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Monday 10-Dec-2018
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    ● BREAKING NEWS: 10-Dec-2018 -- Marrakech, Morocco: 164 countries agreed to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM); the US opposed the global pact [Al Jazeera News]
    ● BREAKING NEWS: 10-Dec-2018 -- Katowice, Poland: "U.S., Russia, Saudis balk at endorsing key climate change report" [CBS News-AP]
    ● 9-Dec-2018 -- Dawlat Abad, Afghanistan: Security forces attacked Taliban rebels; 10 rebels, including a Taliban commander [NDTV: Indo-Asian News Service-Xinhua]
    ● 9-Dec-2018 -- Basra, Somalia: US air strikes killed 4 al-Shabab members [Fox News-AP]
    ● 9-Dec-2018 -- Budapest, Hungary: Thousands of Hungarians protested against a proposed "slave law" allowing employers to request up to 400 hours/year of overtime [Marton Dunai, et al., Reuters]
    ● 9-Dec-2018 -- India-UAE: "Bye-bye dollar: India & UAE agree to trade in local currencies" to reduce dependency on the US dollar [RT]
    ● 8-Dec-2018 -- France-Belgium-Netherlands: "Yellow Vest" protests  spread from France to Belgium and the Netherlands [Charlie D'Agata, CBS News-AP]
    ● 8-Dec-2018 -- France: "Yellow Vests" protests against President Macron -- "former investment banker" and "President of the rich" -- swelled: ~89,000 police deployed nationwide [Yahoo News: Kathy Lee, burs-kjl/wdb, AFP]
    ● 7-Dec-2018 -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police shootout with bank robbers: 12+people, including 2 children, were killed [CBS News-AP]
    ● 7-Dec-2018 -- New York, NY: The Dow tumbled ~ 9% since hitting an all-time high on 3-Oct-2018; "if it hits -10%, it's a correction" [@MarketWatch, Twitter]
    ● 6-Dec-2018 -- Holy See: Pope Francis, reorganized the government of the Vatican City State (25-Nov-2018); he made “systematic legislative reform in light of the principles of rationalization, cost effectiveness, and simplification and pursuing criteria of functionality, transparency, normative coherence and organizational flexibility" [Catholic World News]
    ● 6-Dec-2018 -- Australia: New Telecommunications Access and Assistance  Bill allows government agencies "to demand access to encrypted messaging services"; tech companies warn against privacy risks [CNN Business]
    ● 6-Dec-2018 -- Athens-Greece: "Angry protests on anniversary of Greek teen's police shooting"; anti-capitalist slogan: "Money to the banks and bullets to the young" [John Psaropoulos, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 6-Dec-2018 -- Chabahar, Iran: Suicide attack targeted  a police post; 2+ police officers were killed; Ansar al-Furqan claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 5-Dec-2018 -- Canada-USA-China: "Canada arrests [Meng Wanzhou] Huawei’s global chief financial officer in Vancouver"; the arrest was requested by US law enforcement authorities; Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei Technologies [Robert Fife, et al., The Globe and Mail-Reuters]
    ● 5-Dec-2018 -- USA-Saudi Arabia: "Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election" [David Fahrenthold, et al., WaPo]
    ● 4-Dec-2018 -- Tel Aviv, Israel: 20,000 protested domestic violence against women [Shira Pur, et al., Haaretz]
    ● 4-Dec-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled: -799.36 points (-3.10%) to 25,027.07 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 4-Dec-2018 -- Toronto, ON: Thomson Reuters to cut its workforce by 3,200 (12%) by 2020 [Matt Scuffham, Nick Zieminski (ed.), Reuters]
    ● 3-Dec-2018 -- France: ~136,000 protesters (a French Interior Ministry estimate) joined the 'Gilets Jaunes'; 'Yellow Jacket' protests turned into riots; looting and vandalism were reported;  4 people died over 3 weeks [Jake Cigainero, NPR]
    ● 2-Dec-2018 -- Qatar announced its quitting OPEC to focus on liquefied natural gas [LNG] production [Patricia Sabga, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 2-Dec-2018 -- Poland: David Attenborough, to the UN climate Conference: "Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: Climate change… If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon" [Camila Domonoske, NPR, 3-Dec-2018]
    ● 1-Dec-2018 -- Bahrain: US Vice Adm. Scott Stearney was found dead in an "apparent suicide" [David Martin, et al., CBS News, 1-2-Dec-2018]
    ● 1-Dec-2018 -- Paris, France: ~5,000 angry demonstrators protested against tax hikes (~30 cents/gallon) and President Emmanuel Macron's leadership; protesters turmed violent [Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News-AP]
    ● 30-Nov-2018 -- Lebede, Somalia: US air raids targeting al-Shabab killed 9 fighters [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 2-Dec-2018]
    ● 30-Nov-2018 -- USA: President George H.W. Bush, died at 94 [Karen Tumulty, WaPo]
    ● 30-Nov-2018 -- Buenos Aires, Argentina: Thousands protested in support of workers' rights and climate change [Erica Angulo, NBC News]
    ● 30-Nov-2018 -- Alaska, USA: Magnitude-7.0 quake [Bloomberg: Rachel D'Oro, et al., AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 30-Nov-2018 -- On CNN firing Mark Lamont Hill for expressing freely his views on Palestine, see "Free Press vs. Freedom For The 'Chosen' Press" "HELEN THOMAS, FREE SPEECH, AND HER MOMENTOUS NOW" [Dr. Edward E. Ayoub, MINDHAT, 7 June, 2010]
    ● 30-Nov-2018 -- "CNN fires contributor Marc Lamont Hill for criticising Israel
"Hill was accused of anti-Semitism after he called for 'free Palestine from the river to the sea' at a UN meeting" [Faisal Edroos, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 30-Nov-2018 -- Marriott International's reservation system was hacked; information on up to 500 million customers was reportedly compromised [Amie Tsang, et al., NYT]
    ● 30-Nov-2018 -- Buenos Aires, Argentina: G20 Summit; BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa] "slam protectionism" [Caroline Stauffer, et al., Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 29-Nov-2018 -- MUCHMIND Editor: On the social, health, and welfare consequences of the business cycle in debt-based economies [units foreclosed, therapeutic abortions, suicides, heart attacks, and bank-money], see http://brandnewlaw.com/ww3/2-F.htm
    ● 29-Nov-2018 -- USA: National Center for Health Statistics: "Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999–2017": "From 1999 through 2017, the age-adjusted suicide rate increased 33% from 10.5 to 14.0 per 100,000" [Holly Hedegaard, M.D., et al., NCHS, CDC]
    ● 29-Nov-2018 -- New York, NY: A Jewish professor's office at Columbia University was targeted with anti-Semitic swastikas [Haaretz]
    ● 29-Nov-2018 -- Frankfurt, Germany: Police raided Deutsche Bank in a money-laundering investigation [Karen Mattussek, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● 28-Nov-2018 -- Israel: "Israel expropriates almost 70 acres of Catholic Church property" [The Middle East Monitor]
    ● 28-Nov-2018 -- Washington, DC: Financial Stability Report: Identified vulnerabilities: 1. "Elevated valuation pressures"; 2. "Excessive borrowing by business and households"; 3. "Excessive leverage within the financial sector"; 4. "Funding risks" [Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System]
    ● 28-Nov-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Car bomb explosion and gunfire near a G4S security compound; 10+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 28-Nov-2018 -- Russia-Ukraine: Russia to deploy S-400 surface-to-air missiles to Crimea [Bill Chappell, NPR]
    ● 27-Nov-2018 -- Helmand, Afghanistan: US air strike: 30+ civilians, including women and 16 children, were killed [The Guardian: Reuters, 28-Nov-2018]
    ● 27-Nov-2018 -- Ghazni, Afghanistan: Roadside bomb blast killed 3 US troops [Pamela Constable, et al., WaPo]
    ● 26-Nov-2018 -- USA: Facebook shares tumbled ~40% since late July [Salvador Rodrigues, CNBC]
    ● 26-Nov-2018 -- NASA successfully landed InSight on Mars [NASA]
    ● 26-Nov-2018 -- Galkayo, Somalia: Al-Shabab attacked a religious center; 15+ people, including a scholar, were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 26-Nov-2018 -- USA-Saudi Arabia: "Jared Kushner pushed to inflate Saudi arms deal to $110 billion: Sources" [Tara Palmeri, ABC News]
    ● 26-Nov-2018 -- Detroit, MI: "General Motors Accelerates Transformation": GM to reduce salaried and salaried contract staff by 15% and to "unallocate" 5 plants (4 in the US and 1 in Canada) in 2019; annual cash savings estimated at $6 billion by year-end 2020 [GM] | GM to cut up to 14,000 jobs [Yahoo!: Tom Krisher, AP]
    ● 25-Nov-2018 -- USA: "Competition Is Dying, and Taking Capitalism With It
"We need a revolution to cast off monopolies and restore entrepreneurial freedom. First of two excerpts from 'The Myth of Capitalism'” [Jonathan Tepper, 25-Nov-2018
    ● 25-Nov-2018 -- Oshawa, ON, Canada: GM plans to close an auto factory; ~2,800 workers may be affected [Mike Colias, et al., MarketWatch]
    ● 25-Nov-2018 -- Kapran, India-administered Kashmir:2 attacks pitting rebels and a foregner against police; 9+ people were killed [Rifat Fareed, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 25-Nov-2018 -- Russia-Ukraine: Russia attacked and seized 3 Ukrainian "warships" (2 gunboats and one tugboat) after they "trespassed into Russian territorial waters" [Alex Johnson, NBC News]
    ● 24-Nov-2018 -- Paris, France: 2nd week of massive 'Yellow Vest' protest against fuel price hikes [Gregory Viscusi, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● 23-Nov-2018 -- Washington, DC: USGCRP: "FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT (NCA4)
"Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States
"The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and
variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century" [US Global Change Research Program: https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/; credits at https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/credits/]
    ● 23-Nov-2018 -- Metele, Nigeria: Nigerian Islamists attacked a military base; ~100 soldiers may have been killed [Jason Burke, The Guardian]
    ● 23-Nov-2018 -- Kashmir: Indian troops killed 6 separatist fighters; cumulative death toll in 2018: 400 people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 23-Nov-2018 -- Khost, Afghanistan: Bombing at a mosque inside an Afghan army base killed 26+ soldiers [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 23-Nov-2018 -- Kalaya, Pakistan: Explosion at a market killed 26+ people [Asad Hashim, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 23-Nov-2018 -- Karachi, Pakistan: Baloch Liberation Army separatists attacked the Chinese consulate;   2 police officers and 3 attackers were killed [Asad Hashim, et al., Al Jazeera]
    ● 22-Nov-2018 -- Haradere, Somalia: 2 US air strikes killed 6+ al-Shabab fighters; 2 other US attacks killed 37 fighters on 19-Nov-2018 and 7 fighters on 20-Nov-2018 [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 22-Nov-2018 -- Toumour, Niger: Gunmen attacked Foraco, a French drilling company, and killed 7 people [Al Jazeera: Reuters News Agency]
    ● 22-Nov-2018 -- Tunisia: Thousands joined ~650,000 Tunisian civil servants to protest against lender and IMF austerity measures and demand wage increases [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 22-Nov-2018 -- Maharashtra, India: 3rd mass protest: Thousands of farmers protested demanding loan waivers [Revathi Hariharan, NDTV]
    ● 22-Nov-2018 -- Afghanistan: A mother sold her 6-year-old daughter to feed her family; contributors to abject poverty: Loss of husband to war, loss of food and livestock to severe drought (climate), lack of money [Nick Paton Walsh, et al., CNN World]
    ● 22-Nov-2018 -- UK: Charity Shelter: 320,000+ people are homeless in Britain (up 13,000 YOY); 170,000 people are homeless in London [Earle Gate, China Daily UK]
    ● 22-Nov-2018 -- USA: "Thousands of Caravan Migrants Planning to 'Stampede' US Border, Aid Group Warns Migrants gather in Tijuana, Mexico with hopes of entering the United States" [Jay Greenberg, @NeonNettle, Twitter]
    ● 21-Nov-2018 -- Venezuela: US court documents: Former treasurer Alejandro Andrade took $1 billion in bribes [Brian Ellsworth, et al., Reuters]
    ● 21-Nov-2018 -- South Korea: 160,000 workers (Korean Confederation of Trade Unions estimate) protested lack of pro-labor reforms [Al Jazeera-News Agencies; additional reporting by Sookyoung Lee]
    ● 20-Nov-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled: 1-day losing streak: -551.80 points (-2.21%) to 24,465.64; 2-day losing streak: -947.58 points (-3.73%)  [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 20-Nov-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide bomb blast targeted religious leaders; 50+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 20-Nov-2018 -- South Africa: "Land was stolen under apartheid. It still hasn't been given back" [David McKenzie, et al., CNN World]
    ● 19-Nov-2018 -- Tokyo, Japan: Carlos Ghosn, the chairman of Nissan Motor Co., was arrested for allegedly under-reporting his corporate salary [The Asahi Shimbun] | Ghosn architected the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance; Renault shares tumbled 15%; Nissan's global depository receipts tumbled 11%+ [Bloomberg]
    ● 18-Nov-2018 -- Holy See: Pope Francis, on World Day of the Poor: “The cry of the poor daily becomes stronger, but heard less, drowned out by the din of the rich few, who grow ever fewer and more rich" [Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost US, 19-Nov-2018]
    ● 18-Nov-2018 -- Tikrit, Iraq: Car bomb explosion killed 5 civilians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 18-Nov-2018 -- USA: Mike Bloomberg: "I’m giving $1.8 billion to @JohnsHopkins for financial aid so admissions can be permanently need blind. I want to open the same door of opportunity that I had for generations of talented students, regardless of financial circumstances" [@MikeBloomberg, Twitter]
    ● 18-Nov-2018 -- Abu al-Hassan, Syria: US-led air strikes killed 43+ people, "including 17 children and 12 women" [Sarah El Deeb, Independent]
    ● 17-Nov-2018 -- Papua New Guinea: "Xi Jinping, Mike Pence trade barbs over trade war at Apec summit while selling visions for regional cooperation" [Kinling Lo, et al., South China Morning Post]
    ● 17-Nov-2018 -- London, UK: Extinction rebellion: 6,000+ climate change protesters blocked 5 London bridges [Adam Forrest, Independent]
    ● 17-Nov-2018 -- France: ~120,000 people are expected to join the 'yellow vest' blockades against high fuel taxes; one person died [Daniel Bellamy, Euronews]
    ● 17-Nov-2018 -- CA: Death toll for the California Camp Fire that started on 8-Nov-2018 jumped to 71; 1,011 people are unaccounted for [Nicole Chavez, et al., CNN US]
    ● 17-Nov-2018 -- USA: The Pentagon failed the first audit of its $2.7 trillion in assets [Sputnik]
    ● INFORMATION: 16-Nov-2018 -- USA: Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (ODCFO): FY 2018 DoD Agency Financial Report (AFR)/DoD Performance and Accountability Report (PAR): Department of Defense Agency Financial Report for FY 2018 Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer, OUSD(C)] | James N. Mattis, Secretary of Defense: "The Department assessed the effectiveness of its internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with FMFIA §2 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-123. Based on this assessment, the Department found that controls in place on September 30, 2018 to support reliable financial reporting were not effective to provide reasonable assurance," https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/afr/fy2018/DoD_FY18_Agency_Financial_Report.pdf ]
    ● 16-Nov-2018 -- USA-Saudi Arabia: "CIA concludes Saudi crown prince [MBS] ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination" [Shane Harris, et al., WaPo]
    ● 16-Nov-2018 -- USA: "'I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt': Jeff Bezos makes surprise admission about Amazon's life span" [Isobel Asher Hamilton, Business Insider-CNBC]
    ● 15-Nov-2018 -- China: The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) will require internet companies to provide user data that can be used to crack down on dissent [Al Jazeera: Reuters News Agency]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Nov-2018 -- USA: Costs of War: "United States Budgetary Costs of the Post-9/11 Wars Through FY2019=$5.9 Trillion Spent and Obligated"; US spending on DEBT: Interest on Borrowing, FY2001-FY2019=~$716 Billion; Marginal Interest on Borrowing, FY2020-FY2023=~$420 Billion [Neta C. Crawford, Watson Institute, https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/] [Neta C. Crawford is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston University and Co-Director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University]
    ● 14-Nov-2018 -- Mayo Binka, Cameroun: Cameroun's military 30+ separatists over 2 days [WSFA: Edwin Kindzeka Moki, AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Nov-2018 -- USA-China: "2018 REPORT TO CONGRESS of the U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION" [Robert Cleveland, et al., USCC]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Nov-2018 -- USA: "Providing for the Common Defense -- The Assessment and Recommendations of the National Defense Strategy Commission" [Eric Edelman and Gary Roughead, et al., United States Institute of Peace]
    ● 14-Nov-2018 -- USA: "U.S. military might 'struggle to win, or perhaps lose' war with China or Russia, report says" [Olivia Gazis, CBS News]
    ● 14-Nov-2018 -- CA: Death toll for the California Camp Fire jumped to 48 [Nicole Darrah, Fox News-AP, 13-14-Nov-2018] 
    ● 13-Nov-2018 -- EU: Meeting of the European Parliament: German Chancellor Angela Merkel: " … we have to work on a vision of one day creating a real, true European army" [Tal Axelrod, The Hill]
    ● 13-Nov-2018 -- Washington, DC: "U.S. Budget Deficit Jumps to $100 Billion [up ~60% YOY] at Start of Fiscal Year" [Sarah McGregor, et al., Bloomberg Politics]
    ● 13-Nov-2018 -- USA: FBI data: Hate crimes increased 17% in 2017 [Devlin Barrett, WaPo]
    ● 13-Nov-2018 -- USA: Enrollment of international students at American institutions fell by 6.6% during the 2017-18 academic year [Michelle Hackman, et al., WSJ]
    ● 12-Nov-2018 -- New York, NY: DJIA tumbled: -602.12 points (-2.32%) to 25,387.18 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 12-Nov-2018 -- Malaysia: In a CNBC interview, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia was "cheated" by Goldman Sachs; Malaysia is demanding a "full refund"; Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. shares tumbled on 1MDB scandal 7.46% [Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg, 12-13-Nov-2018] [Yahoo!Finance, 13-Nov-2018]
    ● 12-Nov-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Israeli forces killed 7 Palestinians in a covert attack; a Hamas commander was killed; one Israeli soldier was also killed [Al Jazeera]
    ● 11-Nov-2018 -- CA: California fires death toll soared to 31 [Brian K. Sullivan, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● 11-Nov-2018 -- World: Centennial of he end of World War One [CNN World]
    ● 11-Nov-2018 -- Hodeidah, Yemen: Pro-government forces killed 43+ Houthis in 24 hours [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 11-Nov-2018 -- CA: Camp fire killed 23 people in 3 days [Joel Achenbach, et al., WaPo]
    ● 10-Nov-2018 -- Rome, Italy: 20,000+ people protested against Italy's populist government and associated "growing climate of hatred" [Ylenia Gostoli, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 10-Nov-2018 -- Baghlan, Afghanistan: Taliban attacked a base in Baghlan; 16+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 10-Nov-2018 -- Assaad Razzouk: "California is grappling with 3 furious infernos that have destroyed a city of 27,000, levelled 6,500 homes and killed 9. One is the state’s most destructive fire in history
"None were supposed to occur in November, after fire season ended
"But it’s now #climate havoc everywhere" [@AssaadRazzouk, Twitter]
    ● 9-Nov-2018 -- Paris, France: Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht: Anti-Semitic acts in France increased by 69% in the first 9 months of 2018 [Saskya Vandoorne, et al., CNN World] | See CORRELATED NEWS: SAD IRONY, 8-Nov-2018
    ● INFORMATION: 9-Nov-2018 -- USA: Costs of War: "Human Cost of the Post-9/11 Wars: Lethality and Need for Transparency"; between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed since 9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan [Neta C. Crawford, Watson Institute, https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/] [Neta C. Crawford is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston University and Co-Director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University]
    ● 9-Nov-2018 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Explosion and gunfire: 10+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-Nov-2018 -- CORRELATED NEWS: SAD IRONY: (1) ISRAEL NEWS--"Israel approved the construction of 640 new illegal settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem" [@theIMEU, Twitter, https://twitter.com/theIMEU/status/1061076013935927296]; "Israeli Panel Approves 640 New Settler Homes in East Jerusalem" [Nir Hasson, et al., Haaretz, 7-Nov-2018, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-panel-approves-640-new-settler-homes-in-east-jerusalem-1.6633141]; (2) POPE, VATICAN NEWS--"... now turn to the 7th commandment: 'You shall not steal.' This commandment deals specifically with theft & with respect for the property of others" [The Holy See, https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-11/pope-audience-07-november-2018-english-summary.html]
    ● 8-Nov-2018 -- USA: "US court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline" [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 8-Nov-2018 -- Montreal, QC: Bombardier Inc. to cut 5,000 jobs, to sell 2 units, and to reduce debt [Financial Post: Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-Nov-2018 -- USA: "Timeline: The deadliest mass shootings in the US" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 8-Nov-2018 -- Thousand Oaks, CA: Attack at a country dance bar: 12 people, including a sheriff's sergeant were killed; the gunman was found dead [Bloomberg: Krysta Fauria, et al., AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 7-Nov-2018 -- Tel Aviv, Israel: "Snowden warns Israelis of dangers of state surveillance" (event organized by Israeli PR agency OH! Orenstein Hoshen) [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 6-Nov-2018]
    ● 7-Nov-2018 -- Tajik, Tajikistan: Prison riot; 27+ people, including 2 security officers, were killed [Reuters, 8-Nov-2018]
    ● 6-Nov-2018 -- USA: Midterm elections: Democrats won control of the House; Republicans kept control of the Senate [Jonathan Martin, et al., NYT]
    ● 6-Nov-2018 -- Venezuela-UK: "Venezuela wants to repatriate gold [~$550 million in gold] from Britain to reduce reliance on US dollar -- report" [RT]
    ● 6-Nov-2018 -- France: Alleged plot to attack President Emmanuel Macron; 6 people arrested [The Star: Thomas Adamson, AP]
    ● 5-Nov-2018 -- Colombo, Sri Lanka: ~120,000 (200,000+, according to state television) rallied in support of Mahinda Rajapaksa [Time: Emily Schmall, et al., AP, 6-Nov-2018]
    ● 5-Nov-2018 -- USA-Israel: Economist/YouGov poll: Percent of US Democrat voters who consider Israel an "ally" of the US fell to 25% [Ben White, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 5-Nov-2018 -- USA-Iran: US re-imposed oil and financial sanctions against Iran [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 4-Nov-2018 -- China: "Default Risks Rise in $355 Billion China Property Bond Market" [Carrie Hong, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● INFORMATION: 4-Nov-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: "Saudis Call for Amazon Boycott Over Anger at Washington Post" (Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, owns the Washington Post) [Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg]
    ● 4-Nov-2018 -- Egypt: Security forces killed 19 people linked to the attack on Coptic Christians (in Minya, on 2-Nov-2018) [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 4-Nov-2018 -- Beirut, Lebanon: "Beirut's Ghost Apartments Are Haunting the Economy"; top indebted countries: Japan, Greece, Sudan, Venezuela, Lebanon, Italy [Dana Khraiche, et al., Bloomberg, 1-Nov-2018]
    ● 3-Nov-2018 -- Deir ez-Zor, Syria: US-led coalition air strike; 15+ civilians, including women and children, were killed [RT]
    ● INFORMATION: 2-Nov-2018 -- Germany: Federal Statistics Office: ~15.5 million people (or ~19% of the population) were “at risk of poverty” or “social exclusion” in 2017 [RT, 1-Nov-2018]
    ● 2-Nov-2018 -- Minya, Egypt: A bus heading to a Coptic Christian monastery was attacked; 7+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Nov-2018 -- On the old neocon 'Axis of Evil': "Neocon Intentionality: Nothing But Malice" [Edward E. Ayoub, mindhat.com, 12-Apr-2007]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Nov-2018 -- Washington, DC: On John Bolton's new 'Axis of Evil' (or 'triangle of terror'): "White House denounces Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as a 'troika of tyranny'" [Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times]
    ● 1-Nov-2018 -- Maiduguri, Nigeria: Boko Haram fighters burned 2 villages and attacked a camp for displaced people; 12+ people were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 1-Nov-2018 -- New York, NY: "Goldman Sachs Ensnarled in Vast 1MDB Fraud Scandal . . . a scheme to loot the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund" [Matthew Goldstein, et al., NYT]
    ● 1-Nov-2018 -- Israel-EU: "Elbit Systems Selected to Provide Maritime UAS [Unmanned Aircraft System] to the European Union Maritime Safety Agency [EMSA]"; the total contract value is ~$68 million [Elbit Systems Ltd.]
    ● 1-Nov-2018 -- USA: Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) finding: Only 28% of Americans are considered "financially healthy": financial problems include: excessive debt, irregular income, and sporadic savings [Kari Paul, MarketWatch]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Nov-2018 -- World: Associated Press (AP) finding: 56,800+ refugees and migrants died or have gone missing since 2014 [Al Jazeera-AP News Agency]
    ● 31-Oct-2018 -- USA: Bank supervision: The Federal Reserve (Fed) proposed to loosen the rules for banks with $100 billion to $700 billion in assets [Peter Eavis, NYT]
    ● 31-Oct-2018 -- EU: New EU initiative to tax big tech companies on revenues by region rather than on profits [Ivana Kottasova, et al., CNN Business]
    ● 31-Oct-2018 -- Farah, Afghanistan: Afghanistan army helicopter crashed; 25 people, including senior officials, were killed; Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 31-Oct-2018 -- Arkhangelsk, Russia: A 17-year old student blew himself up at an FSB office [BBC News]
    ● 30-Oct-2018 -- London, UK: New research associates Body Mass Index (BMI) with deaths from most causes; "BMI of 21-25 kg/m2 linked to lowest risk of dying from cancer and heart disease" [Krishnan Bhaskaran, et al., London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. DOI: 10.1016/S2213-8587(18)30309-7]
    ● INFORMATION: 30-Oct-2018 -- Assaad Razzouk: "Typhoon #Yutu, strongest cyclone on earth, hit the US and demolished Tinian and Saipan affecting 51,000- yet no one in authority appears to care (wild guess: Because residents aren’t white?)" [@AssaadRazzouk, Twitter]
    ● INFORMATION: 29-Oct-2018 -- USA: Albert Einstein [Brightest Jewish Mind], on safety of Jews: "I believe that even in America, we Jews are by no means safe... The psychological situation of the Jews over here is quite similar to the one in Germany before Hitler" https://www.macroknow.com/books/quotes/q-einstein.htm
    ● INFORMATION: 29-Oct-2018 -- Miami, FL: A banker implicated in a $1.2 billion Venezuelan money-laundering scheme was sentenced to 10 years; forfeiture=$600,000; fine=$50,000; "a sentence reduction is likely" [Jay Weaver, et al., Miami Herald] | MUCHMIND editor, on sentencing bankers who cater to the "mega-rich": ~3 days per million dollars
    ● 29-Oct-2018 -- Jakarta, Indonesia: Lion Air jet (a new Boeing 737 MAX 8) carrying 189 people (including  20 ministry officials) crashed [Euan McKirdy, et al., CNN World]
    ● 28-Oct-2018 -- IBM to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion [Jackie Wattles, CNN Business]
    ● 28-Oct-2018 -- Syria: ISIS killed 41 US-backed fighters [Daily Mail: Chris Dyer, MAILONLINE-AFP-AP]
    ● 28-Oct-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Israeli air strike: 3 Palestinian boys were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 28-Oct-2018 -- Occupied Golan, Syria: Syrians protested against planned Israeli "municipal elections" and against Israeli occupation and "Judaization" of the Golan heights; the protesters asserted: "We are Syrians and we belong to our homeland Syria, and we don’t accept these elections as we consider them null and void" [Press TV-SANA]
    ● INFORMATION: 27-Oct-2018 -- Istanbul, Turkey: Turkey to open "world's largest airport" [Independent: Zeynep Bilginsoy, AP]
    ● 27-Oct-2018 -- Pittsburgh, PA: Attack on Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue: Shooter yelled "All Jews must die"; 11 people were shot and killed [Amir Tibon, et al., Haaretz]
    ● 27-Oct-2018 -- Palestine-Israel: Under Israeli blockade, 2 million Gazans "get only a few hours of electricity a day and undrinkable tap water, in addition to suffering from soaring joblessness and limited freedom of travel"; Palestinian fighters fired ~30 rockets into Israel; Israeli military attacked ~80 sites [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 26-Oct-2018 -- China: China's President Xi Jinping ordered the Southern Theater Command to prepare for war [Ktistin Huang, South China Morning Post]
    ● 26-Oct-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinian "Great March of Return" protests against Israeli occupation and land theft; Israeli forces killed 5 Palestinians and injured 170 others; cumulative death toll since 30-Mar-2018=210+ Palestinians; cumulative injured since 30-Mar-2018=18,000+ Palestinians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 26-Oct-2018 -- USA: Since 22-Oct-2018, 12 potential pipe bombs, including one to NJ Senator Cory Booker and another to former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, were intercepted [Faith Karimi, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Oct-2018 -- Budapest, Hungary: Soros' Central European University "is being chased out of Hungary"; Soros was born in Hungary and is of Jewish provenance [Nick Robins-Early, HuffPost] | Soros was a student of the philosopher Karl Popper (fallibilism); his net worth is estimated at $8 billion [Wikipedia]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Oct-2018 -- Cambridge Analytica scandal: What's the maximum penalty for failing to safeguard the data of 87 million users in the UK? In the case of Facebook, ₤500,000 ($645,000, or less than a penny per Facebook user) [Ivana Kottasova, CNN Business]
    ● 25-Oct-2018 -- World: An Associated Press (AP) investigation found that hospitals are detaining patients who cannot pay in 30+ countries [CBS News: AP]
    ● 25-Oct-2018 -- Israel-Palestine: A rocket fired from Gaza penetrated Israel's Iron Dome defense system, but caused no casualty or damage; Israel responded with air strikes that destroyed Palestinian property, including a military compound [Al Jazeera: AFP News Agency]
    ● 25-Oct-2018 -- Tokyo, Japan: Nikkei 225 tumbled: -822.45 points (-3.72%) to 21,268.73 [MarketWatch]
    ● 24-Oct-2018 -- Yemen: Saudi-UAE alliance air strikes killed 19+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 24-Oct-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled: -608.01 points (-2.41%) to 24,583.42 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 24-Oct-2018 -- USA: Apple's CEO Tim Cook attacked the "data industrial complex" [Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch]
    ● 24-Oct-2018 -- USA: "Suspicious devices sent to Clintons, Obamas, CNN NY offices"; authorities intercepted the devices; CNN's New York bureau was evacuated [Evan Perez, et al., CNN Politics] | More devices targeted others from the "political left," including Joe Binden, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Robert De Niro [Devlin Barrett, et al., WaPo, 25-Oct-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 23-Oct-2018 -- New York, NY: HRW report: "'Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent:’ Arbitrary Arrest and Torture Under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas [Human Rights Watch] | Palestinian Authorities and Hamas deny the allegations] [BBC News]
    ● 23-Oct-2018 -- Qayyara, Iraq: Car bombing  at a market near Mosul: 4+ people were killed [Al Jazeera: Reuters News Agency]
    ● 22-Oct-2018 -- Bedford, NY: Explosive device was found in a mailbox at George Soros' home [MSN New: The Canadian Press, 23-Oct-2018]
    ● 22-Oct-2018 -- Amman, Jordan: King Abdullah II to terminate part of the 1994 peace treaty that allowed Israeli farmers to exploit Jordanian land [Ali Younes, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 21-Oct-2018 -- Bani Hassan, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition air raid killed 4 civilians, including a child [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 21-Oct-2018 -- Kaduna, Nigeria: Muslims and Christians clashed at a market; 55 people died [BBC News]
    ● 21-Oct-2018 -- USA-Russia: President Donald Trump is ending the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia [Sophie Tatum, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● 20-Oct-2018 -- New York, NY: Protesters at NYU told Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to "Rot in Hell" [Fox News]
    ● 20-Oct-2018 -- Taipei, Taiwan: 100,000+ protesters demanded the government hold a referendum on Taiwan's independence from China [Edward White, FT]
    ● 20-Oct-2018 -- London, UK: People's Vote march: ~570,000 people called for a 2nd referendum on Brexit [BBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 19-Oct-2018 -- Israel-World: Amy Goodman's interview of Hagai El-Ad: "B’Tselem’s Hagai El-Ad Calls for Global Action Against Israel Amid Humanitarian Catastrophe in Gaza" [Democracy Now]
    ● 19-Oct-2018 -- Italy: Moody's Investors Service cut Italy's credit rating to one level above junk [Lorenzo Totaro, Bloomberg]
    ● 19-Oct-2018 -- Amritsar, India: Train mowed down a crowd at a Hindu festival; 60+ people were killed [BBC News]
    ● 19-Oct-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: "Great March of Return": 30th consecutive Palestinian Friday protest against Israeli occupation and land theft; Israeli forces injured 130+ Palestinians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 18-Oct-2018 -- Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Thousands marched against corruption; violent clashes were reported; one man was killed [Al Jazeera]
    ● 18-Oct-2018 -- EU: Cum-ex scandal: Banks drained $63 billion from national treasuries in Europe [Al Jazeera: AFP News Agency]
    ● 18-Oct-2018 -- Kandahar, Afghanistan: Police chief General Abdul Razeq, Kandahar governor, and the local head of intelligence services were attacked and killed; the Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 17-Oct-2018 -- Canada: Cannabis is legal in Canada [Patrick Butler, CBC News]
    ● 17-Oct-2018 -- Gaza Strip, Palestine: Israeli air strikes targeted 20 Palestinian sites and killed one Palestinian [Al Jazeera: AFP News Agency]
    ● 17-Oct-2018 -- Kerch, Crimea: A student attacked Kerch Polytechnic College; 17+ students were killed; the attacker committed suicide [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 16-Oct-2018 -- UK: Report by Dame Laura Cox: The House of Commons is populated by bullies, gropers and sexual harassers [William Booth, WaPo]
    ● 16-Oct-2018 -- Harardere, Somalia: US military air strike against al-Shabab killed ~60 fighters on 12-Oct-2018 [Fox News: AP]
    ● 16-Oct-2018 -- Gaza Strip, Palestine: Israel entered a Palestinian Bedouin village to destroy the homes of 180 Palestinians and build illegal Israeli settlements [Akl Jazeera News]
    ● 16-Oct-2018 -- Venezuela: Venezuela dropped the US dollar; adopted the euro for international transactions [RT]
    ● 16-Oct-2018 -- Munich, Germany: Volkswagen fined $926 million over its diesel emission scandal [Ivana Kottasova, CNN Business]
    ● 16-Oct-2018 -- Russia: Russian Orthodox Church break links with Constantinople over Ukraine [BBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 15-Oct-2018 -- Saudi Arabia-US: As at Jul-2018, Saudi Arabia held $166.8 billion in Treasury securities [Paul R. La Monica, CNN Business]
    ● INFORMATION: 15-Oct-2018 -- USA: Interest Expense on Debt Outstanding in FY2018=$523 billion; Total Public Debt Outstanding as at 10/11/2018=$21.590 trillion [TreasuryDirect, US Department of the Treasury]
    ● 15-Oct-2018 -- Cambridge, MA: Harvard University sued for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants; Harvard denied the allegation [Heidi Zhou-Castro, Al Jazeera]
    ● 15-Oct-2018 -- United Nations: Warning: 13 million people facing "worst famine in 100 years" [BBC News]
    ● 15-Oct-2018 -- Aude, France: Flash floods; 13+ people died [Rob Picheta, et al., CNN World]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Oct-2018 -- USA: Huge "Blackout": According to Yardeni Research US companies "bought back $4.3 trillion of their own stock since 2009" [Matt Egan, et al., CNN Business]
    ● 14-Oct-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: Saudi Tadawul All Shares Index tumbled 3.51% [Yahoo! Finance]; US-Saudi tension over Khashoggi escalated [Filipe Pacheco, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● 14-Oct-2018 -- World: Physicist Stephen Hawking predicted the use of "genetic editing" (Crispr-Cas9) to create a race of "superhumans"; rich superhuman elites can destroy rest of humanity -- "unimproved humans" [Sarah Marsh, The Guardian-Sunday Times]
    ● 14-Oct-2018 -- Afghanistan: Taliban attacks on security checkpoints; 22+ security forces were killed [Storay Karimi, et al., Reuters]
    ● 14-Oct-2018 -- China-Google: Google search engine as a tool to help China persecute its Muslim minority [Alexandra Ma, Insider]
    ● 13-Oct-2018 -- Berlin, Germany: 242,000 protestors marched against "racism, xenophobia and the far-right" (Michael Nienaber, et al., Reuters, 14-Oct-2018]
    ● 13-Oct-2018 -- Hodeidah, Yemen: Saudi-UAE coalition air strike; 17+ people were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 13-Oct-2018 -- Takhar, Afghanistan: Explosion at a political rally; 14+ people were killed [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 12-Oct-2018 -- Aba, Nigeria: Suspected "petrol thieves" sabotaged a pipeline; 30+ people were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 12-Oct-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinian "Great March of Return" protests against Israeli occupation and land theft; Israeli forces killed 7 Palestinians, including 2 teenage boys, and injured 252 others; cumulative death toll since 30-Mar-2018=204+ Palestinians; cumulative injured since 30-Mar-2018=18,000+ Palestinians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 12-Oct-2018 -- Italy: Students protested in 50 cities against the government's education funding plans [WaPo: Colleen Barry, AP]
    ● 12-Oct-2018 -- USA-China: America's trade deficit with China hit a record $34.1 billion in Sep-2018 (up 13% YOY) [Alex Ward, Vox]
    ● 11-Oct-2018 -- USA: US military grounded all (200+) F-35 stealth fighters (Lucas Tomlinson, et al., Fox News-AP]
    ● 11-Oct-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled: -545.91 points (-2.13%) to 25,052.83 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 10-Oct-2018 -- World: World Bank Group president Jim Young Kim, to CNBC: "We're worried about trade tensions, we're worried about the fact that many many lower income countries have now gone into a level of indebtedness ... It's a troubling picture." [Weizhen Tan, CNBC-Reuters]
    ● 10-Oct-2018 -- FL: Hurricane Michael made landfall as Category 4 storm [Richard Fausset, et al., NYT] | Death toll: 18 people [Rod Nickel, et al., Reuters, 13-Oct-2018]
    ● 10-Oct-2018 -- USA: DoJ approved CVS-Aetna $69 billion merger [Brian Fung, WaPo]
    ● 10-Oct-2018 -- France: ~160,000 (~300,000 according to the Confederation of Labour) -- including students, workers and retirees -- across France -- protested against President Emmanuel Macron's social reforms (austerity measures) [Jason Lemon, Newsweek]
    ● 10-Oct-2018 -- Majorca, Spain: Flash floods killed 9+ people; 6 more people were missing [BBC News]
    ● 10-Oct-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled: -831.83 points (-3.15%) to 25,598.74 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 9-Oct-2018 -- Pakistan: Pakistan's Army Stategic Forces Command successfully test-lauched its nuclear-capable missile sytem; the missile's range is 1,300 km [RT]
    ● 9-Oct-2018 -- Washington, DC: Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, to resign; ISM Palestine: "Nikki, Nikki, can't you see? You are on a killing spree. Haley, Haley, you can't hide. You signed off on genocide. Nikki Haley you will see. Palestine will be free." [@ISMPalestine]
    ● 9-Oct-2018 -- Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted an election meeting; 8 people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 9-Oct-2018 -- Schoharie, NY: A limousine owned by Prestige Limousine crashed on 6-Oct-2018 killing 20 people; the owner of the limousine company is a Pakistani immigrant who was a "paid government informant" [HuffPost: Tom Hays, AP]
    ● 8-Oct-2018 -- Google: Project Strobe: Google discovered and patched a security bug in Google+; "the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected"; Google found "no evidence" of misuse; Google is "sunsetting consumer Google+" [Google]
    ● 8-Oct-2018 -- USA-Israel: "Rick Gates (Trump campaign) Sought Online Manipulation Plans (intelligence and influence services) From Israeli Intelligence Firm (Psy-Group) for Trump Campaign" [Mark Mazzetti, et al., NYT]
    ● 8-Oct-2018 -- Saint John, NL: Explosion and fire at Irving Oil's refinery [Elizabeth Fraser, CBC News]
    ● 8-Oct-2018 -- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): "Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty" [IPCC]
    ● 8-Oct-2018 -- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018 (1) to William D. Nordhaus (Yale University, USA) “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis” and (2) Paul M. Romer (NYU Stern School of Business, USA) “for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis”
    ● 7-Oct-2018 -- Wardak, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters blew up bridges and cut of electricity; 10+ policemen were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 7-Oct-2018 -- West Bank, Palestine: A Palestinian shot and killed 2 Israelis in a factory on "confiscated Palestinian land" near Ariel (an illegal settlement) in occupied West Bank [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 7-Oct-2018 -- Haiti: Magnitude 5.9 quake: 10+ people died [Jason Murdock, NewsWeek]
    ● 6-Oct-2018 -- Washington, DC: Judge Brett Kavanaugh [Yale Law School, JD,1990] won the bare-knuckles brawl -- he was confirmed to the US Supreme Court [Wayne Allyn Root, Fox News, Opinion]
    ● 6-Oct-2018 -- USA-China: "The US-China Cold War has begun" [Clay Chandler, et al., Fortune]
    ● 6-Oct-2018 -- Kisantu, DR Congo: Oil tanker collided with a car: 50+ people were killed [BBC News]
    ● 6-Oct-2018 -- Beni, DR Congo: Armed fighters attacked an army post; 6 people, including 4 soldiers and 2 civilians, were killed [Victoria Gatenby, Al Jazeera]
    ● 5-Oct-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinian "Great March of Return" protests against Israeli occupation and land theft; Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinians, including a 12-year-old child, and injured 192 others; cumulative death toll since 30-Mar-2018=183+ Palestinians; cumulative injured since 30-Mar-2018=18,000+ Palestinians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 5-Oct-2018 -- NATO: NATO to deploy 45,000 troops near Russia's border starting 25-Oct-2018 and ending 7-Nov-2018 [RT]
    ● 5-Oct-2018 -- India-Russia: India signed a $5 billion deal to buy a Russian S-400 Triumf air defense system despite a potential threat of sanctions by the US [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 5-Oct-2018 -- The Norwegian Nobel Committee: to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict"
    ● 4-Oct-2018 -- San Jose, CA: Supermicro's stock tumbled: Bloomberg investigation found that Chinese spies were able to implant chips in data servers sold by Supermicro; the findings were disputed [Business Insider]
    ● INFORMATION: 4-Oct-2018 -- US-China: "The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies (~30 US companies, including Amazon and Apple)"; Bloomberg's findings were disputed [Jordan Robertson, et al., Bloomberg Businessweek]
    ● 4-Oct-2018 -- "Physicist Dead At 96 After Selling Nobel Prize To Cover Medical Costs"; Leon Lederman coined the phrase “God particle” [HuffPost: Keith Ridler, AP]
    ● 4-Oct-2018 -- The Netherlands-USA: Dutch authorities disrupted hacking of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons by Russian intelligence agents in Apr-2018; US DoJ indicted Russian agents [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 4-Oct-2018 -- North Korea: Hacking group accused of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from banks in 11 countries, including Mexico and the U.S. [Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News-AP]
    ● 3-Oct-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit an all-time high of 26.828.39 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 3-Oct-2018 -- Florence, SC: 7 law enforcement officers were shot; 1 of the officers died [Sasha Ingber, NPR]
    ● 3-Oct-2018 -- USA: Bernie Sanders: "The 4 largest banks in this country (JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo) are on average 80% larger today than they were before we bailed them out. If these banks were too big to fail 10 years ago, what would happen if any of them were to fail today?" [@SenSanders, Twitter]
    ● 3-Oct-2018 -- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 to Frances H. Arnold (USA) "for the directed evolution of enzymes,” George P. Smith (USA) and Sir Gregory P. Winter (UK) "for the phage display of peptides and antibodies”
    ● 3-Oct-2018 -- Dublin, Ireland: Thousands (~12,000) protested against homelessness, student loans, high rents [Emma O Kelly, et al., RTE News]
    ● 3-Oct-2018 -- USA-Saudi Arabia: US President Donald Trump: "We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they're rich? And I love the King ... King Salman but I said 'King, we're protecting you. You might not be there for two weeks without us. You have to pay for your military'" [Nada Altaher, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● 2-Oct-2018 -- China: Hundreds of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms have collapsed [Jun Luo, et al., Bloomberg News]
    ● INFORMATION: 2-Oct-2018 -- USA: Pew Research Center: "Confidense in Pope Francis down sharply in U.S." [Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, et al., Pew Research Center]
    ● 2-Oct-2018 -- Delhi, India: Thousands of farmers protested demanding "farm loan waiver" and "cut in fuel prices" [The Economic Times: PTI]
    ● 2-Oct-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: Essam al-Zamil, "a prominent economist," was reportedly charged with treason; al-Zamil had criticized Aramco IPO [Al-Jazeera]
    ● 2-Oct-2018 -- Nangarhar, Afghanistan: Suicide bomber killed 13+ people at a political rally [Al Jazeera-News Agencies
    ● 2-Oct-2018 -- The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics" to Arthur Ashkin (USA), Gérard Mourou (France), and Donna Strickland (Canada)
    ● 1-Oct-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: US C-130 transport plane crashed; 11 people were killed; the Taliban claimed responsibility [RT-AFP]
    ● 1-Oct-2018 -- South Korea: DPRK's nuclear arsenal includes 20 to 60 nuclear weapons [CBS News: AP, 2-Oct-2018]
    ● 1-Oct-2018 -- Iran: Iran's Revolutionary Guards fired missiles at Syria targeting attackers of 22-Sep-2018 military parade in Ahvaz [BBC News]
    ● 1-Oct-2018 -- West Bank, Palestine: Palestinians strike over Israel's Jewish nation state law [ABC News: AP]
    ● 1-Oct-2018 -- The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet: to award the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to James P. Allison (US) and Tasuku Honjo (Japan) "for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation" 
    ● 30-Sep-2018 -- Canada-US: New trilateral deal: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA); NAFTA's "dispute resolution mechanism" is "preserved" [John Paul Tasker, et al., CBC]
    ● 29-Sep-2018 -- US: Delusional millennials: "53% of millennials think they’ll become millionaires in their lifetimes, even though they’re $1 trillion in debt, according to a new [TD Ameritrade] survey" [Moneyish: Jeanette Settembre, Dow Jones & Company]
    ● 29-Sep-2018 -- Washington, DC: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of Tesla, Inc., agreed to settle the securities fraud charge brought against him; Musk and Tesla agreed to settle the charges without admitting or denying the SEC’s allegations; Musk and Tesla will each pay a separate $20 million penalty [SEC]
    ● 29-Sep-2018 -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Thousands of people marched against "far-right" presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro across Brazil [David Child, et al., Al Jazeera News]
    ● 29-Sep-2018 -- Iran: Iranian FM Javad Zarif: "Israel is only regime in our region with a secret and undeclared nuclear weapons program – including an actual atomic arsenal.
“Time for Israel to fess up and open its illegal nuclear weapons program to international inspectors" (MEMO)
    ● 29-Sep-2018 -- Barcelona, Spain: Catalan separatists and police clashed [Al Jazeera]
    ● 29-Sep-2018 -- Russia-Syria: Russian FM Lavrov: Russia started delivering S-300 missile systems to Syria [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 28-Sep-2018 -- US: The US House of Representatives passed a new $3.1 trillion tax cut [Glenn Fleishman, Fortune]
    ● 28-Sep-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinian "Great March of Return" protests against Israeli occupation and land theft; Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinians, including 2 children, and injured 506 others; cumulative death toll since 30-Mar-2018=180+ Palestinians; cumulative injured since 30-Mar-2018=18,000+ Palestinians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 28-Sep-2018 -- The Hague, Netherlands: UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ): Palestine sued the US "with respect to a dispute concerning alleged violations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 18 April 1961"; Palestine contends “[t]he relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel to ... Jerusalem constitutes a breach of the Vienna Convention” [ICJ]
    ● 28-Sep-2018 -- Facebook Inc. discovered a security vulnerability that affected ~50 million accounts [Market Watch]
    ● 28-Sep-2018 -- Sulawesi, Indonesia: Magnitude 7.5-quake and tsunami; 832 people were killed [initial toll] [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 30-Sep-2018] | Death toll increased to ~2,000; ~5,000 more still missing [Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, 8-Oct-2018; Reuters-AP]
    ● 28-Sep-2018 -- Rome, Italy: Italy to introduce "citizens' income" [universal basic income of up to €780/month]; Italy's deficit in 2017 was 2.4% of GDP; Italy's debt hit 131% of GDP [Gavin Jones, et al., Reuters] | Italy's debt soared to $2.7 trillion [BBC News]
    ● 27-Sep-2018 -- Washington, DC: Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on sex assault allegations [Meg Wagner, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● INFORMATION: 26-Sep-2018 -- The great philosopher Immanuel Kant, on foreign debt, in Perpetual Peace:
" ... [A]s an instrument in the struggle among powers, the credit system -- the ingenious invention of a commercial people [England] during this century -- of endlessly growing debts that remain safe against immediate demand (since the demand for payment is not made by all creditors at the same time) is a dangerous financial power. It is a war chest exceeding the treasure of all other nations taken together ... This ease in making war, combined with the inclination of those in power to do so ... is a great obstacle to perpetual peace. Thus, forbidding foreign debt must be a preliminary article for perpetual peace ... "
    ● 26-Sep-2018 -- Argentina: IMF to increase financing package (bailout) for Argentina to $57.1 billion [BBC News]
    ● 25-Sep-2018 -- Bahrain: 169 people were accused of forming "Bahrain's Hezbollah" (modeled after Lebanon's Hezbollah) [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 25-Sep-2018 -- China: China denied permission for a US Navy ship for a port visit to Hong Kong [Michael Burke, et al., The Hill]
    ● 25-Sep-2018 -- UN: United Nations General Assembly (UNGA); US President Trump: “America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism. Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination” [UN News]
    ● 24-Sep-2018 -- Syria-Russia: Russia to send an S-300 air defense missile system to Syria; the system will have a friend-or-foe identification capability [Sputnik]
    ● 23-Sep-2018 -- Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo: Rebel attack; 16+ people, including 12 civilians and 4 government soldiers were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 22-Sep-2018 -- Japan: The Japanese space agency JAXA successfully landed 2 rovers (MINERVA-II1) on asteroid Ryugu [Chandler Thornton, et al., CNN World, 23-Sep-2018]
    ● 22-Sep-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Thousands protested against the government plan to raise retirement age [USA Today: Vladimir Isachenkov, AP]
    ● 22-Sep-2018 -- Somalia: US military airstrike killed 18 al-Shabab fighters [Fox News: AP]
    ● 22-Sep-2018 -- Tripoli, Libya: 96+ people were killed in fighting between rival groups since 26-Aug-2018 [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 22-Sep-2018 -- Ahvaz, Iran: Gunmen attacked a military parade; 29+ people and 2 attackers were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 21-Sep-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinian "Great March of Return" protests against Israeli occupation and land theft; cumulative death toll since 30-Mar-2018=174+ Palestinians; cumulative injured since 30-Mar-2018=18,000+ Palestinians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 21-Sep-2018 -- Tanzania: A ferry capsized on Lake Victoria; 223 people died [Faith Karimi, et al., CNN World, 23-Sep-2018]
    ● 21-Sep-2018 -- UK: "GCHQ and MoD to form £250m ‘joint cyber-force’" [Keumars Afifi-Sabet, IT Pro]
    ● 20-Sep-2018 -- Harford, MD: A woman shot and killed 3 people then herself at a drugstore distribution center [Eliott C. McLaughlin, et al., CNN US]
    ● 20-Sep-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Russian oil sector contracts to include "non-dollar" options to bypass US sanctions [Gleb Gorodyankin, et al., Reuters]
    ● 19-Sep-2018 -- Copenhagen, Denmark: "Russia-linked money-laundering" probe: $230 billion flowed through Danske bank [Patricia Kowsmann, et al., WSJ]
    ● 19-Sep-2018 -- Venezuela: Venezuela to increase oil exports to China; China to add $5 billion to its investments in Venezuela [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 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]
    ● 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]
    ● 18-Sep-2018 -- Nigeria: Floods killed 100+ people [Damilola Odufuwa, et al., CNN World]
    ● 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]
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