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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 ( 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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