Tag: Propaganda

In Hong Kong, Playing Tennis With Tear-Gas Grenades

HONG KONG – President Trump has called the pro-democracy protests here “riots,” and China has in effect denounced participants as terrorists. Yet even when chaos reigns during clashes with the police, protesters clean up litter from the battlefield. Medics stand by to assist those injured. Crowds part like the Red Sea to let ambulances through. […]

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Beijing’s Hong Kong Strategy: More Arrests, No Concessions

HONG KONG — The arrests on Friday of prominent democracy activists in Hong Kong reflect a tactical escalation by China’s leaders, one that they hope will curb the escalating street violence of recent weeks, but which could run the risk of prolonging protests in the city for many more months. Officials in Beijing, along with […]

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Shareholders No Longer Riding Shotgun, Say American Automakers

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China’s Soft-Power Failure: Condemning Hong Kong’s Protests

Images of masked thugs massing in Hong Kong’s streets. Unproven allegations that protesters are being led by the C.I.A. Comparisons between activists and Nazis. As protests continue to roil Hong Kong’s streets, China’s state-led propaganda machine has gone into overdrive to persuade the world that radical Hong Kong protesters have put the city in peril. […]

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Toxic Nostalgia Breeds Derangement

In 2014, Peter Pomerantsev, a British journalist born in the Soviet Union, published “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” which drew on his years working in Russian television to describe a society in giddy, hysterical flight from enlightenment empiricism. He wrote of how state-controlled Russian broadcasting “became ever more twisted, the need to incite […]

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‘Retake Hong Kong’: A Movement, a Slogan and an Identity Crisis

HONG KONG — He has been locked up for more than a year in a secluded island jail, but the bespectacled 28-year-old inmate, Edward Leung, is the closest thing Hong Kong’s tumultuous and leaderless protest movement has to a guiding light. He coined the protesters’ most widely chanted and, for China, most subversive slogan; he […]

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Is a Crackdown Coming in Hong Kong?

With the Hong Kong government paralyzed by mass protests, the chances of armed intervention from Beijing, once unthinkable, are rising by the day. Far from hiding its intent, Beijing has been parading it in full view over the past week. The protesters, initially reviled as mobs, have been rebranded by Chinese officials as criminals and […]

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The Battle for Hong Kong Is Being Fought in Sydney and Vancouver

MELBOURNE — As the police deploy tear gas against protesters on the streets of Hong Kong, another battle is raging less visibly: the one for narrative control. After weeks of asserting that the unrest had been orchestrated by foreign “black hands,” Chinese officials on Monday accused protesters of showing the first signs of “terrorism.” Such […]

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China Is Waging a Disinformation War Against Hong Kong Protesters

BEIJING — When a projectile struck a Hong Kong woman in the eye this week as protesters clashed with the police, China responded quickly: Its state television network reported that the woman had been injured not by one of the police’s bean bag rounds, but by a protester. The network’s website went further: It posted […]

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Back At It Again: Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief Attempts to Connect Epstein Death to Clintons

Photo: Getty Images The Leader of the (allegedly) Free World is once again circulating baseless conspiracy theories—this time concerning the suicide death of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of operating a global sex-trafficking ring in which underage girls were sexually abused and raped. In this case, Trump retweeted “comedian” and Trump supporter Terrence […]

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In China, Where ‘Education’ Is Indoctrination and ‘Students’ Are Muslim Detainees

HOTAN, China — The muscular young Uighur man sat uncomfortably, glancing occasionally at three Chinese officials in the room, as he described his state-mandated salvation in a re-education camp. The man, Abduweili Kebayir, 25, explained how watching Islamic videos on his phone landed him in one of China’s notorious indoctrination camps for Muslims for eight […]

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The Unlikely American Target of China’s Conspiracy Theories on Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Many explanations have been put forward to explain why Hong Kong, a city famous for its orderly ways, has been convulsed by nine weeks of increasingly violent protests. The most immediate is fury at a proposed law that would have allowed extradition to mainland China. There is also anger at astronomical property […]

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China Reacts to Trade Tariffs and Hong Kong Protests by Blaming U.S.

BEIJING — A popular news anchor watched by hundreds of millions of Chinese poured scorn on the United States, using an obscenity to accuse it of sowing chaos. A prominent official blamed Washington directly for the antigovernment protests upending Hong Kong. Pointed hostility toward America, voiced by Chinese officials and state-run news organizations under the […]

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As Domestic Troubles Mount, China Points Finger at U.S.

BEIJING — A popular news anchor watched by hundreds of millions of Chinese poured scorn on the United States, using an obscenity to accuse it of sowing chaos. A prominent official blamed Washington directly for the antigovernment protests upending Hong Kong. Pointed hostility toward America, voiced by Chinese officials and state-run news organizations under the […]

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A Provocateur on the Front Lines of China’s War of Words With the U.S.

BEIJING — Inside a bustling, 700-person newsroom in downtown Beijing, Hu Xijin leads a 24-hour propaganda machine that some media scholars call China’s Fox News. Mr. Hu was one of the first to defend China’s vast detention of Muslims against international criticism. His newspaper has described Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as crazy. Thirty years […]

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You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions. Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce […]

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Messages on the Moon From a World Turned Upside Down

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] As a science-fiction writer, I am often asked to comment on our failure to live up to the grand visions conjured by the Apollo program and the science fiction of half a […]

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