Saker Analyses and Interviews

Russian views on the separatist referendums in Spain and Iraq

This article was written for the Unz Review The recent referendums in Catalonia and Kurdistan, while by no means crucial developments for Russia, have resulted in a lively debate in the Russian media and the Russian public opinion. The Kremlin itself has refrained from making any strong statements, possibly indicating that there might be several schools of thought on these issues in key ministries. Let’s look at these two situation

General Asapov died because as a Russian officer he led from the front (with Saker commentary)

The death of Lieutenant General Valery Asapov and two Russian colonels who were with him in Syria highlights the fundamentally different military command philosophies of the US and Russian militaries. by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Feed Unlike Western armies the Russian army still requires senior officers like General Asapov to lead their men into battle Putting aside the question of whether or not General Asapov was deliberately targeted, the key

Very dangerous escalation in Syria

By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted mortar attack.  Just as in the case of the Russian military police unit recently attacked near Deir ez-Zor, the Russians are accusing the Americans of being behind this attack.  To make things even worse, the Russians are now also officially

Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning

Something rather unprecedented just happened in Syria: US backed “good terrorist” forces attempted a surprise attack against Syrian government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of Hama.  What makes this attack unique is that it took place inside a so-called “de-escalation zone” and that it appears that one of the key goals of the attack was to encircle in a pincer-movement and subsequently capture a platoon

Listening to The Donald at the UN

This article was written for the Unz Review Late this morning, outraged emails started pouring in.  My correspondents reported “getting sick” and having their “heart ache”.  The cause of all that?  They had just watched Trump’s speech at the UN.  I sighed and decided to watch the full speech for myself.  Yeah, it was painful. You can read the full (rush,not official) text here or watch the video here.  Most

Letter to my American friends

Introduction by the Saker: During my recent hurricane-induced evacuation from Florida, I had the pleasure to see some good friends of mine (White Russian emigrés and American Jews who now consider themselves American and who fully buy into the official propaganda about the USA) who sincerely think of themselves as liberals, progressives and anti-imperialists. These are kind, decent and sincere people, but during our meeting they made a number of

Putin: “It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia”

It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia. But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among part of the American establishment. As for the American people, America is truly a great nation if the Americans can put up with so many politically uncivilised people. Vladimir Putin Wow.  Even though I have just written a commentary on the

Make no mistake, the latest US thuggery is a sign of weakness, not strength

For a while already the Russian diplomats have been openly saying that their American counterparts are недоговороспособны or “non-agreement capable”.  This all began under Obama, when Kerry flew to meet with Lavrov and declared ‘A’, then flew back to Washington, DC and declared ‘B’.  Then there were the cases in Syria when the US agreed to a deal only to break that very same deal in less than 24 hours. 

The Saker interviewed by a free Slovak radio station’s show ‘Casus Belli’

This is the website of the radio which interviewed me: https://slobodnyvysielac.sk/ This their download page: https://hearthis.at/maly-sudiar-mg/casus-belli-21-2017-08-23/ You can listen to the show by clicking here: Listen to casus belli SLOVAKIA : THE SAKER – 2017-08-23 byMaly Sudiar on hearthis.at   you can also listen to it here: Finally, the show can also be downloaded from here: https://archive.org/details/CasusBelli2120170823GeopolitikaAVojenskKonflikty Enjoy! The Saker

Manipulated minorities represent a major danger for democratic states

This analysis was written for the Unz Review First, a quick disclaimer or, should I say, a clarification: When I speak of minorities, as I will below, I do that as a person who belongs to a long list of minorities. I was born in a family of Russian refugees. Right there, that makes me part of a (rather small) minority. Furthermore, I lived most of my life in the

Korea, Afghanistan and the Never Ending War trap

by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times While the US-backed ‘Hunger Games’ in South Korea plow on, a ‘new strategy’ for Afghanistan is really all about business. But China is already there There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central and South Asia than meet the eye. Let’s start with North Korea. Once again the US/South

The Neocons are pushing the USA and the rest of the world towards a dangerous crisis

This analysis was written for the Unz Review. First, my writing on the wall In October of last year a wrote an analysis I entitled The USA are about to face the worst crisis of their history and how Putin’s example might inspire Trump and I think that this is a good time to revisit it now.  I began the analysis by looking at the calamities which would befall the

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand (Charlottesville 3)

by Paul Craig Roberts The liberal/progressive/left are enjoying their drunkfest of denunciation. I can’t say I have ever witnessed anything like it.  These are the people who sat on their hands for 16 years while Washington destroyed in whole or part seven countries.  Not being satisfied with this level of warmongering and crimes against humanity, Washington orchestrated a conflict situation with Russia.  Americans elected a president who said he would

Charlottesville 2

by Paul Craig Roberts What the liberal/progressive/left is trying to do with Charlottesville is to associate Trump supporters with White Supremacists and in this way demonize Trump supporters so that they will not have a voice when Trump is overthrown in a coup. Or it can be put in a different way: Charlottesville is being used by someone to discredit Trump and the people who elected him in order to

Charlottesville

by Paul Craig Roberts Listening to NPR this morning confirmed what I already knew. Charlottesville is being turned into another nail in President Trump’s coffin. NPR had no interest whatsoever in reporting the actual facts about what had occurred in Charlottesville. The several “interviews” with the like-minded were orchestrated to produce the desired propaganda result: It was all Trump’s fault. It was Trump’s fault for many reasons. He had stirred

SouthFront interview with The Saker (Now with full transcript!)

This is the recorded version on YouTube You can also download the mp3 file from here: https://archive.org/details/SFInterviewWithTheSakerDiscussionOfUSRussianRelations Cheers, The Saker TRANSCRIPT Viktor Stoilov: Hello, everybody. Thank you for joining us today at our Saturday livestream on SouthFront. I am Viktor Stoilov, from Bulgaria, and I’ll be the host of the show today. I’m with my friend, Brian Kalman, who is one of our top military experts. And we have our

Debunking the myths about weapons deliveries to the Ukraine

This article was written for the Unz Review. The latest news craze is about the possible delivery of US anti-tank weapons (the FMG-148 Javelin is often mentioned) to the Nazi junta in Kiev. These stories typically include a discussion of “defensive” vs “offensive” and “lethal” vs “non-lethal” weapons and always display a child-like belief in the existence of some magic technology which would perform miracles on the battlefield. None of

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