Last September we published an outline of the analysis produced by Russian investigator Vladimir Shalak on the hidden aspects of a Twitter-based campaign to lure Middle Eastern refugees to Germany. Having examined 19,000 refugee-related original tweets, Shalak claimed that the great exodus to continental Europe was artificially arranged by non-European actors. The latest wave of migrant-related violence in a number of European cities on New Year’s Eve sparked another intense anti-Merkel campaign in German and European social media, and yielded additional data for Shalak’s in-depth research.
Below we will share its preliminary results. But before we do, let’s have a glance at two pictures demonstrating the drastic change in just 4 months of German public opinion about the refugees:
Was this a tragic but spontaneous development, or the fruit of a deliberate psy-op by an external agent? To come closer to an informed conclusion, we have to look briefly at current US-German relations.
Since Crimea’s reunification with Russia in March 2014, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel has found herself between a rock and a hard place.Under heavy pressure from Washington, she had to lead the European family to tighten escalating sanctions against Russia while big business and her political opponents became increasingly reluctant to sustain them in face of dire consequences for the German economy. Balancing two contradicting approaches, she opted for accomplishing the 2011 commercial contract to build the second phase of the Nord Stream pipeline that would deliver more natural gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, despite a growing roar from across the pond.
Another dimension of transatlantic tensions is connected with the TTIP agreement talks, held since 2013 behind closed doors. A solid wall of propaganda around these talks cannot conceal the fact that the main issue where swords cross is the status of American private arbitration courtswithin the European legal system, specifically global corporations’ push for legalizing their right to sue states in private arbitration courts for any action that negatively affects their profits.
In practical terms, that means a total loss of any remaining sovereignty for European states because private arbitration courts would then be able to dictate customs duties (directly influencing profits of course), sanitary and phytosanitary norms (the EU will have to lift its strict barriers to GMOs and beef hormone products), financial and investment rules for European banks, and even subsidies. No wonder a ruling coalition party in Germany categorically protests against the TTIP talks. Mass public anti-TTIP rallies struck Berlin in October 2015. As a result, Chancellor Merkel is emphatically careful in her assessment of the TTIP project.
Now the picture is more or less clear: Bundeskanzlerin plays a smart game trying to maintain European sovereignty while formally complying with US demands on secondary tracks. No doubt this strategy is already decoded by Washington. The only factor that impedes her immediate ousting from office is the absence of a prepared and manageable successor. Nevertheless, a media campaign against Frau Merkel, on the pretext of therapefugees scandal, is currently in full swing.
In early January, the notorious speculator and self-confessed sponsor of the refugee traffic to Europe, trillionaire George Soros, gave an interview toWirtschafts Woche in which he bitterly criticized Merkel’s stricter European and refugee policy, suggesting that it would “cost her chancellorship.” Simultaneously, the hashtag #ArrestMerkel and “Merkel Has To Go” motto appeared on Twitter and gained immediate and impressive circulation. Analysis showed that the #ArrestMerkel hashtag was originally transmitted by two major Twitter accounts, @Trainspotter001 and @AmyMek. It was then taken up and spread by a number of other powerful accounts.
@Trainspotter001 and @AmyMek do not have any regional affiliation, but average hourly activity analysis brought the following results:
As you see, in both cases the minimum activity is observed between 7AM and 3PM GMT, which corresponds to night-time in US Pacific or US Mountain time. These Twitter activists are therefore active during daytime on the US West coast.
Now, the @Trainspotter001 account has made almost 27,000 tweets since March 2015, or around 88 tweets per day, which too much for a human operator (for example, the whole CNN Twitter team is making around 23 tweets/day). We conclude that @Trainspotter001 is a programmed bot, while @Amy Mek (27K tweets since 2012) is likely too.
(*It is debatable to what extent such creatures can be considered ‘people’. Maybe they are actually devolving into homo botus!)
Of the major retweeters, we see that @Genophilia is the leading bot here (107,000 tweets since September 2012, or approximately 87 tweets/day). Its region is not indicated, but average hourly activity research shows that it also operates from the US Pacific coast region. Two other notable accounts are @jjauthor, a Nevada-based bot making 300 posts per day since 2010 (!) and @LadyAodh, another artificial American blonde profile,fighting ‘white genocide’ since March 2015. As you saw in the first graph, all these bot accounts are closely interlaced and thus ‘multi-plicate’ each other’s effect and reaches an ever-wider audience.
The evidence presented clearly demonstrates that the whole ‘Refugee Combination’ was arranged by US-based agents to frame up Chancellor Merkel and warn her against taking any independent stand for European sovereignty. It’s quite noteworthy that seemingly polar opposite platforms(ultra-liberal George Soros and far-right followers of US-based twitter bots) are actually pursuing the same political goal – to oust German leader from her office and impose the TTIP on Europe.
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