Six Eastern European countries appeal for US help against Russia

Six Eastern European countries appeal for US help against Russia

Diplomats from six Eastern European countries, including four EU members, appealed to US senators yesterday (7 March) to help them stand up against interference from Russia, including cyber attacks, and insisted that sanctions imposed on Moscow should not be lifted anytime soon. The foreign minister of Ukraine, as well as the ambassadors to Washington from Poland, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, appeared at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on Russian

Russia slanders Crimean Tatar Mejlis & openly lies about Odesa, MH17 at Hague Court

By Halya Coynash, Human Rights in Ukraine Russia’s attempts in its opening address to deny that Ukraine’s suit falls within the International Court of Justice’s jurisdiction was anticipated, as was the claim that Ukraine had not gone through the proper arbitration process before applying to the Court.  Slightly less predictable was the strange similarity with Russian state-controlled media – the same carefully chosen facts, deft omissions and flagrant distortions. Roman Kolodkin,

Kremlin Watch Monitor. March 8, 2017

Invitation to the Expert Roundtable The European Values Think-Tank in cooperation with the European People’s Party Group in the European Parliament are pleased to invite you to conference: “Putin’s Russia: How urgent threat it poses?” This conference will be held under patronage of Jaromír Štětina MEP, member of EPP Group, Vice-Chair of Security and Defense Subcommittee of the European Parliament. A new comparative study “Behavior of Putin`s Russia through lens of

How Russia Weaponizes Fake News

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, Foxtrot Alpha Russia gets a lot of attention over its ongoing aggression in Ukraine and other former Soviet states. What does not get a lot of attention is Russia’s non-lethal methods of hybrid warfare to influence political outcomes in nations it considers adversarial. The tool for this at the Kremlin’s disposal is state-funded propaganda disguised as legitimate news—and it has the vast resources to distort the

Facebook can now flag fake news stories as ‘disputed’

Napier Lopez, TNW, via Recode Following up on its promise from December, Facebook has begun to flag fake news stories on news feeds in the US. Questionable stories may now show a “disputed” tag underneath, with a link to a source countering the article’s claims. Facebook said it works with ABC News, Politifact, FactCheck, Snopes, and the Associated Press to verify stories back in December. It’s a welcome step, but there are caveats.

How to Spot Visualization Lies

By Nathan Yau, FlowingData By Nathan Yau, FlowingData It used to be that we’d see a poorly made graph or a data design goof, laugh it up a bit, and then carry on. At some point though — during this past year especially — it grew more difficult to distinguish a visualization snafu from bias and deliberate misinformation. Of course, lying with statistics has been a thing for a long

Le Pen’s (Small) Online Army

How a French far-right group tried to break into Twitter’s trends By Ben Nimmo, @DFRLab France holds presidential elections on April 23. Ahead of the polls, reports are emerging of sophisticated online groups supporting some of the candidates, especially far-right leader Marine Le Pen. According to the Financial Times, Le Pen is supported by “an aggressive social media operation that is the most powerful in French politics”, putting her at

Tracking a Mysterious Missile Launcher Inside an Information War

By Henk van Ess, Global Investigation Journalism Network Egyptian traffic cops found a mobile launcher lying in a piece of pile near the airport of Cairo. The story was quickly dismissed by Egyptian media. But others believed it. In this detective & research adventure, you learn how to find the truth midst of an information war. CAIRO / BERLIN — Ibrahim Yousry was heading to work in Cairo when he was shocked

The Daily Vertical: History, Mythology, And Heretics (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. Two Russian courts have ruled that something everybody knows happened didn’t actually happen. Two Russian courts have ruled that something every serious historian and every serious student of history knows to be true is actually a fiction. Two Russian courts have ruled that the Soviet Union did not invade Poland in 1939.

The Kremlin’s Balkan Gambit: Part I

By Christo Grozev, Bellingcat This is part I of our joint investigation with the Russian investigative magazine The Insider into a series of active measures, hybrid warfare and false-flag operations in the countries of the Balkans that appear to have been orchestrated by Russian individuals in close coordination with the Kremlin. You can read the Russian version of this part of the investigation here.***Bosnia and Herzegovina, September/October 2014: On 2

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