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The Rape of Russia (Saker blog exclusive interview)

by Lars Schall for the Saker blog Introduction by Pepe Escobar: William Engdahl is one of the world’s top geopolitical analysts. His books – from Century of War to Full Spectrum Dominance – are absolutely essential to understand how the self-described exceptional nation created and expanded its global hegemony tentacles. A measure of his influence is that as much as Engdahl may be dismissed or derided across the Beltway, the

US-led Strikes On Syria: PR Victory Or Decisive Failure?

https://southfront.org/us-led-strikes-on-syria-pr-victory-or-decisive-failure/ Early on April 14, the US, the UK and France delivered a massive missile strike on Syria. The attack was publicly justified with accusations that the Syrian government had allegedly been behind the so-called Douma chemical attack on April 7. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described the strikes as “harder” than the 2017 strikes on Shayrat military airfield. The Pentagon said that the US and its allies had launched

A Curious Incident Part X

by Sushi for The Saker Blog Introduction On April 14 the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed an OPCW laboratory had detected the presence of the Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) named BZ in samples collected by the OPCW technical team in Salisbury England during the period March 21 to 23. Those with an interest in the Skripal affair are attempting to re-frame the issues and determine: 1) the nature of

Mao’s legacy defended, and famous swim decoded, for clueless academics

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker blog Part 4 will take a very different tack…. There is a great and hilarious story about Mao during the Cultural Revolution, which is relayed in the Western university-standard textbook, China: A New History by “the West’s doyen on China” – John King Fairbank. In late 1965 the rumblings of the Cultural Revolution had begun, due to grumblings over corruption, revisionism (“taking the capitalist

Ask yourselves: Are we the bad guys?

by R.Lesnoix for The Saker blog One can fault the British for many things but not for their sense of humour. Some time ago I saw a sketch by the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb. They played two German soldiers, sitting in a fortified position at the front, enjoying the relative quiet of the moment. They were dressed in SS uniforms. In that typically British roundabout way of starting an

Alas, this is far from over!

Let’s begin by a short summary of events. About a month ago Nikki Haley announces to the UNSC that the USA is ready to violate the rules of this very self-same UNSC should a chemical attack happen in Syria Then the Russians announced that they have evidence that a chemical false flag is being prepared in Syria Then a chemical attack (supposedly) takes place (in a location surrounded and, basically,

Washington strikes Syria again: was that it?

By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Last night, Washington together with its British and French vassals launched an attack on Syria after days of threats and speculation. Initial reports seem to indicate that over 100 missiles were fired into areas of the Damascus and Homs provinces. It was expected that the strikes would occur before the weekend and the Syrian military had been placed on high alert on Friday

U.S., U.K., France Conduct Massive Missile Strike On Syria: Details

https://southfront.org/u-s-u-k-france-conduct-massive-missile-strike-on-syria-details/ On April 14, the US, the UK and France launched a joint massive strike on Syria justifying their actions with the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on April 7. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian Air Defense Forces shot down 71 of 103 missiles launched by the US-led bloc. Four missiles were launched at the area of the Damascus International Airport. All missiles were intercepted.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy holds briefing for mass media

14.04.2018 (12:00) http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12171300@egNews   The US alongside its allies conducted a missile strike by its air and naval carriers targeting military and civil facilities of the Syrian Arab Republic on April 14 in the period from 3.42 am till 5.10 am (MSK). The Russian air defence systems at the Khmeimim and Tartus air base timely located and controlled all naval and air launches made by the USA and the UK.

A Curious Incident Part IX

bu Sushi for the Saker Blog Observations on the OPCW Report The OPCW report dated April 12th, 2018 was released in two versions. The minimal public version is available here. The full report is only being made available to State Parties and will likely make its way into the public domain at a later date. The OPCW public report contains a surprising amount of information if you know what to

The new US concept of a “perfect” mission: 32 out of 103

Yup, he said “mission accomplished“, “perfectly executed” and that he was “so proud” of his “great military“. That considering that 71 out of 103 missiles were intercepted. That there were no Syrian (or Iranian or Russian) fatalities. That not a single airfield was hit. That the buildings destroyed were empty. That only Syrian air defense were used. That Russian air defenses were completely bypassed. This guy: Called the strikes “Precise,

The US message to the world: Bow down and worship me!

Dear friends, I just wanted to let you know that I am aware of the situation.  Frankly, I have already said everything I had to say about the so-called ‘West’ in the following articles: AngloZionist options (intermediate report) UPDATED What price will mankind have to pay for the collapse of the Empire? and I don’t have much to add on substance. Tonight all I ask you to follow the advice

Briefing by official representative of Russian Defence Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov Full Transcript

13.04.2018 (18:00) http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12171238@egNews   The Russian Centre for Reconciliation jointly with the Syrian authorities is completing the large-scale humanitarian operation in the suburbs of Damascus – the Eastern Ghouta. In total, 170,152 people have been evacuated during the operation, including 63,117 militants with their families. All the settlements in the Eastern Ghouta are currently under the control of the Syrian government. The Russian military police has been deployed in the

SouthFront’s Website and Videos Are Fully Censored On Facebook

https://southfront.org/facebook-launches-large-scale-censorship-campaign-against-southfront/ Facebook is censoring SouthFront’s website and videos. All posts with links to southfront.org have been removed; All SouthFront videos released in 2018 have been removed; No more links to southfront.org can be posted on Facebook; The formal reason is that southfront.org doesn’t meet Facebook’s Community Standards.

Russia’s Defense Ministry briefing on situation in Syria and investigation of Douma hoax

Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Ministry of Defense spokesman, had a briefing for journalists on situation in Syria and said that MOD has proof of UK’s involvement in Douma chemical incident Russia’s Defense Ministry has found those who took part in filming the rent-a-mob chemical attack in Syria’s Douma. Russia’s defense ministry has evidence proving the United Kingdom’s direct involvement in the organization of the provocation with the alleged chemical attack in

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 12, 2018

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 12, 2018 Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Stef Blok to pay a working visit to the Russian Federation Talks between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Stef Blok are scheduled to take place in Moscow on April 13. He will be in the Russian Federation at the Netherlands’ initiative. The two foreign ministers

Why even a trade war won’t derail Made in China 2025

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Designed to calm down fears of an ominous US-China trade war, President Xi Jinping’s speech at the Boao Forum, crammed with Chinese metaphors, was the logical extension of his landmark address to Davos early last year – when he established China at the vanguard of globalization 2.0. At the Boao Forum, Xi stressed a “new phase

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