Personal contributions published in online newspapers.
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Vladimir Putin receives a lot of sympathy in Europe. And not just from Russian speakers, but also from nationalists of all stripes who see him as a strong and determined individual. The same is true in his own country where his moves in Ukraine and Syria gave him a stratospheric approval rating of 89%. Seducing the masses is no easy feat, which is precisely why an army of media consultants has been tasked with supporting the Russian president. Stuck in spectator mode, the European Union finds itself unable to respond effectively.
As yet another symbol of the hold France retains over her former colonies, the most influential media platforms in francophone Africa are… based in Paris. Despite the usual leveling effects of the Internet, the clout of hexagonal news sites like RFI, Jeune Afrique, Slate Afrique, and Afrik.com in the ‘dark continent’ is undisputable. Things are hardly better in the English online world, where the most influential sites on Africa are sub-sections of Western behemoths such as BBC Africa or CNN Africa.
Two out of three Americans turn to the Internet to find answers to their health problems, but the often-anonymous advice they find can pose a real threat to their well-being. Here’s what we can do.