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Appeal for help by Ollie Richardson and the Saker (IMPORTANT!)

Dear friends, As you may be aware, during the first half of this year I have been reporting on the “Yellow Vests” movement in France whilst being in the center of it. Since February 2019 (after I watched in horror on a live feed as a Yellow Vest’s hand was blown off by a grenade the week prior) I have travelled into central Paris every Saturday and observed for myself the

We need a moderator, please help!

Dear friends, Our moderator Michael has recently left us. We need someone to help us cover his hours. M-F (5days) 3:00pm-6:00pm (GMT) ( 11am – 2:00pm eastern NY time daylight savings) If you can help (either all or part of these times) , please contact me at either vineyard.mod_hs@unseen.is   or     saker-webmaster@yandex.com and I can fill you on all the details! Thanks a lot, Herb Swanson (webmaster)  

Announcing the publishing of “The Essential Saker III”

Dear friends, It is an immense joy for me to announce the publication of my third book, “The Essential Saker III: Chronicling The Tragedy, Farce And Collapse of the Empire in the Era of Mr MAGA”. The book is now available in three formats here:https://saker.community/product/the-essential-saker-iii/ Paperback book for $29.50 (request a complimentary PDF with purchase of the paperback book) PDF for $8.00 Epub for $12.00 Furthermore, now that The Essential

The Vineyard BookShelf … “bookshelf_survey” Search tool now available

by Herb Swanson (webmaster) Vineyard BookShelf Project In February, I proposed to Saker the creation of a ‘Vineyard Bookshelf’. Many great books are noted and linked in the comments. However these references/links are buried as new posts and issues appear. It is anticipated the ‘Vineyard Bookshelf’ will provide greater visibility of books suggested by our readers. Only bookshelf_survey part is being released today. It consists of two parts: 1.  A

Good news for the blog: our community is growing more talented people are joining us!

Dear friends, I have the pleasure to announce that even more talented people are joining our community, and in one of the most important aspects of our work: translations. Until now, we had one group of three translators translating Russia media into English: these are the original “Saker Community Translators”.  Now Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard (who ran the excellent website “Stalker Zone”) will be joining our community of Russian->English

Our friends at SouthFront need our help again!

Dear friends, SouthFront is struggling again, and we cannot let them disappear, so I ask you to please pitch in and try to help them.  Not only does SouthFront produce unique and very high quality videos, they have been loyal friends to our community and I can attest that I have a very friendly and effective working relationship with them. At a time when much of the Russia-oriented blogosphere has

Slow down. Life is crossing the road (updated by the Saker)

Update from our community on this day:   The global Vineyard community focuses on our friend. A prayer or meditation for The Saker.   For a short period, we will be in slow mode on The Saker blog. The Saker is going into hospital for a battery of diagnostics tests and one can never estimate how long these will take and the toll that these will take on a human being.

Beware of clickbaiting, sensationalism, baseless rumors, etc…

Dear friends, A little less than a year ago I posted an small warning I entitled “Why hit pieces should be ignored by our Community” and, in the same spirit, I have decided to post another warning about a related phenomenon (if only because we usually see the same parties doing both things): clickbaiting. I decided to write this because I am regularly getting emails sounding something like this: “have

Books & News From Saker.Community

Currently there is an Amazon initiative to deplatform writers that have a message that the empire does not like. (See Ron Unz on this issue) At Saker.Community we anticipated this, and when two of our favorite authors found that Amazon would not handle their books without watering down the message or jumping through hoops, we set about to position ourselves as a indy publisher and a portal for distributing our

Ramin Mazaheri announces his new book: I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog I’d like to briefly announce that I have a new book for sale, I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China. China has soared in the 21st century, while the neoliberal austerity-minded West has slumped – longstanding Western predictions and promises have totally failed. There is no longer any doubt about this. This requires us to accommodate reality and drastically

(Update): How Online Users responded to YouTube’s termination of Middle East Observer – Facts & Figures

Hello fellow observers, Just five days after YouTube’s termination of our channel, here’s some of the major developments that occurred in response to this decision: a) the number of ‘Patrons’ supporting us financially on our Patreon page grew by an outstanding 70%, opening up much greater opportunities for MEO to not only become more sustainable but to increase its content production too (e.g. one more Patron and we will reach 30

(Urgent): YouTube terminates Middle East Observer after almost 10 years online

After almost 10 years online, over 250 videos, almost 13,000 subscribers, and about 8 million total video views, YouTube has terminated the Middle East Observer (MEO) channel on its platform. Although perhaps MEO became best known for its video translations of regional political actors such as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, its work was certainly not limited to that. Middle East Observer sought to provide its viewers with reliable English translations on politics,

Please support the work of SouthFront and urgently donate to them!

DEAR FRIENDS, Only a few days left until the end of February. Since the start of the month, SouthFront has about 69% of the minimal budget needed to keep the production of content at the level you have become used to seeing. SouthFront is operating on audience donations only. If you want to watch daily videos about the situation in Syria, Venezuela and other hot spots around the world as

300’000 comments posted – THANK YOU moderators!!

Dear friends, Today my webmaster has informed me that we posted our 300’000th moderated comment, which is quite a remarkable milestone!  And at this occasion, I want to thank all the moderators, past and present, for the absolutely *crucial* service they have provided us. Dear moderators, Your job is both an extremely important one and an extremely difficult one.  I know because before you came to help me, I did

New Feature: Current Links found in Comments

Many of our commentators post links to videos, documents and informative sites. The last 3 days of links (posted within the comments) have been consolidated on one web page that can be accessed in two ways: 1. Enter this web page http://thesaker.is/links 2. Visit the ‘Cafe‘ and click on the ‘Links’ image on the right side of the page           Regards Herb (webmaster)

Beyond Kafka: How Youtube & Facebook Keep Purging Alternative Media

Hassan Nasrallah is persona non grata on Social Networks, where Anti-Zionism is the ultimate thoughtcrime  With a comment from Norman Finkelstein The guillotine’s blade fell again, one year later. On December 2017 already, my 5-years-old Youtube channel Sayed Hasan, mainly translating speeches from Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, was completely removed by Youtube, along with its 10 000 subscribers, +6 millions views and +400 subtitled videos of anti-Zionist & anti-Imperialist

SouthFront Future Is Determined Within Few Day (URGENT MUST READ!!)

Dear friends, SouthFront has been a trusted partner and friend to our community and they also provide very high quality and, frankly, irreplaceable video materials and reports.  They need our help and I ask you all to donate as much as you can to help them! The Saker Here is the full text of their appeal (including a video): https://southfront.org/southfront-future-is-determined-within-few-days/ SouthFront is a crowdfunded endeavor and operates only thanks to

Appeal for help from Gilad Atzmon

Dear friends, My friend Gilad urgently needs our help.  Please help him! The Saker Here is the text of the appeal he posted: Gilad Needs Additional Support November 26, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon Dear friends In March I was sued for libel by the chairman of the Campaign Against Anti Semitism (CAA), Gideon Falter, for suggesting that ‘Antisemitism is a business plan.’ As CAA has explained its objective, the lawsuit was

Saker message to the community and readers: thanks and mini “Community SITREP”

Dear friends, It’s time for me to give you a quick update on how things are going in our community and how we fit in the general political picture of this end of 2018. But first, I want to sincerely thank all those who have generously contributed to the recent Fall fundraiser – I want to thank you for the donations you sent, of course, but also for the very

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