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Friday 17-Aug-2018
SELECTED TOP NEWS/WORLD EVENTS
    ● BREAKING NEWS: 17-Aug-2018 -- USA: Pentagon’s 2018 report to Congress: “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” [Office of the Secretary of Defense, 16-May-2018]: China is likely training for bombing strikes against the US [Adam Shaw, et al., Fox News]
    ● BREAKING NEWS: 17-Aug-2018 -- UK: "Anti-Semitism is so bad in Britain that some Jews are planning to leave"; according to Yigal Palmor of the Jewish Agency for Israel, 213 Jews moved from Britain to Israel in 2018H1 (up 9%YOY) [Laura Smith-Spark, CNN World]
    ● 16-Aug-2018 -- US State Department expressed concerns about "very abnormal behavior" of a Russian satellite [Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill]
    ● 16-Aug-2018 -- South Africa: Impala Platinum to cut 13,000+ jobs over 2 years [Fahmida Miller, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 15-Aug-2018 -- Tripoli, Libya: A Libyan court sentenced 45 people to death for killings in 2011 [Al Jazeera News: Reuters News Agency, 16-Aug-2018]
    ● 15-Aug-2018 -- Qatar: Qatar offered a $15 billion funding "package of deposits and investment projects" for Turkey; the Turkish lira rallied [Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider, 16-Aug-2018]
    ● 15-Aug-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide attack targeting an education center; 34+ people were killed [Ehsan Popalzai, et al., CNN World]
    ● 15-Aug-2018 -- Baghlan, Afghanistan: Major Taliban attack targeted a base in Baghlan; 40+ soldiers and police were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Aug-2018 -- Grand Jury report on sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in PA: 
"40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury REPORT 1
Interim--Redacted"
[Uploaded by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
https://www.scribd.com/document/386202915/Grand-Jury-report-on-sexual-abuse-in-Roman-Catholic-dioceses-in-Pa
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- PA, USA: Grand jury report: "300 [Roman Catholic] 'predator priests' sexually abused at least 1,000 children" [Insider: Ellen Cranley, Business Insider]
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- Genoa, Italy: Motorway bridge collapse killed 35+ people [BBC News]
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- Gothenburg and Malmo, Sweden: Arson attacks: Masked youths torched ~80 cars [Business Insider: AP]
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- Turkey: Relations between the US and Turkey have deteriorated; Turkey is seeking "new friends and allies," including Russia and Iran; President Erdogan called for a boycott of US electronic products [Therese Raphael, Bloomberg Opinion]
    ● 14-Aug-2018 -- London, UK: A man hit cyclists and pedestrians then crashed his car outside the UK's Houses of Parliament [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 13-Aug-2018 -- Ghazni, Afghanistan: Taliban assault on Ghazni; 20 civilians were killed; cumulative death toll over 4 days=300+ [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 13-Aug-2018 -- Turkey: The Turkish lira fell 25% against the US dollar over one week; President Erdogan refuses to raise interest rates, which he calls "evil" [Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider] [EEA: Usury is prohibited under Islam]
    ● 12-Aug-2018 -- Ethiopia: Paramilitary forces from Somalia attacked Oromia's East Hararghe; 40+ people were killed over 2 days [Reuters News Agency]
    ● 12-Aug-2018 -- Sarmada, Syria: Explosion at a weapons depot was reported by Syria's Observatory for Human Rights; 39 civilians, including children, were killed [Sputnik News]
    ● 11-Aug-2018 -- San Francisco, CA: Jurors ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a man who alleged Monsanto's Roundup caused his cancer; could this trigger thousands of other lawsuits? [Holly Yan, et al., CNN]
    ● 11-Aug-2018 -- Salt, Jordan: Fighters clashed with security officers; 4 officers and 3 attackers were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 11-Aug-2018 -- Tel Aviv: Tens of thousands of protesters, Arabs and Jews, rallied against Israel's  new state-nation law [Al Jazeera News, 12-Aug-2018]
    ● 11-Aug-2018 -- Seattle, WA: A ground service agent stole a Horizon Air Turboprop plane from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; the plane crashed; the agent died [Nicole Chavez, et al., CNN]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Bucharest, Romania: Tens of thousands of people protested against government corruption; violence was reported [Jennifer Hauser, CNN World, 11-Aug-2018]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Ghazni, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters attacked Ghazni; 39+ fighters and 14 soldiers were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Fredericton, NB: Shooting incident; 4 people were killed, including 2 police officers [Elizabeth Fraser, CBC News]; gun-related murders in Canada increased 23% YOY in 2016 [BBC News, 11-Aug-2018]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Turkey: Turkish lira tumbled 14% against the US dollar after President Trump authorized "a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey" [Fred Imbert, et al., CNBC-Reuters]; President Erdogan blamed a shadowy international "interest rate lobby" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- South China Sea: China warned a US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane flying over militarized islands to "leave immediately" [Brad Lendon, et al., CNN Politics]
    ● 10-Aug-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned the US: "If they introduce something like a ban on banking operations or the use of any currency, we will treat it as a declaration of economic war… Our American friends should make no mistake about it" [RT]
    ● 9-Aug-2018 -- Weizhou, China: Thousands of Hui Muslims protested against the planned demolition of the Weizhou Grand Mosque; a senior local imam said: "They want to secularise Muslims ... These days, children are not allowed to believe in religion: only in communism and the party" [AsiaNews-Agencies]
    ● 9-Aug-2018 -- China: The Chinese Ministry of Commerce retaliated by imposing a 25% levy on $16 billion in American goods [Aol: Ben Popken, NBC News]
    ● 9-Aug-2018 -- Saada, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed 43+ people, including 29 "mainly children" [Hakim Almasmari, et al., CNN World]
    ● 8-Aug-2018 -- "The Attack On Infowars is Deep State Cyber Warfare
"This is REAL election meddling"
[Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com]
    ● 8-Aug-2018 -- Beijing, China: China to ignore Trump sanctions targeting Iran [John Bowden, The Hill]
    ● 8-Aug-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Israeli strikes killed 3 Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby [Yahoo!: Adel Zaanoun, AFP]
    ● 8-Aug-2018 -- Berlin, Germany: Anti-Semitism in Berlin soared 19% in 6 months, from 67 to 80 [Sara Malm, et al., Daily Mail]
    ● INFORMATION: 7-Aug-2018 -- USA: Ipsos poll on Americans' views on the media: 26% agree "the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior" [Ipsos, General Social Survey, 3-6 Aug-2018]
    ● 7-Aug-2018 -- USA: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube have dumped InfoWars; Twitter has not [Richard Lawler, Engadget]
    ● 7-Aug-2018 -- Japan: "Medical School’s Exam-Rigging Against Women Prompts Furor in Japan" [Phred Dvorak, et al., WSJ]
    ● 7-Aug-2018 -- "Wilbur Ross [US Secretary of Commerce] is accused of swindling $120 million from associates and 'could rank among the biggest grifters in American history,' according to a bombshell Forbes report" [Joe Ciolli, Business Insider]
    ● 7-Aug-2018 -- Beijing, China: The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) tested successfully on 3-Aug-2018, its first hypersonic aircraft; the Starry Sky-2 reached a top speed of Mach 6 (7,344 kilometers per hour) [Jessie Yeung, CNN]
    ● 6-Aug-2018 -- USA: "Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users" [Emily Glazer, et al., WSJ]
    ● 6-Aug-2018 -- Bologna, Italy: A tanker truck loaded with flammable material collided with another truck; the ensuing explosion killed 2+ people [VOA News]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Hodeida, Yemen: Fighting between Saudi-backed pro-government forces and Shia fighters killed 80+ people [Fox News: Ahmed Al-Haj, AP]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Canada: Canada expressed grave concern about the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia; the Saudi Foreign Ministry said KSA will not accept any form of interference in KSA's internal affairs; KSA ordered the expulsion of Canada's ambassador and froze all new trade transactions with Canada [CBC: The Canadian Press]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Switzerland: Vintage Junkers Ju-52 plane crashed; 20 people on board were killed [USA Today: AP]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Masyaf, Syria: Aziz Asbar, a Syrian rocket scientist, was targeted and killed by a car bomb; Israel's Mossad is suspected [David M. Halbfinger, et al., NYT, 6-Aug-2018]
    ● 5-Aug-2018 -- Lombok, Indonesia: Magnitude 6.9 quake [USGS]; the quake killed ~400 people [Andi Jatmiko, et al., AP, 11-Aug-2018]
    ● 4-Aug-2018 -- Tel Aviv, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Druze and their Jewish supporters protested against the new Nation-State law [Ilan Ben Zion, Fox News]
    ● 4-Aug-2018 -- Russia: An MI-8 helicopter crashed in Siberia; 18 people were killed [CBS News-AP]
    ● 4-Aug-2018 -- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro was targeted with drones rigged with explosives; the assassination attempt failed [RT]
    ● 4-Aug-2018 -- Romania: Anti-semitic graffiti was found on the house where Elie Wiesel, an Auschwitz survivor, was born [BBC News]
    ● 3-Aug-2018 -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is accused of fostering "anti-Semitism"; central theological issues include (1) the adoption of "supersessionism" and (2) the insistence that the "only valid" lens for reading the Hebrew Bible is the Christian lens [Tom Heneghan, RNS]
    ● 3-Aug-2018 -- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: From an interview with Alia Ghanem, Osama bin Laden’s mother: Bin Laden's youngest son, Hamza, is quoted as saying: "I am going to avenge my father" [Martin Chulov, The Guardian]
    ● INFORMATION: 3-Aug-2018 -- Russia: Why did Russia dump its stock of US bonds? Answer: (1) "the rise of the multipolar world," [mitigating US economic bullying] (2) "Dedolarisation" [preference for gold reserves], (3) "preparation for a global reset" [mitigating the collapse of the world economy] [Tyler Durden, Russia Insider]
    ● 3-Aug-2018 -- Gardez, Afghanistan: Suicide bombing and gun attack targeting a Shia mosque; 25+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- Holy See: New revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty: "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” [Holy See Press Office]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- Golan Heights, Syria: Israeli air strikes killed 7 people allegedly trying to infiltrate Israel [Erin Cunningham, WaPo]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- Hodeidah, Yemen: Saudi-UAE air strikes targeting the Public al-Thawra Hospital and a fish market killed 55+ people, including women and children [Al Jazeera News, 3-Aug-2018]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- USA: Apple's market value topped $1 trillion [Jack Nicas, NYT]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- Iran: Iran is preparing military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, "the biggest oil chokepoint" [Irina Slav, Oilprice.com]
    ● 2-Aug-2018 -- China: Google reportedly planning to deploy a "censored search engine" for China; Google CEO Sundar Pichai: "I care about servicing users globally in every corner. Google is for everyone” [Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Aug-2018 -- USA: "The number of Americans living in their vehicles 'explodes' as the middle class collapses" [Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Aug-2018 -- Amnesty International was targeted with "malicious spyware" by "a government hostile to [Amnesty International's] human rights work" [Amnesty International]
    ● 1-Aug-2018 -- Zimbabwe: ZANU-PF party won the majority of seats in parliament; President Emmerson Mnangagwa won 145 seats vs. 60 for the Movement for Democratic Change [Hamza Mohamed, Al Jazeera]
    ● INFORMATION: 31-Jul-2018 -- Jerusalem, Palestine: "Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Israel's new 'Nation-State' law discriminates against 20% of the population" [AsiaNews.it]
    ● 31-Jul-2018 -- Palestine: Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was sentenced by an Israeli court to 5 months in jail for posting a video of her reading a poem -- "Resist, my people, resist them" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]; for a translation of Tatour's poem into English, by poet Tariq al Haydar, see https://arablit.org/2016/04/27/the-poem-for-which-dareen-tatours-under-house-arrest-resist-my-people-resist-them/
    ● 31-Jul-2018 -- Lamitan, Philippines: Militants hit a military checkpoint with a car bomb: 10+ people were killed [Euan McKirdy, et al., CNN World]
    ● 31-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Gumen attacked a government building aftrer a suicide bombing: 15+ people were killed [Ahmad Sultan, et al., Reuters]
    ● 31-Jul-2018 -- Tajikistan: Attack killed 4 tourists, including 2 Americans [Time-YouTube]
    ● 29-Jul-2018 -- Indonesia: 6.4 magnitude quake hit Lombok island; 14 people were killed [BBC News]
    ● 28-Jul-2018 -- Somena, Mali: 17+ civilians were killed in ethnic violence that started on 25-Jul-2018, before elections planned for 29-Jul-2018 [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 28-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Gunmen attacked a  midwife training facility; all the attackers were killed; 4 civilians were wounded [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 28-Jul-2018 -- Cairo, Egypt: The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced 75 protesters, including senior members of Muslim Brotherhood, to death [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 27-Jul-2018 -- Shasta County and Redding, CA: Carr Fire: Deadly wildfire destroyed 500+ structures; 2 firefighters were killed; 3+ people are missing [CBS-AP, 28-Jul-2018]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- Johannesburg, South Africa: BRICS Summit: BRICS push for an "open world economy" and an "open and inclusive" multilateral trading system under WTO rules [BBC News]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- USA: The House passed the $717 billion annual defense policy bill [Rebecca Kheel, The Hill]
    ● INFORMATION: 26-Jul-2018 -- Iran: Maj Gen Soleimani (leader of the Quds Force of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards), to President Donald Trump: "If you begin the war, we will end the war. You know that this war will destroy all that you possess" [BBC News]; [see Trump's threat to Iran, 22-Jul-2018]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- UN: Palestine elected to lead The Group of 77 (the G77 represents "the diplomatic voice of 80% of the world's population") [Bethan McKernan, Independent]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- Pakistan: Imran Khan, PTI chief, declared victory in Pakistan's 2018 general elections [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 26-Jul-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted an Afghan intelligence convoy; 5+ people were killed; the Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Jul-2018 -- Nigeria: Clashes between nomadic herders and farmers: 1,500 people were killed since Sep-2017 [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Saudi Arabia halted oil shipments through Bab el Mandeb strait after Houthi rebels allegedly attacked 2 Saudi oil tankers [James M. Dorsey, Global Research]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Gaza Strip, Palestine: Israeli air strikes killed 3+ Palestinians; since 30-Mar-2018, Israeli forces killed 138+ Palestinians and wounded 160,000+ [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Syria: ISIS attacks killed 215+ people [The Daily Beast]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Hundreds protested "mass job cuts" by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) [a consequence of the US State Department withholding financial suppport for UNRWA]; a Palestinian UN aid worker tried to set himself on fire after losing his job [Maha Hussaini, Middle East Eye]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Facebook tumbled ~24% in after hours trading [JP Mangalindan, Yahoo Finance]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Jul-2018 -- World: Distribution of nuclear weapons by country: World=14,500; Russia=~6,800; US=~6,550; France=~300; China=~270; UK=~215; Pakistan=~130-140; India=~120-130; Israel=~80; North Korea=~10-20 [Amanda Macias, CNBC]
    ● 25-Jul-2018 -- Quetta, Pakistan: Bombing near a polling station; 29+, including 2 policemen, were killed; ISIS claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Jul-2018 -- Germany: The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV): The number of anti-government extremists soared over 18 months: from ~10,000 in 2016, to 18,000 in 2018 [ABC News: Frank Jordans, AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Jul-2018 -- "… [I]t is well-documented, that the White Helmets are al-Qaeda auxiliaries. They stage false flags. They fight alongside their al-Qaeda/al-Nusra Front and affiliated terrorist brigades." The White Helmets are supported financially by the US, the UK, the EU, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Qatar, and Japan [Mark Taliano, Global Research]
    ● 24-Jul-2018 -- Laos: The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapsed; hundreds of people are missing [Bill Chappell, NPR]
    ● 24-Jul-2018 -- Golan Heights: Syria: Israel shot down a Syrian jet fighter [Katherine Lam, Fox News-AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Jul-2018 -- Israel: President Reuven Rivlin: Time to admit that Israel is a sick society that needs treatment [Greer Fay Cashman, JPost, 19-Oct-2014]
    ● 24-Jul-2018 -- Greece: Wildfires: 79+ people were killed [Patrick Strickland, Al Jazeera News, 25-Jul-2018]
    ● 23-Jul-2018 -- Venezuela: IMF expects Venezuela's inflation rate to hit 1,000,000% by yearend 2018, if the government continues to print money [Bloomberg-IMF]
    ● INFORMATION: 23-Jul-2018 -- Russia: Russia’s Foreign Ministry, on the rescue of the White Helmets from Syria by Israel on behalf of the US and Canada: “It’s well known, that the White Helmets had their hand in the most notorious false flag operations during the Syrian conflict"; the “evacuation” of the White Helmets “clearly showed whose orders they were carrying out, and who pay-rolled them.” [RT]
    ● 23-Jul-2018 -- Bar Sanguni, Somalia: Al-Shabab fighters claimed they killed 27+ soldiers; the military claimed they killed 87 fighters [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 23-Jul-2018 -- Japan: Highest temperatures recorded; heat wave killed 50 people (40+ in Japan and ~10 in South Korea) [Chicago Tribune: Mari Yamaguchi, et al., AP]
    ● INFORMATION: 22-Jul-2018 -- USA: President Donald Trump threatens Iran in a tweet: "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE…" [Joshua Berlinger, et al., CNN Politics, 23-Jul-2018]
    ● 22-Jul-2018 -- Toronto, ON: Shooting in Toronto's Greektown: A woman and a girl were killed; 13 other people were injured; the gunman was found dead [CBC News]
    ● 22-Jul-2018 -- Lake Chad, Chad: Boko Haram killed 18 people and abducted 10 women [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 22-Jul-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Bomb attack near Kabul's international airport killed or wounded 10+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 21-Jul-2018 -- South Africa: Rivalry between taxi groups; 11 taxi drivers were shot dead in an attack on a minibus taxi [BBC News]
    ● 21-Jul-2018 -- Iraq: Kurdish militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards [MEMO]
    ● 21-Jul-2018 -- Australia: Thousands protested against refugee detention on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 20-Jul-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: "At least 75 alleged journalists who have backed Western disinformation campaigns on Syria with their misrepresented reports have called on Israel to allow them to enter its territory" [Prensa Latina-jg/lrg/tgj/obf/gdc]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter announced the Data Transfer Project (DTP), "an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform" [Catalin Cimpanu, Bleeping Computer, 21-Jul-2018]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Great March of Return: Palestinians protested against Israel; Israeli forces shot dead 4 Palestinians and injured 120 others; since 30-March-2018, IDF killed 140+ and injured 16,000+ Palestinians; only one Israeli soldier was shot dead [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- Lubeck, Germany: Knife attack on a bus; 14 people were injured [BBC News]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- Khomein, Iran: Explosion and fire at an oil facility; 2 people were killed [IRNA]
    ● 19-Jul-2018 -- Chardara, Afghanistan: Afghan-US air strike killed 14+ people, including women and children [RFE/RL-Reuters-AP-AFP-dpa, 20-Jul-2018]
    ● 20-Jul-2018 -- "Congratulations, Mr. President: Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After The Election
"Internal documents show Facebook’s own marketing strategy was influenced by what it learned from its valued customer, the Trump campaign" [Ryan Mac, et al., BuzzFeed News]
    ● INFORMATION: 19-Jul-2018 -- The Global Slavery Index 2018: Number of slaves in 2016=40.3 million (71% Female, 29% Male) (India=8 million; China=3.8 million; Russia=794,000; US=403,000; Brazil=369,000; Germany=167,000; Italy=145,000; UK=136,000; France=129,000; Japan=37,000; Canada=17,000; Australia=15,000) [Walk Free Foundation] | [Edward E. Ayoub: The "slavery" numbers are trivial when compared with the "indentured servitude" in debt/usury-based economies]
    ● INFORMATION: 19-Jul-2018 -- "Palestinians make up about 88 percent of the occupied West Bank’s population. But Israel has allocated 99.76 percent of the land to illegal Israeli settlements" [@theIMEU: NYT]
    ● 19-Jul-2018 -- Israel: Knesset passed a law defining the country as "the nation-state of the Jewish people" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 18-Jul-2018 -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Aramco refinery was targeted by Yemeni [Houthi] drone [IRNA]
    ● 18-Jul-2018 -- Russia: Russia liquidated its US Treasury holdings: $47.4 billion in March-2018 and $40 billion in May-2018 [ZeroHedge]
    ● 18-Jul-2018 -- EU: Android antitrust case: The European Union to hit Google with a record antitrust fine of €4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) [Laurence Norman, MarketWatch]
    ● INFORMATION: 17-Jul-2018 -- Israel: "Israel" is no longer "invincible"; it is now officialy "a joint Russian-American Protectorate" [Andrew Korybko, Eurasia Future]
    ● 17-Jul-2018 -- The Hague, Netherlands: "Judges in The Hague have ordered the International Criminal Court (ICC) to reach out to victims of war crimes in Palestine" [Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada]
    ● 17-Jul-2018 -- Iran: Considering boosting uranium enrichment if negotiations with the EU fail [Sputnik]
    ● 16-Jul-2018 -- Helsinki, Finland: Trump-Putin Summit [Adam Shaw, Fox News]
    ● 15-Jul-2018 -- Israel: Ultranationalists seek to pass "legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state" [Oliver Holmes, The Guardian]
    ● 14-Jul-2018 -- The homes of Gerry Adams, former Sinn Fein leader, and Bobby Storey, former Northern Ireland Chairman, were attacked with explosive devices [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 14-Jul-2018 -- Edinburgh, Scotland: Thousands (~9,000) protested against President Trump [Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ]
    ● 14-Jul-2018 -- Iraq: 6 days of protests against corruption, high unemployment, poor public services; protests spread from Basra to Baghdad; 3 people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 14-Jul-2018 -- Al-Kutaiba, Palestine: Israeli air strikes killed 2+ teen agers and wounded 12 others; In 2014, Israeli forces killed 2,251 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and Palestinians killed 66 Israeli soldiers and 6 Israeli civilians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Jul-2018 -- "The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) legalizes the use of propaganda on the US public"; Information Operations (IO) include:
- Electronic Warfare (EW),
- Computer Network Operations (CNO),
- Psychological Operations (PSYOP),
- Military Deception (MD), and
- Operations Security (OPSEC)
[Michael B. Kelley, Business Insider, 21-May-2012]
    ● INFORMATION: 13-Jul-2018 -- World: Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies: 75% of Arabs see Israel and the United States as the biggest threats to national security [MEMO]
    ● 13-Jul-2018 -- Pakistan: Explosions (suicide bombing and IED attack) targeted election rallies; 133+ people were killed [Asad Hashim, et al., Al Jazeera, 14-Jul-2018]
    ● 13-Jul-2018 -- Scientists detected a high-energy neutrino event [The IceCube Collaboration, et al., Science: Vol. 361, Issue 6398, eaat1378; DOI: 10.1126/science.aat1378]
    ● 13-Jul-2018 -- JPMorgan Q2 net income soared 18% to $8.32 billion, "thanks to Trump tax cuts" [Bradley Keoun, TheStreet]
    ● 13-Jul-2018 -- London, UK: ~250,000 protested against President Donald Trump [Al Jazeera News, 14-Jul-2018]
    ● 12-Jul-2018 -- Berlin, Germany: YouGov poll conducted by DPA news agencies: 42% of Germans want US troops out of Germany [Whitney Webb, MintPress News]
    ● 12-Jul-2018 -- USA: The Justice Department appealed a judge's decision allowing AT&T to purchase Time Warner [Hadas Gold, CNN Money]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Ireland: The Irish Senate passed proposed legislation banning trade in goods and services produced in occupied territories around the world [Al Jazeera]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Japan: Heavy rain, landslides and floods; 176 dead [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Pakistan: Suicide bombing killed 20 people, including a politician; the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility [Scott Neuman, NPR]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Gunmen attacked the education department at a government building; 10+ people were killed; cumulative death toll since Jan-2018: 2,359 people  [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- Brussels, Belgium: NATO Summit, 11-12 Jul-2018 [NATO, 10-Jul-2018]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- UK: The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to fine Facebook ₤500,000 for data breaches [BBC News]
    ● 11-Jul-2018 -- USA: US-China trade war: The Trump administration is planning more tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion [Julia Horowitz, CNNMoney]
    ● 10-Jul-2018 -- Japan: Heavy rain, landslides and floods; 122+ dead [Jessie Yeung, et al., CNN World]
    ● 10-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Suicide attack at a checkpoint; 10+ people were killed; cumulative death toll since Jan-2018: 2,338 people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 9-Jul-2018 -- USA: President Donald Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh (a graduate of Yale Law School) to the U.S. Supreme Court [Yale Law School]
    ● 9-Jul-2018 -- Nicaragua: Pro-government forces crack down on protests; 14+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 8-Jul-2018 -- Port-au Prince, Haiti: Violent protest over 38% fuel price hike; 3+ people were killed [Hollie McKay, Fox News]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-Jul-2018 -- USA: Katherine Berjikian: "How I was pinkwashed for protesting Israeli pinkwashing" (an Opinion piece protesting pro-Zionist cyberbullying and blacklisting/smearing tactics targeting activists -- against Israeli occupation and for justice in Palestine -- againstcanarymission.org) [Al Jazeera]
    ● 8-Jul-2018 -- Jendouba, Tunisia: 6+ members of the national guard died in an "ambush" and mine explosion [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 7-Jul-2018 -- Bari, BA, Italy: Pope Francis, Prayer meeting: "Yet this region [the Middle East] ... has been covered by dark clouds of war, violence and destruction, instances of occupation and varieties of fundamentalism, forced migration and neglect. All this has taken place amid the complicit silence of many. The Middle East has become a land of people who leave their own lands behind. There is also the danger that the presence of our brothers and sisters in the faith will disappear, disfiguring the very face of the region. For a Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East... Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference." [Vatican, Holy See]
    ● 7-Jul-2018 -- Japan: Heavy rain and flooding; 38 people died, 47 are missing [CBS News-AP]
    ● 7-Jul-2018 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Car bomb attack killed 10 people; al-Shabab claimed responsibility [BBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 6-Jul-2018 -- Bethlehem, Palestine: Catholic priest Rami Asakrieh: Bethlehem's Christian population tumbled from 90% to 17%; surrounded by settlements of Israeli settlers, Christians are "unemployed," "depressed and drowned in debts" [GV, Agenzia Fides]
    ● 6-Jul-2018 -- USA: "Sources: EPA blocks warnings on cancer-causing chemical" [Annie Snider, POLITICO]
    ● 6-Jul-2018 -- Russia: Russia's parliament is considering increasing the pensionable age (from 60 to 65 years for men, and from 55 to 63 years for women); President Vladimir Putin's popularity tumbled 14 percentage points since mind-June 2018  [Chris Brown, CBC News]
    ● 5-Jul-2018 -- World: President Donald Trump launched a trade war against China with tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods; China immediately reciprocated with tariffs on $34 billion worth of American goods [Weizhen Tan, et al., CNBC-AP-Reuters]
    ● 5-Jul-2018 -- Quebec, Canada: Heat wave killed 33 people [BBC News]
    ● 4-Jul-2018 -- Khan al-Ahmar, Palestine: Israeli forces assaulted Palestinians and occupied their village; Israel plans to demolish the village and replace it with Jewish-only settlements, which is illegal under international law [Al Jazeera]
    ● 3-Jul-2018 -- Poland: Tens of thousands protested against the "destruction of the judiciary in Poland" [Antonia Blumberg, HuffPost]
    ● 3-Jul-2018 -- Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, is snubbed for arguing against impeachment  of President Trump: "So they are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard" [Niraj Chokshi, NYT]
    ● 3-Jul-2018 -- All-time heat records set all over the world [Jason Samenow, WaPo]
    ● 2-Jul-2018 -- Washington, DC: China's embassy issued a security advisory: “Public security in the United States is not good. Cases of shootings, robberies, and theft are frequent." [Reuters]
    ● 2-Jul-2018 -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Authorities arrested former prime minister Najib Razak; Razak is accused of allegedly pocketing $700 million from the 1MDB  state development fund [BBC News]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- USA: Private equity firms are "monetizing poor people" -- profiting from lending to cash-strapped Americans [Peter Whoriskey, WaPo]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Hong Kong, China: Pro-democracy protest (50,000 protesters according to organizers; 9,800 according to police) [BBC News]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Mexico: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won the presidential election by a landslide margin [Patrick J. McDonnell, et al., Los Angeles Times]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Jul-2018 -- Publius Cornelius Tacitus (c. 56 - c. 120 AD) in The Histories:
- "Moses, urged his companions not to wait passively for help from god or man, for both had deserted them ... They traveled ... and on the seventh [day] they expelled the previous inhabitants of Canaan, and took over their lands and in them built a holy city and temple."
- "The other practices of the Jews are sinister and revolting, and have entrenched themselves by their very wickedness. Wretches of the most abandoned kind ... took to contributing dues and free-will offerings to swell the Jewish exchequer; and other reasons for their increasing wealth may be found in their stubborn loyalty and ready benevolence towards brother Jews. But the rest of the world they confront with the hatred reserved for enemies."

Tacitus. The Histories. Translation by Keneth Wellesley. Keneth Wellesley, 1964, 1972, 1975, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995. London, UK: Penguin Books Ltd., 1995, https://www.macroknow.com/books/quotes/q-tacitus.htm
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- USA: The "ultimate deal" Jared Kushner is proposing to Palestinians: "No East Jerusalem, no end to colonisation, no recognition of the right to return, no state, no future. Just cash" [Robert Fisk, Independent]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Canada retaliated against tariffs imposed by President Trump's administration; retaliatory tariffs on US products amount to $16.6 billion [Catharine Tuney, CBC]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Bourem, Mali: A car bombing targeting military vehicles killed 2+ civilians and wounded French soldiers [A Jazeera]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan: A suicide bombing targeting Sikhs killed 19+ people, including 10+ Sikhs [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 1-Jul-2018 -- USA: S&P Global Ratings: The debt of US companies has soared to an all-time record of $6.3 trillion; borrowing costs are expected to rise [Matt Egan, CNN Money]
    ● 30-Jun-2018 -- Venezuela: Inflation hit a record annual 40,000%+ [Gina Heeb, Business Insider]
    ● 30-Jun-2018 -- Paris, France: Thousands of people protested against the Iranian regime outside Paris; protests were staged by the National Council of Resistance of Iran [Eric Shawn, et al., Fox News]
    ● 30-Jun-2018 -- USA: Tens of thousands of people protested against President Trump's policy of "zero-tolerance" towards illegal Mexico-US border crossings [BBC News, 1-Jul-2018]
    ● 29-Jun-2018 -- EU: EU leaders reach an agreement on migrant and refugee influx into Europe; 100+ migrants and refugees go missing after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 29-Jun-2018 -- USA: Citigroup to pay credit-card customers $335 million (and no fine) for APR (Annual Percentage Rates) violations [MarketWatch-Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- USA: Deutsche Bank failed the US Federal Reserve's stress test [CNBC: Reuters, 29-Jun-2018
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- Annapolis, MD: A man targeted the Capital Gazette and shot and killed 5 people [CBS News, 29-Jun-2018]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- Canada: Canada Revenue Agency: Rich Canadians are "hiding between $75.9 million and  $240.5 billion in offshore tax havens …" and evading up to $3 billion in tax per year [Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- USA: "Congressman [Steve King] warns US heading towards civil war – 31% of Americans agree" [RT-Rasmussen Poll]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- Israel: US-Israeli teen was convicted of making hundreds of threats targeting Jewish centers [BBC News]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- India: The Indian rupee tumbled to an all-time low [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 28-Jun-2018 -- Nairobi, Kenya]: A fire destroyed the Gikomba market; 15+ were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 27-Jun-2018 -- USA: "Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, with 11% who say it’s Very Likely" [Rasmussen Reports]
    ● 27-Jun-2018 -- EU: European Council President Donald Tusk, on EU's response to potential threats to trans-Atlantic relations caused by the tariff policies of US President Donald Trump: "It is my belief that, while hoping for the best, we must be ready to prepare our union for worst-case scenarios" [Sputnik]
    ● 26-Jun-2018 -- Tehran, Iran: 3rd day of protest over the tumbling of the rial; President Hassan Rouhani: "We are fighting against the United States, it wants to make an economic war" [Sky News]
    ● 25-Jun-2018 -- USA: The Presbyterian Church passed resolutions critical of Israel, including one opposing anti-BDS legislation, and another identifying Israel as an apartheid state [Haaretz: JTA]
    ● 25-Jun-2018 -- NYC, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 328.09 points (1.33%) to 24,252.80 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Jun-2018 -- Edward E. Ayoub, on why we need a brand new law, if we are to avoid the cataclysmic consequences of current archaic law:
- Massive global debts
- Long vicious wars
- Global out-of-control human migrations, &
- Climate catastrophes.
BradNewLaw.com
    ● 25-Jun-2018 -- Algeria: Algeria abandoned 13,000+ refugees in the Sahara Desert over 14 months [Al Jazeera: AP News Agency]
    ● INFORMATION: 24-Jun-2018 -- Greece: "Why the debt deal with the EU is bad for Greece -- The new Eurogroup agreement commits Greece to 40 more years of austerity and supervision" [Jerome Roos, Al Jazeera]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: President Bashar Assad, to Russian NTV channel, on rebuilding Syria: "They [the West] won’t be part of reconstruction in Syria, because very simply we won’t allow them to be part of it… we don’t need the West. The West is not honest at all, they don’t give, they only take"; and on American presidents: "they are hostages to their lobbies, to the mainstream media, to the huge corporations, financial, oil, armaments, etc." [RT, 25-Jun-2018]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- Nigeria: 86+ people were killed in clashes that started on 21-Jun-2018 between Berom farmers and Fulani cattle herders [BBC News]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a 2nd term as Turkey's president with expanded powers [BBC News]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- World: The global debt has soared to $230 trillion; according to Claudio Grass, "holding physical gold is definitely the best hedge against a crash of any paper currency, and therefore also against a crash of the USD" [RT]
    ● 24-Jun-2018 -- Nicaragua: Anti-Ortega protests; 5+ people, including a baby were killed over 2 days; cumulative death toll: 200+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- Mopti, Mali: "Dozo" hunters rounded up then killed 32 members of the Fula ethnic group [BBC News]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- San Diego, CA: 5,000+ people protested against the zero-tolerance immigration policy used by the Trump government to separate 2,300+ migrant children from their parents [Brie Stimson, et al., NBC 7 San Diego]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Thousands rallied in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and ZANU-PF party; the President survived a blast that targeted him at the rally [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- London, UK: ~100,000 people joined a pro-EU anti-Brexit protest [Lisa O'Carroll, et al., The Guardian]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Thousands of people rallied in support of the new PM Abiy Ahmed; a grenade attack at the rally killed one person and injured dozens [BBC News]
    ● 23-Jun-2018 -- Eastern Syria: Iraqi air strike killed 45 Islamic State (IS) group militants, including senior IS leaders [BBC News]
    ● 22-Jun-2018 -- USA: Pentagon to prepare housing ~20,000 migrant children on military bases [NYT]
    ● 21-Jun-2018 -- Canada: ~300 academics called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to condemn Israeli violence against Palestinians [CBC News: The Canadian Press]
    ● 21-Jun-2018 -- USA: The Supreme Court ruled states can collect internet sales tax [Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch]
    ● 21-Jun-2018 -- Israel: Israeli prosecutors charged Israel's Prime Minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu, with graft, fraud, and breach of trust; the Netanyahus denied any wrongdoing [VOA: AP]
    ● 20-Jun-2018 -- Australia: Telstra to axe 8,000 jobs; Telstra employs 32,000 people [Martin Parry, Phys.org: AFP]
    ● 20-Jun-2018 -- USA: Rhodium Group research: Chinese investment in the US in the first 5 months of 2018 tumbled 92% compared to the same period in 2017 [Julia Horowitz, CNN Money]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- New Delhi, India: Russia and India are considering dumping the dollar and using the rupee-ruble transfer in military deals valued at ~$2+ billion [Hedge-Economic Times]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: US withdrew from UN Human Rights Council [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● INFORMATION: 19-Jun-2018 -- Israel: Tamir Pardo, former Israeli Mossad chief, on the "great fun" part of his job: having "a license to crime" (Udva interview with Ilana Dayan) [Richard Silverstein, Global Research; first published in Tikun Olam, 17-Jun-2018]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- Al-Harra, Syria: US-led coalition targeted a military position and killed 40 people (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) [Haaretz]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- NYC, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 287.26 points (1.15%) to 24,700.21 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 19-Jun-2018 -- US: President Trump "launched a trade war": He threatened China with tariffs on additional $200 billion of goods [Julia Horowitz, et al., CNN Money]
    ● 18-Jun-2018 -- Russia: Russia sold $47.4 billion (out of $96.1 billion) in US treasury bonds in March 2018 [Russia Insider]
    ● 17-Jun-2018 -- Al-Harra, Syria: Israeli forces targeted pro-regime forces and killed 52 people (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) [Haaretz-CNN, 19-Jun-2018]
    ● 17-Jun-2018 -- Tornillo, TX: Thousands protested against Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy to separate thousands of migrant children from their parents [Mireya Villarreal, CBS News]
    ● 17-Jun-2018 -- Damboa, Nigeria: 2 suicide and rocket-propelled grenade attacks killed 31+ people; Boko Haram is suspected [RT-News Agencies]
    ● 17-Jun-2018 -- Nangarhar, Afghanistan: Suicide bombing killed 10+ people [News Agencies]
    ● 16-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel, blocked scrutiny, by the US State Department, of Israel's policies and human right abuses; Israel's military receives $3.1 billion per year from the US [Nahal Toosi, Politico]
    ● 16-Jun-2018 -- Nangarhar, Afghanistan: Suicide bomb explosion killed 36, including Taliban militants and civilians; ISIL claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 17-Jun-2018]
    ● 15-Jun-2018 -- Konar, Afghanistan: US drone strike killed Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah [William Branigin, et al., WaPo]
    ● INFORMATION: 15-Jun-2018 -- "How quickly could Canada build an atomic bomb? We’ve got the uranium, the know-how and a sudden desire to be respected by our nearest neighbor" [Tristin Hopper, National Post]
    ● 15-Jun-2018 -- US: President Trump to impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion in Chinese imports; China to reciprocate [David J. Lynch, et al., WaPo]
    ● INFORMATION: 14-Jun-2018 -- "A National Pragmatic Safety Limit for Nuclear Weapon Quantities": "The results found that 100 nuclear warheads is adequate for nuclear deterrence in the worst case scenario, while using more than 100 nuclear weapons by any aggressor nation ... even with optimistic assumptions (including no retaliation) would cause unacceptable damage to their own society. Thus, 100 nuclear warheads is the pragmatic limit and use of government funds to maintain more than 100 nuclear weapons does not appear to be rational" [Joshua M. Pearce and David C. Denkenberger, Safety 2018, 4(2), 25]
    ● 14-Jun-2018 -- "Canadians boycott US products, cancel vacations to America" [Mark Moore, New York Post]
    ● 14-Jun-2018 -- Derby, UK: Rolls-Royce to cut 4,600 jobs over 2 years [BBC News]
    ● 13-Jun-2018 -- United Nations: "The General Assembly ... adopted a resolution deploring the use of excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly the Gaza Strip" [UN]
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- Tesla to cut ~9% of its workforce (~4,100 workers out of 46,000) [Robert Ferris, et al., CNBC]
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- Hodeidah, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's main port city [Mohammed Ghobari, et al., Reuters]
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: A district judge in DC approved merger between AT&T and Time Warner; the deal is valued at $85 billion [Zephyr Teachout, The Guardian, 13-Jun-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 12-Jun-2018 -- "Understanding Jewish Power -- Who has helped create a war-addicted America?"
Philip Giraldi, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest [Global Research; Originally published on The Unz Review]
    ● 12-Jun-2018 -- Sentosa Island: Singapore: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to meet on denuclearization [Secretary Pompeo @SecPompeo]
    ● 11-Jun-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide attacker targeted the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry; 12+ people were killed; other deadly attacks were also reported [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 10-Jun-2018 -- Jizan, Saudi Arabia: Houthi missile attack killed 3 civilians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 10-Jun-2018 -- Idlib, Syria: Government air strikes killed 16+ people [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 10-Jun-2018 -- Israel: American Jewish Committee (AJC) 2018 Survey of American & Israeli Jewish Opinion: 77% of Israeli Jews approve of how President Trump is handling U.S.-Israel relations, while only 34% of American Jews approve; 57% of American Jews disapprove, while only 10% of Israelis do [AJC]
    ● INFORMATION: 10-Jun-2018 -- On President Trump's chief economic adviser: "Larry Kudlow … the bar mitzvah boy turned Zionist Catholic" [Ron Kampeas, The Times of Israel: JTA, 15-Mar-2018]. Kudlow's private sector career includes a stint as chief economist at Bear Stearns [Wikipedia]
    ● 10-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: "President Trump's top economic adviser [Larry Kudlow] accused Justin Trudeau of a "betrayal" that risked making Mr. Trump look weak before his North Korea meeting" [Noah Weiland, NYT]
    ● 9-Jun-2018 -- Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, answering US President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum: "We  will not be pushed around" [Victoria Cavaliere, CNN Politics] 
    ● 9-Jun-2018 -- Beijing, China: Chinese hackers stole ~614 gigabytes of secret US Navy data from a contractor [RT]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-Jun-2018 -- Las Vegas, NV: Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave Republicans $82 million during the 2016 US election to influence US policies favoring Israel [Chris McGreal, The Guardian]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Quebec City, Quebec: Anti-capitalism activists disrupted the G7 summit [Jonathan Montpetit, CBC News]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN: IBM unveiled its Summit supercomputer -- the world's most powerful supercomputer; Summit can crunch 200 petaflops (200 quadrillion mathematical calculations per second) [Stephen Shankland, CNET]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Zardana, Syria: Air strikes, likely Russian, killed 44+ people, including 11 women and 6 children; Russia denied involvement [Al Jazeera: Reuters News Agency]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Quds Day (Jerusalem Day): ~10,000 Palestinians protested against Israel on Quds Day (Jerusalem Day); Israeli forces shot and killed 4 Palestinians and injured 620 others; IDF killed 124 Palestinians since 30-Mar-2018 [Nidal Almughrabi, et al., Reuters]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- Tehran, Iran: Quds Day (Jerusalem Day): Hundreds of Thousands of Iranians protested in support of Palestinians [New China: Xinhua, huaxia (ed.)]
    ● 8-Jun-2018 -- La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada: 44th G7 Summit, 8-9-Jun-2018 [Wikipedia]
    ● 7-Jun-2018 -- USA: CDC Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates: ~45,000 people died by suicide in 2016; suicide rates for 1999-2016 increased in all US states except Nevada [Stone DM, Simon TR, Fowler KA, et al. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)]
    ● 6-Jun-2018 -- World Trade Organization (WTO): "EU, Canada initiate WTO dispute complaints against US steel, aluminum duties" [WTO]
    ● 6-Jun-2018 -- Turin, Italy: Bilderberg Group annual meeting [Independent]
    ● 5-Jun-2018 -- Menlo Park, CA: Facebook shared user data with ~60 companies, including 4 in China [Huawei, Lenovo Group, OPPO and TCL Corp]; US intelligence agencies are concerned [David Shepardson, et al., Reuters]
    ● 5-Jun-2018 -- Washington, DC: 2018 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds: "The estimated depletion date for the HI [Hospital Insurance] trust fund is 2026, 3 years earlier than in last year’s report... [T]he Trustees have determined that the fund is not adequately financed over the next 10 years." [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services]
    ● 5-Jun-2018 -- India: Thousands of Indian farmers joined a 10-day protest started on 1-Jun-2018 demanding farm loan waivers and higher prices; 300,000+ farmers committed suicide since 1995; 16,600 farmers committed suicide between 2000 and 2016 (~1,000/year in Punjab) [Zeenat Saberin, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 4-Jun-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide attack targeting Muslim scholars killed 7+ people [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 3-Jun-2018 -- New York, NY: 15,000+ Torah Jews rallied against Zionism; "we will continue to resist the propaganda churned out by Zionists & their bogus claim that 'Israel' is a Jewish state [True Torah Jews, @TorahJews, 7-Jun-2018]
    ● 3-Jun-2018 -- Israel: Arab members of the Knesset submitted a bill calling for Israel to treat its citizens -- Arab and Jewish -- equally; the bill was immediately disqualified [ergo, Israel is not a Democracy] [Ali Younes, Al Jazeera News, 5-Jun-2018]
    ● INFORMATION: 3-Jun-2018 -- The Koran, on usury: "Those that live in usury shall rise up before God like men whom Satan has demented by his touch; for they claim that trading is no different from usury" [The Cow 2:275];
"If your debtor be in straits, grant him a delay until he can discharge his debt; but if you waive the sum as alms it will be better for you, if you but knew it" [The Cow 2:280];
"Believers, do not live on usury, doubling your wealth many times over" [The 'Imrans 3:130]
    ● 3-Jun-2018 -- Amman, Jordan: Thousands across Jordan (~3,000 in Amman) protested against IMF-imposed austerity measures, including higher taxes (on bread, etc.) and higher prices [The Guardian: AFP]
    ● 2-Jun-2018 -- Tunisia: A boat transporting migrants capsized killing 112 people (the death toll for people crossing the Mediterranean to Europe in 2018 so far is 650) [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 5-Jun-2018; International Organization for Migration (IOM)]
    ● INFORMATION: 2-Jun-2018 -- USA: Support of Evangelicals for Israel is eroding; Christians are concerned about Israel's mistreatment of Palestinians [Ian Lovett, WSJ]
    ● 2-Jun-2018 -- Al-Farahatiyah, Iraq: ISIS militants killed a family of 12 [Fox News-AP]
    ● 2-Jun-2018 -- NATO's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, to Der Spiegel: Israel is not a member of NATO; in case of an attack by Iran, there is no "security guarantee" for Israel [AP News]
    ● 1-Aug-2017 -- Istanbul, Turkey: Thousands of Palestine supporters rallied against Israel [The Times of Israel-AFP]
    ● 1-Jan-2018 -- Europe: Visa Europe's payment system was disrupted by a hardware failure [Visa, 2-Jun-2018]
    ● 1-Jun-2018 -- Whistler, BC: US is isolated on trade at G7 finance leaders meeting [Leika Kihara, et al., Reuters]
    ● 1-Jun-2018 -- Managua, Nicaragua: The government plans to cut pensions and social security; anti-government protests turn violent: 16+ people were killed in the latest protest; 100+ were killed since Apr-2018 [Al Jazeera News]
    ● INFORMATION: 1-Jun-2018 -- UN: Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur, on inequality and extreme poverty: Trump policies reward the rich and ruin the poor -- “This is a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty" [Ed Pilkington, The Guardian]
    ● 1-Jun-2018 -- USA: S&P downgraded Deutsche Bank's credit rating [Charles Riley, CNN Money]
    ● 1-Jun-2018 -- Sydney, Australia: Australia's consumer watchdog to prosecute ANZ, Deutsche Bank, and Citigroup on "criminal cartel" charges; the banks deny the charges [BBC News]
    ● 31-May-2018 -- Beijing, China: Mass evictions and demolitions force 200,000 residents to abandon their homes [Al Jazeera]
    ● 31-May-2018 -- USA: The US decided to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU; fear of trade wars rattles markets [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- Helmand, Afghanistan: US military forces carried out 10-day bombing raids and drone strikes starting 17-May-2018; the new M-142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was used; the raids and strikes killed up to 70 Taliban leaders [Bill Gertz, The Washington Times]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- India and Iran: India and Iran to drop the dollar in oil and other transactions [RT]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- Toronto, ON: "Almost half of Toronto tenants paying 'unaffordable' rent, study [by the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario] finds" [Emily Mathieu, The Star]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: 10 attackers assaulted the interior ministry; 1+ policeman and all 10 attackers were killed; ISIL claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 30-May-2018 -- Athens, Greece: Thousands, including "workers, union members, migrant labourers, students, pensioners and unemployed people," protested against the government's austerity regime [Patrick Strickland, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 29-May-2018 -- Washington, DC: US to list Chinese goods worth $50 billion that will be subject to a 25% tariff [CNBC: Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 29-May-2018 -- Palestine: "How Israeli banks finance theft of Palestinian land" [Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada]
    ● INFORMATION: 29-May-2018 -- Puerto Rico, USA: Hurricane Maria death toll: Official government, 64; Harvard study, 4,645+ [Arelis R. Hernandez, et al., WaPo]
    ● 29-May-2018 -- Liege, Belgium: A man shot and killed 2 police officers and one civilian; the gunman was killed by the police [BBC News]
    ● 29-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Palestinians fired ~28 mortars at Israel after IDF killed 4 militants on 28-May-2018 in Gaza [BBC News]
    ● 29-May-2018 -- Italy: Italy's debt hit €2.3 trillion ($2.681); political uncertainty increased; stocks tumbled [Riva Gold, WSJ]
    ● 26-May-2018 -- Elon Musk: "Who do you think *owns* the press? Hello"; Elon Musk wants to launch "Pravda" ["truth"], a site that will rate the credibility of the press [Seth Fiegerman, CNN Media: @elonmusk]
    ● 26-May-2018 -- France: Thousands protested against President Emmanuel Macron's "plans for massive lay-offs of workers [120,000 public jobs over 5 years] and tax breaks for the rich" [RT]  
    ● 26-May-2018 -- Istanbul, Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan wants Turks to convert their dollars and euros into liras [Daren Butler, et al., Reuters]
    ● 25-May-2018 -- Buenos Aires: Thousands of Argentines protested against the government's debt negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) [Nicolas Misculin, et al., Reuters]
    ● 25-May-2018 -- Italy: Italian sovereign debt is viewed as riskier than corporate bonds; according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 90% of high-grade corporate bonds have a lower yield than government bonds [Sunny Oh, MarketWatch]
    ● 25-May-2018 -- EU: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into effect; some US news sites are temporarily unavailable in EU countries [BBC News]
    ● 24-May-2018 -- San Jose, CA: The US District Court in San Jose found that Samsung infringed 5 Apple patents; Samsung must pay Apple $539 million [Stephen Shankland, CNET]
    ● 24-May-2018 -- Mississauga, ON: An explosion at Bombay Bhel restaurant injured 15 people, 3 critically [CBC News-The Canadian Press-AP]
    ● 24-May-2018 -- Germany: Deutsche Bank to cut 7,000+ jobs [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 24-May-2018 -- Israel: Israel plans to build 2,500 new Jewish settler homes in the West Bank [Jeffrey Heller, et al., Reuters]
    ● 24-May-2018 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump canceled June 12, 2018 meeting with North Korean leader  Kim Jong Un in Singapore [MarketWatch]
    ● 24-May-2018 -- Punggye-ri, North Korea: North Korea blew up tunnels used for nuclear testing [Will Ripley, et al., CNN World]
    ● 24-May-2018 -- Subi Reef, South China Sea: China erected ~400 buildings; the US is concerned about the militarization of the island [Tara Francis Chan, Business Insider]
    ● 23-May-2018 -- Russia: Russia's navy successfully launched 4 Bulova ICBMs from a new nuclear-powered submarine with a combined destructive power of ~160 Hiroshima bombs [Alex Lockie, Business Insider]
    ● 23-May-2018 -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 1 Malaysia Development Brehad (1MDB) is "insolvent" [Joseph Sipalan, et. Al., Reuters]
    ● 23-May-2018 -- Italy: The far-right Lega and anti-establishment Five Star parties picked Italy's next prime minister: law professor Giuseppe Conte; the parties want to reduce immigration, shrink Italy's NATO commitment, and cancel ~$300 billion in debt [Nick Robins-Early, et al., HuffPost]
    ● 22-May-2018 -- France: Massive strikes (~130 planned strikes) against Macron's economic reforms; according to Axel Persson (CGT union), the reforms are aimed at "destroying all the [worker] benefits conquered throughout the past half century" [Saskya Vandoorne, et al., CNN World]
    ● 22-May-2018 -- Brussels, Belgium: EU: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with European Parliament on regulating social media, fake media, political bias, freedom of expression, arbitrary censorship; Nigel Farage to Zuckerberg: “Perhaps you’re horrified by this creation of yours and what it’s led to" [Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz]
    ● 22-May-2018 -- Karachi, Pakistan: Heatwave temperatures exceeded 40C; death toll=65+ people [Michael Safi, The Guardian-Reuters]
    ● 22-May-2018 -- The Hague, The Netherlands: The Palestinian Authority requested the International Criminal Court (ICC) open an investigation into Israeli crimes against Palestinians since 2014 [Marlise Simons, et al., NYT]
    ● 20-May-2018 -- Casablanca, Morocco: 10,000+ Moroccans protest against Israel and the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem [Ahmed ElJechtimi, et al., Reuters]
    ● 20-May-2018 -- Abuja, Nigeria: The UK is a top destination for "stolen assets from African countries; African nations to repatriate stolen assets held in off-shore accounts [Yahoo!: Ola Awoniyi, et al., AFP]
    ● 20-May-2018 -- Beijing, China: China agreed to "substantially reduce" the US trade deficit with China [BBC News]
    ● 19-May-2018 -- Manama, Bahrain: Bahrainis protest against US naval activities in Bahrain; Bahrain hosts the US Naval Forces Central Command [Al Jazeera, 20-May-2018]
    ● 19-May-2018 -- Beijing, China: As part of military moves, China deployed a heavy bomber (H-6K) on an island in the South China Sea [Jake Maxwell Watts, et al., WSJ, 20-May-2018]
    ● 19-May-2018 -- Saarbrucken, Germany: A man shot and killed 2 people [Sputnik News]
    ● 18-May-2018 -- Istanbul, Turkey: 200,000+ demonstrators protested against Israel for killing 60 unarmed Palestinians and against the US for opening an embassy in Jerusalem [New China: Xinhua, huaxia (ed.)]
    ● 18-May-2018 -- Havana, Cuba: A Mexican charter company plane crashed on takeoff; 110 people were killed [BBC News, 20-May-2018]
    ● 18-May-2018 -- Santa Fe, TX: Shooting at Texas high school; 10 people were killed [Liz Hampton et al., Reuters]
    ● INFORMATION: 17-May-2018 -- The Holy See: “‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones’. Considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, 17.05.2018 [Summary of Bulletin, Holy See Press Office]
    ● 17-May-2018 -- The Holy See: The Vatican, concerned about the likelihood of a "social collapse at the global level, with devastating consequences," issued a document titled "'Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones': “Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System" [Claire Giangrave, Crux]
    ● 17-May-2018 -- China: Space startup OneSpace launched China's first commercial rocket ]RT]
    ● 17-May-2018 -- EU: The European Commission to activate law that protects European companies and courts from US sanctions against Iran [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 16-May-2018 -- North Korea: DPRK accused Washington of "harbouring sinister intentions": "The world knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which have met miserable fates. It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development. We shed light on the quality of Bolton [a neocon] already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him" [BBC News: KCNA]
    ● 16-May-2018 -- EU: The European Union to switch from US dollar to euro for oil purchases from Iran [Sputnik News]
    ● 15-May-2018 -- Italy: A furure Italian government would likely "seek debt forgiveness from European creditors" [Tom Finn, Louise Ireland (ed.), Reuters]
    ● 15-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Massive protests culminating with the 70th anniversary of Nakba (Catastrophe): Thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land, the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem ... Since 30-Mar-2018: IDF massacred 111+ Palestinians, including Leila Anwar al-Ghandour, an 8 month old baby, and Fadi Abu Salah, a double-amputee with a slingshot, and injured ~12,000 [Al Jazeera News, 17-May-2018]
    ● 14-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Doctors without Borders: Violence by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters is "unacceptable and inhuman" [Doctors without Borders]
    ● 14-May-2018 -- Jerusalem: Inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem -- countries that did not attend the ceremony include: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany, UK, Ireland Spain, Italy, The Vatican, Portugal, all Mideast countries, all North African countries, all South African countries, all Nordic countries, Russia, China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia ... [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
    ● 14-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Massive protests: Thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. IDF shot and killed 55 Palestinians and injured 2,770+ others. Since 30-Mar-2018: total Palestinian death toll=90+ and total injured ~10,500. Journalist Maram Humaid, to Al Jazeera: "The hospital smells like blood, there is blood everywhere" [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 13-May-2018 -- Karachi, Pakistan: Thousands of protesters rallied for Pashtun rights and against rights abuses by the military [Asad Hashim, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 13-May-2018 -- Surabaya, Indonesia: A family, including 6 suicide bombers, attacked Christians at 3 churches killing 13+ people [Alex Horton, WaPo]
    ● 13-May-2018 -- Jerusalem: Hundreds of people protested against moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem [RT]
    ● INFORMATION: 12-May-2018 -- Tehran, Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei: “After centuries of scientific stagnation, the Western world could increase its wealth and political, military and scientific power and at the end create the current situation in the Islamic countries through colonization" [Tehran Times]
    ● 12-May-2018 -- Paris, France: Knife attack in the Opera district; 2 people, including the attacker, were killed [BBC News]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Ruhagarika, Burundi: Armed group from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) killed 26+people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies, 12-May-2018]]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Osmington, Australia: Murder-suicide: 7 people, including 4 children were found shot dead [ABC]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Jakarta, Indonesia: Thousands of Indonesians marched against the decision by President Trump to move its embassy to Jerusalem [Palestinian Information Center (PIC)]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: 7th Friday of the "Great March of Return" demonstration: thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land. IDF shot and killed unarmed Palestinians. Since 30-Mar-2018: total death toll=49+ and total injured=8,500+ [Al Jazeera News, 12-May-2018]
    ● 11-May-2018 -- Iran: Thousands of Iranians protest against US President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal [Politico: AP]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Malaysia: Mahathir Mohamad, an opponent of debt and "currency manipulators," is back in power [Ruth Pollard, et al., Bloomberg]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Munich, Germany: 30,000+ Germans protested against a potentially draconian police law wanted by Bavaria's conservatives [DW: ipj/kms (AFP, epd, dpa)]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Aachen, Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel: “It’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us. Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands. That’s the task for the future" [RT]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: Russian MoD: 28 Israeli jets attacked targets in Syria, including Iranian military targets; ~60 air-to-surface rockets and 10+ surface-to-surface missiles were fired; Syrian air defense intercepted more than half the missiles [RT]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Occupied Golan Heights: IDF claimed Iranian forces fired 20 projectiles into the Golan Heights [Euronews: Phil Helsel, et al., NBC News; AP]; Iran denied Israel's allegations [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 11-May-2018]
    ● 10-May-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: President Bashar Assad, in an interview with Greek daily Kathimerini: “We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every [US] president, and that is nothing new" [RT]
    ● 9-May-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Vladimir Putin on "unburdening" Russia's economy from the US dollar in oil trade [Sputnik]
    ● 9-May-2018 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide bombers targeted 2 police stations; 7 people were killed [Yahoo! News: Rahim Faiez, AP]
    ● 8-May-2018 -- USA: President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 8-May-2018 -- Damascus, Syria: [1] According to SANA, Syrian air defenses intercepted and destroyed 2 Israeli missiles; and 2 civilians were killed; [2] according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the missiles hit Iranian weapons depots and missile launchers; and 15+ pro-government fighters were killed [BBC News, 9-May-2018]
    ● 8-May-2018 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)] [Al Jazeera]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-May-2018 -- Andrew Mitrovica, on Canada's shameful silence: "Like their predecessors, [Liberal prime minister] Trudeau and [Liberal foreign minister] Freeland believe that Israel has the "right" to kill as many Palestinians as it wants to, whenever it wants to, for whatever reason it wants to, for as long as it wants to" [Andrew Mitrovica, A Jazeera]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-May-2018 -- ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2018: Key finding: 57% of Arab youth (18-24 year olds from 16 Arab states) see the U.S. as an enemy (not an ally), up from 32% in 2016 [Haley Britzky, Axios: ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller]
    ● INFORMATION: 8-May-2018 -- "Anti-Semitism in Europe is back": Statistics for Germany: Number of Jews=100,000; number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2017=1,468; proportion of Germans holding anti-Semitic views= ~20% | Victor Orban, prime minister of Hungary: "We are fighting an enemy that is different from us... Not open, but hiding; not straightforward, but crafty … not national, but international, who doesn't believe in working but speculating with money" [Don Murray, CBC News]
    ● 7-May-2018 -- UN probe: Afghan air strike on a religious school in Kunduz, Afghanistan killed 30 boys [Al Jazeera: Reuters]
    ● 7-May-2018 -- Sanaa, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeted the presidency building and killed 6+ people [WaPo: Ahmed Al-Haj, AP]
    ● 6-May-2018 -- New Haven, CT: "Yale Experiment Would Re-Animate The Brain After Person Dies, Critics Say It Would Be ‘Fate Worse Than Death’" [Nathan Francis, Inquisitr]
    ● 6-May-2018 -- Lebanon: General election: Hezbollah and its allies=67 seats; Christian Lebanese Forces=15 seats (up from 8); Hezbollah=13 seats; turnout=49% [Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 8-May-2018]
    ● 6-May-2018 -- Moscow, Russia: Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russia's president [Yahoo! News: Ola Cichowlas, AFP]
    ● 6-May-2018 -- Khost, Afghanistan: Bombing at a mosque killed 14+ people [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 5-May-2018 -- Paris, France: Mass rally against Emmanuel Macron's policies; 2,000 police officers were deployed [WaPo: AP]
    ● 4-May-2018 -- Beijing, China: The US demands China cut trade deficit by $200 billion [Gabriel Wildau, et al., FT]
    ● 4-May-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: 6th Friday of the "Great March of Return" demonstration: thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land. Since 30-Mar-2018: total death toll=41+ and total injured=7,000+ [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 4-May-2018 -- Norfolk: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, announced the establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet [America's Navy]
    ● 3-May-2018 -- Odessa, Ukraine: "March of Ukrainian Order": Thousands demonstrated against the rule of 'Yids and oligarchs' [RT]
    ● 2-May-2018 -- Ukraine: According to the World Jewish Congress (WJC). the number of attacks against Jews in Ukraine has doubled over 2017; there are ~350,000 Jews in Ukraine [RT]
    ● 1-May-2018 -- San Juan, Puerto Rico: Thousands protested against pension cuts, school closures, austerity measures; the protest turned violent [Orlando Sentinel: Danica Coto, AP]
    ● 1-May-2018 -- Paris, France: May Day: ~55,000 (~20,00, according to police) protested against Macron's reforms; ~1,200 Black Blocs anarchists opted for violence [BBC News]
    ● 30-Apr-2018 -- New York, NY: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman reportedly told Jewish organizations on 27-Mar-2018: “In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given ... It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining” [RT-Axios; Barak Ravid, Israel's Channel 10]
    ● 29-Apr-2018 -- Bellevue, WA and Overland, KS: T-Mobile US and Sprint Corporation to merge in a deal valued at ~$26 billion; Deutsche Telekom controls T-Mobile and SoftBank controls Sprint [BBC News]
    ● 29-Apr-2018 -- Hama and Aleppo, Syria: Missile strikes targeted military bases [huaxia (ed.), Xinhuanet: Xinhua]
    ● 27-Apr-2018 -- Amnesty International has called on governments worldwide to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel; "the Israeli military has killed 35 Palestinians and injured more than 5,500 others – some with what appear to be deliberately inflicted life-changing injuries – during the weekly Friday protests that began on 30 March" 
    ● 27-Apr-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: 5th Friday of the "Great March of Return" demonstration: thousands of Palestinians protested against Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land; Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinians and injured 950+. Since 30-Mar-2018: total death toll=45+ and total injured=6,000+ [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 27-Apr-2018 -- Mizhi, China: An attacker stabbed to death 9 students outside a school; a suspect is in custody [BBC News, 28-Apr-2018]
    ● 27-Apr-2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in "agreed to completely cease all hostile acts against each other in every domain" [Thomas Maresca, USA Today]
    ● 26-Apr-2018 -- "Ford about to abandon American sedans"; Ford cars in North American portfolio to shrink to 10% by 2020 [Keith Naughton, Bloomberg]
    ● 26-Apr-2018 -- Facebook 2018Q1 results: Revenue=$12 billion (up 49%); net profit=$4.9 billion (up 65% YOY, all-time high) [Elizabeth Dwoskin, Chicago Tribune]
    ● INFORMATION: 26-Apr-2018 -- Increase in gold reserves to protect against "the coming devaluation of the US dollar and US dollar hegemony" ("the dollar based debt system"): Russia=1,890+ tons (up from 400 tons in 2006); China=1,842 tons; Turkey removed its gold reserves from the US [Russia Insider: GoldCore]
    ● 25-Apr-2018 -- Subway to close ~500 restaurants in the US and open 1,000+ restaurants overseas [Zlati Meyer, USA Today]
    ● INFORMATION: 25-Apr-2018 -- 2018 World Press Freedom Index: 1=Norway, 2=Sweden, 3=Netherlands, 4=Finland, 5= Switzerland; 15=Germany; 18=Canada; 33=France; 40=UK; 45=USA; 67=Japan; 87=Israel; 100=Lebanon; 138=India; 148=Russia, 176=China; 180=North Korea [Reporters Without Borders]
    ● 24-Apr-2018 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 424.56 points (1.74%) to 24,024.13 [Yahoo! Finance]
    ● 23-Apr-2018 -- Toronto, ON: Pedestrians were rammed by a van; 10 people were killed and 15 were injured; the driver is in custody [CBC News]
    ● 23-Apr-2018 -- Yerevan, Armenia: Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigns following a massive 10-day anti-government protest [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 22-Apr-2018 -- Bani Qais, Yemen: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed 20+ people attending a wedding party [BBC News]
    ● INFORMATION: 22-Apr-2018 -- "How Mossad carries out assassinations" [Ali Younes, Al Jazeera]
    ● 22-Apr-2018 -- Kabul and Pul-e-Khumri, Afghanistan: Bomb attacks targeted voter registration centers; 63+ people were killed [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 20-Apr-2018 -- Managua, Nicaragua: Violent protests against planned cuts to social security; 10+ people were killed [Theresa Waldrop, et al., CNN World, 21-Apr-2018]
    ● 20-Apr-2018 -- North Korea: North Korea has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests [VOA News]
    ● 20-Apr-2018 -- Gaza, Palestine: Thousands of Palestinians continued the "Great March of Return" protests against Israel; Israeli forces killed 39 Palestinians and injured 4,000+ since 30-Mar-2018; Aljazeera started naming the dead [Al Jazeera News]
    ● 20-Apr-2018 -- USA: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency fined Wells Fargo $1 billion for auto loan and mortgage violations [Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch]
    ● INFORMATION: 20-Apr-2018 -- Newnan, GA: The National Socialist Movement (NSM), a "neo-Nazi" group that is part of the Nationalist Front, holds its annual national meeting/rally, 20-21-Apr-2018 [Al Jazeera News, 19-Apr-2018]
    ● 19-Apr-2018 -- Washington, DC: The US relaxed rules to sell killer drones and high-tech weapons [Katrina Manson, FT]
    ● 19-Apr-2018 -- Cuba: Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as Cuba's new president [Sputnik News]
    ● 18-Apr-2018 -- Guerrero, Mexico: 16 people, including 6 police officers and 10 suspects, were killed in 2 battles [VOA News: AP]
    ● 18-Apr-2018 -- North Korea: President Donald Trump confirmed CIA director Mike Pompeo met secretely with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un; the "meeting went very smoothly" [BBC News]
    ● 17-Apr-2018 -- Starbucks: "Starbucks to Close All Stores Nationwide for Racial-Bias Education on May 29"
"The curriculum will be developed with guidance from several national and local experts confronting racial bias, including […] Jonathan Greenblatt, ceo of the Anti-Defamation League" [Starbucks Coffee Company]
    ● 17-Apr-2018 -- EU: EU Commission proposal to require ID cards of EU citizens to include digital fingerprints [Reuters]
    ● 16-Apr-2018 -- SC: Rioting at a maximum-security prison: 7+ inmates were killed [Amy B. Wang, at al., WaPo]
    ● 16-Apr-2018 -- President Donald J. Trump: "Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!" [Bloomberg-Twitter @realDonaldTrump]
    ● 15-Apr-2018 -- Amman, Jordan: Armed bank robberies, triggered by increased food and fuel prices, corruption, and failed economic policies, were reported; according to Hussam Abdallat, an activist, many citizens sympathize with bank robbers [Ali Younes, Al Jazeera News]
    ● 15-Apr-2018 -- Athens, Greece: Thousands protested against the US-led airstrikes against Syria; anti-US slogan: "Americans, murderers of people" [WaPo: AP]
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