TROLLS, bots, hackers, propagandists and provocateurs of Russian origin have lately descended on Western democracies. The tentacles of the disinformation apparatus, thought to be rooted in the Kremlin, have been found fiddling with elections everywhere from Ukraine and Bulgaria to France and America. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that they may also have touched the Brexit campaign held in June 2016 by trying to steer social-media conversations before the referendum, as a spate of new academic research suggests. The evidence unearthed so far establishes only a small-scale effort by sources in Russia to nudge Britain towards the European Union’s exit door. But new information is being dug out of online archives week by week. Theresa May, the prime minister, has accused Russia’s government of “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West.” MPs are pushing for an inquiry, which may yet reveal more meddling. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade … [Read more...] about Russian Twitter trolls meddled in the Brexit vote. Did they swing it?
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The US ambassador to the Netherlands declared "fake news" to the claim he once said there were "no-go zones" in the country – but quickly backtracked after being shown footage of himself from two years ago.Dutch TV news programme Nieuwsuur asked Dutch-American politician Pete Hoekstra about his previous words on the radical Islam threat to Europe, just 10 days after he was sworn in as US ambassador to the Netherlands.The reporter said: "Speaking of threat, at one point you mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are being set on fire."Hoekstra quickly interrupted, saying: "I didn't say that, that is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news. I never said that. It's not what I said." The programme then cut to an archive clip from 2015 which showed Hoekstra saying: "The Islamic movement has now got to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands - there are cars being burned, … [Read more...] about Trump ambassador caught lying about Muslim ‘no-go zones’ on Dutch news show
by Press Association March 16, 2018, 7:19 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Letters from leading artistic figures including William Morris and Auguste Rodin have been discovered in an art school’s archives. The papers, unseen in public for more than 70 years, were discovered in a box of the papers of Francis Newbery who was Director of The Glasgow School of Art from 1885 to 1918. During that time the art school gained an international reputation, while Newbery was also responsible for commissioning a young Charles Rennie Mackintosh to design the Mackintosh building, which is being restored following a devastating fire in May 2014. The discovery was made by archivist Rachael Jones who is currently working on papers relating to Directors of the GSA, during digitisation and cataloguing of the archives. She said: “I knew that some of the most exciting of the Directors Papers were those of Francis Newbery, Head of … [Read more...] about Rodin and Morris letters found in Glasgow School of Art archives
The controversial WikiLeaks founder lost one legal bid that would have ended his forced refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy, which began more than five years ago. A British judge upheld a UK arrest warrant, rejecting a call from Assange's lawyers for the warrant to be dropped because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden. So, Assange is not going anywhere. Hello and welcome to State of the Union, I'm Stefan Grobe in Brussels. The long-running saga around Julian Assange continues. And guess what, there will be more hearings and court dates to come. Last year, Sweden dropped its investigation into rape allegations against Assange because it was unable to get access to him. Assange has always denied the allegations, claiming the sex was consensual. But he has long argued that there is an international conspiracy orchestrated by Washington to prosecute him for his role in the publication of hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents. Assange fears that the British … [Read more...] about Julian Assange, Trump’s parade plan and a new government for Germany
CAITRIONA Perry was a familiar face for Irish telly viewers as RTE’s Washington Correspondent for the past four years – but is back on home turf as new presenter of the Six One News.The Dubliner will be joined at the helm of the country’s top news show by Keelin Shanley, with the duo taking up their new roles on Monday January 8.The pair were announced as presenters back in October, before Bryan Dobson departed for Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.Accomplished broadcaster Perry went viral across the globe in 2017 after Donald Trump flirted with her in the White House.Here’s the full lowdown.Who is Caitriona, how old is she and where did she work before the Six One reshuffle?The 37-year-old broadcaster is from Dublin, and has worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000, when she was still at college in DCU.She spent five months of her time studying in Boston University, before graduating in 2002 from DCU with an undergraduate degree in Journalism.She … [Read more...] about Who is new RTE Six One presenter Caitriona Perry, why did she go viral after meeting Donald Trump, who is RTE’s new Washington Correspondent and is Caitriona married?