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“Is Communism Really dead?” – an Answer

by Jimmie Moglia After reading the Saker’s article, I had to walk back and forth for some time, partly to digest its content, and partly to determine why I found it so persuasive. My conclusion, however humble, is that the article is accurate because it tells us very clearly all we need to know on the subject, while leaving the reader to draw his/her conclusion. And I maintain that accurate

The Eurozone has likely entered its final calendar year, contraction coming

by Ramin Mazaheri The historical trend of the euro and its previous incarnations has followed this historical pattern, when we take a leftist view: The Eurozone is dominated by France and Germany; France wants an end to austerity and to promote growth policies bloc-wide; Germany wants more austerity to maintain its dominant financial position; Germany, Washington’s Frankenstein Monster – whose violence stems not from parental and societal rejection but unfeeling

The Ben Stimson Case: Prosecuted For Fighting Fascism in Ukraine

by Christopher Black for the Near Eastern Outlook On July 14 this year a British man from the Manchester area named Benjamin Stimson, aged 41, a man the London Times called a “socialist” to add to his crimes, was convicted under the British Terrorism Act for “facilitating” acts of “terrorism” by serving with one of the Donbass Republic militias for four months in 2015, as an ambulance driver. Stimson was

Catalonia and the rest of us

by Robert Scarcia This article follows a heartfelt email message regarding the political developments in Catalonia, which I sent both the Saker and Ramin Mazaheri, the only “sakerista” I had the pleasure of meeting with in person. Needless to say I get both a pleasant “break” from the feeling of political solitude and a powerful intellectual “kick” out of reading both gentlemen, and hold dear the conversations I had with

Xi’s road map to the Chinese Dream

by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times China’s Belt and Road Initiative – the New Silk Road – will spark the country’s development and turn the dream into reality. Now that President Xi Jinping has been duly elevated to the Chinese Communist Party pantheon in the rarified company of Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory, the world will have plenty of time to digest the meaning of “Xi Jinping

Reporting from Korea during the 2013 ‘crisis’: 5 key facts the West ignores

by Ramin Mazaheri In 2013 my bosses in Tehran sent me to Seoul, and I felt quite courageous: just like today, Seoul was about to be ground zero for thermonuclear war. And then – as we all know from the movie – the radioactive blast would awaken a very grumpy Godzilla. I was sent because my bosses weren’t too pleased with my young colleague, who seemed to be more concerned

Re-visiting Russian counter-propaganda methods

This article was written for the Unz Review A special ‘thank you!’ to my Director of Research, Scott, for providing me with the background info for this article   Everything we were told about the Soviet Union turned out to be a lie, but everything we were told about the West turned out to be true Russian joke In May of 2016 I wrote an article for the Unz Review

Vladimir Putin’s speech at the Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club

I am not sure how optimistic it will sound, but I am aware that you had very lively discussions over the last three days. I will try, as has now become customary, to share with you what I think about some of the issues. Please do not take it badly if I say something that has already been said as I did not follow all the discussions. To begin with, I would like to welcome Mr Karzai, Mr Ma, Mr Toje, our colleagues and all our friends.

SITREP Kurdistan: Pepe Escobar and Alexander Mercouris

In order to try to provide a profound analysis of what has happened in Iraqi Kurdistan and offer not one, but two, different, but complimentary views, on this topic: Pepe Escobar’s and Alexander Mercouris’ (in alphabetical order).  Enjoy! Kirkuk redux was a bloodless offensive. Here’s why by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times Not only are the Kurds in Iraq eternally riven, but the KRG knows it needs its oil

Mohamed Bin Salman’s Do or Don’t Dilemma

by Ghassan Kadi Much has been said about the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (aka MBS), and most of it, has been in the form of criticism from different analysts and individuals including some members of the Saudi royal family itself. The relatively few voices of support come only from sources close and loyal to him. The famous Saudi blogger who calls himself “Moujtahid” has been taunting the Saudi

Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 compared to 1917

by Michael Hudson Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies. In the West these hopes are now much further away than they seemed in 1917. Land and natural resources, basic infrastructure monopolies, health care and

Community comments/advice/help needed: moderators and videoconferencing

Dear friends, Once again I am turning to you for advice, comments and help.  So far, absolutely every time I ask for your help you have solved my problem, so I hope that this will work again. First, we need more moderators. Herb, our webmaster, IT-guru and chief moderators is trying hard to get as close to 24/7 “coverage” as possible and thanks to the dedication of our moderators, your

On the meaning of the word ‘democracy’

by Arturo Íñiguez If I say that none of us lives in a democracy, no matter which country we are coming from, I am sure that most Saker readers will agree. But then, if I ask how would a democracy look like, I am doubtful I will get such a unanimous answer. However, in order to bring change by convincing other people to ditch this system and try something else,

The Rhythm Of Time (poem by Bobby Sands)

(Sent to me tonight by my daughter.  The Saker) The Rhythm Of Time There’s an inner thing in every man, Do you know this thing my friend? It has withstood the blows of a million years, And will do so to the end. It was born when time did not exist, And it grew up out of life, It cut down evil’s strangling vines, Like a slashing searing knife. It

The Iran Dilemma – The Tyrant Has Spoken

by Peter Koenig The tyrant, of course, is Donald Trump. He launched tirade after tirade, and keeps launching them, insult after insult, lies after lies after miserable lies at the Government of Iran – about Iran not fulfilling the conditions of the Nuclear Deal. The typical mass indoctrination of the western world through the presstitute mainstream media. Goebbels might smile in his grave, how well the neolibs or neo-Nazis have

The Eurozone: still as primed for collapse as ever

by Ramin Mazaheri To best gauge the stability of the Eurozone today, an appropriate way to start is to reassess how the Eurozone responded to their last crisis. In 2012 the European Sovereign Debt Crisis peaked, and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi resorted to the same tactics as Mike Ditka, the legendary American football coach for the Chicago Bears. But both promised to do: “Whatever it takes”. Ditka made

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