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Zelenskii beat Poroshenko – what will happen next?

[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] As everybody predicted, Poroshenko completely lost the election. As I wrote in my previous column, this is both amazing (considering Poro’s immense and extensive resources and the fact that his opponent was, literally, a clown (ok, a comic if you prefer). His defeat was also so predictable as to be almost inevitable: not only is the man genuinely hated all over the

War on Iran & Calling America’s Bluff

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Consortium News) by special agreement with the author Vast swathes of the West seem not to realize that if the Strait of Hormuz is shut down a global depression will follow, writes Pepe Escobar. The Trump administration once again has graphically demonstrated that in the young, turbulent 21st century, “international law” and “national sovereignty” already belong to the Realm of the Walking Dead. As if

Ukraine 2019 Election- Ukraine Rejects Maidan Bandera and Revolution

by George Eliason, Special Correspondent for the Saker Blog in Novorussia “Most previous ODIHR and Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) recommendations that would bring the legal framework further in line with international obligations and standards, as well as good practice, including for the adoption of an election code that would consolidate and harmonize the various election laws, remain unaddressed.”- the INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION

Red Guards ain’t all red: Who fought whom in China’s Cultural Revolution? (5/8)

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In Part 3 of this 8-part series I answered the question raised by that part’s title: Why was a Cultural Revolution needed in already-Red China? To recap: China wanted something which the Eurozone has none of: participatory economic planning. China also wanted much more participatory democracy (political empowerment) at the local level and to move even further away from an all-controlling, imperious central

The Deep State vs. WikiLeaks

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Strategic Culture Foundation) by special agreement with the author) The Made by FBI indictment of Julian Assange does look like a dead man walking. No evidence. No documents. No surefire testimony. Just a crossfire of conditionals. But never underestimate the legalese contortionism of US government (USG) functionaries. As much as Assange may not be characterized as a journalist and publisher, the thrust of the affidavit is

The Ukrainian elections – a short preview of the coming attraction (UPDATED)

Mommy! Daddy!  Look at the circus that came to town! :-) Well, it sure looks like the Ukrainian elections will be very interesting after all.  No, they probably won’t change anything truly important, but what is taking place is most interesting indeed.  I just want to mention a few things bullet-point style, not a real analysis (that will be for after the election), but maybe somewhat of a preview.  So,

Russia 2019+ Military Doctrine

source: https://southfront.org/military-doctrine-of-russia-2019/ Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson The term “Gerasimov Doctrine”, apparently wholly made up Mark Galeotti who, to his credit, owned up to his mistake, has been used by the Western media to the point of obscuring the real work on developing national security doctrines for Russia’s 21st century needs.  In this work, General Valeriy Gerasimov, Chief of General Staff of the Russian Federation

Six months after it begins, the oligarchs/Macron versus Gilets Jaunes battle is still raging and will keep on

By Le Saker Francophone for the Saker Blog This battle that the French people will win – we do not yet know when, but sure it will – is the vanguard battle of a Western world in full decline because their elites, no longer able to plunder the rest of the world as they did before, are beginning to plunder their own country in order to continue to accumulate a

Foreign backed terrorism in Iran: Part two – US/Israeli backed insurgency and separatism in western Iran

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog In the previous article, we examined the prevalence of US/Israeli backed terrorism in eastern Iran where Baluchi Salafists have received arms and funding from the CIA and Mossad. In this second part of the article series we will examine the US/Israeli support for terrorists and separatists in western Iran among the Kurdish ethnic group. The Kurdish situation in western Iran The Kurdish question

Venezuela – Still on the Brink?

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog The silence is almost deafening. Is it the quiet before the storm? – Or is the US giving up on Venezuela? I don’t think so. It’s more like a regrouping after a first defeat, well, it’s a multiple defeat, if we start counting since the failed coup attempt against Hugo Chavez on 11 April 2002. However, Washington is not giving up. The first

How the Little Red Book created a cult ‘of socialism’ and not ‘of Mao’ (4/8)

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog What is Mao’s Little Red Book, first published in 1964 at the start of the Cultural Revolution? In 2019, I think we have to look at it in three ways: The Little Red Book was a work of journalism. This means it sought to impart knowledge which was specific to its exact time, and as a response to the needs of its particular

The Saker interviews Dmitry Orlov

[This interview was originally made for the Unz Review] “I think that the American empire is very much over already, but it hasn’t been put to any sort of serious stress test yet, and so nobody realizes that this is the case” If I had to characterize the current international situation using only one word, the word “chaos” would be a pretty decent choice (albeit not the only one).  Chaos

List of monuments damaged by conflict in the Middle East during the 21st century

Thanks to “R” for pointing out this Wikipedia entry to me.  The Saker From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monuments_damaged_by_conflict_in_the_Middle_East_during_the_21st_century This is a list of monuments suffering damage from conflict in the Middle East during the 21st century. It is sorted by country. Contents 1 Afghanistan 2 Egypt 3 Iraq 4 Lebanon 5 Libya 6 Palestine 7 Syria 8 Yemen 9 See also 10 References Afghanistan The Buddhas of Bamiyan were a spectacular legacy

Lesson Learned: Russia Is Now Doing in Venezuela What It Failed to Do in Yugoslavia, Syria

by Marko Marjanović (author of the new Checkpoint Asia site) for The Saker blog Pushing for the US to start an air war against Syria in 2012 Hillary Clinton argued in her emails that Russia would not “stand in the way”, just as it had done “little more than complain” when the US and its satellites bombed Yugoslavia in 1999: The second step is to develop international support for a

Bamiyan, Babylon, Palmyra, Notre-Dame

by Pepe Escobar for The Saker Blog The Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed by an intolerant sect pretending to follow Islam. Buddhism all across Asia grieved. The West hardly paid attention. The remaining ruins of Babylon, and the attached museum, were occupied, plundered and vandalized by a US Marine base during Shock and Awe in 2003. The West paid no attention. Vast tracts of Palmyra – a legendary Silk Road oasis

Maria Zakharova discusses US policies towards Venezuela (MUST READ!)

Excerpt of the weekly MFA  briefing by Maria Zakharova: ——- The UN Security Council held a meeting in New York yesterday at the initiative of the US to discuss the humanitarian situation in Venezuela. Russia’s position, whereby this is not the appropriate platform or format for discussing this topic, remains unchanged. We are not turning a blind eye to the challenging social, economic and humanitarian developments in Venezuela. Still, we

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