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cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890963

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Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction.

Russia’s missile attack on Okhmatdyr, Ukraine’s main children’s hospital, aroused enough international outrage for Moscow to go into denial mode. Not so, however, Russian propagandists, one of whom positively told Russians to quit making excuses. The strike was no accident, according to Andrei Perla, a columnist for Tsargrad, and can be repeated as Ukrainian children, any Ukrainians “cannot be considered people”.[...]

In the propagandist's own words:

“The pitiless law of war is very simple – such enemies cannot be considered people. We must acknowledge the simple and terrible [truth] that there are no people on the other side. Not one person. Our missiles do not kill people, not one person. There are no people there.”

“Simple and terrible, but we shouldn’t try to justify ourselves for hitting a children’s hospital. We need to say: do you want it to stop? Then surrender. Capitulate. And then, perhaps, we will spare you.

“If we don’t forbid ourselves from viewing them as people, from pitying them, protecting them – we will weaken ourselves. We will restrict our ability to save our own children. We will obstruct the path to Victory.”

“If the aim of the SMO* is to ensure Russia’s security, denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, then the path to this aim is for surviving Nazis [sic] and all their families to have to flee in panic to the West. Before the Polish border. From shelling. From the ruins of their cities and homes, losing on the way their blue and yellow flags and slippers.”

 

cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890963

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Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction.

Russia’s missile attack on Okhmatdyr, Ukraine’s main children’s hospital, aroused enough international outrage for Moscow to go into denial mode. Not so, however, Russian propagandists, one of whom positively told Russians to quit making excuses. The strike was no accident, according to Andrei Perla, a columnist for Tsargrad, and can be repeated as Ukrainian children, any Ukrainians “cannot be considered people”.[...]

In the propagandist's own words:

“The pitiless law of war is very simple – such enemies cannot be considered people. We must acknowledge the simple and terrible [truth] that there are no people on the other side. Not one person. Our missiles do not kill people, not one person. There are no people there.”

“Simple and terrible, but we shouldn’t try to justify ourselves for hitting a children’s hospital. We need to say: do you want it to stop? Then surrender. Capitulate. And then, perhaps, we will spare you.

“If we don’t forbid ourselves from viewing them as people, from pitying them, protecting them – we will weaken ourselves. We will restrict our ability to save our own children. We will obstruct the path to Victory.”

“If the aim of the SMO* is to ensure Russia’s security, denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, then the path to this aim is for surviving Nazis [sic] and all their families to have to flee in panic to the West. Before the Polish border. From shelling. From the ruins of their cities and homes, losing on the way their blue and yellow flags and slippers.”

 

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Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction.

Russia’s missile attack on Okhmatdyr, Ukraine’s main children’s hospital, aroused enough international outrage for Moscow to go into denial mode. Not so, however, Russian propagandists, one of whom positively told Russians to quit making excuses. The strike was no accident, according to Andrei Perla, a columnist for Tsargrad, and can be repeated as Ukrainian children, any Ukrainians “cannot be considered people”.[...]

In the propagandist's own words:

“The pitiless law of war is very simple – such enemies cannot be considered people. We must acknowledge the simple and terrible [truth] that there are no people on the other side. Not one person. Our missiles do not kill people, not one person. There are no people there.”

“Simple and terrible, but we shouldn’t try to justify ourselves for hitting a children’s hospital. We need to say: do you want it to stop? Then surrender. Capitulate. And then, perhaps, we will spare you.

“If we don’t forbid ourselves from viewing them as people, from pitying them, protecting them – we will weaken ourselves. We will restrict our ability to save our own children. We will obstruct the path to Victory.”

“If the aim of the SMO* is to ensure Russia’s security, denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, then the path to this aim is for surviving Nazis [sic] and all their families to have to flee in panic to the West. Before the Polish border. From shelling. From the ruins of their cities and homes, losing on the way their blue and yellow flags and slippers.”

 

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Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, international sanctions have made trading Russian crude and oil products difficult, prompting traders to seek loopholes to export them, including offshore ship-to-ship transfers.

Waters around Greece’s southern coast and the Laconian Gulf have recently been meeting points for transfers from tankers carrying Russian oil onto other vessels.

Greek officials have in the past said Greek authorities cannot inspect vessels that carry a foreign flag in international waters and such naval advisories help rein in offshore ship-to-ship transfers.

Greece, over the past months, has been issuing and extending such advisories for military exercises off the Laconian Gulf and even further, off the island of Kithira, urging merchant and other vessels to avoid the area.

The latest advisory was extended until Sept. 15, 2024.

 

Die Europäische Union hat Sanktionen gegen fünf Personen und drei Organisationen aus Israel verhängt. Sie seien verantwortlich für „ernsthafte und systematische Menschenrechtsverstöße gegen Palästinenser im Westjordanland“, heißt es in einer Mitteilung des EU-Rates. Hintergrund ist die Globale Sanktionsregelung der EU im Bereich der Menschenrechte (EUGHRSR).

Die Sanktionen richten sich unter anderen gegen den Siedler Mosche Scharvit und dessen Außenposten Chavat Mosche (Mosches Farm) im Jordantal. Von dort aus hat er sich laut EU an Siedlergewalt beteiligt und palästinensische Bewohner in umliegenden Hirtendörfern bedroht. Die physische und verbale Belästigung sei seit Oktober 2023 eskaliert.

Auch Zvi Bar Josef mit seinem Außenposten Chavat Zvi (Zvis Farm) im Westjordanland ist von der Maßnahme betroffen. Er habe mehrfach Palästinenser angegriffen und schwer verletzt, hieß es. Ähnliche Vorwürfe gibt es gegen Issachar Manne, den Gründer der Chavat Manne (Manne-Farm) in den Hügeln südlich von Hebron.

Zwei weitere sanktionierte Israelis sind die rechtsextremen Politiker Baruch Marsel und Ben-Zion „Benzi“ Gopstein. Marsel ruft nach Angaben der EU offen zu einer ethnischen Säuberung von Palästinensern auf. Gopstein ist Gründer und Vorsitzender der extremistischen Organisation „Lehava“. 2019 verfügte das Oberste Gericht, dass die beiden Politiker nicht bei den Knessetwahlen kandidieren durften.

 

Der Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union hat am Mittwoch (17. Juli) die Entscheidung der Europäischen Kommission bestätigt, die Muttergesellschaft von TikTok, Bytedance, als „Gatekeeper“ im Sinne des Gesetzes über digitale Märkte zu bezeichnen. Damit unterliegt das Unternehmen strengeren Wettbewerbsregeln.

Die Bestätigung von Bytedance als Gatekeeper durch das Gericht stärkt die Bemühungen der EU, dominierende Technologieunternehmen zu regulieren.

Das Gesetz für digitale Märkte (Digital Markets Act, DMA) zielt auf den digitalen Wettbewerb ab, indem sie Gatekeeper benennt, die einen fairen Wettbewerb in wichtigen Internetsektoren sicherstellen sollen. Zu den Gatekeepern gehören unter anderem Alphabet, Apple, Meta, Amazon und Microsoft.

Die Europäische Kommission hat Bytedance, die Muttergesellschaft von TikTok, im vergangenen September als Gatekeeper benannt, wogegen das chinesische Unternehmen im November letzten Jahres Einspruch eingelegt hat.

 

cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890069

The newly-signed Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) is a de facto visiting forces deal, since it establishes procedures for the cooperative activities, while the force of one country is visiting the other country and defines a legal status of the visiting force. Accordingly, it allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japanese Self Defence Forces (JSDF) to dramatically expand joint military activities, including large-scale drills focused on enhancing interoperability and joint response to various contingencies, including disasters as well as armed conflicts.

Both nations also have a direct interest in preparing for contingencies in neighbouring Taiwan, which is almost equidistantly positioned between important military facilities in northern Philippines and southern Japan. Thus, geography alone makes a more robust Philippine-Japan security cooperation pivotal to their American ally’s “integrated deterrence” strategy against a resurgent China, which has repeatedly warned of potential invasion of the self-ruling island nation.

The move comes also as there are growing worries over a more transactional and unilateralist American foreign policy under a second Trump administration. By all indications, the United States will remain as the “hub” of a network of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, but allies are stepping up their own defence spending as well as deepening “spoke-to-spoke” cooperation among themselves.

 

cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890069

The newly-signed Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) is a de facto visiting forces deal, since it establishes procedures for the cooperative activities, while the force of one country is visiting the other country and defines a legal status of the visiting force. Accordingly, it allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japanese Self Defence Forces (JSDF) to dramatically expand joint military activities, including large-scale drills focused on enhancing interoperability and joint response to various contingencies, including disasters as well as armed conflicts.

Both nations also have a direct interest in preparing for contingencies in neighbouring Taiwan, which is almost equidistantly positioned between important military facilities in northern Philippines and southern Japan. Thus, geography alone makes a more robust Philippine-Japan security cooperation pivotal to their American ally’s “integrated deterrence” strategy against a resurgent China, which has repeatedly warned of potential invasion of the self-ruling island nation.

The move comes also as there are growing worries over a more transactional and unilateralist American foreign policy under a second Trump administration. By all indications, the United States will remain as the “hub” of a network of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, but allies are stepping up their own defence spending as well as deepening “spoke-to-spoke” cooperation among themselves.

 

cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890069

The newly-signed Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) is a de facto visiting forces deal, since it establishes procedures for the cooperative activities, while the force of one country is visiting the other country and defines a legal status of the visiting force. Accordingly, it allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japanese Self Defence Forces (JSDF) to dramatically expand joint military activities, including large-scale drills focused on enhancing interoperability and joint response to various contingencies, including disasters as well as armed conflicts.

Both nations also have a direct interest in preparing for contingencies in neighbouring Taiwan, which is almost equidistantly positioned between important military facilities in northern Philippines and southern Japan. Thus, geography alone makes a more robust Philippine-Japan security cooperation pivotal to their American ally’s “integrated deterrence” strategy against a resurgent China, which has repeatedly warned of potential invasion of the self-ruling island nation.

The move comes also as there are growing worries over a more transactional and unilateralist American foreign policy under a second Trump administration. By all indications, the United States will remain as the “hub” of a network of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, but allies are stepping up their own defence spending as well as deepening “spoke-to-spoke” cooperation among themselves.

 

The newly-signed Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) is a de facto visiting forces deal, since it establishes procedures for the cooperative activities, while the force of one country is visiting the other country and defines a legal status of the visiting force. Accordingly, it allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japanese Self Defence Forces (JSDF) to dramatically expand joint military activities, including large-scale drills focused on enhancing interoperability and joint response to various contingencies, including disasters as well as armed conflicts.

Both nations also have a direct interest in preparing for contingencies in neighbouring Taiwan, which is almost equidistantly positioned between important military facilities in northern Philippines and southern Japan. Thus, geography alone makes a more robust Philippine-Japan security cooperation pivotal to their American ally’s “integrated deterrence” strategy against a resurgent China, which has repeatedly warned of potential invasion of the self-ruling island nation.

The move comes also as there are growing worries over a more transactional and unilateralist American foreign policy under a second Trump administration. By all indications, the United States will remain as the “hub” of a network of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, but allies are stepping up their own defence spending as well as deepening “spoke-to-spoke” cooperation among themselves.

 

cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/889917

The head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said she was fired by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Wednesday, July 17, after she refused demands from senior editors at the paper to sever ties with the organization and to not advocate for media freedoms.

Selina Cheng, who worked in the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau as a reporter covering China’s automobile sector, was elected on June 22 to be the HKJA’s new chairperson at a time of mounting pressure by authorities under a national security crackdown that has seen reporters arrested and liberal media outlets closed.

“My supervisor in the UK directed me to withdraw from the election,” Cheng told reporters on Wednesday after walking out of the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau.

She said she had refused. Cheng said Gordon Fairclough, the WSJ’s world coverage chief, terminated her employment in person in Hong Kong on Wednesday, explaining it was part of a restructuring move. There was no immediate response to an emailed request for comment from Fairclough.

 

cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/889917

The head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said she was fired by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Wednesday, July 17, after she refused demands from senior editors at the paper to sever ties with the organization and to not advocate for media freedoms.

Selina Cheng, who worked in the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau as a reporter covering China’s automobile sector, was elected on June 22 to be the HKJA’s new chairperson at a time of mounting pressure by authorities under a national security crackdown that has seen reporters arrested and liberal media outlets closed.

“My supervisor in the UK directed me to withdraw from the election,” Cheng told reporters on Wednesday after walking out of the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau.

She said she had refused. Cheng said Gordon Fairclough, the WSJ’s world coverage chief, terminated her employment in person in Hong Kong on Wednesday, explaining it was part of a restructuring move. There was no immediate response to an emailed request for comment from Fairclough.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 5 points 21 hours ago

Ein wichtiger Grund könnte darin liegen, dass China vor allem am Machterhalt Putins interessiert ist. Weniger wegen Putin selbst, sondern weil ein eventueller Nachfolger unter Umständen offener gegenüber einer Kooperation mit dem Westen sein und vielleicht sogar demokratische Reformen in Russland einführen könnte. Die chinesische Regierung ist nicht gerade ein Freund der europäischen Einheit, und schon gar nicht von Demokratie.

Ein anderer Grund mag sein, dass ein geschwächtes und von China abhängiges Russland wenig Spielraum hat, wenn Peking Gebietsansprüche stellt. China plant u.a. eine Art "Antarktische Seidenstrasse". Der Klimawandel wird in absehbarer Zeit den Warenhandel auf Schiffen im arktischen Meer möglich machen, und das ist dann allemal schneller als die heutige Route durch den Indischen Ozean und das Rote Meer. Damit China da mitspielen kann, braucht es aber Zugang zur Arktis, also zumindest einen Teil von Sibirien, dass heute russisches Staatsgebiet ist.

Das ist aber nur meine Meinung.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 2 points 1 day ago (1 children)

Well, it's probably a blend of many things. The ad industry (and the web in general?) is completely broken, but for disinformation to be spreading you need malicious actors exploiting the system and trying to benefit from this. It's a human thing at its core imo.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 6 points 2 days ago

https://feddit.org/u/sigmaklimgrindset@sopuli.xyz, thanks for this. I added an archived version now.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 1 points 2 days ago

I am not lawyer, but it's another war crime that needs to be investigated. It's also not only Putin, there have been many other involved.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 1 points 5 days ago

No, you cannot walk around freely. This exactly is the point. There is no full supply chain transparency. Company executives and auditors say that, human rights experts, even some politicians who visited the country. Audits are just based on interviews, and these are useless, as even if workers would be aware of human rights violations, they cannot say that in an interview. This is said by those who have been there and conducted the audits. Read the sources.

At the start of this years, the Chinese government itself has -once again- openly rejected critical calls for human-rights reforms at the U.N. meeting, just to name another example, including a call for an end to persecutions of Uyghurs. It also rejected all recommendations calling on the government to end reprisals against individuals engaging with the international human rights system, even a message of disdain on the ten-year anniversary of the death of Cao Shunli in detention, a former Chinese human rights defender taken into custody on her way to Geneva for China’s 2014 UPR (Universal Periodical Review).

Prior to the U.N. meeting this year, China had even lobbied non-Western countries to praise its record by asking them to make "constructive recommendations", which were essentially bland questions, make vague recommendations, and use their platform to praise the Chinese government’s rights record. And China has been blocking any domestic civil society groups from participating in the preparation of the state report or from making contributions to the review by the U.N. for decades, very much as it does with supply chain audits.

And, again, these additional examples are a VERY TINY sample of what is evident.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 1 points 6 days ago (2 children)

What a rubbish. Even Turkey, a country whose government is not exactly a role model for democracy itself, has long called out China's treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur minority "a great cause of shame for humanity". Volkswagen closed its Xinjiang-plant it ran with joint venture partner SAIC as "no full supply chain transparency exists".

Markus Löning, Germany’s former commissioner for human rights who oversaw an audit on forced labour for Volkswagen last year (this the one report that is often cited in this ignorant communities where wumaos and ziganwus have given up their own personal developments just for parroting propaganda that is out of touch with world) conceded that the basis for the audit had been a review of documentation rather than interviews with workers, which he said could be “dangerous.” He also said that “even if they [workers] would be aware of something, they cannot say that in an interview.” And when asked about potential links between SAIC-Volkswagen and an aluminum producer in Xinjiang, Volkswagen responded: “We have no transparency about the supplier relationships of the non-controlled shareholding SAIC-Volkswagen.”

In addition, there are numerous Uyguhr people who survived the so-called 're-education camps' who spoke out. A 10 seconds search has found this and that.

This is a VERY TINY sample of what's wrong with Chinese supply chains and the country's stance against human rights, and it's no limited to cars but spans practically all industry sectors. There is ample evidence.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 9 points 6 days ago (4 children)

Forced labour and other severe human rights abuses are evident in China's Xinjiang region, even though there is no full supply chain transparency in China. Your remarks regarding the US are true, but here this apparently is a blatant whataboutism.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org -3 points 6 days ago

I fully agree.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 3 points 6 days ago

This [the EU losing a historically ardent supporter of European integration] would significantly impact the EU, especially with the rise of far-right movements within Europe, if China opts to work with individual member states rather than EU institutions [...]

Working with individual countries rather than blocs is something China has been doing for a long time, in Europe and the EU as well as elsewhere. There are no signs that Beijing is willing to change that. For example, China's 'Belt and Road Initiative" (BRI) is entirely based on agreements with single countries, there is not one BRI contract with any kind of bloc (let me know if I'm mistaken). The BRI is explicitly a series of single-country agreements.

In Europe you can actually see this in Hungary and Serbia where China invests heavily and has apparently strong ties with the autocratic leadership there, while at the same time there appears to be no Chinese interest of even negotiating at the EU bloc's level. And it has never been. Last year, for example, the Chinese ambassador to France even said independent states that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union lacked ‘actual status in international law’ - this includes the Baltic states, all EU members.

Also, from a Chinese perspective, the rise of the far-right in Europe is probably something Beijing welcomed and allegedly promoted, as, for example, we may see in Germany with the recent arrests and prosecutions of right-wing AfD politicians over their alleged ties with China and Russia.

So I agree that a China-EU trade war is unlikely in 2024 (and, unlike what the article says, also in 2025 imo), but for very different reasons. I don't consider China as a supporter of European integration considering what the government has been doing for a very long time.

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 5 points 6 days ago

Maybe this helps: https://x.com/bellingcat/status/1810952736264855916

Or just go to Bellingscat's Twitter, there's more about it: https://twitter.com/bellingcat

[–] 0x815@feddit.org 3 points 1 week ago

Yeah, I agree with you in principle, it's just that I usually try to not edit the original version if it's not absolutely necessary for clarity, but, yeah ...

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