British newspapers covered a range of topics, ranging from reviewing how the disinformation campaigns after the Syrian uprising were associated with other events in the world, the most recent of which was the storming of the Congress building last January, and the disadvantages of the growing nationalism in the issue of distributing anti-Coronavirus vaccines, up to Turkey’s withdrawal from The Istanbul Agreement aims to prevent violence against women.
The beginning is with The Independent, as an article entitled “How the Misinformation War in Syria Reshaped the World” by Borzo Dargahi, says that a few years after the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, “Russia, the strongest sponsor of the Assad regime, managed to secure misleading propaganda in favor of Damascus. Steeped in two years of disinformation about the nature and origin of the conflict in Syria, more willing to comply. “
The writer said, “The effective propaganda of the regime and its allies allowed the rules of war to be ignored, Russian MiG planes and Iranian militias to crush the Syrian uprising in the end.”
“But the Syrian civil war and the accompanying disinformation campaign were nothing but a harbinger of an escalation in the post-truth era that was to come.”
The Independent noted that, “In 2014, a year after the chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta that killed 1,729 people according to opposition sources, the Kremlin used the same mixture of violence and disinformation on social media to successfully invade Ukraine, eventually annexing part of the country. . “
The writer considered that “the same combination of misleading, pseudo-right-wing information ignited by Russia and naive left-wing suspicions inspired by the Kremlin fed the forces that led Britain to narrowly vote in favor of Brexit in 2015.”
In Europe, Dargahi believed that “the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim lies that Russia promoted and renewed by its allies ignited far-right movements around the world.”
The article added in the same context that the same poisonous drink of misinformation on the right supported by Russia and the sharp false feelings on the left encouraged enough voters to stay at home or vote for the Green Party candidate, Gilles Stein, in the main US states, which allowed Donald Trump to win the election. 2016. ‘
Dargahi said, “By the time Joe Biden won the 2020 elections, the post-truth space that Russia and its drugged people in the West had had taken on a life of its own. The deceived rebels believed that Biden somehow stole one of the most transparent elections in the world, and that Trump The hero was in an epic battle against a gang of vampires, “according to Kyu Anun’s conspiracy theory.
The Guardian editorial covered what it described as the “alarming spread of my country first approach” to the issue of vaccine allocation.
The article stated that last February, the United States announced that it would not donate any doses to poor countries until they had good supplies.
After less than 10 days, he added, India had taken strict measures regarding vaccine exports.
The Guardian pointed out that “this is the cause of great concern caused by the European Union’s threat to limit the export of locally produced vaccines, as European Union leaders know that it is bad to see doses leave the European Union for Britain, which has already vaccinated half of its population.”
The article said that “European leaders must realize that only cooperation can end the epidemic.” As “there will be no way to deliver injections to 8 billion people on the planet without global coordination, especially since the whole globe has not been vaccinated all at once.”
“While about 450 million doses of vaccine were given around the world, equivalent to 5.8 doses for every hundred people, in the poorest countries, almost anyone was not fed,” according to the editorial.
The newspaper considered that “reducing new infections by increasing global vaccination rates is, in the end, the only effective strategy to reduce the risks of new variants that are more contagious, deadly, or resistant to current vaccines.”
The Guardian added that “other countries in the world cannot continue to wait for life-saving doses,” noting that “there is a tried and tested solution, which is that during the HIV (AIDS) crisis, the World Trade Organization approved a licensing model that expanded the scope of Access to affordable medicines and drug companies’ compensation.
“The rich world must be flexible in emergency situations,” she concluded, asking the following question: “If the global epidemic does not deserve such a concession, then what?”
The Istanbul Agreement
As for The Times, in an article by writer Sarah Tour, who is of Turkish origin, she covered Turkey’s withdrawal from the “Istanbul Agreement” that it signed in 2011, which is a human rights treaty between 45 countries and the European Union that aims to prevent violence against women (including domestic violence). ), Protect victims and ensure that perpetrators are duly punished.
Expressing her “anger” at her country’s position, Tor said, “Turkey is the first to ratify the convention and I am proud of it; it has proven that the country was not backward and that the title of the treaty means that Turkey will be equated forever with great progress in women’s rights. About all this. “
Tor said the Turkish government believes, among other reasons, that the agreement undermines family values by increasing divorce rates.
And the writer believed that “this is a shameful excuse and far from the truth.” She asked, “How do they even dare to think of blaming the Women’s Rights Treaty for the high rates of divorce, instead of thinking that this convention enables women to escape from abusive relationships.”
Thor cited the story of her father’s aunt, who, in the 1950s, was forced to marry her rapist and endured for life the abuse as a result. “I have never seen a person so sad,” said Toure. “How can anyone today think that they should have stayed in this marriage for the sake of family values that I will never understand.”
“The Istanbul agreement had the power to save thousands of suffering like their own. Instead, the Turkish government decided to judge them all by their way of life,” she added.