Inside the Secret Facebook War For Mormon Hearts and Minds

In November 2017, a provocation appeared in the Facebook feeds of 3,000 Mormon parishioners. It was a sponsored post crafted in the gauzy style of one of the Mormon church’s own Facebook ads, but addressing a seldom-discussed truth about the early history of the church and its founding patriarch, Joseph Smith. “Why did Joseph marry […]

Douma Chemical Attack and the Fog of Syria’s Propaganda War

This much we know: To have been in the Syrian town of Douma, the final rebel military holdout in the suburbs of Damascus, on Saturday, April 7, 2018 must have sounded and felt very much like hell on earth. Since 2013, when a shifting cast of rebel militias wrested control of the area, the whole […]

Netflix Censors Hasan Minhaj Over Khashoggi Killing and War…

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Netflix is under fire for pulling an episode of U.S. comedian Hasan Minhaj’s show Patriot Act from Saudi Arabia, after officials from the kingdom complained to the streaming company that it violated Saudi cybercrime laws. The episode was posted in late October, a few weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in the […]

The Big Read: As countries wage war on plastics, the jury’s…

SINGAPORE: In Rwanda, being caught with a plastic bag is a crime. The African nation is so serious about tackling the global plastic pollution crisis that since a decade ago, it is illegal to import, produce, use or sell plastic bags and plastic packaging except for specific industries such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Those caught carrying […]

Let’s hope China loses the tech war with America – U.S. New…

For the record, Meng Wanzhou –  the chief financial officer of the Chinese high-tech giant Huawei Technologies – was arrested in Canada last week for her involvement in violating American sanctions on Iran. But it’s unlikely the United States would have ever taken such an extreme measure at such a particularly sensitive moment in its relations with […]

Don’t be evil — Google at war with itself

The full-blown crisis of confidence that has overwhelmed Facebook and resulted in a flight of talent from that company has now come to Google. As we learnt late last week, 1,400 of Google’s own employees signed a letter protesting the opacity of the company’s decision to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, […]