What’s in a name? We start today with an interesting angle to ongoing global developments. The G20 assembly in India was a ‘quiet’ watershed moment that will go down as another mile-marker on the now inexorable march toward the collapse of Western hegemony.
How do you pump out so many articles of depth?
Do you have an assistant?
I don't like that sadhguru dude. I think he's a cheap conman. A sad guru indeed.
I like very much the Russian 'tricks' to foil e.g. radar and such. :)
That about the imposition of a place name by the current nationalist rulers of a given country, trying to oblige all speakers of all languages, is just a load of atrocious nonsense. Each language has its own names for a lot of countres and places. Also, the crass ignorance of the pseudo-etymology offered by that Shri Something is so blinding that one wonders how come anyone reproduced it. "Hind", which developed into "India", etc., is just as ancient as a local name for the subcontinent, if not more ancient than "Bharat" -- check Arrian's history and the ancient Indian texts, fercryinoutloud. As for the name "Türkiye", it is exactly the same word as Turkey (of Greek origin even in its contemporary Turkish form) but in a shape totally unpronounceable in the majority of non-Turkish languages, while "Myanmar" is the same as plain ole "Burma" written in a historic spelling (i.e. with a pronunciation modified over time, like the English spelling) in the local Burman writing system, transposed one-on-one to the Latin alphabet. And all this arrant nonsense by dungheap cockerels, however in tune they may now be with our multipolar or antimperialist sentiment, is defended by you, who always seem to so careful to research and check before stepping in it!
Great sitrep, and an astute observation about the sparkly explosions on the Challenger tank. Reading tonight about the cruise missile attack on Sevastopol (preliminary reports are that a ship and a submarine were damaged, and 24 people were injured). A decisive end to this war can't come soon enough.
In terms of force deployment, Ukraine and Russia are in 2 different situations - Russia needs to have a functional and vibrant economy and by definition taking able bodied men out of normal industry and sending them to the front is economically destructive. So, minimizing casualties, and having "willing" forces rather than mobiks is important. But, without a doubt, there is a manpower issue, and the front remains enormous.
Whereas, Ukraine has no economy, it is entirely financially supported by the West. The only limiting factor here is the physical number of men that Ukraine can send to the front. Which is a terrible, awful thought, that Ru may have to kill upwards of a million Ukrainian men before this has a chance of ending.
Meanwhile Sevastopol was attacked with 10 (!) cruise missiles, of which 3 got through and hit two ships in the ship repair yard.
Zero reaction from the Kremlin despite the loudly announced by Shoigu red lines.
And the war is going so swimmingly that 20 months into it the last time substantial territorial advances were made was 15 months ago, Ukraine/NATO is bold enough to start hitting targets deep inside Russia, and they do so with impunity because they know that there will be no meaningful response.
Where does that end? If there is nothing to stop the strikes, eventually there will be no Black Sea Fleet, no industry left west of the Urals (and they might start hitting even e.g. the Sukhoi plants in the Far East too -- there were already rumors about such plans back in December, to be done with drones launched from commercial ships). Bit by bit it will all be degraded while the Kremlin is focused on its BS economic forums and on maintaining the appearance of normality.
But sure, keep writing 10,000-word reassurances to the gullible masses how Russia is winning decisively, and how everything is perfect.
Turkey changing its name to Türkiye isn’t going to undo the tremendous disservice that it did long ago (1929) to its cultural identity and heritage by adopting the Latin alphabet as part of Its “Westernization/modernization” project, hence actively censoring, disowning, and pummeling its own history, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Slightly off-topic with my comment. Simplicius refers, often to Turkey and how Turkey/Erdogan is coming more to the fore. Being an ex-pat living in Greece (Lesvos, particularly) we do not see Erdogan as a source of enlightenment. Indeed, many Turks do not - we are friends with them, including an ex-Intelligence gentleman who is, to be blunt, worried for HIS future......
Turkey is also supporting the repression of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/slow-genocide-120000-armenian-christians-happening-under-azerbaijan-occupation-report
The question is, these Christians are, I believe, Coptic Christians. They are related to Orthodox Christians which are, as we all know, more or less, under the protection (?) of Russia.... Will Putin intervene? Are there going to be repercussions?
I would like to hear Simplicius' thoughts on this....
Sadhguru's explanation is bunk. "Bharat" comes from the name of one of the Afghan groups that invaded northern India about 3500 years ago. They later got personified in the Mahabharata as a semi-mythical founding ruler. Given that "India" comes from Sanskrit and was also coined by a group invading northern India, I'm not sure "Bharat" is that much of an improvement.
Note that the name "Russia" apparently also comes from foreign conquerors, the Norsemen who settled around Kiev, via descriptions from Greek merchants. There comes a point where you just accept the baggage history left you. Of course, not my country, not my place to say.
Is that Ukrainian newsreader, or whatever he is, for real? Or a joke? 'Who is fighting in Ukraine?' he says, like he doesn't know. After 9 years of doing all they can to occupy the Donbas regions. After two years of issuing increasingly hateful polemic about them, etc.
This is the american insanity, where black is white and up is down, everything is reversed.
I'm guessing just on arty rounds alone, NK must be Aladdins cave for 152mm rounds.
Ironic how Milley's PR interview backfired by unintentionally revealing locations of Ukrainian formations in the background. Everything these Western clowns do seems to backfire.
"it’s easily 500-1000 KIA per day."
No. It's way past that. Ukraine is losing over 2,000 KIA and WIA per day - possibly as high as 3,000. See my articles calculating that. There may be some "return to duty" dilution but not as many as on the Russian side. Russia claims 97% of their wounded return to duty. Ukraine doesn't nearly has as good battlefield evacuation procedures or battlefield medical support as Russia does, so Ukraine is getting close to a 1:1 KIA:WIA ratio, i.e., many WIA die on the battlefield or in transit to primary care.
Any comments on HIMARs - how effective are they, their supposed dominance in long-range weapons on battlegrounds ?
"Inhuman social engineering"....?
According to Asia Times:
"the Army is thinking about a “hybrid” tank that will use less fuel. A hybrid tank would require a huge lithium battery, even if the tank is run on electrical power only when it is idle (which can be many hours). Lithium batteries are prone to explode, and putting such batteries in tanks is an invitation to battery explosions and fire. One of the greatest enemies to tank crews is fire."
Seems a green military may be on the way...