In China, Xi Risks Overconfidence That Could Stoke Taiwan Tensions

State propaganda about China’s rise is stoking extreme nationalism. That could blind China to its problems, and could lead to conflict — perhaps over Taiwan.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #propaganda, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

How Russia Propaganda Is Reaching Beyond English Speakers

Social media companies have taken steps to restrict Russian state media accounts. But posts from those accounts still spread in Spanish, Arabic and other languages and in places outside the West.

#avaaz-org, #facebook-inc, #international-relations, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #rt-tv-network, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #twitter, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #youtube-com

Amnesty International Assessment That Ukraine ‘Put Civilians in Harm’s Way’ Stirs Outrage

The human rights group accused the Ukrainian military of establishing bases and weapons systems in school and hospitals.

#amnesty-international, #civilian-casualties, #lysychansk-ukraine, #oksana-pokalchuk, #propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Looming Question for Putin Opponents: Can You Change Russia From Jail?

For opposition figures choosing to stay in Russia after President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, imprisonment looks like a matter of time. It’s also a subject for fierce debate.

#immigration-and-emigration, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yashin-ilya

Putin’s Delusional Aims in Russia’s War on Ukraine

And his plans go far beyond Ukraine.

#north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

As Russia Looms, a Ukrainian City’s Loyalties Divide

Most residents have fled the eastern city of Sloviansk before an expected Russian assault. About half of the 23,000 remaining are eager to welcome the invaders.

#donbas-ukraine, #donetsk-ukraine, #propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #slovyansk-ukraine, #ukraine

An American’s Murky Path From Russian Propagandist to Jan. 6

Charles Bausman, a former financial executive who runs websites that promote far-right views, recorded footage in the Capitol for a Russian television producer. Soon after, he fled to Moscow as a “political refugee.”

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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow’s disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #microsoft-corp, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Russians Breached This City,Not With Troops, but Propaganda

As they batter towns and cities in Ukraine with artillery, the Russians are also bombarding them with messaging aimed at eroding Ukrainians’ trust in their military and their government.

#donbas-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

North of Kyiv, the Russians Retreated. But the War Never Left.

In the Ukrainian villages near the Russian border, shells still explode and checkpoints and trenches dot the landscape. And wary civilians live in fear the enemy will return.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Chinese Pilots Sent a Message. American Allies Said They Went Too Far.

Australia and Canada said Chinese jets harassed their military planes, though Beijing says it was defending its security. A mishap over Pacific waters could have ominous repercussions.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations

Kansas Woman Who Joined ISIS Left a ‘Trail of Betrayal’

Allison Fluke-Ekren, a Muslim convert from Kansas, rose through the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria, where she provided military training to women and girls, including her daughter.

#baghdadi-abu-bakr-al, #central-intelligence-agency, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fluke-ekren-allison, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #propaganda, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

China Spins U.N. Human Rights Chief’s Visit as Propaganda

Michelle Bachelet’s tour includes Xinjiang, where China has been accused of genocide. The terms of her visit are unclear, and critics say Beijing is using her for propaganda.

#bachelet-michelle, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #propaganda, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #wang-yi, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

China’s Internet Censors Try a New Trick: Revealing Users’ Locations

The rapidly expanding practice, which authorities say helps combat disinformation from abroad, has fueled a whole new type of online battle.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberharassment, #politics-and-government, #propaganda

Can We Still Be Optimistic About America?

Our perpetual pessimism can be turned into the source of our renewal.

#china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #optimism, #pessimism, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #shanghai-china, #united-states

In Victory Day Speech, Putin Shows Reluctance in Demanding Too Much of Russians

The Russian president, in a much-anticipated speech on his country’s most important holiday, did not proclaim an escalation of the fight in Ukraine.

#moscow-russia, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #world-war-ii-1939-45

In Victory Day Speech, Putin Told Russians What He Wanted Them to Hear

The Russian president, in a much-anticipated speech on his country’s most important holiday, did not proclaim an escalation of the fight in Ukraine.

#moscow-russia, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Putin’s War on Information Is Far From Over

On this battlefield, lies are ammunition in Putin’s long and increasingly personal struggle to stay in power.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Why the Battle for Mariupol Is Important for Putin

A victory in the predominantly Russian-speaking city could give a veneer of credibility to the Russian leader’s false claims of ridding Ukraine of “Nazis.”

#mariupol-ukraine, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Elon Musk Left a South Africa That Was Rife With Misinformation and White Privilege

The apartheid era created all-white enclaves littered with anti-Black government propaganda and sheltered from the atrocities of apartheid.

#apartheid-policy, #black-people, #california, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #musk-elon, #musk-errol, #propaganda, #race-and-ethnicity, #rumors-and-misinformation, #south-africa, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #tesla-motors-inc, #twitter, #whites

Anti-Putin Russians Are Leaving, With a Push From the Kremlin

Many Russians who are designated “foreign agents” by the government view it as another form of repression that makes living in the country, or returning to it, untenable.

#political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

China’s Covid Lockdown Outrage Tests Limits of Propaganda

Public anger and grief over the bungled lockdown in Shanghai is creating a credibility crisis for the country’s leader, Xi Jinping, and his zero Covid policies.

#beijing-china, #censorship, #china, #china-central-television, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #li-wenliang, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #weibo-corporation, #xi-jinping

He Was a Penniless Donor to the Far Right. He Was Also a Russian Spy.

An investigation in Slovakia has exposed how Russian clandestine operations are trying to sow discord in Europe and create sympathy for Moscow over Ukraine.

#bratislava-slovakia, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #slovakia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Telegram: Where Russians Turn for Uncensored Ukraine News

Telegram is the platform of choice for Russians seeking to escape Moscow’s propaganda web. But can it last?

#censorship, #durov-pavel-valeryevich-1984, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

How Russian Disinformation Spreads Beyond Its Borders

A New York Times’ video team traveled to the breakaway region of Transnistria to find out what residents there believe about the war in Ukraine.

#propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

How US and Ukrainian Groups Pierce Putin’s Propaganda Bubble

U.S.-backed news outlets and Ukrainian activists use Cold War techniques and high-tech tactics to get news about the war to Russians.

#artificial-intelligence, #censorship, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #open-technology-fund, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #radio-free-europe-radio-liberty, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

China’s Echoes of Russia’s Alternate Reality Intensify Around the World

China’s officials and state media are increasingly parroting Russian propaganda organs on the war in Ukraine, undercutting U.S. and European diplomatic efforts, even after the killings in Bucha.

#china, #china-central-television, #china-daily, #conspiracy-theories, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Putin Is Setting Back Russia’s Potential By Decades

Once again, Russia has become a pariah spreading lies and death.

#history-academic-subject, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Was North Korea’s New ICBM Test Faked? Not Entirely.

South Korea says Kim Jong-un disguised an older missile as a new one to exaggerate his country’s weapons achievements when he badly needs political leverage.

#kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #propaganda, #pyongyang-north-korea, #south-korea, #yoon-suk-yeol

What Putin’s Propaganda Looks Like From Both Sides of the Border

Two journalists — one Russian, one Ukrainian — bridge the information iron curtain.

#censorship, #defense-and-military-forces, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

How War in Ukraine Roiled Facebook and Instagram

The rules over what war content is permitted on Facebook and Instagram keep changing, causing internal confusion.

#clegg-nick, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #hate-speech, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Ukraine Made Big Tech Pick a Side — But Who Are the Losers?

The Russia-Ukraine war has made clear, yet again, the dominance that platforms like Apple, Facebook and Google have. Is it time we finally take away that power?

#audio-neutral-informative, #corporations, #propaganda, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #ukraine

What Elon Musk’s Putin Challenge Shows About the Meme-ification of War

The juxtaposition of images of a war with celebrities and pet videos in a social media feed is disturbing. It’s also desensitizing. 

#center-for-humane-technology, #mcluhan-marshall, #musk-elon, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #twitter, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Fed Up With Deadly Propaganda, Some Russian Journalists Quit

At least four state television employees have publicly resigned, citing regret for their roles in promoting false narratives about Ukraine.

#chubais-anatoly-b, #dozhd-tv-network, #echo-of-moscow, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #ovsyannikova-marina, #propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #television, #ukraine

Russia and Far-Right Americans Find Common Ground With Ukraine War

Some conservatives have echoed the Kremlin’s misleading claims about the war and vice versa, giving each other’s assertions a sheen of credibility.

#carlson-tucker, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #defense-and-military-forces, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #posobiec-jack, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #television, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

How Can Chechens Fight for Russia? a Chechen Journalist Asks

As a Chechen journalist, I watch videos of the Ukrainian bomb shelters and remember the brutal bombardment of Grozny. 

#chechnya-russia, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freedom-of-the-press, #grozny-russia, #kyiv-ukraine, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Russia I Know Is Being Erased

We will rebuild Russia, of course, slowly and patiently, just like the generation before us. But not before this one crumbles first.

#censorship, #freedom-of-the-press, #moscow-russia, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Lies Putin Tells to Justify Russia’s War on Ukraine

The Kremlin has used a barrage of increasingly outlandish falsehoods to prop up its overarching claim that the invasion of Ukraine is justified.

#defense-and-military-forces, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.N. Slams Russia for False Narratives About Biological Weapons

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said Russia was spreading disinformation and may be planning to use chemical or biological agents against Ukrainians.

#propaganda, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #security-council-un, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #united-states

China’s Information Dark Age Could Be Russia’s Future

Russia and China have the tendency to learn the worst from each other: tyrants, famines, purges and, now, internet censorship.

#books-and-literature, #censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #movies, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media

War Strands Ukrainian and Russian Tourists Together in Egyptian Resorts

The tension in hotels and on Red Sea beaches is palpable, though there are also moments of compassion.

#egypt, #propaganda, #red-sea, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #travel-and-vacations, #ukraine

In Some Parts of the World, the War in Ukraine Seems Justified

In countries friendly toward Russia, people are troubled by the war and loss of life, but some say they think that Putin has a point.

#afghanistan, #brazil, #china, #india, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #south-africa, #vietnam, #zelensky-volodymyr

Putin Is ‘High Off His Own Propaganda Supply’

Peter Pomerantsev discusses the Kremlin’s war on information.

#audio-neutral-informative, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

President Zelensky Makes His Case for Ukraine to the Russian People

Americans are used to wars against people who don’t so casually speak our language. Zelensky can respond to Russian propaganda by directly addressing the Russian people — in Russian.

#kyiv-ukraine, #propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-language, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Activists are reaching Russians behind Putin’s propaganda wall

Activists are reaching Russians behind Putin’s propaganda wall

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René has nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine. The 34-year-old lives more than 1,000 km away in Nuremberg, Germany. He has no family there, and he’s never been to the country. But when Russia invaded, he wanted to help. So on the dating app Tinder, he changed his location to Moscow and started talking to women there about the war.

“I had a conversation with a girl who said [the invasion] is only a military operation and the Ukrainians are killing their own people and stuff like that, so I got into an argument with her,” says René, who asks not to share his surname because he doesn’t want his clients to know about his activism. “I also had some reactions like, ‘Thank you for telling us.’”

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#activism, #disinformation, #gaming-culture, #policy, #propaganda, #russia

Biden Officials Contend With Bioweapons Propaganda From Russia and China

The Biden administration says the two countries’ promotion of anti-U.S. conspiracy theories might be cover for lethal Russian military operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #china, #conspiracy-theories, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Russia, Where All the News Is Fake

The country has become a dystopian paragon of corrupted information.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

4 Falsehoods Russians Are Told About the War

Russia’s disinformation machine is working in overdrive inside its own borders.

#defense-and-military-forces, #freedom-of-the-press, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Russia’s Other Contest With the West: Economic Endurance

Which side can maintain domestic support as the war costs regular citizens could also determine the outcome in Ukraine.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #gross-domestic-product, #international-trade-and-world-market, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

With New Limits on Media, Putin Closes a Door on Russia’s ‘Openness’

The Russian leader is undoing the social freedoms introduced at the end of the Soviet Union, risking a return to total control and ideological isolation.

#defense-and-military-forces, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts