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U.S. Citizen, Believed Executed in Syrian Prison, Heightens Fears for Others - WSJ
Qutaiba Idlbi, a Syrian native who left the country in 2013 following several detentions there, said Ms. Shweikani had been part of a loose network of activists in Damascus who, among other things, organized pro-democracy protests at the start of the Arab Spring movement in 2011, and moved toward humanitarian work as the war intensified.

He said the activists didn’t establish a formal organization, which would have attracted too much attention. Still, the Assad regime apparently was able to infiltrate the group, and Ms. Shweikani was among the last of her circle to be arrested, on Feb. 19, 2016, Mr. Idlbi said.
USA  Mar15  execution  activism 
9 hours ago by elizrael
Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, Reports Say
The reports noted how the incomplete information had caused problems. Because Google did not provide any data on how many times Russian-created videos were watched or shared on YouTube, researchers were forced to search for the videos through alternative websites to re-create how widely the propaganda had been shared.
Google’s data from 2014 to 2018 was “remarkably scarce,” the report from researchers at Oxford and Graphika said.
Facebook’s failure to provide comments that users made about divisive Russian-created posts also made it difficult to gauge how the propaganda was received, the reports said. The company also had once said it received just “a few hundred thousand dollars of ads” from Russian actors, which the reports said was too dismissive. In fact, Russian agents spent “far more than the only $100,000 of Facebook ads,” said one report, and their impact was far greater.
culture_of_online_life  Adtech  video  usa  politics 
15 hours ago by seatrout
How Trump Made War on Angela Merkel and Europe | The New Yorker
This past July, on the final day of the NATO summit in Brussels, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, proposed a closed-door emergency meeting. The emergency was Donald Trump.
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18 hours ago by travellersam
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19 hours ago by alvar
More Powerful Than a Russian Troll Army: The National Enquirer
With the news last week that The Enquirer had admitted to federal prosecutors that it made the catch-and-kill payment to influence the election, it’s worth stepping back and appreciating the unlikely role played by the supermarket tabloid and its parent company, American Media Inc., in electing the 45th president of the United States.
Now that federal prosecutors have cleared away some of the fog that shrouded the 2016 campaign, it’s easy to see that The Enquirer was more than just a publication that puffed up Mr. Trump while going after his rivals.
It was the real-world embodiment of the fantasy online world of trolls, Russian and domestic, who polluted the political discourse. From its perches at Publix and Safeway, it was often doing the same job as Alex Jones, of the conspiracy site Infowars, and the more strident Trump campaign surrogates on Twitter and Facebook.
The Enquirer spread false stories about Hillary Clinton — illnesses concealed, child prostitution, bribery, treason. Each cover trumpeting these tales was arguably more powerful than a tweet from an account with millions of followers.
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21 hours ago by seatrout
US credit markets dry up as volatility rattles investors | Financial Times
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