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UNITED STATES  

Steve Bannon foresees a future independent California. Says it will go from a sanctuary state to an independent state under Democratic Party rule. Good, a California Republic passport would be more valuable an asset than a U.S. passport.

Pompeo speaks to neocon hive, the FDD. Trump's neocon sympathies are showing.

Florida Representative receiving death threats for standing up for widow of slain Green Beret. It's surprising the Klan can even find a congressional office's telephone number.

Opioid congressman Marino withdraws as Trump's drug czar. 60 Minutes report doomed Marino.

"American Century's" final curtain. The death of uni-polar geopolitics.

CANADA 
Vuntut Gwitchin chief in Yukon opposes drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. Chief presses Trudeau on issue.
Quebec bill outlaws face coverings in public sector. Wear a niqab or burqa, receive no public services and lose a public sector job.
Drone collides with passenger plane over Quebec airport. Drone violated airport safety zone.
LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN    
The CIA's history of sonic weapon use in Latin America. Havana attacks look like false flags to freeze US-Cuban ties.
Nicaragua seen as moving toward diplomatic ties with China. Taiwan relations may be severed soon.
South Korea providing hurricane relief assistance to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Antigua and Barbuda. If Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands were independent, they, too, would be receiving international aid.
Socialists win Venezuela regional vote. Ruling party wins 16 governorships.
EUROPE  
Autonomy referenda in Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy. Secession is in vogue in Europe.
Spain to impose direct rule on Catalonia. Rajoy reprises the role of Franco. Second Spanish Civil War looms.
Spanish neo-fascists threaten Catalonia with direct rule. Memo to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy: imposing direct rule on majority Sikh Punjab led to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination. Just a reminder.
Maltese cop expresses joy over journalist's assassination. Police sergeant was cited by late journalist for corruption.
Austrian Green President Van Der Bellen places constraints on new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Van Der Bellen may nix Austrian Freedom Party coalition government.
Austria elects anti-immigrant right-wing parties. "Black blue coalition" looms.
MIDDLE EAST
South Yemen preparing to re-declare independence with UAE backing. Saudis oppose move.
Kuwait parliament speaker leads International Parliamentary Union delegations' moves to expel Knesset members from conference. Kuwaiti called Israelis "murderers of children."
Trump administration meddles in Palestinian reconciliation efforts. Trump and Kushner turn Washington into a suburb of Jerusalem.
Syrian troops storm Deir ez-Zour. ISIL loses control of strategic town.
U.S. troops back rival sides in Iraqi-Kurdish conflict. Another mess that Trump's incompetence has plunged America into.
ASIA
Communist Party internal plot to overthrow Xi Jinping exposed in China. Three arrests made so far.
Jakarta governor enters office using racist language. Anies Baswedan pushing native Indonesian agenda.
Bhutan King and Queen to attend funeral of late Thai king in Bangkok. Buddhism ties two monarchies together.
AFRICA
Kenyan opposition pushes a "People's Republic of Kenya." Calls for secession from Kenya.
Chad added to US visa ban because it ran out of special passport paper. More stupidity from Trump administration.
Saif al-Islam Qadaffi returns to Libyan political scene. Expect a showdown between Qaddafi and the CIA's General Khalifa Hifter.
Panama Papers expose Africa's elites. Corruption rampant in Togo, DRC, Botswana, Rwanda, and Burundi.
Protesters demand answers on 30th anniversary of Thomas Sankara's assassination. Protesters hit Burkina Faso's streets.
ANTIPODES/SOUTH PACIFIC
Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand prime minister. Labor heads three-party coalition of nationalists and Greens.
Malaysian-Australian senator calls for closer ties with China. Penny Wong is Labor's foreign affairs spokesperson.
POLAR/REMOTE ATLANTIC              
St. Helena airport opens. Island that was once Napoleon's prison is now a tourst destination.
Norway nixes Finnish air link to Svalbard. Norway is violating the Svalbard Treaty on orders from NATO.
WORLD OF SCIENCE       
Lava tubes discovered in the moon. Could house future habitats.
Haumea has a ring. Dwarf planet joins Saturn with feature.

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