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King Philip VI addresses the Spanish nation

Semi-Official translation of the newspaper El Pais: ——- Good evening, We find ourselves at a critical juncture for our existence as a democracy. In these circumstances, I wish to address all Spaniards. We have all witnessed the facts that have taken place in Catalonia, with the illegal declaration of independence as the final goal of the Catalan Government (Generalitat). For a long time, some Catalan authorities have repeatedly, consciously and

Catalonia – two opposed views

Note by the Saker: today I am posting to completely different views on the events in Catalonia.  I do that because I hope that our community has the maturity needed to be exposed to two oppsed views without automatically having to declare one The One And Only Correct Opinion and defame the other with insults, personal attacks and logical fallacies.  I personally am not taking sides in this conflict for

Unravelling the riddle of the Kurds’ Iraqi pipedream

Masoud Barzani has overplayed his hand – no regional powers are going to assent to partition of Iraq by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times Wily clannish capo Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has announced that “Yes” won Monday’s non-binding independence referendum. Now that index fingers in indelible indigo ink are out of the way, the real battle between the KRG and Baghdad begins. Iraqi Prime

Leftists must finally take notice of – and buy stock in – bitcoins

by Ramin Mazaheri I can easily prove the leftist utility of bitcoins by relating one question I commonly hear: “Ramin, can you please take this medicine to my family the next time you visit Iran?” The US produces more than half of all new medicines, but there is an embargo on Iran (and Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, etc.): With bitcoins, Iranians can circumvent these criminal, terroristic restrictions and get medicines which

A crash course on the true causes of “antisemitism”

This article was written for the Unz Review. This is a topic which has had so much written about it that you could fill an entire city library with books entirely dedicated to this topic. Marx took a shot at it. As did Sartre. There were, of course, also plenty of good books written on this topic, but rather than list them all, I want to suggest a few simple

Kurdistan- The final chapter of the Empire’s plot against the Middle East

By Aram Mirzaei 2017-09-26.  Last Sunday, the Kurdish regional authority defied the world and went forward with the scheduled independence referendum in Northern Iraq. With the definite result of the referendum not being official yet, there can be little doubt that an overwhelming majority of Kurds have voted Yes to independence. Despite Kurdish leaders announcing that the referendum is non-binding and that it is only the beginning of a negotiation

Any out there with a decent computer? (especially a laptop!) UPDATE: SOLVED!

Dear friends, Since you have been so helpful to me, I decided to mention another issue I would need help with.  Computer hardware. For the past 4 years I have been using a small Linux box called a Penguin Wee 4th Gen GNU / Linux Desktop with some decent CPUs (4x 3-4130T CPU @ 2.90GHz) but a very weak integrated graphics controller and an equally bad sound card. I do

My thoughts and proposals for the moderation issue

Dear friends, First, a big thank you for all the comments and suggestions you have posted on this blog and sent to me by email.  This was such a huge volume of comments that I had to ask my assistant, Amarynth, to organize them into groups.  Then I read them all, alongside some emails I got and suggestions from members of my team. All in all, this has convinced me

General Asapov died because as a Russian officer he led from the front (with Saker commentary)

The death of Lieutenant General Valery Asapov and two Russian colonels who were with him in Syria highlights the fundamentally different military command philosophies of the US and Russian militaries. by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Feed Unlike Western armies the Russian army still requires senior officers like General Asapov to lead their men into battle Putting aside the question of whether or not General Asapov was deliberately targeted, the key

A heartfelt ‘thank you!’ & Fall fund-raiser canceled!

Dear friends, Your response to my recent report of difficulties has been overwhelming and I am immensely touched by it.  Not only did you pull me out from my immediate difficulties, but I now feel reasonably sure to be able to make ends meet until the end of the year.  As a result, I am canceling the “regular” Fall quarterly fund-raiser which, believe me, makes me even happier than you! 

EXCLUSIVE NEWS: Economic Sanctions Against Russia Flop: The first comprehensive study of anti-Russia sanctions shows they hit EU much more than Russia

by Eric Zuesse Did U.S. President Barack Obama create the anti-Russia sanctions in order to weaken the EU in its competition against America? If so, the policy has been a huge success — it has enormously damaged the EU’s economy. But, if Russia was the actual target — as Obama claimed — then it’s been a total flop: It has produced $100 billion loss to the EU, thus far —

How the BBC Spreads Lies: How to read propaganda

by Eric Zuesse Propaganda frequently masquerades as ‘news’. A ‘news’ narrative’s relevant background needs to be understood, in order for the reader or hearer to be able to understand anything of the truth, from the propaganda, rather than be fooled by it (as the aristocracy’s managers and editors of fake ’news’-reports intend, and as they hire ‘reporters’ to convey to their audiences). The present article will therefore start with the

Tell me, colonel, why are your eyes shining so brightly?

In a theater piece entitled “The Prisoners”, Solzhenitsyn illustrated the price paid by those who serve the Empire and the gift granted to those who struggle against it. Here is the key dialog of this drama. It confronts Vorotyntsev, а monarchist White Russian officer about to be executed and Roublev, an officer of the Soviet secret police who suffers from terminal cancer. Hands behind his back, Vorotyntsev enters the room.

Not a fund-raiser, not even an appeal, just a report

Dear friends, I am going to make this one real short.  First, I am only addressing this to those of you who are, shall we say, financially comfortable.  Second, this is in no way a fund-raiser.  We agreed that these would only happen quarterly and we are nowhere near the middle of Fall.  Third, I will simply state the following: things are rapidly getting very dangerous in the Ukraine and

Rostislav Ishchenko on the potential of the Ukraine in 1991 (MUST READ)

Note by the Saker: the following is a translation of a partial transcript of an interview given by Rostislav Ishchenko, arguably the foremost Ukraine specialist alive today, to Dmitrii Puchkov.  Thanks a lot to Eugenia for translating this for the blog.  I asked for this translation because it reminds us in just a few short words of what the Ukraine could have been had this country not been run by

Baba Beijing and Big Bear smack down Uncle Sam in Iran and Venezuela

by Jeff J. Brown Cross-linked with http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/09/24/baba-beijing-and-big-bear-smack-down-uncle-sam-in-iran-and-venezuela-china-rising-radio-sinoland-170924/, https://youtu.be/VdpYThnrfXk and https://soundcloud.com/44-days/baba-beijingbig-bear-smack-down-uncle-sam-in-iranvenezuela-china-rising-radio-sinoland-170921 Ahh… What happened to the good old days of the Cold War, when rich, imperial America was doing battle with poor, agrarian Russia and China, and Iran and Venezuela were corrupt, fascist regimes serving the interests of American capital? These days, that seems so long, long ago! There was time, 1945-1990, when America ruled the noncommunist world like a brutal

Very dangerous escalation in Syria

By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted mortar attack.  Just as in the case of the Russian military police unit recently attacked near Deir ez-Zor, the Russians are accusing the Americans of being behind this attack.  To make things even worse, the Russians are now also officially

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