Links for 1-2-2017

  • Molly McKew wrote an interesting article for Politico on Vladimir Putin’s long game:

    We can only confront this by fully understanding how the Kremlin sees the world. Its worldview and objectives are made abundantly clear in speeches, op-eds, official policy and national strategy documents, journal articles, interviews, and, in some cases, fiction writing of Russian officials and ideologues. We should understand several things from this material.

    First, it is a war. A thing to be won, decisively — not a thing to be negotiated or bargained. It’s all one war: Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, the Baltics, Georgia. It’s what Vladislav Surkov, Putin’s ‘grey cardinal’ and lead propagandist, dubbed “non-linear war” in his science fiction story “Without Sky,” in 2014.


    Third, information warfare is not about creating an alternate truth, but eroding our basic ability to distinguish truth at all. It is not “propaganda” as we’ve come to think of it, but the less obvious techniques known in Russia as “active measures” and “reflexive control”. Both are designed to make us, the targets, act against our own best interests.

  • David Reaboi and Kyle Shideler draw parallels between Italian-American grievance mongering in the 1970s when federal prosecutors went after the Mafia to Muslim grievance mongering today as the federal government pursues Islamists:

    The obvious parallel is to the tens of thousands of Muslim-Americans CAIR enlists to bolster crowds condemning “Islamophobia” and any discussion of Islamic terrorism, but offer at best anemic support for pro forma denunciations of terrorism. As The Federalist’s Sean Davis has noted, the analogue between the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Italian American Civil Rights League is so close that, reading the latter’s public statements from the early 1970s and replacing “Italian” with “Muslim,” you’d be hard-pressed to spot the incongruence.

  • ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, which killed 39 people. The shooter is still at large.

  • ISIS killed 24 people in Baghdad’s Sadr City with a car bomb. Sixty-seven people were wounded.

  • International oil companies have been pulling out of Iraqi Kurdistan, in part because of poor drilling results and low oil prices but also due to Iranian influence in parts of the region.

  • Danish police arrested the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the friend of South Korean President Park Guen-hye who is at the center of the scandal that resulted in Park’s impeachment. Choi’s daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, was arrested for being in the country illegally, and Denmark plans to extradite her.