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Saker announcement: a change of pace

Dear friends, For the past couple of years I had the following basic “rhythm” of work: once a week I would write an analysis roughly ranging from 1500 to 3500 words, typically around 2000-3000 words.  The rest of my work would involve research (especially parsing as much of the Russian blogosphere and news media as possible), contacts with my guest authors, collaboration with our translators, etc.  Please keep in mind

Saker announcement: COVID19 and the Saker Community

Dear friend of the Saker Community and beyond, I have to tell you that the COVID19 crisis has hit the Saker Community pretty hard.  So far, I know of nobody who has a confirmed COVID19 infection (2 suspected and unconfirmed), but that is not the only way that this pandemic has affected us.  A lot of us are now under house quarantine or have already lost their jobs; other are

Quick update from the Saker

Dear friends, I am rather exhausted (not COVID10-related) and I will take a couple of days off to recuperate and think about a number of issues. I will let you know all the details in a couple of days. Finally, for the next couple of days, the moderator’s decisions will be final and I will not be involved. I ask for your understanding and patience. Kind regards to all, The

Announcement: COVID19 Cafe project cancelled

Dear friends, I have the painful obligation to let you know that “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” and that I am shelving the COVID19 Cafe project.  Simply put, I don’t have the energy, and we don’t have the manpower.  Furthermore, this might have been an ill-conceived idea to begin with, as this blog is really not a medical one. Anyway, first I want to apologize to all those

Saker message about viruses and trolls

Dear friends, I just wanted to share a quick update with you about our community and myself. So far, I know of no member of our community who would have contracted the SARS-CoV-2 and developed the COVID19 infection.  But *A LOT* of our members have been affected by the virus, many are in lockdown at home.  This situation also affects to 20 or so key-members of the various Saker blog

Saker message on current events + (kinda-) open thread (UPDATED 2x!)

Dear friends, I decided to post this short update to let you know that I am trying to take just a little time off to recover from a regular (non-COVID19) flu.  Mostly, I am still exhausted and I need to rest a bit.  Still, since the world does not stop rotating for yours truly, here area few comments I want to share with you about different matters and I post

Saker on a short road trip

Dear friends, I am going to be on the road for 10 days or so, visiting a sick relative of mine and seeing some good friends.  I should have Internet, at least in the evenings, but please be patient with me if I am slow in answering emails.  I will be updating the blog as best I can, mostly in the evenings.   Hopefully, my short trip will therefore have little,

Saker Community Translations and new collaboration launched!

Dear friends, Excellent news!  First, I am happy to announce the official launch of the Saker Community Translations YouTube channel which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgh-2Oe7nK5lp_H3f0SQ89Q This project has been launched by three volunteers of the Saker Community and its main goal is to regularly post the insightful political commentaries of Ruslan Ostashko, one of the most insightful Russian analysts whose videos have been regularly translated and subtitled on this

A few personal notes from the Saker

Dear friends, After giving it a lot of thought, I have had to take the very painful decision to cancel my trip to Russia.  There are several causes which contributed to this decision, but the main one is my health and current inability to embark upon such a trip.  Also, the planned dates (July) were probably not the best ones possible, so this trip is probably going to have to

I will be out of reach just for a few days for a short but much needed break

Dear friends, I just wanted to let you know that I will be on the road for a few days and totally out of reach.  Specifically, I will be completely disconnected from the Internet from Saturday April 28th until Wednesday May 2nd. Please do not email me during these days. I will be meeting a friend in a remote location and I badly need this time off so, at the

Change of Saker snail mail address

Dear friends, For a few years I used a PO Box in Edgewater, Florida but after having an almost infinite amount of frustrating problems with the gross incompetence of the USPS, I have decided to ditch it.  This is the address I used in the past: The Saker PO Box 711 Edgewater Florida 32132-0711 USA PLEASE DO NOT USE IT ANYMORE!!! Instead, please send all snail mail to me at

Saker message: thanks and a few important updates (new book!)

Dear friends, First, my sincere thanks to all those who have sent their contribution to my work.  This winter fundraiser is now over and even though it had a difficult start, I want to thank those who replied to my appeal and made it a success: your help is absolutely crucial and it will make a huge difference for me and my work on this blog. Second, big news: my

The war on trolls, imbeciles and other pests is on! :-)

Wow, Eric Zuesses’ article really elicited a fury the like of which I have never seen, at least so far.  Right now there are seventy-fire (75!) intercepted comments sitting in my “trash bin” to review and either clear or terminate. And, just to add even more misery to an overworked Saker (and exhausted moderators!), I am about to post another article tomorrow which will, no doubt, infuriate the “other side”

Saker news update: all is well, I hope to be home in a couple of days (but please still don’t email me!)

Dear friends, God is merciful indeed!  Not only did Hurricane Irma not take the worst possible track (not even close), but she also lost a lot of power right at the ideal moment and then she took a very bad track (for her).  In my part of Florida the impact from an already weakened hurricane was, frankly, minimal.  My sons just returned home and found it unscathed and even our

Saker announcement: I am safe (but please do not email me!)

Dear friends, After a gruelling 16 hours on the road, I have safely arrived in southern Virginia.  I am safe and comfy, just with a slow Internet connection.  Thanks for your concern and good wishes.  I will stay put up here at least until Tuesday and, depending on the conditions, it might take me 2 days go get back down to Florida.  So being back to work on the blog

Saker message: I have to evacuate, signing off for a while

Dear friends, Hurricane Irma looks very, very powerful and the resulting hysteria in Florida is outright toxic (there are fistfights at gas stations). A friend offered to host us in Virgina and we have decided to accept that invitation.  So we are going to hit the road at 0500 tomorrow.  I will try my best to remain in contact and maybe even post a little something once I get to

Saker announcement: very uncertain week ahead

Dear friends, The glorious US corporate media did it again.  Even though Hurricane Irma is still a week away from any possible landfall in the USA, the media leeches did what they always did: the created a panic.  As a result, things are slowly but surely going crazy in Florida.  The problem with my much beloved Florida Peninsula is just that, a peninsula with basically only 3 evacuation highways to

5’000 miles later, I am finally back home :-)

Dear friends, When I decided to drive back instead of flying back, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Naively, I had planned on a huge 2’500 miles long trip.  What actually happened is that I grossly underestimated the actual size of this huge country and how much “sightseeing” would add to the trip.  Instead of 2’500 miles I actually ended up driving 5’000 miles, that’s

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