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Spamouflage blitz muddies already murky waters

The Canadian government is accusing China of government-supported “spamouflage” — a cute name for a not-so-cute social campaign of disinformation and harassment. The foreign ministry says the effort was supported by a network of inorganic accounts posting deepfake videos, rumors, and attacks aimed at suppressing political engagement by diaspora communities and hampering members of Parliament from doing their jobs. China denied the accusation, calling it a “blatant smear campaign.”
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Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph gives a press conference almost a week after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti July 13, 202

What We're Watching: Haitian PM steps down, German floods get political, Biden and crew call out China hackers, Japan's oyster "plague"

Haiti's PM is stepping down: Claude Joseph, who served as Haiti's foreign minister and interim PM under recently-murdered president Jovenel Moïse, said Monday that he would step down, paving the way for his opponent Ariel Henry to become the new PM. Henry, for his part, was actually tapped by Moïse to form a government just two days before the assassination, but never sworn in. Joseph used that detail to take power after Moïse's death, and initially declared a "state of siege." But with violence surging, and international pressure against him from The Core Group — which includes the US, the Organization of American States, and a number of European countries — Joseph agreed to step down "for the good of the nation." The incoming Henry has a daunting task: amid spiraling social, political, and economic crises, he must cool tensions, form a workable government, and restore some semblance of order to allow for fresh elections this September.

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