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Russian disinformation: situation report

Russia is adapting its #propaganda activities to the course of war it’s been waging against #Ukraine. As a country actively engaged in helping Ukraine, Poland is one of the prime targets of Russian information warfare efforts.
The following are some of the identified anti-Polish narratives, including those in use for quite a while and completely new ones.

- Poles are most numerous among the mercenaries fighting alongside Ukraine (a narrative now heavily exploited)
- #PL fighters are supporting Russia (an emerging narrative)
- #PL wants to seize UA (old narrative) + granting #UA an #EU candidate status serves this goal (new issue)
- Poland is dragging #NATO into war against Russia
- Poland is steeped in anti-Russian sentiment
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Here is a terrible, truly terrible, piece on #Georgia in @jacobin magazine. I won’t link to it, it's not worth your time, other than to show just how truly deluded many socialists in the US are, in making excuses for the #SovietUnion & #Russia. 1/n
That part really deserves attention and key takeaway: don’t trust a *single* paragraph of what you read in #Jacobinmag, if you do not know the issue yourself. (hello @DemSocialists) CC @ichbinilya @GilbreathDustin 2/
"Since the end of the Soviet Union, Western-oriented development has not only failed to address Georgia’s problems but reinforced them." With all these falsehoods, one doesn't even know where to begin. 3/n
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⚡What #Ukraine needs asap to win the war: Air-Defense Systems.

You might have seen that the US is already helping a lot. This is true. #Ukrainians are thankful a lot. But it’s not enough for 🇺🇦 to protect the whole world from a massive threat to humanity.
🇷🇺air force is enormous, over 10 times as large as @KpsZSU. Without sufficient anti-aircraft systems, 🇷🇺will have free reign to destroy everything – artillery, command posts, tanks and entire 🇺🇦 cities.
That is precisely why at the beginning of the invasion 🇷🇺 was trying hard to achieve air dominance. If they succeed, it will just be a matter of time until 🇷🇺wins the war.
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#Russland/s Krieg in der #Ukraine ist auch ein Kampf um Erinnerung. Wer hat das Recht auf das Erbe der #Sowjetunion und wie geht man mit der komplexen Geschichte der untergegangenen Weltmacht um? Am #TagderBefreiung spitzt sich dieser Konflikt der Symbole zu - ein Thread 🧵/1
Staatenbund, Bundesstaat oder (groß-)russisches Imperium? Die #Sowjetunion war alles davon. In der westl. Wahrnehmung verschwimmt diese Differenzierung. Im Englischen wird #Russia/#SovietUnion meist synonym verwendet, auch in Deutschland findet oft keine Unterscheidung statt /2
Die #Sowjetunion ging 1922 aus Sowjetrussland hervor als #Lenin seine Hoffnungen auf die Weltrevolution aufgeben musste. Er war nicht nur Ideologe sondern auch Pragmatiker der Macht: Nur knapp 50% der Bevölkerung waren Russen, andere Nationalitäten erhielten zunächst Freiräume/3
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#ThisDayInHistory Post 661:

19 April 1770 (252 years ago): Captain James Cook sighted the eastern coast of what is now Australia.

CC: @Australia


#History #OnThisDay #OTD #CaptainJamesCook #Australia
19 April 1971 (51 years ago): Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.


#ThisDayInHistory #History #OnThisDay #OTD #Salyut1 #SovietUnion
19 April 1975 (47 years ago): India's first satellite Aryabhata launched in orbit from Kapustin Yar, Russia.

CC: @isro


#ThisDayInHistory #History #OnThisDay #OTD #Aryabhata #India #Satellite #ISRO
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An amazing analysis of the current #Ukraine️ #war
@kamilkazani takes us back to Cold War and evolution of Russian war machine based on those weapons/tactics.
Question: Will this op prove to be as much a watershed for #Russianarmy as it was for #UkrainianArmedForces in 2014?
In addition, the entire situation raises further questions
1-As mentioned in the tweet above, would this stimulate transformation of military affairs in the #RussianArmy in particular and #RussianArmedForces forces in general?
Especially considering the points @kamilkazani made?
2-Actually, and retrospectively, this raises more questions. And these questions are based on President #Putin own past career in particular and the post #SovietUnion combat experience of the #RussianArmedForces in general
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Because most of people don`t know who that #Russia`n ex-#FSB and #GRU agent Igor"Strelkov" Girkin is, it's probably best to tell something about him. Image
Girkin was 20 years old #spetsnaz when #SovietUnion collapse. He take part of war against #Moldova. #Russia form a puppet state called #Transnistria there. Area still exist today and is occupied by Russian forces. Russia don`t have border with the area.
After that Girgin go to #Bosnia fight for #Serbia maybe part of #Russia`n army or just a volunteer for political reasons. In 1993 he graduated with a master’s degree in history.
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HAPPENING NOW - Senate Intelligence Committee holds open hearing on Worldwide Threats

Testimony coming from:

@ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines

@CIA Dir Bill Burns

@DefenseIntel Dir LtGen Scott Berrier

@NSAGov Dir Gen Paul Nakasone

@FBI Dir Christopher Wray Image
Senate Intel Comm Chair @MarkWarner starts w/praise for the US intelligence community for being candid w/intel on #Russia, #Putin's plans for #Ukraine & "throwing Putin off-guard"
"Democracy is sometimes messy" per @MarkWarner "I believe with all my heart the ppl of #Ukraine are voting with their lives, embracing the values that we take for granted every day"

"With all our flaws, our system is still the best in the world"
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Thread: #Putin’s Worldview:

1. He doesn’t accept defeat. Putin has never “lost” a conflict of scale. Sometimes that comes at high cost to #Russia, certainly the present econ sanctions are an example of that, plus high casualties. This leads to…
2. Win at all costs. See video from #Mariupol to see what Russian mass fires look like in 2022. Eastern and central #Ukraine are beginning to resemble #Aleppo Syria. He intends to hollow out Ukrainian state via mass distraction of infrastructure and economy. This achieves his…
3. Core goal: end Ukraine’s modernization. Putin said he wants to “demilitarize” the country, and many analysts thought that meant defeating Ukrainian military/occupation. So did I once. But lately my opinion has been that demilitarisation equates to destroying capacity to live…
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Breaking: House Intel Committee posts @ODNIgov's 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, aka the Worldwide Threat Assessment

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the #UnitedStates & its allies"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the #UnitedStates in multiple arenas—especially economically, militarily & technologically—& is pushing to change global norms & potentially threatening its neighbors" per @ODNIgov report
"#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can—locally & globally—employing techniques up to & including the use of force" per @ODNIgov report, compiled w/info available up to January
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Ukraine’s National Guard praised its neo-Nazi fighters from the white-supremacist Azov movement for greasing bullets with pig fat to kill Russian Muslims, demonizing them as “orcs.”
US gov’t knew NATO expansion to Ukraine would force Russia to intervene

Former US Ambassador to🇷🇺William J. Burns, who is now CIA director, admitted in a classified 2008 embassy cable that NATO expansion to Ukraine crosses Moscow’s security “redlines”…
...and “could potentially split the country in two, leading to violence or even, some claim, civil war, which would force Russia to decide whether to intervene.”…
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NATO + (உக்ரைன்) vs ரஷ்யா மோதல்!

உலக அரசியலில் ஆர்வம் உள்ளவர்களுக்கு
மட்டும் அறிய வேண்டியவை:-

பனிப்போர் முடியும் போது, அதாவது #Soviet பிரியும் போது மேற்குலக நாடுகளும் பிரிந்து செல்லும் சோவியத் நாடுகள் சிலவும் ரஷ்யா-விடம் பரஸ்பர வாக்குறுதிகளை கொடுத்துக் கொண்டனர்.

அதில் ஒன்று எந்த காலத்திலும் NATO படைகளோடு Russia-வின் எல்லை நாடுகள் இணையாது ! இதன் மூலம் எந்த காலத்திலும் ரஷ்யாவுக்கு பாதுகாப்பு அச்சுறுத்தல் என்று எதுவும் வரத்து என்பதே அது !
அதற்க்கு எந்த Paper Document-ம் கிடையாது !


வாய் வார்த்தையில் Gentleman Agreement என்ற வகையிலேயே பேசி பிரிந்தனர் !

இன்று NATO விற்கு ரஷ்யாவின் மேற்கு எல்லையில் உக்ரைன் உள்ளே படைகளை நிறுத்தி கிழக்கு Europe -ன் எல்லைகள் அனைத்தும் NATO -வின் கட்டுப்பாட்டில் இருக்க வேண்டும் என்பது ஆசை !

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#war #Kyiv #Ukraine #Russia Collecting all reports thread; Ukraine's operational command says "cruise and ballistic missile strikes are underway at the control centres in Kyiv" from @lukeharding1968 Friends report explosions in #Kyiv, #Odessa #Kharkiv #Mykolaev thread, add info
Targets include airfields and military headquarters, operational command says
"Distant crumps - soft explosions - reported from west Kyiv, towards the airport. Not Cruise missiles, i think, but sounds like an attack on the airport." @JohnSweeney
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Putin: “Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the #SovietUnion was a major geopolitical disaster of the century.” It was a *geopolitical* disaster, not a social one according to Putin. This is highly significant. Image
Putin represents the section of the Russian neo-liberal racist capitalist oligarchy that didn’t want to totally sell itself to imperialism and wanted a little bit of respect for itself. Putin leans on the Soviet nostalgia to bolster his rule as a right-wing nationalist.
It’s dangerous for Putin to play w this Soviet nostalgia cos Russian ppl don’t just see it as a nationalist project but a social one that delivered for them. Putin has to counter this by constantly trying to repackage Soviet history as right wing nationalism.
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I wrote in June 1990 in my final undergraduate thesis in Kyiv university that #SovietUnion system would collapse. My department head told me that they would expel me when I submitted my thesis proposal because it stated that it would use theories of Max Weber & Western economists
My thesis argued that #SovietUnion economic system was inefficient compared to free market economy & was bound to collapse. Because #Gorbachev glasnost was making certain headways in #Ukraine, I was not expelled but given ”C” for my final thesis in spite of all excellent grades.
Because I wrote in my thesis in 1990 that Soviet system was bound to collapse & based it on theories of Weber & Western economists, I couldn't pursue graduate education until #SovietUnion collapsed. University in Soviet #Ukraine had no problem that I wrote my thesis in #Ukrainian
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The #SovietUnion wanted to impose #communism on the #Afghans.
#America wanted to impose liberal #democracy on Afghans.
And the Afghans wanted to embrace Islam, to be honored, to be successful, to be victorious.
So they did not go left or right, but walked in the way of Allah. 1/6
That is why they have had to fight against the two superpowers for more than four decades. More than #2million #Muslims have had to give their lives. #Kabul victory is a sea of ​​#blood and ocean of sweat and salty tears. 2/6
#Victory did not come this way, today's great victory is through the bloody path of martyrdom.
Alhamdulillah, a hundred years before the fall of the caliphate, we will see the rule of the Qur'an again (InshaAllah). 3/6
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"Many countries are in a better position now w/more ppl vaccinated now, but w/the Delta variant spreading & future variants entirely possible, the way forward will be complicated" #Singapore Prime Minister @leehsienloong tells @AspenSecurity re #COVID19
"We had all hoped a pandemic would prompt more countries to work more closely's been quite different" #Singapore's @leehsienloong

"There's been some cooperation... but more broadly #COVID19 hasn't brought countries together. In fact, often in the contrary"
"Internationally, the pandemic has spawned recriminations & finger pointing" per #Singapore's @leehsienloong "Domestically, populations in many countries feel growing anxiety & insecurity that has fed nativist sentiments"

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As we observe June 20, Martyrs Day, some facts about the 6th Offensive ( Ethiopian Red Star Military Operation) in which #Eritrea lost many of her finest sons and daughters.

During the Offensive (Feb-Jun, 1982) Derg/Eth soldiers shot
-26,230,549 bullets on #Eritrean freedom fighters
-1008 bullets per freedom fighter
-291,450 bullets per day
-#Libya flew supplies
-#SouthYemen provided combat pilots &
-1200 #SovietUnion mil advisers were deployed Image
-#EPLF’s defensive line stretched for about 400 km from Barka to Sahel across #Nakfa
-63 Brigades of which 53 infantry, 6 mechanized, & 4 Para commandos, a total of 136,540 Ethiopian troops were deployed. Image
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#DAZN #Matchroom
#disruption #sport
#Legacy v's #PurePlay specialists

This week #EddieHearn announced the worst kept secret in sports broadcasting - He's taking his show, Lock Stock, to Mr #Blavatnik first-mover streaming service.

#Thread with a different perspective...🧐 ImageImageImageImage
This is exciting for #Sports fans - Especially #boxing

Lower cost access
More shows
Bigger production

Interesting, it's announced a week after #SundayTimes named the owner of #DAZN as the richest man in the UK (again)!

That rich list is an good starting point to explore Image
We're living through changing times;


What's that got to do with #DAZN & #Sport 🤔

Well, Sport & #Entertainment is big business 💰

It's also used by powerful people to influence Hearts & Minds...
#Sportswashing ImageImage
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One of the most important men in history is Adam Smith. His magnum opus, "The Wealth of Nations", is the basis of the greatest accumulation of wealth in human history.
It was after Smith put his ideas into writing that the structured capitalist economy began to build, and led to a situation where countries have been able to bring people out of poverty in huge numbers.

Need evidence? Look.
Note that #England's GDP grew linearly right until the century following the publication of that seminal book.

As the man's ideas began to take root, it was boom, exponential growth, and they've hardly looked back ever since.
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While #CCP Chairman #HuaGuofeng's visit to #Iran in 1978 was meant to project strength, his translator recalled a different mood... (a short thread) 1/

#Iran #China #IranChina #ChinaIran #twitterstorians #history #womeninhistory #AcademicTwitter #iranian #pahlavi #chinese Image
"The meeting between the leaders of the two countries that I was most impressed with was a separate meeting between #HuaGuofeng and #Pahlavi. At that time there was no one but else but myself as a translator. Pahlavi's mood during the meeting was already quite depressed..." 2/ Image
"...He said that the situation in Iran is already very difficult, and his future is "unknown." I was very surprised when I heard this sentence: As a head of state, he had no confidence in himself!" 3/ Image
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The signing of the BECA defense pact yesterday by the US and #India is a truly historic agreement as India has been a leader of the non-aligned movement (NAM) that arose at the Bandung Conference of 1955 in Indonesia...…
... and was formalized at the Cairo Conference of 1961. During the entire Cold War with the #SovietUnion, India was non-aligned with the western world despite the fact that it was a democracy.
The year after Cairo, in 1962, China launched a war against India for the Aksai Chin, taking 14,700 square miles of Indian territory and causing 1,300 Indian deaths and 1,000 wounded.
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#Thread : The Bloody History of #Communism - Chapter 2: People’s Republic of #China (PRC) and #Cambodia

#MaoZedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, ruled China as the chairman of the #CommunistPartyOfChina...


#CommunismKills #SocialismKills Image
...from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976.

Ideologically a #Marxist#Leninist, his theories, military strategies, & political policies are collectively known as #Maoism.

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Based on the Soviets' experience, #Mao considered violence to be necessary in order to achieve an ideal society that would be derived from #Marxism and as a result he planned & executed violence on a grand scale.

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#Thread: The Bloody History of #Communism - Chapter 1: #USSR

Communism is a political system in which the state owns the economy & aims to treat everyone equally.

But the last 100 years have proved it to be a nightmare which brought only bloodshed, torture & fear.

From Marx to Lenin, Stalin, Mao or Pol Pot, the materialist philosophy of #Communism transformed these humans into theorists of violence and masters of cruelty.

With the emergence of the USSR as the world's first communist state...

...,the slow poison of communism’s association with the #Soviet economic model and #Marxism#Leninism started to spread throughout the world.

The philosophical aspects of #Communism have always been used to defend it.

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