Guest Analyses

Russia’s ultimate lethal weapon

by Pepe Escobar for RT Let’s start with some classic Russian politics. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov is drawing up Russia’s economic strategy for 2016, including the government budget. Siluanov – essentially a liberal, in favor of foreign investment – will present his proposals to the Kremlin by the end of this month. So far, nothing spectacular. But then, a few days ago, Kommersant leaked that Russia’s Security Council asked presidential

Pinocchio in Tehran: A response to Tehran Bureau/The Guardian’s Propaganda

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Virtually everyone is familiar with Pinocchio’s story __ a wooden puppet carved by Gepetto brought to life by a fairy that instructed him to be “brave, truthful, and unselfish” in order to remain a real boy. What I remember the most about Pinocchio was his failure to heed the fairy, his nose growing longer with every lie. This seems to be the case with Tehran Bureau’s unnamed

Integration of Donbass and re-Russification of Russia – opinion

by Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by N_V Source   Political columnist of “Russia Today” Rostislav Ishchenko talks about the attractiveness of the Donbass for modern Russia, the possibility of increasing Russian population of the Russian Federation, and about how the historic reunification of the Russian people promises the Russian World all the advantages. The Russian state was built as multinational since the days of ancient (pre-Mongol) Rus. However, with the

A New Day Has Dawned (reply to “Catire”)

by Andrew Kahn In responding to the article written by “Catire”, a simple note is needed before proceeding. The value in individual accounts, about individual lives, in relation to a discussion on nationwide policies within a revolutionary government – or any government for that matter – are objectively relevant when they speak within a broader context to the lives of a majority or even a significant minority of the population.

9/11 – Everything Has Changed But Nothing Has Changed

by Andrew Kahn 14 years have passed and what has changed? That’s the question always asked and perhaps that is the wrong question – the implicit idea being that nothing has changed. In a way, nothing has really changed, while so much has changed. It is easy for middle class US citizens to sit in front of the television and think “Nothing has changed.” For them, what has really changed

War On Syria; Not Quite According To Plan Part 2. The Plot

by Ghassan Kadi Before we move on describing and analyzing the events on the battleground in Syria and what has led to the current situation, we should insert in here a quick look at the events that culminated in the decision making of waging the “War On Syria”. After the infamous New World Order (NWO) came into existence following the demise of the Soviet Union, a global “order” that virtually

A Tale of Two Pictures

Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used. Othello, act 2, sc. 1 by Jimmie Moglia We take it for granted that deception is to the art of government, what the brush is to the art of painting. But there are instances where deception oversteps even the more tolerant bounds of disgust and nausea. I refer to the heart-rending picture of the little Kurdish dead boy (Aylan Kurdi), strewn on

War On Syria; Not Quite According To Plan Part 1. The Islamist-American Love-Hate Quagmire; Facts And Myths:

by Ghassan Kadi There is a lot of myth about ISIS, its roots, and relationship with America. To unravel the mystery, we need to go back to some basics of human behaviour, more specifically, to basics of human behaviour of psychopaths and sociopaths. In order to understand the current impasse between ISIS and the USA, and to be able to assess if there is indeed an impasse at all, and

Russia, Europe and the East: The dual strategy of the empire to submit Moscow

By Youssef Hindi Translation: Brahim Source: Russia is not only a great military power, an old nation, which, from the arrival of Vladimir Putin at its head, has endeavored to balance the relation of geopolitical and economic forces. It is also a natural bridge, to varying degrees, between Europe and Asia, West and East. This bridge, some want to destroy it for over a century, notably by means of

The Parade of Self-determinations on the Victory Parades

By Andrei Sorokin, September 4th 2015 Translation: TB Original article: Once upon a time in the West, there was a science called “sovietology”. It was concerned with researching the secret plots of the Kremlin through examining the positions taken by the members of the Politbureau on the Mausoleum tribune during workers’ marches and military parades. Based on this, it made conclusions and gave its valuable recommendations to the Western

Je suis Alyan?

by Ghassan and Intibah Kadi The human tragedy in Syria is one thing, and the hypocritical manner in which the West is dealing with it is an absolute shamble. To begin with, it was the Western sphere of influence that destabilized four states in the region over the last two decades; namely Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. One may argue that Afghanistan had been a hotspot before the US-led invasion,

Sanctioned Terrorism

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Who is a terrorist? Undoubtedly, what comes to mind is Daesh (ISIL), al-Qaeda, MKO, Boko Haram, etc. What is terrorism? The events of 9/11 and the gruesome beheadings carried out by Daesh shape our visual perception of terrorism. What is left unmentioned and unrecognized in our collective psyche is the kind of terrorism that has been deliberately obfuscated: sanctioned terrorism or terrorism with a license – sanctions.

The Capitulation of “Grand Liban”

Foreword by the Saker: It is my pleasure to share with you an exceptionally well written and interesting report by Ghassan Kadi about the situation in Lebanon and the dynamics in the region.  I am also happy to report that Kadi will now regularly write for the Saker blog and share his insights and analyses with us.  I have also agreed with him to follow up today’s article with an

What if there won’t be any war, or the second referendum in Donetsk

Source Author Rostislav Ishchenko (Ростислав Ищенко) Translation Seva A sensible politician always respects his opponent and assumes that if to him (sensible politician) something appears obvious, his opponent took this possibility into account, and, if that option is undesirable for him (an opponent), he is looking for (or possibly has already found) an alternative non-obvious solution. Americans have lost several geopolitical rounds to Russia for the simple reason that

Will Stepan Bandera III Allow Kiev to Destroy the Bandera Legacy?

by GH Eliason In a bizarre twist of fate, this article maybe the only warning Stepan Bandera III receives that he really needs to get a running head-start. Part of the Ukrainian Diaspora is trying to cast the crowning achievement of his grandfather “the real Stepan Bandera” to the ash-heap of history. This move is geared to crush the hope for freedom of generations of Bandera supporters. In an effort

The Russian-Chinese-Indian Strategic Convergence In Myanmar: PART II

by Andrew Kroybko (Please read Part I before this article) Existing Unilateral Initiatives In their quest to stabilize Myanmar according to their long-term strategic visions, each of the three examined actors has unilaterally taken significant (and in most cases, counter-productive) strides in trying to achieve this. Here are the most impactful actions and their results: India: By far the most important thing that India has done in trying to stabilize

The Stock Shock And Economic Bipolarity

by Andrew Korybko “ Black Monday’s ” stock shock sent waves through the global economy, with all of Asia and most of the West experiencing some degree of market decline. The drop raised fears that the world is on the verge of yet another global recession, this time caused by China’s “ new normal ” phase of moderate growth and currency correction . The transition of the world’s largest economy

The Russian-Chinese-Indian Strategic Convergence In Myanmar – PART I

by Andrew Korybko The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar is beleaguered by creeping threats that risk returning the country to the dark days of full-scale civil war. Neighboring powers India and China have no interest in seeing this scenario, as such an event would spoil the role that they expect a stable Myanmar to fill vis-à-vis their strategic vision for the country. In what makes for tragic irony, however, their

Minsk -2: A Rotting Corpse

by Christopher Black for the New Eastern Outlook The Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement is dead but no one wants to bury the rotting corpse. Since it was signed in February of this year the Donbas governments and Russia have bent over backward to comply with the terms of that agreement hoping against hope that the Kiev junta would do the same. They hoped in vain. Poroshenko and his fascist allies instead

A Network of Power: Gas Pipelines of the European Continent (Infographics)

by SouthFront: Natural gas has limited and expensive transport options. As a result, natural gas pipelines are constantly used as tool of the political pressure and bargaining. One of the most notable battlefields is the European continent, where Russia has exerted its influence through an intricate network of pipelines. Find the text with an additional information about the pipelines below the graphics. (for high resolution image go here: 1. NORD STREAM