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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Lydia Polgreen

Tell the HuffPost to Restore My Censored Article

As a longtime contributor to the Huffington Post I posted an article about Russia-gate to the site on November 4. Within 24 hours it was retracted. I have never heard from Huffington Post editors about this decision. As a reporter for mainstream media for more than two decades, including almost seven years at the Wall Street Journal, six years at the Boston Globe and ten years for the Sunday Times of London, I know that a newsroom rule is that before an article is retracted the writer is contacted to be allowed to defend her or his work. This never happened. There was no due process. An email I wrote to a HuffPost editor asking why it was retracted was ignored.  I can now only conclude that the decision was not for editorial, but for political reasons.  Like the word fascism, censorship is over-used and mis-used, and I avoid using it. But I can come to no other conclusion than that this is an act of political censorship. I am non-partisan as I oppose both major parties. I am a reporter who follows the facts where they lead. And they lead to an understanding that the Jan. 6 intelligence “assessment” on alleged Russian interference in the election was based on opposition research, not serious intelligence work. I captured a pdf of the censored article here: I've received a lot of support since the censorship became known. Ron Paul interviewed me about it on his TV show, The Liberty Report.  Journalists Tariq Ali, Max Blumenthal, Margaret Kimberley, Sam Husseini and Pepe Escobar have shared it on social media. Pepe said I "killed" the story. Peter Lavelle, host of CrossTalk, asked me about it on the show. ZeroHedge wrote a widely-read piece about it, Mike Whitney referenced it on CounterPunch, and former CIA-analyst Ray McGovern kicked it all off by first exposing the censorship on his blog. Someone actually took the time, 27 minutes and 13 seconds to be exact, to read the entire article on YouTube. Here is my interview with Ron Paul And with Peter Lavelle (other guests are Tim Black and Steve Malzberg) Anyone of course is free to disagree with my interpretation and analysis of the facts, but not with the facts themselves. Disagreement with a point of view is not grounds for retraction. It is the very essence of censorship. Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of the HuffPost, can be reached at Ask her to either explain why the article was retracted or to restore it to the HuffPost.  My email address is

Joe Lauria
3,475 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft)

Deploy local datacenter of Microsoft Azure in Russia

Dear Satya, I hope my initiative finds you. We have serious issues with Microsoft values of digital transformation in Russia. I represent Awara IT, a small but innovative Microsoft partner. For more than a decade I’m desperately evangelizing and providing Microsoft Dynamics solutions in my country. We absolutely need local Microsoft Azure placed in Russia (and not some Azure Stack). Russia is a huge market here with over 150 mln people and billions of potential sales of Microsoft products and services, but it is limited by current legislation which is similar (but different) to what there is in Germany. We are just not able to follow the principles you very well described in Hit Refresh book. Together with the whole CEE region, I feel myself in the very tail of the innovations train, regardless the fact that we are - desperately - trying to use the most of technologies, provided by Microsoft. Without local Azure cloud, the whole story of D365 and M365 with all its benefits is not possible here. It is also limiting the sales of Microsoft Azure as such, as there are lot of customers who would very much like to have it, but they are afraid of breaking the law. Let's hit refresh Russia. I'm sure it is now time to prove that Microsoft is out of political games and follows the values you proclaim. What can I as a partner do to make Azure cloud appear I'm my country? Best Regards, Alexander Ermakov, Partner at Awara IT

Alexander Ermakov
208 supporters