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Saker message to the community and readers: thanks and mini “Community SITREP”

Dear friends, It’s time for me to give you a quick update on how things are going in our community and how we fit in the general political picture of this end of 2018. But first, I want to sincerely thank all those who have generously contributed to the recent Fall fundraiser – I want to thank you for the donations you sent, of course, but also for the very

President Putin in Paris

Interview to Russia Today TV Channel During his visit to France to attend commemorative events marking the centenary of Armistice Day, Vladimir Putin answered questions from a Russia Today journalist. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon. Question: Mr President, have you managed to speak with Donald Trump? Is there any progress in your talks? Vladimir Putin: I have not so far; we only greeted each other. The ceremony is taking place in such a way that we have no opportunity to communicate, we

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/11/11 … Open Thread

2018/11/11 16:30:01Welcome 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

Important for DPR & LPR People – Their Determination by Coming to the Elections by Ruslan Ostashko

Translated and captioned by Leo. Make sure to press CC for English captions.   The closer we get to the planned elections in the Republics of Donbass, the louder Ukraine and its Western sponsors are screaming. Like, the declaration of will is illegal, because it is not provided by the Minsk agreements. For this, Russia is pressuring its own line, from which it is not going to back up on.

Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict

https://southfront.org/why-the-u-s-military-is-woefully-unprepared-for-major-conventional-conflict/ The text below is a full version of the anlysis entitled “Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict“, which was originally released by SouthFront on October 10, 2018:   Introduction In the Department of Defense authored summary of the National Defense Strategy of the United States for 2018, Secretary James Mattis quite succinctly sets out the challenges and goals of the U.S. military in

Now dance to the new Gaza samba (Saker blog exclusive)

by Pepe Escobar, in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, special for The Saker Blog I’m up and down the Karakoram highway in Gilgit-Baltistan, juggling between the Great Game – the original, pitting imperial Britain and Russia – and the New Great Game pitting the Exceptionalists against Eurasia integration. But then, trespassing the mighty peaks caressed by the sun, The Saker sends a thunderbolt in the form of a RT report on some lowly

November 9, 2018: Govt Forces Freed All Hostages Captured By ISIS In Al-Suwayda

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-9-2018-govt-forces-freed-all-hostages-captured-by-isis-in-al-suwayda/ On November 8, the Syrian Special Forces freed all hostages, who had been captured by ISIS in eastern al-Suwayda and then held in eastern Homs, the Syrian state media reported. According to the report, the operation took place in the area of Hamimah east of Palmyra, where Syrian troops eliminated a group of ISIS terrorists and feed the hostages. The SANA provided no further details. However, Syrian pro-government activists

S-300 in Syria – a preliminary assessment

[This article was written for the Unz Review] We now know a little more about which version of the S-300 family the Russians have delivered to the Syrians: the Russians have converted a number of S-300PM and S-300P2 systems to the export version S-300PMU-2 “Favorit” which, by the way, is also the version Russia delivered to the Iranians and to the Chinese. This system uses the 48N6E2 missile and has

BRICS after Bolsonaro

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog BRICS is the acronym of the “alliance” that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In reality, and with all due respect to Brazil and South Africa, BRICS is about RIC. With Russia, India and China, in any order, there lies the future of Eurasia; the virtually unchartered quarter that houses over one third of the entire world population; a huge chunk

November 8, 2018: Saudi-led Coalition Achieves Several Successes In Battle Of Al-Hudayadh

Yemeni War Report – November 8, 2018: Saudi-led Coalition Achieves Several Successes In Battle Of Al-Hudayadh On November 3, the Saudi-UAE-led coalition kicked off a new large-scale military operation to capture the port city of al-Hudaydah from the Houthis and their allies. Prior to that the coalition had concentrated several tens of thousands of troops and a few thousands of various military equipment on frontlines near the city. Additionally, coalition

Pakistan in the middle of Saudi, Iran and rival pipeline plans

As US sanctions on Iran come into force, the government of Imran Khan is carefully negotiating its position with neighbors and regional powers, each with their favored pipeline plans by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) A tweet roared like announcing a blockbuster premiere and sanctions did engulf Iran on time – despite opposition from Russia, China and the EU-3 (France, Germany and

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/11/08 … Open Thread

2018/11/08 05:00:01Welcome 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

The Immaturity Of American Concepts

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog One imagines… from outside of America at least…that the political system there, robust one year, retro the next, is on its way to drowning in a sea of vitriolic comeuppance. Half the population think Donald Trump is a buffoon while the other half think the Donald is o.k. But what we overlook is the fact that the population of America living within

Greek minority member murdered by Albanian Special Forces

  CIA sees instability in the Balkans – Greek minority member murdered by Albanian Special Forces – This is how the plan for Greater Albania unfolds This analysis is made by Evangelos Kokkinos – Pentapostagma Enimerosis and translated exclusively for SouthFront During the “Anniversary of the No”, a day that is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28 October each year, Constantine Katsifas was killed by

November 6, 2018: “Russian Mercenaries Casualties” Narrative Resurfaces In MSM

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-6-2018-russian-mercenaries-casualties-narrative-resurfaces-in-msm/ Russian-linked private military contractors (PMCs) have suffered new casualties in Syria, Syrian pro- and Russian pro-opposition militant media outlets claim. Initial speculations on this issue appeared on November 3 and November 4 when several outlets claimed that an explosion reportedly hit barracks of the 5th Assault Corps of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to one of the versions, the blast allegedly hit

November 5, 2018: Former US-backed Militants Switch Sides In Conflict

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-5-2018-former-us-backed-militants-switch-sides-in-conflict/ Former members of US-backed militant groups are joining forces with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, operating in Syria, the WSJ reported on November 1. According to the report, approximately 2,000 fighters had joined the forces and have even started receiving salaries. The WSJ claimed that it was due to losing funding from the US. However, the reason pointed out by local experts is that the US strategy in Syria had

Under the Pakistani volcano

While Khan plays on a complex geopolitical chessboard, Chinese aid could be a financial lifeline as Islamabad faces off against deadly religious extremism by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) It has been a breathless week, huddled in the shadow of the simmering, bubbling, politico-religious volcano that is Imran Khan’s Pakistan. And this week’s multi-faceted developments may just signal seismic shifts in Pakistan’s

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