Axel comments

Posted in: Ukraine says 9 Russian warplanes destroyed in Crimea blasts See in context

An "independent" state fully under Russian control? If they were independent, could they not just kick the Russians out if they chose to? Or did you mean a different word than "independent"?

They could but they won't choose to. It's purely hypothetical. Opinion polls show around 80% of the population and rising is in favor of becoming part of Russia. The referendum will happen next month so not sure how long it will take after that but in Crimea after the referendum it only took 2 or 3 days. They already use the ruble, Russian phone codes, Russian post codes, Russian internet. I guess before the end of next month, Kherson oblast will be officially a Russian oblast.

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Posted in: Ukraine says 9 Russian warplanes destroyed in Crimea blasts See in context

Axel - the Russians have a long, long, way to go before they get to Moldova, lol. It's not happening any time soon, if at all. When do you see this happening by?

A few tasks to go. They've said all of Donbass will be liberated before the end of this month. After that there are 3 distinct options:

Liberate Kharkiv. Liberate the rest of Zaporizhzhia (that won't take long as the N**is only hold a little). Liberate Nikolayev.

The social situation in the last of those is boiling. The locals absolutely hate the Ukrainian state. It's terrible in Kharkiv but in Nikolayev the Nis have closed the city while evacuating administrative agencies. The people are in the midst of an old-fashioned Ni regime of terror.

After Nikolayev, Odessa and Moldova are next door and the locals hate Ukraine just as much as they do in Nikolayev. Rumor has it NATO have been massively building up the defenses outside Odessa. It won't matter. They had 8 years for it in Donbass.

So if I were to bet, I'd bet the liberation of Nikolayev will be begin late this month or early this month. After that, a lot of specialists are saying the N**i's will have to evacuate Odessa or be cut off.

No idea if and when the Ukrainians will take back Kherson, because I can't see the future, but every day it is looking more and more likely that it will happen. Let's check back on my prediction and see where the lines are in a couple of months. @JTpremium, remind me in two months.

Let me save you the trouble. Kherson will never be taken from Russia unless it's to become an independent state fully under Russian control but not part of Russia.

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Posted in: Ukraine power plant shelled again; Zelenskiy rails at Russian 'nuclear terror' See in context

What am I missing here? Ukraine is using NATO weapons to attack a nuclear power plant, one of the largest in the world, and Russia is to blame?

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Posted in: Russian forces begin assault on two eastern Ukraine cities See in context

Didn't they want peace?

NATO wants peace is an oxymoron.

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Posted in: Russian forces begin assault on two eastern Ukraine cities See in context

Some interesting news coming out of Ukraine. Some things well known like severely wounded being sent to USA and Ukraine for treatment. The US regime has enough money to provide health care for Ukrainians.

What isn't being reported is the other part of the document saying Ukraine has suffered almost 200000 casualties. Dead to too badly wounded to take further part in the conflict.

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Posted in: Russian forces begin assault on two eastern Ukraine cities See in context

Why couldn't have they just implemented the internationally-signed Minsk agreements.

Because any agreement with NATO isn't worth the paper its printed on or the breath it takes to utter it.

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Posted in: Russia's ambassador to Japan pays respects at Hiroshima See in context

Thanks to the Russian ambassador for paying respects to the victims of this breathtakingly shocking war crime.

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Posted in: Pelosi lands in Taiwan, defying China threats See in context

Crazed warmongers! China should pull the trigger now. Otherwise next step will be the recognition of Taiwan as an independent state. Then military bases in Taiwan. Then nukes in Taiwan.

Experts have been speculating for over a decade or more whether USA will let it's economic power be eclipsed without a fight. Now we have the definitive answer.

The first thing China should do is ask the Russians for hypersonic anti-ship missiles the warmongers openly admit they have no defense against. I'd bet the Russians would grant that request.

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Posted in: EU gas solidarity complicated by lack of fuel sharing deals See in context

The gas solidarity scheme is actually a bailout Germany scheme. Understandably, no one in Europe is interested in it except those countries in just as much trouble as Germany. In the Baltic states if there isn't regime change, they are literally going to freeze this winter.

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Posted in: U.S. and Japan launch economic dialogue to push back against China, Russia See in context

For better or worse "dialog" and nukes are the only weapons USA and Japan have to deploy against China and Russia these days.

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Posted in: Japan reports 209,694 new coronavirus cases See in context

I know this is anecdotal but it seems to be more and more the norm.

Anyway, I was at a BBQ and most people weren't vaccinated. Including myself. One guy who was vaccinated came down with the virus 2 days later and it has hit him hard. He's been really ill for about 10 days. The guy in question is/was only a little overweight and about 30 years-old. More and more evidence the vaccines make one more susceptible to infection and more susceptible to serious illness if infected.

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Posted in: Ukraine works to resume grain exports after Russian missile strike on Odesa See in context

and if Putin annexes Ukraine, the west will pay a far higher price in the longterm, does anybody think Putin controlling all of Ukraine and its resources and people will strengthen or weaken Russia,

If the majority or a very large minority of the population is against it, it'll drastically weaken Russia. If the majority of the population or a very large minority support it, as is definitely the case in the east and south of the country, it'll strengthen Russia.

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Posted in: Ukraine works to resume grain exports after Russian missile strike on Odesa See in context

Confirmed. A warehouse full of US supplied Harpoon anti-ship missiles destroyed. Another several 100 million of tax payers money gone up in smoke. We'll all pay for it via inflation.

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Posted in: Russia hits Ukraine's Black Sea port despite grain deal See in context

Right, so you can very well see how this is an imperialist invasion, given the large amounts of natural resources in the areas Russia is attempting occupy in Ukraine.

Hmmm I was referring to Russia being rich in natural resources. It is absolutely certain that if NATO were not moving inexorable closer to Russia, the Russian bourgeoisie would not have moved to liberate any part of the Ukraine.

This is exactly the rhetoric Putin has been using.

Really? I doubt that. I mean, if you pick out half a sentence you can attribute it to just about anyone. I know Putin has made some muted noises about imperialism due to the popularity of Marxism in Russia, the Ukraine and the extreme right-wing character of the Ukrainian puppet regime. Uses it as a good promotional vehicle for everyone to get behind the liberation of the Ukraine from those fascists and their puppet masters. But in the end, it's all about protecting the privileged position of the Russian bourgeoisie.

At least I think it is. I didn't think he'd risk his and the Swiss bank accounts of the bourgeois to liberate the Ukraine at all. So I could be wrong about that last sentence. A few years ago Putin did let the cat out of the bag when in an unguarded comment, he said it is still far from certain which side (Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Socialiism vs capitalism, he didn't specify) is right.

No basis? They're attempting it right now.

Are you purposely playing dumb to annoy me? No material basis. i.e. Russian finance capital is extremely weak compared to the combined finance capital of Japan, Western Europe, North America.

Though obviously not the case when it comes to military power. They have outstanding engineers and scientists with none researching "financial instruments" or "gender studies" and etc.

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Posted in: Russia hits Ukraine's Black Sea port despite grain deal See in context

@Shingen

You are really clueless, aren't you?

Lol Imagine unironically using the word "liberate" to describe Russia's imperialist invasion of Ukraine.

An imperialist act is an action carried out by a capitalist power in order to expand its economic, financial and military power, seeking to redivide the world under new conditions of existence.

First, the Russian bourgeoisie has no material basis for the expansion of its “empire.” Second, there is also missing in the psychological character of the Russian bourgeois state —it does not seek to defeat its rival imperialists, to take away its markets, to weaken its influence on the world stage. No, it seeks to make a deal with imperialism so that the Russian bourgeoisie, accustomed to its solely privileged parasitic position in a country rich in raw materials, will not be touched.

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Posted in: Russia hits Ukraine's Black Sea port despite grain deal See in context

The Russians agreed they wouldn't look to liberate the city via an attack from the sea so Ukraine could de-mine the port. They didn't say they'd allow US manufactured harpoon missiles and foreign mercenaries to be stations there.

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Posted in: New Zealand COVID-19 death rate at record levels See in context

if you die of a heart attack, stroke, some type of organ failure, etc, its classified as a covid death,

All of which are known to be caused by Covid and the Covid vaccines.

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Posted in: New Zealand COVID-19 death rate at record levels See in context

Just as well the government went full Covid totalitarian, forced everyone to get vaccinated and etc.

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Posted in: Russia, Ukraine to sign deal on restarting grain exports, Turkey says See in context

The whole thing is a farce. Russia is set to export more extra grains compared to last year than Ukraine exports total.

The food crisis is real. Or will be because except for Russia, China and India, food production is way down due to sanctions on Russia. Sanctions which were lifted just 2 days ago by Europe. It's not as if EU politicians care about the Global South starving but they care about the Global South blaming the collective West, not Russia, which is precisely what they are doing according to EU bureaucrats as high as Josep Borrell.

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Posted in: Economics of war: Pain for Europe now, later for Russia See in context

The ruble has stabilized is one way to say it. The ruble is at record highs is more accurate.

But Russia will definitely pay a price in the long term. No Big Macs or Strabucks coffee. But that won't be available to Europeans either because food prices are too expensive.

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Posted in: Japan trade deficit grows as oil prices surge, yen drops See in context

The sanctions are working well....... for Russia. In June Japan bought a little under 60% less coal from Russia. Over the same period, Japan paid 65.3% more for the coal it got from Russia.

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Posted in: Japanese, Irish leaders agree Russia must face 'severe consequences' See in context

Sakalin-2 is, a well known issue that makes evident Japan's real priorities

You are talking about the Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project? Well that makes sense. You may it sound like Japan should invade Sakhalin island.

There is no excuse to not know about this since it has been repeatedly reported even here a few days ago

I know about it. It helps for you to say "Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project" rather than just "Sakhalin" which is a relatively large island just north of Hokkaido.

For this project they are acting against what they are declaring, eating the cake and having it too is not an honest option. As long as the Japanese goverment says Russia must face consequences this obvious contradiction only makes them look terribly bad.

I thought the Japanese gov has been declaring for months that sanctions on oil, gas and Sakhalin 2 specifically won't be included in any Japanese sanctions as such imports are vital to Japanese national security. Are you in favor of the Japanese gov basically blowing it's own economic head off in order to spite Russia? What makes you think the Russians would care?

Putin has already basically threatened Japan by seizing control of Sakhalin 2. The Japanese companies are still partners in the project....... at this time.....

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Posted in: Japanese, Irish leaders agree Russia must face 'severe consequences' See in context

So the only two options you see are either heavily invest in the project or else invade the place? that makes no sense. There are simple and logical options available like stopping being involved in the project.

So Sakhalin island is "a project"?

The Japanese goverment is the one saying Russia should face consequences, either act accordingly to what they are declaring or openly recognize the investments made in Russia are more important than the war in Ukraine, the problem is not common sense, the problem is being honest with the position they will take.

They are acting and that's the problem. It makes almost no difference to Russia but is having a very negative effect on Japan. Unlike Europe it seems Japan isn't starting to unsanction Russia but is still increasing the sanctions.

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Posted in: Japanese, Irish leaders agree Russia must face 'severe consequences' See in context

but apparently only as the Japanese interests are not too heavily affected. So Sakhalin is to be left alone (at least until Putin kick the Japanese companies out).

So Japan should invade Sakhalin island?

Let's just hope common sense prevails in the Japanese government. Allow Europe at USA's behest to shoot itself in the chest but let's leave Japan out of it. Even Europe is quietly and tacitly starting to unsanction Russia. Along with the banks, H&M announced they are reopening. I know it's just a fascicle company which employs people in Bangladesh in fire-prone sweat-shops to make the clothing dirt cheap, then mark the prices up 400% to sell in Russia, China, Japan and Western markets while the Swedish government bleats about "human rights" in other countries but that's why it's a powerful symbol. Such companies are the backbone of Western economies. I bet Starbucks is next to reopen.

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Posted in: Amid Russia shelling, Ukraine aims to strengthen government See in context

Certain pro-Russian parties have been temporarily banned

Sounds about right. All the parties except his own and those identifying with a certain murderous ideology were somewhat pro-Russian. Zelensky ran on a platform of ending the war in Donbass and repairing relations with Russia. He won by a landslide then US/NATO, using those those associating with the murderous, let Zelensky know they control Ukraine, not Zelensky's government.

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Posted in: Amid Russia shelling, Ukraine aims to strengthen government See in context

He has already made all independent media illegal and banned all political parties but his own and those identifying with a certain nasty ideology. I wonder what else he can do to "strengthen the state".

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Posted in: Ukraine's Zelenskyy fires top security chief and prosecutor See in context

And speaking of incompetence, when does Putin get fired for enlarging NATO....LOL....

The most important question is, have Sweden and Finland been harboring terrorists or do they have judicial system of banana republics or the Ukraine?

The government of Turkey insists Sweden and Finland won't be included unless they hand over who Turkey calls terrorists, some of whom are citizens of Finland and Sweden.

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Posted in: Ukraine's Zelenskyy fires top security chief and prosecutor See in context

What percent of the country is actually rooting for Russia?

Around 55%. Around 30% rooting for the Ukraine and the rest don't care, just want peace.

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Posted in: Ukraine war shows West's dominance ending as China rises, Blair says See in context

Its economy is forecast to overtake the United States within a decade and it leads in some 21st century technologies such as artificial intelligence,Blair is a neo-liberal war criminal but the point here is valid.

Advances in machine learning that display "AI characteristics" are being fueled by big data , and China through their invasive apps and lack of privacy laws is collecting more of it that anyone else.

This could be the 21st century "missile gap".

Not valid at all. In terms of US$, the US economy is still larger but why do the Chinese care about the USA $? In the much more accurate PPP, China's economy is far larger. China has the industry and manufacturing capacity while USA has bankers and lawyers.

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Posted in: Ukraine war shows West's dominance ending as China rises, Blair says See in context

"According to the analysis of its latest census – conducted every ten years – released on May 11, 2021, only 845,697 foreigners lived among 1.41 billion Chinese as of November 1, 2020. They make up 0.06 percent of the population."

https://table.media/china/en/opinion/foreigners-in-china-a-vanishing-minority/

"There are more than 10.7 million Chinese overseas today – about 60 million, if their descendants are included – according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM ). This is one of the highest figures of immigration in the world. "

https://en.unesco.org/courier/2021-4/overseas-chinese-long-history#:~:text=There%20are%20more%20than%2010.7,of%20Chinese%20migration%20is%20ancient.

Firstly, there are a huge number but still a very small % of the population of China. Obviously! Westerners also make up a tiny % of the population of Japan.

Secondly, where the hell did you find the website "Table.China" and are the figures they present without any sources factual?

10.7 million Chinese overseas and about 60 million if their descendants are included? Well, there are about 300 million Western abroad if their descendants are included. So by the figures you present, 5 times more Westerners escaped from their countries than Chinese people escaped from China.

This isn't surprising. For about 4500 years of the about 5000 of human civilization, China has been the most advanced society. The Chinese didn't want to leave it.

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