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French general strike starts: 3 weeks for victory like 1995, or more Austerity Era failure?

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog (cross-posted with PressTV) Over the decade I have lived in France I have never seen a social protest movement win their economic objective. Wait… that’s not true: in 2015 Francois Hollande gave in to the demands of protesting police even before their protest ended. That was pretty pathetic. And then we also have the exception of exceptions, the ever-constant Yellow Vests. They have

The Oligarch Takeover of US Pharma and Healthcare – And the Resulting Human Crisis

by Jon Hellevig for The Saker Blog Introduction and Executive Summary The United States runs the by far biggest and most bloated healthcare sector in the world when measured as a share of the total economy. Its annual value was $3.7 trillion, amounting to 17.9% of GDP (2018). That is nearly double the average of developed Western countries (as a share of GDP). The enormous expense does not buy Americans

Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/12/02 … Open Thread

2019/12/02 21:00:03Welcome 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

Trials and tribulations of Central Asia integration

By Pepe Escobar, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan : posted with permission The pros and cons of being the Heartland in the 21st century Crossing Tajikistan from west to northeast – Dushanbe to the Tajik-Kyrgyz border – and then Kyrgyzstan from south to north all the way to Bishkek via Osh, is one of the most extraordinary road trips on earth. Not only this is prime Ancient Silk Road territory but now is

War in Ukraine -The One You Are Not Been Told About

by arras for The Saker Blog When you hear about the war in Ukraine, you might think of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia Western corporate media has been jellying at you about for five years. That war is fake, as fake as Trump-Russia collusion story. If there ever has been a war between Ukraine and Russia, it would have been over a long time ago. As Vladimir Putin famously

Understanding the West’s obsession with (certain types of) inflation

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog The West’s central banks – so uniformly promoting the neoliberal version of capitalism, so willing to subvert democratic votes and with such an atrocious track record – are obsessed with inflation; for the European Central Bank it is the only job they are officially tasked with. Personally, given these realities…. I think inflation must be good! I’m not being willfully contrarian because the

The Empire strikes back – US incited unrest in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran is Washington’s revenge against the Islamic Republic

By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Since October, riots and unrest have wrecked havoc across Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. Iraq has suffered the worst as reports suggest over 300 people have been killed in the riots. In Lebanon, the US and its vassals have been busy hijacking the people’s grievances over the massive corruption among government officials. Followers of US puppets Samir Geagea and Saad Hariri have been blocking

The American Posse Waging Economic Warfare On The Globe Thrives By Weaponizing Its Mawkish Culture

by Denis A. Conroy for The Saker Blog American nationalism binds the whole-to-its-parts by using narrative to weaponize emotions and broadcast the idea of American ‘wholeness’ as somehow exceptionally greater than the sum of its parts. There can be no doubt that zealotry became the dynamic forging the American character . First and foremostly, enunciations spat out by bearded prophets were carried on the winds of ontological time and eventually

Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/11/29 … Open Thread

2019/11/29 09:30:01Welcome 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

Western counter-revolution tragically on display at gas price hike protests

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog cross-posted with PressTV (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of the books ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’ and the

Hong Kong ensnared in the West’s color revolution hot box – the latest news and analysis

by Jeff J. Brown for The Saker Blog Crosslinked with: https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2019/11/28/hong-kong-ensnared-in-the-wests-color-revolution-hot-box-the-latest-news-and-analysis-china-rising-radio-sinoland-191128/ https://youtu.be/OkRstvdK0JY https://soundcloud.com/44-days/hong-kong-ensnared-in-the-wests-color-revolution-hot-box-the-latest-news-and-analysis I have a file on Hong Kong (HK) as thick as my hand and several concerned people have emailed me, asking me to write something. So, here is an update. I wrote about the long, sordid history of colonial and post-colonial Hong Kong at great length in The China Trilogy. It makes for fascinating reading, from Britain’s

The Heading Of The Rolling Heads Of Lebanon

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog It was totally fortuitous that I dedicated a fair chunk of my previous article to the Lebanese journalist Sami Koleib https://thesaker.is/hezbollah-and-the-basket-of-liberators/ . A cornerstone of the pro Axis of Resistance journalism and a pillar of Al-Mayadin media network is no longer; after he announced his sudden and somehow controversial resignation announcing that “in line with my thoughts, convictions and conscience,  I have resigned

Legitimate questions which need answers

[this analysis was written for the Unz Review] When I wrote my recent article “Deconstructing Islamophobia” I expected a rather outraged reaction from the usual circles, but I have to admit that the actual level of outrage and even pure rage really surprised me.  In fact, I never realized that hatred for, and fear of, Islam had reached such a level, especially in the USA.  From time to time I

Member of Ukraine’s Parliament Leaks Trove of Biden Financial Records

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog On Wednesday, November 20th, Russia’s Tass news agency headlined “Joe Biden’s son and his partners received $16.5 million from Burisma — Ukrainian MP”, and reported: The Ukrainian Office of the Prosecutor General has drawn up an indictment against the owner of the Burisma Holdings energy company, ex-Ecology Minister Nikolai Zlochevsky, that contains information that the son of former US Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter,

Tale of 3 Maronites: an exile, a warlord and the ‘Arab Nelson Mandela’

By Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog, cross-posted with PressTV (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of the books ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’ and the

Iran’s ‘only crime is we decided not to fold’

By Pepe Escobar, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – posted with permission Foreign Minister Zarif sketches Iran-US relations for diplomats, former presidents and analysts Just in time to shine a light on what’s behind the latest sanctions from Washington, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a speech at the annual Astana Club meeting in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan delivered a searing account of Iran-US relations to a select audience of high-ranking diplomats, former Presidents and

The road toward Greater Eurasia

By Pepe Escobar, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – Posted with permission Kazakhstan’s first president has road map for 21st century: global alliance of leaders for nuclear-free world The Astana Club is one of the most crucial annual meetings in Eurasia, alongside the Boao forum in China and the Valdai discussions in Russia. China, Russia and Kazakhstan are all at the forefront of Eurasia integration. No wonder, then, that the 5th meeting of

 Ukrainians Came Up With Plan to Return Crimea in 3 Easy Steps

 by Ruslan Ostashko Translation and captions by Leo Three steps to “return Crimea” was thought up by a gloomy “Sumerian” genius. [Joke of Ukrainian invented ancient roots.] No, they do not imply a swift msrch of an ‘unbeatable’ Ukrainian Armed Forces through Perekop and Chongar. Everything is much funnier. Checkmate Vatniki! [Ed. – Ukrainian slur for Russians.] This expression was born at the start of Ukrainian crisis by couch-warriors obsessed

Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/11/25 … Open Thread

2019/11/25 22:00:02Welcome 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

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