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APCO Worldwide has a history of using dirty PR tactics on behalf of Southeast Asian politicians. Before being hired by Thailand’s Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to create a fake organization, Thai Democracy Now, APCO managed the publicity campaigns of Malaysia’s Najib Razak. APCO ran a covert campaign to discredit one of Najib’s adversaries. Discrediting a pro-democracy leader… Continue reading

At least since 1976, a majority among white voters continuously and constantly supported the Republican candidate in the US presidential elections, no matter who that candidate was. This majority varied from as low as 52% in 1976 to as high as 66% in 1984. The only exception is in 1992, when only a plurality (41%)… Continue reading

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, a plethora of articles were written on how this pandemic will change the world. From new working styles to new ways of exercising political rights, virtually nothing was left outside the scope of such analyses. However, all these articles took their premise – namely, that the world will indeed change… Continue reading

  [photo taken from Channel 4 News] We all know about Cambridge Analytica, the UK-based firm that was involved in one of the biggest data mining scandals a couple of years ago, when the company was found to harvest data from more than 87 million Facebook users, for political campaign purposes. Open Source Investigation wrote… Continue reading

The political landscape has drastically changed all across the world over the past decade, with traditional political parties failing to franchise their core electorate, which in turn has slowly migrated towards alternative parties that have sprung up from seemingly nowhere. If ten or twenty years ago a clear distinct ideology was adopted by all parties,… Continue reading

Although we faced constant pressure from some Belgian media outlets, we continued to report about the so-called Kazakhgate affair, convinced that in the end the truth will prevail. This is what kept us going during our long journalistic investigation on this topic. In the process, we have been accused of being part of Putin’s propaganda… Continue reading

On July 1st 2018 Mexico will have a new President. According to a recent poll in the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the two main contestants are Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), projected to win 43.4% of the votes, and Ricardo Anaya, credited with 27.7%. (https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/04/20/mexico/1524221306_832397.html) At a closer inspection, both competitors put Mexico in front… Continue reading

It’s been almost a year since the creation of the Belgian parliamentary commission aiming to investigate the circumstances that led to the adoption of the extended settlement law. Normally, its workings should have been concluded by now. Instead, it lost two experts, it was marred in scandals concerning press leaks, and it failed to come… Continue reading

On 16 February 1999, six car bombs exploded outside Uzbekistan Government headquarters in Tashkent, killing 16 people and injuring more than 120. Shortly after the attack, president Islam Karimov visited the site of the explosions. He was flanked by two men in uniform: Rustam Inoyatov, the head of the National Security Service, and Zokir Almatov,… Continue reading

Chishimba Kambwili has confirmed OSI’s reports that he mounted a rebellion against President Edgar Lungu. Although tribal-motivated, the plot started with an attack on Lungu’s support of the mining sector. Both his tribal behaviour and anti-business rhetoric turned against Kambwili. Kambwili: Lungu is facing a rebellion In a series of investigative articles started back in… Continue reading

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