Fraudsters Cloned Company Director’s Voice In $35 Million Bank Heist, Police Find

AI voice cloning is used in a huge heist in the U.A.E., according to Dubai investigators, amidst warnings about cybercriminal use of the new technology. In early 2020, a bank manager in the United Arab Emirates received a call from a man whose voice he recognized—a director at a company with whom he’d spoken before. […]

Examining Belarus’ Growing Reliance On Russia

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus was the rare former Soviet state that remained strategically aligned with the Russian Federation. In 1999, Russia and Belarus reached an agreement to become a “union state,” which aimed to create a USSR-like federation with a similar government, currency, flag, and army. Over the past two decades, the […]

The EU must stop serving as a playground for corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs and officials

In late September, the European Court of Auditors issued a damning report criticizing the ineffectiveness of the European Union’s anti-corruption initiatives in Ukraine. In order to make genuine progress, the report concluded that the European Commission must work with EU member states to prevent Ukrainian oligarchs and others suspected of grand corruption from traveling or using their […]

Racial Discrimination of Crimean Tatars by Russian “Punitives” and “Judicial Authorities”

On October 11, relatives and civil activists gathered in Simferopol to support the victims of political repression – prisoners of the so-called “Krasnogvardeyska group”, who received real prison sentences from the fake Russia-controlled “Crimean garrison military court”, up to twenty years in prison for each. On this day in the Military Court of Appeal in […]

Americans agree misinformation is a problem, poll shows

Most also think social media companies, and the people that use them, bear a good deal of blame for the situation. But few are very concerned that they themselves might be responsible, according to a new poll from The Pearson Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Ninety-five percent of Americans identified misinformation […]

Russia puts the shivers on EU, gas supplies limited, prices spike

With gas prices surging, Members of the European Parliament have called for an investigation into market manipulation from state and non-state actors, and into the EU carbon market speculation to measure the impact that both factors are having on prices. During the debate between the European Parliament, Commission and Council in plenary on October 6, […]

EU leaders caught in either-or argument over European defence strategy

Amid disunity over the way forward on European defence, EU leaders discussed on Tuesday night (5 October) whether the bloc should enhance its capacity to act independently and/or strenghten its partnership with NATO, but with no clear result. In the aftermath of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a US submarine pact with Australia that enraged […]

Azeri President Rejects Iran’s Allegations About Presence of Israeli Forces Near Borders

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has described Iran’s allegations about the presence of the Israeli forces in the country’s territories as “groundless”, amid the rise of tensions between the two Caspian littoral states. “We show good intentions. But this does not mean that we will accept groundless accusations against us. I say it here in Jabrayil, on the […]