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Is Jho Low Missing From Interpol Red Notice List?!

Is Jho Low Missing From Interpol Red Notice List?!

Is fugitive financier Jho Low missing from the INTERPOL Red Notice list?!

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

 

Claim : Jho Low Is Not On INTERPOL Red Notice List!

On 6 October 2022, The Edge Markets posted an article with the title – Jho Low Not On Interpol Red Notice List.

The article went viral because it suggested that the Malaysian government either did not issue the INTERPOL Red Notice, or that the government is not interested in finding Jho Low.

Here is part of the article by The Edge Markets:

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 6): The name of fugitive financier Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) is not listed on the Interpol Red Notice page, contrary to a statement by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

A check on the Interpol website in both his family name and country did not yield any results.

When “Malaysia” was searched, there are four names that showed up: Koh Ing Kueh, Umar Sirul Azhar, Tan Lok Seng and Loo Soon Aik.

On Tuesday (Oct 4), Hamzah when replying to a question by Kepong Member of Parliament Lim Lip Eng said that Malaysia will not offer rewards for information leading to Jho Low,

Lim queried if the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) had contacted American journalists Tom Wright and his colleague Bradley Hope, following their claims that Jho Low and his family were spotted in China and Hong Kong in 2018 and 2019.

In his reply to Lim, Hamzah said in the Dewan Rakyat that PDRM was of the view that the Red Notice issued by Interpol was a better avenue than offering rewards as elements of cooperation and definitive information were involved.

He added that this required the 195 member states of Interpol to channel any information to Malaysian authorities to facilitate any extradition process.

Following Hamzah’s response, Wright claimed that no one in the Malaysian Government is trying to find Jho Low.

 

No Evidence Jho Low Is Not On Interpol Red Notice List

Now, there is no way to know if the Malaysian government is not interested in finding Jho Low, but The Edge Markets appear to have misunderstood the Interpol Red Notice list.

Here is what The Edge Markets and everyone else needs to know about the INTERPOL Red Notice list…

Fact #1 : Red Notice Is Not An International Arrest Warrant

First, let us establish some simple facts about the INTERPOL Red Notice.

The INTERPOL Red Notice is NOT an international arrest warrant, as many might think. It is simply an international wanted persons notice.

The Red Notice is a request to law enforcement agencies across the world to “locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action“.

Hence, the INTERPOL Red Notice only contains two types of information :

  • Information to identify the wanted person, such as their name, date of birth, nationality, hair and eye colour, photographs and fingerprints if available.
  • Information related to the crime they are wanted for, which can typically be murder, rape, child abuse or armed robbery.

It is important to note that law enforcement authorities in other countries are not compelled to take action on any Red Notice.

It is up to each member country to decide what legal value it gives a Red Notice, and how its law enforcement officers should act on each Red Notice.

Read more : Did Interpol Order Arrest Of Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, Klaus Schwab?!

Fact #2 : Most INTERPOL Red Notices Are Not Public

INTERPOL operates a public Red Notice list, which currently shows only four names for Malaysia, as The Edge Markets correctly notes.

If you look for people wanted by Malaysia, the public Red Notice list will show 26 individuals, most of whom are foreigners.

What most people (including The Edge Markets) may not realise though is that the vast majority of INTERPOL Red Notices are not public.

As of October 6, 2022, there are approximately 69,270 Red Notices, of which only 7,132 are available for public viewing.

In other words, only about 10% of all INTERPOL Red Notices can be viewed on the public Red Notice list.

The fact that there are only four names from Malaysia does not mean that Jho Low does not currently have an INTERPOL Red Notice.

As INTERPOL points out – the vast majority of Red Notices are restricted to law enforcement use only.

Fact #3 : INTERPOL Makes Red Notices Public For Certain Reasons

INTERPOL only makes some Red Notices public if :

  • the public’s help is needed to locate an individual, or
  • they pose a threat to public safety

While Jho Low is certainly considered by many to be a criminal of stupendous proportions (pun intended), his crimes were not a threat to life or public safety.

Hence, if Jho Low has an INTERPOL Red Notice, it will not be listed in the public list.

Fact #4 : INTERPOL Does Not Approve All Red Notice Requests

Whenever law enforcement agencies request for a Red Notice, INTERPOL does not immediately issue it.

The request is first checked by a specialised task force to ensure that the Red Notice request complies with INTERPOL rules.

Even if a Red Notice is approved and issued, the task force may re-examine the case, when and if it receives new and relevant information.

Fact #5 : PDRM Says Jho Low Red Notice Issued In 2018

On December 12, 2021, Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani stated that the INTERPOL Red Notice for Jho Low was issued on June 11, 2018.

However, this does not mean that Jho Low still has an INTERPOL Red Notice in 2022, as the requesting country may rescind the request, or new information may compel INTERPOL to drop the Red Notice.

Fact #6 : Jho Low Can Check For His Own INTERPOL Red Notice

Ironically, the only person outside of law enforcement authorities to know if Jho Low has a current INTERPOL Red Notice is Jho Low himself.

Individuals can apply to the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) to check if a Red Notice has been issued against them.

For privacy reasons, other people may not apply to check if Jho Low has a current INTERPOL Red Notice.

Fact #7 : Jho Low Can Challenge His INTERPOL Red Notice

If Jho Low discovers that he has a current INTERPOL Red Notice, he can actually apply to the CCF to dismiss it, by submitting :

  • a description of a newly discovered and relevant fact(s), within six months of its discovery; and
  • the reasons for which such new fact(s) could have led the Requests Chamber to a different conclusion if known at the time at which the request was being processed.

The CCF will decide on correction / deletion requests within 9 months after becoming admissible, and the INTERPOL General Secretariat will have one month to comment on that decision.

 

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Are Robbers Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers?!

Is there a gang of robbers pretending to be Home Affairs officers from the government?!

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Robbers Are Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers!

People are sharing messages warning of a gang of robbers pretending to be Home Affairs officers, together with a picture purportedly of one of these robbers.

Here are two versions of the viral warnings being shared on WhatsApp and Facebook :

High Security Alert:

Beware, one group is going from house to house pretending to be a Home Affairs Officer. They have the documents and the letterhead of the department of the home ministry and claim they have to confirm that everyone has a valid identity card for the upcoming census.

They are looting houses. Note that there is no such initiative from the government. Send this to your neighborhood group chat. They are everywhere, and they look presentable. Please alert your family and friends.

A person comes to your home and says I want to take your photo / thumbprint under some schemes. They have a laptop, a biometric machine and a list of all the names. They are showing a list and asking for all this information. It has been pointed out that all this is bogus. Don’t give them any information.

Everyone should be alert and BE AWARE‼️

Security Alert from Police: Be warned, there is a group going to homes and pretending to be officials from home affairs.

They have documents with the letterhead Department of Home Affairs and claim to be confirming that everyone has a valid ID for the upcoming elections.

 

Truth : Robbers Are NOT Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers!

This is just FAKE NEWS created from real news, and here are the reasons why….

Fact #1 : Warning Originated In South Africa

The original warning about fake Home Affairs officers originated in South Africa, many years ago.

The South African Department of Home Affairs issued this media statement in October 2017 and April 2019 :

MEDIA STATEMENT ON ELECTIONS SCAM

Home Affairs wishes to warn members of the community of a group of individuals visiting homes and pretending to be officials from the Department.

They carry with them documents with letterheads purportedly from Home Affairs and claim to be confirming the validity of IDs for the upcoming elections. These individuals are criminals who rob households once they gain entry. There is no such initiative from the Department.

Home affairs officials are clearly identifiable by name tags. We will announce household visits through official
government channels

This warning was only issued in South Africa. No government agency from other countries issued similar warnings.

Fact #2 : Warning Transformed Into Fake News

The genuine warning by the South African Department of Home Affairs spread globally, and became fake news in other countries.

Many countries do not have a Department of Home Affairs. Neither do they have government officials going around verifying citizens’ identification cards ahead of any elections.

Even worse – some people took the initiative to modify the warning, and even added pictures of genuine government officials to make the warning look genuine.

Government agencies in many countries – United States, United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Malaysia – have labelled this warning as fake news.

Fact #3 : Malaysian Immigration Officer Was Victimised

In July 2021, a Malaysian immigration officer bore the brunt of netizen outrage when he was falsely identified as a fake Home Affairs officer – his picture was shared on social media and WhatsApp together with the warning.

The Malaysia Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysia Police announced on 13 July 2021, that the man in the photo was a genuine Immigration officer.

According to Ampang District Police Chief, ACP Mohamad Farouk Ishak, the Immigration officer was conducting an official investigation into an individual staying at a house in Pandan Indah, Ampang.

The Immigration officer introduced himself and inform the residents of the purpose of his visit. The 60 year-old Malaysian homeowner who hosted the Immigration officer during his inspection also lodged a police report over the matter.

From the picture, you can clearly see that the officer was wearing a t-shirt with the Immigration Department HQ logo, and carried an Immigration Malaysia badge as well.

Fact #4 : Fake Story Circulating Again With New Photo

In September 2022, the same fake warning went viral again on WhatsApp, this time with a new photo of two Malaysian officers who appeared to have served some kind of official paper to a homeowner.

While I cannot yet trace the provenance of this photo, or the context behind it, these officers are definitely not attempting to gain entry to the person’s home by falsely identifying themselves as Home Affairs officers.

Again, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has repeatedly announced that this story of robbers posing as Home Affairs officers is fake news.

Fact #5 : No Actual Robbery Cases Were Reported

Even though the South African Department of Home Affairs issued the warning twice, it is unknown if there are really robbers pretending to be their officers to gain entry into homes.

Ironically, acting Director-General Thulani Mavuso claimed that the South African Department of Home Affairs never actually received any complaint about such crimes :

Home Affairs has not received any complaint of this nature from members of the public. People who are aware of such an activity, depending on it veracity, are advised to report it to the police.

We reiterate our message that Home Affairs officials do not and will not come to your homes to validate IDs.

It sounds like the South African Department of Home Affairs were proactively warning people about the possibility, not reporting on actual cases.

Fact #6 : Safer For Robbers To Rob Empty Houses

Robbers generally prefer NOT to rob homes while their occupants are still inside. Not only could the occupants fight back, they would become witnesses to the crime and help the police identify them!

It would be much safer to gain entry into a house after its occupants have left.

Fact #7 : There Are Other Ways To Gain Entry

Robbers who prefer to gain entry through this method do not need to pretend to be Home Affairs officers.

They can pretend to be other government officials, like a police officer or an immigration officer. They can also pretend to be utility workers, the mailman or a deliveryman.

There is no particular advantage in pretending to be a Home Affairs officer.

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Was Xi Jinping Arrested In Sudden Military Coup?!

Was Chinese President Xi Jinping just arrested and overthrown by a sudden military coup in China?!

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

 

Claim : Xi Jinping Was Just Arrested In Sudden Military Coup!

The Internet is abuzz with claims that Chinese President Xi Jinping was just arrested and overthrown by a sudden military coup in China.

A video showing a long line of military vehicles went viral, and some websites posted articles like “Chinese President Xi Jinping arrested, what is happening in China?

Xi Jinping has been removed from the post of Chairman of the Chinese Military Commission. After the conclusion of the SCO conference in Uzbekistan, Jin Jinping, who returned to China, was arrested by the country’s army and kept under house arrest.

Military special forces have gathered at Shenyang Military Airport on the orders of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Li Qiaoming. Not only this, a video recording has also been released that the military vehicles of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army started invading Beijing from September 22. 

These military vehicles are lined up for about 80 kilometers from Huanlai to Zhangjiakou near Beijing. The root cause of all this is the removal of Xi Jinping from the leadership of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army by senior and top officials of the Chinese Communist Party.

Even former Indian cabinet minister and BJP leader, Subramaniam Swamy, jumped on the bandwagon, posting:

New rumour to be checked out: Is Xi jingping under house arrest in Beijing ? When Xi was in Samarkand recently, the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party were supposed to have removed Xi from the Party’s in-charge of Army. Then House arrest followed. So goes the rumour.

Read more : Are Beijing Flights Getting Cancelled By Military Coup?!

 

Truth : Xi Jinping Was Not Arrested In Any Military Coup!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that started as a rumour, but was used to generate page views for rumour / fake news websites. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Started As A Rumour

It started when China Democracy Party Chairman Wanjun Xie 谢万军 posted a video showing a very long convoy of PLA military vehicles heading to Beijing, with this message:

9月22日,中共解放军大部队开往北京。军队的车头在北京怀来,车尾在河北省张家口,行军队伍长达80公里。

On September 22, a large troop of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army left for Beijing. The front of the army was in Huailai, Beijing, and the rear was in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province. The marching team was 80 kilometers long.

Then Chinese human rights activist, Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 posted the same video, but this time, mentioning the rumour that Xi Jinping was under arrest.

#PLA military vehicles heading to #Beijing on Sep 22. Starting from Huanlai County near Beijing & ending in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, entire procession as long as 80 KM. Meanwhile, rumor has it that #XiJinping was under arrest after #CCP seniors removed him as head of PLA

The video, however, does not actually show that the military convoy stretched out for 80 km.

Fact #2 : Jennifer Zeng Admitted Rumour Was Not True

Jennifer Zeng admitted a few hours later that the rumour that Xi Jinping was arrested was not true.

Someone told me that he knows the family of a #CCP admiral, the rumor about Xi’s arrest is not true.

Unfortunately, the rumour had already gone viral by then, and rumour / fake news websites capitalised on it to generate page views for the ad money.

It didn’t help that there were earlier reports of flights in and out of Beijing being cancelled

Fact #3 : Xi Jinping Issued Two Statements The Next Day

While no photos of Xi Jinping were taken on 23 September 2022, he issued two letters on that day – a day after he was supposedly deposed and imprisoned.

While not direct evidence that Xi Jinping is not under some kind of house arrest, both statements still referred to him as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.

Xi Jinping is likely still in quarantine, after returning from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, which was held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan less than a week ago.

Fact #4 : Sun Lijun Was Sentenced To Death The Next Day

If Xi Jinping was really arrested and overthrown on Thursday, 22 September 2022, the sentencing of Sun Lijun the next day would have at least been postponed, if not cancelled.

On Friday, 23 September 2022, Sun Lijun was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, that would eventually be commuted to life imprisonment with no possibility of commutation or parole.

Officially, the former Vice Minister of Public Security was found guilty of taking more than 646 million yuan (US$90.6 million) of bribes, manipulating the stock market, and illegally possessing two firearms.

Unofficially, Sun was part of a “political clique” that challenged Xi Jinping’s authority. Xinhua reported that “Sun failed to stay true to the Party’s ideals and faith, displayed “extremely inflated political ambition and very poor political integrity,” issued groundless criticisms of the Party’s policies, and spread political rumours“.

Several members of this political clique, like former Justice Minister Fu Zhenghua and three former police chiefs of Shanghai, Chongqing and Shanxi provinces, also received long jail sentences.

Recommended : US Mil Contractor Admits Selling Aviation Secrets To China!

Fact #5 : No Evidence Of Military Coup / Arrest

As much as many people would like to see Xi Jinping experience the pleasures of the Chinese prison system, there is simply NO EVIDENCE of any military coup, or Xi Jinping getting arrested.

If Xi Jinping was arrested in a military coup, the first thing the plotters would have done is publicly reveal that they not only toppled him, they have him in custody.

They would also seize control of major government institutions and the media, to secure power and ensure that Xi loyalists cannot regain power. Martial law would have been declared, with a complete lockdown of Beijing, and the military barricading government buildings.

These are all “noisy” actions that would be clearly visible, not only to the Chinese public but the entire world as well, especially in a time of smartphones and social media.

Yet, there was no mention of anything remotely close to an arrest or a coup of any kind, in any mainstream media or social media, either inside or outside of China.

It may be possible to keep a lid on such a major event in North Korea – the hermit kingdom, but not in China. Not even with the Great Firewall (防火长城).

 

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The Kalani David Death Video Scam!

Does a death video showing Hawaiian surfing champion Kalani David drowning really exist?!

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

 

Claim : Here Is The Kalani David Death Video!

A number of rumour / fake news websites have been capitalising on Hawaiian surfing prodigy, Kalani David, who tragically died out on the ocean.

They are claiming that they have the video of how he died, posting on YouTube

LifeStyle Magazine : Watch Kalani David death video https://bit.ly/3SkseUR with full detailed information. Pro Surfer champ suffered a massive seizure while practicing in the waters of Costa Rica #KalaniDavid

Various App.Link sites : WATCH:🛑Omg Kalani David Last Death Video|kalani david dies at 24 after seizure while surfing in costa rica

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Truth : There Is No Kalani David Death Video!

This is another example of FAKE NEWS that some websites create for more page views and money, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Kalani David Drowned While Practicing

Kalani David suffered epileptic seizures while surfing off the coast of Costa Rica, and drowned.

He was practicing on his own, and not competing in a competition. So there would not have been any video cameras to capture his death.

Fact #2 : Kalani David Death Videos Are All Fake

A number of these websites created fake YouTube videos with misleading titles, claiming to show Kalani David’s death. Terribly ghoulish and insensitive, if you ask me.

Fortunately – they are ALL fake, if you click and watch those videos. And why not? There is currently no evidence that anyone actually witnessed Kalani drowning after he suffered seizures on the waves, much less recorded it on video.

Yes, it is possible that Kalani David was surfing with other people, and someone may have been recording the session.

But even if someone actually recorded Kalani David’s death on video (instead of rushing to help), he/she would have provided the video to the Costa Rica police, and it would have been held as evidence as they are still investigating his death.

Fact #3 : Title Screens Are Intentionally Misleading

To mislead you, these fake video creators used misleading screenshots of Kalani David from years earlier, or in one case – a May 2014 photo of surfers at Salsa Brava.

The photos showing Kalani David in a hospital bed are from his August 2016 seizure, and either his December 2016 heart operation, or someone who looks like him.

It is important to note that Kalani David drowned in the ocean. He never made it to the hospital. So these are fake title screens to lure you into clicking.

To be clear – there is no video footage of Kalani David drowning.

Read more : Did Surfing Champ Kalani David Die From Vaccine?!

Fact #4 : None Of Them Offered Any Evidence

No reputable media outlet even mentioned that his death was witnessed, much less recorded on video for our ghoulish entertainment.

Yet, these no-name websites out of India and Pakistan somehow managed to get their grubby little hands on the “death video” of Kalani David?

None of those websites claiming to show the Kalani David death video offered anything remotely close to “evidence”. Their articles will mention “death video” for SEO reasons, but offer nothing else.

Fact #5 : This Is Just Another Example Of Celebrity Fake News

This is yet another example of fake news created by rumour and fake news blogs to drive traffic and increase page views for ad money. Here are examples of other celebrity fake news that we debunked earlier:

Don’t fall for the fake news / fake videos created by people whose only motivation is to make money from your views and clicks.

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Did King Charles III Wear Buttons Wrongly On Day 1?!

Did King Charles III wear his coat buttons wrongly on the first day as monarch?!

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

 

Claim : King Charles III Wore His Buttons Wrongly On First Day!

This photo of King Charles III has gone viral, showing him wearing his coat buttons wrongly. It’s accompanied by this message :

First day without mom, at his age of 74!!

Look at his coat buttons. I’m speechless.

 

Truth : King Charles III Did Not Wear His Buttons Wrongly On First Day!

This is yet another example of celebrity FAKE NEWS circulating on social media, and here are the facts why…

Fact #1 : That Photo Was Taken In 2018

First, let me confirm that the photo is genuine, and was not photoshopped in any way. However, the claim that King Charles III put on his coat buttons wrongly on the first day as monarch is false.

That’s because this iconic photo was taken by Getty Images photographer Luc Gnago on November 1, 2018 – about 4 years ago.

Fact #2 : That Photo Was Taken In Gambia

It cannot possibly be taken recently either, because both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at that time were flanked by Gambian officials.

This photo was taken at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Fajara, Gambia, during their tour of West Africa.

Earlier photos show the Prince of Wales wearing his coat properly. He must have unbuttoned it and absentmindedly buttoned it back up again.

Fact #3 : King Charles III Was Only 69 Years Old

The Prince of Wales was only 69 years old when the viral photo was taken in 2018, and he was only 73 years old when he was proclaimed King by the Accession Council on 10 September 2022.

King Charles III was born on 14 November 1948, and would only be 74 years old on 14 November 2022.

What’s a couple of months more, you say? Absolutely nothing to liars, and everything to people who believe that facts matter.

Fact #4 : Queen Elizabeth II Wouldn’t Have Buttoned His Coat

Only idiots would believe that if Queen Elizabeth II was still alive, she would be there to button the coat properly for the Prince of Wales.

I’m speechless that there are people who would actually laugh at a senior citizen for absentmindedly buttoning up his coat. Or believe that his 96 year-old mother would have been there to do it for him.

As King (or Prince at that time), he would have aides to help him dress properly. If no one else is there, there’s always Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall then, and now the Queen Consort.

Fact #5 : This Is Just Another Example Of Celebrity Fake News

This is yet another example of fake news created by celebrity blogs to drive traffic and increase page views for ad money. Here are examples of other celebrity fake news that we debunked earlier:

Please be wary when you read viral celebrity news like this. Be sure to check if they are real before sharing!

 

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Did Kajang Prison Warden Invite Najib To His Home?!

Did the Kajang prison warden invite Najib Razak to his home, after he was convicted and jailed?!

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

 

Claim : Kajang Prison Warden Invited Najib Razak To His Home!

People are sharing a video that purportedly shows the Kajang prison warden showing former Prime Minister Najib Razak around his home, even though he was supposed to be in jail!

😡 Najib is seen in the house of the Prison Warden ,This Is Breaking The SOP, Najib Is Been treated as a VIP, Najib Is wearing Silk Baju, The warden should be sack & put in Jail ,Money is King,

 

Truth : Kajang Prison Warden Did NOT Invite Najib Razak To His Home!

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

Fact #1 : That Is Not The Kajang Prison Warden

The only person that I can visually identify is former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is seen wearing a peach coloured Baju Melayu.

The person showing him around the house is not the Kajang prison warden, but a Felda settler called Ithnin Abdullah.

That is actually a homestay that Ithnin Abdullah owns, and is not the home of the Kajang prison warden.

Fact #2 : The Video Was Posted On 17 June 2022

The video was originally posted on TikTok on 17 June 2022 – more than 2 months before Najib Razak was jailed 12 years for corruption.

You can also see the name of the original poster in the viral video – @DatoNajibRazakFan. This was the description of the original TikTok video (with my English translation) :

Cantik rumah homestay ni. Milik seorang peneroka Felda Kledang, Ithnin Abdullah.Ada disimpan gambar-gambar kenangan bersama saya juga. Ya, dahulu banyak meluangkan masa dengan peneroka.Felda ini peninggalan legasi arwah ayahanda.Saya hanya mahukan yang terbaik bukan sahaja buat generasi pertama atau kedua Felda, tetapi untuk generasi-generasi akan datang juga.

It belongs to a Kledang Felda settler, Ithnin Abdullah. There are pictures of me as well. Yes, I used to spend a lot of time with the settlers. Felda is a legacy of my late father. I only want the best not only for the first or second generation of Felda settlers, but for future generations as well.

Fact #3 : Najib Razak Only Allowed To Go To Hospital / Court

Najib Razak started serving his 12-year prison sentence on 23 August 2022. Since then, he has only been allowed to leave the Kajang prison only to go to the hospital, or to court.

On August 25 and 26, 2022, he was brought out of prison to attend two ongoing criminal trials :

  • Aug. 25 : Misappropriate of RM 2.28 billion from 1MDB
  • Aug. 26 : Tampering of the Auditor-General’s audit report on 1MDB

On September 4, 2022, he was admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, allegedly for intestinal bleeding.

On September 5, 2022, he returned to the High Court to continue with the main 1MDB trial.

 

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Is Balenciaga Selling Water Bottle Slippers For €895?!

Did Balenciaga just introduce water bottle slippers priced at €895?!

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

 

Claim : Balenciaga Is Selling Water Bottle Slippers For €895!

The Internet has gone crazy over photos of the new Balenciaga water bottle slippers, with comments like these :

“Bottle slippers? Balenciaga is testing how far people will go in the name of fashion” quip netizens as #Balenciaga Conceptualizes slippers made out of plastic bottles

#NEWS: Balenciaga releases ‘Bottle Slippers’ — with price tag of $1,000 USD, you coppin ??

Whose up for a pair of bottle slippers from Balenciaga? Only 895 euros

A number of fashion and celebrity blogs have also jumped onto the bandwagon, posting about these new high-fashion water bottle slippers.

 

Truth : Balenciaga Is NOT Selling Water Bottle Slippers For €895!

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

Fact #1 : Balenciaga Water Bottle Slippers Do NOT Exist

First, let me just state that Balenciaga did not create any water bottle slippers. Those fancy and super-expensive water bottle slippers do NOT exist.

The viral photo showing that these bottle slippers can be purchased on the Balenciaga website for €895 was photoshopped.

That is indeed Justin Bieber in the photo below… but he did not model those bottle slippers either!

Read more : Did Justin Bieber Wear Balenciaga Bottle Slippers?!

Fact #2 : Balenciaga Bottle Slippers Were Created By neondazer

These viral water bottle slippers were just a concept created by a Russian artist / designer called neondazer (Max Arnautov).

He posted photos of the water bottle slippers, including the edited photo of Justin Bieber wearing them, on his Instagram on August 25, 2022.

Wassup hypebeasts, cop or drop? 😂

Meta-irony and metamodernism are best friends of modern fashion, guys. I guess this concept is meta-ironic towards Balenciaga, which became meta-ironic brand itself thanks to @Demna.

When this idea came to me, I thought: “So f*cking funny! But… I will not be surprised if Balenciaga gonna do something like that for real.”

They released earrings made of laces, destroyed Paris sneakers, a trench shitted by birds.. so this bottle slippers are fitting perfectly! Cuz it’s all about overconsumption and its fruits.

Campaign photo by: @Balenciaga
Model: @justinbieber

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Did Justin Bieber Wear Balenciaga Bottle Slippers?!

Did Justin Bieber just model the new Balenciaga bottle slippers?!

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

 

Claim : Justin Bieber Wore These Balenciaga Bottle Slippers!

The Internet has gone crazy over photos of Justin Bieber wearing the viral Balenciaga bottle slippers, with comments like these :

Justin Bieber in his Balenciaga ‘bottle slippers’😳🤣🤣🤣

#JustinBieber in bottle slippers, Balenciaga.
Not new in Africa.
Whenever Africa invent her product we laugh at it, now it is in the west let wait and see how it will go viral and Africa will be the first to go in for the same product 😂😂

What did they make Justin Bieber wear? But I like the slippers and thats not how it should be worn.

 

Truth : Justin Bieber Did NOT Wear Those Balenciaga Bottle Slippers!

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

Fact #1 : Balenciaga Bottle Slippers Do NOT Exist

First, let me just state that Balenciaga did not create any bottle slippers.

Despite a viral photo showing that these bottle slippers can be purchased on the Balenciaga website for €895, they do not exist.

Fact #2 : Balenciaga Bottle Slippers Were Created By neondazer

The Balenciaga bottle slippers were just a concept created by a Russian artist / designer called neondazer (Max Arnautov).

He posted the viral photos of Balenciaga bottle slippers, including the edited photo of Justin Bieber wearing them, on his Instagram on August 25, 2022.

Wassup hypebeasts, cop or drop? 😂

Meta-irony and metamodernism are best friends of modern fashion, guys. I guess this concept is meta-ironic towards Balenciaga, which became meta-ironic brand itself thanks to @Demna.

When this idea came to me, I thought: “So f*cking funny! But… I will not be surprised if Balenciaga gonna do something like that for real.”

They released earrings made of laces, destroyed Paris sneakers, a trench shitted by birds.. so this bottle slippers are fitting perfectly! Cuz it’s all about overconsumption and its fruits.

Campaign photo by: @Balenciaga
Model: @justinbieber

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Fact #3 : Justin Bieber Photo Was From Balenciaga Fall 2021 Campaign

The Justin Bieber photo that neondazer edited was taken from the Balenciaga Fall 2021 campaign, per GQ.

Taken by photographer Katy Grannan, it featured a clean-shaven Justin Bieber wearing a black leather bomber, scrunchy black sweatpants, white tube socks… and a pair of Balenciaga dad core running sneakers.

neondazer edited out the dadcore running sneakers, and replaced them with his own bottle slippers.

Here is a comparison of the original photo (left) and the edited photo (right). Very nice photo-editing.

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Fact #4 : This Is Just Another Example Of Celebrity Fake News

While these photos are arguably satire by an artist, they are being used by many blogs to drive traffic and increase page views for ad money.

Here are examples of other celebrity fake news that we debunked earlier:

Please be wary when you read viral celebrity news like this. Be sure to check if they are real before sharing!

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No Genting Highlands Lock Down Over Casino Robbery!

Did Genting Highlands undergo a complete lock down, during a casino robbery?!

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

 

Claim : Genting Highlands Got Locked Down During Casino Robbery!

A 80-second video together with message have gone viral, claiming to show Genting Highlands getting locked down during a casino robbery!

In the video, the man who spoke in Hokkien, questioned why the casino was closed, and wondered if it was due to a robbery or a fire.

He also stated that the cable car service was shut down, and hotel guests could not check into their rooms because the counters were closed.

While the man did not mention anything about helicopters, the video was shared with this message :

There was a 10Mil Robbery by Ang Mohs with Helicopters, all the door in Genting Highlands Casino were Locked, Roads Blocked.

 

Truth : There Was No Lock Down / Casino Robbery @ Genting Highlands!

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

Fact #1 : There Was No Casino Robbery @ Genting Highlands

If you watch the video closely, you can only see people milling around in the Sky Avenue mall and outside the SkyCasino in Genting Highlands.

The video also shows a set of shutter doors fully closed. But you will also note that no one was panicking, and there were several police officers just standing around.

That is because there was no casino robbery in Genting Highlands. Neither was the resort locked down, or its roads blocked.

The claim of a RM10 million heist by Westerners is rather silly when you think about it. That’s not a lot of money – just over US$2.2 million, especially for a casino heist involving multiple “helicopters”.

Fact #2 : Police Confirmed No Casino Robbery Took Place

Bentong Police Chief Superintendent Zaiham Mohd Kahar confirmed on Wednesday, 31 August 2022, that no casino robbery took place in Genting Highlands.

There was a video claiming that there had been a robbery with a helicopter involved and I would like to deny that anything of the sort occurred.

Police from the Bentong district police headquarters have also conducted an investigation and confirmed that no robbery took place as claimed in a video or audio clip that had gone viral on social media.

Fact #3 : It Was A False Fire Alarm

Resorts World Genting also refuted the claim, posting a short notice explaining that the incident happened on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, and was caused by a false fire alarm triggering their fire shutters.

On 30th August 2022 at approximately 1.30pm the fire shutters at the SkyCasino entrance came down due to the triggering of false fire alarm. The matter was resolved within 15 minutes.

As you can now tell – this was much ado about nothing. Unfortunately, someone decided to create fake news around this video, and share it on WhatsApp and TikTok.

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Fact Check : Two Taiping Cooks Stabbed Each Other?!

Did two cooks in Taiping stab each other in a video that has gone viral on social media?!

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

 

Claim : Two Taiping Cooks Stabbed Each Other!

A short 33-second video has gone viral on social media and WhatsApp, showing two men being taken away in ambulances after stabbing each other. It’s accompanied by messages like this :

Taiping …two cooks in the cooking department stabbed each other today.

It showed a man with a knife sticking out of his chest, while a second man appeared to be severely burnt by hot cooking oil.

 

Truth : Two Taiping Cooks Did NOT Stab Each Other!

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

Fact #1 : No One Stabbed Each Other

First, let me just point out that this video is genuine, but misappropriated to promote a fake story.

No one stabbed each other, or poured hot cooking oil on anyone. In fact, no one was hurt at all.

Fact #2 : It Was A Training Exercise At Taiping Hospital

The viral video showed a simulated fight between a cook and a hospital attendant, which was part of a training drill conducted by the Taiping Hospital and the Taiping Fire and Rescue Station.

It was recorded at Taiping Hospital, and showed only a small segment of an hour-long training drill conducted there on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.

If you look carefully at the video, you can see that the “victims” were wheeled out of the Taiping Hospital’s Dietetics & Catering Department (Jabatan Dietetik & Sajian).

Fact #3 : Taiping Police Confirmed The Training Exercise

The Taiping District Deputy Chief of Police, Superintendent Razlam Ab Hamid confirmed that the video only showed a training simulation conducted by the Taiping Hospital.

The simulation exercise attracted the attention of members of the public in the area and the video was shared via Facebook, with the action during the training resembling scenes of a fight.

However, all the equipment used and every action performed were for the purpose of training the 54 hospital personnel to prepare them on disaster management procedures like fires and so on.

He also said that the Taiping Hospital was conducting these training simulations over two days – on 24 and 25 August 2022, to expose hospital staff to disaster management methods.

 

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Are Taiwan Gov Officials Secretly Japanese Spies?!

Are many high-ranking Taiwan government officials secretly Japanese spies?!

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

 

Claim : Taiwan Gov Officials Are Secretly Japanese Spies!

People are sharing a post which claims that many high-ranking Taiwan government officials are really Japanese spies or agents.

It’s pretty long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

The truth of taiwan’s official government, I can’t imagine that the entire group of high-ranking officials are ghosts!

Lee Teng-hui, not surnamed Lee
Original name: Noboru Iwasato, of Japanese descent
Ancestral home: Mizawa, Aomori Prefecture, Japan

Tsai Ing-wen, not surnamed Tsai
Original name: Umehara English, Ancestral home of Japanese ancestry: Nihe, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

 

Truth : Taiwan Gov Officials Are NOT Japanese Spies!

None of the Taiwan government officials mentioned in the viral post are Japanese citizens or have Japanese heritage. They are also not Japanese spies or secret agents.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and shared by pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Lee Teng-hui Was First Taiwan-Born President

Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was born in 1923, during Japanese colonial rule. Like other Taiwanese under Japanese rule, he was given a Japanese name. However, it was Iwasato Masao (岩里 政男/いわさと まさお), not Noboru Iwasato.

Lee Teng-hui was also not of Japanese descent. He was of Tingzhou Hakka decent, from the Yonding district of the Fujian Province in mainland China, not Mizawa in the Aomori Prefecture of Japan.

Lee Teng-hui eventually became the first Taiwan-born President of the Republic of China.

Ironically, Lee joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not once, but twice – in 1946 and 1947, and his New Democracy Association that he formed was absorbed by the CCP.

Fact #2 : Tsai Ing-wen Is First Female President Of Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was born on 31 August 1956, in Taipei – the capital of Taiwan. She eventually became the first female President of Taiwan, so it is ridiculous to accuse her of being a Japanese spy or secret agent.

Taiwan was already free from Japanese occupation when she was born, so she did not have the Japanese name, Uemhara English as alleged by the fake post.

Tsai Ing-wen is also not of Japanese origin. Her family originated in the Fangshan town of Pingtung County, in southern Taiwan, not Nihe in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan.

Fact #3 : Chen Chi-chung Grew Up On A Taiwanese Farm

Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) has been the Taiwan Minister of Council of Agriculture since January 2019.

He is of Chinese ancestry, and does not have any Japanese name, and certainly not Tozuka Jizuka.

Chen Chi-chung grew up on a farm in Wandan, Pingtung County in southern Taiwan, not Abashiri City in Hokkaido, Japan.

Fact #4 : Lai Ching-te Grew Up In Taipei

Willam Lai Ching-te (賴淸德) was born in a free Taiwan, so he does not have any Japanese name, and certainly not Kiyotoku Teraoka.

Lai was also born in Wanli on October 6, 1959, in what is now New Taipei City. He certainly did not originate from Tamura in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan.

He is currently the Vice-President of Taiwan, after serving as the running mate of President Tsai Ing-wen. So it is also ridiculous to accuse him of being a Japanese spy or secret agent.

Fact #5 : Chen Chu Grew Up In Taipei

Joyce Chen Chu (陳菊) was born on June 10, 1950. This was after Japanese occupation ended, so she did not have the Japanese name, Kikuto Tsukasa, as alleged by the fake post.

Her family originated from Sanxing in the Yilan County of Taiwan, not Kuroishi in the Aomori Prefecture of Japan.

She currently serves as the President of the Control Yuan, and the Chair of the National Human Rights Commission in Taiwan.

Fact #6 : Chen Shui-bian Grew Up In Tainan

Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was born on October 12, 1950. This was after Japanese occupation ended, so he did not have the Japanese name, Shimabukuro Mizuhira, as alleged by the fake post.

He grew up on a farm in the Guantian Township of Tainan County in Taiwan, not Hachimantai in the Iwate Province of Japan.

His family are Hokkien people from the Zhao’an county of the southern Fujian province of mainland China.

He was the first politician from the Democratic Progressive Party to become President of Taiwan, breaking the 55 years of Kuomintang’s rule.

Needless to say – it is absurd to accuse a former President of Taiwan of being a Japanese spy or secret agent.

Fact #7 : Hsieh Chang-ting Was Born In Taipei

Frank Hsieh Chang-ting (謝長廷) was born in Dadaocheng in Taipei in 1946. Again, this was after Japanese occupation ended, so he did not have a Japanese name.

Even if Hsieh had a Japanese name, it wouldn’t be something as ridiculous as Oka Minister Ting.

He is a 7th generation native Taiwanese of part-Hokkien, part-aboriginal descent, whose ancestor Hsieh Kuang-yu (謝光玉) migrated from Tongshan in the Fujian Province of mainland China.

He certainly did not originate from Ono, in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan.

Hsieh is currently the head of the Association of Taiwan-Japan Relations.

Fact #8 : Su Tseng-chang Was Born In Pingtung

Su Tseng-chang was born on 28 July 1947. As this was after Japanese occupation of Taiwan ended, he did not have a Japanese name, and certainly not Honda Sadamasa.

He was born in Pingtung in southern Taiwan, not Minami Soma City in the Fukushima City of Japan.

He is currently the Premier of Taiwan, serving since 2019, so it would be absurd to label him as a Japanese spy or secret agent.

Fact #9 : Lin Yi-hsiung Was Born In Pingtung

Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄) was born in 1941, during Japanese colonial rule. However, he does not appear to have any Japanese name. Nor is he associated with the name, Yoshio Kojima.

Lin Yi-hsiung is also not of Japanese descent. He was born in Wujie Township of the Yilan County in Taiwan, not Abashiri City in Hokkaido, Japan.

Lin ceased being active in politics since campaigning for two Democratic Progressive Party candidates in 2006. Since then, he has been focused on halting construction of nuclear plants in Taiwan, even starting a hunger strike in 2014 which ended after the government pledged to halt construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City.

Fact #10 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This is just another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

All of the wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.

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Did More Die From Vaccine Than Virus In Taiwan?!

Did more people die from the vaccine than the COVID-19 virus in Taiwan?!

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

 

Claim : More People Died From Vaccine Than Virus In Taiwan!

People are sharing an NTD News video which claims that more people died from the vaccine, than the COVID-19 virus in Taiwan!

Here is a transcript of what the NTD News newscaster said in the segment called China In Focus.

In Taiwan, the number of people dying after their COVID vaccination is exceeding the number of deaths from the virus itself.

Taiwan’s health authorities said that as of Monday, deaths after vaccination reached 865 while deaths from the virus are at 845.

Vaccines currently offered in Taiwan include AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Taiwan’s own vaccine – Medigen. Out of the 865 deaths after vaccination, over 600 were from AstraZeneca, and nearly 200 deaths after a Moderna shot.

 

Truth : More People Did NOT Die From Vaccine Than Virus In Taiwan!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaccination activists to scare people from protecting themselves against COVID-19, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was From October 2021

The viral video is really old, being originally released by US-based NTD News on October 21, 2021.

Fact #2 : Taiwan Had Few COVID-19 Cases In 2021

Taiwan effectively blocked the spread of COVID-19 cases in 2021 through lockdowns, travel bans, and quarantine measures.

Hence, they had relatively few cases, and very few deaths back in October 2021 when the viral video was first broadcast.

Taiwan experienced a massive surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths that started in May 2022 and has not yet ceased in August 2022. So far, over 9400 people have died from COVID-19 in Taiwan.

Fact #3 : Vaccine “Death” Data Was From VAERS

The vaccine death data quoted in the NTD News video was taken from the Taiwanese VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Notification System), which is based on the US VAERS.

Just like US VAERS and the UK Yellow Card system, Taiwan VAERS reports have not yet been verified, and cannot be taken at face value.

Anyone who even bothers to read the highlighted WARNINGS on such pharmacovigilance platforms would have understood that their data and reports cannot be considered evidence of any kind, because:

  • they may contain duplicated information and/or reports
  • the reported event may be caused by an illness, like a COVID-19 infection for example,
  • the reported event may be caused by a different drug taken by the patient at the same time
  • they have not been assessed by health authorities to ascertain if it’s even “biologically plausible”

All reports of post-vaccination deaths or injuries reported in such pharmacovigilance systems have to be investigated and verified.

Fact #4 : No Evidence Of 865 Deaths Caused By Vaccine

To be clear – there is currently no evidence that the 865 deaths in the Taiwanese VAERS report were caused by COVID-19 vaccines.

Healthcare professionals in Taiwan are obligated to report deaths within 28 days of receiving a vaccine dose, even if they are not related to the vaccine.

Making an adverse reaction report is no different from making a police report. If you make a police report, it is registered in the system. However, that doesn’t mean a crime was actually committed. The police will have to investigate and determine if you were lying / mistaken, or there was indeed a crime.

Similarly, these adverse reaction reports are just reports. They must first be investigated, in order to determine if they are really side effects of the vaccine, or completely unrelated.

Read more : Here’s How Antivaxxers Create Fake News Using VAERS!

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Deaths 6X Higher Than Post-Vaccine Deaths

Even if we accept unverified VAERS data at full face value, the number of reported deaths post-vaccination are far fewer than deaths from COVID-19.

Here are the latest statistics from Taiwan’s VAERS, as of August 11, 2022 :

  • 57,779,983 vaccine doses were administered
  • 1,541 deaths were reported within 28 days of receiving a vaccine dose
  • 9,342 deaths from COVID-19 infections were reported

Even the unverified VAERS data shows that the risk of dying from a COVID-19 infection is 6X more than the risk of dying from ANY particular cause after getting a vaccine dose.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Deaths Are Rare

Taiwan has a separate body – the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which  investigates and determines if any specific post-vaccination death or injury is directly related to a COVID-19 vaccine.

While the VICP does not reveal the exact number of cases, news reports show that there are about only a dozen or so cases of deaths in Taiwan directly attributed to a COVID-19 vaccine.

Even to date, there is simply no evidence that there are over 800 deaths that have been attributed to the COVID-19 vaccines in Taiwan.

Fact #7 : Vaccine Deaths In Taiwan Are Compensated

The VICP not only investigates and certifies that any deaths are caused by the vaccine, it also awards compensation to the families. For example :

  • In June 2022, it awarded the T$3.5 million (about US$116,673) to the family of a woman who died from a stroke (intracerebral haemorrhage) after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine,
  • In May 2022, it awarded the maximum T$6 million (about US$200,000) to the family of a woman who died from VITT after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This puts paid to the claim that people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine are not compensated for any death or injury that may occur.

Read more : Did Four Doctors Die Right After 4th Vaccine Dose?!

Fact #8 : Anti-Vaccine Claims All Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists twisting the facts to deceive you into believing that vaccines are dangerous.

So far, their COVID-19 vaccine claims have proven to be false… at every instance!

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Did Saudi Ambassador Muhammad al-Qahtani Die From Vaccine?!

Did the Saudi Ambassador to Egypt, Muhammad al-Qahtani, die from the COVID-19 vaccine while giving a speech?!

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

 

Claim : Saudi Ambassador Muhammad al-Qahtani Died From Vaccine?!

People are sharing a video which they claim shows the Saudi ambassador Muhammad al-Qahtani collapsing and dying from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are some of the comments that accompany the viral video :

The #Saudi ambassador, Muhammad al-Qahtani, fell and died during a speech at a conference in the #Egyptian capital, #Cairo, in which he praised president A-Sisi and described him as “the dean of humanity.

Hmm, how may #clotshot’s did he take? #SaudiArabia #BreakingNews

The Saudi ambassador, Muhammad al-Qahtani, fell and died during a speech at a conference in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Sadly doctors confirmed it was caused by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome(SADS), and totally unrelated to all his COVID vaccines.

 

Truth : Saudi Ambassador al-Qahtani Did Not Die From Vaccine?!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : He Was Not Saudi Ambassador To Egypt

First, let me confirm that the man in the video clip – Muhammad al-Qahtani – is NOT the Saudi ambassador to Egypt.

The current Saudi ambassador to Egypt is Osama Naqli, who is very much alive.

In fact, Osama Naqli himself dismissed the false rumour, and also confirmed that the man was not one of Saudi Arabia’s ambassadors, or a Saudi diplomat.

Fact #2 : He Was A Saudi Businessman

The man in the viral video is Saudi businessman Muhammad bin Nasser bin Wazan al-Qahtani, who now resides in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mr. al-Qahtani owns the Al-Salam Holding Company, and was giving a speech at the Arab-African Conference in Cairo on Monday, 8 August 2022, when he collapsed and died.

This is apparently his Twitter account, and this is a video of him.

Fact #3 : His Cause Of Death Is Currently Unknown

Mr. al-Qahtani was taken away to another room to receive medical attention by security guards, but passed away.

His cause of death is currently unknown. That does not mean he died from “a vaccine injury” or “vaccine side effects”. It means – no one knows why he collapsed and died suddenly.

Until an autopsy is performed and his family reveals his cause of death, anyone who claims that Muhammad al-Qahtani died of this or that cause is lying to you.

Fact #4 : He Collapsed Mid-Speech

In the clearest video of the incident, Mr. al-Qahtani was seen praising UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nas a “dean of humanity and a man of peace” before he paused, and collapsed.

Until his sudden collapse, he does not appear to be ill. The video shows him standing and speaking normally, and he even turned several times to gesture at people to the side.

That does not suggest that he was suffering from any debilitating medical conditions like myocarditis, for example.

Fact #5 : There Are Thousands Of SADS Deaths Every Year

It is possible that Muhammad al-Qahtani may have died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), also known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

But that does not mean SADS is caused by COVID-19 vaccines. That would be rather ludicrous as SADS was first documented in 1977 – long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented!

SADS also occurs at a rate of 0.12 to 0.21 per 100,000 people every single year. In other words, approximately 9,000 to 16,000 people die from SADS every single year, before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may tell you – SADS is not a new vaccine-related syndrome.

SADS is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm that leads to a cardiac arrest. That’s why it can be prevented by implanting a cardioverter-defribillator.

The UK Office for National Statistics data on Sudden Adult Deaths from 2016 to 2020 also showed NO INCREASE in SADS cases, demonstrating that COVID-19 vaccines did not increase the prevalence of SADS.

Years Sudden Adult Death
Syndrome Cases
2016 116
2017 63
2018 53
2019 87
2020 115

Fact #6 : Unknown If Muhammad al-Qahtani Was Vaccinated

It is currently unknown if Muhammad al-Qahtani was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from COVID-19 vaccine side effects.

For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in both Saudi Arabia or the UAE, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

Read more : Did FDA ask for 75 years to release Pfizer vaccine data?

Fact #7 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if Muhammad al-Qahtani was vaccinated against COVID-19, he would have received all of his doses many months ago.

He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

 

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Did WHO Boss Dr. Tedros Refuse COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, despite promoting it in public?!

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

 

Claim : WHO Boss Dr. Tedros Refused The COVID-19 Vaccine!

Anti-vaccination activists are promoting a short video clip which they are claiming is evidence that the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The video was cut to a 35-second segment, which apparently showed Dr. Tedros admitting that he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s often accompanied with comments like :

Tedros not jabbed? Well who’d have thoughts?

Tedros, who demanded that the whole world be jabbed, is still not vaxxed???

Tedros of the WHO has not been jabbed and he admits it.

 

Truth : Dr. Tedros Received COVID-19 Vaccine In May 2021!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Clip Was From A Documentary

First, let’s establish some facts about the viral video clip.

  • The clip was taken from a HBO documentary called “How to Survive a Pandemic” (IMDb)
  • The HBO documentary was released on March 29, 2022.
  • The 35-second segment that went viral was recorded on June 12, 2021.

Fact #2 : Dr. Tedros Delayed His Vaccination

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had early access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Geneva, Switzerland

However, he delayed his vaccination in solidarity with low-income countries that lacked access to those vaccines.

Even in the viral video clip, he pointed out that he was delaying his COVID-19 vaccination in protest.

Fact #3 : Dr. Tedros Was Vaccinated On May 12, 2021

Dr. Tedros eventually received his COVID-19 vaccination on May 12, 2021, which he announced in a tweet.

He literally waited until two months after Ethiopia started its national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, to get his own COVID-19 vaccine.

I should also point out that the viral video clip was recorded a month after his first vaccination, which meant Dr. Tedros was likely fully-vaccinated when the interview was conducted.

Fact #4 : Clip Was Edited To Remove His Full Response

What was most damning though is the fact that the viral video clip was edited to make it look like Dr. Tedros was not vaccinated.

Here is a transcript of the interview (with the removed responses highlighted in red)

Interviewer : I want to ask you about your own vaccination. You got your first shot… when?

Dr. Tedros : May 12

Interviewer : You’re the head of WHO. You could have said in December 2020, I’m ready. Why did you wait?

Dr. Tedros : You know still I feel like I know where I belong… in a poor country called Ethiopia… in a poor continent called Africa.

With the privileges I have here, maybe I had a chance to have it first. I don’t want to use that, because I want to be reminded every day that vaccination should start in Africa.

I want to wait until Africa and other countries in other regions – low-income countries – start vaccination.

I have a background as a health worker and I’m in one of the risk groups. They were beginning to vaccinate health workers and risk groups [in Africa] around that time, so I thought that was my turn.

I was checking my turn, actually, compared to what I would have in Africa, not in Geneva. So I was protesting, in other words.

Interviewer : How did it feel once you got vaccinated?

Dr. Tedros : I’m still feeling that we’re failing. I was having my shot with disappointment because we are failing…

In short – Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delayed his own COVID-19 vaccination in protest of vaccine inequality.

Not because he didn’t believe in the COVID-19 vaccines, but because he was deeply disappointed in the unequal access to COVID-19 vaccines that was especially poor in the African continent.

Read more : Was WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Just Arrested?!

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

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Did US Navy Fleet Escort Nancy Pelosi To Taiwan?!

Did a massive US Navy fleet of warships and fighters escort Nancy Pelosi safely to Taiwan?!

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Claim : Massive US Fleet Had To Escort Nancy Pelosi To Taiwan!

People are sharing a video which claims to show a massive fleet of warships and fighters that the United States used to escort Nancy Pelosi safety to Taiwan.

Here are some of the accompanying descriptions :

Pelosi gets more firepower escorting her flight to Asia than any US President flying anywhere ever had in history.

See, how Nancy Pelosi reached Taiwan, Escorted by fighter jets and the strength of US Blue Navy

Retired Pakistani Brigadier Ashfaq Hassan also shared the video, claiming that the US Air Force was authorised to shoot at Chinese aircraft or warships interfering with her flight.

👇Arrival of US Air Force One in Taiwan with US official Nancy Pelosi.
20 Warplanes were escorting Nancy Pelosi’s plane including US fighter jets. US air force authorized to open fire in case of any Chinese interference on the plane carrying Nancy Pelosi.

 

Truth : US Fleet Did Not Escort Nancy Pelosi To Taiwan

This is another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and WhatsApp groups, and here are the reasons why….

Fact #1 : Nancy Pelosi’s Flight Had No US Escort

Nancy Pelosi flew from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Taipei, Taiwan aboard a Boeing C-40C – the military version of the Boeing 737 airliner, operated by the US Air Force.

Her flight with the callsign SPAR19 flew to Taipei without US fighter or warship escort, but was met by Taiwanese fighter escorts on entering Taiwanese airspace.

Fact #2 : Video Was Recorded At Valiant Shield 2020

The video was recorded on September 25, 2020 – just over two years ago, and had nothing to do with Nancy Pelosi, or Taiwan.

If you watch the official Valiant Shield 2020 video, you will see the same aircraft fly over the same ships at around 1:39. Here was the official description of the aircraft flyover :

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 25, 2020) From left, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), USS Comstock (LSD 45), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Chicago (SSN 721), USS America (LHA 6), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Germantown (LSD 42), and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) steam in formation while E/A-18G Growlers and FA-18E Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, a P-8 Poseidon from Commander Task Force 72, and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and a B-1B Bomber fly over the formation in support of Valiant Shield 2020.

In this screenshot, you can see the same 3 flights of aircraft flying over the same warships in Valiant Shield 2020.

Fact #3 : US Air Force Won’t Send A Bomber As Escort

The lead aircraft in the flyover has a very distinctive shape. Any military buff will immediately identify it as a Rockwell B-1B Lancer.

The US Air Force would never send the B-1B, because it’s a supersonic heavy bomber, and useless as an escort aircraft.

Fact #4 : P-8 Poseidon Is An ASW Aircraft

The aircraft that looked like a Boeing 737 is actually a P-8 Poseidon, which is based on the 737-800ERX.

It is an anti-submarine warfare aircraft, and is most certainly not a passenger transport aircraft like the Boeing C-40C.

Fact #5 : US Air Force Was Not Authorised To Open Fire

Retired Ashfaq Hassan falsely claimed that the US Air Force was authorised to open fire in case of Chinese interference with Nancy Pelosi’s flight.

It is such an absurd claim, because either party shooting at each other would have been considered an act of war.

In past confrontations, Chinese aircraft have only limited themselves to buzzing other aircraft and dumping chaff into their engines. No one ever fired a shot, because that would have led to an outbreak of war.

Read more : Did Chinese Bombers Fire On US Aircraft Carrier?!

Fact #6 : China Sent 10 Observers To Valiant Shield 2020

Interestingly, the Chinese are well-aware that this video is from Valiant Shield 2020, because that was the first time they were invited to observe the exercise.

China sent a 10-person delegation, including one high-ranking officer each from its Navy, Army and Air Force to observe Valiant Shield 2020.

Chinese Rear Admiral Zhang Leiyu – the leader of this delegation, even called it “a positive step in China-US military ties”.

Fact #7 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This is just another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

All of the wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.

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Was Human Meat Found In McDonald’s Factories?!

Did US meat inspectors find human meat in several McDonald’s factories across the United States?!

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Claim : Human Meat Found In McDonald’s Factories!

People are sharing a video which purportedly shows meat inspectors discovering human meat in McDonald’s factories across the United States.

Here is a transcript of the video :

Oklahoma City – first, horse meat, then the mysterious “pink slime”. Now, human meat?

A shocking discovery has been made in an Oklahoma City McDonald’s meat factory and other McDonald’s meat factories nationwide.

 

Truth : No Human Meat Was Ever Found In McDonald’s Factories!

This is another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and WhatsApp groups, and here are the reasons why….

Fact #1 : No Human Meat Was Ever Found In McDonald’s Factories

Let me be very clear – no human meat was ever found in McDonald’s factories or restaurants.

If this actually happened, it would have been worldwide news, and McDonald’s would have been shut down for good. Many McDonald’s executives and their suppliers would also face criminal charges.

Yet, there has been ZERO mention of this on any legitimate news website. There is also no mention of such an incredible find in any USDA or FBI press releases.

Needless to say, McDonald’s factories and restaurants continue to operate normally. That’s because this never happened. No human meat was ever found in McDonald’s factories or restaurants.

Fact #2 : Human Meat Patty Picture Was From Resident Evil 6 Promo!

The pictures of “human meat” used in the fake video was misappropriated from a Resident Evil 6 promo in London.

Back in September 2012, Capcom created a pop-up butchery called Wesker & Son (Wholesale Meats) in Smithfield Meat Market.

Once at the butchery, members of the public will be invited to sample and purchase a dizzying array of edible human limbs including hands, feet and a human head, which will be available to buy directly from the shop. As well as these specially created products, gamers will be able to buy ‘Peppered Human & Lemon Sausages’ and ‘J’avo Caught Human Thigh Steaks’ along with some specially made pots of Red Herb and Green Herb.

All proceeds from the sale of the meat will be donated to the Limbless Association, which provides information and support to the limb-loss community.

Fact #2 : Story Was Created By A Fake News Website

This fake story created by a content aggregation (copy and paste) website called Huzlers, that also creates fake stories to go viral.

The Huzlers article was written by Pablo Reyes Jr, and published on April 7, 2014 – more than 8 years ago!

To give their fake story a “veneer of satire”, they added a tagline below the writer’s name – “Believe half of what you see and nothing you read online“.

The truth is – they intentionally created the fake story to trigger you into sharing their article, so they can go viral and make money from the increased page views.

Fact #3 : McDonald’s Sells Billions Of Burgers Every Year

Let me just point out that McDonald’s sells over a billion pounds of meat every year, just in the United States. That means their suppliers have to slaughter thousands of cows every day to keep up with the demand.

Children are much smaller than cows. Those suppliers would need to slaughter tens of thousands of children a day to replace the cows. Does that really make sense to you?

The American continent would run out of children to slaughter within a year! And how does killing children for burgers make economic sense, never mind common sense?

Read more : Did 5 Doctors Die Right After Getting Booster Dose?!

Fact #4 : Pink Slime No Longer Used In McDonald’s Food

The fake story and video used a picture of pink slime, claiming that it was also used in McDonald’s foods.

That’s also false, because by the time the fake story was written (in 2014), McDonald’s stopped using “pink slime”, which is really Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB).

Q : Have you ever used so-called ‘pink slime’ in your burgers?

A : Yes, we used Lean Finely Textured Beef between 2004 and 2011. We do not use this today.

Despite its gross sounding name and look, LFTB is simply beef that has been separated from the fat in beef trimmings. LFTB technology recovers meat that would otherwise be wasted and thrown away.

Think of LFTB as low-fat beef paste. Regular ground beef consists of about 30% fat, while LFTB only has about 5% fat.

Fact #5 : Pink Slime Picture Not From McDonald’s Factory

The picture used in the fake story and video isn’t from a McDonald’s factory. However, it should be pointed out that LFTB looks like that – pink-coloured paste.

The pink colour comes from the ammonia hydroxide – an antimicrobial agent used to treat LFTB and prevent bacterial growth.

Fact #5 : Ammonia In LFTB Isn’t Toxic

Even though McDonald’s no longer uses “pink slime” in their burgers, I should point out that the amount of ammonia used in LFTB isn’t dangerous.

The amount of ammonia present in Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) is actually comparable to ammonia levels present in existing foods :

Food Ammonia Level
American Cheese 813 ppm
Unblended LFTB 400-500 ppm
Ketchup 411 ppm
Onions 342 ppm
Blended Beef Patty
with 15% LFTB
200 ppm
Ground Beef 101 ppm

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Can 4th Vaccine Jab Shut Down Our Immune System?!

Did the mainstream media just admit that the 4th vaccine jab can shut down our immune system?!

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Claim : 4th Vaccine Jab Can Shut Down Our Immune System!

Anti-vaccination activists are excitedly sharing this Good Morning America (GMA) video, claiming that the mainstream media has now admitted that the 4th vaccine jab can shut down our immune system!

For your convenience, here is my transcript of the relevant part of the video (at around 1:05) :

People who have high antibody levels… there is the potential – I want to underscore the potential, we haven’t seen any evidence of this immune phenomenon known as tolerance, where if you already have high antibody levels, and you get another booster that your immune system can start to say, well, what am I needed for, and can kind of start to shut down.

 

Truth : No Vaccine / Booster Jab Can Shut Down Our Immune System!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaccination activists to scare people into not protecting themselves against COVID-19.

Let me share with you the FACTS, and tell you WHY this is just fake news…

Fact #1 : Jennifer Ashton Was A Guest On GMA

First, let me establish some context of the video. It was a Good Morning America (GMA) video, in which Dr. Jennifer Lee Garflen Ashton was a guest.

She is a board-certified obstetrician and gynaecologist, who is also ABC News chief medical correspondent. You will see that stated on the chyron at about 0:08 of the video.

Fact #2 : Video Was On Antibody Surge From 4th Vaccine Dose

The GMA segment was discussing the May 9, 2022 study published in the Lancet, showing that the 4th vaccine dose (a second booster dose) delivered a large surge of antibodies.

Fact #3 : Video Was Recorded On May 10, 2022

The video is actually pretty old, being recorded two months ago – on May 10, 2022.

It was only in July 2022 that anti-vaccination activists stumbled on what Dr. Jennifer Ashton said in that video.

Fact #4 : Tolerance Does NOT Shut Down Immune System

When Dr. Ashton said that your immune system “can kind of start to shut down“, she was referring to your immune system ignoring the vaccine, not that it would actually shut down your immune system.

This phenomenon is known as immune tolerance or immunotolerance, which she also mentioned in the video. It happens when your own immune system no longer reacts to the allergen (like peanut or a vaccine).

If you develop a tolerance to the vaccine, your immune system does not shut down. The vaccine simply does not trigger the immune system to produce additional antibodies. It just goes, “Who cares???”

Fact #5 : Dr. Ashton Said There Was No Evidence Of Tolerance

In the video, Dr. Ashton stated very clearly that “we haven’t seen any evidence of this immune phenomenon known as tolerance“.

She was only mentioning tolerance to explain why the CDC is being cautious and recommending the 4th vaccine dose – a second booster dose – only for 50 years and older, or those who are immunocompromised.

Unfortunately, anti-vaccination activists are twisting her words to convey the false narrative that the 4th vaccine dose can shut down our immune system.

Fact #6 : COV-BOOST Study Showed No Evidence Of Tolerance

The study the GMA video was discussing looked at whether the fourth dose, which is a second booster dose, would deliver a good boost of antibodies, or trigger tolerance and therefore produce little to no additional antibodies.

This study was based on the COV-BOOST trial – a multicentre, blinded, randomised controlled trial (RCT) of third doses, in which there was a sub-study of a fourth dose.

The study, which was peer-reviewed and published in the Lancet, showed that there was no immune tolerance to the 4th vaccine dose.

In fact, it showed that the 4th vaccine dose induced a significant boost in antibody levels, especially for the elderly – those who are 70 years and older.

14 Days After
4th Dose
Less than
70 Years Old
70 Years Old
+ Above
vs. Day 28 after 3rd Dose +37% +68%
vs. Day 0 after 4th Dose +745% +1239%

Fact #7 : Anti-Vaccine Claims All Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists twisting the facts to deceive you into believing that vaccines are dangerous.

So far, their COVID-19 vaccine claims have proven to be false… at every instance!

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Did Danielle Hampson Die In Car Accident On Wedding Day?!

Did Danielle Hampson die from a car accident on her wedding day with X Factor star, Tom Mann?!

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

 

Claim : Danielle Hampson Died In Car Accident On Wedding Day!

A number of rumour / fake news websites have been capitalising on Danielle Hampson’s tragic death on the day of her wedding to X Factor star, Tom Mann.

They are claiming that she died from a car accident, and many even created videos that purportedly show the CCTV footage of the car accident that killed her. Here are a few examples.

Bareillyinfo / BareillyCollege : How did Danielle Hampson die? Cause of death explained

After the news came out everyone is intrigued to know the cause of her death. A car accident took the life of Danielle Hampson (confirmed).

The SportsGrail : Danielle Hampson Fiancee Of Singer Tom Mann Cause Of Death, Obituary, Car Accident, Age, Bio, Kid, Instagram

Everyone is curious to know the circumstances behind her passing once the news broke that Danielle Hampson died in a motor vehicle collision.

TMZ.NG : Danielle Hampson: How She Die? Cause Of Her Death

Danielle Hampson was killed in an [sic] car accident (confirmed).

WePublishNews : Danielle Hampson Dancer Car Accident: Cause Of Death, Funeral

Daniella Hampson’s Car Accident on 18 June 2022, happened exactly on her wedding day. Danielle Hampson died in an accident, a source revealed.

Vimbuzz : Danielle Hampson Car Accident Photos And Videos

Daniella Hampson’s Car Accident on 18 June 2022, happened exactly on her wedding day. Danielle Hampson died in an accident, a source revealed.

UpToBrain : Danielle Hampson Car Accident Death CCTV Footage Video and Images Leaked on Twitter, YouTube

 

There Is No Evidence Danielle Hampson Died In A Car Accident!

This is another example of FAKE NEWS that some websites create for more page views and money, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Danielle Hampson’s Cause Of Death Was Never Revealed!

No one has publicly revealed Danielle Hampson’s cause of death. Not her fiancee, Tom Mann. Not her colleagues. Not even her own family.

That does not mean people get to make up stories, and claim that she died from COVID-19 vaccines, or a car accident.

When her family or her fiancee reveals how she died, we will know. Until then, don’t waste your time on websites and blogs that create celebrity fake news to get more traffic.

Fact #2 : CCTV Videos Of Danielle Hampson’s Car Accident Are Fake

A number of these websites created fake YouTube videos about Danielle Hampson’s car accident, claiming to be leaked CCTV footage.

None of them contain any CCTV footage. They only used edited screenshots from random car accidents as the video title screen to get you to click on the videos.

That’s because they are all monetising these fake videos on YouTube, which apparently have no problem with such fake videos. One website – UpToBrain – created at least four videos with screenshots from four different car accidents.

Take a look at just six of the many videos that claim to show Danielle Hampson’s car accident. So many different car accidents in different countries. Which is the real one? LOL

To be clear – there is no CCTV footage of any car accident involving Danielle Hampson.

Read more : Did Tom Mann’s Fiancee, Dani Hampson, Die From Vaccine?!

Fact #3 : None Of Them Offered Any Evidence

Even if we ignore the fact that Danielle Hampson’s family and fiancee never said publicly how she died, there is currently no evidence that she was killed in a car accident (or vaccines).

None of those websites claiming that she died in a car accident offered anything remotely close to “evidence”. Only one – Vimbuzz (which creates a ton of celebrity nonsense articles) – dared to claim that “a source” told them.

Despite extensive coverage by mainstream media, including People, the Guardian and The Daily Mail, they all continue to point out that her cause of death remains unknown.

Even TMZ, which managed to get Betty White’s autopsy report, has not been able to find out how Danielle Hampson died.

Now, it is plausible that she may have died in a car accident, but she could have easily died from a thousand other causes – from a stroke to a sudden cardiac arrest, which are arguably far more likely.

Until we know for certain – we cannot simply jump to conclusions… or fall for the fake news / fake videos created by people whose only motivation is to make money from your views and clicks.

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Gentleminions TikTok Craze : The Good, The Bad + The Ban!

The Gentleminions craze is driving tickets sales to Minions: The Rise of Gru, but some parents are really pissed at this new TikTok trend!

Find out what the heck is the Gentleminions trend all about, and why some cinemas have banned it!

 

Gentleminions TikTok Craze : What Is It?

Minions: The Rise of Gru – the latest instalment of the wildly popular Despicable Me movie franchise – was released on July 1, 2022.

It quickly topped the box office, with a four day total of $122.5 million in the US and Canada alone, thanks in part to the Gentleminions TikTok craze.

The Despicable Me movie franchise has been a family favourite with kids and their parents who can’t get enough of cute banana-yellow Minions – Kevin, Stuart and Bob, and friends.

But cinemas are seeing hordes of teenagers – mostly male, all dressed in smart suits and some “armed” with yellow bananas, lining up for the new Minions movie.

They would record themselves swarming the theatre, sitting together in a group to watch the movie and mimic Gru or the minions – all to post on TikTok, and other social media – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

 

Gentleminions TikTok Craze : The Good, The Bad + The Ban!

Many Gentleminions dressed up in the spirit of good humour, as part of a fun night at the movies with friends after 2+ years of the pandemic.

Universal Pictures was no doubt pleased as punch – these teenagers (and some adults) were boosting the box office numbers, which is why they gave a hat tip to those who participated.

Unfortunately, some Gentleminions were not really “gentleminions”. They would clap, shout and wave their hands, or even stand up during the movie, disrupting the experience for everyone else.

Some even threw the bananas they brought at the screen, while others turned on their smartphones’ torchlight to wave in the dark cinema.

When cinema ushers asked them to stop and settle down, some verbally abused them while others threw things at them, or other cinema-goers, including young children.

In some cases, the cinema staff had to evict the troublemakers, and even the police was involved. One cinema manager shared that :

It’s been absolutely heartbreaking. We’ve had families who won’t even go back into the screen when we’ve tried to sort it out, families leaving before the film has even started, and of course the children have been in tears.

A few cinemas had to refund other patrons who were not pleased at all with the disruptions, especially families who brought their children for what they thought would be a fun experience.

In the end, some cinemas are refusing to allow “unaccompanied children wearing suits” to watch the movie. Odeon cinemas in the UK, for example, put up this sign :

Due to recent disturbances following the #Gentleminions trend, any group of guests in formal attire will be refused entry for showings of Minions: The Rise of Gru. Thank you.

 

Gentleminions Cinema Ban : Check Before You Leave Home!

It is sad that what seemed to be a fun trend devolved in some cases into a real problem. Those rowdy Nastyminions are spoiling the trend for the real Gentleminions, and that’s a real shame.

If you are planning to dress up to watch Minions: The Rise of Gru, please check if the cinema has a new dress code restriction. Just in case – bring a set of casual clothes.

And if they do let you go in, please be a real Gentleminion, like these Japanese fans. Enjoy the movie together with everyone else, not at their expense. Thank you!

 

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Canadian General Cadieu “Captured” By Russia Is OTW Back!

Canadian general Trevor Cadieu, who was allegedly captured by Russia, is on the way back to face sexual assault charges in Canada!

Find out what the heck is going on!

 

Claim : Russia Captured Canadian General Cadieu In Azovstal!

Pro-Russian websites, Chinese netizens and the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) have claimed since May 2022 that Russia captured Canadian Lieutenant General Trevor John Cadieu when he tried to escape from the Azovstal metalworks in Mariupol, Ukraine.

General Trevor Cadieu (Trevor John Cadieu), captured by Russian troops while trying to escape from the cellars of Azovstal, was the commander of the Canadian Ground Forces, APA reports citing Mailbd.

Seated in the catacombs under the Mariupol steel plant “Azovstal” nationalists staged a provocation, trying to hide the Canadian general’s attempt to escape. After the capture of a high-ranking foreign soldier by units of the RF Armed Forces, it became clear why so many efforts were made to save him.

A high-ranking mercenary tried to break out of the encirclement at Azovstal several times. It was for this that the West insisted on humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians: among them, foreign specialists had to leave the catacombs.

This Chinese example even claimed that NATO lost 5-6 helicopters and a ship trying to get General Cadieu out of Azovstal.

A lot of rumors that Russia has captured a Canadian general trying to escape thru sewer tunnels. Could be a few more NATO military advisers still in the plant

They have spent losing 5 or 6 helicopters and 1 ship trying to get the VVIP out.

 

Canadian General Cadieu “Captured” By Russia Is OTW Back!

Despite debunking it several times, both Russian and Chinese supporters continue to push the claims, even after Azovstal fell on 16 May 2022, and General Cadieu was nowhere to be found.

Russian and Chinese propaganda shifted course, claiming that General Cadieu was likely being held by Moscow as a bargaining chip, or being interrogated for his knowledge of Ukrainian and NATO plans to invade Russia.

There are a couple of problems with those claims :

  1. In mid October 2021, Lieutenant General Trevor Cadieu was accused of sexual assault that he allegedly committed as a cadet in 1994.
  2. He resigned and left the Canadian armed forces on 5 April 2022, after his appointment to head the Canadian army was derailed by those sexual assault charges.
  3. He only left for Ukraine in April 2022 – weeks after Azovstal was surrounded by Russian forces. So it would have been impossible for him to be captured in Azovstal.

Read more : Did Russia Capture Canadian General Cadieu In Azovstal?!

Now even their new claims are being proven false.

The months-long investigation into those sexual assault charges was completed, and he was formally charged with sexual assault on 15 June 2022.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, General Cadieu was informed of the charges, and he indicated in an email from Ukraine that he was “making arrangements to return to Canada from Ukraine“.

Yet again – Russian and Chinese propaganda have proven to be false.

Not only is former General Trevor Cadieu still not captured by Russian forces, he is arranging to return to Canada to face two sexual assault charges.

No NATO soldiers or generals were caught fighting in Ukraine, because there are no NATO soldiers or officers in Ukraine.

All NATO forces that were helping to train Ukrainian soldiers were pulled out before the Russian invasion began.

Read more : Did Russia Capture NATO Officers After Fall Of Azovstal?!

Russia is having trouble defeating Ukraine because it has a shitty army, not because thousands of NATO soldiers and officers are fighting with the Ukrainians.

No amount of fake news will change the fact that over 30 thousand Russian soldiers have been killed by the Ukrainians – twice as many Russia lost in their invasion of Afghanistan.

No amount of fake news will also change the fact that Russia lost over 1,500 tanks, and over 3,700 armoured fighting vehicles, as of 3 July 2022.

The Russian “special operation” is bogged down by tenacious Ukrainian defences, with nary a NATO soldier or officer in sight. Just a lot of NATO supplied weapons.

If NATO was truly involved, they would have rolled the piss-poor Russian army back into Russia. Instead, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has now stagnated into a slow artillery siege of the Donbas region.

Variants of this FAKE NEWS are now being shared in pro-Russia and pro-CCP websites and groups.

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Are Western Media Covering Up Riots In US West Coast?!

Are the Western media covering up massive riots with looting and vandalism on the US West Coast?!

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

 

Claim : Western Media Are Covering Up Riots In US West Coast!

People are sharing a video of a recent riot in America, claiming that Western media is actively concealing the news.

Allegedly, only the Chinese media and netizens are exposing the riots on the US West Coast by releasing such videos to show the world how decadent and lawless the United States really is.

The viral video is often shared with comments like these :

Protests, vandalism and looting rage across the west coast of US on 31/5 and 1/6/22 but not reported by CNN & BBC . Also not by Singapore’s CNA

Lawlessness in the country supposed to be icon of justice

这就是美国

This is America

 

Truth : Western Media Are Not Covering Up Riots In US West Coast!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens.

After investigating the viral video, here are the facts that I was able to ascertain…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded In Cleveland, Ohio

The viral video does not show riots in the US West Coast. I geolocated the precise location of this riot to East 4th Street (E 4th St.) in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you look closely at the video, you can spot these landmarks and their signboards :

  • Butcher and the Brewer (Old-World Cuts and Hand-Built Brews)
  • Windsor Apartments
  • Mabel’s BBQ
  • Society Lounge
  • Zocalo Tequileria
  • Flannery’s Pub
  • Buckeye Apartments

Those landmarks allowed me to precisely geolocate the entire video to that one street – East 4th Street in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fact #2 : Ohio Is A Midwestern State, Near The East Coast

Ohio is an American Midwestern state. But despite that classification, it is actually located next to the Eastern seaboard.

It is most definitely not on the US West Coast, which comprises of the states of California, Oregon and Washington.

I have no idea why the wumao would lie about the riot happening on the US West Coast. Perhaps, it is the American region most familiar to Chinese netizens, since it is located next to the Pacific Ocean.

Fact #3 : Cleveland Riot Happened In 2020

The video does not depict a riot that happened on May 31 and June 1, 2022. It actually showed people rioting over the death of George Floyd on June 2, 2020 – two years ago.

Chinese netizens may not be aware, but people in the United States are allowed to participate in peaceful protests, like the 2020 protests against police brutality and racism, epitomised by George Floyd’s death.

But violent riots are against the law, and so 99 people were arrested in the 2020 Cleveland riots.

Fact #4 : There Are No Riots Happening On The US West Coast

Just in case Chinese netizens are “confused”, there are no riots happening on the US West Coast, at the end of May or early June 2022.

There are no acts of vandalism or looting raging across the US West Coast, which is precisely why there is ZERO COVERAGE of these riots.

No one is covering these riots because they did not happen. This is just Chinese disinformation using a legitimate video from two years ago.

Fact #5 : Western Media Covered The Cleveland Riots

Unlike in China, where the media is muzzled and “inappropriate news” are censored, Western media are under no such restrictions.

If there are riots in the United States right now, you can be sure they would be covering it. Bad news sells best, after all!

The truth is – the Western media covered the Cleveland riots extensively… when it happened in 2020! In fact, you can see a man who looks like a press photographer taking photos in the viral video.

Fact #6 : Video Is Part Of Wumao Disinformation

This isn’t the first real video being used in a wumao disinformation campaign, to drive the narrative that the United States is in a perpetual state of anarchy.

I have personally fact checked many videos and stories that were deliberately spread by the wumao as part of their disinformation campaign :

So why are the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens promoting such videos and stories?

More importantly – why is the Chinese government spending money on such disinformation campaigns?

While you ponder on those questions, watch out and be wary of similar videos and stories being spread in Chinese and pro-CCP groups.

 

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Did This American Man Harass Chinese Female Tourists?!

Did an American man harass Chinese female tourists, telling them to go back to China?!

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

 

Claim : This American Man Harassed Chinese Female Tourists!

People are sharing a video of a man harassing two Asian females, as evidence of anti-Asian racism in the United States.

The video shows a man recording himself berating two Asian females on a beach, saying :

Go! Go! Take your dress and go from this country.

I hate Chinese. Fuck China. China, fuck you.

Translated from Turkish : You people made corona[virus] a thing, and now the economy is shit

 

Truth : He Is Not An American Man Harassing Chinese Female Tourists!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens.

After investigating this video, here are the facts that I was able to ascertain…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded In Cyprus

First, let me point out that this video wasn’t recorded in the United States. It was recorded at the Nissi Bay Beach in Cyprus.

In fact, I geolocated the precise location to a few metres south of the Petra Snack Bar, at the Nissi Beach Resort.

On the left is a screenshot at 0:15 of the video clip; and on the right is a picture of the Petra Snack Bar taken in October 2019 by Matthias Schelker, at almost the same position!

You can see the same white Petra Snack Bar signboard, and stairs leading up to the cafe; as well as the red Life Guard shack.

Fact #2 : Man In Video Is Not American

The man in the video is not American. Even though he asked the ladies to “go from this country“, he’s not even a citizen of Cyprus!

He’s actually a Turkish citizen called Taner Tolga Tarlacı, who is living in Cyprus because he was sentenced to 18-20 years of jail in Turkey for a variety of small crimes.

Allegedly, he learned about the arrest warrant on a ferry from Cyprus to Turkey, and literally jumped off the ship and swam back to Cyprus to avoid arrest!

Fact #3 : Taner Creates Controversial Videos

Taner is actually a minor Turkish celebrity, after participating in Turkish Got Talent and Survivor Turkey (Survivor Türkiye). Since then, he has been creating controversial or crazy videos… and even porn!

He is notable for bizarre antics, so much so, he allegedly got his own TV show cancelled when he chased his guests with a fire extinguisher on its first episode!

So it is possible he recorded the video to “go viral”, which is why he made sure he figured prominently in it.

Fact #4 : The Ladies May Not Even Be Chinese!

When Taner told the Asian ladies to leave the beach, you can hear the lady who was standing up say, “Yeah, okay” in what sounds like an American accent.

In any case, there is no way to know if the ladies are Chinese citizens as alleged. They could be Japanese or Korean, or ethnic Chinese people from other countries.

Fact #5 : The Video Was Allegedly Taken In 2020

According to several netizens, the video was allegedly taken early in the COVID-19 pandemic, circa 2020.

I brought this up because people are claiming that this is a new video in various websites, social media and even WhatsApp.

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Did PDRM Just Install CCTV Cameras At All Toll Booths?!

Did PDRM just install CCTV cameras at all toll booths to catch motorists committing traffic offences?!

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

 

Claim : PDRM Just Installed CCTV Cameras At All Toll Booths!

People are sharing a WhatsApp voice message of a woman who claims that the PDRM just installed CCTV cameras at all toll booths to catch motorists committing crimes, so they can issue fines.

Sekarang ini dekat setiap tol ada CCTV. Sesiapa yang menggunakan handphone dekat tangan dia ke, atau bercakap telefon, semua sekali polis hantar saman. PDRM ada letak kamera kat setiap tol. So hati-hati bila berlalu kat tempat tol. Tali pinggang keledar kalau pakai pun dia saman. Pakai handphone pun dia saman. So berjaga-jaga kat setiap tol. Sekarang ini memang PDRM cari duit uituk bagi kerajaan.

Here is my English translation of the original message.

There are now CCTV cameras at every toll booth. The police will issue summons to those who are seen using a holding or using a handphone. PDRM has installed cameras at every toll booth. So be careful when you are at the toll. They will issue you a summon if you don’t wear a seatbelt, or if you are using a handphone. So be careful at every toll booth. PDRM right now is looking to collect money for the government.

Some people are also sharing this version in Chinese :

各位朋友注意了,现在交警会在每一个TOLL闸门放摄像机。如果你驾车在过TOLL的时候打电话,玩手机,或者没有绑安全带,被摄像机拍到。恭喜你。SAMAN会寄过去你家

 

Truth : PDRM Did Not Install CCTV Cameras At Any Toll Booth!

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

Fact #1 : Highway Operators Installed Those CCTVs

Highway operators like PLUS install CCTVs at their toll booths to monitor operations, and safety issues. As they explained in 2018 :

Our staff monitor the situation at all the toll booths from the camera recording just in case motorists need assistance at the toll lane.

Fact #2 : PLUS Denied The Claim

PLUS Expressways Berhad – the largest highway concessionaire in Malaysia confirmed in 2018 that PDRM is not using their CCTV cameras to catch traffic offenders :

The CCTVs are not being used to catch traffic offender.

The CCTV recordings may be shared with the PDRM in the cases of accidents, but otherwise, highway operators do not share them with the police.

Fact #3 : There Are CCTVs All Along Highways

CCTV cameras are not just installed at toll booths. They are actually installed at many points along highways in Malaysia.

PLUS, for example, installed 2,000 CCTV cameras along their highways. You can even view some of those CCTV feeds using the PLUS app!

Fact #4 : This Hoax Has Been Circulating Since 2017

This voice message started circulating in August 2017, and has been resurrected several times in the past few years. It was fake in 2017, and it remains fake today, in 2022.

Fact #5 : PDRM Can Catch You At Any Time

Police officers can catch traffic offenders at any time. They do not have to rely on toll booth cameras.

Even though this is a hoax, you should always wear a seatbelt, and you should never use your mobile phone while driving.

 

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Did Russia Shoot Down NATO Jets + Helicopters In Ukraine?!

Did Russia just shoot down NATO jet fighters and helicopters that were sent to help Ukraine?!

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

 

Claim : Russia Just Shot Down NATO Jets + Helicopters In Ukraine!

People are sharing a video created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), which claim to be evidence of NATO jet fighters and helicopters being shot down by Russia while trying to help Ukraine.

The video has an overlay that says, “Only China has the privilege to watch the live video, not even the western countries and the world.“, and it is accompanied by this message :

☝️Nato sent their jet fighter & Helicopter to help Ukraine, as soon as they entered the border, they were attacked by the Russian missile. not a single one escaped. only the Chinese media reported that news, non in the West.
☝️Nato 战机jet fighter & Helicopter 去幇助鸟克兰一进入边畍就被俄羅斯飞彈打的一个都跑不掉, 只有中國媒體才能報導西方沒有。

 

Truth : Russia Did Not Shoot Down NATO Jets + Helicopters In Ukraine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and spread by pro-CCP and pro-Russian netizens and groups.

Fact #1 : That Video Was From A Video Game

The viral video does not show actual combat in Ukraine. It is really nothing more than a compilation of two gameplay videos from the game, ArmA 3.

ArmA 3, which is also known as ArmA III or Armed Assault 3, is an open-world, military tactical shooter game by Bohemia Interactive.

The first half of the video was cropped from an ArmA 3 video called “Combat Helicopter shot down by Missile – 4 Tanks Blown Up – Milsim – ArmA 3” – from 0:11 to 2:08, cutting off just before the videos says “Subscribe for more!“.

Fact #2 : The Original Video Is Blocked In China

Ironically, the original ArmA 3 gameplay videos that the viral fake video used are hosted on YouTube, which is blocked in China.

So the overlay claiming that “only China has the privilege to watch the live video” is not only false, it is a sad reminder of the censorship in China.

The truth is – only people in China have the “privilege” of being lied to using a fake video that is easily available to the rest of the world.

Fact #3 : That Was A Russian Helicopter

We can’t tell what anti-aircraft missiles were fired at the beginning of the video, but we can easily see that they were fired at a Russian helicopter.

Anyone who watched a Rambo movie or two would easily recognise the distinctive shape of the Soviet Union’s “flying tank” – the Mil Mi-24 helicopter, which is also known as Mi-25 or Mi-35.

Fact #4 : That Was A Russian Tank

At around 1:00 of the video, it zooms in into a tank before it is destroyed by a missile.

The tank profile is also easily recognisable as a Russian tank, most likely the T-80 main battle tank.

Fact #5 : That Was An American TOW Missile

At around the 1:44 mark in the fake video, you can see that the soldier and the missile launcher that destroyed one of the tanks.

That is the M220 launcher for the American TOW BGM-71E anti-tank missile, not a Russian missile launcher.

In other words – the video does not show Russian forces destroying NATO tanks and helicopters. It actually shows US forces in the ArmA 3 game shooting down Russian tanks and helicopters.

Here is a comparison of the screenshot (left) and the frontal aspect of the same TOW missile launcher in the ArmA 3 game.

Fact #6 : There Are No NATO Forces In Ukraine

NATO Allied Land Command confirmed that “there are no NATO forces or leaders in Ukraine in any capacity“.

While NATO nations are sending financial and military aid to Ukraine, no NATO soldiers or leaders are deployed to the country.

So the claim that NATO sent jets and helicopters to help Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion is false.

Fact #7 : NATO Refused To Send Aircraft Into Ukraine

NATO also repeatedly refused to create a No-Fly Zone over Ukraine, despite President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleading for one.

That’s partly because the anti-aircraft missiles NATO countries supplied have successfully prevented Russia from achieving any kind of air superiority in Ukraine.

NATO has also publicly stated that they want to avoid a direct confrontation with Russia, which could lead to a continent-wide conflict.

That is also why they refused to send Ukraine jet fighters to replace those destroyed by Russian attacks.

The claim that NATO is sending jet fighters and helicopters to help Ukraine is bullshit.

Read more : Did NATO Promise Not To Expand One Inch Further East?!

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Was Canadian General Trevor Kadier Arrested At Azovstal?!

Was Canadian General Trevor Kadier just arrested while trying to escape the Azovstal factory in Ukraine?!

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Claim : Canadian General Trevor Kadier Was Arrested At Azovstal!

People are claiming that Canadian General Trevor Kadier was just arrested trying to escape the Azovstal factory in Ukraine!

Here are two examples, with a photo used to prove that he was arrested by Russian forces at Azovstal :

A Canadian high-ranking officer tried to escape from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol.

General Trevor Kadier was arrested by Russian military personnel, media reported. According to information, the general led the First Biolab, where 18 people worked on the creation of a deadly virus.

The general has already been taken to Moscow, media reports.

In social networks, they suggest testing new medications on the Canadian general as punishment.

Everything happened after the messages that on metallurgical plant was foreign general in contact with Zelensky.

Earlier, information appeared in the Western media that General Trevor Kadier was accused of sexual harassment and harassment in Canada, and is now on the territory of Ukraine.

Canadian General Trevor Kadier was arrested as he tried to leave the AzovStal factory.

Canadian General Trevor Kadier, who was in the territory of Mariupol, was arrested while trying to leave the territory of the surrounded AzovStal metallurgical plant. Earlier, the civilians who left the enterprise confirmed the information that a certain general of the mercenaries was on the territory of the plant, however, evidence of the capture of the general appeared only now.

According to the 360 TV channel, the general, while in Ukraine, could manage one of the biological laboratories.

“Canadian General Trevor Kadier was arrested while trying to escape from Azovstal territory to Mariupol. Messages about it appeared in the media and social networks. According to numerous reports, the general was in charge of biolaboratory No. 1, where 18 people worked with deadly viruses. Kadia was taken to Moscow, where he will be tried,” reports the 360 television channel.

 

No Evidence Canadian General Trevor Kadier Was Arrested At Azovstal!

Bearing in mind that it is impossible to prove that something does not exist (Russell’s teapot), I can safely say that there is NO EVIDENCE that Canadian general Trevor Kadier was arrested at Azovstal.

In fact, here are the reasons why it is virtually impossible for Russia to have captured General Trevor Kadier at all…

Fact #1 : There Is No General Trevor Kadier

There is no Canadian general called Trevor Kadier.

There is, however, a Lieutenant General Trevor Cadieu, who retired from the Canadian Armed Forces on 5 April 2022.

Fact #2 : That Is Photo Of Ukrainian Soldier

The photo that has gone viral does not show General Trevor Cadieu, but a Ukrainian soldier who appears to be much younger.

The photo is actually a screenshot of a video that shows Ukrainian soldiers who were arrested by Donetsk People’s Republic forces.

Fact #3 : Photo Was Taken In Donetsk Months Ago

The video was recorded on 24 February 2022, at a village in the Donetsk Oblast called Petrovsky, not at Azovstal.

That was almost two months before Russian forces took control of most of the city on 21 April 2022, and almost 3 months before Ukrainian forces at Azovstal started surrendering on 16 May 2022.

Read more : Secret NATO Headquarters Under Azovstal Exposed?!

Fact #4 : Cadieu Volunteered In Ukraine As A Private Citizen

After his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), several defence sources say that Cadieu travelled to Ukraine to volunteer against the Russian invasion.

This was in his personal capacity, as he had already retired from the CAF, and was now a private citizen, as Defence Department spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier explained in a statement :

There has been no CAF support, material or otherwise, given to Cadieu since his departure as it pertains to his personal endeavours.

As he is now a private citizen, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further on his personal plans.

Fact #5 : Russia Surrounded Mariupol Since 2 March 2022

While no one really knows where Cadieu is right now, it would be quite impossible for him to enter Mariupol, after his retirement on 5 April 2022.

That’s because Mariupol was amongst the first Ukrainian cities to be attacked by Russian forces that completely surrounded it three weeks into the war.

There was no way for Ukrainian civilians and soldiers to leave Mariupol, and no way for anyone to get into the city after it was completely surrounded on 2 March 2022.

By the time Cadieu resigned, the Russians had already captured most of Mariupol, except the massive Azovstal steel plant. It would literally take a miracle for Cadieu to get into the Azovstal plant.

Read more : Did Russia Capture US General Roger Cloutier In Mariupol?!

Fact #6 : Cadieu Would Be Useless In Mariupol

Even if it was possible to smuggle him into Mariupol in early April, it would also be illogical to insert Cadieu into a besieged city where he can do little good.

Cadieu is a retired general whose days of firing guns from the trenches are long past. In fact, he would be more of an impediment in the defence of the Azovstal steel plant.

He would be far more useful strategising Ukraine’s defence, or acting as a military liaison with the Canadian government.

Fact #7 : There Are No NATO Forces In Ukraine

NATO Allied Land Command also confirmed that “there are no NATO forces or leaders in Ukraine in any capacity“.

While NATO nations are sending financial and military aid to Ukraine, no NATO soldiers or leaders are deployed to the country.

So the claim that NATO officers were also captured is false. If any NATO officer was captured, again – you can be sure that the Russians would have paraded them on TV.

Fact #8 : Russians Would Have Paraded Captured Cadieu

If Russian forces did indeed capture Cadieu, they would have paraded him on Russian TV, just like they did with two British volunteers they captured – Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin.

Yet the Russians did no such thing. In fact, the only “sources” of these claims are no-name blogs in Russia and China, as well as WhatsApp and Telegram groups, and random people on Twitter and Facebook.

There is simply no evidence of Cadieu being captured by Russian forces. Not even a picture.

Read more : Is Hunter Biden Trapped In Azovstal With NATO Generals?!

Fact #9 : DPR Rep Confirmed Cadieu Not Arrested

Official Russian news agency, TASS, reported on 28 April 2022 that Cadieu “may be holed up” in the Azovstal steel plant.

Their source was Eduard Basurin, the spokesman for the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), who gave no evidence for his claim.

In fact, Basurin appeared to be making up that claim based on the Canadian Defense Ministry announcing that Cadieu had resigned.

Information appeared now and then that one of former Canadian army generals may be holed up there [in the Azovstal steel complex].

He first seemed to get out of sight and then the Canadian Defense Ministry issued a statement that this general gave a notice that he was resigning from the army and moving to Ukraine. Perhaps, it [the UN] is trying to rescue him.

As I pointed out earlier, it would be impossible for Cadieu to be present in Azovstal, unless he went AWOL from the Canadian Armed Forces and entered Mariupol before 17 March 2022.

Also, there were several ceasefires during which civilians managed to escape. Cadieu was not amongst them.

More importantly, Basurin confirmed that Russian forces did not capture Cadieu.

Fact #10 : All Captured NATO Officer Claims Proven False

This fake story is part of the false NATO forces narrative that have proven to be false at every instance :

IMHO, Russia is pushing this narrative to shift the blame for losing thousands of tanks and armoured vehicles, and almost 30,000 soldiers to the much smaller Ukrainian army.

It could not have been the Ukrainian army that did this to the much vaunted Russian army. It must have been NATO!

Variants of this FAKE NEWS are now being shared in pro-Russia and pro-CCP websites and groups.

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Fact Check : Do Baby Birds Feed Old Birds That Can’t Fly?!

Do baby birds really feed their parents, after they grow too old to fly?

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

 

Claim : Baby Birds Feed Old Birds That Can’t Fly!

People are sharing this video, which claims to show baby birds feeding their parents who are too old to fly, together with such messages :

Aged birds can not fly and there is no old age home for them . Appreciate the small baby birds feeding them . A great message to human beings .

An old aged bird. Can’t fly and there is no old age home for it like human beings. A small baby bird is feeding it. A great message to human beings. Hats off to nature

 

Truth : Those Are Not Baby Birds Feeding Old Birds!

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

Fact #1 : The Larger Bird Is A Cuckoo Bird

The video does not show baby birds feeding their old parents. In fact, the smaller bird is the “parent” of the larger bird.

Fact #2 : The Larger Bird Is A Baby Bird

The larger bird is actually a baby cuckoo bird – a cuckoo chick.

It only looks larger than the “parent” bird, because it is not of the same species.

Fact #3 : Cuckoo Birds Are Brood Parasites

Some 59 cuckoo bird species are brood parasites – they don’t make nests of their own. Instead, the female cuckoo bird lays her eggs in the nest of other birds.

The eggs of these brood parasite cuckoo birds hatch earlier than the host bird’s eggs. The cuckoo chick grows up faster, and often evicts (kills) the host bird’s real chicks.

Cuckoo chicks are also very greedy, with a begging call that encourages the host parent to keep feeding it. So it grows very fast.

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CNN Reporter Caught Faking Chinese Translation On TV?!

Was a CNN reporter caught lying on live TV about what a Chinese man really said?

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

 

Claim : CNN Reporter Caught Faking Chinese Translation On TV!

A video clip showing a CNN reporter lying about what a Chinese man said on live TV is going viral again, together with this message :

All he said was, “I just finished dinner with friends and want to catch up on my texts.”
If you know Mandarin, you can see how CNN can make up their news.
I can’t believe CNN will go this low. 😤🤮

It originally went viral in February 2021, but is going viral again in May 2022 during the COVID-19 lockdown of Shanghai.

In the video, the CNN reporter is seen asking a Chinese man why he’s drinking by himself.

The man replied (in Chinese) that he just had dinner with friends and was now just taking a look at his phone.

However, the CNN reporter told the CNN anchor a completely different story,

“Jesus, you can see by the look on his face. This man told me that his family had been taken away, that his brother’s sick, and he can’t get out.”

“And the only thing that’s left to do is drink. And really, I can’t blame him. Poor guy.”

 

CNN Reporter Was Not Faking Chinese Translation Because…

… the truth is this video was edited, and is being used as Chinese propaganda.

In this video, we will show you why this video is NOT real, and is just another piece of Chinese propaganda.

The viral video clip is really a 29 second segment of a much longer video that runs 4 minutes and 19 seconds.

The original video was created by a UK student living in China, who calls himself Comerad James.

He stated clearly in his original video that he wanted to show how easy it was to make fake news.

Anyone watching his video can see that it was intentionally satirical, with the title CNN Global Bullcast, and his nickname there – Comerad James.

You can even see that both the CNN anchor and the CNN reporter are the same person – Comerad James himself.

And note that he even put in all sorts of Easter eggs – GME (GameStop) share price rising 9999%, and chyrons about public alcoholism spiralling out of control because Chinese citizens are giving up hope.

Comerad James created this video to satirise the “lack of integrity” of CNN and BBC in covering news on China.

Ironically, his video ended up being edited and used by Chinese propagandists to malign CNN’s integrity. So much for “integrity”.

The truth is major news organisations like CNN have fact-checkers and native speakers. Such a broadcast would have been caught very quickly, and they would have apologised for it.

If they didn’t, news of this would spread like wildfire and CNN would have been justifiably castigated online. Not just by Chinese citizens and Sinophiles, but also by other media outlets and the public in general.

On the other hand, Chinese propaganda outlets masquerading as news agencies like CGTN have never apologised or corrected themselves, even after they were caught lying.

Heck, the Chinese Foreign Ministry itself lied publicly to back up CGTN’s false claims.

When you see such videos, THINK TWICE before forwarding them. You could be helping to propagate Chinese fake news / propaganda.

Always be wary about fake videos and fake news created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

 

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Was Azov Battalion Caught Executing Civilians In Viral Video?!

Was the Ukrainian Azov Battalion caught executing civilians and dumping them in mass graves?!

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

 

Claim : Azov Battalion Caught Executing Civilians In Viral Video!

People are sharing a video showing a few soldiers executing blindfolded civilians with their hands tied behind their backs, and dumping their bodies into a mass grave.

The video is accompanied by this message, which claims that it shows the Ukrainian Azov battalion executing innocent civilians :

🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦UKRAINE.. Bloody, cruel and brutal, the Ukrainian Azov Battalion killed civilians dump them in mass graves. 🤦🏻‍♂️Russia & the World must destroy the Ukrainian Azov battalion. 👊🏼

Suddenly, US, UK, EU, NATO, international human rights organizations have all keeping quiet and disappeared. 😠 😡 🤬 🤬 🤬

 

Truth : Azov Battalion Did Not Execute Those Civilians In Viral Video!

This is yet another example of pro-Russia FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded In Syria In 2013

Anyone who watched the video would have immediately realised that neither the soldiers nor the civilians look like Ukrainians.

That’s because the video was not recorded in Ukraine in 2022, but in Tadamon, Syria on 16 April 2013 – 9 years ago!

The video was recently leaked to the Guardian by a Syrian militia recruit, who stole it from a laptop belonging to the Syrian government.

Fact #2 : al-Assad Government Committed That Atrocity

The video actually shows Syrian soldiers kicking civilians who were blindfolded and tied up into a pit filled with tyres, before shooting them.

In the end, at least 41 men lay dead in that mass grave in the Damascus suburb of Tadamon, Syria.

After the Guardian broke the story and released the video on 27 April 2022, the US State Department strongly condemned the Tadamon massacre on 29 April 2022 :

We strongly condemn the atrocities depicted in a recently released video, which appears to show blindfolded, unarmed civilians being shot point-blank by an Assad regime official before falling into a mass grave in Tadamon, Syria, during a 2013 massacre that reportedly killed hundreds of Syrian civilians. The video, which suggests additional evidence of war crimes committed by the Assad regime, is yet another harrowing example of the horrors that the Syrian people have endured for more than a decade.

Credit : The Guardian

Fact #3 : Killer Was Identified As Syrian Major Youssuf

That war crime was eventually traced to Branch 227 of the Syrian military intelligence service under the al-Assad regime, by a Syrian activist who called herself “Anna Sh”.

Amjad (Amgd) Youssuf – a major in Branch 227 – admitted to Anna Sh that he was the man seen in the video executing those civilians.

I killed a lot. I took revenge.

Fact #4 : Russia Actively Supports al-Assad Government

I should point out that the Russian government not only provides the al-Assad government with military support, they actively provide air support to the Syrian military, which includes launching airstrikes on Syrian civilians.

The Russian government has also notably declined to condemn the al-Assad government for their role in executing Syrian civilians in the Tadamon massacre.

It is likely that the creator of this fake news is attempting to cover up Russian complicity in that atrocity, by falsely pinning the recently-leaked video on the Azov battalion.

Fact #5 : Russians Were Caught Executing Civilians

This is not the first time fake news was created to cover up the fact that Russian forces were caught executing Ukrainian civilians, the most notable of which was the Bucha massacre.

After the Ukrainians evicted Russian forces from the town of Bucha, they found bodies of civilians who appeared to have been executed in cold blood and left on the road.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian Ministry of Defense immediately claimed that the footage of the bodies was “staged” by Ukrainians who placed them there after Russian forces left Bucha.

Unfortunately for the Russians, satellite photos taken weeks before their withdrawal showed that the Russians executed those civilians while they were in full control of the town.

A satellite image from Maxar showed that the bodies were already there as early as 11 March, with this clearer picture taken on 19 March. The Russians only left Bucha on 30 March.

Russian forces was also caught on satellite creating massive graves at Bucha, which were later found to contain bodies of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians.

So it is likely that they left these bodies on the streets of Bucha as a warning to the town residents, much like how Nazis in World War 2 would sometimes hang bodies in the streets of the towns they conquered.

Read more : How Did Ukrainian Windows Remain Intact After Explosion?!

Fact #6 : Azov Battalion Is Small

Pro-Russian netizens are incessantly harping about the right-wing, neo-Nazi Azov battalion, as if they are the Ukrainian version of Nazi Germany’s Waffen-SS.

The truth is – the Azov battalion has always been few in numbers, with a disproportionate reputation to its size.

The Azov battalion was formed as a volunteer group in May 2014, by members of the right-wing Patriot of Ukraine and neo-Nazi Social National Assembly (SNA) political parties, to fight against pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk.

With only about 500 members, the Azov battalion helped the Ukrainian armed forces recapture the city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists.

After that success, they were integrated into the Ukrainian National Guard, and reorganised as a regiment on 11 November 2014 with about 2,500 members.

Not only does the Azov regiment constitute a very small proportion of the Ukrainian National Guard, only about 10% to 20% of its members identify themselves as Nazis, according to Andriy Diachenko, the Azov Brigade spokesperson.

According to Anton Shekhovtsov, a Vienna-based Ukrainian expert on Russia’s connections to Europe’s far-right :

Azov’s history is rooted in a volunteer battalion formed by the leadership of a neo-Nazi group. But it is certain that Azov has depoliticised itself. Its history linked to the far-right movement is pretty irrelevant today.

Many pro-Russian and pro-CCP netizens are sharing the video and fake message on WhatsApp, Telegram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Was “Dead” Ukrainian Man Caught Waking Up On Live TV?!

Was a “dead” Ukrainian man caught waking up on TV, during a live telecast of civilian casualties?!

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

 

Claim : “Dead” Ukrainian Man Was Caught Waking Up On Live TV!

People are sharing a video which they claimed is evidence of Ukrainian fake news.

It shows a reporter speaking, with rows of civilian casualties of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, when one of the “victims” woke up on live TV!

This is a transcript of what the reporter appears to narrate in English in the video :

At least 59 people killed, at least 149 people wounded. Those numbers are going to go up. There’s just no question about that. You have fierce fight in a number of…

 

Truth : “Dead” Ukrainian Man Was NOT Caught Waking Up On Live TV!

This is yet another example of anti-Ukrainian fake news, created and distributed by the pro-Russia activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Chyron Was Faked

The video was edited, with a fake chyron covering up the real chyron :

Fake Chyron : Ukrainian Health Ministry: 57 Dead, 169 Hurt Across Ukraine As Russia Launches Attack

Real Chryon : WIEN: DEMO GEGEN KLIMAPOLITIK

Fact #2 : Voiceover Was Faked

The reporter in the video was Marvin Bergauer of oe24TV, an Austrian TV channel. However, he was speaking in German, not English.

The English voiceover in the fake video was taken from this 24 February 2022 NBC News video. You can hear NBC news correspondent Cal Perry say those same exact words starting at 3:37 of the video.

Fact #3 : Fake Video Shared By Pro-Russia Groups

This fake video was “improved” in these aspects over the original version that was released in Chinese groups.

This version appears to be made by Russian operatives, and was given a boost by Lee Stranahan, a Radio Sputnik host who shared it out on Twitter with the comments “How to lose your job as a crisis actor…

Twitter only took it down later, after accumulating over 700,000 views, but versions of it continue to be shared on Twitter, TikTok, etc. as well as pro-Russia and pro-China groups on WhatsApp and Telegram.

Read more : Was “Dead” Ukrainian Crisis Actor Caught Waking Up On TV?!

Fact #4 : Video Was About A Climate Change Protest

The video was actually about a climate change protest in Vienna, as these English translations will tell you :

  • WIEN: DEMO GEGEN KLIMAPOLITIK = Vienna: Demo against climate policy
  • Aktuell Klimapolitik Nicht = No to the current climate policy

The “dead bodies” were not crisis actors, but 49 protesters in body bags outside the Federal Chancellery in Vienna. This was what oe24 reporter, Marvin Bergauer, was saying in German :

No greenhouse gas and reduction targets in Austria for 400 days. That is the official title of this event here, this demonstration.

It was organised by Fridays For Future… Here you can also see this protest action, which is somewhat macabre. Forty-nine people are lying here on the ground to represent the climate deaths.

Fact #5 : Video Was Taken Before Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

This video was recorded on 4 February 2022 – 20 days before Russia invaded Ukraine.

You can confirm this in the official oe24TV broadcast page for this protest, as well as this tweet by the Fridays for Future group in Vienna.

Fact #6 : Video Was Also Misused By COVID-19 Deniers

This video was also misused earlier by COVID-19 deniers who claimed that these are crisis actors in Germany who pretended to be dead COVID-19 patients.

They were sharing it as evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic was staged or planned, and that people did not actually die from it.

This video was already circulating in the West since 9 February 2022, so it would be really peculiar for Russian disinformation teams to reuse it.

This would suggest that the video is being used by Chinese disinformation efforts unfamiliar to its earlier circulation in the West.

This fake news appears to be part of the disinformation campaign conducted by pro-Russia activists.

It is also being shared by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and their supporters.

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How Did Ukrainian Windows Remain Intact After Explosion?!

People are wondering how the windows of this Ukrainian building remained intact after a powerful explosion overturned cars!

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

 

Claim : Ukrainian Windows Remained Intact Because It’s A Fake Picture!

A photo showing a Ukrainian building with intact windows has gone viral, because the overturned cars nearby suggested that a powerful explosion took place.

People are sharing it as an example of Ukrainian propaganda, proof that they faked the picture to make the Russian invasion look more violent than it really is.

The viral photo is often accompanied by this sarcastic message :

I want to buy Ukrainian windows

I would like to place an order for these high quality super tough windows from the Ukraine, that remained intact and unmarked after the explosion of a Russian bomb that turned over all of these cars. Please throw in also some of that same render as on the house, that remained undamaged and clean after the explosion.

 

Truth : Ukrainian Windows Remained Intact Because There Was No Explosion!

The truth is – this is FAKE NEWS, and yet another example of pro-Russia propaganda, trying to cast the Ukrainians as liars.

Here are the facts behind the viral photo, and the reasons why the Ukrainian windows remained intact…

Fact #1 : Photo Was Taken In Bucha, Ukraine

First, the picture was not produced by the Ukrainians.

This is a genuine and unedited photo taken by Rodrigo Abd, an Associated Press photographer, in Bucha on April 4, 2022, at about 7:26 AM.

Here is the official description of the photo that he filed on April 12, 2022 :

A Ukrainian soldier walks with children passing destroyed cars due to the war against Russia, in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Local authorities told The Associated Press that at least 16 children were among the hundreds of people killed in Bucha. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

So the claim that it was photoshopped or “rendered” is utter nonsense. This photo was taken by a veteran AP staff photographer, who happens to be Argentinian, not Ukrainian.

Fact #2 : No Sign Of Any Explosion

Despite the viral message claiming that there was a powerful explosion, there is NOTHING in the photo that suggests an explosion actually occurred anywhere nearby.

If you look closely, you will note that there is a distinct lack of scorch marks on the upturned vehicles, as well as the road and buildings.

If a Russian bomb actually detonated nearby, you should not only see shrapnel holes in the vehicles and walls of the buildings nearby, you should expect to see a crater of some sort, or some cratering of the road near the cars.

If the explosion happened off frame, then it’s unlikely to be strong enough to overturn cars like that.

In short, the photo shows a complete lack of evidence that any explosion of any kind overturned those cars.

Fact #3 : Vehicles Were Overturned By Tanks / Trucks

Eyewitnesses at Bucha told reporters that the Russians used tanks and trucks to overturn vehicles throughout Bucha.

A photojournalist, Emanuele Satoli, confirmed this to the Greek fact-checking website, Ellinika Hoaxes :

At the place where I took my photo, in the town of Bucha, I met several citizens and everyone told me that the cars had been overturned by Russians with tanks, but they did not know why the Russians did this.

The vehicles were most likely overturned by the Russians to create makeshift barricades to shield from Ukrainian counterattacks, or to prevent Ukrainian citizens from leaving the town.

When Ukrainian forces gained control of Bucha, they found the streets choked with destroyed tanks and vehicles.

Fact #4 : Russians Caught Lying About Bucha Massacre

This is not the first time fake news was created / propagated by the Russians and pro-Russian activists about the Bucha massacre.

After the Ukrainians evicted Russian forces from the town of Bucha, they found bodies of civilians who appeared to have been executed in cold blood and left on the road.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian Ministry of Defense immediately claimed that the footage of the bodies were “staged” by Ukrainians who placed them there after Russian forces left Bucha.

Unfortunately for the Russians, satellite photos taken weeks before their withdrawal showed that the Russians executed those civilians while they were in full control of the town.

A satellite image from Maxar showed that the bodies were already there as early as 11 March, with this clearer picture taken on 19 March. The Russians only left Bucha on 30 March.

Russian forces was also caught on satellite creating massive graves at Bucha, which were later found to contain bodies of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians.

So it is likely that they left these bodies on the streets of Bucha as a warning to the town residents, much like how Nazis in World War 2 would sometimes hang bodies in the streets of the towns they conquered.

This fake news appears to be part of the disinformation campaign conducted by Russia or pro-Russian activists to cover up the massacre of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine.

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