Sunday, May 21, 2017


News Links, May 22, 2017

Keep in mind that deflation is a function of net energy decline. Attempts at reflation, such as governments taking on more debt, are meant to compensate for net energy decline. But it's a losing battle. -- RF
Top diplomats offer signs of Sino-US progress on handling North Korea
Undeterred by East China Sea intercept, Yang and Tillerson agree to closer cooperation between China and United States
Iran's Victory for Moderation
Iranian President Rouhani's solid reelection victory clears the way for Iran to continue its efforts to reengage with the global community and expand freedoms domestically.
Landslide Win for Iran's Reformists Doesn't Fit Trump's Script, So He Ignores It
The hypocrisy of America's support for unelected despots in the oil-rich Gulf states is not new, but Donald Trump's lavish praise for them on Sunday, as allies against "Islamist extremism" and "the oppression of women," was particularly striking, coming one day after Iranian voters danced in the streets to celebrate their reformist president's landslide re-election.
Israeli Justice Minister Slams White House Map of Israel for Not Including West Bank
Slams US 'Ignorance,' Vows to Ensure Palestinians Never Get a State
Saudis Embrace Embattled Trump
Escaping the tribulations of Washington, President Trump basked in the Saudi monarchy's gilded welcome and promised a flood of U.S. weapons to tilt the region's military balance against Iran, a bad bet on the past.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Venezuelans shut down capital roads to protest government
The Pillage of Pemex Turns Bloody
Gasoline theft is now the second most profitable activity for Mexico's criminal gangs.

## Got food? ##
Instagram, an app that people use to share photos of their lives as seen through a series of flattering filters, was rated worst for the mental health of young people in a study by the Royal Society for Public Health in the U.K.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
US officials: 'Back channel' between Trump and Putin discussed
JFK and Khrushchev had a back channel, and history shows it's a darn good thing they did. -- RF
The Gaping Holes of Russia-gate
Between Russia-gate and President Trump's potential impeachment, Washington is blending the thrill of McCarthyism and the excitement of Watergate, as ex-U.S. intelligence officials Ray McGovern and William Binney explain.
How Did Russiagate Start?
Amid the chaos of James Comey's firing, new questions about the timeline of his fateful investigation
Not Remembering the USS Liberty
Desperately seeking some praise, President Trump surely won't remind Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu about the USS Liberty, which Israel nearly sank a half century ago killing 34 sailors.
Israel Lobby Pays the Political Piper
The Israel Lobby is so powerful that for years it insisted it didn't exist – and Official Washington went along with the lie. Today, President Trump scrambles to secure the lobby's blessings.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia

## China ##
China killed CIA sources, hobbled U.S. spying from 2010 to 2012: NYT
China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach whose origin has not been identified, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

## UK ##
Shocking declines in bird numbers show British wildlife is 'in serious trouble'
Pesticides, hedgerows being ripped up and the intensification of farming have contributed to a 55 per cent fall in farmland birds since 1970, a Government report says
'The police service is living hand to mouth' | Anonymous police officer
U.K. Threatens to Quit Brexit Talks If It Faces Massive Bill
Home ownership among younger generations HALVES in just over 20 years across large parts of the UK

## US ##
Trump to offer exclusive contract to service U.S. student loans
President Donald Trump's administration will soon offer an exclusive contract that will give one company the right to service billions of dollars of outstanding federal student loans now handled by four companies, officials said on Friday.

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