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Mother Superior vs. ranting schoolboy

by Pepe Escobar for Sputnik International The temptation is irresistible to conceptualize the Clinton Machine’s strategy going into the first US presidential debate; let Donald Trump metastasize into a pretzel. Mission not impossible; in fact, accomplished. Sniffin’ and slidin’, beepin’ and sippin’, angrily chokin’, even swoopin’ on the mike to choreograph a blow, “Donald” (as addressed by “Secretary Clinton”) fell for every shape and size of bait thrown by a

The US, Russia and SYRIA SitRep by Cat Motya, September 27, 2016

So… A few boring pieces about the future, because a few important moments came to realization. Considering these important moments, we will post some forecasts foretelling the future, but only in brief, because some of the points need separate explanations. Since we collectively are not experts in anything, and absolutely not specialists in geopolitics, it means we can’t write nonsense, but only boring, true and correct prognoses and analyses of

Trump – Clinton debate: réaction à chaud (Saker rant)

Since I might be asked about that, I might as well share my opinion about the debate tonight.  Frankly?  I was absolutely horrified.  I had expected Trump to completely slaughter Hillary, but what happened tonight was the exact opposite.  My son put it best “it looked like a kindergartner trying to argue with a college professor“. Hillary knew all the tricks, she was superbly prepared and she truly is a world-class

Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/09/26 … Open Thread

2016/09/26 20:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

Superficiality as a Path to God: on conflating contemporary violent groups with historical Sunnism

Note by the Saker: I was recently contacted by a reader of this blog who, while praising the overall contents of the blog, also expressed regret at what he perceived was a pro-Shia bias resulting from what, both my correspondent and I agreed, were a number of objective circumstances, including many legitimate ones.  Still, my correspondent expressed regret at this bias and I decided to offer him a chance to

The U.S. Removed the Truce in Syria

by Anna Jaunger On Monday, Sep 19, there was an attack on a joint convoy of the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) near the area of Urum al-Kubra. As a result, 18 trucks were destroyed, killing more than 10 employees who are trying to help the Syrian people. The incident occurred after US-led opposition fighters had resumed military operations, which essentially put on the brink of failure-week

A Muslim police officer dies a hero’s death and receives Russia’s highest honorary title “Hero of Russia”

The video below is an excerpt of a recent one hour long tribute on Russia TV to a 30 year old officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Magomed Nurbagandov.  Here is a summary of what happened: Magomed (Mohamed/Muhammad in Russian) was camping with a friend in a forest when recruiters for ISIS/Daesh stumbled upon them.  They woke them up, beat them a little and searched them.  When they found

Moves and Counter Moves

This comment was chosen by Mod-FK from the post “Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony” Mod-FK had this to say about the comment ” A very good summary of a complex and still fluid situation. The complexity of the warring departments of the USA is not easy to comb out. As Tolstoy said: “All happy families are alike.

The US and Syria SitRep September 24th, 2016 by Auslander

The war in Syria is in fact a war between US and RF in microcosm. Russia Armed Forces have demonstrated masterful tactical skill and her diplomats have shown they are the top diplomats in the world. While eu is reduced to fawning and groveling at the feet of DC and DC has done nothing but throw temper tantrums like a small child that is denied a piece of candy, VVP

How President Putin returned the ownership of Sakhalin II to Russia

How President Putin returned the ownership of Sakhalin II to Russia A bit of political humor Sakhalin II operates the Piltun-Astokhskoye and Lunskoye oil and gas fields. Sakhalin II project uniqueness Russia’s first LNG plant. Russia’s first PSA-based project. The first offshore oil and gas producing platforms installed in Russia. First sales of Russian gas in the Asia-Pacific energy markets. During the dark times of the Yeltsin’s regime, foreign oil

Crosstalk: The Media’s Syria

Published on Sep 23, 2016 Conflicting narratives and competing agendas – this is the tragedy of the Syrian conflict. Western media coverage is focused on forcing political outcomes. In the process, the truth is often overlooked and even denied. Another casualty of war. CrossTalking with Jonathan Steele, Scott Bennett, and Daniel Lazare.

Russian FM Lavrov press conference following UNGA speech (Streamed live)

Russian FM Lavrov press conference following UNGA speech (Streamed live) Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions following the ISSG meeting, New York, September 22, 2016 Question: What has happened? Sergey Lavrov: Nothing has happened; we will continue consultations. Question: Can you review the results of the meeting? Sergey Lavrov: We will continue our work to provide for the observance of the ceasefire – you can call this results.

Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere.  Let me just re-state what just happened: First, after days and days of intensive negotiations, Secretary Kerry and

Les Deplorables

by Pepe Escobar for Sputnik News Perplexed global public opinion holds its breath at the (circus) best American “democracy” is able to conjure: the first https://sputniknews.com/columnists/20160729/1043757805/us-election-clinton-trump.html cage match this coming Monday between a Queen of War profiting from a mighty (Clinton) Cash Machine and a billionaire uber-narcissist adored by a http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/19/hillary-clintons-basket-of-deplorables/ “basket of deplorables”. This is a circus quite fitting for a self-described “indispensable nation” where “evil” has been propelled

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