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    Also in Media: “Western Worries About Russian Disinformation ‘Just Fits of Hysterics’” | Hungarian Spectrum | November 15, 2017
    Nov16

    Also in Media: “Western Worries About Russian Disinformation ‘Just Fits of Hysterics’” | Hungarian Spectrum | November 15, 2017

    Of course the title of the Hungarian Spectrum article is ironic, not dismissive. Moscow’s manipulation of “Information Space” beyond its boundaries is serious stuff, and the American public and other western democratic constituencies need to know it down to and through their grassroots. Good examples of Russian manipulation can be seen in...

    FTAC: A Thought on Powerful Global Elite and America’s Own Holy War in Defense of Democracy
    Nov14

    FTAC: A Thought on Powerful Global Elite and America’s Own Holy War in Defense of Democracy

    Our (American / EU / NATO) failure to so far address Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Russo-Iranian support for tyranny in Syria and war by proxy in Yemen, and our manner of perhaps chiding China (and trying to talk down North Korea off its military nuclear-development platform) may signal both result and cause for ceding the fullness of an...

    Also in Media: Excerpt: “Mikhail Khodorkovsky Lantos Rule of Law Speech”, October 10, 2017
    Oct11

    Also in Media: Excerpt: “Mikhail Khodorkovsky Lantos Rule of Law Speech”, October 10, 2017

    It is a great honour for me to give the first Tom Lantos Rule of Law Lecture. I would like to thank Annette Lantos, Katrina Lantos, and their whole large family for all their support over these 10 long years. Today, the outside world is seeing Russia more and more as an aggressive country with an outmoded economy… Against the background of the...

    The “Active Measures” Links Page
    Oct01

    The “Active Measures” Links Page

    Vocabulary Lesson Active Measures Disinformation Fake News Hybrid Warfare KGB Theater Information Warfare Kompromat Orwellian Perceptual Control Reflexive Control Troll Farm Now there’s New Speak indeed! And much better than “Newspeak” (revisit Orwell): how dumb I / you / and we may be may be entirely up to ourselves! We may wish to become...

    FTAC: 9/11 – Sixteen Years of Accelerating, Expanding Conflict Between Archaic Worlds and the Modern One
    Sep11

    FTAC: 9/11 – Sixteen Years of Accelerating, Expanding Conflict Between Archaic Worlds and the Modern One

    The medieval worldview and its marriage to financial and political power may be archaic in the modern world. Faith in God and religion may be good things, but as demonstrated by the Islamists, by the Saudi Royals and their spreading of Wahhabi madrasas, and by related clerical wealth dependent on subscription plus political repression, too much...

    FTAC: Middle East Conflict – Moscow’s Project – Abbas’s End
    Aug26

    FTAC: Middle East Conflict – Moscow’s Project – Abbas’s End

    Abba — Arafat’s known and others may be suspect — bend to Moscow (the KGB record never goes away), and as Moscow has nowhere to go that wouldn’t be trapped in a century-and-one-half old imperial time bubble, neither has Abbas, who has not been able to do more for the Palestinians than enrich his own network through corruption....

    Module: Moscow and the Middle East Conflict
    Jul18

    Module: Moscow and the Middle East Conflict

    The story begins in the feudal mode with medieval anti-Semitism. Excerpt – 1920s – The Spread of Hate – Russia -> Germany | An Excerpt from Laqueur FTAC – Tip to the KGB’s Amplification of Middle Eastern Anti-Semitism Palestinian KGB https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_measures...

    Also in Media: In Translation: “Russia’s thorny road to democracy – Parts I, II, and III: Interviews with Dissident Igor Sharapov” | Alina Nychyk, Editor and Translator | Hold the Trend | Series from April 14 to July 9, 2017 
    Jul11

    Also in Media: In Translation: “Russia’s thorny road to democracy – Parts I, II, and III: Interviews with Dissident Igor Sharapov” | Alina Nychyk, Editor and Translator | Hold the Trend | Series from April 14 to July 9, 2017 

    Sharapov was imprisoned for 10 years when Vladimir Putin came to power. Prior to this, in 1993, President Yeltsin confessed to him and his teacher, Vladimir Gomelskyi, that he cannot remove communists even around him in the Kremlin. Sharapov was an assistant to the deputy of the Commission the Legislative Assembly of the city, where Putin comes...

    The Quiet Assault – A Glance at Interdicted Tech Smuggling to Russia and China
    Jun18

    The Quiet Assault – A Glance at Interdicted Tech Smuggling to Russia and China

    Set aside Anna and her ring. Last week’s short wee-hour’s shutdown of a portion of Charleston’s port set off by a potentially disinformed conspiracy blogger and webcaster signaled popular American concern and sensitivity to the defense of the homeland, never mind the capabilities and sensitivities of the nation’s capacious...

    Also in Media: “The Kremlin’s Newest Hybrid Warfare Asset: Gangsters” | Foreign Policy | June 12, 2017
    Jun14

    Also in Media: “The Kremlin’s Newest Hybrid Warfare Asset: Gangsters” | Foreign Policy | June 12, 2017

    . . . as they look to prosecute their “political war” against the West, the Russians are emerging as the most enthusiastic users of gangsters’ services. Given that their intelligence services are now up to Cold War levels, it seems ironic that they would even need such amateur auxiliaries. However, so ambitious and numerous are their...

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