September 19, 2018

Meet the Trump administration’s newest hire: a lobbyist for pro-Russian separatists

Pro-Russian separatists in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) scored a major victory earlier this summer when they hired a pair of Trump campaign officials to help them lead their efforts to crack up BiH. Now, one of these lobbyists, Mike Rubino, has decided to take his talents to an even more prestigious destination: the White House. […]
September 17, 2018

Christian fundamentalists gathering in Moldova want you to know they’re not extremists

CHISINAU, MOLDOVA — The Russian, American, and European Christian fundamentalists who participated in the weekend’s World Congress of Families (WCF) conference want people to know that they are not, in fact, extremists. They’re just here for the children. The participants brought together by WCF — a joint Russian-American brainchild, started in the 1990s and a […]
September 16, 2018

Russian and American Christian fundamentalists vow to fight ‘totalitarianism’ of modern society

CHISINAU, MOLDOVA — A few days after barely escaping serious injury in a car crash, Moldovan President Igor Dodon wore a back brace to speak before a gathering of American and Russian Christian fundamentalists in Chisinau. While Dodon enthusiastically pledged fealty to the crowd of far-right religious activists, he wasn’t able to generate as much […]
September 14, 2018

Russian and American Christian fundamentalists join forces to further their shared agenda

CHISINAU, MOLDOVA — In a region defined by its relations with Russia, Moldova doesn’t garner the international headlines other former Soviet republics, like Ukraine and Georgia, can command. But this week, eyes are on Moldova as its capital city hosts a conference gathering some of the foremost Russian and American Christian fundamentalists, all of whom […]
September 7, 2018

BREAKING: George Papadopoulos, Trump’s former campaign adviser, sentenced to prison

After months of revelations about his connection to Russia’s hack of Hillary Clinton’s emails, former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is heading to prison for lying to the FBI. On Friday, a judge sentenced Papadopoulos to 14 days in prison and one year of supervised release — the latest blow to the White House, and […]
September 6, 2018

Twitter announces it’s finally banned Alex Jones

A month after platforms like Facebook and YouTube banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for harassment and glorifying violence, and a day after he appeared at Wednesday’s tech hearings in Washington, D.C., Twitter announced it had finally suspended both Jones and InfoWars from its platform. As CNN reported, Twitter booted Jones permanently on Thursday, citing Jones’ […]
September 6, 2018

Why do all these Daily Caller reporters keep appearing on Russian propaganda channels?

It’s been a rough week for the Daily Caller. First, The Atlantic identified former Daily Caller editor Scott Greer as the author of numerous posts on Richard Spencer’s white supremacist website. Then, the Columbia Journalism Review revealed that the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website praised Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson, who, according to the neo-Nazis, “is […]
September 5, 2018

Facebook says it’s ended data-sharing agreement with controversial Chinese firm

During Wednesday’s Senate social media hearing with higher-ups from Facebook and Twitter, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) honed in on one topic that has generated significant backlash: Facebook’s data-sharing agreements with some 60 different companies. The program, highlighted by the New York Times earlier this summer, was launched before Facebook had developed its own mobile app, allowing […]
September 4, 2018

Here’s what the U.S.’s fake Facebook campaign in Cuba consisted of

The list of government-backed social media interference efforts got a surprising addition last month when a news report revealed that the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), a U.S. government media outfit aimed at Cuban audiences, had plotted out a series of “non-branded” Facebook pages to reach Cuban audiences. Coming on the heels of revelations about Russian […]
August 31, 2018

China bites back at U.S. suggestion of sanctions over concentration camps

Earlier this week, a bipartisan slate of senators took a public, and unprecedented, stance against China’s ongoing campaign to detain upwards of a million ethnic Uyghurs in concentration camps across China’s west. And if China’s response is anything to go by, the senators touched a nerve. The Chinese government is rounding up Muslims and throwing […]