The harsh reality is that “the genie has already been let out of the bottle”, so to speak, and short of a worldwide movement away from these platforms – which could also have the unintended consequences of disrupting activist outreaches and reinforcing groupthink – nothing will probably ever change much.
The head of the Hungarian foreign minister’s security team has been informed of Mr. Szijjártó’s inclusion on the list on the Ukrainian extremist website, and the required measures had been taken. Have the Ukrainian state-related institutions become a death threat for the European officials?
Unsubstantiated allegations about the interference of “Russian hackers” in the US presidential election and about China’s industrial espionage against American companies might someday look like a naive example of much ado about nothing, compared with what Washington is about to plunge into.
It’s somewhat bemusing to see Columbia University Assistant Professor of Journalism Keith Gessen lauded, for suggesting in The New York Times, that a more understanding perspective of Russia is lacking within US establishment circles. Coming from him in the so-called paper of record, one senses a kabuki element.
The situation around the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is heating up. And the government of Poroshenko is escalating tensions. Such extremist propaganda bull-horns like “Mirotvorets” just add more fuel to the fire. What if their slogans reach their aims?
This realization speaks to the effectiveness that Alt-Media outlets like RT have had in getting Americans to reconsider many of the positions that they were indoctrinated for their entire lives to believe, especially concerning the supposed “infallibility” of their political processes.
In this instance, despite the New Cold War between the US and China, simply branding the broadcasts that might be made out of the Mexican radio station by the Hong Kong-based company as “propaganda” wouldn’t suffice in getting Americans to ignore them because some folks could actually become more attracted to these messages because of it.
The New York Times’ report could backfire against its planners by reinforcing Trump and Maduro’s domestic positions, with the former using it as proof that there are indeed high-level traitors trying to sabotage a very sensitive part of his administration’s foreign policy in Latin America while the latter’s government has already said that the US is trying to carry out a regime change against it.
The only way for the American “deep state” to protect its interests and retain control of the domestic narrative is to paradoxically go against its publicly stated values of openness, free speech, and the marketplace of ideas.
The Western powers are moving inexorably towards Internet censorship, thereby facilitating the dissemination of propaganda and war indoctrination in their countries. In this context, an extremely violent tension is tearing apart the international scene.
Nepal’s present government isn’t comprised of Hindu traditionalists but of secular communists, though they understand the long-term challenge that foreign-backed religious minority organizations can pose to national stability.
There are of course some people who are legitimately worried about what’s happening in Xinjiang, but they could unwittingly be exploited as “useful idiots” for promoting weaponized fake news infowar schemes designed to sow distrust between China and its Muslim partners.