“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 632, 3 February 2014, summary version

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 632, 3 February 2014

WORLD MEDIA – 18 JANUARY 2014 TO 31 JANUARY 2014 REPORTS & SYNTHESIS

This issue number 632, covers 18 January 2014 to 31 January 2014 and includes  23 pages, with 276 entries in 11,743 words, and 18* noteworthy entries marked *. This format provides information by topic and then by chronological listing of media report titles.  In this issue, as with the preceding one, Iraq appears as a separate topic, independent of the Middle East topic, but will probably be included once again under Middle East in our next issue. The numbers for this issue’s specific topics are: ASIA (Asia, 33X, 0*, stable), Thailand Protests & Vote, Philippines-Rebel Treaty; EASTERN EUROPE (East, 30X, 1*, up very significantly from 6X), Ukraine’s Violence & Russian Olympics; US NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 28X, 7*, up significantly from 19X), Obama’s “Reforms” & NSA “Illegal”; SYRIA (Syr, 23X, 0*, up from 19X), Peace Talks, but No Progress & More Violence; US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 21X, 2*, stable), Abortion, Life Support, Food Stamps & Minimum Wage; PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (Paf, 18X, 0*, stable), Talking with Taliban as They Bomb You; AFRICA (Afr, 17x, 0*, down significantly from 28X), CAR, South Sudan, Nigeria & South Africa; EGYPT (Egy, 16X, 2*, up from 9X), Deadly Jihadist Attacks; US INTERNAL SECURITY (FBI, 14X, 0*, stable) Executions, Shootings & Abuse; ENVIRONMENT (Env, 12X, 1*, stable), Water Starting to Become Scarce; WESTERN EUROPE (West, 12X, 0*, perviously 16X), Hollande’s & His Women Problems; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 11X, 1*, down significantly from 24X); IRAN (Iran, 10X, 0*, stable); ECONOMICS (Eco, 9X, 4*, stable); MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 8X, 0*, previously 12X); IRAQ (Iraq, 7X, 0*, down significantly from 20X); US DEPT OF DEFENSE (DOD, 2X, 0*, previously 7X); LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 2x, 0*, previously 4X); TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL TOPICS (Tech, 2X, 0*, previously 6X); US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 1x, 0*, previously 7X).

This issue’s 18 significant entries are:

US NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 28X, 7*), Obama’s “Reforms” 1 NSA “Illegal”
Spy* 0119 Gua/ Intelligence chair – NSA leaker Edward Snowden may have had Russian help – Rogers- Snowden ‘a thief whom we believe had some help’ – Feinstein adds voice to criticism of Obama NSA speech [rather poor quality “damage control” by those who were supposed to control the NSA]
Spy* 0120 NYT/ Congressional Leaders Suggest Earlier Snowden Link to Russia [but provide no proof and the FBI has none to add]
Spy* 0123 BBC/ Edward Snowden bids to become Glasgow University rector [Scottish students showing their stuff]
Spy* 0123 NYT/ Watchdog Report Says NSA Program Is Illegal and Should End
Spy* 0124 NYT/ Pentagon Study Finds Agencies Ill Equipped to Detect Foreign Nuclear Efforts [now the world public is going to hear “NSA protects against developing nuclear bombs” when the NSA failed for Israel, India and Pakistan]
Spy* 0124 NYT/ US Willing to Hold Talks if Snowden Pleads Guilty [isn’t it supposed to be “innocent until proven guilty”]
Spy* 0127 Real News Network/ Intelligence Officials Make Direct Threats on Snowden’s Life

ECONOMICS (Eco, 9X, 4*)
Eco* 0118 NYT/ From Hunger to Fame, With a Shoestring Menu [Jack Monroe and her “Hunger Hurts” blog]
Eco* 0123 Progress Report/ Our Gilded Age – Americans’ Views on Income Inequality
Eco* 0124 NYT/ Fined Billions, JPMorgan Chase Will Give Dimon a Raise [and no term in jail either]
Eco* 0124 NYT/ Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 21X, 2*), Abortion, Life Support, Food Stamps & Minimum Wage
Pol* 0121 The Week/ It’s Official – Republicans Are Done Trying To Kill Obamacare [Wow! What a steep learning curve.]
Pol* 0130 NYT/ Ads with controversial [non-racist] take on the American family go to the Super Bowl (An American Family Returns to the Table) [publicity is “anodyne” only when the viewers aren’t extremists]

EGYPT (Egy, 16X, 2*), Deadly Jihadist Attacks
Egy* 0123 Aljazeera/ Gunmen kill 5 police officers at Egyptian checkpoint (Reu/ Egyptian government accused of “unprecedented scale” of violence against civilians) [no, it’s not a one-way street]
Egy* 0127 NYT/ Militants Down Egyptian Helicopter, Killing 5 Soldiers [Israel is probably not very happy to know that jihadist neighbors have manpads]

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 30X, 1*), Ukraine’s Violence & Russian Olympics
East* 0130 NYT/ Ukrainian protest factions battle among themselves – As opposition is pressed to show more control, 5 activists are wounded [so the “pro-democracy” elements are not that well-behaved and shoot at each other]

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 11X, 1*)
Isr* 0128 JP/ Palestinian PM’s car stopped by Israeli forces for third time in two weeks [the international “spoiled brat” keeps up its reputation]

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 12X, 1*), Water Starting to Become Scarce
Env* 0130 NYT/ A Mafia Legacy Taints the Earth in Southern Italy [how different is it with international corporations]

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power,  N. 632, 3 February 2014

DATA ENTRIES BY TOPIC – 18 JANUARY 2014 TO 31 JANUARY 2014

ASIA (Asia, 33X, 0*), Thailand Protests & Vote, Philippines-Rebel Treaty

Asia 0119 WSJ/ Dozens Injured as Blast Hits Bangkok Protest Site
Asia 0120 Business Standard/ Japan scraps ‘never wage a war’ pledge
Asia 0121 BBC/ India’s Arvind Kejriwal runs Delhi from mass sit-in
Asia 0121 Daily Star/ Thai protesters lay siege to provincial offices
Asia 0121 NYT/ India – Delhi’s Leader Holds Protest over Police
Asia 0122 ABC/ China Activist Stays Mum in Protest during Trial [lawyer Xu Zhiyong]
Asia 0122 Reu/ Thai capital under emergency as pro-government leader wounded
Asia 0123 NYT/ Big Web Crash in China – Experts Suspect Great Firewall
Asia 0123 UN/ Witnesses point to killings of Rohingya by Myanmar security forces, rights group says
Asia 0123 VOA/ Thai Protest Leader Rejects Emergency Decree
Asia 0123 WP/ India police say village elders ordered gang-rape
Asia 0123 WP/ New Citizens founder’s manifesto blocked in China
Asia 0124 NYT/ Thai Court Says Postponement of Election Is Constitutional
Asia 0124 UN/ UN’s Pillay urges Myanmar to investigate killings of Rohingyas
Asia 0125 Deutsche Welle/ Philippine government and Muslim rebels complete peace deal talks
Asia 0125 NYT/ Explosions and Police Clashes Leave Dozen Dead in Western China
Asia 0126 NYT/ China Sentences Xu Zhiyong, Legal Activist, to 4 Years in Prison
Asia 0126 NYT/ Philippines and Rebels Agree on Peace Accord to End Insurgency
Asia 0126 Times of India/ Japan – Differences with India on nuclear pact narrowed down
Asia 0126 WSJ/ Thai Protester Killed During Campaign to Block Voting
Asia 0127 USA Today/ Report claims N. Korea executes relatives of purged uncle
Asia 0128 Gulf News/ Islands belong to Japan, kids will be taught
Asia 0128 Gulf News/ Taiwan minister set for historic visit to China
Asia 0128 Montreal Sazette/ Indonesian court sentences Pakistani man to 7 years in jail for smuggling asylum [seekers]
Asia 0128 Zee News/ North Korea’s Kim Jong Un executes all blood relatives of ‘traitor’ uncle
Asia 0129 Boston Globe/ Despite violence, Thailand to hold vote this weekend
Asia 0129 Time/ Gay Sex Is a Crime and Will Stay a Crime, Says India’s Top Judges
Asia 0129 VOA/ Philippines Military Offensive Kills 37 Rebels
Asia 0130 Fox/ Former Chinese mayor expelled from ruling party for prosecution in graft case
Asia 0130 Houston Chronicle/ Thai government forced to beg access to offices
Asia 0131 NYT/ In Thailand, Determined Voters Ready to Repel Protesters
Asia 0131 The Australian/ Anger as China forces out US journo
Asia 0131 Times of India/ Arvind Kejriwal names 20 top ‘corrupt’ leaders, says Rahul, Modi spending crores

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 30X, 1*), Ukraine’s Violence & Russian Olympics

East 0119 NYT/ Determined to Miss Nothing, Russia Trains All Eyes on Sochi
East 0119 VOA/ Ukrainians Protest in Defiance of New Law
East 0120 Bloomberg/ Ukraine Activists Scuffle with Police as Violence Erupts
East 0120 CBS/ Security threats at Sochi Olympics worry US officials
East 0120 NYT/ Olympics Security Worries US Officials
East 0121 USA Today/ Another night of clashes in Ukraine capital
East 0122 NYT/ At Least 2 Dead in Renewed Protests in Ukraine
East 0122 NYT/ US and Russia Discuss Olympic Security
East 0123 Bloomberg/ Russia Shuts Door on Khodorkovsky Return as Lebedev to Be Freed
East 0123 Fox/ Ukraine opposition gives president election ultimatum
East 0123 NYT/ Unrest Deepens in Ukraine as Protests Turn Deadly
East 0124 Fox/ Ukrainian president reportedly offers concessions to protestors after violent clashes
East 0124 G&M/ Protesters prepare for battle in Independence Square
East 0124 Kyiv Post/ Protesters in Ukraine dig in, erect more barricades after talks fail
East 0124 NYT/ Claims of Police Brutality in Ukraine amid Talks to Quell Unrest
East 0124 WP/ Ukraine protests expand across Kiev, other cities
East 0125 BBC/ Ukraine crisis – Peaceful negotiations ‘futile’
East 0125 NYT/ Kiev Truce Falls Apart, and Unrest Resurges
East 0126 BBC/ Ukraine – President Yanukovych blinks first over protests
East 0126 NYT/ Opposition Says No to Ukraine on Power Share
East 0127 NYT/ Ukraine Protests Spread as Overture Is Spurned
East 0128 NYT/ Karadzic Calls Military Commander as Witness in Bosnia Genocide Trial
East 0128 Reu/ Ukraine PM Azarov offers to resign ‘to help end conflict’ (NRCU/ Party of Regions – Ukraine PM Azarov’s resignation not accepted so far)
East 0129 Economic Times/ Vladimir Putin rejects meddling in Ukraine (Voice of Russia/ Russia meets with EU at Brussels summit amid riots in Ukraine; Boston Herald/ Putin – We stand by Ukraine commitments)
East 0129 NYT/ Ukrainian Prime Minister Resigns as Parliament Repeals Restrictive Laws
East 0129 Times/ Missing dentures take teeth out of Karadzic showdown with Mladic
East* 0130 NYT/ Ukrainian protest factions battle among themselves – As opposition is pressed to show more control, 5 activists are wounded [so the “pro-democracy” elements are not that well-behaved and shoot at each other]
East 0130 NYT/ US Says Russia Tested Missile, Despite Treaty
East 0131 CNN/ Ukraine’s political crisis puts country at risk, military says
East 0131 NYT/ Talks Stall as President of Ukraine Calls in Sick

US NSA SPY SCANDAL (Spy, 28X, 7*), Obama’s “Reforms” & NSA “Illegal”

Spy 0118 Gua/ Obama’s NSA ‘Reforms’ Are Little More Than a PR Attempt to Mollify the Public
Spy 0118 NYT/ Obama Outlines Calibrated Curbs on Phone Spying
Spy* 0119 Gua/ Intelligence chair – NSA leaker Edward Snowden may have had Russian help – Rogers- Snowden ‘a thief whom we believe had some help’ – Feinstein adds voice to criticism of Obama NSA speech [rather poor quality “damage control” by those who were supposed to control the NSA]
Spy 0119 EFF/ Rating Obama’s NSA Reform Plan – EFF Scorecard Explained [3.5 out of 12 possible]
Spy 0119 NYT/ With Plan to Overhaul Spying, the Divisiveness Is in the Details
Spy 0119 The Hindu/ Obama – US will continue to spy on foreign govts [“business as usual”]
Spy* 0120 NYT/ Congressional Leaders Suggest Earlier Snowden Link to Russia [but provide no proof and the FBI has none to add]
Spy 0121 Care2/ Five Criticisms of Obama’s NSA Speech
Spy 0121 ProPublica/ Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance
Spy 0122 NYT/ Snowden Denies Suggestions That He Was a Spy for Russia
Spy 0122 RIA/ Snowden Dismisses Claims He Was Spying for Russia
Spy* 0123 BBC/ Edward Snowden bids to become Glasgow University rector [Scottish students showing their stuff]
Spy* 0123 NYT/ Watchdog Report Says NSA Program Is Illegal and Should End
Spy 0123 Care2/ Some States Have a Sneaky Plan to Stop the NSA
Spy* 0124 NYT/ Pentagon Study Finds Agencies Ill Equipped to Detect Foreign Nuclear Efforts [now the world public is going to hear “NSA protects against developing nuclear bombs” when the NSA failed for Israel, India and Pakistan]
Spy* 0124 NYT/ US Willing to Hold Talks if Snowden Pleads Guilty [isn’t it supposed to be “innocent until proven guilty”]
Spy 0125 NYT/ On Children’s Website, NSA Puts a Furry, Smiley Face on Its Mission
Spy 0126 Gua/ German TV – Edward Snowden Says NSA Is Involved in Industrial Sabotage – Information Not Related to National Security Is Taken
Spy* 0127 Real News Network/ Intelligence Officials Make Direct Threats on Snowden’s Life
Spy 0127 Truthout/ Obama’s NSA Speech Makes Orwellian Surveillance Patriotic, Michael Ratner
Spy 0128 NYT/ Spy Agencies Tap Data Streaming from Phone Apps
Spy 0128 NYT/ US Relaxes Some Data Disclosure Rules
Spy 0129 BBC/ Snowden leaks – GCHQ ‘spied on Facebook and YouTube’
Spy 0129 Gua/ Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Spy 0129 RT News/ Head of GCHQ, Britain’s Electronic Intelligence Agency, to Step Down by Year’s End Following Snowden Leaks
Spy 0130 Ind/ NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Spy 0130 RT/ ‘Our views are far apart’ – German chancellor slams US, UK over spying
Spy 0131 NYT/ NSA Choice Is Navy Expert on Cyberwar

SYRIA (Syr, 23X, 0*), Peace Talks, but No Progress & More Violence

Syr 0119 NYT/ Syrian Opposition Votes to Attend Peace Talks
Syr 0119 VOA/ Syrian National Council Agrees to Attend Peace Talks with Government
Syr 0120 BBC/ Syria crisis – Iran invite threatens Geneva peace talks
Syr 0120 UN/ “Urgent discussions” ongoing over Iran’s presence at Syrian peace talks
Syr 0121 BBC/ Syria photos may prove claims of torture
Syr 0121 Indian Express/ Ban’s U-turn – Under pressure, UN retracts invitation to Iran, Russia calls it ‘mistake’
Syr 0121 NYT/ Talks over Syria Are Set to Begin, but Iran Is Not Invited
Syr 0121 UN/ Torture, killings of 11,000 in Syria may be war crimes, experts say
Syr 0122 Fox/ Report claims Syrian government behind ‘systematic killing’ of 11000 detainees
Syr 0122 NYT/ Photo Archive Is Said to Show Widespread Torture in Syria
Syr 0122 Reu/ Syria peace conference opens with rifts over Assad
Syr 0123 NYT/ Syrian Peace Talks Open with Vitriol, as Official Rails at Rebels
Syr 0123 VOA/ Al-Qaida Chief Zawahri Tells Islamists in Syria to Unite
Syr 0124 CTV/ Syrian gov’t vows to leave peace talks if ‘serious’ discussions don’t start soon
Syr 0124 UN/ Face-to-face peace talks between Syrian delegations hit stumbling block
Syr 0125 SMH/ Syria’s warring sides meet in same room
Syr 0127 NYT/ Syrian Rebels Say Plan to Aid Blockaded City Is a Ploy
Syr 0128 Reu/ More Syrian chemical arms toxins shipped out, inspectors say
Syr 0128 Fox/ Syria peace talks focus on power transfer, aid to besieged Homs
Syr 0128 UN/ No progress in Syrian peace talks, aid shipments to Homs
Syr 0129 NYT/ Rebels in Syria Claim Control of Resources
Syr 0129 NYT/ Syrian Talks Disrupted by Congress’s Approval of Aid to Rebels
Syr 0130 Reu/ Rights group – Demolitions in two Syrian cities target civilians

US DOMESTIC POLITICS (Pol, 21X, 2*), Abortion, Life Support, Food Stamps & Minimum Wage

Pol 0118 NYT/ Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down as Judge Cites Burden on Citizens
Pol 0118 USA Today/ Judge – NC Abortion Ultrasound Law Illegal
Pol* 0121 The Week/ It’s Official – Republicans Are Done Trying To Kill Obamacare [Wow! What a steep learning curve.]
Pol 0122 NYT/ Ex-Governor of Virginia Is Indicted on Charges over Loans and Gifts
Pol 0123 NYT/ Gay Marriages Confront Catholic School Rules
Pol 0123 Paul Krugman/ Good Republicans Reject Evolution
Pol 0123 TPM/ GOP House Candidate Says God Created Autism, Dementia and Tornadoes to Punish Gays
Pol 0124 Real News Network/ Gar Alperovitz – Nuclear Attack on Japan Was Opposed by American Military Leadership
Pol 0124 Toronto Star/ Quebec seniors home met all fire regulations, minister says
Pol 0125 NYT/ In Nuns’ Suit, Justices Block Key Mandate in Health Law
Pol 0125 NYT/ Judge Orders Hospital to Remove Pregnant Woman from Life Support
Pol 0125 The Hindu/ 8 confirmed dead in Quebec fire, about 30 missing
Pol 0128 NYT/ Backing in GOP for Legal Status for Immigrants
Pol 0129 Daily Take/ The Republican Conspiracy Has Worked
Pol 0129 Mother Jones/ Republicans Just Won the Food Stamp War
Pol 0129 NYT/ House Votes to Restrict Payments for Abortions
Pol 0129 NYT/ In State of the Union Address, Obama Vows to Act Alone on the Economy
Pol 0129 Esquire/ Congress Agrees That People Should Go Hungry, Charles P. Pierce
Pol* 0130 NYT/ Ads with controversial [non-racist] take on the American family go to the Super Bowl (An American Family Returns to the Table) [publicity is “anodyne” only when the viewers aren’t extremists]
Pol 0130 NYT/ House Approves Farm Bill, Ending a 2-Year Impasse
Pol 0130 Progress Report/ “Give America a Raise” – Obama Calls on Congress to Raise Minimum Wage, But States Aren’t Waiting

PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (Paf, 18X, 0*), Talking with Taliban as They Bomb You

Paf 0118 NYT/ Afghanistan – Taliban Attack Kills 16 at [Kabul] Restaurant Favored by Westerners
Paf 0119 Geo News/ TTP – Ready for dialogue with Pakistani government
Paf 0119 NYT/ Deadly Attack at Kabul Restaurant Hints at Changing Climate for Foreigners
Paf 0119 VOA/ Taliban’s Kabul Attack Heightens Concerns
Paf 0119 WP/ Bomb kills 20 troops in NW Pakistan
Paf 0120 LAT/ Afghanistan bombing kills one coalition soldier
Paf 0120 NYT/ Suicide Bombing near Pakistani Military Headquarters Kills at Least 13
Paf 0120 UN/ 4 polio cases reported in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency
Paf 0122 LAT/ Pakistan bombing is latest in wave of attacks on polio workers
Paf 0124 Reu/ Pakistani court condemns mentally ill Briton to death for blasphemy
Paf 0125 Reu/ Afghan president says US should start talks with Taliban or leave
Paf 0126 LAT/ Suicide bomber hits military bus in Afghan capital, killing 4
Paf 0126 NYT/ False Claims in Afghan Accusations on US Raid Add to Doubts on Karzai
Paf 0127 NYT/ Afghanistan Exit Is Seen as Peril to Drone Mission
Paf 0127 USA Today/ US – Afghanistan to release ‘dangerous’ prisoners
Paf 0129 Hindustan Times/ Obama – If Afghanistan agrees, US will keep a small force there after 2014
Paf 0129 WP/ Karzai suspects US is behind insurgent-style attacks, Afghan officials say
Paf 0130 NYT/ Report Says Afghanistan Can’t Be Trusted to Prevent Misuse of US Aid

AFRICA (Afr, 17x, 0*), CAR, South Sudan, Nigeria & South Africa

Afr 0118 NYT/ Last-Ditch Effort Emerges to Restore Order in Central African Republic
Afr 0120 UN/ Interim CAR president elected as EU approves troop deployment
Afr 0121 Euronews/ New Central African Republic president immediately calls for rebels to disarm
Afr 0121 UN/ Nigerian village attacked by militants; 18 dead
Afr 0123 Bloomberg/ South Sudan Rebels Say They’re Ready to Sign Cease-Fire Accord
Afr 0123 UN/ Forced marriage following rape outlawed by Moroccan parliament
Afr 0124 Africa Confidential/ South Sudan – A deal under duress – The combatants have signed up to a ceasefire more because they ran out of options than because they wanted peace
Afr 0124 BBC/ South Sudan ceasefire to take effect
Afr 0124 Houston Chronicle/ Prominent Muslim ex-leader slain in CAR capital
Afr 0127 FT/ Tunisian assembly passes new constitution
Afr 0128 All Africa/ Nigeria – 40 Killed, 25 Injured As Insurgents Attack Borno Village
Afr 0128 BBC/ Chinese ivory smuggler gets record Kenyan fine
Afr 0128 Telegraph/ Mamphela Ramphele to challenge Jacob Zuma for presidency
Afr 0129 Bloomberg/ S. Africa’s Opposition Targets ANC Vote with Black Candidate
Afr 0129 The Punch/ CAR crisis – UN ‘may need 10,000 troops’
Afr 0130 WP/ IMF releases delayed $500M in funding for Tunisia
Afr 0131 Fox/ Red Cross – 30 dead in last 3 days in C. African Republic capital fighting

EGYPT (Egy, 16X, 2*), Deadly Jihadist Attacks

Egy 0119 Onislam/ Egypt’s 98.1 Yes vote sparks criticism
Egy* 0123 Aljazeera/ Gunmen kill 5 police officers at Egyptian checkpoint (Reu/ Egyptian government accused of “unprecedented scale” of violence against civilians) [no, it’s not a one-way street]
Egy 0123 G&M/ Gunmen on motorcycles kill five policemen in central Egypt
Egy 0124 BBC/ Egypt militants step up campaign with Cairo blasts
Egy 0124 BBC/ Egypt violence – Deadly blasts hit police in Cairo
Egy 0124 CNN/ Timing, power of blast at Cairo police HQ raises fears
Egy 0124 Montreal Gazette/ Egyptian state TV reports large explosion in downtown Cairo, near police
Egy 0124 UN/ Series of explosions in Egyptian city injure 100, leave 6 dead
Egy 0125 CTV/ 5 Egyptian diplomats, employees abducted in Libya overnight
Egy 0125 NYT/ Prolonged Fight Feared in Egypt after Bombings
Egy 0126 FT/ At least 49 dead as violence marks anniversary of Egypt uprising
Egy* 0127 NYT/ Militants Down Egyptian Helicopter, Killing 5 Soldiers [Israel is probably not very happy to know that jihadist neighbors have manpads]
Egy 0128 BBC/ Egypt ex-President Morsi defiant at jailbreak trial
Egy 0129 VOA/ Egypt – Ousted President Defiant at Trial
Egy 0130 News International/ Egypt to try 20 Al-Jazeera journalists
Egy 0131 WP/ Egypt military – Airstrikes kill 7 Sinai militants

US INTERNAL SECURITY (FBI, 14X, 0*) Executions, Shootings & Abuse

FBI 0118 NYT/ After a Prolonged Execution in Ohio, Questions Over ‘Cruel and Unusual’
FBI 0122 Daily Take/ Why Did Police Beat an Elderly Man for Jaywalking
FBI 0123 Irish Times/ Texas executes Mexican despite opposition
FBI 0124 National Post/ World’s worst human finally arrested by the FBI
FBI 0124 Truthout/ How Antiwar Activists Robbed the FBI, Got Away With It, and Exposed Massive Covert Surveillance
FBI 0125 NYT/ Ex-Governor of Virginia and Wife Plead Not Guilty to Corruption
FBI 0125 WP/ Three are dead in shooting at mall in Columbia, MD
FBI 0126 NYT/ Three Dead in Shooting at Maryland Mall – Police Call the Episode Isolated
FBI 0127 Center for Public Integrity/ North Carolina Complaint Alleges Excessive Force by Police in Schools
FBI 0128 Gua/ The Return of the Firing Squad? US States Reconsider Execution Methods
FBI 0129 Truthout/ When J. Edgar Hoover Lost and Freedom Won
FBI 0130 Progress Report/ Alabama prison staff guilty of rampant rape and abuse
FBI 0131 NYT/ Justice Dept. Starts Quest for Inmates to Be Freed
FBI 0131 NYT/ Mayor Says New York City Will Settle Suits on Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 12X, 1*), Water Starting to Become Scarce

Env 0118 NYT/ Severe Drought Grows Worse in California
Env 0120 Weather Channel/ At Least 2 Dead and Hundreds Evacuated After Major Floods in French Riviera
Env 0121 NYT/ China Exports Pollution to US, Study Finds
Env 0122 CNN/ Japan officials defend dolphin hunting at Taiji Cove
Env 0123 NYT/ Europe, Facing Economic Pain, May Ease Climate Rules
Env 0126 NYT/ Accidents Surge as Oil Industry Takes the Train
Env 0126 NYT/ Fissures in GOP as Some Conservatives Embrace Renewable Energy
Env 0128 NYT/ Genetic Weapon against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming
Env 0128 Truthout/ Hawaii’s GMO War Headed to Honolulu and Federal Court
Env* 0130 NYT/ A Mafia Legacy Taints the Earth in Southern Italy [how different is it with international corporations]
Env 0131 Common Dreams/ Drinking Water for 17 California Communities About to Run Dry?
Env 0131 Reu/ British nuclear plant detects elevated levels of radiation

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 12X, 0*), Hollande’s & His Women Problems

West 0121 ABC/ Italy Police Re-Arrest Vatican Monsignor [Nunzio Scarano]
West 0121 NYT/ Hollande’s Romances Turn into a Political Spectacle in France
West 0121 SMH/ No more first ladies, says Hollande
West 0122 FT/ François Hollande under pressure to deliver after policy ‘U-turn’
West 0123 USA Today/ Police seize Rome pizzerias, cafes linked to mafia
West 0125 BBC/ French presidency denies Hollande-Trierweiler split reports
West 0126 G&M/ French President Hollande splits with partner after affair
West 0128 Daily Mail/ Sunday Mirror reporter admits hacking phones for more than a year
West 0129 Ahram Online/ Hollande feels backlash over Valerie dumping
West 0130 CNN/ Trierweiler – Learning about Hollande affair was ‘like falling from skyscraper’
West 0131 Telegraph/ Francois Hollande refuses to answer questions on private life
West 0131 USA Today/ Hollande refuses to take question on love life

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 11X, 1*)

Isr 0119 Fox/ Netanyahu slams UNESCO delay of exhibit on Jewish ties to Holy Land
Isr 0119 Haaretz/ Israeli army strikes Islamic Jihad militant in Gaza
Isr 0119 NYT/ Region Boiling, Israel Takes up Castle Strategy
Isr 0120 Electronic Intifada/ Children Burned with Cigarettes by Israeli Soldiers in Illegal Settlement
Isr 0121 JP/ IDF observing Hamas strides to deter Gaza rocket fire
Isr 0122 NYT/ Israeli Airstrike Kills at Least 2 in Gaza
Isr 0123 BBC/ Israel arrests three-man ‘al-Qaida cell’ in East Jerusalem
Isr* 0128 JP/ Palestinian PM’s car stopped by Israeli forces for third time in two weeks [the international “spoiled brat” keeps up its reputation]
Isr 0129 JTA/ Abbas OK with Israeli army in West Bank during three-year transition
Isr 0129 NYT/ Palestinian Leader Says He Can Accept Israeli Military in West Bank for 3 Years
Isr 0130 Haaretz/ Israeli businesspeople launch campaign for peace with Palestinians

IRAN (Iran, 10X, 0*)

Iran 0120 NYT/ Iran Says it Suspends Enrichment under Deal with Powers
Iran 0120 NYT/ UN Invites Iran to Syria Talks, Raising Objections from the US
Iran 0120 UN/ Iran has curbed nuclear enrichment program, IAEA confirms
Iran 0121 UN/ UN withdraws Iran’s invite to Syrian peace conference
Iran 0121 USA Today/ Iran to send warships to Atlantic
Iran 0121 Xinhua/ China applauds implementation of Geneva nuclear deal
Iran 0123 NYT/ Rouhani Says Iran Has No Plan for Nuclear Weapons
Iran 0129 AP/ UN inspectors in Iran to visit uranium mine
Iran 0129 Haaretz/ Obama vows to veto Congressional action on new Iran sanctions
Iran 0130 Al-Arabiya/ Obama repels new Iran sanctions push, for now

ECONOMICS (Eco, 9X, 4*)

Eco* 0118 NYT/ From Hunger to Fame, With a Shoestring Menu [Jack Monroe and her “Hunger Hurts” blog]
Eco 0121 Truthout/ BP Employees, Outraged by Lack of Compensation, Warn Oil Spill Victims
Eco* 0123 Progress Report/ Our Gilded Age – Americans’ Views on Income Inequality
Eco* 0124 NYT/ Fined Billions, JPMorgan Chase Will Give Dimon a Raise [and no term in jail either]
Eco* 0124 NYT/ Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change
Eco 0125 Gua/ San Francisco’s guerrilla protest at Google buses swells into revolt
Eco 0125 NYT/ Despite a Rough Year, JPMorgan Chase Gives Jamie Dimon a Big Raise
Eco 0128 Daily Take/ A Declaration of the End of the Reagan Era
Eco 0129 Times/ JP Morgan building plunge victim was IT chief at bank

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 8X, 0*)

Mide 0121 Gua/ Turkey democracy being rolled back, warns Gulen
Mide 0121 NYT/ At Least 4 Killed as Bomber Strikes in Beirut
Mide 0121 Reu/ Gunmen kill leading figure of Yemeni Shi’ite group
Mide 0122 Bloomberg/ EU Sparks Fly Over Turkey’s Civil Rights as Entry Bid Languishes
Mide 0122 Haaretz/ Explosion rocks Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut, at least three dead [Al-Arabiya/ The Lebanon branch of the Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, vowing to continue to strike Hezbollah over its role in the Syrian war.]
Mide 0122 Khaleej Times/ Turkey conducts new mass judicial purge
Mide 0124 Arab News/ Turkey PM to freeze contested judicial reforms
Mide 0129 Daily Mail/ Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers speech as 10-foot hologram – Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses party faithful in a recorded green-screen message

IRAQ (Iraq, 7X, 0*)

Iraq 0119 WP/ Iraq announces offensive against al-Qaida
Iraq 0120 NYT/ Iraq Again Uses Sunni Tribesmen in Militant War
Iraq 0120 Reu/ Iraqi police – Bomb blasts kill 26 people in Baghdad
Iraq 0125 Press Trust of India/ Iraq violence kills 15 as January toll tops 800
Iraq 0128 Time/ US Cleared to Sell Attack Helicopters and Missiles to Iraq
Iraq 0130 WP/ Militants storm government office in Baghdad
Iraq 0131 RFE/ Militants Storm Government Building in Baghdad

US DEPT OF DEFENSE (DOD, 2X, 0*)

DOD 0124 NYT/ Reports of Cheating Prompt Review of US Nuclear Launch Crews
DOD 0129 The National/ Obama urges Guantanamo closure this year, shift from ‘permanent war footing’

LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 2x, 0*)

Amer 0121 UN/ Operation by Colombian army reportedly kills 14 FARC members
Amer 0129 The Hindu/ UN chief meets Fidel Castro

TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL TOPICS (Tech, 2X, 0*)

Tech* 0131 Venezuelaanalysis.com/ Latest Human Rights Watch Report – 30 Lies about Venezuela [there have been indications that Human Rights Watch has been pro-Washington in the past]
Tech 0130 Truthout/ The New York Times Calls Torture “Torture” When the Perp Is an Official Enemy, Justin Doolittle

US FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE (CIA, 1x, 0*)

CIA 0118 Norman Solomon/ Why the Washington Post’s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power,  N. 632, 3 February 2014

DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 18 JANUARY 2014 TO 31 JANUARY 2014
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