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Freedom and Other Illusions Revisited: or, when Life imitates / copies Art – the “total art work”

Freedom and Other Illusions Revisited (or, when Life imitates / copies Art – the “total art work”) With a Postscript: Meditations on Representationalism by David A. Powell for The Saker Blog “In disciplinary and industrial society, system-preserving power was repressive. Factory workers were brutally exploited by factory owners. Such violent exploitation of others’ labor entailed acts of protest and resistance. There, it was possible for a revolution to topple the

MBS Peace Versus Pieces

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Ever since Saudi Arabia signed its agreement with American President Roosevelt in February 1945, it never ever considered, or even contemplated to be outside the American sphere of influence and protection. In my previous article https://thesaker.is/the-price-of-bin-salmans-head/ I elaborated on some of the personal issues that define the nature of the relationship that Saudi royals have with American lawmakers as men, not as politicians,

War 4 Years On – the Outlook for Lugansk People’s Republic

by GH Eliason for The Saker Blog Leonid Pasechnik, the acting Head of Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR)has been in office for almost one year. With the state of his reforms in LNR, you want to judge him against leaders of countries at peace, not as one that just formed in the middle of a war four years ago. For the last thirty years, Donbass was neglected in Ukraine. The infrastructure

Khashoggi versus 50,000 Slaughtered Yemeni Children Peter Koenig 26 October 2018

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog The European Parliament has asked yesterday (25 October) for an immediate embargo on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, hence sanctioning the Kingdom of rogue Saudi Arabia which is joining the United States and Israel as the main purveyor of crime throughout the Middle East and the world. France still said they will apply sanctions only if it is proven that Riyadh

Who profits from the end of the mid-range nuclear treaty?

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The US move to shelve the Intermediate-range Nuclear-Forces treaty could accelerate the demise of the whole post-WWII Western alliance, and herald a bad remix of the 1930s The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved its Doomsday Clock to only 2 minutes to midnight. It might be tempting to turn this into a mere squabble about

Sins without Recourse, Beast without Remorse

by Norman Ball for The Saker Blog “[W]e, as serious people, cannot examine the concrete problems that are thrown when the Russian Federation is accused of all mortal sins without recourse to the processes (norms) created for similar cases,” –from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s October 18th interview with RT France. Russia labors under a West-imposed Original Sin that can obtain dispensation only with the former’s existential cessation. The root

The Price Of Bin Salman’s Head

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog With the ever-changing and escalating aftermath of the Khashoggi disappearance episode, there remain many fixed marks that are interesting to identify. But before we do, we must stop and briefly look at the official American, Turkish and Saudi stands on this issue. The Americans are best seen to be playing yoyo with their Saudi “friends”. One moment they seem to be totally abandoning

The reinstatement of North Korea: What effects on the ‘story’ of socialism?

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog It seems unlikely – as it defies 73 years of ongoing aggression, warfare, the near-warfare of constant tap dancing on the border, starvation-creating sanctions, false promises, broken promises, racist caricaturing, hysterical knee-jerk anti-socialism, and more besides – but what if Washington finally allows North Korea to reintegrate into the multinational world? North Korea has been so politically oppressed from without that they are

Insights Into The Khashoggi Ordeal; Who And Why

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog In this insane historical era in which we currently live, events, their causes and consequences do not necessarily follow this particular logical sequence of reporting and analyzing; and we have to get used to much worse. To this effect, a week ago, it was almost impossible to work out who “killed” Khashoggi and why even though the financial and political and consequences were

Brazil – Bolsonaro Towards a Military Dictatorship – Worse than 80 Years Ago

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog One week before the second round of voting in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, the extreme right-wing candidate from the Social Liberal Party (PSL), against Fernando Haddad from the Worker’s Party (PT), Lula’s Party, for Brazil’s Presidential run-off elections – Bolsonaro leads to polls by double digits, about 58 against 42. And the gap is growing, despite the fact that as recent as end of

Freedom and Other Illusions: Further excursions into what used to be called “high versus low culture”

Freedom and Other Illusions – Further excursions into what used to be called “high versus low culture” (or, further illusions concerning American art & the Medium / et cetera) With a concluding Postscript by David A. Powell for The Saker Blog Part 3 of 3 parts ” ‘Genius is only seen in those who are successful…’ an anonymous author announced in the [American art publication] Art Amateur (1896). This criterion

What sanctions on Russia and China really mean

The Pentagon may not be advocating total war against both Russia and China – as it has been interpreted in some quarters by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and “supply chain resiliency” bluntly accuses China of “military expansion” and “a strategy of economic aggression,” mostly because Beijing is the only source for

Welcome to the G-20 from Hell

World leaders wrestle with a maelstrom of complex, burning issues as they prepare for November 30 summit by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The G-20 in Buenos Aires on November 30 could set the world on fire – perhaps literally. Let’s start with the US-China trade war. Washington won’t even start discussing trade with China at the G-20 unless Beijing comes up with

The Khashoggi Extortion Fiasco:

by Ghassan and Itbah Kadi for The Saker Blog A mystifying diplomatic escalation ensued following the disappearance of Saudi Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Why would the United States of America make such a fuss over the disappearance of a non-American citizen? Why would America turn a blind eye to the Saudi killing of thousands of Yemeni civilians and the starving of

Iran’s definitive account of the Iraq war: Written by a female Iraqi Kurd

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog On September 22nd there was a terrible terrorist attack in the Iranian city of Ahvaz which killed 25 innocent people and wounded 70 other people. This was universally reported in the West as having occurred at a “military parade”, when it was actually a parade to commemorate the 1980 start of the Western-backed, Western-funded, Western-armed invasion which used Iraq to try to destroy

IMF – WB – WTO – Scaremongering Threats

IMF – WB – WTO – Scaremongering Threats on De-Globalization and Tariffs – The Return to Sovereign Nations by  Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog As key representatives of the three chief villains of international finance, the IMF, World Bank (WB) and World Trade Organization (WTO) met on the lush resort island of Bali, Indonesia, they warned the world of dire consequences in terms of reduced international investments and decline

A Glimpse Beyond the Unipolar Moment

by Norman Ball for the Saker Blog “Potentially the most dangerous scenario would be a grand coalition of China, Russia and perhaps Iran, an ‘anti-hegemonic’ coalition, united not by ideology but by complementary grievances” —Zbigniew Brzezinski Are we reaching the penultimate and petulant back-end of the American Empire’s Unipolar Moment, a denouement hastened by a raft of sanctions regimes as imperiously doled out as they are laden with unconsidered paradox?

Chewing-Gum Doesn’t Necessarily Produce Wisdom Teeth

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog Once upon a time, folk thinking…or folk thinkers…pioneered human development. Once upon a time it was the philosopher, poet, scientist, dramatist and musician who did the heavy lifting. Once upon a time, before institutions co-opted human imagination, it was the ingenuity of individuals that led to the creation of perspectives complimentary to the interests of the ‘folk’ and societal development. One such

The Cardinal’s Letter

by Jimmie Moglia for The Saker Blog Sooner or later it was inevitable that the capitulation of the Vatican to the demands of a decadent culture and of powerful enemies would awaken the trumpet of sedition inside the Catholic Church. As readers may already know, Cardinal Viganò recently wrote an open letter to Pope Francis asking him to resign. I will attempt to show the link connecting that letter to

Freedom and Other Illusions: Excursions into what used to be called “high versus low culture”

Freedom and Other Illusions – Excursions into what used to be called “high versus low culture” (or, illusions concerning American art) With a view of art as revolt / counter-revolt / et cetera by David A. Powell for The Saker Blog Part 2 of 3 parts “The counter concept to popular culture is art. Today artistic products are losing the character of spontaneity more and more and are being replaced

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