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Monday 21-May-2018
SELECTED TOP NEWS/WORLD EVENTS
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader  Kim Jong Un in Singapore [Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch]
    ● 20-May-2018 -- Casablanca, Morocco: 10,000+ Moroccans protest against Israel and the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem [Ahmed ElJechtimi, et al., Reuters]
    ● 20-May-2018 -- Abuja, Nigeria: The UK is a top destination for "stolen assets from African countries; African nations to repatriate stolen assets held in off-shore accounts [Yahoo!: Ola Awoniyi, et al., AFP]
    ● 20-May-2018 -- Beijing, China: China agreed to "substantially reduce" the US trade deficit with China [BBC News]
    ● 19-May-2018 -- Manama, Bahrain: Bahrainis protest against US naval activities in Bahrain; Bahrain hosts the US Naval Forces Central Command [Al Jazeera, 20-May-2018]
    ● 19-May-2018 -- Beijing, China: As part of military moves, China deployed a heavy bomber (H-6K) on an island in the South China Sea [Jake Maxwell Watts, et al., WSJ, 20-May-2018]
    ● 19-May-2018 -- Saarbrucken, Germany: A man shot and killed 2 people [Sputnik News]
    ● 18-May-2018 -- Istanbul, Turkey: 200,000+ demonstrators protested against Israel for killing 60 unarmed Palestinians and against the US for opening an embassy in Jerusalem [New China: Xinhua, huaxia (ed.)]
    ● 18-May-2018 -- Havana, Cuba: A Mexican charter company plane crashed on takeoff; 110 people were killed [BBC News, 20-May-2018]
    ● 18-May-2018 -- Santa Fe, TX: Shooting at Texas high school; 10 people were killed [Liz Hampton et al., Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 17-May-2018 -- The Holy See: “‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones’. Considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, 17.05.2018 [Summary of Bulletin, Holy See Press Office]
    ● 17-May-2018 -- The Holy See: The Vatican, concerned about the likelihood of a "social collapse at the global level, with devastating consequences," issued a document titled "'Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones': “Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System" [Claire Giangrave, Crux]
    ● 17-May-2018 -- China: Space startup OneSpace launched China's first commercial rocket ]RT]
    ● 17-May-2018 -- EU: The European Commission to activate law that protects European companies and courts from US sanctions against Iran [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 16-May-2018 -- North Korea: DPRK accused Washington of "harbouring sinister intentions": "The world knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which have met miserable fates. It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development. We shed light on the quality of Bolton [a neocon] already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him" [BBC News: KCNA]
    ● 16-May-2018 -- EU: The European Union to switch from US dollar to euro for oil purchases from Iran [Sputnik News]
    ● 15-May-2018 -- Italy: A furure Italian government would likely "seek debt forgiveness from European creditors" [Tom Finn, Louise Ireland (ed.), Reuters]
    ● 15-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Massive protests culminating with the 70th anniversary of Nakba (Catastrophe): Thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land, the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem ... Since 30-Mar-2018: IDF massacred 111+ Palestinians, including Leila Anwar al-Ghandour, an 8 month old baby, and Fadi Abu Salah, a double-amputee with a slingshot, and injured ~12,000 [Al Jazeera News, 17-May-2018]
    ● 14-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Doctors without Borders: Violence by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters is "unacceptable and inhuman" [Doctors without Borders]
    ● 14-May-2018 -- Jerusalem: Inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem -- countries that did not attend the ceremony include: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany, UK, Ireland Spain, Italy, The Vatican, Portugal, all Mideast countries, all North African countries, all South African countries, all Nordic countries, Russia, China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia ... [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 14-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Massive protests: Thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. IDF shot and killed 55 Palestinians and injured 2,770+ others. Since 30-Mar-2018: total Palestinian death toll=90+ and total injured ~10,500. Journalist Maram Humaid, to Al Jazeera: "The hospital smells like blood, there is blood everywhere" [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 13-May-2018 -- Karachi, Pakistan: Thousands of protesters rallied for Pashtun rights and against rights abuses by the military [Asad Hashim, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 13-May-2018 -- Surabaya, Indonesia: A family, including 6 suicide bombers, attacked Christians at 3 churches killing 13+ people [Alex Horton, WaPo]
    ● 13-May-2018 -- Jerusalem: Hundreds of people protested against moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem [RT]
    ● INFORMATION: 12-May-2018 -- Tehran, Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei: “After centuries of scientific stagnation, the Western world could increase its wealth and political, military and scientific power and at the end create the current situation in the Islamic countries through colonization" [Tehran Times]
    ● 12-May-2018 -- Paris, France: Knife attack in the Opera district; 2 people, including the attacker, were killed [BBC News]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Ruhagarika, Burundi: Armed group from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) killed 26+people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies, 12-May-2018]]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Osmington, Australia: Murder-suicide: 7 people, including 4 children were found shot dead [ABC]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Jakarta, Indonesia: Thousands of Indonesians marched against the decision by President Trump to move its embassy to Jerusalem [Palestinian Information Center (PIC)]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: 7th Friday of the "Great March of Return" demonstration: thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land. IDF shot and killed unarmed Palestinians. Since 30-Mar-2018: total death toll=49+ and total injured=8,500+ [Al Jazeera News, 12-May-2018]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Iran: Thousands of Iranians protest against US President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal [Politico: AP]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Malaysia: Mahathir Mohamad, an opponent of debt and "currency manipulators," is back in power [Ruth Pollard, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Munich, Germany: 30,000+ Germans protested against a potentially draconian police law wanted by Bavaria's conservatives [DW: ipj/kms (AFP, epd, dpa)]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Aachen, Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel: “It’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us. Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands. That’s the task for the future" [RT]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: Russian MoD: 28 Israeli jets attacked targets in Syria, including Iranian military targets; ~60 air-to-surface rockets and 10+ surface-to-surface missiles were fired; Syrian air defense intercepted more than half the missiles [RT]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Occupied Golan Heights: IDF claimed Iranian forces fired 20 projectiles into the Golan Heights [Euronews: Phil Helsel, et al., NBC News; AP]; Iran denied Israel's allegations [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 11-May-2018]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: President Bashar Assad, in an interview with Greek daily Kathimerini: “We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every [US] president, and that is nothing new" [RT]
    ● 9-May-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Vladimir Putin on "unburdening" Russia's economy from the US dollar in oil trade [Sputnik]
    ● 9-May-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide bombers targeted 2 police stations; 7 people were killed [Yahoo! News: Rahim Faiez, AP]
    ● 8-May-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: [1] According to SANA, Syrian air defenses intercepted and destroyed 2 Israeli missiles; and 2 civilians were killed; [2] according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the missiles hit Iranian weapons depots and missile launchers; and 15+ pro-government fighters were killed [BBC News, 9-May-2018]
    ● 8-May-2018 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)] [Al Jazeera]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-May-2018 -- Andrew Mitrovica, on Canada's shameful silence: "Like their predecessors, [Liberal prime minister] Trudeau and [Liberal foreign minister] Freeland believe that Israel has the "right" to kill as many Palestinians as it wants to, whenever it wants to, for whatever reason it wants to, for as long as it wants to" [Andrew Mitrovica, A Jazeera]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-May-2018 -- ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2018: Key finding: 57% of Arab youth (18-24 year olds from 16 Arab states) see the U.S. as an enemy (not an ally), up from 32% in 2016 [Haley Britzky, Axios: ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-May-2018 -- "Anti-Semitism in Europe is back": Statistics for Germany: Number of Jews=100,000; number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2017=1,468; proportion of Germans holding anti-Semitic views= ~20% | Victor Orban, prime minister of Hungary: "We are fighting an enemy that is different from us... Not open, but hiding; not straightforward, but crafty … not national, but international, who doesn't believe in working but speculating with money" [Don Murray, CBC News]
    ● 7-May-2018 -- 
    ● 7-May-2018 -- Sanaa, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeted the presidency building and killed 6+ people [WaPo: Ahmed Al-Haj, AP]
    ● 6-May-2018 -- New Haven, CT: "Yale Experiment Would Re-Animate The Brain After Person Dies, Critics Say It Would Be ‘Fate Worse Than Death’" [Nathan Francis, Inquisitr]
    ● 6-May-2018 -- Lebanon: General election: Hezbollah and its allies=67 seats; Christian Lebanese Forces=15 seats (up from 8); Hezbollah=13 seats; turnout=49% [Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 8-May-2018]
    ● 6-May-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russia's president [Yahoo! News: Ola Cichowlas, AFP]
    ● 6-May-2018 -- Khost, Afghanistan: Bombing at a mosque killed 14+ people [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 5-May-2018 -- Paris, France: Mass rally against Emmanuel Macron's policies; 2,000 police officers were deployed [WaPo: AP]
    ● 4-May-2018 -- Beijing, China: The US demands China cut trade deficit by $200 billion [Gabriel Wildau, et al., FT]
    ● 4-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: 6th Friday of the "Great March of Return" demonstration: thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land. Since 30-Mar-2018: total death toll=41+ and total injured=7,000+ [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 4-May-2018 -- Norfolk: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, announced the establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet [America's Navy]
    ● 3-May-2018 -- Odessa, Ukraine: "March of Ukrainian Order": Thousands demonstrated against the rule of 'Yids and oligarchs' [RT]
    ● 2-May-2018 -- Ukraine: According to the World Jewish Congress (WJC). the number of attacks against Jews in Ukraine has doubled over 2017; there are ~350,000 Jews in Ukraine [RT]
    ● 1-May-2018 -- San Juan, Puerto Rico: Thousands protested against pension cuts, school closures, austerity measures; the protest turned violent [Orlando Sentinel: Danica Coto, AP]
    ● 1-May-2018 -- Paris, France: May Day: ~55,000 (~20,00, according to police) protested against Macron's reforms; ~1,200 Black Blocs anarchists opted for violence [BBC News]
    ● 30-Apr-2018 -- New York, NY: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman reportedly told Jewish organizations on 27-Mar-2018: “In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given ... It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining” [RT-Axios; Barak Ravid, Israel's Channel 10]
    ● 29-Apr-2018 -- Bellevue, WA and Overland, KS: T-Mobile US and Sprint Corporation to merge in a deal valued at ~$26 billion; Deutsche Telekom controls T-Mobile and SoftBank controls Sprint [BBC News]
    ● 29-Apr-2018 -- Hama and Aleppo, Syria: Missile strikes targeted military bases [huaxia (ed.), Xinhuanet: Xinhua]
    ● 27-Apr-2018 -- Amnesty International has called on governments worldwide to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel; "the Israeli military has killed 35 Palestinians and injured more than 5,500 others – some with what appear to be deliberately inflicted life-changing injuries – during the weekly Friday protests that began on 30 March" 
    ● 27-Apr-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: 5th Friday of the "Great March of Return" demonstration: thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land; Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinians and injured 950+. Since 30-Mar-2018: total death toll=45+ and total injured=6,000+ [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 27-Apr-2018 -- Mizhi, China: An attacker stabbed to death 9 students outside a school; a suspect is in custody [BBC News, 28-Apr-2018]
    ● 27-Apr-2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in "agreed to completely cease all hostile acts against each other in every domain" [Thomas Maresca, USA Today]
    ● 26-Apr-2018 -- "Ford about to abandon American sedans"; Ford cars in North American portfolio to shrink to 10% by 2020 [Keith Naughton, Bloomberg]
    ● 26-Apr-2018 -- Facebook 2018Q1 results: Revenue=$12 billion (up 49%); net profit=$4.9 billion (up 65% YOY, all-time high) [Elizabeth Dwoskin, Chicago Tribune]
    ● INFORMATION: 26-Apr-2018 -- Increase in gold reserves to protect against "the coming devaluation of the US dollar and US dollar hegemony" ("the dollar based debt system"): Russia=1,890+ tons (up from 400 tons in 2006); China=1,842 tons; Turkey removed its gold reserves from the US [Russia Insider: GoldCore]
    ● 25-Apr-2018 -- Subway to close ~500 restaurants in the US and open 1,000+ restaurants overseas [Zlati Meyer, USA Today]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Apr-2018 -- 2018 World Press Freedom Index: 1=Norway, 2=Sweden, 3=Netherlands, 4=Finland, 5= Switzerland; 15=Germany; 18=Canada; 33=France; 40=UK; 45=USA; 67=Japan; 87=Israel; 100=Lebanon; 138=India; 148=Russia, 176=China; 180=North Korea [Reporters Without Borders]
    ● 24-Apr-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 424.56 points (1.74%) to 24,024.13 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 23-Apr-2018 -- Toronto, ON: Pedestrians were rammed by a van; 10 people were killed and 15 were injured; the driver is in custody [CBC News]
    ● 23-Apr-2018 -- Yerevan, Armenia: Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigns following a massive 10-day anti-government protest [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 22-Apr-2018 -- Bani Qais, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed 20+ people attending a wedding party [BBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 22-Apr-2018 -- "How Mossad carries out assassinations" [Ali Younes, Al Jazeera]
    ● 22-Apr-2018 -- Kabul and Pul-e-Khumri, Afghanistan: Bomb attacks targeted voter registration centers; 63+ people were killed [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 20-Apr-2018 -- Managua, Nicaragua: Violent protests against planned cuts to social security; 10+ people were killed [Theresa Waldrop, et al., CNN World, 21-Apr-2018]
    ● 20-Apr-2018 -- North Korea: North Korea has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests [VOA News]
    ● 20-Apr-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Thousands of Palestinians continued the "Great March of Return" protests against Israel; Israeli forces killed 39 Palestinians and injured 4,000+ since 30-Mar-2018; Aljazeera started naming the dead [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 20-Apr-2018 -- USA: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency fined Wells Fargo $1 billion for auto loan and mortgage violations [Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch]
    ● INFORMATION: 20-Apr-2018 -- Newnan, GA: The National Socialist Movement (NSM), a "neo-Nazi" group that is part of the Nationalist Front, holds its annual national meeting/rally, 20-21-Apr-2018 [Al Jazeera News, 19-Apr-2018]
    ● 19-Apr-2018 -- Washington, DC: The US relaxed rules to sell killer drones and high-tech weapons [Katrina Manson, FT]
    ● 19-Apr-2018 -- Cuba: Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as Cuba's new president [Sputnik News]
    ● 18-Apr-2018 -- Guerrero, Mexico: 16 people, including 6 police officers and 10 suspects, were killed in 2 battles [VOA News: AP]
    ● 18-Apr-2018 -- North Korea: President Donald Trump confirmed CIA director Mike Pompeo met secretely with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un; the "meeting went very smoothly" [BBC News]
    ● 17-Apr-2018 -- Starbucks: "Starbucks to Close All Stores Nationwide for Racial-Bias Education on May 29"
"The curriculum will be developed with guidance from several national and local experts confronting racial bias, including […] Jonathan Greenblatt, ceo of the Anti-Defamation League" [Starbucks Coffee Company]
    ● 17-Apr-2018 -- EU: EU Commission proposal to require ID cards of EU citizens to include digital fingerprints [Reuters]
    ● 16-Apr-2018 -- SC: Rioting at a maximum-security prison: 7+ inmates were killed [Amy B. Wang, at al., WaPo]
    ● 16-Apr-2018 -- President Donald J. Trump: "Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!" [Bloomberg-Twitter @realDonaldTrump]
    ● 15-Apr-2018 -- Amman, Jordan: Armed bank robberies, triggered by increased food and fuel prices, corruption, and failed economic policies, were reported; according to Hussam Abdallat, an activist, many citizens sympathize with bank robbers [Ali Younes, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 15-Apr-2018 -- Athens, Greece: Thousands protested against the US-led airstrikes against Syria; anti-US slogan: "Americans, murderers of people" [WaPo: AP]
    ● 15-Apr-2018 -- Budapest, Hungary: Tens of thousands protested against Prime Minister Victor Orbin demanding "new elections" [Chron: Pablo Gorondi, AP]
    ● 14-Apr-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic jointly condemned the US air strikes as "brutal aggression" [Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch]
    ● 13-Apr-2018 -- Syria: The US, UK and France launched airstrikes against "research, storage and military targets" [Helen Cooper, et al., NYT]
    ● 13-Apr-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Thousands of Palestinians continue the Land Day protests against Israel; Israeli forces killed 34+ Palestinians and injured 3,000+ since 30-Mar-2018 [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 13-Apr-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: MP Ivan Melnikov: Duma drafted a bill to seize or suspend "international cooperation in the nuclear sphere, rocket engine building and aircraft building between Russian companies and organizations under US jurisdiction" [RT]
    ● 12-Apr-2018 -- Ghazni, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters killed 14 people, including a district governor [Ehsan Popalzai, CNN World]
    ● 11-Apr-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: Houthi rebels in Yemen fired 2 ballistic missiles targeting Riyadh and Jizan; Saudi defense intercepted the missiles; oil prices soared to a 3-year record high [David Dawkins, Express, 12-Apr-2018]
    ● 10-Apr-2018 -- Algiers, Algeria: An Ilyushin Il-76 military plane crashed near the Boufarik airbase; 257+ people, including 70+ military personnel and family members, were killed [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 9-Apr-2018 -- The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: New study findings:
"Nearly one-third of all Americans (31 percent) and more than 4-in-10 Millennials (41 percent) believe that substantially less than 6 million Jews were killed (two million or fewer) during the Holocaust";
"Seven out of ten Americans (70 percent) say fewer people seem to care about the Holocaust than they used to";
A majority of Americans (58 percent) believe something like the Holocaust could happen again."
[Claims Conference]
    ● 9-Apr-2018 -- Washington, DC: Institute of International Finance: Global debt soared to $237 trillion (up ~21 trillion) in 2017 [IIF]
    ● 9-Apr-2018 -- Washington, DC: The FBI raided the office of Michael Cohen, President Trump's Lawyer [Matt Apuzzo, NYT]
    ● 9-Apr-2018 -- Syria: Israel attacked Tiyas airbase and killed 14 people; 8 missiles were fired by 2 F-15 fighter jets [Isabella Beham, ValueWalk]
    ● 9-Apr-2018 -- Facebook Scandal: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, on platform abuses, including fake news, misinformation, etc.:  “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry" [Casey Newton, The Verge]
    ● 9-Apr-2018 -- Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko: "No chemical weapons were used in this area [Douma, Syria], and all accusations against the government troops from the West are nothing more than another fake" [Sputnik News, 9-Apr-2018]
    ● 8-Apr-2018 -- Budapest, Hungary: Victor Orban is reelected with a substantial majority; "Stop Soros" bill to protect Hungary's "sovereignty and national security" from interference by Soros’s Open Society Foundations [James McAuley, WaPo, 9-Apr-2018]
    ● 8-Apr-2018 -- Berlin, Germany: Police detained 6 men who were allegedly planning a knife attack during the Berlin half marathon [DW: amp/jm Reuters-AFP-dpa-AP]
    ● 8-Apr-2018 -- Douma, Syria: 70+ people were killed in a suspected chemical attack [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 8-Apr-2018 -- Jerusalem, Palestine: 1,700+ Jewish settlers buttressed by Israeli forces stormed Al Aqsa Mosque compound [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 7-Apr-2018 -- Sao Paolo, Brazil: Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to serve a 12-year jail sentence; Lula was "convicted on corruption charges" [Shasta Darlington, et al., NYT]
    ● 7-Apr-2018 -- London, UK: Up to 2,000 people, including non-Zionist Jews, protested against (1) the killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces and (2) the UK's "complicity" in Israel's "apartheid"; Israeli forces killed 31 Palestinians since 30-Mar-2018 [Claire Gilbody-Dickerson, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 7-Apr-2018 -- Muenster, Germany: Van ploughed into a crowd; several people were killed; the driver killed himself [BBC News]  
    ● 6-Apr-2018 -- New York, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 572.46 points (2.34%) to 23,932.76 [Yahoo!Finance]
    ● INFORMATION: 6-Apr-2018 -- "Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor...
"My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations." [Hosea 9:1 and 17]
    ● 6-Apr-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Massive anti-Israel protests: Israeli forces killed 26 Palestinians and wounded 1,600+ others during one week [Al Jazeera News]
9-year-old Mohamed Ayyash, on why he was protesting against Israel: "My goal is to take back my land, my grandparents' land, and the memories of my family" [Huthifa Fayyad, Al Jazeera News, 5-Apr-2018]
    ● 6-Apr-2018 -- USA: US imposed sanctions against top Russian businessmen [oligarchs] and top officials [Gardiner Harris, NYT]
    ● INFORMATION: 5-Apr-2018 -- Hamza Bin Laden, son of Osama Bin Laden, called for an Uprising and a redistribution of wealth in Saudi Arabia [Ciaran McGrath, Express]
    ● 5-Apr-2018 -- Offa, Nigeria: 20 robbers attacked 3 banks and a police station; 16 people, including 9 police officers, were killed [Bukola Adebayo, CNN, 6-Apr-2018]
    ● 5-Apr-2018 -- Eskisehir, Turkey: A research assistant shot and killed 4 staffers at Osmangazi University [Emrah Yasar, Anadolu Agency]
    ● 5-Apr-2018 -- South Korea: 50+ AI experts boycotted Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) over a partnership to develop autonomous weapons (Killer Robots) with Hanwha Systems [BBC News]
    ● 5-Apr-2018 -- Nellis Air Force Base, NV: A US Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 jet crashed; the pilot was killed [Barbara Starr, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● 4-Apr-2018 -- 3,100+ Google employees protested Google's involvement in Project Maven, "a Pentagon effort to use AI systems to analyze drone footage" [Michael Kan, PCMag]
    ● 4-Apr-2018 -- Mike Schroepfer, CTO, Facebook: "In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people -- mostly in the US -- may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica" [Mike Schroepfer, Facebook]
    ● 4-Apr-2018 -- Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst, on President Trump: "Certainly he's milking the various Gulf countries in a major way… For every possible service, he would ask for money in return. He's done that with the United Arab Emirates, with Qatar, with Saudi Arabia, with Kuwait and so forth" [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 4-Apr-2018 -- Beijing, China: China to place "25% trade tariffs on 106 US goods, including soybeans, aircraft and orange juice" [BBC News]
    ● 3-Apr-2018 -- San Bruno, CA: A female shooter  killed herself at YouTube HQ; 4 people were injured [Adi Roberston, et al., The Verge, 4-Apr-2018]
    ● 3-Apr-2018 -- Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled deal with the UN on African asylum seekers [Lee Yaron, et al., Haaretz]
    ● 2-Apr-2018 -- Kunduz, Afghanistan: Key finding in UN report: Afghan military air attack targeting a school killed 36+ people, including 30 children [Al Jazeera, 7-May-2018]
    ● 2-Apr-2018 -- New York, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 458.92 points (1.90%) to 23,644.19; NASDAQ Composite tumbled 193.33 points (2.74%) to 6,870.12 [Yahoo!Finance]
    ● 2-Apr-2018 -- India: Thousands of people from India's lower castes protested against "discrimination and atrocities" by the upper castes; 7+ people were killed [Sputnik News]
    ● INFORMATION: 2-Apr-2018 -- West Long Branch, NJ: Monmouth University Poll: "More than 3-in-4 Americans believe that traditional major TV and newspaper media outlets report “fake news" ... The 77% who believe fake news reporting happens at least occasionally has increased significantly from 63% of the public who felt that way last year" [Monmouth University Polling Institute]
    ● 2-Apr-2018 -- Israel: Israel to resettle 16,000+ asylum seekers to Western countries and to give permanent residency to ~18,000 people [BBC News]
    ● 1-Apr-2018 -- Maiduguri, Nigeria: 18 people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram [Aminu Abubakar, et al., CNN World, 2-Apr-2018]
    ● 1-Apr-2018 -- Somalia: Al-Shabab fighters claimed they attacked an AMISOM base, killed 59+ "crusaders" and lost 14 fighters; AMISOM troops claimed they killed 30+ attackers [Al Jazeera News, 2-Apr-2018]
    ● 1-Apr-2018 -- Turkey: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "terrorist" and Israel "terrorist state" [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 1-Apr-2018 -- Beijing, China; China responded to President Trump's $60 billion package of tariffs with increased tariffs on 128+ US imports [RT]
    ● 1-Apr-2018 -- Gerry Adams: "There can be no justification or excuse by Israel for the calculated slaughter by Israeli military snipers of unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border with Israel... I am urging the EU and the UN to take a stand against Israeli violence. I would especially urge the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador as a first step in formally and officially recognizing the state of Palestine. The time for excuses is long over " [RT]
    ● 1-Apr-2018 -- Indian-controlled Kashmir: Massive anti-India protests; 13+ militants and 3 soldiers were killed [US News: Aijaz Hussain, AP]
    ● 1-Apr-2018 -- Afghanistan: Using night-vision goggles and lasers, the Taliban increased night-time attacks [Thomas Gibbons-Neff, et al., NYT]
    ● 31-Mar-2018 -- Washington, DC: President Trump continues to attack Amazon for scamming the US Postal Service [Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN Politics]
    ● 30-Mar-2018 -- Singer Ted Nugent, on "mushy brained" Parkland survivors, at The Joe Pags Show: "The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies. I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless" [Sara M. Moniuszko, USA Today, 31-Mar-2018]
    ● 30-Mar-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Israeli forces killed a Palestinian farmer on his land [Al Jazeera News-AP]
    ● 30-Mar-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Russia expelled diplomats from 23 mainly Western countries, including 60 from the US [BBC News]
    ● 30-Mar-2018 -- Hawthorne, CA: SpaceX reusable Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 Iridium satellites into orbit [Tariq Malik, Space.com]
    ● 30-Mar-2018 -- Plesesk, Russia: Russia test-launched the RS-28 Sarmat ICBM (called "Satan 2" by NATO); the Sarmat can deliver up to 15 nuclear warheads [Alasdair Sandford, Euronews]
    ● 30-Mar-2018 -- Gaza and West Bank, Palestine: "March of Return" demonstration: ~30,000 Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land; Israeli forces killed 16+ Palestinians [Jack Khoury, et al., Haaretz, 30-31-Mar-2018]
    ● 29-Mar-2018 -- USA: Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), crown prince of Saudi Arabia, met leaders from right-wing Jewish organizations (AIPAC, ADL, JFNA; Conference of Presidents, B'nai B'rith, AJC) [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 28-Mar-2018 -- Valencia, Venezuela: Fire at a jail killed 68 people [Yahoo! News-Scott Smith, et al., AP, 29-Mar-2018]
    ● 28-Mar-2018 -- Warsaw, Poland:  Poland to buy Raytheon Co’s Patriot missile defense system for $4.75 billion [Lidia, Reuters]
    ● 28-Mar-2018 -- Beijing, China: North Korea is committed to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula [Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA Today]
    ● 27-Mar-2018 -- USA: First revised US-South Korea trade deal [ Toluse Olorunnipa, et al., Bloomberg Politics]
    ● 27-Mar-2018 -- Paris, France: An 85-year old Holocaust survivor was found murdered on 23-Mar-2018; anti-Semitic attack suspected [Yelena Peigne, et al., CNN]
    ● 27-Mar-2018 -- London, UK: Whistleblower alleged Cambridge Analytica is "disrupting elections around the globe"; the whistleblower also alleged "that his predecessor was poisoned and that police were bribed not to investigate" [Adam Bienkov, Business Insider]
    ● 26-Mar-2018 -- Israel: Israel's Iron Dome malfunctioned: Hamas is reportedly seeking trigger points and vulnerability levels for Israel's "missile defense system" [Amos Harel, Haaretz]
    ● 26-Mar-2018 -- USA: The US is expelling 60 Russians in response to the spy poisoning in Salisbury, UK; Russia denied involvement in the poisoning [BBC News]
    ● 25-Mar-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: Saudi forces intercepted 7 ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militia in Yemen; one Egyptian was killed by debris from the missiles [Saudi Gazette]
    ● 25-Mar-2018 -- Kemerovo, Russia: Fire at a shopping mall killed 64+ people, including children [The Moscow Times-Danil Aikin, TASS]
    ● 25-Mar-2018 -- Herat, Afghanistan: Suicide attack on Shia mosque killed 1+ person; ISIL claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 25-Mar-2018 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: 2 car bomb blasts killed 6 people [Harun Maruf, VOA News]
    ● 24-Mar-2018 -- Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan: Car bombing near a stadium killed 14+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 24-Mar-2018 -- Alexandria, Egypt: Assassination attempt against a security official failed but killed one policeman [Ahram]
    ● 24-Mar-2018 -- Washington, DC: "March for Our Lives" protests: Hundreds of thousands are expected to rally for gun control laws [Ian Simpson, Reuters]
    ● 23-Mar-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 424.69 points (1.77%) -- from 23,995.18 to 23,533.20 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 23-Mar-2018 -- Eastern Ghouta, Syria: Airstrikes targeting an underground shelter killed 37+ people, including mostly women and children [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 23-Mar-2018 -- Trebes, France: A gunman took hostages at a Super U supermarket, claimed allegiance to ISIL, and killed 3 people; the gunman was also killed [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 22-Mar-2018 -- Q: "How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?
A: “The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the U.S. Invasion” (by Nicholas J.S. Davies & Medea Benjamin) estimates the death toll in Iraq at ~2.4 million; the 9/11 attack killed 2,996 people [Nicholas J.S. Davies, Consortiumnews.com]
    ● 22-Mar-2018 -- "American scam: My kid and I are both supposed to go broke paying for college? Forget it
"I’ve learned what many students and parents already know: The student loan system is a quasi-criminal shell game" [Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon]
    ● 22-Mar-2018 -- UN: World Water Day: Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Canadian, to the United Nations General Assembly: "Many people don't think water is alive or has a spirit. My people believe this to be true. Our water deserves to be treated as human with human rights. We need to acknowledge our waters with personhood so we can protect our waters [Melissa Kent, MSN News; UN]
    ● 22-Mar-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 724.42 points (2.93%) -- from 24,526.01 to 23,957.89 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 22-Mar-2018 -- Beijing, China: Ministry of Commerce: China to "take all necessary measures" against U.S. protectionism [Yurou (ed.), Xinhuanet-Xinhua]
    ● 22-Mar-2018 -- Washington, DC: President Trump [1] to impose tariffs on ~$50 billion worth of Chinese imports; [2] to crackdown on China's theft of US intellectual property [Matt Egan, CNN Money]
    ● 22-Mar-2018 -- Kralupy, Czech Republic: An explosion at a refinery killed 6 people [Reuters]
    ● 22-Mar-2018 -- France: Start of a 3-month wave of nationwide strikes against President Macron's pro-business reforms [Lauren Said-Moorhouse, et al., CNN World]; thousands rally against Macron [Rob Virtue, Express]; authorities are concerned "that all the grievances fuse together" [Ingrid Melander, et al., Reuters]
    ● 22-Mar-2018 -- "Sarkozy is accused of financing his successful 2007 presidential bid with 50 million euros (about $62 million) from Moammar Gadhafi" -- Sarkozy denied any wrongdoing [Alexander Smith, NBC News-AP]
    ● 21-Mar-2018 -- Kigali, Rwanda: African countries to launch the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) -- biggest trade agreement since WTO was established [Loes Witschge, Al Jazeera]
    ● 21-Mar-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed 32+ people in a Shia area; Islamic State claimed responsibility [Hamid Shalizi, et al., Reuters]
    ● 21-Mar-2018 -- Austin, TX: 6 bombings reported over 20 days; 2 people were killed since 2-Mar-2018; the serial bomber blew himself up [Dave Montgomery, et al., NYT]
    ● 20-Mar-2018 -- Eastern Ghouta, Syria; A government airstrike hit a school; 16+ children and 4 women were killed; according to activists, the total death toll from shelling is 32 [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 20-Mar-2018 -- Nanterre, France: French police question Nicolas Sarkozy over alleged Libyan financing of Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign [Emily Commander, Euronews]
    ● 19-Mar-2018 -- Weinstein Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following sexual allegations against a co-founder; Lantern Capital to purchase the company [Jonathan Randles, WSJ]
    ● 19-Mar-2018 -- Following the Cambridge Analytica controversy: Facebook's value tumbled $37 billion (~7%); Mark Zuckerberg's net worth tumbled ~$5 billion [Chris Isidore, et al., CNN Money]
    ● 19-Mar-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: A blast outside a rally supporting Hekmatyar, a former prime minister, killed 3 people [Ahmad Sultan, et al., Reuters]
    ● 18-Mar-2018 -- Tempe, AZ: "Likely the first pedestrian fatality involving a driverless vehicle": A self-driving Uber car in autonomous mode hit a woman; the woman died [Lauren Raab, Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg, 19-Mar-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 18-Mar-2018 -- "The Cambridge Analytica Files" -- "'I made Steve Bannon's psychological warfare tool': meet the data war whistleblower" [Carole Cadwaladr, The Guardian]
    ● INFORMATION: 18-Mar-2018 -- World: Ronan Manly, Singapore’s BullionStar precious metals expert: Central banks are manipulating and suppressing gold prices [RT]
    ● 18-Mar-2018 -- Russia: Presidential election: Vladimir Putin re-elected as Russia's president [RT]
    ● 18-Mar-2018 -- New York, NY: The Kushner Cos. "routinely filed false paperwork" with NYC [San Francisco Chronicle: Bernard Condon, et al., AP]
    ● 17-Mar-2018 -- Edward Snowden: "Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as "surveillance companies." Their rebranding as "social media" is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense [@Snowden]
    ● 17-Mar-2018 -- South Africa: White farmers are reportedly being murdered; land that was "taken [by whites] under colonialism and apartheid" is being expropriated without compensation [RT]
    ● 17-Mar-2018 -- Darzab and Qishtepa, Afghanistan: US airstrikes reportedly killed up to 35 Islamic State militants [VOA News]
    ● 17-Mar-2018 -- Russia: Russian Foreign Ministry said "23 employees of the British embassy in Moscow have been declared personae non gratae" [RT]
    ● INFORMATION: 17-Mar-2018 -- "Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach" -- "Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters" [Carole Cadwalladr, et al., The Guardian]
    ● 16-Mar-2018 -- Facebook to suspend Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook [Paul Grewal, Facebook]
    ● 16-Mar-2018 -- Jenin, West Bank: A Palestinian rammed and killed 2 Israeli soldiers [Ali Samudi]; IDF retaliated by raiding the suspected Palestinian attacker's village and suspending 100+ working permits for Palestinians [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 16-Mar-2018 -- Bratislava, Slovakia: ~65,000 people joined anti-government protests in 35 cities [BBC News]
    ● 16-Mar-2018 -- Afrin, Syria: Syrian Kurdish forces: Turkish forces killed 20+ people [RFE/RL-AFP-AP-Reuters]
    ● 16-Mar-2018 -- Eastern Ghouta, Syria: SOHR: Russian air strikes killed 31+ people [RFE/RL-AFP-AP-Reuters]
    ● 16-Mar-2018 -- Madrid, Spain: Death of a Senegalese street vendor triggered riots [Charlotte Davis, Express]
    ● 16-Mar-2018 -- South Africa: Former South African president, Jacob Zuma, to face corruption charges, including "counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering"; Jacob Zuma denied the allegations [BBC News]
    ● 16-Mar-2018 -- Iraq: HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed; 7 US service member were killed [Barbara Starr, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● 15-Mar-2018 -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Murder of Marielle Franco, a black Brazilian councilwoman and human rights activist, triggered huge protests [NPR]
    ● 15-Mar-2018 -- Miami-Dade, FL: A new pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed; 6 people were killed [Greg Norman, Fox News-AP]
    ● 15-Mar-2018 -- Raiwind, Pakistan: Suicide attack targeted a police checkpoint; 10 people were killed; Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility [Pakistan Today]
    ● 14-Mar-2018 -- Key West, FL: F/A-18F Super Hornet jet crashed; 2 US Navy aviators were killed [Nicole Darrah, et al., Fox News-AP]
    ● 14-Mar-2018 -- France: France to sue Google and Apple for "abusive trade practices" [Reuters]
    ● 14-Mar-2018 -- Washington, DC: US Senate passed a bill to roll back Dodd-Frank banking regulations [Mike Murphy, MarketWatch]
    ● 14-Mar-2018 -- Washington, DC: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Theranos Inc., its founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and its former President Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani with raising more than $700 million from investors through an elaborate fraud [SEC]
    ● 14-Mar-2018 -- USA: Thousands of students protested gun violence [US News: Collin Binkley, et al., AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Mar-2018 -- Rome, Italy: World Happiness Report 2018: Happiest Countries: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia; US ranked 18th [Gallup International, 2015-2017; United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)]
    ● 14-Mar-2018 -- Manila, Philippines: Duterte to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [Karen Lema, et al., Reuters]
    ● 14-Mar-2018 -- Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76: "Look up at the stars and not down at your feet" -- Professor Stephen Hawking [BBC News]
    ● 14-Mar-2018 -- UK: UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats; Russia denied involvement in the nerve agent attack in Salisbury [BBC News]
    ● 13-Mar-2018 -- India: India's farm ministry to reduce royalties paid by Indian seed companies to Monsanto for its GMO cotton by 20.4%; Monsanto controls ~90% of the cotton market [RT]
    ● 13-Mar-2018 -- Austin, TX: 3 package bombings killed 2 people [Jason Abbruzzese, et al., NBC News]
    ● 13-Mar-2018 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo [Morgan Chalfant, et al., The Hill]
    ● 12-Mar-2018 -- Maharashtra, India: Tens of thousands of farmers ended a 6-day protest over loan waivers, crop prices and land ownership rights [BBC News]
    ● 12-Mar-2018 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump blocked the $117 billion takeover of Qualcomm (a US chip maker) by Broadcom for "national security" concerns [Daniel Shane, et al., Money CNN, 13-Mar-2018]
    ● 12-Mar-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with Megyn Kelly on 1-Mar-2018, regarding meddlers with the 2016 US election: "Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship… Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work" [Rebecca Shabad, NBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 12-Mar-2018 -- "Air disaster timeline: A chronology of major air disasters since 1998" [BBC News]
    ● 12-Mar-2018 -- Kathmandu, Nepal: A Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop with 70+ on board crashed; 49+ people were killed [Roshan Sedhai, Faisal Mahmud; Al Jazeera News]
    ● 11-Mar-2018 -- Zagros Mountains, Iran: A private Turkish jet crashed; all 11 people on board were killed [BBC News]
    ● 11-Mar-2018 -- New York, NY: A tourist Eurocopter AS350 helicopter crashed in the East River; the pilot survived; all 5 passengers were killed [Larry Celona, et al., NY Post]
    ● 11-Mar-2018 -- Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Philippines: Pro-Islamic State militants clashed with Philippine troops; 44+ militants were killed [Enrico dela Cruz, Louise Heavens (ed.), Reuters]
    ● 11-Mar-2018 -- Russia: Russia successfully tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic Kinzhal missile with a range of 2,000 km [BBC News]
    ● 11-Mar-2018 -- Beijing, China: "China's national legislature … adopted constitutional amendments, enshrining Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the Constitution" [Mengjie (ed.), Xinhua]; Xi Jinping can "rule for life" [CNN]
    ● 10-Mar-2018 -- Burnaby, BC: Thousands of demonstrators rallied against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project [US News: Phuong Le, AP]
    ● 10-Mar-2018 -- Gaza Strip, Palestine: According to the Gaza Strip's "collective of charitable organizations": Israeli blockade, including water and electricity shortages, resulted in the death of 1,000+ Palestinians [Al Jazeera]
    ● 9-Mar-2018 -- Eastern Ghouta, Syria: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 976+ people were killed since 25-Feb-2018; according to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), 49+ people were killed on 9-Mar-2018 [Al Jazeera News, 10-Mar-2018]
    ● 9-Mar-2018 -- Bratislava, Slovakia: 40,000+ people protested against the government over alleged corruption and the murder of an investigative journalist [Chris Harris, Euronews-Agencies-Reuters]
    ● 9-Mar-2018 -- Yountville, CA: A gunman killed 3 women then himself at Veterans Home of California in Yountville [Benjamin Brown, Fox News-Bratford Betz, et al., AP]
    ● 9-Mar-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) soared 440.53 points (1.77%) to 25,335.74 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 8-Mar-2018 -- Santiago, Chile: 11 Pacific Rim countries, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) [WaPo: Eva Vergara, et al., AP]
    ● 8-Mar-2018 -- North Korea: North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, invited President Trump to discuss North Korea's nuclear program; President Trump accepted the invitation [Mark Landler, NYT]
    ● 8-Mar-2018 -- Vienna, Austria: 2 knife attacks in a Jewish district were reported; 4 people, including 3 from the same family, were injured [BBC News]
    ● 8-Mar-2018 -- Salisbury, UK: Authorities are investigating the attempted murder on 4-Mar-2018 of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter using a "nerve agent" [BBC News]; 
    ● 8-Mar-2018 -- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State: "We are not in any way attempting to keep Chinese dollars from Africa ... It is important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those [Chinese loan] agreements and not forfeit their sovereignty" [Aaron Maasho, et al., Reuters]
    ● 8-Mar-2018 -- International Women's Day [WaPo: AP]
    ● 8-Mar-2018 -- Kunar, Afghanistan: US drone attack killed 21 insurgents, including the son of the Pakistani Taliban chief [Fox News-AP, 8-Mar-2018]
    ● 7-Mar-2018 -- Jerusalem, Palestine: The Israeli parliament ratified a law allowing authorities to strip the residency rights of any Palestinian deemed a threat -- including "breach of loyalty" to Israel [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 7-Mar-2018 -- Ukraine: Ukrainian authorities started seizing Gazprom's assets; the decision complies with the Stockholm court decision on Gazprom's "alleged violation of Ukrainian anti-monopoly legislation" [RT]
    ● 7-Mar-2018 -- White House, DC: Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, to resign, following a disagreement on tariffs [Jeremy Diamond, CNN]
    ● 6-Mar-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Syrian government bombardments killed 70+ civilians since 5-Mar-2018 [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 6-Mar-2018 -- Latakia, Syria: Russian Antonov-26 transport aircraft crashed at Khmeimim airbase; 39 people on board were killed [RT]
    ● 5-Mar-2018 -- Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhists torched Muslim-owned businesses; authorities declared a state of emergency to stop the spread of religious violence [Al Jazeera News, 6-Mar-2018]
    ● 5-Mar-2018 -- Beijing, China: China to increase its military budget by 8.1% in 2018; as percent of GDP, China's military spending was ~1.9% (compared with ~3.3% for the US) [Simon Denyer, WaPo; Stockholm International Peace Research Institute]
    ● INFORMATION: 5-Mar-2018 -- China: Chinese legislators to vote on a constitutional amendment to end presidential term limits; issues include: regulating debt by "tightening controls to cool booms in bank lending and real estate sales," avoiding war in Korea, and "managing escalating frictions with the US" [Amy Lieu, Fox News-AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 4-Mar-2018 -- AIPAC 2018 pro-Israel congressional agenda includes: [1] to curb Iran's power and influence, [2] to limit funding for Palestinians, [3] to curb the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, [4] "to codify the US commitment to give Israel $38bn over the next 10 years" [Ali Youness, Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 4-Mar-2018 -- Washington, DC: AIPAC Policy Conference 2018, 4-6-Mar-2018; AIPAC: "The conference culminates with the opportunity for delegates to lobby their members of Congress in support of legislation that enhances the relationship between the United States and Israel"; "more than two-thirds of Congress" attend the conference [AIPAC]
    ● 4-Mar-2018 -- Italy: General election results: Five Star Movement (populist)=32.5%; the League (anti-immigrant)=17.5%; Forza Italia (Berlusconi's party)=14%; Democratic Party (PD)=18.7% [BBC News, 5-Mar-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 4-Mar-2018 -- Italy: General election; issues include immigration, neo-fascism, economic growth [US News: Nicole Winfield, AP]
    ● 3-Mar-2018 -- Holy See, Vatican: Instituto per le Opere di Religione -- Institute of Works of Religion (IOR): "The purpose of the IOR ... is to serve the global mission of the Catholic Church by way of protecting and growing its customers’ assets and providing them with dedicated worldwide payment services. In order to comply with this noble task that has been entrusted to the IOR by the Holy Father, the Institute must at all times ensure high-quality products and services, while assuring compliance with financial regulation."
    ● 3-Mar-2018 -- Holy See, Vatican: The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR): Angelo Caloia, president of the IOR. from 1999 to 2009, and his lawyer Gabriele Liuzzo were indicted on 2-Mar-2018 on charges of "embezzlement and self-laundering" [NYT: Reuters]
    ● 3-Mar-2018 -- Ituri, DRC: 79+ people were killed over 3-4-Mar-2018 in clashes between Hama and Lendu tribes [Charlotte Bellis, Al Jazeera, 6-Mar-2018]
    ● 3-Mar-2018 -- Afrin, Syria: Turkish airstrikes killed 36+ pro-government forces [New York Post: Reuters]
    ● 2-Mar-2018 -- Eastern Ghouta, Syria: Syrian government bombings killed 674 civilians in 13 days; 103 people were killed since the UN ceasefire on 24-Jan-2018 [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 2-Mar-2018 -- Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: multiple attacks on army HQ reported; 28+ people were killed [RT-AFP]
    ● 2-Mar-2018 -- Mount Pleasant, MI: A Central Michigan University student is accused of shooting and killing his parents [USA Today: Aleanna Siacon, et al., Detroit Free Press]
    ● 1-Mar-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 420.22 points (1.68%) to 24,608.98 [Yahoo! Finance]; the tumble followed President Trump's decision to impose 25% and 10% tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, respectively [Yahoo! Finance: Caroline Valetkevitch, et al., Reuters]
    ● 1-Mar-2018 -- World: "NSA-proof" Tor software, used to protect against encroaching government surveillance/spying, is funded by US government agencies, including the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG, a CIA spinoff), the State Department, and the Navy [RT: Yasha Levine]
    ● 1-Mar-2018 -- Poland: A Polish anti-defamation law that criminalizes falsely accusing Poland of crimes committed by Nazi Germany took effect [US News: Vanessa Gera, et al., AP]
    ● 1-Mar-2018 -- Germany: The German government reported it was hacked; APT28, a Russian hacking group, is suspected [DW; amp, dm/sms dpa-AP-Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Mar-02018 -- Moscow, Russia: President Vladimir Putin: "I believe it as my duty to say this: any use of nuclear weapons of any yield -- small, medium or whatever -- against Russia or its allies will be regarded as a nuclear attack against our country. Retaliation will be instant with all the ensuing consequences... Russia has been and remains the strongest nuclear power as no other country currently has weapons such as Russia’s [TASS]
    ● 1-Mar-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: President Vladimir Putin revealed new 'invincible' nuclear weapons, including a nuclear cruise missile with unlimited range and a submarine-launched long-range delivery nuclear missile [BBC News]
    ● 28-Feb-2018 -- USA: Jared Kushner's family business received loans from Apollo ($184 million) and Citigroup ($325 million; loan to Kushner companies and a partner) in 2017 [Jesse Drucker, et al., NYT]; Kushner lost his Top Secret/SCI-level security clearance [Eliana Johnson, et al., Politico, 27-Jan-2018]
    ● 28-Feb-2018 -- Poland: A Polish priest and editor-in-chief of Catholic magazine ‘Idziemy’ argued that Jewish people have “a completely different system of values, a different concept of truth" -- in secular Jews, “the truth is subjective or whatever serves Israel’s interests"; the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland filed a complaint [RT]
    ● INFORMATION: 27-Dec-2017 -- Ottawa, Canada: "Equality+Growth: A Strong Middle Class," Tabled in the House of Commons by the Honourable William Francis Morneau, PC, MP, Minister of Finance, 27-Feb-2018
    ● 27-Jan-2018 -- Ottawa, ON: 2018 federal budget: Canada's federal government to tighten tax rules "meant to prevent … Canadian banks and other financial institutions, from gaining a tax advantage"; big banks used offshore subsidiaries in tax havens to avoid paying "billions in tax" [Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star, 28-Feb-2018]
    ● 27-Feb-2018 -- Deir al-Zour, Syria: US-led airstrikes; 24+ civilians were killed [New China-Xinhua]
    ● 27-Feb-2018 -- Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report: Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents: the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the US soared a record 57% in 2017 [ADL]
    ● INFORMATION: 27-Feb-2018 -- World Gold Council: "Gold Demand Trends Full Year 2017" [WGC, 6-Feb-2018]
    ● 27-Feb-2018 -- Russia: The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) gold reserves soared to 1,857 tons, up ~20 metric tons in Jan-2018; Russia and China are committed to cutting their dependence on the US dollar [RT, 26-Feb-2018]
    ● 27-Feb-2018 -- Jerusalem, Palestine: The Israeli government decided to freeze controversial legislation; Jerusalem municipality to "postpone tax collection from church-owned properties" [Nir Hasson, et al., Haaretz]
    ● INFORMATION: 27-Feb-2018 -- "Creation of Rydberg Polarons in a Bose Gas,"  F. Camargo, R. Schmidt, J. D. Whalen, R. Ding, G. Woehl, Jr., S. Yoshida, J. Burgdörfer, F. B. Dunning, H. R. Sadeghpour, E. Demler, and T. C. Killian, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 083401 – Published 22-February-2018
    ● 27-Feb-2018 -- Latest progress in ultracold atom physics: Scientists have stuffed atoms within atoms creating a new state of matter called "Rydberg polarons" [Katherine Hignett, Newsweek]
    ● 26-Feb-2018 -- North Pole: "The North Pole just surged above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists" [Toronto Star: Jason Samenow, WaPo]
    ● 26-Feb-2018 -- Israel: NGO Kerem Navot: 40%+ of Jewish settler graves lie on expropriated Palestinian land [Jack Moore, Newsweek]
    ● 25-Feb-2018 -- Jerusalem, Palestine: Leaders of Christian churches--Greek Orthodox, Catholic, and Armenian--accused Israel of waging a “systematic campaign against the churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land, in flagrant violation of the existing status quo" [Ruth Eglash, WaPo]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Feb-2018 -- Rev. Farrakhan, Saviour's Day 2018 Address: "The powerful Jews are my enemy… White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I'm here to say your time is up, your world is through" [Sophie Tatum, et al., CNN Politics, 28-Feb-2018]; [MUCHMIND editor: For evidence of anti-Goyism and organized Zionist attacks on Christianity in American history, see Henry Ford's "The International Jew--The World's Foremost Problem" (1920), p. 320; for Albert Einstein's views on political Zionism, see Fred Jerome's " Einstein on Israel and Zionism: His Provocative Ideas About the Middle East" (2009)]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Feb-2018 -- USA: The National Riffle Association (NRA) accused companies that severed their relationship with it of “a shameful display of political and civic cowardice"; and defended its members: "The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement”; see also "The Media Love Mass Shootings" [NRA]
    ● 24-Feb-2018 -- Aden, Yemen: ISIL suicide bombings killed dozens of people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 24-Feb-2018 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: 2 car bomb attacks killed 38+ people; al-Shabab claimed responsibility [BBC News]
    ● 24-Feb-2018 -- USA: Berkshire Hathaway posted a $29 billion gain thanks to new US tax law; Berkshire's cash soared to $116 billion; Warren Buffet recommended individuals avoid debt [Nicole Friedman, MarketWatch]
    ● 24-Feb-2018 -- Milan, Italy: Thousands (up to 50,000) rallied in support of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini [Isla Binie, Reuters]
    ● 24-Feb-2018 -- Afghanistan: 3 Taliban attacks; 20+ Afghan Soldiers were killed [Andrew E. Kramer, et al., NYT]
    ● 24-Feb-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Attacks by Syrian forces that began on 19-Feb-2018, killed 500+ civilians [BBC News]
    ● 23-Feb-2018 -- Corporations, including banks, transportation, and security companies are dumping the NRA [Polly Mosendz, et al., Bloomberg]; see NRA's response on 24-Feb-2018
    ● INFORMATION: 23-Feb-2018 -- Theodor Herzl (1860-1904). in The Jewish State: "The Jewish Company is an organization with a transitional character. It is strictly a business undertaking, and must be carefully distinguished from the Society of Jews... All the immense profits of this speculation in land will go to the Company, which is bound to receive this indefinite premium in return for having borne the risk of the undertaking...  Financial morality consists in the correlation of risk and profit." [Original Herzl text published under the title Der Judenstaat, Vienna, 1896]
    ● 23-Feb-2018 -- USA: "Trump mega-donor Sheldon Adelson may bankroll US embassy's Jerusalem move"; Adelson contributed $25 million to Trump's campaign and $5 million to Trump's inauguration committee [RT]
    ● 23-Feb-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Attacks by Syrian forces that began on 19-Feb-2018, killed 403+ people, including 150 children [Linah Alsaafin, Zouhir Al Shimale, Al Jazeera News]; according to Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, the lives of 8 million civilians in Damascus must be protected from terrorists in Eastern Ghouta [SANA]
    ● 23-Feb-2018 -- Greece: Greece continues to suffer "high unemployment, crippling austerity measures and a lack of hope" [Patrick Strikland,, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 22-Feb-2018 -- Russia: Russian Security Service (FSB) foiled a series of terrorist attacks targeting St. Petersburg [RT]
    ● 22-Feb-2018 -- Iran: The 2015 nuclear deal is conditioned on economic benefits accruing to Iran; if major banks continue to shun Iran, Iran will withdraw from the nuclear deal [Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, Reuters]
    ● 22-Feb-2018 -- Podgorica, Montenegro: An attacker threw an explosive device at the US Embassy then blew himself up [RFE/RL-AP-Reuters-AFP-dpa-Portalanalitika.me-NYT]
    ● 21-Feb-2018 -- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro: "petro" cryptocurrency raised $735 million in a single day [Rian Browne, CNBC; @NicolasMaduro]
    ● 21-Feb-2018 -- Tanganyika, DRC: Surge of violence caused by conflicts between ethnic groups and clashes between armed forces and militias; thousands are displaced [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 21-Feb-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Attacks by Syrian forces killed 270+ civilians over 3 days, including 27+ on 21-Feb-2018 [Zeina Khodr, Zouhir Al Shimale, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 20-Feb-2018 -- Ethiopia: Massive protests against a "minority ruling elite"; protesters' demands include "accountability for human rights abuses, the release of political prisoners, political reforms and greater freedoms" [Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 20-Feb-2018 -- "Banks have been fined a staggering $243 billion since the financial crisis"; "Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase have paid the largest fines" [Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch]
    ● 19-Feb-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's government killed 100+ people; hospitals were reportedly hit [Louisa Loveluck, et al., WaPo, 20-Feb-2018]
    ● 19-Feb-2018 -- Kirkuk, Iraq: Islamic State militants ambushed Iraq Shia-led fighters, killing 27+ people [WaPo: Qassim Abdul-Zahra, et al., AP]
    ● 18-Feb-2018 -- Financial Review, Australia: The U.S., Japan, India and Australia to explore countering China's "Belt and Road Initiative" [Yen Nee Lee, CNBC]
    ● 18-Feb-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia approved a bankruptcy law [Tom Arnold, et al., Reuters]
    ● 18-Feb-2018 -- Gaza Strip, Palestine: Israeli air raids after a bomb blast injured 4 IDF soldiers; 2 Palestinian teenagers were killed, another 2+ were wounded [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 18-Feb-2018 -- Kizlyar, Russia: A shooter killed 4 people who were leaving a church; the shooter was also killed [TASS]
    ● 18-Feb-2018 -- Latvia: The head of Latvia's central bank was detained by Latvia's Corruption Prevention Bureau [BBC News]
    ● 18-Feb-2018 -- Semirom, Iran:  An Aseman Airlines twin-engine turboprop crashed killing 66 people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 17-Feb-2018 -- Mexico: 7.2-magnitude quake; helicopter crashed killing 13 people [BBC News]
    ● 16-Feb-2018 -- Brookings Institution report: "Borrowers with Large Balances: Rising Student Debt and Falling Repayment Rates": Students with $50,000+ of student debt owed to the government increased from 2% in 1992 to 17% in 2014  [Adam Looney, et al., Brookings]
    ● 16-Feb-2018 -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazil is struggling with a recession and a collapse in oil prices; crime is up; the Brazilian government directed the army to eradicate growing gang violence [BBC News]
    ● 16-Feb-2018 -- EU: "US cold war-era nukes in Europe almost useless, pose ‘catastrophic terrorism’ risk - report" [@RT_com]; Nuclear Threat Initiative report released at the Munich Security Conference: key findings: "Assumptions about the safety and security of U.S. nuclear weapons stored in Europe have been called into question by recent terrorist attacks and political instability. It should be assumed that they are targets for terrorism and theft..." [Steve Andreasen, et al., "Building a Safe, Secure, and Credible NATO Nuclear Posture", NTI, Jan-2018]
    ● 15-Feb-2018 -- USA: SEC blocked the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) to China-based investors [John McCrank, Reuters]
    ● 14-Feb-2018 -- Jerusalem: Israeli authorities intend to tax Christian ecclesiastical properties; the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem oppose such decision [Agenzia Fides, 15-Feb-2018]
    ● 14-Feb-2018 -- Parkland, FL: A former student shot and killed 17+ people in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School [Moriah Balingit, et al., WaPo]
    ● 14-Feb-2018 -- Kuwait City, Kuwait: Donor conference for rebuilding Iraq, after the war with Islamic State: Total pledged, $30 billion; total needed, $88.2 billion [Jon Gambrell, et al., WaPo-AP]
    ● 13-Feb-2018 -- USA: "Household debt rose by $193 billion to $13.15 trillion" in 2017Q4 [WSJCentralBanks]
    ● 13-Feb-2018 -- Israel: "Israel Police Recommend Charging Prime Minister Netanyahu With Bribery in Two Cases" [Hosh Breiner, et al., Haaretz]
    ● 13-Feb-2018 -- South Africa: South Africa declared the Cape Town drought a "national disaster" [BBC News]
    ● 13-Feb-2018 -- Deir Ezzor, Syria: 200+ mercenaries (~100, according to a US official), mostly Russian, were reportedly killed in an attack on a base held by US and Kurdish forces; Deir Ezzor is an oil-rich region [Stepan Kravchenko, et al., Bloomberg Politics]
    ● 13-Feb-2018 -- USA: "Trump's budget would end student loan forgiveness program" [Annie Nova, CNBC]
    ● 13-Feb-2018 -- USA: FY 2019: "Trump's Budget Proposal Is a Manifesto Against the Poor -- The White House laid out exactly how it wants to decimate the social safety net" [Harry Cheadle, VICE]
    ● 11-Feb-2018 -- Syria: Turkish offensive on Kurdish militia: total death toll: 11 Turkish troops [France 24]
    ● 11-Feb-2018 -- Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018: Egyptian army killed 16 Islamist militants [BBC News]
    ● 11-Feb-2018 -- USA: President Trump, in an interview in the Israel Hayom, owned by [Jewish Trump backer] billionaire Sheldon Adelson: “Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace ... And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace" [WaPo-AP] [MUCHMIND editor's emphasis]
    ● 11-Feb-2018 -- Stepanovskoye, Russia: A Saratov Airlines jet (An-148) with 71 people on board crashed near Moscow [TASS]
    ● 11-Feb-2018 -- Jammu city, Indian-administered Kashmir: Gunfight at an army base: 6+ people, including 5 soldiers, were killed over 2 days [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 10-Feb-2018 -- Syria: A Turkish helicopter was shot down; 2 Turkish soldiers were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 10-Feb-2018 -- Israel: An Israeli F-16 jet fighter was shot down by Syrian military forces [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 9-Feb-2018 -- Credit-reporting Equifax suffered a data breach that potentially can affect 145.5 million US consumers; compromised data include names, Social Security numbers, tax ID numbers [AnnaMaria Andriotis, et al., WSJ, 8-Sep-2017; AnnaMaria Andriotis, WSJ, 9-Feb-2018]
    ● 9-Feb-2018 -- Benghazi, Libya: Bombings at Saad Ben Obadah mosque; 2+ people were killed [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 9-Feb-2018 -- South Korea: PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 9-25-Feb-2018 [IOC]
    ● 9-Feb-2018 -- Edinburgh, UK: Scientists grow human eggs under controlled conditions [BBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-Feb-2018 -- "Never, Ever Listen to What American Jews Have to Say About Russia... Had they [Jews] resisted the urge to play the victim, their narrative might, by default, become something like this:

'We wrecked Russia, rearranged it to our advantage, made out like bandits, pretty much bankrupted the place… and so now we are over here in the US, together with our prized possessions, elderly relatives and pets, claiming to be refugees, and are ready to do it again.'"

[Dmitry Orlov, Russia Insider]
    ● 8-Feb-2018 -- NYC, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 1,032.89 points (4.15%) [Akin Oyedele, Business Insider]
    ● 8-Feb-2018 -- UK: George Soros is reportedly "backing secret plot to thwart Brexit" [RT]
    ● 7-Feb-2018 -- Khusham, Syria: US-led coalition air and artillery strikes killed ~100 "pro-regime fighters" [Barbara Starr, et al., CNN Politics-SANA, 8-Feb-2018]; the Assad government accused the US of "massacre" [BBC News, 8-Feb-2018]; according to the Russian Defense Ministry, the real objective of the US forces in Syria is "to seize and take over the economic assets" of Syria [SANA, 8-Feb-2018]
    ● 7-Feb-2018 -- Herzlia, Israel: Thousands protested against Israel's plan to deport African asylum-seekers [Ilan Lior, Haaretz]; 2 out of 3 Israelis "strongly support" Israel's deportation plan [Judy Maltz, Haaretz]
    ● 7-Feb-2018 -- Los Angeles, CA: Billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to buy the L.A. Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune in a deal valued at ~500, million in cash [Meg James, Los Angeles Times]
    ● 6-Feb-2018 -- Warsaw, Poland: Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a "law to outlaw linking Poland with holocaust" [Wojciech Moskwa, et al., Bloomberg Politics]
    ● INFORMATION: 6-Feb-2018 -- New Haven, CT: Yale students took a selfie with severed heads; "SynDaver Patient," a synthetic cadaver used in medical training, costs $95,000 [Zye Angiwan, Immortal News]
    ● 6-Feb-2018 -- SpaceX's successfully launched its Falcon Heavy -- the world's most powerful rocket (payload to low earth orbit: 63,800 kg) [SpaceX]
    ● 5-Feb-2018 -- NYC, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled ~1,600 points, then closed down 1,175 points (all-time record closing point decline; 4.6%) [Matt Egan, et al., CNN Money]
    ● 5-Feb-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: Government airstrikes killed 23+ civilians near Damascus [Fox News-AP]
    ● 4-Feb-2018 -- Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir: Cross-border fighting: 4 Indian soldiers killed [Rifat Fareed, Al Jazeera]
    ● 4-Feb-2018 -- Afrin, Syria: Death toll for Turkish military offensive: 7+ soldiers, on 4-Feb-2018; 14 soldiers, since 20-Jan-2018 [Rod Nordland, NYT]
    ● 4-Feb-2018 -- Israel: Israel issued its first batch of deportation notices to African "infiltrators" (Israel's term for asylum seekers) from Eritria and Sudan [Ilan Lior, Haaretz]
    ● 4-Feb-2018 -- Athens, Greece: Hundreds of thousands of Greeks protested against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) appropriating the name "Macedonia" [BBC News]
    ● 4-Feb-2018 -- Palestine: The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to "begin devising plans to disengage from the Israeli occupation authorities at the political, security, economic and administrative levels ..."; and to request the ICC to "start a judicial inquiry into Israeli settlements, racial discrimination and the ongoing ethnic cleansing…" [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 3-Feb-2018 -- Holy See, Vatican: Audience with Members of the National Anti-Usury Council, 03.02.2018; Pope Francis: "Usury humiliates and kills. Usury is an ancient and unfortunately still concealed evil that, like a snake, strangles its victims. It must be prevented, by removing people from the pathology of debts accrued to get by or to save their business... It is important to restore the virtue of poverty and sacrifice: of poverty, so as not to become slaves to commodities, and sacrifice, because in life you cannot receive everything. It is necessary to form a mentality based on legality and honesty, in individuals and in institutions ... Usury is a serious sin: it kills life, tramples on the dignity of people, is a vehicle for corruption and hampers the common good. It also weakens the social and economic foundations of a country."
    ● 3-Feb-2018 -- NYT: "Egypt and Israel are now secret allies in a covert war against a common foe" ("jihadists in Egypt's Northern Sinai") [David Kirkpatrick, NYT]; Egypt's military denied the NYT's claim [Taha Sakr, Egypt Independent, 4-Feb-2018]
    ● 3-Feb-2018 -- Idlib, Syria: Al-Qaeda-linked militants downed a Russian SU-25 fighter jet; the pilot was shot and killed [VOA News]; Russian forces retaliated with precision air strike killing 30+ militants [RT]
    ● 3-Feb-2018 -- Macerata, Italy: An Italian man went on a drive-by shooting rampage targeting African migrants; 6 migrants were wounded [huaxia (ed.); New China-Xinhua]
    ● 3-Feb-2018 -- Corsica: Thousands of Corsicans protested ahead of President Macron's visit demanding greater freedoms for Corsica [Maureen Cofflard; Yahoo!-AFP]
    ● 3-Feb-2018 -- London, UK: Thousands of protesters marched against lack of proper funding for the UK National Health Service (NHS) [US News-AP]
    ● 2-Feb-2018 -- USA: The Office of the Secretary of Defense released "a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) to ensure a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent that protects the homeland, assures allies and above all, deters adversaries" 
    ● 2-Feb-2018 -- New York, NY: The Dow tumbled ~666 points (a -2.54% change) [Adam Shell; USA Today; Yahoo!Finance]
    ● 2-Feb-2018 -- Libya: ~90 people drowned after a shipwreck (International Organization for Migration) [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 1-Feb-2018 -- London, UK: Community Security Trust: Anti-Semitic incidents recorded in 2017 soared to 1,382 (up from 535 in 2013) [CST]
    ● 31-Jan-2018 -- Warsaw, Poland: "Polish lawmakers approved a bill ... that would impose jail terms for suggesting Poland was complicit in the Holocaust"; Nazis killed on Polish soil 3+ million Polish Jews and 1.9+ million Polish gentiles [Justyna Pawlak, et al., Reuters]
    ● 31-Jan-2018 -- Tel Aviv, Israel: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned Israel, at the 11th INSS Conference: "It is increasingly difficult for people like me to explain ... the reasons why our support for Israel must persist… Germany is looking forward to the day when it will be able to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. But let me add: in two states with Jerusalem as their capital. There is no shortcut here" [Stephen Farrell, et al., Reuters]
    ● 31-Jan-2018 -- Norwalk, CT-Tokyo, Japan: "FUJIFILM Holdings and Xerox Announce Agreement to Combine Fuji Xerox Joint Venture with Xerox -- Creates a Global Leader in Innovative Print Technologies and Intelligent Work Solutions" [FUJIFILM Holdings-Xerox]
    ● 30-Jan-2018 -- World: "Long-term investors have collectively turned negative on the U.S. currency this year for the first time since 2014" [Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ]
    ● 30-Jan-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia seized $106.7 billion in anti-corruption settlements [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 30-Jan-2018 -- Seattle and Omaha, USA: "Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to partner on U.S. employee healthcare -- Goal is to improve U.S. employee satisfaction while reducing overall costs" [BusinessWire]
    ● 30-Jan-2018 -- Tax Justice Network: Financial Secrecy Index - 2018 Results: Top 10:
1 Switzerland
2 USA
3 Cayman Islands
4 Hong Kong
5 Singapore
6 Luxembourg
7 Germany
8 Taiwan
9 UAE (Dubai)
10 Guernsey

Private financial wealth located in secrecy jurisdictions: ~$21 to $32 trillion; Illicit cross-border financial flows: $1-1.6 trillion per year
    ● INFORMATION: 29-Jan-2018 -- India: 63 million women are "missing"; 21 million girls are unwanted [Annie Gowen, WaPo]
    ● 29-Jan-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Militants attacked a military academy, killing 11 soldiers [Mirwais Haroony, et al., Reuters]
    ● 28-Jan-2018 -- USA; Israel: "More than 750 rabbis and other Jewish clergy … calling on Israel to reverse its plan to deport African migrants" [JTA]
    ● 28-Jan-2018 -- London, UK: "[Unelected] British lords get ready to disrupt Brexit" [Kitty Donaldson, Bloomberg Politics]
    ● 27-Jan-2018 -- Cologne, Germany: Thousands of Kurds protested against Turkey's military campaign against Kurdish militia's in Afrin, Syria [RT]
    ● 27-Jan-2018 -- Al-Baghdadi, Iraq: Mistaken US-led airstrike killed 11 people, including 10 Iraqi security forces [Reuters]
    ● 27-Jan-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide bombing in ambulance killed 103+ people; the Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News, 28-Jan-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 27-Jan-2018 -- Eric Margolis: "... Russia’s doomsday nuclear torpedo. Codenamed by NATO ‘Kanyon,’ ... a ‘third strike’ weapon designed to obliterate the US east and west coasts in a nuclear war... 100-megaton nuclear device carried by an unmanned submarine... " [LewRockwell.com]
    ● 26-Jan-2018 -- Tokyo, Japan: Coincheck reportedly lost ~$534 million in a hacking attack [BBC News, 27-Jan-2018]
    ● 26-Jan-2018 -- George Soros, on Facebook and Google, at WEF, Davos, Switzerland: "Not Even Orwell or Huxley Could Have Imagined 'Totalitarian' Threat Posed by Facebook and Google, Warns Soros" [Jake, Johnson, Common Dreams]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Jan-2018 -- The Bulletin of the American Scientists: "Doomsday Clock" announcement: "IT IS NOW 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT -- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Move Clock Ahead 30 Seconds, Closest to Midnight Since 1953; #RewindtheDoomsdayClock: Cool Trump Nuclear Rhetoric, Negotiate With North Korea, Stick With Iran Deal, Reduce US-Russian Tensions, and Insist on Global Action on Climate Change"
    ● 24-Jan-2018 -- Benghazi, Libya: Twin car bombing killed 33+ people [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 24-Jan-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Car bomb and gun attack targeting Save the Children (NGO) killed 3+ people; Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 23-Jan-2018 -- Davos, Switzerland: Swiss anti-capitalist/anti-globalists marchers (~2,000 in Zurich) protested through Swiss cities against President Trump's participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) [Michael Shields, et al., Reuters]
    ● 23-Jan-2018 -- Al-Shafah, Syria: US air strikes killed ~150 ISIS fighters [John Haltiwanger, Newsweek, 24-Jan-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 23-Jan-2018 -- Davos, Switzerland: Up to 5,000 Swiss soldiers plus 1,000 police to protect WEF delegates [Reuters, 13-Jan-2018]
    ● 23-Jan-2018 -- Davos, Switzerland: President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos (23-26-Jan-2018) [MarketWatch, 9-Jan-2018]
    ● 22-Jan-2018 -- World: OXFAM report: "Eighty two percent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth ... New data from Credit Suisse reveals that 42 people now own the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity" [OXFAM International]
    ● 21-Jan-2018 -- Thesssaloniki, Greece: Hundreds of thousands of Greeks protested against any use of "Macedonia" to refer to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) [NBC News]
    ● 21-Jan-2018 -- Bucharest, Romania: ~50,000 Romanians protested against legislation "critics say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption" [Ioana Moldovan, Al Jazeera]
    ● 20-Jan-2018 -- World: Women's March 2018: Global demonstrations, 20-21-Jan-2018 [CBS News-AP, 21-Jan-2018]
    ● 20-Jan-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel; 18+ civilians, including 14 foreigners, were killed [Al Jazeera News, 21-Jan-2018]
    ● 19-Jan-2018 -- USA: Doug Bandow: "America is Bankrupt and Republicans Couldn’t Care Less -- These poseurs of fiscal responsibility are about to drive up debt to its highest levels since World War II" [The Amerian Conservative]
    ● 19-Jan-2018 -- USA: James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, on National Defense Strategy, at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies: "… great power competition -- not terrorism -- is now the primary focus of U.S. national security... our military is still strong, yet our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare -- air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace -- and is continually eroding" [Richard Sisk, Military.com]
    ● INFORMATION: 19-Jan-2018 -- "FACEBOOK CENSORING PALESTINIANS? Facebook staff met with Israeli officials and now Palestinian activist accounts are being shut down" [Twitter: AJ+]
    ● 18-Jan-2018 -- New Delhi, India: India successfully tested Agni-V, a nuclear-capable ICBM with a 5,000+-km range [Rajat Pandit, The Times of India-TNN]
    ● 18-Jan-2018 -- Belgium has pledged to donate $23 million to UNRWA for Palestinian refugees [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 18-Jan-2018 -- Accra, Ghana: "Blaxit": African Americans are starting to move to Africa; Muhammida el-Muhajir: "You might not have electricity, but you won't get killed by the police either" [Azad Essa, Al Jazeera]
    ● 16-Jan-2018 -- New York, NY: The Fire & Police Association of Colorado alleged that 6 biggest Canadian banks and 3 foreign lenders have manipulated the Canadian Dealer Offered Rate (CDOR) to boost "illegitimate profits" on derivatives trades for ~7 years [Financial Post: Doug Alexander, et al., Bloomberg News]
    ● 17-Jan-2018 -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia deposits $2 billion in Yemen's central bank [Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 17-Jan-2018 -- World: US tourism problem: The "unpopularity of the US as a vacation destination" is growing [Justin Bachman, Bloomberg]
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