HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » How Russia Created the Mo...

Sat Sep 9, 2017, 07:17 PM

 

How Russia Created the Most Popular Texas Secession Page on Facebook. Plus Calexit, remember!

Lots and lots of links in this article:

How Russia Created the Most Popular Texas Secession Page on Facebook
When is a Texan not a Texan?


SNIP/


Moscow’s ties to the California secession movement, which received a boost following Donald Trump’s election, have seen the greatest coverage — understandably so, given the former #Calexit leader’s willingness to highlight his links to the Moscow-funded Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia (AGMR) at every turn. Only so many people would be willing to open a “California Embassy” in Moscow, after all. (For my own writings on #Calexit’s myriad ties to Russia, in addition to the links above, click here, here, or here.) As Jonathon Morgan, the founder of Data for Democracy, noted a few months back in detailing the online footprint of Russia and California secessionists, the primary group pushing #Calexit was further “amplified by many of the same accounts that infiltrated conservative Twitter communities and promoted a pro-Trump, white nationalist agenda.” Not exactly an organic upswell.


But for all of the egregious links between Russia and California separatists, the earliest foray into ties between Moscow-linked actors and American secession movements, per my research, was found in my former home: Texas. Back in 2015, I put together a piece for POLITICO Magazine detailing the ties between Lone Star secessionists and Russia, dovetailing off a recent visit from the Texas “foreign minister” to St. Petersburg, where the Texan turned to Russian media to fan the flames of secession. As local Russian officials were threatening to deliver arms to Mexico (and unidentified “guerrillas”) to allow Mexico City to reclaim Texas, Texas secessionists themselves were finding sympathetic ears in Moscow.


Then, in 2016, the same “foreign minister,” the Texas Nationalist Movement’s (TNM) Nathan Smith, returned to Russia, attending the same pro-secession conference as the California secessionists — and, this time, with the AGMR, the group behind the conference, receiving funding from the Kremlin. In the time since, it’s come out that the AGMR also helped fund the Texan’s travel to Russia.
But promotional efforts behind Smith’s trip were kept to a minimum. Not only did the TNM not mention Smith’s travel to Moscow — despite promoting his stop-overs in France and the U.K. — but the only evidence of Smith’s presence, besides a clip shared by RT (see 0:12), is a tweet from, of all people, former #Calexit head Louis Marinelli.




And that’s where the evidence, as of mid-2017, stood, as it pertained to Moscow’s links with Texas separatism. Funding for travel to, and organizing in, Moscow; plumping support in Russian-backed outlets like RT and Sputnik; odd comments about funding Mexican guerrillas to claim lands lost. Noteworthy enough developments, but without much evidence of success, or much lasting impact.
***
Enter the “Heart of Texas.” The Facebook site, for the past two years, existed as the most prominent Texas secession social media presence online. With over 225,000 followers as of summer 2017, the page, at one point last year, boasted more Facebook fans than the official Texas Democrat and Republican pages combined.


Link here: https://medium.com/cjcmichel/how-russia-created-the-most-popular-texas-secession-page-on-facebook-fd4dfd05ee5c

2 replies, 1455 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply How Russia Created the Most Popular Texas Secession Page on Facebook. Plus Calexit, remember! (Original post)
Madam45for2923 Sep 2017 OP
dalton99a Sep 2017 #1
democratisphere Sep 2017 #2

Response to Madam45for2923 (Original post)

Sat Sep 9, 2017, 07:20 PM

1. Kick.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Madam45for2923 (Original post)

Sat Sep 9, 2017, 07:26 PM

2. Facebook Propaganda Tool needs to be repealed and displaced.

Facebook; the bane and destruction of society.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread