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Who are they, really? Ask a reporter who’s seen a million Yellow Vest faces

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog If I am permitted only one word to describe the Yellow Vests it is this: civic-minded. They are always referring to the common good and not the individual – in Western Liberal Democracy, with its emphasis on individual rights, competition and elitism, that is a revolutionary idea. (This is the thirteenth chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the

W. Bush’s Iraq/Ukraine slip – same truth as Kerry’s ‘implode’/‘sanctions’ Iran slip in 2013

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV The clip of George W. Bush’s attempt to condemn Russia’s military operation in Ukraine but instead referring to his own autocratic warmongering in Iraq exploded across the internet. I saw the clip and, perhaps like many, watched it several times in succession. I even found myself returning to it several more times. There is so much to be said about it, and it

Where the West is stuck: The fascism of the 1930s and the ‘fascism’ of the 2020s

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog Starting in 1917 the same reactionary European nations which attacked in the 7 European Wars Against the French Revolution now transferred this same refusal to make peace with the Soviet Union. The problem has always been an idea – anti-autocracy, the idea from which Socialist Democracy flows (and the Yellow Vests) – not a particular nation. (This is the seventh chapter in a

French presidential debate: Le Pen goes mainstream, proving Yellow Vests right

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog What a difference five years makes? I wish I could report differently, but the long awaited French presidential debate was a total dud. Just like the whole election campaign was. And now, just like both candidates, too. I wasn’t sure if I was watching Marine Le Pen or Sarkozyist candidate Valerie Pecresse, that’s how mainstream Le Pen appeared. It was a total 180

The Paris Commune: The birth of international neoliberalism and EU neo-imperialism

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog (This is the sixth chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Please click here for the article which announces this book and explains its goals.) One hundred and fifty years later it’s clear that the Paris Commune of 1871 was four things, and only one – the last on this list – is widely understood

Louis-Napoleon: The revolutionary difference between Bonapartism & Western Liberal Democracy

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog (This is the fifth chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Please click here for the article which announces this book and explains its goals.) For Marx all of society was divided into classes – classes which played political roles. What’s unfortunate is that he fundamentally believed that the average rural person – 85% of

French Muslims betrayed by ‘centrist’ Macron as Le Pen surges to a dead heat

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV In 2017 two out of three French voters were on the side of the nation’s Muslim citizens – for two weeks. In between the first and second round presidential vote the incredible repression which Marine Le Pen was going to wage on Muslims was constantly cited as a reason to vote for Emmanuel Macron, who was presented as a “centrist”. As the largest

The ‘Counter-Revolutions of 1848’ stillborn child: Western Liberal Democracy

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog (This is the fourth chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Please click here for the article which announces this book and explains its goals.) The primary cause of the Revolutions of 1848 was the fact that it took 50 years for the sociopolitical ideas of the French Revolution to spread in a Europe dominated

Modern political history makes no sense if Napoleon is not a leftist revolutionary

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog “The peasant was a Bonapartist because the Great Revolution, with all its benefits to him, was, in his eyes, personified in Napoleon.” – Karl Marx (This is the third chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Please click here for the article which announces this book and explains its goals.) To be against Napoleon Bonaparte

France apathetic about politics? Has corona gutted voter energy, or Macron?

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV One of the joys of France is the openness with which people talk politics here. In the English-speaking world simple political disagreement leads immediately to judgmental condemnation of one another. Look at the centuries of sensationalism and warmongering from London’s Fleet Street – there’s a big market for intolerance. In the US it’s considered best to not talk about politics, or religion, at

Glorious Revolution of 1688: England declares ‘death to all other revolutions’

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog (This is the second chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Please click here for the article which announces this book and explains its goals.) Modern conservatism was hugely inspired by Edmund Burke’s constant assertion that one is not permitted to remake society into something new because to wipe out the historical context which shaped

The UK’s endless reaction: 1789 & feudalism’s end creates modern conservatism

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog (This is the first chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Please click here for the article which announces this book and explains its goals.) It would be boring to defend the French Revolution by showing the moral and intellectual worth of its left spectrum – of Danton and Robespierre, Marat and Babeuf. What’s far

Fixing Russia’s ‘denazification’ PR disaster: not ‘neo-Nazi’, but ‘3rd-gen Nazis’

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog As I wrote in my previous article on this issue – the total Western failure of Russia’s “denazification” justification for its armed operation in Ukraine – Russia will lose the battle for Western hearts and minds if it fails to introduce new discussions and prolonged, patient debates about what “Nazi” means in 2022. Some point out that Russia doesn’t have to convince anyone

Introduction: A Yellow Vests’ history must rewrite recent & ancient French history

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog For readers who missed the announcement of this new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values, please click here in order to see the short recap of what this book is about and why it’s not only the best French election primer you can find, but necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand the Yellow Vests and modern

The Russian ‘denazification’ PR disaster: How, why and what to do

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog Maybe it’s worked in Russia, but a military operation in Ukraine based on “denazification” has been a total public relations disaster everywhere else. Quite simply: Russia should have known that the use of the word “Nazi” totally shuts down any discussion in the West. Russia is waging a new type of military operation but they lazily or foolishly thought that “denazification” was a

New book – ‘France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s best values’

Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog As the journalist – in English or French – who has covered more Yellow Vest demonstrations than any other, I thought it was my responsibility to give them something I can’t find anywhere: an objective, accurate and complete history. I am publishing here, in a chapter-by-chapter serialised format, my new book – France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Soon after

‘Remaining in the EU means peace’ – Ukraine explodes that Bourgeois Bloc idea

By Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog For many years Europeans have said the European Union was the only way to have peace on the continent. I always had a tough time seeing the direct correlation. I often wondered if the thinking was: Europeans are so bloodthirsty and savage that they have to join themselves together just to keep from killing each other. It reminded me of English critic A.A.

‘Neither East nor West but the Russian Federation’? Russia considers Iran’s way

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog Iran hasn’t invaded a country in over 200 years, and Iranians boast of this fact often, as they should. However, if Iran invaded a country – and of course they will not – I think everyone would agree they should brace themselves for years of Iranian seriousness, self-sacrifice and determination. If the Iranian people agreed war was the only option, then woe betide

Western progressives must demand 3.5 more years of – no, permanent – Russophobia!

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog Yes, the gravestone is of THAT Joseph McCarthy. Joseph McCarthy, United States Senator, rabid Russophobe, fanatical anti-socialist, leader of America’s 2nd Red Scare (1947-57), ruiner of countless lives, raging alcoholic, the most effective shill ever for the military-industrial complex, whose name became the eponym to describe political witch-hunts, rests in his home state of Wisconsin in a lakeside plot along a gorgeous stretch

France’s conservatives cry out for National Socialism – Zemmour’s response?

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog The two big differences between 2017 and 2022 are that back then France had a presidential candidate who should have been called a National Socialist, and that in 2022 the country has somehow moved even further to the right. History will show that back in 2017 the Great Financial Crisis – just the latest failure of Western liberalism – had inflamed the masses

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