Guest Analyses

‘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: 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

Trump, NATO and ‘Russian aggression’

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The US President’s blitzkrieg at the Brussels summit, calling NATO obsolete and for member states to boost spending to defend themselves is correct. Hysteria is at fever pitch. After the NATO summit in Brussels, the definitive Decline of the West has been declared a done deal as President Trump gets ready to meet President Putin in

‘The Death of Stalin’ & ‘sweet’ Hitler? Comparing postwar European cinema

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog The main problem with the recent English movie The Death of Stalin (2017) is that it’s a comedy… but it’s just not funny. And that’s really too bad, because its director, Armando Iannucci, was one of the driving forces behind the most hilarious satire of TV news ever, The Day Today (1994). Those six 30-minute send-ups of journalism have never been topped. The

The Oil Super Empires

by David Chibo for the Saker Blog The Age of Coal The “age of coal” that powered the steam warship was relatively brief, lasting from 1871 until 1914. During this period the Empire that most dominated, Great Britain, had some of the largest coal deposits in the world, and they had helped fuel the greatest Navy and merchant fleet, on the eve of WW I. The British Royal Navy’s supremacy

Vladimir Putin’s Basic Disagreement with The West

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog Vladimir Putin’s Basic Disagreement with The West Vladimir Putin’s basic view has been expressed so many times, in so many different contexts, and it’s always the same: that the only people who have a sovereign right to any land, are the people who live on that land — nobody who lives outside that land does. In other words, his basic view is a

Iran’s Basij: The reason why land or civil war inside Iran is impossible

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Allow me to give a summary of my conversations with well-meaning Westerners since at least 9/11. Everyone: “Ramin, I’m so worried about Iran! I expect US troops to land in Tehran every time I turn on the news!” Me: “The Basij.” Everyone: “Ramin, the US invaded Afghanistan and Iraq – Iran is obviously next!” Me: “Yawn…the Basij.”  Everyone:  “Dubya Bush…no, wait – Barry

The Globalization of “Lifelong” Corporate-Technocratic Education

The Globalization of “Lifelong” Corporate-Technocratic Education: “Classrooms without Walls,” Teachers without Degrees by John Klyczek for The Saker Blog Throughout candidate Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, The Donald spewed slogans of “America First” nationalism that were the bedrock of his electioneering rhetoric. But apparently, this was all just con-game carnival barking because Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has announced that the fascistic merger of the United States Department

Fighting for Survival: Whither Modern Civilization?

By Amir NOUR[1] for The Saker Blog “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” (Albert Einstein)[2] A red alert in an age of fear, anger and extremes In anticipation of its 2018 edition, the well-regarded Munich Security Conference issued a report which aimed to serve as a useful compilation for an impressive gathering of

Future Paths for the Russian Economy?

by Gary Littlejohn for The Saker Blog Part 1: Divergent views on the Russian Economy While there is widespread consensus in the West about the nature of Russian politics and the Russian economy, my own view is that the Western consensus is wide of the mark, being based on a naive acceptance of stereotypes that are at best outdated, originating as they do from either the Yeltsin years or the

Tariffs ‘kick off 50-year trade war’ with China

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The tariff tussle that began today is linked to Beijing’s ambitious ‘Made in China 2025’ and Belt and Road strategies, which will transform the global economic and geopolitical landscape; this rivalry could last for decades, some experts have said Way beyond the first midnight shot in what could possibly turn into a vicious trade war, the

Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog In June 2018 alone, more than 500 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Their boats were refused access to land in either Malta, or Italy. They were force-driven back by gun-boats to the North African shores they came from, mostly Libya, but many boats capsized and countless refugees didn’t make it. These are de facto murders, high crimes against humanity, committed by the

The Balkanization of South America – and the Role of Fifth Columns Throughout the World

by Peter Koenig for The Saker blog During the recent meeting in Caracas of the Venezuelan Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, in mid-June 2018, President Maduro said something extremely interesting, but also extremely disturbing – nonetheless highly important for the region to be aware of. Mr. Maduro mentioned Yugoslavia, the foreign induced local conflicts, the breakup and dismemberment of Yugoslavia, starting with the “Ten Days War” on Slovenia in 1991, the

Venezuela: Continued treason at high level

By Saker Latinamerican Community for the Saker blog A few days ago, we had access to the video we share below. The video is self-explanatory, and it makes it hard to avoid seeing what’s undeniable. There is a fifth column within the revolutionary government that threatens the Revolution from within. This phenomenon, certainly not exclusive to Venezuela, has been taking shape and expanding dramatically in recent years, since the

How the Iran sanctions drama intersects with OPEC-plus

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Major states buying oil from Iran are unlikely to heed the US call to drop imports; key allies want a waiver to avoid sanctions; OPEC, meanwhile, will have trouble boosting output in the short-term; the puzzle is not solved, but there are dark clouds History may have registered stranger geoeconomic bedfellows. But in the current OPEC-plus