Guest Analyses

Who Really Runs the Middle East?

By Cynthia Chung for the Saker Blog Afghanistan is on many people’s minds lately, though the sentiment is rather mixed. Some think of it as a cause for celebration, others for deep concern, and then there are those who think it an utter disaster that justifies foreign re-entry. Most of the western concern arises out of 9/11 and the Taliban’s supposed connection to this through Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden,

Eurasian consolidation ends the US unipolar moment – Part 2 of 2

By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Part 1 is here The 20th anniversary summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, enshrined no less than a new geopolitical paradigm. Iran, now a full SCO member, was restored to its traditionally prominent Eurasian role, following the recent $400 billion-worth trade and development deal struck with China. Afghanistan was the main topic – with

A Letter to the Taliban

Dr. Ejaz Akram, with Pepe Escobar – posted with permission and widely cross posted.    What happened in Afghanistan was not a mere change of government. A puppet state responsible for spreading subversion in the region was overthrown. After the Taliban named an interim government that was regarded as quite controversial inside Afghanistan and did not exactly please the nation’s Eurasian neighbors, I asked Dr. Ejaz Akram, Professor of Religion

Australian submarines: an immature and potentially devastating move

by Jean-Luc BASLE  for the Saker Blog In a September 20th interview with French newspaper Ouest France, France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian explains that the Australian submarine contract was part of France’s Indo-Pacific strategy – a strategy which included India* and whose objective was to ensure stability in a region critically important to world peace and prosperity and, incidentally, where two million French people live. This tripartite de Gaulle-type

Eurasia takes shape: How the SCO just flipped the world order

By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and cross-posted with The Cradle Part 1 of 2 on Eurasia With Iran’s arrival, the SCO member-states now number nine, and they’re focused on fixing Afghanistan and consolidating Eurasia. The two defining moments of the historic 20th anniversary Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan had to come from the keynote speeches of – who else – the leaders of the Russia-China strategic

Does EU need right-wing extremists from the outside?

By Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog Late this summer, Estonia, in the person of its president, Kersti Kaljulaid, became the first EU country to declare that Ukraine remains as far away from EU membership as it was after the “Revolution of Dignity” – the events of 2013-14 in Kiev, which toppled Ukraine’s vacillating pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Shortly after, the ambassador of Estonia’s neighbor, Latvia, in Ukraine, echoed Kaljulaid’s

Bury My Heart at Bended Knee (An Experimental Epitaph for Canada)

“I shall not be there. I shall rise and pass. Bury my heart at Wounded Knee”  By Steven Vincent Benet by Marcel Woland for the Saker Blog Trudeau takes yet another knee, outdoors, socially distanced, but still masked, in the Ottawa ‘Bubble’. I had not set out to find any revelations while trying to make sense of my predicament and that of the scores of people that I personally know

LPR exhumes over 90 victims of Ukraine in Pervomaisk

by GH Eliason for the Saker Blog On August 11th, 2021, Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) embarked on a historic endeavor that will become national benchmarks in their existence. Both countries began opening mass graves on their territories created by non-stop shelling and mortar attacks against their cities and people. They proposed to locate the victims and identify them through genetic testing. Samples could then be

(Neo)Liberalism and its Discontents

by Francis Lee for the Saker Blog FROM CLASSICAL LIBERALISM TO NEO-LIBERALISM The contemporary neo-liberal coalition consisting politically of a centre-left, centre, and centre-right – what we might call the neo-liberal blob – has always co-existed in an uneasy relationship with collectivist and communal political movements and philosophies; moreover both traditional (or classical) liberalism and neo-liberalism are acutely aware of the actual and potential power of nationalism, sovereignty and –

LPR and DPR Repatriate Ukraine’s War Victims (graphic!)

By George Eliason for the Saker blog Working in close cooperation, Lugansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic have set out to find and repatriate missing victims of Kiev’s war crimes buried in mass graves and return them to their families. The interdepartmental group responsible for the effort is called Without a Statute of Limitations (БЕЗ СРОКА ДАВНОСТИ). The official start of this project was August 11th in Pervomaisk and

The festival during the war (report from the LDNR)

by Faina for the Saker blog The first time I got to the science fiction festival in Donetsk was completely by accident. My teacher could not come, and I wrote to Aleksandr Igorevich Kofman, suddenly having heard: “Come”. A couple of days to pack and we’re on our way. I was not yet 11 years old at that time and everything looked amazing and unusual to me. I was afraid

Imposing Human Rights conditions on Afghan Government.

By Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog The US is exerting pressure on the Afghan Government for respecting human rights. Also, the US is lobbying with its allies to exert pressure on Afghanistan and should not recognize their legitimacy unless they meet few demands, among which is Human rights at the top of the list. What the US was doing in Afghanistan for twenty years? Was it in respect of

American Pravda: Seeking 9/11 Truth After Twenty Years

by Ron Unz, reposted with permission The twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks is almost upon us, and although their immediacy has been somewhat reduced by the events of the last eighteen months, we must recognize that they have drastically shaped the world history of the last two decades, greatly changing the daily lives and liberties of most ordinary Americans. The widespread doubts about the reality of the official story

The Vocabulary of Neoliberal Diplomacy in Today’s New Cold War

by Michael Hudson posted by permission Mr. Soros has thrown a public sissy fit over the fact that he can’t make the kind of easy money off China that he was able to make when the Soviet Union was carved up and privatized. On September 7, 2021, in his second mainstream editorial in a week, George Soros expressed his horror at the recommendation by BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager,

Taliban danger

by Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog During the 20 years of Afghan occupation, which was initially quick and successful, the Americans and their allies failed to give Afghanistan anything. The impression is that successive US administrations initially had no strategy to pacify the country. After the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the country’s secular regime, abandoned by the Russians, held out for three years and collapsed only after

9/11: A U.S. Deep State Insider Speaks …

An 8 part tweet stream by Pepe Escobar and posted with his permission Pepe has two requests as follows: Please retweet as much as possible Please alert the Saker community – because at least parts of this thread may be “disappeared”, post-Allende-style, in no time. These are the parts that totally destroy the official narrative. 9/11: A U.S. DEEP STATE INSIDER SPEAKS Old school. Top clearance. Extremely discreet. Attended secret

We are Not Alone

By Larry Romanoff for The Saker Blog I was moved to write this essay because of an odd circumstance that occurred to me on Friday (Sept. 10). Part 1: In downtown Shanghai, there is a magnificent Buddhist temple (Jing’An Temple) separated from a shopping mall by a pedestrian walkway. Across the street is a large park with a small lake (a pond, actually) hidden in its center, and on the

Dissenting Voices in the USA

By Walt Garlington for The Saker Blog Mr Robert Bridge is mostly right when he says the American impulse to dominate other countries is quite old. Mostly right, for he fails to mention that ‘America’ is not a monolithic entity that speaks with a single voice. There are, in fact, several regional cultures and subcultures with their own folkways that often clash with one another. Relationships with foreign countries is

9/9 and 9/11, 20 years later

By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Massoud leaving Bazarak in the Panjshir after our interview in August 2001, roughly three weeks before his assassination. Photo: Pepe Escobar   It’s impossible not to start with the latest tremor in a series of stunning geopolitical earthquakes. Exactly 20 years after 9/11 and the subsequent onset of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), the Taliban will hold

Nuances of a silent expansive explosion

By Fabio Reis Vianna for TheSaker blog When the world system was still in its infancy in that appendix of the Eurasian continent we know today as Europe, Babur, the King of Kabul, entered India from the northwest to establish the Mughal Empire in 1526, outlining an empire that would later be consolidated by his grandson Akbar (1556 – 1605). The splendor of the great Eastern civilizations took place in

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