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David Tafuri
International lawyer, writer, emerging democracies specialist, photographer 📸Defender 90 and bulldog owner 🐶 “America is stronger when we lead by example”🇺🇸
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David Tafuri Feb 18
Should we worry election 2020 may end up an "appeal to the lowest common denominator instincts of the internet leav[ing] a sinking feeling that shameless memes, Twitter dunks and toxic screaming into the algorithmic void have become politics as usual"?
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David Tafuri Feb 18
Fascinating article on how covering up the truth no longer requires authoritarian states to use censorship. They can just bury it with noise.
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David Tafuri Feb 18
“In the US we view such tools of oppression as faraway problems of more fragile democracies. But people working to reelect Trump understand the power of these tactics ... they’re building a machine to exploit their sprawling disinformation architecture”
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David Tafuri Feb 16
In an elegant call to action, dissident Xu Zhangrun urges the Chinese people to “rage against this injustice; let your lives burn with a flame of decency; break through the stultifying darkness and welcome the dawn.”
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David Tafuri Feb 16
“China cannot become a global power if it remains ‘blatantly incapable of treating its own people properly.’ China must “embrace constitutional democracy, free press, freedom of assembly, an end to secret police surveillance, and respect for human rights.”
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David Tafuri Feb 16
Those who might have provided an early warning of the virus, such as a free press, were suffocated” [by] “a vast Internet police force empowered by the party-state to oversee, supervise and track every statement and action made by everyone in the country.”
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David Tafuri Feb 16
China can’t lead: “‘The coronavirus epidemic has revealed the rotten core of Chinese governance’ ... President Xi’s campaign for stricter control has created a system that ‘values the mediocre, the dilatory and the timid,’ and is mired in ‘inoperability.’”
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David Tafuri Feb 15
Thank you and thanks for watching. 🙏
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David Tafuri Feb 15
Hahaha 👽
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David Tafuri Feb 15
The world lost at least 3 weeks in responding to the coronavirus because China suppressed information about the outbreak. How do authoritarian governments deal with crises and how does that impact us all? I am joining on now to discuss
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David Tafuri Feb 2
Replying to @RubioAnnabel
Thanks, Annabel. Yes, I’m trying to stay positive. Thanks for your insights. 🙏
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David Tafuri Feb 2
Flying back into Libya today for the first time in 3 years, hopeful the ceasefire will hold and political discussions can advance. 🤞 🇱🇾
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David Tafuri Jan 29
Replying to @ricky_ole @AlanDersh
I did not call him that. I said his argument was stupid. And it is. It has no basis in the Constitution or the cases interpreting the Constitution. What is possibly motivating him to make an argument that he knows is wrong is what is interesting to me.
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David Tafuri Jan 29
I’m beginning to think Dershowitz’s last act as a famous criminal defense lawyer is to make arguments so stupid that he intentionally sinks his client, Trump. now arguing if a Pres thinks it’s in the public interest to be re-elected, he can do anything to achieve it.
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David Tafuri Jan 24
First day of Sundance Film Festival 2020 ❄️ 🎥
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David Tafuri Jan 22
This cracks me up: “Having now lived for the better part of a week under suspension of ordinary social life, I’m more convinced than ever the 4 key resources are cigarettes, beer, Pepsi, and chips. Control the corner stores, control the Island & the world”
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David Tafuri Jan 20
Key trend: Iran “must now contend with multiple sources of fierce public dissatisfaction at a time when external pressure is severe and leadership transitions—whether through upcoming elections or inevitable succession at the top—loom large ...”
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David Tafuri Jan 20
Replying to @dznyc @CNBC
You’re right. I should have said exports, not production. But both are way down.
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David Tafuri Jan 20
Fascinating stats by ⁦⁩ on Iran’s economy. This table shows how oil production, which ebbs and flows with US sanctions, is now down to 500,000 BPD. This is eroding the Regime’s resources, but may also cause it to engage in desperate tactics ...
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David Tafuri Jan 15
I don’t understand how people on the inside do it. Trump White House aide: “He’s ruined that magic ... The disdain he shows for our country’s foundation and its principles. The disregard he has for right and wrong. Your fist clenches. Your teeth grate.”
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