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  1. Paul never met Jesus, yet he invented Christianity - Rabbi Tovia Singer at Beyneynu Conference 2022 (8 min)
  2. Anti-Iranian, Anti-Russian, Anti-Chinese Bots Caught Flooding Social Media with Pro-Israeli, Pro-Western, Pro-American, Pro-NATO, Pro-Ukrainian Propaganda https://mronline.org/2022/09/24/bots-are-flooding-social-media-with-pro-us-propaganda-demonizing-china-russia-iran-studies-show/ Bots are flooding social media with pro-US propaganda demonizing China, Russia & Iran, studies show Bots are flooding social media with pro-US propaganda demonizing China, Russia & Iran, studies show By Ben Norton (Posted Sep 24, 2022) Originally published: Multipolarista on September 20, 2022 (more by Multipolarista) WarAmericas, Asia, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, United StatesNewswire (Se puede leer este informe en español aquí.) Two studies published this August expose how large numbers of fake accounts are spreading pro-Western and pro-NATO propaganda on social media, while demonizing US geopolitical adversaries like China, Russia, and Iran. An investigation by scholars in Australia found that more than 90% of bots posting on Twitter about the proxy war in Ukraine were promoting pro-Ukraine propaganda, whereas just 7% were promoting pro-Russia propaganda. A separate report co-authored by researchers at California’s Stanford University and a notorious US government contractor called Graphika revealed a large propaganda network on social media “that used deceptive tactics to promote pro-Western narratives in the Middle East and Central Asia.” The study detailed a “series of covert campaigns” on social media, which spread disinformation and fake news in a way that “consistently advanced narratives promoting the interests of the United States and its allies while opposing countries including Russia, China, and Iran.” These two investigations are part of a growing body of evidence showing how Western governments and their allies have weaponized social media platforms and turned them into weapons in a new cold war. 90% of bots posting about Ukraine proxy spread anti-Russian propaganda A scientific study published by researchers from Australia’s University of Adelaide found that, of the bots on Twitter posting about the proxy war in Ukraine, 90.16% spread pro-Ukraine propaganda, while only 6.8% spread pro-Russia propaganda. (3.04% of the bots showed what they called “mixed behaviour,” publishing both pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian messages.) The scholars, from the university’s School of Mathematical Sciences, cannot in any way be considered pro-Russian. In fact, two of the co-authors disclosed that their work is funded by the Australian government through the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects. But the academics set out to investigate how “Both sides in the Ukrainian conflict use the online information environment to influence geopolitical dynamics and sway public opinion,” and they let the facts speak for themselves. The researchers analyzed more than 5.2 million tweets, retweets, quote tweets, and replies between February 23 and March 8 that used the hashtags #(I)StandWithUkraine, #(I)StandWithRussia, #(I)StandWithZelenskyy, #(I)StandWithPutin, #(I)SupportUkraine, or #(I)SupportRussia. (The scholars used both the versions #StandWithUkraine and #IStandWithUkraine, with and without the “I.”) They found that the vast majority of bots tweeted pro-Ukraine propaganda, specifically the hashtag #StandWithUkraine. Their study noted that the proxy war in Ukraine “emphasises the role social media plays in modern-day warfare, with conflict occurring in both the physical and information environments.” “Social media is a critical tool in information warfare,” the academics wrote. They cited another investigation that found that 19% of overall interactions on Twitter are directed from bots to real accounts, the vast majority in the form of retweets (74%) and mentions (25%). Pro-Western propaganda network on social media exposed A separate study also published in August offered further insight into how social media is weaponized to spread pro-Western propaganda. Titled “Unheard Voice: Evaluating five years of pro-Western covert influence operations,” the report was co-authored by the Stanford Internet Observatory and an infamous intelligence company called Graphika. Graphika is notorious for working closely with the US government, contracting with the Pentagon, DARPA, and the Senate Intelligence Committee. Given its links to US intelligence agencies, Graphika’s role in this study could be seen as an example of a “limited hangout” – it provides a small glimpse into US information warfare activities, while covering up the vast majority of its operations. Although it is very limited in scope and has clear biases, the document does show how pro-Western propaganda networks on social media accuse China, Russia, and Iran of being “imperialist” while praising the US government. The pro-Western disinformation operations primarily used Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp (which are owned by Meta), as well as YouTube, Twitter, and Telegram. Some of the fake accounts involved in the coordinated propaganda campaign posed as “independent news outlets,” “political analysts,” or “teachers.” The Stanford Internet Observatory and Graphika succiently described the operation as “Fake News, Fake Faces, Fake Followers.” They wrote in the executive summary of their report (emphasis added): The document explained that the propaganda accounts “created fake personas with GAN-generated faces, posed as independent media outlets, leveraged memes and short-form videos, attempted to start hashtag campaigns, and launched online petitions.” The Stanford Internet Observatory and Graphika described their investigation as “the most extensive case of covert pro-Western IO [influence operations] on social media to be reviewed and analyzed by open-source researchers to date.” The firms acknowledged that, “With few exceptions, the study of modern IO has overwhelmingly focused on activity linked to” Western adversaries “in countries such as Russia, China, and Iran.” Some of the language used in the report reflects the blatant bias of the firms, which referred to China, Russia, and Iran disparagingly as “authoritarian regimes.” Despite the many limitations of the study, however, the fact that it was co-published by an elite university and a notorious intelligence-linked US government contractor makes it impossible to deny that Western government are using social media platforms to spread disinformation and wage information warfare against their geopolitical adversaries. Central Asia propaganda accuses China and Russia of ‘imperialism’ while praising the US The Stanford Internet Observatory and Graphika investigation analyzed the pro-Western disinformation campaign by dividing its work into three regions: Central Asia (primarily in the Russian language), Iran (in Persian), and the Middle East (in Arabic). Although these pro-Western propaganda operations were conducted in different languages, many of their talking points and tactics overlapped. The Central Asia-themed disinformation was mostly in Russian, although some accounts posted in regional languages like Kazakh and Kyrgyz. In addition to using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Twitter, and Telegram, the Central Asia propaganda also employed the Russian social media apps VKontakte (VK) and Odnoklassniki. The report found that the disinformation operation involved creating a “sham media outlet” focused on Central Asia called Intergazeta. It “repeatedly copied news material with and without credit from reputable Western and pro-Western sources in Russian, such as Meduza.io and the BBC Russian Service.” Other accounts in the propaganda network “copied or translated content from U.S.-funded entities, such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the independent Kazakh news outlet informburo.kz.” They also created petitions using the US-based website Avaaz. One demanded that Kazakhstan should leave the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance with Russia. Another petition called on Kyrgyzstan to minimize Chinese influence. And two more insisted that Kazakhstan should ban Russian TV channels. The Central Asia disinformation network accused Russia and China of “imperialism,” while constantly spreading pro-US propaganda. The fake accounts demonized Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, its military intervention in Syria, and its security partnership with several African nations. The Stanford Internet Observatory and Graphika report noted that the disinformation operation also “concentrated on China and the treatment of Chinese Muslim minorities, particularly the Uighurs in Xinjiang province.” The fake accounts accused China of “genocide” against its Uyghur minority, and spread fake news stories alleging that Beijing harvest the organs of Muslims. Persian-language anti-Iran propaganda network The report identified another network of propaganda focused on Afghanistan. These fake accounts attacked Iran and accused it of having too much influence in the neighboring country. To do so, they posted disinformation from websites supported by the US military. This propaganda included outlandish fake news, alleging for instance that Iran is trafficking the organs of Afghan refugees, or claiming that Tehran is supposedly forcing Afghan refugees to fight in militias in Syria and Yemen. Like the Central Asia-focused disinformation operation, this anti-Iran network included “accounts claiming to be independent media outlets, [which] shared U.S.-funded Persian-language media,” from US state propaganda outlets like Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Radio Farda and VOA Farsi. The fake accounts also shared “content from sources linked to the U.S. military,” such as websites sponsored by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). And they reposted material from Iran International, an anti-Iranian propaganda outlet based in Britain and funded by the Saudi monarchy. The Stanford Internet Observatory and Graphika wrote that this propaganda campaign was “critical of the Iranian government and often used a sarcastic tone to mock Iranian state media and other parts of the state apparatus.” Some of the fake accounts engaged with actual Iranians on Twitter, trying to get real people involved in the operation. They emphasized attacks on Tehran’s foreign policy. The report noted, “Anti-government accounts criticized Iran’s domestic and international policies and highlighted how the government’s costly international interventions undermined its ability to care for its citizens.” The fake accounts excoriated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), demonized resistance groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and condemned Iran for its political alliance with Russia. Arabic-language Middle East propaganda network Another disinformation network identified in the Stanford Internet Observatory and Graphika report focused on spreading Arabic-language propaganda related to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. These fake accounts claimed Iran had too much influence in the region. They demonized Yemen’s revolutionary group Ansarallah (also known as the Houthi movement), and attacked Russia’s foreign policy. The report noted that some “accounts on Twitter posed as Iraqi activists in order to accuse Iran of threatening Iraq’s water security and flooding the country with crystal meth.” “Other assets highlighted Houthi-planted landmines killing civilians and promoted allegations that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would lead to a global food crisis,” it added. Some of the accounts falsely posed as Iraqis, and compared Iran to a “disease” destroying Iraq. At the same time, they demonized Iraqi Shia militias and portrayed them as puppets of Tehran. The propaganda campaign accused Iran of an “imperialist project in the Middle East.” The report noted that this disinformation operation also “amplified the narrative that Russian President Vladimir Putin planned to induce a global food crisis that would hit less economically developed countries the hardest.” At the same time, the fake accounts praised the United States, and particularly its soft-power arm USAID. Part of the disinformation network even spread propaganda heroizing the US soldiers who are illegally occupying Syrian territory. Monthly Review does not necessarily adhere to all of the views conveyed in articles republished at MR Online. Our goal is to share a variety of left perspectives that we think our readers will find interesting or useful. —Eds. 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  3. According to a 2014 Pew Research Study, the top ten countries with the highest percentage of anti-American sentiment included: Egyptians and Jordanians tied for first place with 85%, followed by Turkey with 73%, then Russia with 71%, the Palestinian Territories with 66%, Greece ranks 6th with 63%, Pakistan 7th with 59%, then Lebanon with 57%, followed by Tunisia and Germany with 47%. Unsurprisingly, countries with the most favorable views of the US included countries like: the Philippines with 92%, followed by Israel with 84%, South Korea with 82% etc. (Go Team, Rah! Rah! Rah!). Anti-American sentiment in Iran remains extremely high. In 2019, only 9% of Iranians held a favorable opinion of the United States. The perception of (or attraction to) America's tantalizing soft power is in shambles. The assassination of General Soleimani united the country in a way that hasn't been seen in decades. Only 30% of Iranians feel Western nations will uphold their end of the JCPOA. Only 12% of Iranians (the ones behind the riots) feel America is an ideal model for its freedoms, values and an archetype worth emulating.
  4. Like the Justice Department requiring RT America to register as a foreign agent and the US banning three dozen websites (Press TV, pro-Houthi, pro-Palestinian outlets) for disseminating "Iranian disinformation" and growing calls by FCC commissioner and others that want TikTok to be banned as well?
  5. Shades of Jordan Peterson Islamic eschatology prophesizes about the various aspects of modernity and postmodernity...the homogenizing effect of a coerced globalization on the so-called Third World in general (and Muslim world in particular) has undermined traditional values (including Islamic norms)...one way this has been accomplished is by severing the connection between faith and politics...this was foretold 1,400 years ago in End Times/Final Days ahadith.
  6. You do realize that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a statesman who founded the first Islamic state in Medina and he enforced a dress code on males and females right? And you do realize that the dress code wasn't based on styles derived from latest issues of Vogue, Cosmopolitan or Vanity Fair magazine(s) right?
  7. US, Britain, Israel and Ukraine are upset with Iran for sending drones to Russia and the riots are payback for its 'meddling'...the drones are proving to be extremely effective in the field..."It's a very serious problem. Without countermeasures, they will destroy all our artillery. Its not like the artillery that hit us before, I haven't encountered anything like this before." Colonel Kulagin New Frightening Weapon Unleashed In Ukraine (Richard Medhurst) 13 min
  8. @AbdusSibtayn, here ya go 'Iran: Protests From Within or Regime Change From Without' Condensed version (28 min)
  9. De-evolution of the American swimsuit during the last 150 years — pretty sure the moderators won't allow me to post examples of modern-day swimsuits (and for good reason) but you get the point — and now the real question — who's pushing these dressing trends? because they're not happening haphazardly
  10. Your understanding is too black and white and you lack nuance — You're mindlessly repeating Zionist, US, British, Shirazi and Wahhabi talking points again — buddy, there'd be black banners waving all across Syria and Lebanon if it wasn't for IRI and Hezbollah — Your suggestion that Tehran toss religious law in the recycling bin and adopt democracy, capitalism, secularism etc. is nonsensical — Syria is 100% socialist and secular, but because of Assad's diehard antiimperialist stance, he's being targeted — Mosaddegh wasn't a "mullah" or an "ayatollah" but he decided to nationalize the oil in 1953 didn't he? — and what was the outcome/result? — he was overthrown in a CIA-orchestrated coup d'état — MENA countries dumping Islam and affirming secularism won't guarantee socioeconomic stability or upward political mobility — this is a misnomer — US, UK and Israel wants a series of dummy governments in MENA — that's the bottom-line — Puppets states that relinquish their resources without a fuss and stifle the progress of their own people in favor of foreigners with light-skinned pigmentation — yes, the West fears the rise of Islam — but they don't (necessarily) mind a version of Islam that is watered-down and subordinate (e.g. KSA, ISIS caliphate) — ideally they'd prefer a secularist state — but even a state that advocates no spiritual influence in the public sphere won't be tolerated if it's genuine to its people and to its principles (e.g. Syria under Assad, Libya under Qaddafi, Egypt under Nasser, Iran under Mosaddegh etc.)
  11. Western Hypocrisy Is Exposed Over Iranian Hijab Row / Savages Gasp For Oil! (PRAECURSATOR) 6 min.
  12. There's a lot of self-hatred on this thread — um, it's called exercising our freedom of speech and right of dissent (entitlement to non-agreement with a prevailing stance or ideology) — we're helping to create an environment of awareness for the ill-informed.
  13. Are Iranian government officials to blame or the illegal and crippling US sanctions? Despite the 'Maximum Pressure' campaign (started by Trump and continued by Biden), Iranians are surviving and even thriving — miraculously, the Iranian economy hasn't collapsed in 40 years — the economy has proven to be a lot more resilient than expected by Western analysts — it actually grew to 2.4% in 2021, oil and gas sector is growing, service sector grew to 4.5%, the country’s (non-oil) foreign trade continues to grow (grew by 19% during the spring of 2022) — like warriors, our Persian brethren are persevering — you blaming Tehran is like someone assigning blame to the Houthis for refusing to bow to Saudi subservience and the resulting food crisis in Yemen — it's a perverted use of logic.
  14. Persian women were active participants in the Islamic Revolution (during the revolution, women from traditional backgrounds spearheaded and mobilized the grand marches which eventually led to the toppling of the Shah) and are heavy contributors to Iranian society. The Iranian Constitution declares equality for both men and women under Article 20. Women are allowed to vote, drive, hold public office, and attend university and yes, not wearing a veil in public can be considered punishable by law. In 1996, 14 women were elected to the Islamic Consultative Assembly. Women may serve in the military and in paramilitary groups. A large portion of the domestic workforce was replaced by women as men were enlisting in the military during the Iran / Iraq War (similar to American women during World War 2 era). As of 2005, 65% of Iran's university students and 43% of its salaried workers were women. As of early 2007, nearly 70% of Iran's science and engineering students are women. In 2009, Fatemeh Bodaghi became vice-president for Legal Affairs and a top advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. CNN / Don Lemon / Christiane Amanpour talking point — Freddie Mercury would be proud.
  15. Thanks to America, Britain and Israel Compared to neighboring ME countries and Western nations Iran is immaculate This argument is bogus and doesn't hold water. Cain killed Abel (they were brothers). Abū Lahab (uncle of Muhammad) fought against Islam his entire life. Hassan Yousef (co-founder of Hamas) was incarcerated by his own son (Mosab Hassan Yousef) who converted to Christianity and became a spy for the Mossad. Rotten apples can be found in every family.
  16. You're regurgitating Shirazi and Hasbara polemics...you call yourself a leftist...alright, fine...then listen to what a growing number of independent leftist intellectuals (e.g. Norman Finkelstein, Richard Medhurst, George Galloway etc. ) are saying about Tehran...stop taking isolated instances and blowing them out of proportion in order to boost an agenda...KEEP (clap) YOUR (clap) EYES (clap) ON (clap) THE (clap) BIG (clap) PICTURE (clap)…yeah, when you cease being an lounge chair critic and actually animate yourself and try to change things...occasionally something unfortunate will happen...especially when operating in real-time...we have strip clubs, bars, liquor stores and other forms of degeneracy in 190 countries in the world...I think it's okay if 3, 4 or 5 countries refuse to allow it.
  17. Someone was jotting down notes during Ammar Nakshawani's lecture I see...one of his talking points To use your own argument...If someone doesn't like the 'strict' policies of Iran, they can perform a secular hijrah to neighboring Azerbaijan where the laws are more laxed...Let's not kid ourselves...Every country has 'Morality Police' to one degree or another...If a dude walks down the street completely (or even partially) naked and the local fuzz arrives on the scene...Now let's image the same person puts up major resistance against the Dearborn or Detroit officer attempting to apprehend him...what do you think will happen?...Free cupcakes??…All the combustible ingredients will be present for something tragic to happen...police overreaction can happen anywhere. anytime and over what many people may consider to be a trivial or minuscule event (e.g. jaywalking, indecent exposure etc.)…Eric Garner was choked to death by police for selling loose cigarettes.
  18. 'Iran Is The De Facto Leader of the Resistance to Israeli and US Hegemony' (George Galloway & Richard Medhurst) 14 min.
  19. Sweden & Finland To Join NATO / Why Is Erdogan Upset? / Will He Invoke Article 13? (PRAECURSATOR) 7 min.
  20. Sunni sickness = playing dumb and turning a blind eye to nāṣibīsm in their doctrine, text and history...Shi'a sickness = silence on certain innovations and ghuluww tendencies
  21. Ugly Truth About Queen Elizabeth's Legacy (Richard Medhurst) 3 min.
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