In these head-spinning times, first principles about government are all in play: what it’s for, and how it relates to the people. Not long ago, Democrat and Republican politicians and activists differed over priorities: More guns or more butter? Today, the parties differ more fundamentally over the purpose, role and function of government itself. The… Continue reading Illinois Democrats Launch a Cultural Revolution
Over the past few years there have been a number of ongoing debates about what is Strategic Communications. In fact, some have even confused the term Public Diplomacy with Strategic Communications. I think that the US Supreme Court Case Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964), wherein Justice Potter Stewart in attempting to… Continue reading Why Strategic Communications is Like Porn
Neither China’s nor Russia’s incredible propaganda machines could not have turned out the imagery of the riot and thuggery at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. GlobalSecurity.org reported on 8 January “China’s Propaganda Machine ‘Makes Deliberate Use of Washington Violence” (see: http://bit.ly /3ozpRPh) One of the highlights of the article is Foreign… Continue reading China, Russia and ISIS Thank Capitol Rioters For Great Propaganda Content
Acts of outrage are committed by North Korea with alarming regularity, and unsurprisingly the country featured heavily in the recently concluded summit between President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The latest conflict between Israel and Palestine has been held in abeyance by a fragile ceasefire, and a two-state solution is looking ever… Continue reading An Economic Blueprint for North Korea
The Russians have been aggressive in their promotional tactics for their new Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. On February 5, 2021, the NY Times reported “Russian Vaccine Promotions Undercut U.S.-Made Shots” (see: http://nyti.ms/3cSg6sBm, which is also a photo source). According to the Times, the Russians are harnessing Spanish-language social media and the official Twitter… Continue reading Russian Covid Vaccine in Latin America: Disinformation or Aggressive Marketing?
We often hear about China’s ability to censor the Internet and in effect put up the “Great Digital Wall” around the country. But what about Russia? Surely they are wont to close their information borders to shield their autocratic government from criticism. The NY Times February 21, 2021 ran the same article with… Continue reading Russia’s Dilemma – How The Open Internet Challenges Governmental Control
In early March 2021 there were a number of reports about Russian, Chinese and Iranian disinformation efforts all designed to cast doubt on the effectiveness of vaccines for the COVID virus. A base source of information appears to be the Alliance for Security Democracy (see: http://bit.ly/3s9zuGx, which is also a photo source. Their… Continue reading Your Health is a Disinformation Target
China spares no efforts to get their point across. They have mastered the art of weaving the information related capabilities together in an unmatched tapestry of propaganda. Probably the most interesting and most powerful is the effort to counter the criticism of and change the perception of China’s treatment of the Muslim Uyghur… Continue reading Musical Movies Part of China’s All Government Approach to Propaganda
The recent inaugural summit meeting between President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in elicited a wide range of opinion about its value. With diplomacy-first progressives in power simultaneously in both nations for the first time in two decades, even subtle gains may be significant. Those impressed by the summit found its comprehensiveness striking… Continue reading The Biden-Moon Meetings: Much Ado About Something?
On May 19, 2021 I read an article from Politico about the current Pentagon weighs keeping Trump-era change to ‘psychological operations’ (See: https://politi.co/2S8fS8q). The article leads with: “In the final months of the Trump administration, then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper quietly moved to let the military run influence campaigns — often called “psyops” — more… Continue reading What Does Vlad Putin Know That Joe Biden Doesn’t?