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By prospect   July 2002

Who to believe?

The recurring question for any serious person trawling the net is this: how does one know what to believe? It’s tricky enough with established newspaper brands, but in the internet’s republic of paranoia, disinformation and fantasy lurk behind every unassuming URL.

Debkafile (debka.com) is based in Jerusalem and receives more than 1.2m visits a week, mostly from the US. It is edited by Giora Shamis, a former Economist foreign affairs reporter, and is named after a dance that is popular across the middle east and central Asia. As it is performed differently in each country and by…

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