Blog, Community News and Announcements

New Features: Up/Down Voting has been Removed

Saker has decided that up/down voting will be removed. The ‘read more’ will be retained. Thank you all for your feed back. Saker has asked me to place this in the ‘blog, announcements’ for enhanced visability. My apologizes if you have already reviewed this information. I also have added the current reactions to the changes. Please provide your reactions … if changes are not wanted they will be removed. The

The recent article about “Cat Motja on Motorola and Ukraine in simple human language”

Dear friends, My bad.  I screwed up.  The recent article by Scott “Cat Motja on Motorola and Ukraine in simple human language” should not have been published, at least not in its current form. I removed it along with the (predictably) divisive comments section. The responsibility is entirely mine and I apologize to everybody. The Saker

Hmmmm.. what about I offer you a good deal: a real podcast behind a *pretend* paywall?

Dear friends, How shall I put it…  hmmm… maybe its the hurricane and my forced ‘vacation’, or maybe all the repeated outages of our server (we still have not found the root cause of them, out IT officers are still trying to find it), or it’s all the crazy events taking place in our world gone insane, or maybe you are setting aside for the now very possible WWIII –

Short update from the Saker

Dear friends, My family and I are incredibly lucky.  Just 24 hours ago we were looking at a CAT4 hurricane making landfall just south of us and then slowly moving its eyewall over our county.  Remember Punta Gorda in 2004 or Homestead with Hurricane Andrew?  Something like that was a definite possibility.  Instead, we got a CAT3 whose eye never moved over land (at least not near us) and which at

Guys, this does not look good – I have to evacuate

Dear friends, Things are not looking very good tonight: check out the 11PM predicted track for Hurricane Matthew: What this means is that Matthew will pass over my house as a CAT4 Hurricane (hence the letter “m” as in “major” on the map above) with very high winds, torrential rain, isolated tornadoes and a significant storm surge.  This also means that all of the coastal areas will be evacuated and

IMPORTANT: Possible disruptions of the Saker blog in the next couple of days

Dear friends, First, as you have already noticed, we are having some problems with our servers.  This is why the blog was unreachable during most of Tuesday.  The person in charge of our IT security has managed to get the blog back online, but the problem has not been fully resolved and might happen again. Second, there is a major (CAT3 to CAT4) hurricane headed for the US East Coast. 

Fall 2016 “State of the Saker Community” report and appeal for support

Dear friends, Today I am posting the “Fall 2016 State of the Saker Community” report and fund drive to inform you and to encourage you to support my work.  To say that I need your support is an understatement so, please, help me to continue providing you this unique space of information and discussion. First, the good news: The main news to report today is that the blog is doing

Request for help: moderators needed!!

Dear friends, I would like to appeal to all the members of our community to ask for volunteer moderators, especially for the following time: between the hours of 16:00 GMT and 24:00 GMT. Our moderators are exhausted and need some time off, so if you can help, please let us know and contact our webmaster, at either one of the following email addresses: (please do not email me

Appeal of Russian organizations in Canada

Activists of the Russian community of Toronto, Montreal, and other North American cities will protest against the blanket ban on the Russian National Team of Paralympic athletes from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The decision to ban the athletes demonstrates an absolute disregard for the legal right of people to the presumption of innocence. We cannot allow such blatant attacks on our morals, ethics, and democratic freedoms. Unfortunately, we

Request for help from the Saker: are you good at drawing, especially maps? (UPDATED!)

Dear friends, I hope that somebody from our community could draw the following map for me: Take a (non-copyrighted) map of the world and show how far a line 1000km away from the Russian border would reach? A simple map of Russia with the Russian border clearly indicated and then a second “border” 1000km away from the real border would be perfect. I would like to have a picture to

Guy Mettan’s book on russophobia is a “must read” for any person interested in Russia

Review of the book “Russie-Occident – une guerre de mille ans: La russophobie de Charlemagne à la Crise Ukrainienne” (“The West vs Russia – a thousand year long war: russophobia from Charlemange to the Ukrainian Crisis”) by Guy Mettan, Editions des Syrtes, Genève, Suisse, 2015 ( Initially, I planed to write a ‘regular’ review of this book, but by the time I finished reading it I realize that nothing short

Appeal by Salah Lamrani

by Salah Lamrani Dear friends, I resort once again to the Saker Community for help in time of need, in my ongoing battle for the right to free speech in post-Charlie France. I have been a teacher for 3 years, and have been tenured in September 2015. I also have been a blogger for 3 years, writing and translating articles and speeches about the Middle East and Islam on my

Toronto Parks Officials try to thwart Victory Day Celebration

Foreword by Marina:  Several Russian Canadian organizations coordinated events celebrating the 71st anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 on May 8th in Toronto. However, we would like to bring to the attention of people around the world the fact of apparent sabotage by the local city officials of our peaceful and non-political event. What a shame! Despite their destructive efforts, the Immortal Regiment and following

IMPORTANT: SouthFront Faces a Stiff Pressure from Ill-Wishers

by SouthFront SouthFront has been under stiff pressure from different sides (corporations and, as we could consider, governments). Recently there was another blatant attempt to impede the project’ activities. PayPal restricted the project’s account again and requested additional data 24 days ago (on April, 15). We have been granted 28 days to provide the data or our account will be suspended (deleted). This is the exact same request that we