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Conspiracypedia: Narratives & Terms

This resource provides concise updates on conspiracy theories, including Key Actors, Media & Organizations and Narratives & Terms.

Color Revolution

19 February 2024
'Color Revolution' is an expression used to stigmatize a popular movement by suggesting that it is artificial and controlled from abroad. Widely used in the contemporary conspiracy lexicon, the term historically referred to a peaceful popular revolution reflecting the genuine aspirations of a civil society exasperated by fraud, corruption and the stifling of civil liberties. […]
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Holocaust Denial

14 February 2024
Holocaust denial casts doubt on the historical veracity and magnitude of the Jewish genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime under Adolf Hitler during World War II. According to the working definition proposed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), “Holocaust denial may include publicly denying or calling into doubt the use of principal mechanisms of […]
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Depopulation

09 February 2024
The term 'depopulation' is regularly used by conspiracy theorists in reference to alleged secret criminal 'plans' by the 'elites' to reduce the world's population. Many conspiracy commentators  subscribe to the notion of a sinister global depopulation plot, including Lyndon LaRouche, Alex Jones, Aaron Russo, Louis Farrakhan and Webster Tarpley.  They claim that the ‘globalist oligarchy’—embodied […]
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False flag

30 January 2024
A ‘false flag’ designates a clandestine operation carried out under a false banner. It involves the staging of a bombing, military attack, or hostile maneuver, and making others bear responsibility — thus providing a pretext to justify reprisals against them. One of the best-known historical examples of a false flag was Operation Himmler on August […]
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Psyops

29 January 2024
The term 'psyops' is an abbreviation of psychological operations. It refers to communication tactics and propaganda using psychology to try to influence a rival or enemy behavior in a conflict setting. The strategy can include activities like dropping leaflets behind enemy lines in an attempt to demoralize troops, encourage desertion, or undermine civilian support. Such […]
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World Economic Forum (WEF)

World Economic Forum (Conspiracy theories about -)

24 January 2024
The World Economic Forum meeting has been held annually in Davos, Switzerland, since 1971. Founded and chaired by the economist Klaus Schwab, the WEF gathering brings together business leaders, politicians, senior civil servants and representatives of NGOs. It is one of a handful of prominent privately-chaired international organizations including the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral […]
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HAARP

16 January 2024
HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is the name of an American research program on the ionosphere, defined by NASA as where Earth's atmosphere reaches space. The HAARP facility, jointly funded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory and the US Naval Research Laboratory, was located near Gakona, Alaska. The program started in the early 1990s and […]
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Deep State

15 January 2024
'Deep State' is often used to describe the alleged connections between intelligence services, the political world, and organized crime. Conspiracy theorists like Peter Dale Scott, QAnon supporters, far-right YouTubers, and some intellectuals employ the concept to attribute various plots and manipulations to an undefined entity without providing any substantial evidence or implicating specific individuals. Their […]
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The Galactic Federation

08 January 2024
In conspiracy mythology, the Galactic Federation (or Intergalactic Confederation) is the name given to an alleged organization grouping together several extraterrestrial civilizations. According to the legend, these civilizations have covertly collaborated with the United States and Israel for decades in scientific and military efforts. Adherents of this conspiracy theory initially identified exclusively with "ufologists" or […]
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Pizzagate

08 January 2024
'Pizzagate' refers to a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton is secretly involved in a pedophile network whose crime hub is a Washington pizzeria, the Comet Ping Pong. This theory, circulating among the pro-Trump American conspiracy far-right, is based on a distorted reading of Democratic Party emails. John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, would have coded […]
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