Tag: Propaganda

Russia Depicts Wounded Soldiers as Heroes, or Not at All

A shell slammed into the ground just feet from where the Russian soldier was deployed, and the explosion tossed him into the air. “I felt my arm fall off, then a blow to my leg, everything slowed down, just a frozen picture in my eyes — no sounds, no other sensations,” said the soldier, Andrei, […]

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In Taiwan’s Elections, China Seems to Want a Vote

The first time I covered a Taiwan “election,” 38 years ago, the island was a dictatorship under martial law, with members of the opposition more likely to be tortured than to gain power. Government officials explained that modern democracy wasn’t fully compatible with Chinese culture, and one of my minders made a vague inquiry about […]

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Polish Right Occupies State TV, Refusing to Accept Loss of Power

Amid a turbulent change of power, Poland’s main state television news channel went abruptly off the air on Wednesday, as the former governing party sent legislators and other supporters to the public broadcasting headquarters to try to prevent new management from taking over. Members of the ousted former government staged a sit-in inside a building […]

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In Soldiers’ Remains, Russia Plots a Way to Reconcile With France

On a recent cloudy afternoon, the remains of three Russian soldiers were buried in virtual secrecy in a small corner of northeastern France. There were no Russian officials at the funeral. No Russian flag was hoisted. No Russian anthem was played. The soldiers had died on the French battlefield more than a century ago, fighting […]

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Disinformation Is Big Challenge as COP28 Opens in Dubai

As the world’s leaders gather this week at a major summit to discuss ways to address the effects of global warming, one of the greatest obstacles they face is disinformation. Among the biggest sources of false or misleading information about the world’s weather, according to a report released this week: influential nations, including Russia and […]

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Nikki Haley Renews Call for TikTok Ban After Bin Laden Letter Circulates

Nikki Haley ratcheted up her calls this week for the U.S. government to ban TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media platform, after some users, weighing in on the war between Israel and Hamas, promoted “Letter to America,” a text written by Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Ms. Haley, a Republican presidential contender […]

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Pro-Palestine Protesters Disrupt Fox News, Demand End to Propaganda

President Joe Biden has so far resisted calls for a cease-fire, though, telling reporters last week that there was “no possibility” of one. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer participated in a March for Israel rally on Tuesday. One of the speakers was far-right evangelical Pastor John Hagee, a […]

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As Xi Heads to San Francisco, Chinese Propaganda Embraces America

Not long ago, Chinese propaganda was warning that American attempts at easing tensions were mere performance. Its state security agency was urging people to be on guard against American spies. The country’s leader, Xi Jinping, declared that the United States was engaged in a campaign of “all-around containment, encirclement and suppression,” in remarks broadcast across […]

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Confessions of an AI deepfake propagandist: using ElevenLabs to clone Jill Biden’s voice

A recent deepfake video of First Lady of the United States Jill Biden, where she attacks her own husband President Biden’s political policies, highlights both the powerful speech potential and emerging challenges of advanced synthetic media technologies — especially in light of the pending and sure-to-be divisive 2024 U.S. general election. Created by filmmaker and […]

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Putin’s Next Target: U.S. Support for Ukraine, Officials Say

Russia’s strategy to win the war in Ukraine is to outlast the West. But how does Vladimir Putin plan to do that? American officials said they are convinced that Mr. Putin intends to try to end U.S. and European support for Ukraine by using his spy agencies to push propaganda supporting pro-Russian political parties and […]

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China Uses ‘Deceptive’ Methods to Sow Disinformation, U.S. Says

The State Department accused China on Thursday of using “deceptive and coercive methods” to shape the global information environment, by acquiring stakes in foreign newspapers and television networks, using major social media platforms to promote its views and exerting pressure on international organizations and media outlets to silence critics of Beijing. The accusations, detailed in […]

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Meet Vladimir Medinsky, Putin’s Ghostwriter

But who is he? Mr. Medinsky was born in the Cherkasy region of Ukraine in 1970. But he is not Ukrainian at all. His father was a military man and his childhood was spent traveling across the Soviet Union, from garrison to garrison. In this peripatetic environment, according to close acquaintances, Mr. Medinsky was brought […]

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China Sows Disinformation About Hawaii Fires Using New Techniques

When wildfires swept across Maui last month with destructive fury, China’s increasingly resourceful information warriors pounced. The disaster was not natural, they said in a flurry of false posts that spread across the internet, but was the result of a secret “weather weapon” being tested by the United States. To bolster the plausibility, the posts […]

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