Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/04/30 … Open Thread

Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/04/30 … Open Thread

2021/04/30 19:00:01Welcome 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

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Director General of Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Dmitry Kiselev Moscow, April 28, 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation We have available video in Russian and transcript in English. Transcript: Dmitry Kiselev: Our relations with the United States are really “hell”. Personally, I don’t recall them being at such a low ebb ever before. This is even worse than the Cold War times, in my opinion. Ambassadors have returned back to their home countries. What’s going to happen next? What is

The Vienna shadowplay

None of the actors can admit that revival of JCPOA pales compared with the real issue: Iranian missile power by Pepe Escobar and first posted at Asia Times Few people, apart from specialists, may have heard of the JCPOA Joint Commission. That’s the group in charge of a Sisyphean task: the attempt to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal through a series of negotiations in Vienna. The Iranian negotiating team

Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/04/27 … Open Thread

2021/04/27 07:30:01Welcome 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

Sitrep: Here Comes China – Propaganda and BRI

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China.   You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial commentary by Amarynth.  This will be a short one, as some links that are necessary cannot be used.  This first video will give you an idea of why. In a video by Daniel Dumbrill, the true hegemonic ‘other war with China‘, the one of propaganda, becomes crystal clear.  He

What just happened in the Ukraine?

[this analysis was written for the Unz Review] Before we look into what just happened in the Ukraine, we need to first recall the sequence of events which lead to the current situation. I will try to make a short summary (skipping a lot of details) in the bullet-point style: Whether Ze initially intended to stop the war in the eastern Ukraine we don’t know, but what we do know

Non-Prophylactically Ironic Dome over the Occupied Palestine

By Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog Exactly at 1:20 am (Tehran time) on Thursday, April 22, 2021 a missile hit near Dimona nuclear reactor, the “secret” nuclear site in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Jerusalem Post headlined the event as “Syrian missile lands near Dimona nuclear reactor, interception fails.”[1] The article went on to story the event as follows: “It was unclear at first from where the missile was

Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/04/23 … Open Thread

2021/04/23 20:00:02Welcome 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

What about the deescalation in the Donbass? (OPEN THREAD #17)

There is, amongst some, a strong sense of relief: Defense Minister Shoigu has declared that the formations deployed by Russia to western Russia will now return to their regular bases.  Of course, the Ukrainians claim that they “deterred a Russian attack” while the Russians say that “the West got the message”.  Is that so and, if yes, who is right? Well, I think that we can dismiss the Ukie nonsense

Putin rewrites the law of the geopolitical jungle

By Pepe Escobar and first posted at The Saker Blog Putin’s address to the Russian Federal Assembly – a de facto State of the Nation – was a judo move that left Atlanticist sphere hawks particularly stunned. The “West” was not even mentioned by name. Only indirectly, or via a delightful metaphor, Kipling’s Jungle Book. Foreign policy was addressed only at the end, almost as an afterthought. For the best

American plans something but ends up differently

By Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog “I flew to Afghanistan, to the Kunar Valley — a rugged, mountainous region on the border with Pakistan. What I saw on that trip reinforced my conviction that only the Afghans have the right and responsibility to lead their country and that more and endless American military force could not create or sustain a durable Afghan government.” President Joe Biden explained in his

Exit Terra: Did You Know We Have Been Contacted By Aliens?

Global media mobilize for unparalleled Outer Space news By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog The latest information hype are Aliens. I see more and more articles. The print papers holler on triumphantly: We have been contacted! Such news is contagious. That‘s why Elon Musk, the CEO of the Tesla company and SpaceX, wants to fly to Mars by 2030. He allegedly wants to meet the Aliens halfway. It‘s great for publicity. The sense of journalistic urgency is not unfounded. Already

What was Putin referring to? (OPEN THREAD #16)

This is an excerpt of the (relatively short) part of Putin’s speech dealing with foreign issues: “We really want to maintain good relations with all those engaged in international communication, including, by the way, those with whom we have not been getting along lately, to put it mildly. We really do not want to burn bridges. But if someone mistakes our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intends to

The Spirit of the Times

By Jimmie Moglia for the Saker Blog To understand Hegel the reader must be in perfect health, though sometimes the minds of geniuses deliver compact nuggets of wisdom, understandable and usable by the rest of us. One such instance is the idea of ‘Zeitgeist,’ the spirit of the times. Pedantically speaking, Hegel preferred the form ‘Geist des Zeit.’ It was English poet and literary critic Matthew Arnold who introduced the

Resistance Axis on war alert, to ‘openly’ target Israel if Iran attacks continue: Hezbollah insider

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/resistance-axis-on-war-alert-to-openly-target-israel-if-iran-attacks-continue-hezbollah-insider/ Description:  Senior Lebanese political analyst and editor-in-chief of the Al-Binaa newspaper, Nasser Qandil, says the entire Axis of Resistance is now on war alert and prepared to respond by ‘openly’ targeting deep inside Israel amid rising tensions between Tel Aviv and Tehran. In a recent interview on Al Mayadeen, Qandil, who has close relations with Hezbollah, declared that the US now has to choose between either committing to

Ukraine: Fascism’s toe-hold in Europe

The tacit support given by the centre-left to the installation of the regime in Kiev should give them cause for concern By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog Politics in the Ukraine can only be understood by reference to its history and ethnic and cultural make-up – a make-up criss-crossed by lasting and entrenched ethnic, cultural and political differences. The country has long been split into the northern and western

Say hello to the new multilateral boss

Xi Jinping’s Boao Forum speech marked his latest appeal for an open global economy and against US-led decoupling By Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times In times of grave geopolitical trouble it’s up for a true statesman to step up in the global podium and defuse a noxious Cold War 2.0 atmosphere. President Xi Jinping did deliver with his keynote speech at the annual Boao Forum

Putin delivers annual address to Federal Assembly

Putin’s speech comes amid a period of diplomatic confrontation with Western nations and a stand-off over the situation in Ukraine and Russian troop movements. The address to the Federal Assembly is often used to announce major changes in Russian domestic and foreign policy. This is the current live stream. The full and complete transcript is now posted. Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly The President of Russia delivered the Address to the Federal Assembly. The ceremony took place

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