• The Internet is perceived by Russian authorities as a primary threat for the security of the Kremlin’s hold on power. • The imposition of control over the Russian-speaking Internet has been raised to the rank of a target for a Russian “national project” named “Digital Economics” • Dubbed “Sovereign Internet”, the security system installed on top of Russia’s internet infrastructure can be used by the authorities to cut access to the global Internet for all users on Russian territory. • The Kremlin is looking to borrow the Chinese model for a closed Internet, but this model cannot be replicated in Russia with the same level of efficiency. On December 14, 2018, a bill was introduced in the Russian Parliament, supposedly aimed at “safeguarding the long-term and stable operation of Internet”
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With the November 6 presidential elections approaching in Bulgaria, the strategy of the leading party is as always to silence the debate as much as possible, to shorten the campaign to a minimum and to reduce the elections to a hard-core electoral vote count, which makes its victory predetermined. In the framework of this strategy, the election campaign is replaced by an anti-campaign which attacks the voters’ motivation to exercise their right. Of course, no speaker will literally say, “It does not matter who will become president, and it shouldn’t be of any interest to you.” Rather, the suggestion is made indirectly so that the manipulated feel as if they have themselves made the necessary conclusion. We see leading politicians downplaying the question of who they
Terrorist attacks have been increasing in the West for the past years and became especially frequent in Western Europe since 2015. The mainstream media continues to present us with the image of the “global terrorist network” of jihadists, guiding from afar the actions of its fighters, infiltrating them into Western societies. If we look closer however, more than little has changed with so-called “grassroots” and “lone wolf” attacks overtaking those organised by “professionals”. An attack was prevented in Frankfurt in April 2015 when large quantities of chemicals used for the production of IEDs, as well as assault weapons and great quantities of ammunition were found by police in a family’s home. A successful attack was carried out in Denmark in 2015 by Omar al-Husein, a lone wolf