A tale of two FBI bosses, Trump-Russia ties, deception and the media

Following President Donald Trump's surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey last week, major developments in the Russia investigation story have been unfolding almost too quickly to follow. Wednesday's appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as the new Justice Department special counsel to investigate election interference allegations, however, provides an opportunity to reflect on … Continue reading A tale of two FBI bosses, Trump-Russia ties, deception and the media

U.S. and Russia escalate information war

So much has been written in the wake of the U.S. presidential election on the topic of Russian propaganda that it can be hard to keep up, especially given that some of America's most supposedly-reputable news outlets such as the Washington Post have routinely published questionable material on the subject. But a few new developments … Continue reading U.S. and Russia escalate information war

DNC Leaks Lead to Dueling Conspiracy Theories

In the wake of last month's revelations of favoritism towards Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders within the Democratic National Committee, which led to the resignation of former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, paranoia has been percolating. On August 12, the Washington Post featured two articles about conspiracy theories, one by Post "global opinions" columnist Josh … Continue reading DNC Leaks Lead to Dueling Conspiracy Theories

Pentagon withholds aid over Pakistan failure to stop formerly US-backed insurgents

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Pentagon has decided to withhold $300 million in military aid to Pakistan for failing to take "sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a Taliban affiliate blamed for attacks on U.S. and allied personnel in Afghanistan." The article goes on to give some background on the organization, which … Continue reading Pentagon withholds aid over Pakistan failure to stop formerly US-backed insurgents

Russia and the US in Syria: Deals, disinfo and deception

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post yesterday, columnist Josh Rogin revealed what he said was potentially a "bad deal" that the Obama administration is pitching to Russia about increased cooperation in Syria. But it's hard to know what to make of the news, which the Russians won't comment on, and which comes amidst … Continue reading Russia and the US in Syria: Deals, disinfo and deception