Couple of blog news items today:
New Weekly Column from Russia:
First, I am absolutely delighted to announce that Andrew Korybko (whose articles you have seen recently on the blog) has accepted to write a weekly column for the blog. Here is a short bio of Andrew:
Andrew Korybko was born, raised, and educated in the US, but permanently relocated to Russia in the summer of 2013. He plans to receive his master’s in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in June and works as a political analyst and journalist at Sputnik. His areas of expertise include American grand strategy towards Eurasia, Color Revolutions, and Unconventional Warfare, but he also explores African and Latin American geopolitics in his spare time. He welcomes you to follow him on Facebook.
I want to add something here: the MGIMO (or “Moscow State Institute of International Relations“) is a very prestigious and high-end institution and anybody writing a Master’s Degree there is in an ideal location to observe not only Kremlin politics but also Russian politics in general. I am sure that this weekly “view from Russia” will add a lot to the information presented on this blog. As graduate (MA in Strategic Studies) from the Paul Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University myself, I very much look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Andrew.
First “Mobile Podcast” Now Available for Download and Streaming:
I finally did it :-) I recorded a podcast while on a long drive across the beautiful Ocala National Forest (that is the photo attached to the podcast). This time, I did things a tad differently. It was not a Q&A but rather a topical podcast where I discussed two issues I felt needed clarification: the issue of whether the blog is sacrificing quality to quantity (in my own writing and in the format of the new blog) and my politics (since I have been accused of being anything and everything, from Communist to Fascist). This is not a formal podcast like the previous ones, no music, your can hear the sounds of my engine (there is only that much I could filter out), but this was the only opportunity that I had to “speak” to you all. I hope you will enjoy it. Please let me know what you think, okay?
To stream or download the podcast please click here: https://sites.google.com/site/sakerpodcast/home and go to the bottom of the page to Podcast #7.
How you can *really* help me:
Over the past weeks and months, support for my work has been mostly coming in short spurts. While I am grateful for any help, this is also rather frustrating and I constantly hate reminding people how much their contributions are needed by me. So here is what I thought:
PayPal offer the option to make recurring monthly donations and, in fact, some of you have already been using this option. All you need to do is add a checkmark in the location I have circled in red on this picture:
If as many of you as possible could do that it would really help me plan my own expenses and know, at least more or less, what I can count on.
So please, if you can, please make your contribution a monthly one, that would be a huge help for me!
Thanks in advance and kind regards,
Saker, thank you very much for adding Andrew as a regular contributor. I heard your call and I will change my approach to provide you with a monthly contribution.
And to you, Andrew, welcome to my favourite site. I really love your writing, and I follow you regularly on “Oriental Review”. Your recent set of articles on the subject of Nagorno-Karabakh is a shining example of your analytical depth.
This site has been joined by some of the best brains in the world today. It has become a meeting place for the “Seekers after truth”.
Thank you for your support! I’m really proud and honored to become a regular contributor here and I hope you’ll enjoy my Saker articles just as much as you do my ones for Oriental Review! I also appreciate the kind words about my Nagorno-Karabakh analyses.
Happy May Day to you, and take care!
Note to Saker (moderator)
I sent money to Saker through PayPal but there was no recurring checkmark.
The format is also different from the picture above.
Are there more than one option to send money through PayPal?
If you click the PayPal button on this blog, you should get a form a lot like the image, maybe a lot wider and more stretched. It lets you log in after entering the amount. If you are starting out from your own PayPal account, you won’t get this, I think, as that is more aimed at making one-off purchase payments.
I’m in favor to switch to topics rather than Q&A sessions. But at the same time it wont be good to ‘ignore’ the questions. So i suggest you to orientate the topics you are discussing in the podcasts towards the questions
“… the MGIMO (or “Moscow State Institute of International Relations“) is a very prestigious and high-end institution …”
Indeed. Incidentally, the Russian Strategic Culture Foundation frequently publishes excellent analyses by Dr. Valentin Katasonov, Professor (and Department Head 2001-2011) of the Department of International Finances of MGIMO, the University of the Foreign Ministry of Russian Federation, http://www.mgimo.ru/users/document1562.phtml .
Check http://www.fondsk.ru/authors/valentin-katasonov-189.html (Russian) and http://www.strategic-culture.org/authors/valentin-katasonov.html (English).
Topical podcasts are better. You can focus better. Investment in enlarging the community is the good thing to do. Sound need to be better. Homepage of the site-leave it. It is balanced, although it needs a bit adjusting to new format.
Thank you for great 42 minutes of sanity!
Great news on Mr Korybko joining The Saker team – welcome :).
I look forward to listening to your podcast.
As per your survey you shouldn’t worry about about asking for funding.
Thank you very much for the kind greetings! Cheers to you from Moscow!
Andrew is a great young mind, grounded in deep knowledge. It is terrific that he is coming on board the Vineyard.
The Podcast: this #7 is for those who need to know or want to know your ideological orientation. It is very personal, your own typical free-thinking and representative of what conversing with you is like.
Subsequent podcasts: Various topics, a Question or two, and a uni-directional mic if you must be in a car to record. Too much ambient noise, bearable, but too much for the duration.
There are two links on the Home Page for Latest Articles, which as you describe is the new way to have the old interface. It’s the front door in to see Articles and Comments.
The rest of the layout is a buffet to the riches of the Vineyard.
The reality of the Vineyard is that it is a deep, rich continuous resource. Trying to simplify such a website is impossible.
That’s very kind ofyou to say, thank you very much! I’m looking forward to providing you with more top-notch work through my regular column!
Big brother is creeping ever closer in the west. Today it was reported in RT News that the EU has legislated that it is now going to be compulsory for all new cars to be fitted with SOS black boxes in case of emergencies for “safety and security” reasons :
Safety v. privacy: EU says new cars must be fitted with SOS black boxes
“All new cars and vans throughout the EU must be fitted with an ‘SOS’ black box within three years, the European Parliament has ruled. The device will automatically contact emergency services in the event of an accident.
The device, called eCall, will dial the EU-wide emergency number 112 if an accident occurs. This will give authorities the exact location and time of the crash, as well as the number of passengers in the vehicle. It will also state the direction of travel and the position of the crash.
According to EU representatives, the device has been shown to cut emergency response times by half in rural areas, and up to 60 percent in towns and cities. For those injured in a car crash, this could mean the difference between life and death”.
Yeah, right. Since when have they ever been concerned with the safety of their citizens. If they were really concerned about their citizens well being they wouldn’t be taking the stance they currently are regarding sanctions against Russia which is damaging their own economies and jeopardising their citizens livelihood never mind foolishly risking a world war. No, this is about keeping track of people and their whereabouts plain and simple.
I wonder how long before they come up with the idea of having micro chips implanted under our skins from birth, for “safety and security” reasons of course.
If you are not doing anything wrong, why would you worry?
(sorry, someone had to say it)
“If you are not doing anything wrong, why would you worry?”
It really makes me want to bang my head against a brick wall in despair when I read such statements as the one above.
This statement is simply another variant of “if you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about” and I will just like to point out to the above commenter that the very first person to have used this particular statement was Hitlers minister of propaganda Josef Goebels, I rest my case.
to Know the Truth…Sanctuary One was kidding …. I guess you took the bait dear.
Thanks; apologies to all who were unaware of my poor and irreverant attempt at humour.
No problem, I thought you were a government troll :)
Today in Montenegro in the city of Bar a billboard was covered with a message to NATO and other fascists. It read “9. Мая С Днем Победы, Спасибо Вам, на то, что ми есть” or “9th of May, Victory Day, thank you, because we exist.”
I have posted the article because of the picture of the billboard which I cant find anywhere else. I will also (very) amateurishly translate it.
“9th of May, Victory Day, thak you because we exist” is written on both sides of the billboard put there by a Peace movement “No to war, No to NATO” in front of the buildings where the court, the judge, the political parties and Bar municipality reside.
On it is also a St. George’s ribbon, a traditional Russian symbol which is worn every 9th of May. There is also a Russian soldier marching and under his feet are Nazi flags and NATO symbols.
The president of the Peace movement Gojko Raicevic announced that its just “one of the planned activities” as a way of marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism, which is celebrated every 9th of May in Moscow.
“The Russia soldier is a symbol of peace which was in Europe until the NATO aggression on the Republic of Srpska and FR Yugoslavia. In hope that common sense will prevail and that peace will win, this is a reminder of what happened to the Nazis and a warning of what will happen to the neonazis. Its also our humble present to the Russians in our city and a sign of gratitude to the liberators”, said Raicevic.
He stressed that the Peace movement, in contrast to the actual govenrment who promote Montenegro’s entry into “occupant military structures such as NATO”, looks after the freedom loving values and the tradition of the poeple from these lands.
“We especially value the decisive role that Russia had in the victory over fascism in WW2”, he pointed out.
Thanks for your podcast, I appreciated hearing about the rational for the development to how it is now, and your own personal journey and work in and behind the scenes with all this. It’s an incredible work and invaluable.
I don’t think it’s a case of simplifying the blog much, things develop and metamorphose, and this site has too. What is maybe lost is the easy sense of identification with whatever you are currently writing about. This happened through a less cluttered interface, and it was easier before to feel this more immediate and personal relationship to news articles and to your ideals.
It’s rather difficult to describe, it has also to do with not what is written only, but who writes it, That is hard to understand. Two people can say or write the same words but they may mean or harbor something completely different.
People want to belong, to feel connected to the events and the truth of our time, and that may be lost by so many different contributors, or, it is easier to do so once one has identified with one person’s style.
So, I have no ideas, I only know that the world becomes more complex, the acceleration of evil gains ground, and life continues to become less and less meaningful and personal, and more and more ruthless and cynical.
Welcome to Andrew Korybko.
God protect all the truth seekers, the Saker and community, and don’t let’s forget the Russian proverb: One word of truth outweighs the whole world.
Fantastic news about Andrew, I have seen him on RT and his work, along with that of Joaquin Flores has always been rock solid, realistic, and forward looking.
To be honest Saker the thread about nuclear war and whether Russia can or even ought to construct a Strangelovian ‘doomsday machine’ left me feeling so depressed it disturbed my sleep last night. Perhaps because I kept thinking of the scenes from this dramatization of what a nuclear strike on Moscow would look like according to ‘Metro 2033 The Last Light’ trailers filmed with actual Russian actors and extras. Maybe because it’s difficult to imagine both my beloved second home of Moscow and my homeland here in the USA being utterly destroyed, even if only a fraction of the Russian ICBMs/SLBMs/cruise missiles over the Pole make it through.
I would tend to concur with those on the other thread who pointed out that no such ‘doomsday machine’ involving super tsunamis, earthquake weapons, or hitting the Yellowstone caldera is necessary, as all the Star Wars gadgetry that the neocons and other insane-niks think can protect them from overwhelming Russian retaliation (to say nothing of Chinese DF-31 and SLBMs which I also believe would launch upon any U.S. first strike on Russia) will fail or wildly miss their targets upon reentry.
Nonetheless with Gen. Breedlove’s speech today to the Senate Armed Forces Committee, tacitly admitting that the reason for the craptastic grainy below Google Earth grade satellite photos he and Amb. Pyatt have been able to produce so far as ‘proof’ that #RussiaInvadedUkraine, as well as the AP story in which the State Dept./DoD told the press that for all practical purposes they see the NAF via Voentorg as extensions of the Russian Armed Forces (translation: Washington needs to justify the increasingly overt and obvious presence of American trainers/advisers not only at Yavoriv near Poland but also in Kiev and now even masked ‘ex’ US Marines who served in Iraq boasting in videos that they’re training the UAF close to the front lines, officially or unofficially…aka ‘NATO’s Foreign Legion’.)
U.S. merc? Or ‘volunteer’? Marine who was in Iraq now training UAF Nazi Aidar battalion close to Donbass front lines
I am starting like the Saker to have doubts tthat the Empire will accept anything less than direct confrontation, that is anything short of a second Cuban Missile Crisis situation where U.S. and Russian troops are eyeball to eyeball locked and loaded at the Baltic, Kaliningrad or even TransDniestr frontiers (Tiraspol being landlocked and a very thin sliver of land is an ideal target of opportunity to start a big war with Russia, especially if the Empire can somehow achieve a snap anschluss between Romania and Moldova since the Moldovans are too damn broke to attack it and aren’t suicidal, whereas the Romanian military just might try for a pincer move with a new improved UkroWehrmacht in a year or three’s time). Crimea isn’t even likely the main target given the suicidal nature of any Ukro-Wehrmacht assault on the peninsula even with overwhelming support.
What concerns me at this point is, that while the most obvious motive is that the Empire is desperate to keep the sanctions in place even if it knows damn well any Ukrowehrmacht or UkroSS (Azov) push will fail miserably, they simply don’t care. The point is to engage the NAF on as broad a front as possible, knowing the Ukros will lose, and then blame Russia and the Voentorg for the inevitable defeat (as I fully expect the NAF who’ve been training all spring to be victorious and push the Ukros further back from Peski and possibly threaten but not fully encircle Mariupol). As the Serbian journalist targeting war criminal Gen. Wesley Clark already announced Victory Day as the likely date after which Russia will ‘go on the offensive’ in Ukraine, I expect a false flag by the (CIA sponsored) SBU. Keep in mind that the Poles also have elections coming up in mid-May and the denunciation of arming Kiev by the former top Polish general in Iraq has probably disturbed the Empire’s vassals Radek Sikorski, Anne Applebaum and the like. Some sort of false flag as an excuse to directly introduce Polish troops and Leopard panzers at least from Lviv all the way to the Dnieper in Kiev might therefore be necessary. John Helmer wrote an article in which he piled on to the increasingly isolated position of the Poles and their decreasing usefulness to the Empire.
Regarding Poles entering the Ukraine—every nation is brave on the other side of the border.
Rolling into Ukraine is a violation of Minsk 2. Which is now a UNSC document. Read it closely.
No third forces in Ukraine.
Putin will be using the UNSC to get any third force out of Ukraine. It belongs to him right now and will until Minsk 2 is fulfilled by whatever Nazi or Junta stooge is running the deadbeat nation formerly known as Ukraine. (Minsk 2 is like a Title to a property.)
However, I do believe that eventually, Poland will take a piece home one day. After the Fascist Theme Park is built in Banderastan.
hopefully if worst comes to worst UNSC will prevent further escalation , but sadly USA has a habit of ignoring or even pre-empting resolutions, making its own mind up,especially if AFN declares(after provocations, more deaths, Grads, Tochku missiles, that Minsk is deceased) , then this gives USA NATO “reasons” to develop their own actions in what they would or might call a “defensive mode”.
Whether Rus would advise DNR/LPR to declare Minsk deceased could be a consideration, or there comes a point when those signatories(and only those signatories?) could declare Minsk finished?
“Exactly the same, but much much worse …..”
Thank you so muich for your support and wonderful words! Hope you’ll enjoy all of my forthcoming works on The Saker!
Thank you for the nice welcome!
Sorry Dude, but when you began writing anti-Catholic rants on your site, all thoughts of donating to you went right out the window. I won’t even be reading your site after today, let alone donating to it. So long.
It wasn’t an “anti-Catholic rant”, It was an article by Andrew Korybko where he describes the role of Pope Francis in this conflict.
It was very interesting and I highly recommend it to all, including, and especially, Catholics
I must agree, to a certain extent. Still, although I do have many sources now, he was among the first.
I am less interested in the various opinions expressed here, certainly about religion, than just raw facts. So, not much of my time is spent here anymore.
Catholic officialdom/clergy all sunshine and goodness?
Check the Australian Royal Commission into kiddie fiddling. Although there were actors from a number of different religious institutions, the Catholic clergy had a very large slice of the pie.
The big end of town in the Catholic world?
Hey Ignatius.. a nickname for Ignatius of Loyola ??? The father of the Jesuits ???? You really probably don’t belong here buddy…not unless you have a very broad mind.
[MOD: You’ve tried mocking that poster’s name before. The rule about ad hominem still stands].
Double standards lead to cognitive dissonance. What side are you really with?
To your point, there isn’t anything “anti-Catholic” about it. If one can’t separate criticism of the current Pontiff’s political games from regular practitioners of the faith, then they’re the ones who can’t see the forest through the trees, so to speak. All mentionings in my article were fully cited and can be verified through independent research. It seems like you and quite a few others took the article personally, and it begs the question of why it hit you and them so hard in the gut. My inkling is that there’s an impilcit understanding among quite a few Catholics that this is indeed what is really going on, hence the overly defensive reaction to my piece.
So long, goodby…
History repeats, as farce.
So while our president was calling children “thugs” for being rounded up after they got out of school and forced into a mall area for the purpose of creating a crowd of protesters, he was also plastering Japanese flags all over the White House and watching Brits march around insulting him to his face.
Spain, one of the rumored top 2 or 3 eurobasket case countries (along with italy & the frenchies) watching greece closely, because by many economic measures they’re separated at birth triplets.
IOW, if Greece defaults, declares “odious debt” as unpayable, etc, then they’re next to do it.
But doesn’t stop them telling other countries how they should be run (into the ground).
Meanwhile, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez accused the Spanish government of having crossed a “red line” with its resolution to recall its Ambassador for consultations on Wednesday. Rodriguez added that Venezuela would not take orders from a defeated empire.
T-shirts. Offer us t-shirts. You have a couple of truly deadly Saker logos. Get a good artist to design a t-shirt, and I for one will happily buy a couple.
Tsipras was identified right after he appeared as “leader” as just another bankster bagman.
Unknown how long he can drag it out with the situation there so cashflow negative many billions per month.
Syriza floats proposal for referendum to impose EU austerity in Greece
By Kumaran Ira
30 April 2015
In an extensive prime-time TV interview on Monday that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras made clear that his Syriza party would intensify austerity measures demanded by the troika—the European Union (EU), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
I guess everyone can kiss Syriza goodby before long, and we’ll likely see some ‘Greek Fire’. Trying to wring the last drop of blood out Greece before it dies? I don’t think the EU fascists will get away with it, but that there will be big trouble ahead. Between the economics and anti-Russia rubbish the EU has likely sealed it’s fate and is doomed.
Syriza. Resist the hedgemon and go out with a bang (literally) or survive to fight another day? I suspect Putin advised Tsipras not to do anything too radical.
As eerie as it seems, things in Greece are playing out exactly like the Belgrade-based Center for Syncretic Studies American analyst Joaquin Flores said when Syriza was elected. Go back and watch his Youtube interview about that time and he was saying Syriza would end up disappointing Greek voters and either Golden Dawn or the Greek Communists would seize their opportunity — though he didn’t add what I would’ve that Athens has a history of military coups and rather than see a GD putsch the Greek military could pull a Sisi. That is, execute a coup but with substantial popular support in the streets (not that Uncle Sam wouldn’t denounce it at any rate even if it was considerably less bloody than the Maidan or even bloodless). Though as long as Greece refuses to return to the drachma for domestic debts and switch to yuan for external trade no regime can stabilize or improve the economy, no matter how much power or legitimacy they can claim.
I just see Greece headed for a dead end unless Varoufakis can return with a truly innovative solution, such that the domestic printing press is used to pay domestic debts while the external debt is wiped out in euros and the country switches to shipping olive oil and feta around the world in yuan and whatever currencies tourists wish to pay in.
@Kulak, regarding Greece,
You nailed it. Best synopsis I’ve seen so far. Regarding Varoufakis, I don’t believe he’s any more sincere either; the man has too many linkages to his ex employer, Soros.
The segment of the Greek people who carry the inferiority complex of wanting to be part of the European “club” are screwing the rest of their countrymen due to their pathetic and stupid need to want stay part of the Eurozone. They can’t deal with reality that the Euro was a con-job by the Germans and French (playing on the inferiority complex of Europhile & Anglophile Greeks as well as the greed of many) to strip Greece of it’s long term assets (at pennies on the euro). Until Greece goes back to the drachma and gives the Troika the boot, they are going to keep circling the drain while their country’s assets get sold-out beneath their very feet. Then after deindustrialization comes depopulation, brain-drain and exodus.
Another day? The situation will be worse then — they and Greece is losing ground all the while.
I’m not sure what literal bang you refer to. You don’t expect Greece to be bombed, do you? What then?
The only way out for Greece is out of the EU zone and having monetary sovereignty, and defaulting on the debt, at least for the time being, although if it gets back on it’s feet it might be able to pay money back, but that wouldn’t be for some time yet. Like maybe a guy could go back to work after he recovers from an illness or accident but trying to work while incapacitated makes it all worse.
The Empire cannot get away with bombing Greece, though I wouldn’t put it past the Langley boys to try and use proxies to sabotage the Gazprom Turkstream pipeline — there are rumors of a more active insurgency in the works in Macedonia with God knows what pretext.
No what I would expect is the continued ratcheting up of pressure by the ECB/troika, pushing Greece towards default but the Empire fears the implications for Spain and Italy if the Greeks finally pull the trigger and self-detonate. Yes things will get much worse in Greece for several months to a couple of years before they get better, but they cannot get much worse than they already are at this point. The Greeks who still have jobs and wealth denominated in euros that they cannot get out of Greek banks, whether the shriveled upper middle class or Greek 1%, are the group that the EU/ECB/IMF troika is holding hostage.
What I expect to see if the Greeks actually default is some sort of financial and sanction equivalent to the Brezhnev doctrine for the Empire. We could for example, see Greek officers temporarily expelled from NATO headquarters on the pretext that their government has become too close to Russia, lawsuits filed and further EU actions taken to block Turkstream, and attempts to sanction or isolate Greek politicians as individuals. Washington’s most slavishly loyal Baltic state vassals led by the Estonian PM will spearhead the charge demanding that Greeks be punished more for ‘betraying’ the EU or NATO and perhaps torpedoing the Russia sanctions as a parting shot after the Greeks are kicked out of the eurozone. But the core problem of what happens suddenly to all of the euros in Greek banks (most likely confiscated in bail-ins) or paper euro bills stashed under Greek mattresses and walls upon Grexit remains vexing for the Eurocrats. Monetary unions have dissolved in the past but there is scant guidance as to something like this happening since WWII in ‘developed’ Europe.
It is inconvenient, or even dangerous, to jump into the water when the ship is sinking, but staying on the ship is hardly advisable: when it goes down anyone in the area is sucked down with it. So better to get off early while there are still things which can be done to increase survival chances.
Russia and China, or others, might serve as lifeboats, but even hanging on to a bit floating material individually is better than being on the ship.
Inflation is a problem trying to buy foreign goods with money instead of bartering, but domestically it can be handled by increasing employment and production through fiat drachmas — leaving shortage of foreign goods the main difficulty.
I don’t have numbers for how much food and necessities are produced within Greece, but perhaps it is mostly self-sufficient? Maybe there would be a surplus of tangible wealth, even? That’s something good economists should be able to figure out.
But first aid when sucked dry by a vampire is to remove the vampire. How can Greece survive by continuing on as it has? That which is unsustainable will end, one way or another.
Greece has no where to go. If they default on their debts or get them declared odious debts and go with Russia and China, they will be destroyed the same as Ukraine, Syria ect. They will have to crack down on “NGOs” and will then be declared an Authoritarian dictatorship. Fair game for the west.
They need to ride it out for a while and pick their moment.
Also similar to Ukraine whose main trade was with Russia, Greece’s main trade is with the EU.
At the moment they are sitting in the frying pan but perhaps better than jumping into the fire.
I think I like the guy in charge of Syrizia….you hear bad things about all good people…don’t believe everything you hear…judge for yourself if you like the person or not.
Here is Joaquin’s article from late January when Syriza was elected, in which he predicted they would fail unless they were prepared to radically reorient the Greek economy eastward. The problem seems to be that the Greeks are stuck — if they embrace Russia and China headlong it isn’t clear if Beijing is ready to help until they repudiate their debts, but if they repudiate their debts all ‘help’ from the ECB and troika will evaporate and they may truly be even more devastated than they already are in their ‘what have we got left to lose’ phase before the new drachma can stabilize after a hyperinflationary spurt. Most certainly they could end up with and indeed are already headed towards capital controls comparable only to the nightmarishly restrictive ones implemented in Ukraine to keep that country’s banks from totally collapsing.
Seems to me not enough work as been done towards trying to redenominate Greece’ external trade in Chinese yuan, though the majority of the country’s business is inevitably with the EU and to a lesser extent Turkey, Russia and Israel via Cyprus if one counts the Cypriots as part of greater Hellas (kind of like Belarus and Novorossiya as part of Great Russia).
It is a mind boggling problem and one not to be taken lightly, but the Greeks appear headed for a flying leap in any case because the alternative is to simply be ground into dust by the Eurocrats until the human capital of the country has degraded and even the Russians and Chinese can somehow be dissuaded from stepping in to a wrecked country, which seems to be the Empire of Chaos’ game plan not unlike Ukraine. Only Greece is going to be destroyed via austerity and the discrediting of all forces save the actual fascists or communists so only unelected banker technocrats can save the country from Golden Dawn. At least that appears to be the bankers’ plans. I think Putin and Xi Jinpeng have a better plan, but Tsipras is not quite yet ready to unveil it because he has to worry too much about simply making the next month’s minimal payments to civil servants and pensions.
Regarding your podcast, I thought it was fine, and hope you continue to make then in whatever way you see fit.
As regards the material at about 23 or 24 minutes, I suggest you rethink your evaluation of national socialism / Nazism. While there is a range of people in all ideologies, better or worse, there is inherent evil in Nazism not found in Marxism, or even capitalism, racism being just the start of it. And, while even patriotism has problems, nationalism much more so.
The problems with communism is not so much the system as the extremists among the people trying to practice it, who leave out the essential democratic and equality of all people embodied in it. As you said, Marxism is not racist, but Nazism is, and that is strong sign of what underlies the ideologies and psychological positions. Communism done correctly is rather good, while Nazism done correctly is horrific.
Capitalism is also inherently ‘evil’ in that it undermines equality and justice, albeit in an obscured way. (And small businesses, btw, are not capitalist: those tradesmen and similar work for their money rather than get it by exploiting others through owning the means of production and using money to control politics and legislation.)
In any system there will be variations in how successful particular instantiations are: economically, some business people will see more earnings than others. In capitalism these differences are used to undermine competition and opportunity of others to a large extent, and, importantly, as part of the structure of the system itself, leading to ever greater inequality, through positive feedback. Thus the end state of capitalism is not prosperity, but monopoly, fascism and systemic collapse. Regulation fails because it is contrary to the capitalist structures and system. Capitalism is not simply ‘doing business’, and mechanisms of competition, customers having access to information, availability of product choice, and so on, are generally part of doing business (which is perfectly compatible in a communist economic system), but not of capitalism.
Understanding the implications and subtle structures of these economic and political systems is important, but can be difficult, not only from inherent difficulty, but because they are obscured by those who are doing well within a system.
Communism, for example, has inherent problems with how control of the productive resources are allocated, and production, tangible wealth, is distributed, and these are intertwined with the inherent problems of democracy itself (both the ‘tyranny of masses’ and use of ower by special interests (as seen in the restrictions of the guilds in the Middle Ages which stopped non-guild people from owning tools, for instance). Central control has great advantages, and great disadvantages too, including who gets to control the controllers — it’s a mixed bag. There are many political and economic problems which have not been solved, even theoretically, and perhaps never will completely. But let’s not mistake the failures or triumphs of implementations and people, in knowledge or psychological health, and within specific cultures, for the good or bad aspects of the theoretical and social underpinnings of ideology itself.
There similarities with the problems of computer science, for instance: a well programmed bubble sort can be better than a badly done quicksort, or with data which is already organized in an optimum way for one or the other (best or worst case for a particular algorithm). It’s like voting systems: there is not perfect or best system, depending on how many candidates or what want as a result. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Arrow , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow%27s_impossibility_theorem ).
There are no perfect systems or ideologies — but some are clearly worse than others.
In all social systems/ideologies the psychopaths seem to rise to the surface.
Russia at the moment is an aberration. Seemingly by chance a non psychopath is in charge.
Somewhere here at the saker a commenter left a link to the first section of the Putin documentary. It changed my opinion of Yeltsin. For all his faults he recognized what Putin was capable of, and stepped aside for Putin.
I have always wondered about that moment.
Yeltsin selecting Putin. A lucky accident? Or was it more?
The 21st century launched in the right direction …
Yeltsin was a great triple agent.
Yeltsin was too drunk or getting there to be triple anything except drunk.
Putin would disagree
Don’t disable youtube comments on your podcast.
about not disabling youtube comments…there just ain’t enough moderators to go around….and the comments have to be moderated…that’s what makes Saker’s site so precious….the comments are moderated.
Pepe article the long way around.
This is NATO’s visible game. What’s not so visible is that the target is not only Russia, but also Iran and China.
The battlefield is now clearly drawn between NATO and Russia/China/Iran. So no wonder they are getting closer. Iran is an observer at the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) and is bound to become a member of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) by 2016.
Russia providing S-300 systems to Iran; S-400 systems to China (with new, longer-range guided missiles); and developing the S-500 systems, which are capable of intercepting supersonic targets, for itself, all point to an ultra high-tech counterpunch. And NATO knows it.
This budding military Eurasia integration is a key subplot of the New Great Game that runs parallel to the Chinese-led New Silk Road(s) project.
The demonisation of Russia and the incremental sanitising of fascists continues unabated from the BBC vassal network:
The rape of Berlin
“The USSR’s role in the defeat of Nazi Germany World War Two 70 years ago is seen as the nation’s most glorious moment. But there is another story – of mass rapes by Soviet soldiers of German women in the dying days of the war.
Some readers may find this story disturbing”
Note the messaging above and especially the carefully coached fear. Good to know also that the USSR ‘just played a role’
Is this just to piss on the May day parade and celebrations in Russia or is this is all ramping up to greater hostilities?
The war must go on, you know.
Another story out of many in the news, but looks huge after considering the implications.
Washington has become extremely paranoid about a series of rare images of its Lacrosse spy satellites (# 2,3,4 and 5), which were recently released by Russia.
The US is trying to find a reason why Russia has disclosed its images of secret Lacrosse US spy satellites.
It is busy guessing what the actual reason behind the disclosure is; while it continues to think it might be a way for Russia to challenge what the US sees as its “space advantage”, a more likely answer comes from Germany: it’s simply a way “to show that Moscow is aware”.
Seems there’s concern that these Lacrosse can see some ways into the ground, & so would show either missile silos, or even tunnels leading down to survivable DUMB bases.
Then there’s this possible tie-in, a story last year, possibly saying that russia has something that they are now strongly hinting can & will take out these satellites.
A mysterious object launched by Russian military is being followed by Western space agencies over fears it could be part of a Kremlin project to kill satellites.
Object 2014-28E, which was tracked over Guatemala on Monday night by N2YO, has been making unusual movements according to amateur observers.
amazing that despite satellites we still await ‘proof” re MH17 and Rus troops etc in Donbass…….has been an interesting documentary re discovering underground/buried structures in the search for ancient Egypt, using infra red filters to show them up more, plus LiDAR systems of course, lazer imaging of earth’s surfaces.
so I wonder what other techniques are being used…hhmm
April 30, 2015 – 16:20
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The upgraded D variant of China’s J-11 fighter jet, a copy of the Russian Sukhoi Su-27, has made its maiden flight, Chinese media reported. The jet reportedly has new radar and an air refueling system.
The J-11D model, which was tested in the air for the first time on Wednesday, incorporates technologies developed for the J-16 fighter jet.
China was the first foreign country to buy Russian Su-27s in the early 1990s. Over a decade it purchased a manufacturing license for the jets and managed to copy the design to produce it from domestic parts, RT reported.
If I may ask, do you have an opinion on the work of Grover Furr?
He wrote “Kruschev Lied” and some new material on the Katyn Massacre.
Your podcast seems to be cut off, I was quite disappointed to see it’s only 42 minutes, so a bit of a relief to see there must be more of it.:)
Have you ever heard of the Chinese philosophy of the Hundred Schools period called Mohism? Russia’s S-3/400 sales to nations threatened by the likes of USUKNATO puts me in mind of the Mohist teachings, not that I think that promoting peace and assisting nations in defence against aggression is an explicit intention of the Russians. Any thoughts on this point?
nope, this time it was short, only 42 min indeed.
Andrew Korybko, Welcome aboard.
I would like to know if Saker has his voice altered in his podcasts?
I find it hilarious that his accent sounds Isreali for some reason, the many antisemites that post in his comment sections must love that. I bet they get all twisted up inside and wonder if Saker is really a member of *dum dum dum* The Tribe!!1!
Some even say that I sound like Bibi Netanyahu :-)
but no, I cannot claim any connection to the “chosen tribe”.
100% “Aryan” on both sides…
Ok. Will you answer the question if you alter your voice in the podcasts?
no, I don’t – I promise.
I didn’t say Bibi, but the Saker does sound very much like Sergey Lavrov to me, makes me wonder if some Armenians got into his Russian family tree :)
Love the new thematic podcast… I don’t mind the sound so much because a) you’re using a Zoom recorder? They actually have good little mics for the money, and a little EQ when you edit can take care of rumble, etc. Keep up the great work! Maybe a quick link to the podcasts on the front page, so newcomers see them? I think it’s great to choose a theme and maybe a question or two… your range of historical analysis is always interesting and top notch.
Well, Saker, I, really, enjoy everything you do. The old blog seemed to me right, and this new as well. It has the advantage, as you say, that post are arranged by topic / formats, and especially now, that the amount of information has increased exponentially, it is easier to find post that you have not yet been able to attend. In my case, the only problem I have is time, I do not have enough to read, see, hear everything that’s available and comment on it.
I like these thematic podcast, then you can go deeper into a topic and clarify many misunderstandings that people have.
Thank you very much for sharing with us your vision of the world, at political, social and economic level. I think that we agree on many things, particularly in economics. Perhaps in the social and religious level we differ a little, I understood.
It happens that I find difficult to understand well the podcasts, because you talk too fast for my comprehension. So I could not understand well the section on trade unions, which I’m very interested, as it is a level where I most move myself in politics. In the current situation, I consider it imperative that workers are unionized, is the only way to maintain decent conditions of employment, at a time that labor law blatantly favors employers and what is to come with the TTIP.
People believed that the welfare state was assured, that nothing would back, and decided to save the union dues. Now that circumstances have changed dramatically fast, some still want to save it, while they let their comrades bear all the costs and all the vindictive effort in the street, forgetting that rights enjoyed until now, were due to the fellow who took the same effort.
These people, the esquiroles, who always argue that they can not afford the union fee or lose the cost of the day to strike, but who you see traveling all day to spend weekends out there and living in the city center in a great flat, seem to me miserable, and, somewhat, negligible.
Thanks for the podcast, Saker! For donations, have you also considered using WorldPay? PayPal does not accept some payment cards.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to conduct this modest personal survey on your site. It was extremely instructive, and even fun. I learned here many new things, and found even more old ones.
I would say you are on the right path if you want to make Russia and Orthodoxy truly known to the world. So keep up the good work.
If you ever want to increase the number of views and comments at an article, I am the person to help you do it. I seem to always have that effect on people. Witness Prof. Robinson’s blog, for example, where almost nobody comments (though it is a very good blog), but when I did – it instantly gave rise to a lively debate. Not to mention other sites (I won’t mention them out of modesty), where articles I visit generally jump to the top. Although I must admit a couple of times I had the opposite effect, and once they retired an RT article after just one thoughtful and informed comment of mine. I can’t imagine why.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I would like to thank you again for allowing me to play in your famous sandbox. I feel honoured to have been in the company of so many illustrious professional people. The internet is a wonderful thing.
So, goodbye, and if you ever miss me, I’m sure you’ll know where to find me.
So long, goodby
Done sir – a recurring small candle. Hope you get lots of them and have a jolly good bonfire.