The US is a dictatorship

Summary

The American Government is not responsive to what the public wants; it is responsive only to what the politically involved super-rich — the people who mainly fund politics — want. And those billionaires also control, or even own, all of the major ’news’ media, and so their propaganda filters-out such realities as that the country is a dictatorship, no democracy at all.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. Claiming the media and government is under total control by shadowy rulers is a common trope in pro-Kremlin disinformation.

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  • Reported in: Issue 157
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: United States
  • Keywords: Media, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: News Front English
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Washington uses religious sects for destructive purposes

In recent years, the United States has become particularly active in expanding the activities of its religious sects to other states, thus undermining the religious foundation of other societies. Moreover, those sects have played a major role in the intensification of protest activities in a number of coup d’etat attempts across the globe over the years. One can find a number of curious revelations about the role that religious sects played in assisting the CIA across the EU and the US.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in EU neighbourhood. This narrative is also consistent with a narrative about "The West" challenging traditional values. Similar cases, where US is accused of attacking traditional values in Europe through "sects" can be found here, here and here.

There was a coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014

In April 2014 Ukrainian authorities began military operation against self-proclaimed DPR and LPR which declared independence after Ukraine’s coup d’état of February 2014.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests and the war in Ukraine. It was Russia that provoked the war, for further debunking see here.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s violent dispersal of peaceful student protests against Yanukovych's sudden decision to withdraw from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk here.

New head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, refuses to fight separatism in the EU

In his new position as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Spain’s interim Foreign Minister Josep Borrell refuses to fight separatism in the EU. In an interview with the Spanish public national radio (RNE), he affirmed that his job “won’t be” to confront pro-independence positions.

Disproof

This is a distortion of Josep Borrell’s statement. In the radio interview he was clearly talking about separatism in Catalonia. In the Sputnik article, it is ambiguously presented as a statement about separatist movement in general, inside the European Union. Mr Borrell also said that confronting pro-independence Catalan movement was not part of his new job, because “it is an internal problem of a member country”. Borrell’s exact words [in Spanish] were: “This is not a role for the High Representative of the European Union in Foreign Affairs,” adding that in such a position, Catalonia “will be a marginal question” for his duties. Affirming that he “refuses” to address this question is a gross manipulation of the truth.

See here and here for other examples of disinformation narratives about the European Union and separatism.