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Why the New Silk Roads are a ‘threat’ to US bloc

By Pepe Escobar posted with permission The Middle East is the key to wide-ranging, economic, interlinked integration, and peace Under the cascading roar of the 24/7 news cycle cum Twitter eruptions, it’s easy for most of the West, especially the US, to forget the basics about the interaction of Eurasia with its western peninsula, Europe. Asia and Europe have been trading goods and ideas since at least 3,500 BC. Historically,

Willfully and Consciously Demonizing Shia: the Leadership of the Pious

Mansoureh Tajik for The Saker Blog Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, “In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.” This essay may be billed as a companion to, or a rebuttal of, or a commentary on Pepe Escobar’s article titled, “The Roots of American Demonization of Shia Islam” posted here. I am uncertain about a suitable label. Perhaps the readers could formulate a mental tag & file as they deem appropriate.

Davos Pitch – The Trump and (itty bitty bit part) Ivanka Show

By Chris Faure for The Saker Blog It was a good speech that Mr Trump made at Davos. He studied his lines and his part well. Starting off with a serious sonorous recitation of The Great American Comeback and following with economic numbers that are so incredibly good, the best ever, a turnaround and a boom, he ended this part stressing the best in the entire world and in all

Western media focus on a ‘clown’, but US murders still the real story in Iran

By Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of the books ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’ and the upcoming ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success:

The Roots of American Demonization of Shi’a Islam

By Pepe Escobar with permission and crossposted with The Unz Review   The US targeted assassination, via drone strike, of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, apart from a torrent of crucial geopolitical ramifications, once again propels to center stage a quite inconvenient truth: the congenital incapacity of so-called US elites to even attempt to understand Shi’ism – thus 24/7 demonization, demeaning not only Shi’as by also Shi’a-led governments. Washington had been

“Death to the Islamic Republic” they chant now- and they call themselves Iranians

By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Nobody has escaped the news of the so called “popular demonstrations” in Iran during the recent days. Hundreds of thousands of articles, updates and tweets have been made on this matter, and many have talked about what the reasons behind these protests have been. Many videos show groups so called Iranians tearing down the pictures of Martyr Qassem Soleimani, while others chant “death

Are France’s unions even trying to win the General Strike?

by Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of the books ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’ and the upcoming ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success:

Battle of the Ages to stop Eurasian integration

By Pepe Escobar – posted with permission Coming decade could see the US take on Russia, China and Iran over the New Silk Road connection The Raging Twenties started with a bang with the targeted assassination of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani. Yet a bigger bang awaits us throughout the decade: the myriad declinations of the New Great Game in Eurasia, which pits the US against Russia, China and Iran, the

Capitalism in America: How a Dismal Decimal is Robbing Americans Blind

31 Facts Showing How the Rich are Getting Richer and Everybody Else Poorer by Jon Hellevig for The Saker Blog There is no hiding anymore, the United States has become an oligarch owned banana republic with nukes, and with a monopoly currency which has allowed it to rig the markets for half a century. But now we are only a couple of hours from curtain – Midnight in America. With

To rob or not to rob?

by Naresh Jotwani for The Saker Blog I have tried this simple “parlour game” a few times in India. Pass a blank slip of paper to every person present in a group. Request each person to answer the following question anonymously on the slip provided. An old, richly bejeweled lady is passing along a dimly-lit and lonely lane at night. A lone robber robbing all her jewellery would certainly not

Putin makes annual State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly

Besides discussing internal demographic, economic and weapons issues, the president said the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, China, Russia, Britain and France – carry a “special responsibility for securing the sustainable development of humanity.” These five nations must begin to devise measures aimed at neutralizing any conditions for a global war, and develop new approaches towards securing the stability of the planet. RT Commentary

Senior Hamas official: ‘Qasim Soleimani gave us everything Iran has to offer’

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/senior-hamas-official-qasim-soleimani-gave-us-everything-iran-has-to-offer/ (Please support MiddleEastObserver.net on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver) Description: In an extended interview with Al-Mayadeen TV, senior Hamas official Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar discusses the role of the late Iranian General Qasim Soleimani in supporting ‘Palestinian resistance groups’ and particularly his relationship with the Hamas movement. The following translation contains keys excerpts from the interview. Source: Al-Mayadeen TV Date: 11-01-2020 Transcript: The host: Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar, welcome back. There is no doubt that Hamas’

The Foreign Policy of a banana republic

By postfataresurgo for The Saker Blog What is essentially a Banana Republic? Regardless of its agricultural products, whether it’s bananas or broccoli, the definition can be applied to a country that is politically unstable on a permanent basis and/or a country whose sovereignty exists only on paper, being a de facto colony of a bigger power. There is a joke going around Italy these days, after the latest Iranian developments:

After Soleimani’s Assassination: Moral Values Come to the Fore

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog On January 5, Hassan Nasrallah stated: „ January 2, 2020 is a date that separates two stages in the region. It is the beginning of a new phase, a new history, not just for Iran or Iraq, but for the whole region.“ Obviously, this feeling is widely shared. The crime was too big, too heinous, and way too adventurist. In the new phase,

Analysis On Vietnam Relationship with The Super Power Countries (With My Own Theory)

By Unorthodox Black Sheep VN for The Saker Blog Analysis On Vietnam Relationship with The Super Power Countries (With My Own Theory) (Title Image is Created By Me) [1. Public Apologize To Saker Readers: Before beginning the article, I want to admit that I am truly wrong on the part “China and US mess up Soviet Support to Vietnam during 1960s” when I response to comment Richard Spratly in my

Iran keeps openly blaming itself, yet there is a Ukraine Air cover-up?

By Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog and Cross Posted with PressTV Many people have been quite shocked by Iran’s response to the tragic, mistaken downing of a Ukraine International Airlines flight. Iran’s President Rouhani said, “I will never apologise for Iran – I don’t care what the facts are.” Tehran plans to never apologise, admit wrongdoing nor to accept responsibility. All of the Iranian soldiers involved were awarded Combat

IRGC Chief on Ain al-Assad missile attack/accidental downing of Ukrainian aircraft

Link: http://middleeastobserver.net/irgc-chief-on-ain-al-assad-missile-attack-accidental-downing-of-ukrainian-aircraft/ (Please consider supporting Middle East Observer’s work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver) Description: Head of Iran’s IRGC Major General Hossein Salami comments on the recent Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq, in addition to the subsequent accidental downing of a Ukrainian civilian aircraft by Iranian forces over Tehran. Source: Al-Alam News Date: 12-01-2020 Transcript: – America assassinated General Qasim Soleimani, and it threatened to respond to our retaliation, the incident (accidental downing

Key Notes from Nasrallah speech marking one week after Soleimani assassination

Link: http://middleeastobserver.net/key-notes-from-new-nasrallah-speech-marking-one-week-after-soleimani-assassination/ (Please consider supporting Middle East Observer’s work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver) Description: The following is a translation of breaking news notes from a speech delivered by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah hours ago marking one week after the assassination of former Iranian General Qasim Soleimani and former Deputy Head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Source: Al-Alam News/Al-Manar TV Date: 12-01-2020 Transcript: Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah:

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