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America’s Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs. China’s Industrial Socialism

By Michael Hudson and posted with special permission Nearly half a millennium ago Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince described three options for how a conquering power might treat states that it defeated in war but that “have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom: … the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under

Putin’s Ukrainian Judo

By Dmitry Orlov and posted with special permission A terrible war is about to erupt on Russia’s border with the Ukraine—or not—but there is some likelihood of a significant number of people getting killed before project Ukraine is finally over. Given that around 13 thousand people have been killed over the past seven years—the civil war in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine has gone on for that long!—this is

Dangers of Wars threatening Humankind.

By Zamir Awan for The Saker Blog While the world is suffering from a Pandemic, it is also leading toward wars. The two big wars seem inevitable. One in the South China Sea, and the other might be the Ukraine war. As a matter of fact, The U.S. was the beneficiary of World Wars and used wars, aggressions, coercion, conspiracies, toppling Governments, and cold-war tactics to maintain its supremacy. After

Why It Is Not Advised

By Andrei Martyanov, exclusively for the Saker Blog For the US Navy ships to enter the Black Sea and hope to survive in case of the, God forbids, any kind of a conflict with Russia—yes, you read it right—is a fantasy, or, to be even more precise—an unscientific fiction. This group, let alone a single US destroyer of the Arleigh Burke-class (these are the most active types in the US

Incentives: Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin possible moves – Donbass crisis.

By David Sant for the Saker Blog Several analysts have written articles about how Russia is likely to respond in the theater to an offensive by Ukraine to restart the Donbass War. My purpose in this article is to look at the psychology and incentives of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin and the possible moves that each of them may make in response to the Donbass crisis. The Nature of

Russia ‘would really not want’ Cold War 2.0

The Triple Yoda, Nikolai Patrushev, hopes cooler heads can avoid sanctions such as the SWIFT ‘nuclear option’ By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times The Beltway was always fond of describing the late Andrew Marshall – who identified emerging or future threats for the Pentagon and whose proteges included Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz – as Yoda. Well, if that’s the case, then

Raging Twenties Book Review – Pepe Escobar – the philosopher, the court jester, the mystic, the historian.

By Larchmonter445 for the Saker Blog Early on in the introduction to “Raging Twenties”, Pepe Escobar points to the change, the disruption that confronts the Established Elites who for 30 years ruled the globe with a free hand: “The Empire we have been taught to accept as a fact of life is irretrievably losing its leadership position—and will have to deal with much pain implicit in the acceptance of an

Russia and the EU; The Ukraine Card

by Ghassan and Intibah Kadi for the Saker Blog A tug-of-war game in Europe has been a strong feature of dramatic events in the region and further afield ever since the Roman Empire plus the Church split up. Which was the cause and which was the effect is subject to debate, but the split was much deeper than one that was political; the spiritual aspect of it is not to

Ukraine redux: war, Russophobia and Pipelineistan

By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Ukraine and Russia may be on the brink of war – with dire consequences for the whole of Eurasia. Let’s cut to the chase, and plunge head-on into the fog of war. On March 24, Ukrainian President Zelensky, for all practical purposes, signed a declaration of war against Russia, via decree No. 117/2021. The decree establishes that retaking

Washington Is Misreading Russia at the World’s Peril

by Paul Craig Roberts – posted with permission On August 31, 2018, I wrote: “So, the questions for Andrei Martyanov, The Saker, and for Putin and the Russian government is: How long does turning your other cheek work? Do you turn your other cheek so long as to allow your opponent to neutralize your advantage in a confrontation? Do you turn your other cheek so long that you lose the

Dealing With Demons

Note:  Comments to this long-read article will be closed.  However a temporary email, report.dealing@protonmail.com has been set up for serious comments on political, ideological, social, and economic aspects of SARS-COV-2/COVID19 only and your emailed comment will be placed in the comments area.  Be a little patient, the Saker’s moderation resources are working hard on the open threads on the Ukraine, Russia and the dire situation.  Any comments which mention, even

The Brazilian fracture between the Expanding Universe and the new imperialist competition in South America

By Fabio Reis Vianna for The Saker Blog In an article published in Foreign Affairs magazine – one of the most prominent mouthpieces of US imperialism – , and signed by, among others, Marcus Hicks, former commander of the US Special Operations Command in Africa during the period 2017-2019, defends the idea that the increased competition between the great powers ignites a red alert that the United States should turn

The Iran-China pact is a huge blow for Western imperialists who want war in Asia (2/2)

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV In the first part of this article, titled Nixon ‘opened’ China, but only socialist superpower China could ‘open’ Iran, I discussed the historic role reversal: it’s the position of the superpower China which now counts the most, and not the the attitude of the United States. The 25-year Iran-China pact is actually an undercounting as it is essentially – to quote China’s foreign

How Eurasia will be interconnected

by Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times The extraordinary confluence between the signing of the Iran-China strategic partnership deal and the Ever Given saga in the Suez Canal is bound to spawn a renewed drive to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and all interconnected corridors of Eurasia integration. This is the most important geo-economic development in Southwest Asia in ages – even more crucial

Nüshu (女书)

By Larry Romanoff for the Saker Blog On September 4, 2004, Yang Huanyi died at her home in Central China. She was 98 years old, and the last fluent practitioner of Nüshu, one of the oldest and most beautiful, and certainly one of the more intriguing languages in the world. (1) (2) Nüshu, (女书), (literally, women’s writing and/or women’s script) is the only known language in the history of the world that was

The Russian economy – ‘small’, ‘impotent’, ‘insignificant’: true or false?

by Arcturus Le for the Saker Blog In the west, there is perennial bluster about the putative ‘weakness’ of the Russian economy. It is widely accepted as ‘fact’ that the Russian economy is somewhere miserably outside the ‘Top 10’ global economies by GDP, sinking ever deeper year by year towards #15, embarrassingly behind such smaller countries as South Korea, Canada, Italy and on par with countries like Spain, Australia, and

Nixon ‘opened’ China, but only superpower, socialist China could ‘open’ Iran (1/2)

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV One thing about Western business media is that whenever any imperialism-opposing nation has a major success their subsequent understatement speaks volumes, as evidenced by an article in the oil trade press, The Iran-China Axis Is A Fast Growing Force In Oil Markets, at the website OilPrice. For trade journalists they are quite behind the trends of their industry: Iran and China are now

Beyond Confrontation Globalists, Nationalists* and their Discontents – 2020 by Phillip Mullan

Book Review by Francis Lee for the Saker Blog Beyond Confrontation Globalists, Nationalists* and their Discontents – 2020 by Phillip Mullan This is a very scholarly work by an independent minded author whose prior works have included The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population is Not a Social Problem 2002, followed by Creative Destruction (an obvious Schumpeterian allusion) first published in 2017. His present offering is a wide-ranging and

Iran-China: the 21st century Silk Road connection

Newly announced China-Iran strategic partnership deal shatters US sanctions while paving the Belt and Road from East to West By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Capping an extraordinary two weeks that turned 21st century geopolitics upside down, Iran and China finally signed their 25-year strategic deal this past Saturday in Tehran. The timing could not have been more spectacular, following what we examined in

US/NATO vs. Russia-China in a hybrid war to the finish

The unipolar moment is six feet under, the hegemon will try to break Eurasian integration and there’s no grownup in the room to counsel restraint By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Let’s start with comic relief: the “leader of the free world” has pledged to prevent China from becoming the “leading” nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his “expectation”

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