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Ukraine redux: war, Russophobia and Pipelineistan

By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Ukraine and Russia may be on the brink of war – with dire consequences for the whole of Eurasia. Let’s cut to the chase, and plunge head-on into the fog of war. On March 24, Ukrainian President Zelensky, for all practical purposes, signed a declaration of war against Russia, via decree No. 117/2021. The decree establishes that retaking

Washington Is Misreading Russia at the World’s Peril

by Paul Craig Roberts – posted with permission On August 31, 2018, I wrote: “So, the questions for Andrei Martyanov, The Saker, and for Putin and the Russian government is: How long does turning your other cheek work? Do you turn your other cheek so long as to allow your opponent to neutralize your advantage in a confrontation? Do you turn your other cheek so long that you lose the

Dealing With Demons

Note:  Comments to this long-read article will be closed.  However a temporary email, report.dealing@protonmail.com has been set up for serious comments on political, ideological, social, and economic aspects of SARS-COV-2/COVID19 only and your emailed comment will be placed in the comments area.  Be a little patient, the Saker’s moderation resources are working hard on the open threads on the Ukraine, Russia and the dire situation.  Any comments which mention, even

Bombshell book in Germany revives 9/11 as a business model

By Pepe Escobar – Book Review for The Saker Blog Nearly 20 years after 9/11, Germany and the German-speaking world are being hit by a formidable one-two. A ground-breaking study by gifted independent financial journalist Lars Schall, Denken wie der Feind – 20 Jahre Ausnahmezustand 9/11 und die Geopolitik des Terrors  (“Thinking Like the Enemy – 20 Years State of Emergency, 9/11 and the Geopolitics of Terror”) is being published

Nasrallah: US’ top priority is preventing a China-Russia-Iran alliance

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/nasrallah-us-top-priority-is-to-prevent-a-china-russia-iran-alliance/ Description: In a recent televised speech, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah claimed that the Biden administration’s top priority today was to prevent the formation of a major alliance or axis between China, Russia, and Iran. Nasrallah also claimed that the United States and Israel were today in a state of decline, while the Iran-led ‘Axis of Resistance’ was on an upward trajectory. The ‘Axis of Resistance’ broadly

The Brazilian fracture between the Expanding Universe and the new imperialist competition in South America

By Fabio Reis Vianna for The Saker Blog In an article published in Foreign Affairs magazine – one of the most prominent mouthpieces of US imperialism – , and signed by, among others, Marcus Hicks, former commander of the US Special Operations Command in Africa during the period 2017-2019, defends the idea that the increased competition between the great powers ignites a red alert that the United States should turn

The Iran-China pact is a huge blow for Western imperialists who want war in Asia (2/2)

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV In the first part of this article, titled Nixon ‘opened’ China, but only socialist superpower China could ‘open’ Iran, I discussed the historic role reversal: it’s the position of the superpower China which now counts the most, and not the the attitude of the United States. The 25-year Iran-China pact is actually an undercounting as it is essentially – to quote China’s foreign

How Eurasia will be interconnected

by Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times The extraordinary confluence between the signing of the Iran-China strategic partnership deal and the Ever Given saga in the Suez Canal is bound to spawn a renewed drive to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and all interconnected corridors of Eurasia integration. This is the most important geo-economic development in Southwest Asia in ages – even more crucial

Nüshu (女书)

By Larry Romanoff for the Saker Blog On September 4, 2004, Yang Huanyi died at her home in Central China. She was 98 years old, and the last fluent practitioner of Nüshu, one of the oldest and most beautiful, and certainly one of the more intriguing languages in the world. (1) (2) Nüshu, (女书), (literally, women’s writing and/or women’s script) is the only known language in the history of the world that was

The Russian economy – ‘small’, ‘impotent’, ‘insignificant’: true or false?

by Arcturus Le for the Saker Blog In the west, there is perennial bluster about the putative ‘weakness’ of the Russian economy. It is widely accepted as ‘fact’ that the Russian economy is somewhere miserably outside the ‘Top 10’ global economies by GDP, sinking ever deeper year by year towards #15, embarrassingly behind such smaller countries as South Korea, Canada, Italy and on par with countries like Spain, Australia, and

Nixon ‘opened’ China, but only superpower, socialist China could ‘open’ Iran (1/2)

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV One thing about Western business media is that whenever any imperialism-opposing nation has a major success their subsequent understatement speaks volumes, as evidenced by an article in the oil trade press, The Iran-China Axis Is A Fast Growing Force In Oil Markets, at the website OilPrice. For trade journalists they are quite behind the trends of their industry: Iran and China are now

Beyond Confrontation Globalists, Nationalists* and their Discontents – 2020 by Phillip Mullan

Book Review by Francis Lee for the Saker Blog Beyond Confrontation Globalists, Nationalists* and their Discontents – 2020 by Phillip Mullan This is a very scholarly work by an independent minded author whose prior works have included The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population is Not a Social Problem 2002, followed by Creative Destruction (an obvious Schumpeterian allusion) first published in 2017. His present offering is a wide-ranging and

A television report on the ‘historic, strategic’, 25-year agreement reached between Iran and China.

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/historic-25-year-strategic-agreement-between-iran-china-tv-report/ Description: A television report on the ‘historic, strategic’, 25-year agreement reached between Iran and China. Source: Al Mayadeen (YouTube) Transcript: Reporter: Iran and China are entering a new phase of bilateral relations. After years of talks and discussions, both sides are tying up loose ends within the framework of a strategic cooperation document covering all fields. The two sides describe this document as the roadmap for the future of

Sitrep China : Xinjiang backlash market shock

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China, plus editorial notes. You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe The last two weeks we’ve watched in awe the Chinese telling the US in Alaska that a more assertive China now is a reality as the empire has left it no choice.  Of course the Alaska meeting was spiked with sanctions poison minutes before the meetings started, to present a

Iran-China: the 21st century Silk Road connection

Newly announced China-Iran strategic partnership deal shatters US sanctions while paving the Belt and Road from East to West By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Capping an extraordinary two weeks that turned 21st century geopolitics upside down, Iran and China finally signed their 25-year strategic deal this past Saturday in Tehran. The timing could not have been more spectacular, following what we examined in

Hezbollah: Russia serious about investing in Lebanon, but requires new govt.

http://middleeastobserver.net/hezbollah-russia-serious-about-investing-in-lebanon-but-requires-new-govt/ Description: The head of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc, Mohammad Raad, sat down with RT Arabic and answered questions regarding the purpose of his visit to Moscow, this as Lebanon’s economic and political crisis continues to deepen. Raad was heading a delegation of lawmakers from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement that travelled to Moscow last month following an invitation from the Russian Foreign Ministry. Source: RT Arabic (YouTube) (Important Note: Please help us keep producing

China, Iran sign 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership deal

Crossposted from PressTV https://preview.presstv.com/ptv///program/20210327/iran-chine.mp4 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif have signed a 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement, marking a milestone in bilateral relations between the two countries.    The two diplomats put their signatures on the document in Tehran Saturday in a ceremony carried live on national television. Wang and Zarif also marked “half a century of friendly dilomatic relations” by opening an exhibition of documents on the

US/NATO vs. Russia-China in a hybrid war to the finish

The unipolar moment is six feet under, the hegemon will try to break Eurasian integration and there’s no grownup in the room to counsel restraint By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Let’s start with comic relief: the “leader of the free world” has pledged to prevent China from becoming the “leading” nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his “expectation”

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