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May I suggest a New Year’s resolution?

The BBC reports that a new and “virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers (…) Cryptolocker scrambles users’ data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock“. The article then goes on to describe a few general things about Cryptolocker and ends by providing a list of measures Dell and, by implication, the BBC recommend to protect computers from

Threats from the House of Saud: real or hot air?

Last week, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain and a member of the House of Saud, wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled “Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone“.  Besides the usual ideological propaganda statements and a predictable litany of Saudi complaints about the West not doing enough, the piece contains a definite though vague threat: The foreign policy

Replies to the comments posted under “Russia and Islam, part eight: working together, a basic “how-to”

Dear friends,Thanks for your interesting comments!  I will reply to some of the questions which you have put to me: ——- alizard said…“Another way to achieve a consensus and keeping the neutrality of paragraph 13.2, could be considered by looking at the example given lately by Croatia: Hold a referendum and introduce one or several new constitutional articles as safeguards from ‘the plot against civilization’.“The Saker replies:Yes, very good idea. 

End of year news conference of Vladimir Putin

Ok, this is a *long* press conference: over four hours and thirty minutes.  And some of the questions might not be of interest to you.  But, for those of you who are interested in getting a sense of Putin’s personality, what kind of a guy he really is, this is invaluable: the event is 100% unscripted, the people asking the questions come from a huge pool of 1300 invited journalists

The Truthseeker: Who Has Nukes in the Middle East

Daniel Bushell does a stellar job of delivering a blunt expose of the real nature of the “Jewish state of Israel” and interviews plenty of very good people to make his point.  Absolutely brilliant show – MUST WATCH!The SakerPS: does anybody know who Daniel Bushell is and were he comes from?  I am hugely impressed by this short report and I want to know more about the guy who did

Russia and Islam, part eight: working together, a basic “how-to”

Today I am going to look into the topic of Orthodox and Muslim cooperation, suggest one possible approach to this issue and give a practical example were this could be done immediately and with great benefit for all the parties involved.  I consider this post today as the eighth installment of my “Russia and Islam” series and I suggest that those who have not read it take a look at

Russia will rescue the Ukraine. Yet again. (UPDATED)

President Putin announced that Russia will buy the equivalent of 15 billion US dollars worth of Ukrainian government bonds and that it will slash the price of Russian gas sold to the Ukraine from $400  to $268.5 per 1,000 cubic meters.  The most amazing part of that offer is that it is made “unconditionally“.  In other words – Russia will single-handedly prevent the Ukrainian economy from collapsing and declaring a

The Ukraine, Crimea and Kaliningrad

Just a couple of short things I want to report on.Ukraine: I always knew that Yanukovich was a coward and a totally unprincipled man.  That, and an idiot, of course.  Well, he just proved it again.  Not only did he let that old Soviet Politburo-style, semi-mummified, and thoroughly sclerotic moron McCain enter the Ukraine just to visit the “Euromaidan” crowd, he also caved in to the demands of the so-called

European homo-fans strike crushing blow at Russia

Check out this latest “journalistic pearl” from the BBC: Francois Hollande’s government gave no reason for its decision to stay away Neither President Francois Hollande nor any top French official will attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said. Mr Fabius announced the decision on French radio, but gave no explanation. Last week German President Joachim Gauck also said he was not going to the

“Quenelle panic” in the Israeli press

Guys, this is too funny, I have to repost the full Ynet article below.  Thanks to “anonymous” for giving me the URL to this typical case of what Gilad Atzmon would call a “pre-traumatic stress disorder” :-)Enjoy the hilarious article,Cheers,The Saker——-Neo-Nazi symbol spreads in Europe Modern ‘Hitler salute’ gaining momentum among anti-Semites, who pose for pictures in sensitive sites worldwide and in Israel, including alongside IDF soldiers who are unaware

The clash of civilizations according to Vladimir Putin

As always, in his recent Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly Putin touched on many topics including the Russian constitution, the slow implementation of Presidential decrees, healthcare, social issues, the budget, the military and other topics.  Yet, I believe that the most important part of his speech is the following one: (emphasis added) We have always been proud of our country. But we don’t have superpower aspirations; we don’t want

This is definitely not your grandfather’s kind of “interference”

Victoria Jane Nuland is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State distributing bread to the Ukrainian riot police in central Kiev: I don’t get it – how could anyone possible doubt the kind intentions of the USA?!;-)The Saker PS: on another topic, the BBC just woke up to Putin’s interest for the Arctic.  Better late then never, I suppose.

Saker rant: why I believe that Russia should not directly intervene in the Ukrainian conflict

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that

Latest idiotic move by Yanukovich

The Russian media has announced the Ukrainian President Yanukovich has agreed to participate in a “round table” with former Presidents Kravchuk, Kuchma and Yushchenko and representatives of the opposition, i.e.  Klichko,  Iatseniuk,  Tsiagnibok to find a solution to the current crisis. It also appears that Catherine Ashton (aka Baroness Ashton of Upholland), Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, will also arrive in

War crimes and atrocities in Syria – a common sense approach

According to the BBC, the UN bureaucrats are now trying to implicate Syrian President Assad in war crimes. According to UN Commissioner Navi Pillay “the scale of viciousness of the abuses being perpetrated by elements on both sides almost defies belief” and evidence indicated responsibility “at the highest level of government, including the head of state“.  Notice the nuance?  Both sides have perpetrated atrocities, but the evidence only “points to

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