On Nov 14th, Yemen announced they would begin targeting Israeli-flagged ships in retaliation for the massacre of Palesitnains in Gaza.
Earlier today, Yemen captured a ship in the Red Sea, an act which may turn out to be the most significant development in the war so far.
Marine shipping accounts for 80% of the world's trade in goods, and a full 12% of ships pass through the Suez Canal.
The southern end of the Suez is accessed via the Red Sea, which in turn is accessed via the Bab-el-Maneb, a constriction less than 30 km across at its narrowest.
Nov 17 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Be prepared for a US foreign policy pivot to attempt to save what is now (correctly) seen as a growing risk of losing their forward-operating base in the Middle East by blaming the intelligence failure of Oct 7 and subsequent bungled response solely on Netanyahu.
The rapidly mounting tally of Isreali soldier deaths from the failed ground invasion, combined with the international black eye from supporting a horrifying genocide, is further eroding what little soft power the US has left.
In response to the significant losses Israel sustained after it launched a war against Lebanon in 2006, the US and Israel began developing a short-range air defense system called Iron Dome.
And for the first time since then, Iron Dome is at risk of being defeated. 🧵
Iron Dome has 10 missile batteries in operation throughout Israel, with the key component being the Tamir missiles.
The missiles are designed to intercept incoming Qassam rockets. Famously, each missile costs $80,000, while Hamas’s rockets can be produced for <1/100th the cost.
Oct 28 • 9 tweets • 5 min read
If you’re watching this apocalyptic genocide unfold before your eyes and you feel powerless to stop it, please read. 🧵
Al-Aqsa Flood was a meticulously planned operation by a group with intimate knowledge of their enemy
What that means is the planners did not only anticipate Israel might retaliate with this current level of unrestrained brutality, they were counting on it
So what are its goals?
Oct 25 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
This'll sound completely absurd to people who subscribe to the "brainwashing" theory of propaganda, but the reason people seem to be seeing through the lies now isn't because of "TikTok" or "Trump".
It's because there is less material benefit to doing so. 🧵
Part of becoming a communist is realizing that people aren't mindless sheep. They are largely rational actors that are constantly adapting and internalizing a framework that they feel best explains and justifies their material reality.
Oct 9 • 12 tweets • 7 min read
Some are bewildered at the apparent lack of forewarning of the Al-Aqsa flood and feel it’s not possible that Israel was caught unaware, and thus conclude the current offensive must be a false-flag by the IDF.
However there’s a much simpler explanation: Huawei 🧵
Earlier this summer, both Russia and China moved to ban iPhones for workers in government or state-owned firms. The implication was clear: despite heavy marketing to the contrary, iPhone security is compromised.
Oct 2 • 10 tweets • 6 min read
“But China still has billionaires!”
They do. And Evergrande is a great example of why. 🧵
Billionaires are the inevitable end-result of the tendency toward monopolies in capitalist markets; a flurry of mergers, acquisitions, & bankruptcies eventually produces a winner.
In the west, winners go on to rewrite the regulatory landscape to permanently cement their victory.
Sep 27 • 13 tweets • 7 min read
In the early 2000s, China’s Xinjiang province suddenly began experiencing deadly waves of terrorist attacks, and hundreds of people were killed.
There's lots of evidence the US was involved in instigating these attacks as an attempt to destabilize China. 🧵
By funding extremist religious groups, particularly groups like ETIM, in China and neighboring Afghanistan whose goal was to turn Xinjiang into a separate fundamentalist Islamic state.
This degree of fundamentalist Islam has no historical precedent in China.
Jul 31 • 15 tweets • 7 min read
In 2022, Nord Stream was bombed, forcing Germany to import gas from the US.
In 2023, the govt of Niger—France's largest supplier of uranium—was overthrown in a coup.
Are these events connected? 🧵
Since the Russia-NATO war in Ukraine began in early 2022, Germany’s energy mix has dramatically changed.
The first change involved banning the import of Russian coal into the EU in the summer of 2022, ostensibly as a response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Jul 5 • 13 tweets • 6 min read
There’s a very real chance Ukraine is about to attack the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in an attempt to create a nuclear disaster.
But why? 🧵
The Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, is located on the east bank of the Dnieper river in territory currently controlled by the Russian military.
Jun 27 • 12 tweets • 6 min read
A few people seem confused about the concept of ‘currency devaluation’.
Given how important it is in understanding exploitation on a global level, let’s review. 🧵
China, despite being a communist country, has not yet progressed beyond wage labor, and thus still has a form of exploitation intrinsic to capitalism, in which the ‘surplus value’ that labor produces is appropriated by capital.
Jun 24 • 17 tweets • 4 min read
Yesterday, an open mutiny emerged within Russia’s Wagner forces deployed in Ukraine, followed by immediate media hysteria about a potential coup.
In confusing situations like this, a “cui bono?” line of questioning is usually the best place to start. 🧵
When 3 of 4 Nord Stream pipelines were severed by underwater explosives last year, the goal of the culprit was immediately clear to anyone not thoroughly consumed by the western disinformation bubble: to remove any possibility of economic reintegration between Russia and Germany
Jun 21 • 13 tweets • 5 min read
Western leftists—some of the biggest beneficiaries of imperial plunder in world history—see class antagonisms as the principle contradiction within the imperial core and assume that this applies everywhere.
When the western left regurgitates that “socialism means workers own the means of production" as a trans-historical truism, they fail to understand the historical context of how this truism emerged within the societies of industrialized colonial powers.
If China’s prior efforts to reshape itself are any indication, it will be extraordinarily successful in this new effort to bring common prosperity for all.
Jun 6 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Folks, this is what’s know in infidelity circles as “trickle truth”
The US’s first response after the Nord Stream attack was silence.
Then they shifted to ol’ faithful:
“Russia did it”
Now they’re trying to tell us Ukraine was responsible and they knew all along.
Jun 6 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
When people tell you who they are, believe them.
You’re going to see a lot of deliberately stupid people over the next few days confidently claim that Russia blew up the dam which supplies Crimea with water because Putin is literally the Joker.
May 26 • 31 tweets • 15 min read
Earlier this year, 3 of the US’s 4 largest ever bank failures occurred in the space of two months.
But far from being an isolated instability, these failures were a preview of systemic insolvency in the US banking sector.
Here’s why more are on the way. 🧵
In 1999, the Clinton admin introduced the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which eliminated the Glass-Steagall Act's restrictions against affiliations between commercial and investment banks, all but erasing the line between investment and lending services.
May 1 • 39 tweets • 19 min read
Chips - PART 2
In August 2022, the sitting Speaker of the House landed in Taiwan.
Far from being a mere diplomatic fumble, Pelosi’s visit was deliberately designed as the opening move in a series of strategic provocations.
One week after Pelosi’s visit, Biden signed into law the CHIPS act. The act allocates $52 billion in “tax credits and funding” with $39 billion specifically toward reinvigorating the US’s stagnant semiconductor manufacturing industry.