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Vale Jon Hellevig

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog When our friend The Saker asked if either Intibah or I would like to write a necrologue for Jon Hellevig, we both felt we couldn’t give the request enough justice, because we didn’t know Jon enough. But as I decided to take the lead here and write it in my name, with Intibah’s help, I realized that I knew Jon enough to honour

The new cold war; The Industrial Dependence War:

By Ghassan Kadi for the Saker Blog The world does not need a new cold war, or does it? The Cold War started before the hot war was over. It was put into motion when America dropped the ‘bomb’ and Stalin declared that the USSR should ramp up its efforts to have this technology as soon as possible. And even though the Soviet Atomic Bomb Project was initiated in 1942,

The Corona Debacle

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker blog I have deliberated for some time before deciding to write a Saker article about the COVID-19 outbreak. Firstly, because this is not a forum to write about such issues, and secondly because I am not a medic. But given that this is all that people want to talk and hear about right now, given that COVID-19 articles have already been published on The

The Gateway To Idlib Goes Via Cilica

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog The root of the military conflict in Idlib is not something that arose from contemporary times. And with all due respect to Sputnik, the cause did not start 80 years ago https://sputniknews.com/amp/middleeast/202002291078432455-the-stolen-province-why-turkey-was-given-a-corner-of-syria-by-france-80-years-ago/ Actually, the seed of the conflict was sown five centuries ago and, its germination could have been prevented a century ago. However, the colonialists had other plans; and they implemented them

Erdogan’s Long-Coming Reality Check:

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog It is hard to say if Erdogan is running out of choices, friends, time, or all of the above; and his stands on various issues and the contradictions he ploughs through are making his situation increasingly untenable. For the benefit of readers who haven’t heard this before; Erdogan is juggling being a Turkish Muslim reformer who parades under the photos of Turkish secular

The Syrian Russian Turksih Idlib Stand-Of – Erdogan’s Last Stand?

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Even though the Syrian Army, with the aid of its international friends and allies, especially Russia, has been able to score many victories and liberate most of Syria’s major cities from the control of terrorist groups, the fight is far from over. Before the situation in the American-controlled North-East is addressed, the Western regions, including Idlib and its surrounds must be put back

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

Hezbollah’s Unchartered Frontier Turning Boggy:

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Four weeks on, the street protestors in Lebanon are not showing any signs of relenting; and neither is the government. An activist has been killed by a Lebanese Army bullet during an attempt to close the southern coastal highway that links Beirut with Saida. This incident occurred almost 24 hours after a televised interview of President Aoun in which he said that, if

Hezbollah’s Unchartered Frontier

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, Lebanon looked like it had totally lost its independence and ability of self-determination. Later on, and with Israeli boots still on Lebanese ground, the Lebanese government was coerced to reach the 17th of May (1983) peace accord with Israel; and which was in reality tantamount to terms of surrender. By then, the underground resistance,

The Lebanese Fall – Hezbollah’s Latest Challenge

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Hezbollah is facing a new challenge, and this time it is not a military one, but rather political. Perhaps few countries need peaceful “popular revolutions” more than Lebanon does. In my simplistic way of thinking, Lebanon should actually be on the top of the list; followed by the USA. Corruption in Lebanon is endemic. Its politicians are in reality the heirs of dynasties

Iran vs Saudi Arabia: it’s game-over

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Is the attack on ARAMCO the first of a long war or is it game-over already? It seems like the latter and in more ways than one, the war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has ended before it even started. One single solitary Houthi attack on Aramco has sent Saudi oil exports tumbling down by half; not to mention a 20% hike on

“Greater Lebanon”: where to?

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Abou Omar, a close friend of mine, is one whom I have so much in common. Not only he was my boss many moons ago, but we were both brought up in political families that endorsed and advocated the unity and integrity of Syria. When I caught up with him recently after many years, I was not surprised that our thoughts had many

The Rise and Fall of ISIS

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog A year or two ago, I would have never imagined that I would be writing an article with this title, at least not this soon; but things change. If anything, my previous articles about ISIS which I wrote back between 2014 and 2017 were very alarming and predicted the worst, but again, things change, and back then there were many reasons to feel

Assange: A New Immoral Western Precedent

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Every time I write about how low the West has stooped, even make predictions as to how much further it is prepared to slump, I find that my wildest imaginations are surpassed in no time at all. The arrest of Julian Assange and the foray of charges he is suddenly facing is now reaching a point that should only be seen as a

Dissecting The Unfathomable American-Iranian War:

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog As the American military build-up continues around the Strait of Hormuz, and as a potential American-Iranian war looms, many analysts are convinced that war is imminent. I beg to differ. Ever since the “War on Syria” started, I kept reiterating that America would never launch a full-on attack on Syria, and for very good reasons, and not long ago, I finally felt compelled

New Zealand and the Positive Feedback of Violence:

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog The tragic news of terrorism in New Zealand highlights the failure of Western governments in dealing with it. In its policy of denial of addressing ISIS-like activities in the West, Western governments have inadvertently given ultra-right wing elitist Fascists the green light to take the law in their own hands to “avenge” the terrorism of Salafist/Wahhabi/Jihadi terrorists on innocent Westerners thereby driving them

What Can Follow America’s Withdrawal From Syria

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Just before Trump announced that American troops are to leave Syria “immediately”, many compatriots, friends and analysts were wondering what could be the next event that might change the course of future events in northern and eastern Syria. The first reaction to the news of Trump ordering his troops to leave Syria took many by surprise. That said, we have to wait and

The Elusive Middle East Peace

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Subtle news sources coming on the grapevine allude to impending Middle East fresh peace talks. The end of the “War on Syria” will bring serious and realistic opportunities for Russian-sponsored peace talks, and there are direct and indirect hints and leaks made by certain officials here and there, hints and leaks which will become overt and obvious in the near future, culminating into

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

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