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Did Germany expel Ukrainian soldiers wearing Nazi symbols?!

Were seven Ukrainian soldiers expelled from exercises in Germany for wearing Nazi symbols?! Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Germany Expelled Ukrainian Soldiers Wearing Nazi Symbols!

The Russian media, and pro-Russia supporters, are claiming that Germany just admitted it expelled Ukrainian soldiers who were found wearing Nazi symbols.

RT : Germany admits to expelling Ukrainian soldiers over Nazi symbols

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Truth : Germany Expelled Only Seven Ukrainian Soldiers Wearing Nazi Symbols!

Here is what you need to know about Germany expelling Ukrainian soldiers wearing Nazi symbols!

Fact #1 : Germany Expelled Only 7 Ukrainian Soldiers For Wearing Nazi Symbols

First, let me point out that Germany did indeed expel Ukrainian soldiers after they wore “right-wing extremist symbols” while undergoing training by the Bundeswehr.

The German government revealed this in response (full PDF) to a question from the AfD (Aktion für Deutschland / Alternative for Germany) party, which is ironically a far-right populist party that was embroiled in a Neo-Nazi scandal in 2017!

AfD : Have right-wing extremist symbols (tattoos, items of clothing, etc.) been found on the Ukrainian soldiers trained in Germany, and if so, how many cases are there and what, if any, has the federal government done about it?

German Federal Government : Seven such cases were identified during training conducted by the Bundeswehr for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The training of the affected Ukrainian soldiers was immediately completed in coordination with the Ukrainian armed forces and the affected persons were returned to Ukraine. German soldiers who deal with members of the Ukrainian armed forces as part of the training support would be regularly taught and sensitized about right-wing extremist symbols. Ukrainian soldiers went through an instruction on Nazi symbolism after their arrival in Germany.

As you can see – Germany has a zero tolerance policy for Nazi symbols, immediately ending the training of those seven Ukrainian soldiers, and returning them to Ukraine.

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Ukrainian soldier throwing away the Donetsk Republic flag in Lyman.

Fact #2 : Only 7 Soldiers Expelled Since 2022

However, this does not appear to a recent development, but cumulative through the last 1.5 years.

The EUMAM UA (European Union Military Assistance Mission Ukraine) was established on 15 November 2022 to train Ukrainian soldiers in Germany.

The German federal government did not state when those soldiers were identified – whether it happened recently, or when EUMAM UA first started, or anytime in between.

Fact #3 : Over 10,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Were Trained In Germany

While it is “shocking” that seven Ukrainian soldiers were caught wearing “right-wing extremist symbols”, they are an extremely minuscule minority. After all, over 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers were trained in Germany since EUMAM UA was established!

In 2023 alone, 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers were trained in Germany in more than 260 training sessions.  Even if we only take into account the 2023 numbers alone, those seven soldiers account for only 0.07% of AFU forces training in Germany.

Fact #4 : Russia Itself Has Lots Of Neo-Nazis

What pro-Russia supporters won’t tell you is that Russia itself has lots of neo-Nazis, with a long history of neo-Nazism in Putin’s Russia. Unlike Germany, Russia does not appear to have any zero tolerance policy for neo-Nazis.

In fact, Russia has many neo-Nazis fighting in its invasion of Ukraine, as well as many soldiers wearing the same or similar right-wing extremist symbols or Nazi symbols!

If Russia wishes to rid the world of neo-Nazis, it should start in its own backyard…

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Fact #5 : Russia Colluded With Nazi Germany In World War 2

It is also important to remember that Russia colluded with Nazi Germany, until Germany invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa.

  • Multiple commercial agreements provided Nazi Germany with desperately needed raw materials, including oil.
  • The Soviet Union invaded Poland in partnership with Nazi Germany.
  • The Soviet Union invaded Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, just after Germany invaded France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • The Soviet Union tried to join the Axis Pact, which consisted of Nazi Germany, Japan and Italy.

If Hitler did not make the mistake of invading the Soviet Union, it was likely that Europe would have been divided between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as per the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

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Is Justin Trudeau planning to BAN Christianity in Canada?!

Is the Trudeau administration planning to BAN Christianity in Canada?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Justin Trudeau Plans To BAN Christianity In Canada!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claimed or suggested that the Trudeau administration planning to ban Christianity in Canada!

Trudeau Regime to BAN Christianity in Canada Under Radical New ‘Hate Speech’ Laws

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Truth : Justin Trudeau Is Not Planning To Ban Christianity In Canada!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Bill C-367 Has Nothing To Do With Trudeau

Let me start by pointing out that Bill C-367 has nothing to do with the Trudeau government, or the Liberal Party of Canada.

C-367 is a private member’s bill called An Act to amend the Criminal Code (promotion of hatred or antisemitism). You can read it in full here, and keep track of it here.

It was tabled at the Canadian Parliament on 28 November 2023, by Yves-François Blanchet, the leader of Bloc Québécois (BQ) – a different Canadian political party that has nothing to do with the Trudeau government.

So why would anyone claim that it is the Trudeau government that is trying to use C-367 to ban Christianity???

Fact #2 : Bill C-367 Targets Hate Speech

The People’s Voice article claimed or suggested that Bill C-367 will make it “illegal for any person to quote the Bible on Canadian soil“. That’s not true.

According to Bloc Québécois spokeswoman Joanie Riopel, Bill C-367 would “remove religious exemptions for the crimes of public incitement of hate, and wilful promotion of hatred and anti-Semitism“.

She said that Blanchet introduced the bill after an imam called on God to “exterminate” the “enemies of the people of Gaza”, while leading a prayer at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Montreal in October 2023.

The bill provides for the removal of paragraphs … of the Canadian Criminal Code, which allow anyone to hide under the cloak of religion in the context of public incitement to hatred.

To be clear – Bill C-367 was introduced because of what a Muslim imam said, and does not ban people from quoting the Bible. It only targets people using religion in their hate speech.

Christians (and people of other religions) can still say anything they want, even if Bill C-367 is passed, as long as they do not incite hatred. Christians need not fear it, unless they actually believe it is a Christian tenet to incite hatred???

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Fact #3 : Bill C-367 Does Not Even Mention Christianity

To be clear – Bill C-367 does not mention Christianity or any religion. It only seeks to repeal two paragraphs in the Criminal Code of Canada (archive) in reference to the “public incitement of hatred“, “wilful promotion of hatred“, and “wilful promotion of antisemitism“:

Paragraph 319(3)(b):

(3) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2)

(b) if, in good faith, the person expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text;

Paragraph 319(3.1)(b):

(3.1) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2.1)

(b) if, in good faith, they expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text;

In other words – Bill C-367 simply wants to remove protection for people using their religious beliefs to wilfully incite and promote hatred and/or anti-semitism.

Only people who believe that they should have the right to incite hatred and/or anti-semitism using their religious beliefs will need to worry about Bill C-367.

Fact #4 : Bill C-367 Has Minimal Effect On Religious Expression

If passed, Bill C-367 will, no doubt, limit religious people from inciting and promoting hate. However, it will have “minimal effect on religious expression”.

According to Richard Moon, a law professor art the University of Windsor, the proposed amendments would have minimal effect on religious expression since they would only apply to hate speech.

Moon explained that someone who calls the LGBTQ lifestyle “sinful”, for example, would not meet the legal threshold for incitement or promotion of hatred… unless they actually advocate for the extermination of certain groups, or mischaracterise them in a way that could lead to ostracisation.

It’s not going to shut down general Christian speech. We’re talking about really extreme speech.

In other words, Bill C-367 probably won’t even prevent The People’s Voice from continuing to post articles claiming that Pope Francis ordered Christian to pray to Satan!

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Fact #5 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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Did Chinese Driver Get Attacked With Axe For Honking?!

Did a Chinese driver get attacked with an axe after he honked at a Malay driver in front of him?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Chinese Driver Attacked With Axe After Honking!

People are now sharing four videos together with this viral message about a Chinese driver getting attacked with an axe after he honked at a Malay driver in front of him!

Forwarded by another chat group. The Chinese driver at the back horn the malay guy in front. Maybe the malay driver in bad mood took an axe and chopped him.

Be patience on the road and do not horn unnecessary.

I will not be posting the videos, because they are shocking in nature. However, these two screenshots should give you an idea of the violence, and the videos I’m referring to.

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Truth : No Chinese Driver Was Hacked With Axe For Honking!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Incident Occurred In Sabah

Let me start by pointing out that the viral videos are genuine, and were not edited. There was a recent incident where a man was hacked with an axe in Malaysia.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night, 9 August 2023, in Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Fact #2 : The Man Did Not Honk At Anyone

The incident did not involve honking. The victim – a 37 year-old man, had earlier parked his car at an open space near Menara Kinabalu – the Sabah state administrative centre.

He was having a meal with his 30 year-old girlfriend in his parked car, when three men approached his car at around 9 PM. One of the three man then proceeded to attack the victim with an axe.

The couple managed to escape to the nearby Alamesra police station to seek help, and lodge a police report. The victim was later sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. His girlfriend was not injured.

Fact #3 : Police Are Looking For The Three Men

The police are now looking for the three man to help with their investigation into the case – 37 year-old Withal Jalali, 27 year-old Abdel Jalali, and another man who has not been identified.

Those with information of the individuals or the incident are advised to come forward and report the matter at the nearest police station or contact the investigating officer Inspector Muhammad Khaidir Zakaria at 014-801-961.

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Left : Winhal Jalali | Right : Abdel Jalali

Fact #4 : The Motive Was Not Road Rage

The man who attacked the victim with an axe is believed to be Winhal Jalali – the woman’s ex-husband.

The woman is believed to have married the suspect in 2015, before they divorced about a month ago. She has known the victim for six months before starting a romantic relationship two weeks ago.

Kota Kinabalu Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Zaidi Abdullah confirmed the incident on Friday, 11 August 2023, stating:

The man suffered multiple injuries to his face, hands and foot following the attack. We believe the motive of the attack was jealousy.

The case is being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt using a dangerous weapon.

Fact #5 : Victim’s Identity Is Still Unknown

The victim’s identity is currently unknown. The police have not revealed his name, much less his race. Therefore, there is no evidence that he is a Chinese man.

Until and unless the victim and/or the police reveals his identity and race, anyone who tells you that he is a Chinese man is likely telling a tall tale.

Fact #6 : Two Suspects Are Suluk

According to the Kota Kinabalu police, the two suspects who have been identified – Winhal Jalali and Abdel Jalali, are from the Suluk ethnic group.

In other words – the claim in the viral warning that the driver was attacked by a “moody Malay man” is categorically false.

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Did African Migrants Just Destroy Historic Alcazar Library?!

Did African migrants just riot and destroy the historical Alcazar Library in Marseille, France?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : African Migrants Just Destroyed Alcazar Library!

People are sharing a video of the historical Alcazar Library burning, after being allegedly destroyed by African migrants who were rioting in France.

Stew Peters : The Alcazar Library in Marseille is the largest library in France, containing an archive of one million historically significant documents.

African migrants just TORCHED it.

Christian Pilgrim : WATCH: Rioters have burned down the largest library in France.

The Alcazar library in Marseille included an archive of one million historically significant archives.

VVC Watch : The Alcazar Library in Marseille is the largest in France, containing an archive of one million historically significant documents. African migrants just TORCHED it. #vvcwatch

Some also claim that the video shows the National Library in Paris on fire, not the Alcazar library.

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Truth : African Migrants Did Not Destroy Alcazar Library!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and social media platforms like Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : People Were Rioting Over Nahel Merzouk

First, I should quickly point out that the June 2023 riots in France had nothing to do with migrants in France, whether they are African or otherwise.

People in France were not rioting over migrant rights, but rather, the death of Nahel Merzouk – a 17 year-old French youth of Moroccan and Algerian descent, who was shot and killed by the police in Nanterre on 27 June 2023.

That morning, two Paris Police Prefecture motorcycle police officers saw Nahel Merzouk driving a Mercedes-Benz A Class AMG with a Polish licence plate at high speed in a bus lane.

They tried to flag it down, but Nahel continued to flee, committing several traffic offences in the process. But he was eventually forced to stop due to traffic congestion.

That was when the two police officers got off their motorcycles and ordered him to turn off the engine. When Nahel started to pull away again, one of the police officers fire a shot at him because he claim Nahel was about to run him over. The car continued for a distance before crashing into street furniture.

However, a 50-second video was later released, showing that neither police officers were in danger of being run over by Nahel. A passenger in Nahel’s vehicle also testified that the police officer hit Merzouk with the butt of his gun several times, and the third buttstroke made Nahel release the brake pedal, causing the car to move forward as it was an automatic car.

Those revelations caused a great public outcry and outrage, that quickly turned into protests and riots in many parts of France.

Fact #2 : Rioters Attempted To Set Alcazar Library On Fire

On the night of Thursday, June 29, 2023, rioters attempted to set the Alcazar library in Marseille on fire. They broke some of its windows, and tried to set its entrance on fire.

However, the rioters did not succeed in entering the Alcazar library, or set it on fire. Its entrance was only lightly torched. It was boarded up the next day.

There is also no evidence that the rioters who tried to set the Alcazar library on fire were migrants, or Africans.

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Fact #3 : Viral Video Is Of Manila Central Post Office Fire

The video that went viral on social media does not show the Alcazar Library on fire. Rather, the video showed the Manila Central Post Office (MCPO) which caught fire on Sunday, May 21, 2023.

The fire started in its basement at 11:41 PM that night, but firefighters had trouble controlling it. It was finally controlled at 7:22 AM on May 22, and finally put out at 6:33 AM the next day, on May 23, 2023.

18 persons were wounded in the incident – 16 firefighters, a fire volunteer, and a civilian. 300 million pesos worth of assets, including national identification cards were destroyed or damaged.

Even worse was the loss of the heritage building. The Manila Central Post Office was a 97 year-old building which was a “classic example of Western architecture that existed between two world wars“.

Fact #4 : French National Library Not On Fire Either

Claims that the video shows the French National Library in Paris on fire are also false.

Elodie Vincent, a spokesperson for Bibliothèque nationale de France, confirmed in an email that the French National Library was unharmed during the Nahel protests and riots.

I should also point out that the French National Library is the largest library in France, not the Alcazar Library.

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Fact #5 : This Is Just Another Fake Video

This is just another example of fake videos misappropriated to create controversies. Here are some other recent examples you may have seen recently:

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Did American Racist Gang Attack Chinese Business?!

Did an organised gang of American racists just attack a Chinese business in the United States?!

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Claim : American Racist Gang Attacked Chinese Business!

People are sharing this video of a gang of hooded individuals ransacking a Chinese business establishment in the United States, as an example of hate crime by American racists against Asians and the Chinese in particular.

Organised gangs in US destroy Asian owned businesses

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No Evidence American Racist Gang Attacked Chinese Business!

This video has gone viral on WeChat and WhatsApp, which are commonly used by Chinese netizens and the Chinese diaspora. It has also been posted on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter.

This incident happened very recently, and is a developing story, but here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : Viral Incident Happened On March 4, 2023

Let’s start with some basic facts on what happened.

At around 8:20 PM on March 4, 2023, a group of about 20 masked individuals took an elevator to the third floor of a corner mall in College Point, Queens, New York City.

Wearing masks and hoodie sweatshirts, they stormed into the Fish Village restaurant, flipping tables and chairs smashing dishes and utensils, while customers were eating. They also broke a window during the minute-long mayhem.

They then quickly left the Fish Village restaurant, as quickly as they entered. The attackers did not use weapons, or take any property with them.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident, but restaurant manager Tony Hu said that they suffered about $20,000 worth of damages. The restaurant also have to comp the 30 or so customers who had their dinners so rudely interrupted.

From the time they entered to the time they left, it only took a minute. They didn’t say a word. We have no idea what was happening. I was behind the register and was in shock. Then I ran to call 911, but by the time I got through, they were already gone.

Fact #2 : Attackers Were Asian / Hispanic Teenagers

While some people are claiming that this was evidence of a hate crime by White racists or black hooligans attacking Asian / Chinese businesses, that’s not true according to the restaurant manager, Tony Hu.

Hu, who does not speak English, told CBS News that the attackers were Asian or Hispanic teenagers. Some people even labelled them as “kids in hoodies”, while others pointed out that it does not appear to be a hate crime:

I frequent this building, it has a bunch of high end Chinese restaurants, hotel, has a gated parking lot and this restaurant is on the 3rd floor

Makes me think it is a targeted attack, not a random flash mob

Other people suggest that the attack may have been a warning by Asian organised crime.

Big Trouble in Little Chinatown. The Triad Gangs are Back in business. This is typical Triad extortion scheme. Pay $20,000 per month to the Triad or else.

These were Asian people behind those masks. This was extortion or gang activity, which is prevalent in Asians communities. But the NYC Media paints ADOS/Black faces as the culprits of all crime in our city

The New York Police Department is investigating this incident as Criminal Mischief, and not a hate crime.

Fact #3 : Police Are Still Not Able To Identify The Attackers

Despite knowing that they were being recorded on video, the attackers did not assault the person recording them. This is likely because they were fully covered up with face masks, and hoodies.

And their tactic appears to be working, making it impossible for law enforcement to identify them. The New York Police Department is still investigating the incident, and has not yet made any arrests.

Two days later, mayor Eric Adams called on New Yorkers to remove their face masks when entering businesses, to cut down on crime.

Let’s be clear. Some of these characters going into stores that are wearing a mask, they’re not doing it because they are afraid of the pandemic.

They’re doing it because they’re afraid of the police, and we need to stop allowing them to exploit the safety of the pandemic by wearing masks, committing crimes.

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