Opinion – Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach – The Guardian/Observer

Here’s a historic, must-read, lead story in today’s Guardian/Observer. Whilst I accept the evidence presented, the implication is that 50 million Americans were duped into voting for Trump and a similar proportion of Brits were tricked on Brexit. I have also read the Observer’s editorial that picks up the thread and am deeply suspicious by the absence of hard evidence – it’s not enough for a journalist to write, ‘I’ve seen the evidence’. All the evidence must be in the public’s view or their proxy. To me, the editorial reads an anti-Facebook rant by a bunch of  champagne socialists. Should we expect the next edition to introduce the Russians as the true master-minds – a sensational story (without evidence), just as Putin wins the Russian election?

Opinion – Iran ‘WILL FALL’. Regime faces TRIPLE THREAT and could be brought down this year – The Daily Star

 

Here’s a fascinating article from UK tabloid newspaper the Daily Star and printed by the Daily Express. This very strong article cites an exclusive interview with Babak Taghvaee, an Iranian dissident and defence expert saying that the Islamic government is facing three key uprisings this year. For me the article is too assertive for the limited evidence which remains the biassed opinion of one person. Whilst, I accept the broad threads, I am not sure that the concept of bringing down the Iranian regime has been properly risk assessed. Surely, the more the Iranian regime is put under pressure, the more radical will be the interventions? Thoughts?