(1.2.2019) Insisting once again that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, the head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog complained this week that attempts – he didn’t say by whom – to pressure the agency on inspections were “counter-productive and extremely harmful.”
(20.10.2018) The highly likely ascension to power of far-right extremist Jair Bolsonaro is already unleashing a climate in which journalists who are critical of him and his movement – including several writing for the Intercept – are being subjected to an aggressive campaign of personal investigation, attempted intimidation, and thuggish scrutiny of family members.
These attacks are being orchestrated by the media outlets owned by a far-right, scandal-plagued, evangelical pastor-billionaire, Edir Macedo (universally known as The Bishop and founder of the sprawling Universal Church of the Kingdom of God), who is now an explicit supporter of Bolsonaro.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Dark Money ‘We have a system that is fundamentally broken.’
NBC News published a predictably viral story Friday, claiming that “experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.”
But the whole story was a sham: the only “experts” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm, New Knowledge, that just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election.
The European Commission said in a statement that some traders at the banks exchanged commercially sensitive information and coordinated trading strategies on the euro-denominated bonds, mainly through online chatrooms.
(24.7.2016) Incoming DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile talks with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the convention and the email scandal.
Fake videos and audio keep getting better, faster and easier to make, increasing the mind-blowing technology’s potential for harm if put in the wrong hands.
(19.12.2018) Kim Tae-woo also alleges that Cheong Wa Dae ignored his report concerning Korea Expressway Corp. chief Lee Kang-rae giving preferential treatment to Woo Je-chang in a coffee machine supply contract. Lee and Woo are both former Democratic Party lawmakers.
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The fortress walls of the Bank of England project an image of solidity, stability and impregnability. It matches the reputation it has tried to build over more than 400 years for sober analysis and, in recent years, steady impartiality.
Yet its defences have been infiltrated.
There’s really nothing like this feeling — knowing that people in another country have read about the place I call home and are shaking their heads over their coffee in disgust, sharing the article on Facebook and Twitter, and making comments on the online article like “creepy,” and “these are the people who don’t believe electricity exists.”
Award-winning journalist Claas Relotius had „made up stories and invented protagonists“ in approximately 14 out of 60 articles which appeared both in print and online editions. He had worked for Der Spiegel for seven years, winning numerous awards for his investigative journalism – including CNN’s Journalist of the Year award in 2014, according to the Guardian.
On the surface, the cryptically named Institute for Statecraft is a small charity operating from an old Victorian mill in Fife.
But explosive leaked documents passed to the Sunday Mail reveal the organisation’s Integrity Initiative is funded with £2million of Foreign Office cash and run by military intelligence specialists.
The “think tank” is supposed to counter Russian online propaganda by forming “clusters” of friendly journalists and “key influencers” throughout Europe who use social media to hit back against disinformation.
(12.12.2018) He was asked to perform at a gig at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, organised by university society Unicef on Campus.
The group has since apologised and the Students‘ Union says it „believes fully in freedom of speech“.
Konstantin told Radio 1 Newsbeat the experience reflects a growing trend of free speech becoming stifled on university campuses across the UK.
He shared the „behavioural agreement form“ online, saying the title „nearly made me puke“.
Oh dear. People’s Vote has always suffered from a slight problem with its name, which implies somehow that it wasn’t human beings who voted in the 2016 referendum – maybe they think it was cloven-hoofed beasts or potted plants who condemned us to Brexit. Its latest struggle with truth is not going to help it in its campaign to try to reverse the result of that referendum. Indeed, one of its arguments – that voters were somehow misguided by fibs by the Leave campaign – would seem to be somewhat undermined.
Perhaps the most infamous clip to be uploaded to date — uploaded December 1, it’s garnered almost six million views and over 7,000 shares in under a week — depicts masked individuals ambling through Paris‘ renowned Champs-Elysees. While they’re in plain clothes, and some legitimate protesters have worn masks, the procession all wear red armbands, a signifier of plain-clothes police in France.
(17.8.2018) There’s no need to be ashamed of being conned. Realizing that you’ve been, or are being, conned will naturally bring up feelings of embarrassment, but it’s never your fault that someone’s taken you for a ride. Get clear: conning someone is the crime; being conned is being a victim of that crime. That’s how the law sees it in fraud cases. Manipulators would love you to think that it’s your fault for allowing yourself to be manipulated, but that’s just another manipulation isn’t it?
Manipulators use one of our most astounding, useful, and beautiful human characteristics when they con us—empathy. Our innately trusting nature is the reason why we’ve been able to collaborate on large scales to create and innovate in extraordinary ways unseen anywhere else in the animal kingdom.
The Bank of England sparked a row today after publishing analysis of its ‘worst case Brexit scenario’ just 13 days ahead of a crucial Parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s deal.
The Remain campaign put economic risk front and centre – and they lost. And yet the anti-Brexit set still seem convinced that more gloomy prognostications will eventually bring Leave voters to their senses.
They’re wrong. So painfully wrong that it is hard not to put it down to pig ignorance.
Yesterday, the UK government and the Bank of England separately presented their analyses of several different ‘scenarios’ for the UK economy after Brexit. Unsurprisingly, given the anti-Brexit prejudices in establishment circles, both conclude that the best result for us would be to remain in the EU.
(28.11.2018) Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has dismissed the governor of the Bank of England as „a second-tier Canadian politician“ who „got a job in the UK“.
(25.10.2017) He added: “Mark Carney is one of the enemies of Brexit. He has opposed it consistently.”
Carney, the Canadian central banker who was handpicked in 2012 for his role at the Bank by George Osborne when chancellor, warned about the economic risks of Brexit during last year’s referendum campaign.
– Brexiteers have lashed out after the government issued Brexit deal forecasts
– Official government analysis admits every Brexit option is bad for the economy
– The PM’s proposals would see growth 2.5 per cent lower over a 15-year period
– But no-deal could deliver a 10 per cent hit to GDP, the new estimates suggest
Bank warns of immediate economic crash, GDP to fall by 8%, unemployment to rise to 7.5%
Fact not fantasy, as journalist Ian Birrell told the BBC back in the summer.
At the time, we might have been wondering if what we heard was merely the wishful fantasising of overzealous Remainers. The current deal shows that it was indeed a real Le Carré moment, a secret conversation about high political games.
But MPs would then stare into the „abyss“, she said, recognise that a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster and another referendum too risky, and would then approve the deal – perhaps slightly modified – when brought back to them a second time.
This is what ministers refer to as the „TARP model“ – as recently coined by former government aide Rupert Harrison.
For the uninitiated, TARP was the US scheme to bail out bust banks after the Crash in 2008.
Steve Baker, a former Brexit minister, accused Oliver Robbins, May’s chief civil service negotiator, and her most senior political aides of conspiring to bind Britain into a customs union with the EU in perpetuity.
Baker, who is now vice-chairman of the hardline European Research Group, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, said May’s Europe advisers Denzil Davidson and Ed de Minckwitz should be dismissed because they ignored the advice of elected ministers.
Tim Canova’s takes on what went wrong and the Florida recount insanity.
The special envoy has been working since January on the make-up of a committee to thrash out a new constitution and which would have 150 members: 50 proposed by the Syrian regime, 50 by the opposition and 50 by the UN, to include representatives of civil society and technical experts.
I think that an increasing number of participants in the settlement process serves this well. In essence, it was initially a proposal by the French president to join efforts of the Small Group and Astana process. That was actively supported by the Turkish president who initiated today’s meeting. I think it has served well,” Putin said.
Asked about chances for a second summit of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey on Syria, Putin answered that the sides “has not negotiated this yet, but everything is possible.”
(2.11.2017) When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.
The biggest mystery about the Russian military S-300 transfer to Syria is the sighting of only four launchers. Combined with some of the other issues involved, it seems that Moscow has used the S-300 system as a double bluff: its transfer to the SAA will not result in deterring the Israeli Air Force from conducting future strikes in Syria, nor will a full-fledged joint Russia-Syria air-defense system emerge.
The campaign official, Rick Gates, was ultimately not interested in the company’s work, a person with knowledge of the discussions told the Times.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are investigating Russian interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election, have obtained copies of the proposals and questioned Psy-Group employees, according to people familiar with those interviews, the Times reports.
According to the report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating foreign interference in the 2016 election, is closely examining these contacts. His office, the report said, has interviewed workers from Psy-Group and collected documents from the company’s headquarters in Israel.
A third proposal by the company, Psy-Group, which is staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, sketched out a monthslong plan to help Mr. Trump by using social media to help expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions. The proposals, part of what Psy-Group called “Project Rome,” used code names to identify the players — Mr. Trump was “Lion” and Mrs. Clinton was “Forest.” Mr. Cruz, who Trump campaign officials feared might lead a revolt over the Republican presidential nomination, was “Bear.”
Psy-Group has also alleged to have been involved in Israel’s efforts against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Times of Israel reported that these revelations, which came to light in a separate investigation, showed that Psy-Group registered the website outlawbds.com. The site was believed to contain a “blacklist” with photos and email addresses of individuals believed to support BDS, but outlawbds.com has since disappeared from the internet.
Messages leaked to Buzzfeed reveal the bizarre story of the „Tory First Battalion,“ a secret Twitter group formed to capitalise on the smear that the Labour party was anti-Semitic by coordinating and amplifying anti-Corbyn messages.
Druking hatte vor der Präsidentenwahl im Frühjahr 2017 die Manipulation von Kommentaren von Onlinenachrichten geleitet.
Die Ermittler gehen davon aus, dass der Politiker das Büro von Druking in Paju im November 2016 besuchte und stillschweigend sein Einverständnis zum Einsatz einer Software gegeben habe, mit der sich Kommentare manipulieren lassen.
Israeli investigator Noam Rotem has uncovered fake social media accounts spreading false rumors about the left and intensifying political opinions