Микола Стецюк

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War Goes Viral

How social media is being weaponized across the world<p>Like most every­thing today, the campaign was launched with a hashtag. But instead of promoting a new album or a movie release, #AllEyesOnISIS announced the 2014 invasion of northern Iraq—a bloody takeover that still haunts global politics two …

Cheerful Propaganda and Hate on Command

The Donetsk leak. Emails between separatists in eastern Ukraine and advisers from Russia offer insights into the Kremlin's media manipulation.<p><i>Lesen</i> …

Russia

Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.<p>The video captures Trump talking with Billy …

Donald Trump

Russia has a years-long plot to influence Balkan politics. The U.S. can learn a lot from it.

“A Russian influence operation in the United States is something we’re looking very closely at,” The Washington Post recently quoted an unnamed senior intelligence official as saying. As the article put it:<p>U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad …

Russia

North Korea accidentally revealed it has just 28 websites

North Korea, like many countries, has its own country code top-level domain name. This means any Web address that ends with ".kp" is linked to the notoriously isolated nation, much like addresses that end ".de" are linked to Germany and ".jp" are linked to Japan.<p>What's unusual, however, is how few …

North Korea

Donald Trump, Sex Pistol

The punk-rock appeal of the GOP nominee<p>It’s May 29, 1913, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris: the premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet <i>Le Sacre du Printemps</i>, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. A bassoon plays a brief wooing motif, then the orchestra condenses into heavy-metal downstrokes, the …

Opinion: Why this era of globalization is coming to an end

Whether you’re reading this article on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, chances are the device in front of you contains components from at least six …

Brexit was fueled by irrational xenophobia, not real economic grievances

Just days after the results of Brexit, Britain’s vote to leave the EU, were announced, we’ve already begun to see some disturbing reports from Britain. Troubling stories about xenophobic incidents have been popping up across the country:<p>This isn’t surprising. The pro-Leave camp claimed that Britain …

Why Voters Don’t Buy It When Economists Say Global Trade Is Good

One defining characteristic of recent political debate — in the United States and abroad — is anxiety about foreigners.<p>You see it in Donald Trump’s railing against immigrants and trade agreements. It may well be part of Hillary Clinton’s shift, under pressure from Bernie Sanders, against the …

Globalization

The Pros And Cons Of Globalization

A story in the Washington Post said “20 years ago globalization was pitched as a strategy that would raise all boats in poor and rich countries alike. In the U.S. and Europe consumers would have their pick of inexpensive items made by people thousands of miles away whose pay was much lower than …

Globalization

The changeling - Serbia’s prime minister

Serbia’s prime ministerThe changeling<p>ALEKSANDAR VUCIC is not a man afraid to change his mind. In 2005, when Serbs were still furious over Britain’s …

Almost everyone gets Russia wrong – apart from Obama

These days it is en vogue in Washington DC to be itching for conflict with Russia. Politicians and pundits alike are outdoing each other for how they can describe the supposed threat Putin now poses to the west. To his credit, Barack Obama seems to be the only politician not playing into the cold …

Russia

Erdogan's Waterloo: Turkey Invades And Occupies Syria

The Obama administration has assiduously avoided U.S. military engagement in Syria. President Barack Obama is wary of the pottery barn rule: "You break it, you own it." Supporting Turkey's invasion and occupation of Syria would be a strategic mistake, making the United States a protagonist in …

7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President

He couldn’t fire people every day—and he’d actually have to master the details. Boring!<p>The growing conventional wisdom about Donald Trump and his flailing campaign is that the candidate is sabotaging his own bid for the White House. As outlandish as that may seem on its face, there are reasons that …

Donald Trump

This Short Film Uses The Most Awkward First Date Ever To Shut Down Casual Racism

<b>WHAT:</b> <i>Traction</i>, a short film exploring different levels of latent racism.<p><b>WHO:</b> Filmmaker and actor Rory Uphold.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> “It’s just a joke!” is the preferred excuse of tacky provocateurs the world over. As though whether or not one is being literal has any definitive bearing on whether they’re …

Dating

Dump globalization: the word, not the idea

The word globalization has literally been used to death. The term means many things to different people, and has become so tarnished by what are …

The only thing we know is that globalization is going to win

The world is currently swept up in a ferocious backlash to the disruptive changes that globalization is causing, from economics to culture to religion.<p>A lot of this disruption has been ruthless, unfair, amoral, and undemocratic. And depending on how things go, some of it is likely to be rolled …

Economics

War Dogs: how Todd Phillips went from the Hangover to arms dealing in Iraq

In 1993, while still a 22-year-old NYU film student, Todd Phillips made a documentary about possibly the most notorious, most disgusting punk singer of all time. Hated: GG Allin & The Murder Junkies found Phillips slumming it with Allin as the latter did what he was best at: getting wasted, getting …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films

The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.<p>“They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”<p>How often have we all heard that resigned expression? How often have we said it ourselves? ‘The death of cinema’ is debated in university film studies …

Mad Max

Fear, Death and Politics: What Your Mortality Has to Do with the Upcoming Election

<i>Sheldon Solomon is a professor of psychology at Skidmore College. He has spent the last few decades studying how thoughts of death can powerfully</i> …

Чем грозит Центральной Азии реанимация идей пантюркизма

<i>2949</i> <b>12-02-2015, 08:23</b><p>В середине декабря прошлого года в Казахстане разгорелся небольшой культурологический скандал с политическим подтекстом. Как …

Турция и пантюркизм на постсоветском пространстве

Произошедшее после атаки на российский самолет и убийства российского летчика резкое ухудшение отношений между Россией и Турцией на самом деле …

For millennial voters, the Clinton vs. Trump choice ‘feels like a joke’

<i>This article was reported by Philip Rucker in Fort Collins, Colo.; Robert Costa in Madison, Wis.; Abby Phillip in Austin and Fort Worth; John Wagner in Washington; Dan Balz in Palo Alto, Calif., and Seaside, Calif.; and Isaac Stanley-Becker in Goldsboro, N.C., and Norfolk, Va.</i><p>FORT COLLINS, Colo. — …

Government

A Look at How Suicide Squad Is Defying Critics

Yes, the Batman v Superman sequel is as weird and horrible as the reviews say it is. But a lot of people want to see it.<p>So hold on: Is <i>Suicide Squad</i> good or bad? Bad, right? I haven’t seen it, but I’ve sat through the preview roughly a dillion times this year, and Jared Leto’s cackling psycho …