Guest Analyses

It’s Africa’s choice: AFRICOM or the New Silk Roads

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) When China calls, all Africa answers. And Beijing’s non-politicization of investments and non-interference in internal affairs is paying off big time The dogs of war – cold, hot, trade, tariffs – bark while the Chinese caravan plies the New Silk Roads. Call it a leitmotif of the young 21st century. At the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

Iran detente after Trump’s JCPOA pull out? We can wait 2 more years, or 6, or…

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Unfortunately, the final part in this 11-part series on modern Iran arrives at a time of major economic instability, perhaps the worst since the end of the Iran-Iraq War. For the sake of argument, let’s be honest about what concrete steps Iran would have to take in order to finally get the sanctions called off. We should totally ignore US Secretary of State

The Battle of Idlib

by Ghassan and Intibah’s Kadi for The Saker Blog Or is it the Battle for Idlib? And whose battle? And who is fighting who? And where? The only thing that is clear about this seemingly upcoming battle is the fact that Idlib has been “used” as a sink hole and dumping ground for all anti-government/anti-Syria terrorists. Such a status quo cannot last. Ever since the battle of Al-Qusayr and the

The Global Alliance for Evil

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog The global alliance for evil is the system that’s behind the current reality, which some call “permanent war for permanent peace,” and others call “perpetual war for perpetual peace,” but it’s the same thing no matter what it’s called: the ‘national security’ system that exists today, and that was accurately foreseen (and dramatically embellished) in George Orwell’s allegorical novel, 1984. What it is,

Back in the (Great) Game: The Revenge of Eurasian Land Powers

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with Consortium News by special agreement with the author) Get ready for a major geopolitical chessboard rumble: from now on, every butterfly fluttering its wings and setting off a tornado directly connects to the battle between Eurasia integration and Western sanctions as foreign policy. It is the paradigm shift of China’s New Silk Roads versus America’s Our Way or the Highway. We used to be under

The view from the looking-glass

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog If institutions exist to provide continuity and permanence, subjectivity is the glue used to personalize narratives in ways that enable compliance vis-a-vis myth, to prosper at someone else’s expense. A moving message, a personal tribute to America and its people was read to the public by Rick Davis, a close friend of McCain’s…who recently passed away… and his national campaign manager in

Credit Suisse Freezes $5 billion of Russian Money due to U.S. Sanctions

Credit Suisse Freezes $5 billion of Russian Money due to U.S. Sanctions – A Recipe for Accelerated De-Linking from the Dollar Economy by Peter Koenig for The Saker blog A few days ago, Reuter reported that Switzerland’s second largest bank, Crédit Suisse, has ‘frozen’ about 5 billion Swiss francs, or about the same in US-dollars, for fear of falling out of favors with Washington – and being ‘sanctioned’ in one

Quo Vadis Vatican?

by Jimmie Moglia for The Saker Blog The nature of the subject requires an introduction. A detective story does not require a murder, nor the events of a thriller need be fictional. Most detective stories include a murder because the gravity of the deed instills a sense of vicarious fear, triggers the pleasure of the riddle, and makes plausible the concealment that prompts curiosity. Ever since the Bible and the

Is frustrated Washington planning a new false flag operation?

By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog It seems like it’s time again. Washington will once more try to prove to the world that it matters in Syria by striking Syrian government forces. We’re all too familiar by now on how this works; First, jihadists get cornered as Syrian government forces declare their intention to launch an offensive on their strongholds. Second, Washington warns Syria and her allies about the

What Bolton needs to understand about Russia and history

On 23 August, 2018, National Security Adviser to the President of the United States of America J. R. Bolton, using his auspices as the representative of the President of the United States of America, officially declared war on Russia. J. R. Bolton had an official meeting with Patrushev, N. P., Secretary of the Russian Security Council, in Geneva. There was no after meeting joint statement, and this in and of

Israel an Enemy of Freedom-Loving People Everywhere

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog Israel is fighting constantly not only against Gazans, and against Palestinians generally; it is fighting constantly against freedom-loving people everywhere, who oppose dictatorship of any type, and in any country, on principle, irrespective of nationality. Here’s an example showing how much of a dictatorship and enemy of democrats it is: Anna Dressler was a ship-hand on a flotilla of two small boats launched from Palermo Italy that were manned by

Iran’s Spiritual Empowerment and Defense Readiness

By Kevin Barrett (Truth Jihad) for The Saker Blog Spiritual Empowerment and Defense Readiness: Iran’s “Trump Card” Against US-Israeli Aggression Do religion, spirituality, and ethics have any strategic significance? Increasingly, since the time of Machievelli, the Western answer to that question has been “no.” According to the dominant view of Western elites, religious factors are usually a strategic liability rather than an asset. A spiritual soldier, according to this view,

So what will The Sanctioned supergroup do?

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Trump’s solo act can’t compete with the hard rock presidents from the electric east Those were the days, during the Cold War 1960s and 1970s, when the earth was actually ruled by rock supergroups – from Cream and Led Zeppelin to Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Welcome back my friends to the show that never

Trump Lied About His Intentions Toward Russia

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog On August 20th, Gallup headlined “More in U.S. Favor Diplomacy Over Sanctions for Russia” and reported that, “Americans believe it is more important to try to continue efforts to improve relations between the countries (58%), rather than taking strong diplomatic and economic steps against Russia (36%).” And yet, all of the sanctions against Russia have passed in Congess by over 90% of Senators

After Daraa – the Syrian Army moves north as Washington falters

by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog After the successful south-western Syria offensive which saw the Western-backed Jihadist rebels get expelled from the region, the Syrian Army and its allies are turning their attention to the north-western parts of the war-torn country. Early reports indicated that Moscow was unwilling to give the go ahead for a large offensive on the jihadist controlled Idlib province, mostly due to these areas being

‘The Death of Yazdgerd’: The greatest political movie ever explains Iran’s revolution

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog I’d say it’s a pretty low bar to be the greatest political movie off all-time…. Perhaps movies are just too sensationalistic by nature to give politics the seriousness it deserves? Maybe politics are simply too complex to condense into 90 minutes, less the time needed for a compelling love story? What are the greatest political movies of all time? Firstly, let’s exclude the

Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions – the Final Demise of the Dollar Hegemony?

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Sanctions left and sanctions right. Financial mostly, taxes, tariffs, visas, travel bans – confiscation of foreign assets, import and export prohibitions and limitations; and also punishing those who do not respect sanctions dished out by Trump, alias the US of A, against friends of their enemies. The absurdity seems endless and escalating – exponentially, as if there was a deadline to collapse the

Are the mainstream U.S. ‘news’media evil?

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog William Binney, the U.S. National Security Agency’s former technical director for global analysis, has, for the past year, been globe-trotting to investigate the actual evidence regarding the official Russiagate investigations, and he finds that the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, who is prosecuting Russia’s Government, can only accuse Russian officials, not convict any of them on at least the important charges, because conclusive evidence

Turkey’s Economic Crisis: Limited Options (UPDATED)

by Gary Littlejohn for The Saker Blog It is said that when Groucho Marx was asked how he went bankrupt, he replied “Slowly at first, and then much more quickly”. The Turkish Lira had started to slide slowly and then last week it went down much more quickly. The context for this was made clear by the Moon of Alabama on 10th August, on the very same day that the

All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The five states surrounding the sea – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian Sea signed on Sunday in the Kazakh port of Aktau is a defining moment in the ongoing,

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