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Friday 23-Feb-2018
SELECTED WORLD EVENTS/NEWS
● INFORMATION: 23-Feb-2018 -- Theodor Herzl (1860-1904). in The Jewish State: "The Jewish Company is an organization with a transitional character. It is strictly a business undertaking, and must be carefully distinguished from the Society of Jews... All the immense profits of this speculation in land will go to the Company, which is bound to receive this indefinite premium in return for having borne the risk of the undertaking...  Financial morality consists in the correlation of risk and profit." [Original Herzl text published under the title Der Judenstaat, Vienna, 1896]
● BREAKING NEWS: 23-Feb-2018 -- USA: "Trump mega-donor Sheldon Adelson may bankroll US embassy's Jerusalem move"; Adelson contributed $25 million to Trump's campaign and $5 million to Trump's inauguration committee [RT]
● BREAKING NEWS: 23-Feb-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Attacks by Syrian forces that began on 19-Feb-2018, killed 403+ people, including 150 children [Linah Alsaafin, Zouhir Al Shimale, Al Jazeera News]; according to Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, the lives of 8 million civilians in Damascus must be protected from terrorists in Eastern Ghouta [SANA]
● BREAKING NEWS: 23-Feb-2018 -- Greece: Greece continues to suffer "high unemployment, crippling austerity measures and a lack of hope" [Patrick Strikland,, Al Jazeera News]
● 22-Feb-2018 -- Russia: Russian Security Service (FSB) foiled a series of terrorist attacks targeting St. Petersburg [RT]
● 22-Feb-2018 -- Iran: The 2015 nuclear deal is conditioned on economic benefits accruing to Iran; if major banks continue to shun Iran, Iran will withdraw from the nuclear deal [Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, Reuters]
● 22-Feb-2018 -- Podgorica, Montenegro: An attacker threw an explosive device at the US Embassy then blew himself up [RFE/RL-AP-Reuters-AFP-dpa-Portalanalitika.me-NYT]
● 21-Feb-2018 -- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro: "petro" cryptocurrency raised $735 million in a single day [Rian Browne, CNBC; @NicolasMaduro]
● 21-Feb-2018 -- Tanganyika, DRC: Surge of violence caused by conflicts between ethnic groups and clashes between armed forces and militias; thousands are displaced [Al Jazeera News]
● 21-Feb-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Attacks by Syrian forces killed 270+ civilians over 3 days, including 27+ on 21-Feb-2018 [Zeina Khodr, Zouhir Al Shimale, Al Jazeera News]
● 20-Feb-2018 -- Ethiopia: Massive protests against a "minority ruling elite"; protesters' demands include "accountability for human rights abuses, the release of political prisoners, political reforms and greater freedoms" [Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Al Jazeera News]
● 20-Feb-2018 -- "Banks have been fined a staggering $243 billion since the financial crisis"; "Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase have paid the largest fines" [Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch]
● 19-Feb-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's government killed 100+ people; hospitals were reportedly hit [Louisa Loveluck, et al., WaPo, 20-Feb-2018]
● 19-Feb-2018 -- Kirkuk, Iraq: Islamic State militants ambushed Iraq Shia-led fighters, killing 27+ people [WaPo: Qassim Abdul-Zahra, et al., AP]
● 18-Feb-2018 -- Financial Review, Australia: The U.S., Japan, India and Australia to explore countering China's "Belt and Road Initiative" [Yen Nee Lee, CNBC]
● 18-Feb-2018 -- Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia approved a bankruptcy law [Tom Arnold, et al., Reuters]
● 18-Feb-2018 -- Gaza Strip, Palestine: Israeli air raids after a bomb blast injured 4 IDF soldiers; 2 Palestinian teenagers were killed, another 2+ were wounded [Al Jazeera News]
● 18-Feb-2018 -- Kizlyar, Russia: A shooter killed 4 people who were leaving a church; the shooter was also killed [TASS]
● 18-Feb-2018 -- Latvia: The head of Latvia's central bank was detained by Latvia's Corruption Prevention Bureau [BBC News]
● 18-Feb-2018 -- Semirom, Iran:  An Aseman Airlines twin-engine turboprop crashed killing 66 people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 17-Feb-2018 -- Mexico: 7.2-magnitude quake; helicopter crashed killing 13 people [BBC News]
● 16-Feb-2018 -- Brookings Institution report: "Borrowers with Large Balances: Rising Student Debt and Falling Repayment Rates": Students with $50,000+ of student debt owed to the government increased from 2% in 1992 to 17% in 2014  [Adam Looney, et al., Brookings]
● 16-Feb-2018 -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazil is struggling with a recession and a collapse in oil prices; crime is up; the Brazilian government directed the army to eradicate growing gang violence [BBC News]
● 16-Feb-2018 -- EU: "US cold war-era nukes in Europe almost useless, pose ‘catastrophic terrorism’ risk - report" [@RT_com]; Nuclear Threat Initiative report released at the Munich Security Conference: key findings: "Assumptions about the safety and security of U.S. nuclear weapons stored in Europe have been called into question by recent terrorist attacks and political instability. It should be assumed that they are targets for terrorism and theft..." [Steve Andreasen, et al., "Building a Safe, Secure, and Credible NATO Nuclear Posture", NTI, Jan-2018]
● 15-Feb-2018 -- USA: SEC blocked the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) to China-based investors [John McCrank, Reuters]
● 14-Feb-2018 -- Jerusalem: Israeli authorities intend to tax Christian ecclesiastical properties; the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem oppose such decision [Agenzia Fides, 15-Feb-2018]
● 14-Feb-2018 -- Parkland, FL: A former student shot and killed 17+ people in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School [Moriah Balingit, et al., WaPo]
● 14-Feb-2018 -- Kuwait City, Kuwait: Donor conference for rebuilding Iraq, after the war with Islamic State: Total pledged, $30 billion; total needed, $88.2 billion [Jon Gambrell, et al., WaPo-AP]
● 13-Feb-2018 -- USA: "Household debt rose by $193 billion to $13.15 trillion" in 2017Q4 [WSJCentralBanks]
● 13-Feb-2018 -- Israel: "Israel Police Recommend Charging Prime Minister Netanyahu With Bribery in Two Cases" [Hosh Breiner, et al., Haaretz]
● 13-Feb-2018 -- South Africa: South Africa declared the Cape Town drought a "national disaster" [BBC News]
● 13-Feb-2018 -- Deir Ezzor, Syria: 200+ mercenaries (~100, according to a US official), mostly Russian, were reportedly killed in an attack on a base held by US and Kurdish forces; Deir Ezzor is an oil-rich region [Stepan Kravchenko, et al., Bloomberg Politics]
● 13-Feb-2018 -- USA: "Trump's budget would end student loan forgiveness program" [Annie Nova, CNBC]
● 13-Feb-2018 -- USA: FY 2019: "Trump's Budget Proposal Is a Manifesto Against the Poor -- The White House laid out exactly how it wants to decimate the social safety net" [Harry Cheadle, VICE]
● 11-Feb-2018 -- Syria: Turkish offensive on Kurdish militia: total death toll: 11 Turkish troops [France 24]
● 11-Feb-2018 -- Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018: Egyptian army killed 16 Islamist militants [BBC News]
● 11-Feb-2018 -- USA: President Trump, in an interview in the Israel Hayom, owned by [Jewish Trump backer] billionaire Sheldon Adelson: “Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace ... And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace" [WaPo-AP] [MUCHMIND editor's emphasis]
● 11-Feb-2018 -- Stepanovskoye, Russia: A Saratov Airlines jet (An-148) with 71 people on board crashed near Moscow [TASS]
● 11-Feb-2018 -- Jammu city, Indian-administered Kashmir: Gunfight at an army base: 6+ people, including 5 soldiers, were killed over 2 days [Al Jazeera News]
● 10-Feb-2018 -- Syria: A Turkish helicopter was shot down; 2 Turkish soldiers were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 10-Feb-2018 -- Israel: An Israeli F-16 jet fighter was shot down by Syrian military forces [Al Jazeera News]
● INFORMATION: 9-Feb-2018 -- Credit-reporting Equifax suffered a data breach that potentially can affect 145.5 million US consumers; compromised data include names, Social Security numbers, tax ID numbers [AnnaMaria Andriotis, et al., WSJ, 8-Sep-2017; AnnaMaria Andriotis, WSJ, 9-Feb-2018]
● 9-Feb-2018 -- Benghazi, Libya: Bombings at Saad Ben Obadah mosque; 2+ people were killed [Al Jazeera News]
● 9-Feb-2018 -- South Korea: PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 9-25-Feb-2018 [IOC]
● 9-Feb-2018 -- Edinburgh, UK: Scientists grow human eggs under controlled conditions [BBC News]
● INFORMATION: 8-Feb-2018 -- "Never, Ever Listen to What American Jews Have to Say About Russia... Had they [Jews] resisted the urge to play the victim, their narrative might, by default, become something like this:

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

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

Private financial wealth located in secrecy jurisdictions: ~$21 to $32 trillion; Illicit cross-border financial flows: $1-1.6 trillion per year
● INFORMATION: 29-Jan-2018 -- India: 63 million women are "missing"; 21 million girls are unwanted [Annie Gowen, WaPo]
● 29-Jan-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Militants attacked a military academy, killing 11 soldiers [Mirwais Haroony, et al., Reuters]
● 28-Jan-2018 -- USA; Israel: "More than 750 rabbis and other Jewish clergy … calling on Israel to reverse its plan to deport African migrants" [JTA]
● 28-Jan-2018 -- London, UK: "[Unelected] British lords get ready to disrupt Brexit" [Kitty Donaldson, Bloomberg Politics]
● 27-Jan-2018 -- Cologne, Germany: Thousands of Kurds protested against Turkey's military campaign against Kurdish militia's in Afrin, Syria [RT]
● 27-Jan-2018 -- Al-Baghdadi, Iraq: Mistaken US-led airstrike killed 11 people, including 10 Iraqi security forces [Reuters]
● 27-Jan-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide bombing in ambulance killed 103+ people; the Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News, 28-Jan-2018]
● INFORMATION: 27-Jan-2018 -- Eric Margolis: "... Russia’s doomsday nuclear torpedo. Codenamed by NATO ‘Kanyon,’ ... a ‘third strike’ weapon designed to obliterate the US east and west coasts in a nuclear war... 100-megaton nuclear device carried by an unmanned submarine... " [LewRockwell.com]
● 26-Jan-2018 -- Tokyo, Japan: Coincheck reportedly lost ~$534 million in a hacking attack [BBC News, 27-Jan-2018]
● 26-Jan-2018 -- George Soros, on Facebook and Google, at WEF, Davos, Switzerland: "Not Even Orwell or Huxley Could Have Imagined 'Totalitarian' Threat Posed by Facebook and Google, Warns Soros" [Jake, Johnson, Common Dreams]
● INFORMATION: 25-Jan-2018 -- The Bulletin of the American Scientists: "Doomsday Clock" announcement: "IT IS NOW 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT -- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Move Clock Ahead 30 Seconds, Closest to Midnight Since 1953; #RewindtheDoomsdayClock: Cool Trump Nuclear Rhetoric, Negotiate With North Korea, Stick With Iran Deal, Reduce US-Russian Tensions, and Insist on Global Action on Climate Change"
● 24-Jan-2018 -- Benghazi, Libya: Twin car bombing killed 33+ people [Al Jazeera News]
● 24-Jan-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Car bomb and gun attack targeting Save the Children (NGO) killed 3+ people; Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
● 23-Jan-2018 -- Davos, Switzerland: Swiss anti-capitalist/anti-globalists marchers (~2,000 in Zurich) protested through Swiss cities against President Trump's participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) [Michael Shields, et al., Reuters]
● 23-Jan-2018 -- Al-Shafah, Syria: US air strikes killed ~150 ISIS fighters [John Haltiwanger, Newsweek, 24-Jan-2018]
● INFORMATION: 23-Jan-2018 -- Davos, Switzerland: Up to 5,000 Swiss soldiers plus 1,000 police to protect WEF delegates [Reuters, 13-Jan-2018]
● 23-Jan-2018 -- Davos, Switzerland: President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos (23-26-Jan-2018) [MarketWatch, 9-Jan-2018]
● 22-Jan-2018 -- World: OXFAM report: "Eighty two percent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth ... New data from Credit Suisse reveals that 42 people now own the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity" [OXFAM International]
● 21-Jan-2018 -- Thesssaloniki, Greece: Hundreds of thousands of Greeks protested against any use of "Macedonia" to refer to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) [NBC News]
● 21-Jan-2018 -- Bucharest, Romania: ~50,000 Romanians protested against legislation "critics say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption" [Ioana Moldovan, Al Jazeera]
● 20-Jan-2018 -- World: Women's March 2018: Global demonstrations, 20-21-Jan-2018 [CBS News-AP, 21-Jan-2018]
● 20-Jan-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel; 18+ civilians, including 14 foreigners, were killed [Al Jazeera News, 21-Jan-2018]
● 19-Jan-2018 -- USA: Doug Bandow: "America is Bankrupt and Republicans Couldn’t Care Less -- These poseurs of fiscal responsibility are about to drive up debt to its highest levels since World War II" [The Amerian Conservative]
● 19-Jan-2018 -- USA: James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, on National Defense Strategy, at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies: "… great power competition -- not terrorism -- is now the primary focus of U.S. national security... our military is still strong, yet our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare -- air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace -- and is continually eroding" [Richard Sisk, Military.com]
● INFORMATION: 19-Jan-2018 -- "FACEBOOK CENSORING PALESTINIANS? Facebook staff met with Israeli officials and now Palestinian activist accounts are being shut down" [Twitter: AJ+]
● 18-Jan-2018 -- New Delhi, India: India successfully tested Agni-V, a nuclear-capable ICBM with a 5,000+-km range [Rajat Pandit, The Times of India-TNN]
● 18-Jan-2018 -- Belgium has pledged to donate $23 million to UNRWA for Palestinian refugees [Al Jazeera News]
● INFORMATION: 18-Jan-2018 -- Accra, Ghana: "Blaxit": African Americans are starting to move to Africa; Muhammida el-Muhajir: "You might not have electricity, but you won't get killed by the police either" [Azad Essa, Al Jazeera]
● 16-Jan-2018 -- New York, NY: The Fire & Police Association of Colorado alleged that 6 biggest Canadian banks and 3 foreign lenders have manipulated the Canadian Dealer Offered Rate (CDOR) to boost "illegitimate profits" on derivatives trades for ~7 years [Financial Post: Doug Alexander, et al., Bloomberg News]
● 17-Jan-2018 -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia deposits $2 billion in Yemen's central bank [Reuters]
● INFORMATION: 17-Jan-2018 -- World: US tourism problem: The "unpopularity of the US as a vacation destination" is growing [Justin Bachman, Bloomberg]
● 17-Jan-2018 -- Germany: Reichsberger, a German far-right movement, has grown to ~16,000 (up 50% within one year); some members plan to establish an "armed wing" and are preparing for "Day X" [RT]
● 16-Jan-2018 -- USA: State Department is withholding $65 million out of $125 million in funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees; Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council: "The move will have devastating consequences for vulnerable Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, including hundreds of thousands of refugee children" [Al Jazeera News]
● 15-Jan-2018 -- Holy See, Vatican: Pope Francis 22nd Apostolic Visit to Chile and Peru, 15-22-Jan-2018 [Vatican News]
● 15-Jan-2018 -- Ramallah, Palestine: PLO Central Council voted (1) to suspend recognition of Israel (recognition must be reciprocated); and (2) to cease cooperating on security matters (illegal settlements must stop) [Loveday Morris, WaPo]
● 15-Jan-2018 -- Tripoli, Libya: Bashir al-Baqarah militia attacked Tripoli International Airport; 16 people were killed [huaxia (ed.), New China: Xinhua]
● 15-Jan-2018 -- Baghdad, Iraq: 2 suicide bombers killed 38+ people; more deadly attacks in the past 48 hours were reported [Al Jazeera News]
● 13-Jan-2018 -- Tel Aviv, Israel: Thousands of Israelis protested against corruption, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and his family [Lee Yaron, Haaretz]
● 13-Jan-2018 -- Vienna, Austria: ~20,000 protested against the inclusion of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO, founded by former Nazis) in the coalition government [DW bik/sms dpa-AP-AFP-Reuters]
● 13-Jan-2018 -- Hawaii, USA: False ballistic missile alert; panic reported [Los Angeles Times]
● 13-Jan-2018 -- Crimea, Russia: Russia deploys more S-400 air defense systems [RT]
● 11-Jan-2018 -- French film star Alain Delon (82 years old) to Paris Match magazine: "I hate the times that we live in, it makes me vomit. . . Everything is false, and only money counts. I will leave this world without regret" [NST:AFP]
● 11-Jan-2018 -- Washington, DC: The US House reauthorized the National Security Agency’s (NSA) broad surveillance authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act {FISA) [Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times]
● 11-Jan-2018 -- Occupied Jerusalem, Palestine: Israel approved 1,122 new settlement homes in the occupied Wet Bank [Peace Now NGO; Daily Star: AFP]
● 9-Jan-2018 -- Quetta, Pakistan: Suicide bomb attack killed 6+ people, including 4 police officers; the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
● 9-Jan-2018 -- Syria: The Israel occupation army carried out 3 rocket attacks on Syria [SANA]
● 9-Jan-2018 -- World: Governments recouped $500 million "from tax cheats due to Panama Papers" [Zach Dubinsky, CBC News]
● 9-Jan-2018 -- Tunisia: Start of violent protests against austerity measures and high taxes; death toll: ~21 people as at 12-Jan-2018 [Al Jazeera-News, 12-Jan-2018]
● 7-Jan-2018 -- Israel: Thousands of people protested against "Crime Minister" Netanyahu [RT, 8-Jan-2018]
● INFORMATION: 7-Jan-2018 -- BDS: "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity"; see impact of the BDS Movement [BDS]
● 7-Jan-2018 -- Israel: Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry released a BDS blacklist [Noa Landau, Haaretz]
● 7-Jan-2018 -- Idlib, Syria: Car bomb attack killed 23+ people, including 7 civilians [Al Jazeera News]
● 7-Jan-2018 -- USA: Menora Mivtachim, an Israeli insurance firm, invested ~$30 million in Jared Kushner's family real estate company just before Kushner's diplomatic trip to Israel in May 2017 [Jesse Drucker, NYT]
● 7-Jan-2018 -- Iran: Iran bans English in primary schools to block "cultural invasion" of Iran by Western powers [Sputnik]
● 6-Jan-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: Government airstrikes on Damascus suburbs killed 17 people [US News: AP]
● 6-Jan-2018 -- Shanghai, China: An oil tanker (carrying Iranian oil worth $60 million) collided with a cargo ship; 32 people are missing [BBC News, 7-Jan-2018]
● 5-Jan-2018 -- New York, NY: Finding of NYU economist Edward Wolf: The top 10% of American households own 84% of all stocks (up from 77% in 2001) [Ben Carlson, Bloomberg, 5-Jan-2018]
● 5-Jan-2018 -- Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistan officials feel betrayed after the US suspended on 4-Jan-2018 military aid worth ~$1 billion; Imran Khan wants to "delink" Pakistan from the US [shaiq Hussain, et al., WaPo]
● 5-Jan-2018 -- Iran: Thousands join large-scale pro-government rallies; General Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC): "Today we can announce the end of the sedition" [Al Jazeera News]
● 4-Jan-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide bomber killed 15+ people, mostly police force members [Tolo News]
● 4-Jan-2018 -- Ghouta, Syria: Suspected Russian air strikes killed 30+ civilians [Suleiman Al-Khalidi, et al., Reuters]
● 4-Jan-2018 -- Israel: African "illegal migrants" to be expelled or incarcerated [RT]
● 3-Jan-2018 -- Iran: Massive pro-government rallies across Iran: tens of thousands of people protested against sedition, the US, and Israel [huaxia (ed), New China-Xinhua]
● 2-Jan-2018 -- Bermuda: Google moved $19.2 billion to a shell company in 2016, saving $3.7 billion in tax [Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg Technology]
● 2-Jan-2018 -- Iran: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, blamed external "enemies" for the violent anti-government riots; the death toll since 28-Dec-2017 is 22+ [Al Jazeera News]
● 1-Jan-2018 -- Palestine: Palestinians are concerned about Israeli-Saudi normalization activities; they feel betrayed by "Zionists in Arab clothes": Saudi Arabia's reputation is crumbling [Adnan Abu Amer, Al Jazeera]
● INFORMATION: 1-Jan-2018 -- Iran: Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council: Iran's riots were started via social media and the internet; the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia are implicated (~27% of the anti Iran hashtags can be traced to the Saudi government) [Tehran Times, 2-Jan-2018]
● 1-Jan-2018 -- Iran: 5th day of anti-government protests; 15 people were killed over 5 days [Hooman Askary, Radio Farda]
● 1-Jan-2018 -- Paris, France: Anti-police violence in Paris suburbs on 31-Dec-2017 through 1-Jan-2018; 250+ cars were burned in the Paris region [Lara Marlowe, The Irish Times, 2-Jan-2018]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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