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Europe Combats a New Foe of Political Stability: Fake News

Posted by hkarner - 22. Februar 2017

Date: 21-02-2017
Source: The New York Times

macron-ccEmmanuel Macron,  a French presidential candidate. The head of his party said Mr. Macron had been targeted by Russian news channels.

BRUSSELS — They scan websites and pore over social media, combing through hundreds of reports a day. But the bogus claims just keep coming.

Germans are fleeing their country, fearful of Muslim refugees. The Swedish government supports the Islamic State. The European Union has drafted rules to regulate the ethnicity of snowmen.

In their open-plan office overlooking a major thoroughfare in Brussels, an 11-person team known as East Stratcom, serves as Europe’s front line against this onslaught of fake news.

Created by the European Union to address “Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns,” the team — composed of diplomats, bureaucrats and former journalists — tracks down reports to determine whether they are fake. Then, it debunks the stories for hapless readers. In the 16 months since the team has been on the job, it has discredited 2,500 stories, many with links to Russia.

In a year when the French, Germans and Dutch will elect leaders, the European authorities are scrambling to counter a rising tide of fake news and anti-European Union propaganda aimed at destabilizing people’s trust in institutions. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns

Posted by hkarner - 17. Februar 2017

Date: 16-02-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and president

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Russia’s Bad Equilibrium

Posted by hkarner - 9. Februar 2017

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What Berlin Can and Can’t Do for the Liberal Order

Posted by hkarner - 31. Januar 2017

Date: 30-01-2017

Source: Foreign Affairs

Subject: Looking to Germany

With U.S. President Donald Trump poised to pull the United States back from global leadership and with the United Kingdom mired in a messy withdrawal from the European Union, Germany has emerged as the central economic and political power in Europe. Since German President Joachim Gauck’s much-lauded speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2014—“Let us thus not turn a blind eye,” he intoned, “not run from threats, but instead stand firm”—the country has shown its commitment to ensuring its own security and the continent’s. It has agreed to gradually increase its defense spending to reach NATO’s target of two percent of GDP and to create a credible European defense system. It made a unilateral decision in early 2015, for example, to send the Bundeswehr on a training mission to the north of Iraq and to join the military campaign against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) after France invoked the mutual defense clause of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty following the terrorist attacks on Paris in November 2015. Berlin has continued to help manage the crisis on Europe’s southern periphery, in Syria and Iraq, becoming a reliable partner to Washington at a time when the United States had significantly retrenched under former President Barack Obama. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Another Reset with Russia?

Posted by hkarner - 25. Januar 2017

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America’s Russian Hypocrisy

Posted by hkarner - 18. Januar 2017

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We would never do such a thing!

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2017

Date: 10-01-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: Kremlin Dismisses U.S. Intelligence Report on Hacking as ‘Witch Hunt’

Assertions that Russia tried to undermine elections called ‘tiresome

MOSCOW—A Kremlin spokesman dismissed an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community regarding Moscow’s alleged role in the U.S. elections as “amateur,” Russian news agencies said Monday.

“These accusations are quite tiresome,” the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Russian news outlets. “This is already reminiscent of a full-scale witch hunt.”

U.S. intelligence officials released a report Friday leveling broad accusations against Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and describing what it said were attempts by Moscow to carry out cyberattacks to undermine the November elections.

Russian officials had little initial comment on the report, which was made public at the end of the country’s weeklong New Year holiday. But on Monday, they were ridiculing the Obama administration and U.S. intelligence agencies.

These absolutely unsubstantiated allegations sound rather amateur and emotional, which is hardly applicable to the highly professional work of truly top-notch security services,” Mr. Peskov said. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump’s Unrealpolitik

Posted by hkarner - 5. Januar 2017

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Learning to Love a Multipolar World

Posted by hkarner - 1. Januar 2017

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Why Putin’s Economy Survives

Posted by hkarner - 31. Dezember 2016

Date: 30-12-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Conservative fiscal and monetary policies, plus an autocrat’s ability to impose austerity measures, keep Russia afloat where the Soviet Union sank

“Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart,” Russian President Vladimir Putin famously said in 2010. But he quickly added, “Whoever wants it back has no brain.”

Mr. Putin isn’t usually known as a savvy economic steward. Yet as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s collapse this week, his famed comments sum up the increasingly clear results of an epic historical experiment. To run that experiment, first, take two authoritarian regimes based in Moscow, one rooted in state-run socialism, the other in crony capitalism. Next, expose them both to a series of shocks: low oil prices, costly military adventures abroad, confrontation with the West and a sluggish economy in which political dictates override market forces. Then wait several years to see which regime survives.

When the Soviet Union confronted this array of challenges in the mid-1980s, it promptly collapsed. But facing very similar forces today, Mr. Putin’s government has survived—even thrived. What has made the difference, above all, is Mr. Putin’s devotion to conservative fiscal and monetary policies, coupled with an authoritarian’s ability to implement austerity measures without consulting his population. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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