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Linguist, lawyer, writer, refugee, immigrant • Analyzing propaganda, media, Russia, Ukraine, post-USSR • • Inclusion•Innovation
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28 Mar
Be careful what you wish for in #Russia? Russian commission says @navalny requested painkiller injections in prison, after an open letter from Russian doctors asked for medical assistance for his severe back & leg pain. But Navalny's lawyers don't seem to know of the request.
@navalny Maybe I'm too cynical. But I worry about Navalny getting injections in a Russian prison. What a convenient way to harm him. Putin is a killer after all. And Navalny wouldn't be in prison if he wasn't a serious threat to Putin. Navalny should have his doctor administer injections.
@navalny I mean, Putin already had a death squad smear a chemical weapon on Navalny's underpants while the guy was traveling. Now he's a sitting duck. Why wouldn't killer Putin use Navalny's back pain as an opportunity to kill him in prison? Want more than ibuprofen? Sure thing, Alexey.😨 Image
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26 Mar
💥Dominion Voting Systems Files Defamation Suit v. FOXNEWS, accused of pushing disinformation & lies for profit

"Fox took a small flame and turned it into a forest fire… sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes"…
“As the dominant media company among those viewers dissatisfied with the election results, Fox gave these fictions a prominence they otherwise would never have achieved.”

Voting-Machine Company Dominion Sues Fox News Over Election Claims…
When does Dominion sue Trump? He tweeted lies about its voting machines 34 times. The 1st: 186K retweets. Altogether ~1.4 MILLION RTs. Trump lies were integral to FoxNews lies, together creating a firehose of disinformation so toxic, radicalized terrorists attacked US Capitol.
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14 Mar
US Army reservist arrested in Jan.6 Capitol attack was a known white supremacist. Coworkers said Timothy Hale-Cusanelli of Colts Neck NJ was a Nazi sympathizer and even grew a “Hitler mustache” while working as a Navy contractor with security clearance.…
US Army reservist was so openly racist about killing Jewish, Black & disabled people, coworkers were afraid to report him. Arguably worse: His supervisor said he knew Hale-Cusanelli was a Nazi sympathizer & Holocaust denier but didn’t mention it b/c he wasn’t personally offended. Image
😳Neo-Nazi Capitol rioter & Army reservist Hale-Cusanelli told ppl
◾️Hitler should’ve finished the job
◾️Babies born w/ disabilities should be shot
◾️He’d’ve killed all the Jews & eat them for breakfast lunch & dinner—w/o seasoning b/c the salt from their tears would be flavorful Image
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13 Mar
🚨Kremlin crackdown Saturday: Police in Moscow Raid Pro-Democracy Forum, arrest over 180 people from across #Russia, including elected officials, activists & journalists. Among them @vkaramurza, victim of 2 assassination attempts per @bellingcat…
@vkaramurza @bellingcat #Russia: “I've never seen a whole conference arrested… Kafka would probably envy what’s happening in our country. He couldn’t possibly have had enough imagination,” opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza said of today's raid on a pro-democracy educational forum in Moscow.
@vkaramurza @bellingcat #Russia|n authorities can't get their pretexts straight. First they said they raided the pro-#democracy Independent Deputies Forum b/c "undesirable" NGO Open Russia sponsored it.

TASS however reported police accused participants of violating COVID restrictions, apparently false.
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1 Mar
UN Human Rights Experts Demand Immediate Release of #Navalny From Russian Penal Colony, Urge Global Probe of Poisoning
via ⁦…
"Novichok was precisely chosen to cause fear…a sinister warning” that any Kremlin critic would suffer same fate as #Navalny.

UN #HumanRights experts sent #Russia a letter last December detailing evidence of 🇷🇺govt officials’ involvement in poisoning. Kremlin never responded. Image
“Given the inadequate response,…use of prohibited chemical weapons,…pattern of attempted targeted killings,” UN human rights experts call an international investigation into #Navalny poisoning a “matter of urgency.”

“Critical” now b/c he’s in prison under #Russia’s control. Image
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23 Feb
I've heard a lot of gaslighting, but @RonJohnsonWI calling Trump supporters—coming from a Trump rally—"Jovial, friendly and earnest" takes the cake.
@RonJohnsonWI GOP Senators complicit in a TERRORIST attack on the US Capitol by PARAMILITARY EXTREMISTS to keep Trump in power are today whitewashing, gaslighting, deflecting their own complicity. They have no business overseeing any investigation into a deadly insurrection they helped incite.
@RonJohnsonWI I don't know if Ron Johnson is Russian asset, but he's surely Putin's favorite Senator. His history of advancing Russian disinformation & conspiracy theories is long. Seems noticeably worse after GOP Senators' 2018 July 4th trip to Russia, after which he urged lifting sanctions.
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21 Feb
Paramilitary Oath Keeper indicted in Jan.6 conspiracy says she was providing security to Trump rally speakers—and legislators—marching to Capitol. Says she met w/ Secret Service, given VIP rally pass.

Getting closer to Roger Stone. He was fundraising for security for Jan 5-6.
🤯This is the coup Trump plotted, getting paramilitaries to storm US Capitol. Indicted Watkins said the OathKeepers wore military gear on Jan. 6 expecting to "have a role" when Trump invoked the Insurrection Act to use the military to overturn the…
Watkins' defense basically says she wasn't overthrowing the govt b/c Trump was POTUS & he ordered it. She thought she was doing her duty. But she was just one of Trump's "suckers & losers," manipulated by a conman to betray her country. She should be furious. He ruined her life.
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13 Feb
Like all things Trump, the #ImpeachmentTrial hovers somewhere between high drama & high farce. The Senate just broke out in laughter b/c Trump's personal injury lawyer demanded 100 witnesses be deposed, and in his office in Philly, dammit. Senators now voting on witnesses.
#Breaking 5 GOP Senators Vote to Call Witnesses. There will be witnesses at Trump's #ImpeachmentTrial.

First it was 4, then Lindsey Graham changed his vote.
Meanwhile, McConnell will acquit Trump w/ or w/o witnesses. He also says that Republicans can vote their conscience. Which just highlights how Banana Republican the GOP is. They have to be told to vote their conscience by their leader who has none. #ImpeachmentTrial
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12 Feb
NEW: Trump had NO intention of calling the rioters off. Kevin McCarthy pleaded w/ him on a call on Jan 6. But Trump didn't care. He wanted it to happen. He knew the danger. And facilitated it by doing nothing.

Wow. Republicans are speaking on the record. #ImpeachmentTrial
.@JakeTapper: So during the insurrection, GOP leader calls Trump to call off the mob. And Trump says, "well, Kevin, I guess they care more about the election than you do." As terrorists attack the Capitol & kill people.

This #ImpeachmentTrial is not over.
@jaketapper Here's the story: New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters. A furious McCarthy told Trump rioters were breaking into his office through the windows, and said, "Who the f--k do you think you are talking to?"…
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12 Feb
Trump's legal case today will be short. Expect an onslaught of diversionary #whataboutism & false equivalence—the propaganda content from Foxnews & RW media maligning BLM racial justice protests w/ cherrypicked images of Black people yelling & buildings burning. #ImpeachmentTrial
Bigly gaslighting & whataboutism hits every agitprop point: Witch hunt, completely divorced from facts. No serious person could believe Trump incited insurrection. Nothing in the text could ever be construed… Russia didn't hack the election… Cancel culture! 🙄#ImpeachmentTrial
Schoen says Dems rely on rumors—Even on reporter @AndrewFeinberg who once worked for Sputnik! Then plays disinformation montage of people saying "reportedly". Says, Doubt the evidence b/c Ds manipulated video & tweets. But admits a tweet's wrong date was fixed. #ImpeachmentTrial
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11 Feb
DeGette: The crowd chanted the same words as Trump—at the rally and again during the Capitol siege: "Fight like Hell, Fight for Trump. Stop the Steal." They responded to his calls and followed his instructions. They said he invited them, he told them to do it. #ImpeachmentTrial
Raskin: Michigan Capitol siege was a dress rehearsal for storming US Capitol. Trump praised it, sided w/ the extremists against Gov Whitmer. Even after violent extremists were arrested for assassination plot, Trump vilified HER—not the violent insurrectionists. #ImpeachmentTrial
If you're not shaking, you're not paying attention. Trump's sociopathy is fully exposed. He unleashed violent extremists & radicalized Americans to turn against each other so he can stay in power. He happily incites violence, even civil war. A Putin goal BTW. #ImpeachmentTrial
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10 Feb
Raskin: Trump praised, encouraged & cultivated violence. He became the Inciter-in-Chief. The Jan 6 mob organized openly. They were sent here by the President. They were invited here by him. When they showed up, he whipped them into a frenzy to "fight like hell." #ImpeachmentTrial
.@RepJoeNeguse: This wasn't just a speech. It didn't just happen. Trump's words were carefully chosen. They had specific meaning to that crowd. He repeated the same words—the drumbeat—for wks: Election was stolen —Stop the Steal—Fight Like Hell to Stop the Steal #ImpeachmentTrial
Rep Neguse: Trump's speech was part of a carefully crafted plan. The crowd understood his words b/c they had heard them before—for months. His rally speech ended w/ a final call to arms, to the mob he assembled & incited to violently stop the transfer of power. #ImpeachmentTrial
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9 Feb
“If that’s not an impeachable offense, there is no such thing.”—Lead #Impeachment Manager @RepRaskin says, after showing the #ImpeachmentTrial Exhibit-1—a harrowing montage of video from Jan 6, from Trump speaking at StopTheSteal rally to the pro-Trump mob attacking the Capitol. Image
@RepRaskin "Presidents cannot inflame insurrection in their final days and then walk away."—#Impeachment Manager @RepJoeNeguse, after presenting the constitutional arguments based on plain text, precedent & conlaw scholarship that Senate has jurisdiction & must try Trump. #ImpeachmentTrial Image
@RepRaskin @RepJoeNeguse .@davidcicilline: After a betrayal like this, there can be no unity w/o accountability. Trump incited a violent mob to attack the Capitol to overturn an election he lost. People died. This was a national tragedy. A disaster for our standing in the world. #ImpeachmentTrial Image
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30 Jan
Lest we forget Trump's other treason >> ‘The perfect target’: Russia cultivated Trump as asset for 40 years – ex-KGB spy Yuri Shvets reveals in new @craigunger book "American Kompromat" | via @guardian @SmithInAmerica…
KGB operatives told Trump he should enter politics. “It was a charm offensive…he was extremely vulnerable intellectually, and psychologically…prone to flattery." Russians pretended to be impressed w/ Trump. Told him he should be POTUS one day; that he could change the world👀 Image
KGB flattered Trump while feeding him talking points on a 1987 trip to Russia. Soon after returning to US, Trump began exploring a run for GOP nomination, held a campaign rally in NH & bought full-page ad in NYT, WaPo & Boston Globe—expressing skepticism about US paying for NATO. Image
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29 Jan
🔑Stanley: Fascism is a way of seizing power that uses a particular style of propaganda. If we only think of fascism as a type of govt or an ideology, we may recognize it too late—AFTER it’s transformed our political system. The goal is to stop fascism BEFORE it becomes a regime.
"You can have a regime that's a democracy…but if you have massive racial injustice & massive inequality, then you’re going to have fascist social & political forces…to deal w/ potential uprisings from its impoverished minority neighborhoods that protect its fancy neighborhoods"
Prof Jason Stanley: Fascism is usually a cult of the leader who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by immigrants, minorities & leftists.… So we need to think about fascist tactics & all the background conditions that make these tactics effective.
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27 Jan
Since it’s #HolocaustRemembranceDay , let’s connect the dots between far-right domestic terrorism & QAnon. Marjorie Taylor Greene isn’t just a conspiracy theorist nutjob. She’s pushing modern-day Nazism, rebranded for US racists, using tropes & language of anti-Semitic propaganda
QAnon conspiracy theory builds on centuries-old anti-Semitic tropes & lies. Its main tenet—a global cabal—is familiar from Nazi fascism. QAnon members openly blame Jews—Rothschilds & perversely George Soros—himself a Holocaust survivor—for their…
QAnon Is a Nazi Cult, Rebranded. Genocide scholar says Q conspiracy theory is early warning sign of genocidal violence, citing parallels to Protocols of Zion, notorious Blood Libel conspiracy theory created by Russian propagandists & taught in Nazi…
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18 Jan
Coup plot twist: A witness told the FBI a woman took Speaker Pelosi’s computer device during the Capitol siege intending to sell it to “a friend in Russia”—who planned to sell it to the SVR foreign intelligence agency. The witness said the transfer fell thru for unknown reasons.
UPDATE: Riley WILLIAMS has been arrested. She's the woman alleged in a plot to sell Pelosi's laptop to "a friend in Russia."

It should shock no one if Russian agents were involved in #CapitolSiege. Insurrection by "patriots" fed disinformation is a Kremlin specialty.
Hmm. This tweet about Riley WILLIAMS "in jail" has been deleted. Apparently only an arrest warrant has been issued, charging Williams with violent entry or disorderly conduct, and entering the restricted space of the Capitol (Per CNN). But Williams has NOT been arrested. Yet.
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17 Jan
Proud Boys heard Trump loud & clear: "The messages show the group repeatedly invoking President Trump’s rhetoric in the weeks leading to the Jan. 6 protest"—WSJ, after review of 1000s of posts on Parler, Telegram & Gab where the extremists rallied ppl to come to DC. #CapitolSiege
"On Parler, where the group’s official account had more than 340,000 followers before the platform went offline last week, Mr. Tarrio said…Proud Boys would be able to put a thousand “BOOTS ON THE GROUND” and "…in record numbers on Jan. 6.”
Flyer: POTUS WANTS YOU IN DC ON 1/06 Image
After Trump tweet to "be there, will be wild" about Jan. 6 rally, the Proud Boys Long Island chapter posted that Trump supporters have been “WAITING FOR THE GREEN LIGHT FROM THE PRESIDENT.”

“Everyone who said ‘Mr. President, just say when?’ He just did."

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17 Jan
He’s back in #Russia. Alexey @Navalny exits airplane & takes shuttle to Sheremetyevo Airport, diverted from Vnukovo, where supporters and journalists were arrested awaiting his return from Berlin, Germany, where he recovered from assassination attempt.
@navalny "I am not afraid. I am home."—@Navalny makes first public statement since landing back in #Russia. via @navalnylive
@navalny @navalnylive Alexey @Navalny: "I am going home like normal. This is normal. I feel normal. I am not afraid because I know that I am right. I know that any criminal charges against me are fabricated." #Russia
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8 Jan
‼️Russian media citing WP: One of those arrested in Washington for the Capitol riots needed a Russian-language translator in court.🤔
Here's the WaPo piece Russian media cited: One of those arrested in the Capitol siege riot needed a Russian language interpreter in court to explain "unlawful entry"… Image
More on the 2 Russian women from Oregon—mother and daughter—who were among those arrested in the Capitol siege riot. The mom spoke Russian during her arraignment in court & needed an interpreter. Her daughter is vice chair of Young Republicans in Oregon.
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3 Jan
💥Lordy— tapes! On recorded call Trump suborned election fraud! He literally begged Georgia Secy of State Raffensperger to “recalculate” election votes to give him a fraudulent win >> “I just want to find 11,780 votes’…
💥Caught in the act >> Rambling & desperate, Trump begged to rig the election in Georgia:

“…there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”

“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes”

🧐Who else did this criminal beg??
😳Trump even threatened Georgia Secy of State to “find votes”—accusing him & his lawyer of letting “criminal” acts take place in election: “I’m notifying you that you’re letting it happen”

This is criminal. And all recorded on audio! What states besides Georgia did he threaten??
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