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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Juan Cole | Top 5 Questions About Kushner's Back Channel to Moscow 
Jared Kushner and Donald Trump. (photo: Jabin Botsford/WP) 
Juan Cole, Informed Comment 
Cole writes: "In a meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, WaPo reveals that Jared Kushner asked that a private, encrypted back channel be set up to the Kremlin. The report is based on a leak to a WaPo reporter from last December, which the paper has only recently managed to verify." 
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Zbigniew Brzezinski Dies at 89 
James Doubek, NPR 
Doubek writes: "Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a noted foreign policy expert and thinker, died Friday at the age of 89." 
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Despite Trump's Rhetoric, State Department Quietly Lifts Limits on Refugee Admission to US 
Olivia Beavers, The Hill 
Beavers writes: "The State Department quietly lifted its restriction this week on how many refugees are allowed to enter the U.S. despite efforts by the Trump administration to scale back refugee resettlements, The New York Times reported Friday." 
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Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to "Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies" 
Noor al-Sibai, RawStory 
Al-Sibai writes: "According to documents acquired and released by The Intercept, a security firm that contracts with the military gathered information on anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and delivered that information to Energy Transfer Partners, the company building and funding the controversial pipeline." 
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Police at the edge of a Standing Rock protest encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (photo: Counter Current News)
Police at the edge of a Standing Rock protest encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (photo: Counter Current News)
ccording to documents acquired and released by The Intercept, a security firm that contracts with the military gathered information on anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and delivered that information to Energy Transfer Partners, the company building and funding the controversial pipeline.
TigerSwan, the “shadowy international mercenary and security firm” contracted by ETP used “military-style counterterrorism measures” to gather information on DAPL protesters, and the information they acquired may have led to the defeat of the protesters’ efforts.
The “No DAPL” movement, according to TigerSwan documents released by The Intercept, “generally followed the jihadist insurgency model while active”.
“While we can expect to see the continued spread of the anti-DAPL diaspora … aggressive intelligence preparation of the battlefield and active coordination between intelligence and security elements are now a proven method of defeating pipeline insurgencies,” the TigerSwan reports revealed.
According to The Intercept‘s Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, and Alice Speri, TigerSwan had operatives North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and Texas.
The reports “also provide extensive evidence of aerial surveillance and radio eavesdropping, as well as infiltration of camps and activist circles”.
Public records obtained via FOIA requests by The Intercept also reveal that government agents monitored social media for information on the protest movement and “shared intelligence” among agencies.

US Airstrike Kills 106 Civilians Fleeing ISIS Territory in Syria 
Al Jazeera 
Excerpt: "At least 106 civilians, including 42 children, have been killed in a series of air strikes by the US-led coalition on an ISIL-held town in eastern Syria, according to a monitoring group." 
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Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike Ends After 40 Days 
teleSUR 
Excerpt: "The Israeli Prisons Service announced Saturday that hundreds of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails ended a 40-day hunger strike, Reuters reported."
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Opposition to Pipeline Construction Escalates Nationwide 
Climate Nexus 
Excerpt: "As the Trump administration moves full speed ahead on boosting the oil and fossil fuel industry, opposition to increased pipeline construction is cropping up in different communities around the country. McClatchy highlights how the government and energy companies' use of eminent domain to build pipelines through private property is turning rural voters in Trump country against the projects." 
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