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Russia MOD: Troops to pull out of frontline city of Kherson

Russian soldiers Khersdon Dnieper River
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Russian soldiers are seen at a Dnieper River crossing in the city of Kherson on November 2, 2022.
The regional administration worked for weeks to move civilians from the area, citing Ukrainian attacks

Russia has decided to withdraw its troops from the right bank of the Dnieper River, including the regional capital of Kherson. The Defense Ministry explained that it wants to avoid unnecessary losses among its forces and spare the lives of civilians.

While saying the decision was not easy, the commanders see little sense in keeping the troops on the right bank, the chief of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Army General Sergey Surovikin, told Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu on Wednesday. The general pointed to continued Ukrainian attacks on the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam on the Dnieper River, arguing that it could mean the total isolation of Russian troops in Kherson.

Comment: The Kremlin elaborated on its decision to leave KIherson:
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has ordered Russian forces to pull back from the city of Kherson and establish a new defense line along the Dnieper River. The minister made the decision on Wednesday following a report by Army General Sergey Surovikin, the commander of the country's military operation in Ukraine.

One of the stated goals is to assume better positions and save the lives of soldiers and civilians. Here are the key points of Surovikin's televised speech to the top military brass on the latest developments in the conflict:
1. Kiev's forces are targeting civilians

Ukrainian troops have been launching "indiscriminate strikes" against the city of Kherson, hitting schools and hospitals in particular, Surovikin said during his remarks on Wednesday. "People's lives are in constant danger due to shelling," he emphasized. Humanitarian aid centers and routes used by civilians for relocation across the Dnieper River are being struck as well, the general added.

2. Reasons for the pullout

Continued Ukrainian missile strikes on the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam located near Kherson also pose a serious risk to both the military and civilians on the right bank of the Dnieper, according to Surovikin. The dam has already been damaged in Ukrainian attacks, and another "devastating" blow could lead to "large areas" being flooded.

It would also lead to massive civilian casualties and leave the Russian troops in the area cut off from the rest of the forces, the general argued as he suggested a pullout. Shoigu said he "agreed" with Surovikin's arguments and ordered a regrouping of forces to the left bank of the Dnieper.

3. Successful defense and counter-offensives

Russian troops had earlier been able to successfully repel Ukrainian advances both in Kherson Region and in Donbass, Surovikin said. In particular, they managed to stop an offensive from the city of Kupyansk, which was seized by Kiev in September, into the Lugansk People's Republic, he noted. The general said that a similar advance was prevented in the highly contested Krasny Liman area in Donbass. In some areas, Russian troops have launched counter-offensives, according to Surovikin.

4. Russian and Ukrainian losses

Ukrainian troops have suffered heavy losses in their attacks in recent months, according to Surovikin. Kiev's forces are estimated to have lost more than 12,000 soldiers in October alone, along with more than 200 tanks and 800 other armored vehicles, as well as 18 combat planes. The general said that Russian losses were "seven to eight times lower." Between August and October, Ukrainian attacks in Kherson Region alone cost Kiev more than 9,500 casualties, Surovikin said.

5. Relocation of civilians from Kherson

Russian forces have helped all civilians willing to leave the city of Kherson to relocate to the left bank of the Dnieper, the general said. More than 115,000 people had moved out of the city in recent weeks, he told Shoigu. "We have done everything possible to ensure their safety," Surovikin said, adding that some civilians had moved to Crimea.

6. Situation on the frontlines

Russian troops have managed to "stabilize" the situation on the frontlines despite the continued Ukrainian attacks, Surovikin said. The general also stated that the partial mobilization carried out in Russia between late September and early November allowed Russian forces to build up reserves and greatly enhance combat capabilities. Troops that will be pulled out from the right bank of the Dnieper could also be sent to support offensive operations in other parts of the front, he added
The West will be spinning this of course, as a "great victory for Ukraine". In six month's time it may be anything but. Ukraine has exhausted itself and its Western arms stockpile in theitr bid to regain Kherson and the territory north of the Dneiper as well as the Zaporozhye nuclear plant. The West has very little armaments left to give them. In contrast, Russia will be comfortable ensconced behind a formidable natural barrier, where it can continue to degrade Ukraine's military, electrical grid and transportation systems at their leisure.

The New Atlas' Brian Berletic explains:




Mr. Potato

Biden confuses Ukraine with Iraq again

Joe Biden
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US President Joe Biden takes questions from reporters at the White House on November 09, 2022 in Washington, DC.
US President Joe Biden has one again confused his nation's military mission in Iraq with the Russian operation in Ukraine. Commenting on the news that Moscow was withdrawing forces from the city of Kherson, he misnamed it Fallujah.

The gaffe happened during a press conference on Wednesday, when Biden explained how Washington took Moscow's announcement that it was redeploying troops away from the right bank of the Dnieper River, where the regional capital of Kherson is located. Fallujah, meanwhile, was the site of intense fighting in 2004 during the US war in Iraq.

Russia incorporated the former Ukrainian region last month, after its residents voted in a referendum in support of the move. The regional authorities have been urging Kherson residents to leave, citing a threat posed by Ukrainian troops. On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it was withdrawing forces and taking up defensive positions on the left bank of Dnieper, saying the step was necessary to save soldiers' lives and regroup for action elsewhere.

After correcting himself and clarifying that he was referring to Kherson and not Fallujah, as he had initially said, Biden assessed that the Russians were going to "lick their wounds, decide whether - what they're going to do over the winter, and decide whether or not they're going to compromise."

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Binoculars

No end in sight for Ukraine war

Ukraine war
The US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's meetings with Ukrainian leaders, including President Vladimir Zelensky, in Kiev has created a lot of confusion and misperceptions. One one side, the White House maintains that the trip aimed "to underscore the United States' steadfast support to Ukraine and its people." The readout stated that Sullivan also affirmed "the continued provision of economic and humanitarian assistance, as well as ongoing efforts with partners to hold Russia accountable for its aggression."

However, unnamed US officials gave the spin that Sullivan's real mission was to "nudge" Zelensky to negotiate with Moscow and urge that "Kyiv must show its willingness to end the war reasonably and peacefully." Politico later reported that Zelensky indeed heeded Sullivan's "soft nudging". The US media also reported that the US officials have been nudging the Ukrainians for sometime.

The Washington Post reported last week that the Biden administration privately encouraged Ukrainian officials to show they are willing to engage in dialogue with Russia, in an acknowledgment of the growing frustration in the US and some of its allies at the cost and duration of the war. But, apparently, the Ukrainians pushed back.

Comment: Hear about the Kherson retreat announced by Sergei Shoigu and General Sergei Surovikin:




USA

Another Stolen Election

stolen election
This time it is CNN's own report on its own exit polls that indicates a stolen election.

Today November 9, 2022, updated at 10:49 AM EST, CNN reporters Zachary B. Wolf and Curt Merrill remarked that the widely expected red wave did not materialize and then went on to present data that is inconsistent with the closeness of the voting.

The reporters compare the exit polls from the 2018 elections with those of the 2022 elections. The comparisons show that the Democrats lost support in Tuesday's elections among women, moderates, youth, people of color, urban voters, college graduates, and independents.

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2022/politics/exit-polls-2022-midterm-2018-shift/

The Democrats' support among women declined from 19 points favorable to Democrats to only 8 points. Republican support among men rose from 4 points over Democrats to 14 points.

By age, the preference for Democrats over Republicans for 18-29 years of age declined from 35 points to 28 and for 30-44 years of age from 19 points to 4. Republican support over Democrats rose from 1 to 10 points for those 45-64 years of age and from 2 to 12 points for those 65 and older.

Bizarro Earth

The WEF's stakeholder capitalism is just global fascism by another name

WEF’s Stakeholder Capitalism
The concept of "fascism" was originally entered into the Encyclopedia Italiana by Italian philosopher Giovanni Gentile, who stated that "Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." Benito Mussolini would later take credit for the quote as if he had written it himself, but it's important to note because it outlines the primary purpose of the ideology rather than simply throwing the label around at people we don't like as a dishonest means to undermine their legitimacy.

Despite the fact that leftists today often attack conservatives as "fascists" because of our desire to protect national boundaries and western heritage, the truth is that all fascism is deeply rooted in leftist philosophies and thinkers.

Mussolini was a long time socialist, a member of the party who greatly admired Karl Marx. He deviated from the socialists over their desire to remain neutral during WWI, and went on to champion a combination of socialism and nationalism, what we now know as fascism. Adolph Hitler was also a socialist and admirer of Karl Marx, much like Mussolini. It is actually hard to find where Marx, the communists and the fascists actually differ from each other - A deeper sense of nationalism seems to be one of the few points of contention.

War Whore

Israel explains refusal to supply air-defense systems to Ukraine

Benny Gantz
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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz
The country doesn't have the means to produce enough of the weapons, the defense minister says.

Israel simply does not have the production capabilities to supply Ukraine with air defense systems, according to Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Kiev has requested the delivery of Iron Dome and other systems to counter drones it claims Russia received from Iran.

"The scale of our production is lower than the need for export. We don't have a large enough production base" for what Ukraine needs, Gantz told reporters on Tuesday. He was preparing to step down for a new defense minister, to be appointed by the incoming PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Black Magic

Number of child deaths during UK army ops in Afghanistan revealed - charity

British soldiers in Biabanak, Afghanistan, 2007
© AFP / Nicolas Asfouri
British soldiers in Biabanak, Afghanistan, 2007.
The fatalities are said to be four times higher than previously thought

At least 64 children lost their lives during British military operations in Afghanistan, the charity Action on Armed Violence (AAOV) reported on Tuesday, citing data obtained through freedom-of-information requests.

This number is four times more than previously acknowledged by the UK Ministry of Defence.

The fatalities occurred between 2006 and 2014, when Britain was participating in the US-led fight against the Taliban, the group said. Previously, only 16 child deaths had been confirmed, whereas the actual number could be as high as 135, the AAOV added.

Comment: "By their fruits, they shall be known" - Nobody from the so-called "international community", which, in fact, is just a group of incredibly rich and powerful psychopaths, has ever condemned their actions.

The real number of killed children in Afghanistan since the "war on terror" started is unbelievably high. A real massacre, a genocide.

Nobody ever suggested any economic sanctions against the empire of lies that destroyed many countries in the last century. The same psychopathic "elites" are now condemning and sanctioning Russia for their military action in Ukraine to save civilians, stop genocide and exterminate fascism.

What an example of hypocrisy!

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Bad Guys

And? 'Putin's chef' Prigozhin admits to US election interference - UPDATE: Press missed Prigozhin's troll reference to Russian comedy film

Yevgeny Prigozhin
© TASS
Yevgeny Prigozhin
"We interfered, we interfere and we will interfere," said Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is widely known as "Putin's Chef" for his company's catering contracts with the Kremlin. He's also on the FBI's most-wanted list.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin -- both of whom have been sanctioned by Washington and European countries -- has admitted Moscow interferes with U.S. elections and vowed to continue to do so.

In a post on his Telegram social media channel on November 7, Prigozhin, widely known as "Putin's Chef" for his company's catering contracts with the Kremlin, responded bluntly to a question from a follower asking about Russian efforts to influence elections in the United States by saying, "We interfered, we interfere and we will interfere."

Comment: All's fair in war and propaganda. All the major powers have their troll factories. Rather petty to single out Russia.

UPDATE 22/11/08: Western media gets trolled again:
Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin apparently trolled a domestic media outlet by declaring he interfered in US elections and would continue doing so, while recommending a comedy film about the 'Russian troll farm' that Democrats in the US insisted helped Donald Trump get elected president in 2016.

Reuters reported this to be "first such admission from a figure who has been formally implicated by Washington in efforts to influence American politics." The Associated Press also wrote that Prigozhin has confirmed "for the first time the accusations that he has rejected for years." Concord was charged by the Mueller probe of running the "Internet Research Agency" that allegedly took out ads on US social media in 2016. The US government dropped the case in March 2020, after Prigozhin challenged the indictment in US court.

The news agencies seem to have missed a massive clue that Prigozhin was trolling - Concord's recommendation to watch "16," a 2021 Russian comedy based on the conspiracy theories about "Russian meddling" in American elections.

Prigozhin also has a history of trolling media inquiries. Last week, he offered to fund a British lawsuit against him, as it "flatters me in many ways" and "emphasizes the immeasurable merits and the contribution made by the Wagner group to the destruction of the NATO-controlled Kiev regime."

In another memorable post on the social media VK last month, Prigozhin offered a multiple-choice answer to an inquiry by AP about Wagner recruiting Afghans for the war in Ukraine.

"Option one: We're currently holding talks with the Afghan army to open a second front towards Norway, Sweden and Finland. Option two: We don't understand the motives behind asking such idiotic questions. What f******g Afghan army? Pick whichever you like best."



Bullseye

Anatomy of a coup: How CIA front laid foundations for Ukraine War

CIA/Flag
© Shutterstock/OnePixelStudio
Obvious examples of Central Intelligence Agency covert action abroad are difficult to identify today, save for occasional acknowledged calamities, such as the long-running $1 billion effort to overthrow the government of Syria, via funding, training and arming barbarous jihadist groups.

In part, this stems from many of the CIA's traditional responsibilities and activities being farmed out to "overt" organizations, most significantly the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Founded in November 1983, then-CIA director William Casey was at the heart of NED's creation. He sought to construct a public mechanism to support opposition groups, activist movements and media outlets overseas that would engage in propaganda and political activism to disrupt, destabilize, and ultimately displace 'enemy' regimes. Subterfuge with a human face, to coin a phrase.

Underlining the Endowment's insidious true nature, in a 1991 Washington Post article boasting of its prowess in overthrowing Communism in Eastern Europe, senior NED official Allen Weinstein acknowledged, "a lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA."

Arrow Down

How British intelligence weaponizes the Sunni clergy class

For decades, London has financed, trained, and sought to influence Islamic scholars, Imams, and their pious followers. The UK's agenda is to mold Islamic influencers into promoting British narratives of the world.

Islam in the UK
© The Cradle
Leaked documents reviewed by The Cradle reveal the British Foreign Office is managing a number of covert projects to influence politics and perceptions across West Asia, by way of coopting the religion of Islam and its interlocutors - including local Imams, and their sermons and teachings.

Much of this clandestine activity is officially conducted under the auspices of "Countering Violent Extremism" (CVE) campaigns. A counter-terror strategy concocted by London, the program was forcibly exported across much of the world in the wake of the events of 9/11.

Core practical components of CVE doctrine include multi-channel on- and offline propaganda blitzes via ostensibly "independent" media and social media assets, the creation of "astroturf" NGOs and campaign groups, and funding community leaders to publicly perpetuate pre-approved "counter-narratives" intended to dent the purported appeal of extremist messaging in Muslim communities.

British state sponsorship is never disclosed, and participants themselves are frequently unaware they are being exploited in this manner.

In other cases, they are witting, although might not admit it. The globally-read Imams Online claims to be "a voice, information and career placement initiative aimed at prospective Islamic leaders, Imams, Chaplains, Alims, and Aalimah's."

"We aim to provide the necessary information to aspiring Muslim leaders that will enable and encourage them to become the future beacons of the communities they serve," the website states.