Do lies really spread faster than truth? Yes, and here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on August 20, 2018


Now that Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s lead attorney in the ongoing Russia probe, has said “truth isn’t truth”, one might usefully ponder people’s affinity for falsehoods. Some little time ago, American columnist Megan McArdle wrote about an interesting new paper from Soroush Vosoughi and Deb Roy of MIT’s Media Lab, and Sinan Aral, a professor … Continue reading “Do lies really spread faster than truth? Yes, and here’s why”

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From 1946, a memo to the future about the Russian view of truth or non-truth

by Rashmee

Posted on March 16, 2018


  In the light of Russia’s centrality to our affairs, it’s worth reading George Kennan’s so-called “long telegram” from Moscow to the US Department of State in 1946. At the time, Kennan was the American charge d’affaires in Moscow. His 8,000-word telegram is seen to have provided one of the most influential underpinnings for America’s Cold … Continue reading “From 1946, a memo to the future about the Russian view of truth or non-truth”

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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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Dealing with fake news

by Rashmee

Posted on February 19, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


The imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, no less, has taken it upon himself to warn against a relatively piffling non-spiritual human concern that he termed “false news”. Syrian President Bashar Assad recently took refuge in a similar label to explain an inconvenient human rights organisation’s report that his administration executed up to 13,000 people at … Continue reading “Dealing with fake news”

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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