'Fantasy gone wild’ – Moscow sighs as Bellingcat claims FSB tried to influence UK visa process

Claims by “investigative” website Bellingcat that the FSB pressured a UK visa center to facilitate the issuance of travel permits to the alleged Skripal poisoners is a self-exposing joke, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “Great! There are certainly no limits to the imagination of our partners,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook, commenting […]

How Russia’s “influence operations” targeted the midterms (and how they still do)

Enlarge (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Last week, Twitter released data from accounts that had been identified as part of Russian and Iranian influence campaigns, including efforts by Russia to influence the political climate in the United States before, during, and after the 2016 presidential campaign. Hours later, the US Department of Justice announced the indictment […]

Twitter publishes dump of accounts tied to Russian, Iranian influence campaigns

Enlarge / This image was the profile banner of one of the accounts allegedly run by the Internet Research Agency, the organization that ran social media “influence campaigns” in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, and the US dating back to 2009. (credit: A Russian Troll) Twitter has released a data store of posts from 3,841 accounts that […]

The Beatles: Paul McCartney SPEAKS on Yoko Ono’s influence on John Lennon quitting band

Back in 1970 The Beatles split after a decade together becoming what is probably the most influential band in history. And over the years there have been all kinds of rumours surrounding what caused the breakup. McCartney and Lennon certainly had a clash and fans have debated how much of an influence Yoko Ono, John’s […]

Princess Diana’s close connection to the Queen Mother – did this influence the wedding?

Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral. The wedding day was watched by millions all across Britain who welcomed Lady Diana Spencer into the Royal Family. However, close family connections between the Spencers and the Royal Family cause some to wonder if the relationship had been a set up. Did the […]

Japan still has great influence on global financial markets

IT IS the summer of 1979 and Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the everyman-hero of John Updike’s series of novels, is running a car showroom in Brewer, Pennsylvania. There is a pervasive mood of decline. Local textile mills have closed. Gas prices are soaring. No one wants the traded-in, Detroit-made cars clogging the lot. Yet Rabbit is […]

Foreign Influence? Europe Tilts Even Further Into SUV Mania; Diesel Popularity Plummets

The continent that spawned microscopic postwar bubble cars and made the “city car” segment a thing is moving ever further away from its automotive past. European buyers, perhaps influenced by their American counterparts, are beginning to realize they truly can have it all, adjusting their buying habits accordingly. Of course, by “all,” we mean all […]

As inequality grows, so does the political influence of the rich

SQUEEZING the top 1% ought to be the most natural thing in the world for politicians seeking to please the masses. Yet, with few exceptions, today’s populist insurgents are more concerned with immigration and sovereignty than with the top rate of income tax. This disconnect may be more than an oddity. It may be a […]

‘Bumblebee’ Featurette: Director Travis Knight Touts the Influence of Spielberg and LAIKA

Last week brought the first teaser trailer for the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. The film focuses on the vocally-challenged, signature yellow Autobot who has been a cornerstone of the entire franchise right alongside Optimus Prime. Now, Bumblebee finds himself on his own in what is something of an origin story for the character as he goes […]