Guest Analyses

A Bristling Array of Implausibility: Reflections on the Unz Bio-Warfare Attack Hypothesis

By Sushi for the Saker Blog Mr. Ron Unz has offered a hypothesis with respect to the origins of the COVID pandemic. He asserts the likelihood of the pandemic originating as a United States biological warfare attack (hereafter BWA)) on China. This essay examines the extraordinary claims of the BWA hypothesis and offers a modified hypothesis which may better fit the available evidence. The Sagan standard demands that “extraordinary claims

The Great Reset and the re-emergence of neo-Malthusianism

By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog Thomas Malthus (1766-1804) was born into the gentry, but as the youngest son he was not to inherit the family estate but instead entered the ranks of the clergy. He was to become a vicar and teacher of a ruthless, no-prisoners-taken, political economy which gave rise to his widespread fame with his Essay on the Principle of Population, the first edition being published

The West’s Audacity of Sanctioning Among the Latest cases – Belarus

By Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog  Case in point is Belarus. On 23 May 2021 President Lukashenko ordered the Ryanair plane, flying from Athens to Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, carrying his Nazi-schooled threatening opponent and activist Protasevich and his girlfriend, to be diverted to Minsk. He did so after having received a message of a bomb threat on board the plane from the Swiss e-mail provider Proton Mail. Proton

A Sovereign Iran will Move Closer to Russia-China

Iran’s president-elect will ‘Look East’ while seeking to exit ‘strategic patience’ when dealing with the US By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at AsiaTimes In his first press conference as President-Elect with 62% of the votes, Ebrahim Raeisi, facing a forest of microphones, came out swinging and leaving nothing to the imagination. On the JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal, the dossier that completely obsesses the West, Raeisi

Propaganda and the Media — Censorship, or Burning the History Books — Part 6

By Larry Romanoff for The Saker Blog,   I have written elsewhere that probably 90%, or even 95%, of everything that you know, or think that you know, or that you believe to be true about history, is wrong. To state another way, if we were to take the history of the entire world for the past 500 years and condense it into a history book of 100 pages, a full 50 of

Between the lines of the Biden-Putin summit

Biden hinted US wants Russia ‘back in the fold’ but Putin won’t being leaving China’s embrace any time soon By Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at AsiaTimes Let’s start with the written word. In Geneva, the US and Russia issued a joint statement where “we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” Assorted Dr. Strangeloves will cringe – but at least the world

The real B3W-NATO agenda

By Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times The West is the best The West is the best Get here and we’ll do the rest Jim Morrison, The End For those spared the ordeal of sifting through the NATO summit communique, here’s the concise low down: Russia is an “acute threat” and China is a “systemic challenge”. NATO, of course, is just a bunch of innocent kids

Peru at the Brink of Civil War? The Uprising of the Dispossessed

By Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog On 28 July 2021, Peru, with her 33 million inhabitants, celebrates 200 years of Independence. The People of Peru may have chosen this Bicentennial celebration, to bring about a drastic change to their foreign and national oligarchy-run country. In a neck-on-neck national election run-off on 6 June 2021, the socialist Pedro Castillo, a humble primary school professor from rural Cajamarca, a Northern Peruvian

Empire of Clowns vs. Yellow Peril

Global South will be unimpressed by new B3W infrastructure scheme funded by private Western interests out for short-term profit  By Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times It requires major suspension of disbelief to consider the G7, the self-described democracy’s most exclusive club, as relevant to the Raging Twenties. Real life dictates that even accounting for the inbuilt structural inequality of the current world system the G7’s

Propaganda and the Media — Let’s Tell Some Lies — Part 5

By Larry Romanoff for The Saker Blog, June 13, 2021 I stated in earlier articles that we are subjected – more often than we might imagine – to news articles that were entirely fictitious, reporting on news events that either never occurred, or where the description bore no resemblance to the actual event. One of the most common ploys is to fabricate an event – usually an atrocity tale of some nature –

What’s in a mere premise?

by Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog Almost every adult believes that he or she is rational, because he or she can easily cite many simple but important examples of personal rational behaviour in daily life. Selecting one from several packs of cereal in a store, for example, or making sure that a child is properly dressed and equipped to go to school. Any civilized society in the world rests

Another sad incident of Islamophobia in Canada

by Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog A Pakistani-Canadian family recently fell victim to another hate crime against Muslims in Canada. Five members of a Muslim family became the latest target of anti-Islam attacks in Canada. The hate crime claimed the lives of four family members and critically wounded a child. Police said the victims were two women aged 77 and 44, a 46-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl. A

G7: Desperately Seeking Relevancy

A G7 rebooted as a Sinophobic crusade will have few if any takers due to members’ rising dependence on Chinese goods and markets by Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times The upcoming G7 in Cornwall at first might be seen as the quirky encounter of “America is Back” with “Global Britain”. The Big Picture though is way more sensitive. Three Summits in a Row – G7,

‘Exorbitant Privilege’ Under Siege

By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog It was the French politician Valery Giscard D’Estaing who first coined the phrase ‘Exorbitant Privilege’- a reference to the many advantages enjoyed by the US ownership and control of the world’s reserve currency. This was a situation dating back to the agreement reached in 1944 between the allied powers and established in Bretton Woods a town in New Hampshire; it was to become

Book Review – Joint Criminal Enterprise: Why everything you were told about Slobodan Milosevic and the Serbs was wrong. By Andy Wilcoxson.

Book by Andy Wilcoxson and review written by Amarynth for the Saker Blog Does one review a book of this nature on its meticulous scholarship and factual depictions of events? Because the book is factual and the scholarship is meticulous. Or does one review a book of this nature on the extreme political justifications used to instigate what amounts to four wars, depending on how you count? Or even when

Spirit of the Srebrenica narrative

by Ljubiša Malenica for the Saker Blog When one speaks of Srebrenica and events which transpired in that town, especially within context of Western media, a biased interpretation of events has already become the norm. The narrative, backed for years by media outlets, NGOs and The Hague tribunal, has focused on crimes and alleged crimes by Serb forces against the Muslim population, deliberately deciding to ignore two years of crimes

Propaganda and the Media: All you have to do is think – Part 4

By Larry Romanoff for The Saker Blog, May 21, 2021 If I were a dictator, one of my first dictates would be that every adult must take at least one university-level course in logic. In today’s world, with what is essentially an international criminal element in control, one which effectively manages public perception through their leverage over the mass media, readers would benefit immensely from some exposure to the principles of logic. The main

How St. Petersburg is mapping the Eurasian Century

By Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times It’s impossible to understand the finer points of what’s happening on the ground in Russia and across Eurasia, business-wise, without following the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). So let’s cut to the chase, and offer a few choice examples of what is discussed on top panels. The Russian Far East – Here’s a discussion on the –

Islamic Republic of Iran’s Presidential Election 1400

by Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog The list of candidates for the 1400 Islamic Republic of Iran Presidential Election has shocked and surprised only those analysts and reporters whose investigative skills have been rendered dull perhaps by covidus lifeosis (abnormal life caused by covid) or by sourcepenia crediblerrhexis (ruptured credibility due to an abnormal reduction in the number of informed sources) or by some other malady of unknown etiology.

The Current Status of Economy in Pakistan

By Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog Official data released by the Government of Pakistan is encouraging very much. It shows an increase in foreign remittances, an increase in agri-produce, especially wheat, which is a staple food in Pakistan, and the GDP growth is projected at 3.9 percent, etc. All economic indicators seem satisfactory. If the data is accurate, we must congratulate the government and rank high achiever under COVID-19

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