An American saying says that “the third time is the charm”. I hope that this is true, because I am officially announcing the “new new blog v3” is now online at the following URL:
This domain name was chosen by my webmaster Gevorg who came up with this idea at the time when our community was attacked on all sides. It is also a clear reply to those who decided that they were with the “Charlies” and even “Charlies” themselves.
Here is a note that Gevorg asked me to share with all of you:
We have experienced some difficulties in the past month which left the new blog static until these matters could be sorted out. Some of the problems were related to technical issues like lost domain names or server re-configuration necessities. Others were related to personal matters and the separation of former supporters.
It took us some time to overcome these stumbling blocks and to re-organize everything. It is still an ongoing process.
But during this time we also found many new supporters and volunteers who have become part of our Saker team. They help us in maintaining and improving this international website project. There help is very valuable to us and I do express my gratitude towards those who are involved in this process.
Some of you, dear visitors, have voiced concerns in your comments about the future of this blog, some even suggested to not pursue it any longer and again others may have had a laugh or two during the time of our troubles.
It is for these reasons that I would like to post this comment before the following ones and kindly ask you to take notice of the following remark:
On behalf of …
… the Saker
… the international team leaders and their groups
… the translators and content providers
… the silent readers and the voiceful commenters
… the financial helpers and moral supporters
… the IT-specialists and administrators
… those who prefer to remain anonymous and those who don’t
… those who choose to have a religion and those who don’t
… those who agree with this blog and those who don’t
… those who seek the truth and despise the lie …
I would like to add to a previous remark by stating …
We stood our ground!
the Saker is
Gevorg in Armenia
Webmaster of The Vineyard of the Saker
If the first new blog crashed for purely technical reasons, then the second one was deliberately sabotaged. But thanks to a fantastic group of volunteer IT-specialists the “New Blog v3” is now up again, and hopefully this time it will stay.
In fact, this blog and the community around it is the result of the efforts of many people, probably close to 100, who quite literally all over the planet donate their time, skills and efforts to help with my blog, but also all the other Saker Community Blogs and I want to use this opportunity to extend to them all my most heartfelt and sincere gratitude for all they have done and are still doing. Friends – thank you!!!
Now I have a couple of things I want to explain and a few requests
First, I plan to double-post here (at vineyardsaker.blogspot.com) and on the new blog (at thesaker.is) and I will allow comments on both blogs for the next 2 weeks. Still, while I will not close down the comments section here, I ask you to please ONLY COMMENT ON THE NEW BLOG [HERE] unless you *cannot* do that for some technical reason.
Second, in two weeks I will shut down the comments on the old blog. The blog at vineyardsaker.blogspot.com will probably still be updated just to serve as a backup in case of disaster with the new blog, but that will be it’s sole purpose.
It is important to redirect as much comments and traffic to this blog because we need to test if the server, the blog and the moderators can handle the traffic (last month the blog at vineyardsaker.blogspot.com had just under 1.8 million views including some days which had just over 84’000 visitors).
Finally, one member of our community, the Rift, has made a beautiful video animation to encourage donations to this blog:
I hope that this short clip will encourage you all to help me in my struggle!
Many thanks and kind regards,
PS: you want to see if we make a difference? Just google “maidan one year later” :-)
Congratulations on the new look which looks wonderful. And many thanks for your past work which stands as a witness to what can be done with strength and love.
It is good to see the new site up and running. Thank you for all of your efforts.
New site looks good so far — I’m trying out commenting.
It’s in the (good) news today:
Iceland’s Supreme Court Upholds Jail Sentences of Four Banking Executives
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains how Iceland took down the banking executives responsible for wrecking the country’s economy – February 23, 2015
(Video also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WylXC0ZcoU )
Thanks to all for your efforts. I like very much the listing of other Saker blog headlines in the RSS sections. I am attempting this comment in reply to Blue (Pilgrim) with thanks for his links also. Bon voyage, blog v3!
Oh my banksters in Jail what a lovely sight. I love Bill Black I followed him around during the s&l theft.
Thanks for the links
Thanks Blue (Pilgrim). Iceland was the first country in Europe in 2008 to experience economic problems because of the banks. The UK demanded the government to bail out British customers, but that was impossible for little Iceland. After all, the banks caused the problems, not the Icelandic people. Little Iceland with some 400.000 inhabitants was hit with new terrorist legislation by the British as punishment. Think about that. If you don’t clean up after the banks, you are a terrorist.
I don’t know if the legislation is still in place.
Bill Black makes the point that the executives of all three major banks in Iceland have been successfully prosecuted, and this in a very small country where everyone is related to everyone else and the regulatory mechanisms had to be invented.
Lovely video – some good news for a change!
Bravo Iceland for leading the way in bankster prosecutions, and for hosting this blog!
ditto julianna’s comments.. new saker site looks good!
Sorry to say but I’m not a fan of the animation, especially the Voltaire quote at the end. Today, we are given a positive – and completely falsified view – of who Voltaire was and what he stood for. Since you support the “French resistance” movement, you should check out the historical work of Marion Sigaut on E&R uncovering the true nature of the “Lumieres” in general and Voltaire in particular. To make a long story short, he was a serial lier, a hardcore racist, and a ploutocrat at heart. Not only did he never say “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”, but he had no qualms about using his profile and connections to silence and slander his opponents. Pretty much the opposite of a role model for this blog…
Years ago I heard a story about Voltaire, but I dont know if it is true. When he was on his deathbed, he worried about what he had done in life. He regretted many things and feared he would end up in hell. Well, I don’t blame him for that. We all should think over our lives.
A well researched article, the true story about Voltaire, was published in an alternative non-PC media outlet in Europe a couple of years ago. He was not what he is being made out to have been. I also learned about Rousseau and others. Rousseaus idea of going back to nature was to walk in royal parks with a sheep on a red leash. If we are wise, we leave the 18th century behind us.
There are some other fossils the present elite has made into saints, thereby slowing down scientific development and common sense. Newton, Darwin and Einstein in particular. All three were questioned in the 20th century, though many don’t know that. In the 1990s, astronomers discovered the ordered universe of Newton did not exist. The universe is chaotic or dynamic, take your pick. Some less wellknown researchers seriously wonder if monkeys/apes come from us and Heisenberg challenged Einstein many years ago. Despite all that, the fossils are still saints. They made contributions in their time, yes, but we have moved on and people need to know.
The greats of science are not great from being right. They are great from being scientific. They tried to explain the world based on fact. We cannot hold it against them that they lacked the tools to find as many facts as their descendants. Nobody would have made tools, had it continued to be acceptable to explain the world from out imaginations.
We have moved on but they gave us the direction.
When I got to this new .is-site 15 minutes ago, there were no comments.
Now there are 3, & I’m writing the “4”th perhaps…. ;)
I’ll be using/reading the old-site & this .is.
Always good to have the “old site” as back-up.
Yepp, You are making an impact.
Thank you for helping us around the World to get an excellent alternative View-/News Source.
Best Regards X- in Sweden
Congratulations on the new blog site. Iceland is a very good (if not the best) choice to host it. I did a quick test drive of the site and noticed that the RSS link was not working.
Our RSS feed is at thesaker.is/feed/. Does it not work for you?
It does not work with Yandex browser (I am using) and Google Chrome. It works with MS Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. I don’t know about Opera and Safari. The first part of the message I am getting with Yandex and Google Chrome browsers is following:
This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.
The Vineyard of the Saker
A bird’s eye view of the vineyard
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:27:06 +0000
I tested it in Yandex browser and indeed it only displays the raw XML file. I will look into this and will try to find a solution for it. Thanks for the hint.
Thank you for this new blog !
Like it :)
Ps : Bug report (I am also using Yandex Browser), and the top main menu is not ok. Don’t know if it is connect with some extensions of the Browser or if it is a more “basic” problem.
I have Yandex version 14.12.2125.10034 installed here and all seems to be fine with the menu. I just loaded the page in Yandex browser and the top menu is being displayed just the same way as in the other browsers. Maybe it is a local issue with your installation.
We need feeds for the comments as well. Hard to go read all the old posts to see new comments.
Since we’re talking RSS, personally I’d like to see the full text of each post in the feed. Not crucial, but I think it’s more useful to people this way.
Thanks for your work and congratulations!
The blog-supporters and contributors (of time, talent, and money) have been thru several crises in the last few months. It would be helpful to those of us who defend truth, and seek it against monumental odds, to have a better understanding of the nature(s) of the opposition the Saker and supporters have experienced lately–for the purpose of recognizing those forces when they come our way!! Thanks.
A great improvement this Saker v3! May I ask for a page where posts are in chronological order? I’m not able to visit the blog on a regular basis, and I like to follow the posts as they were published.
Thanks for all, and thanks in advance ;-)
You have the chronological order of the articles in the “Blog” section.
Please, give a bit more of proeminence to this feature on the site navigation :)
Congrats to all the team on a work well done!
I personally wished the “blog view” to be the default as well, but on the other hand, any Saker addict will find the “blog” button and bookmark it. You only need to find it once.
I just put the link to the blog in a desktop shortcut (with the falcon for an icon, of course).
can you tell a technology idiot how to do this? thanks!
A desktop shortcut?
Depends on the OS and browser maybe, but with Firefox and XP:
Go to page you want
Go to history and copy the link
bring up desktop, right click and click on ‘paste shortcut’
right click on shortcut and click new properties, change icon
You have to make an icon from a graphic you have saved using a program or a web site service on line.
RSS I don’t know about — I never used it.
Dear The Saker and Team,
Congratulations. It is wonderful to see the blog back-up and in good order :-)
Thank you Gevorg for all the hard work and everyone who helped you following the sabotage.
The Saker Is
The Rift thanks for the great video animation :-).
Congratulations to all for your great work and efforts.
The vídeo looks great, and that music…sounds like oriental…
Saker, I answered you yesterday night. Waiting for your response.
Yatsenyuck in 2012 calling for a hard line policy against Crimean Tatars
Too bad there aren’t any subtitles. Can you give us an idea of what he’s saying?
Never mind. There is a brief description under the video.
Now the only thing missing is a .onion presence, so the site is accessible directly via tor.
Congratulations Saker! All that for saying “I am not Charlie”? Some people are touchy now aren’t they. Ignorant zombies. Reminds me of when Michael Moore spoke against Iraq War at Academy Awards. He got so much hate he needed a body guard. Later many came back and apologized.
Note for Gevorg:
1) There is no link that i could find to contact the webmaster for technical issues.
2) Technical issue: I highly recommend that all links be put in the format to open a new tab to view the link. Otherwise the Saker page is lost and hard to navigate back to it sometimes.
Information Clearinghouse does this for every link. I think the code is:
Great job dude!
Thanks for the feedback. I use SeaMonkey browser on a macbook.
On Information Clearinghouse every link opens in a new tab.
On Saker it doesn’t. Weird. I don’t see any special link codes on IC when looking at source code.
I don’t have a mouse, just trackpad, and multiple buttons don’t work on mac anyway.
Guess it’s my browser?
It’s been a while since I fooled with webdesign, but I thought HTML had a TARGET attribute for opening links in new windows/tabs.
It does, but it is stripped away automatically by WordPress in the comments section. It’s being done for security reasons. External links in articles do open in a new window/tab when they are meant to. Use the middle-mouse-button if possible and you’ll always have a link opened in a new window or tab.
Looks good to me
Looks nice. I like the high-res photo of the saker at the top!
I wonder if it would be possible to have the RSS feed have the FULL entries rather than just the headlines, for example like how Rick Falkvinge does it:
There are several good reasons to have this feature.
First of all, it provides extra redundancy, because your writing gets saved onto the personal computers of people who choose to follow you through RSS feeds. No article can ever truly be “lost”.
Secondly, the RSS feed serves as a minimalist version of your site for people who have slow connections.
I will once more compare the pros and cons of posting the full article into the RSS feed and may change the setting afterwards. But for now all the other blogs also choose to show just the excerpt in the RSS feed.
Okay, thanks for considering.
By the way, regarding the link I posted: Falkvinge seems to have more “mainstream” views on Ukraine (perhaps because he hasn’t been exposed to alternative news about it – it’s not his main area of interest), but his reaction to Charlie Hebdo was not far different from yours, and the article he posted about it is worth reading:
“But let’s not forget the historical context that birthed freedom of speech. Freedom of speech was never about your right to shout “fuck” in a public place, or to make fun of somebody of a different creed or color than you. Freedom of speech was about your right to criticize the state, the authorities, and other officials who would otherwise have the power to imprison you. Freedom of speech was created to defend speaking truth to power, not to defend punching down on people with less power than you. “
You know, you can do both! You can have an RSS feed with just summaries, and also one with full articles.
Here are a few more reasons that posting the full articles would be good:
1. It will encourage people to use the new site. The old blog had a single page where all recent articles could be seen in full, but this feature is missing from the new site (the “blog” view only has the article summaries. Which some people prefer, but not everyone). If you add an RSS feed with full articles, then there will again be a page like that.
2. It will provide a view of the articles with minimalist formatting and no distractions (in the form of side banners, etc.), which some people find easier to read.
Wow, the site looks really very nice. Good job! Thank you hardworking supporters and Saker.
To all the team and talent and donors who made this website fly again, I send congratulations and thanks.
A global community like the Vineyard and its spawn in many languages from many lands is inspiring in itself. To be excellent, as this effort shows, is laudatory.
Long live the Vineyard, and may the Saker fly fast and low, see far and wide and screech for Liberty and Justice for all.
God bless these works of Saker and his team and emulators.
Congratulations to everybody who worked on putting this blog together. Looks great. Also glad you kept the features and interface style as blog #2 was. It’s very user friendly.
Good to see the new site is back. Many thanks to Saker, Gevorg and everyone else who made this possible.
Congrats Saker and Gevorg, looking pretty good so far. Liking a lot how self contained the site is, with almost no extrageneous content linking except for the exclusively required. Site loads fast and is quite light on my mobile device. The theme is also very light on the eye too. Many thanks for this.
Congrats to being self-hosted, Saker. Well done!
A couple of suggestions
* Make the rather longish “Leave a reply” instructions collapsible, and maybe even collapsed by default, as it takes up a lot of pixels (or make it visible only for those commenting for the first time – and having cookies enabled, which I have not – TorBrowser)
* As setting up PGP/GPG might be too cumbersome for many, If and when time permits, add a “contact form” that would allow users to just type in text which gets automatically encrypted in the user’s browser (https://github.com/openpgpjs/openpgpjs) and emailed to your inbox
* I never mind your typos, Saker, however a single one shows up in every other article, and maybe is easy to remedy: In addition to the proper uses of “then”, you also always seem to use that spelling when you actually mean “than”.
Keep it up, Saker. I bet that Kerry, while branding the rather tame RT Putler’s personal “propaganda bullhorn”, was very aware of the much more potent “danger” in the English reading world, which is The Saker.
It goes to the root of the problems and doesn’t shy away from publicizing the speeches of the bravest fighters against what you termed the AngloZionists, and which are in turn called “terrorists” or “anti-semites” by those same AngloZionists, which means “respectable” news outlets won’t dare publish them.
The more visible and “dangerous” you get, the more you will experience vicious attacks going forward, technically against your site, personally and financially against you and your loved ones. So I wish you staying power in the face of all this.
I think the web programmer has gotten carried away making the site pretty and has made it over-complicated and a little like Fort Rus. The older linear format was easier to tell what was new. Is there a particular reason why the old blogspot version was considered inadequate? The content is more important to me than whether things look nice.
As others have found out (see comments), just click (and bookmark) the “blog” button (its the 2nd button on this page) and you’ll get it back.
I prefer the bloggy view as well. Maybe a “poll feature” should be implemented on this site, the first poll asking “which layout should be the default”
* current layout
* blog layout
Long time supporter here also and still, just about, prefer the blog – but i’m starting to think that may change in preference to the new default.
If I was new to the site i’m pretty sure the blog would get me to come back a few times until hooked – only on that basis then should the blog be the default landing page.
I’ve bookmarked the home page for a leisurely stroll when time permits — but RSS feeds are far more efficient for day to day reading.
Because independent media is so much more fragmented than corporate media, it’s impractical to follow more than a dozen or two independent news sites by “checking back,” or scanning a home page; tremendous amounts of time (in the aggregrate) are needlessly expended attempting to access in this way a sufficient amount of independent media to be well-informed.
Not to toot my own horn, but simply to use myself as an example:
I subscribe to the RSS feeds of about 375 sites, the largest proportion of which are independent news sites. By doing so I receive all new posts from all 375 sites on one browser page via *one click* daily, and thus am able to easily read or read/skim more than 2000 articles per month (and date and archive many for possible later use) from a wide variety of credible independent news sources, including my current three favorites of about 375, in order:
Webmaster / moderator:
Kudos for this fantastic job — and now, when I promote this site (properly, by including an embedded link to an article here with an excerpt very relevant to a discussion) at ZeroHedge and elsewhere, I don’t have to add a note to the effect that the top of the home page is ugly because “the Saker is rapidly expanding worldwide.”
But my first comment here looks like sh**…….. ;-)
I’ve never encountered this requirement to insert to maintain paragraph breaks (and without a preview function there’s no reminder).
It’s also (in the aggregate) a significant time-waster and so, unless technical reasons stand in the way, perhaps you might consider adding eliminating this to a non-priority to-do list.
[With much respect for your time: no response needed.]
Well, there might not be a preview for comments, but there are moderators who read these things and they can help you to get the formating right, even in hindsight.
How does your comment from above look now?
Well for me,reply option makes it much more conversational between bloggers and also contiguous I think I mean
Congratulations to everybody who worked on putting this blog together.
Long live multipolar world
This site loads pages much faster than blogger, which makes a huge difference since I’m still using my old computer. On Blogger it could take about a full minute to load a page (and similar with some other web sites — all the external links, and on other sites embedded videos, ads, and various garbage). Whyever it is, this is fast. You guys do good work!
Comments limited to ten per poster — or is that just 10 replies to a comment? Maybe increase that? — especially considering that poster like Bot Tac often posts a number of good stories/links, and at times some interesting discussions get going. Perhaps it could be something that could be handled by moderation? I don’t recall there being a problem with being spammed by too many posts. I’m not sure what that means, replies to a comment as in post, or comment as in comment to a post, or comments to one comment? I’m getting old, it was -10F last night, and I get confused easily now ….
Overall I already much prefer the new site to Blogger. Of course there could be some tweaks — there can always be some tweaks to any site. Never ending.
I feel some odd currents in the air — like maybe the winds are changing, at last. As the psych fascists get scared, and more extreme, they are turning off more of the normal people and exposing themselves for crazies they are — although the increased polarization is worrisome. This blog is a powerful force for truth, good and for sanity.
My first post did not come through. This is OT, but if I don’t remind you, perhaps nobody will.
In 2003 or 2004, thousands of angry Albanians attacked Orthodox monasteries in Kosovo. A Swedish commander refused to let them destroy the Decani monastery. 700 hundred men, some were from other countries and some worked in the kitchen, saved the ancient monastery. They fought against thousands. The commander got a medal. With some admiration, Russian television showed the long heroic fight. Most of the information comes from a Swedish article translated into English a long time ago.
Another commander, a German, stepped back and allowed the Albanians to destroy another old monastery (I forgot the name, I think it started with “p”.). Unbelievably, this yerk also got a medal. Can you believe it? The road to the monastery was narrow and easily defended and a Swedish sargant said he would have needed only two welltrained men to stop the destruction.. Shame on NATO, shame on the EU.
To understand the destructive tendencies of todays elite, we must not only look at today, we must look at what the Empire has done for decades. More than a hundred old churches and monasteries, some medieval, were destroyed in Kosovo. I bet you don’t know that, but you need to know. Serbs know more about this than I do. For the record, I have never visited Serbia and I don’t speak the language. I take a stand on principle, not on nationalist grounds.
Quiet amazing vidéo (made by Vincent Parlier/french translation) :
Democratic project for the Crimea : destroy completely Sebastopol !
Hi Saker, I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to computers…don’t even know what RSS is…but I like the ideas people are giving…I don’t know if Gevorg does. Hi Gevorg !!!
Anyways, I’m sure once we’re all used to it, it won’t seem harder.
And I loved that video and the music and the quotes. Really nice.
And I thought Gevorg’s contribution, that message was very good. Kind of covered us all.
Take care guys, and thanks so much. I can’t believe its all volunteer. What a sacrifice.
Also I love the image of Saint George on the right side under the donate button. Its also a picture of the Archangel Micha-el. Saint George is an earthly image of the great Archangel of the Sun.
Thou Michael the victorious
I make my circuit under thy shield
Thou Michael of the white steed,
And of the bright brilliant blades,
Conqueror of the dragon,
Be thou at my back,
Thou ranger of the heavens,
Thou warrior of the king of all,
O Michael the victorious,
My pride and my guide,
O Michael the victorious,
The glory of mine eye.
The new blog looks great! I just wanted to say that I cannot find a section for the podcasts, as I am behind in listening to them.
The link to the Saker Podcasts is in the right sidebar. It’s the Saker badge below “Popular posts” and above the YouTube channel links. Here is the direct link to the Podcasts.
Good look’in re-start, with dedicated looking help.
Now, in deference to their unique claim on genocide, all you need do is substitute “Goy hating enemy aliens” for the “Nazis” absurdity.
Just downloaded YandexBrowser then went to “thesaker.is.” Came up perfectly in Australia.
very best to the team,and hopes that quislings are totally absent this time,cheers,
O aka XbNB.
has Marina got her team back together yet?
might be useful to check this out-refers to working methods of 13000 signed up Ukr i-bots for trolling etc
FortRuss translator J.Hawk has signed up to be a UkrBot. Here is his story so far on his acceptance and induction
They don’t seem to have got around to telling him what to write yet.
A lovely tribute to Russian culture – Check out these great images of Maslenitsa, known as Butter, Crepe or Pancake Week, is a traditional Slavic festival rooted in ancient pagan customs. Celebrating Maslenitsa, people see the winter off and welcome the spring.
My grand daughters now want a new costume for multicultural day after seeing these photos.
Saker… my two previous posts have not appeared… have I been moderated out?
It seems that the spam blocker marked your previous comments as advertisement spam. I retrieved this one for you.
Thanks… I have nothing to advertise or promote, except ‘good health and good luck to Saker and all the team’.
Just a heads-up: all the links in the “Ukraine” page of the carousel navigation still point to the closed blog (the “.net” one).
Thanks for pointing this out. The links have been updated.
Have to say I like the old site better. Kind of hard to find anything on the new layout. Too busy. Simple is better.
Nice look and feel. Well done.
Rupert Murdoch’s News empire could not do any better with their miserable $millions — and your content quality is excellent and, alone with a few notable others, the actual benchmark these days — it’s actually what the news is, or was! Information to allow minds to think and form views and informed opinions rather than mindless PR spin to subvert thinking and reinforce hypnotic stupor. I only occasionally visit the mainstream media to check the bias rating and perhaps update on some local routine day-to-day events which they cannot really spin (although advertising abounds).
I have one small technical issue/suggestion. I use MSWindows for about 80% of the access time and the current format is fine to quickly scroll down with a mouse etc. However, for the other 20% I use an iPad or iPhone and here the scrolling down is a pain when the comments get large in number (and text size). It would be a good feature to enable the reader to select the order in which the comments are listed (e.g., last first at the top) so that when checking-in to see what’s new one does not have to scroll down past what has already been read before finding new material. I’ve seen the feature in other blogs and so I’m assuming it is an easy option to add/support.
Otherwise, more power to the truth seekers in action! Based on your stats it is making a difference.
Congratulations Saker on the great-looking new blog! I love it.
Your new site webmaster should add http://thesaker.is/ to the Russian search engines. As of today, the site doesn’t exit on yandex.ru and yandex.com. and rambler.ru
It also doesn’t exit on yahoo.com and baidu.com
It was added to google.com and bing.com only, so far. It’s also found on duckduckgo.com and Dogpile.com
If you don’t add your new web site to the search engines via webmaster’s tools, it won’t appear in search.
Thanks for the advice. It has been added to the “to-do” list. It should be done in the coming days I hope.
The new look is very professional but, most of all, the articles continue to be very insightful. Keep going the good word.
Works to download comments via RSS..
Need a way to permanently set our userID.
Financial War: US wants to trigger wave of Russian bankruptcies.
The US government insists on a tightening of sanctions against Russia, and demands that the EU follow suit. Washington now wants sanctions that will have a “devastating” effect, which Russia must “suffer.” Financial measures are planned to trigger a wave of bankruptcies in Russia.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond over the weekend had a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, concerning the US plan. Washington expects the EU to cooperate to force the Russian economy to its knees.
The Americans hope that the next step will have “devastating” impact on the Russian economy. Thus, there could be a wave of bankruptcies among Russian companies, because many companies risk bankruptcy if loans due in dollars during the coming year cannot be rolled over. [Bankruptcy would be expected because the value of the ruble has plunged and many more of them will thus be needed in order to pay the balance due.]
To achieve this goal and take advantage of the plunged ruble, the US government intends to resort to a technical trick to shorten the duration of existing loans and credits, which Russian banks, energy companies and arms companies have in European and American banks. US officials told the EU observer: “If we want, we can make sure that they are really suffering. The inability to raise new capital hurts most — there is no alternative to US and European financial markets.” [Thus, there will be bankruptcy.]
Another US contact said in Brussels, that the exclusion of Russia from the SWIFT payments system.
I saw that article too.It’s past time Russia starts responding to these threats.Turning the other cheek is good.But a person only has two cheeks.And both of Russia’s have already been slapped.Serious counter sanctions are called for.And even more important is aiding of liberation movements active around the world battling the Empire and its stooges.Give the Empire more to keep them busy than plotting against Russia.
Bankrupting Russian companies can work both ways.
It can harm Russia if the bankruptcy of one company causes the bankruptcy of the next. It can also harm Russia if those bankruptcies mean closed factories and fired workers.
However, it can also work another way. It can force the Western creditors to take a haircut while allowing the companies to keep functioning.
It is up to the Russian government to find a way to handle these things in the best interests of the Russian economy.
happened over last weekend, yet barely mentioned anywhere.
like the langley lockdown!
We know from leaked recordings in the past year that Turkey has been planning to use the tomb of Suleiman Shah as an excuse to invade Syria in hopes of sparking a war:
Almost 600 Turkish troops made an unprecedented incursion into Syria on Saturday night, rescuing dozens of soldiers guarding a historic tomb which had been surrounded by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadists.
Congratulation Saker. Your new site looks very good and it is inviting. Thank you for your dedication to promote the truth and share your wisdom and to everyone supporting you.
I have one question about the structure of the site. I like to read each one of your new articles as they come up. Will these articles be posted in one location, or do I have to check the dates besides each section to find out?
I am currently using feedly.com to identify your new articles and conduct my searches. This site is amazing.
You will find all articles posted in chronological order in the “Blog” section. This is the link to the “Blog” section.
feb 28 deadline.
On Monday, the Senate voted 47 to 46 to bring the House-passed bill up for debate, The Hill reported. The tally was short of the 60 votes needed.
One advantage of the old chronological format is that at a glance the reader can see what’s new. The new categorized format may have more appeal to someone who is new to the blog, but not necessarily to someone who follows it.
This could be addressed by having a “chronological posts” category, preferably having post titles with a date, time and a short summary, and not much more. (Zero Hedge is a good example.) This could be in addition to (rather than instead of) all the glitz.
As for the actual presentation of posts, it’s visually quite busy. There is no consistent format in which titles are presented, and the reader is forced to search around, rather than look through a list, which would be much more efficient. The new format leans toward the modern photo journalism presentation, rather than emphasizing the previous thoughtful essay format.
If the object is to appeal to the masses, then the new format might be better, but if the object is to efficiently present information and ideas, then the old format was better.
You will find all articles posted in chronological order in the “Blog” section. This is the link to the “Blog” section. You find this link in the top menu. It’s an orange button called “Blog”.
Congratulations on your new blog! I like the layout and choice of colours very much.
I discovered this blog just a couple months ago and follow it regularly. I think it is wonderful. I follow as much “independent” news as I can on the internet, and am passionately interested in knowing and finding the TRUTH as opposed to the nonsense and propaganda we get all the time, here in the USA.
I am probably already on some kind of watch list, so it probably won’t make anything worse if I make the following statements, which have been on my heart for a long time. I feel the need to apologize to the world for the behavior of my government. It is not only profoundly embarrassing to me as a citizen, but WRONG on so many levels it defies description. For the record, I hope the rest of the world – Russians especially – can remember that an out-of-control government that has completely escaped any form of accountability to or control by its citizens, does NOT REFLECT the attitudes and objectives of those citizens. Unfortunately, we are not in power. But many of us watch with growing horror this insane provocation of Russia and all the blatant lies involved in that. Personally, I think that if our deranged government gets the fight it’s asking for, Russia will beat the crap out of us, and what I’m talking about here is a nuke-to-the-mainland type of fight. What makes me sad, though, is it will be mostly the people who wish them no harm that will be killed. But our government is acting more and more like a rabid pit bull, and sooner or later someone will have to shoot it. I regret the loss of life but I totally understand why other nations would band together to do this for their own survival and for what will be left of the world, after the nuclear smoke settles. Once that happens, I likely will not be able to write comments on a blog and tell you what most of us really think. So for now, know that we do NOT think we are “exceptional”, we bleed the same color as everyone else and just want to live our lives in peace like everyone else. We do not want to go to war at all, least of all for corporate “interests” badly disguised as national interests. Our government has hijacked the military in service of their personal greed for power and for gain, but please do not think it is doing what the voters have chosen.
we know. Please be sure that when you see here “America this” or “USA that” we all mean the government, not the people. We know you people are suffering from the same austerity and dictatorship that is being forced onto every country that needs to borrow some money.
What would happen if you and your friends started to put Stop the War notices in your windows (house and car). If anyone asks, you can say whichever war you think that person would understand about. The war on poor people. The war on drugs. The war on X country which right now is being bombed that was most recently on the news. Or Food not Guns. Or Jobs not Guns. Don’t pay for expensive stickers. Just print a few on ordinary paper, offer them to friends, attach with duck tape.
US defence budget is around 3/4 of a trillion dollars a year.
Adding to DRG’s comment I will say that I witnessed an interesting ‘break through’ in my youngest son today. He has not felt interested in the wider world’s problems until last night he viewed online a documentary about genetically modified foods – I don’t even know which one it was.
I was then able to link for him the sadness of upheavals around the world and specifically what is happening in Ukraine with agrobusinesses licking their chops over rich farmlands. The trail of tears leads right back to the supermarket shelf, and he could identify with that.
His comment was: ‘Now I know why other countries don’t like the US – I feel very ashamed for our country. We should be helping, not hurting.’ (I on the other hand felt very proud of him.)
Everything is connected.
bad news on gmos looking ready courtesy monsatanto after being held off 15+ years from europe (except for animal feed & the 1 strain maize mentioned) according to engdahl this feb 24th article:
The EU Parliament in Strasbourg has passed a final law that allows member states to decide on the production of GMO, by 480 votes to 159, with 58 abstentions on January 13. It is being sold as a “win-win” when it is in fact a lose-lose. The strong EU resistance over more than two decades to the destructive spread of GMO crops has just crumbled and many believe the opposite has taken place.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/02/24/monsanto-s-trojan-horse-will-eat-in-eu-fields/
Greetings from Sweden.
I like the new blog.
Nice layout but could I suggest a “Recent articles” sub heading that is more prominent and in chronological order and also a Home/Home Page icon at top?
The latest article “how to denazify the Nazis” which is front and centre on the old blog required ploughing through Analyses, Interviews, Sitreps and then Guest posts to find it on the new site. Certainly one can page down to find the “Blog” item in amongst the collection at the bottom and then bookmark that but it is not intuitively obvious and newcomers will miss it. For someone not familiar with the site they will either spend a lot of time and Saker hardware resources clicking through stuff. More likely though they will give up and go somewhere else and even more likely than that never be aware there are recent articles.
Yes, you can click on the entire top picture to get back to the Home page but again that is not intuitively obvious.
Two small wishes:
– It looks like the system doesn’t remember my name and email.
– I would like an option to see the comments in chronological order. That way I can later revisit a discussion and see only the newer comments.
The reason why the website does not remember you is because you don’t have to register on this website in order to post a comment. You can reply without registration hassle. But therefore the website does not know who you are.
If you were logged in as a registered user, like I am for example, then your account name would automatically be posted with your comment.
The comments are displayed in chronological order but when people reply to a certain comment afterwards then that discussion will appear later. Try searching the page for the user name or topic that you wanted to follow. You should find it quickly that way if you can remember it.
I don’t see a place where I can become a registered user.
“The comments are displayed in chronological order but when people reply to a certain comment afterwards then that discussion will appear later.”
Yes, and many people know the trick that if you post at the end nobody will read it. But if you post an answer to the first comment much more people will see it. So many of those reactions are not really related. So I would like to see an option that flattens the structure and treats reactions as if they are just another comment.
One final issue: can there please come a link to thesaker.is on the old Blogspot website?
There is no option for registration on this website. It is deactivated. Only the team members are registered users on this website.
Thanks for the hint about a link to the new website on blogspot. I sent a reminder to the Saker.
Thank you for adding the link.
One other issue: it is now so set that you see a maximum of hundred comments on a page. If there are more they come on a second page. Can this limit be increased to 200? There are regularly posts that have between hundred and two hundred comments but seldom posts with more than 200. If would also better connect with the experience of Blogspot where there was no limit.
Actually the amount of comments is set to a maximum of 50. It’s just that each comment can have 10 “follow-up” replies. That can make the comment list quite long. I don’t think very long comment lists are so good.
There are a few improvements regarding commenting on their way. I hope that they will be in place by the next week. I think you guys will like it.
Wow – I thought for a moment that the new blog is hosted by the Islamic State (.is). Iceland is much nicer… I loved Bobby Fisher, as I’m sure BOT TAK did too!
I think that the “Islamic State” would freeze their sorry a**es off if they were to move to the place of our new domain name.
Well, still lost in space. Neither of my earlier comments has surfaced either here or at the old blog.
Al your comments are approved and should be showing.
Only post on this new blog please. Comments do not transfer from one blog to the other. The old blog comments are left open only for emergencies, until we are sure this one is working okay. Then the old blog will turn read-only, with posts dup0licated from this one.
i think they should start a few university degreed courses there in cooking (and heating) without gas.
As The Guardian reports, Britain would be “the strongest pole in the tent”, and argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russian-backed militias in eastern Ukraine failed to observe the ceasefire. The MoD said up to 75 personnel would begin to deploy to Ukraine from next month as Cameron warned sanctions could become “materially different” and held out SWIFT exclusion once again.
Love the masthead on the new blog, but a shot of a saker falcon picking away at the remains of a bald eagle might have also worked.
zakharchenko dpr says:
February 24, 2015
The USA has already started full-scale arms and munition supplies. Ukraine’s not going for peace either”, — told Alexander Zaharchenko.
“They breach and sabotage Minsk peace agreements by all means”, — added DPR leader.
If still on/not-off topic
Only Goy hating enemy aliens blow monasteries as they did by the score after the God hating V. Ulyanov started freezing Russian populations with mass aggravated murder. Only Talmud crazed God haters gut and clean nuns as they did by the thousand when fascist Franco was being really yukky and anti-Semitic.
But the Saker’s Nazi haters have to deflect their unmentionable suckers’ guilt onto one brand of Christian or another.
You do know the USA invaded the Philippines to convert the heathen Catholics into Christians rights? In fact there has been a history of violence amongst the different Christian sects like when ever other sects gain power Rome smacks them down to keep them in line. The number of arms twisted off the the knights Templars filled up many wells and they had to find new sites to throw arms into. All to get them to admit they were not Christians.. Roman Christians..
uke hryvnia hyperinflating:
Exchange kiosks on the streets in Kiev were selling limited amounts of dollars for 39 hryvnias, around 20 percent worse than the rates advertised in the windows of commercial banks where dollars were not available. This compares to the official rate of 33 USDUAH posted yesterday, a rate which will continue in freefall, now that the central bank has no more gold left to sell (it’s mysteriously gone), and virtually no foreign reserves.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province, a senior lawmaker disclosed on Monday.
“The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.
He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.
I wonder if these used the new Russian supplied SAM’s.. They supplied almost 50 units to the Syrian government with 10 of them going to Iran. Their range is very limited for localized mobilizations only.. Not really designed to protect from missiles but against bombers. So Israel still has free reign over Syria since their planes never approach less than 100 km from their targets while the SAM’s have only less than 15km range. Resupply aircraft would be sitting ducks for these missiles though.
American think-tank Stratfor has issued a new ‘Decade Forecast,’ which says the EU will decay, China will end up in “a communist dictatorship,” and Russia will disintegrate…though it hasn’t done so yet, despite such predictions taking place in the past.
“It is unlikely that the Russian Federation will survive in its current form,” the forecast’s chapter dedicated to Russia begins. The research maintains that Moscow’s “failure to transform energy revenues into self-sustaining economy” will eventually lead to a “repeat of the Soviet Union’s experience in the 1980s and Russia’s in the 1990s,” with the process accompanied by a demographic decline that is set to “really hit” Russia.
This format is by far the better of the 2.
The old saying (K)eep (I)t (S)imple (S)tupid, “KISS” always is the best.
But Like elbows, everyone has a opinion.
Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters fled to Qatar, Turkey and London to operate in opposition to the current regime, fleeing the crackdown of the government, especially after the group’s designation as a terrorist organization in December 2013 by the Egyptian government.
The relations between Egypt and Qatar and Turkey strained after the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013 following mass protests called for the end of his regime. Turkey and Qatar saw Morsi’s ouster as a coup, and have labeled it thus often in official statements.
Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma will face Trial
Rachel Boothroyd (VA) : A Venezuelan judge has found sufficient evidence linking arrested Caracas Mayor, Antonio Ledezma, to a conspiracy against the national government in order to proceed to trial, the Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed.
The longtime rightwing politician and current Mayor of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas was arrested late last Thursday evening by Venezuelan intelligence agencies (SEBIN) fo…
weekend deadline here soon, same along with gas/no gas uke/europe.
He also said the DPR might pull its heavy weapons back to the line of contact in the event Kiev fails to begin weapons pullout by 19:00 Moscow time on February 27. “The Donetsk People’s Republic gives Kiev time till 19:00 Moscow time on February 27 to begin fulfillment of the Minsk agreements of February 12 in what concerns heavy weapons pullout. If the agreements are violated, the DPR reserves the right to pull its weapons back to the former locations of February 12, 2015,” he said.
MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has pulled out 90% of its heavy weapons from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko said on Thursday.
today’s the day!
unfortunately, no one seems to care nor even around to care.
Today is the day for the so-called “net neutrality” vote at the FCC. It’s been a long time coming and a lot of ink and pixels have been devoted to the subject over the last year.
What is at stake is fundamentally the entire internet as we know it: open and free (for the most part)
How the vote will turn out is about as much of a mystery as is wondering if the NFL will ever hold the Patriots organization responsible for all their cheating.
FEB 24 He’s got a very detailed rundown of that failed venezuela coup attempt.
not mentioned even here is that it is likely maduro got help from fsb agents infiltrated early on from russia, & that sergei shoigu the very high up defense minister “just happened” to be there (to oversee its climax?) meeting the very day maduro went live on tv to announce the busted coup.
By tracking these conspirators, Military Intelligence discovered “Operation Jericho”. On the night of February 11, the main leaders of the plot and a Mossad agent were arrested and aviation security was enhanced. Others were rounded up on the 12th. On the 20th, confessions obtained permitted the arrest of an accomplice, the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma.
President Nicolas Maduro immediately intervened on television to denounce the conspirators. Meanwhile in Washington, the spokesman for the State Department was joking with journalists who remembered the coup in Honduras organized by Obama in 2009
Very nice….professional looking, not that there was anything drastically wrong with the old site. If the information is of the same quality, with a publishing date attached, I see no need for any debate.
Come on everyone and donate at least something to get this new site off on the right footing.