INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) ISSN 1245-2122
N. 693, 15 May 2017 Full Issue (62 pages, 8 euros)
Twice Every Month
Next Issue, 31 May 2017 Summary Issue (2 pages, free on request)
Publishing since 1980
Blog: http: intelligenceadi.wordpress.com
List: http: groups.yahoo.com group intelligence-secrecy-power-adi
Postal: ADI, 16 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France
Copyright ADI 2017, reproduction in any form forbidden without explicit authorization from the ADI.
FRONT PAGE – TRUMP FIRES FBI CHIEF, PRISON FOR LAUGHING, MACRON WINS, DEADLY US COPS
World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 1 May 2017 to 15 May 2017
The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 692, 30 April 2017) were: US EXTREMISM (47X) “Trump’s Authority”, Ethics Waivers, Fox News, Confederate Monuments, 100 Days; US POLITICS (35X) Jon Ossoff & Georgia Election, Science Strikes Back, Trump-Russia Investigation, Sanctuary Cities; MIDDLE EAST (12X) Erdogan’s Turkey, 140 Afghan Soldiers Killed, Syria, Egypt; WESTERN EUROPE (10X) Paris Shootout, Brexit & Snap Elections; ASIA (10X) North Korea, THAAD Installed, Trump’s US Carrier Cheat; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (8X) Palestinian Hunger Strike, Israel Attacks Damascus Airport; ECONOMICS (7X) Trump’s Tax Cuts, Murdoch-Fox Business; US SPOOKS (6X) Trump-Russia, Russia-Taliban, NSA News; ENVIRONMENT (5X) Unhealthy US Air, Trump & Paris Agreement; LATIN AMERICA (5X) Venezuela Unrest, Brazil General Strike; US COPS (4X) Died of Thirst in Jail, Shot in the Back but No Trial; AFRICA (2X) Boko Haram, Kenya; EASTERN EUROPE (1X) Jehovah’s Witnesses Banned; and TECH (1X) Obesity Tops Life-years Lost.
This issue’s leading topics are: US POLITICS (57X) Trumpcare passes House & Trump Fires FBI Chief Comey, Trump “Idiot”; US EXTREMISM & TRUMP (43X) “Completely Inept”, No Use for the Constitution, Prison for Laughing, War on Sick People & the Poor; WESTERN EUROPE (14X) Brexit gets nasty, Macron President, Vatican sex abuse cases; US COPS (13X) Shootings of Unarmed Jordan Edwards, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling & Chicago “Gang Database”; US SPOOKS (9X) NSA Surveillance & Lost Digital Weapons; ASIA (6X) North Korea, South Korea; MIDDLE EAST (5X) Pakistan, China, Syria, Kurds & Turkey; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (4X) USA & Palestinian Hunger Strike; ENVIRONMENT (3X) Anti-Science Trump & Pro-Obama Senate; AFRICA (1X) Boko Haram, Nigeria; LATIN AMERICA (1X) Venezuela Clashes; EASTERN EUROPE (1X) Prison for “Pokémon Go” in Church; ECONOMICS (1X) Puerto Rico Bankruptcy; and ECO 04 *Puerto Rico Declares a Form of Bankruptcy.
For six successive issues of “ISP”, the two dominant media topics have been interchangeably “US Politics” and “US Extremism”, with other world topics coming far behind. But now with the increasingly obvious incapacity and incompetence of Trump politics seems to have become more important and Trump and US Extremism seem to be falling behind. However, Trump’s firing of FBI director Comey seems to have opened a new specific topic, “The Russia Thing”, which may well lead to the down fall of Trump and his closest allies, and a discrediting of the GOP that choose “to go along for the ride”. Both Western Europe and US Cops have moved up closer to the two dominant topics, while the remaining topics continue to be dispersed in the lower third groups of topics. In our forthcoming issues of “ISP”, we will probably be obliged to maintain a specific “The Russia Thing” topic and another US Extremism & Trump which may often not be an easy distinction.
Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 693, 15 May 2017
FULL LIST OF TOPICS BASED OF ALL NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES OF THE FIRST HALF OF MAY 2017
US POLITICS (57X) Trumpcare passes House & Trump Fires FBI Chief Comey, Trump “Idiot”
US EXTREMISM & TRUMP (43X) “Completely Inept”, No Use for the Constitution, Prison for Laughing, War on Sick People & the Poor
WESTERN EUROPE (14X) Brexit gets nasty, Macron President, Vatican sex abuse cases
US COPS (13X) Shootings of Unarmed Jordan Edwards, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling & Chicago “Gang Database”
US SPOOKS (9X) NSA Surveillance & Lost Digital Weapons
ASIA (6X) North Korea, South Korea
MIDDLE EAST (5X) Pakistan, China, Syria, Kurds & Turkey
ISRAEL/PALESTINE (4X) USA & Palestinian Hunger Strike
ENVIRONMENT (3X) Anti-Science Trump & Pro-Obama Senate
AFRICA (1X) Boko Haram, Nigeria
LATIN AMERICA (1X) Venezuela Clashes
EASTERN EUROPE (1X) Prison for “Pokémon Go” in Church
ECONOMICS (1X) Puerto Rico Bankruptcy
ECO 04 *Puerto Rico Declares a Form of Bankruptcy/ NYT
Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 693, 15 May 2017
LENGTHIEST 1-15 MAY 2017 ENTRIES
3 MAY 2017
Blasphemy and Terrorism: Catchall Phrases to Repress Dissent/ James M. Dorsey\ Blasphemy has joined terrorism as a catchall phrase to intimidate, incarcerate and kill critics and political opponents as well as stifle unfettered debate and settle scores. There is however one difference: terrorism is a justification for curbing freedom of expression often used by governments irrespective of how democratic or undemocratic they may be. Blasphemy serves not only as a tool for governments but has also empowered religious ultra-conservatives, frenzied mobs, and extremist groups and individuals. A four-decade long, massively funded Saudi public diplomacy campaign has created an enabling environment in Muslim majority countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh, where alleged blasphemers and atheists have been kidnapped, abused and sometimes killed in recent months and years. The Saudi campaign was designed to implant Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism in Muslim communities across the globe as an anti-dote to the faded zeal of revolutionary Iran and position the kingdom rather than the Islamic republic as the dominant power in the Middle East and Muslim world beyond. It has fostered a world of ultra-conservatism that lives its own life often independent of the kingdom.
(… cut 60 pages …)