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An objective analyses of Putin strategic goals.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has been playing an aggressive game of chess against the West. What’s he up to? Here’s everything you need to know:
How powerful is Putin?
In Russia, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, 64, rules like a czar, with near-total control of the country. A former KGB agent, he is a secretive, self-disciplined geopolitical strategist who, unlike most Russian men, doesn’t drink at all. He presides over a cult of personality that seems comical to outsiders — images of him shirtless on horseback, tracking down a Siberian tiger, or diving in the Black Sea to retrieve ancient artifacts are common in Russian media. But his macho nationalism resonates with the many Russians who longed for a strong leader after the chaos of the Soviet collapse. Putin’s regime is deeply entangled with the Russian oil industry and the country’s billionaire oligarchs; as a result, his…
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First posted 1/02/2017
In this post I offer a screenshot timeline of the disinformation campaign
against Hillary Clinton from June through November of 2016, though
GOP smears against her go back decades.
This post was first published as A Gilded Throne of Lies: The Right-
Wing War on Truth.
I’ve changed the title to illustrate what the U.S. government confirms
as fact: Russia attacked the United States with a new form of
propaganda spread by new technologies.
“Russian disinformation takes its roots from the Soviet dezinformatsiya, which consisted of operations aimed at influencing opinion in the West through fakes and forged ‘disinformation’.
in Russia, press freedom has been very limited.
The tradition of opposition media was totally annihilated during the communist era and despite the hopes for the development of free media environment after the collapse of the USSR, Russia has followed the path of heavy propaganda. Recently, a new global strategy has been set in motion, linked to the notion of soft power.
President Putin himself recognized the concept of weaponisation of information. In a 2014 interview, he declared: “The rapid progress of electronic media has made news reporting enormously important and turned it into a formidable weapon that enables public opinion manipulations. The intense media warfare has become a mark of the times, when certain nations attempt to monopolize the truth and use it in their own interests”. Since then, the so-called “weaponisation of the information” has become an essential tool of Russian foreign policy, and several specialists acknowledged that Russia has been using information as a weapon. The term “information warfare” was coined a while ago, taking its roots in the Cold War and the rise of communication technologies, however, “weaponisation of information” appears to be a rather new phenomenon.
Russian propaganda has evolved in sophistication, intensity, reach and impact.
Russian efforts are carefully orchestrated, thoughtfully targeted, generously funded and professionally produced.
The truth is not important and there is a strong sense of relativism.
The Kremlin exploits the idea that the ‘truth’ is a lost cause and that reality is essentially malleable.”
In simple terms, weaponised disinformation is the use of mass media to subvert reality to such a degree that the people are no longer able to trust their own perceptions.
Russian Disinformation as a weapon works to erode the trust between the
people and their institutions.
This trust is essential to the success of free and open democracies.
The result of this attack against the United States was that false allegations based on a daily leak of unverified rumors about Hillary Clinton dominated the media despite video taped evidence of Donald Trump bragging about his sexual assaults on women.
Despite the revelation that he has not paid taxes in decades.
Despite accusations of the rape of a child.
Despite his own demonstrable lack of insight, qualifications, and
fitness to be President.
Even now, as our government attempts to assess the damage of this attack, Trump’s team argues that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia are excessive.
The incoming President doesn’t think an attack on our political process
is a big deal.
How did this happen?
Let’s review a timeline on Russia’s 2016 assault on reality that gave the
Presidency to Donald Trump.
There is no evidence for any of the accusations made against Clinton
or the Democrats in the clippings below.