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Whose Bosnia is it anyways?

by Putnik The 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre has brought turmoil to the political stage in Bosnia and beyond. At the behest of certain interest groups a resolution with be forthcoming in the United Nations Security Council commemorating the tragic events in Bosnia and condemning the “genocide” that occurred. Much ink has been spilled in regards to the causes and responsibility, who killed who, who ethnically cleansed who, who

Eastring vs. Balkan Stream: The Battle For Greece

by Andrew Korybko Russia wasn’t bluffing when it said that Turkish Stream would be the only route for Ukrainian-diverted gas shipments after 2019 , and after dillydallying in disbelief for over six critical months, the EU has only now come to its senses and is desperately trying to market a geopolitical alternative. Understanding that its need for gas must absolutely continue to be met by Russia for the foreseeable decades

“Cuckoo”: Russian national idea in a song?

by Tatzhit Mihailovich Video: Donbass Self-Defense: “My open hand now turned into a fist…” 18+ (please press the ‘cc’ button to see the English language captions) I subtitled a video about Ukrainian civil war set to the famous song “Cuckoo” by 90’s band Kino, I think it explains a lot of “Russian identity” fairly well. The song can actually be interpreted in many ways, but I’ve always thought it referred

What lies behind the transnationalization and occupation of the Esequibo

by Franco Vielma source: translated by Mateo The dispute between Venezuela and Guyana regarding the Esequibo has taken a significant turn with the beginning of transnationalization of contested land and territorial waters. What follows is an outline of the most profound issues involved. In 2013 Venezuelan authorities detained the ship Teknik Perdana with five U.S. citizens on board. The ship, operated by the U.S. company Anadarko Petroleum Corp., was

Solving the Ukrainian Crisis

by Oleg Maslov A magnificent project to unite the Eurasian continent in a web of pipelines, high speed rail, fiber optic cables, highways, and trade agreements from Lisbon to Singapore is already under construction and, should this project succeed, it will change the lives of everyone living in between and have profound implications on global geopolitics. Mostly initiated and driven forward by the economic might of China, the New Silk

The arrest of two mass murderers can blow up Europe

by Evgenii Krutikov source: Translated by Seva The arrest of two mass murderers can blow up Europe Within a few days two men were arrested: Naser Orić and Ramush Haradinaj, two well-known figures of the Balkan wars, two mass murderers, whose names are as known to Serbs as the names of Basaev and Chikatilo are to Russians. Both were on trial in the Hague, accused of genocide, and both

I saw death in Odessa

by Claude Roddier The events of May 2, 2014 in Odessa should not be forgotten. Some people from Odessa and Lugansk are currently in Paris, taking part in demonstrations. One of them is Irina Leskova, whom I met in Nice in January 2015 when she came with a delegation of Odessites to present an exhibition and talk to us in person of the drama. It was she who organised the

Response from a Bosnian Muslim

Foreword by the Saker: Over a year ago, I posted an interview with Nebojsa Malic, a  Bosnian-Serb who know lives in the USA.  In my introduction to this interview, I wrote the following: I understand that the topic of war in Bosnia might reopen old wounds for some readers and I also understand that some might categorically disagree with Nebojsa Malic’s point of view.  To those readers I would say

India’s War On Terror Moves To Myanmar

by Andrew Korybko India conducted a special forces operation against Myanmar-based terrorists responsible for a recent attack. Showing its renewed resolution in combating all forms of terrorism, India recently launched a precision operation against Myanmar-based terrorists, killing over 100 of them. The operation was in response to a surprise ambush earlier this month that killed 18 soldiers in the Northeastern state of Manipur. This corner of the country has long

A New World Order Requires a New Mindset – a response to Nikolai Starikov’s interview in the People’s Daily

by Mister Unknown Russian author & political analyst Nikolai Starikov recently gave an interview to the Russian language version of the “People’s Daily”, the official state newspaper of the PRC. Starikov’s attitudes toward China were predictably positive & friendly, but I noticed one problematic theme that emerged repeatedly in Starikov’s interview answers, one which I find all too common in the Russian discourse on Sino-Russian relations – a preoccupation with the US &

Those who would sell out Novorossia

Source Translated by Gideon People never cease to amaze me. For example, many Russians sincerely believe that different types of Russians live in the Crimea, in Donbass, Odessa and Kharkov because the Crimea is now Russia, because in Donbass there is war and because Kharkov and Odessa are still occupied and under repression. We might just as well argue that citizens of Moscow are 1.5 times better than citizens

Wanted: NGO Whistleblowers

By Andrew Korybko Intelligence-affiliated NGOs have become a major security risk to the sovereignty of multipolar states, and they can directly be blamed for assembling Color Revolutionary social infrastructure and managing its regime change logistics. After the first (post-Soviet) and second (‘Arab Spring’) waves of Color Revolutions, targeted states have finally wised up to the West’s game and are now actively seeking ways to innovatively defend themselves from this destabilizing

Russia through Western & Chinese eyes: a Study in Contrasts

  By: Jeff J. Brown Cross linked with 44 Days . Welcome to the new Moscow-Beijing Express, on The Saker, which will be reporting periodically on Russian-Chinese news and perspectives. If you have not already done so, it is highly recommended to read the following interview between The Saker and Jeff J. Brown. It’s a great primer on Sino-Russian relations, past, present and future. It is always interesting to

American citizen tortured by Ukrainian government

by Tatzhit Mikhailovich (original here: As previously reported on LiveLeak  and RT (and completely ignored in Western mass media – hello “free and unbiased reporting”) there have been two protests against the regime in Kiev in the past few days: a large protest march and a smaller “Maidan 3.0” protest camp. On Sunday night, the protest camp has been dispersed by unknown masked assailants, apparently with the blessing from

Karelia: The unknown hotspot of the new Cold War

by Sakari Linden Russia has tightened its grip from its North Western region of Republic of Karelia in 2015. After being a remote area of negligible strategic importance, Karelia’s growth in importance has been noticed by geopolitical observers in both Russia and the West. Final conclusions drawn about the means to be conducted in the region determine Karelia’s status as either opportunity or threat for Russian Federation. Even more importantly, it

Battle Of The Summits: Schloss Elmau vs. Ufa

by Andrew Korybko The mainstream media is fawning over the G7 leaders and their latest summit, relishing in the fact that Russia was expectedly excluded. They’ve decided to overplay the ‘cool’ factor of the event by emphasizing how all the leaders are casually ‘ hanging out ’, making it seem as though Putin missed a friendly campfire with his pals and not one of the most pro-Western meetings of the

What really happened in Mar’inka: Truce not over yet, but getting eroded just like before

by Tatzhit Mihailovich original here: Yesterday, the Minsk-2 truce nearly collapsed amid heavy weapons fire and tank attacks in a suburb of Donetsk.==== Summary for our preschool readers: The fighting in Mar’inka wasn’t a general offensive by either side, but rather a series of small attacks/counter-attacks amid heavy artillery fire. In the end, both sides are pretty much where they started, losses seem comparable. Donetsk was randomly shelled by

ISIL, Kiev’s Nazis, And The Rage Against History

by Andrew Korybko The US’ regional proxies in the Mideast and Ukraine are on a rampage against history, doing whatever they can to bury their associated countries’ past so that they can more easily build their version of a ‘utopian’ future. This trend of ‘historical warfare’ is endemic of the militarization of historical memory that the US is rolling out all throughout Eurasia. With ISIL grabbing global headlines over its

Ukraine Labor Protests

Foreword by the Saker: I am absolutely delighted to submit to you today an article by Michael Hudson whom I consider to be the best and most visionary economic out there, bar none.  Michael has kindly agree to allow me to post this article and, even better, he also agreed for a Q&A interview with me.  To say that I am honored would be an understatement. The Saker Ukraine Labor

Voices from the Middle Kingdom

by Kakaouskia Greetings to the Saker community and readers. I am a rather frequent traveller to China, having family there. My journeys so far have took me to the provinces of Shanghai, Beijing, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Fujian, Macau and Jiangsu. This article is a collection of loosely organized personal observations about the country and its people and of comments from people I have met during my various stays in China.