“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” Summary, N. 653, 31 May 2015

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FRONT PAGE – MIGRANTS AT SEA, CHINA VS. USA OVER ISLAND, BURUNDI TROUBLES, COP TROUBLE IN USA, PATRIOT ACT BECOMES FREEDOM ACT

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 653, 31 May 2015

WORLD MEDIA – SYNTHESIS & MOST NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES TITLES BY TOPIC FROM 1 MAY 2015 TO 31 MAY 2015

The leading topics of May 2015 were MIDDLE EAST (30X noteworthy entries) ISIS Gains, Nuclear Bombs for All; ASIA (26X) Migrants at Sea, Factory Deaths, China vs. USA over Island; WESTERN EUROPE (26X) More Migrants at Sea, Greek Debt, Irish Gay Marriage, Progress in Divided Cyprus; AFRICA (24X) Burundi Troubles, Boko Haram Hunted, Tunisian Truth Commission; US COPS (22X) Cop Trouble in Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis & Minneapolis; US POLITICS (21X) Amtrak Train Accident, No Death Penalty in Nebraska; NSA (14X) Patriot Act Becomes Freedom Act; DIVERS (13X); PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (12X) Bloody Conflict Continues; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (10X)Vatican & Palestine, Israeli Apartheid; LATIN AMERICA (9X) Cuba / USa, Killing the Messenger in Colombia; EASTERN EUROPE (9X); FBI (7X); ECONOMICS (6X); and CIA (3X).

Last month’s leading topics were: MIDDLE EAST (25X) & Yemen (10X); US COPS (26X); AFRICA (22X); ASIA (19X); ISRAEL/PALESTINE (17X); GLOBAL TOPICS (16X); PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (15X); WESTERN EUROPE (14X); US DEFENCE & INTEL (9X); US POLITICS (11X); US EXTREMISTS (8X); EASTERN EUROPE (7X); and LATIN AMERICA (6X).

MOST NOTEWORTHY ARTICLE TITLES BY TOPIC

MIDDLE EAST (30X) ISIS Gains, Nuclear Bombs for All
08 *Top Al-Qaeda figure Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi killed in US air strike alongside his son
14 *Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability
16 *ISIS Fighters Seize Government Headquarters in Ramadi, Iraq
18 *Saudi Arabia ‘could buy Pakistani nuclear weapon’
20 *Iraq’s Sunni Strategy Collapses in Ramadi Rout
21 *After Ramadi, US and Allies Face Dilemma in Fight against Islamic State
21 *ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins
22 *Caught between rebels and Islamic State, Assad losing more ground in Syria
24 *The Islamic State is trying to buy a nuclear weapon in Pakistan [at least the IS knows where to look]
24 *UN [Middle East] nuclear arms ban blocked
28 *Iraq Exhumes 470 IS Victims near Tikrit

ASIA (26X) Migrants at Sea, Factory Deaths, China vs. USA over Island
10 *Rohingya Muslim boat people land in Indonesia, thousands more stuck at sea
12 *Another Bangladeshi Blogger Hacked to Death, Third Such Murder – Ananta Bijoy Das
14 *Manila shoe factory Fire kills 72 people where iron grills prevented escape
15 *Indonesia urged to stop virginity tests for female military applicants
16 *Malaysia intercepts migrants towed back to sea by Thais
16 *US, China clash over disputed South China Sea
21 *Report: China demanded US plane leave island airspace
23 *Nepal quake toll reaches 8,635, over 300 missing
29 *US surveillance detects Chinese artillery on disputed islands

WESTERN EUROPE (26X) More Migrants at Sea, Greek Debt, Irish Gay Marriage, Progress in Divided Cyprus
08 *UK – David Cameron and Conservatives Get Majority in British Election
12 *EU to ask UN to sanction military action against migrant boats in North Africa
12 *European Commission Prepares Plan to Distribute Migrants across EU
16 *Greek Prime Minister Rejects Further Austerity or Labor Changes
19 *EU Agrees to Naval Intervention on Migrant Smugglers
20 *Man arrested in Bardo museum attack came to Italy on migrant boat
21 *EU’s appeal is fading in ex-Soviet countries – Moldova is latest to sour on outreach, as summit is stage for failed hopes
23 *Cyprus’ Rival Leaders Take Stroll through Divided Capital
23 *Irish voters back gay marriage in ‘social revolution’
24 *Dutch government okays plan to ban full-face veil in public places
28 *Cyprus Talks Reap First Major Progress in More Than a Decade

AFRICA (24X) Burundi Troubles, Boko Haram Hunted, Tunisian Truth Commission
06 *Joint regional effort is showing results against Boko Haram militants
14 *Burundi General Claims to Oust President Pierre Nkurunziza
15 *Burundi – The military moves against Nkurunziza’s third term bid
18 *Nigerian military claims destruction of 10 Boko Haram camps
20 *Torture Claims in Tunisia Await Truth Commission
24 *Local media: Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital
28 *EU, Burundi’s Catholic Church pull out from observing elections
29 *33 Boko Haram militants, 3 troops killed in Lake Chad clash
30 *US Urges Burundi to Postpone Election
31 *African leaders meet in second push for peace in Burundi

US COPS (22X) Cop Trouble in Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis & Minneapolis
01 *Doctors Disagree with the Baltimore Police about Freddie Gray’s Spinal Injuries
01 *The Freddie Gray case should be a warning to reporters who print unfounded police leaks
01 *The man who filmed Freddie Gray reportedly arrested under suspicious circumstances
02 *6 Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Death
02 *Revelry greeted news on Friday that police officers faced charges in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore
06 *Sheriffs threaten retaliation if price of prisoner phone calls is regulated [cops do have an established monopoly]
08 *Justice Department Will Investigate Baltimore Police Practices
09 *Missouri Lawmakers Limit Revenue from Traffic Fines in St. Louis Area
13 *No Charges for Wisconsin Officer in Killing of Unarmed Black Teenager – Officer Matt Kenny will not face criminal charges.
16 *Racist Police Emails Put Florida Cases in Doubt
26 *Cleveland Reaches Settlement with Justice Department Over Police Conduct
29 *Cop Caught On Video [in South Minneapolis] Telling Black Teen ‘If You Fuck With Me, I’m Going to Break Your Legs’
31 *US police kill more than two people a day, report suggests

US POLITICS (21X) Amtrak Train Accident, No Death Penalty in Nebraska
02 *US Indictment Details Plotting in New Jersey Bridge Scandal
13 *Amtrak Train Derails in Philadelphia, Killing at Least 5 and Injuring Dozens
14 *Georgia Principal Fired for Racial Outburst
21 *Nebraska Legislature, in Bipartisan Vote, Bans Death Penalty
21 *US gets what it pays for on rail safety – As spending trails Asia and Europe, fatality rates are among world’s worst
22 *Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders
22 *President Obama’s first post on Twitter on Monday – Obama’s Twitter Debut, @POTUS, Attracts Hate-Filled Posts
30 *J. Dennis Hastert, a Republican who was the speaker of the House for eight years, in his Washington office in March 2007 – Hastert Case Is Said to Be Linked to Decades-Old Sexual Abuse
30 *To Fill Budget Hole, Kansas GOP Considers the Unthinkable: Raising Taxes

NSA (14X) Patriot Act Becomes Freedom Act
01 *Patriot Act Faces Revisions Backed by Both Parties
07 *Federal Appeals Court rules that the NSA’s massive surveillance program is illegal
14 *House Votes to End NSA’s Bulk Phone Data Collection
20 *Tech Giants Urge Obama to Reject Policies That Weaken Encryption NYT
21 *Snowden sees some victories, from a distance
29 *Report: Encryption is essential to maintain privacy

DIVERS (13X)
01 *Religious freedom: USCIRF report hypocritical, Modi govt should treat it as a joke – United States Commission of International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is a bit of a joke
12 *GM’s Ignition Switch Death Toll Hits 100
27 *FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Blatter Isn’t Among Them
27 *Global hunger reduced despite population gains, UN says

PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (12X) Bloody Conflict Continues
01 *Life sentences for shooters of iconic Nobel winner – Pakistan – the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Nobel Prize laureate
12 *Pakistanis Knew Where Osama Bin Laden Was, US Sources Say [which is obvious since Pakistani ISI permitted the construction of the walled compound in which he was living and had a liaison officer with Bin Laden]
16 *Pakistan – Forces launch “massive” op in Shawal Valley
19 *11 Afghan police receive 1-year prison sentences over mob killing of woman
31 *Ghani asks Islamabad to act against Afghan Taliban militants

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (10X)Vatican & Palestine, Israeli Apartheid
12 *Israeli general [in charge of Israeli forces on the Gaza and Egyptian borders] sees common interests with Hamas [which has been true since Hamas won the January 2006 elections but right-wing Israeli and US interests remained opposed to Hamas]
14 *Vatican to Recognize Palestinian State in New Treaty
17 *Israeli settlers reportedly chop down 800 Palestinian olive trees
20 *Israel PM suspends trial Palestinian bus segregation program

LATIN AMERICA (9X) Cuba / USa, Killing the Messenger in Colombia
10 *Pope Welcomes Raul Castro at Vatican Ahead of Cuba Trip
22 *Colombian army attacks FARC rebels, killing at least 26
24 *El Salvador – Slain archbishop [Oscar Romero] beatified
24 *One-Sided Death Toll in Mexico Gunfight Raises Questions
27 *Colombia guerrilla peace negotiator killed in government air strike
29 *US Removes Cuba from State-Sponsored Terrorism List

EASTERN EUROPE (9X)
18 *In Ukraine, Corruption Concerns Linger a Year after a Revolution
20 *Ukraine open to hosting missile-defense system
31 *Russia puts 89 western leaders on secret ban list

FBI (7X)
16 *Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Given Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing
18 *9 Bikers Are Killed in Shootout in Waco – Officers fired on bikers as the shooting spilled from the restaurant into a busy parking lot

ECONOMICS (6X)
17 *For the Highest-Paid CEOs, the Party Goes On
17 *Shareholders’ Votes Have Done Little to Curb Lavish Executive Pay
20 *Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour
21 *Five big banks plead guilty in antitrust investigation – Fines total 5.6 billion for fixing interest and foreign exchange rates – Citigroup, JPMorgan, Chase, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS

CIA (3X)
01 *American Psychological Association Bolstered CIA Torture Program, Report Says
07 *Germany Restricts Some Intelligence Sharing With US

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