Conspiracy theories

Is the Republican Party beginning a Donald Trump detox?
Marjorie Taylor Greene wearing a ‘stop the steal’ face mask, a slogan associated with baseless allegations of election fraud
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Is the Republican Party beginning a Donald Trump detox?

US Congress votes to strip pro-Trump conspiracy theorist lawmaker of committee roles
5 Feb 2021
Third in line for US presidency in five Batman movies
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Third in line for US presidency in five Batman movies

And other stories from the stranger side of life
26 Jan 2021
Jeffrey Epstein is ‘alive and plotting’
Jeffrey Epstein
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Jeffrey Epstein is ‘alive and plotting’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
7 Dec 2020
How did mystery monolith land up in Utah desert wilderness?
The mysterious slab of metal is inspected by Utah state officials.
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How did mystery monolith land up in Utah desert wilderness?

Unexplained slab spotted by state officials counting sheep
25 Nov 2020
Flat-earthers quarantined in Italy
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Flat-earthers quarantined in Italy

And other stories from the stranger side of life
4 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘a closed mind is key to a happy life’
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Instant Opinion: ‘a closed mind is key to a happy life’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 3 September
3 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: there is ‘only one solution’ for the BBC
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Instant Opinion: there is ‘only one solution’ for the BBC

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 1 September
1 Sep 2020

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What is QAnon - and why does it matter?
Qanon
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What is QAnon - and why does it matter?

The outlandish conspiracy gets a boost from Donald Trump
20 Aug 2020
Who are the Freemasons?
Freemasons Eye of Providence
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Who are the Freemasons?

New book suggests that secretive organisation was built on ‘four decades of male eccentricity’
5 Aug 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘QAnon - a dangerous online cult’
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Instant Opinion: ‘QAnon - a dangerous online cult’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 30 July
30 Jul 2020
What happened to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
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What happened to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Mystery of missing plane has inspired an ever-growing range of conspiracy theories
16 Jun 2020
The 23 strangest conspiracy theories
Meghan Markle
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The 23 strangest conspiracy theories

The Week investigates the most intriguing and bizarre theories
22 May 2020
What makes people believe conspiracy theories?
Donald Trump
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What makes people believe conspiracy theories?

Intelligence agencies say there is ‘no evidence’ to support claims that Covid-19 originated in lab
5 May 2020
Brazilian minister says coronavirus is Chinese plan
Abraham Weintraub
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Brazilian minister says coronavirus is Chinese plan

Relations between the two nations have been strained for months
7 Apr 2020
Fact check: behind the 5G conspiracy theories
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Fact check: behind the 5G conspiracy theories

Scientists dismiss any link between mobile technology and coronavirus pandemic
6 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: the conspiracy theories
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Coronavirus: the conspiracy theories

Misinformation has potential to be just as damaging as the outbreak itself, say psychology academics
3 Mar 2020
QAnon conspiracy theorist mother accused of kidnap plot
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QAnon conspiracy theorist mother accused of kidnap plot

Colorado woman claimed ‘paedophiles and satanists’ took her child
10 Jan 2020
Elvis Presley death conspiracies: long live the King
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Elvis Presley death conspiracies: long live the King

Fans believe the star faked his death to escape the limelight - or the mafia
15 Aug 2019
Instant Opinion: ‘The middle class is trapped in The Matrix’
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Instant Opinion: ‘The middle class is trapped in The Matrix’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 15 August
15 Aug 2019
Instant Opinion: ‘How our information system is poisoned’
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Instant Opinion: ‘How our information system is poisoned’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 12 August
12 Aug 2019
Who killed Jill Dando? The theories behind her murder
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Who killed Jill Dando? The theories behind her murder

Mystery of the Crimewatch presenter’s death remains unsolved 20 years on
2 Apr 2019
How conspiracy theories fuel prejudice towards minorities
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How conspiracy theories fuel prejudice towards minorities

Psychology experiment on the effects of conspiracies has ‘particularly worrying’ results
20 Mar 2019
Conspiracy theorists ‘more likely to commit crimes’
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Conspiracy theorists ‘more likely to commit crimes’

Psychologists find believers are more inclined to accept and actively engage in antisocial behaviour
27 Feb 2019
'Elvis Presley is alive' and 11 more conspiracy theories
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'Elvis Presley is alive' and 11 more conspiracy theories

In a post-truth world, conspiracy theories are aplenty - here are some of the most intriguing and bizarre out there
23 Nov 2018
Who killed JFK? The Kennedy conspiracy theories
1962:US statesman John F Kennedy, 35th president of the USA, making a speech.(Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
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Who killed JFK? The Kennedy conspiracy theories

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 55 years ago sparking decades of speculation
21 Nov 2018
Why is George Soros tied to so many conspiracy theories?
George Soros
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Why is George Soros tied to so many conspiracy theories?

Funding habits of the Hungarian billionaire philanthropist was a major far-right talking point in the US midterms
7 Nov 2018
9/11 anniversary: six conspiracy theories
9/11
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9/11 anniversary: six conspiracy theories

Seventeen years on, the internet is still awash with theories about the deadliest terrorist attack in history
11 Sep 2018
Michael Jackson ‘alive’: five conspiracy theories
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Michael Jackson ‘alive’: five conspiracy theories

The world was left reeling by the King of Pop’s passing in 2009 - but some believe it never happened
29 Aug 2018
Roswell: how ‘UFO sighting’ sparked 70 years of conspiracies
Roswell
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Roswell: how ‘UFO sighting’ sparked 70 years of conspiracies

A US government ‘cover-up’, the declassification of top secret files and big-budget alien movies have fuelled interest in UFOs
26 Jun 2018
Flat Earth conspiracy theorists gather for UK convention
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Flat Earth conspiracy theorists gather for UK convention

IT and NHS workers among attendees at the event in Birmingham
30 Apr 2018
What are ‘false flags’ and ‘crisis actors’?
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What are ‘false flags’ and ‘crisis actors’?

Conspiracy theories abound about 9/11, Sandy Hook and the 2005 London bombings
1 Mar 2018
Mysterious void discovered in Great Pyramid of Giza
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Mysterious void discovered in Great Pyramid of Giza

Scientists believe the 100ft gap could unlock the mystery of pyramid’s construction
2 Nov 2017
Alt-right YouTuber stabs father to death in ‘Nazi’ row
Lane Davis
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Alt-right YouTuber stabs father to death in ‘Nazi’ row

Lane Davis, who published as Seattle4Truth, was ‘obsessed’ with conservative conspiracy theories
26 Oct 2017
The maths threatening to disprove conspiracy theories
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The maths threatening to disprove conspiracy theories

Moon landing hoax would have been exposed in three years, according to scientist's formula
27 Jan 2016