Guest Analyses

Part 3 – Submarine rescue ships with the Russian Navy

by Le Dahu for The Saker Blog   I’m writing at the same time as an international search for the Argentine submarine, ARA ‘San Juan’, is underway. Last reported 250km off the coast of Patagonia, the ‘San Juan’, a German built TR-1700 Class, was already 48 hrs overdue, when the naval authorities made a public announcement. This comes when in the previous week, Russian Navy divers, have managed a dive

‘Iranian Islamic Socialism’ to the rescue of quake victims, again, and I have pictures

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Iran has recently been the epicentre of the deadliest quake of 2017. Over 530 Iranians died, along with 7 people over the border in Iraq. In medieval times Iran was the “crossroads of caravans”, just as in the near future it will be the crossroads of China’s “One Belt, One Road” socialist economic stimulus program. Iran is also, unfortunately, the crossroads of 3

I can see for miles in China – What do you see?

I can see for miles in China. What do you see from your vantage point? Moscow-Beijing Express on The Saker by Jeff J. Brown for the Saker blog Crosslinked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/11/17/i-can-see-for-miles-in-china-what-do-you-see-from-your-vantage-point-china-rising-radio-sinoland-171117/ https://youtu.be/8nMxiiWC40M https://soundcloud.com/44-days/i-can-see-for-miles-in-china-what-do-you-see-from-your-vantage-point-china-rising-radio-sinoland In China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations, I frequently expressed my amazement at how living and working in China is like a parallel universe, compared to what people experience in the West, and what they watch

PART 2 – Towards a ‘corvette-centric’ Russian navy

by Le Dahu for The Saker Blog   In the previous article “Part 1: Russian Navy frigates”, the downsizing of combat ships over the last 30 years is as a result of a huge leap forward in technology & design. Essentially, the modern Russian naval capability is to have an effective missile launch ‘standoff capability’ of around 600-1000kms, bolstered by an overlapping series of coastal early warning & integrated defensive

Live from Baghdad: the secret of Iraq’s renaissance

by Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times (cross-posted by special agreement with the author) BAGHDAD – On a sandstorm-swept morning in Baghdad earlier last week, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the legendary deputy leader of Hashd al-Shaabi, a.k.a. People Mobilization Units (PMUs) and the actual mastermind of numerous ground battles against ISIS/Daesh, met a small number of independent foreign journalists and analysts. This was a game-changing moment in more ways than one.

A review of Godfree Roberts’ yin-yang Xi-Trump crystal ball predictions. Moscow-Beijing Express on The Saker

by Jeff Brown for the Saker blog Cross-linked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/11/13/a-review-of-godfree-roberts-yin-yang-xi-trump-crystal-ball-predictions-china-rising-radio-sinoland-171113/ https://youtu.be/2YrPvTVtKEc https://soundcloud.com/44-days/a-review-of-godfree-roberts-yin-yang-xi-trump-crystal-ball-predictions-china-rising-radio-sinoland Love, hate, war, peace, the good, the bad and the ugly? Let’s see how Godfree Roberts’ crystal ball performed last week. The day before US President Donald Trump (DJT) arrived in Beijing, November 8-10, for meetings with Chinese president Xi Jinping (XJP), I had Dr. Godfree Roberts on the China Rising Radio Sinoland show to make his predictions

The Second Saudi Dynasty: MBS’s reset button

by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker blog Ironically, the first three words of my first article regarding the “War on Syria” were 1) Bandar, 2) Bin, 3) Sultan. http://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/the-anti-syrian-cocktail-by-ghassan-kadi.html Back in June 2011 when that article was written, Bandar Bin Sultan was clearly the head of the serpent and the architect of all attacks that were plotted and conjured up to destabilize Syria and turn her from the pivotal state

Trump’s Pivot to Asia – An Arms Sales Bonanza – An Anti-Peace Trip

by Peter Koenig for the Saker blog President Trump’s 5-country Asia tour has nothing to do with seeking peace anywhere, it has not even to do with diplomacy – it is entirely a warmongering business trip for the Military Industrial Complex. It is amazing that the world doesn’t catch on. We know about Obama’s several years of pivoting to Asia. It resulted largely in the TPP, the Transpacific Partnership, a

Tikrit and Najaf: the agony and the ecstasy

by Pepe Escobar TIKRIT and NAJAF, Iraq – Nothing, absolutely nothing prepares you to revive, on the spot, the memory of what will go down in history as ISIS/Daesh’s most horrid killing field in Iraq or Syria since the death cult stormed across the border in the summer of 2014; the Speicher massacre of June 12, 2014 – when almost 2,000 Iraqi army recruits were assassinated in and nearby a

Russian Fleet PART 1: Towards a ‘frigate-centric’ navy

by LeDahu   After a brief interlude due to professional reasons, please find below the first part of an article on the Russian Navy, on the latest generation of frigates and the technological advances that has enabled Russian sea power to be noticed globally. This is article is partly in response to the original article, “New, Blue-Water Frigates to Become Main Surface Vessels of the Russian Navy”,  back in the

The enigmatic Mohamed Bin Salman

by Ghassan Kadi Love him or hate him, Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS) is like no other prince that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen since its inception under the rule of his founding grandfather King Abdul Aziz in 1932 and the establishment of the Al-Saud dynasty that changed Arabia; including its name. Some argue that even the worst of humans can do a bit of good.

The inside story of the Saudi night of long knives

Princes, ministers and a billionaire are ‘imprisoned’ in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton while the Saudi Arabian Army is said to be in an uproar by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times (posted by special  arrangement) The House of Saud’s King Salman devises an high-powered “anti-corruption” commission and appoints his son, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, as chairman. Right on cue, the commission detains 11 House of Saud princes, four

War between Anti-West and Eurangloland heating up fast

by Jeff J. Brown The Power of Siberia gas pipeline connecting Russia and China is just one many projects being brought to fruition by the two giants of the Eurasian continent. Cheers! Cross linked with: chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/11/05/war-between-anti-west-and-eurangloland-heating-up-fast-china-rising-radio-sinoland-171105/ youtu.be/il9x3HjXIdY soundcloud.com/44-days/war-between-anti-west-and-eurangloland-heating-up-fast-china-rising-radio-sinoland-171105 Xi Jinping’s historic speech and the giant “F.U.” to imperial capitalism during the Communist Party of China’s 19th Congress last week seems to have emboldened the Anti-West to new heights (http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/10/29/october-18th-2017-is-world-cd-day-when-baba-beijing-declared-war-on-western-capitalism-china-rising-radio-sinoland-171029/). Mind

The Fall and the Fall of Hariri

by Ghassan Kadi The sudden resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri raises a number of questions. To fast track the main relevant events of the last decade or so, Hariri was Saudi Arabia’s favourite kid on the Lebanese block. After all, his father was a close friend and a business partner of Prince Fahed, who later on became King Fahed. And because he harbours similar anti-Shiite passions like his

Forced recession as a tool of social war against the 99%

by Ramin Mazaheri If you don’t already understand that headline, you are missing the primary goal of neoliberal capitalism over the past nearly 40 years. Stop assuming the 1% wants growth economies…please. Just stop. The 1%’s interest is only in supporting the “keep all I got” model. Accept this as a rule and you are halfway to enlightenment, and you will pierce the technocratic lie that “economics is too hard

How the DPRK riddle is freaking out the US establishment

by Pepe Escobar for the Saker blog The 19th Party Congress has made it very clear that “socialism with Chinese characteristics” – as codified by President Xi Jinping – is China’s road map ahead. Not only the strategy graphically eschews those much-lauded “Western values”; it will, in Xi’s own words, offer “a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence.”

Spain & the EU’s ‘Oriental despotism’ is legitimizing Catalonia as a leftist cause

by Ramin Mazaheri The ultimate problem with Catalonia is that they aren’t trying to secede from the European Union. Now that would be something which the non-Spanish left could really rally around, during this ongoing age of Brussels-imposed poverty. For so long this seemed like a fake crisis – a distraction – but the new reality is: a huge crisis could explode now, due to a massively authoritarian/capitalist response from

Game over: How the Kurds lost the high risk gamble

By Aram Mirzaei As predicted, the Kurdish referendum ended in a conflict over the disputed areas in northern Iraq, areas that have been occupied by Kurdish Peshmerga forces since the 2014 ISIL invasion of Iraq. Throughout these weeks, Kurdish media close to Kurdish president Masoud Barzani have acted very much like their western counterparts, spreading atrocious lies about the Iraqi Army and Hashd Al Shaabi (PMU). One example was the ridiculous

The English-speaking world’s fear of calling communism, ‘communism’

by Ramin Mazaheri In many ways this fear is justified: communism is a dirty word in the English culture. I recall getting my copy of “International Socialist Review” mailed to me in the United States – it arrived with a brown paper wrapper, the same as pornography. (Please note: American mailing practices for pornography have been gleaned solely from second-hand information, of course, so I may be mistaken on this

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