Guest Analyses

What do you make of the Russia and China Partnership?

by Mr. Allen for the Saker blog Over the last few years, we hear leaders from both Russia and China pronouncing that they have formed a relationship where there are “no limits.”  But even as they state that, many seem question their sincerity.  For example, one of our favorite commentators wrote: After all, even when the U.S. openly talks about subduing Russia only to go on to defeating China, why

The stage is set for Hybrid World War III

Pepe Escobar for the Saker blog A powerful feeling rhythms your skin and drums up your soul as you’re immersed in a long walk under persistent snow flurries, pinpointed by selected stops and enlightening conversations, crystallizing disparate vectors one year after the start of the accelerated phase of the proxy war between US/NATO and Russia. That’s how Moscow welcomes you: the undisputed capital of the 21st century multipolar world. A

What the America got wrong

By Observer R for the Saker blog BACKGROUND A quick search of the internet for the term “What Russia Got Wrong” yields a lot of entries. However, a quick search for the term “What America Got Wrong” yields a rather sparse list. This is understandable since the narrative in the West has been that Russia is losing in international relations. Also, the United States (US) think tanks and government studies

For the First Anniversary: 24 February 2023

By Batiushka for the Saker blog Tell everyone that the evil that is in the world will grow even stronger, but that it is not evil that will triumph, but love. Tsar Nicholas II Foreword A published author for 35 years on Church and cultural matters, I wrote a first article for the Saker that was published on 29 March 2022. It seems strange now that it took so long

Putin’s Collaborators (?) and Distant Echoes of WW2

by Jimmie Moglia for the Saker blog By and large, for an ideology to take root among a people or a nation it is necessary to transform the individual into the mass man. For masses are – before in time and now often in the impalpable ether – what crowds are in space. Namely a large quantity of people unable to express their human qualities – for members of masses

The Dire Significance of Putin’s Feb 21 Speech

by David Sant for the Saker blog On Tuesday, February 21st President Putin gave a speech that was expected to be very significant. After it was delivered, however, most pundits said he didn’t say anything we didn’t already know. Most of them focused on his announcement of the withdrawal from the START II treaty. However, he said something far more significant. An Existential Threat What Mr. Putin said, when read

The Crusades of the Virtuous

By Nora Hoppe for The Saker Blog The culture and arts of a society, of a civilisation can be seen as a barometer of its development and the quality of its statehood. Confucius, who saw music as the noblest of all the arts, said: “If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish

Putin’s ‘civilizational’ speech frames conflict between east and west

In his Federal Assembly address, President Putin emphasized that Russia is not only an independent nation-state but also a distinct civilization with its own identity, which is in conflict and actively opposes the values of ‘western civilization.’ by Pepe Escobar, originally posted at The Cradle, reposted by author’s persmission Russian President Vladimir Putin’s much awaited address to the Russian Federal Assembly on Tuesday should be interpreted as a tour de

Andrei, Spring is in the air!

by Naresh Jotwani for the Saker blog As tensions rise between the West and Russia-China-Iran – core of the emerging multi-polar world – many historic possibilities and opportunities open up for people elsewhere. The cause and the nature of these possibilities and opportunities is briefly outlined here, for those who may sense and wonder about the tectonic shifts occurring. Honest disclosure: The author is most definitely not an expert in

A Planet of Apes

by Tarik in the Vinyard for the Saker blog It’s like spending your nights at the casino and wondering why you’re always mostly broke. It must be the dealer, the deck of cards, the table, the slot machine, that black widow in red lingering in the corner, or the moonlight and stars, but never your own greed and hedonistic thrill in a game that is mathematically staked against you. ___________________

Thank you. Long live The Saker! Where to post now?

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog What sad news that The Saker is shutting down. How very far it has come! How much I learned here! What a rare place of intellectual honesty, openness and bravery! Nobody ever wants to write a eulogy and they are always inadequate, so it will be easy to keep this short. (I am often told – almost solely by non-regular readers of The

Two articles by Pepe Escobar about China and Iran

by Pepe Escobar, cross posted with the author’s permission Iran-China strategic partnership: The big picture The key takeaway of President Ebrahim Raeisi’s state visit to Beijing goes way beyond the signing of 20 bilateral cooperation agreements. This is a crucial inflexion point in an absorbing, complex, decades-long, ongoing historical process: Eurasia integration. Little wonder that President Raeisi, welcomed by a standing ovation at Peking University before receiving an honorary academic

A salute, not a farewell

by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker blog I started following The Saker about ten years ago. I cannot be sure how and when it started, but I was formally ‘introduced’ to him in 2015 after which he began to publish my work and Intibah’s (my wife). ‘The Saker’, Andrei, became an instant friend and confidant. He gave me a voice when all former ‘friends’ tried to muffle me, attacked me,

Thunder, FUD and Faces… or why they are all really doomed!

By F(unny)MAN for the saker blog I have finally managed to get over the depression and sadness which means thesaker is going to close, and finally found the strength to write down my thoughts about what I see, hear or read in the Newspapers tea leaves, Twitter Feeds smoke whirls, and MSM News rumor and fantasy TV and radio sources. In these days previous to the Hammer fall (it is

Ten Days that Shook the World

By Batiushka for the Saker blog We should not kid ourselves, this war is not, repeat, NOT about the Ukraine or even the future of the EU. This is a war which will decide whether the Anglo-Zionists will take full control of our planet or whether the last empire in history will be replaced by a multi-polar, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-political international order, regulated by the rule of law. The Saker,

US Presidents Renege on Agreements with Russia

by Renee Parsons for the Saker blog A week after Sy Hersh’s expose on the Nord Stream pipeline explosions, there is still no word that pretend President Biden who denies any knowledge or involvement in causing an Act of War in the Baltic Sea has yet to offer an explanation to the American public or reach out to Russian President Vladimir Putin – but what possible explanation could be offered

“Wokeness” vs “Wokeism”: Soros and the Devil

by Gerardo Papalia (PhD) for the Saker blog What and who is “woke”? “Woke” has become the latest scourge-term used by many right-leaning commentators with which to verbally flagellate progressives. In the Webster Dictionary, the term is defined as: “aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)”. In practice, these “important societal facts and issues” generally refer to concepts such

RAND Corporation Strikes Again

by Observer R for the Saker blog [typographical corrections 2/15/2023] As the Ukraine war enters its second year, RAND Corporation entered the ring with two punches. The first was the January issuance of a study entitled Avoiding a Long War. The second was a February article by a RAND researcher entitled What Russia Got Wrong, which was published in Foreign Affairs. The latter article was sent by email on February

Nord Stream Terror Attack: The Plot Thickens

by Pepe Escobar, widely posted on the Internet, reposted with the author’s permission What’s left for all of us is to swim in a swamp crammed with derelict patsies, dodgy cover stories and intel debris. Seymour Hersh’s bombshell report on how the United States government blew up the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea last September continues to generate rippling geopolitical waves all across the spectrum.

Snow White and the Wicked Queen

By Batiushka for the Saker blog A Story to Read to your Children or Grandchildren Once upon a time, actually not that long ago, there was a Wicked Queen of the West, who was so vain and loved herself so much that she could not love anyone else. That was why there was no King. So she would look into mirrors all the time and compare herself to others. She