Posts From The Saker

Russia Never Threatened Me

by John Freeman for the Saker Blog I don’t get it. I’ve been watching the hysteric reaction of the news media, the MIC, the Deep State, the Zionist neocons, and politicians on both sides of the aisle to President Trump’s new detente with Russia, and I’m left wondering why the prospect of peaceful coexistence with a nuclear-armed superpower is seen as a bad thing. After listening to the usual drivel

“Democracy” Isn’t for Donbass, Right?

By Andrey Babitsky Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/andrey-babitsky-democracy-isnt-for-donbass-right/ source: https://donetsk24.su/opinion/demokratiia-ne-dlia-donbassa-tak-chto-li/ So, it is clear that the mentioning of the topic of a referendum by Vladimir Putin – and the proposal, judging by the fact that Washington already had the time to reject it, was indeed made – is a well thought over trap that Washington fell for, even without assuming that such a thing in

‘Tweet of Mass Destruction’ ratchets up tension on Iran

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The Trump administration’s ultimate goal is regime change in Tehran, but was this just a distraction from the ‘treason’ in Helsinki as US Mid-Term elections loom? Or did he just want to destabilize the Eurasian giants and their New Silk Roads? President Trump’s late-night, all-caps Tweet of Mass Destruction threatening Iran is bound to be enshrined in

Trump – the De-Globalizer?

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Looks like Trump is running amok with his “trading policies”. Not only has he upset the European Union – which doesn’t deserve any better, frankly, for having been and still being submissive vassals against the will of by now 90% of Europeans; but he has also managed to get China into a fury. Well, for China it is really not that important, because

Iran’s Basij: Reconstructing society via class warfare

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In this 11-part series, which began as a response to the World Socialist Web Site’s 3-part series against my views of Iran and also Iranian Islamic Socialism in general, I have included a 4-part sub-series on the Basij: I think that the total ignorance of the Basij demands it amid the crumbling JCPOA pact on Iran’s nuclear energy program and the increased worries

Why Poroshenko Will Escalate the Situation in Ukraine

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/ishchenko-poroshenko-escalate/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20180719/1020650035.html When Petro Poroshenko unexpectedly became the president of Ukraine, he had two paths… The path to the right assumed leaning on the Russophobic nazis inside the country and pursing an anti-Russian policy in the international arena. The path to the left dictated a compromise with the Southeast, even at the price of the informal

Two analyses by Paul Craig Roberts

Note by the Saker: As I have mentioned here, I am currently on a road trip and I have very spotty access to the Internet.  The recent Putin-Trump summit has elicited a lot of reactions and I will write an analysis of my own by the time I get back home (somewhere around the 20th-22nd of July).  In the meantime, I am posting two more articles by the special permission

Putin and Trump’s Unagreed Agreement – a Catastrophe for Europe

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-putin-and-trumps-unagreed-agreement-a-catastrophe-for-europe/ source: https://ukraina.ru/exclusive/20180717/1020630485.html Contradictions between Russia and the US are so substantial and common ground is so small that the vast majority of experts, recognising the importance of the fact of the meeting in Helsinki itself, nevertheless stressed that one shouldn’t expect some breakthrough in bilateral relations or at least reaching an agreement on one minor question…

A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) US President stirs up a hornet’s nest with his press conference alongside his Russian counterpart, but it seems that no ‘grand bargain’ was struck on Syria, and on Iran they appear to strongly disagree. “The Cold War is a thing of the past.” By the time President Putin said as much during preliminary remarks at his

Is President Trump A Traitor Because He Wants Peace With Russia?

Note by the Saker: I am posting this article today by the special permission of Paul Craig Roberts. It was initially posted here: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/07/16/is-president-trump-a-traitor-because-he-wants-peace-with-russia/ Is President Trump A Traitor Because He Wants Peace With Russia? The Democrats say he is by Paul Craig Roberts The US Democratic Party is determined to take the world to thermo-nuclear war rather than to admit that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election fair and

A leftist analysis of Iran’s Basij…likely the first in the West

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In the World Socialist Web Site’s 3-part response to my critique of their Iran coverage and their accusation that “Islamic socialism is a sham” (not just Iranian Islamic Socialism), one thing surprised me: Why was there not one mention of the Basij? After all, it is 10+ million person (low estimate) organisation mainly drawn from the working class – surely the WSWS would

How the 12th Russian Border Post Heroically Repelled the Mujahideen in 1993

By Andrey Stanovov and Victor Zvantsev Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/how-the-12th-russian-border-post-heroically-repelled-the-mujahideen-in-1993/ source: https://ria.ru/defense_safety/20180713/1524481121.html “Border post, center! Border post, attention! Line up! The staff of the surviving 12th border post is before you” — the footage of the chronicle with the short report of the contused Lieutenant Andrey Merzlikin flew around the whole world. The handful of bandaged fighters who miraculously escaped in one piece

Trump’s Geopolitical Cruise

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross-posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-trumps-geopolitical-cruise/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20180713/1020609493.html The president of the United States Donald Trump put an appearance in at the NATO summit, went to Great Britain – which is leaving the EU, and now prepares to meet the president of Russia Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Nothing unexpected happened in Brussels, is happening in London, and will happen in Helsinki… If to

Trump, NATO and ‘Russian aggression’

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The US President’s blitzkrieg at the Brussels summit, calling NATO obsolete and for member states to boost spending to defend themselves is correct. Hysteria is at fever pitch. After the NATO summit in Brussels, the definitive Decline of the West has been declared a done deal as President Trump gets ready to meet President Putin in

‘The Death of Stalin’ & ‘sweet’ Hitler? Comparing postwar European cinema

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog The main problem with the recent English movie The Death of Stalin (2017) is that it’s a comedy… but it’s just not funny. And that’s really too bad, because its director, Armando Iannucci, was one of the driving forces behind the most hilarious satire of TV news ever, The Day Today (1994). Those six 30-minute send-ups of journalism have never been topped. The

The other new revolutionary Russian weapons systems: ASATs

[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] It would not be an exaggeration to say that the March 1st, 2018, speech of President Putin to the Federal Assembly, had a tectonic effect on the world public opinion. Initially, some tried to dismiss it as “Russian propaganda” and “bad CGI”, but pretty soon the reality hit hard, very hard: the Russians either had already deployed or were about to deploy

The Oil Super Empires

by David Chibo for the Saker Blog The Age of Coal The “age of coal” that powered the steam warship was relatively brief, lasting from 1871 until 1914. During this period the Empire that most dominated, Great Britain, had some of the largest coal deposits in the world, and they had helped fuel the greatest Navy and merchant fleet, on the eve of WW I. The British Royal Navy’s supremacy

The 1943 Volyn Massacre and Ukrainian Nazis Today

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-the-1943-volyn-massacre-and-ukrainian- nazis-today/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20180711/1020593387.html Today [at the time of writing – ed] is a gloomy anniversary – the 75th anniversary of the Volyn massacre. Its start is counted from July 11th, 1943 rather arbitrarily. Excesses with the mass extermination of Poles happened in February 1943, and even in 1942… It is simply that on July 10th Zygmunt

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