Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 691, 15 April 2017

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.

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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

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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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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 690, 31 March 2017

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP)                      ISSN 1245-2122

N. 690, 31 March 2017                                       Full Issue (75 pages, 8 euros)
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Next Issue, 15 March 2017            Summary Issue (3 pages, free on request)
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Editor
Olivier Schmidt
Email: intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr
Blog: http: intelligenceadi.wordpress.com
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FRONT PAGE – TRAVEL BAN & HEALTH CARE DEFEATS, ISRAEL “APARTHEID” REORT, BREXIT STARTS, CLIMATE CHANGE ILLEGAL

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 16 March 2017 to 31 March 2017

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 689, 15 March 2017) were: US POLITICS (52X) Russian Inquiry, Muslim Ban, Sessions, Trumpcare, GOP vs. Trump; US EXTREMISM (52X) Crazies with Guns, Lying under Oath, False Claims, Conspiracy Theories, Liberal Genocide; WESTERN EUROPE (22X) French Elections, Vatican Civil War, Brexit Starts; US SPOOKS (18X) FBI Probes Trump-Russia, CIA Vault 7 Leaks, CIA Torture; MIDDLE EAST (12X) ISIS, Syria, Turkey, Iran; ASIA (8X) North Korea Problem for All; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (6X) Israel’s Trump-like Ban; US COPS (6X) No More Troubled Police Agencies Now; ENVIRONMENT (6X) Monsanto’s Roundup, Dying EPA with Trump; TECH (6X) Humanitarian Crisis, America’s Decline; ECONOMICS (4X) Typical Corruption, Uber; and AFRICA (2X) South Sudan, Ethiopia.

This issue’s leading topics are: 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.

In the four preceding issues of ISP, the interchangeable two dominant media topics have been “US Politics” and “US Extremism”, with other world topics coming far behind. That is again the case with this issue of ISP. During the last fortnight, Trump — and the GOP — have failed to impose a new Muslim travel ban and have failed to do away with Obamacare, two of their most important political objectives. Moreover, the head of the House investigation concerning Russia-Trump-election ties, Devin Nunes, has been forced out as head. This could prove to be bad news in the mid-term for Trump. Israel has made the news with the UN “apartheid” report and government approval of a new colony in Palestinian territory. Climate change has also been an important topic over the fortnight with both the US military and major energy companies contradicting Trump and his sidekicks on the question, but they’re not going to be bothered by one more contradiction with the real world.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 690, 31 March 2017

FULL LIST OF TOPICS BASED OF ALL NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES OF THE SECOND HALF OF MARCH 2017

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
TECH (1X) SpaceX’s Recycled Rocket

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 690, 31 March 2017

LENGTHIEST 16-31 MARCH 2017 ENTRIES

21 MARCH 2017

**Frightbart: The View From Steve Bannon’s Propaganda Site Will Scare the Bejeezus Out of You… Which Is Its Point – A heavy-handed take on how the world is going to hell/ Alternet\ A Breitbart reader quivers, all right, hunkered down in the safe spaces of Fortress America while enemies gather outside the gates. But what he or she needs protection from is, to take a recent dozen, (1) a “mass-murdering bureaucrat;” (2) an armed home invader in Louisiana who demanded money and wouldn’t accept food stamps; (3) naked, mushroom-crazed brothers running amok through an apartment complex in Indianapolis; (4) machete and axe attacks in Germany; (5) a woman in Belgium suspected of plotting a terror attack; (6) man-hating Swedish feminists; and, speaking of Sweden, (7) a growing number of fatal shootings there, and also there, (8) a suspected car bomb; and back at home, (9) a Trump-defying Paul Ryan who “targets his own Republicans, not Democrats, on Health Care”; (10) Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) warning that the CIA is spearheading “authoritarian government”; (11) to our north, “Women Kicked Out of Women’s Shelter to Make Room for a ‘Transgender’ Man,” and, if you like your fright more graphic, (12) “Mexican Cartel Spreads ISIS-Like Beheading Video to Gain Border Turf near Texas.”

22 MARCH 2017

**Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo: We’re nearing point of no return with Palestinians, moderates/ JP\ A debate over which is the biggest threat to Israel – Hezbollah’s rockets or Iran’s nuclear program – erupted anew on Tuesday, between Mossad director Yossi Cohen, who focused on Iran, and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, who opted for Hezbollah…Later on at the conference, former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo took a different approach, arguing that the failure to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli- Arab conflict was the only real threat to Israel’s existence. He said Israel’s failure to make brave decisions and cut a deal with its neighbors has it on the march toward becoming a bi-national state…Pardo’s criticism seemed to be aimed at Netanyahu, who has pushed for brokering an alliance with Arab moderates first and addressing the Palestinian issue later, since taking office in 2009…Pardo appeared to agree with Netanyahu’s assertion that common interests have brought opportunities for relations with the Arab world. But unlike Netanyahu, he warned that these ties could not be fully cultivated without a solution to the Palestinian issue. He also warned that the opening toward an alliance with moderate Arab states was temporary and that, without a deal in the near future, growing Iranian power could eventually have those states cutting a deal with Iran against Israel.

31 MARCH 2017

*’Strap in Tight’: GOP Strategist Rick Wilson Connects the Dots on the Latest Devin Nunes Bombshell/ Raw Story\ If you think this is all a coincidence, Wilson has a Nigerian prince with $30 million for you. News that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) received intelligence of possible surveillance of Trump administration officials from two people from within the Trump administration rocked the political world on Thursday — and one longtime GOP strategist thinks more explosive revelations are still to come. GOP strategist Rick Wilson wrote a tweet storm on Thursday afternoon that connected the dots that link Nunes, White House officials Michael Ellis and Ezra Cohen-Watnick, White House political strategist Steve Bannon, and disgraced former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. “Two White House operatives — possibly improperly — accessed classified to pass it to Nunes as part of a political pushback operation,” Wilson began. “Who ordered it? Who asked for them to do so? If you think two lower-level guys took it upon themselves to make this play, I’ve got a Nigerian prince with $30 million dollars for you. Who is running the WH pushback operation on Trump’s Russia scandal? It rhymes with Beeve Stannon.”

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