Disinfo: After Afghanistan, the US could give up on the Baltic states

Summary

The events in Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine showed that it is better not to hope to get help from the US in the critical situation.

The US also has interests in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. It is using these countries and could leave them as Afghanistan.

Disproof

The message contains clear manipulation. The events in Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine could be hard to compare, as well as the relations between the US and Baltic states have a different context.

Taliban came back to power in Afghanistan after the US and allies withdrew military forces earlier this year. As noted by US president Joe Biden: “We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear goals: get those who attacked us on September 11th, 2001, and make sure al Qaeda could not use Afghanistan as a base from which to attack us again. We did that. <...> Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation building. It was never supposed to be creating a unified, centralized democracy. Our only vital national interest in Afghanistan remains today what it has always been: preventing a terrorist attack on American homeland”. Biden added that the US got Afghanistan’s people a chance to determine their own future but could not provide them the will to fight for that future.

The Baltic states are democratic countries, members of the EU and NATO. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia participated together with the US in NATO's ISAF's mission in Afghanistan. The United States also fosters a robust and enduring security partnership with the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

See other examples of disinformation when the US is presented as a selfish, treacherous and unreliable partner: The EU should admit that the US is its sovereign; The US turns post-Soviet states into divided nations to use them as cannon fodder against Russia; Ukraine became a colony of the United States.

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  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/08/2021
  • Article language(s) Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Baltic states, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan
  • Keywords: Puppets, Military, security threat
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Disinfo: Poland is becoming a pariah state, which cannot count on the EU and the USA

It is likely that the situation with the “Nord Stream - 2” pushed the Polish MPs to adopt the law on foreign investments in domestic media – the main victim of this regulation will be the TVN channel owned by the American company Discovery. Poland is rapidly becoming a pariah state that cannot count on both the European Union and the United States.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative about Polish foreign policy – Poland is presented as a country that faces dramatic problems in relations with the European Union and the USA.

The claim that Poland is becoming a “pariah state” is a clear manipulation. Despite particular political disagreements with the EU and the USA, Poland does not face any international isolation. Poland continues to be one of the closest allies of the USA and an active member of the European Union.

Disinfo: Nicaragua's government prevented a coup backed by the EU and the US

The EU and the US imposed sanctions on eight top Nicaraguan officials. This reaction happens because the Nicaraguan government prevented a Bolivian-style coup planned for the general elections of 7 November and led by leaders who receive funding from the US and the EU. Sanctions are imposed on Nicaraguan authorities only for defending the rights of Nicaraguan citizens.

Disproof

The unsubstantiated claim that the EU and the US were preparing a coup in Nicaragua is not backed by any evidence, and its only purpose is to deflect international criticism about the ongoing repressive campaign of the Nicaraguan government against the opposition. US and EU sanctions were imposed as a reaction to this massive crackdown, not for “defending the rights of Nicaraguans”.

Nicaraguan authorities keep arresting every new opposition candidate that announced his/her intention to contend the 7 November 2021 election and blocked the main opposition party from taking part, which by no means can still be considered free and fair, as the EU’s High Representative Josep Borrell made clear on 9 August 2021. The goal of this crackdown is to ensure President Daniel Ortega’s uncontested rule over the country, not to “prevent a coup”. The actions of the Nicaraguan government have been widely considered by international observers, including Amnesty InternationalHuman Rights Watch or the Committee to Protect Journalists as an authoritarian ploy to neutralise dissidence and consolidate president Ortega’s grip over the country, part of a years-long repression strategy against the opposition.

Disinfo: Western media suppresses all facts and opinions that differ from official narratives

Western media are controlled by a Ministry of Propaganda and suppress all facts and opinions that differ from official narratives. There are no honest media in the Western world. Western journalists are prostitutes (“presstitutes”) who tell stories that serve the interests of the establishment. Western peoples are trapped inside The Matrix.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about censorship and control of the media in the West. By claiming that there is no freedom of the press and no freedom of expression in the West, this narrative seeks to discredit Western mainstream media and more importantly: Western liberal democracies.

It is not true, as the article’s claims, that in the West a kind of “Ministry of Propaganda” censors news and opinion that is unwelcome to the establishment or differs from “official narratives”. This claim does not reflect the reality of Western media, where a wide range of political opinion is represented. Media in pluralist democracies are not controlled and censored by the state, as happens in authoritarian regimes.