Archive for March 21, 2015

Welcome to World of Private Sector IO (Information Operations)

IO or IIO (Inform and Influence Operations) defined by the US Army includes the fields of psychological operations and military deception.

In military IIO operations center on the ability to influence foreign audiences, US and global audiences, and adversely affect enemy decision making through an integrated approach. Even current event news is released in this fashion. Each portal is given messages that follow the same themes because it is an across the board mainstream effort that fills the information space entirely when it is working correctly.

The purpose of “Inform and Influence Operations”  is not to provide a perspective, opinion, or lay out a policy. It is defined as the ability to make audiences “think and act” in a manner favorable to the mission objectives. This is done through applying perception management techniques which target the audiences emotions, motives, and reasoning.

These techniques are not geared for debate. It is to overwhelm and change the target psyche.

Using these techniques information sources can be manipulated and those that write, speak, or think counter to the objective are…
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The Durability of Museveni’s Uganda

Posted: March 21, 2015 in News

Scott Ross

Over at the Monkey Cage, Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Erica Frantz have a post on how democratic institutions increase the durability of authoritarian regimes. It’s an interesting summary of their recent research, which finds that democratic institutions such as elections actually delay true democratization, allowing authoritarian regimes to remain in power longer under the guise of democracy.

While their findings are not exactly surprising to anybody who has worked in such a country, the extent to which they’ve investigated this issue has provided a really thorough survey of regimes:

From 1946 to 1989, the average authoritarian regime lasted 12 years. Since the end of the Cold War, this number has increased to 20 years…

The figure also shows that rising authoritarian durability has tracked closely with the spread of democratic institutions (elections, legislatures, and parties), suggesting authoritarian leaders have learned to leverage these institutions to enhance their staying power. From 1951…

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Crimea is safe, but Donbass is not

Posted: March 21, 2015 in News

Russlife Blog

This week Crimea has celebrated a year since they joined the Russian Federation as a result of their referendum. A year ago a man from Norway started writing to me how much they are afraid of Russians, cause Russian army invaded Crimea.
I said – Are you crazy? Are you high that you’re saying this?
Norwegian – They show us on TV that Russian soldiers rape wives and girlfriends of Ukrainian soldiers. The journalist speaks from some debris with drunk people lying around to show how much Crimea suffers from Russians.
I said – That’s not true, Crimean people joined Russia eagerly because nazi government came to power in Ukraine as a result of so called “revolution”.
But he never believed me. And Norwegian mass media and others who poured mud at Russia never apologized.

In the pic above you can see the billboard of the referendum period in Crimea…

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Barclays Plc has started lending to diamond dealers as the British bank seeks to expand in southern Africa, according to people familiar with the situation.

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The Extinction Protocol

March 2015CONAKRY/DAKARGuinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures. The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than a year ago and has killed over 10,000 people in the three West African countries worst hit, had appeared to be on the wane, but Guinea has seen cases rise for three consecutive weeks, according to World Health Organization data. A government health report from the weekend showed there were 21 new cases in a single day, a spike from the recent daily average of eight. President Alpha Conde said on Tuesday that everything must be done to end the outbreak by mid-April, ahead of a meeting with donors scheduled around that date.
New infections
Ending Ebola could reboot Guinea’s mining-dependent…

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Mar 18, 2015

Some 350 people have been detained at the Blockupy protest in Frankfurt on the day the European Central Bank headquarters open in the city. Two police have been injured in clashes. Tear gas was used against protesters, who pelted stones and torched cars – READ MORE



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The Extinction Protocol

March 2015GEOLOGY The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile, which erupted on 3 March, has shown renewed activity. Officials raised the alert in areas near the Villarrica to orange, the second highest, and cancelled classes for more than 5,500 pupils. Thousands of people were evacuated earlier this month when it spewed ash and lava 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air. The 2840m-high Villarrica is popular with hikers. Hundreds climb the peak each summer to peer inside the crater. No-one died in the eruption on 3 March but there have been fatalities in the past. More than 100 people are thought to have been killed in mudflows on the slopes of the volcano during the 20th Century. –BBC
Hawaii volcano: Minimal activity in the downslope portions of the June 27 lava flow continue to be observed by Hawai’i County Civil Defense. Following its Thursday morning over-flight assessment, Civil…

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