Syria's brutal Assad regime has damned few allies left in the world, but one of them, Russia, is governed by a dirty-tricking ruling elite who've made a science out of manipulating Internet opinion. This may explain the weird, stilted pro-Assad astroturf army who appear in any discussion of the regime's atrocities to explain that it's all a Jewish conspiracy.
And on like that. SyriaTribune maintains a YouTube channel stocked with clips from — surprise — Vladimir Putin’s Russia Today portraying Assad as the victim of a bloody-minded western conspiracy. A self-described French intellectual named Thierry Meyssan — author of 9/11 The Big Lie — reveals that TV images purporting to show Assad’s massacres of civilians were prepared by the CIA, along with White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, and “aims at demoralizing the Syrians in order to pave the way for a coup d’etat.” The #FakeRevolution hashtag on Instagram provides pictorial, meme-filled boosterism for Bashar, like a screengrab from Time’ app kindly telling user mybubb1e to stop voting for Assad for Person of the Year or Hillary Clinton with flames shooting out of her eyes and ear, courtesy of Bashar4Ever.
Meet the Assadosphere, the Online Defenders of Syria’s Butcher [Spencer Ackerman/Wired]
Dissernet, a leaderless collective of Russian scientists and journalists scrapes the doctoral dissertations of Russian elites — who have been attaining advanced degrees at an unprecedented rate — runs them through plagiarism detection software to flag probable frauds for human review, and publishes the names of officials who’ve been caught cheating, one or two every […]
The Russian Embassy in London retweeted a screengrab from Command And Conquer Generals: Zero Hour along with the comment, “Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo.” People replied with funny tweets. . @mod_russia: Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo. pic.twitter.com/scCEMXRvwH— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) May 12, 2016 .@RussianEmbassy @mod_russia Real […]
“Extremists near Aleppo,” tweeted the Russian Embassy in London, “received several truckloads of chemical ammo.” And just to make sure the news was sufficiently clear, they attached an image of three trucks loaded with weapons: that is, from the cartoon video game world of Command & Conquer. . @mod_russia: Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads […]
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