…and the point of editorials defending a free press was?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2018


  Other than managing to become the story – and a rather good one at that – it’s not clear what was achieved by 350 newspapers’ editorializing in a pack about the dangers posed by Donald Trump to a free press. People who read editorials would presumably not be taken in by President Trump’s regular … Continue reading “…and the point of editorials defending a free press was?”

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Deepfake technology could create huge potential for social unrest and even trigger wars

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2018 / The National


True or false? In Washington, the president of the United States and the prime minister of Italy jointly express scepticism about non-European migration to the West and decide to set up an action taskforce on the issue. Four million Bengali-speaking Muslim residents of the northeastern Indian state of Assam are asked to prove their right … Continue reading “Deepfake technology could create huge potential for social unrest and even trigger wars”

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In Galileo’s Padua, ‘fake news’ flourishes just as his heresy charges once did

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2018


If they think of Padua at all most people would remember Galileo Galilei. The Italian heliocentrist was a lecturer at the University of Padua. But Padua featured in “fake news” stories that circulated in Italy ahead of the March 4 general election. One of the stories featured a nine-year-old Muslim girl in Padua who was … Continue reading “In Galileo’s Padua, ‘fake news’ flourishes just as his heresy charges once did”

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Did you notice Libyan power centres aren’t shouting #fake news about CNN slave footage?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2017


Just to continue the Thanksgiving theme, let us be grateful Libya’s politicians and even its militias and human traffickers aren’t on Donald Trump’s fake news bandwagon so far. No Libyan – official or otherwise – has slammed CNN’s footage of the “slave auction” it witnessed in Libya in October as fake news. One might well … Continue reading “Did you notice Libyan power centres aren’t shouting #fake news about CNN slave footage?”

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Italy has it right. Fake news is dietrologia, there’s something behind the surface

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2017


Italy has it right, it’s just got the generation wrong. On October 31, thousands of high schools across Italy will learn that it’s wise to consume news with a soupcon of caution. Italy is launching what has to be one of the first concerted attempts in the world to tackle so-called digital deceit (when we … Continue reading “Italy has it right. Fake news is dietrologia, there’s something behind the surface”

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In the battle against fake news, we can learn from the war on drugs

by Rashmee

Posted on October 18, 2017 / The National


There are reports that Google, Facebook and Twitter are working overtime to stamp out the scourge of  fake news . Unfortunately, these reports may turn out to be as flawed as the content they are supposedly trying to banish. This is not to cast doubt on the sincerity of the tech giants’ intentions. But can they realistically … Continue reading “In the battle against fake news, we can learn from the war on drugs”

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What sense does it make to advertise the Kim Jong Un kill squad made up of Bin Laden’s nemesis?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2017


“Navy Seals training Kim ‘assassination’ squad,” goes the screaming headline in The Times, London, going on to report that South Korean commandos will be working with the US Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden. It will mark the creation of a “special unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war,” says the … Continue reading “What sense does it make to advertise the Kim Jong Un kill squad made up of Bin Laden’s nemesis?”

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s darkening image: From icon to ‘fake news’ ideologue

by Rashmee

Posted on September 6, 2017


Till Wednesday (September 6), Myanman’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi had said nothing about her country’s latest Rohingya crisis. If only she hadn’t broken her silence. In denouncing “fake news” about the Rohingyas’ persecution, she has become anti-heroine extraordinaire. She has gone from a globally admired beacon of resistance to injustice to an advocate … Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi’s darkening image: From icon to ‘fake news’ ideologue”

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Real fake news may be about to hit us with a force we can only imagine

by Rashmee

Posted on July 31, 2017


It’s a truly terrifying thought. Noah Smith, a former assistant professor of finance, has suggested that fake news is likely to appear more real in the near future. In fact, it’s going to be indistinguishable from the real thing. And the robots will be responsible. How and why you might ask. What can robots do … Continue reading “Real fake news may be about to hit us with a force we can only imagine”

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Donald Trump denies ‘fake news’ on Russia links. Instead, he should read Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31

by Rashmee

Posted on January 13, 2017


When Buzzfeed published documents about Russia’s closeness to Donald Trump, it stressed that these were “unverified and potentially unverifiable”. Mr Trump predictably erupted in his usual way, criticising “fake news”, a “political witch hunt” and so on. Instead, Mr Trump might like to consider becoming a real Christian rather than the “fake” believer he was … Continue reading “Donald Trump denies ‘fake news’ on Russia links. Instead, he should read Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK