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Global South
Sat, 18 May 2024 12:49:26 +0000

1. Daily Chronicles – sticky


From the Summit, China and Russia, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin

The statement from the Russia/China summit deserves a lot of attention and much revisiting as nothing in there is a '5-minute' issue.  It is literally taking the problems of the world today, and rebuilding.  The section on climate change and biodiversity is relatively shorter but punchy. As I said when I first looked at the document if you want to know what we are going to keep ourselves busy with and what the world is going to look like, study this document. I will collect these comments and section in one document after they've had their time here in the Daily Chronicles.  Today I would like to look at the section on biodiversity and global warming. It is not what we would expect and here is the full section with the most important in bold:

– The two sides took measures to address climate change and reaffirmed their adherence to the goals, principles and institutional framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement, especially the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. Both sides emphasized that financial support provided by developed countries to developing countries is crucial to slowing down the increase in global average temperature and adapting to the negative impacts of global climate change. Both sides oppose erecting trade barriers on the grounds of combating climate change and linking climate issues with threats to international peace and security.

– Both sides appreciate the "Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework" adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity hosted by China, and are willing to promote the harmonious development of man and nature and contribute to global sustainable development.

– Both sides are determined to increase efforts to control plastic waste pollution on the basis of respecting the national conditions and sovereignty of each country, and work with all parties to formulate legally binding instruments to deal with environmental pollution (including marine pollution) caused by plastic waste.

– Both sides expressed serious concern about Japan's discharge of Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water into the ocean, and demanded that Japan safely dispose of Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water in a responsible manner, accept strict international monitoring, and respect the requirements of relevant countries for independent monitoring.

In short summary, climate change is not only warming.  It contains the building blocks of our world in all aspects and on a high level, these are the issues that we need to attend to.  We all have the same responsibilities, but we can differentiate to make the whole load of responsibility easier to handle and even legally circumscribe issues like pollution.  Don't go and confuse this issue with trade and start threatening peace and security in our world.  In this way this summit and documentation attempts to depoliticize the issue of climate change and consider biodiversity, pollution, and not doing things like dumping Fukushima water into the ocean, as part of the solution sets which are underpinned by a developed model. It is a great combination of visionary issues underpinned by action items. It is worthwhile taking a look at the model.  It starts with finance and goes on to water which is already a meaningful progression.

Yes, I like it.  Now we shall see if anybody pays attention.

Global South
Sat, 18 May 2024 07:59:54 +0000

2. Massacring Innocents to obscure Victory of the Axes of Resistance


Zion has already been defeated in Gaza, and in the north of Palestine, in the Red Sea, everywhere that counts in West Asia — just as NATO was similarly defeated in 404, and refuses to acknowledge defeat, only entrenching worse war, ensuring total annihilation if they persist.

As the criminal western technocrats adhere to a lost Plan A script across the globe, their proxy militaries in both Palestine and the Ukraine are in revolt, fleeing the pointless battlegrounds. Both antagonists of the civilizational-states use Genocide and terrorism against innocents as tactical covers, to mask impotence which can no longer be hidden, even through militarily irrelevant. The current narrative is to consume folks worldwide in psychic pain, through massive civilian bloodletting, diverting eyes from ongoing total Victories.

Every single day, the two satanists slide a little deeper into the self-made Abyss.

Global South
Fri, 17 May 2024 22:32:44 +0000

3. A man named Cohen with Trump on Putin and Xi Jinping


There was this court case today, but I have no idea what it was about. I just see references to Michael Cohen and testimony. But that is not what is important. It is Trump's comments about Presidents Putin and Xi Jinping. (I've told so many people XI is pronounced exactly like a soft SHE — it is not Zeeeee).

So Trump says he saw something that is worse than anything. President Xi (he knows him well) and President Putin (he knows him well too) came together and are discussing how to cause damage. Xi fully expects to take Taiwan, Trump says and he, Trump is sitting in an icebox. I can ask if that is a medical condition or does he really not know who Taiwan is and who Taiwan belongs to?

You're jealous, Trump baby. Never will you get the pomp and circumstance, the sincere collaboration, the respect, and security with a focus on a prosperous world. Those two leaders received and expressed and it was not only money, they really like one another and are educated enough to express it finely!

Are we really going to have to see Trump fighting a new election? Please tell me no, it is a bad dream. This is it. This man wants to spread democracy and is critical that China does not buy. Is this man wanting to do honest business, or spread democrazy on his business sandwich that he offers to the Chinese? However is anyone in the US going to figure out what's what in his world? Smoothie calls them idiots. Why oh why do people send me this? (smiles)

Global South
Fri, 17 May 2024 19:08:31 +0000

4. Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation (11–17 May 2024)


It is clear that Ukraine is on the brink and nobody knows what the next step is going to look like.  The soldiers may just lay down weapons and start walking home, or, they may put their hands up, surrender and wait to be arrested, or they may keep shooting until they get shot, but this is on the brink of falling, and not only the front line.  For good housekeeping and for history, let's look at what the Russian MOD says today.  If one sees sentences like:  "The AFU losses in this direction amounted to up to 2,475 Ukrainian troops …" in this very short time, something has to give.

Mr Putin considers that Russia is not so intent on capturing Kharkov, but more setting a "cordon sanitaire".  https://www.rt.com/russia/597781-russia-no-plans-capture-kharkov/

I don't know what to think about it.  A "cordon sanitaire" to fulfil what objective?  To make the Ukrainian troops run up and down trying to defend the indefensible?  Russia may as well take Kharkov – that seems more solid to me as a plan, but, what do I know?  And nobody else knows really.

And this prompted Medvedev who is not asleep at the mouth:  Medvedev warned that if the West supplies Ukraine with long-range missiles, the borders of the Poland will become a "Sanitary Zone". 🇵🇱🇺🇦☢ https://t.me/Slavyangrad/98431

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation – https://t.me/mod_russia_en/13965

(11–17 May 2024)

Part I

▫ From 11 to 17 May 2024, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out 28 group strikes by high-precision weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles, which hit command posts, military airfield infrastructure facilities, air defence equipment, fuel bases of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as a production and storage workshop for uncrewed surface vehicles and strike UAVs.

Moreover, the strikes also hit deployment areas of nationalist groups and foreign mercenaries.

▫ Over the past week, the units of the Sever Group of Forces have liberated 12 settlements in Kharkov region: Borisovka, Bugrovatka, Gatishche, Glubokoye, Krasnoye, Lukyantsy, Morokhovets, Ogurtsovo, Oleynikovo, Pletenyevka, Pyulnaya, Strelechya, and continue advancing to the depth of the enemy's defence.

▫ The Russian troops have launched strikes at manpower and hardware of the five brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, four territorial defence brigades, and the 15th Ukrainian border detachment near Vesyoloye, Volchansk, Dergachi, Neskuchnoye, Krasnoye, and Liptsy (Kharkov region). Twenty-one counter-attacks launched by AFU assault groups were repelled close to Glubokoye, Tikhoye, and Staritsa (Kharkov region).

The AFU losses amounted to up to 1,175 Ukrainian troops, 10 tanks, 14 armoured fighting vehicles, 45 motor vehicles, 13 MLRS combat vehicles, including six Czech-made Vampire MLRS, 26 field artillery guns, as well as five Buk and Strela-10 SAM combat vehicles.

▫ The Zapad Group of Forces continues to occupy more advantageous lines and has inflicted fire damage on 18 brigades close to Artyomovka, Makeyevka (Lugansk People's Republic), Kislovka, Sinkovka (Kharkov region), Yampolovka, Krasny Liman, and Torskoye (Donetsk People's Republic).

Thirty-seven counter-attacks launched by assault groups of eight AFU brigades, as well as two National Guard brigades, were repelled close to Chervonaya Dibrova, Novoyegorovka, Stelmakhovka, Nevskoye (Lugansk People's Republic), Berestovoye, Kislovka, and Olshana (Kharkov region).

The AFU losses amounted to up to 960 Ukrainian troops, two tanks, nine armoured fighting vehicles, 24 motor vehicles, four Grad and Verba MLRS combat vehicles, 25 field artillery guns, of which five are U.S.-made. In addition, two ammunition depots were destroyed.

▫ The Yug Group of Forces continue to advance into the depth of the enemy's defence. The Group launched strikes at manpower and hardware of six assault, ten mechanised, and seven territorial defence brigades close to Andreyevka, Antonovka, Georgiyevka, Grigorovka, Kleshcheyevka, Kurdyumovka, Paraskoviyevka, and Novomikhailovka (Donetsk People's Republic).

Nine AFU counter-attacks were repelled near Belogorovka (Lugansk People's Republic), Razdolovka, Krasnoye, Spornoye, and Chasov Yar (Donetsk People's Republic).

The enemy lost up to 3,725 Ukrainian troops, eight tanks, including five German-made Leopard-2A1 tanks, 13 armoured fighting vehicles, 55 motor vehicles, one Grad MLRS, 47 field artillery guns, to include 22 foreign-made ones.

Three Nota and Bukovel-AD electronic warfare stations, two U.S.-made AN/TPQ-36 counter-battery warfare stations, and 16 field ammunition depots have been destroyed.

▫ The Tsentr Group of Forces has liberated the settlement of Keramik (Donetsk People's Republic), improved the situation along the front line, and defeated 14 brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and national guard brigades near Novoaleksandrovka, Yevgenovka, Karlovka, and Rozovka (Donetsk People's Republic).

The Russian Armed Forces repelled 59 counter-attacks launched by the enemy's assault groups close to Arkhangelskoye, Semyonovka, Ocheretino, Solovyevo, Novgorodskoye, Umanskoye, Netaylovo, and Berdychi (Donetsk People's Republic).

Part II

The AFU losses in this direction amounted to up to 2,475 Ukrainian troops, four tanks, including one U.S.-made Abrams, 20 armoured fighting vehicles, 27 motor vehicles, and one Croatian-made RAK-SA-12 MLRS combat vehicle.

In addition, 23 field artillery guns, including five Paladin self-propelled guns and three U.S.-made M777 howitzers, were hit during counter-battery warfare.

▫ The Vostok Group of Forces improved the tactical situation and defeated the units of three brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and three territorial defence brigades near Ugledar, Velikaya Novoselka, Vodyanoye, Vladimirovka (Donetsk People's Republic), Chervonoye, and Dorozhyanka (Zaporozhye region).

Two counter-attacks launched by assault groups of the AFU 123rd Territorial Defence Brigade and the 21st National Guard Brigade were repelled near Staromayorskoye and Urozhaynoye (Donetsk People's Republic).

The AFU losses amounted to up to 965 Ukrainian troops, one tank, nine armoured fighting vehicles, 28 motor vehicles, one Grad MLRS vehicle, and two Strela-10 SAM combat vehicles.

In counter-battery warfare, 20 field artillery guns were hit, to include four Polish-made Krab self-propelled guns and four U.S.-made M777 howitzers.

▫ The Dnepr Group of Forces liberated Rabotino (Zaporozhye region) as a result of intensive actions. They have also hit manpower and hardware of two brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the 35th Marine Brigade, three territorial defence brigades, as well as three national guard brigades close to Orekhov, Verbovoye, Nesteryanka, Malaya Tokmachka (Zaporozhye region), Nikopol, Kapulovka (Dnepropetrovsk region), Zolotaya Balka, and Ivanovka (Kherson region).

The AFU losses amounted to up to 265 Ukrainian troops, two armoured fighting vehicles, 15 motor vehicles, one Czech-made Vampire MLRS launcher, 35 field artillery guns, including 14 U.S.-made M777 howitzers, as well as one Buk SAM self-propelled artillery system.

▫ The Groups' Missile Troops and Artillery and UAVs have neutralised four Mi-24 helicopters at a helipad, as well as 40 uncrewed surface ships at a storage depot over the past week.

In addition, one U.S.-made Patriot anti-aircraft missile system battalion, ammunition and fuel depots, and aerial vehicles in parks of five military airfields were hit.

▫ Aviation and air defence systems have shot down six MiG-29 and one Su-27 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force, 31 U.S.-made ATACMS and Tochka-U operational-tactical missiles, 31 French-made Hammer guided air bombs, 15 U.S.-made HARM anti-radiation missiles, 199 HIMARS, Vampire, Grad, and Olkha projectiles, as well as 329 UAVs.

In the last 24 hours alone, 123 Ukrainian fixed-wing UAVs have been shot down over the territory of Crimea and the Black Sea coast of Krasnodarsky Krai.

The Black Sea Fleet destroyed 25 Ukrainian uncrewed surface vehicles in the Black Sea waters over the past day.

▫ Over the past week, 63 Ukrainian servicemen have surrendered on the line of contact, 48 of them in the area of responsibility of the Sever Group of Forces.

▫ In total, 601 airplanes, 274 helicopters, 24,234 unmanned aerial vehicles, 522 anti-aircraft missile systems, 16,058 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,303 MLRS combat vehicles, 9,635 field artillery and mortar guns, and 21,763 special military vehicles have been neutralised since the beginning of the special military operation.

Global South
Fri, 17 May 2024 14:35:42 +0000

5. NATO is Naked to Mankind


A Drone's Eye View of the Ukraine War

By William Schryver at imetatronink.

The US/NATO intimidation factor has been forever compromised.

The essay below was originally published in early July 2022. Version 1.0 of #TheMotherOfAllProxyArmies in Ukraine had been severely attrited, and Version 2.0 would not appear until later in the summer.

Nevertheless, it had already become very apparent that the Russian strategy and doctrine for this war was not at all what the vast majority of western military "experts" expected it to be. And consequently they lacked the capacity to understand what was happening.

For the most part, they still don't get it.

Somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million Ukrainians (and a few thousand NATO-affiliated "volunteers") have been sacrificed on the altar of western hubris and military ineptitude. Vast quantities of western equipment and ammunition has been expended — to the point of near-exhaustion in European NATO countries, and acute depletion of American stockpiles.

And yet the doctrine and tactics described in this mid-2022 article have changed only in the sense that the Russians have consistently refined and improved them along the way, even as the US/NATO have effectively learned nothing.

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I've watched a LOT of drone footage from this war. I've seen, from a bird's eye view, as it were, the design of the field fortifications Ukraine constructed, with NATO guidance, over the course of eight years.

The logic of these miles and miles of fortifications harkens back to the 1864-65 Battle of Petersburg (US Civil War), with a few World War I innovations thrown in for good measure.

It is a logic where victory largely depends on you not running out of men, heavy weaponry, and ammunition — and the enemy being comparatively stupid.

In many ways, the revealed logic of Ukraine's long-prepared strategy for this war is a reflection of American military delusions and vanities, which multiplied and solidified over the course of the brief and fleeting "unipolar moment".

Despite not having won a war since 1945, the US military is consumed with the vanity that it has always dominated opposing forces in every conflict.

There is a measure of truth in this perspective. But it is irrelevant. Because, since no later than the Korean War, the US has not faced a peer or near-peer adversary in a high-intensity conflict. The US military has not been, for almost three-quarters of a century, truly tested "under-fire".

The US has measured its battlefield mettle, for decades, against brave sandal-shod men with AK-47s, RPGs, and a certain savoir faire for constructing IEDs.

But they have never faced anything like Russian artillery or missiles – not even in Hollywood movies or video games.

Consequently, the Pentagon's self-perception of unquestioned supremacy has served to disinform and corrupt its doctrinal and procurement decisions for multiple generations of its officer corps. For most US generals and admirals, all potential opponents are underestimated.

That said, I believe a great many have now been awakened from their intellectual slumber by the manner in which the Russian armed forces quickly assessed the Ukrainian order of battle, and then professionally adapted their strengths and tactics to decisively defeat it.

The Battle of the Donbass

Here is a brief summation of the Russian tactical approach to the Battle of the Donbass:

Step #1: Advance reconnaissance units (often in force, with dozens or hundreds of drones overhead) to assess the situation; draw fire; relay to commanders raw video and geo-coordinates.

Step #2: With target-correcting drone swarms overhead, relaying real-time strike video, proceed to savage the fortifications with towed and mobile artillery, Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (in gradations of strength and precision), and even horrific thermobaric munitions for particularly suitable targets.

Let smoke clear.

Repeat Step #1.

Still something moving there?

Repeat Step #2.

Repeat Step #1.

Dead bodies everywhere?

Step #3: Send in tanks and infantry to mop up.

Move to next series of fortifications.

And so on and so forth …

This is why Ukraine now suffers hundreds of battle deaths every single day. And why, for months, the Russians have suffered very few casualties — likely as low as a 1:8 ratio, and quite possibly even lower.

Artillery, airstrikes, and precision guided munitions are doing almost all the fighting.

The Fatal Hubris of NATO War Strategy in Ukraine

But back to Ukraine's apparent strategy for this war, and the apparent US influence on that strategy.

I will preface my commentary on this issue by stating that Ukraine's fatal blunder was buying into NATO's over-confident delusion that they (the Armed Forces of Ukraine) actually had a reasonable opportunity to defeat the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in a high-intensity conflict.

I initially believed NATO military leaders must have had a sober view, far in advance, that their half-million-strong, well-armed, trained-to-NATO-standards Ukrainian proxy army had almost no chance of prevailing on the field of battle against Russia.

But watching drone video of Ukrainian fortifications has convinced me the US military brain trust, in the course of their eight-year-long preparation of the eastern Ukrainian battlefield, effectively disdained the Russian military and its commanders.

Their vanity persuaded them the Russians would mindlessly smash themselves to pieces against an entrenched well-armed force.

Indeed, they were so confident of the genius of their plan that they persuasively encouraged many hundreds of now-killed or captured NATO veterans to "share in the glory" of humiliating the Russians and bringing down the Putin regime once and for all.

They deluded themselves into believing the Russians lacked strategic and logistical acumen, a sufficiently well-trained force, and – arguably the biggest miscalculation of all – sufficient stockpiles of ammo to conduct a protracted high-intensity conflict.

In short, I have come to believe US/NATO commanders actually persuaded themselves that this "Mother of All Proxy Armies" had an excellent chance to soundly whip the Russians in a battle situated in their own back yard.

In other words, they disregarded centuries of European history that they somehow convinced themselves had no relevance to their 21st century aspirations to defeat Russia militarily and take a great spoil of its resources.

But, as is now readily apparent to all objective, knowledgeable military analysts around the globe, the Ukrainian proxy army has been pulverized by a patient, methodical, and significantly outnumbered Russian force, using long-established Russian doctrines and tactics.

Even more revealing is that once-vaunted and universally feared US/UK weaponry – almost all of it actually rather antiquated – has proven to be far less "game-changing" than the pea-brained strategists in Washington and Whitehall mistakenly believed.

Javelins, NLAWs, and Stingers have been exposed as mostly ineffective against their intended targets (tanks, helicopters, and low-flying jets). M-777 howitzers break down after just a few fires. GPS-guided "precision" munitions are routinely jammed by Russian electronic warfare counter-measures.

Worse yet, the inculcation of NATO field doctrines in the minds of the Ukrainian officer cadre has resulted in pervasively inflexible responses to battlefield events that develop contrary to expectations. Consequently, discipline has disintegrated, and improvisation has been paralyzed.

To be sure, if one were to go by the laughable assessments of western think-tank propagandists and their dutiful lackeys in the media, "Ukraine is winning" and "the inept Russian military has been humiliated".

But more discerning observers around the world know better.

Sober military men in potential adversary countries across the globe see with clarity that Russia has, with one hand tied behind its back, eviscerated the massive, relatively well-armed and well-trained Ukrainian military.

The US/NATO intimidation factor has been forever compromised.

More geopolitically significant, at least in the near future, is that European NATO members can also read the scorecard of this war: they now understand as they never could previously that standing on the NATO side of the field is hardly a guarantee of security.

I am convinced NATO will not survive the results of this war in Ukraine. Sure, they'll "keep up appearances" for the time being, but there can be no doubt most now understand that siding with a rapidly declining empire is fraught with great risk and minimal gain.

More concerningly, the Chinese have been watching all of these developments with great interest. They are almost certain to be emboldened to act decisively to secure their sphere of influence in the emerging multipolar world.

Great dangers now await in east Asia …

Global South
Fri, 17 May 2024 14:14:42 +0000

6. Israel responds at The Hague to South Africa and all of us, indeed the world, re: Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians


A 2nd Final Update for today:  I mentioned this in the comments:  "When Israel started the finalization of their remit to the court, there was an outbreak of shouting but the soundtrack was killed within seconds. This sounded to be from activists. Then proceedings continued."

Do you know what was shouted?   Liars!  Liars!  End it! 

I agree.

Final Update for today:  The proceedings for the day are over and done.  Check the comments for updates.  There is one update that I want to place here.  The big question out in the sphere is

Will Zionism Survive?

It is an essential question and this is why, as I mentioned in the comments, most simply ignored Israel today.  There is just about no commentary and reporting on Israel's lies at the ICJ.   The collective sphere so far is quiet whereas while South Africa and others brought their case yesterday, people reported in live streams and written streams continuously.

Tomorrow by 6, as the one Judge asked, we will see if Israel can supply the information of exactly how good and how happy the civilians are in specific areas that he outlined.

We will update as the day goes along.  Israel's first problem is that they have not had enough time to respond.  My comment is to call a ceasefire so that you have time to respond to the world telling you that you are committing genocide.

This is live:  https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k17/k17n7h7vz9

(I truly struggle to listen to this.  It is like listening to Donald Trump over and over again.  It is like torture.  At this moment he is telling how well Israel polices itself and how superbly the Israeli authorities are in their action, yet, we saw with our own eyes the Israeli settlers destroying aid trucks from Jordan, and nary an authority in sight.  This speaker is now making a case that Israel should continue policing themselves, and that they are above all others – very nicely and in good legal terms.  Next, he will attack South Africa while Israel is killing even United Nations staff.)

If you have a deeper-than-normal interest, I would recommend these two articles.  The Aljazeera article outlines what the court decided in the previous January timeframe, which Israel did not carry out of course.  https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/26/what-has-the-icj-ordered-israel-to-do-on-gaza-war-and-whats-next

In urgent ICJ hearing, South Africa blasts Israel's 'explicit genocidal intent'

Perhaps nothing comes of this procedure and in truth, for me, if it only adds to the overall pressure, I would be content.  It is good to see the facts from the South African side well documented.  I expect the whole massive pushback across the world of which we've seen the Arab States present a case of a cease-fire, as well as a process to dismiss Israel from the world soccer federation.  We are still seeing massive street action across the world and the student Gaza encampments.

Chris Hedges has the words:

And if you have the time and interest, do go and play the last number of tweets on X from Seyed Mohammad Marandi.

Start here, and this would not embed.  I wonder why?:  https://x.com/s_m_marandi

You know something .. I have been seeking all others reporting to see what 'our people' say and what 'the freedom sphere' thinks.  It is early in the day, but so far the Israeli comments are not being talked about.  So far there is an ominous silence in the sphere.  Perhaps I am breaking a strike here, we will see.

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