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Celebrities Turbocharge the 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

Celebrities Turbocharge the 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

There are actually two different stories here. One is a real public health issue: the possible health hazards of 5G technology, which are not fully understood. Because we never have 5G transmissions running through our communities, we don’t know if there will be health consequences. The other is a much bigger false story linking 5G...

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Was Modern Art a CIA Psy-Op? 

Was Modern Art a CIA Psy-Op? 

Not quite. But the CIA used modern art as Cold War propaganda against the Soviet Union in ways that were not visible to the public. The school of painting known as Abstract Expressionism served as an expression of American soft power. From JSTOR Daily (“where news meets its scholarly match”) The preeminent Cultural Cold Warrior,...

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How Conspiracy Theories Fuel Venezuela’s Crisis

How Conspiracy Theories Fuel Venezuela’s Crisis

The Caracas Chronicles is an independent news blog reporting from the Venezuelan capital, where government repression, economic contraction and U.S. sanctions have generated a miserable political impasse. Enrique Bernardo Núñez notes how conspiracy theories tend to make the couuntry’s bad situation worse. Conspiracy theories are kind of like tricky publicity: it’s not that they aren’t...

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Bellingcat: The Implausible ‘False Flag’ Theory About a Syrian Chemical Attack

Bellingcat: The Implausible ‘False Flag’ Theory About a Syrian Chemical Attack

Last year I reviewed the evidence of the chemical attack in Douma, Syria and came away unconvinced by the “false flag” scenario advanced by some critics of U.S. policy. While the U.S. is known to mount “false flag” operations, the evidence from Douma does not support the claim that an attack was staged to blame...

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Let’s Compare U.S  and Russian Conspiracy Theories 

Let’s Compare U.S  and Russian Conspiracy Theories 

Meduza, the independent Russian news site, has an interesting podcast, Naked Pravda, comparing the conspiracy theories that circulate in each country. They’re talking about each other again in Moscow and Washington, often spinning stories that aren’t exactly rooted in facts. Whether it’s Russiagate in the United States or color revolution in Russia and countries across...