conspiracy theories

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump wearing “QAnon” t-shirts wait in line before a campaign rally at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Oct. 1, 2018.

QAnon Goes to Iran

Restart, a fringe Iranian dissident group, shows how conspiracy spreads—and what that means for U.S. politics.

The Jacques-Cartier bridge in Montreal

Coronavirus Conspiracies Give Boost to Canada’s Far-Right

Anti-Chinese sentiment and a public health backlash have vaulted Hong Kong-born Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam into the firing line for Canada’s extremists.

Commuters look at their cell phones in a subway station in Beijing on April 11 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As the Coronavirus Spreads, Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral Too

Dubious and unfounded claims on the internet intended for domestic consumption are reaching far beyond their target audiences, allowing governments to spread disinformation cheaply and easily.

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset

The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.

People wearing protective face masks in Bangkok

The Wuhan Virus Is Not a Lab-Made Bioweapon

Conspiracy theories are spreading faster than the coronavirus itself.

Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute before his appeal hearing at a court at the Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, on Jan. 10, 2017.

The Dark Web Enabled the Christchurch Killer

The attack in New Zealand was inspired in part by the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but the real threat is lone wolves lurking in the far corners of the Internet.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski attends a ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the presidential plane crash in Smolensk on April 10, 2015. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

Has the Clock Run Out on the Smolensk Conspiracy?

Blaming the Russians, or political opponents, only goes so far.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 01:  French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron addresses voters during a political meeting at Grande Halle de La Villette on May 1, 2017 in Paris, France.  Emmanuel Macron faces President of the National Front, Marine Le Pen  in the final round of the French presidential elections on May 07.   (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron Is About to Face Five Years of Crazy Rothschild Conspiracy Theories

The French president’s greatest vulnerability might be his connection to an international banking family that has obsessed the country for centuries.

A nurse injects an anti-flu vaccine to a woman on September 14, 2009 at the Clermont-Ferrand hospital, central France, during a test with volunteers directed by medicine Claude Dubray as a preventive measure from the H1N1 virus (swine flu). At least 3,205 people have died of the disease worldwide since it was uncovered in April, the World Health Organisation (WTO) told in a conference in Vienna today.  AFP PHOTO THIERRY ZOCCOLAN (Photo credit should read THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and the Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theorists

The president-elect’s dangerous views on the safety of vaccines threaten the lives of millions of Americans.


Prosecutor: Putin’s Former Press Secretary Died in D.C. Hotel Because He Was Drunk

Conspiracy theories surrounded the death of Mikhail Lesin. DC prosecutors determined he died after days of drinking.


Rob Ford, Former Toronto Mayor Beset by Controversy, Has Died

Rob Ford, a popular former Toronto mayor best known for drug and alcohol scandals, has died after battling cancer.


North Carolina Lawmaker Posts Photo Calling Obama an ‘Islamic Son of a Bitch’

A North Carolina lawmaker posts a photo accusing Obama of being Muslim, showing tin-hat theories about the president have yet to die.


A Secretive, Real-Life Club of World Leaders Is Fueling the ‘True Detective’ Murder Mystery

The villains on "True Detective" appear to be based on a secret club of world leaders.

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Behold the Vast Trump-Clinton Conspiracy Theory

A Florida lawmaker says Donald Trump's presidential campaign could be a ruse to help Hillary Clinton.

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Chinese Conspiracy Theorists of the World, Unite!

A look at Hong Kong's banned-book scene and its tenuous grip on reality.


How the Chinese Web Came to Believe the CIA Tried to Assassinate Snowden

According to Chinese conspiracy theorists, a PLA unit in Macau stopped the alleged plot.