Guest Analyses

Tian Xia : The Chinese World View

by Anne Teoh for the Saker Blog What’s implied in Xi’s description of ‘continuous’ and ‘dragon’ from the Xi-Trump’s conversation in Tian An Men. Today, it’s generally acknowledged that China is a continuous civilization. During their walkabout in Tian An Men (Heavenly Peace Gates) grounds in Beijing 2017, Xi Jinping told Trump, “China has a continuous civilization.” Trump’s response was the Egyptians had an ancient civilization going back 5000 years

The Western-Eurasian seismic shift; the March 2018 Factors

by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker blog March 2018 seems to continue to be full of surprises, and when we speak about the imminent and inevitable collapse of the Empire, and the consequential demise of global Western influence, we often forget who is the biggest loser, or rather victim, of this forthcoming event. Without a speck of doubt, the biggest loser will be the Western civilian. The time has come

What if U.S attacks Syria again?

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of politics behind the ongoing East Ghouta military operation. Western government officials have all been “outraged” at the carnage resulting from the Syrian Army siege of the Islamist-held East Ghouta region of Damascus. They have all right to be angry, after all it’s their terrorist investments that are being battered on the battlefield. The success of

A Curious Incident Part IV

bu Sushi for the Saker Blog Part I may be found here: https://thesaker.is/a-curious-incident/ Part II may be found here: https://thesaker.is/a-curious-incident-part-ii/ Part III may be found here: https://thesaker.is/a-curious-incident-part-iii/ “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” Sherlock Holmes Theresa May and the Dodgy Statement to Parliament On Monday March 12th 2018 Theresa May

Will the Putin-Xi era supersede the Western liberal (dis)order?

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The Chinese constitutional amendment allowing Xi Jinping the possibility of further presidential terms — staying in power long enough to bring “national rejuvenation” combined with the Russian election re-confirming Vladimir Putin in the presidency have assured consistency and continuity for the Russia-China strategic partnership way into the next decade. This will facilitate the interaction between the

West attacks China’s Social Credit System to deflect from its fascist panopticon

by Jeff J. Brown for The Saker blog crosslinked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2018/03/24/west-attacks-chinas-social-credit-system-to-deflect-from-its-fascist-panopticon-china-rising-radio-sinoland-180325/ https://youtu.be/VKeBiK0Z-Xo https://soundcloud.com/44-days/west-attacks-chinas-social-credit-system-to-deflect-from-its-fascist-panopticon-cr-radio-sinoland   Pictured above: the panopticon Illinois State Prison, in Joliet. For every Westerner out there, just look out your window. It’s even worse. Your every move, every communication and transaction, monetary and otherwise, is being tracked, recorded and stored by a faceless, multilayered, fascist corporate-government octopus. One-hundred-eighty degrees to the east in China, it’s all posted on

A curious incident PART III

by Sushi for the Saker blog A Curious Incident Part I may be found here: https://thesaker.is/a-curious-incident/ A Curious Incident Part II may be found here: https://thesaker.is/a-curious-incident-part-ii/ Analysis of the Attack on the Skripals This article lays out a hypothesis in regard to the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The reader is cautioned that this attack is possibly just one element in a larger series of associated events.

A curious incident PART II

by Sushi for the Saker blog In the immortal words of USN Rear Admiral Joshua Painter: “Russians don’t take a dump, son, without making a plan” A Curious Incident Part I may be found at this link: https://thesaker.is/a-curious-incident/ One intent of this review is to demonstrate a lack of the degree of planning expected to occur if the Skripal incident were in fact a state sponsored assassination attempt. Part 2

Afrin week 8: Kurdish stubbornness spells their doom

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog It’s been 8 weeks since Turkey together with its jihadist forces launched operation Olive Branch to clear the Afrin region of US-backed Kurdish militias (YPG). During these weeks, YPG forces have been taking a beating, losing well over 70 % their territory, including Afrin city itself. It should hardly come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the situation that the

A Curious Incident

By Sushi for the Saker Blog A famous Sherlock Holmes story contains the following dialog between Holmes and Detective Gregory. Gregory: “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” Holmes: “That was the curious incident.” A confrontation is taking place between two states over the

Russia’s Reaction to the Insults of the West is Political Suicide

by Peter Koenig for the Saker blog The onslaught of western Russia bashing in the past days, since the alleged poison attack by a Soviet-era nerve agent, Novichok (the inventor of which, by the way, lives in the US), on a Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, has been just horrifying. Especially by the UK. Starting with PM May, who outright accused Russia of using chemical weapons

Being bullish about Arctic shipping – the Northern Sea Route (NSR)

Being bullish about Arctic shipping – the Northern Sea Route (NSR) by Nat South for the Saker Blog Part 1 The Northern Sea Route, (Северного морского пути) handled a record 9.7 Mn tons of sea cargo in 2017. http://en.portnews.ru/news/251959/ President Putin, in his speech to the Federal Assembly at the beginning of March, stated that he would like to see a tenfold increase of cargo transported along the NSR by

What Results When U.S. Invades a Country

by Eric Zuesse for the Saker blog The U.S. Government certainly leads the world in invasions and coups. In recent years, it has invaded and occupied — either by military assault or by coup, but in either case followed by installing (or trying to install) a new regime there — a number of countries, especially Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen. U.S. propaganda says that its invasions and military

History and I: China, China : Then and Now, Here and There

by Anne Teoh for the Saker blog China is a country one wants to repeat when saying its name; much as Trump did when he enunciated, “ China… China… ” in his interview by the press in 2017. If you’re connected to China in any way, you would have an intrinsic understanding what repeating the name ‘China, China ,“ signifies, for that is similar to the way the Chinese repeat

Syria the day after Putin’s speech; Who’s Doing What in Syria Part III

by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker blog Much has been said about Putin’s 1st of March 2018 speech; a speech that should well and truly be known in the future as the “Putin Manifesto”, and no analysts have been better able to examine its political and military repercussions, respectively, than The Saker http://thesaker.is/newly-revealed-russian-weapons-systems-political-implications/, and Andrei Martynov http://www.unz.com/article/the-implications-of-russias-new-weapons/ Those articles examine the implications of the speech from a global perspective. In

The myth of a neo-imperial China

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The geopolitical focus of the still young 21st century spans the Indian Ocean from the Persian Gulf all the way to the South China Sea alongside the spectrum from Southwest Asia to Central Asia and China. That happens to configure the prime playing ground, overland and maritime, of the New Silk Roads, or the Belt and

South Africa – The Real Current Event vs Rolling over of The President (a 3 Parts analysis)

by Anon for the Saker Blog Part One: The Real Current Event Part Two: Rolling Over of the President – Musical Chairs Part Three: History for Perspective a) Short notes on before the 1994 freedom election – from 1948 through to the Freedom Election – the apartheid regime b) Deep Background Part One: The Real Current Event At the time of writing, the sitting President, Jacob Zuma had been ‘recalled’

Reader mail: ‘I am more dangerous than a Russian!’

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog (and for those, shall we say, cognitively challenged the following is a satire; the Saker) As a daily journalist covering a wide range of fields, I get a lot of unsolicited emails which give me news tips, unique outlooks and recommendations. This email below came with so many threats and oaths against my person that I almost didn’t publish it, but I think

9/11 and the Green Scare: It’s High Time for a Paradigm Shift

By: Amir Nour[1] for The Saker Blog   “War: A massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other” (Paul Valéry) A nation and a world transformed Until recently, historians have looked at the past essentially through Eurocentric or Western-centric lens. Their worldview has therefore been heavily centered on and biased towards Western civilization, chiefly in the form

The most important part of Putin’s March 1st speech

by Miles for the Saker Blog If you look at western press and punditry as of late in regards to Russia or Putin (which, for some reason is basically the same in western MSM’s perceptions) or, more specifically, in regards to Putin’s address to Federal Assembly of Russia, you would inevitably get the impression that all he talked about was weapons. Russian media (those that took note of the Address,

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