Disinfo: The US may designate drug cartels as terrorist organisation to have an excuse for military control over Mexico

Summary

Donald Trump may designate Mexico’s drug cartels as terrorist organisations because that may open the door for an intervention in the country. The US is trying to find any excuse to have military control over the Mexican territory.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support this claim. The designation would be aimed at disrupting their finances through the imposition of U.S. sanctions, and would not directly give the United States authority for military operations in Mexico. US president Donald Trump said he was temporarily holding off the designation at the request of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

This is part of a recurrent Russian disinformation narrative about constant US plots to undermine Latin American governments. You can see many examples in our database, such as an alleged CIA-led Twitter campaign and a hybrid war in Bolivia, the engineering of blackouts all over Latin America, the promotion of secessionism in Mexico or Venezuela, the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country or preparations for a military intervention in that country after forcing Brazil to join NATO.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Mexico, US
  • Keywords: Drugs, Imperialism/colonialism

Disclaimer

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Polish view on the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920 goes against historical facts

The Polish rightist circles have traditionally presented the War of 1920 in a way entirely opposite for historical facts.

The War of 1920 was triggered by Josef Pilsudski against the will of the Polish Government and Parliament. The goal of this war was to realize the Federation concept of Pilsudski – primarily, he needed to create anti-Russian Ukraine. That is why the attack of the Polish troops took place in the direction of Ukraine, but not to the area of concentration of the Bolshevik forces.

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Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses Poland of “falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpretation of historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.

The Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920 started in February 1919, immediately after the end of WWI. As a result of the Soviet westward offensive of 1918–1919, the Bolshevik troops tried to advance as deep as possible into the territory of the former Western regions of the collapsed Russian Empire. In February 1919, the advancing Bolshevik forces entered into clashes with the units of the Polish Army. The Polish-Soviet War lasted until October 1920 – it resulted in the signing of the Peace of Riga (March 1921), in which Soviet Russia recognized the independence of the Polish state.