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Edward Lucas: Russia’s only ally

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA The West Needs to Formulate a Belarus Policy Before It Is Too Late Most countries don’t know what goes on in Europe’s last dictatorship. Most don’t care, either. For all but a handful of its western neighbors, Belarus is a geopolitical black hole, neglected and ignored in equal measure. The regime in Minsk has signaled some desire to improve ties with the United States, lifting a cap

Jakub Kalensky: If we want to stop the aggression, we have to stop the aggressor

StopFake talked to Jakub Kalensky, head of the anti-disinformation group of the Ukrainian Election Task Force, a co-founder of the East StratCom Task Force, a European Union anti-disinformation project, analyzing the response to the Kremlin’s propaganda and how the Kremlin can influence the upcoming Ukrainian and European elections. How have the narratives of pro-Kremlin disinformation changed over the last five years? I do not see an extremely surprising development. There

Jakub Janda: StopFake set up the agenda of Russian disinformation as a major threat

  StopFake talked to Jakub Janda,  Head of the Kremlin Watch Program and Director at the European Values Think-Tank, about the current trends of Russian disinformation in Europe, contemporary challenges and the role of governments, journalists, and civil society in denouncing disinformation.   How would you evaluate StopFake’s performance during the last 5 years? Do you think it was a necessary and ready initiative? If yes, in what ways? StopFake

Kseniya Kirillova: The power of disappointment

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Integrity Initiative In the first year of the Russian-Ukrainian war, while trying to understand the origins of the patriotic upsurge that had gripped Russia after its aggression against a neighbouring state, I wrote about the vagueness of moral norms in public consciousness. The same thoughts were later expressed by many political scientists and publicists: Kremlin propaganda does not try to convince Russians that their country is

“It doesn’t seem like we’re striving to make third-party fact checking more practical for publishers — it seems like we’re striving to make it easier for Facebook”

By Christine Schmidt, for NiemanLab Happy anniversary, Facebook: Snopes quit your fact-checking partnership. Poynter’s Daniel Funke reported Friday that Snopes has pulled out of the third-party debunking squad Facebook enlisted in 2016. The Associated Press is not currently fact-checking for it either (but apparently hasn’t fully quit), TechCrunch reported. Snopes, the 25-year-old fact-checking site, said Facebook’s system was too manual — not automated enough — for the 16-person organization. “With a manual system and a closed

Putin’s calendar of subversion

By Janusz Bugajsky, for CEPA The Kremlin profits from inciting division. Here are their likely targets for 2019. Whether the Kremlin has a special department that guides and coordinates attacks on European states is a matter of conjecture. What is not in doubt is that in the coming year Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration will exploit the most promising opportunities throughout Europe in order to undermine Western cohesion. 2019 will be

The focus of misinformation debates shifts South

By Peter Cunliffe-Jones, for NiemanLab “In complex tinderbox societies, the potential for mis- and disinformation to sow not just social discord but real violence is very clear.” Ever since 2016, when many western newsrooms’ cozy assumptions were shattered by the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, conversations about the impact of mis- and disinformation have been dominated by three underlying thoughts. First is that misinformation’s main effects are

Putinism is 21st century fascism with nuclear weapons, Yakovenko says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Putin’s Russia manifests in one way or another all of the 14 signs of “eternal fascism” Umberto Eco has outlined, “from the cult of tradition, the rejection of modernism, and reliance on historical traumas to the ideas of international and domestic conspiracy, and a cult of death,” according to Igor Yakovenko. But it is distinctive from 20th century models of fascist regimes in “about 20

Movies and propaganda: How the Kremlin influences public opinion at home and abroad

By Kseniya Kirillova, for EU Today In the middle of November British critics accused a famous Russian cartoon “Masha and the Bear” of pushing “Kremlin’s propaganda”. Specifically, The Times refers to the Buckingham University professor Anthony Glees, who specialises in studying the work of intelligence agencies. According to the expert’s opinion, “Masha has a stubborn and unpleasant personality, but at the same time she is strong-minded. She bites off more than she can chew. It would not

Edward Lucas: How to respond to Moscow’s Azov escalation

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Once again, Russia has pushed the line in Ukraine. Here’s how the West should have reacted after Azov. Imagine that it is September 1st 1939. German troops have just attacked Poland. Should the outside world (a) call for calm, (b) denounce Hitler’s aggression, or (c) help Poland? Seen from a modern perspective, the answer is clear. Pre-war Poland, although far from perfect, was the innocent party

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