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September 3, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Armenian Far-Right and Church Opposition to Anti-Female Violence Convention

Written by Narine Khachatryan Over the past months, right-wing groups and individuals in Armenia have been actively campaigning on and offline against the ratification of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (more widely known as the Istanbul Convention).  What the controversy in Armenia? Armenia signed the…

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September 3, 2019

By Benjamin Strick

Twitter Analysis: Identifying A Pro-Indonesian Propaganda Bot Network 

The ongoing conflict in West Papua has surged recently as the West Papuan freedom movement seeks independence from Indonesia.  While aggression has been documented on both sides, there are grave concerns that Indonesian security forces have been responsible for human rights abuses through the violent suppression of West Papuans in their pursuit of independence.  Hostilities…

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September 3, 2019

By Christo Grozev

Lega Nord’s Bedfellows: Russians Offering Illicit Funding to Italian Far-Right Party Identified

In a previous joint investigation with BuzzFeed News and the Insider, Bellingcat disclosed the inordinately frequent travel of two Italian politicians from the close circle of the head of Italy’s far-right party Lega Nord, and self-styled “Italian Trump” Matteo Salvini. As previously reported by Italian media and BuzzFeed, one of the frequent travelers and advisers…

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September 2, 2019

By Yemen Project

Yemen Project Release: Attacks Causing Grave Civilian Harm

Today we publish a cluster of 20 incident assessments, Attacks Causing Grave Civilian Harm, as part of our ongoing Yemen Project. These assessments are the product of in-depth open-source analysis focusing on alleged Saudi-UAE airstrikes that have occurred in Yemen since the start of the aerial bombardment campaign on the 25th of March 2015. They…

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August 27, 2019

By Hector Martinez

Hashtaggers For Hezbollah? How Social Media Fundraising Can Skirt The Rules

An ostensibly independent activist group has been boosting Hezbollah messaging and fundraising on social media — this is occurring amid increased scrutiny of Hezbollah’s use of Facebook and other platforms.  An April 19, 2019 New York Times article highlighted how Hezbollah is among U.S.-designated terror groups that “learned how to stay a step ahead of…

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August 14, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

The Russians and Ukrainians Translating the Christchurch Shooter’s Manifesto

On August 10, 2019, a 21-year-old man reportedly murdered his 17-year-old stepsister before attempted to attack a mosque just outside of Oslo, Norway; he managed to injure only one person in the attack. The Norwegian claimed he had been inspired by another 21-year-old man in El Paso, TX, whose massacre on August 3 was driven…

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August 10, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Guccifer Rising? Months-Long Phishing Campaign on ProtonMail Targets Dozens of Russia-Focused Journalists and NGOs

A sophisticated phishing campaign targeting Bellingcat and other Russia-focused journalists has been much larger in scope than previously thought, and has lasted at least several months. Bellingcat has identified dozens of targeted individuals across Europe and the US, with the earliest reported attack dating back to April 24 2019, and some evidence suggesting the campaign…

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