INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) – ISSN 1245-2122
N. 691, 15 April 2017 – Full Issue (66 pages, 8 euros)
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FRONT PAGE – GORSUCH NUCLEAR OPTION, TRUMP-PUTIN BACK CHANNEL, FOX-O’REILLY, SYRIA CHEMICAL ATTACKS, US MISSILE ATTACKS, NORTH KOREA CRISIS
World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 1 April 2017 to 15 April 2017
The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 690, 31 March 2017) were: US EXTREMISM (54X) Michael Flynn, Trump “Wiretapped”, Dunce More Than Wizard, Self-Inflicted Chaos, No Apologies, Political Minders, No LGBT People; US POLITICS (44X) Travel Ban II Blocked, Budget, Gorsuch, Health Care Defeat, Nunes Recusal, Sanctuary Cities Prosper; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (16X) UN’s “Apartheid Regime” Report, Jewish Teen Bomber, New Colonies Approved; WESTERN EUROPE (15X) Brexit Mess, Scotland, French Presidential Campaign; MIDDLE EAST (14X) US Mosul Bombing, ISIS Still Fighting; ENVIRONMENT (14X) Climate Change, Obama Heritage, Trump Rollback, China to Lead; EASTERN EUROPE (9X) Putin Critics Don’t Live Long; US SPOOKS (7X) FBI’s Comey on Trump’s Russia Ties; US COPS (7X) Trump “Kicks Out the Stops”; ASIA (6X) Intolerant and Violent India; ECONOMICS (3X) Machines and Sociologists; AFRICA (2X) Droughts, Wars and Famines; LATIN AMERICA (2X) Mexico and Venezuela; and TECH (1X) SpaceX’s Recycled Rocket.
This issue’s leading topics are: US POLITICS (45X) Gorsuch Nuclear Option, Russia “Scheme”, Bannon Out, Government Shutdown, Clash with California; US EXTREMISM (37X) Trump Incited Violence, Climate Denial, Trump-Putin Back Channel, Fox-O’Reilly, Senate “Nuclear Option”, Holocaust Denial; MIDDLE EAST (22X) Syria Chemical Attacks, US Missile Attacks, Pakistan-India Extremists; WESTERN EUROPE (12X) French Elections, Brexit & EU “Red Lines”; US COPS (11X) No More Curbs on Police Abuses, Stomping on Handcuffed Black Man’s Face; ASIA (10X) North Korea Crisis, India vs. China; ECONOMICS (9X) Shrink Big Banks, Doctor Dragged Off a United Plane; US SPOOKS (8X) Russian Efforts, ATF Las Vegas Fling, CIA “Unholy Trinity”; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (6X) Colony Talks Suspended, Killings; EASTERN EUROPE (5X) Russia Subway Blast, No Chechnya Gays; LATIN AMERICA (5X) Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico; ENVIRONMENT (5X) Japan, Australia, Pennsylvania, the Rich Carbon Footprint; TECH (4X) Fake News App, Mexico Penis Sets; and AFRICA (2X) South Africa.
It has now been five successive issues of “ISP” in which the two dominant media topics have been interchangeably “US Politics” and “US Extremism”, with other world topics coming far behind. During the last fortnight of March, Trump and the GOP failed to impose a new Muslim travel ban and also failed to do away with Obamacare, two of their most important political objectives. Add to this the fact that the head of the House investigation concerning Russia-Trump-election ties, Devin Nunes, was forced out as head. During the most recent fortnight, Trump’s extreme right-wing advisor, Steve Bannon, “was abruptly removed from the National Security Council”, and the Senate had to censure the Democrat filibuster (the “Nuclear Option”) be able to install right-wing judge Neil Gorsuch in the Supreme Court. Now Trump is faced with passing a poorly-backed federal budget (or a government shut-down), an open clash with the state of California and another attempt to do away with Obmacare, all of which means that more failures are to be expected. Trump has now also shown that he will use America military strength by bombing Syrian and Afghan targets, while trying to decide what to do with North Korea and its nuclear program. So both major political and military can be expected in the near future.
Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 691, 15 April 2017
FULL LIST OF TOPICS BASED OF ALL NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES OF THE FIRST HALF OF APRIL 2017
US POLITICS (45X) Gorsuch Nuclear Option, Russia “Scheme”, Bannon Out, Government Shutdown, Clash with California
US EXTREMISM (37X) Trump Incited Violence, Climate Denial, Trump-Putin Back Channel, Fox-O’Reilly, Senate “Nuclear Option”, Holocaust Denial
MIDDLE EAST (22X) Syria Chemical Attacks, US Missile Attacks, Pakistan-India Extremists
WESTERN EUROPE (12X) French Elections, Brexit & EU “Red Lines”
US COPS (11X) No More Curbs on Police Abuses, Stomping on Handcuffed Black Man’s Face
ASIA (10X) North Korea Crisis, India vs. China
ECONOMICS (9X) Shrink Big Banks, Doctor Dragged Off a United Plane
US SPOOKS (8X) Russian Efforts, ATF Las Vegas Fling, CIA “Unholy Trinity”
ISRAEL/PALESTINE (6X) Colony Talks Suspended, Killings
EASTERN EUROPE (5X) Russia Subway Blast, No Chechnya Gays
LATIN AMERICA (5X) Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico
ENVIRONMENT (5X) Japan, Australia, Pennsylvania, the Rich Carbon Footprint
TECH (4X) Fake News App, Mexico Penis Sets
AFRICA (2X) South Africa
Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 691, 15 April 2017
LENGTHIEST 1-15 APRIL 2017 ENTRY
9 APRIL 2017
*Saudi Arabia – Sport, culture and entertainment: Driving tricky Saudi change/ James M. Dorsey\ Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has put sports, culture and entertainment, at the cutting edge of his effort to culturally and socially take his conservative kingdom into the 21st century. To do so, he needs the approval of the country’s powerful, Sunni Muslim ultra-conservative religious establishment as legitimization of his bid to upgrade Saudi autocracy and ensure the survival of his ruling family. Prince Mohammed is believed to be widely popular in the kingdom. A 30-year old, he is in tune with aspirations of Saudi youth who, taken aback by the violence engulfing the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the 2011 popular Arab revolts, want change but largely do not question the Al Saud family’s claim to the right to rule. Prince Mohammed’s Vision 2030 sets out his plans to diversify the kingdom’s fossil fuel-dependent economy and enhance the role of women but not totally free them from the shackles of in part tribally-inspired ultra-conservatism. It envisions sports, culture and entertainment as a way to address frustrations of Saudi youth without surrendering political control. This may sound pedestrian in a world in which sports, culture and entertainment are important fact totems of everyday life. In Saudi Arabia, a country with no cinemas that only in the last year authorized a limited number of public concerts and Western-style entertainment events and that has yet to introduce sports in girl’s schools, it is bold, tricky, and risky. The approach puts the country’s ultra-religious establishment in a bind. Their endorsement gives Prince Mohammed’s ruling Al Saud family legitimacy. It sets the Al Sauds apart from other autocratic, ruling Gulf families whose power is based on a combination of history, legacy, ability to deliver goods and services, and coercion. By endorsing Prince Mohammed’s reforms that violate their puritan, ultra-conservative worldview, the scholars risk their credibility. Yet, the degree to which Prince Mohammed succeeds in liberalizing Saudi society is likely to determine to what extent he can ensure that the kingdom’s ultra-conservatives do not lose out to militant, violent and non-violent, scholars who accuse them of selling out and deviating from the true path of the faith. It will also impact his efforts to diversify and streamline the Saudi economy.
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