Disinfo: Norwegian army chief, Odin Johannessen, says that Islam needs to be destroyed

Summary

The Norwegian army chief, Odin Johannessen held a speech in Oslo back in february 2016 stating that he believed that «Islam needs to be destroyed».

Disproof

Recurring disinformation. Odin Johannessen has not said anything of the sort. The full speech can be found here www.oslomilsamfund.no/foredrag-haeren-mot-en-usikker-fremtid/, . Further debunking at aldrimer.no www.aldrimer.no/hoyreekstreme-sprer-falske-nyheter-om-haersjefen/, . The webiste, weagree.com, are regularly spreading pro-Kremlin disinformation, they mention the infamous "Lisa-case" as late as November 2017 - almost two years after it was proven fake. www.weagreeinfo.com/2017/11/22/watch-russians/,

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  • Reported in: Issue 91
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/11/2017
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Norway
  • Keywords: Civil war, Muslim/Islam
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Ukraine among countries with highest level of organized crime

Ukraine is officially on the list of countries with the highest level of organized crime.

Disproof

At the centre of this claim is the 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum, rating 137 economies based on 114 different criteria. Organized crime is but one of the markers estimating the level of loss that business and legitimate economic activity bear as a result of mafia activities, racketeering and extortion. Of the 137 countries analyzed by the World Economic Forum for the latest Global Competitiveness Index, Ukraine’s economy is in 81st place, moving up from 85th place from last year. A country’s standing in the index is based on its performance in twelve sectors, followed by numerous subcategories which gauge the ease or difficulty of doing business. In Ukraine the most problematic categories are inflation, corruption, political instability, tax rates and tax regulations. The organized crime subcategory in the Global Competitiveness Index assesses to what extent senior executives operating in a country feel organized crime impedes the conducting of business. A large number of respondents indeed felt that organized crime was an adverse factor. This subcategory does not assess the level of crime in the country as a whole and only a small number of those questioned thought that crime was one of the biggest problems in doing business in Ukraine. Headlines of the disinformation outlets stated that Ukraine is the cradle of criminality, Worse than Uganda, Ukraine is a world crime leader, Mafia controls business in Ukraine, and that Organized crime spreads its wings in Ukraine. None of these claims are confirmed by the Global Competitiveness Report. Further debunking by StopFake.

The US blocks humanitarian aid in Syria

The United States is creating an “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis in the Rukban refugee camp, which is located near the coalition military base in al-Tanf.

Disproof

No evidence to suggest that the US would be blocking humanitarian aid. Polygraph.info obtained from a trusted source a detailed “Inter-agency Operational Plan for delivery of a humanitarian aid to Rukban camp,” which was developed earlier this month by the United Nations, Red Cross, World Health Organization and other actors. According to the document, the Rukban crisis did not start after the U.S.-led coalition established a military base, but has been ongoing since the spontaneous formation of the camp in 2014, after Jordan enforced “stricter admission management into its territory.” According to the document, the delivery of humanitarian aid to a distribution warehouse near the Rukban camp “requires a safe passage guarantee by the governments of Syria, the Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan.”This contradicts Russia’s claims that the U.S. is solely responsible for the crisis, and shows that the cooperation of all parties is necessary for the aid plan to work. The press desk of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)-Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the joint task force established by the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State, told Polygraph.info via email: “Throughout the conflict in Syria, the Coalition has provided extensive operational support to U.N. agencies operating in Rukban. The Coalition has repeatedly advised the Russians over the past several months that the Coalition is prepared and poised to help facilitate the movement of humanitarian aid to Rukban, but the Syrian regime has consistently, intentionally prevented those efforts.” Russia’s accusations regarding Rukban camp are “absurd” and “completely false,” the CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve press desk said, adding that “the Coalition is comprised of 70 nations and four non-state organizations, with no one country in charge.” Read the full debunk at Polygraph.info www.polygraph.info/a/us-tanf-syria-russia-rukban/28886915.html, .

The danger of radioactive pollution with Ruthenium-106 came from Romania, and not from Russia

The radioactive cloud containing isotopes of Ruthenium-106 was allegedly recorded over a number of European countries, and the highest concentration is registered in Romania. So the source of the radioactive pollution is probably Romania and not Russia.

Disproof

The French institute in nuclear and radiological risks IRSN shows that the highest concentration of ruthenium-106 isotopes is recorded between the Ural Mountains and Volga.The Romanian institute CNCAN also confirmed that "during this period no work was carried out on the territory of Romania for the production, transportation or use of ruthenium-106". The Russian authorities also admitted that the source of radioactivity is located in Ural.