Guest Posts

US progressives must demand 3.5 more years of Russophobia!

by Ramin Mazaheri There I was again, flying first class on my shareholders’ dime from New York to San Francisco, when I was deeply saddened to read about the death of Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter. For a moment I thought: “Surely I can find some anti-Putin articles to read rather than this one?” Those always make me so happy! But then I remembered that Zbig was

Al-Saud’s Only Gamble Option

by Ghassan Kadi A lot has been said and speculated on about the “real” objectives of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Seasoned veteran British journalist/analyst and Middle East expert Robert Fisk sees it as an attempt to create a Sunni-style NATO to curb the Iranian expansion, and his speculation is on the money, but in realistic terms, what can this visit and its “aftermath” achieve? Despite the slump on crude

Saudi America

by Jimmie Moglia As a European commentator noted recently, it is symbolic that the president of the most advanced democracy in the world makes his first foreign trip to the most feudal among Arab monarchies. On the other hand, US citizens at large see happening what they vaguely expected, and probably wanted when they voted for Trump. Namely, that the curtain of elitist euphemisms and contrived metaphors masking the lying

Et tu, Macron? Hollande the Betrayer Outdone by His Protégé

by Ramin Mazaheri The Hollande era has ended, and the Macron era has begun –one must look to Brussels to find many who are happy about it. This is not a column about Hollande’s reign, and reign is the right word for a man who leaves the country in an 18-month state of emergency, i.e. a police state dictatorship. But it would be too long to list all of Hollande’s

Making America great… again?

by Ghassan Kadi The more pre-election, post-election and even post-inauguration promises that President Trump breaks, the harder he makes it for himself to “Make America Great again”. But this narrative herein is not based on the political rhetoric and broken promises, rather, it is about a hypothetical scenario that questions if America is realistically able to bring Trump’s slogan to fruition. “Make America Great Again” is a catch phrase that

Germany and NATO – Preparing for a Fascist Repression in Europe?

by Peter Koenig While Washington is in turmoil, Trump’s firing of FBI’s Director Comey being hailed by some, condemned by others and questioned with innuendo by yet another group of critics, it looks like the U-turn The Donald has supposedly made a few weeks ago, is fizzling out – into a cloud of confusion and chaos. And who are the beneficiaries of this chaos? – The Neocon-Zion-Democrats, who else? Is

“J” – For Junk Economics – A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception By Michael Hudson

A Book Review by Peter Koenig The author, Michael Hudson, is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Michael’s book, Junk Economics, reads like an economic thriller. It also provides all the answers to: “What I always wanted to know about Economics, but was afraid to ask”. It

French Revolution, Take II: “Après Soi, Le Déluge”

by Ghassan Kadi The weak and selfish French monarch Louis the XV is perhaps best known for his famous/infamous quote; “Après moi, le déluge” (after me, the flood). The weak and selfish monarch was at least wise enough to realize that during the time of his reign, the people of France had had enough of the ruthless yoke of absolute monarchy that his predecessor, Louis the XIV, epitomized in the

Emmanuel Clinton and the revolt of the elites

by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times So in the end the West was saved by the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of France: relief in Brussels, a buoyant eurozone, rallies in Asian markets. That was always a no-brainer. After all, Macron was endorsed by the EU, Goddess of the Market, and Barack Obama. And he was fully backed by the French ruling class. This was a referendum on

Macron wins – the 24% who voted for him rejoice, the rest sigh

by Ramin Mazaheri Communist ideas have won concessions from industry, but they have been unable to stop high finance from exploiting workers. That is the big battle today. Only revolutionary and heavily socialist countries like Iran, Cuba and China – as well as dictatorships like South Korea in the past – have been able to stop domination by international finance. France, however, has fearfully rushed into the arms of the

Je Suis Charlie to MacronLeaks? France’s ‘free press’ takes credibility hit

by Ramin Mazaheri I don’t understand: I thought the French were passionately in love with liberty of the press? That’s what they said when they just HAD to publish pictures of the Prophet Muhammad in Charlie Hebdo. And some of these pictures were absolutely pornographic, let’s not forget – they were not respectful, tolerant or even neutral. Heck, one showed Prophet Muhammad actually filming a porn movie. But I thought

Address to the eternals Bouvard and Péruchet on the occasion of an electoral farce in progress

With thanks to the Saker, for posting Jean Ferrat on line, and in memory of Me Vergès. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27 There is no worse blind man than the one who doesn’t want to see. There is no worse deaf man than the one

Le Pen clowns at debate instead of taking anti-austerity seriously

by Ramin Mazaheri Unlike most Western countries, French politicians do not really do personal attacks. That sounds surprising, but they don’t even criticize each other’s programs with virulence. It’s “inelegant” or “bad form.” But perhaps this is why the French can debate politics over a four-hour Sunday meal? Ultimately, this is poseur nonsense that has nothing do with the brutally harsh and immediate reality of political platforms and decisions. That’s

Slavehood 2017

by Peter Koenig When in the 18th and 19th Century African slaves did not ’behave’, they were cruelly beaten sometimes to death as a deterrent for others. They were deprived of food for their families. Their women were raped. They were traded to even harsher white masters. Their lives were worth only what their labor could produce. They were treated as subjects, devoid of human warmth. Today we have become

Waliyic Islam between Theory and Practice

by Anwar Khan This is a brief review of an article written by brother Blake Archer Williams a short while again titled Sacred Communities and the Emergent Multipolar Landscape. Let me first commend our most esteemed Saker for bringing forth, once again, an intelligent, nuanced, and tremendously articulate pen to his one-of-a-kind forum. To say that brother Williams’ article was refreshing and educational would be an understatement. He had the

France’s Melenchon to serve as Le Pen’s Minister of Finance

France’s Melenchon to serve as Le Pen’s Minister of Finance That is what’s known in the news business as an “untrue headline”. If you are greatly upset at my ruse, just send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope and I’ll send you a refund for whatever you paid to read this. However, I do have a serious point: Why aren’t real leftists like Melenchon cutting deals to join the Le Pen

Douce France

by Jimmie Moglia “Douce France, cher pays de mon enfance” – so goes the song [Sweet France, dear country of my infancy]. I did not grow up in France, but at times I feel as If I did, for I know her well. I can daydream about any town or village in the “France profonde”, and think of the lines, “On marche sur un mur de pierres, un petit pont

Obama & Macron: Brand changes courtesy of capitalist empire

by Ramin Mazaheri If leaders lead and followers follow, then we’ll have to wait another election cycle to be rid of Emmanuel Macron. Since Sarkozy l’américain France is a follower. He buried the independence which was a key part of Charles de Gaulle’s worldview. France now follows the lead of American capitalists. In NATO, in globalization, in subordinating the EU to the US, in subordinating French national interests to the

Sacred Communities and The Emergent Multipolar Landscape

By Blake Archer Williams (Blake Archer Williams’ two books, Introduction to Walīyic Islam and Creedal Foundations of Walīyic Islam, which are the sources for the ideas presented in this essay – and where they are fully elaborated – can be found on, together with all 32 of his books on Walīyic Islam or the Shi’a Islam of Imam Khomeini which is the basis of the constitution of the Islamic

Serbia’s Post-Electoral Protest Was A Charade

by Stephen Karganovic Just as, a bit over a week ago, we speculated might happen Serbia’s mass anti-regime protests, which began as if on cue the day after the apparently “not so free and unfettered” April 2 Presidential election, have now abated significantly, yet without any publically obvious reason.[1] None of the protesters’ objections (many of them legitimate and sensible) were seriously entertained by the authorities. The mass enthusiasm to