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Op-Ed: Trump has given Americans a crash-course on propaganda

Donald Trump's election gave the United States its first Twitter-based presidency - while giving Americans a crash-course on how to use misinformation and outright lies as a propaganda tool in moving your agenda forward.

Banned at home but thriving abroad: China's social media campaign

Bejing - More than 78 million Facebook users follow the page of the state-run China Daily, where they are served a diet of largely positive -- and government-approved -- stories about the authoritarian country.

North Korea to halt Mass Games after Kim fury: tour firms

Seoul - North Korea will temporarily suspend its spectacular "Mass Games" propaganda displays from next week, travel agencies said Wednesday, after leader Kim Jong Un censured the show's content.

North Korea's Mass Games return but Kim unhappy

Seoul - Tens of thousands of performers in Pyongyang took part in the first of North Korea's spectacular "Mass Games" propaganda displays for 2019, but the show left leader Kim Jong Un unimpressed.

Op-Ed: Dictators using Facebook against citizens? You don’t say?

Sydney - The dribbling madness of U.S. politics isn’t the only thing that happens on social media. Social media sufferers may not be too surprised that some governments and various other official criminals are using Facebook to kill their own people.

EU, US police cripple Islamic State media mouthpieces

Den Haag - European and US police forces have struck at the heart of Islamic State's propaganda machine, seizing servers and "punching a hole" in its ability to spread its radical jihadist message online.

Spanish police seize pro-Catalan referendum pamphlets

Madrid - Spanish police on Sunday seized 1.3 million pamphlets and posters supporting Catalonia's independence referendum, the latest move to try to block the vote.

IS propaganda arm weakened by military setbacks: study

Washington - The IS group's propaganda machine, largely credited with effectively attracting fresh recruits, has been weakened by military setbacks in Iraq and Syria, a US study said Tuesday.

S. Korea to ramp up border propaganda broadcasts to North: Report

Seoul - The South Korean military is planning to ramp up its propaganda broadcasts targeting North Korean troops by doubling the number of loudspeakers along the heavily-fortified border, a report said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty can't cope with Putin propaganda

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum and British journalist Edward Lucas assert in a Washington Post op-ed that U.S. funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) "cannot provide a complete response" to the danger of Russian disinformation.

Op-Ed: Voice of America or Voice of Castro without any balance?

U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) has just helped Fidel Castro promote his communist legacy in a report without one word of balance.

N. Korea video depicts imagined submarine attack on Washington

Seoul - North Korea released a new propaganda video Saturday titled "Last Chance", showing a submarine-launched nuclear missile laying waste to Washington and concluding with the US flag in flames.

North Korea invents 'hangover-free alcohol'

North Korea claims it has invented hangover-free alcohol. The reclusive dictatorship says it has perfected a liquor that doesn't cause nasty after-effects.

'Bang' goes the K-pop message for Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - The recent up-beat K-pop hit "Bang, Bang, Bang" and a mournful ballad about a "death angel," were on the playlist when South Korea restarted propaganda broadcasts into the North on Friday.

Op-Ed: Reform needed for U.S. soft power to work

U.S. needs more money for more soft power outreach abroad, but Congress and the president must first reform Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Chinese state TV fights for Xi's right to rule via rap

Bejing - China's state television broadcaster has proved a poor match for rap giants Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg and Tupac, with Internet users on Wednesday slamming a cartoon video it released to get people revved up about government reform.

Limelight-hungry IS ups the ante with violence

Birut - As the Islamic State jihadist group comes under growing military pressure, its prodigious propaganda output has slowed somewhat but turned increasingly gruesome in a bid to keep in the headlines.

Op-Ed: Morons at work — U.S., UK imply IS downed Russian plane

Sydney - Giving IS credit for knocking down the Russian plane in Sinai is the equivalent of giving them free publicity and improving their credibility. That such a basic forensic investigation could be so mismanaged reflects no credit on anyone.

Op-Ed: Voice of America in intellectual twilight zone against Putin

U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) turned its back on famous British-American historian of Soviet crimes Robert Conquest.

Op-Ed: Kudos to RFE/RL

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is showing courage and practices good journalism in response to threats from Putin propaganda and disinformation.

Op-Ed: Voice of America disappoints

U.S. taxpayer funded Voice of America (VOA) has problems offering timely analysis of Kremlin propaganda, such as President Putin's latest defense of the Hitler-Stalin Pact which launched World War II.

Op-Ed: Walter Isaacson on U.S. media and public diplomacy

American writer Walter Isaacson, in a Broadcasting Board of Governors conversation about U.S. public diplomacy and news outreach abroad, did not get web and social media coverage from Voice of America.

Ukraine outlaws Communist names in fresh break with Soviet past

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday outlawed Communist names, symbols and even songs in a fresh break with the country's Soviet past as its soldiers fight pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Op-Ed: Chinese dissident criticizes Obama, praises Hillary Clinton

In a Voice of America interview, a blind Chinese dissident blamed the Obama White House for trying to force him out of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he had sought refuge in 2012, but praised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her help.

Op-Ed: Disappearance of Putin is most likely a propaganda ploy

Russian President Vladimir Putin may have staged his own disappearance to score propaganda points against gullible Western media.

Op-Ed: War of Words: Jihadi propaganda needs to be overcome, not stopped

The solution to the menace that is online jihadist propaganda is a bottom-up one, not a top-down one as is being currently advocated by those who ought to know better.

Op-Ed: Putin's Russian victimhood on Voice of America

Western media both expose, but often just report, Putin's Russian victimhood propaganda claims, while poor management at Voice of America and insufficient funding from Congress prevent U.S. broadcaster from effectively countering Kremlin's disinformation.

Op-Ed: Propaganda war in which Voice of America helps Putin

Because of gullibility of officials in charge of U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA), the Obama Administration is helping President Putin win disinformation and propaganda war over Ukraine with some of VOA's reports and programs.

Op-Ed: Slant I am

Slant. We all have it. Race, religion, creed. Right, left. Gay, straight. Like Bill O'Reilly, we stake out a territory and defend it. A journalist without slant is nothing but a copy clerk.

Op-Ed: Japan's political steamroller

Tokyo - As Japan's ruling coalition prepares to announce agreement on a new collective security framework, propaganda machines worldwide are shifting into high gear.
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