and stole files that revealed the extent of the bureau’s surveillance of political groups are only now revealing their identities, Mark Mazzetti
Afr 0107 UN/ 50% of CAR’s population needs help, UN envoy tells Security Council
Syr 0107 UN/ Rebels in Syria have executed 34 foreign militants, rights group says
Isr 0107 Truthout/ Does Tea Party Hero Mike Lee Really Want a War with Iran?
Pol 0107 Daily Take/ The Republican Sabotage of America [Obamacare]
Env 0107 Organic Consumers Association/ GMO and “Natural” Food Fight – Treacherous Terrain
FBI 0107 Buzz Flash/ We Need More Citizens to Expose the Surveillance State – Remembering Eight Who Did
FBI 0107 Bloomberg/ Chicago Ban on Gun Sales within City Struck Down by Judge
Iraq 0107 Gua/ US Steps Up Iraq Weapons Shipments as Violence Surges
Spy* 0107 Consortium/ NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong – In a memo to President Obama, former National Security Agency insiders explain how NSA leaders botched intelligence collection and analysis before 9/11, covered up the mistakes, and violated the constitutional rights of the American people, all while wasting billions of dollars and misleading the public [it’s worse than Sonwden reveals at the NSA]

8 JANUARY 2014

Egy 0108 USA Today/ Egypt – Morsi’s trial adjourned until Feb. 1
Isr 0108 JP/ ‘Price tag’ attack in West Bank following prevented lynch of settlers
FBI 0108 Fox/ India targets American diplomats’ privileges following envoy’s strip search
West 0108 Bloomberg/ Pope Francis removes honorific ‘monsignor’ title for most priests
Mide 0108 CNN/ Turkey purges police force
Asia 0108 Ahram Online/ Thailand to deploy 15000 police, troops for ‘shutdown’
West 0108 BBC/ Dieudonne – Hollande backs Nantes and Tours bans
West 0108 Reu/ Spain’s Princess Cristina charged with tax fraud, money-laundering
Pol 0108 ABC/ Obama ‘can’t stand Karzai’, lacks faith in Afghan war strategy, former US defence secretary Robert Gates says
Asia 0108 ABC/ South Korean garment industry urged Cambodia to act on striking workers
Isr 0108 Xinhua/ Official – Palestinian killed in Israeli drone strike in Gaza
Syr* 0108 NYT/ Saudis Back Syrian Rebels Despite Risks [backing uncontrollable jihadists is almost normal Saudi policy]
FBI 0108 NYT/ Charges for 106 in Huge Fraud over Disability
Syr 0108 NYT/ Qaeda Group Leader in Syria Suggests Islamic Court to End Rebel
Iraq 0108 NYT/ In Iraqi City under Siege, More Support for Militants than Officials
Mide 0108 NYT/ Purge of Police Said to Be Move by Turkey to Disrupt Graft Inquiry
FBI 0108 NYT/ Amid Accusations of Department Misconduct, Los Angeles Sheriff Will Step Down
Pol 0108 NYT/ Bipartisan Critic Turns His Gaze toward Obama
Pol 0108 NYT/ Biography Casts Critical Light on Fox News Chief [Roger Ailes]
Syr 0108 UN/ First chemical-weapons shipment moves out of Syria
Afr 0108 UN/ Impasse over political prisoners stalls South Sudan peace talks
Afr 0108 UN/ DR Congo troops clash with rebels, with at least 26 deaths
Syr* 0108 UN/ Syrian rebels [non-jihadists] capture [jihadist] militants’ base in town of Aleppo [it’s the new terminology being used to distinguish between armed Muslim groups]
Env 0108 Truthout/ USDA Moves to Approve “Agent Orange” GMO Seeds
Spy 0108 Truthout/ New California Legislation Seeks To Thwart NSA Spying
Spy 0108 Care2/ The NSA Is Hacking Our Hardware Too
CIA 0108 Truthout/ Take Roots Action – The Washington Post should be honest with readers about a big conflict of interest [Amazon and CIA]
Pol 0108 NYT/ Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered

9 JANUARY 2014

FBI 0109 USA Today/ Indian diplomat indicted in NY, leaves US
FBI* 0109 Hindustan Times/ Devyani Khobragade indicted in New York, but flies home with diplomatic immunity [why do the Feds do such ridiculous things that go against US interests and worry about a single housekeeper’s pay when huge numbers of Mexican legal and illegal workers are in much worse situations]
Afr 0109 LAT/ Tunisian government steps down ahead of elections and amid protests
Paf 0109 Fox/ Afghanistan releasing 72 prisoners considered security threat by US
Amer 0109 Time/ Fidel Castro Makes First Public Appearance in Nine Months
West 0109 VOA/ French Court Gives Go-Ahead for Show in Anti-Semitic Row
Paf 0109 Irish Times/ Teenager dies while thwarting suicide bomb attack on school
Paf 0109 NBC/ ‘Heroic’ student killed stopping suicide bomber at high school in Pakistan
West 0109 The Australian/ David Cameron calls for calm after Mark Duggan police shooting verdict
Paf 0109 The Australian/ Pakistani cop who hunted Taliban killed by car bomb
Iraq 0109 USA Today/ Progress against militants may avoid large offensive
Pol 0109 Progress Report/ A Traffic Study? – 10 Must-Read Stories On the Christie Bridge Scandal
Pol 0109 NYT/ Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered
Pol 0109 NYT/ Christie’s Carefully Devised, No-Nonsense Image in Peril
Syr 0109 UN/ Russia blocks third try by Security Council to condemn Syrian government airstrikes
Afr 0109 UN/ CAR president’s fate discussed; EU to consider deploying troops
Asia 0109 UN/ Tribal clashes kill at least 16 in northeastern India
Iraq 0109 UN/ 13 Iraqi army recruits killed by suicide bomber, dozens injured
Spy* 0109 The Hill/ DoJ Files Motion To Block Release of NSA Info [isn’t the DoJ supposed to protect American’s rights]

10 January 2014

West 0110 BBC/ The women [Julie Gayet] in Francois Hollande’s life
Isr 0110 USA Today/ Israel says it will build new homes in West Bank
Isr 0110 JP/ Israel publishes tenders for 1,401 homes over 1967 lines
Afr 0110 BBC/ South Sudan army urges civilians to leave Bentiu
Paf 0110 CNN/ Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai orders release of prisoners seen as threat by US
Asia 0110 WP/ Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law
Paf 0110 BBC/ Aitzaz Hasan – Pakistan ‘hero’ recommended for award
Afr 0110 NYT/ Tunisia’s Premier Resigns, Formally Ending His [islamist] Party’s Rule
Afr 0110 Times of Oman/ C. African president’s fate in balance as parliament, regional leaders meet
Afr 0110 VOA/ Kenya Airstrike in Somalia Kills 30 Al-Shabab Fighters
Syr 0110 VOA/ Dozens of Syrian Rebels Killed in Besieged Homs
Pol 0110 NYT/ ‘Very Sad’ Chris Christie Extends Apology in Bridge Scandal
FBI 0110 NYT/ Syria Militants Said to Recruit Visiting Americans to Attack U.S.
Spy 0110 NYT/ Obama Seeks Balance in Plan for Spy Programs
Afr 0110 UN/ CAR officials resign following pressure from African leaders
Afr 0110 UN/ Oil town retaken by South Sudan troops – U.S. may withdraw aid
Egy 0110 Truthout/ Mass Protests Grow as Military Drags Egypt Back to Dictatorship
Pol 0110 Buzz Flash/ Millionaires Are Now the Majority in Congress – The 1% Literally Rule Us

11 January 2014

Pol 0111 NYT/ U.S. to Recognize 1,300 Marriages Disputed by Utah
Afr 0111 NYT/ Central African Leader’s Exit Sets Off Rejoicing in the Streets
Iran 0111 NYT/ U.S. Says Iran Won’t Attend Peace Talks on Syria
Env 0111 NYT/ Thousands without Water after Spill in West Virginia
Isr 0111 USA Today/ Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies
Paf 0111 CNN/ Pakistan teen who died tackling suicide bomber nominated for award
Afr 0111 SMH/ US has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say
Asia 0111 CNN/ Violence fears as Thailand braces for protesters’ ‘Bangkok shutdown’
Isr 0111 WSJ/ Palestinians Reject Peace Deal Excluding East Jerusalem as Future Capital
Afr 0111 Gulf News/ South Sudan troops fight to wrest final rebel stronghold
Mide 0111 Reu/ Turkish graft scandal triggers feud over judicial independence
East 0111 The Hindu/ Ukraine’s ex-Minister hurt as protests turn violent
Eco 0111 Campaign for America’s Future/ Now We Know – JPMorgan Chase Is Worse Than Enron
DOD 0111 Real News Network/ Guantanamo Anniversary – 12 Years of a Continuing War Crime

12 JANUARY 2014

Eco* 0112 NYT/ Banks Say No to Marijuana Money, Legal or Not [bank off-shore like the corporations do]
FBI 0112 NYT/ Keeping Public Buildings Free of Guns Proves Too Costly for Kansas Towns
Isr* 0112 NYT/ Another Academic Group Considers Israel Censure [it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop]
Iran 0112 Renseignor-Kol Israel (0111)/ Six Iranians try to fly to Britain from Cairo were arrested with false passports
Isr 0112 Renseignor-Radio Iran (0110)/ According the Israeli army journal “Bamahane”, one out of every five immigrant in Israel has been recruited by Israeli intelligence
East 0112 Renseignor-Kol Israel (0111)/ The FBI is helping Russia with security at the Olympic Games in Sotchi
Tech 0112 Renseignor-Deutsche Welle (0110)/ Turkey and China are world leaders in censuring the Web according to Google
Isr 0112 Renseignor-Radio Iran (0111)/ Hezbollah hackers managed to penetrate Israeli aviation Internet servers
Iraq 0112 USA Today/ US war gains in Iraq now lost or threatened
Mide 0112 RT/ Ruckus in Turkish parliament over judicial appointments
Iraq 0112 RFE/ Car Bombs Kill More Than A Dozen in Baghdad
Egy* 0112 Al Arabiya/ Egypt hits 3-year high as Sisi signals may run for president [world markets just don’t back islamists]
Paf 0112 Xinhua/ Explosion kills 6 security personnel in NW Pakistan
West 0112 France 24/ Anti-Semitic comic drops contested show, plans new one
East 0112 Kansas City Star/ Ukraine protest smaller, but still visible
Iran 0112 Fox/ Iran says world powers agree to terms on implementing nuclear deal, starts Jan. 20
Spy 0112 Gua/ NSA Makes Final Push to Retain Most Mass Surveillance Powers
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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 630, 6 January 2014

WORLD MEDIA – 14 DECEMBER 2013 TO 3 JANUARY 2014 REPORTS & SYNTHESIS

This first issue of 2014, number 630, covers 14 December 2013 to 3 January 2014 and includes 37 pages of data, with 370 entries in 20,832 words, and 31 noteworthy entries marked *. This format provides information by topic and then by chronological listing of media report titles. The numbers for this issue’s specific topics are: AFRICA (Afr, 54X, 0*, again up significantly from 22X) – South Sudan & CAR Bloodshed; MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 34X, 0*, up very significantly from 14X) – New Violence in Iraq, Lebanon & Turkey; NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 33X, 4*, up very scientifically from 16X) – Snowden Gaining against US Intel Establishment; US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 28X, 6*, up significantly from 14X) – More Bad Press for US Cops; ASIA (Asia, 28X, 1*, down slightly from 31X) – Trouble & Protests in Cambodia & Thailand; EASTERN EUROPE (East, 24X, 2*, up slightly from 18X) – Putin Pardons or PR Ops for Olympics; US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 23X, 1*, up from 17X) – Obamacare Established & Marijuana Too; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 21X, 4*, up significantly from 5X) – Usual Troubles & Problems; EGYPT (Egypt, 20X, 0*, up significantly from stability at 7X) – Crackdown Continues on Muslim Brotherhood; WESTERN EUROPE (West, 14X, 2*, up from 9X); ECONOMICS (Eco, 12X, 1*, stable); LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 12X, 0*, up from 7X); SYRIA (Syria, 10X, 1*, down from 15X); TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL TOPICS (Tech, 9X, 3*, up from 0x); ENVIRONMENT (Env, 8X, 2*, up from 3X); US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 7X, 1*, stable); IRAN (Iran, 7X, 0*, stable); US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD, 6X, 1*, stable); PAKISTAN (Pak, 4X, 0*, stable); AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 3X, 1*, down from 7X).

It should be stressed that the dominant topics such as Africa and Middle East, and major conflicts such as Egypt and Iran have no significant entries during the past three weeks, clearly indicating that the noted problems and violence is not unexpected or out of the ordinary, unfortunately.
 
This issue’s significant entries are:

US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 28X, 6*) – More Bad Press for US Cops
FBI* 0101 NYT/ Florida Law on Drug Tests for Welfare Is Struck Down
FBI* 1216 NYT/ Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control [“law enforcement” isn’t enforcing laws – not very intelligence, given that cops are often the targets of the weapons they are now refusing to control]
FBI* 1218 USA Today/ India outraged by cavity search of diplomat in NYC [just US cops going a bit too far again]
FBI* 1221 Mother Jones/ You’ll Never Guess Where This FBI Agent Left a Secret Interrogation Manual
FBI* 1226 NYT/ In a Car-Culture Clash, It’s the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians [the LAPD once again chooses a losing strategy]
FBI* 1230 WSJ/ The End of the US-India Honeymoon – New Delhi’s overwrought reaction to a diplomatic kerfuffle jeopardizes ties that had been strengthening

NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 33X, 4*) – Snowden Gaining against US Intel Establishment
Spy* 0102 NYT/ Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower, Should Be Given Clemency
Spy* 1215 Gua/ NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents – Key official tells CBS ‘it’s worth having a conversation’ – State Department and other key figures oppose deal [the US security establishment is fighting among its members since they don’t know all of the secrets that Snowden stole]
Spy* 1219 Daily Kos/ CEO to Obama during Contentious Meeting with Top Tech Executives – “Pardon Edward Snowden”
Spy* 1220 NYT/ Obama Is Urged to Sharply Curb NSA Data Mining

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 21X, 4*) – Usual Troubles & Problems
Isr* 1216 NYT/ Saudi Prince Criticizes Obama Administration, Citing Indecision in Mideast [in short, according to the Saudis, when will the US get around to scolding the “international spoiled brat” Israel]
Isr* 1217 NYT/ Boycott by Academic Group Is a Symbolic Sting to Israel
Isr* 1223 Electronic Intifada/ Hillel International Faces Crisis as Swarthmore Chapter Rebels against Its Israel Guidelines [Oh surprise! Anti-Israel speech has been censored in the USA]
Isr* 1229 Fox/ Kerry reportedly says he will consider freeing Jonathan Pollard as part of a prisoner swap [Pollard is worth much more to Israel and could be swapped for the end of Israeli colonization of Palestinian territories]

TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL TOPICS (Tech, 9X, 3*)
Tech* 1215 Truthout/ More Dishonesty about Thailand’s Upheaval From the “International New York Times” [Washington still has its backdoor entry at the NYT, even after Iraq’s WMD]
Tech* 1231 Dispatches from the Edge/ “Are You Serious?” Awards 2013, Conn Hallinan
Tech* 1231 Other Words/ Winning and Losing the “Great Game” at the Same Time, Emily Schwartz Greco and William A Collins

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 24X, 2*) – Putin Pardons or PR Ops for Olympics
East* 1217 NYT/ Russia Offers Ukraine a Financial Lifeline [could the IMF or EC done better]
East* 1220 NYT/ IMF Scolds Ukraine Plan for Economy [sounds a lot like a “bad looser” advising “reforms” that in the West caused widespread difficulties]

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 14X, 2*)
West* 1217 NYT/ Pope Replaces Conservative US Cardinal [anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage Raymond L. Burke] on Influential Vatican Committee
West* 1230 Huffington Post/ France Cleared to Impose Unbelievably High Tax on the Rich [“unbelievably high tax” is far from “neutral” reporting and means the US may be worried it will catch on]

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 8X, 2*)
Env* 1215 Truthout/ Why the First GMO Labeling Law in the US Doesn’t Matter [because it hasn’t been enacted and won’t be for some time – what a fiddle and window-dressing for Xmas]
Env* 1231 Common Dreams/ New Study – ‘Worst’ of Climate Predictions Are the Most Likely – Groundbreaking research on cloud behavior and global warming says ‘catastrophic’ increase of 4°C or more by 2100 should be expected

SYRIA (Syria, 10X, 1*)
Syr* 1219 UN/ UN panel cites civilian “enforced disappearances” by Syrian government [it looks like Assad learned something from Cheney-Bush regime]

AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 3X, 1*)
Afgh* 1219 NYT/ Local Turf-Sharing Accord with the Taliban Raises Alarm in Afghanistan [the former war lords replaced by the new war lords, and little changes]

US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 7X, 1*)
CIA* 1229 Consortium/ NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis

US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD, 6X, 1*)
DOD* 1221 CNN/ US nuclear general [Michael Carey] drank too much, misbehaved in Russia [straight out of “Doctor Strangelove”]

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 23X, 1*) – Obamacare Established & Marijuana Too
Pol* 0102 Progress Report/ By the Numbers… Obamacare Numbers to Know

ASIA (Asia, 28X, 1*) – Trouble & Protests in Cambodia & Thailand
Asia* 1226 UN/ Women make gains in India’s Kashmir region [which may be India’s best arm against Muslim jihadists encouraged by Pakistan]

ECONOMICS (Eco, 12X, 1*)
Eco* 1231 NYT/ Clothing Brands Sidestep Blame for Safety Lapses [with US companies leading the flock]

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 630, 6 January 2014

DATA ENTRIES BY TOPIC – 14 DECEMBER 2013 TO 3 JANUARY 2014

AFRICA (Afr, 54X, 0*) – South Sudan & CAR Bloodshed
Afr 1214 ABC/ Four killed in grenade attack on bus in Kenya capital
Afr 1214 BBC/ Tunisia Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa to be new PM
Afr 1215 Business Standard/ France says 19 Islamists killed in recent Mali offensive
Afr 1215 CNN/ African Union boosts troop levels in CAR to protect civilians from rival militias
Afr 1216 UN/ CAR leader considers amnesty for militias
Afr 1217 NYT/ A Political Deal in a Deeply Divided Tunisia as Islamists Agree to Yield Power
Afr 1217 UN/ Fighting South Sudan leaves scores dead, displaces thousands
Afr 1217 UN/ Over 1,200 have died since May in Boko Haram-related violence, UN says
Afr 1217 VOA/ Fresh Gunfire in S. Sudan Capital after Alleged Coup Attempt
Afr 1218 AFP/ Gunmen in Somalia kill three Syrian, three Somali doctors
Afr 1218 BBC/ South Sudan opposition head Riek Machar denies coup bid
Afr 1218 UN/ Cameroon practice of “breast ironing” leaves girls physically, mentally scarred
Afr 1218 UN/ CAR conflict blamed for 210,000 refugees, 500 dead, UN says
Afr 1218 UN/ South Sudan clashes spread beyond capital, observers say
Afr 1219 Fox/ Gov’t-funded upgrades like pool for SAfrica president’s home deemed security enhancements
Afr 1219 NYT/ State Dept. Warns of New Terrorist Group Posing Threat to US Interests in Africa
Afr 1219 UN/ South Sudan rebels take town of Bor as civil war threatens
Afr 1219 UN/ Troops unable to halt Central African Republic violence
Afr 1219 VOA/ PM – CAR Will Move Up Presidential Election
Afr 1221 NYT/ Libya Militias Fleeing Cities, Leaving Chaos
Afr 1221 USA Today/ 4 American troops injured in South Sudan
Afr 1222 CNN/ Libya – Suicide bomber attacks military post near Benghazi, killing 8
Afr 1222 CNN/ Up to 40000 flee to UN bases in South Sudan as violence escalates
Afr 1222 NYT/ Attack on US Aircraft Foils Evacuation in South Sudan
Afr 1223 CNN/ CNN Rebels seize key town in South Sudan
Afr 1223 Khaleej Times/ Suicide bomber kills 7 in Libya
Afr 1223 NYT/ Americans Evacuated from South Sudan
Afr 1223 UN/ South Sudan rebels take town of Bor as civil war threatens
Afr 1223 UN/ South Sudan troops target oil towns held by rebels
Afr 1223 UN/ Violence erupts between Chad peacekeepers, CAR protests
Afr 1224 BBC/ South Sudan ‘mass grave’ found as ethnic killings spread
Afr 1224 CSM/ UN scrambles to send more peacekeepers to South Sudan amid uptick in fighting
Afr 1225 Telegraph/ UN sends more peacekeepers to South Sudan after thousands killed
Afr 1226 UN/ Ban pledges to help end S. Sudan violence as Security Council approves more peacekeepers
Afr 1226 UN/ Struggle for resources at root of Central Africa religious violence
Afr 1227 UN/ Cameroon seeks to secure borders against Nigerian militants
Afr 1227 UN/ Peace talks backed by South Sudan neighbors; rebels remain reluctant
Afr 1227 USA Today/ South Sudan government agrees to end hostilities
Afr 1229 Gulf News/ CAR – Chadian civilians flee attacks
Afr 1229 NYT/ Deadly Mix in Benghazi – False Allies, Crude Video
Afr 1230 Euronews/ DR Congo – Tight security after attacks on strategic targets
Afr 1230 UN/ S. Sudan rebels given deadline by Uganda on cease-fire
Afr 1231 Business Standard/ 20 killed in Central African Republic clashes
Afr 1231 CSM/ DR Congo tense after renegade preacher’s disciples attack
Afr 1231 UN/ DR Congo security forces kill 46 fighters to end attacks in capital
Afr 1231 UN/ South Sudan peace talks slated to start; cease-fire hasn’t quelled fighting
Afr 1231 USA Today/ South Sudan opponents agree to talks
Afr 0102 BBC/ Diani grenade attack – Injuries in Kenyan resort
Afr 0102 Deutsche Welle/ Somalia’s al-Shabab claims hotel bombings
Afr 0102 IOL/ Ex-spy’s murder in SA ‘follows pattern’
Afr 0102 UN/ 10 people injured by drive-by grenade in Kenya
Afr 0102 UN/ Fighting continues as South Sudan peace talks begin
Afr 0102 UN/ Violence continues in Central African Republic despite efforts of peacekeepers
Afr 0103 UN/ Mediation process starts between South Sudan government, rebels
Afr 0103 UN/ Tunisian parliament opens debate on proposed constitution

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 34X, 0*) – Violence in Iraq, Lebanon & Turkey
Mide 1216 UN/ Shiite Muslims in Iraq targeted by gunmen, suicide bombers, leaving 54 dead
Mide 1217 NYT/ Car Bomb Targets Hezbollah Post in Lebanon
Mide 1217 Zee News/ Turkey detains ministers’ sons in bribery probe
Mide 1218 BBC/ Police chiefs ‘sacked’ in Turkey amid fears of feud
Mide 1219 NYT/ Suicide Bombers Attack Shiite Pilgrims in Iraq
Mide 1219 UN/ 29 killed in Iraq as sectarian tensions rise
Mide 1220 AFP/ Bombings in Iraq kill 14 in Kirkuk
Mide 1220 NYT/ Growing Corruption Inquiry Hits Close to Turkish Leader
Mide 1221 NYT/ In Iraq, 18 Soldiers Are Killed During Raid on Rebel Group’s Training Camp
Mide 1221 NYT/ Yemen Deaths Test Claims of New Drone Policy
Mide 1222 Reu/ Turkey removes another 25 police chiefs over graft inquiry
Mide 1222 WP/ Iraqi militants kill at least 18 officers and soldiers
Mide 1223 Telegraph/ Telegraph.co.uk Spoof video makers jailed in Dubai despite international outcry
Mide 1223 UN/ Turkish police, demonstrators clash in Istanbul as government cracks down on protests
Mide 1226 NYT/ Corruption Scandal Is Edging Near Turkish Premier
Mide 1226 NYT/ US Sends Arms to Aid Iraq Fight with Extremists
Mide 1226 Telegraph/ Turkish PM Erdogan struggles to hold on to job as corruption scandal widens
Mide 1226 UN/ Attacks in Iraqi cities on Christmas kill almost 50 people
Mide 1226 UN/ Turkey’s prime minister replaces 10 Cabinet members after corruption inquiry
Mide 1227 BBC/ Beirut blast kills Sunni ex-minister Mohamad Chatah
Mide 1227 BBC/ Yemen – Shells kill 13 in funeral tent in Daleh
Mide 1227 CNN/ Lebanon’s Mohamad Chatah — US friend, Hezbollah foe — killed in blast
Mide 1227 NYT/ Bomb in Beirut Kills Politician, a Critic of Syria and Hezbollah [Mohamad Chatah]
Mide 1227 NYT/ Prosecutor Overseeing Turkish Graft Inquiry Is Removed From Case
Mide 1228 NYT/ Bomb in Beirut Kills Politician, a Critic of Syria and Hezbollah
Mide 1228 RTE/ Man who used Facebook to contact al-Qaida pleads guilty to terror charge
Mide 1230 Business Standard/ 44 Iraq MPs resign after protest camp cleared
Mide 1231 Reu/ Turkish minister says fending off “mini-coup attempt”
Mide 0102 AP/ 8,000 Dead – Iraq Sees Highest Annual Death Toll in Years
Mide 0102 Daily Star/ Lebanon Army arrests seven al-Qaida-linked suspects
Mide 0102 NYT/ Lebanon Arrests Leader of Qaida-Linked Group, Reports Say
Mide 0102 UN/ Iraqi militants attack police stations, free prisoners
Mide 0103 Calgary Herland/ At least 5 dead in explosion in Hezbollah area in southern suburbs of [Beirut]
Mide 0103 NYT/ Qaida-Aligned Militants Threaten Key Iraqi Cities

NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 33X, 4*) – Snowden Gaining against US Intel Establishment
Spy 1214 NYT/ Obama to Keep Security Agency and Cyber warfare under a Single Commander
Spy* 1215 Gua/ NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents – Key official tells CBS ‘it’s worth having a conversation’ – State Department and other key figures oppose deal [the US security establishment is fighting among its members since they don’t know all of the secrets that Snowden stole]
Spy 1215 NYT/ Officials Say US May Never Know Extent of Snowden’s Leaks
Spy 1216 Fringe-Capitol City Project (1213)/ Campaign contribution from intel companies – Lawmakers who oversee government surveillance programs receive millions from intelligence companies
Spy 1217 NYT/ A Powerful Rebuke of Mass Surveillance
Spy 1217 NYT/ Judge Questions Legality of NSA Phone Records
Spy 1217 NYT/ US-Germany Intelligence Partnership Falters Over Spying
Spy 1217 On the News/ Federal Judge Rules NSA Is Likely Violating the Fourth Amendment
Spy 1218 Buzz Flash/ “A Society under Surveillance Is No Longer a Democracy”
Spy 1218 NYT/ After Ruling Critical of NSA, Uncertain Terrain for Appeal
Spy* 1219 Daily Kos/ CEO to Obama during Contentious Meeting with Top Tech Executives – “Pardon Edward Snowden”
Spy 1219 NYT/ Obama Panel Recommends New Limits on NSA Spying
Spy 1219 UN/ Resolution on right to digital privacy passed by General Assembly
Spy* 1220 NYT/ Obama Is Urged to Sharply Curb NSA Data Mining
Spy 1220 Democracy Now/ Vindication for Snowden? Obama Panel Backs Major Curbs on NSA Surveillance, Phone Record Data Mining
Spy 1220 NYT/ Obama Weighing Security and Privacy in Deciding on Spy Program Limits
Spy 1221 Boston Globe/ Recent US, British spying efforts wide-ranging
Spy 1221 NYT/ NSA Spied on Allies, Aid Groups and Businesses
Spy 1222 NYT/ White House Tries to Prevent Judge from Ruling on Surveillance Efforts
Spy 1224 CSM/ Edward Snowden – ‘I already won’
Spy 1224 Gua/ Edward Snowden to Broadcast Christmas Day Message
Spy 1224 WP/ After Months of NSA Revelations, Edward Snowden Says Gua/ Edward Snowden to Broadcast Christmas Day Message – His Mission Is Accomplished
Spy 1226 NYT/ TV Message by Snowden Says Privacy Still Matters
Spy 1226 UN/ Internet privacy violations are “extremely troubling,” UN’s Pillay says
Spy 1226 WP/ Edward Snowden, Person of the Year
Spy 1228 NYT/ Judge Upholds NSA’s Bulk Collection of Data on Calls
Spy 1230 Democracy Now/ Orwellian or a Blunt Tool? Conflicting Rulings on NSA Spying Set up Likely Supreme Court Showdown
Spy 1230 Spiegel/ Inside TAO – Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit
Spy 1231 ACLU/ The Most Important Surveillance Order We Know Almost Nothing about [Executive Order 12,333]
Spy 1231 Consortium/ The Year of the “Leaker” [Manning and Snowden]
Spy 1231 Democracy Now/ WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Calls on Computer Hackers to Unite Against NSA Surveillance
Spy 1231 Pando Daily/ Retired cops, activist pensioners, and the economic blowback over Snowden
Spy 0101 Fringe-MSNBC (1229)/ Sotomayor undermines Obama’s NSA
Spy 0101 Fringe-NBC (1221)/ NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member
Spy 0101 Fringe-Spiegel (1229)/ Catalog advertises NSA Toolbox – Shopping for Spy Gear – After years of speculation that electronics can be accessed by intelligence agencies through a back door, an internal NSA catalog reveals that such methods already exist for numerous end-user devices
Spy* 0102 NYT/ Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower, Should Be Given Clemency
Spy 0103 Real News Network/ NYT Editorial Backs Snowden but Fails Other Whistleblowers

US DOMESTIC SECURITY (FBI, 28X, 7*) – More Bad Press for US Cops
FBI 1214 NYT/ Assailant Dead After Shooting at Colorado School
FBI 1215 Gua/ When Will the US Learn From Australia – Stricter Gun Control Laws Save Lives
FBI 1215 NYT/ Arrests Challenge Los Angeles County Sheriff’s 4-Term Tenure
FBI* 1216 NYT/ Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control [“law enforcement” isn’t enforcing laws – not very intelligence, given that cops are often the targets of the weapons they are now refusing to control]
FBI 1216 Aljazeera/ Boston Police Department’s New Assault Rifles Raise Concern over Militarization of Police
FBI 1216 Truthout/ Report Finds Police Intelligence Gathering Tactics Threaten National Security
FBI* 1218 USA Today/ India outraged by cavity search of diplomat in NYC [just US cops going a bit too far again]
FBI 1220 Daily News & Analysis/ Preneet Kaur – India won’t dilute its stand on Devyani Khobragade case
FBI 1220 Hindustan Times/ India demands apology in Devyani row, US says no
FBI 1220 NYT/ Obama Commutes Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases
FBI 1220 Think Progress/ Pulling back the curtain on police shootings
FBI* 1221 Mother Jones/ You’ll Never Guess Where This FBI Agent Left a Secret Interrogation Manual
FBI 1221 NYT/ No Widespread Misconduct Is Found in the Secret Service
FBI 1222 NYT/ A Dealer Serving Life without Having Taken One
FBI 1222 NYT/ Victim in Colorado School Shooting Dies
FBI 1222 NYT/ When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill
FBI* 1226 NYT/ In a Car-Culture Clash, It’s the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians [the LAPD once again chooses a losing strategy]
FBI 1228 Metro/ Man who used Facebook to contact al-Qaida pleads guilty to terror charge
FBI 1228 NYT/ India Finds New Methods to Punish US Diplomats
FBI 1228 USA Today/ Newtown killer had occasionally violent tendencies
FBI 1228 WP/ Judge denies bail in alleged ‘knockout game’ case
FBI* 1230 WSJ/ The End of the US-India Honeymoon – New Delhi’s overwrought reaction to a diplomatic kerfuffle jeopardizes ties that had been strengthening
FBI 1230 South China Morning Post/ Indian envoy’s trial for underpaying maid highlights abuses, activists say
FBI 1231 NYT/ FAA Picks Diverse Sites to Carry Out Drone Tests
FBI 1231 NYT/ Kelly, Flinching a Bit, Looks Back with Head High [New York Police Department boss]
FBI 1231 NYT/ Philadelphia Monsignor to Be Released on Bail Pending Appeal in Abuse Case
FBI* 0101 NYT/ Florida Law on Drug Tests for Welfare Is Struck Down

ASIA (Asia, 28X, 1*) – Trouble & Protests in Cambodia & Thailand
Asia 1216 NYT/ China Focusing Graft Inquiry on Ex-Official
Asia 1216 NYT/ North Korean Leader’s Aunt Appears Unscathed
Asia 1217 Philippine Star/ US does not recognize China air defense zone
Asia 1218 WSJ/ Indian Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create Corruption Watchdog
Asia 1219 LAT/ Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea to prepare for leader’s birthday
Asia 1220 Reu/ China probes top official in powerful ministry
Asia 1221 VOA/ Thai Opposition to Boycott February Vote
Asia 1222 SMH/ Charges laid over Bangladesh factory fire
Asia 1222 USA Today/ Thai protesters stage new mass rally in Bangkok
Asia 1223 NYT/ Antigovernment Protesters Vow to Block Elections in Thailand
Asia 1223 The Province/ Police on Thai resort island find improvised bomb in truck parked near station for [police]
Asia 1223 VOA/ Thai Protesters Fail to Obstruct Election Registration
Asia 1225 South China Morning Post/ Kim Jong-un, uncle warred over seafood exports to China before purge
Asia* 1226 UN/ Women make gains in India’s Kashmir region [which may be India’s best arm against Muslim jihadists encouraged by Pakistan]
Asia 1226 Cortez Journal/ Garment workers rally against Cambodia government
Asia 1226 NYT/ Japanese Premier Visits Contentious War Shrine
Asia 1226 UN/ Police, protesters clash in Thailand, leaving one dead and dozens injured
Asia 1227 NYT/ Thai Election Body Urges Vote Delay as Unrest Flares
Asia 1227 Zee News/ Thailand’s powerful army doesn’t rule out coup
Asia 1228 BBC/ Thai protester shot dead as political crisis deepens
Asia 1228 Voice of Russia/ 12 men, including a juvenile, arrested in India over double gang rape
Asia 1229 Bloomberg/ More Than 500 China City Lawmakers Quit Over Cash for Votes
Asia 1229 NYT/ In Textbook Fight, Japan Leaders Seek to Recast History
Asia 1230 The Hindu/ Eight shot dead in Xinjiang
Asia 1230 Xinhua/ China Voice – Enshrining war criminals goes beyond bilateral politics
Asia 1231 Malaysia Sun/ Bangladesh seeks factory owner arrest
Asia 0102 Bloomberg/ Cambodian troops quash protest at garment factory
Asia 0102 Reu/ Malaysia’s Islamic authorities seize Bibles as Allah row deepens
Asia 0102 Xinhua/ Pro-gov’t Thai Red Shirts to deter protesters’ “Bangkok shutdown”

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 24X, 2*) – Putin Pardons or PR Ops for Olympics
East 1214 NYT/ Meeting Opposition Leaders, Ukraine’s President Calls for End to Protests
East 1216 NYT/ European Union Suspends Trade Talks with Ukraine
East* 1217 NYT/ Russia Offers Ukraine a Financial Lifeline [could the IMF or EC done better]
East 1218 NYT/ Russia Offers Cash Infusion for Ukraine
East 1218 WSJ/ Ukrainian Prime Minister Lauds Russian Bailout Deal
East 1219 BBC/ Putin ‘to pardon’ jailed former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky
East 1219 JTA/ Putin says he’ll pardon oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky
East 1219 USA Today/ Pussy Riot members freed from prison
East 1219 WSJ/ Ukraine Move Threatens European Nuclear, Gas Efforts
East* 1220 NYT/ IMF Scolds Ukraine Plan for Economy [sounds a lot like a “bad looser” advising “reforms” that in the West caused widespread difficulties]
East 1220 NYT/ Buoyed by a Deal with Russia, Ukraine’s Leader Tries to Reassert His Authority
East 1220 NYT/ Putin, Secure in Power, Says He May Free Jailed Rival
East 1220 Reu/ Putin critic Khodorkovsky free after pardon, heads for Germany
East 1223 BBC/ Pussy Riot – Russia frees jailed Pussy Riot members
East 1224 CNN/ Greenpeace – Russia drops case against ‘Arctic 30’ environmental activists
East 1226 Moscow Times/ 7 Greenpeace Activists Allowed to Leave Russia
East 1226 RFE/ Protesters Call For Probe into Ukrainian Journalist’s Assault
East 1227 Reu/ Ukraine police allege opposition ties to reporter’s attackers
East 1227 RIA/ From Russia – Freed Pussy Riot Activists to Start Prisoners’ Rights Group
East 1227 WP/ Pussy Riot still wants to topple Putin
East 1228 Zee News/ Pussy Riot girls – Vladimir Putin `paranoid`, Khodorkovsky should be President
East 1229 Reu/ Woman suicide bomber kills at least 13 at Russian [Volgograd] station
East 1230 Bloomberg/ The Biggest Olympic Security Risk May Not Be at Sochi
East 1230 NYT/ Bombings Jolt Russia, Raising Olympic Fears
East 1231 NYT/ Bomb Attacks in Russia Echo Threats by Chechen Insurgent
East 0103 CTV/ Putin tests ski slopes in Sochi, weeks away from Winter Games

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 23X, 1*) – Obamacare Established & Marijuana Too
Pol 1214 NYT/ Boehner’s Jabs at Activist Right Show GOP Shift
Pol 1214 NYT/ In 2 States, Corner Cannabis Store Nears Reality
Pol 1217 Paul Krugman/ Despite Glitches, Obamacare Likely to Succeed
Pol 1218 NYT/ Budget Deal Offers a Reprieve from Washington Paralysis
Pol 1219 Truthout/ Unemployed Americans Speak Out as Benefits Are Slashed at Christmas
Pol 1220 NYT/ A Legacy in the Balance on Surveillance Policies
Pol 1221 NYT/ Federal Judge Rules That Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in Utah
Pol 1223 Real News Network/ Private Federal Contractors Cost Taxpayers Twice as Much as Civil Servants
Pol 1224 Aljazeera/ In Alberta, Canada, Environmental Regulators Now Funded by Fossil Fuel Industry
Pol 1224 Truthout/ Canadian Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Human Rights of Sex Workers
Pol 1226 Care2/ How Do You End Homelessness? If you’re This State, You Offer People Homes
Pol 1228 Vermontbiz/ Long-term jobless benefits expire Saturday, weekly unemployment claims spike
Pol 1229 Brad Blog/ Disgraced Former Members of Bush Justice Department Challenge Order Denying ‘True the Vote’ Intervention in Texas Photo ID Case
Pol 1229 NYT/ A Rare Elected Voice for Socialism Pledges to Be Heard in Seattle
Pol 1229 NYT/ New Law All but Bars Russian GPS Sites in US
Pol 1230 Ind/ Green Wednesday – Colorado Prepares for Over-the-Counter Sale of Recreational Marijuana
Pol 1230 NYT/ Democrats Turn to Minimum Wage as 2014 Strategy
Pol 0101 NYT/ De Blasio Draws All Liberal Eyes to New York City
Pol 0101 NYT/ Millions Gaining Health Coverage under Law
Pol 0101 NYT/ Power Curbed, Detroit Mayor Faces Big Job
Pol* 0102 Progress Report/ By the Numbers… Obamacare Numbers to Know
Pol 0102 NYT/ Taking Office, de Blasio Vows to Fix Inequity
Pol 0102 NYT/ Up Early and in Line for a Marijuana Milestone in Colorado

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 21X, 4*) – Usual Troubles & Problems
Isr* 1216 NYT/ Saudi Prince Criticizes Obama Administration, Citing Indecision in Mideast [in short, according to the Saudis, when will the US get around to scolding the “international spoiled brat” Israel]
Isr 1216 NYT/ Scholars’ Group to Disclose Result of Vote on an Academic Boycott of Israel
Isr* 1217 NYT/ Boycott by Academic Group Is a Symbolic Sting to Israel
Isr 1218 Inside Higher Ed/ Native American Studies Group Joins Israel Boycott
Isr 1221 Haaretz/ Arab League rejects Kerry’s security plan
Isr 1222 Electronic Intifada/ Taking Direct Action against Israel’s Racist Marriage Law
Isr 1222 IPS/ Iran Sanctions Bill [in the US] Big Test of Israel Lobby Power
Isr* 1223 Electronic Intifada/ Hillel International Faces Crisis as Swarthmore Chapter Rebels against Its Israel Guidelines [Oh surprise! Anti-Israel speech has been censored in the USA]
Isr 1223 ABC/ Israel – Rocket from Gaza Hits Israel; No Injuries
Isr 1223 BBC/ Israel police search for bus bombing suspects
Isr 1224 Reu/ Israeli civilian, Palestinian girl killed in Gaza flare-up
Isr 1228 Dawn/ UN condemns Israeli raid in West Bank
Isr* 1229 Fox/ Kerry reportedly says he will consider freeing Jonathan Pollard as part of a prisoner swap [Pollard is worth much more to Israel and could be swapped for the end of Israeli colonization of Palestinian territories]
Isr 1229 ABC/ Rockets Fired from Lebanon into Israel
Isr 1229 NYT/ Members of Jewish Student Group Test Permissible Discussion on Israel
Isr 1231 UN/ 26 Palestinian prisoners freed by Israel
Isr 0102 ABC/ Israel Official – Jordan Valley Must Remain Border
Isr 0102 NYT/ Sticking Point in Peace Talks – Recognition of a Jewish State
Isr 0102 South China Morning Post/ Booby trap in safe that killed Palestinian envoy in Prague a mystery
Isr 0102 USA Today/ Ex-Israeli PM Sharon in critical condition
Isr 0103 NYT/ While Kerry Pushes Peace Talks, Israeli Leader Airs Criticism

EGYPT (Egypt, 20X, 0*) – Crackdown Continues on Muslim Brotherhood
Egy 0102 UN/ Police, pro-Morsi protesters fight in several Egyptian cities, leaving 2 dead
Egy 1218 AP/ Ousted Egypt president to be tried over conspiracy
Egy 1218 NYT/ As Pressure Builds, Egypt’s Police Experience a New Feeling – Fear
Egy 1221 LAT/ Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi charged with additional crimes
Egy 1222 Fox/ Prosecutors refer Egypt’s ousted Morsi to 3rd trial, over 2011 prison breaks
Egy 1223 CBS/ Three core, secular members of 2011 Arab Spring movement jailed in Egypt
Egy 1223 Irish Times/ Egypt jails key activists of 2011 uprising
Egy 1224 USA Today/ 12 dead after blast rocks Egypt police station
Egy 1225 NYT/ Egyptian Officials Point at Islamist Group after Blast at Police Building
Egy 1226 Ahram Online/ Egypt – Declaring Brotherhood a terrorist group draws praise from liberal political groups
Egy 1226 NYT/ Egypt, Dealing a Blow to the Muslim Brotherhood, Deems It a Terrorist Group
Egy 1226 Telegraph/ Egypt rounds up Brotherhood members as bomb hits Cairo bus
Egy 1226 WP/ Egypt’s military-backed government declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization
Egy 1227 NYT/ Egypt Broadens New Crackdown on Brotherhood
Egy 1227 Time/ Muslim Brotherhood Protests Egypt Crackdown
Egy 1228 NYT/ Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Defy Egyptian Crackdown
Egy 1228 Reu/ Egypt – Islamist students clash with police at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University
Egy 1229 Al-Bawaba/ Cold blooded Brotherhood – Egyptian man shot dead for daughter’s pro-Morsi sign
Egy 1229 Fox/ Blast hits near military facility in northern Egypt
Egy 1230 Reu/ Egypt likely to change roadmap, hold presidential vote first-sources

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 14X, 2*)
West 1215 Time/ Pope’s Crackdown on Order Alarms Traditionalists
West 1216 NYT/ Revelations That Ikea Spied on Its Employees Stir Outrage in France
West* 1217 NYT/ Pope Replaces Conservative US Cardinal [anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage Raymond L. Burke] on Influential Vatican Committee
West 1217 LAT/ Angela Merkel is sworn in for a third term as German chancellor
West 1217 USA Today/ Pope shares his birthday breakfast with homeless
West 1219 Gua/ MI6 ‘turned blind eye’ to torture of rendered detainees, finds Gibson report
West 1219 NYT/ 2 Found Guilty in Grisly Killing of British Soldier
West 1221 CBC/ Prostitution laws
West 1221 Euronews/ Spain moves to roll abortion laws back to 1985
West 1226 NYT/ Pope, Off Script, Nods to Atheists in Holiday Call for World Peace
West 1227 G&M/ France considering banning comedian over anti-Semitic jibes
West* 1230 Huffington Post/ France Cleared to Impose Unbelievably High Tax on the Rich [“unbelievably high tax” is far from “neutral” reporting and means the US may be worried it will catch on]
West 1230 The Australian/ French supertax gets go-ahead
West 1231 Irish Times/ Failure to reach Northern Ireland deal ‘disappointing’

ECONOMICS (Eco, 12X, 1*)
Eco 1218 New York Review of Books/ The Financial Crisis – Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted
Eco 1220 UN/ World Bank governance unit will fight graft in developing world, Kim says
Eco 1223 Mother Jones/ Charts – The Worst Long-Term Unemployment Crisis since the Depression
Eco 1224 Care2/ Walmart and Disney Refuse to Compensate Injured Bangladeshi Workers
Eco 1226 Buzz Flash/ New Revelation that AG Eric Holder Is Protecting JPMorgan Chase NYC from Criminal Investigation
Eco 1228 NYT/ Police Salaries and Pensions Push California City to Brink
Eco 1230 Buzz Flash/ The Shocking Redistribution of Wealth in the Past Five Years
Eco 1230 Daily Take/ For Economic Stability, Follow the French
Eco 1230 NYT/ JPMorgan Chase Hired China’s Elite to Get Nepotism Advantage on Contracts
Eco 1230 NYT/ On Defensive, JPMorgan Hired China’s Elite
Eco* 1231 NYT/ Clothing Brands Sidestep Blame for Safety Lapses [with US companies leading the flock]
Eco 0102 NYT/ Loan Monitor Is Accused of Ruthless Tactics on Student Debt

LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 12X, 0*)
Amer 0103 Center for Economic and Policy Research/ Outrage Following Honduran Colonel’s Attack Against US Human Rights Defender
Amer 1217 BBC/ US businessman Jacob Ostreicher escapes Bolivia
Amer 1217 Waging Nonviolence/ Honduran Elections Signal Increased Militarism and Resource Extraction
Amer 1219 Global Post/ Castro praises Raul’s handshake with Obama
Amer 1219 NYT/ Brazil Snubs Boeing in Fighter Jet Deal
Amer 1219 VOA/ Cuba Lifts Restrictions on Car Imports
Amer 1222 Euronews/ Cuba – Raul Castro talks of possible ‘advances’ in relations with US
Amer 1225 Democracy Now/ Beyond Plan Colombia – Covert CIA Program Reveals Critical US Role in Killings of Rebel Leaders
Amer 1225 NACLA/ In Post-Election Honduras, Challenges and Opportunities for the Resistance
Amer 1227 UN/ FARC regional commander, 9 others killed by Colombia security forces
Amer 1229 NYT/ A Civil Servant in Mexico Tests US on Asylum
Amer 1230 NYT/ Brazil Forging Economic Ties with Cuba, While Hiring Its Doctors

SYRIA (Syria, 10X, 1*)
Syr 1215 WP/ Air raids kill at least 22 in Syria’s Aleppo
Syr 1216 UN/ More than 70 killed in Aleppo by Syrian government bombs
Syr 1217 Euronews/ Aleppo targeted in air strike by Syrian government jets for third successive day
Syr 1217 UN/ Syrian government withheld polio immunization from rebel-held region
Syr 1218 RT/ ‘US doesn’t mind if Assad stays’
Syr* 1219 UN/ UN panel cites civilian “enforced disappearances” by Syrian government [it looks like Assad learned something from Cheney-Bush regime]
Syr 1221 USA Today/ Syrian rebels seize strategic hospital in Aleppo
Syr 1223 Ind/ At least 65 killed as Assad helicopters bomb Aleppo
Syr 1229 Boston Globe/ 21 die as Syrian forces strike market
Syr 1230 UN/ More than 500 killed this month in Aleppo airstrikes, group says

TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL TOPICS (Tech, 9X, 3*)
Tech* 1215 Truthout/ More Dishonesty about Thailand’s Upheaval From the “International New York Times” [Washington still has its backdoor entry at the NYT, even after Iraq’s WMD]
Tech 1219 CNN/ Data Brokers Selling Lists of Rape Victims, AIDS Patients
Tech 1219 Progress Report/ Why Aren’t More People Talking About This? A Final Look at 2013
Tech 1219 UN/ 3 countries [Syria, North Korea and Iran] named by General Assembly for rights violations
Tech 1220 NYT/ Target Says Data for 40 Million Shoppers Was Stolen
Tech* 1231 Dispatches from the Edge/ “Are You Serious?” Awards 2013, Conn Hallinan
Tech* 1231 Other Words/ Winning and Losing the “Great Game” at the Same Time, Emily Schwartz Greco and William A Collins
Tech 0103 UN/ UN peacekeeper deaths declined in 2013
Tech 0103 WP/ Code-Cracking Quantum Computer Is NSA Goal

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 8X, 2*)
Env* 1215 Truthout/ Why the First GMO Labeling Law in the US Doesn’t Matter [because it hasn’t been enacted and won’t be for some time – what a fiddle and window-dressing for Xmas]
Env 1223 Reu/ CNN Winter weather kills seven; record highs in New York, Philadelphia
Env* 1231 Common Dreams/ New Study – ‘Worst’ of Climate Predictions Are the Most Likely – Groundbreaking research on cloud behavior and global warming says ‘catastrophic’ increase of 4°C or more by 2100 should be expected
Env 0102 Alternet/ Elephants Pushed Toward Extinction as Terrorist Groups Bankrolled With Ivory Trade to US and China
Env 0102 UN/ Report – Link between ivory poaching, child mortality found
Env 0103 CTV/ High winds, waves and tides bring flooding to Britain, France
Env 0103 Reu/ General Mills Begins Selling Cheerios without GMO Ingredients
Env 0103 UN/ Report – Poor countries show rise in obesity

US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 7X, 1*)
CIA 1214 NYT/ A Disappearing Spy [Robert Levinson], and a Scandal at the CIA
CIA 1215 CTV/ Iran says ex-FBI agent’s whereabouts unknown, demands US explain
CIA 1218 NYT/ Senate Asks CIA to Share Its Report on Interrogations
CIA 1219 UN/ Use of drones must conform to international law, General Assembly says
CIA 1220 NYT/ Release the Torture Reports, the Editorial Board
CIA* 1229 Consortium/ NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis
CIA 1231 Gua/ I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on – Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn’t), Heather Linebaugh

IRAN (Iran, 7X, 0*)
Iran 1214 USA Today/ Iran sends second monkey into space
Iran 1215 JP/ Iran arrests man accused of spying for Britain’s MI6
Iran 1221 Haaretz/ US blocking Iranian role in Syrian peace talks next month
Iran 1221 RFE/ Obama Says ‘No Need’ For New Iran Sanctions
Iran 1222 RFE/ Iran Says Nuke Talks Going Slowly
Iran 1229 WP/ Iran keeping new centrifuges offline
Iran 1231 AFP/ Iran says ‘good progress’ in nuclear talks

US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD, 6X, 1*)
DOD 1220 NYT/ In Navy Billing Scandal, a Third Company Puts an Executive on Leave
DOD* 1221 CNN/ US nuclear general [Michael Carey] drank too much, misbehaved in Russia [straight out of “Doctor Strangelove”]DOD 1222 G&M/ US Air Force fires general over drunken behaviour in Moscow
DOD 1224 Counterpunch/ “Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent”? Inside Guantanamo
DOD 1227 Real News Network/ Guantanamo – Twelve Years of US War Crimes
DOD 1228 NYT/ Reported Sexual Assaults in Military Increase

PAKISTAN (Pak, 4X, 0*)
Pak 0103 UN/ Pakistan recorded 85 polio cases in 2013
Pak 1219 UN/ Pakistan army clashes with Taliban in North Waziristan region
Pak 1226 UN/ Polio virus detected in sewers of Pakistan city
Pak 1230 UN/ Vaccination supervisor killed, 2 workers injured in attack at Pakistan hospital – Pakistan reports 5 new polio cases in tribal areas

AFGHANISTAN (Afgh, 3X, 1*)
Afgh 1214 Indian Express/ India to give 3 helicopters to Afghanistan next year
Afgh* 1219 NYT/ Local Turf-Sharing Accord with the Taliban Raises Alarm in Afghanistan [the former war lords replaced by the new war lords, and little changes]
Afgh 1227 USA Today/ Telegraph.co.uk 3 coalition soldiers killed in Kabul car bombing

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 630, 6 January 2014

DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 14 DECEMBER 2013 TO 3 JANUARY 2014

TROUBLES & VIOLENCE IN SOUTH SUDAN, CAR, SYRIA, IRAQ & ASIA TOO
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