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Ukropatriot vs Coca-Cola

Note: to be really really honest, I think that this is a fake.  But a very funny one.  The true story is that Coke in Russia did not include the Crimea on its initial map, and then decided to add it, which, of course, might have made some Urkopatriots angry.  But still, I cannot imagine Coke making a map of the Ukraine for the Ukraine without Crimea, so I think

About the East Europeans whom I have “expelled” from Europe

Oh boy, I should not have mentioned that.  Now it is distracting from the main topic.  So, I guess, I might as well clarify. My dear East Europeans, Some of you are, apparently, quite offended and appalled by my words about you not being European at all.  What you are missing is that I don’t consider myself European either, nor do I consider Russia as part of Europe.  Had you

The Trouble with Trump

by Jimmie Moglia source: http://yourdailyshakespeare.com/the-trouble-with-trump/equalities “If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” (Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4) By general consent, in American elections there is no kingdom for a stage, there are no princes to act, nor monarchs to behold the swelling scene (1). By tacit agreement, elections hover midway between a farce and a theater of marionettes. These preludial

Dugin’s Guideline – In Trump We Trust

Note by the Saker:  I hesitated before posting this video.  Not only do I not share Dugin’s ideas,  I also hesitate to contribute to the absolutely false myth that he is some kind of “special advisor” or “personal friend” of Vladimir Putin.  This is all nonsense.  In reality, Putin has done more than any other person to deflate and marginalize the kind of National-Bolshevik nationalist ideology Dugin represents in modern

The Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt

Dear friends, On Monday March 14th, Orthodox Christians will begin the 40-day long period known as the “Great Lent“.  The single most important “theme”, so to speak, of that period is repentance which, itself, is one of the most important concepts in Orthodox Christianity.  For centuries the Church has seen the example of the life of Saint Mary of Egypt as the perfect example of ideal repentance.  Some, of course,

The Second Coming, the Antichrist and the Last Judgment

Dear friends, In two weeks Orthodox Christians worldwide will begin the seven week long “Great Lent“, followed by a week-long “Passion Week” which will end with the greatest Orthodox feast of all: Holy Paskha (aka “Easter” in the West).  This is by far the most important and intense part of the religious year for Orthodox Christians.  The most visible manifestation of this period is the fact that Orthodox Christians restrict

The US tells Russia “put up or shut up”. Russia unimpressed

US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner made an interesting and very significant statement today.  He told Russia to “put up or shut up”.  Here is what he said exactly: “I don’t know how to put it any better than saying: ‘It’s put up or shut up time,’” (…)  “It is time for them to show through action rather than words that they are serious about what they profess to

In my mailbox: bravado patriots and flag wavers.

Dear Saker, I am so glad you accepted being proven wrong in your (relative) pessimism you held only a few weeks ago, as you now declared in your “Week 20”. My gut feeling told me at the moment Putin started this campaign (to a considerable surprise for practically everyone, as he broke in a measured but daring way with years of principled self-restraint) that this would mark a turning point

Song about the clairvoyant Cassandra

Some events today inspired me to post this ;-) Translated lyrics: Besieged by Greeks, so many months Troy couldn’t be taken, And it remained for long an undefeated town; But had the Trojans listened to Cassandra’s statement, Then, maybe, Troy wouldn’t have collapsed and fallen down. Without stopping cried Cassandra, mad and raucous, “I clearly see that soon in ruins will Troy quake!” Despite the fact that people loathe those

Another day on the road (and maybe a podcast?)

Dear friends, Today will be another day on the road for me as I need to drive across the Ocala National Forest to bring my daughter back to college.  We have a few heated exchanges going on in the comments section and I have 15 emails that need answering.  I apologize to all and ask you to wait until Monday. Cheers and hugs, The Saker PS: I might try to

A beautiful Hindu chant from the 8th century

Dear friends, I wanted to share this with you for a long time already, but I just did not have the time or opportunity to do so until now.  Today, I can finally share with you one of my favorite texts and chants.  My problem now is that I don’t know how to introduce it without writing a very long text, so I will try to be very concise, but

Sometimes pictures say it all (Serbia and Syria)

SERBIA: The murals shown here are from the Serbian city of Novi Sad and they have been made in remembrance of Lt. Colonel Oleg Anatolyevich Peshkov, the Russian airman shot down by the Turks over Syria.  Writing on the flags are words of а song “С чего начинается Родина” (Where does the Motherland begin – a Russian song describing what love of country is) in Russian and Serbian. The mural

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