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The Emergence of a Post-Fact World

By Franсis Fukuyama, for Project Syndicate One of the more striking developments of 2016 was the emergence of a “post-fact” world, in which virtually all authoritative information sources are challenged by contrary facts of dubious quality and provenance. In a world without gatekeepers, there is no reason to think that good information will win out over bad. One of the more striking developments of 2016 and its highly unusual politics

Judy Asks: Can Europe Defeat Russian Disinformation?

A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world. Ian Bond Director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform You cannot defeat disinformation: it is a tactic, not an enemy in its own right. But Europe can counter it, and do so more effectively. European countries, NATO, and the EU need to pool

Think reporting on Trump is hard? Try being a journalist in Donetsk

By Alisa Sopova, for The Guardian When I started working as a journalist in my native city of Donetsk I never imagined that war would come to town, until the day it did. In the spring of 2014 tanks and pro-Russia separatists showed up on the streets of the city, which was quickly turned into the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). I was a news editor at

In a ‘Post-Truth’ World, Evidence and Experts Matter More Than Ever

By Molly Morgan Jones, RAND As the Remain and Leave campaigns for the UK’s EU referendum gathered steam in the first few days of June, debates intensified, appeals to the electorate became more passionate, and new analyses emerged daily. The rhetoric took a more personal turn, too. A politics based more on personalities and less on the facts seemed to be dominant. Michael Gove, a member of the UK Parliament,

Part of a Pattern

The shooting of a Hungarian police officer by a neo-Nazi leader spotlights the group’s Russia ties and wider threat to the region. OpEd, by Peter Kreko and Lorant Gyori, TOL A tragic murder committed in a small Hungarian town this fall could end up having larger regional implications – even if the authorities in Budapest decide to hide their heads in the sand. On 26 October 2016, a police officer

How Russia Today lost a bank account, but won a battle in the war of words

James Rodgers, for The Conversation As any reporter knows, there are at least two sides to every story. Covering politics, war, or diplomacy can involve grappling with numerous viewpoints in an attempt to get a version of the truth for your audience. Where journalism crashes into propaganda the truth is often hard to find in the wreckage. Then, perception is everything – and interpretation usually depends on the onlooker’s viewpoint.

Conspiracy Thinking Most Dangerous Consequence of Russian Active Measures, Kirillova Says

Ukrainian reactions to the lead of the Vladislav Surkov documents – with some seeing them as confirming what they already knew about Moscow’s plans and others suggesting they were a Ukrainian plot to justify new repression, calls attention to “the most dangerous consequence of Russian active measures, Kseniya Kirillova says. In an article entitled “The Conspirological Poison of Hybrid War,” the US-based Russian commentator argues that “the most horrific consequence

Russia without BS: The Other Side of Whataboutism

I think whataboutism has been thoroughly dissected plenty of times on this blog. That being the case, many people from a left-wing perspective often become very uncomfortable any time they happen to find themselves nominally taking a position similar to that of the United States government, even if the motives are completely different. One wonders what they would have said after 7 December 1941, but that’s beside the point. For

There They Go Again: International Media Enables Russian Aggression in Ukraine

When does a Russian warlord become a “pro-Russian separatist?” Newsrooms around the world may want to ask themselves this question following Russian militant leader Arsen Pavlov’s assassination in Donetsk in mid-October. In the wake of the killing, one news report after another ran with headlines referring to Pavlov as a pro-Russian separatist leader, creating the impression of a Russia-leaning local who was defending his democratic rights by force of arms. In

Joel Harding: How Does RT Fight Western Propaganda?

How Does RT Fight Western stories highlighting Russian attacks on Syrian civilians? Blame the United States Say bad publicity will increase the Syrian war. Attack bad publicity’s credibility Deny. Say “they lie”. NEVER accept responsibility Trot out a “useful idiot”, Lew Rockwell, to espouse a Russian perspective. Use evil words like “imperial” when referring to the US. Say “the government” is behind adverse publicity for the Russians. RT is predictable

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