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Leaks, Lies, And Chinese Politics

It may seem odd that Chinese elites would use leaks at all, given the Communist Party’s opacity and Beijing’s tight control of the press. But it is precisely because China’s media is not free that leakers seeking to damage their opponents may turn to foreign outlets. In doing so, they take advantage of the fact that the Great Firewall is permeable and that the information they share can spread—if not among the wider public, then at least among high-level officials.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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The President Does Not Lie Like You And Me

…Trump’s lies don’t look like a 12-dimensional-chess framework designed to serve some greater good. He looks like he’s trying to dominate his perceived enemies, to humiliate people, to cast himself in what he thinks is a good light. When Trump says something that contradicts something else he’s said, he doesn’t seem to notice or care. It’s a weird kind of zen, in-the-moment lying. It’s all id. There’s no, ahem, executive function saying, Don’t say that! It doesn’t make sense! It’s not internally consistent!

Read Here – Wired

Who Can Tell the Emperor When He Has No Clothes?

When Trump believes something, instinctually, there appear to be only three possibilities. He is already correct. He will be proven to have been correct at some point in the future. Or he may simply insist—as in the case of the Iraq War—that he had always subscribed to whatever view is later proven right.

Read Here – The Atlantic

15 Hours Of Donald Trump’s Lies

The lying started at 7:27 a.m. and did not stop until after dark.  Even for Donald Trump, Monday, Aug. 1, was a banner day for bullshit. With 100 days until Election Day, the Republican presidential nominee decisively rejected suggestions that he make some attempt to appear statesmanlike in his campaign against Hillary Clinton, opting to commit fully to the erraticism and dishonesty that characterized his performance in the Republican primary.

Read Here – The Daily Beast

Is It Really Better That Saddam’s Gone?

Saddam was a tyrant and an aggressor, but are Iraq and the region really better off without him? Consider just some of the consequences of the war that removed him.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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