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‘Influence’ Shows Why if You’re Not Worried About the November Election, You Should Be 

‘Influence’ Shows Why if You’re Not Worried About the November Election, You Should Be 

A Canadian documentary, Influence, profiles the late Tim Bell, a state of the art political consultant, in the United Kingdom. His firm, Bell Pottinger, had a long history of advocacy for authoritarian clients from Syria’s Bashar Assad to South Africa’s Jacob Zuma. He was, in a phrase, a disinformation artist. Like Frank FIgliuzzi, Kent Harrington,...

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With Apparently Fabricated Documents, Netanyahu Pushed War with Iran 

With Apparently Fabricated Documents, Netanyahu Pushed War with Iran 

In 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu claimed an intelligence coup. Mossad agents, he said had broken into a warehouse in Tehran and stolen a vast archive of Iran’s nuclear program. The purloined documents, Netanyahu said, showed that Iran lied about its intentions to obtain nuclear weapons. Israel shared the documents with U.S. officials  arguing...

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Democratic Erosion in the Time of the Virus

Democratic Erosion in the Time of the Virus

From Just Security blog comes a warning. As people get sicker, democracy is getting weaker. Long before this pandemic erupted, a multi-year wave of governments cracking down on dissent, flouting international norms, and backtracking from cooperative alliances was disheartening. But now, at a moment when we need a coordinated and transparent global response, the full...

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emptywheel: NSA Is Probably Withholding Burisma Details

emptywheel: NSA Is Probably Withholding Burisma Details

Marcy Wheeler, aka emptywheel, is among the most knowledgeable of intel watchers. She has this to say about Rep. Adam Schiff’s complaint that the National Security Agency has not been entirely forthcoming with records relevant to President Trump’s impeachment trial. It’s all about Burisma, the Ukrainian firm that hired Hunter Biden to serve on its...