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Israel Carries Out Massive Strike On Gaza, Locals Protest Against US-backed Forces In Syria

https://southfront.org/israel-carries-out-massive-strike-on-gaza-locals-protest-against-us-backed-forces-in-syria/ Tensions between the local population and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are growing. Protests against the SDF have recently erupted in the cities of Manbij, Hasakah and Raqqah. The predominantly Arab local population protested against behavior and policies, including forced conscription, implemented by the SDF. Forces of the US-led coalition were even forced to intervene into the situation in Raqqa in order to stop infighting between the Kurdish

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Iranian academic spells out Iran’s position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the Afghanistan-Pakistan border A crucial question has been consuming policymakers in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: Does the Trump administration have a

Why The American Conservative Purged Its Own Publisher

Note by the Saker: today, with his kind permission, I am posting an article by Ron Unz originally posted here.  While this article deals with something specific which has happened at The American Conservative, I am sure that there are many amongst you who will immediately see the parallels with some, lets call them, recent “changes of course” we have recently observed in the Russia-oriented blogosphere.  Simply put – to

Will Putin’s Policy of Concession Succeed?

Note by the Saker: I am posting this article today by the special permission of Paul Craig Roberts.  It was initially posted here. Will Putin’s Policy of Concession Succeed? by Paul Craig Roberts Russian president Vladimir Putin’s speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Conference last weekend shows the Russian government’s ensnarement by neoliberal economic policy. Putin defended globalism and free trade, and he warned that crisis will result from

May 28, 2018: Su-57 Stealth Fighter Carries Out Strikes In Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-28-2018-su-57-stealth-fighter-carries-out-strikes-in-syria/ Four Russian military advisers have been killed and three others have been injured in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor in a shelling carried out by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on May 27. According to the statement, militants attacked an artillery battery of pro-government forces assisted by Russian military advisers. Two Russians were killed on the scene. Two others died from wounds in hospital.

Presidential Decree On national objectives and strategic tasks of Russian Federation’s development in the period up to 2024

translation by Miles for the Saker Blog P R E S I D E N T OF R U S S I A N F E D E R A T I O N DECREE № 204 Signed 07 May 2018 On national objectives and strategic tasks of Russian Federation’s development in the period up to 2024 To facilitate breakthrough scientific, technological and socio-economic development of Russian Federation, increase of

Iran diary: bracing for all-out economic war

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) While the dogs of war bark, the Ancient – and New – Silk Road goes on forever and a civilization with a long and proud history gets on with life The minute you set foot in the streets of Mashhad, the air smelling of saffron, a fine breeze oozing from the mountains, it hits you; you’re

Hassan Nasrallah: Trump, Netanyahu and Bin Salman want to liquidate the Palestinian cause

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 14, 2018, commemorating the second anniversary of the death of Hezbollah Commander Sayed Moustafa Badreddine. Translation : unz.com/sayedhasan Transcript: […] (Finally), Palestine, (the most) important question —I will be brief because everything we said before had to do with Palestine. Tomorrow (May 15) is the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (‘catastrophe’, designating the forced exile of Palestinians in 1948), the

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/05/28 … Open Thread

2018/05/28 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

The Saker.Community site is going live. This new site is about you.

TheSaker.is is the Saker’s place; it is our mothership, where The Saker (and our other writers) keep a sharp eye on the state of the vineyard and translate for us so eloquently the heavings and movings, the threats and upheavals of our world. Saker.Community is our place where we can tend the vineyard and tend ourselves. The Moveable Feast Cafe will stay exactly as it is, where the atmosphere supplies

Saker announcement: new Saker Community website launched!

Dear friends, To my never-ending amazement, our community is still growing, and I don’t mean the number of pages served by this blog (which peaked at over 3 million and is now tapering off at somewhere over 2) since that kind of numbers really don’t mean much.  And neither do I mean the other six Saker blogs.  This time around, something new happened: a website created by a member of

Who Are the People in the Quiz?

Note by the Saker: I learned the hard way and have come to terms with the following sad facts: a) there will always be people who will deliberately accuse others of things they neither said nor meant and b) some people are simply to stupid to understand an argument.  The following article by Jimmie Moglia will be an ideal target for both of these categories. The only way for me

The Lebanese style of democracy of no winners or losers

by Ghasssan Kadi for the Saker Blog On the 6th of May 2018, Lebanese voters went to their polling booths to vote for members of Parliament. This was the first Parliamentary election since 2009, nearly a decade ago, even though the regular parliamentary term is only four years. And for the first time in Lebanon’s history, the Lebanese diaspora were able to vote in their representative embassies. So why did

May 25, 2018: Israeli, US Strikes On Government Forces. What Is Going On?

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-25-2018-israeli-us-strikes-on-government-forces-what-is-going-on/ Late on May 24, Israeli warplanes carried out several strikes on the al-Dabaa airbase in the southwestern Homs countryside, according to pro-government sources. The Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) responded to the attack by launching at least 2 S-200 surface-to-air missiles, according to local activists. The General Command of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said in an official statement that the Israeli Air Force had targeted an airbase in

Interesting video of a quadruple “volley” launch of SLBMs from the latest Russian SSBN

A rare and interesting event: a “volley” launch of four submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBM – in this case the newest model “Bulava”) from a nuclear powered ballistic submarine (SSBN – in this case the newest model “Iurii Dolgorukii”).  The launch took place in the White Sea and all the warheads reached their targets in the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/05/25 … Open Thread

2018/05/25 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

It all depends on your values

[This article has been written for the Unz Review] This has been an interesting week for Russia.  First, and contrary to my own expectations, Iulia Skripal has been allowed to make a recorded statement on video where she is seen writing a statement in English and Russian.  This falls far short of even the basic British obligations to allow consular access to both Skripals, but it is a sign that

Conflict In Eastern Ukraine Can Soon Turn Into Open War

https://southfront.org/conflict-in-eastern-ukraine-can-soon-turn-into-open-war/ This week the military situation in eastern Ukraine has once again escalated as forces loyal to the Kiev government have advanced on positions controlled by defense forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DRP) near the city of Gorlovka. Gorlovka is the DPR-controlled town, located north of the DPR capital of Donetsk. Its pre-war population was about 256,000 people. On May 21, pro-Kiev troops, backed up by artillery and machine

Interesting video of Russian Special Operations solider defending his position alone (Syria)

I just came across an interesting, if old (2016) video.  According to this (Russian language) article, it shows a Syrian Army position attacked by a ISIS suicide bomber.  Amongst the Syrians, there is one Russian Special Operations (other sources say that he was from the Naval Infantry – probably the latter first and then into the Special Operation Forces) solider who holds his position even while all the others run. 

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