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These attacks — Dallas, Nice / Black Lives Matter, ISIS (et al) — should not be seen separately. Each devolves to familiar Soviet / post-Soviet agitation, manipulation, and misinformation, at least. With “terrorist-type” “actions”, direct relationships (or “orders”) are not needed as “actor” compulsions pushed by incitements, and permissions plainly work to produce attacks.

Moscow’s Themes

Confusion Through a Massive Agitprop Press — e.g., Information Clearinghouse, Mint Press, RT, etc. — confusing or inverting issues — developing and promulgating disinformation that may weave into more moderate but still far liberal press like Democracy Now and Mother Jones, legitimate stalwarts on the west but perhaps also a little seduced;

Corruption, Kleptocracy, State Mafia — “Chaika” may be all that needs to be signaled to find the entrance to that rabbit hole;

Ends-Against-the-Middle throughout NATO-aligned and westward-leaning states — “Syndicate Red Brown Green” — Old Comrades, New Nationalists, Islamists;

Political Absolute Power — centralized governance; state aristocracy; sustained secret police state (read through the “Russian Section” of this blog’s library);

Terrorism – Moscow refuses to designate Hamas or Hezbollah as terrorist organizations, and in recent years it has hosted representatives of the infamous PFLP.

Immediately Related on BackChannels

https://conflict-backchannels.com/2016/07/15/ftac-its-not-islam-its-moscow/ – 7/15/2016

Fast Related Reference

http://carnegieeurope.eu/publications/?fa=37199 – 2/3/2009 – “Media Manipulation and Political Control in Russia”;

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/shadow-economy-and-media-control-russians-fed-up-with-putin-s-manipulations-a-818930.html – 3/2/2012;

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/has-vladimir-putin-always-been-corrupt-and-does-it-matter – 4/16/2012;

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/09/russia-putin-revolutionizing-information-warfare/379880/ – 9/9/2014

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/04/how-the-media-became-putins-most-powerful-weapon/391062/ – 4/21/2015;

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/11/17/russia-hamas-hezbollah-democratic-not-terrorists/ – 11/17/2015

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/vladimir-putin-corruption-five-things-we-learned-about-the-russian-presidents-secret-wealth-a6834171.html – 1/26/2016;

http://euromaidanpress.com/2016/01/28/expert-putin-and-assad-support-hezballah-terrorism/#arvlbdata – 1/28/2016;

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/16/opinion/why-putin-tolerates-corruption.html – 5/15/2016.

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