US suspended funding of White Helmets in Syria because they were lying about the Douma attack

Summary

US officials refused to personally talk to witnesses of the alleged chemical attack in Douma when they were giving testimony in Hague, because it turned out that the US stopped funding White helmets. US suspended to finance them, because they were lying about the Douma attack.

Disproof

The announced freeze of funding for Syria (including the White Helmets) was announced before the Douma attack www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/world/middleeast/syria-us-coalition-deaths.html, .

For background on disinformation targeting the White Helmets and the chemical attack in Douma, see our previous reporting euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=White+Helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Douma&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/?s=white+helmets,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 107
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: US, Syria
  • Keywords: Douma, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
  • Outlet: ac24.cz
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The European Commission wants to certify “true” information

The European Commission has announced that it will fight disinformation. In practice, it means censoring and telling what is true and what is not. The largest Czech political group on Facebook has already been suspended because someone has reported that it has been promoting hatred for certain groups of people.

Disproof

In its Communication, the European Commission proposed an EU-wide Code of Practice on Disinformation. The code will aim to achieve 5 goals. One of these aims is literally "Making it easier for users to discover and access different news sources representing alternative viewpoints". For the Facebook group referred to (which allegedly was suspended), it is clear that it still exists and with 3789 members it is not the biggest Facebook on the Czech Facebook.
www.facebook.com/groups/344917118941679/?ref=group_header, , europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-3370_en.htm,

US freezes funding for White Helmets due to their role in the chemical attack in Douma

Witnesses confirmed that the White Helmets organised the Douma chemical attacks, and then the US froze funding to the White Helmets. In fact,  witnesses gave their testimony at the Hague confirming that there was no chemical attack. The White Helmets supported terrorist groups on numerous occasions, which also played a role in the US freezing funding for them.

Disproof

The announced freeze of funding for Syria (including the White Helmets) was announced before the Douma attack www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/world/middleeast/syria-us-coalition-deaths.html, .

For background on disinformation targeting the White Helmets and the chemical attack in Douma, see our previous reporting euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=White+Helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Douma&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/?s=white+helmets,

The West has just one goal in its relations with Russia: dismantling Russia

There is a global political goal of West in relation to Russia, namely, the dismantling of the present-day Russian Federation. Dismantling of its regime, this social system.

 

       

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Western aggression toward Russia. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77319&date=,

  • There is in fact a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EU-Russia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were unfortunately suspended due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Negotiations were also in train on visa facilitation. There was also cooperation between the EU and Russia on a number of foreign policy issues, some of which continues to this day. The EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts.
  • NATO has consistently worked hard to build a cooperative relationship with Russia since the early 1990s, through the Partnership for Peace and creation of a NATO-Russia Council, and specific cooperation in the Western Balkans on and issues like counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism. In fact, as NATO points out, no other NATO partner has been offered a comparable relationship, nor a similarly comprehensive institutional framework: http://bit.ly/2e0TZnG.
  • In 1997, Russia was invited to join the G7 group of major advanced economies in the world, thus forming the G8. (At the time, Russia ranked 14th to 17th in the list of countries according to GDP: http://bit.ly/2dWb51l; http://bit.ly/2ejhOpw; http://bit.ly/2dqu4jQ). In 2006, President Putin hosted the G8 summit in Saint Petersburg. Russia's membership of the G8 was suspended in 2014 because of its illegal annexation of Crimea.
  • Russia joined the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organisation, in 1996.

For more on EU-Russia relations see eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/35939/european-union-and-russian-federation_en,

For more on NATO-Russia relations see www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50090.htm,