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Tuesday 18-Sep-2018
SELECTED TOP NEWS/WORLD EVENTS
    ● BREAKING NEWS: 18-Sep-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinian "Great March of Return" protests against Israeli occupation and land theft; cumulative death toll since 30-Mar-2018=172+ Palestinians; cumulative injured since 30-Mar-2018=18,000+ Palestinians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● BREAKING NEWS: 18-Sep-2018 -- US-China: US to impose new tariffs (10% increasing to 25%) on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods; China to retaliate [Jethro Mullen, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● BREAKING NEWS: 18-Sep-2018 -- Nigeria: Floods killed 100+ people [Damilola Odufuwa, et al., CNN World]
    ● BREAKING NEWS: 18-Sep-2018 -- Russia: Israel failed to warn Russia of an attack in Syria; a Russian Il-20 was shot down by a Syrian S-200 missile; Russia blamed Israel "for downing of Il-20 and death of its crew" (15 crew members); Russia reserved "right to respond" [RT]
    ● 17-Sep-2018 -- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 23 people were killed; thousands protested against "ethnically-motivated attacks" [Dagmar Breitenbach, DW; AP-DPA-AFP]
    ● INFORMATION: 17-Sep-2018 -- Lebanon: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has tools he can use to destabilize Lebanon's economy, including: Replacing 200,000 Lebanese expats with Saudi workers; and restricting dealings with Lebanese banks [Al Jazeera: Bill Law, Opinion]
    ● 16-Sep-2018 -- West Bank, Palestine: A Palestinian stabbed and killed an Israeli settler (a US-born Jewish man) near the illegal settlement of Gush Etzion, near Bethlehem [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 16-Sep-2018 -- China: Typhoon Mangkhut reached China; storm warning alert in Hong Kong=T10; death toll in Philippines=54+ people (36 people missing) [Sheena McKenzie, CNN World]
    ● INFORMATION: 15-Sep-2018 -- USA: Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital: "The too big to fail banks are now both bigger than ever, and more exposed than ever to rising rates and recession. So the systemic risks to the economy are greater now than they were in 2008… Treasury debt will be the focal point of the next crisis, and the dollar will collapse and gold prices will soar. The ensuing recession will be much worse as consumer prices will also rise sharply" [RT]
    ● 15-Sep-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: Israeli missile attack targeted Damascus International Airport; Syria's air defenses shot down several missiles (SANA) [The Guardian: AFP]
    ● 15-Sep-2018 -- USA: Lehman Brothers collapsed 10 years ago … "Government and corporate debt levels have exploded… and no major legal action was taken against the banks" [Anthony Mirhaydari, [MoneyWatch]
    ● 14-Sep-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Thousands protested against Israeli occupation (13,000 according to the IDF); Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy [Los Angeles Times: AP]
    ● 14-Sep-2018 -- Idlib, Syria: Thousands rallied against a potential offensive by Syrian forces and allies against rebel-controlled Idlib province [Marya Petkova, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 14-Sep-2018 -- Afghanistan: Multiple Taliban attacks in 4 provinces; 37+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 14-Sep-2018 -- NC: Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina [Faith Karimi, et al., CNN US] | Death toll: 14 [Holly Yan, et al., CNN US, 16-Sep-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 13-Sep-2018 -- USA: According to a report by the NYT, US authorities are detaining 12,800 migrant children [Grace Segers, CBC News]
    ● 12-Sep-2018 -- Bakersfield, CA: A gunman shot and killed his wife, 4 other people, then himself [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 12-Sep-2018 -- Hengyang, China: A car was deliberatly rammed into a crowd; 11+ people were killed [Rosie Perper, Business Insider, 13-Sep-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 12-Sep-2018 -- USA: Census Bureau statistics on income and poverty: ~3.6 million (4.8%) bachelor's degree recipients lived in poverty in 2017, up from ~3.3 million (4.5%) in 2016 [Jillian Berman, MarketWatch]
    ● INFORMATION: 12-Sep-2018 -- Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): Global cancer burden, 18.1 million; death toll, ~9.6 million; 5-year prevalence, ~43.8 million [WHO-IARC]
    ● 12-Sep-2018 -- EU: European Parliament approved new copyright rules [CNN Tech: Ivana Kottasova, CNN Money]
    ● 11-Sep-2018 -- Barcelona, Spain: Hundreds of thousands of Catalans demonstrate for independence [Raphael Minder, NYT]
    ● 11-Sep-2018 -- Nangarhar, Afghanistan: A suicide bombing attack targeting protesters and a bomb attack in front of a school killed 68+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 12-Sep-2018]
    ● 11-Sep-2018 -- Ramallah, Palestine: Palestinians filed a complaint against Israel with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [Fox News: Mohammed Darraghmeh, AP] | The US threatened ICC with sanctions; ICC is "undeterred" [BBC News]
    ● 11-Sep-2018 -- Lebanon: Lebanon's gross public debt hit $82.95 billion in 2018H1, up from $79.95 billion in 2017H1 [The Daily Star]
    ● 11-Sep-2018 -- Abuja, Nigeria: Gas explosion in Nasarawa state; 35+ people were killed [New China: ed. Huaxia, Xinhua]
    ● 11-Sep-2018 -- Siberia, Russia: Russia initiated Vostok 2018 (11-17 Sep-2018) -- a massive military exercise involving ~300,000 troops, 1,000+ warplanes/copters/drones, 36,000 armor, 80 combat/support ships [RT, https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/1039491246866214913 ]
    ● 10-Sep-2018 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Suicide car bombing outside a government office killed 6+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 10-Sep-2018 -- Tripoli, Libya: An armed group stormed the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation; 4+ people were killed, including 2 NOC staff members and 2 gunmen [BBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 10-Sep-2018 -- China: "Chinese officials burn bibles, close churches, force Christian to denounce faith amid 'escalating' crackdown" [Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News-AP]
    ● 9-Sep-2018 -- World: Nomura Holdings Inc.: 7 economies "at risk of an exchange-rate crisis": Sri Lanka, South Africa, Argentina, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Ukraine [Enda Curran, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● 9-Sep-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Anti-Taliban leader was mourned; insurgents killed 29+ Afghan security forces in separate attacks [Fox News: AP]
    ● 9-Sep-2018 -- Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistan is exploring ideas to avoid an IMF bailout [Asif Shahzad, et al., Reuters] | MUCHMIND Editor: See Islam's admonition: "Those that live in usury shall rise up before God like men whom Satan has demented by his touch; for they claim that trading is no different from usury." [Koran: The Cow 2:275]
    ● 8-Sep-2018 -- Paris, France: 18,000+ (~50,000 according to organizers) marched in support for measures to combat climate change [Fox News: Elaine Ganley, et al., AP]
    ● 8-Sep-2018 -- Venezuela: The US is accused of secretly plotting to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro [Nicholas Casey, et al., NYT]
    ● 8-Sep-2018 -- Koya, Iraq: Rocket attack on Iranian Kurdish party headquarters killed 11+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 7-Sep-2018 -- San Francisco, CA: "How eight elite San Francisco families funded Gavin Newsom's political ascent" [Seema Mehta, et al., Los Angeles Times]
    ● 6-Sep-2018 -- Basra, Iraq: Thousands protested against  the government and political groups; government buildings were torched; 2+ people died [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 7-Sep-2018]
    ● 6-Sep-2018 -- North America: Ford Motor to recall ~2 million pickup trucks [Nathan Bomey, USA Today]
    ● 6-Sep-2018 -- Cincinnati, OH: Bank shooting; 4 people, including the alleged shooter, were killed [ABC7NY: ABC News-AP]
    ● 6-Sep-2018 -- Hokkaido, Japan: 6.7-magnitude quake; the death toll rose to 37 [Theresa Waldrop, et al., CNN World]
    ● 5-Sep-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Double suicide bombing in a Shia district killed 20+ people [BBC News]
    ● 5-Sep-2018 -- Paraguay: Paraguay canceled its embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; Israel retaliated -- it closed its embassy in Asuncion [RT]
    ● 5-Sep-2018 -- World: Toyota recalling 1+ million hybrid vehicles [Daniel Shane, CNN Money]
    ● 4-Sep-2018 -- USA: Amazon's market value topped a trillion dollars; Amazon's financial data: number of employees=550,000+, annual revenue=$178 billion, e-commerce market share=49% [David Streitfeld, NYT]
    ● 4-Sep-2018 -- Tripoli, Libya: Clashes between armed groups intensified; death toll=50+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 4-Sep-2018 -- Beijing, China: China to invest $60 billion in Africa over 3 years; some, like Malaysia's prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, are concerned about debt financing: "we do not want a situation where there is a new version of colonialism" [Benjamin Haas, The Guardian]
    ● 4-Sep-2018 -- Japan: Japan was hit by Typhoon Jebi -- the strongest typhoon in 25 years [BBC News]; 11+ people were killed [CBS-AP, 5-Sep-2018]
    ● 3-Sep-2018 -- Argentina: The peso tumbled 50%+ against the US dollar; Argentina is slashing government services and raising taxes; it cannot pay its debt without access to an IMF bailout plan ($50 billion) [Spencer Feingold, CNN Money, 4-Sep-2018]
    ● 3-Sep-2018 -- Somerset West, South Africa: An explosion at a munitions factory killed 8+ people [BBC News]
    ● 3-Sep-2018 -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Fire nearly destroyed Brazil's National Museum; lack of funding is blamed [BBC News]
    ● 2-Sep-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: 10,000+ people protested against pension reform [BBC News]
    ● 2-Sep-2018 -- Iraq-Iran: head of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Ale-Eshagh: "[The] US dollar has been removed from the list of currencies used by Iran and Iraq in their trade transactions" [RT]
    ● 2-Sep-2018 -- USA-Pakistan: US military to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan [BBC News]; Pakistan claimed the amount was a reimbursement and not aid or assistance [Asad Hashim, Al Jazeera News, 3-Sep-2018]
    ● 2-Sep-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: Explosions at the al-Mezuzah airbase, caused by "an electrical short-circuit in an ammunition depot" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 2-Sep-2018 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Suicide bombing at a government office building near a school killed 6+ people, including 3 civilians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 1-Sep-2018 -- Chemnitz, Germany: Thousands of anti-immigrant protesters clashed with counter protesters from the "antifoam" movement, following a stabbing incident [Soraya Esarhaddon Nelson, NPR]
    ● 1-Sep-2018 -- USA: William Evening, the U.S. counter-intelligence chief, warned that "Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets" [Warren Strobel, et al., Reuters]
    ● 1-Sep-2018 -- USA: The US ended aid to UNRWA -- UN's Palestinian refugee agency; this move will impact "UNRWA's schools, health centers, and assistance programs" to Palestinians displaced by Israel in 1948 [BBC News]
    ● 31-Aug-2018 -- Donetsk, East Ukraine: Donetsk People's Republic's leader Aleksandra Zakharchenko was assassinated; "Ukrainian operatives and some of their accomplices" are suspected [RT]; tens of thousands of people mourned the killing [Al Jazeera and News Agencies, 2-Sep-2018]
    ● 31-Aug-2018 -- Tripoli, Libya: Over one week, inter-militia clashes killed 26 people, including 15 civilians; Libya needs stabilization; sources of foreign interface include Egypt, the UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Italy and France [Guam El-Gomati; Al Jazeera]
    ● 31-Aug-2018 -- Hodeidah, Yemen: Saudi Arabia-UAE coalition targeted fishermen; 12+ fishermen were killed; 3 fishing vessels were destroyed [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 30-Aug-2018 -- USA: Joint investigation by ProPublica and Mother Jones: Findings: "Outsourcing corporation IBM laid off about 20,000 older Americans in the last five years, ... sought to import at least 37,000 foreign workers to take U.S. jobs"; IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's salary soared from ~$18 million in 2014, to ~$33 million in 2018 [John Binder, Breitbart]
    ● 30-Aug-2018 -- NYC, NY: "Anti-Semitic vandalism lists New York as 'Jewtropolis' on several online platforms" [Mat Novak, Gizmodo]
    ● INFORMATION: 30-Aug-2018 -- Santiago, Chile: Chile has ~50% of the world's lithium reserves; concerns about water over-usage in the lithium mining industry triggered a "water war" [Dave Sherwood, Reuters]
    ● 30-Aug-2018 -- Argentina: The peso tumbled 40%+ against the US dollar; Argentina asked the IMF to release a $50 billion loan [BBC News]
    ● 30-Aug-2018 -- Puerto Rico, USA: Hurricane Maria death toll: Official government, 64; George Washington University study, 2,975; President Trump's assessment: "We did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico" [Kevin Liptak, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● 29-Aug-2018 -- "What Is Trump Getting for Sucking Up to Saudi Arabia?
"In our 65-plus years of experience working on U.S. Middle East policy, we’ve never seen anything like the Trump administration’s willingness to prostitute American interests to Saudi Arabia" [Aaron David Miller, et al., Politico]
    ● 28-Aug-2018 -- Chemnitz, Germany: Thousands of anti-immigrant protesters clashed with hundreds of counterprotesters, over 2 days, following a stabbing incident [Jen Kirby, Vox]
    ● 28-Aug-2018 -- Toronto, Canada: Thomson Reuters launched $9 billion shares buyback [Matt Scuffham, Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 28-Aug-2018 -- World: "Global Mortality from Firearms, 1990-2016": Finding: ~251,000 people died globally from firearm injuries in 2016, up from 209,000 deaths in 1990 [JAMA. 2018;320(8):792-814. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10060]
    ● 27-Aug-2018 -- USA: Seth Frotman, student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), to Mick Mulvaney: Under the CFPB's leadership, student loan companies were "allowed to drive millions of Americans to financial ruin with impunity" [Katie Lobosco, CNN Politics]
    ● 27-Aug-2018 -- NYC, NY: Kushner family business was fined $210,000 by New York City for allegedly  filing false documents about tenants [The Globe and Mail: Bernard Condon, AP]
    ● 27-Aug-2018 -- EU: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire: “I want Europe to be a sovereign continent not a vassal, and that means having totally independent financing instruments that do not today exist" [William Horobin, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● 27-Aug-2018 -- Paris, France: French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe must guarantee its own security -- it can "no longer rely" upon the US [Saskya Vandoorne, CNN World]
    ● 26-Aug-2018 -- Jacksonville, FL: "Mass shooting" at a video game tournament; 3 people were killed, including the shooter who killed himself [Eric Levenson, et al., CNN]
    ● 26-Aug-2018 -- Dublin, Ireland: Hundreds of thousands of people to attend Pope Francis' Mass; thousands more protest against clerical sexual abuse; Pope Francis: "We ask forgiveness for the abuses in Ireland" [Eliza Mackintosh, et al., CNN World]
    ● 25-Aug-2018 -- Arish, Egypt: Military operation in north Sinai: 8 people were killed, including 4 Egyptian policemen [Al Jazeera]
    ● 25-Aug-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: A suicide bombing targeting an election commission office killed 7+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 25-Aug-2018 -- Apostolic Trip of His Holiness Francis in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin (25-26 August 2018) [Summary of Bulletin, Holy See]
    ● 25-Aug-2018 -- USA-Palestine: "Donald Trump cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians"; Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian General Delegation to the United States: “Weaponising humanitarian and developmental aid as political blackmail does not work"  [The Guardian: AFP]
    ● 24-Aug-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinian Great March of Return protests against Israeli occupation; cumulative death toll since 30-Mar-2018=166+ Palestinians; cumulative injured since 30-Mar-2018=18,000+ Palestinians; number of Palestinians injured by Israeli soldiers on 24-Aug-2018=189+ [Al Jazeera]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Aug-2018 -- USA: Bob Parker, investment committee member at Quilvest Wealth Management: "I think there's a very high probability that we're in the end game of dollar strength against most currencies" [Spriha Srivastava, CNBC]
    ● 23-Aug-2018 -- USA: FDIC: Banks reported a net income of $60.2 billion in 2018Q2 (up 25% YOY) [Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch]
    ● 23-Aug-2018 -- Al-Duraihmi, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed 30 people, including 22 children [Hakim Almasmari, et al., CNN World, 24-Aug-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 23-Aug-2018 -- Israel: Mossad (national intelligence agency of Israel) employs ~7,000 people; it’s reportedly the 2nd largest spy agency in the West, after the CIA; the budget for Mossad and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in 2019 is ~$2.73 billion [Chaim Levinson, Haaretz]
    ● 23-Aug-2018 -- Palestine: "Israel is building another 1,000 homes on Palestinian land, Where's the outrage?"; "600,000 Jewish Israelis live in about 140 colonies constructed on land belonging to another people, the Palestinians, either in the West Bank or east Jerusalem" [Robert Fisk, Independent]
    ● 23-Aug-2018 -- USA-China: The US imposed 25% tariffs on $16 billion more of Chinese goods, including chemical products and motorcycles; China reciprocated with 25% tariffs $16 billion more of American goods, including chemical products and diesel fuel [Katie Lobosco, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● 23-Aug-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: Minister Khalid al-Falih denied reports of Saudi plans to cancel an IPO of Saudi Aramco [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 23-Aug-2018 -- Canada: C.D. Howe Institute study of life expectancy in Canada: For rich men, the life expectancy is 83, 8 years longer than for poor men; for rich women, the life expectancy is 86, 3 years longer than for poor women (in the US, the longevity gap between the richest and poorest is 14 years) [Susan Noakes, CBC News]
    ● 22-Aug-2018 -- Islamic State: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State group, called for attacks on Western countries, including Canada [Rahul Kalvapalle, Global News-Reuters]
    ● 22-Aug-2018 -- Noam Chomsky, in an interview by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now: "Israeli intervention in U.S. elections vastly overwhelms anything the Russians may have done" [Haaretz] [the interview was posted by Tim Hains in RealClear Politics  on 20-Aug-2018 at https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/08/20/noam_chomsky_in_most_of_the_world__trump-russia_collusion_story_is_sen_as_a_joke_media_ingnores_serious_issues.html ]
    ● 22-Aug-2018 -- Germany: "Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US" [ZeroHedge]
    ● 22-Aug-2018 -- USA: President Donald J. Trump, on Michael Cohen's services: "If any one is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!" [@realDonaldTrump]
    ● 21-Aug-2018 -- Malaysia: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad cancelled $22.3 billion of Chinese-funded projects (a rail link and 2 gas pipelines) to avoid debt that could bankrupt Malaysia [Alexandra Ma, Business Insider]
    ● 21-Aug-2018 -- Russia: Russia to stage Vostok 2018 -- the largest war games in Sep-2018 in Siberia; Russian forces will be joined by thousands of troops from China and Mongolia [Brad Lendon, et al., CNN World]
    ● 21-Aug-2018 -- Tehran, Iran: Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet -- Kowsar [RT]
    ● 21-Aug-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Rocket attacks targeted diplomatic area; 4 insurgents were killed and 5 surrendered [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 20-Aug-2018 -- Chechnya, Russia: Series of attacks on security forces; 5+ attackers were reported killed; ISIL claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 20-Aug-2018 -- USA: Brad Smith, Microsoft President: "We are taking new steps against broadening threats to democracy";  Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program priorities include: "protecting campaigns from hacking, protecting voting and the electoral process, increasing political advertising transparency, and defending against disinformation campaigns" [Microsoft]
    ● 20-Aug-2018 -- South Africa: Authorities reportedly started expropriating "white owned land" [RT]
    ● 20-Aug-2018 -- Greece: "Bailout ends" -- but "pessimism and anger prevail" [Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ] | Greece's total debt=180% of GDP; Greece's debt repayment expected to last until after 2060 [BBC News]
    ● 19-Aug-2018 -- Mina, Saudi Arabia: 2+ million Muslims begin annual Hajj pilgrimage [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 19-Aug-2018 -- Berlin, Germany: Hundreds of neo-Nazis marched to commemorate the death of Hitler's former deputy, Rudolf Hess; counterprotests were also reported [Avery Anapol, The Hill]
    ● 18-Aug-2018 -- Egypt: New law imposes fines and up to 5 years in jail for website administrators deemed dangerous to Egypt's national interests [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 18-Aug-2018 -- Kerala, India: Death toll from flooding in southern Kerala=324 people; cumulative death toll since Jun-2018, start of India's rainy season=~1,000; 314,000 people are living in emergency relief camps [BBC News]
    ● 17-Aug-2018 -- USA: Erik Prince, billionaire Blackwater founder, is pushing President Trump to privatize America's war in Afghanistan; cost of privatizing the war=~$3.5 billion [Ryan Pickrell, Business Insider]
    ● 17-Aug-2018 -- USA: Pentagon’s 2018 report to Congress: “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” [Office of the Secretary of Defense, 16-May-2018]: China is likely training for bombing strikes against the US [Adam Shaw, et al., Fox News]
    ● 17-Aug-2018 -- UK: "Anti-Semitism is so bad in Britain that some Jews are planning to leave"; according to Yigal Palmor of the Jewish Agency for Israel, 213 Jews moved from Britain to Israel in 2018H1 (up 9%YOY) [Laura Smith-Spark, CNN World]
    ● 16-Aug-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: ISIS fighters attacked a training center managed by the National Security Directorate; 2 attackers were killed [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 16-Aug-2018 -- US State Department expressed concerns about "very abnormal behavior" of a Russian satellite [Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill]
    ● 16-Aug-2018 -- South Africa: Impala Platinum to cut 13,000+ jobs over 2 years [Fahmida Miller, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 15-Aug-2018 -- Tripoli, Libya: A Libyan court sentenced 45 people to death for killings in 2011 [Al Jazeera News: Reuters News Agency, 16-Aug-2018]
    ● 15-Aug-2018 -- Qatar: Qatar offered a $15 billion funding "package of deposits and investment projects" for Turkey; the Turkish lira rallied [Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider, 16-Aug-2018]
    ● 15-Aug-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide attack targeting an education center; 34+ people were killed [Ehsan Popalzai, et al., CNN World]
    ● 15-Aug-2018 -- Baghlan, Afghanistan: Major Taliban attack targeted a base in Baghlan; 40+ soldiers and police were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Aug-2018 -- Grand Jury report on sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in PA: 
"40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury REPORT 1
Interim--Redacted"
[Uploaded by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
https://www.scribd.com/document/386202915/Grand-Jury-report-on-sexual-abuse-in-Roman-Catholic-dioceses-in-Pa
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- PA, USA: Grand jury report: "300 [Roman Catholic] 'predator priests' sexually abused at least 1,000 children" [Insider: Ellen Cranley, Business Insider]
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- Genoa, Italy: Motorway bridge collapse killed 35+ people [BBC News]
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- Gothenburg and Malmo, Sweden: Arson attacks: Masked youths torched ~80 cars [Business Insider: AP]
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- Turkey: Relations between the US and Turkey have deteriorated; Turkey is seeking "new friends and allies," including Russia and Iran; President Erdogan called for a boycott of US electronic products [Therese Raphael, Bloomberg Opinion]
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- London, UK: A man hit cyclists and pedestrians then crashed his car outside the UK's Houses of Parliament [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 13-Aug-2018 -- Ghazni, Afghanistan: Taliban assault on Ghazni; 20 civilians were killed; cumulative death toll over 4 days=300+ [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 13-Aug-2018 -- Turkey: The Turkish lira fell 25% against the US dollar over one week; President Erdogan refuses to raise interest rates, which he calls "evil" [Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider] [EEA: Usury is prohibited under Islam]
    ● 12-Aug-2018 -- Ethiopia: Paramilitary forces from Somalia attacked Oromia's East Hararghe; 40+ people were killed over 2 days [Reuters News Agency]
    ● 12-Aug-2018 -- Sarmada, Syria: Explosion at a weapons depot was reported by Syria's Observatory for Human Rights; 39 civilians, including children, were killed [Sputnik News]
    ● 11-Aug-2018 -- San Francisco, CA: Jurors ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a man who alleged Monsanto's Roundup caused his cancer; could this trigger thousands of other lawsuits? [Holly Yan, et al., CNN]
    ● 11-Aug-2018 -- Salt, Jordan: Fighters clashed with security officers; 4 officers and 3 attackers were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 11-Aug-2018 -- Tel Aviv: Tens of thousands of protesters, Arabs and Jews, rallied against Israel's  new state-nation law [Al Jazeera News, 12-Aug-2018]
    ● 11-Aug-2018 -- Seattle, WA: A ground service agent stole a Horizon Air Turboprop plane from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; the plane crashed; the agent died [Nicole Chavez, et al., CNN]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Bucharest, Romania: Tens of thousands of people protested against government corruption; violence was reported [Jennifer Hauser, CNN World, 11-Aug-2018]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Ghazni, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters attacked Ghazni; 39+ fighters and 14 soldiers were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Fredericton, NB: Shooting incident; 4 people were killed, including 2 police officers [Elizabeth Fraser, CBC News]; gun-related murders in Canada increased 23% YOY in 2016 [BBC News, 11-Aug-2018]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Turkey: Turkish lira tumbled 14% against the US dollar after President Trump authorized "a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey" [Fred Imbert, et al., CNBC-Reuters]; President Erdogan blamed a shadowy international "interest rate lobby" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- South China Sea: China warned a US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane flying over militarized islands to "leave immediately" [Brad Lendon, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned the US: "If they introduce something like a ban on banking operations or the use of any currency, we will treat it as a declaration of economic war… Our American friends should make no mistake about it" [RT]
    ● 9-Aug-2018 -- Weizhou, China: Thousands of Hui Muslims protested against the planned demolition of the Weizhou Grand Mosque; a senior local imam said: "They want to secularise Muslims ... These days, children are not allowed to believe in religion: only in communism and the party" [AsiaNews-Agencies]
    ● 9-Aug-2018 -- China: The Chinese Ministry of Commerce retaliated by imposing a 25% levy on $16 billion in American goods [Aol: Ben Popken, NBC News]
    ● 9-Aug-2018 -- Saada, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed 43+ people, including 29 "mainly children" [Hakim Almasmari, et al., CNN World]
    ● 8-Aug-2018 -- "The Attack On Infowars is Deep State Cyber Warfare
"This is REAL election meddling"
[Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com]
    ● 8-Aug-2018 -- Beijing, China: China to ignore Trump sanctions targeting Iran [John Bowden, The Hill]
    ● 8-Aug-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Israeli strikes killed 3 Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby [Yahoo!: Adel Zaanoun, AFP]
    ● 8-Aug-2018 -- Berlin, Germany: Anti-Semitism in Berlin soared 19% in 6 months, from 67 to 80 [Sara Malm, et al., Daily Mail]
    ● INFORMATION: 7-Aug-2018 -- USA: Ipsos poll on Americans' views on the media: 26% agree "the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior" [Ipsos, General Social Survey, 3-6 Aug-2018]
    ● 7-Aug-2018 -- USA: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube have dumped InfoWars; Twitter has not [Richard Lawler, Engadget]
    ● 7-Aug-2018 -- Japan: "Medical School’s Exam-Rigging Against Women Prompts Furor in Japan" [Phred Dvorak, et al., WSJ]
    ● 7-Aug-2018 -- "Wilbur Ross [US Secretary of Commerce] is accused of swindling $120 million from associates and 'could rank among the biggest grifters in American history,' according to a bombshell Forbes report" [Joe Ciolli, Business Insider]
    ● 7-Aug-2018 -- Beijing, China: The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) tested successfully on 3-Aug-2018, its first hypersonic aircraft; the Starry Sky-2 reached a top speed of Mach 6 (7,344 kilometers per hour) [Jessie Yeung, CNN]
    ● 6-Aug-2018 -- USA: "Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users" [Emily Glazer, et al., WSJ]
    ● 6-Aug-2018 -- Bologna, Italy: A tanker truck loaded with flammable material collided with another truck; the ensuing explosion killed 2+ people [VOA News]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Hodeida, Yemen: Fighting between Saudi-backed pro-government forces and Shia fighters killed 80+ people [Fox News: Ahmed Al-Haj, AP]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Canada: Canada expressed grave concern about the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia; the Saudi Foreign Ministry said KSA will not accept any form of interference in KSA's internal affairs; KSA ordered the expulsion of Canada's ambassador and froze all new trade transactions with Canada [CBC: The Canadian Press]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Switzerland: Vintage Junkers Ju-52 plane crashed; 20 people on board were killed [USA Today: AP]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Masyaf, Syria: Aziz Asbar, a Syrian rocket scientist, was targeted and killed by a car bomb; Israel's Mossad is suspected [David M. Halbfinger, et al., NYT, 6-Aug-2018]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Lombok, Indonesia: Magnitude 6.9 quake [USGS]; the quake killed ~400 people [Andi Jatmiko, et al., AP, 11-Aug-2018]
    ● 4-Aug-2018 -- Tel Aviv, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Druze and their Jewish supporters protested against the new Nation-State law [Ilan Ben Zion, Fox News]
    ● 4-Aug-2018 -- Russia: An MI-8 helicopter crashed in Siberia; 18 people were killed [CBS News-AP]
    ● 4-Aug-2018 -- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro was targeted with drones rigged with explosives; the assassination attempt failed [RT]
    ● 4-Aug-2018 -- Romania: Anti-semitic graffiti was found on the house where Elie Wiesel, an Auschwitz survivor, was born [BBC News]
    ● 3-Aug-2018 -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is accused of fostering "anti-Semitism"; central theological issues include (1) the adoption of "supersessionism" and (2) the insistence that the "only valid" lens for reading the Hebrew Bible is the Christian lens [Tom Heneghan, RNS]
    ● 3-Aug-2018 -- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: From an interview with Alia Ghanem, Osama bin Laden’s mother: Bin Laden's youngest son, Hamza, is quoted as saying: "I am going to avenge my father" [Martin Chulov, The Guardian]
    ● INFORMATION: 3-Aug-2018 -- Russia: Why did Russia dump its stock of US bonds? Answer: (1) "the rise of the multipolar world," [mitigating US economic bullying] (2) "Dedolarisation" [preference for gold reserves], (3) "preparation for a global reset" [mitigating the collapse of the world economy] [Tyler Durden, Russia Insider]
    ● 3-Aug-2018 -- Gardez, Afghanistan: Suicide bombing and gun attack targeting a Shia mosque; 25+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- Holy See: New revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty: "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” [Holy See Press Office]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- Golan Heights, Syria: Israeli air strikes killed 7 people allegedly trying to infiltrate Israel [Erin Cunningham, WaPo]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- Hodeidah, Yemen: Saudi-UAE air strikes targeting the Public al-Thawra Hospital and a fish market killed 55+ people, including women and children [Al Jazeera News, 3-Aug-2018]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- USA: Apple's market value topped $1 trillion [Jack Nicas, NYT]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- Iran: Iran is preparing military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, "the biggest oil chokepoint" [Irina Slav, Oilprice.com]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- China: Google reportedly planning to deploy a "censored search engine" for China; Google CEO Sundar Pichai: "I care about servicing users globally in every corner. Google is for everyone” [Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Aug-2018 -- USA: "The number of Americans living in their vehicles 'explodes' as the middle class collapses" [Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Aug-2018 -- Amnesty International was targeted with "malicious spyware" by "a government hostile to [Amnesty International's] human rights work" [Amnesty International]
    ● 1-Aug-2018 -- Zimbabwe: ZANU-PF party won the majority of seats in parliament; President Emmerson Mnangagwa won 145 seats vs. 60 for the Movement for Democratic Change [Hamza Mohamed, Al Jazeera]
    ● INFORMATION: 31-Jul-2018 -- Jerusalem, Palestine: "Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Israel's new 'Nation-State' law discriminates against 20% of the population" [AsiaNews.it]
    ● 31-Jul-2018 -- Palestine: Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was sentenced by an Israeli court to 5 months in jail for posting a video of her reading a poem -- "Resist, my people, resist them" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]; for a translation of Tatour's poem into English, by poet Tariq al Haydar, see https://arablit.org/2016/04/27/the-poem-for-which-dareen-tatours-under-house-arrest-resist-my-people-resist-them/
    ● 31-Jul-2018 -- Lamitan, Philippines: Militants hit a military checkpoint with a car bomb: 10+ people were killed [Euan McKirdy, et al., CNN World]
    ● 31-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Gumen attacked a government building aftrer a suicide bombing: 15+ people were killed [Ahmad Sultan, et al., Reuters]
    ● 31-Jul-2018 -- Tajikistan: Attack killed 4 tourists, including 2 Americans [Time-YouTube]
    ● 29-Jul-2018 -- Indonesia: 6.4 magnitude quake hit Lombok island; 14 people were killed [BBC News]
    ● 28-Jul-2018 -- Somena, Mali: 17+ civilians were killed in ethnic violence that started on 25-Jul-2018, before elections planned for 29-Jul-2018 [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 28-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Gunmen attacked a  midwife training facility; all the attackers were killed; 4 civilians were wounded [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 28-Jul-2018 -- Cairo, Egypt: The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced 75 protesters, including senior members of Muslim Brotherhood, to death [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 27-Jul-2018 -- Shasta County and Redding, CA: Carr Fire: Deadly wildfire destroyed 500+ structures; 2 firefighters were killed; 3+ people are missing [CBS-AP, 28-Jul-2018]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- Johannesburg, South Africa: BRICS Summit: BRICS push for an "open world economy" and an "open and inclusive" multilateral trading system under WTO rules [BBC News]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- USA: The House passed the $717 billion annual defense policy bill [Rebecca Kheel, The Hill]
    ● INFORMATION: 26-Jul-2018 -- Iran: Maj Gen Soleimani (leader of the Quds Force of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards), to President Donald Trump: "If you begin the war, we will end the war. You know that this war will destroy all that you possess" [BBC News]; [see Trump's threat to Iran, 22-Jul-2018]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- UN: Palestine elected to lead The Group of 77 (the G77 represents "the diplomatic voice of 80% of the world's population") [Bethan McKernan, Independent]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- Pakistan: Imran Khan, PTI chief, declared victory in Pakistan's 2018 general elections [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted an Afghan intelligence convoy; 5+ people were killed; the Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Jul-2018 -- Nigeria: Clashes between nomadic herders and farmers: 1,500 people were killed since Sep-2017 [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Saudi Arabia halted oil shipments through Bab el Mandeb strait after Houthi rebels allegedly attacked 2 Saudi oil tankers [James M. Dorsey, Global Research]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Gaza Strip, Palestine: Israeli air strikes killed 3+ Palestinians; since 30-Mar-2018, Israeli forces killed 138+ Palestinians and wounded 160,000+ [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Syria: ISIS attacks killed 215+ people [The Daily Beast]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Hundreds protested "mass job cuts" by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) [a consequence of the US State Department withholding financial suppport for UNRWA]; a Palestinian UN aid worker tried to set himself on fire after losing his job [Maha Hussaini, Middle East Eye]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Facebook tumbled ~24% in after hours trading [JP Mangalindan, Yahoo Finance]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Jul-2018 -- World: Distribution of nuclear weapons by country: World=14,500; Russia=~6,800; US=~6,550; France=~300; China=~270; UK=~215; Pakistan=~130-140; India=~120-130; Israel=~80; North Korea=~10-20 [Amanda Macias, CNBC]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Quetta, Pakistan: Bombing near a polling station; 29+, including 2 policemen, were killed; ISIS claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Jul-2018 -- Germany: The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV): The number of anti-government extremists soared over 18 months: from ~10,000 in 2016, to 18,000 in 2018 [ABC News: Frank Jordans, AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Jul-2018 -- "… [I]t is well-documented, that the White Helmets are al-Qaeda auxiliaries. They stage false flags. They fight alongside their al-Qaeda/al-Nusra Front and affiliated terrorist brigades." The White Helmets are supported financially by the US, the UK, the EU, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Qatar, and Japan [Mark Taliano, Global Research]
    ● 24-Jul-2018 -- Laos: The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapsed; hundreds of people are missing [Bill Chappell, NPR]
    ● 24-Jul-2018 -- Golan Heights: Syria: Israel shot down a Syrian jet fighter [Katherine Lam, Fox News-AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Jul-2018 -- Israel: President Reuven Rivlin: Time to admit that Israel is a sick society that needs treatment [Greer Fay Cashman, JPost, 19-Oct-2014]
    ● 24-Jul-2018 -- Greece: Wildfires: 79+ people were killed [Patrick Strickland, Al Jazeera News, 25-Jul-2018]
    ● 23-Jul-2018 -- Venezuela: IMF expects Venezuela's inflation rate to hit 1,000,000% by yearend 2018, if the government continues to print money [Bloomberg-IMF]
    ● INFORMATION: 23-Jul-2018 -- Russia: Russia’s Foreign Ministry, on the rescue of the White Helmets from Syria by Israel on behalf of the US and Canada: “It’s well known, that the White Helmets had their hand in the most notorious false flag operations during the Syrian conflict"; the “evacuation” of the White Helmets “clearly showed whose orders they were carrying out, and who pay-rolled them.” [RT]
    ● 23-Jul-2018 -- Bar Sanguni, Somalia: Al-Shabab fighters claimed they killed 27+ soldiers; the military claimed they killed 87 fighters [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 23-Jul-2018 -- Japan: Highest temperatures recorded; heat wave killed 50 people (40+ in Japan and ~10 in South Korea) [Chicago Tribune: Mari Yamaguchi, et al., AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 22-Jul-2018 -- USA: President Donald Trump threatens Iran in a tweet: "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE…" [Joshua Berlinger, et al., CNN Politics, 23-Jul-2018]
    ● 22-Jul-2018 -- Toronto, ON: Shooting in Toronto's Greektown: A woman and a girl were killed; 13 other people were injured; the gunman was found dead [CBC News]
    ● 22-Jul-2018 -- Lake Chad, Chad: Boko Haram killed 18 people and abducted 10 women [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 22-Jul-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Bomb attack near Kabul's international airport killed or wounded 10+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 21-Jul-2018 -- South Africa: Rivalry between taxi groups; 11 taxi drivers were shot dead in an attack on a minibus taxi [BBC News]
    ● 21-Jul-2018 -- Iraq: Kurdish militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards [MEMO]
    ● 21-Jul-2018 -- Australia: Thousands protested against refugee detention on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 20-Jul-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: "At least 75 alleged journalists who have backed Western disinformation campaigns on Syria with their misrepresented reports have called on Israel to allow them to enter its territory" [Prensa Latina-jg/lrg/tgj/obf/gdc]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter announced the Data Transfer Project (DTP), "an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform" [Catalin Cimpanu, Bleeping Computer, 21-Jul-2018]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Great March of Return: Palestinians protested against Israel; Israeli forces shot dead 4 Palestinians and injured 120 others; since 30-March-2018, IDF killed 140+ and injured 16,000+ Palestinians; only one Israeli soldier was shot dead [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- Lubeck, Germany: Knife attack on a bus; 14 people were injured [BBC News]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- Khomein, Iran: Explosion and fire at an oil facility; 2 people were killed [IRNA]
    ● 19-Jul-2018 -- Chardara, Afghanistan: Afghan-US air strike killed 14+ people, including women and children [RFE/RL-Reuters-AP-AFP-dpa, 20-Jul-2018]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- "Congratulations, Mr. President: Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After The Election
"Internal documents show Facebook’s own marketing strategy was influenced by what it learned from its valued customer, the Trump campaign" [Ryan Mac, et al., BuzzFeed News]
    ● INFORMATION: 19-Jul-2018 -- The Global Slavery Index 2018: Number of slaves in 2016=40.3 million (71% Female, 29% Male) (India=8 million; China=3.8 million; Russia=794,000; US=403,000; Brazil=369,000; Germany=167,000; Italy=145,000; UK=136,000; France=129,000; Japan=37,000; Canada=17,000; Australia=15,000) [Walk Free Foundation] | [Edward E. Ayoub: The "slavery" numbers are trivial when compared with the "indentured servitude" in debt/usury-based economies]
    ● INFORMATION: 19-Jul-2018 -- "Palestinians make up about 88 percent of the occupied West Bank’s population. But Israel has allocated 99.76 percent of the land to illegal Israeli settlements" [@theIMEU: NYT]
    ● 19-Jul-2018 -- Israel: Knesset passed a law defining the country as "the nation-state of the Jewish people" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 18-Jul-2018 -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Aramco refinery was targeted by Yemeni [Houthi] drone [IRNA]
    ● 18-Jul-2018 -- Russia: Russia liquidated its US Treasury holdings: $47.4 billion in March-2018 and $40 billion in May-2018 [ZeroHedge]
    ● 18-Jul-2018 -- EU: Android antitrust case: The European Union to hit Google with a record antitrust fine of €4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) [Laurence Norman, MarketWatch]
    ● INFORMATION: 17-Jul-2018 -- Israel: "Israel" is no longer "invincible"; it is now officialy "a joint Russian-American Protectorate" [Andrew Korybko, Eurasia Future]
    ● 17-Jul-2018 -- The Hague, Netherlands: "Judges in The Hague have ordered the International Criminal Court (ICC) to reach out to victims of war crimes in Palestine" [Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada]
    ● 17-Jul-2018 -- Iran: Considering boosting uranium enrichment if negotiations with the EU fail [Sputnik]
    ● 16-Jul-2018 -- Helsinki, Finland: Trump-Putin Summit [Adam Shaw, Fox News]
    ● 15-Jul-2018 -- Israel: Ultranationalists seek to pass "legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state" [Oliver Holmes, The Guardian]
    ● 14-Jul-2018 -- The homes of Gerry Adams, former Sinn Fein leader, and Bobby Storey, former Northern Ireland Chairman, were attacked with explosive devices [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 14-Jul-2018 -- Edinburgh, Scotland: Thousands (~9,000) protested against President Trump [Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ]
    ● 14-Jul-2018 -- Iraq: 6 days of protests against corruption, high unemployment, poor public services; protests spread from Basra to Baghdad; 3 people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 14-Jul-2018 -- Al-Kutaiba, Palestine: Israeli air strikes killed 2+ teen agers and wounded 12 others; In 2014, Israeli forces killed 2,251 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and Palestinians killed 66 Israeli soldiers and 6 Israeli civilians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Jul-2018 -- "The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) legalizes the use of propaganda on the US public"; Information Operations (IO) include:
- Electronic Warfare (EW),
- Computer Network Operations (CNO),
- Psychological Operations (PSYOP),
- Military Deception (MD), and
- Operations Security (OPSEC)
[Michael B. Kelley, Business Insider, 21-May-2012]
    ● INFORMATION: 13-Jul-2018 -- World: Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies: 75% of Arabs see Israel and the United States as the biggest threats to national security [MEMO]
    ● 13-Jul-2018 -- Pakistan: Explosions (suicide bombing and IED attack) targeted election rallies; 133+ people were killed [Asad Hashim, et al., Al Jazeera, 14-Jul-2018]
    ● 13-Jul-2018 -- Scientists detected a high-energy neutrino event [The IceCube Collaboration, et al., Science: Vol. 361, Issue 6398, eaat1378; DOI: 10.1126/science.aat1378]
    ● 13-Jul-2018 -- JPMorgan Q2 net income soared 18% to $8.32 billion, "thanks to Trump tax cuts" [Bradley Keoun, TheStreet]
    ● 13-Jul-2018 -- London, UK: ~250,000 protested against President Donald Trump [Al Jazeera News, 14-Jul-2018]
    ● 12-Jul-2018 -- Berlin, Germany: YouGov poll conducted by DPA news agencies: 42% of Germans want US troops out of Germany [Whitney Webb, MintPress News]
    ● 12-Jul-2018 -- USA: The Justice Department appealed a judge's decision allowing AT&T to purchase Time Warner [Hadas Gold, CNN Money]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Ireland: The Irish Senate passed proposed legislation banning trade in goods and services produced in occupied territories around the world [Al Jazeera]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Japan: Heavy rain, landslides and floods; 176 dead [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Pakistan: Suicide bombing killed 20 people, including a politician; the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility [Scott Neuman, NPR]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Gunmen attacked the education department at a government building; 10+ people were killed; cumulative death toll since Jan-2018: 2,359 people  [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Brussels, Belgium: NATO Summit, 11-12 Jul-2018 [NATO, 10-Jul-2018]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- UK: The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to fine Facebook ₤500,000 for data breaches [BBC News]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- USA: US-China trade war: The Trump administration is planning more tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion [Julia Horowitz, CNNMoney]
    ● 10-Jul-2018 -- Japan: Heavy rain, landslides and floods; 122+ dead [Jessie Yeung, et al., CNN World]
    ● 10-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Suicide attack at a checkpoint; 10+ people were killed; cumulative death toll since Jan-2018: 2,338 people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 9-Jul-2018 -- USA: President Donald Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh (a graduate of Yale Law School) to the U.S. Supreme Court [Yale Law School]
    ● 9-Jul-2018 -- Nicaragua: Pro-government forces crack down on protests; 14+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 8-Jul-2018 -- Port-au Prince, Haiti: Violent protest over 38% fuel price hike; 3+ people were killed [Hollie McKay, Fox News]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-Jul-2018 -- USA: Katherine Berjikian: "How I was pinkwashed for protesting Israeli pinkwashing" (an Opinion piece protesting pro-Zionist cyberbullying and blacklisting/smearing tactics targeting activists -- against Israeli occupation and for justice in Palestine -- againstcanarymission.org) [Al Jazeera]
    ● 8-Jul-2018 -- Jendouba, Tunisia: 6+ members of the national guard died in an "ambush" and mine explosion [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 7-Jul-2018 -- Bari, BA, Italy: Pope Francis, Prayer meeting: "Yet this region [the Middle East] ... has been covered by dark clouds of war, violence and destruction, instances of occupation and varieties of fundamentalism, forced migration and neglect. All this has taken place amid the complicit silence of many. The Middle East has become a land of people who leave their own lands behind. There is also the danger that the presence of our brothers and sisters in the faith will disappear, disfiguring the very face of the region. For a Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East... Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference." [Vatican, Holy See]
    ● 7-Jul-2018 -- Japan: Heavy rain and flooding; 38 people died, 47 are missing [CBS News-AP]
    ● 7-Jul-2018 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Car bomb attack killed 10 people; al-Shabab claimed responsibility [BBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 6-Jul-2018 -- Bethlehem, Palestine: Catholic priest Rami Asakrieh: Bethlehem's Christian population tumbled from 90% to 17%; surrounded by settlements of Israeli settlers, Christians are "unemployed," "depressed and drowned in debts" [GV, Agenzia Fides]
    ● 6-Jul-2018 -- USA: "Sources: EPA blocks warnings on cancer-causing chemical" [Annie Snider, POLITICO]
    ● 6-Jul-2018 -- Russia: Russia's parliament is considering increasing the pensionable age (from 60 to 65 years for men, and from 55 to 63 years for women); President Vladimir Putin's popularity tumbled 14 percentage points since mind-June 2018  [Chris Brown, CBC News]
    ● 5-Jul-2018 -- World: President Donald Trump launched a trade war against China with tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods; China immediately reciprocated with tariffs on $34 billion worth of American goods [Weizhen Tan, et al., CNBC-AP-Reuters]
    ● 5-Jul-2018 -- Quebec, Canada: Heat wave killed 33 people [BBC News]
    ● 4-Jul-2018 -- Khan al-Ahmar, Palestine: Israeli forces assaulted Palestinians and occupied their village; Israel plans to demolish the village and replace it with Jewish-only settlements, which is illegal under international law [Al Jazeera]
    ● 3-Jul-2018 -- Poland: Tens of thousands protested against the "destruction of the judiciary in Poland" [Antonia Blumberg, HuffPost]
    ● 3-Jul-2018 -- Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, is snubbed for arguing against impeachment  of President Trump: "So they are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard" [Niraj Chokshi, NYT]
    ● 3-Jul-2018 -- All-time heat records set all over the world [Jason Samenow, WaPo]
    ● 2-Jul-2018 -- Washington, DC: China's embassy issued a security advisory: “Public security in the United States is not good. Cases of shootings, robberies, and theft are frequent." [Reuters]
    ● 2-Jul-2018 -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Authorities arrested former prime minister Najib Razak; Razak is accused of allegedly pocketing $700 million from the 1MDB  state development fund [BBC News]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- USA: Private equity firms are "monetizing poor people" -- profiting from lending to cash-strapped Americans [Peter Whoriskey, WaPo]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Hong Kong, China: Pro-democracy protest (50,000 protesters according to organizers; 9,800 according to police) [BBC News]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Mexico: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won the presidential election by a landslide margin [Patrick J. McDonnell, et al., Los Angeles Times]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Jul-2018 -- Publius Cornelius Tacitus (c. 56 - c. 120 AD) in The Histories:
- "Moses, urged his companions not to wait passively for help from god or man, for both had deserted them ... They traveled ... and on the seventh [day] they expelled the previous inhabitants of Canaan, and took over their lands and in them built a holy city and temple."
- "The other practices of the Jews are sinister and revolting, and have entrenched themselves by their very wickedness. Wretches of the most abandoned kind ... took to contributing dues and free-will offerings to swell the Jewish exchequer; and other reasons for their increasing wealth may be found in their stubborn loyalty and ready benevolence towards brother Jews. But the rest of the world they confront with the hatred reserved for enemies."

Tacitus. The Histories. Translation by Keneth Wellesley. Keneth Wellesley, 1964, 1972, 1975, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995. London, UK: Penguin Books Ltd., 1995, https://www.macroknow.com/books/quotes/q-tacitus.htm
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- USA: The "ultimate deal" Jared Kushner is proposing to Palestinians: "No East Jerusalem, no end to colonisation, no recognition of the right to return, no state, no future. Just cash" [Robert Fisk, Independent]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Canada retaliated against tariffs imposed by President Trump's administration; retaliatory tariffs on US products amount to $16.6 billion [Catharine Tuney, CBC]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Bourem, Mali: A car bombing targeting military vehicles killed 2+ civilians and wounded French soldiers [A Jazeera]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: A suicide bombing targeting Sikhs killed 19+ people, including 10+ Sikhs [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- USA: S&P Global Ratings: The debt of US companies has soared to an all-time record of $6.3 trillion; borrowing costs are expected to rise [Matt Egan, CNN Money]
    ● 30-Jun-2018 -- Venezuela: Inflation hit a record annual 40,000%+ [Gina Heeb, Business Insider]
    ● 30-Jun-2018 -- Paris, France: Thousands of people protested against the Iranian regime outside Paris; protests were staged by the National Council of Resistance of Iran [Eric Shawn, et al., Fox News]
    ● 30-Jun-2018 -- USA: Tens of thousands of people protested against President Trump's policy of "zero-tolerance" towards illegal Mexico-US border crossings [BBC News, 1-Jul-2018]
    ● 29-Jun-2018 -- EU: EU leaders reach an agreement on migrant and refugee influx into Europe; 100+ migrants and refugees go missing after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 29-Jun-2018 -- USA: Citigroup to pay credit-card customers $335 million (and no fine) for APR (Annual Percentage Rates) violations [MarketWatch-Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- USA: Deutsche Bank failed the US Federal Reserve's stress test [CNBC: Reuters, 29-Jun-2018
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- Annapolis, MD: A man targeted the Capital Gazette and shot and killed 5 people [CBS News, 29-Jun-2018]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- Canada: Canada Revenue Agency: Rich Canadians are "hiding between $75.9 million and  $240.5 billion in offshore tax havens …" and evading up to $3 billion in tax per year [Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- USA: "Congressman [Steve King] warns US heading towards civil war – 31% of Americans agree" [RT-Rasmussen Poll]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- Israel: US-Israeli teen was convicted of making hundreds of threats targeting Jewish centers [BBC News]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- India: The Indian rupee tumbled to an all-time low [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- Nairobi, Kenya]: A fire destroyed the Gikomba market; 15+ were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 27-Jun-2018 -- USA: "Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, with 11% who say it’s Very Likely" [Rasmussen Reports]
    ● 27-Jun-2018 -- EU: European Council President Donald Tusk, on EU's response to potential threats to trans-Atlantic relations caused by the tariff policies of US President Donald Trump: "It is my belief that, while hoping for the best, we must be ready to prepare our union for worst-case scenarios" [Sputnik]
    ● 26-Jun-2018 -- Tehran, Iran: 3rd day of protest over the tumbling of the rial; President Hassan Rouhani: "We are fighting against the United States, it wants to make an economic war" [Sky News]
    ● 25-Jun-2018 -- USA: The Presbyterian Church passed resolutions critical of Israel, including one opposing anti-BDS legislation, and another identifying Israel as an apartheid state [Haaretz: JTA]
    ● 25-Jun-2018 -- NYC, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 328.09 points (1.33%) to 24,252.80 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Jun-2018 -- Edward E. Ayoub, on why we need a brand new law, if we are to avoid the cataclysmic consequences of current archaic law:
- Massive global debts
- Long vicious wars
- Global out-of-control human migrations, &
- Climate catastrophes.
BradNewLaw.com
    ● 25-Jun-2018 -- Algeria: Algeria abandoned 13,000+ refugees in the Sahara Desert over 14 months [Al Jazeera: AP News Agency]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Jun-2018 -- Greece: "Why the debt deal with the EU is bad for Greece -- The new Eurogroup agreement commits Greece to 40 more years of austerity and supervision" [Jerome Roos, Al Jazeera]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: President Bashar Assad, to Russian NTV channel, on rebuilding Syria: "They [the West] won’t be part of reconstruction in Syria, because very simply we won’t allow them to be part of it… we don’t need the West. The West is not honest at all, they don’t give, they only take"; and on American presidents: "they are hostages to their lobbies, to the mainstream media, to the huge corporations, financial, oil, armaments, etc." [RT, 25-Jun-2018]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- Nigeria: 86+ people were killed in clashes that started on 21-Jun-2018 between Berom farmers and Fulani cattle herders [BBC News]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a 2nd term as Turkey's president with expanded powers [BBC News]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- World: The global debt has soared to $230 trillion; according to Claudio Grass, "holding physical gold is definitely the best hedge against a crash of any paper currency, and therefore also against a crash of the USD" [RT]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- Nicaragua: Anti-Ortega protests; 5+ people, including a baby were killed over 2 days; cumulative death toll: 200+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- Mopti, Mali: "Dozo" hunters rounded up then killed 32 members of the Fula ethnic group [BBC News]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- San Diego, CA: 5,000+ people protested against the zero-tolerance immigration policy used by the Trump government to separate 2,300+ migrant children from their parents [Brie Stimson, et al., NBC 7 San Diego]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Thousands rallied in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and ZANU-PF party; the President survived a blast that targeted him at the rally [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- London, UK: ~100,000 people joined a pro-EU anti-Brexit protest [Lisa O'Carroll, et al., The Guardian]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Thousands of people rallied in support of the new PM Abiy Ahmed; a grenade attack at the rally killed one person and injured dozens [BBC News]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- Eastern Syria: Iraqi air strike killed 45 Islamic State (IS) group militants, including senior IS leaders [BBC News]
    ● 22-Jun-2018 -- USA: Pentagon to prepare housing ~20,000 migrant children on military bases [NYT]
    ● 21-Jun-2018 -- Canada: ~300 academics called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to condemn Israeli violence against Palestinians [CBC News: The Canadian Press]
    ● 21-Jun-2018 -- USA: The Supreme Court ruled states can collect internet sales tax [Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch]
    ● 21-Jun-2018 -- Israel: Israeli prosecutors charged Israel's Prime Minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu, with graft, fraud, and breach of trust; the Netanyahus denied any wrongdoing [VOA: AP]
    ● 20-Jun-2018 -- Australia: Telstra to axe 8,000 jobs; Telstra employs 32,000 people [Martin Parry, Phys.org: AFP]
    ● 20-Jun-2018 -- USA: Rhodium Group research: Chinese investment in the US in the first 5 months of 2018 tumbled 92% compared to the same period in 2017 [Julia Horowitz, CNN Money]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- New Delhi, India: Russia and India are considering dumping the dollar and using the rupee-ruble transfer in military deals valued at ~$2+ billion [Hedge-Economic Times]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: US withdrew from UN Human Rights Council [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 19-Jun-2018 -- Israel: Tamir Pardo, former Israeli Mossad chief, on the "great fun" part of his job: having "a license to crime" (Udva interview with Ilana Dayan) [Richard Silverstein, Global Research; first published in Tikun Olam, 17-Jun-2018]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- Al-Harra, Syria: US-led coalition targeted a military position and killed 40 people (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) [Haaretz]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- NYC, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 287.26 points (1.15%) to 24,700.21 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- US: President Trump "launched a trade war": He threatened China with tariffs on additional $200 billion of goods [Julia Horowitz, et al., CNN Money]
    ● 18-Jun-2018 -- Russia: Russia sold $47.4 billion (out of $96.1 billion) in US treasury bonds in March 2018 [Russia Insider]
    ● 17-Jun-2018 -- Al-Harra, Syria: Israeli forces targeted pro-regime forces and killed 52 people (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) [Haaretz-CNN, 19-Jun-2018]
    ● 17-Jun-2018 -- Tornillo, TX: Thousands protested against Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy to separate thousands of migrant children from their parents [Mireya Villarreal, CBS News]
    ● 17-Jun-2018 -- Damboa, Nigeria: 2 suicide and rocket-propelled grenade attacks killed 31+ people; Boko Haram is suspected [RT-News Agencies]
    ● 17-Jun-2018 -- Nangarhar, Afghanistan: Suicide bombing killed 10+ people [News Agencies]
    ● 16-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel, blocked scrutiny, by the US State Department, of Israel's policies and human right abuses; Israel's military receives $3.1 billion per year from the US [Nahal Toosi, Politico]
    ● 16-Jun-2018 -- Nangarhar, Afghanistan: Suicide bomb explosion killed 36, including Taliban militants and civilians; ISIL claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 17-Jun-2018]
    ● 15-Jun-2018 -- Konar, Afghanistan: US drone strike killed Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah [William Branigin, et al., WaPo]
    ● INFORMATION: 15-Jun-2018 -- "How quickly could Canada build an atomic bomb? We’ve got the uranium, the know-how and a sudden desire to be respected by our nearest neighbor" [Tristin Hopper, National Post]
    ● 15-Jun-2018 -- US: President Trump to impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion in Chinese imports; China to reciprocate [David J. Lynch, et al., WaPo]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Jun-2018 -- "A National Pragmatic Safety Limit for Nuclear Weapon Quantities": "The results found that 100 nuclear warheads is adequate for nuclear deterrence in the worst case scenario, while using more than 100 nuclear weapons by any aggressor nation ... even with optimistic assumptions (including no retaliation) would cause unacceptable damage to their own society. Thus, 100 nuclear warheads is the pragmatic limit and use of government funds to maintain more than 100 nuclear weapons does not appear to be rational" [Joshua M. Pearce and David C. Denkenberger, Safety 2018, 4(2), 25]
    ● 14-Jun-2018 -- "Canadians boycott US products, cancel vacations to America" [Mark Moore, New York Post]
    ● 14-Jun-2018 -- Derby, UK: Rolls-Royce to cut 4,600 jobs over 2 years [BBC News]
    ● 13-Jun-2018 -- United Nations: "The General Assembly ... adopted a resolution deploring the use of excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly the Gaza Strip" [UN]
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- Tesla to cut ~9% of its workforce (~4,100 workers out of 46,000) [Robert Ferris, et al., CNBC]
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- Hodeidah, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's main port city [Mohammed Ghobari, et al., Reuters]
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: A district judge in DC approved merger between AT&T and Time Warner; the deal is valued at $85 billion [Zephyr Teachout, The Guardian, 13-Jun-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 12-Jun-2018 -- "Understanding Jewish Power -- Who has helped create a war-addicted America?"
Philip Giraldi, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest [Global Research; Originally published on The Unz Review]
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- Sentosa Island: Singapore: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to meet on denuclearization [Secretary Pompeo @SecPompeo]
    ● 11-Jun-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide attacker targeted the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry; 12+ people were killed; other deadly attacks were also reported [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 10-Jun-2018 -- Jizan, Saudi Arabia: Houthi missile attack killed 3 civilians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 10-Jun-2018 -- Idlib, Syria: Government air strikes killed 16+ people [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 10-Jun-2018 -- Israel: American Jewish Committee (AJC) 2018 Survey of American & Israeli Jewish Opinion: 77% of Israeli Jews approve of how President Trump is handling U.S.-Israel relations, while only 34% of American Jews approve; 57% of American Jews disapprove, while only 10% of Israelis do [AJC]
    ● INFORMATION: 10-Jun-2018 -- On President Trump's chief economic adviser: "Larry Kudlow … the bar mitzvah boy turned Zionist Catholic" [Ron Kampeas, The Times of Israel: JTA, 15-Mar-2018]. Kudlow's private sector career includes a stint as chief economist at Bear Stearns [Wikipedia]
    ● 10-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: "President Trump's top economic adviser [Larry Kudlow] accused Justin Trudeau of a "betrayal" that risked making Mr. Trump look weak before his North Korea meeting" [Noah Weiland, NYT]
    ● 9-Jun-2018 -- Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, answering US President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum: "We  will not be pushed around" [Victoria Cavaliere, CNN Politics] 
    ● 9-Jun-2018 -- Beijing, China: Chinese hackers stole ~614 gigabytes of secret US Navy data from a contractor [RT]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-Jun-2018 -- Las Vegas, NV: Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave Republicans $82 million during the 2016 US election to influence US policies favoring Israel [Chris McGreal, The Guardian]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Quebec City, Quebec: Anti-capitalism activists disrupted the G7 summit [Jonathan Montpetit, CBC News]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN: IBM unveiled its Summit supercomputer -- the world's most powerful supercomputer; Summit can crunch 200 petaflops (200 quadrillion mathematical calculations per second) [Stephen Shankland, CNET]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Zardana, Syria: Air strikes, likely Russian, killed 44+ people, including 11 women and 6 children; Russia denied involvement [Al Jazeera: Reuters News Agency]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Quds Day (Jerusalem Day): ~10,000 Palestinians protested against Israel on Quds Day (Jerusalem Day); Israeli forces shot and killed 4 Palestinians and injured 620 others; IDF killed 124 Palestinians since 30-Mar-2018 [Nidal Almughrabi, et al., Reuters]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Tehran, Iran: Quds Day (Jerusalem Day): Hundreds of Thousands of Iranians protested in support of Palestinians [New China: Xinhua, huaxia (ed.)]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada: 44th G7 Summit, 8-9-Jun-2018 [Wikipedia]
    ● 7-Jun-2018 -- USA: CDC Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates: ~45,000 people died by suicide in 2016; suicide rates for 1999-2016 increased in all US states except Nevada [Stone DM, Simon TR, Fowler KA, et al. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)]
    ● 6-Jun-2018 -- World Trade Organization (WTO): "EU, Canada initiate WTO dispute complaints against US steel, aluminum duties" [WTO]
    ● 6-Jun-2018 -- Turin, Italy: Bilderberg Group annual meeting [Independent]
    ● 5-Jun-2018 -- Menlo Park, CA: Facebook shared user data with ~60 companies, including 4 in China [Huawei, Lenovo Group, OPPO and TCL Corp]; US intelligence agencies are concerned [David Shepardson, et al., Reuters]
    ● 5-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: 2018 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds: "The estimated depletion date for the HI [Hospital Insurance] trust fund is 2026, 3 years earlier than in last year’s report... [T]he Trustees have determined that the fund is not adequately financed over the next 10 years." [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services]
    ● 5-Jun-2018 -- India: Thousands of Indian farmers joined a 10-day protest started on 1-Jun-2018 demanding farm loan waivers and higher prices; 300,000+ farmers committed suicide since 1995; 16,600 farmers committed suicide between 2000 and 2016 (~1,000/year in Punjab) [Zeenat Saberin, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 4-Jun-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide attack targeting Muslim scholars killed 7+ people [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 3-Jun-2018 -- New York, NY: 15,000+ Torah Jews rallied against Zionism; "we will continue to resist the propaganda churned out by Zionists & their bogus claim that 'Israel' is a Jewish state [True Torah Jews, @TorahJews, 7-Jun-2018]
    ● 3-Jun-2018 -- Israel: Arab members of the Knesset submitted a bill calling for Israel to treat its citizens -- Arab and Jewish -- equally; the bill was immediately disqualified [ergo, Israel is not a Democracy] [Ali Younes, Al Jazeera News, 5-Jun-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 3-Jun-2018 -- The Koran, on usury: "Those that live in usury shall rise up before God like men whom Satan has demented by his touch; for they claim that trading is no different from usury" [The Cow 2:275];
"If your debtor be in straits, grant him a delay until he can discharge his debt; but if you waive the sum as alms it will be better for you, if you but knew it" [The Cow 2:280];
"Believers, do not live on usury, doubling your wealth many times over" [The 'Imrans 3:130]
    ● 3-Jun-2018 -- Amman, Jordan: Thousands across Jordan (~3,000 in Amman) protested against IMF-imposed austerity measures, including higher taxes (on bread, etc.) and higher prices [The Guardian: AFP]
    ● 2-Jun-2018 -- Tunisia: A boat transporting migrants capsized killing 112 people (the death toll for people crossing the Mediterranean to Europe in 2018 so far is 650) [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 5-Jun-2018; International Organization for Migration (IOM)]
    ● INFORMATION: 2-Jun-2018 -- USA: Support of Evangelicals for Israel is eroding; Christians are concerned about Israel's mistreatment of Palestinians [Ian Lovett, WSJ]
    ● 2-Jun-2018 -- Al-Farahatiyah, Iraq: ISIS militants killed a family of 12 [Fox News-AP]
    ● 2-Jun-2018 -- NATO's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, to Der Spiegel: Israel is not a member of NATO; in case of an attack by Iran, there is no "security guarantee" for Israel [AP News]
    ● 1-Aug-2017 -- Istanbul, Turkey: Thousands of Palestine supporters rallied against Israel [The Times of Israel-AFP]
    ● 1-Jan-2018 -- Europe: Visa Europe's payment system was disrupted by a hardware failure [Visa, 2-Jun-2018]
    ● 1-Jun-2018 -- Whistler, BC: US is isolated on trade at G7 finance leaders meeting [Leika Kihara, et al., Reuters]
    ● 1-Jun-2018 -- Managua, Nicaragua: The government plans to cut pensions and social security; anti-government protests turn violent: 16+ people were killed in the latest protest; 100+ were killed since Apr-2018 [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Jun-2018 -- UN: Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur, on inequality and extreme poverty: Trump policies reward the rich and ruin the poor -- “This is a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty" [Ed Pilkington, The Guardian]
    ● 1-Jun-2018 -- USA: S&P downgraded Deutsche Bank's credit rating [Charles Riley, CNN Money]
    ● 1-Jun-2018 -- Sydney, Australia: Australia's consumer watchdog to prosecute ANZ, Deutsche Bank, and Citigroup on "criminal cartel" charges; the banks deny the charges [BBC News]
    ● 31-May-2018 -- Beijing, China: Mass evictions and demolitions force 200,000 residents to abandon their homes [Al Jazeera]
    ● 31-May-2018 -- USA: The US decided to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU; fear of trade wars rattles markets [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- Helmand, Afghanistan: US military forces carried out 10-day bombing raids and drone strikes starting 17-May-2018; the new M-142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was used; the raids and strikes killed up to 70 Taliban leaders [Bill Gertz, The Washington Times]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- India and Iran: India and Iran to drop the dollar in oil and other transactions [RT]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- Toronto, ON: "Almost half of Toronto tenants paying 'unaffordable' rent, study [by the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario] finds" [Emily Mathieu, The Star]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: 10 attackers assaulted the interior ministry; 1+ policeman and all 10 attackers were killed; ISIL claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- Athens, Greece: Thousands, including "workers, union members, migrant labourers, students, pensioners and unemployed people," protested against the government's austerity regime [Patrick Strickland, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 29-May-2018 -- Washington, DC: US to list Chinese goods worth $50 billion that will be subject to a 25% tariff [CNBC: Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 29-May-2018 -- Palestine: "How Israeli banks finance theft of Palestinian land" [Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada]
    ● INFORMATION: 29-May-2018 -- Puerto Rico, USA: Hurricane Maria death toll: Official government, 64; Harvard study, 4,645+ [Arelis R. Hernandez, et al., WaPo]
    ● 29-May-2018 -- Liege, Belgium: A man shot and killed 2 police officers and one civilian; the gunman was killed by the police [BBC News]
    ● 29-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinians fired ~28 mortars at Israel after IDF killed 4 militants on 28-May-2018 in Gaza [BBC News]
    ● 29-May-2018 -- Italy: Italy's debt hit €2.3 trillion ($2.681); political uncertainty increased; stocks tumbled [Riva Gold, WSJ]
    ● 26-May-2018 -- Elon Musk: "Who do you think *owns* the press? Hello"; Elon Musk wants to launch "Pravda" ["truth"], a site that will rate the credibility of the press [Seth Fiegerman, CNN Media: @elonmusk]
    ● 26-May-2018 -- France: Thousands protested against President Emmanuel Macron's "plans for massive lay-offs of workers [120,000 public jobs over 5 years] and tax breaks for the rich" [RT]  
    ● 26-May-2018 -- Istanbul, Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan wants Turks to convert their dollars and euros into liras [Daren Butler, et al., Reuters]
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