Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 701, 15 September 2017

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

N. 701, 15 September 2017 Full Issue (63 pages, 8 euros)
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Next Issue, 30 September 2017 Summary Issue (3 pages, free on request)
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FRONT PAGE – HURRICANES, DEMOCRATS WITH TRUMP, NORTH KOREAN MISSILES, RUSSIA’S FAKE AMERICANS

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 1 September 2017 to 15 September 2017

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 700, 31 August 2017) were: US EXTREMISM (45X) Charlottesville, Trump, Bannon, Gorka, Confederate Monuments; TRUMP (29X) Councils Empty, Impeachment Votes, Charities Pull Out, Republican Civil War; US POLITICS (25X) Troops for Afghanistan, Vacant Pentagon Posts, Spanish Thrives, Impeaching Trump; ASIA (16X) Rohingya & Myanmar, North Korea, India, China; WESTERN EUROPE (14X) Barcelona Attack, Merkel, Macron, Poland, Brexit; US SPOOKS (12X) DOJ Demands Personal Info, Clapper Anti-Trump, 4th Branch of Government; “THE RUSSIA THING” (10X) New Emails, Trump Tower in Moscow, “Will Get Donald Elected”; ENVIRONMENT (7X) ExxonMobil Knew, Hurricane Harvey “Beyond Anything Experienced”; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (6X) Israel Destroys Palestinian Classrooms, Gaza “dramatic humanitarian crisis”; MIDDLE EAST (6X) Saudi Arabia vs. Qatar, ISIS Fighter Exchange; US COPS (6X) Trump Gives Unfettered Access to Weapons of War; ECONOMICS (5X) Fiat Chrysler & China, Yellen Warning; AFRICA (3X) Nigeria, Angola, Kenya; LATIN AMERICA (3X) Venezuela, Guatemala; and TECH (3X) Shadowy Naval Vessels, Adolescents & Marijuana.

This issue’s leading topics are: US POLITICS (25X) Hurricanes, Democrats & Trump Hurt the Republicans; ASIA (22X) North Korea Continues with Its Missile Launches & Threats; TRUMP (18X) Trump Wounds the GOP with a Democrat Deal; ENVIRONMENT (16X) Harvey, Irma, Jose & Maria vs. Climate Change Deniers; US EXTREMISM (13X) Pressure on Rape Victims, Abortion as Murder, Authoritarianism as Normal; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (11X) Netanyahu Family Scandal, Palestinian Evictions; “THE RUSSIA THING” (9X) Russia Created Fake Americans for Trump Campaign Financing; US COPS (7X) ICE Detains US Citizens, No Reform in Ferguson, New York City, Salt Lake City, St. Louis…; WESTERN EUROPE (7X) London Attack, Brexit Worries, Refugees for Eastern Europe; MIDDLE EAST (6X) Syria Uses Sarin & Is Winning against ISIS; US SPOOKS (4X) Made America Great, ATF Cash, CIA Torture & Chelsea Manning; AFRICA (4X) Kenya Re-votes for President, Togo May Prefer a President-for-life; LATIN AMERICA (4X) “Sonic” Attacks in Cuba, Cooking with Firewood in Venezuela; ECONOMICS (2X) Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola; TECH (2X) Fentanyl, Equifax; and EASTERN EUROPE (1X) War Games.

With the N. 700 issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP), we decided to try to furnish systematic descriptive statistics for following issues. The word count for this issue is:

“Trump” 181 (including “President Trump” 55, “Trump Administration” 14)
“President” 105 (including “President Trump” 55)
“Hurricane” 88 (including “Hurricane Irma” 49)
“Korea” 84 (including “North Korea” 66, “South Korea” 14)
“US” 82
“Irma” 74 (including “Hurricane Irma” 49)
“UN” 67
“Florida” 48
“China” 39
“Russia” 35
“Myanmar” 34
“Harvey” 33
“Storm” 33
“Iran” 28
“Houston” 26
“Syria” 26
“India” 26
“Rohingya” 25
“Mexico” 22
“Republican” 21
“White House” 21
“Russian” 20
“Ban” 19
“United States” 19
“Security Council” 18
“Republicans” 18
“Washington” 18
“UK” 18
“Kenya” 17
“Brexit” 17
“Israel” 16
“Democrats” 16
“Merkel” 15
“United Nations” 14
“DACA” 14
“Pakistan” 13
“London” 13
“Supreme Court” 13
“Obama” 12
“Netanyahu” 12
“Bannon” 11
“Japan” 11
“Texas” 11
“Climate” 11
“Modi” 11
“Turkey” 11
“Saudi” 11
“CIA” 10
“Pope” 10
“Miami” 10
“Clinton” 9
“Earthquake” 9
“Affordable Care Act” 8
“Action for Childhood Arrivals” 5
“Deferred Action for Childhood” 5

[thanks to http://www.dcode.fr/compteur-expressions%5D

In summary, “Trump” goes from 351 to 181, and “Korea” from 69 to 84, with “China” stable (40 to 39), “Harvey (35) has been replaced by “Irma” (74), and “Myanmar” is up to 34 from 15.

Trump, as usual, has dominated the first fortnight of September news, but he has had to share the headlines with Hurricane Harvey and particularly Hurricane Irma. Violence in Charlottesville and white supremacists have all but been forgotten and replaced by further North Korean threats, the killing of Rohingya in Myanmar and Trump’s threat to leave the nuclear agreement with Iran. The official investigation into “The Russia Thing” continues to move forward, dogs Trump and maintains him in a weakened position as President.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 701, 15 September 2017

FULL LIST OF TOPICS BASED OF ALL NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES OF THE FIRST HALF OF SEPTEMBER 2017

US POLITICS (25X) Hurricanes, Democrats & Trump Hurt the Republicans
ASIA (22X) North Korea Continues with Its Missile Launches & Threats
TRUMP (18X) Trump Wounds the GOP with a Democrat Deal
ENVIRONMENT (16X) Harvey, Irma, Jose & Maria vs. Climate Change Deniers
US EXTREMISM (13X) Pressure on Rape Victims, Abortion as Murder, Authoritarianism as Normal
ISRAEL/PALESTINE (11X) Netanyahu Family Scandal, Palestinian Evictions
“THE RUSSIA THING” (9X) Russia Created Fake Americans for Trump Campaign Financing
US COPS (7X) ICE Detains US Citizens, No Reform in Ferguson, New York City, Salt Lake City, St. Louis…
WESTERN EUROPE (7X) London Attack, Brexit Worries, Refugees for Eastern Europe
MIDDLE EAST (6X) Syria Uses Sarin & Is Winning against ISIS
US SPOOKS (4X) Made America Great, ATF Cash, CIA Torture & Chelsea Manning
AFRICA (4X) Kenya Re-votes for President, Togo May Prefer a President-for-life
LATIN AMERICA (4X) “Sonic” Attacks in Cuba, Cooking with Firewood in Venezuela
ECONOMICS (2X) Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola
TECH (2X) Fentanyl, Equifax
EASTERN EUROPE (1X) War Games

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 701, 15 September 2017

LENGTHIEST 1-15 SEPTEMBER 2017 ENTRY

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

*Professor of US History [Donne Levy]: Why Trump Is Doomed to Be an Impotent President/ History News Network\ Increasingly, party elders are rebelling against him. – Jimmy Carter became the first president to capture his party through primaries and caucuses rather than by winning the allegiance of his party leaders. – The first president nominated without party leadership support did not succeed. Since Carter, we have had Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama. Some of these presidents were not the first choice of a majority of party leaders, but all were highly acceptable to their party and were able to work with their party leadership in Congress. This is not the case with Trump who is in position to have greater difficulty than even Carter had. The first months of the Trump presidency are an indication of that. – Furthermore, Trump conducted himself in the campaign in a way that alienated many prominent Republicans. His juvenile-like name calling of party opponents such as “Lying Ted” or “Little Marco” precluded him from capturing substantial support from Republican leaders. His belittling of John McCain’s war record further alienated certain loyal Republicans. Trump also deviated from the truth numerous times in the campaign.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 701, 15 September 2017

ALL NOTEWORTHY TITLES OF THE FIRST HALF OF SEPTEMBER 2017 ORGANIZED BY TOPIC

US POLITICS (25X) Hurricanes, Democrats & Trump Hurt the Republicans
01 *US Moves to Build Prototypes for Mexican Border Wall/ NYT
02 *Democrats Put Eric Holder, Best Friend of Wall Street Banks, in Charge of Winning Back Main Street America/ AlterNet
04 *Canada Demands US End “Right-to-Work” Laws as Part of NAFTA Talks/ Globe and Mail
04 *Shaken by Harvey, Congress May Try Something New: Bipartisanship/ NYT
05 *Professor of US History [Donne Levy]: Why Trump Is Doomed to Be an Impotent President/ History News Network
06 *After 16 Futile Years, Congress Will Try Again to Legalize ‘Dreamers’/ NYT
06 *As a DREAMer, I’m in complete disbelief that Donald Trump just eliminated DACA [DCCC Director of Hispanic Media & Deputy National Press Secretary]/ Alternet
06 *House Judiciary chair calls for second special counsel to probe Democrats/ Fox
06 *’It’s About Race’: Paul Krugman Goes on Epic Rant against Trump Killing DACA/ Raw Story
06 *Nafta Talks Lurch Ahead Without Signs of Major Progress/ NYT
07 *For Conservatives, Trump’s Deal with Democrats Is Nightmare Come True/ NYT
08 *Appeals Court Limits Trump Travel Ban and Allows More Refugees/ NYT
08 *One in Four Dreamers Are Parents of US Citizens/ Mother Jones
08 *Over 5 Million Families in America are at Risk of Being ‘Divided by Deportation’/ Brave New Films
08 *Senate Votes to Raise Debt Limit and Approves $15 Billion in Hurricane Relief/ NYT
08 *Travel Ban – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that Trump’s travel ban went too far in preventing extended family members and some refugees from coming to the US/ Progress Report
10 *Republicans Vote Against Forcing Trump to Release Tax Returns/ Independent
10 *’The New Washington’: How Schumer’s Power Play Led to a Deal with Trump/ NYT
12 *Will the Courts Save the Dreamers/ Truthout
13 *Congress Passes Measure Challenging Trump to Denounce Hate Groups/ NYT
13 *Ditching Donald Trump: Wave of Republican Retirements Points to Big GOP Trouble in 2018/ Salon
14 *Pelosi and Schumer Say They Have Deal With Trump to Replace DACA/ NYT
14 *Senate rejects bipartisan push to end Bush-era war authorization/ NYT
15 *Anaheim’s Emergency Declaration Sets Stage for Removal of Huge Homeless Encampment/ LAT
15 *Nursing Home Deaths in Florida Heighten Scrutiny of Disaster Planning/ NYT

ASIA (22X) North Korea Continues with Its Missile Launches & Threats
03 *North Korea Claims to Have Developed a Missile-Ready Hydrogen Bomb/ NYT
04 *North Korean Nuclear Test Draws US Warning of ‘Massive Military Response’/ NYT
05 *Allies for 67 Years, US and South Korea Split Over North Korea/ NYT
05 *BRICS potentially strengthens Trumps hand in tackling Pakistani support of militants/ James M. Dorsey
05 *India’s Modi heads to Myanmar as Rohingya refugee crisis worsens/ Reuters
05 *Trump Can’t Stop Trade With North Korea – But He Does Have Options/ NYT
06 *How Sony, Obama, Seth Rogen and the CIA Secretly Planned to Force Regime Change in North Korea/ AlterNet
06 *Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead at her residence/ Reuters
06 *North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Threatens China’s Path to Power/ NYT
06 *North Korea’s Sixth Nuclear Test: A First Look/ 38 North
07 *China agrees more UN actions needed against North Korea after nuclear test/ Reuters
07 *US Seeks UN Consent to Interdict North Korean Ships/ NYT
08 *At least 270,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar violence in 2 weeks, UN says/ CNN
08 *UNHCR: 270,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in 2 weeks/ UN
10 *UN: We Lack the Resources to Handle the Rohingya Crisis/ Al Jazeera
12 *After US Compromise, Security Council Strengthens North Korea Sanctions/ NYT
12 *Jihadist support for Rohingya puts Pakistan and China on the spot/ James M. Dorsey
12 *North Korea Sanctions: UN Security Council Unanimously Agrees to New Measures/ Guardian
12 *’Textbook example of ethnic cleansing’ — 370,000 Rohingyas flood Bangladesh as crisis worsens/ WP
13 *UN Security Council unanimous on new North Korea sanctions/ UN
14 *Rohingya plight feeds Muslim assertiveness/ James M. Dorsey
15 *North Korea Launches another Missile, Escalating Crisis/ NYT

TRUMP (18X) Trump Wounds the GOP with a Democrat Deal
02 *Mueller Has Early Draft of Trump Letter Giving Reasons for Firing Comey/ NYT
03 *Amid Nuclear Tensions, Trump Mulls Exit From South Korea Trade Deal/ NYT
04 *Trump Shifts Labor Policy Focus from Worker to Entrepreneur/ NYT
05 *’The Honeymoon Is Over’: Morning Joe Panel Says Trump Voters Are Finally Getting Sick of the Drama/ Raw Story
06 *Nationwide Immigration Protests Erupt After Trump Ends DACA/ AlterNet
06 *Trump May Make Congress Decide Future of Iran Nuclear Deal/ NYT
06 *Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act/ NYT
07 *Trump Bypasses Republicans to Strike Deal [with Democrats] on Debt Limit and Harvey Aid/ NYT
08 *Energized Trump Sees Bipartisan Path, at Least for Now/ NYT
10 *Bound to No Party, Trump Upends 150 Years of Two-Party Rule/ NYT
11 *6 Lies Driving Trump’s Campaign to Create a Massive Clash with Iran – Former CIA analyst [Paul Pillar] dissects the dishonesty of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley/ AlterNet
11 *Criticism of Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA have been pouring in from all over the political spectrum – The latest to express his disapproval is none other than the Pope himself/ Think Progress
11 *Trump Has Only Inflamed 5 of America’s Biggest Crises/ Robert Reich’s Blog
12 *In Free-Range Trump, Many See Potential for a Third Party/ NYT
14 *Mnuchin [Trump’s Treasury Secretary] Inquired About Using Government Plane for His Honeymoon/ NYT
14 *Trump Blocks China-Backed Bid to Buy US Chip Maker/ NYT
15 *Trump Resurrects His Claim That Both Sides Share Blame in Charlottesville Violence/ NYT
15 *Trump’s Support for Law to Protect ‘Dreamers’ Lifts Its Chances/ NYT

ENVIRONMENT (16X) Harvey, Irma, Jose & Maria vs. Climate Change Deniers
02 *Hurricane Harvey Exposes Danger of Tax Cuts, Deregulation, Aging Infrastructure, Ignoring the Environment and ‘Limited Government’/ HuffPost
02 *Hurricane Irma Looms, but It’s Too Early to Predict Landfall/ NYT
03 *Human Toll of Harvey Comes Into View as Waters Recede/ NYT
04 *Hurricane Irma eyes Leeward Islands, looks set to strengthen/ CNN
06 *Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 Hurricane, Makes Landfall in Caribbean/ NYT
07 *Hurricane Irma, One of the Most Powerful in History, Roars Across Caribbean/ NYT
08 *While Florida is hunkering down in preparation for Hurricane Irma’s landfall, the Caribbean Islands are reeling in the wake of its devastation/ Progress Report
09 *Florida Officials Warn Irma Will Be ‘Storm Wider Than the State’/ Guardian
09 *Mexico Earthquake, Strongest in a Century, Kills Dozens/ NYT
09 *Saint Martin island expected to be hit by another hurricane/ Aljazeera.com
10 *Irma Will Test Florida’s Infrastructure, From Dikes to Sewage Plants/ NYT
11 *As Irma leaves Florida badly battered, Houston still recovering from Harvey, and a third hurricane heading this way, Senator John McCain can’t fathom why his GOP colleagues are still in denial about climate change/ Think Progress
11 *Irma Roars In, and All of Florida Shakes and Shudders/ NYT
12 *Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted With Toxins, Testing Shows/ NYT
13 *I Was an Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist – Katharine Hayhoe/ Conversation
15 *Harrowing Storms May Move Climate Debate, if Not GOP Leaders/ NYT

US EXTREMISM (13X) Pressure on Rape Victims, Abortion as Murder, Authoritarianism as Normal
02 *Conservative News Sites Falsely Claim Black Lives Matter Protested Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts/ AlterNet
06 *Kentucky Could Become the Only State without a Clinic That Performs Abortions/ NPR
06 *Robert E. Lee Descendant Resigns [due to backlash] From Church after Blasting White Supremacy on MTV/ Salon
08 *Betsy DeVos Says She Will Rewrite Rules on Campus Sex Assault/ NYT
08 *Title IX [sexual assaults] – Yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced major upcoming changes to Title IX guidelines and enforcement/ Progress Report
09 *Does Betsy DeVos Care More About Those Accused of Rape than Its Victims/ Guardian
09 *Fox News Ousts Eric Bolling after Probe into Lewd Text Messages/ NYT
09 *Head of Trump “Election Integrity” Probe Pens Wildly Misleading Op-Ed about Voter Fraud/ HuffPost
09 *Leaked DOJ Memo Recommends Making Rape Victims’ Sexual History Fair Play in Campus Hearings/ DailyKos
10 *LGBT Groups Denounce ‘Dangerous’ Artificial Intelligence that Uses Your Face to Guess Sexuality – Two prominent LGBT groups have criticized a Stanford study as “junk science”[didn’t Nazi doctors already try this one]/ Guardian
10 *Some Workers Risk Being Fired if They Evacuate for Hurricane Irma/ Miami Herald
12 *Ohio Republicans Aim to Make Abortion Care Aggravated Murder/ Rewire
14 *Bannon’s Oligarch Cage Match Worries GOP – Backing primary challengers to Republican senators, Bannon is pitting his patron, Robert Mercer, against the Koch brothers/ American Prospect

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (11X) Netanyahu Family Scandal, Palestinian Evictions
02 *Who Will Stop Iran’s Threat to Israel in Syria/ CBN
03 *Reports: Ex-aide to Israeli PM arrested in submarine probe/ WP
05 *Israel Is Playing Charades in Its Population Battle with Palestine/ AlterNet
05 *New Arrests in Israel’s Submarine Scandal, and New Questions on Netanyahu/ NYT
06 *Israel evicts Palestinians after East Jerusalem legal battle/ BBC
08 *Israel’s Sara Netanyahu May Face Indictment: Attorney General/ USNWR
10 *Netanyahu’s son posts classic anti-Semitic meme, drawing praise from neo-Nazis/ WP
13 *”Christian Media Summit”: Israel to Sponsor Evangelical Journalists’ Trip to Jerusalem/ BuzzFlash
13 *Fix or nix the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu demands ahead of Trump meeting/ WP
13 *Israeli Court Throws Out Draft Exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox/ NYT
14 *Israel – Pink Floyd Founder Roger Waters: BDS Is Admirable Display of Resistance/ Democracy Now

“THE RUSSIA THING” (9X) Russia Created Fake Americans for Trump Campaign Financing
02 *Russian Election Hacking Efforts, Wider Than Previously Known, Draw Little Scrutiny/ NYT
05 *How Long Can Republicans Ignore the Russia Scandal/ American Prospect
07 *Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads/ NYT
08 *Noose Tightens on Russia: Donald Jr. to Testify as Evidence of Collusion Mounts/ Salon
08 *The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election/ NYT
08 *Trump Jr. Says He Wanted Russian Dirt to Determine Clinton’s ‘Fitness’ for Office/ NYT
09 *Document details scrapped deal for Trump Tower Moscow/ CNN
12 *Russia & Kushner – New reports indicate that several top advisors and lawyers at the White House met this summer to discuss ousting Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior advisor/ Progress Report
14 *New Revelations about Mueller’s Russia Investigation Put Jared Kushner Squarely in the Hot Seat/ Raw Story

US COPS (7X) ICE Detains US Citizens, No Reform in Ferguson, New York City, Salt Lake City, St. Louis…
05 *A Persistent Case in Ferguson Raises Doubts about Reform [of police]/ NYT
09 *ICE Illegally Held a US Citizen in Detention Center for 1,273 Days/ AlterNet
13 *Baltimore Officers [all six] Will Face No Federal Charges in Death of Freddie Gray/ NYT
13 *New York City, Central Park – Vandalism of Statue of the World’s Most Notorious Colonizer Will Be Investigated as a Hate Crime/ The Root
13 *Police Violate Hospital Mission by Assaulting and Arresting Nurse [in Salt Lake City, Utah] – The abuse of police powers is no isolated incident/ BuzzFlash
13 *Why Are US Universities Arming Themselves with Grenade Launchers/ Truthout
15 *St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley Found Not Guilty in Murder of Black Motorist Anthony Lamar Smith/ CNN

WESTERN EUROPE (7X) London Attack, Brexit Worries, Refugees for Eastern Europe
03 *Brexit: UK to be ‘educated’ about consequences, says Barnier/ BBC
05 *’Brexit’ Threatens Subsidies for UK’s Landed Gentry, and Queen/ NYT
06 *EU court says Eastern states cannot refuse to take refugees/ Reuters
06 *Leaked document reveals UK Brexit plan to deter EU immigrants/ Guardian
08 *’Major misunderstanding’ Why UK can’t rely on Germany’s trade fears for good Brexit deal/ Express.co.uk
12 *Ruling Conservative-Led Bloc Wins Norway’s National Elections/ NYT
15 *Manhunt after ‘terror incident’ at London Tube station/ CNN

MIDDLE EAST (6X) Syria Uses Sarin & Is Winning against ISIS
06 *Syrian Troops Breach 3-Year ISIS Siege on Eastern City/ Military.com
06 *The Secret Life of Syrian Ultras – A nail-biting Iranian-Syrian World Cup qualifier has sent political ripples far beyond the Azadi Stadium’s soccer pitch in Tehran/ James M. Dorsey
06 *UN probe confirms Syrian forces used sarin on rebel-held town/ UN
10 *For Iraq’s Long-Suffering Kurds, Independence Beckons/ NYT
10 *The Syrian War Is Ending and Assad Is the Victor, By Robert Fisk/ Independent
14 *Turkey warns Iraqi Kurdish referendum move will have a cost/ Reuters

US SPOOKS (4X) Made America Great, ATF Cash, CIA Torture & Chelsea Manning
05 *In the Shadows of the American Century – Historian Alfred W. McCoy peels back layers of secrecy to tell how the United States used covert intervention, surveillance, torture, trade pacts and military alliances to become a world power/ Truthout
09 *’I Smell Cash’: How the ATF Spent Millions Unchecked/ NYT
11 *Under President George W. Bush, the government carried out torture on terrorist suspects, and individuals are still attempting to hold the CIA accountable for these “techniques” – But Trump has taken another step backwards regarding the issue of torture/ Progress Report
15 *Caving to CIA, Which Literally Assassinates People, Harvard Rescinds Chelsea Manning Fellowship/ Common Dreams

AFRICA (4X) Kenya Re-votes for President, Togo May Prefer a President-for-life
01 *Kenya’s Supreme Court annuls presidential election result for irregularities, orders new vote/ WP
02 *Kenya faces ethnic tensions as fresh vote approaches/ WP
11 *UN envoy urges Togo to limit presidential terms to avoid crisis [presidents-for-life just don’t work]/ UN
14 *Kenya – The incumbent never loses – No sitting president has ever lost an election in Kenya, but no such election has ever been annulled/ Africa Confidential

LATIN AMERICA (4X) “Sonic” Attacks in Cuba, Cooking with Firewood in Venezuela
02 *State Department reports new instance of American diplomats harmed in Cuba/ WP
03 *In Venezuela, Cooking With Firewood as Currency Collapses/ NYT
05 *Cuba opens 5-month transition likely to end Castro reign/ WP
14 *Attacked [“sonic” attack on Americans] in bed, safe a few feet away: Cuba mystery deepens/ USA TODAY

ECONOMICS (2X) Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola
01 *Wells Fargo Is 70 Percent More Corrupt Than Initially Revealed/ Mother Jones
13 *Coca-Cola Sucks Wells Dry in Chiapas, Forcing Residents to Buy Water/ Truthout

TECH (2X) Fentanyl, Equifax
03 *Fentanyl Overtakes Heroin as Leading Cause of US Drug Deaths/ NYT
09 *Equifax Hack Exposes Regulatory Gaps, Leaving Consumers Vulnerable/ NYT

EASTERN EUROPE (1X) War Games
14 *Russia launches Zapad war games in Belarus/ BBC

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 700, 31 August 2017

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

N. 700, 31 August 2017 Full Issue (74 pages, 8 euros)
Twice Every Month
Next Issue, 15 September 2017 Summary Issue (2 pages, free on request)
Publishing since 1980

Editor
Olivier Schmidt
Email: intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr
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 – CHARLOTTESVILLE, HURRICANE HARVEY, CHINA VS. INDIA, NORTH KOREA ACTIONS

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 15 August 2017 to 31 August 2017

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 699, 15 August 2017) were: US EXTREMISM (43X)

Charlottesville Neo-Nazis Kill & Trump Excuses; US POLITICS (28X) Affirmative Action Targeted, GOP Disarray, North Korea Chaos; TRUMP

(26X) Threats against North Korea, Mexico, Immigration, Congress, You Name It; ASIA (16X) UN Sanctions against North Korea, China-

India Face Off, Hospital Deaths in India; “THE RUSSIA THING” (13X) Raid on Paul Manafort, Grand Jury Probe, Direct Implication;

ECONOMICS (10X) More Wells Fargo Trouble, Problem with Trump; US COPS (9X) Police Misconduct, Find Another Job Is Easy, Police

Inaction at Charlottesville; LATIN AMERICA (9X) Venezuela Turmoil without End; US SPOOKS (8X) FBI, CIA, Blackwater & Secret Service;

WESTERN EUROPE (7X) Migrants, Ireland & Brexit; ENVIRONMENT (7X) Deadly Heat, Climate Change, Monsanto; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (5X)

Apartheid Israel, Another Wall; AFRICA (5X) Kenya Election, Migrants & Burkina Faso Attack; MIDDLE EAST (4X) Turkey, Iran, Qatar &

Yemen; TECH (3X) Babies & Voting Machines; and EASTERN EUROPE (2X) Russia.

This issue’s leading topics are: US EXTREMISM (45X) Charlottesville, Trump, Bannon, Gorka, Confederate Monuments; TRUMP (29X) Councils

Empty, Impeachment Votes, Charities Pull Out, Republican Civil War; US POLITICS (25X) Troops for Afghanistan, Vacant Pentagon Posts,

Spanish Thrives, Impeaching Trump; ASIA (16X) Rohingya & Myanmar, North Korea, India, China; WESTERN EUROPE (14X) Barcelona Attack,

Merkel, Macron, Poland, Brexit; US SPOOKS (12X) DOJ Demands Personal Info, Clapper Anti-Trump, 4th Branch of Government; “THE RUSSIA

THING” (10X) New Emails, Trump Tower in Moscow, “Will Get Donald Elected”; ENVIRONMENT (7X) ExxonMobil Knew, Hurricane Harvey “Beyond

Anything Experienced”; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (6X) Israel Destroys Palestinian Classrooms, Gaza “dramatic humanitarian crisis”; MIDDLE EAST

(6X) Saudi Arabia vs. Qatar, ISIS Fighter Exchange; US COPS (6X) Trump Gives Unfettered Access to Weapons of War; ECONOMICS (5X) Fiat

Chrysler & China, Yellen Warning; AFRICA (3X) Nigeria, Angola, Kenya; LATIN AMERICA (3X) Venezuela, Guatemala; and TECH (3X) Shadowy

Naval Vessels, Adolescents & Marijuana.

With this N. 700 issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP), we have decided to try to furnish systematic descriptive statistics

for this a following issues. The word count for this issue is:

“Trump” 351 (including “Trump’s” 88, “President Trump” 85, “Donald Trump” 16, “President Trump’s” 31)
“Korea” 69 (including “North Korea” 48)
“Charlottesville” 56 (including “in Charlottesville” 19, “Charlottesville violence” 15)
“India” 49
“police” 43
“China” 40
“White House” 39
“Harvey” 35 (including “Hurricane Harvey” 22)
“Texas” 34
“Afghanistan” 31 (including “in Afghanistan” 12)
“Bannon” 30 (including “Steve Bannon” 12)
“Barcelona” 25 (including “in Barcelona” 9)
“Houston” 25
“Confederate” 21
“Russia” 20
“Transgender” 18
“Sierre Leone” 16
“United States” 16
“Supreme Court” 15
“Myanmar” 15
“Hong Kong” 14
“Joe Arpaio” 13
“resigned after” 12
“Islamic State” 10
“white supremacist” 9

[thanks to http://www.dcode.fr/compteur-expressions%5D

From this, one can easily see that Trump and various events associated with Trump had dominated the last fortnight of August news. The

more important Trump-associated events include: violence in Charlottesville, Confederate monuments and white supremacists; Hurrican

Harvey and its destruction in Houston, Texas; the firing of Seven Bannon and the pardon of Joe Arpaio; and “The Russia Thing” which

won’t go away. Other major topics include the India-China conflict, more US troops for Afghanistan, a terrorist attack in Barcelona,

US transgender laws, a deadly landslide in Sierre Leone, ethnic conflict in Myanmar, political conflict in Hong Kong with China, and

further military defeats for the Islamic State in the Middle East. Hopefully, in following issues we will be able to follow the

evolution over time of these key words.

By looking at the topics of the preceding issue of ISP and this issue, plus the above statistics, US Extremism and the violence in

Charlottesville continues to dominate international news. The conflicts between India and China, between North Korea and the entire

world, and the deadly violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, has maintained Asia in fourth place in this issue of ISP behind the

same three top topics as in the preceding ISP: US Extremism, Trump and US Politics, as during the last fortnight of July. The

Barcelona terrorist attack largely accounts for Western Europe moving up to fifth place. The major remaining points of conflict and

incidents as presented in the word count above are US transgender laws, a deadly landslide in Sierre Leone, political conflict in Hong

Kong with China, and further military defeats for the Islamic State in the Middle East.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 700, 31 August 2017

FULL LIST OF TOPICS BASED OF ALL NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES OF THE LAST HALF OF AUGUST 2017

US EXTREMISM (45X) Charlottesville, Trump, Bannon, Gorka, Confederate Monuments
TRUMP (29X) Councils Empty, Impeachment Votes, Charities Pull Out, Republican Civil War
US POLITICS (25X) Troops for Afghanistan, Vacant Pentagon Posts, Spanish Thrives, Impeaching Trump
ASIA (16X) Rohingya & Myanmar, North Korea, India, China
WESTERN EUROPE (14X) Barcelona Attack, Merkel, Macron, Poland, Brexit
US SPOOKS (12X) DOJ Demands Personal Info, Clapper Anti-Trump, 4th Branch of Government
“THE RUSSIA THING” (10X) New Emails, Trump Tower in Moscow, “Will Get Donald Elected”
ENVIRONMENT (7X) ExxonMobil Knew, Hurricane Harvey “Beyond Anything Experienced”
ISRAEL/PALESTINE (6X) Israel Destroys Palestinian Classrooms, Gaza “dramatic humanitarian crisis”
MIDDLE EAST (6X) S, Saudi Arabia vs. Qatar, ISIS Fighter Exchange
US COPS (6X) Trump Gives Unfettered Access to Weapons of War
ECONOMICS (5X) Fiat Chrysler & China, Yellen Warning
AFRICA (3X) Nigeria, Angola, Kenya
LATIN AMERICA (3X) Venezuela, Guatemala
TECH (3X) Shadowy Naval Vessels, Adolescents & Marijuana

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TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS

Below is the synopsis of the 77-page ADI report, “TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS”, which is available from the ADI (intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr) in Text, Word or PDF format for 12 euros paid via Visa or Master.

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TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS
4,836 Entries Total, 77 pages

by Karl M. van Meter
(karl.vanmeter@ens.fr)
using ADI material
(intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr)

Synthesis – 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2017

Synthesis – 1 January 2017 to 15 January 2017 – As we get closer to the inauguration of Trump as US President, the difference between the topics “US Politics” and “Trump” is rapidly disappearing, although “ISP” may continue to differentiate between the two topics if needed in the future. Together, those two topics have thoroughly dominated the international media during the first half of January 2017. They are followed by the other major US topic, “Cops and Guns”, which has come up from the middle range topics. At the same time, Israel/Palestine, which was in second place because of the UN vote against Israeli colonization, has dropped back into the middle range topics, just ahead of Western Europe and its brewing Brexit troubles. With the coming inauguration of Trump, our next issue will surely be dominated by “US Politics” as the rest of the world will probably be playing “wait and see”, in Western Europe, in the Middle East and in Africa, unless of course Trump decides to suddenly confront some country such as North Korea, China, or Mexico; the list could be long.

Synthesis – 16 January 2017 to 31 January 2017 – With Donald Trump in the White House, the whole world seems to be waiting as a constant flow of orders floods the American administration and drowns out almost all other international news concerning ongoing conflicts. This has resulted in “ISP” creating two different topics: “US Politics” and “US Extremism”, the latter slightly dominating the former during the past fortnight. As just mentioned, these two topics together have left little room for anything less during the second half of January 2017. What is of major interest is that despite Trump’s flood of orders to be immediately executed, resistance to his administration is already gathering strength and will soon result in open opposition to Trump within the administration itself. This will force Trump and his sidekicks to retreat from at least some of their more untraditional and often outrageous demands, and perhaps even abandon some of the more impossible ones.

Synthesis – 1 February 2017 to 15 February 2017 – In this issue “US Politics” and “US Extremism” together still massively dominate world media dealing with conflicts, but in the current issue it is now “US Politics” which has clearly moved ahead of “US Extremism”. Indeed, politics in the US has gotten ahead of extremism associated with the Trump administration, although it is far from “back to normal” or just “back to business”. But Trump has now been checked on two major actions for the first time as the American political system seems to be getting back to work in this new and very unstable environment. The gap between these two dominant topics and the remaining ones has not decreased and has not undergone any major changes. This may continue for some time as Trump and his sidekicks start to fight bit out against the American political system and Republicans start to worry about the consequences of their association with Trump and the effect that will have on their possibility of re-election next year during the major midterm elections which often see major upsets.

Synthesis – 16 February 2017 to 28 February 2017 – What we have said in our two previous issues of “ISP” still goes for this second half of February: “‘US Politics’ and ‘US Extremism’ together still massively dominate world media dealing with conflicts”. In the previous issue, “US Extremism” had clearly moved ahead of “US Politics”, just as during the last half of January. But in our previous issue, “politics in the US has gotten ahead of extremism associated with the Trump administration, although it is far from ‘back to normal’ or just ‘back to business’.” The lesson to be learned seems to be that with Trump there will not be no “back to normal” as long as he is in the White House, which also means that “The gap between these two dominant topics and the remaining ones has not decreased and has not undergone any major changes”, and probably will not change as long as Trump is president. This looks like “the new normal”, at least as long as the military and intelligence establishment can keep Trump for attacking North Korea or starting World War III. The Republican and Democrat political establishment doesn’t seem capable of “containing” Trump and his sidekicks, but political and judiciary opposition or resistance seems to be developing at municipal and state levels, which will also impede Trump’s agenda for “Making American Great Again”.

Synthesis – 1 March 2017 to 15 March 2017 – Once again, as in the three preceding issues of “ISP”, the interchangeable two dominant media topics are “US Politics” (52X) and “US Extremism” (52X), with other world topics coming far behind. However, Western Europe is back in the middle at third place corresponding to recent of forthcoming European elections which have not until now resulted in a Trump-style extreme right-wing governments. And now that Brexit is formally underway, Western Europe will probably remain just below the Trump-dominated US news, along with “US Spooks” who are directly involved with Trump news. The Middle East, Asia, Israel/Palestine and “US Cops” remain in the lower tier and surprisingly far from their more typical position in the world media, but that is of course duly largely to Trump. One can expect this situation to continue until something significant happens in Washington.

Synthesis – 16 March 2017 to 31 March 2017 – 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 — has 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.

Synthesis – 1 April 2017 to 15 April 2017 – 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. 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 at the Supreme Court. Now Trump is faced with passing a poorly-backed federal budget (or with 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 action can be expected in the near future.

Synthesis – 16 April 2017 to 30 April 2017 – This is now the sixth successive issue of “ISP” in which the two dominant media topics have been interchangeably “US Politics” and “US Extremism”, with other world topics coming far behind. In previous number 691 issue, it was “US Politics” (45X) followed by “US Extremism” (37X), but this time it’s “US Extremism” (47X) and “US Politics (35X)”. 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. During the first fortnight of April, Trump and the GOP failed to pass their next version of Trumpcare before the end of Trump’s first 100 days at the White House. Trump also got South Korea mad with him by claiming that a US Navy carrier task force was sailing to their aid when it wasn’t true. Indeed, foreign affairs seem to backfire with Trump, and his vice president, Mike Pence, seems to have taken over in this area. Trump also seems to be incompetent concerning proposing legislation, which GOP chiefs have taken back over. More and more, Trump’s role seems to be that of “paying to the Peanut Gallery” with his Tweets and vociferous public declarations. The Trump-GOP budget was only passed to avoid a government shut down and it was without a “wall” against immigration, without defunding Planned Parenthood and included several other compromises with Congressional Democrats. Elsewhere in the world, elections, wars and business all seem to continue on their way and not depend on Trump, with the exception of North Korea.