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The TED talk as propaganda vehicle

HONG KONG –  Apparently the TED-talk format is so seductive that it can even make Leninism sound sexy.   In June at a TED talk in Edinburgh, Scotland, a flawlessly groomed venture capitalist named Eric X. Li stood before an elite Western audience. He spent 18 minutes defending China’s authoritarian political system, praising its “adaptability, meritocracy, and legitimacy,” and claiming its superiority, in several respects, to democracy.

Charlie Chaplin, the red menace?

MI5 investigated the film comedian at request of FBI
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Charlie Chaplin: funny man? or dangerous communist? MI5 thought it was the former. (AFP/Getty Images)

The FBI in the 1940's and 50's was always on the look-out for Commies and Charlie Chaplin was in their sights but today, for the first time, it has been revealed that the Feds asked Britain's domestic security agency MI5 to look into his activities.  MI5 was not worried by Chaplin's politics following the investigation but was rather dismissive of the FBI's motives.

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