Disinfo: The threat of coronavirus brought globalisation to its knees

Summary

The old world is already being buried by the coronavirus. The old world died because the relatively small threat of coronavirus brought globalisation to its knees. It has also dispelled all mantras about a “common destiny.” Instead of jointly fighting the problem and finding methods to minimise the consequences for the human health and the economy, almost all countries chose to take the position of “we don’t know anything”. They shut down, even from their neighbors, with whom they are in allied relations within the framework of integration blocs.

Disproof

One of the new pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the coronavirus pandemic will soon lead to the breakdown of globalisation and the collapse of the global economic system. The narrative of “imminent collapse” is one of the core instruments of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets, used to spread demoralisation and self-doubt among target audiences, as well as to sow discord, panic and diminish trust in national authorities, the EU and international institutions. The COVID-19 outbreak is a serious challenge to all countries, but there is no foundation for the claim that old world is died and it will lead to a new world order. Its spread will slow the global economy which is heavily dependent on international production and global supply chains. While the pandemic is a challenge for globalisation, it will not bring the end to this long-term process. Globalisation has brought significant benefits for billions of people, and most of the world will not be eager to do away with these benefits and with the free movement of people, goods and capital. Another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic is to pit EU member states against each other in an attempt to undermine European solidarity. There is no evidence to support the claim that the pandemic is resulting in the death of the EU. The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the COVID-19 crisis and is supporting Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences. Read here previous cases on this topic.

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  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, New World Order, European Union
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COVID-19 pandemic is bacteriological warfare to remake the world

This [the COVID-19 pandemic] is a bacteriological war. Not everything is so simple, that it is not a natural virus. This is all done for revision of the world, but something went wrong.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative that the coronavirus pandemic and the virus that caused it is man-made. COVID-19 comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world, with cases being reported in 190 countries, territories and areas. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 400,000 globally with over 18,000 deaths (with 6,820 in Italy alone) by 25 March 2020. See similar claims that the COVID-19 pandemic is a pretext to get control over the world's population and the ruling elites' alternative to a World War.

The EU is dead, it can't take control over the coronavirus crisis

The European Union is actually dead. In this critical moment, it was not able to offer people anything. All countries closed their borders and reestablished border control. The EU ceased to exist for a while.

Disproof

This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse. It also aims to pit EU member states against each other in an attempt to undermine European solidarity - another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic. There is no evidence to support the doomsday claim that the pandemic is resulting in the death or obsolescence of the EU. To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector. To provide all EU Member States with essential medical equipment, the EU has created the European stockpile of ventilators, masks and lab supplies. This medical and protective equipment is available to any EU country. The Commission will finance 90% of this stockpile through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (RescEU). To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission has earmarked €47.5 million for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks. The EU has also created its first ever stockpile of medical equipment. EU Member States are also helping each other in this crisis, for example German hospitals offering to treat critical coronavirus patients from France as well as taking in patients from Italy and the Czech Republic sending masks to Italy. Read more about the EU's response here and here.

Liberal feminist war-mongers are useful for those who rule the world

Western capitalism seeks destruction and chaos in order to ensure its monopoly, and maintain unipolarity. The world must remain a poor, captive market for the western financial powers. Instability and destruction are essential for making it happen, and women with a pathological longing to unleash such suffering can be quite useful to serve these foreign policy objectives. But who have been the major opponents of these efforts by western leaders? Strongmen. Populists. Figures like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Nicolas Maduro, and Ali Seyyed Khamenei. Men who exude strength and kind of fatherly wisdom and authority. Not surprisingly, Kamala Harris loves to rail against Putin from the Senate floor, and accuse Trump of being “soft on dictators.” Amy Klobuchar and Samantha Power also see fighting anti-imperialist leaders who preside over independent economies as one of their primary foreign policy goals. This makes perfect sense when looking into their personal histories. These are women scorned by abusive fathers, grow to prosecutors, politicians, “feminists” seeking to unleash hells fury against anti-imperialist leaders deemed to be “patriarchal.” This psychological profile of a prosecutor politician, a narcissistic woman with a traumatic past, who seeks revenge and destruction; a liberal feminist war-monger with “daddy issues” seems to be very key in understanding a number of the women emerging in power and popularity among the US political elite. Their underlying motivations are driven by deep inner pain and are quite useful for those who rule the world.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at discrediting female opinion makers. See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases alleging that post-modern feminism in the West is leading to a total destruction of men; and that Europe brings totalitarian feminism to Belarus to destroy social values.