Guest Analyses

All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The five states surrounding the sea – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian Sea signed on Sunday in the Kazakh port of Aktau is a defining moment in the ongoing,

What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Stories about corruption and internally government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at large start a malicious rumor circuit. Which, in turn is taken over by the MSM, so that their lies are pushing in open doors. The war drums start beating. The populace wants foreign imposed order, they want blood and ‘regime

From 1000 AD to World War 3

by Jimmie Moglia for The Saker Blog If, according to Oscar Wilde, truth is a matter of style, even more so history is a matter of opinion. An obvious and unnecessary remark, were it not for the anger of some when they dissent with the thoughts of others. To them I would recommend, with all the earnestness at my disposal, the recollection of Mark Twain’s topic and soothing ruling that,

‘Martyrdom and Martyrdom’ & martyrdom: understanding Iran

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog “We are the nation of martyrdom, we are the nation of Imam Hossain, you better ask.” – Iranian Major General and Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, July 27, 2018 That injunction for education was in response to US President Donald Trump’s threatening “all-caps tweet” to Iran. The exchange provides a rather timely news peg for this article, and it also confirms its necessity;

Button up yer bungholes boys n’ girls, cuz Baba Beijing is bringing on the badass

by Jeff Brown Crosslinked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2018/08/09/button-up-yer-bungholes-boys-n-girls-cuz-baba-beijing-is-bringing-on-the-badass-china-rising-radio-sinoland-1808xx/ https://youtu.be/bCBB62-gjpQ https://soundcloud.com/44-days/button-up-yer-bungholes-boys-n-girls-baba-beijings-bringing-the-badass-china-rising-radio-sinoland Pictured above: Badass Baba Beijing making America’s bald eagle feel the pain. The United States does not have bamboo forests. China has thousands of square kilometers of them. What’s an American eagle doing there? Uncle Sam, you’re out of range and outclassed in this neck of the woods. Time to dust off your feathers and get the heck out. Go home and

Syria’s next inevitable battle against corruption

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker blog Over the last few years, and since the “War on Syria” started, we have heard many pro-Syria enthusiasts raving about how wonderful Syria was before the war. Some of them, mainly Westerners who had never been to Syria before the war, were invariably heard making statements about “perfect” Syria, how everyone lived peacefully and in harmony and in a law-abiding manner. Whilst some

‘Cultural’ & ‘Permanent Revolution’ in Iranian Revolutionary Shi’ism

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog “Trotsky was and, in as much as he lives in his writings, remains the foremost strategist of world socialist revolution. Hence the indissoluble association of his name with the theory and strategy of Permanent Revolution—an association familiar even to those like Mazaheri….” That is a quote from the World Socialist Web Site’s 3-part series designed to rebut my work popularising the concept of

Prisoners of Words

by Jimmie Moglia for The Saker Blog During his recent meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Trump, answering a question form a US journalist, said that there was no reason to suspect Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. However, back on home soil, he said that what he meant was the opposite. In the circumstances, there is some difficulty in assigning to either of Trump’s statements the property of

How BRICS Plus clashes with the US economic war on Iran

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Rhetorical war has far-reaching consequences, including a potential economic slump via the disruption of global oil supplies The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – important Global South players – strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism. The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable: “We recognize that the

Erratic Empire Downfalling

By Sergio Weigel for the Saker blog Everybody understands the importance of the dollar system as the Achilles heel for the US empire yet oddly, when analysing imperial action of Warshington of the last decades, the focus is usually on ideologies like Zionism or American exceptionalism, or on at most partial aspects such as fossil fuels and pipelines. Another focus, favored mainly among Americans, is that America once was great

The War for Net Neutrality

by John Mason for The Saker blog The Internet is an awesome place filled with knowledge and ideas. It lets us access information anywhere and lets us connect with friends and family no matter where we may be. The beauty of the Internet is in its neutrality. It doesn’t care what color we are, what gender we identify as, or how large (or small) are our bank accounts are. But,

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

‘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

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

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

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