New Yorker: The Propaganda about ‘Russian Propaganda’

NEW YORKER late October, I received an e-mail from “The PropOrNot Team,” which described itself as a “newly-formed independent team of computer scientists, statisticians, national security professionals, journalists and political activists, dedicated to identifying propaganda—particularly Russian propaganda targeting a U.S. audience.” PropOrNot said that it had identified two hundred Web sites that “qualify as Russian propaganda outlets.” The sites’ reach was wide—they are read by at least fift...
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Stop the Putin Worship! He’s a Former KGB Thug Working for the Bankers

By Dave Hodges Being a former college basketball coach, I marvel at the skill of a good strategist who can carry out a game plan. Vladimir Putin would have been a great college basketball coach, a masterful poker player, great chess player, a top used car salesman and he is an excellent leader of his country when it comes to foreign policy. Putin has made the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and our government look amateurish. If it wasn’t for the fact that Putin has the potential to be one of...
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The Bear Goes Shirtless for New Calendar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bdBmdo1AWQ A new Russian calendar now allows its buyers to have a shirtless Vladimir Putin hanging around their homes all year long. One of the photos of the "All Year With the President of Russia," on sale in bookshops across Russia, features a picture of a shirtless Putin fishing, reports The Daily Telegraph. Other images show him working out, wearing military attire, and signing autographs for children, but the leader also shows his softer side, points...
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Russia has it’s own Internet Troll Army

Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as "Kremlin trolls," the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin's world vision on Russia, and the world. The Kremlin has always dabbled in propaganda, but in the past year its troll campaign has gone into overdrive, addin...
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Civil War Depicted in Robert Downey Jr. Film

There's a conflict brewing in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and it doesn't involve megalomaniac robots. After reaching a peace with their structure and roles on the superhero fighting team, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America have begun to clash ideologically. The stoic Steve, still reeling from revelations of widespread corruption in "The Winter Soldier," is starting to question the precepts he's followed blindly for so long. Tony, meanwhile, is drifting toward the desire for o...
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Netanyahu Compares Iran to Nazi Germany

In a speech already winning attention in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday compared Washington's deal with Iran to Europe's appeasement of Adolf Hitler which led to the Holocaust and world war. In a speech at a Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Netanyahu said, "Democracies cannot turn their eyes away from the dictatorships of the world that seek to spread their influence." He noted that "ahead of World War II, the world...
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Dmitry Kiselev: Russia’s Chief Spin Doctor

Russian state TV presenter Dmitry Kiselev has a reputation for extravagant tirades demonising the West, stigmatising homosexuals and portraying Ukraine as a country overrun by violent fascists. He also has the unusual distinction, for a journalist, of being targeted by EU sanctions - imposed in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea. Mr Kiselev delivered another of his anti-Western diatribes in the 30 March edition of Vesti Nedeli (News of the Week), his flagship current affairs show on t...
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Putin: America Is Godless, Has Turned Away from Christian Values

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the West, including the United States, for eschewing Christian values and opting instead for a “path to degradation.” In his State of the Nation speech last month, Putin asserted that, “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values… Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.” Russia has adopted new laws that ...
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