Guest Analyses

Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads

By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog The referendum on Britain’s vote to Remain or Leave the EU – Brexit – has raised deeper issues than simply whether or not the UK retains its European membership. The real issue is that of the whole Transatlantic bloc from Seattle to Warsaw, its, culture, institutions, politics, and economics has also been undergoing deep structural changes – not necessarily for the good. The

Trump’s final month in office could be his most dangerous one – update

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog Only one month remains of Donald Trump’s presidency. It seems inevitable that the Biden administration will take over the White House come January 20th. While the Trump administration has been very aggressive against the Islamic Republic during the past four years, it has nonetheless refrained from starting a full-fledged war. This could all change as he is about to leave office. A few

Behold the dawning of the Age of Aquarius

An astrological reading for Planet Earth at a time of Great Mutation By Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde Today all radio stations on Planet Earth should be playing this song. What the aptly named Fifth Dimension immortalized in their spring of 1969 psychedelic soul classic is now

Kim No-VAX does DARPA

A Back to the Future exercise: time-traveling to survey the sci-tech scene in the mid-1980s by Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times I have been going through my Asia Times archives selecting reports and columns for a new e-book on the Forever Wars – Afghanistan and Iraq. But then, out of the blue, I found this palimpsest, originally published by Asia Times in February 2014. It

Switzerland and the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Second Wave

by Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog General situation The SMI (Swiss Stock Market) index is presently about the same as one year ago. This means that the Swiss brokers did loose nothing in the year 2020. The feelings of the broad population however are completely different, most would say that 2020 was really a bad year. Moreover, the SMI sharply dropped twice in 2020, in the end of

Biden won? 2016-2020 showed what the US does to even mild reformers

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV What the four-year epoch of Donald Trump has made staggeringly clear to non-Americans is that no one – not even a democratically-elected American – will be able to even moderately alter the US capitalist-imperialist foreign policy trajectory without undergoing a no-holds barred attack aimed at bringing that person down. What the election of Joe Biden (although “installation” is clearly more accurate) shows is

Why China is NOT the Enemy of the West (Why British Psychological Warfare Must Now be Examined)

By Matthew Ehret for the Saker Blog Since many good people have found themselves susceptible to the narrative that China is the global supervillain conspiring to overthrow western Christian values by any means necessary, I believe some lessons should be brought to bear. Anti-Nation state fanatic George Soros stated at the 2020 Davos Summit that China has become the greatest threat to his vision for Open Society (right behind Trump’s

Imam Ali (Allayhu-Salaam), Social Justice, and the Axis of the Accursed

by Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, “In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Shi’a in its singular form means “a group the members of which are unified over one phenomenon.” In plural form, it means “the followers”, “the helpers”, or “those who provide strength and support.” [1] This essay is dedicated to Martyr Qasem Soleimani, the martyred commander of the Quds Force of the

When Deplorables Become Ungovernables

By Pepe Escobar and cross posted with Strategic Culture Foundation China, Russia and Iran are the top three existential “threats” to the U.S., according to the National Security Strategy. Three features distinguish the top three. They are all sovereign powers. They are under varying degrees of sanctions. And they are the top three nodes of the 21st century’s most important, evolving geopolitical process: Eurasia integration. What do the three sovereigns

Corporations, States, and the neo-liberal symbiosis

By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog The men and women who run global corporations are the first in history with the organization, technology, money, and ideology who are attempting to structure the world as an integrated economic unit. (1) THE RISE OF CORPORATE POWER. Scroll down another six decades (or thereabouts) and this statement has hardened into an objective fact – and moreover has turned out worse than the

The risk that haunts the great powers: the ghost of rebellions

By Fabio Reis Vianna for the Saker Blog In a recent article published in the American magazine Foreign Affairs, Christorpher Layne, professor of international relations at the University of Texas, defends the thesis that a hegemonic war between the United States and China, if tensions escalate at the current pace, is not unlikely. In his article The Return of Great-Power War, the author argues that the intensification of geopolitical competition

A Poisoned Chalice?

by Observer R for the Saker Blog The Biden v Trump 2020 election controversy has generated a lot of accusations and squabbles over evidence or lack thereof. Less common is an explanation of the strategy of the legal teams on both sides. To what extent is the Trump legal team trying to goad the voting system companies into suing the Trump campaign for defamation? How does the Trump team plan

China’s Economy of Peace

by Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog In the context of China’s webinar on 14 December 2020, on the topic of “China’s New Development Paradigm and High-Quality Belt and Road Cooperation”, organized by the China Center for Contemporary World Studies, International Department of CPC Central Committee and the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, my presentation was on China’s Economy of Peace. —– China, about a decade

Mess with Texas via mail-in ballot? States secede from presidential vote

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV The United States corporate-dominated media has found that the easiest way to shape news coverage on the scores of legal challenges to the 2020 presidential election is to only report on them when the cases have lost. After all, the more newspaper inches given to objective discussions of widespread voter fraud allegations equals the more chances an average American starts to think the

US hits Search and Destroy against the New Silk Roads

By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times. Seven years after being launched by President Xi Jinping, first in Astana and then in Jakarta, the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) increasingly drive the American plutocratic oligarchy completely nuts. The relentless paranoia about the Chinese “threat” has much to do with the exit ramp offered by Beijing to a Global South permanently indebted

After Trump the flood:

by Ghassan and Intibah Kadi for the Saker Blog Whether there was indeed voter fraud and rigging, and I personally believe there was and at a huge scale, it seems that, by hook or by crook, Joe Biden will become the next President of the United States of America; and we should prepare ourselves for this, regardless of our political points of view and inclinations. The presence of Biden in

Joshua Wong and the Exodus in China

By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog HONG KONG – British and American media in China for as long as we scribblers remember have empowered Chinese saboteurs and secessionists just so as to annoy Beijing. Without fail, if there ever was some corrupt princeling (local Chongqing tyrant Bo Xilai), a fugitive from the tax law (mafioso Miles Guo), or just another crackpot religious charlatan (Falun Gong founder Li Hongzhi),

Trump declares civil war for voter integrity in breaking (or broken) USA

by Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV The idea that Donald J. Trump could be (even the guy cleaning up behind the horse of) a white knight acting in favor of integrity is laughable, hypocritical and certainly controversial, but that is what a disaster United States political culture truly is. The man who has been nationally lampooned as a rich buffoon and denigrated as a real estate shark for decades

80% of US partisan losers think the last 2 elections were stolen

by Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV That’s a shocking headline, but true: Many are aware that 90% of Republicans currently agree that Joe Biden “did not legitimately win the election” due to vote fraud, but how many remember that as late as 2018 70% of Democrats believed that “Russia tampered with vote tallies in order to help Donald Trump get elected president”. The latter has far far less credibility

MH17 and the Southern Cauldron

Sam Bullard for the Saker Blog Executive Summary There are MH17 dots that should be connected but aren’t, possibly because the right questions haven’t been asked. This article examines existing evidence and follows where it leads from the perspective of a bad state actor. The results are unexpected but plausible. Historical context is essential for understanding MH17, including the US-Russia proxy war, the pre-MH17 fighting at Donbass, past behavior as