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May 14, 2022

If Ukraine Is Winning Why Is The U.S. Requesting A Ceasefire?

Yesterday the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu.

Why?

The U.S. readout of the call says:

On May 13, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu for the first time since February 18. Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication.

Austin initiated the call and the U.S. is seeking a ceasefire in Ukraine!!!

Are we not told that the Ukraine is winning the war? That it will soon push the Russian forces back over the border? The operation to 'weaken Russia', which Austin had publicly announced two weeks ago, does not seem to go that well.

Told ya so!

Gonzalo Lira thinks that the call points to a soon coming collapse of the Ukrainian forces. Let us hope that this is indeed the case because it seems to be the only chance that the war will end soon.

The Ukraine is losing up to 15,000 men per month to the war. The total Ukrainian casualties, dead and wounded, are likely already at 50,000. The weapons the U.S. and others provide, are not sufficient to sustain the war. The Ukraine has only 3 days reserves of diesel and gasoline left. The main parts of its forces are immobile and are getting surrounded by Russian forces. Their situation is hopeless.

The Pentagon of course knows this all and that is why Austin initiated the call and asked for a ceasefire.

The Russia side will not agree to a ceasefire. At least not unless the 'west' offers to take back some of the 6,400 sanction measures it has initiated against Russia.

There are recently a number of other issues that also go in favor of Russia:

  • The economic outlook for Russia is good. It will have a record wheat harvest. Its internal measures to compensate for the results of sanctions are working. Counter sanctions Russia has now initiated against its enemies are starting to become effective.
  • Hungary has blocked European sanctions against Russian oil.
  • Turkey is slowing down if not prohibiting the entry of Kurd friendly Sweden and Norway into NATO.
  • The U.S. weapon deliveries to Ukraine will stop on May 19 unless Congress passes authority for new ones.
  • Senator Rand Paul has held up the required bill with the quite reasonable demand to have a inspector general scrutinize where the $40 billion 'for Ukraine' will be going. The Democrats will certainly dislike that.
  • U.S. gasoline prices have hit a record high.
  • European natural gas prices have also jumped after the Ukraine blocked the flow from Russia through one of the pipelines and while the flow through the Yamal pipeline in Poland has been stopped due to Russian counter sanctions.
  • Le Monde has verified and published a video that shows a Ukrainian 'volunteer battalion', led by a known criminal, torturing Russian prisoners of war.
  • Russia has published new material about the U.S. military biological 'research' in Ukraine. Other countries will also have questions about these activities.

The British Ministry of Defense claims that Russia lost a significant amount of material and men in an attempt to cross the Seversky Donets river. However the aerial pictures published by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry show that about half of the destroyed vehicles are BMP-1 with the original small one man turret and the stubby 73 mm gun. Russia is said to no longer have these. All its active service BMP-1 are said to have been upgraded and now have different turrets with 30 mm machine cannons with longer rifles. There must have been a larger battle over the crossing with probably both sides taking heavy losses. Moreover the fighting is now on the western side of the river. The Russian forces thus must have crossed the river in significant numbers.


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This is no longer something that can be stopped by removing sanctions. Russia wants to eliminate the US as a threat to the multipolar world order. And they are backed by many others, from China to Brazil to India to Africa. This won't end without sane administrations taking power in Angloamerica.

Posted by: Dodrey Dougherton | May 14 2022 17:10 utc | 1

He wants a pause in operations so they can regroup and pour in more weapons and supplies.

Posted by: circumspect | May 14 2022 17:11 utc | 2

thanks b... excellent overview.. you are firing on all cylinders!

Posted by: james | May 14 2022 17:12 utc | 3

Russia needs to finish the job for their own safety.

Thanks b

Posted by: jo6pac | May 14 2022 17:12 utc | 4

Every time a request like this is made w/o a gesture of withholding weapons back Russia ought to add one more demand on the pile and keep doing so until Uncle Sam cries "uncle!"

Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 17:16 utc | 5

Excellent reporting b....Thanks!

With the escalation we are seeing I continue to believe that this phase of the civilization war we are in will be short.

We are seeing denial and desperation. At the same time the rest of the world is being educated as to the potential jackboot on their necks if they don't get protection under the Russia/China axis.

People keep asking for the "neutron bomb" wake up call for the West and I posit it is coming in the form of an alternative to the current fiat Reserve Currency US dollar. It can't come soon enough for me but I have been waiting for 50 years so I can wait a bit longer....

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 14 2022 17:20 utc | 6

I wish to repost this here (came in at the end of the last thread/topic) as I think that it presents another dimension to consider.

Original https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/05/ukraine-open-thread-2022-64.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef02942faa9d14200c#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef02942faa9d14200c

Re WWIII...

A while back I hypothesized that China's Covid lockdown wasn't really about Covid, that it was a stealth economic move in the global economic war. How to push back on the USA's drumbeat of war w/o firing bullets? Economics is always the first weapon used in war. I doubt that anyone here will argue that a crashed US economy is going to put a HUGE dent in the USA's militarism activities. Anyway, I was somewhat pleased(?) to see that I'm not the only one to think of this (though I'll claim having, somewhere, written about it before Larry did).

https://sonar21.com/ukraine-cuts-off-gas-to-europe-and-the-inflation-double-whammy/

Now for a newsflash (I am burying the lede)–China is using Covid as a convenient excuse to sabotage the U.S. economy and it is helping fuel inflation.

People that I've mentioned this to question why China would subject its own citizens to such horrors. It's a gamble. Buy some time hoping that the US will collapse before it attempts to wage all out military war against China. Easier to recover from lockdown trauma than to recover from death.

There is really no other sane excuse as to why China is locking down Shanghai. China isn't going to defy nature/physics and magically ward off COVID: especially when they're still allowing inbound flights/travel. Chinese are NOT stupid.

Interestingly the lockdown has nearly, time-wise, paralleled Russia's invasion of Ukraine. One could almost sense a tag-team operation in all of this. China is talking about easing the lockdown; perhaps we can expect a breakthrough in Ukraine?

Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 16:07 utc | 252

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I believe that we also need to keep an eye out on what China is doing as I suspect that they and Russia are engaged in a multi-pronged counter-attack on the US/NATO: Russia is hitting military targets (Ukraine/NATO) while China is hitting economic targets (critical exports): Russia is also applying a bit of economic leverage, but it's more so that the West is doing that part of the work themselves/to themselves.

Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 17:21 utc | 7

Correction to my previous post (blockquoting got dropped), this is Larry's quote (which I was referring to):

Now for a newsflash (I am burying the lede)–China is using Covid as a convenient excuse to sabotage the U.S. economy and it is helping fuel inflation.

Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 17:23 utc | 8

Interesting Goldilocks use of words. Austin 'urged'. He didn't demand (too strong) or request (too weak).

Posted by: dh | May 14 2022 17:24 utc | 9

@b
I believe that this line has an issue:
Turkey is slowing down if not prohibiting the entry of Kurd friendly Sweden and Norway into NATO.

I am sure you meant:
Turkey is slowing down if not prohibiting the entry of Kurd friendly Sweden and "Finland" into NATO.

Since Norway is already in NATO the line does not make total sense.
Thanks for your efforts.

Posted by: jspaces | May 14 2022 17:30 utc | 10

Seer | May 14 2022 17:23 utc | 8
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That confirms my suspicion about China's latest locations and port closures. Turning the US' own bio-weapon attack on China against the US. Well done.

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 14 2022 17:32 utc | 11

Russia should ignore the United States and simply stay the course by destroying the Ukrainian military. Then Russia should breakup Ukraine, and either create the states of Novorossiya, Malorussia, and Galicia; or simply annex all of eastern and southern Ukraine and make it all a part of the Russian Federation.

Posted by: theomimesis | May 14 2022 17:34 utc | 12

Lockdowns not locations. @#*%! autocorrect

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 14 2022 17:34 utc | 13

The war will not end "soon." US-EU have very deep pockets and zero (0) sensibility.
/EOM

Posted by: sln2002 | May 14 2022 17:38 utc | 14

Headline makes no sense. NATO haven’t won, they are winning in terms of amount of land under their control. Everyone knows that. There is no way America said they had won, that’s the only condition, which would make a request for a ceasefire irrelevant. NATO know Russia are capable of launching an attack that would kill thousands. NATO can also be winning. They aren’t contradictory.

Posted by: Frank Smith | May 14 2022 17:39 utc | 15

Reposting my comment on prior open thread:

SecDef Austin's call for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine is mirthlessly laughable given the 8 years of the flagrant US-aided-abetted violations of Minsk Agreements in the Donbass. Press release edited for clarity:

"On May 13, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, [who hasn't bothered to communicate with] Sergey Shoigu since [ten days before Russia's SMO began]... urged an immediate [unilateral RF] ceasefire in Ukraine, [while having temerity to emphasize] the importance of maintaining lines of communication.".

Austin could have picked up the phone at anytime during the last two and a half months FCS! From this pointless charade it's now abundantly clear that, unlike the White House Neocons and neo-Pravda regime media, the Pentagram, at least, knows that Ukraine is losing badly. Austin also knows Russia's explicit terms for a ceasefire surrender. Austin's call is proforma bullshit.

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 14 2022 17:41 utc | 16

>>>>: circumspect | May 14 2022 17:11 utc | 2

He wants a pause in operations so they can regroup and pour in more weapons and supplies.

Too bloody right! US will also request evacuation of Azov Battalion remnants from Azovstal in Mariupol, free passage for US/NATO weapons into eastern Ukraine, rebuilding of Ukrainian Air Force and re-equipping of Ukrainian air defense, etc.

Washington CAN NOT be trusted.

BTW, Ludendorff and Hindenburg in WW1 saw the armistice signed with the western Allies in 1918 as a temporary measure while they rebuilt the German Army to go back to war. Washington is thinking along the same lines.

Meanwhile in western MSM (Sky News)

Ukraine war: Fighter dies in Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol three days after getting married

So what?

Posted by: Ghost Ship | May 14 2022 17:43 utc | 17

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 14 2022 17:32 utc | 11

Thanks for the reply, Doug.

I regularly watch Dr. John Campbell's YouTube channel as he's been focused on talking about COVID; he is just totally perplexed as to how China could be trying to contain COVID. I believe that it's too easy to resort to the refrain of "China is authoritarian and this is the kind of stuff that it does." Often when something seems really stupid there's something behind the scenes going on that is hidden/covered over by the apparent insanity. As you note, it might very well be payback for a US bio-weapon attack on China (though this one will likely take a lot of evidence to get out in order for the world to see fully- one reason why I'm wanting Russia's findings in Ukraine to come up with concrete stuff/proof).

Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 17:50 utc | 18

The slow grinding artillery war in Donbass seems to be proving positive for Russia. There are videos of trenches full of dead Ukrops, and key population centers are now being taken in Russia's favor. Operational cauldrons are also almost forming now. We could start to see mass casualties and surrenders of Ukrops and larger chunks of territory in Donbass falling to Russia. The US must anticipate this; hence the call with Shoigu.

Posted by: Wilbur | May 14 2022 17:52 utc | 19

For the record: there have been quite a lot analyses/comment on the river crossing due to the propagande foto's of the Ukro-propaganda department. Trying to show a defeat of the RF.
This link goes to an extensive analyses of the situation with satellite/movie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKX1MKW5wjE
Conclusion: More fake then reality.

Posted by: DutchZ | May 14 2022 17:54 utc | 20

Is everyone else getting the 403-error when trying to visit https://strategic-culture.org?
There were problems before, but this is new.
Was trying to read the new Pepe Escobar piece on the biolabs.

Posted by: protagoras | May 14 2022 17:55 utc | 21

Sweden and Finland, not Sweden and Norway, is seeking to apply for membership of NATO.

Posted by: Jormundgand | May 14 2022 17:58 utc | 22

in bullet point 3 it should read:
"...Sweden and Finland (not Norway) into NATO."

Posted by: protein_lense | May 14 2022 18:05 utc | 23

Here is a good satellite map where are marks with many details from the frontline, like trence positions.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1B1PLMhbHmG1aJ2-QNxHY1TksI6HlNhqF&ll=48.826114550803034%2C38.42952213514511&z=10

It is from the Defence Politica Asia:
https://defensepoliticsasia.com/ukraine/

Posted by: Mikkael | May 14 2022 18:06 utc | 24

protagoras | May 14 2022 17:55 utc | 20

It is also at the saker site. Try there.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 14 2022 18:08 utc | 25

The mainstream media has been publishing negative articles about the war and the chances of it going nuclear, also about the harm being caused to the economy. Now this by Austin. I believe we are seeing a change of attitude among at least a certain section of elites who are ready to surrender.

Posted by: Kana | May 14 2022 18:10 utc | 26

Re: Finland's fasttrack accession to NATO, the empire's usual bribes, blackmail, and threats must be huge. Politicians never hesitate to jump out in front to lead popular parades already in progress, a la Obama, but to join an obvious suicide pact is monumentally stupid. I wonder what's hidden in her closet.

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 14 2022 18:10 utc | 27

There is really no other sane excuse as to why China is locking down Shanghai.
Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 16:07 utc | 252

Yes, there is. (1) Admit as reasonable government perception that the entire episode (2019-to present) began as a bio-warfare act in which one or more of their own nationals were unwitting collaborators in "advanced economy" FDI; (2) Given selection of Chinese scientist to participate in US-EU funded "dual-use" CWC research, admit that the same people possess ability, capability, and interest in preserving epidemiological and clinical data for future reference and analysis (a choice US-EU has abandoned); (3) Admit SARS-CoV-2 has mutated into far more variants than publicized by popular presses; (4) Admit China had successfully combined non-pharmaceutical and pharamaceutical intervention to suppress "imported cases" and the "horror" of 1 million free-range liberal "breakthrough deaths" in the USA to date; (5) Admit reported quarantines (lockdowns) in Shanghai, Beijing, and other provinces are "dynamic" as mediated by "business needs". Manufacturers have resumed, but export volume (which is what westen consumers want) has not recovered to levels that western consumers would want to sanction.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 14 2022 18:10 utc | 28

Austin initiated the call and the U.S. is seeking a ceasefire in Ukraine!!!

Simply to re-arm and re-group as they did with each ceasefire in Syria

Also, the Russians must be close to breaking through in Azovstal where 4 “shark class” (per Kadyrov) are holed up.

Posted by: Down South | May 14 2022 18:13 utc | 29

I am very impressed with the response by deputy foreign minister Glushko with regard to Finland/Sweden wanting to join the NATO organisation.
Moscow’s response to Finland and Sweden joining NATO won’t be based on emotion but on analyses of security factors – Deputy FM.
This is a very rational way of thinking. This way Russia will stay on top of the situation.
Very reassuring...
All the other EU/UK/US so called leaders/polititians should take example of this.

Posted by: DutchZ | May 14 2022 18:14 utc | 30

One cannot trust the empire. Say one thing and then ship more weapons to Ukraine. I would never trust them ever!!!

Posted by: Dennis18 | May 14 2022 18:14 utc | 31

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeoFzb1ZyB8
Some German song about the war, with quotes from Scholz, Baerbock, Klitchko etc.
Warning, satire! English text in the description.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14 2022 18:14 utc | 32

Perhaps the BMP-1 are ftom Lugansk/LDR, not Russia?

https://vpk.name/en/595574_craftsmen-from-donetsk-and-lugansk-return-captured-equipment-to-service.html

Posted by: Passerby | May 14 2022 18:15 utc | 33

There wouldn't have been a Minsk Accord if the Donbass militias hadn't trapped a boatload of Ukie soldiers back in 2014, (no doubt complete with NATO "advisors"). They were in a cauldron ready to be taken out.
Merkel went running to Putin to ask for a ceasefire to save those killers. The Minsk Accords were the bait.
How'd that work out for the people in Donetsk and Lugansk and Russia?
The US did the same thing in Syria.
You can not trust the US or NATO, should be the takeaway here.

Posted by: wagelaborer | May 14 2022 18:16 utc | 34

Russia is definitely winning, but in an interview this morning, Scott Ritter seemed rather concerned about the amount of weaponry that appears to be getting through to Ukrainian forces despite Russian efforts to destroy it, and accordingly with the prospect of Ukraine being able to drag the war out quite a long time. I don't know how widely his opinion is shared by other military experts who have been following the situation closely, but he doesn't seem nearly as optimistic about Russia being able to wrap things up quickly as he was a few weeks ago.
SATURDAY MORNING LIVE WITH SCOTT RITTER AND RAY MCGOVERN

Posted by: Jeff | May 14 2022 18:17 utc | 35

There is really no other sane excuse as to why China is locking down Shanghai.

Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 17:21 utc | 7

There is an added dimension to Shanghai that you have not touched on. According to Andrei Martyanov, the Shanghai Communist Party is the biggest threat to Xi Jinping’s rule.

Posted by: Down South | May 14 2022 18:18 utc | 36

4 US Republican sacks of crap are in Ukraine right now.
Undoubtedly, their purpose is to set in concrete the repayment
Plans that Zel needs to make after reselling the arms he was gifted by the US.

Mitch McConnell, John Barrasso, John Cornyn, Susan Collins are all reportedly in
Kiev right now, meeting with Zel.

This may have something to do with the ceasefire proposal. I’m not sure if there was any proposal last week, when a similar group of corrupt Dems were meeting with Z.

Posted by: Cadence Calls | May 14 2022 18:24 utc | 37

Couple of posts from IntelSlava

🇷🇺🇫🇮⚡Finland is disconnected from the Russian energy system.

The Russian company Inter RAO has suspended electricity supplies to Finnish consumers through its structure RAO Nordic Oy.

The official reason is the failure of the Finnish side to pay for the supplied electricity. It is noted that the Finns have not paid for electricity since May 6.

🇷🇺🇵🇱 The reverse of Russian gas from Germany to Poland was closed. Despite Poland's loud chatter about giving up Russian gas, Russian sanctions against European gas companies and stories that the EU will soon give up "dirty and smelly Russian gas", Poland continued to pump Russian gas through Germany via a virtual reverse, as a result of which it became one of the leaders of the European Union in terms of occupancy of gas storage facilities.

🇺🇦❗"9 hours in line" - in Kyiv, car owners have to go through a real test to fill up their car

There is almost no gasoline and diesel left in Kyiv. At rare gas stations, where there is still at least a little fuel and lubricants, kilometer-long queues line up.

According to the estimates of the Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yulia Sviridenko, gasoline reserves will last only 5 days, and diesel - for 3.

At the same time, Kyiv is very hopeful for the supply of 350-360 thousand tons of fuel from various logistics routes by the end of May. Sviridenko noted that on average Ukrainians now use 13,000 tons of fuel per day.


The gas crisis is starting to bite.

Posted by: Down South | May 14 2022 18:24 utc | 38

Another piece of good news for Russia: Argentina Announces Participation in the XIV BRICS Summit.

Russia is the "R" in "BRICS".

Posted by: Cyril | May 14 2022 18:28 utc | 39

Cadence Calls @ 36

They are probably trying to figure out how to hide the loot with Rand Paul's amendment for a special monitor to track the expenditures. He has them over the proverbial barrel with that one in the short term.

Posted by: circumspect | May 14 2022 18:31 utc | 40

Danke für die Arbeit, für mich ist es immer ein erhellender Sonnenstrahl im Propagandameer.

Posted by: Hans-Peter | May 14 2022 18:35 utc | 41

Posted by: Mikkael | May 14 2022 18:06 utc | 23

You've probably seen this,
Defense Politics Asia YouTube channel. I don't watch it often, but I did notice last week the analyst's association of present trench fortification with vintage 2014 Google Map trench positions. Presumably evidence of UA prep to invade Donbas.

The presenter's accent is strong, but autotranslate is enabled.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 14 2022 18:35 utc | 42

The war in Ukraine will not stop soon. Russia aligned forces faced some setback with the Belogorovka river crossing but the Ukraine victory there is Pyrrhic.
Rybar wrote a nice recap on what occurred during the timespan (use Yandex translator):
https://t.me/rybar/32642
https://t.me/rybar/32643
https://t.me/rybar/32644
The Russian onslaught and meat grinder is steadily progressing. Most likely the destroyed vehicles at Belogorovka belonged to a Russia aligned unit of separatists (like from Lugansk). Russia is biding its time and in no hurry. Especially since the amount of troops it contributes is too low to gain fast and major victories. They're waiting for the coming winter when Western intra contradictions will rise, some Western countries will be crawling back on their bellies to Russia while others will persist in they're suicidal behavior. That doesn't take away the rising risk of a nuclear confrontation though.

Posted by: xor | May 14 2022 18:36 utc | 43

@ Seer | May 14 2022 17:21 utc | 7

Before saying something foolish like,
"There is really no other sane excuse", you should have checked what the Chinese are saying about "locking down ShangHai."

https://www.globaltimes.cn/index.html

Hint : unlike some other governments, China really does value her citizens. And her citizens, although they certainly do grumble, appreciate the efforts.

Posted by: Otter | May 14 2022 18:38 utc | 44

As lots of you realise, the US wants to gain time by false negociations for "peace". The Ukies are running out of usable ammunition. Where will supplies come from now?

The US has used up large amounts of it's reserves and other countries have done the same. They are faced with giving their own newest armour and artillery, instead of Soviet era findings in the armouries of the EU.

Even the 777 artillery that the US has supplied (or is in the process of supplying) lacks the electronic part and the best ammunition. "They need Excalibur DA 39 for that. USA sent m777 arty without Excalibur, and without brain of M777. Pentagon is afraid the electronic part of m777 will be captured."

The second thing is the "loss" or lack of suveillance of cash (billions) and arms being sold or simply stolen. Even Europe MUST see that this is going to bring problems in the future. ..... OK, I'm joking. They wouldnt see a barn door even if they walked into it. So some reorganisation will be necessary but takes time. Something the US has less and less of.
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Now for the funnies;
A small aircraft from Posnan just wrote. "Make Beer - not War" in the air.
https://www.flightradar24.com/SPSMC/2bdb26a9
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The Russians are proposing Victor Bout (arms merchant) as their exchange for Griner (very tall athlete, who Biden has said they need to rescue).

Posted by: Stonebird | May 14 2022 18:39 utc | 45

Typo Alert!

I think you mean "Sweden and FINLAND into NATO" rather than "Sweden and Norway into NATO".

Posted by: Pearce Tournier | May 14 2022 18:41 utc | 46

Thanks b for all of your reports and analysis on Ukraine. Someone said something to the effect that empires collapse slowly and then all of a sudden (or all at once). IMO the Empire of Lies is moving toward the end stage of said collapse. Russia broke through Nato encirclement with its SMO. It now encircles Ukr troops in cauldrons where they will either surrender or be destroyed. Then Russia encircled the EU at large by demanding that countries pay for gas in rubles. In the economic sphere as in the military sphere Russia has escalation dominance. For the West the chickens are coming home to roost.

Posted by: Michael Crockett | May 14 2022 18:43 utc | 47

Sorry, Link to FlightTrader24 is too late, the track disappears when the plane lands

Posted by: Stonebird | May 14 2022 18:45 utc | 48

There is really no other sane excuse as to why China is locking down Shanghai. China isn't going to defy nature/physics and magically ward off COVID: especially when they're still allowing inbound flights/travel. Chinese are NOT stupid.
Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 16:07 utc | 252

Sure there is. China has pursued a zero-COVID policy from the beginning, which doesn't literally mean they expect to be able to have zero COVID cases, but they use a combination of public health measures to keep cases as low as possible. Yes, they allow inbound travel, but they don't just let travelers come in willy nilly without being as sure as possible that they don't have COVID. They make you quarantine for a couple of weeks, with repeated testing, before they let you in. And as a result of their policy, they've had only a few thousand deaths (in a country of 1.4 billion) the entire pandemic, and so few cases that with the exception of the first couple of months and the past couple of months, as well as a smaller outbreak last summer, all of China has been able to live a quite normal life with no worries about COVID and no restrictions on people's activities for the entire pandemic. This has meant that China's economy has performed much better than Western countries'. It's not "magic"; it's just good public health policy. Far from being "insane," it's quite sane. If they were insane like the US, they'd have had several million deaths by now. The only thing they've done wrong is they haven't pushed hard enough to get their elderly population vaccinated, which left them vulnerable if they slipped up, as Hong Kong did a couple of months ago, with disastrous results--they now have more deaths than all the rest of China. But Mainland China has contained COVID not for some ulterior motive vis a vis the US, but because they do a much better job of taking care of people than the US does.

Posted by: Jeff | May 14 2022 18:45 utc | 49

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 14 2022 18:10 utc | 26


It's all in the open. Finland's prime minister Sanna Marin is a WEF "Young Global Leader".

Posted by: Passerby | May 14 2022 18:47 utc | 50

Will someone explain to me why Russia should be so worried about the $300 billion stolen from them when they owe $470 billion in bonds? I don't understand why their assets can be seized without a default declaration whereas if they seize assets it will be a default? Even if it is a default, in the current context I don't see how it would matter...

Posted by: First of India | May 14 2022 18:49 utc | 51

@Pearce Tournier | May 14 2022 18:41 utc | 45

Typo Alert!

I think you mean "Sweden and FINLAND into NATO" rather than "Sweden and Norway into NATO".


Correct. Good you guys caught it, I had a local power cut here (tree over power line, fixed in 2hrs) and could not handle it :-)

Norway has been member of NATO since its creation. I suspect we will be members until NATO is dissolved, hopefully in the relative near future.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 14 2022 18:55 utc | 52

@Pearce Tournier | May 14 2022 18:41 utc | 45

Typo Alert!

I think you mean "Sweden and FINLAND into NATO" rather than "Sweden and Norway into NATO".


Correct. Good you guys caught it, I had a local power cut here (tree over power line, fixed in 2hrs) and could not handle it :-)

Norway has been member of NATO since its creation. I suspect we will be members until NATO is dissolved, hopefully in the relative near future.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 14 2022 18:55 utc | 53

Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 17:21 utc | 7

A while back I hypothesized that China's Covid lockdown wasn't really about Covid

I too think this, I too watched Doc Campbell way back from the Wuhan get go, I thank him for the heads up then. But I must point out what all the "Chinese are futilely over the top" regarding prevention are missing. USA, which was always half-assed in prevention and really about let it rip/get it over has a population (if I got it right) of 220 million >18ys/o and 1 million dead, so 1 in 220 adults kicking off is pretty accurate and heavily concentrated in the over 60 crowd. China has 1.5 billion peeps, not sure how many >18 but it would be an atrocious amount of dead. It would devastate their medical system and hospitals across the board if they just let it rip. Maybe piles of dead, suffering and ruined families just isn't their style, something apparently incomprehensible to the West, or yeh, maybe they are crazy germophobic. That doesn't mean the lockdowns aren't also being used to send the west a message of how the real world functions in 2020.

Back in 1945 Russia was barely post medieval and utterly devastated by war, China was medieval having been set back 150 years and drained dry by colonialism. Cutting them off behind an iron curtain and isolating them from the world market was capitalism cutting off a pinky and a small toe. Today the plans to isolate Russia and China is capitalism cutting off an arm and two legs. How in the world anyone in a position of influence and power, political, economic, corporate, or military fails to see this is beyond comprehension. Even with threatened USA and western hegemony on the line neophyte WEF clowns in a room sniffing their own farts is the only possible explanation.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | May 14 2022 19:11 utc | 54

protagoras@20
NO.
Where do you live? Here in Ontario the site is accessible.

Jeff@48
Thank you for this reminder that, to put it very crudely, while the number of Covid deaths in the USA with a population of about 315 million now exceeds a million. In China, with almost five times the population, the death toll is less than 10,000, probably less than 5000.
Covid can be controlled and eventually eradicated. So can capitalism and privileging the profits of a few over the lives of the many.

Posted by: bevin | May 14 2022 19:14 utc | 55

I think the propaganda story about Russia losing 1,500 soldiers in a bridge crossing is at least partly motivated by a desire to cover up just how bad things are going for the Ukrainians.

Russia loses 15 BILLION soldiers????
https://readingjunkie.com/2022/05/14/the-15-billion-russian-casualties-and-other-news/

Posted by: Ian Kummer | May 14 2022 19:16 utc | 56

Wait a moment!
Why is the US requesting a ceasefire and why not Ukraine?
This might be just a bluff...The US needs to replenish its arsenal and Nato to train a little bit more...
Anyway, Ukraine is an independent country it is said...Am I wrong? So, Ukraine needs to go to the table and negotiate with Russia. Maybe, indeed Ukraine is just a "dependence" of the US...If so, lets be prepared for a bigger burst...
The US requesting a ceasefire!
Makes me wonder indeed!

Posted by: Meriem Kheira Peille | May 14 2022 19:18 utc | 57

@Ghost Ship #16

Hey, it's entertainment!

"His wife Valeriia has now promised to escape from the siege for her husband, vowing to 'live for him."

Such an adventuresome lady.

Posted by: Thirdeye | May 14 2022 19:19 utc | 58

Russia is the "R" in "BRICS".
Posted by: Cyril | May 14 2022 18:28 utc | 38

With Argentina BRICS becomes BARICS.

Hey Joe, say hello to the thermoBARICS!

Posted by: Sarmat | May 14 2022 19:20 utc | 59

A review of Google News MSM aggregator tells me that Russia has lost the battle of Pontoon Bridge, has lost the battle of Kharkiv, and has lost momentum in Ukraine’s east where its forces are in retreat against a determined Ukrainian counter-offensive which has severed Russian supply lines. NATO war policy: Putin must be seen to fail (adjusted to: Putin must be said to have failed). The US Embassy in Kiev has tweeted: “Putin has failed.” Mission accomplished!

Posted by: jayc | May 14 2022 19:24 utc | 60

Some 36-year-old Ukrainian general claims to know everything there is to know about Russia, including an imminent Kremlin coup -- and every absurd detail is breathlessly echoed by our agitprop machine, out here in the US of A. Like many incidents in the infosphere, the truth of constituent assertions isn't the most interesting question. If the fact it's totally fabricated isn't obvious within 24 hours, it will be within 48. Then why does a NATO operative such as this freshmeat general make himself momentarily ridiculous on the world stage -- stepping up as our own Ukrainian "Baghdad Bob"? Just for attention? Is anyone on Earth really so desperate for attention that global ridicule will do?

I'm similarly confused about Lloyd Austin's call: I have that feeling something doesn't fit -- the real explanation for this puzzling incident might remain forever opaque, but I don't believe the "readout" line about what transpired in this call. It's just too darn silly, even for Lloyd Austin. Who is responsible for publishing such a "readout"? Has Russia said anything about this call?

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 14 2022 19:24 utc | 61

protagoras | May 14 2022 17:55 utc | 20
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No problem here accessing SCF and Escobar's article.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2022/05/13/empire-of-bioweapon-lies/

These [key five] findings, amply documented, suggest a vast “legitimized” bioweapon racket reaching the highest levels of the American body politic. There’s no doubt the Russians plan to thoroughly unmask it for the benefit of world public opinion, starting with a War Crimes Tribunal to be set up this summer, most probably in Donetsk.

An ongoing U.S. bioweapons program in Ukraine was one of the Top Three reasons that led to the launch of Operation Z, side by side with preventing an imminent NATO-managed blitzkrieg against Donbass and Kiev’s desire to re-start a nuclear weapons program. These are Top Three red lines for Russia.

The strength of the collected evidence may directly correlate with what was largely interpreted as a carefully measured Victory Day speech by President Putin. The Kremlin does not bluff. It will certainly privilege the meticulous presentation of – bioweapon – facts on the ground over grandstanding rhetoric.
[...]
Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyaniskiy announced Russia’s demand for an open meeting of the UN Security Council to present further evidence related to U.S. biolabs in Ukraine. Even if the meeting would be vetoed by the U.S., the evidence will be entered by Russia on the UN records.

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 14 2022 19:25 utc | 62

Great news! Some of the comments show why this is such a great site.

Posted by: Merkin Scot | May 14 2022 19:26 utc | 63

I think Austin and the US military are worried sick about Russia being forced into using the nuclear option by US politicians and pundits who seem oblivious to the risks and consequences and are ignoring advice from the military. I think he’s opening up a direct line of communication since Biden and his handlers are refusing to talk let alone negotiate. “Requesting a ceasefire” gives plausible cover to this gambit.

Austin may well believe the UA is winning but that winning may prove the trigger for a nuclear response.

Posted by: IrishMoses | May 14 2022 19:26 utc | 64

No more gas for Poland The reverse of Russian gas from Germany to Poland was closed. Despite Poland's loud chatter about giving up Russian gas, Russian sanctions against European gas companies and stories that the EU will soon give up "dirty and smelly Russian gas", Poland continued to pump Russian gas through Germany via a virtual reverse, as a result of which it became one of the leaders of the European Union in terms of occupancy of gas storage facilities.

Posted by: Andrew B | May 14 2022 19:27 utc | 65

Escobar's article, Empire of Bioweapon LiesI, is also posted at the Saker

https://thesaker.is/empire-of-bioweapon-lies/

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 14 2022 19:29 utc | 66

Posted by: Seer | May 14 2022 17:21 utc | 7

"..I believe that we also need to keep an eye out on what China is doing.....There is really no other sane excuse as to why China is locking down Shanghai. China isn't going to defy nature/physics and magically ward off COVID: especially when they're still allowing inbound flights/travel. Chinese are NOT stupid. "

Of course China is NOT stoopid!... Look what's she doing..... finally China only (beside ARJ21-700) commercial airplane finally make it's first pre delivery C919 flight on Saturday 14 May for China Eastern Airlines, I presume Civil Aviation Administration of China has approved C919 Airworthiness Certificates....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2_hJw3dNg0

Posted by: JC | May 14 2022 19:37 utc | 67

Posted by: Jeff | May 14 2022 18:45 utc | 48

I'll add that a westerner must add scale when observing China which has cities with populations of 20 million or more, their neighborhoods are bigger than many large western cities. A lockdown is going to be one hell of an undertaking and an apparent spectacle when viewed by western eyes. I'll also point out that when Italy locked down for three months in 2020, before they got with the western "let it rip" program, they were praised and cheered all around by the west. All Italy could fit into two big Chinese cities.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | May 14 2022 19:40 utc | 68

Thanks for the replies on my Strategic-Culture.org problem. Unfortunately the site remains blocked for me, situated in Germany. Tried with tor, but no success.
Error message:
403 Forbidden
В доступе на страницу отказано
vip80.hosting.reg.ru

It's late already anyway. Maybe tomorrow it will work again.

Posted by: protagoras | May 14 2022 19:41 utc | 69

Colleague: Who was that on the phone?
Shoigu: Some punk who thinks we’ve already forgotten about their biolabs.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 14 2022 19:41 utc | 70

This also proves the utter scam that the $50Bn+ "aid" packages amount to. The Pentagon and by extension the Demonrats and Rethuglicans all know that Ukraine cannot win. Glenn Greenwald yesterday texted members of Congress including "the Squad" and received a reply from only one of them; that reply was comical.

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-bizarre-unanimous-dem-support-426?s=r

Hence, the US Congress has decided to bail out the US weapons and military contracting community which was suffering from the same market collapse as the majority of the rest of the economy. The whole thing is a big scam on the American people designed to enrich a few billionaires and their employees. War is a racket. Every war is a banker's war.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 19:42 utc | 71

Sorry, Link to FlightTrader24 is too late, the track disappears when the plane lands

Posted by: Stonebird | May 14 2022 18:45 utc | 47

Not at all. The link worked just fine for me. I saw it.
Nice flying :-)

Posted by: Helmuth von Moltke | May 14 2022 19:43 utc | 72

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 19:42 utc | 68

I should also note that ZERO Democrats voted against and that I think 57 Republicans did. But it's important to point out that other than Rand Paul and maybe one or two others, the Republicans are merely doing what the Democrats do when they're not in power: Casting meaningless votes knowing that the legislation will pass so as to give themselves political cover when the whole thing blows up. Tellingly, not a single Republican voted against Bush's AUMF and illegal invasion of Iraq and only ONE Democrat did. Kabuki theater, folks. As usual in the heart of the imperium.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 19:44 utc | 73

When I try for strategic culture it is 403 forbidden, the remainder of message in Cyrillic. From Chicago.

Someone in power and someone in MSM May be ready to face reality. The little people who consume news are at peak frenzy. It just keeps building. Now that it is warm and the young ladies bare their shoulders I am seeing Azov tattoos. Turning off the warporn tap just now could get interesting.

Posted by: Oldhippie | May 14 2022 19:46 utc | 74

@anon2020 | May 14 2022 19:41 utc | 67

LOL, that is probably a good representation of the russian reaction :-)

Posted by: Norwegian | May 14 2022 19:49 utc | 75

Posted by: Oldhippie | May 14 2022 19:46 utc | 71

Yep. Same here from Texas. I bet it's a coordinated DDOS attack or hack by Pentagon affiliates. I'm going to try using a proxy service, but in this case I don't think it'll work. The Cyrillic part is a nice touch - and telling (and I know that Strategic Culture may be hosted on a Russian or eastern European server).

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 19:49 utc | 76

Posted by: Down South | May 14 2022 18:18 utc | 35

Martyanov talks a lot of crap. People shouldn't take him that seriously when he is out of his military bubble. Shanghai is one of the most liberal cities in China. Go figure!

Posted by: v | May 14 2022 19:50 utc | 77

This is a reply to Sushi @ 238 from the last thread but fits well in a thread about wins and losses.

Sushi, we're pretty much in agreement here. When talking about the West, we should, however, distinguish the ruling class from the 99%. And if we're discussing wins and losses, it's important to identify who stands to win what and who stands to lose.

I believe that the Empire has long abandoned hopes for a unipolar world. If we barflies have come to this conclusion, there is no reason why teams of professional advisors shouldn't figure this out. Therefore, its options now are for either a bipolar world in which it holds a dominant position or, the much less attractive prospect of being a 2nd tier player in a complex global network of trade and power relations.

You describe the empire as one of lies and financialization, to which I would add that this rentier economic model is founded on (relative) domination, exploitation and extorsion. Banana republics are the desirable model whereas win win relationships and egalitarian societies are not.

With these considerations in mind, the US/UK Empire's actions in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia do make sense. I find that looking at most topics we discuss on this blog through the prism of zero-sum gaming provides a clear, coherent picture. Tempting as it may be to dismiss and mock the Empire in 'Aha gotcha!' put-downs, most facile criticisms are based on unrealistic premises and logic contortions.

So, back to Ukraine. I dislike medal counts and regret the term 'victory' I used previously as it tends to focalize the discussion on values and preferences at the expense of objectivity.

What I was pointing out is the asymmetric impacts of the conflict as experienced by either side. By virtue of the conflict's location, as well as the nature of the belligerents' strategic objectives, every day of war is a loss for Ukraine. By extent, with the loss of opportunities and prospects of trade and growth, this represents a loss for Russia, Europe and ultimately, for the continent as a whole. Should the fire move west into Odessa, Lviv or further, the Empire will simply be spared the effort of personally acting out the arson.

Posted by: robin | May 14 2022 19:52 utc | 78

Austin can pound sand, the Ruskies should stop all pipeline natgas to unfriendly countries who have send weapons to the UkroNazis and demand the return of their $$300 billion stolen foreign reserves,..for starters.

Posted by: Hannibal | May 14 2022 19:52 utc | 79

Always felt that the Chinese lockdown videos looked faked. Chinese have a diferent sense of starvation then we in the west and I do not think Chinese authorities would alow the specter of lack of food surface in their public realm

Posted by: alf | May 14 2022 19:58 utc | 80

Calling for negotiations is a sign of strength, not weakness. Only in Putin's KGB-streetfighter-mind is that not the case.

Meanwhile in Ukraine, the battle of Charkiw is coming to an end; it ends like the battle of Kiew, with Russian retreat. Ukraine's second city will soon be out of the reach for Russian artillery.

On another front, stable genius Putin lured Finland into applying for NATO, giving him the pretext for a devastating miltary blow at the apostate province of the Grear Russian Empire.

Posted by: Gleb Nershin | May 14 2022 19:59 utc | 81

@ Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 19:42 utc | 68

Thanks for the Greenwald link on the death of the left. Feels more like a hackneyed sham of whatever "the left" was once supposed to mean, especially when Greenwald recalls AOC spray-painting graffiti on an evening gown. What a bunch of clowns. I've forgotten what she wrote on her dress. Might as well have been "I don't really care do u?"

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 14 2022 20:03 utc | 82


I too have been unable to reach Strategic Culture from the US with or without VPN until I ditched Western browsers and tried Yandex with the VPN.

Posted by: Quanah | May 14 2022 20:04 utc | 83

Important to the U$A that Odessa be kept in Ukrainian hands as a toe hold for NATO on the north shore of the Black Sea. Equally important for Russia to take it.

Posted by: ChrisHerz | May 14 2022 20:05 utc | 84

If my theory of Austin's motives for making his ceasefire call are correct (see my post at #61, above), then he may be one of the few or only adults in the room on our side. Sure hope so.

Posted by: Irishmoses | May 14 2022 20:06 utc | 85

Posted by: Oldhippie | May 14 2022 19:46 utc | 71

And I was wrong. When using a Slovenian IP address via proxy service, Strategic Culture's website is fully functional. So this is a coordinated effort to deny access to that site by western ISPs and "intelligence" agencies.

As I have recommended before, I use IPVanish.

Main article today headline: mariupol-liberated-western-media-silence-amid-their-big-lie-exposure

Methinks that they must be getting too close to touching a nerve.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 20:06 utc | 86

Update on Strategic Culture. I used a proxy service and chose a Slovenian IP address. The site is fully functional. Hence, it is being blocked for us here in the west by a coordinated effort among ISPs and the "intelligence" agencies.

Also of note: b's platform is blocking that same Slovenian IP and I was unable to post to MoA until I signed out and am back to my Texas IP address.

Main headline at Strategic Culture right now is a story about Mariupol.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 20:09 utc | 87

I hope b will indulge me here, make an exception to the usual policy on long posts and accept a full-length reposting of the main story at Strategic Culture today in light of the fact that we are 100% being blocked from viewing it in the West (and met with a cute Cyrillic 403 error message). Here's the text of that article on Mariupol.

For anyone who has been seriously following the conflict in Ukraine it is obvious that Western governments and media have been a total travesty in what they are claiming about that country.

The Western news media were made to look like laughing stocks this week with the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, the Black Sea port city in southern Ukraine.

Not just laughing stocks, but actually proponents of deceitful war propaganda. This should be a matter of excruciatingly deep shame for the Western media and indeed the basis for future prosecution over war crimes complicity.

Up to 100 civilians were released from the sprawling industrial factory and taken into care by Russian forces in conjunction with United Nations rescue officials and the International Red Cross. Their testimonies flatly contradict the claims that were being blared by Western news media for several weeks.

Amplifying the narrative of the NATO-backed Kiev regime, the Western media had been making out that the civilians were voluntarily in the Azovstal plant to help defend it along with Ukrainian soldiers. The Russian military surrounding the factory was said to be besieging the site and threatening the safety of civilians.

However, it turns out, based on their own testimonies, that the civilians were being held hostage as human shields by the Ukrainian combatants. While the Western media had been extolling the “heroic” defenders of the Azovstal factory, it has now become apparent that these “heroes” were grossly violating laws of war by systematically using non-combatants as human sandbags to deter a Russian assault.

We should not be surprised by the criminal and degenerate conduct. For the “brave defenders” at the Azovstal plant that the Western media have been eulogizing are none other than the Nazi-affiliated Azov battalion. These militants are the frontline troops of the Ukrainian armed forces. They have been trained and armed by NATO powers, including the United States, Britain, Canada, and Poland. There is speculation that there may even be NATO special forces still holed up in the steel plant along with their Azov battalion charges.

It remains to be seen what the residual 1,000 militants in the factory will do now that their siege is finally doomed. One of the fighters even put out a bizarre appeal this week to SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk to help mediate their escape. How appropriate for the weird times we live in!

Contrary to Western media claims, the Ukrainian forces have been routinely using schools, hospitals, residential apartments, and other civilian centers as cover for fighting against Russian troops.

The sudden fall-off in Western media coverage this week is in stark contrast to the near-hysterical saturation reporting in previous weeks when it was being claimed that the Ukrainian port city was cruelly besieged by Russian forces. Consumers of Western media were led to believe that Russia’s military was about to perpetrate a heinous crime of mass murder. The hysteria being generated is part of the manufacturing of consent from the public for Western governments to funnel taxpayer money and military aid to prop up the Kiev regime. This week, the Biden administration is set to send a $40 billion military aid package to the Kiev regime; this largesse is while one million Americans have died from the Covid-19 pandemic.

For anyone who has been seriously following the conflict in Ukraine it is obvious that Western governments and media have been a total travesty in what they are claiming about that country. The regime in Kiev that seized power in 2014 through a CIA-backed coup against an elected president has actually been an international disgrace only given cover by the Western media and fawning Western governments. The regime may currently have a Jewish president as a figurehead, but for eight years it has been infested with Nazis, fascists and other anti-Russian radicals. This regime and its foot soldiers in the Azov battalion and other such formations openly glorify the memory of Second World War collaborators with the Third Reich in the prosecution of its Final Solution genocide.

The Western media had previously acknowledged the “Nazi problem” in Ukraine. But since the US-led NATO bloc ramped up its war agenda against Russia over the past six months, all such pejorative mention of the Kiev regime has been expunged. The Western public is inculcated to believe that Washington and its European allies are defending democracy in Ukraine. The conflict has been completely shorn of any factual context, from the origins of the Kiev coup to the past eight years of relentless deadly aggression against the Russian-speaking people in the breakaway Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

A major reason why Moscow ordered the military intervention into Ukraine on February 24 was to defend the Russian people of the southeast Donbass region from the ravages of the NATO-backed Kiev regime forces and their Nazi hatred.

Nearly three months on, the Donbass provinces have been largely liberated by the Russian military. The Azov Nazis have been pushed back. The southern port city of Mariupol is a key strategic gain to link up the Donbass territory under the control of Russian forces in alliance with the armies of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

The Western media tell their consumers that Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has been a failure; that it has involved massive war crimes; that the “brave defenders” are holding out.

The facts are that the Kiev regime has callously and cynically used its own population as cannon fodder to cling on to power and as emotive pawns to facilitate the NATO weaponizing of the country as a catspaw against Russia. That is exactly what the NATO powers want. The United States and its NATO accomplices – the ultimate architects of this conflict – are funneling tens of billions of dollars into the Ukraine, supplying covert forces and military intelligence that is recklessly risking a direct conflict with nuclear-armed Russia.

One can be bamboozled by the cornucopia of narratives and propaganda. The Bucha (false-flag) massacre that allegedly happened in March was a classic example of media gaslighting psyops, as was the bombing of the maternity hospital in Mariupol – all covertly perpetrated by NATO-backed Nazis but blamed on Russia by the Western media.

But perhaps the clearest test case of lies from facts surely is the liberation of Mariupol by Russia. The city is returning to normal after weeks of heavy fighting. Humanitarian aid is being provided by Russian forces in coordination with the UN and Red Cross. As with other parts of liberated Donbass, civilians are expressing relief and gratitude for having gotten rid of militants who had been holding them under siege with their hateful Nazi ideology.

There is a vivid parallel with Syria’s northern city of Aleppo when it was liberated by Russian forces in late 2016 from jihadist militants. Recall how for weeks before Aleppo was retaken, the Western media were declaring that a bloodbath was imminent against innocent civilians and “brave rebels”.

Just like Mariupol and the rest of the Donbass, the civilian population has been liberated from a siege of terror that Western-backed proxies had imposed. In the case of Aleppo, Western media conspicuously did not follow up on their tall stories and wild claims. When did they ever visit Aleppo to find out what became of the civilians under siege?

It is therefore fitting – albeit damning – that Western media have suddenly dropped their coverage of Ukraine this week. It is truly astounding how such Western media have reacted. There is a mass denial of reality because otherwise, they are exposing themselves as the liars and purveyors of propaganda that they shamelessly are. Why aren’t the BBC and CNN and so on in Mariupol, Donetsk and Lugansk to enquire about people’s conditions and views? That’s because the Western media would be exposing themselves as witting conduits of war propaganda. It is more prudent for them to simply just shut up and pretend nothing has happened.

The dogs bark and the Western media caravan trundles on… to some other dutiful destination.

Is it any wonder that Western governments are massively censoring all critical, independent media? Searching the internet now just brings up approved Western media sources. Hardly any Russian media views are permitted and neither are critical, independent Western perspectives. This draconian suppression of free speech and information by the West is part of their war propaganda campaign aimed at giving the warmongering media free rein to spout their preposterous and pernicious lies unchecked. The implications are shocking. Western states are devolving into totalitarian regimes that at the same time have the audacity to pontificate about democracy and freedom. They largely get away with this absurd audacity because the profiteering corporate media are bought and paid for to be dutifully dumb and obsequious. There is an increasingly vicious circle of toxic Western militarism aided and abetted by so-called media that more accurately should be referred to as the “ministry of truth”.

There are many nails going into the coffin of Western corporate-controlled media as far as their public credibility and respect are concerned. Another nail just slammed in this week from the exposure of their Big Lie about Mariupol.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 20:12 utc | 88

@77 alf

Yes, as a westerner I am not taking the bait to criticize anything I perceive the Chinese are doing to their own people via the media.

Similarly, I think many here are not in the right to criticize the domestic policies of a foreign nation, in this case the U.S.

We have suffered immensely from lockdowns, closure of non-essential businesses, unsanitary and ineffective mask mandates, a medical experimentation in the form of crypto vaccine mandates through loss of employment.

We never got to debate the policy enacted by our government. We were merely the victims and many of us begrudgingly went along with it.

Furthermore, what is to be said about Sweden, which had a very low deathrate but shunned many of the mandates put in place by the U.S.?

The U.S. is a very, very unhealthy nation. But that is our own damn fault. But if you want to rub salt in our wounds by calling us irresponsible in the face of submission to our government's covid policy, I think that is unwarranted.

I realize that a lot of big business in the U.S. is tied to the hip of our military's intimidation abroad, but where you can lay off us Americans for our domestic policy, I would encourage you to do so. Otherwise, you just look like a pompous Euro, without the guts to challenge your own government to drop your vassal-status to the U.S.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | May 14 2022 20:13 utc | 89

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 14 2022 20:03 utc | 79

she should have painted "fraud squad" on whatever she was wearing when she voted for the aid package.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 14 2022 20:13 utc | 90

Make that comment #62, above.

The US military has undermined several of the more outrageous claims by our politicos so I see them as a possible force for good.
No one in the military wants to see nuclear war. Most of them have seen and felt the horrors of war and a nuclear one would raise those affects exponentially.
Hope I'm right.

Posted by: Irishmoses | May 14 2022 20:19 utc | 91

Analysis of recent Russian bridging operations

Posted by: Stefan | May 14 2022 20:22 utc | 92

Who controls Lloyd Austin? Who told Austin to ask for a ceasefire?
Is the the Blinken Nuland Kagan Braintrust?
Who controls this braintrust?

I hypothesize that the braintrust may be the authors of the ceasefire strategy, knowing in this case that the Pentagon would naturally concur, being typically confronted with ever increasing petulance and bombastic rhetoric from them. This is unusual in that it is sensible, notwithstanding that it is likely a regrouping trick.

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | May 14 2022 20:24 utc | 93

Posted by: NemesisCalling | May 14 2022 20:13 utc | 85

Sorry but what are you talking about? Alf's post at 77 was on Chinese COVID policy, nothing whatsoever to do with Western or US policy. Did you read a different post than I did?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 20:26 utc | 94

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1B1PLMhbHmG1aJ2-QNxHY1TksI6HlNhqF&ll=48.826114550803034%2C38.42952213514511&z=10

The above map shows the location of many of ukistans mini Maginot fortifications. This is what Russia is reducing to ashes as we speak. This is not a kinetic war, it is positional to a large extent.

Posted by: nook | May 14 2022 20:29 utc | 95

@Tom_Q_Collins | May 14 2022 20:12 utc | 84

I hope b will indulge me here, make an exception to the usual policy on long posts and accept a full-length reposting of the main story at Strategic Culture today in light of the fact that we are 100% being blocked from viewing it in the West
Sympathies for you being unable to access https://www.strategic-culture.org/ , but the "west" is more than the US, and I can access it without problems.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 14 2022 20:29 utc | 96

@Irishmoses 22
Austin and the US military are worried sick . . .Biden and his handlers are refusing to talk let alone negotiate

A ceasefire was promoted in the recent US-ASEAN Joint Vision Statement (a strictly-US product no doubt).
So Austin isn't acting on his own.

We underline the importance of an immediate cessation of hostilities and creating an enabling environment for peaceful resolution. We support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General in the search for a peaceful solution. We also call for the facilitation of rapid, safe and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance for those in need in Ukraine, and for the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel, and persons in vulnerable situations. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 14 2022 20:30 utc | 97

"Calling for negotiations is a sign of strength, not weakness. Only in Putin's KGB-streetfighter-mind is that not the case.

Meanwhile in Ukraine, the battle of Charkiw is coming to an end; it ends like the battle of Kiew, with Russian retreat. Ukraine's second city will soon be out of the reach for Russian artillery.

On another front, stable genius Putin lured Finland into applying for NATO, giving him the pretext for a devastating miltary blow at the apostate province of the Grear Russian Empire.

Posted by: Gleb Nershin | May 14 2022 19:59 utc | 78"

Dude...drugs are bad....

Posted by: nook | May 14 2022 20:32 utc | 98

@ pretzelattack | May 14 2022 20:13 utc | 86

That "fraud squad" coinage sounds likely to stick, it's so apt. We're stranded way out in the middle of the Mojave desert, without any shade. What happens to us when the pretense of democracy wears so thin? Langston Hughes asked:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 14 2022 20:32 utc | 99

About less than fully successful bridge operation.

Recently, we observed the following school of military thought: conceive an operation, write on a pad what hardware could be useful and is at hand, toss it in together with troops. On Ukrainian side, it was attributed to British advisors... (it was impressive what was tossed at a small island, many a Grenada could be conquered). [Hardware helps, but there are also other required steps in operation planning.] On Russian side... . In the meantime, COVID-19 keeps mutating, people are moving around spreading the new strains, and one could be uniquely adapted to spread among the higher ranks of the military. There are many evolutionary advantages: these people are "social hubs" etc.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 14 2022 20:33 utc | 100

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