Disinfo: The objective of green energy is to maintain the West's economic leadership

Summary

The West wants to maintain its economic leadership and leave the rest of the world behind.

Karl Marx once coined the expression "original capital accumulation", without which capitalism is impossible. The West took advantage of the period of plundering the colonies to achieve a breakthrough in economic development; staying at the top requires much less effort, investment and capital than the rest of the world needs to reach this advanced technological level.

The so-called "green energy" requires huge investments and is less efficient than "carbon", so it becomes only accessible to the richest countries. Accordingly, the West deprives poor countries of any opportunity to achieve a breakthrough in their development, by forcing a transition to new environmental standards, which the poor majority of the world cannot achieve.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative trying to cast doubt on the existence of a climate threat by presenting it as a tool of political and economic manipulation, and often presents it as a way for the West to restrain its alleged competitors.

Low-income countries are in fact the most impacted by climate change and the least able to afford its consequences. Climate issues will also constitute a more serious barrier for development and progress in lower-income countries.

According to the World Health Organisation, as of the year 2030, climate change is expected to contribute to approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress, most of which will take place in poor communities.

Back in 1992, the first international climate treaty (The Earth Summit) acknowledged that countries had different historic responsibilities for emissions, as well as varying abilities to reduce them going forwards. This is still a principle that drives different country commitments today with higher income countries on average making larger commitments. Surely, much more still needs to be done, not much less like pro-Kremlin narratives usually push for by claiming the whole issue is a hoax.

Read similar stories that Climate issues is a noose used by Americans and Europeans to restrain competitors, that only Russia will benefit from (non-existent) global warming, that Greta Thunberg is a front behind which huge money is running, and that the West invented the "climate hoax" to stop Russia's economic development.

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  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic,
  • Keywords: Climate, Conspiracy theory
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Disinfo: Most Ukrainians are Russian speakers

Most Ukrainians are Russian speakers.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the language issue in Ukraine.

An overview of opinion polls conducted in Ukraine throughout 2020 demonstrates that the claim is very far from the truth. According to an August 2020 survey, 60.9% of respondents said they predominantly used Ukrainian at home (against 36% Russian); 57.2% said they used Ukrainian in the workplace (24.1% used Russian); 73.4% consider Ukrainian their native language (compared with 22% of self-described native Russian speakers); 82.3% agreed that "all state officials should communicate in Ukrainian while at work" (14% disapproved).

Disinfo: Today’s liberals have gone further than the Nazis with eugenics and experimenting with humanity

According to Australian media, the New South Wales state authorities want to allow children to choose their gender independently from the age of three. Western countries are trying, under the guise of progress and freedom, to impose their ‘deviant thinking’ by promoting children’s gender selection.

We’re seeing a new kind of political concept – super biological politics. This is not the first attempt. Nazi eugenics tried to conduct such an experiment with humanity. Today’s liberals have gone further. The task is no longer getting a new human being, but to make him change himself and give up his identity. Before our eyes, child sexual abuse is taking place and being institutionalised.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the West as depraved, an immoral actor that fights against traditional values, promotes deviant sexual behaviour and endangers societies.

This claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

Disinfo: Afghanistan case is a warning for Lithuania, Ukraine and other puppets of Anglo-Saxon imperialism

The case of Afghanistan shows what potentially could happen to Lithuania and its pro-American ruling elite. Since 2001 Afghanistan was under the rule of the US puppets. They had American support and protection as long as Uncle Sam needed it. The cynical logic of Anglo-Saxon imperialism is? there are no eternal friends, only eternal interests.

There are more examples. The Fascistic Maidan regime in Kyiv existing only due to American support. As well the US supporting anti-people and anti-national political elite in Lithuania.

Disproof

The message presents a recurring claim that some countries (i.e. Lithuania, Ukraine) are puppets of the US and, in this case, of Anglo-Saxons. In the pro-Kremlin outlets, the term “Anglo-Saxons” stands for the US and UK and often means “evil”, “belligerent” and “morally corrupt” Westerners, as explained in our earlier analysis.

The comparison of the situation in Afghanistan with the situation in other countries is a groundless and speculative one. There are no US forces stationed in Ukraine. Lithuania is an independent state, a member of the EU and NATO. It is stated that “the US and Lithuania share a history as valued Allies and strong partners” (see more information about relations between the US and Lithuania here).