Disinfo: OPCW report is made up from terrorist sources such as White Helmets

Summary

The report of the OPCW on Syria indicates that the report was prepared and compiled as per external pressure and that some of the sources used in the report were drawn in by terrorist groups and so-called humanitarian organisations, including the White Helmets. 

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives attacking the independence and integrity of the OPCW;  and portraying the White Helmets as a Western-backed terrorist proxy and, implicitly, denying the responsibility of the Assad regime for chemical attacks perpetrated during the Syrian civil war

According to the OPCW's director-general, the organisation has been targeted by a disinformation campaign aiming specifically to "undermine the official reports of the Fact-Finding Mission about investigations in Syria."

In a joint statement, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America called for an end to the unacceptable Russian defamation of the OPCW.

On the other hand, the "White Helmets" movement originated in Syria in 2012. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated airstrikes. Activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria, later confirmed by OPCW. Because of this, they have become the target of an extensive Russian disinformation campaign.

Read previous disinformation claims alleging that evidence confirms chemical attacks in Syria were falsified by the White Helmets, and that the chemical attacks in Syria have been staged and filmed by the media of the Western countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Iran, Syria
  • Keywords: false flag, Douma, OPCW, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War

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Ukraine’s collapse accelerates, its regions are moving towards Russia without regard to Kyiv

Ukraine’s collapse has been developing since the proclamation of the country’s independence. By now it has reached a critical point. Odesa, Kharkiv, and Zaporizzhia regions are going to ask Russia for long-term economic assistance. They initiated negotiations with Moscow and neighbouring Russian regions about closer cooperation and integration. It is about some form of a regional economic partnership which will allow Ukrainian regions to survive through the economic crisis. It is hard to say yet how this economic cooperation will develop in the future. It may take the form of Crimea 1992 status [i.e. autonomous republics]. Mykolayiv and Kherson regions may also take part in the economic partnership. Therefore basically all eastern Ukrainian regions but Dnipropetrovsk region may develop a closer economic integration with Russia. The authorities of Ukraine will likely have to tolerate this development as it will be hard for them to wage a civil war on a few fronts.

Ukrainian authorities gave up on country’s regions. Regions do not hope for assistance from Kyiv or the West any longer. At the same time unemployment, poverty of the population, and industrial decline have all aggravated due to the pandemic. For years the regional authorities were worried that in case they move towards closer integration with Russia they could be announced separatists and suffer from counter-terrorist operation as in Donetsk or Luhansk. Now that the social and economic situation seriously aggravated, regional authorities of Ukraine can finally follow this path. It was opened by local legislation enacted five years ago which allows them to build a special relationship with neighbouring countries without regard to central authorities.

Disproof

This claim is consistent with coronavirus-related recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine's disintegration and imminent collapse.

Ukraine is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements and were de facto violated by Russia, which started a war in Ukraine. Ukrainian regions did not adopt local legislation which allows for independent economic or political relations which undermine the policies of central authorities, as alleged. Nor they are discussing such development with Russia as the publication claims.

Coronovirus is Western operation, the WHO is controlled by Bill Gates

In the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak the US waged an information war against China. Through US-controlled foundations and media, mass hysteria was organised, with the aim of isolating China and attacking its economy. Later on, another virus strain was discovered in Italy but ignorant media continued sowing panic around “Chinese coronavirus.” In addition to fake media reporting about over-crowded hospitals and long lines of ambulances, producers and distributors of surgical masks, disinfectant, lab coats, lung ventilators, toilet paper, etc. also created an inflated demand based on coronavirus speculation. Now companies producing digital equipment for controlling people’s mobility come on up.

The World Health Organisation announced a pandemic although this decision goes in contrast to its own criteria. They say that a pandemic can be announced only if the share of infected people exceeds 5%. This controversy is logical, though, if one takes into account that the WHO is largely, by 75%, financed by international pharmaceutical companies and acts in their interests. Given that the annual returns of pharmaceutical giants have declined over the last years, they found a new business model focused on prevention of disease through vaccination of the population. The problem is that, in many countries, vaccination is voluntary. To overcome this problem and to make vaccination mandatory, the world should be frightened to the extent that people beg to be vaccinated. The WHO completed this mission by announcing a pandemic.

The US refuses to finance the WHO because Donald Trump does not wish to fund Bill Gates’ initiatives. The thing is the US contributions account for 15% of WHO budget, while all the other countries’ contributions stand at an additional 10%. At the same time, Bill Gates’ foundation contributes to 32% of WHO budget, which makes Gates the largest WHO sponsor.

Disproof

An unfounded coronavirus-related conspiracy theory about WHO and Bill Gates, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about a plot of mighty corporations and US operations to attack China.

The claims concerning the WHO criteria for the announcement of a pandemic and collusion with pharmaceutical companies to drive mass-scale vaccination are unfounded. There is no requirement to have at least 5% of the population infected to announce the pandemic as claimed. Epidemic experts say there are no global criteria. A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease, one of the articles on WHO website says. According to another publication, a classical epidemiological definition of a pandemic says it is “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people."

Coronavirus is a US biological weapon against China, it replaces a nuclear bomb

The coronavirus epidemic revealed a complete failure of the American way of life. The US is facing increasingly frequent assumptions about the Anglo-Saxon origin of the virus, economic crisis and the threat of hunger riots, all threatening to undermine the US hegemonic status. Furthermore, the US has a huge debt to China. Given this, the American political establishment started pointing its finger at China in an attempt to walk away from paying the debts. Hence US senators put forward allegations that COVID-19 could have leaked from Wuhan lab and that Chinese authorities covered up information about the epidemic development. Therefore, they aim at writing off part of the US debt as compensation for the losses associated with the epidemic.

French virologist & Nobel laureate has claimed that the novel coronavirus originated in a lab as it contains HIV sequences. Everything seems to point to the secret development of weapon-like viruses in the leading labs around the world, in the US in the first place, since the early 2000s. Therefore US senators actions look like a thief shouting “Stop the thief!” Russia finds itself as in the Manhattan Project when the USSR had to quickly create nuclear arms to prevent its destruction by the US. Nowadays microbiologists have replaced nuclear specialists. New types of arms come up to the stage, but adversaries remain the same.

Disproof

This is a mix of conspiracies about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus aimed to present the novel coronavirus as the US / UK biological weapon. It also promotes the disinformation narrative that the US / West is collapsing as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The publication speaks about the so-called Anglo-Saxons. In the pro-Kremlin media, the term “Anglo-Saxons” means “evil”, “belligerent” and “morally corrupt” Westerners, as explained in our earlier analysis.

There is no evidence to suggest that the virus is being used as a weapon against other states or that is was fabricated inside laboratories. The expert scientific consensus holds that the coronavirus has natural origins; there is no credible evidence supporting claims of laboratory engineering. The medical Journal “Emerging Microbes & Infections” specifically said there is “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering.” Read the debunk about HIV sequences in COVID-19 here.