Information war has long obsessed Russian geopolitical analysts looking to explain the failure of the Soviet Union. They assert that the country collapsed not because of its terrible economic, cultural and social policies, but because of information viruses planted by Western security services through Trojan-Horse ideas such as freedom of speech (Operation Glasnost) and economic reform (Operation Perestroika). Alleged secret agents in the Soviet establishment who posed as so-called modernizers, allied with a DC-dictated fifth column of anti-Soviet dissidents, supposedly oversaw the dissemination of these viruses. For a long time, such theories were not in the Russian mainstream. But as the Kremlin searched for ways to explain its losses in the 21st Centurysuch as the 2004 and 2013 Revolutions in Ukraine or the 2011 protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscowinformation war became a convenient way to cover up for policy failures. In a 2012 article called Russia http://madeveoon.journalnewsnet.com/nike-has-remained-and-continues-to-remain-at-the-top-of-production-and-distribution-of-sports-gear-and-equipment and the Changing World, Putin elaborated about how he perceives such soft powernamely, as a matrix of tools and methods to reach foreign policy goals without the use of arms but by exerting information and other levers of influence; a device used to manipulate the public and to conduct direct interference in the domestic policy of sovereign countries. He rejected as unacceptable the work of pseudo-NGOs and other agencies that try to destabilize other countries with outside support… Others were more specific. Describing the Arab Spring in a 2014 piece for The Military-Industrial Courier, General-Major Vasily Burenok, president of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences, wrote that In North Africa, the main aim [of the West] was to inspire a civil war and sow chaos. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, he http://madeveoon.journalnewsnet.com/awards-one-1000-scholarship-to-a-graduate-student-and-two-500-scholarships-to-undergrads-junior-and-senior-students-23 claimed, Western colonels tried to reformat Ukrainian thinking during the Maidan revolution of 2013. The internet and mobile communications allow for new intensity and power in this non-material warfare, he observed. And Moscow has acted accordingly. Over the past two years, since war with the West has become the Kremlins main message, Russian officials have alleged information wars to explain everything from anti-corruption reporting about Putins money to investigations into Russias Olympics doping programs.
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voter ID law By FRANK GREEN Richmond Times-Dispatch Updated Hemera Technologies TownNews.com Content Exchange The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday turned back a challenge to Virginias voter photo ID law upheld by a federal judge in Richmond this year. Last year, the Democratic Party of Virginia and two voters filed a suit alleging that the Republican-controlled General Assembly enacted the law to curb the number of young and minority voters. In May, after a two-week trial in March, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson upheld the photo ID requirement, and the plaintiffs appealed. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Richmond-based appeals court upheld Hudsons decision. In sum, not only does the substance of (the law) not http://christianrichardsonplus.accessnetwork.us/2016/07/28/some-companies-still-follow-a-hieratical-system-of-employee-relations-and-employees-have-minimal-bargaining-power impose an undue burden on minority voting, there was no evidence to suggest racially discriminatory intent in the laws enactment, Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the appeals court wrote. The law requires a voter to have one of the following: a Virginia drivers license; a U.S.
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