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Cătălin Gomboș

Cătălin Gomboș, Editor in chief

He works as a journalist since 2001, and he has been a Radio Romania war correspondent, between 2003 and 2008, in Iraq and Afghanistan; his interest in the Middle East dates, however, from 1993 to 1997, when he lived and studied in the region. Between 2009 and 2012 he was a correspondent for Radio Romania in the Republic of Moldova where, starting with the spring of 2011, he contributed to the establishment and coordination of Radio Romania Chisinau. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Bucharest and has a master's degree at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Bucharest - "Middle East - Languages and cultures in contact". He won several awards and distinctions, including "Young Journalist of the Year 2008", awarded by Freedom House Romania, for written report, and the Euro-Atlantic Association "Manfred Woerner" Award for war correspondence. He wrote "Piano Man in the House of War. Notes from Iraq and Afghanistan" (Bucharest: Corint Books, 2021).

90 articles - Cătălin Gomboș:
A murit ultimul lider URSS, Mihail Gorbaciov

A murit ultimul lider URSS, Mihail Gorbaciov

Mihail Gorbaciov a fost liderul sovietic care a pus capăt Războiului Rece. El a inițiat, totodată, o serie de reforme interne care aveau să conducă la liberalizarea dar și disoluția Uniunii Sovietice.

Cătălin Gomboș
31 Aug 2022
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, killed by the Americans in Kabul. The significance of taking down the world’s most wanted terrorist

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, killed by the Americans in Kabul. The significance of taking down the world’s most wanted terrorist

Ayman al-Zawahiri was the ideologue of the Al-Qaida network, whose leadership he took over after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Al-Zawahiri was one of the most prominent terrorist leaders killed in the past two decades, but his death is unlikely to have a significant impact the jihadist movement.

Cătălin Gomboș
02 Aug 2022
Fost mercenar rus: grupul Wagner este o mică armată, foarte flexibilă și din punct de vedere al structurii și din punct de vedere al componenței

Fost mercenar rus: grupul Wagner este o mică armată, foarte flexibilă și din punct de vedere al structurii și din punct de vedere al componenței

Marat Gabidullin a luptat pentru celebrul grup Wagner, o armată privată implicată în operațiunile externe ale Rusiei începând cu Donbass, în 2014, continuând cu războiul civil sirian, conflicte din Africa și, acum, războiul din Ucraina. Gabidullin, care a scris o carte despre perioada sa în Wagner, va fi prezent luni, cu un interviu acordat Ioanei Bâldea Constantinescu, pe platformele media Editura Corint și Veridica.

Cătălin Gomboș
13 May 2022
How May 9 turned from a celebration of the might of Russia and the USSR into a day of solidarity with Ukraine

How May 9 turned from a celebration of the might of Russia and the USSR into a day of solidarity with Ukraine

Outside Russia, Moscow’s representatives and supporters tried to mark Victory Day in ex-Soviet and ex-communist countries, but in most cases, their actions were overshadowed by protest actions against Russia’s acts of aggression or demonstrations of solidarity with Ukraine. Veridica’s contributors in ex-Soviet and ex-communist states have closely followed May 9 celebrations.

Cătălin Gomboș
11 May 2022
Victory Day and the Soviet Empire: what May 9 may still mean in the former USSR and ex-communist states

Victory Day and the Soviet Empire: what May 9 may still mean in the former USSR and ex-communist states

May 9 will be different than usual: celebrating it could be seen as a celebration of Russia’s aggression. While waiting for the events in Moscow and elsewhere to unfold, Veridica has set out to find out what May 9 may still mean in the former USSR and ex-communist countries, as reported by its correspondents in those countries.

Cătălin Gomboș
06 May 2022
RĂZBOI ÎN UCRAINA: NATO și-a activat planurile defensive și trimite noi trupe pe flancul estic

RĂZBOI ÎN UCRAINA: NATO și-a activat planurile defensive și trimite noi trupe pe flancul estic

Secretarul general, Jens Stoltenberg, a amintit de Articolul 5 din Tratatul NATO, care prevede că un atac împotriva unui stat membru va fi privit ca un atac împotriva tuturor. El și-a exprimat însă convingerea că Rusia nu va ataca NATO, dat fiind că aceasta este cea mai puternică alianța militară din istorie. Ucraina nu e membru NATO și nu beneficiază de protecția Articolului 5; Stoltenberg a repetat că Alianța nu va interveni militar în Ucraina.

Cătălin Gomboș
24 Feb 2022
Criza din Ucraina: Republicile separatiste au solicitat ajutorul militar al Rusiei. Zelenski spune că s-a aprobat ofensiva împotriva Ucrainei

Criza din Ucraina: Republicile separatiste au solicitat ajutorul militar al Rusiei. Zelenski spune că s-a aprobat ofensiva împotriva Ucrainei

Statele Unite au avertizat că o invazie totală a Ucrainei pare a fi iminentă, iar imagini luate din satelit de o companie privată arată că Rusia continuă să mobilizeze trupe la graniță.

Cătălin Gomboș
24 Feb 2022
Criza din Ucraina Update: Bănci rusești și Nord Stream 2, vizate de Occident după recunoașterea DNR și LNR. Putin spune că în componența celor două intră și teritorii controlate de Ucraina

Criza din Ucraina Update: Bănci rusești și Nord Stream 2, vizate de Occident după recunoașterea DNR și LNR. Putin spune că în componența celor două intră și teritorii controlate de Ucraina

Sancțiunile anunțate până acum sunt mult mai moderate decât cele cu care a amenințat Occidentul în cazul în care Rusia va lansa o invazie a Ucrainei. După ce Putin a trimis armata în Donbass, liderul DNR afirmă că Moscova a recunoscut independența întregii regiuni Donețk, inclusiv partea controlată de Kiev.

Cătălin Gomboș
22 Feb 2022
Criza din Ucraina UPDATE: Putin recunoaște republicile separatiste din estul Ucrainei și trimite armata în Donbass

Criza din Ucraina UPDATE: Putin recunoaște republicile separatiste din estul Ucrainei și trimite armata în Donbass

Liderul de la Kremlin a amenințat, totodată, Ucraina, ceea ce alimentează temerile că ar putea urma acțiuni militare. Occidentul a răspuns la ultimele evoluții din teren anunțând sancțiuni economice.

Cătălin Gomboș
21 Feb 2022
Criza din Ucraina: Mobilizare generală în republicile separatiste din Donbass

Criza din Ucraina: Mobilizare generală în republicile separatiste din Donbass

De-a lungul liniei de demarcație dintre forțele rebele și cele ucrainene au continuat tirurile de artilerie.

Cătălin Gomboș
19 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: Upsizing the NATO forces in Romania doesn’t make any sense, as Russia isn’t threatening anyone

FAKE NEWS: Upsizing the NATO forces in Romania doesn’t make any sense, as Russia isn’t threatening anyone

Upsizing the NATO forces in Romania doesn’t makes any sense, as Russia does not intend to attack other states and promotes peace, according to the Russian MFA spokesperson. She ignored, however, the very reason for strengthening NATO's presence in the East: Moscow's aggressive policy.

Cătălin Gomboș
17 Feb 2022
Why a nuclear agreement with the world superpowers won’t put an end to Iran’s rivalry with Saudi Arabia

Why a nuclear agreement with the world superpowers won’t put an end to Iran’s rivalry with Saudi Arabia

Even if Washington did return to the nuclear agreement and thus managed to ensure that Iran won’t be manufacturing an atomic bomb, odds are its main allies in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia will not be happy with the result. For these states, Iran continues to be perceived as a threat.

Cătălin Gomboș
15 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Putin is a good Christian, a victim of the Russophobic discourse, and has nothing to do with Communism, imposed on Russia by the West

DISINFORMATION: Putin is a good Christian, a victim of the Russophobic discourse, and has nothing to do with Communism, imposed on Russia by the West

Vladimir Putin is a good Christian, but his image has suffered because of Russophobia. These false narratives are based on statements made by the Archbishop of Thomis, Theodosius, and amplified by Sputnik. At the same time, the idea that Putin and Russia have nothing to do with Communism, which was imposed by the West, is also promoted.

Cătălin Gomboș
10 Feb 2022
Criza din Ucraina: Kievul denunță blocarea strâmtorii Kerci de către Rusia

Criza din Ucraina: Kievul denunță blocarea strâmtorii Kerci de către Rusia

„Astfel de acțiuni agresive ale Federației Ruse, care se încadrează în conceptul său de război hibrid împotriva Ucrainei, sunt inacceptabile”, se arată într-un comunicat al diplomației de la Kiev.

Cătălin Gomboș
10 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Simona Halep was eliminated from the Australian Open because she took the Covid vaccine

DISINFORMATION: Simona Halep was eliminated from the Australian Open because she took the Covid vaccine

Simona Halep experienced health problems at the Australian Open and was knocked out due to the anti-COVID vaccine she took. The narrative is promoted by activenews, a website with a predominantly anti-vaxx and coronasceptic editorial policy.

Cătălin Gomboș
27 Jan 2022
Criza din Ucraina: NATO respinge cererile Rusiei și îi cere să își retragă forțele din Republica Moldova, Georgia și Ucraina

Criza din Ucraina: NATO respinge cererile Rusiei și îi cere să își retragă forțele din Republica Moldova, Georgia și Ucraina

NATO și SUA au respins cererile făcute de Moscova în contextul crizei din Ucraina. NATO cere și retragerea Rusiei din Moldova, Georgia și Ucraina. Atât Alianța cât și Washingtonul pledează pentru o reglementare diplomatică a crizei din Ucraina și se declară gata să negocieze cu Moscova.

Cătălin Gomboș
27 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: By means of the QR code from the green pass, social credit is being established and the population is enslaved

DISINFORMATION: By means of the QR code from the green pass, social credit is being established and the population is enslaved

The QR code on the green pass helps impose the so-called “social credit” system, whereby Romanians (and the rest of mankind) will be enslaved by the global cabal. The false narrative is promoted by anti-vaxx and Eurosceptic media and is linked to older conspiracy theories regarding documents with biometric data.

Cătălin Gomboș
20 Jan 2022
The crisis in Ukraine: why a war is not to Russia’s advantage

The crisis in Ukraine: why a war is not to Russia’s advantage

NATO's refusal to accept Russia's latest demands against the background of the crisis in Ukraine has heightened fears that Moscow is preparing for war. It is a possible scenario, but one that would be extremely costly for Russia, even if it wins the fighting on the ground.

Cătălin Gomboș
16 Jan 2022
FAKE NEWS: Djokovic puts an end to the sanitary dictatorship and Serbia teaches a lesson in dignity

FAKE NEWS: Djokovic puts an end to the sanitary dictatorship and Serbia teaches a lesson in dignity

The Djokovic vs. Australia scandal has turned the player into a symbol of the anti-vaxxer movement and led to the emergence or resurrection of many false narratives about the pandemic or Serbia.

Cătălin Gomboș
13 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: UE is strongarming Romania to renounce its Constitution and sovereignty

DISINFORMATION: UE is strongarming Romania to renounce its Constitution and sovereignty

Romania will have to renounce its Constitution and sovereignty, according to a new disinformation amplified by Senator Diana Șoșoacă and Sputnik. The source headlines a statement falsely attributed to the head of the European Commission’s Office in Romania.

Cătălin Gomboș
06 Jan 2022
Romania in 2021: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION debunked by Veridica

Romania in 2021: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION debunked by Veridica

The Covid pandemic and the sovereigntist and identitarian themes dominated the false narratives promoted in Romania in 2021.

Cătălin Gomboș
30 Dec 2021
FAKE NEWS: Journalist detained by the police state

FAKE NEWS: Journalist detained by the police state

Romanian police abusively detained a journalist because she went to report on a protest

Cătălin Gomboș
23 Dec 2021
DISINFORMATION: The US wants to destroy the Olympic Games

DISINFORMATION: The US wants to destroy the Olympic Games

The United States wants to destroy the Olympic Games through unjustified boycotts, though it has nothing to gain from it. They did it in 1980 and they are doing it again in 2022, according to a false narrative promoted by Sputnik.

Cătălin Gomboș
16 Dec 2021
The USA is again withdrawing from Iraq. What the Americans leave in their wake

The USA is again withdrawing from Iraq. What the Americans leave in their wake

The United States is pulling out from Iraq in December. This is the second time the Americans are withdrawing from this country. In their wake remains a fragile state, where Washington’s enemies have a big say.

Cătălin Gomboș
10 Dec 2021
FAKE NEWS: Anti-COVID vaccines have adverse effects and are ineffective

FAKE NEWS: Anti-COVID vaccines have adverse effects and are ineffective

Anti-COVID vaccines have severe adverse effects and are merely experimental serums that offer no protection against the coronavirus, according to this false narrative based on data taken out of context.

Cătălin Gomboș
09 Dec 2021
FAKE NEWS: The European Commission “cancels” Christmas and bans the use of the Christian name “Mary”

FAKE NEWS: The European Commission “cancels” Christmas and bans the use of the Christian name “Mary”

The European Commission wants to “cancel” Christmas in a bid to impose a language that undermines the European’s Christian identity. This false narrative refers to a set of communication guidelines that has been withdrawn by the Commission in the meantime.

Cătălin Gomboș
02 Dec 2021
DISINFORMATION: The green certificate breaches fundamental rights and paves the way for an attack on the Church

DISINFORMATION: The green certificate breaches fundamental rights and paves the way for an attack on the Church

An open letter has called on the Church to oppose the green certificate, because it allegedly violates fundamental rights and paves the way for an attack on the Church. The letter reiterates a number of false narratives used to disinform public opinion regarding COVID-19.

Cătălin Gomboș
25 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: Russia is the innocent victim of Romanians’ Russophobia

DISINFORMATION: Russia is the innocent victim of Romanians’ Russophobia

The Romanians betrayed the Russians in the wars in which they were allies, attacked them unjustifiably, and now, also out of Russophobia, they want to hand over to the Americans the Black Sea coast, according to disinformation taken over in the Republic of Moldova.

Cătălin Gomboș
18 Nov 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Occult wants to hide the fact that Petrica Matu Stoian died of Covid, although he had been vaccinated

FAKE NEWS: The Occult wants to hide the fact that Petrica Matu Stoian died of Covid, although he had been vaccinated

The death of the singer Petrica Matu Stoian is evidence that the vaccine is not effective, but those who work for the New World Order are trying to hide this fact. The author of this false narrative does not say that authorities have not been hiding the fact that the vaccine is not 100% effective and fails to mention the causes of Stoian’s death.

Cătălin Gomboș
11 Nov 2021
Marchel, ierarhul pro-rus care a eliminat rugăciunea pentru conducătorii Moldovei

Marchel, ierarhul pro-rus care a eliminat rugăciunea pentru conducătorii Moldovei

Controversatul Arhiepiscop de Bălți și Fălești, Marchel, le-a transmis preoților din subordine să nu se mai roage pentru „cârmuirea țării”. Dispoziția, care este contrară canoanelor bisericești, a fost luată ca represalii la ratificarea Convenției de la Istanbul privind combaterea violenței împotriva femeilor.

Cătălin Gomboș
07 Nov 2021
FAKE NEWS: Europe, on the brink of a catastrophic power outage

FAKE NEWS: Europe, on the brink of a catastrophic power outage

“A major power outage, which could last up to two weeks, is imminent in the European Union”, according to part of the Romanian media, referring to an alleged warning from the Austrian defense minister. In fact, the Austrian army only considers the possibility of a power outage as part of its crisis prevention program and has launched an information campaign for the population that is not at all unusual”.

Cătălin Gomboș
02 Nov 2021
Ill Omens from the East

Ill Omens from the East

Events this week in Iraq, Lebanon and two European countries were a stark reminder that we still need to pay attention to the Middle East

Cătălin Gomboș
16 Oct 2021
Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, the Taliban. Why jihadis are fighting each other

Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, the Taliban. Why jihadis are fighting each other

This war among Muslim extremists might seem peculiar. Their ideologies are strikingly similar. Most of their fighters originate from the same region and share the same cultural and ethnic background. Their number one enemy is the West, embodied by the United States, whose withdrawal from Afghanistan is perceived by many as a defeat. Rather, their rivalry is more nuanced and has to do with their divergent worldviews and their distinctive approach to religion and jihad. Their dispute is also highly political, as they both fight for supremacy and prestige. Finally, their clash reflects the old rivalry between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Cătălin Gomboș
08 Oct 2021
Why did Al-Qaeda attack the United States? The connection with Israel and one of Saddam Hussein’s wars

Why did Al-Qaeda attack the United States? The connection with Israel and one of Saddam Hussein’s wars

September 11, 2001 was the bloodiest landmark in the global jihad proclaimed by Osama bin Laden and his allies against the United States. Terrorists launched the attack in the name of liberating the holy sites which they claimed had been occupied by “crusaders” and “Zionists.” 9/11 convinced the Americans they had to hunt down jihadis all over the world. After 20 years and several wars, spanning from Central Asia and the Middle East to Africa, the global jihad continues.

Cătălin Gomboș
11 Sep 2021
The mistakes that led to losing Afghanistan*

The mistakes that led to losing Afghanistan*

The United States made three big mistakes in Afghanistan - two before 9/11, and the third after invading the country. One every decade since the 1980s.

Cătălin Gomboș
08 Sep 2021
America’s war in Afghanistan is over. The images that stay with us

America’s war in Afghanistan is over. The images that stay with us

On August 30, late at night, the United States completed all operations to withdraw from Afghanistan, bringing an end to the longest war in its history.

Cătălin Gomboș
31 Aug 2021
The Taliban are winning the war in Afghanistan. What’s happened and what we can expect

The Taliban are winning the war in Afghanistan. What’s happened and what we can expect

The Taliban have conquered Afghanistan again, almost 20 years after they were chased away by a US intervention. How was this possible and, especially, what awaits us?

Cătălin Gomboș
16 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: The progressives’ campaign against Viktor Orban extends to Romania

FAKE NEWS: The progressives’ campaign against Viktor Orban extends to Romania

A campaign “started by progressives against Viktor Orban” has allegedly spread to Romania as well, according to Sputnik.md, which brings as evidence in support of this theory the fact that the G4Media publication has commissioned a survey on the perception of the LGBT community.

Cătălin Gomboș
24 Jul 2021
DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No. 5: Radio Yerevan

DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No. 5: Radio Yerevan

disinformation, manipulative stories and fake news continued to flood the media as usual. Maia Sandu, PAS and the West were again the favorite targets of disinformation and fake narratives. Fake news authors were pretty much unimaginative, as they have been over the course of the entire campaign, resorting to narratives they used before, both in the current campaign, as well as in previous ones: a victory for the right-wing would spell disaster for the country

Cătălin Gomboș
10 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: If PAS wins the election, Moldova will be sold off to foreigners

FAKE NEWS: If PAS wins the election, Moldova will be sold off to foreigners

Maia Sandu and PAS intend to give away Moldova’s natural resources to Western powers, allowing them to buy farmland at very low prices, sputnik.md writes, even though neither the president of the Republic of Moldova nor the party she founded have so far made any comments in this respect. The narrative is linked to the liberalization of the land market in Ukraine, a decision which was also the target of fake news disseminated by the Russian and pro-Russian media.

Cătălin Gomboș
08 Jul 2021
DEMAGOG. The Chisinau Report, No. 4: The disinformation testing ground

DEMAGOG. The Chisinau Report, No. 4: The disinformation testing ground

Veridica has debunked fake news about manipulating statistics in favor of Maia Sandu, her alleged links with fugitive oligarchs and her unrestricted use of the Intelligence and Security Service. All this while, we are told that non-governmental organizations (which Maia Sandu and PAS obviously work for) are on the brink of destroying the country, while the current “regime” – another reference to Maia Sandu, despite the fact that the president’s prerogatives are rather limited, and the country continues to be run by the Socialists and their allies – is ready to apply for NATO accession.

Cătălin Gomboș
04 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Chisinau wants to be part of NATO

FAKE NEWS: Chisinau wants to be part of NATO

The “regime” in Chisinau wants to have the Republic of Moldova join NATO and is ready to make “unfriendly” gestures towards Russia, according to a false narrative promoted by Sputnik. The starting point of the narrative was the participation of a single Moldovan army platoon in a multi-national exercise to which, in the past, Russia would also be invited.

Cătălin Gomboș
02 Jul 2021
DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No. 3: Moldova, at the Crossroads

DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No. 3: Moldova, at the Crossroads

The Republic of Moldova is at a crossroads, politicians and analysts seeking to mobilize the electorate for the July parliamentary elections are saying. This is by no means the first “crossroads” in the country's electoral history: almost every time elections have taken place in the last 30 years, someone has described them as crucial to the country's future. No matter what Moldovans chose - whether they voted for those who promised to bring salvation or those about whom they were told would bring disaster - the country always took a step back and remained one of the most corrupt and probably the poorest country in Europe.

Cătălin Gomboș
26 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Russia must stay in Transnistria to ensure peace and security and thwart NATO’s expansionist plans

FAKE NEWS: Russia must stay in Transnistria to ensure peace and security and thwart NATO’s expansionist plans

Russia has no choice but keep its troops in Transnistria, in order to ensure the peace and security of the region, which is allegedly targeted by the Republic of Moldova, Romania and NATO. The false narrative is spread by the Kremlin's bullhorn, Sputnik, in the context in which Transnistria has become one of the themes of the Chisinau election campaign.

Cătălin Gomboș
24 Jun 2021
DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No. 2: Dark clouds over Moldova

DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No. 2: Dark clouds over Moldova

Dark clouds of authoritarianism and war are forming over the Republic of Moldova, but they can still be cleared away if patriotic forces will take the reins. This is the image painted by the narratives that crayoned a new week in the campaign for the early parliamentary election in the Republic of Moldova. The narratives are stemming from disinformation and fake news postulated by both Chișinău and Russia, the latter trying to endorse its clients in the Electoral Bloc of Communists and Socialists.

Cătălin Gomboș
19 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS : The fight against corruption, a pretext to turn Moldova against Russia

FAKE NEWS : The fight against corruption, a pretext to turn Moldova against Russia

Under the pretext of supporting the fight against corruption, the West wants to impose in the Republic of Moldova a political class ready to turn the country against Russia.

Cătălin Gomboș
17 Jun 2021
DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No.1: The Battle Of The Three Presidents

DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No.1: The Battle Of The Three Presidents

A new election campaign is underway in Moldova, the third in 2 years. In essence, as in most of the elections that have taken place since Moldova gained independence, what we see today is a confrontation between the so-called "Eastern and Western vectors". Russia openly supports the Eastern vector; The West promises funding for the reforms promised by the Western vector. The election campaign, like most campaigns in recent years, is marked by an abundance of fake news and disinformation, usually launched by the left wing and the media affiliated with the Socialists or the Kremlin. The authors of the false narratives, however, seem to be running out of new ideas: most of them have already been used in the election campaigns that have taken place since 2016.

Cătălin Gomboș
12 Jun 2021
DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No.1: The Battle Of The Three Presidents

DEMAGOG 2021. The Chisinau Report, No.1: The Battle Of The Three Presidents

A new election campaign is underway in Moldova, the third in 2 years. In essence, as in most of the elections that have taken place since Moldova gained independence, what we see today is a confrontation between the so-called "Eastern and Western vectors". Russia openly supports the Eastern vector; The West promises funding for the reforms promised by the Western vector. The election campaign, like most campaigns in recent years, is marked by an abundance of fake news and disinformation, usually launched by the left wing and the media affiliated with the Socialists or the Kremlin. The authors of the false narratives, however, seem to be running out of new ideas: most of them have already been used in the election campaigns that have taken place since 2016.

Cătălin Gomboș
12 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is preparing a wave of arrests, with support from the West

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is preparing a wave of arrests, with support from the West

Maia Sandu has created an “anticorruption” structure in order to eliminate from public life and the administrative apparatus the politicians and officials that are inconvenient, according to a false narrative spread by Sputnik. The said structure - the Independent Anticorruption Advisory Committee – is allegedly controlled by the West.

Cătălin Gomboș
10 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is preparing a wave of arrests, with support from the West

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is preparing a wave of arrests, with support from the West

Maia Sandu has created an “anticorruption” structure in order to eliminate from public life and the administrative apparatus the politicians and officials that are inconvenient, according to a false narrative spread by Sputnik. The said structure - the Independent Anticorruption Advisory Committee – is allegedly controlled by the West.

Cătălin Gomboș
10 Jun 2021
And yet, there is something out there. UFOs reach Congress

And yet, there is something out there. UFOs reach Congress

A Pentagon report on UFOs will be presented this month in Congress. The US Army says it has no evidence that UFOs are in fact extraterrestrial aircraft. Nor can it claim they aren’t. The army simply doesn’t know what these “unidentified aerial phenomena” are.

Cătălin Gomboș
06 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: The assassination in Arad is a sign that terrorist attacks will follow in Romania

FAKE NEWS: The assassination in Arad is a sign that terrorist attacks will follow in Romania

Due to its NATO membership, Romania has grown more vulnerable and is likely to become the target of organized crime and terrorism, and the car bomb attack in Arad is just the beginning. The false narrative is being promoted by Sputnik and is part of the pro-Kremlin publication’s efforts to undermine Romanians’ confidence in NATO.

Cătălin Gomboș
03 Jun 2021
Sanctions as a weapon against dictators: a water pistol

Sanctions as a weapon against dictators: a water pistol

It is very difficult to talk a dictatorship into behaving nicely. The only way is for the regime to be somehow constrained, to be made aware that there are consequences for its behavior. The most common method is that of sanctions; the problem is that dictatorships can have a fairly high tolerance for them.

Cătălin Gomboș
28 May 2021
In The Holy Land, Peace Is Still Elusive

In The Holy Land, Peace Is Still Elusive

After 11 days of fighting, Israel and Hamas have reached a ceasefire agreement that solves nothing: it’s just a short break until the new round of clashes beings.

Cătălin Gomboș
21 May 2021
DISINFORMATION: The killing of the bear Arthur proves Romania is a Western colony

DISINFORMATION: The killing of the bear Arthur proves Romania is a Western colony

The hunt of a trophy-bear by a Prince of Lichtenstein is used as an opportunity to breathe new life into narratives depicting Romania as a Western colony. This disinformation seeks to capitalize on the wave of public outrage sparked by this story, which has already prompted a criminal investigation into poaching and illegal use of firearms.

Cătălin Gomboș
08 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania is being ruled by Western ambassadors

FAKE NEWS: Romania is being ruled by Western ambassadors

Romania is ruled by foreign ambassadors, an online publication writes, referring to an older narrative used extensively in recent years by populist, nationalist or corrupt figures. This time, the argument used to support the narrative is a statement by Senate Speaker, Anca Dragu, who said she has regular meetings with representatives of the diplomatic corps.

Cătălin Gomboș
29 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: Turkey stands for a non-conflictual approach, while Romania and Poland favor a militaristic one

FAKE NEWS: Turkey stands for a non-conflictual approach, while Romania and Poland favor a militaristic one

Turkey’s diplomacy is non-conflictual, unlike that of Romania and Poland, the Kremlin’s loudspeaker, Sputnick, writes. The publication presents the Romania – Poland – Turkey Trilateral meeting in Bucharest from its own perspective and makes up non-existent fractures in the approaches of the three countries.

Cătălin Gomboș
24 Apr 2021
Growing concerns in Ukraine over Russia’s military build-up outside its borders

Growing concerns in Ukraine over Russia’s military build-up outside its borders

Russia continues to rally more and more troops on the Ukrainian border, exceeding the level reported in 2014, the year of the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula which eventually triggered the conflict in Donbass. The mobilization is doubled by a massive disinformation campaign depicting Ukraine as the aggressor, killing civilians in Donbass and planning an offensive in the region.

Cătălin Gomboș
21 Apr 2021
The graveyard of empires swallows the United States and NATO

The graveyard of empires swallows the United States and NATO

The United States and NATO will withdraw from Afghanistan nearly 20 years since their first intervention in this country. President Joe Biden decided all troops must pull back by September 11, four months later than the original deadline set by the Trump administration. The Taliban perceive the Americans’ withdrawal as a win. It remains to be seen if this will suffice or if they try to press their advantage and continue their war against the government in Kabul.

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16 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: Americans are using Islamic terrorism against Russia

FAKE NEWS: Americans are using Islamic terrorism against Russia

The United States has been allegedly advocating the Islamic terrorism phenomenon ever since the 80s, and is now planning to conjure its ghost, according to a fake narrative publicized by Evenimentul Zilei. The publication mainly revisits older conspiracy theories, mixing them with speculation over what they claim to be the hidden meaning of certain recent events.

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15 Apr 2021
Saudis, Israelis and the prince that would be king. The bizarre coup plot in Jordan

Saudis, Israelis and the prince that would be king. The bizarre coup plot in Jordan

A mysterious plot in Jordan, one of the most stable countries in the Middle East, made waves in early April. It is not known exactly who the conspirators were - so far only a few names have been made public - what their intention was and who supported them. However, there’s been talk of a former crown prince, the Bedouin tribes, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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10 Apr 2021
DISINFORMATION: Romania risks going to war with Russia because of Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: Romania risks going to war with Russia because of Ukraine

Romania risks going to war with Russia because of a technical-military cooperation agreement it has concluded with Ukraine, according to an article taken over by several Romanian publications. This disinformation appears against the background of the narratives recently promoted by Russia regarding an imminent resumption of the conflict in Donbass.

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08 Apr 2021
Sputnik and the protests in Romania

Sputnik and the protests in Romania

The anti-restriction protests triggered a real festival on Sputnik, the Kremlin's main Romanian-language propaganda tool.

Cătălin Gomboș
03 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: The WHO has modified some of its medical definitions to cause a pandemic and vaccination hysteria

FAKE NEWS: The WHO has modified some of its medical definitions to cause a pandemic and vaccination hysteria

The World Health Organization has modified the definitions of the pandemic and herd immunity, first to be able to declare a state of pandemic, and subsequently in order to impose vaccination on a large scale. The narrative is amplified by the Russian channel Sputnik, quoting TV producer Răzvan Dumitrescu, who in turn has picked it up from American sources.

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30 Mar 2021
A new Cold War?

A new Cold War?

The epic fight between good and evil, which emerged with the first mythologies ever created by man and translated over the ages in religious and political struggle, could now take a new form: the clash between democracy and autocracy.

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27 Mar 2021
DISINFORMATION: masks and lockdown are useless, Covid-19 exposure ensures herd immunity

DISINFORMATION: masks and lockdown are useless, Covid-19 exposure ensures herd immunity

The controversial Flavia Groșan, the doctor who claims to have discovered an extremely effective anti-Covid treatment scheme, has stated that the measures taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are ineffective and also cited an alleged British example of herd immunity. The statements have been widely taken over and underlined by publications that are skeptical about the vaccine.

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23 Mar 2021
USA vs. China in the Biden era: America is not going anywhere

USA vs. China in the Biden era: America is not going anywhere

China is the top of America’s concerns, considering the ongoing trade war and Beijing’s bold moves in an area where the United States has strategic interests and close allies. After holding its first exploratory talks with Russia, European allies and the Middle East, in March the White House set its gaze on China and dispatched two of its heavy-duty emissaries to this region.

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18 Mar 2021
The Pope in Iraq – What remains beyond the excitement and symbolic moments

The Pope in Iraq – What remains beyond the excitement and symbolic moments

For the first time in history, a Pope has visited Iraq, the very place where the Bible tells us the world began, following in the footsteps of the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament. Steeped in symbolism and emotion, the visit was a landmark of historic consequence through its sheer novelty. The question is – will it truly make a difference?

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11 Mar 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Russian threat – a lie to justify NATO’s existence

FAKE NEWS: The Russian threat – a lie to justify NATO’s existence

The North-Atlantic Treaty Alliance needs “the Russian threat” to keep going, as this is its only reason of existence. This fake narrative has been promoted by Sputnik, Russia’s public mouthpiece, quoting the statements of a Russian senator.

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09 Mar 2021
Syria, the country abandoned to darkness

Syria, the country abandoned to darkness

February 25 marked the first military operation ordered by president Joe Biden. US forces bombed targets in Syria used by Iran-led militias. The airstrike has brought back in the limelight a nearly forgotten war, recalling the complexity of this conflict with regional ramifications.

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04 Mar 2021
FAKE NEWS: In the eyes of the USA, Transylvania doesn’t belong to Romania, just as Crimea doesn’t belong to Russia

FAKE NEWS: In the eyes of the USA, Transylvania doesn’t belong to Romania, just as Crimea doesn’t belong to Russia

Sputnik writes that the United States would validate the idea that Transylvania doesn’t belong to Romania, because the embassy didn’t delete a certain commentary posted by a Romanian on Facebook. In fact, Sputnik is trying to link the status of Crimea, occupied and annexed by Russia, to that of Transylvania.

Cătălin Gomboș
01 Mar 2021
The “new” America in the old Middle East

The “new” America in the old Middle East

The first steps taken by the Biden administration in the Middle East mark significant changes as compared to the Trump era. The key allies to whom Trump had given a free hand in the region are now given a cold shoulder, while at the same time opening the gate towards a resumption of dialogue with Iran. It remains to be seen, though, how deep these changes are going to be or how long they will take.

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24 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Great Reset seeks to kill the elderly with coronavirus and vaccines

FAKE NEWS: The Great Reset seeks to kill the elderly with coronavirus and vaccines

The aging population is the target of a far-reaching extermination effort by cutting it off from the rest of the population, exposing it to the risk of COVID infection and injecting it with “killer vaccines”. Published in Romania, this fake news is a carry-over of older narratives, including some disseminated in Russia and China, and builds on a more recent conspiracy theory: the Great Reset.

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22 Feb 2021
Libya, ten years after the outbreak of the first Arab Spring war

Libya, ten years after the outbreak of the first Arab Spring war

The Libyans who took to the streets on February 17, 2011 had been called to a "day of rage." A little later, the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi - who at the time was the longest-lived but also the most eccentric tyrant in the Arab world - would be called the "February 17 Revolution." In retrospect, that is the time when the Arab Spring turned into the great war for the Arab world.

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17 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Americans want to attack Russia, but their tanks are as bad as the Nazis’

FAKE NEWS: The Americans want to attack Russia, but their tanks are as bad as the Nazis’

American tanks couldn’t invade Russia and would be facing the same difficulties German armored divisions did during the Second World War. This fake news underscores narratives about the attack plans of NATO and the USA, while also referring to metanarratives linked to the Second World War.

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15 Feb 2021
The humiliation of Europe and Putin’s machismo

The humiliation of Europe and Putin’s machismo

During the visit to Moscow of the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, a visit marked by quite a few controversial moments, Russia announced the expulsion of three EU diplomats in an act of public shaming that has infuriated many people.

Cătălin Gomboș
10 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Clotilde Armand is cutting the funding of hospitals in District 1

FAKE NEWS: Clotilde Armand is cutting the funding of hospitals in District 1

Bucharest District 1 Mayor, Clotilde Armand, has allegedly cut the funding of four of the most important hospitals in Bucharest, all located in District 1. This is a false narrative, promoted on a number of media channels and endorsed by politicians of the largest opposition party, PSD.

Cătălin Gomboș
09 Feb 2021
The first Biden – Putin talk: a „privet” like a „niet”

The first Biden – Putin talk: a „privet” like a „niet”

On January 26, Joe Biden spoke for the first time with Vladimir Putin as President of the United States. The two had known each other for years, but their conversation does not seem to have been a discussion between two friends meeting again, or an exchange of pleasantries between the heads of two states who want to make a first contact and test the waters.

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03 Feb 2021
Ceaușescu was a great leader of sovereign Romania

Ceaușescu was a great leader of sovereign Romania

Sputnik has now joined the current trying to rehabilitate Nicolae Ceaușescu and advance the idea that he was a great leader and patriot, and Romania thrived under Ceaușescu. Some of the concepts are similar to those of proto-chronism, national-communism and sovereigntist lines of thought.

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01 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: NATO wants to invade Kaliningrad and make money for American corporations

FAKE NEWS: NATO wants to invade Kaliningrad and make money for American corporations

NATO has an aggressive stance towards Russia and is training to invade the region of Kaliningrad. However, the real goal of the Alliance is to make money for the big American defense corporations, claims the Kremlin’s propaganda arm, Sputnik.

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26 Jan 2021
America, from Trump to Biden

America, from Trump to Biden

La învestirea lui Biden s-a vorbit despre un nou început, însă în mare măsură pare a fi vorba de o încercare de revenire la punctul în care Statele Unite erau când Donald Trump a preluat puterea. Ca și cum Joe Biden ar vrea să închidă, acum, o paranteză. Acea paranteză din istoria Statelor Unite nu reprezintă, însă, doar o sumă de decizii care pot fi corectate, ci și un nou mod de a privi lumea și de a interpreta realitatea, iar acesta nu poate fi combătut prin ordine prezidențiale și inițiative legislative. Soluția, pentru moment, pare a fi apelul la simbolurile în care este ancorată America.

Cătălin Gomboș
21 Jan 2021
DISINFORMATION: Lockdowns are ineffective

DISINFORMATION: Lockdowns are ineffective

A new study is being used in support of an old narrative: that lockdowns are ineffective. However, both the arguments and the authors of the study are controversial.

Cătălin Gomboș
18 Jan 2021
The Eastern Reset: A fresh start of déjà-vu?

The Eastern Reset: A fresh start of déjà-vu?

The Middle East seems to be undergoing an all-encompassing reset. One at a time, Arab nations are making their pace with Israel. Monarchies in the Gulf are trying to settle old scores. Radical groups shore up old alliances. Iran gets pushed back after over a decade and a half of expansions. The highlights of the 2000s were the outcome of the attack of the al-Qaeda network on the United States, while those of the following decade the result of the Arab Spring. In the East, the third decade is marked by the political will of its leaders.

Cătălin Gomboș
14 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: The zombie apocalypse is coming in 2021, but humanity will be saved by robot people and the Church

FAKE NEWS: The zombie apocalypse is coming in 2021, but humanity will be saved by robot people and the Church

Sputnik îi atribuie lui Nostradamus profeții care „confirmă” teorii ale conspirației, narațiuni fake moderne și riscuri luate în calcul de oameni de știință.

Cătălin Gomboș
11 Jan 2021
“Muslim lives don’t matter”: how Trump reopened Iraq’s old wounds

“Muslim lives don’t matter”: how Trump reopened Iraq’s old wounds

Trump’s pardoning of people close to him has sparked massive protests in the United States, backed in particular by Democratic politicians. The Blackwater Guard pardon also triggered a UN response. Taken a year after Trump pardoned a Navy Seal accused of war crimes during the military campaign against the Islamic State, the decision will only rekindle old resentments against the United States, dating back to the war in Iraq in the 2000s.

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06 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: Criticizing coronasceptics is an act of censorship

FAKE NEWS: Criticizing coronasceptics is an act of censorship

Criticism of TVR's slips in the New Year's Eve program is categorized as an attempt to censor those who make fun of Klaus Iohannis.

Cătălin Gomboș
04 Jan 2021
The Iranian File: Nuclear Poker with Regional Stakes

The Iranian File: Nuclear Poker with Regional Stakes

The clandestine war against the Iranian nuclear program seems to intensify as Teheran is replenishing its low enriched uranium stocks. Production was resumed in response to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal. However, it’s not clear whether the ayatollahs are really determined to build a bomb now or they are rather using the threat of a nuclear weapon to get the crippling economic sanctions lifted. The other side is invoking the danger of an atomic bomb, but seems at least as concerned with other Iran related problems that were not addressed by the nuclear deal.

Cătălin Gomboș
13 Dec 2020
Maia Sandu pregătește un Maidan la Chișinău

Maia Sandu pregătește un Maidan la Chișinău

Presa pro-Dodon afirmă că dacă opoziția va pierde alegerile, va contesta rezultatul și va încerca să preia puterea organizând un Maidan.

Cătălin Gomboș
16 Sep 2020
Statul și națiunea moldovenească sunt amenințate din interior și din afară

Statul și națiunea moldovenească sunt amenințate din interior și din afară

Se reia naratiunea că există națiunea și limba moldovenească iar Republica Moldova e succesoare a principatului medieval al Moldovei.

Cătălin Gomboș
21 Sep 2020
When History Tags Along: Key Events That Shape Today’s Islamic Militancy

When History Tags Along: Key Events That Shape Today’s Islamic Militancy

From Hussein’s Martyrdom to the Gulf War, six events that defined the Middle East and are still shaping the way regional stakeholders are acting.

Cătălin Gomboș
10 Nov 2020