Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 694, 31 May 2017

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

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FRONT PAGE – TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TALK, “THE RUSSIA THING”, MIDDLE EAST & EUROPE TRIP, G7 SUMMIT, MANCHESTER BOMB

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

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 693, 15 May 2017) were: 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.

This issue’s leading topics are: US POLITICS (33X) GOP Exasperation with Trump, Impeachment Talk, Health Bill, Travel Ban, Ethics Waivers; US EXTREMISM (28X) Protest Criminalized, Noncriminal Immigrant Arrests, Ethics Inquiry Blocked, Portland Murders; US “THE RUSSIA THING” (24X) Flynn Inquiry, “Nut Job” Comey Fired, Sessions, Kushner; TRUMP (17X) Budget Cuts, Blabbing Intel, No NATO Guarantee, Trouble Recruiting; MIDDLE EAST (13X) Assad, Erdogan, Rouhani, Trump’s Trip, Kabul Blast; US COPS (10X) No “War on Cops”, Killer Cops Acquitted or Fired, Immigration Arrests Up; ENVIRONMENT (9X) Climate Change “Hoax”, G7 Summit, Polluters Write Rules; WESTERN EUROPE (9X) Manchester Bomber, Can’t Trust Trump; US SPOOKS (7X) CIA Torture, NSA Malware, Sweden vs. Assange, DIA Lied in Honduras; ASIA (7X) North Korea, Philippine Battles, China’s One Belt-One Road; TECH (5X) Facebook Rules, Twitter Sorry for Trump, Virtual Couch; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (4X) Palestinian Prisoners Win, Trump’s Big Mouth & Intel; LATIN AMERICA (4X) Venezuela & Brazil Troubles; ECONOMICS (3X) Sweatshops, Starbucks, Crowded Airplanes; and AFRICA (1X) UN Deaths in Congo.

In our preceding issue, we stated that “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'”. As the troubled waters of Washington politics continue to churn, there is now the possibility of separating Washington politics from the person of Trump and his actions, and also separating off “The Russia Thing”. This gives us the four topics of “US Politics”, “US Extremism”, “US ‘The Russia Thing'” and “Trump” which are indeed in that order the dominant themes of this issue of “ISP”. Then come “Middle East”, “Environment” and “Western Europe” and other topics of world conflict. It is quite possible that this order could remain for some time and become temporarily the “new normal”.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 694, 31 May 2017

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

US POLITICS (33X) GOP Exasperation with Trump, Impeachment Talk, Health Bill, Travel Ban, Ethics Waivers
US EXTREMISM (28X) Protest Criminalized, Noncriminal Immigrant Arrests, Ethics Inquiry Blocked, Portland Murders
US “THE RUSSIA THING” (24X) Flynn Inquiry, “Nut Job” Comey Fired, Sessions, Kushner
TRUMP (17X) Budget Cuts, Blabbing Intel, No NATO Guarantee, Trouble Recruiting
MIDDLE EAST (13X) Assad, Erdogan, Rouhani, Trump’s Trip, Kabul Blast
US COPS (10X) No “War on Cops”, Killer Cops Acquitted or Fired, Immigration Arrests Up
ENVIRONMENT (9X) Climate Change “Hoax”, G7 Summit, Polluters Write Rules
WESTERN EUROPE (9X) Manchester Bomber, Can’t Trust Trump
US SPOOKS (7X) CIA Torture, NSA Malware, Sweden vs. Assange, DIA Lied in Honduras
ASIA (7X) North Korea, Philippine Battles, China’s One Belt-One Road
TECH (5X) Facebook Rules, Twitter Sorry for Trump, Virtual Couch
ISRAEL/PALESTINE (4X) Palestinian Prisoners Win, Trump’s Big Mouth & Intel
LATIN AMERICA (4X) Venezuela & Brazil Troubles
ECONOMICS (3X) Sweatshops, Starbucks, Crowded Airplanes
AFRICA (1X) UN Deaths in Congo

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