4/27/2017

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Russians are fighting the war of words against the U.S. with American words


David Filipov, Washington Post


...there’s one way in which Russia and the United States are getting closer. It’s how Russian officials are waging a war of words. They’re using the language of American politics to do it.

Take “fake news” (feik nyus ), an expression that regularly appears in the denunciation by Russian officials of American and European news reports. There are plenty of ways to express “fake” in Russian — obman, falshivka, poddelka, utka — depending on whether you’re talking about a hoax, a falsification, a counterfeit or a canard.

But none of those quite captures the modern phenomenon of an industry of made-up websites, tweets and other social media posts that are created by someone and distributed by bots, said Michele A. Berdy, who writes a column about the Russian language for the Moscow Times.

“There was no word in Russian that meant that, so journalists started calling it ‘feik,’ ” Berdy said. Now Russian officialdom has picked it up, and is “trying to claim it and redefine it as ‘fake news about Russia by our enemies within and abroad.’ ”...
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...Then there’s “political correctness,” a concept that Bagaev said many Russians would find foreign. There are words that mean “proper,” “appropriate,” “acceptable,” “polite” and so on in Russian, just as there are in English. But the insinuation carried by the phrase “political correctness” — what happens when niceties of inclusiveness in language usage that are intended to eliminate social and ethnic name-calling get out of control — comes to Russian via the adopted phrase.

Last fall, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made the semi-serious suggestion that ordering an “Americano” — the way Russians refer to coffee in a big mug that is not espresso and has no frothy milk — is “politichesky nekorrektno” (politically incorrect) in these dire times for U.S.-Russian relations. That led to the term “Russiano,” but it was short-lived. The popularity of the American government here may be at a post-Cold-War low, but Russians love their “Americanos.”



Russia's Hack Of Elections In France Requires Counterpunch
Anders Corr, Forbes

On defense, we should firstly not open ourselves to state-sponsored media from powerful autocratic countries like Russia and China, that themselves constrain the freedom of their own media. That is giving our adversaries an advantage. Second, we should not allow these states to utilize our social media, for example Facebook, to micro-target our voters with powerful and psychologically sophisticated messaging campaigns.

Third, we should crowdsource identification of fake news, and virtually remove it from the internet. Fourth, we must remove the influence of corporate and foreign money in our politics. This influence is especially pernicious to the extent that foreign countries use our own corporations to insert influence at elite political levels.

On offense, we need to hack back . That means targeting hackers and systems in countries like Russia and China that routinely and effectively utilize state-sponsored hacking against us. We need to show these countries, and our citizens, that we mean business, even if it is destroying the computers or information networks upon which those countries rely. Is this potentially escalatory? Yes. But we still have a more powerful cyber-command, conventional military, and strategic military than do Russia and China. Those advantages will not last forever. We either draw a cyber red line around our democracies now, or expect our children to live in a world dominated by autocrats.

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