HOMEAFFAIRS – The Internal Security Forum Prague is a platform for experts and policy makers in the field of internal security organised by the European Values Think-Tank and the Wilfired Martens Centre for European Studies. While there is a number of well-established conferences on issues of European external security and defence, a strategic dialogue on protecting our societies from growing domestic threats does not receive enough attention. Číst dále
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A number of critics have disputed the utility of using the term “Islamophobia” and offered a number of arguments for its abandonment. The debate over the existence of the phenomenon of Islamophobia has continued to the present moment and shows no signs of stopping, partly because of the fundamental implications involved in cases where the criminalisation of “Islamophobia” has been introduced into the legal system. As the term is now being used by public institutions even in the Visegrad area, it seems useful to review the way it has been proliferated since the 1990s and assert its utility in light of the arguments brought by its propagators and opponents alike. Číst dále
How does the Czech Republic plans to react to the disinformation operations of aggressive external actors? How does NATO perceive hybrid threats and related states-created disinformation? Číst dále
The main purpose of Russia’s information campaign, as part of hybrid warfare, is to undermine its opponents. Rather than promoting Russia itself, it seeks to achieve gradual decomposition of the institutional framework and security architecture of Europe. The key targets of the Kremlin’s divide et impera strategy in Central Europe have been the EU and NATO, as well as the United States. At the same time, the mass influx of disinformation often serves Russia directly, presenting it in a positive light at the local level, sometimes even depicting it in the role of the only rational actor, unrecognized or misunderstood peacemaker and saviour.
This data report is published within the framework of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute (GPI) Strategic Communication Initiative, which monitors, analyses and discloses Russian propaganda and its domestic actors in countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In partnership with the Political Capital Institute (Hungary) and European Values (Czech Republic).
The European Values Think-Tank presents a representative survey among residents of the Czech Republic conducted by the STEM agency. The level of trust towards disinformation spread by alternative media was tested. Based on this data, Disinformation Index was created. The project was done together with Slovak Atlantic Commission within framework of “GLOBSEC Trends”.
In our latest paper Jakub Janda and Ondřej Kundra have written on the topic of the current state of influence of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic. The authors identify primary interests of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic, give examples of these related operations and provide an analytical structure to describe the influence of foreign powers. Číst dále
Donald Trump plays a controversial role in the hacking of the DNC. He called upon the hackers to publish the stolen emails. This statement is one of many proclamations he made by which he played into Vladimir Putin’s cards. That is why we decided to name Donald Trump PUTINVERSTEHER of the Week.
What are the most alarming things he had to say?
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
- Jake Sullivan, Hilary Clinton’s senior adviser, suitably pointed out that “this has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent.”
In a response to the question whether he would recognize Crimea as Russian and lift sanctions on Moscow, Donald Trump replied: “Yes, we would be looking at that.”
On NATO and the use of Article 5: “People aren’t paying their fair share. And then the stupid people, they say: “But we have a treaty.” They say: “What would happen if Russia or somebody attacks?” I said: “I don’t know; have they paid?” … “Well, they haven’t paid but we have a treaty.” I said: “Yeah, they have a treaty too – they have to pay.” “We’re gonna end up in world war three protecting people and these people can pay.”
Thierry Mariani and 10 other French Republican Party MPs who visited Crimea while breaching Ukrainian law.
The most interesting bits from their trip:
Michel Voisin, the head of the French delegation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly: “The information coming from the media can be true as well as fake, so every lawmaker should have his own independent vision of such issues as the situation in Crimea.”
Thierry Mariani: “Crimea’s reunification with Russia reflects the will of the majority of the Crimean people.”
Thierry Mariani #2: “It is better to be a Tatar in Crimea than a Russian in Latvia. But Europe prefers to forget about it.”
According to Sergei Aksyonov, the pro-Russian leader in Crimea, the visit was “a recognition by the foreign MPs that the sanctions against Russia are ineffective.”
One of the MPs even managed to kiss the Monument to Russian invaders in Crimea.
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KhPF) reported that Juri Rescheto, a journalist from Deutsche Welle, has participated in a trip to Crimea. According to the Deutsche Welle, the visit was organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association. However, RT reported that the journalists came on the invitation of Russia’s Foreign Ministry. According to Fort-Russ, Juri Rescheto confirmed this himself.
Furthermore, he was not the only one. Among other participants were for example: Zhong Su Ha, the head of the Moscow Korean Broadcasting System office, Corey Flintoff from the US National Public Radio, Liviu Iurea from TV Romania, and Khalid Abdalrahman from the Iraqi broadcaster Rudaw. RT also mentions another Deutsche Welle journalist, Evgeny Ushakov.
RT focused significantly on the visit, stating that the Western reporters observed that “reunification with Russia has served a beneficial purpose for Crimea and its people”. It cites Mr. Rescheto saying that “Crimea now became a Russian territory regardless of whether we [the West] want it or not “, and that „it is now a fact, a reality. “
It is difficult to distinguish which parts of the visit and alleged statements are authentic and which are propaganda. But to legitimize the illegal annexation by a visit which does not seem to have been approved by Ukrainian authorities is a serious misstep; regardless if undertaken by a journalist or a politician. And as Halya Coynash from the KhPG accurately wrote, “Winning favours with regimes breaking international law should not be the aim of any journalists, let alone a journalist from a public broadcaster representing Germany.”
For these reasons we decided to name Juri Rescheto Putinversteher of the Week.