South Korea’s new president playing dangerous game with Pyongyang

by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

The resumption of full-scale joint military exercises between the US and South Korea will increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula. After South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol came to power on March 22, pressure on North Korea increased, and in reaction, Pyongyang may react harshly to the strengthening of military ties between Seoul and Washington.

South Korea’s new president playing dangerous game with Pyongyang

Biden’s retaliatory cyberattacks against Russia are folly

Biden’s retaliatory cyberattacks against Russia are folly

The planned response to the SolarWinds hack reflects a much deeper problem in the Washington establishment’s attitudes and policy: the belief that the United States can unilaterally set the rules of the international system, and yet set different rules for itself whenever it feels an urgent need to do so. This was never an approach that was going to be accepted by other powerful states. In the area of cybersecurity it makes even less sense, for the internet really is (in many bad ways, alas) a great leveler. To adapt a famous meme: on the internet nobody knows that you are the only superpower.

Social Media Microtargeting and the Evolving Ministry of Truth

Lost in the conversation was the ability of regular people to use their own, individual critical thinking skills to sift through the content they may come across. For Dawson, Burns, and others in the growing cybersecurity industry, the “U.S. cognitive space” is a new theater of war that is not to be fought through education and open dialogue, but through hard and fast rules about what you can and cannot think about.

Social Media Microtargeting and the Evolving Ministry of Truth

Navalny, Bellingcat & the Fifth Column in the FSB

Navalny and others like him are not politicians or fighters. They are puppets. We armed ourselves with evidence and made the first attempt to understand whose hands control these “dolls”. By the way, some of these arms are covered with the sleeves of the uniforms of the Russian Federal Security Service. So who is behind the “investigations” that were supposed to “shake Russia”? Whose agents were Navalny and his associates? The answers are in our investigation.

Navalny, Bellingcat & the Fifth Column in the FSB