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Israeli spy chief ‘threatened’ ICC prosecutor over war crimes inquiry
  • Because they dont have first hand statements, they are just using different israeli sources that independently verified it. Hence the quotes and the "allegedly".

    Contacted by the Guardian, a spokesperson for Israel’s prime minister’s office said: “The questions forwarded to us are replete with many false and unfounded allegations meant to hurt the state of Israel.” Cohen did not respond to a request for comment. Bensouda declined to comment.

  • Who do you choose?
  • Ah yeah, Greece totally fought against communism /s

    During WW2, the defacto resistance group was the communists, so most people joined them(even if they werent really communist). There was a right wing resistance group but it was much smaller and less relevant. After WW2, the communist resistance group had literally millions of members and obviously wanted to be part of the government.

    That was not desirable by the british(and the americans) for obvious reasons. They demanded the disarmament of the communist group in exchange for some minor role in the new government. Eventually the deal broke down and the communist group protested. Then things turned to violence, leading to the greek civil war.

    The greek civil war was the bloodiest conflict in Europe after WW2, till the war in Ukraine, with over 150k dead, most of them civilians. And because the right wing was outnumbered, they freed and armed the nazi collaborators. If you are wondering why a literal neonazi party was polling 15% at some point in Greece, was because the nazi collaborators were not only never punished but actually rewarded.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dekemvriana

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_Civil_War

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_Battalions

    From the Security Battalions wikipedia article

    After the liberation, the groups were only temporarily disbanded, and were recruited into the Gendarmerie to fight alongside the British and government forces against the EAM/ELAS in the battle of Dekemvriana in Athens. The Security Battalions always surrendered to the British, who usually let them keep the weapons the Germans had supplied them with.[24] General Ronald Scobie, who commanded the British forces in Greece, in contrast to his attitude towards EAM, whom he dismissed as mere "bandits", treated the Security Battalions as a legitimate military force.[25] The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a very favorable view of the Security Battalions, saying, "It seems to me that the collaborators in Greece in many cases did the best they could to shelter the Greek population from German oppression"

    The greek civil war still remains a taboo subject in Greece and it isnt taught in schools(because how do you teach that "the bad guys won" to kids). Remember, throughout history, the good guys always win eventually. Winners write the history and they are always the good guys.

    PS Stalin didnt help the greek communists because he had agreed with Churchil that Greece would be part of the "West".

  • Listen to a genius, kids.
  • It isnt a random london based think tank, PPP is a pretty standardized economic measure. It is one of the most used concepts in economics, especially when it comes to assessing wealth and quality of life. 100k in San Franscisco is basic wage, 100k in bumfuck South Carolina is "holy shit, you are rich".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity

  • Listen to a genius, kids.
  • US military spending is at an all time high, higher than the next 10 countries combined.

    Not true.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_with_highest_military_expenditures

    The difference is even smaller if you use PPP.

    In order to understand this better, imagine how much a chinese soldier is paid and how much an american one is. And then do the same for literally everything. How much a chinese ship builder is paid vs how much an american one. How much a chinese engineer is paid vs how much an american.

    In almost every category, the american worker will be A LOT more expensive. So a chinese ship that needs 100 people would be a lot cheaper than the american equivalent one. Obviously some of the cost doesnt differ, ie raw materials cost around the same in both countries. But wages and other factors make running a western military a lot more expensive than a chinese one.

    And thats how you ended up with China having 370 warships while the US has 280. Now this number is extremely misleading, since american ships are heavier and are mostly blue water navy(while a lot of the chinese ones are green water ones) but still.

  • Listen to a genius, kids.
  • I am not trying to defend american imperialism, i am trying to rank it on a curve. And the curve is wild but relatively to its past, the US is chilling atm. Maybe because of China, maybe because military recruitment has fallen off a cliff or maybe because it is less cool to do "stuff" anymore.

    20+ years ago, Yemen would have been invaded. Nowadays, noone wants to do that, they just dont want the Houthis to fuck with shipping. Thats why only the US and UK bombed the Houthis and even that was very limited, not the usual "shock and awe" kind of bombing.

    Even China has had enough of this bullshit

    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/china-calls-red-sea-attacks-civilian-ships-end-2024-05-28/

    I am pretty sure Iran and Russia feel the same. Fucking with trade hurts everyone.

  • Listen to a genius, kids.
    1. I was talking about Europe in case you missed it.

    2. Half your examples are older than 30 years old. The other half are literally fighting Al Qaeda and ISIS, on behalf and request of the local governments and population. In fact, in many west african countries, the West was "kicked out" and now Russia is literally doing the same(or promised to). Is Russia going after jihadists in Africa imperialism?

    Regarding the Red Sea, Is your argument that the West should allow people/nations/groups to attack commercial vessels? Is that morally ok with you? Is trying to stop them, imperialism? Should the West start hitting iranian vessels? Iran absolutely needs ships to be safe to travel in order to sell their oil. In fact, the Houthis hit a ship that was going to Iran.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/ambrey-says-bulker-was-targeted-by-missiles-bab-al-mandab-2024-02-12/

    Even China has publicly opposed this shit.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/china-calls-red-sea-attacks-civilian-ships-end-2024-05-28/

    As is perfectly obvious to anyone that can read, France and Germany together easily matched China’s military spending and outspent Russia by a wide, wide margin in 2009.

    You need to understand what ppp is. And you need to break down the cost to see what each country is paying for. France and Germany have limited but highly paid military personnel. Countries like China have an huge military+paramilitary, that work for low wages while they are spending a lot of money on new equipment(at higher ppp, thus cheaper per identical thing).

    Remember when Trump was complaining about Nato allies not spending 2% of their gdp on defense? Literally every country in Europe has almost doubled their defense spending after the invasion of Ukraine. Why is that?

    Russia is spending 7.1% of their gdp on defense, 35% of total government spending. Are they doing it because they are imperialistic or because they are afraid the West will invade them? And if you say "obviously they are doing it in self defense", let me remind you that

    1. They started it by invading a sovereign country.

    2. They have nukes, noone is invading them.

  • Listen to a genius, kids.
  • The fact that the west was, and still is, the most prolific war mongerers of the post-Enlightenment era blows your hypothesis out of the water as soon as it tries to float.

    How about we talk about the last 30 years then. What wars have europeans participated recently? Yugoslav wars? Afghanistan? Iraq?

    Yugoslav wars were about ethnic cleansing between different ethnic groups who wanted to go their own ways. Afghanistan was because of 9/11, the taliban refusing to offer Bin Laden and the american thirst for revenge. Iraq was extremely controversial in Europe, pretty much every state opposed it, even if some european governments supported it, the majority of their people opposed it(huge protests).

    Even the US, the imperium, which is usually doing imperial things, havent been doing much imperialism recently, after Afghanistan. And because of Afghanistan and Iraq, meaningless and immoral wars for most people, the US has trouble recruiting military personnel nowadays. Thats how democracies work, eventually the truth rises to the top.

    The Ukraine war is one of the most clear cut wars since the Iraq invasion. And the West has the opportunity to be on the right side for once. Let me remind you that historically neutral countries like Sweden, joined NATO and countries like Germany are quickly re-arming for the first time in almost 100 years.

    Because till recently, Europe was "let's all hold hands together", living in their own dream bubble about how war is not only bad but also insane. Putin reminded them that "sanity" is not a requirement for governance.

    If the West is so war mongering, why did the West not spend more on military in the last 20 years? Why did the West wait till the Ukraine invasion to start pumping untoled trillions into the military industrial complex?

    The only event with bigger impact on military spending was the collapse of USSR. For decades, Europe(and even the US) was taking advantage of the peace dividend. That doesnt sound too war mongery to me. And suddently, with just 1 Ukraine invasion, the West doubled and trippled its military budget.

    So is the West war mongering or is Russia that caused an insane re-armament because of the Ukraine invasion?

    And in before "nato expansion", blah blah. Sovereign countries have the right to join any alliance they want. Nato didnt invade those countries and force them to join, those countries literally "blackmailed" to join. Poland threatened to get nukes if they werent allowed into NATO.

    If Mexico joins an alliance with China, would you approve an invasion of Mexico by the US? I wouldnt.

  • Listen to a genius, kids.
  • People dont have as much agency as he thinks. And game theory(a relatively new concept for his era) dictates that the one who convinces/forces more of their people to fight, is the one who wins.

    Let's say that your entire country, every single person, refuses to go to war. And the country next door has a mere 100 people who are willing(or otherwise) to go to war. Now your country is part of their country and those 100 people are in charge.

    In a world where noone wants to fight, those who are willing(or forced) to fight, rule everyone else.

    And to bring this concept into the modern era, it is near impossible to post antiwar posts in Russia, because of state control of the internet and the cultivated perception that everyone who is antiwar, is antirussian and a traitor. This is literally the law there.

    Yet in the liberal western states, you are free to do that. So what is the result of this difference? People in the West are less willing to go to war. Now you might think that is a good thing but ultimately this benefits Russia, who is then free to take over their smaller neighbours. This is just interference, marketing for Russia's war machine, even if it doesnt feel like that.

  • Putin has ‘both eyes’ on Gotland, warns Sweden’s army chief
  • What he is saying is that Gotland is extremely strategically important to Russia(and Sweden/NATO). It is also an island with 50k population, basically deserted, which can be used as an excuse(would countries be willing to go to WW3 over such an island?). An island that Sweden demilitarised in the past.

    If Russia wants to fuck with the Baltic States(high probability, especially if things go well for them in Ukraine), Gotland will be part of that plan. Russia wants to deploy anti-air missile systems there that would enable them to air blockade the Baltic States.

    This messaging is essential in order to signal to the world that a threat exists so if shit goes down, the world(NATO allies) will be mentally prepared to be involved.

    It is "very easy" for Russia(or many countries who dont care about diplomatic fallout) to create a fait accompli and conquer small stuff. And then it is up to the morale of your country and your allies, to see if they have the will to fight back, like Ukraine did for example.

  • apnews.com Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia amid deadly unrest and indigenous frustration

    French President Emmanuel Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia, the French Pacific territory that has been gripped by days of deadly unrest and where indigenous people have long sought independence.

    Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia amid deadly unrest and indigenous frustration
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    The decline of Intel..
  • Intel was ahead of AMD ever since core 2 duo, in 2006. Amd was behind for almost 10 years and it wasnt until ryzen and especially zen 2 that AMD pulled ahead. And then with zen 3 and zen 4, AMD wiped the floor with intel.

    7800x3d is the best cpu ever made for gaming and it succeeded the 5800x3d which was already a legendary cpu. Intel has been getting wrecked so hard that they are literally using tsmc to manufacture their cpus, an obvious admission that their manufacturing is behind the competition(amd is fabless and is also using tsmc).

    Intel has the ability to come back on top, at least as far as x86 cpus are concerned. The question is whether x86 is even relevant anymore, considering the insane efficiency gains shown by apple's m series and even qualcomm's upcoming snapdragon x series.

  • Polestar is launching a new cheaper Polestar 3 soon: Here's what we know so far
  • Polestars arent fancier or more luxurious or even more expensive than Volvo cars. Polestar 1 was experimental and pretty expensive but polestar 2 starts at below 50k €. Polestar 3 will be their SUV, which starts from 80k+ €. Volvo ex90 will start at 90k+, though it is a full size SUV, while the Polestar 3 is mid size crossover.

  • Polestar is launching a new cheaper Polestar 3 soon: Here's what we know so far
  • Volvo ex30 is the cheap electric volvo and is about to come out. The Polestar cars are usually more "sporty". Polestar used to be Volvo's equivalent of "amg", their sport division. Then Geely(the chinese owners), spinned it into its own brand, though obviously there are a lot of similarities between Volvo and Polestar.

  • apnews.com France imposes curfew in New Caledonia after unrest by people who have long sought independence

    Authorities in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia have announced a curfew and banned gatherings after violent unrest on the archipelago with decades of tensions between indigenous Kanaks seeking independence and colonizers’ descendants who want to remain part of France.

    France imposes curfew in New Caledonia after unrest by people who have long sought independence

    Authorities in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia announced a two-day curfew and banned gatherings on Tuesday after violent unrest on the archipelago with decades of tensions between indigenous Kanaks seeking independence and colonizers’ descendants who want to remain part of France.

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    apnews.com Hamas official says group would lay down its arms if an independent Palestinian state is established

    The comments by Khalil al-Hayya came amid a stalemate in months of cease-fire talks. But it's unlikely Israel would consider such a scenario.

    Hamas official says group would lay down its arms if an independent Palestinian state is established

    A top Hamas political official told The Associated Press the Islamic militant group is willing to agree to a truce of five years or more with Israel and that it would lay down its weapons and convert into a political party if an independent Palestinian state is established along pre-1967 borders.

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    Athens turns orange, Helsinki goes white as Europe’s weather springs a surprise
    edition.cnn.com Athens turns orange, Helsinki goes white as Europe’s weather springs a surprise | CNN

    A yellow-orange haze of dust from the Sahara desert has blanketed parts of Greece, creating spectacular scenes and prompting authorities to issue health warnings.

    Athens turns orange, Helsinki goes white as Europe’s weather springs a surprise | CNN

    A yellow-orange haze of dust from the Sahara desert has blanketed parts of Greece, creating spectacular scenes and prompting authorities to issue health warnings.

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    www.theguardian.com Biden says he is ‘considering’ Australian call to drop Julian Assange charges

    US prosecutors say the WikiLeaks founder encouraged and helped Chelsea Manning steal classified files before publishing them

    Biden says he is ‘considering’ Australian call to drop Julian Assange charges

    Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he is considering a request from Australia to drop the decade-long US push to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing a trove of American classified documents.

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    Chechnya bans all music deemed too fast or too slow
    edition.cnn.com Chechnya bans all music deemed too fast or too slow | CNN

    Authorities in the Russian Republic of Chechnya have announced a ban on music that they consider too fast or slow.

    Chechnya bans all music deemed too fast or too slow | CNN

    Authorities in the Russian Republic of Chechnya have announced a ban on music that they consider too fast or slow.

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    Gaza health authorities say Israeli fire kills 104 waiting for aid

    Health authorities in Gaza said on Thursday Israeli fire on people waiting for aid near Gaza City had killed 104 Palestinians and wounded 280, with one hospital saying it had received 10 bodies and dozens of injured patients.

    A spokesperson for Israel's military said there was no knowledge of shelling at that location. The military later said dozens of people were hurt as a result of pushing and trampling when aid trucks arrived in northern Gaza.

    An Israeli source said troops opened fire at "several people" in the crowd who posed a threat to them.

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    Electronic Arts to lay off 5% of workforce, reduce office spaces

    Videogame maker Electronic Arts (EA.O) , opens new tab said on Wednesday it would reduce 5% of its workforce, as the industry struggles to grow amid high interest rates.

    The company expects to incur about $125 million to $165 million in charges as part of the restructuring plan that also includes a reduction in real estate.

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    apnews.com Greece takes the helm in an EU naval mission in the Red Sea

    Greece has formally agreed to participate in and lead a European Union maritime security operation in the Red Sea to protect commercial shipping from attacks by Houthi militants in Yemen.

    Greece takes the helm in an EU naval mission in the Red Sea

    Greece Monday formally agreed to participate in and lead a European Union maritime security operation in the Red Sea to protect commercial shipping from attacks by Houthi militants in Yemen.

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