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Parallels between Iran’s Basij and the Chinese Communist Party

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog As every journalist and critic knows, the laziest (and fastest) way to describe something is to present it in terms of something else. This is the “new that”, or this is similar to “that combined with this”. This article, which is part of an 11-part series on Iran written in response to the World Socialist Web Site’s “A reply to a proponent of

The Salisbury Poisoning: A Plausible Explanation

by John Bull, England for The Saker Blog I’m an ordinary member of the British public concerned about the consequences of the Salisbury poisoning. My contribution to the debate is modest and mainly in the public domain, but I do have some personal snippets which may be relevant. Where I have indulged in conjecture, I have made this obvious. I am not a ‘conspiracy theorist’ nor a Kremlin stooge. I

The Two Superpowers: Who Really Controls the Two Countries?

by Paul Craig Roberts (cross-posted with PCR’s website with his special agreement) Among the ruling interests in the US, one interest even more powerful than the Israel Lobby—the Deep State of the military/security complex— there is enormous fear that an uncontrollable President Trump at the upcoming Putin/Trump summit will make an agreement that will bring to an end the demonizing of Russia that serves to protect the enormous budget and

Venezuela – Towards an Economy of Resistance

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog The Government of Venezuela called an international Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, 14-16 June, 2018 – to debate the current foreign injected economic disturbances and seeking solutions to overcome them. I was privileged and honored to be part of this commission. Venezuela is literally being strangled by economic sanctions, by infiltrated elements of unrest, foreign trained opposition leaders, trained to disrupt distribution of food,

Turkey’s European dream may be over, is the Sultan ready for Eurasia?

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Erdogan has lost his parliamentary majority and must now establish a coalition with the far-right Nationalist Action Party; given the latter is anti-Western, the road ahead points in only one direction: Eurasian integration To the utter despair of stoic defenders of “Western values,” Europe is now condemned to suffer two populist autocracies on its eastern borders:

What privatisation in Iran? or Definitely not THAT privatisation

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Just as everyone falsely assumes that Iran’s economic history followed the standard colonial model (it didn’t), that their political cleavages are the same as the West’s (they aren’t) and that Iran trails the West in modern political thought & democratic structure (they don’t), it is little wonder that Westerners assume that “privatisation” simply must be the same as in the West (it isn’t).

100,000 Chinese going to the World Cup in Russia, with no team to cheer for

by Jeff J. Brown for The Saker Blog Crosslinked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2018/06/22/100000-chinese-going-to-the-world-cup-in-russia-with-no-team-to-cheer-for-china-rising-radio-sinoland-180622/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1GCScchR_w https://soundcloud.com/44-days/100000-chinese-going-to-the-world-cup-in-russia-with-no-team-to-cheer-for-c-rising-radio-sinoland Inconsolable Chinese football fans, who, in spite of not having a national team to root for, are going to the World Cup in Russia by the tens of thousands. The traditional Chinese drums say, China Power. No team, no national glory, no nothing, yet for this year’s Football World Cup tournament in Russia, 100,000 Chinese still traveled

Iraq on the move: the Muqdata Al-Sadr Factor

by Ghassan and Intibah Kadi for The Saker Blog The recent developments following the 12th of May 2018 elections in Iraq put the country on a potential new course. What nature and direction of this course is the big question. The now 44 years old, Muqtada Al-Sadr was only 25 years old when his father Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq Al-Sadr was ambushed and killed together with two of his sons,

The Western Hijacked Democracy

by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker Blog If my previous article (http://thesaker.is/the-lebanese-style-of-democracy-of-no-winners-or-losers/) dissected Lebanese style democracy and mentioned Western style democracy in passing, then we should perhaps have a closer look at Western democracy; or what is left of it. The word “democracy’ comes from the Greek word demokratia; from demos ‘the people’ and kratia ‘power’. In other words, it means the power of the people. Different dictionaries give slightly

Sexy metal: the missing element in the Korean puzzle

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knows the importance of rare earth elements, and North Korea has reportedly found one of the world’s biggest deposits 150km from Pyongyang; is this another factor behind the recent thaw with the US? This may not be about condos on North Korean beaches after all. Arguably, the heart of the matter

How Iran got economically socialist, and then Islamic socialist

by Ramin Mazaheri for the The Saker blog “Ramin Mazaheri, a foreign correspondent for Iran’s Press TV, posted a blog accusing the World Socialist Web Site of betraying its ‘socialist principles’ and aiding imperialism, because we welcomed the working-class opposition to Iran’s capitalist government…” From nearly the beginning of the WSWS’s 3-part rebuttal to my criticism of them is the refusal, or inability, to understand that Iran’s government cannot accurately qualify as “capitalist”. I

Russians are much admired and Putin is loved by the Chinese, for good reasons

by Jeff J. Brown for The Saker Blog Crosslinked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2018/06/17/russians-are-much-admired-and-putin-is-loved-by-the-chinese-for-good-reasons-china-rising-radio-sinoland-180618/ https://youtu.be/txVSSlfUD6o https://soundcloud.com/44-days/russians-are-much-admired-and-putin-is-loved-by-the-chinese-for-good-reasons-c-rising-r-sinoland Looking back at the rocky, mutually suspecting and disrespecting relations between Russia’s and China’s leaders, 1917-2000, this photo speaks volumes about the depth of Putin’s and Xi’s mutual friendship and the importance of Sino-Russian cooperation on the world stage, highlighted at last week’s SCO summit in Qingdao. They are brothers, amigos, and trusted partners on the world

The WSWS, Iran’s economy, the Basij & Revolutionary Shi’ism: an 11-part series

by Ramn Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In February the WSWS published a three-part series in response to my criticism of their inflammatory coverage of the protests last winter in Iran, and also to try and rebut the entire concept of “Iranian Islamic Socialism”. I have waited a few months to read it and respond, but I present this 11-part series in order to: explain the undeniably socialist nature of

Post Scriptum on Scripal

by Jimme Moglia for The Saker Blog The dust of time is settling on the Scripal affair, after the eruption of British anti-Russian bile, bursting out from the deep state, and scattered to the four winds by the deep-state’s minions. Bile converted into imaginative insults and tokens of contempt for which sometimes it is not easy to find a name – for they are real but escape an attempt to

The key word in the Trump-Kim show

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) By reaffirming the Panmunjom Declaration, the US President has committed to bringing its military back from South Korea and thus a complete denuclearization of the South as well as the North The Trump-Kim geopolitical reality-TV show – surreal for some – offered unparalleled entries to the annals of international diplomacy. It will be tough to upstage

Putin and Xi top the G6+1

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) East vs. West: the contrast between the “dueling summits” this weekend was something for the history books. All hell broke loose at the G6+1, otherwise known as G7, in La Malbaie, Canada, while all focused on divine Eurasian integration at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China’s Qingdao in Shandong, the home province of Confucius. US

How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about. The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered

Religion saves ‘The Americans’ – the superb (semi) pro-socialist TV show

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog (NOTE: This review contains spoilers for the TV show “The Americans”) The US television show “The Americans” has been considered the best TV show for the past few years, and it aired its finale on May 30, and to rave reviews. What has gone unappreciated, and of course rarely commented-upon among the fake-leftist cultural gurus of the US, is that “The Americans”was the

Concerning the persecution and censorship against Santiago Cúneo: DAIA-AMIA as devices of the Anglo-Zionist invasion of Argentina

by  Leo del Grosso for the Latin American Saker blog translated from the original Spanish by Ana for the Saker blog On May 5, the following statement was distributed to the public opinion in Buenos Aires, Argentina: “The DAIA, Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations, reports that its Board of Directors has requested the resignation of its president, Ariel Cohen Sabban, due to facts of public knowledge. The 1st Vice-president, Dr.

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Iranian academic spells out Iran’s position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the Afghanistan-Pakistan border A crucial question has been consuming policymakers in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: Does the Trump administration have a

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