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How Many Putin(s)?

by Jimmie Moglia for The Saker Blog Not knowing who-is-who in the Russian government, only recently I learned of Alexander Patrushev. He is reputed as “one of Putin’s closest and most trusted advisers,” who “has been the nerve center of most of Putin’s special operations,” and “was one of 24 Russians close to Putin subjected to sanctions by the United States.” But all the world well knows of Russia’s support

Actual NY Times headline asks: ‘Do men know nothing about life?’

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Today I was flying back to New York from San Francisco on the “Job Creator’s Red Eye”, when I read a New York Times headline and sub-headline worthy of American feminism: “The Ridiculous Fantasy of a ‘No Drama’ Relationship: Online, that’s what men say they want from women. Do they know nothing about life?” It’s funny, because as I was reading this article

Western intellectuals freak over ‘Frankenstein’ China

by Pepe Escobar : Posted with permission Western economists and intellectuals obsessed with demonization of China are never shy of shortcuts glaringly exposing their ignorance. The latest outburst posits that “we” – as in Western intellectuals – “are the modern version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” who electro-shocked a dead body (China) into a resurrected “murderous monster.” So, welcome to the Sino-Frankenstein school of international relations. What next? A black and

IMF who? Lagarde shows ECB is the top dollar job in QE age

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog (cross-posted with PressTV by permission) (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea, and elsewhere. He is the author of “I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China.”) Christine Lagarde

‘Rock ‘n roll is dead!’ ‘Yellow Vests are dead!’ – uncool Western reporting

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog I’m not a huge Pink Floyd fan, but everyone else in the West apparently is – the album The Dark Side of the Moon spent 33 years (1,716 weeks) on the top-sellers charts. A lot of their early stuff is just noise, but they have enough of a blues foundation to get both really heavy and pretty funky often enough for such a

Reza Pahlavi sells himself at a 98% discount to MBS’ propaganda channel

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog (cross-posted with PressTV by permission) (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of “I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China”.) Reza Pahlavi, the

Turkey Will Get a Chunk of Syria: An Advantage of Being in NATO

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog The success of Turkey’s takeover of Syria’s most pro-jihadist province, Idlib, is making less and less likely that Syria will be able to continue maintaining Idlib as being a part of Syria. (This is something I had predicted, back on 14 September 2018, to be possible or even likely, and now it is actually happening.) On July 10th, Reuters headlined “Assad hits a

Disproportionality As Schizoaffective Disorder

by Denis A. Conroy for The Saker Blog It appears that the information revolution is redefining cultural aspirations at a time when mass production has become a concave-convex supernova offering everybody (in theory) the right to ‘have everything’, regardless of the cost to fellow beings or to nature itself. In the West, free enterprise had become an object lesson in short-sightedness and purblind avarice, suggesting that it’s time to revisit

From Khashoggi to Nicki Minaj: the immoral misadventures of MBS

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog cross posted by permission with PressTV (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of “I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China”.) Last month

Debunking the Indo-Pacific Myth

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with Strategic Culture Foundation – by special agreement with the author) The Trump administration is obsessively spinning the concept of a “free and open Indo-Pacific”. Apart from a small coterie of scholars, very few people around the world, especially across the Global South, know what that means since the then incipient strategy was first unveiled at the 2017 APEC forum in Vietnam. Now everything one needs

Emigrating to Russia? Here are the observations of somebody who did it

(Note: this post is not the advice of a qualified specialist, who knows all the details about immigration to Russia and the laws that govern this process. Both the process and the laws may change, and I might also be mistaken in describing some of the details, since I submitted documents for residency over a year and a half ago. I’m writing this post to give people a fairly realistic

Bonnie Faulkner interviews Michael Hudson

Note from the Saker: when Michael Hudson sent me this interview transcript with my friend Bonnie Faulkner I immediately agreed to post it.  Hudson is, in my opinion, the best and most interesting US economist, while Bonnie Faulkner is definitely one of the 2 or 3 best interviewers in the USA.  Having them together is always a treat, so it is with great joy that I post this interview on

Sultan shines in the court of the Dragon King

by Pepe Escobar : Posted with permission The graphic image of Turkey pivoting away from NATO towards the Russia-China strategic partnership was provided, in more ways than one, by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing right after the G20 in Osaka. Turkey is a key hub in the emerging New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative. Erdogan is a master at selling Turkey as

Yellow Vests: The undercover cop scandal that the Macron regime tries to cover up

by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog During the near 8 months (at the time of writing) that the French Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) have been demonstrating nationwide I have written two articles (part 1 is here, part 2 is here) based on my own primary research that aimed to offer an insight into what is actually going on, since the mainstream, neoliberal media is either deliberately boycotting the topic

Resistance report: Iran cuts is obligations under the JCPOA and Syrian ceasefire talks collapse once again

by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog On Sunday morning, the Islamic Republic cut its latest obligations to the JCPOA by enriching uranium to a higher purity than 3.67%, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi stated. He said that Iran would increase uranium enrichment to the level that fulfils the needs of its power plants. He also noted that the country had not yet decided on the level of

Hypocrisies About Refugees

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog Here are two visuals from the latest annual U.N. report about the world’s refugee situation, “UNHCR Global Trends 2018”, and though these images don’t pack the emotional punch of a child’s corpse that has just been washed upon a beach after drowning when his family had attempted to escape from a country that the U.S. and its allies were ‘trying to make free’ by

The un-submersible US-Iran stalemate

by Pepe Escobar : Posted with permission A thick veil of mystery surrounds the fire that broke out in a state of the art Russian submersible in the Barents Sea, leading to the death of 14 crew members poisoned by toxic fumes. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the submersible was conducting bathymetric measurements, as in examining and mapping deep sea conditions. The crew on board was composed of “unique naval

The Terrorists Among US- Cyber Privateers are Domestic Terrorists 4

by George Eliason for The Saker Blog What are Cyber Privateers and should you be afraid of them? Cyber privateers and cyber bounty hunters are criminals that are not covered under international law as government agents. In reality, this almost nullifies the chance for war to start over any particular hacking or compromised data event. The problems hired or volunteer contractors create include a projectable legal attribution. You don’t have

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