Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media
March 17, 2011
Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda
The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.
A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.
The project has been likened by web experts to China’s attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.
The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as “sock puppets” – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.
Photos: David Petraeus, Obama reception
Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks
I lived for eight months in a humid chamber in the municipality of Saint-Gilles at Brussels.
I had no toilet and had to go to the pubs.
I had no hot water.
I had no bathroom or shower.
I had to leave my room through the garden and the basement every day and late at night I passed the cellar and the garden back to my room.
I was constantly bullied by some members of a Chechen family residing on the ground floor next to my room, whose son I released from prison.
I paid € 540 per month for the room which € 165 charge.
A given moment, I felt so sick and the situation was so unbearablehe that I was forced to flee the house and go to sleep in a small hotel.
Afterwards I found a shelter where I can stay for the moment for a small fee.
The attorney of the owner of the house, which had agreed to mediate and is a very distinguished man, wrote me yesterday that I have only to think of moving ‘because the home owner wants me to leave the home before the end of this month’…
A few years ago the Court of justice of Turnhout (Belgium) that covered the Zandvoort child pornography case decided that Morkhoven-activist Marcel Vervloesem and his alleged victims who were regular vistors of the gay bar Berkenmus in Morkhoven, had to submit a polygraph.
Only Marcel Vervloesem and one of the alleged victims were invited.
The polygraph test told that Marcel Vervloesem was telling the truth.
The so called victim began to cry and refused the test.
Afterwards nobody was no longer required to go to the polygraph.
The Court of justice of Turnhout concealed these facts.
It was just a way to continue the political trial against Marcel Vervloesem and to cover up the Zandvoort case.
Specialists say that screenings with a computer has no scientific basis and is abused to intimidate and accuse people.
December 4, 2013
According to latest research, a national support for US global engagement reached historically low level recently. The public thinks that the nation does too much to solve world problems, and increasing percentages want the US to “mind its own business internationally” and pay more attention to problems at home.
Read more at: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_12_04/Majority-of-Americans-believe-US-global-power-is-in-decline-7463/
December 4, 2013
Moscow, (SANA) – The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the terrorist attacks targeting places of worship and religious figures in Syria must stop, stressing the need to prepare a suitable atmosphere for holding the international conference on Syria “Geneva 2.”
Read more at: http://188.8.131.52/eng/22/2013/12/04/515823.htm
Pan-Arabism, Nationalist notion of cultural and political unity among Arab countries
Its origins lie in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when increased literacy led to a cultural and literary renaissance among Arabs of the Middle East. This contributed to political agitation and led to the independence of most Arab states from the Ottoman Empire (1918) and from the European powers (by the mid-20th century).
An important event was the founding in 1943 of the Baʿth Party, which formed branches in several countries and became the ruling party in Syria and Iraq.
Another was the founding of the Arab League in 1945.
Pan-Arabism’s most charismatic and effective proponent was Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser. After Nasser’s death, Syria’s Ḥāfiẓ al-Assad, Iraq’s Ṣaddām Ḥussein, and Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi tried to assume the mantle of Arab leadership.