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House of Cards finale: #MeToo, sure, but women are just as bad as men

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog (SPOILER ALERT! This article is not very good.) If House of Cards only had a first season and a final season it could have been remembered as almost genuinely dissident television. Season 1 did something never seen on American screens: It accurately showed that modern American Liberal Democracy is designed to be won by politicians who are amoral, individualistic and disgusting sociopaths. Season

Decoding the hypersonic Putin on a day of remembrance

Sitting alongside French President Macron during the 100th anniversary to commemorate the end of World War I, Putin and Trump stole the show in Paris by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The Elysee Palace protocol was implacable. Nobody in Paris would be allowed to steal the spotlight away from the host, President Emmanuel Macron, during the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day marking the

Israel to Police European Coastlines – Protecting the Continent from Refugees?

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog This sounds like a bad joke. It ain’t. Its real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading the west before – warning that the European Union (non-union) is being gradually, but ever faster turned into a fascist dictatorship under the guise of democratic protection of ‘Democracy’; and this by her unelected European Commission (EC) leaders (sic).

The Meaning of a Multipolar World

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog Right now, we live in a monopolar world. Here is how U.S. President Barack Obama proudly, even imperially, described it when delivering the Commencement address to America’s future generals, at West Point Military Academy, on 28 May 2014: The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. [Every other nation is therefore ‘dispensable’; we therefore now have “Amerika, Amerika über alles, über

Khashoggi, Ben Barka & PressTV’s Serena Shim: A 4-part series

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In October of 1965, 2014 and 2018 three journalists were prominently assassinated: Mehdi Ben Barka, Serena Shim and Jamal Khashoggi. Most readers likely don’t know the first two, while the entire world seems to know about the last one. This is a 4-part series which explains what Jamal Khashoggi represented ideologically, the relevance of his ideology in the modern Islamic World, the perhaps-unexpected

Now dance to the new Gaza samba (Saker blog exclusive)

by Pepe Escobar, in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, special for The Saker Blog I’m up and down the Karakoram highway in Gilgit-Baltistan, juggling between the Great Game – the original, pitting imperial Britain and Russia – and the New Great Game pitting the Exceptionalists against Eurasia integration. But then, trespassing the mighty peaks caressed by the sun, The Saker sends a thunderbolt in the form of a RT report on some lowly

BRICS after Bolsonaro

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog BRICS is the acronym of the “alliance” that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In reality, and with all due respect to Brazil and South Africa, BRICS is about RIC. With Russia, India and China, in any order, there lies the future of Eurasia; the virtually unchartered quarter that houses over one third of the entire world population; a huge chunk

Pakistan in the middle of Saudi, Iran and rival pipeline plans

As US sanctions on Iran come into force, the government of Imran Khan is carefully negotiating its position with neighbors and regional powers, each with their favored pipeline plans by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) A tweet roared like announcing a blockbuster premiere and sanctions did engulf Iran on time – despite opposition from Russia, China and the EU-3 (France, Germany and

The Immaturity Of American Concepts

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog One imagines… from outside of America at least…that the political system there, robust one year, retro the next, is on its way to drowning in a sea of vitriolic comeuppance. Half the population think Donald Trump is a buffoon while the other half think the Donald is o.k. But what we overlook is the fact that the population of America living within

Under the Pakistani volcano

While Khan plays on a complex geopolitical chessboard, Chinese aid could be a financial lifeline as Islamabad faces off against deadly religious extremism by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) It has been a breathless week, huddled in the shadow of the simmering, bubbling, politico-religious volcano that is Imran Khan’s Pakistan. And this week’s multi-faceted developments may just signal seismic shifts in Pakistan’s

Welcome to the Jungle

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with Consortium News by special agreement with the author) A troubling new era has begun in Brazil with the election on Sunday of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as president, writes Pepe Escobar. It’s darkness at the break of (tropical) high noon. Jean Baudrillard once defined Brazil as “the chlorophyll of our planet”. And yet a land vastly associated worldwide with the soft power of creative joie

‘Cost-Push’ Narrative Formation in the Trump Era

In his 1928 landmark book Propaganda, public relations pioneer and Goebbelsian trailblazer Eddie Bernays offered what amounts to a disingenuous assertion at best: “It is important that any effort to influence or effect the American public that is not in the public interest be killed by the light of pitiless publicity and analysis.” Immediately, the statement begs two questions: What if the American public decides at the ballot box that

Fascism on the March

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Latin America is re-converting into Washington’s backyard and as a sideline is returning to fascist rule, similar but worse than the sixties seventies and eighties, which stood under the spell of the CIA-led Operation or Plan Condor. Many call the current right-wing trend Operation Condor II which is probably as close to the truth as can be. It is all Washington / CIA

Freedom and Other Illusions Revisited: or, when Life imitates / copies Art – the “total art work”

Freedom and Other Illusions Revisited (or, when Life imitates / copies Art – the “total art work”) With a Postscript: Meditations on Representationalism by David A. Powell for The Saker Blog “In disciplinary and industrial society, system-preserving power was repressive. Factory workers were brutally exploited by factory owners. Such violent exploitation of others’ labor entailed acts of protest and resistance. There, it was possible for a revolution to topple the

MBS Peace Versus Pieces

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Ever since Saudi Arabia signed its agreement with American President Roosevelt in February 1945, it never ever considered, or even contemplated to be outside the American sphere of influence and protection. In my previous article https://thesaker.is/the-price-of-bin-salmans-head/ I elaborated on some of the personal issues that define the nature of the relationship that Saudi royals have with American lawmakers as men, not as politicians,

War 4 Years On – the Outlook for Lugansk People’s Republic

by GH Eliason for The Saker Blog Leonid Pasechnik, the acting Head of Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR)has been in office for almost one year. With the state of his reforms in LNR, you want to judge him against leaders of countries at peace, not as one that just formed in the middle of a war four years ago. For the last thirty years, Donbass was neglected in Ukraine. The infrastructure

Khashoggi versus 50,000 Slaughtered Yemeni Children Peter Koenig 26 October 2018

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog The European Parliament has asked yesterday (25 October) for an immediate embargo on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, hence sanctioning the Kingdom of rogue Saudi Arabia which is joining the United States and Israel as the main purveyor of crime throughout the Middle East and the world. France still said they will apply sanctions only if it is proven that Riyadh

Who profits from the end of the mid-range nuclear treaty?

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The US move to shelve the Intermediate-range Nuclear-Forces treaty could accelerate the demise of the whole post-WWII Western alliance, and herald a bad remix of the 1930s The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved its Doomsday Clock to only 2 minutes to midnight. It might be tempting to turn this into a mere squabble about

Sins without Recourse, Beast without Remorse

by Norman Ball for The Saker Blog “[W]e, as serious people, cannot examine the concrete problems that are thrown when the Russian Federation is accused of all mortal sins without recourse to the processes (norms) created for similar cases,” –from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s October 18th interview with RT France. Russia labors under a West-imposed Original Sin that can obtain dispensation only with the former’s existential cessation. The root

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